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Thursday November 6

15:31
Apple Adds Uploading Capabilities to iCloud Photos on iClo...

Apple has recently updated its iCloud.com beta site for developers, adding the ability to upload images to iCloud Photo Library for the first time. The standard iCloud.com site currently allows users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but there are no tools to allow for the uploading of photos. On the iCloud beta site, it's now possible to upload JPGs, but the site does not currently accept other image and video formats like .PNG, .MOV, .MP4, and more. When a file is uploaded to the site, it syncs instantly to all of a user's iOS devices, much like a photo taken on an iPhone or iPad or added to iCloud Photo Library via the iOS Photos app. The presence of an uploading tool on the beta site means that the feature will likely make its way to the main iCloud site in the near future, giving users a way to add to their photo libraries from their Macs and PCs. Toolbar on beta.icloud.com...

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15:22
Apple's iPad Continues to Dominate Web Traffic Usage...

Today Chitika released new iPad usage rates based on web traffic and Apple once again trounced their competitors ...

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14:26
SEC Investigating GT Advanced Technologies

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that GT Advanced Technologies is cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's inquiry into the company. The SEC is seeking information about trading activity and the company’s sapphire glass business, Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced said in a filing today.

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14:01
Amazon's Echo Driven by Alexa needs a Big Sister Call...

Siri, get your Master to set you Free: Amazon just launched a sexy new home device called Echo which is designed around your voice. It's always on. Simply ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you're able to stream your favorite music services like iTunes ...

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12:17
Apple Rapidly moves to Block Malware from Launching in Chi...

Apple's iPhone 6 was to launch in China the same day it was in the US but hit a great political wall in China. After unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, Apple also had to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Despite that road bump, Apple's pre-orders for the iPhone 6 soared followed by iPhone mania hitting retails stores a week later. Apple's iPhone 6 is a huge hit in China. Maybe too big a hit as new malware is now beginning to hit a fraction of China's new iPhone users. Today Apple ...

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12:04
SEC Investigating GT Advanced's Trading Activity

It appears the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into GT Advanced's trading activity, according to a new filing released today. The SEC sent a letter to GT Advanced on October 15, letting the company know that it was seeking "certain information regarding trading activity in the Company's securities," along with more information on its sapphire business and securities offering dating back to January 1, 2013. Shortly after GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it became clear that GT's CEO Thomas Gutierrez and COO Daniel Squiller had been selling off large amounts of stock, with some of the plans put in place just after production troubles surfaced in February 2014. Gutierrez...

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11:06
U2's Bono on Collaborating With Apple: 'They Let...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple announced a partnership with U2 that saw the band's latest album distributed to iTunes users for free. In interviews following the launch of the album, U2's manager suggested Apple and U2 had formed a "long-term" relationship that would see them collaborating on additional projects, and now U2 frontman Bono has shed a bit more light on the partnership. At the Web Summit in Dublin that VentureBeat attended, Bono told the audience that Apple "let us into the labs," suggesting the band's been able to work with Apple on unreleased products and services. Bono went on to share a story about an interaction with Steve Jobs that hints at what U2 and Apple...

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10:01
Video Report: What Apple Pay Means to Bank of America

Hari Gopalkrishnan, Bank of America's e-commerce executive, talks about what Apple Pay means for the firm and its customers.

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09:35
Amazon Unveils Echo, a Speaker With a Siri-Like Voice Assi...

Amazon today unveiled a new product called Echo, a cylindrical piece of hardware with a built-in Siri-style voice assistant that's able to answer a variety of requests and perform functions like playing music. The cloud-connected Echo is entirely controlled by voice and will wake to answer a question when the word "Alexa" is spoken. Like Siri, it can answer questions like "What time is it?" "What's the weather like?" and more, plus it's able to complete tasks like setting an alarm, playing music, or creating a shopping list. According to Amazon, Echo uses far-field voice recognition capabilities with seven microphones to detect a request from anywhere in a room, and its downward-firing speakers "can fill any room with immersive sound." Echo lets users have access to Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, and with built-in Bluetooth, Echo is also able to play music from a phone or tablet. As it's connected to the cloud...

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09:10
Video: Sorkin on Writing the Steve Jobs Character2

On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned...

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07:59
Apple Invents a New Real-Time Wireless Power Control Syste...

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Electronic Device with Wireless Power Control System." It's a new real-time wireless delivery system that could adjust ...

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07:18
Alan Sorkin Discusses Steve Jobs Movies and the Pressures...

In a newly posted video clip, screenwriter Alan Sorkin spoke to Bloomberg's Emily Chang about his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that is expected to begin filming sometime next year. When asked why he was filming yet another movie about the Apple co-founder, Sorkin noted that Steve Jobs' life could provide content for at least ten movies. I think that you could do ten more movies about Steve Jobs, and I think if you lined up ten writers and said "write a movie about Steve Jobs", you'd get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see.Though he spoke relatively freely about Steve Jobs, such as mentions of the three times he spoke with Jobs on the phone including one where he "fixed a couple of typos" in Jobs' famous Stanford 2005 commencement speech, Sorkin did not address the casting for his upcoming movie, which has been in flux over the past year. Early reports had Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper...

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06:00
Microsoft Launches New Office Apps for iPhone, Makes Creat...

Back in March, Microsoft launched dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad in a first effort to bring Office capabilities to everyone, everywhere. The apps have been highly successful, garnering more than 40 million downloads, and as of today, Microsoft is expanding its Office for iOS suite, offering dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the iPhone. While Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone have been designed with the existing iPad apps in mind, offering full feature parity, the iPhone versions have been built to adapt to the iPhone's smaller interface and optimized to put touch controls first. All three apps take advantage of an innovative "vertical ribbon" that puts a full suite of editing tools right within thumb's reach at the bottom of the device's screen. Each...

