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Wednesday April 29

09:48
Tag Heuer Announces their Smartwatch will be Ready for the...

Today, TAG Heuer announced that it will start selling a smartwatch for about $1,400 in October or November.

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08:31
Apple is already set to expand its Israeli R&D Center

Just months after its opening, Apple is set to expand its R&D center in Herzliya Israel. Apple leases a portion of its Herzliya R&D center, and it is going to lease more space ...

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07:51
Some Tattoos Found to Interfere With Apple Watch's Se...

A growing number of users have turned to social networks claiming that full sleeve tattoos, ones that stretch to cover the wrist, interfere with the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor and skin contact registration. Consequently, some Apple Watch users with tattoos have been unable to receive notifications and are frequently prompted to re-enter their passcode, if one is set, on the wrist-worn device. A popular Reddit thread discussing the issue has received nearly 700 upvotes and 300 comments since being posted on Tuesday, and some users have unfortunately already coined the phrase "Tattoogate" to describe the problem. iMore soon followed up with a report confirming the issue, with the Apple Watch displaying inaccurate heart rate readings on the wrists of people with dark-...

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07:27
Global Equities Research Calls for the Removal of Apple...

In a new Barron's report this morning, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research who has generally had a fervently positive view on Apple stock, today writes that the company has been squandering its cash as it boosts its capital returns to appease short-term investors, and that it needs to replace its CFO, Luca Maestri, to change course.

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06:17
The Korean Press Finally Sees the Light and Wonders why Ap...

Apple has trounced Samsung once again in smartphone profits and even the Korean press is finding it difficult to understand why Samsung can't match Apple's performance.

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05:41
Samsung Overtakes Apple to Reclaim Title of World's L...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung surpassed Apple to reclaim its position as the world's largest smartphone maker in the first quarter of 2015. The two smartphone vendors were previously tied in the fourth quarter of 2014 after Apple matched Samsung with 74.5 million smartphones shipped on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and busy holiday shopping season. Samsung recaptured the number one position with 83.2 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter, while Apple trailed in second with 61.2 million smartphones shipped during the three-month period ending March. Lenovo-Motorola finished a distant third with 18.8 million smartphones shipped, followed by Huawei at 17.3 million and 164...

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04:31
American Airlines Forced to Delay Flights Reportedly due t...

According to a new report published late yesterday, "American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after a key Apple iPad app used by pilots crashed.

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03:58
Samsung's Net Profit Plunges 39% in Q1 2015

In a Korean regulatory filing, Samsung stated that its net profit plunged 39 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier due to sluggish device sales. The profits plunge is really much larger than the 31% that was anticipated in early April.

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Tuesday April 28

19:52
iPad App Issue Delays 'a Few Dozen' American Air...

Issues with an app on iPads provided to pilots on American Airline flights have delayed "a few dozen" flights, making it difficult for planes to take off and causing them to return to the gates to fix the issue, according to The Verge. An American Airlines pilot's iPad"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely later told The Verge. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible." Another spokesperson said that the issue affected "a few dozen flights" across the airline. "We've identified the issue, we've identified the solution, and we are working on it right now."Passenger Bill Jacaruso was...

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18:42
MCX CEO Out After Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay

Just a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that MCX member Best Buy would begin accepting Apple Pay in stores later this year, MCX, the company behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, announced that current CEO Dekkers Davidson has left the company. He's been replaced by former Bank of America Merchant Services CEO Brian V. Mooney on an interim basis. “MCX was created to capitalize on a tremendous opportunity for consumers, and I look forward to taking the company through the next exciting phase of bringing CurrentC™ to the market,” said Mooney. “MCX has a talented team in place backed by the determination and resources of many of the world’s largest and most successful merchants. Building on that foundation, we’re focused on making CurrentC™ the consumer preferred mobile...

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14:14
Apple's iOS 8 finally Cracks the 80% Adoption Mark

Apple's iOS 8 got off to a bad start with multiple problems and hiccups that had many regretting making the leap away from iOS 7. That put iOS 8 on a much slower trajectory than usual. Since then Apple has provide

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13:27
HP Wins a Design Patent for an Enterprise Notebook & B...

One of HP's newest notebooks is the HP Spectre x360 which allows the display to flip from front to back with a full 360 degree action. Earlier this month the U.S. Patent Office granted HP a design patent for a new notebook design that has a different twist to the Spectre x360 in that it allows the display to swing from front to back with a simple flick of the screen on a common back structure arm. The arm allows ...

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11:36
12-Inch Retina MacBook Receives Mixed Reviews From Early A...

Just a few weeks after the 12-inch Retina MacBook became available to order online, a number of early adopters have shared mixed opinions about the notebook within the MacRumors discussion forums. Overall, many users agree that the new MacBook has major design appeal but with too many key compromises, as mentioned by several well-known tech pundits and websites in our review roundup of the notebook. A handful of users within the discussion forums claimed that they regretfully returned their new MacBooks shortly after receiving one because of those compromises, including the frustration of looking for and purchasing USB-C adapters that are needed to connect various Digital AV, VGA or USB devices, peripherals and cables to the single USB-C port on the ultra-slim notebook. The new keyboard and slow performance were also...

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10:27
App Store Review Guidelines Updated to Forbid Time-Telling...

