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Wednesday February 4

02:13
U.S. iPhone Sales Overtake Android Sales by Slim Margin in...

For the first time since 2012, sales of Apple's iPhone overtook sales of Android devices by a slight margin during the October to December 2014 period in the United States, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel (via TechCrunch). Apple's iPhone took a 47.7% sales share of the U.S. smartphone market while Android accounted for 47.6%, with Windows Phone accounting for 3.8% of sales. In the US, Apple iOS overtook Android for the first time since this time in 2012, albeit by the slimmest 0.1% margin," reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “While the success of the iPhone 6 and 6Plus is unprecedented, this quarter’s performance also points to Apple having its strongest...

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Tuesday February 3

21:55
Mysterious Apple Car Spotted Roaming Bay Area Streets

There have been multiple sightings of a mysterious van with a strange apparatus on its roof in Concord, CA and, according to CBS affiliate KPIX 5, the car is leased to Apple. Bay Area blog Claycord posted photos of the Dodge Caravan earlier today. Photo via Claycord One possible use for the car could be for a mapping project, as the cameras on top of the vehicle are similar to other mapping cars. The Cupertino company has been planning on significantly improving its Maps application though, with plans for transit directions, improved points-of-interest data,...

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19:31
GMT Bug Now Fixed for Google Calendar Users in iOS 8

After widespread complaints over the past five months, the so-called "GMT bug" affecting iOS 8 calendar users appears to have been at least partially fixed. Without installing a software update, several users on the Apple Support Communities, Google Calendar Help Forum, Twitter and MacRumors forums are reporting that calendar events are now syncing in the proper time zone on iOS 8.1.3 and earlier versions. Given that users were not required to take action, it is speculated that Google may have quietly fixed the issue on their backend. A significant number of users have been voicing their complaints about the GMT bug since iOS 8 was released in September. In short, the bug causes calendar items to be synced in the GMT time zone regardless of location. One particular topic posted within the...

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17:06
Samsung Advances their Next-Gen Phone-Watch Invention

Samsung first introduced their vision for a next generation phone-watch in September 2013, roughly seven months after Apple's invention was first made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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15:01
Sapphire Displays to See Major Step Forward With Lower Ref...

For several months leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was heavily speculated that the smartphones would be equipped with sapphire crystal displays. Those rumors failed to materialize, however, as Apple opted to continue using ion-strengthened Gorilla Glass for its displays. Just weeks later, Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy in what turned out to be a dramatic fallout between the two companies over strict contract terms and sapphire production issues. (Image via MKBHD) While GT Advanced experienced difficulties with both the quality and quantity...

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11:57
iOS 8 Adoption Rate Hits 72% As Android Lollipop Distribut...

Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 8, is installed on 72 percent of iOS devices almost five months after it first launched in September of 2014, according to new numbers Apple shared on its App Store support page for developers. Installation numbers are up 9 percent since mid-December and have jumped 3 percent since January 20, following the launch of iOS 8.1.3 at the end of the month. As iOS 8 adoption grows, the number of users running iOS 7 has dropped to 25 percent. 3 percent of users continue to use an earlier operating system. iOS 8 adoption has been somewhat slower than iOS 7 adoption, as iOS 7 was running on 80 percent of devices in January of...

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09:42
iOS 8.2 May Be Released in March, Ahead of April Apple Wat...

Apple's next major iOS update, iOS 8.2, includes the WatchKit API and support for the Apple Watch, so it's been widely assumed that the software will launch alongside the device. According to sources that spoke to BGR, iOS 8.2 may not be released at the same time as the Apple Watch after all, coming instead in March. An unspecified March release date means the software could come just a week or so ahead of the Apple Watch, or over a month, depending on the specific launch date of the Apple Watch. Tim Cook recently confirmed the Apple Watch will be released in April, but he did not narrow down the month-long timeframe. It is not clear why Apple might choose to launch the update ahead of the Apple Watch, as it is...

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09:40
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is rumored to Look More iPhone-Like

Although I'd like to think that the latest rumor about the new Samsung Galaxy S6 is a joke, there's history saying it's actually possible. The latest rumor from Korea about the new Galaxy S6 debuting in Barcelona in early March is that it will look more like Apple's iPhone than ever before.

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09:24
Thousands Respond to Casting Call for Extras in Steve Jobs...

With filming on the upcoming Steve Jobs film underway in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, thousands of people responded to a casting call over the weekend, hoping to be included as extras in scenes being filmed at the Flint Center where Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh in 1984. As reported by CNET's Shara Tibken, well over 2,000 people showed up in 80s-inspired attire to be extras for a scene in the upcoming movie, but hundreds including Tibken herself were turned away due to the overwhelming fan response to the casting call. I thought I'd have no trouble getting onto the movie set at the Flint Center here since I was "confirmed" as an extra and arrived at the designated time. Silly me. After years of covering the lines at Apple events and product launches, I should have known better....

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07:34
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Clobbered more than just Samsun...

In December we posted a report titled "Xiaomi, the World's Fastest-Growing Smartphone Company, Earned Under 2% Profit Margin in 2013 - by Design." Xiaomi's philosophy to date has been very simple: sell hardware at cost, make on services. For that Xiaomi has been getting a lot of buzz in the press of late. Yet with Apple's historic iPhone 6 sales ...

