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Monday March 31

12:37
iOS Users Overwhelmingly Prefer Free Games With Advertisem...

The majority of iOS users prefer iOS games that are available for free and supported with advertisements, according to a new study conducted by Wild Tangent in collaboration with analytics firm IHS Technology. The survey, which queried 500 iOS users, saw 86 percent of respondents state that they prefer free games with ads over paid games without ads. Broken down, 70 percent of respondents preferred free games supported by advertising, while 16 percent were in favor of freemium games with the option to pay for levels. Just 14 percent of those surveyed preferred iOS games that required money upfront to download. When asked about their preference for the types of games online gamers preferred, advertising supported games were chosen by the vast majority of those surveyed. 70% of respondents said they preferred free games supported by advertising and 16%...

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08:56
Sketchy iPhone 6 Images Said to be Sourced from Foxconn Su...

A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s. The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture. The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-...

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08:16
Apple and Samsung Face Off in Court as Second Patent Infri...

Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times). This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices. Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android...

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06:53
Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Show Sapphire Glass-...

Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via TechCrunch). These renderings show an ultrathin iPhone 6 that shaves at least 0.5 mm off the width of the current iPhone 5S, which measures 7.6 mm thick. The concept phone features curved edges and rounded buttons that are similar to early iPhone models. Other notable design elements include an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing. The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these...

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04:59
TSMC Fighting for Apple's 16nm A9 Processor Business

It's being reported today out of Taiwan that TSMC (Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with ...

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03:54
Apple Attacking Samsung in India with Aggressive iPad Prom...

A report from India today points to Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO at The Mobile Store, India's largest mobility devices retail chain stating that Apple now wants to challenge Samsung in the tablet space like it's doing in premium smartphone space. The "iPad Mini is expected to be the game changer ...

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Sunday March 30

15:48
Thumbs Up to Judge Koh for Overruling Samsung's Objec...

Yesterday we reported that Samsung didn't want jurors in the Apple-Samsung to see an instructional video from the Federal Judicial Center, claiming that the video strongly suggests that Apple's products are innovative and patentable. We expressed our view of that request and Judge Koh poked Samsung in the eye by overruling their objection earlier today.

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15:19
Google Plays a Bigger Role in Latest Apple vs. Samsung Law...

Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android...

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10:04
Apple Files New Round of iOS 7 Icon Trademarks in China...

Apple filed for new iOS 7 icons in the US this past week and we covered their filings in four separate reports (01, 02 and 03) including a bizarre abandonment of their iMovie icon that they had just filed for the day before. Today, we discovered that Apple has mirrored those filings in Hong Kong China as well as adding three additional icons to the list. Our report covers Apple's new filings in China as well as a few design patents that surfaced this month.

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05:30
The Apple-Samsung Patent Trial Begins this Week with Googl...

The next round in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement war begins this week. Yesterday we presented a video that Samsung doesn't want the jurors to see from the Federal Judicial Center, as it all but screams out that Apple is a leading US inventor. In a trial where Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages for copying features of its iPhone, the stakes are higher than they were in the first trial. So much so that Google will ...

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Saturday March 29

12:20
Samsung Doesn't Want Jurors to See this Video Next We...

Samsung has raised objections to the video above being shown to the jury this coming week during the new Apple Samsung patent infringement case. At the 2:58 point of the noted video from the Federal Judicial Center, US District Judge Jeremy Fogel states that "During ...

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09:47
Apple Seeks Patent for their new US Plant Five Axis Roboti...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they're seeking protection for a newly advanced five axis robotic arm used in the manufacture of their new Mac Pro. Apple's Senior Vice President Operations Jeff Williams states in a video presented below that in order to make the advanced Mac Pro Tower, Apple had to pioneer entirely new processes. Of course one of them relates to Apple's new robotic arm.

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Friday March 28

11:28
Microsoft Office Apps Top App Store Charts One Day After R...

Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft's new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot. Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft's downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts. While Microsoft's apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that also...

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08:51
Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant May See Expansion to B...

As construction on Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, progresses, the two companies are already looking at expanding their available space. According to AppleInsider, several companies in the area are currently bidding on a potential expansion, which would possibly allow GT Advanced to put out even greater quantities of sapphire for use in Apple's products. While it remains unclear just how Apple will use the sapphire, there have been several strong hints and equipment orders pointing towards sapphire displays for the upcoming iPhone 6. Aerial view of Apple's existing facility (via AppleInsider) Announced...

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07:24
Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership and Hiri...

Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino company. Swatch chief executive officer Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker has talked to several companies about their wearable products, but he is not interested in forging a partnership with any group. We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek told the Financial Times. “However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.” Hayek says his reluctance to work with Apple and similar companies comes from his desire to protect Swatch's advancements in...