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to reflect an Apple Watch rule that it's been enforcing over the past several weeks, which prevents developers from creating Apple Watch apps that display the time. According to the newly added 10.7 rule under "User interface," Watch Apps that have a "primary function" of telling the time will be rejected. Though this rule, noticed first by 9to5Mac, was not previously listed in the App Store Review Guidelines or in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines until today, Apple has previously been using this guideline to turn down Apple Watch apps, and its enforcement of this rule appears particularly strict based on some of the apps that have been...

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06:53
Apple Watch's Sapphire Crystal Display Evaluated With...

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has shared a new video that tests the stainless steel Apple Watch with a basic diamond tester to determine if it actually has a sapphire crystal display like many regular mechanical watches. The video also tests the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R, iPhone 6 and a Tissot watch that is verified to have a sapphire crystal display. The results of the test confirm that the Apple Watch does have a sapphire crystal display as advertised, with the diamond tester recognizing the thermal conductivity of the scratch-resistant material. The verified Tissot watch also displays a reading on the meter, while the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R and iPhone 6 do not yield any results because all three devices have traditional or ion-strengthened glass displays. Sapphire crystal is a harder and more scratch resistant material than traditional glass, which is why Apple chose it for the more expensive Apple...

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06:26
Samsung's Excuses for Low Shipments of the Galaxy S6...

In one of yesterday's reports we noted that "Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones and Cook believes that there's still significant growth ahead for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as there's still evidence of momentum which could be bad news for Samsung and LG who are trying to sell new smartphone models."

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05:23
The Popularity of Apple's iPhone 6 is Still on Fire a...

One of the key points that we listed in yesterday's report titled "A Review of the Key Points from Apple's Q2 2015 Financial Conference Call," was that while Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones in Apple's fiscal Q2, Cook believes that there's still significant growth ahead for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as there's still evidence of momentum ...

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04:44
The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Others Weigh In on...

Mainstream media is loudly applauding Apple's Q2 financial results that were announced yesterday afternoon. While we covered the main points that were made by Apple's CEO Tim Cook during their financial conference call yesterday, today's report briefly touches on a few key points that were made by the Wall Street Journal ...

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03:25
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering 3D Mapping, an App...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three inventions related to 3D mapping ...

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Monday April 27

20:04
Apple Watch Tips and Hidden Features: Handoff, AirPlay, an...

The Apple Watch is a brand new product platform for Apple, offering a significantly different experience compared to Apple's already established platforms, iOS and Mac OS. As the device is getting onto more and more wrists over the coming days, weeks and month, we've collected a bunch of helpful tips to help users acclimating to Apple's brand new platform in a video. We've highlighted some of the tips below. Fast switching between apps - If you need to bounce between two apps, or one app and your watch face, it can become fairly cumbersome and take some time. Instead, it's easier and quicker to simply fast switch between apps by double tapping the Digital Crown. Double tapping a second time goes back to the last thing you were doing. This way, you can spend some time on the watch face, quickly zoom over to the Music app to select a new song, and then double tap again to go back to the watch face....

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17:33
A Review of the Key Points from Apple's Q2 2015 Finan...

Today, Apple announced a historic March Quarter with 27% revenue growth and 40% earnings per share growth Year over Year (YoY). Apple saw outstanding results for the iPhone with revenue growth up 55% YoY. Cook noted that they saw the highest rate of Android switchers than in any previous iPhone cycle. Another major point ...

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14:48
Tim Cook: Component Cost Breakdowns on Apple Products Are...

During today's Q2 2015 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple Watch margins are lower than the company average, and on a followup question about those margins in the context of the Apple Watch Edition's high price, Cook commented on the inaccuracy of estimated cost breakdowns on Apple products. "I haven't seen [them for Apple Watch], but generally there are cost breakdowns around our products that are much different than the reality. I've never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate," Cook said. He went on to say that the Apple Watch's functionality is "absolutely incredible" with a lot of new features and innovative technology. We haven't seen cost breakdowns on the components of the Apple Watch hinting at a possible base unit price that would reveal Apple's profit margin, but such component breakdowns are often shared by analysts following device teardowns. The iPhone...

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13:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook: We're 'Working Hard' to...

During today's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not share information on Apple Watch sales, but there were several analyst questions on the new wearable, leading Cook to shed a bit of light on Apple's efforts to fulfill orders. According to Cook, demand for the Apple Watch is much greater than supply, but the company is "working hard to remedy that." He said that Apple made a lot of progress on that over the past week, and was able to deliver the Apple Watch to more customers than Apple had originally anticipated. "We're going to keep doing that," Cook said, noting that some customers would begin receiving updated info on improved shipping estimates today. Apple is "generally happy" with its efforts to boost supply and get the Apple Watch out to customers as soon as possible, and Apple Watch availability may expand to other countries in late June. "It is a new product for us. With any new product, you wind up taking some time to...

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12:50
Apple Announces a Record Breaking March Quarter

Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted in a press release this afternoon that "We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever.

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12:35
Apple Reports Record March Quarter Results of $13.6B Profi...

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter and first calendar quarter of 2015. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 69 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14 to shareholders of record as of May 11. The company currently holds $193.5 billion in cash and marketable securities. In addition to the increase in the dividend payment, Apple said it will...

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