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Wednesday August 6

12:10
Detailed Yet Sketchy Report Claims 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC, Im...

VentureBeat today posted a detailed overview of features that are said to be built into Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, with the outline provided by an unspecified source. While many of the proffered specifications in VentureBeat's outline echo past rumors, there are a few new specific details worth highlighting. According to the site's source, Apple will introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones at its upcoming September 9 event, but while the 4.7-inch version will ship in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won't ship until up to a month later. This is in line with rumors suggesting the 5.5-inch iPhone isn't entering mass production...

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11:04
Moscone Center Schedule Points Towards June 8-12 for 2015...

Though it's only been two months since Apple held its 25th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the likely dates for its 26th conference have already surfaced. Apple's 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will most likely commence on June 8, 2015, and last through June 12, 2015, according to dates blocked out on the Moscone Center's 2015 summer schedule. While the aforementioned dates are earmarked as just a "Corporate Event" on Moscone's website, in previous years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012),...

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10:28
Apple's iPad Dominance in Education is Being Challeng...

A new report published today by The Atlantic acknowledged that Apple's iPads have thus far been the gadget of choice at both ends of the economic spectrum: in wealthier schools with ample resources and demand from parents, and in low-income schools that receive federal grants to improve student success rates. However, the iPad trend is being challenged in many school districts and new Common Core requirements may hinder the iPad's growth in education going forward.

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09:02
Initial Statistics for ABC News Live Video on Apple are Fa...

A new infographic published today details the initial results of ABC Live Video being on Apple TV and they're fantastic. According to ABC infographic, "Users watch 50% more ABC live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined." The research also uncovered that "viewers spend ...

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08:10
ABC News' New Apple TV Channel Showing Strong Live Vi...

Roughly six weeks ago, ABC News launched a new Apple TV channel offering a wide range of live and on-demand content from both national and select local feeds. Based on the first 30 days of availability, ABC News has now put together an infographic that offers a look at how the channel is being used. Among the interesting observations: - Live video usage on Apple TV, which accounts for 20 percent of channel views, is 50 percent higher than on mobile and desktop combined. - Apple TV viewers spend 65 percent more time per visit than desktop users. - Peak usage for the ABC News Apple TV channel falls at 9 PM Eastern Time, likely due to that time period encompassing evening viewing hours for most of the United States. Click for full infographic Alongside today's usage data release, ABC News is also announcing the...

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08:06
Samsung Temporarily Beats Apple in US Smartphone Shipments

A new Counterpoint report published today notes that Apple & Samsung have, combined, controlled two-thirds of the US smartphone market for the last 10 quarters. Last month Hong Kong's Counterpoint reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one Smartphone in the world, while missing out in China as the number two smartphone. Obviously Apple's iPhone 5S made gains around the world in order to become the number one smartphone, as they were also number two in the US.

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06:37
China's Smartphone OEM's Attacking Samsung on Ho...

"China has been famous for fake products, but now Chinese smartphone manufacturers are pushing into the local Korean market," notes a new Korean report published today. They further noted that "It proves that they have grown rapidly such that they are ready to penetrate the home ground of Korean handset makers, who are dominant players in the worldwide smartphone market." Isn't it funny how the Koreans see China's smartphones as being "fake products," or copycat products – yet don't even blink when their local hero Samsung copied Apple's features?

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05:42
Apple Touts European Job Creation Numbers, Including 500K...

Several years ago, Apple rolled out a new page on its site touting job growth associated with its businesses in the United States, calculating that included over 300,000 workers directly tied to the company and its business partners, as well as over 200,000 more workers that were part of the App Store economy. The total number is now approaching 600,000 workers, driven largely by increases in the App Store segment over the past two years. Now, Apple is bringing the same public relations effort to Europe, with a series of pages touting Apple's job creation numbers in Europe, as noted by The Wall Street Journal.Throughout our history, we...

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04:38
Apple Reminds European Leaders that Apple is Responsible f...

In July the arrest of a German intelligence employee for allegedly spying for the US had caused an uproar among German politicians. The country's foreign minister had demanded an immediate clarification of the situation from Washington. Of course this was putting salt in an already open wound ...

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03:54
China Ratchets up Tension with US by Excluding Apple Produ...

It's being reported today that China’s government has officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns, according to government officials familiar with the matter. This shouldn't come as any surprise – as the government was likely the force behind getting China's CCTV to get the ball rolling ...

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01:55
Report Claims 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Will Feature 2,100 mAh Bat...

Last month, new photos of a purported battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 revealed a 1,810 mAh capacity for the device, which is a modest improvement over the 1,560 mAh battery currently found in the iPhone 5s. Now, ESM-China electronics analyst Sung Chang Xu claims (Google Translate, via G for Games) that the final version of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will actually feature a 2,100 mAh battery. Citing sources at supply chains across China, the analyst also adds that the previous images of the battery showed test units. A capacity of 2,100 mAh for the iPhone 6's battery would put it below competing phones such as the...

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Tuesday August 5

18:31
Apple and Samsung Agree to End Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

Apple and Samsung have issued a joint statement today announcing an agreement to drop all patent lawsuits against each other outside of the United States, according to Bloomberg. “Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States,” the companies said in the statement. “This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”The move is yet another signal that the long-running patent dispute between Apple and Samsung may be winding down, as it was reported in June that the two companies were trying to find "common ground". The two also agreed to drop...

