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Thursday May 5

08:03
As India's Middle Class Grows, Apple's Brand is...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in India while Samsung Plunged in Q1." Now a second report has surfaced in India noting that Apple is appealing to the growing middle class in that country.

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06:39
Cupertino Mayor at War with Apple saying that they're...

Cupertino's current Mayor Barry Chang bluntly says that Apple abuses their fine city. Many in Cupertino, a 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley, are beginning to organize around their overburdened city. They claim ...

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05:14
Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in I...

A new report this morning notes that India's smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb ...

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04:38
App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [Updated]

A significant number of users on Reddit and Twitter, corroborated by multiple tips we have received, are affected by an ongoing App Store issue preventing a number of popular iOS apps from showing up in search results unless already installed, including Google, Periscope, Spotify, Tidal, Tumblr, Uber, Vine, Waze, and many others.

The search issues appear to be widespread, affecting iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and elsewhere since early Thursday morning. Apple has yet to update its System Status page with any reported issues as of 6:00 a.m. Pacific, but it has historically been slow in reflecting outages.

Update: The search issues also appear to extend to iTunes and the...

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04:19
L.A. Police Investigators Find Forensic Cellphone Expert t...

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace.

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03:26
The Secret behind the iPhone 6's Speedier Touch ID is...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the invention behind Apple's secret to making the iPhone 6s Touch ID work twice as fast.

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02:53
Hardened Security Features of iPhone 5s Successfully Hacke...

Los Angeles police investigators have discovered a workable method to bypass the hardened security features of a locked iPhone 5s, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In court documents seen by the newspaper yesterday, LAPD detectives found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could unlock the iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, who is accused of killing her at their L.A. home in 2014.

The claim appeared in a search warrant filed during the same period that the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the earlier model iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In that high-profile case, the FBI eventually unlocked the phone with the help of professional hackers, paying them up to $1 million for a tool exploiting...

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Wednesday May 4

16:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv' Ne...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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14:32
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes Violating...

Thomas Silkowski, a citizen of the State of New Jersey, has filed a class action law suit against Apple alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Mr. Silkowski alleges that Apple's iTunes violates the New Jersey Act.

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11:02
YouTube Working on 'Unplugged' TV Subscription S...

Internet-based subscription television plans are growing in popularity, and YouTube is the latest company rumored to be working on a standalone television service. According to Bloomberg, YouTube is developing a paid subscription service called "Unplugged," offering a bundle of channels for a set price.

YouTube has already built the infrastructure necessary for the service and is prioritizing its development for a 2017 debut. YouTube has been in talks with major media companies like NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox, and CBS, but has not yet been able to secure rights for the service.

YouTube is said to be aiming to build a streaming service similar to the service Apple hoped to offer before putting its...

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07:52
Apple Warns of new UK Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is being reported on in the UK today. The scam aims to take advantage of unaware iPhone users as scammers attempt to send them requests for personal information.

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07:22
Did Samsung's Fake Galaxy S7 Sales Place them as the...

Samsung finally got the headline they coveted: They're the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. with 28.8% market share surpassing Apple at 23 percent due to "strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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05:54
Kohl’s Becomes First Retailer to Support Store Payments an...

Kohl's has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge Cards or other credit or debit cards and simultaneously earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using Apple Pay.

The combined functionality is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores in the United States, and the department store chain expects one-tap checkout to be available in all stores nationwide later this month.

Kohl's is the first retailer to offer a one-tap solution for payments and rewards using Apple Pay. Customers can simply add both their Kohl's Charge Card or other payment method and Yes2You Rewards card to Apple Pay and...

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05:10
Apple Set to Deliver a Reinvented Apple Music UI in Time f...

During Apple's financial conference on April 26, Apple's CEO noted that "We feel really great about the early success of Apple's first subscription business and our Music revenue has now hit an inflection point after many quarters of decline." Cook added that "Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today." We had learned that...

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04:35
Chinese Handbag Maker Wins Case to continue using 'iP...

Apple fought a trademark case in China to stop a handbag company from being able to use the "iPhone" trademark in China.

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04:15
Apple Music Set for Design Overhaul in Time for WWDC in Ju...