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04:58
Apple Invents New Dynamic and Moveable Touch UI Elements

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new user interface mainly designed for future iDevice applications. A special aspect of this new UI design is that it involves the use of dynamic, moveable interface elements.

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01:21
Apple Goes Live with AppleCare for the Enterprise

This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies. Apple noted in their original press release that "AppleCare for Enterprise ...

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Wednesday November 5

19:35
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Discuss Their New USC Academy Foc...

In a new profile of Beats co-founders and new Apple employees Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, The Wall Street Journal interviews the duo about their newly launched undergraduate academy at the University of Southern California called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and Business of Innovation. The Beats co-founders, who bankrolled the academy with a $70 million gift last year that led to the first students being enrolled this past August, are being profiled as part of the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards. Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal Echoing Steve Jobs' description of the philosophy of Apple, the school is aimed at preparing young people to be able to work in...

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16:38
AppleCare for Enterprise With On-Site Support From IBM Now...

Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a major enterprise mobility partnership that would see IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, creating industry-specific native apps, providing iOS-optimized cloud services, and providing support for a new AppleCare service. IBM and Apple are now moving forward with their partnership, and Apple has recently launched a new AppleCare for Enterprise website, suggesting that its promised enterprise-grade AppleCare plan is now available for IBM's enterprise customers. As detailed on the website, all AppleCare for Enterprise accounts are handled by an AppleCare Account Manager, providing a personal liaison with AppleCare. Apple promises a one-hour response time for all urgent issues, with IT department-level support available 24/7 via phone or email. All AppleCare for Enterprise...

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15:36
Researchers Discover New 'WireLurker' Malware Af...

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks (via The New York Times) have published a research paper on WireLurker, a malware new family that's been infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems over the course of the past six months. The researchers say that WireLurker, which is targeting users in China, "heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms." The WireLurker malware is the "biggest in scale" in the trojanized malware family, and it is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using USB. It's said to be able to infect iOS applications similar to a traditional virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices "through enterprise provisioning." Thus far, WireLurker has been used...

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14:54
MCX CEO Touts Loyalty Perks of CurrentC, Says There Are...

Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX, which is a group of retailers working on a QR-code based payment system called "CurrentC," has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after two prominent MCX members, Rite Aid and CVS, opted to remove Apple Pay support from their retail stores. After a glut of negative press and a hacking incident, MCX executives have been scrambling to defend CurrentC, hosting a press conference and doing several interviews. The latest information on MCX and CurrentC comes courtesy of ...

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14:11
How Pathetic: Microsoft's False Surface Pro Marketing...

What a joke: When "fake" marketing schemes are revealed, a company instantly loses credibility with the public. Do you remember Samsung's false smartphone reviews a year ago? Twelve months later, Samsung's profits are plunging. Now Microsoft's fake marketing shows us that even though CNN was obligated to promote the Surface Pro 3 tablet on air, some of their high profile...

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13:54
Apple Sending Emails Encouraging Customers to Upgrade to i...

Apple is encouraging customers that have opted to stick with older versions of iOS to upgrade to its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, released to the public in September. The company has been sending out emails to iOS users who have yet to install iOS 8, letting them know that their "iOS 8 update is waiting." The email offers information on what's included with iOS 8, detailing features like QuickType, the new Health app, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, and Continuity. It also gives specific installation instructions, letting users know that they can upgrade wirelessly using the Software Update tool or through iTunes if their devices are low on space. Apple's iTunes installation tip could spur quite a few users to upgrade, as a lack of free space on low capacity devices appears to be one of the major factors preventing users from updating. iOS 8 adoption...

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13:01
A Weighty Rumor Points to a possible 3D Twist for Future i...

Late last month we posted a report titled "Apple Revelations Point to Highest R&D Spending Since 2007." When reading about something like that, you naturally tend to think in the now and immediate in terms of the spending being for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Yet Apple's increase in R&D could be for other projects as well and one of them just might be for a new 3D capability coming to a future iDevice. This was revealed in an interesting yet murky supply chain rumor that had a credible fact supporting it.

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12:10
iMessage and FaceTime Ranked as Most Secure Mass-Market Me...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF, a non-profit digital rights group, has investigated the security of various messaging apps and created a new Secure Messaging Scorecard, ranking messaging apps and tools like iMessage, FaceTime, BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, and more, based on seven different factors: - Is a message encrypted in transit? - Is it encrypted so the provider is unable to read it? - Can you verify contacts' identities? - Are past communications secure if keys are stolen? - Is the code open to independent review? - Is security design properly documented? - Has the code been audited? Unsurprisingly, the apps that score highest on the EFF's chart are those dedicated to secure messaging, such as iPhone apps ChatSecure...

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11:22
Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC...

During a Southern California event hosted by Intel's venture capital arm, Kirk Skaugen, Intel's SVP in charge of Intel's PC chip business, reported surprising signs of life in the PC sector that has been enjoying signs of a comeback of late. According to Skaugen, there are three major changes coming to PC's next year that may be able to fuel continued growth for this segment of the market.

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09:54
Intel Developing New 3D Camera Business, Aiming to Replace...

Earlier this year, Intel demonstrated an impressive wireless cable computer system made possible with Skylake, Intel's next-generation chip technology (after Broadwell). At a recent venture capital event, the company showed off even more of its upcoming technology, including a face-recognition 3D camera system that aims to do away with passwords and allow for new methods of computer control. As detailed by The Wall Street Journal, Intel's "YAP" concept (which stands for "you are the password"), is designed to recognize a user's voice, face, or fingerprint, to allow biometric access to a device. Kirk Skaugen, in charge of Intel's PC chip business, believes that such technology could be coming to computers as early as next year. Intel's Kirk Skaugen Facial recognition...

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