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15:24
Sprint Abandons Plans to Purchase T-Mobile

Sprint is abandoning plans to purchase T-Mobile US, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the site, Sprint and its parent company Softbank believe it would be too hard to gain regulatory approval for the deal, with Sprint planning to make an announcement on Wednesday.Sprint Corp. is ending its pursuit of T-Mobile US, according to people familiar with the matter. The company and its parent, SoftBank Corp. decided it simply would be too difficult to win approval from regulators, the people said.News that Sprint was working on a potential purchase of T-Mobile US first came in December of 2013, when The Wall Street Journal suggested Sprint was preparing a takeover bid. The deal, which could have been worth more than $20 billion, would have been subjected to significant...

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12:25
Google Glass Get Redefined in new Granted Design Patent

Today Google was granted a design patent for a new Google Glass design. It's more balanced and capable of blending in the crowd instead of looking like a pirate. It's a design I think will appeal to a broader range of consumers. The new design ...

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12:12
iPhone 6 Roundup Update

Our iPhone 6 roundup has been updated with the latest information. Several reliable media sources have reported Apple is planning to hold a major media event on September 9, where it will introduce the long-awaited larger-screened iPhone 6. Read our full roundup for details. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Pebble Launches Limited Edition Classic Smart Watches in Blue, Pink, and GreenGoogle Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS XiStat Menus 5 Brings Refreshed Look, OS X Yosemite Support, More DataApple to Open Third Netherlands Retail Store This Saturday, August 9 •...

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09:39
A Deadly Aluminum Dust Explosion in China Triggers Emergen...

According to initial reports, Chinese government authorities have called for emergency safety inspections that could halt Foxconn production. While many reports are claiming that the China factory explosion could reportedly affect iPhone-6 production – there's still no official word from Foxconn to confirm this.

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09:19
Apple to Hold iPhone Event on September 9

Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone 6 at an event on September 9, reports Re/code. The company has reportedly scheduled a big media event for that date and in the past, September has been a month reserved for the introduction of new iPhones. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models compared to iPhone 5s Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 6 event will see the debut of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which is expected to include an redesigned chassis, an A8 processor and an upgraded camera. The event may also see the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be experiencing production issues and may debut somewhat later than the 4.7-inch version. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X •...

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09:11
Apple Says App Store Saw Record Revenue, Customer Transact...

July was a record-setting month for App Store revenue, according to Apple, seeing both record revenue numbers and a record number of customers making transactions. The company revealed the news to CNBC.Apple's app store saw record-setting revenue numbers in July, the company told CNBC. The Cupertino-based company also said that its app store saw a record number of customers making transactions.During the company's recent financial results call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part of Apple's business during the quarter that ended in June. iTunes billings grew 25 percent year over year to an all time quarterly high, and Apple saw iTunes revenue of $4.5 billion, largely due to the...

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08:08
Steve Jobs' Vision of Widespread Free Public Wi-Fi Gu...

In a commentary piece arguing for users to open up free guest networks on their Wi-Fi access points to the public, Re/code's Walt Mossberg shares the story of how Steve Jobs saw such networks as the future of Internet access, supplementing cellular networks to allow for faster and broader access for users. Mossberg notes that Jobs envisioned the open Wi-Fi networks during development of the original iPhone, which was hampered by a "lousy, sluggish cellular-data network." An open Wi-Fi network built on the cooperation of both business and private citizens who were wiling to share their Wi-Fi connections with strangers would have addressed this problem by offering another connectivity option for iPhone users.His idea was to get as many wireless router makers as possible to build in a “guest network” option — essentially a second Wi-Fi network, securely walled off from the rest of the home network, and...

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07:53
Apple Files for HealthKit Trademark in the US and Europe

On August 05, the US and European Trademark Offices published trademark filings for "HealthKit." The US filing notes that Apple officially ...

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07:00
Apple Granted 58 Patents Today Covering Mac Pro Packaging,...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two patents. The first covers flexible circuitry suitable for smaller devices like a wristwatch. The second covers Siri. Apple was also granted ten design patents today ...

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06:13
Apple's Supply Chain Diversification Hitting Samsung...

Apple has been expanding its supply chain, bringing in companies like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to produce components for its iPhone and iPad devices. This supply chain diversification may benefit Apple, but it is having a negative effect on rival Samsung's chip manufacturing business, reports The Wall Street Journal. Since 2007, Samsung has enjoyed the coveted position of being the only manufacturer of Apple's Ax series of processors and their predecessors. But after several years of negotiations and technical work as the popularity of Apple's iOS devices has soared, Apple has brought TSMC on board to produce A-series chips for the next generation of devices. This transition away from Samsung as the sole supplier of the main chip for iOS devices is cutting into the Korean company's logic chip...

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04:53
Apple Granted Patent Backside iPad Gaming Controls & M...

Late last month we posted a report titled "Microsoft considers a new Splittable Xbox Controller for Surface Tablet Game Play," and therein noted that the smartest approach to gaming controls on a tablet actually came by way of Apple's cool patent about backside touch controls for the iPad. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent. With Apple bringing their new gaming "Metal" technology to iOS 8 next month ....

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03:31
Apple Granted a Surprise Patent for a Microwave Frequency...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a surprising invention that relates to communications systems, and more particularly to an autonomous battery-free microwave frequency communication device like an iPhone which can communicate with a wireless disposable wristband. Apple introduced their new HealthKit framework ...

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01:44
Apple Granted a Major Magnetic Resonance Power System Pate...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 58 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent that is titled "Combining power from multiple resonance magnetic receivers in resonance magnetic power system," which relate generally to utilizing a wireless power transmission in a portable computing environment.

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