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Wednesday September 3

16:40
Broadcom Launches New 650Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi Chip for Mobi...

Communications chip maker Broadcom today announced a new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip designed for smartphones. Capable of data throughput speeds of up to 650 Mbps, the BC4358 is Broadcom's second chip to use 2x2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output), bringing up to twice the Wi-Fi performance with 25 percent more power efficiency than 1x1 MIMO chips. MIMO is a technology that utilizes multiple antennas for both the transmitter and receiver to improve communication performance. Apple has adopted MIMO technology in the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.Today's content-centric consumer spends an average of 4–5 hours a day on Wi-Fi1. With 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth, consumers can download content two times faster, stream videos with less buffering and connect to multiple Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices concurrently (e.g. listen to music while playing...

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16:33
The Phablet Market to Explode in 2015 with Apple Onboard

Today Samsung introduced their all-new Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin to show that they intend to take the battle to Apple as the iPhone is expected to enter the Phablet market next week with a 5.5 inch model. With Apple coming onboard, the Phablet market ...

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15:44
Multiple Rumors Hint at U2's Possible Involvement in...

Several rumors circulating today have suggested that Apple might be planning to somehow involve U2 in the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6. A tipster told MacRumors that the iPhone 6 will come preloaded with the new U2 album, and there's also been some unverified chatter on Twitter from reporters in Ireland pointing towards that possibility. Most of the rumors seem to come from a recent video shoot U2 did in Dublin, which was conducted in secrecy with "black sheets strategically placed to obscure what was happening from public view." Music promoter Stephen Browne managed to snap a blurry photo of the shoot, and he says the "focus of the 'video' on the bridge last week was a phone." It is impossible to tell what device is depicted in the photo, however...

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10:40
Campers Already Lining Up for iPhone 6 at Flagship 5th Ave...

Despite the fact that there are still five days to go until Apple's September 9 media event, customers hoping to purchase one of Apple's new devices have already begun lining up at the flagship 5th Avenue Apple Store in New York City. Apple is expected to announce the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 at the event, along with its much-rumored wearable device and possibly a mobile payments initiative. Only the iPhone 6 is expected to ship to consumers in September however, and not until later in the month. People camping out now may be waiting more than two weeks to get their hands on one of Apple's new devices. Campers waiting outside the 5th Avenue Apple Store, via CNBC As is typical, many of the campers lining up early are participating in publicity stunts to garner recognition for their companies, given the media attention early waiters tend to receive. Campers seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each...

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09:04
Apple hits new iPhone Milestone in India this Year

According to a new Indian report published today, Apple has sold more than a million iPhones in India since its current fiscal year started in October, a major milestone for a company that wasn't serious on the South Asian market until a couple of years ago.

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08:37
Sony Unveils New Calling-Capable SmartBand Talk, Android W...

Not content to allow Samsung to steal the spotlight, Sony today also kicked off the IFA 2014 conference with its own press event that unveiled new wearable devices, new smartphone photography accessories, and several new mobile devices. Sony's newest hardware is slated to arrive in the coming months with price points that are yet to be determined. Perhaps most relevant to Apple fans given Apple's impending wearable device announcement is Sony's pair of announcements in that area, starting with the new SmartBand Talk that embeds a low-power, 1.4-inch e-ink display into a fitness tracker. The band also includes a microphone and speaker for phone calls, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing to a smartphone. Rounding out the feature set is IP68 waterproofing, accelerometer and altimeter sensors, and integration with Sony's Lifelog...

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07:12
Samsung Launched the Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin Today that...

Just ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 debuting next week, especially the 5.5 inch model, Samsung unveiled their next generation Galaxy Note Edge smartphone that offers a unique curved display at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Samsung also added a metallic frame ...

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06:26
Samsung Details New Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Gear S Watch...