Apple is planning to overhaul its year-old music streaming service to make it "more easy to use", according to people familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg News).

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

According to Bloomberg, a full reboot of Apple Music is to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and will be accompanied by a fresh marketing campaign to entice customers to the subscription-based service, which currently costs $10 per month.

Apple Music was introduced...

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04:07
Mad Money Host Jim Cramer asks One Big Question: What Does...

On Monday we reported about Tim Cook's appearance on Jim Cramer's CNBC financial show called 'Mad Money.' We pointed to Tim Cook's emphasis on wanting to point out the potential Apple has in China with their middle class which is exploding. In today's report, Mad Money host Jim Cramer opened his interview up with Cook to give analysts an opportunity to get to understand Apple through Tim Cook's eyes. The one big open question for Cook in the video noted above was: What does Tim Cook's Apple stand for?

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Tuesday May 3

16:39
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We Want to Change the World Thro...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer yesterday for a two-part interview covering a wide range of topics. In the second portion of the interview, which aired tonight, Cook talked about Apple's recent feud with the FBI, what Apple stands for, and who he personally admires.

On a question about what Apple stands for and what he's most proud of, Tim Cook said Apple conducts business in a way that's "right and just." He pointed towards the company's environmental efforts, use of renewable energy, focus on human rights, employee shareholder plans, and privacy efforts. "All of these things help us stand for something," he said. "And I think that's what people want."

He went on to say that he's proud of the products Apple makes that give customers the...

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15:57
Jony Ive Hints of Dramatic Advances for Apple Watch over t...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Jony Ive & Friends Open Vogue's Famous Met Gallery Event 'Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Monday." There was a tiny spot within the overall article reserved for Apple and in particular Jony Ive.

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15:39
Apple Hires Former Nest VP and Robotics Expert Yoky Matsuo...

Apple recently hired Nest's former Vice President of Technology to work on health related projects at the company, reports Fortune. Yoky Matsuoka, a well-known robotics expert who co-founded the Google X experimental project lab, joined Apple after leaving Nest last year. At Nest, she led the development of machine learning algorithms for the Nest Learning Thermostat.

At Apple, Matsuoka is working under the company's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who is in charge of Apple's health initiatives like ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit.

Prior to working at Google and Nest, Matsuoka was the director and founder of the University of Washington's Neurobotics Laboratory, focused on building a robot-human system to help individuals who experience strokes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries...

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15:11
Jony Ive Shares Thoughts on Design, Fashion and Apple Watc...

Ahead of last night's Apple-sponsored Met Gala, Apple design chief Jony Ive spoke with fashion website Business of Fashion about the "Manus x Machina" theme of the event and accompanying Costume Institute Exhibition, giving some insight into his thoughts on design and some hints on the future of the Apple Watch.

According to Ive, who has had a hand in the creation and design of all of Apple's modern product releases, including the company's first wearable device, the goal of the designer is to solve problems without making the consumer aware of the problem that was solved.In our work, we've always tried to design in a way where you're not aware of the problems that we've had to solve. That's the job of the designer: to solve problems and explore, but not...

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15:05
Co-Founder of Google's X Lab Yoky Matsuoka Joins Appl...

It's being reported late today that Apple has just hired former co-founder of Google's X Lab and former head of technology at Nest Yoky Matsuoka.

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14:08
Apple Sued in Civil Action in Alabama over a Local Apple S...

An Alabama resident by the name of John Smith is suing Apple in a civil action that involves the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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12:52
Four of Apple's Devices made it to Time Magazine...

Today Time Magazine Published a list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all Time. Apple has four products on that list. The number one gadget of all time was granted to Apple's iPhone, a testiment to Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs who ...

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11:45
TIME Names iPhone Most Influential Gadget of All Time

TIME Magazine today published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones.

Unsurprisingly, Apple's iPhone was ranked as the number one most influential device on TIME's list, because it "fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information," popularized mobile apps, and influenced the future of smartphone design.

Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007. Smartphones had technically existed for years, but none came together as accessibly and beautifully as the iPhone.

Apple's device ushered in a new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them, replacing the chunkier phones with slide-out keyboards and static buttons.Apple's Macintosh also ranked high on the list,...

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