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Wednesday March 4

13:08
HBO Wants Apple TV as Launch Partner for the Upcoming...

According to a new report this afternoon, HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month.

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12:41
U.S. Appeals Judge Skeptical of Apple Seeking an Injunctio...

It's being reported today that Apple told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents. Yet Judge ...

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12:29
HBO and Apple in Talks for $15/Month Apple TV Streaming Se...

HBO is in talks with Apple over a partnership that would see its upcoming standalone web-only subscription television package available on the Apple TV, reports Michael Learmonth, writing for International Business Times. CNBC has also confirmed that Apple and HBO are in talks in the video tweet posted below. BREAKING: Sources tell @JBoorstin that Apple & HBO are in talks for Apple TV to be a launch partner for 'HBO Now'.
https://t.co/hQd9AzA3Xr— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 4, 2015 Apple could potentially be one of HBO's launch partners for...

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10:55
MacBook Air Refresh With Broadwell Processors and Intel HD...

Apple's MacBook Air hasn't been updated since last April, which means the company's line of ultraportable notebooks is due for a refresh. New screenshots from the forums of Chinese site Feng.com suggest an update is imminent, depicting the specifications of a MacBook Air with one of Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the user who posted the screenshots, they're from a 2015 MacBook Air that was produced by Foxconn. The screenshots show the system information for a low-end 13-inch MacBook Air (MacBookAir7,2) with an Intel Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000, which is what we would expect to see. The machine ships with 4GB of RAM and continues to use a display with a resolution of 1440 x 900. The battery appears to be very similar to the battery in the existing 13-inch MacBook Air. The notebook is...

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10:40
'iPhone 6s' Could Have 2GB of RAM and Pre-Instal...

The next-generation iPhone is expected to ship with 2GB of RAM and could also have a pre-installed Apple SIM, according to AppleInsider. The so-called "iPhone 6s," and presumably the "iPhone 6s Plus," would be adopting both features from the iPad Air 2, which also has 2GB of RAM and a pre-installed Apple SIM. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and all previous models dating back to the iPhone 5, have 1GB of RAM and must be used with a SIM card obtained from an individual carrier. Apple SIM, introduced alongside the iPad Air 2, allows you to choose between a variety of carriers without locking into long-term plans. Participating U.S. carriers include AT&T, Sprint...

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08:53
The Apple Watch Wins the International Forum Design's...

Since 1953 the International Forum Design Awards (known as "iF") has been hosting one of the most renowned design award events in the world. This year's 2015 Gold Winner for best industrial design for a watch was awarded to Apple.

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08:06
The People of Zhongjie Joy City China Love Apple's iP...

Earlier we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with 25% Market Share," for January. And with Apple roaring into February with four new Apple Stores, sales of the iPhone 6 will likely get another boost. Yet one thing is for sure ...

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07:04
Apple Tops Movie Product Placement Rankings for the First...

Branding website Brandchannel recently revealed the winners of the Brandcameo 2015 Product Placement Awards, which names the movies and brands with the most proliferation within Hollywood films over the past year. For the first time since 2011, Apple nabbed the 2014 Award for Overall Product Placement, appearing in 9 of the 35 films that topped the U.S. box office last year. Brandchannel mentions the most influential Apple moments in films last year, perhaps the most popular of which is an extended scene in Marvel's blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which two of its protagonists use a MacBook Pro inside an Apple Store to hack into secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. data. A quick tangential reference to an iPod Shuffle in The Lego Movie also helped Apple reign over previous winners...

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05:30
Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with 25% Mar...

A new report published this morning from Kantar for the three months ending in January 2015, show that Apple’s iOS reached its highest ever share in urban China ...

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Tuesday March 3

17:06
Apple Already Working on a Settlement with Lithium Battery...

On February 19 we posted a Patently Legal report covering the lawsuit filed against Apple by the advanced lithium battery maker known as A123 Systems ...

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15:36
Rumor Suggests 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Could Launch Dur...