Ahead of Apple's upcoming press event where it will introduce larger iPhone models, Samsung today kicked off IFA 2014 with a presentation that unveiled several new mobile and wearable devices including the Note 4, Note Edge, Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR headset. The Note 4 and Note Edge are two new models in Samsung's popular Note series of large smartphones. The Note 4 is the premium model offering a 5.7-inch Quad-ultra HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display at 518 pixels per inch and either the 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with support for Category 6 LTE or the 1.9 GHz octo-core Exynos 5433 with Category 4 LTE, depending on geographic location. There's also a 16-megapixel rear camera with image stabilization, a 3.7-megapixel...

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05:53
Apple may Introduce Improvements to Touch ID

Over the Labor Day weekend we learned that Apple had signed an iWallet Deal with American Express, MasterCard and Visa that could lead to the iPhone 6 introducing their long awaited iWallet application that could eventually work with Apple's iWatch or wristband computer. The introduction of an iWallet related application may lead to Apple updating their Touch ID technology. In fact, such a hint surfaced yesterday.

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00:19
Apple Suppliers Said to Be Ramping Up Component Production...

Apple's supply chain partners have ramped up production for components to be used the company's upcoming second-generation iPad Air, reports Digitimes. Citing sources close to production, the report claims that the device will remained unchanged in terms of size and resolution, but will feature a thinner profile, faster processor, and an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID home button Apple has also called on touch panel suppliers TPK and GIS to manufacture full-lamination units for the device ahead of its launch this fall. The source also notes that Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display have also seen their orders increase for the iPhone, likely indicating that Apple is now mass producing screens for the iPhone 6. Previous leaks have also pointed to a...

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Tuesday September 2

23:39
VMware Fusion 7 Launches with Virtualization Support for O...

Following the launch of Parallels Desktop 10 last month, VMware has launched its new VMWare Fusion 7 virtualization software, bringing support OS X Yosemite and improving compatibility with Windows 8.1. The release also adds a number of new features, including a new look, improved performance, enhanced connectivity, and optimization for Macs with Retina displays. - Designed for OS X Yosemite Get a more Mac-like experience when running Windows applications on a Mac. The Fusion 7 updated Yosemite look and feel makes working with your Windows applications feel cleaner and more refined. - Conquer Yosemite Discover OS X Yosemite by running it in a virtual machine with Fusion 7. Get more from your Mac by running OS X Yosemite and OS X Yosemite Server in...

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18:59
Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Calls Out 'Creepy...

Apple today updated its App Store review guidelines ahead of the launch of iPhone 6 and iOS 8, adding sections for new features such as extensions, HealthKit, HomeKit and TestFlight. Additionally, Apple tweaked its introductory remark to specifically call out "creepy" apps as unwelcome in the App Store.We have over a million Apps in the App Store. If your App doesn't do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.The new guidelines, primarily in sections 25 through 28, outline what use of the new features would get an app rejected from the App Store. For instance, extensions must provide some functionality and must remain functional without network access. Keyboard extensions can only collect user data for improving the functionality of the keyboard and nothing else. The sections for both HealthKit and HomeKit include guidelines...

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16:55
Hackers Using Law Enforcement Tools to Access iCloud Backu...

Earlier today, Apple issued a press release stating that an iCloud/Find My iPhone breach had not been responsible for the leak of several private celebrity photos over the weekend, instead pointing towards a "very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions" hackers used to gain access to celebrity accounts. The company did not divulge specific details on how hackers accessed the iCloud accounts, leading Wired writer Andy Greenberg to investigate the methods that hackers might possibly have used to acquire the stolen media. Greenberg visited Anon-IB, a popular anonymous image board where some of the celebrity photos first originated, and discovered that hackers openly discuss exploiting software designed for law enforcement and government officials. Called ElcomSoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB), the software...

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14:18
Apple Discussing Mobile Payments Partnership With Nordstro...

Nordstrom may be one of Apple's first merchant partners when Apple launches its upcoming mobile payment initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is said to be in talks with Nordstrom about its payments service, suggesting Nordstrom could be one of the first retailers to support payments via iPhone.The "talks" Nordstrom and Apple have been engaged are related to payments -- but the extent of those talks is unclear. Apple was looking for a clothing brand with a large physical reach, our source said, but also with an established and high-end brand. With a strong brick-and-mortar presence, but with a focus on digital innovation as well, our source said Nordstrom was a "great" pick for Apple.Nordstrom is a logical partner for Apple, as its retail stores already use Apple's iPhones and iPads as point-of-sale systems. According to Nordstrom employees, Apple's mobile...

