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Tuesday November 3

Apple Patents Switch-Less Force Touch Keyboard, Could Lead...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a low-travel keyboard design with Force Touch-like sensors that measure the pressure placed on a key when a user presses or rests a finger on it.

As summarized by AppleInsider, the exhaustive patent filing details how the keyboard would have a switch-less QWERTY input mechanism, rather than mechanical switches, allowing for less key travel and potentially thinner Mac keyboards.Apple's current MacBook and Mac accessory lineups employ modified scissor switches, or butterfly switches on the 12-inch Retina MacBook, nestled within hollow key caps. Today's patent mirrors...

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Apple, PayPal, Google & Others Form 'Financial In...

Today it was announced that technology industry leaders Apple, Amazon, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

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Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering an Advanced Smart...

The U.S. 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 invention that envisions a future smart bracelet and other devices that use curved, flexible OLED displays and much more.

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Apple Granted Patents for a Hybrid Notebook with Detachabl...

The U.S. 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 possible future hybrid notebook that at present they've decided to shelf until needed. A second published granted patent today covers Apple's chicklet styled Magic Keyboard that reveals a future capability of adding 3D Touch ...

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Apple wins an 'Apple Pencil' Related Patent for...

The U.S. 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 newly granted patent that covers their invention relating to the Apple Pencil for the iPad and future iPhone.

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Apple Granted a Patent for a Smartphone with a Convex Disp...

The U.S. 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 newly granted patent that generally relates to convex displays ...

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Monday November 2

Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage for Office 365 and Free...

Microsoft tonight announced that it was making changes to its OneDrive cloud storage services, reducing the amount of storage both Office 365 and free users are granted and eliminating its unlimited option. The company says that the changes were needed to "ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected and intelligent service."

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers will no longer have access to unlimited storage. Instead, these users...

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New Apple TV Gains Charts for Top Paid, Free and Grossing...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday with an all-new App Store, but early adopters were quick to realize that app discovery was limited to a single featured section and a manual search option -- unlike the App Stores on iPhone, iPad and Mac, which have several genre-based categories and top charts for apps.

Apple has partially addressed this issue today by adding top charts to the tvOS App Store, listing the top paid apps, top free apps and top grossing apps. Confirming our previous report, games make up the majority of the top spots so far, while apps from content providers such as HBO, FOX and CBS are also popular.

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New UK Law to Forbid Apple & Google from Creating Encr...

The UK Government is preparing to introduce a new law that wouldn't allow the likes of Apple or Google to offer encryption so advanced that even they cannot decipher it when asked to.

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Possible Upcoming Mac Pro Reference Discovered in OS X El...

It's been two years since Apple launched its radically redesigned Mac Pro, but the professional-level workstation has not seen any updates since that time despite the availability of upgraded versions of many of the components used in the machine. We may be getting closer to an update, however, as Pike's Universum has discovered a reference to a new Mac code name of "AAPLJ951" within OS X El Capitan.

The identity of the Mac corresponding to that code name is not explicitly revealed in OS X, but Pike points to the similar AAPLJ90 code name for the current Mac Pro as a reason to believe this new machine is a Mac Pro.

The data is identical to that of the late 2015 (iMac17,1 in the same file) so it may as well be a remnant of the new iMac, but the strange thing is...

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The Demographic that buys more Apple Products Online just...

A new study that was published last week noted that the most significant factor of how much consumers spend on Apple products a year is not how much they earn, but rather how ....

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Browser-Based iOS 9.1/9.2 Jailbreak Wins $1M Bounty, Will...

Earlier this month, exploit acquisition platform Zerodium debuted an iOS 9 bug bounty that would pay out up to three million dollars to hackers who managed to develop a browser-based untethered jailbreak for iOS 9, which it could then sell to clients interested in shelling out a lot of money to gain illicit access to iOS devices.

The contest expired at the end of October, and Zerodium today announced one hacking team had successfully created a browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2, the latest versions of iOS 9, earning $1 million.

Zerodium foundar Chaouki Bekrar told Wired that the exploit developed by the hackers will be given to its customers, which include major technology, finance, and defense corporations, along with government...

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Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' Movie Drops 63.7% in...