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05:35
Taiwan's Handset Supply Chain is Abuzz Over Expected...

Taiwan's supply chain is buzzing today as they expect shipments of Apple's iPhone devices to top 50 million units in the first quarter of 2015, increasing ...

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03:44
Apple Electric Car, Inc. showed up in Today's Granted...

A report from the Financial Post last year stated that Apple was looking at cars and medical devices for future growth. The report stated that Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla Motors Inc. founder Elon Musk at the company’s headquarters last year.

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02:01
Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Unique Displays, a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two patents. The first is about displays with unique openings that could be used for audio, wireless transmissions and beyond. The second patent ...

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Monday February 2

17:00
The FCC is Once Again Set to Vote on New Net Neutrality Ru...

Today it's being reported that the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Mr. Wheeler is expected to circulate his proposal on Thursday, with a vote scheduled for the FCC’s open meeting on Feb. 26.

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15:21
Apple to Convert Arizona Plant into a State-of-the-Art Dat...

It's being confirmed by Apple today that they intend to invest $2 billion to convert the failed GTAT sapphire factory in Arizona into a state-of-the-art data center. Apple's ..

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14:14
FCC to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility fo...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler plans to submit a proposal that would allow the agency to regulate Internet service much like a public utility, reports The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The move would let the FCC introduce strong rules that could prevent Internet providers from creating "fast lanes" letting certain sites pay for faster speeds.It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to industry analysts, lobbyists and former F.C.C. staff members.Net neutrality, which is the principle that all data on the Internet should be...

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12:29
Apple to Build $2B 'Global Command Center' in Fo...

Apple plans to take over the Mesa, Arizona factory where GT Advanced was formerly producing sapphire boules, transforming the facility into a massive $2 billion data center, reports CNBC. The data center will reportedly act as a "command center" for Apple's global data network. According to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the center will house 150 full-time Apple employees and its construction at the 1.3 million square foot facility will create 300 to 500 additional jobs.BIG NEWS: #Apple making $2 billion investment in our state. First #SB49, now this. Arizona is open for business! http://t.co/pPunvL7Wjf.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey)...

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10:29
IDC Recognizes Apple's iPad as the Leading Tablet yet...

A new IDC report was published today for tablet shipments during the holiday quarter.

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10:02
Apple Seeds Fifth iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, three weeks after seeding the fourth beta and almost three months after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta. The beta, build 12D5480a, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today’s update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 5 with WatchKit. iOS 8.2 includes the WatchKit SDK, allowing developers to create apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple’s upcoming wearable device ahead of its 2015 launch. The first iOS 8.2 beta, with WatchKit SDK and developer documentation, revealed several new details about the Apple Watch, including its heavy reliance on the iPhone and the different types of content developers can create for the device. Update: It appears iOS 8.2 beta 5 fixes a bug...

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09:36
First Photos of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs Surface

The Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography began filming in January, and the first images of Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have surfaced (via The Daily Mail). The two actors were filming scenes at the Flint Center in Cupertino last week, and will also be filming at Steve Jobs' original childhood home. In the images, Fassbender wears a dress shirt, jacket, and bowtie, while Seth Rogen is dressed somewhat more casually in a tie and sweater with a full beard. Fassbender has the long ear-length hair style that Steve...

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08:53
Todoist App for Apple Watch Will Bring To-Do Lists to Your...

With the Apple Watch on schedule to ship in April and some developers asked to have apps readied for this month, we are beginning to see a slow trickle of apps surface for the wrist-worn device. Todoist on Monday became the latest software maker to tease their work-in-progress Apple Watch app, sharing a video and screenshots of the upcoming to-do app with MacRumors this morning. Todoist [Direct Link] aims to bring its popular to-do app for iPhone and iPad to the wrist with...

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08:33
Intel Acquires Lantiq, a Leader in Home Networking Technol...

Today Intel took another leap forward in an effort to take a leading role in powering the next wave of the internet known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

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07:10
The Famed Louis Vuitton Brand Loses to Apple as the Number...

Last month we posted a report titled "Jean-Claude Biver Revs up the Rhetoric about TAG Heuer's coming Smartwatch vs. Apple Watch." We've been covering Biver's comments about the coming Apple watch being that Apple is taking on Switzerland's legendary luxury industry.

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06:29
iPad Momentum Falls Flat as Tablet Market Experiences Firs...

iPad sales slowed in the fourth quarter as the worldwide tablet market experienced its first year-over-year decline since being established in 2010, according to the latest numbers from market research firm IDC. Apple shipped 24.1 million iPads for 28.1% market share in the fourth quarter to maintain a comfortable lead over Samsung, which shipped 11 million tablets for 14.5% market share during the three-month period ending December. The worldwide tablet market continues to be mainly a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung, with smaller competitors such as Lenovo, Asus and Amazon shipping just 3.7 million, 3 million and 1.7 million tablets respectively during the fourth quarter. IDC says that, despite a year-over-year decline, worldwide tablet shipments increased 4.4% to total 229.6 million units in 2014."The tablet market is still very...

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05:18
Korea's FTC has created a Task Force to Determine Whe...

On January 21 we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 Smashed Smartphone Sales Record on Samsung's Home Turf." Apple's iPhone 6 is the first smartphone by a foreign company to ever go beyond 20% market share in South Korea. Apple smashed that record with a 33% market grab surpassing ...

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