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13:35
Will iPads be integrated into more Vehicles in the Coming...

A new study published by ABI Research today notes that OEMs offering tablet mounts include Mercedes with its iPad Rear Seat Integration Plus, as well as Jaguar and BMW with the introduction of an iPad holder for rear-seat passengers. This is going to be a new in-vehicle tablet trend for the coming year and beyond.

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13:07
Pre-Launch Adoption of OS X Yosemite 33 Times Higher Than...

Adoption of OS X Yosemite is steadily increasing ahead of its fall launch, due to both a system-wide redesign and the introduction of a public beta for the first time. As of August, Yosemite was installed on approximately 2.6 million machines or 3.3 percent of all Macs, according to new numbers from Net Applications (via Computerworld). For August, Yosemite powered 3.3% of all Macs, according to metrics vendor Net Applications. That was 33 times the user share of its predecessor, OS X Mavericks, in September 2013, one month before its official launch, and nearly one-third of Mavericks' share the following month, when it was first made available to all customers.In June, adoption rates were at 0.9 percent, jumping up to 1.2 percent in July. The 3.3 percent number comes after the introduction of the...

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10:48
Celebrity iCloud Accounts Compromised by Weak Passwords, N...

A breach of Apple's iCloud and Find My iPhone services was not involved in the recent hacking incident that saw the private photos and videos of several celebrities leaked onto the Internet, according to a press release just issued by Apple. Instead, celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised by targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions. We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we...

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09:07
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7

Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite to developers, two weeks after releasing the sixth Developer Preview and three months after unveiling the new desktop operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. There's also a new version of Xcode 6, an OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview, and an updated version of Apple Configurator 1.7. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and...

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06:48
Apple was Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the Last Desig...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several key design patents including the iPhone 4S that credits the late Steve Jobs plus ...

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06:00
Prototype 2,915 mAh Battery for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Once Aga...

New photos shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] once again claim to show a 2,915 mAh capacity battery from the 5.5-inch model of the iPhone 6. These details follow an earlier Nowhereelse.fr report that showcased a claimed rear shell from the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model. The battery in these latest photos appears identical to one detailed in a leak last month from Chinese site Apple Daily, down to the March 2014 manufacturing date. The authenticity of either part is unconfirmed, but both batteries have...

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05:12
Apple is granted a Patent for a Possible Future Glass iPho...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent relating to glass enclosures and more importantly for a glass enclosure that relates to a possible future iPhone design.

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03:54
Apple Granted a Patent for Future iPad Stands & Attach...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for a possible future magnetics system going far beyond Apple's current use of magnets in their iPad Smart Cover. Apple's founding patent for expanding the use of magnet systems covers a few new applications like ...

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01:42
Apple Granted a Radial Menus Patent for Macs & iDevice...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent for radial menus for both Macs and iDevices.

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01:31
iWatch Said to Be at 'Engineering Verification Test...

Apple's iWatch has reached the "engineering verification test" (EVT) stage of development and will likely beginning shipping in 2015, according to a new report from Digitimes. While components for the device are said to be in production, source close to the matter stated that the device must also head to production verification testing (PVT) before entering mass production. Digitimes also claims that Apple is "unlikely" to unveil the iWatch during its upcoming September 9 media event, which contrasts reports from the likes of Re/code and Bloomberg last week stating that the device would be introduced alongside the iPhone 6. A previous report...

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00:12
Elgato Unveils 'Eve' HomeKit Supported Smart Hom...

Elgato has announced its brand new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, which will feature full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches. Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment. Elgato's $50 "Avea" smart lightbulb The company also announced its own $50 Avea smart lightbulb, which allows for custom profiles, colors and alarms through an iOS app. Notably, the Avea does not require a hub like the Philips' line of Hue smart bulbs, and can utilize multiple bulbs to...

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