Last weekend the Movie 'Steve Jobs' bombed at the box office as it released nationwide. In its second weekend...

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Apple Planning International Expansion of 'Personal P...

Apple is training retail employees in Australia, France, United Kingdom and other countries for the international launch of Personal Pickup, a service that enables customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at any Apple Retail Store within an hour, according to sources.

Apple is planning to roll out Personal Pickup internationally as early as November, possibly alongside the launch of the iPad Pro, but could push back the plans until later this year or beyond, according to sources. Apple did not immediately respond when reached for comment.

Personal Pickup, which launched exclusively in the U.S. in 2011, is available for a wide range of products including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup, at which point they can pick it up with a valid photo ID....

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Apple Campus 2 'Spaceship' Taking Shape as Const...

Heading into November, construction on Apple's second campus is progressing nicely, with Apple's construction crews making a lot of headway on the ring-shaped main building. A new aerial video captured by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors gives a close-up view at the current state of the building.

Four internal levels of the primary building have now been completed, and the concept Steve Jobs envisioned for the campus is starting to take shape. When completed, the interior area of the building will feature hundreds of trees and lots of greenery, with outdoor eating and viewing areas for Apple employees.

Two nearby parking structures are now close to being completed, and there's also been some progress made on the underground auditorium, where Apple will hold major press events. There have been a lot of changes since we last shared an...

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Facebook Executive Just Mandated that Employees must dump...

Believe it or not, Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, is forcing an untold number of Facebook employees to drop their iPhones for Android phones.

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Samsung Declares War on Cheap Rivals in China like Xiaomi...

After another declining quarter for Samsung's mobility division last week, Samsung is declaring war on China's Xiaomi by releasing two new smartphones for China's market.

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Apple Financing iPhones is a Huge Boost for Smaller Carrie...

I don't think that it comes as much of a surprise that Apple's entry into iPhone financing is starting to dislodge some customers from the biggest carriers and sending them shopping for cheaper, smaller providers like T-Mobile US Inc.

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Hidden 'Indoor Survey' App Created by Apple Disc...

Apple last week quietly launched a new first-party app called Indoor Survey [Direct Link], which allows its users to map out the interior space of a building using their iPhone. Spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday evening, the app specifically uses radio frequency signals in concert with an iPhone's various sensor data to successfully map an interior location (via AppleInsider).

The app, however, doesn't appear to be entirely functional as of yet. When prompted with Indoor Survey's home menu, after entering an Apple ID and password, users will be met with an Authorization Failed message and be barred from further accessing the app's suggested indoor mapping abilities. The app...

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Top Apple TV Apps Revealed With Games Topping the Lists

On Friday, Apple officially launched the fourth-generation Apple TV, which for the first time included an App Store.

While Apple includes a list of featured apps, there are currently no other methods for discoverability, and users can't browse categories or Top Charts to find other Apple TV Apps that haven't been explicitly featured. Currently, the Apple TV App Store only shows what's featured. If your game isn't featured, it effectively doesn't exist. There's no way to browse genres, top lists don't exist (this arguably might be a good thing), and finding something that isn't featured requires typing its name in the search field. Siri search doesn't work on apps (yet?) so the amount of friction to download a game like Highway Rider which didn't make the feature cut is not only incredible but also has resulted in three sales. (Well, make...

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Sunday November 1

New Apple TV: Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts and Usef...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday in several countries around the world, giving early adopters a chance to try out the fourth-generation device for a few days now. The consensus opinion is that the new Apple TV is a worthwhile upgrade, particularly because of new features such as the App Store, Siri, and tvOS user interface, with lots of potential to get even better in the months and years ahead.

Press the Home button twice to bring up the new Apple TV's app switcher

To complement our coverage of the new Apple TV, which includes a trio of hands-on videos, an Apple TV apps roundup, several tidbits, and a reviews roundup, we have created the...

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Monday January 3

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World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board as well as when, and how, to use them. [Read more] | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
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The best GIF making apps
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The best remote desktop apps for iOS
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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
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Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
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Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights, powers up on carrots and makes things right in the city. Whether he is helping ducks cross the street... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it isn't explained all that well in the tutorial. [Read more] | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
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