Apple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis.Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible.While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple's March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have...

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12:06
Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New Regera Hy...

Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service. Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with three electric motors. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, and there's a motor dedicated to each rear wheel. Inside, the Regera is equipped with an infotainment system that includes a 9-inch infrared...

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11:04
Gartner Finally Acknowledges that Apple was the Number One...

According to a new Gartner report, Apple reported its best quarter ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, which saw it sell 74.8 million units and move to the number 1 position in the global smartphone market. While we've basically known this for weeks, it's always nice to see new stats put it in black and white for all to see, especially Samsung.

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11:04
Researchers Find New 'FREAK' Security Flaw, Appl...

Researchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post. Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States. These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software companies as a result of the old policy and it has even been built into software in the U.S. The existence of lingering "export-grade" encryption was unnoticed until this year, when researchers found they could force browsers to...

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10:02
Apple Introduces New MobileFirst Energy and Utilities App...

Today, Apple introduces the first of the three new industry sectors that Tim Cook spoke of: Energy. Additionally, MobileFirst has introduced ...

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09:37
Apple Shifting Security Team From Contractors to Full-Time...

Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in Silicon valley as full-time employees, a company spokeswoman confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News. Many of the security guards that Apple has hired in the past as contractors will become part of the company's expanded in-house security team and receive the same benefits as other employees, including full health insurance, retirement contributions and a leave of absence for new parents. Apple security guard in dispute with photographer at iPad event (via The Australian) Apple will continue using contractors as security guards for special events, such as the upcoming...

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08:26
Apple Surpassed Samsung as World's Largest Smartphone...

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Apple surpassed Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung lost the top spot to Apple for the first time since 2011. Apple narrowly edged Samsung as the two rivals had quarterly sales of 74.8 million and 73 million smartphones respectively. Apple's 20.4% market share was also marginally higher than Samsung's 19.9% share during the three-month period ending December."With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at the high end of the market," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.Strategy Analytics reported in January that Apple and...

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07:44
Apple Files Trademarks in Europe for "Digital Crown...

Today the European Trademark Office published two of Apple's trademark applications for "Digital Crown" and "Watch OS" that were originally filed yesterday. Apple's legal team has been on a steady roll filing Apple Watch related trademarks throughout February and now into March.

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07:17
Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and iP...

Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website 01net [Google Translate] (via iPhon.fr). The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch. Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the report adds. Last...

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06:25
Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Major Multitouch I...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major Apple multitouch patents. The first was the force behind the original iPhone launched in 2007 when Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduced ...

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05:13
Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415 Million Se...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, California courtroom on Monday raised no objections about a $415 million settlement that would end an ongoing anti-poaching class-action lawsuit involving Apple, Google and other large tech companies. Koh rejected a previous $324.5 million settlement last August after one of the plaintiffs in the case objected because the deal was too low, according to Reuters. Tech workers filed the antitrust class-action lawsuit in 2011 against Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, alleging that the four companies reached anti-poaching agreements that resulted in less job mobility and lower salaries. Apple and Google were accused of signing one of the earliest wage-fixing...

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03:22
Apple Granted a Patent for a New Wireless Antenna System t...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent relating to a new magnetic antenna mounting system that could one day bring cellular connectivity to the iMac and ...

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01:42
Apple Granted a Patent for a Robotic Wireless Testing Syst...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent for a robotic arm system for testing iPhones.

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Monday March 2

18:04
Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6' Ad C...

Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates. "Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter) A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and Instagram over the past few days, with spots appearing on the back cover of The New Yorker magazine, horizontal posters in London's Euston Square subway...

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13:46
Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational'...

There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time." The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader that skyrocketed Apple to fame. Schlender and Tetzeli interviewed many of Steve Jobs' friends, family, and inner circle, to get access to never-before-told stories. Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Robert Iger all contributed to the book. It also draws on the experiences Schlender had with Jobs in interviews across many years.Schlender and Tetzeli make...

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