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06:10
Subscription and Streaming Music Services Still Dwarfed by...

Looking at the past five years, music downloads are still up by more than 50% as our chart below confirms despite the noise that the download music market is dying. The stats of subscription and steaming music services sound hot, but they're still miles from catching up to the download music market that's led by Apple's iTunes.

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05:55
Apple to Open First Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul on Ap...

Apple is ready to open its first retail store next week in Turkey, with a grand opening gala that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Located in Istanbul's Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the retail store will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, reports Elma Dergisi. The Turkish store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet in the heart of Istanbul's popular, multi-use shopping center. The Zorlu Center store is thought to feature a cubic glass ceiling, glass sides and in-store services such as a dedicated "Family Room" floor and dual Genius Bars, reports...

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01:09
Roku CEO Calls Apple TV a 'Money Loser', Says Pr...

Speaking at the inaugural Code/Media event held by technology website Re/code (via CNET), Roku CEO and founder Anthony Wood called the Apple TV "a money loser" for Apple, liking the product to an accessory for the iPad and questioning why Apple would want to sell more units of the device. Wood's remarks come as Apple is said to be preparing a new version of the Apple TV that will integrate with Comcast's network to enable a streaming TV service for users. "Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple," he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. "If you're losing money, why...

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Thursday March 27

14:45
Nike Patent Illustrates a New Twist Coming to Nike + iPod

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Nike that reveals a new motorized footwear adjustment system that will work with the Nike-Apple created Nike + iPod system. Nike's idea is absolutely crazy, but I like it. Nike's new system will allow professional athletes and sporting enthusiasts alike to ...

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14:14
Microsoft Paying Apple 30-Percent Cut on In-App Office 365...

Microsoft is paying a 30-percent cut to Apple on Office 365 subscription purchases made within the Office for iPad apps released today, in line with Apple's in-app purchase requirements required of other brands reports Re/code. This was previously a sticking point between the two companies, and was rumored to be a large part of why Microsoft wouldn't release Office on the iPad. However, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is apparently more willing to work within Apple's requirements than ousted CEO Steve Ballmer. Year-long Office 365 subscriptions are available for in-app purchase for $100, with the subscription good for downloading Office on up to five tablets and five computers, Mac or PC computers, and Android, Windows or iOS tablets. Indeed, Microsoft does offer...

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09:25
iPhone 6 Reportedly Launching 'As Early As September...

Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch "as early as September", according to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. The paper claims that the device is "expected" to be called the iPhone 6 and is "likely" to be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, in line with circulating rumors.Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers. Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp's Kameyama factory, Japan Display's Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset's display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models. Earlier this week, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich claimed that the...

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09:18
Microsoft Launching Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad T...

In his first major public event as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella today headlined a media event to introduce Office for iPad, in line with earlier rumors. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad will go live today at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Microsoft's press conference is ongoing, and we will update this post with additional details as they are revealed. Word for iPad All three apps will be free downloads and will include viewing and presenting capabilities free of charge. Users wishing to edit or create documents with the apps will need an Office 365 subscription. Excel for iPad (via The Verge) Microsoft acknowledged soon after the introduction...

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08:38
Amazon's Apple TV Competitor Expected to Debut at Apr...

Following rumors of a March launch, it looks like April 2 will be the day Amazon introduces its Apple TV competitor, as Re/code notes that the company has sent out invitations to a "video business" media event for that date. The invitations feature a photo of a couch and popcorn, strongly suggesting that the event will indeed involve the rumored streaming video device, and Re/code's sources indicate that this will indeed be the topic for the event. The e-commerce giant has invited reporters to gather for an “update for our video business” in New York next Wednesday, April 2. The popcorn and couch in the image give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as does our previous reporting, which explained that Amazon has been preparing a Web-to-TV gadget for many months.A...

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07:30
Apple Invents a Great New Apple TV Feature You Just Might...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an Apple TV feature that we'll all like. In a nutshell, if you're watching a movie on Apple TV and want to get some more popcorn and drinks, you may not have to stop the movie. You'll just sync the movie stream from Apple TV to ...

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07:09
OS X Mavericks Adoption Pushing Toward 50%

Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an effort to encourage users to upgrade. Analytics firm Chitika is out with a new report today showing Mavericks usage at 40 percent of page impressions in the United States and Canada over the week of March 17-23. Apple's three previous operating system versions split almost all of the remaining 60 percent of the Mac user base nearly evenly. Almost exactly five months following Mavericks’ release, the operating system’s users are generating 40% of U.S and Canadian Mac OS X-based Web traffic, a figure that dramatically outpaces Mavericks’ predecessor, OS X Mountain Lion. At 40%, the share of OS X Web traffic generated...

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