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Thursday January 14

02:58
A Next-Gen Apple Watch Band Could Magnetically Attach to M...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new Apple Watch band that is magnetic based. More specifically, the invention relates to a magnetic wristband operable to both secure Apple Watch to the user's wrist in one configuration while protecting the Apple Watch while it's not being worn in another configuration....

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Wednesday January 13

16:10
Could Apple's iPhone 6s be the Last iPhone Model to O...

First there was the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that Apple's CEO slammed and the thought of a similar bill coming to the U.S. had Tim Cook lashing out at the Government last week. It's now being reported that a bill is currently making its way through the...

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13:39
Bragi Dash Impressions: Wireless Earphones Offer Enough Qu...

Wireless bluetooth headphones have been gaining traction over the past few years as potentially reliable replacements to the traditional wired headsets offered in most smartphone boxes. With the announcement of the "Bragi Dash" at CES in 2015 -- and the subsequent year of updates trickling out of the German company -- interest in true wireless earphones that don't even require a wire between the earpieces has begun to increase.

Interest in these products took another step forward last week when it was reported Apple may be working on a Dash-like product to be sold alongside the so-called "iPhone 7" later this year. The Apple-owned Beats by Dre brand already offers customers a variety of Bluetooth headphones, but none that are as small and undetectable as the Bragi Dash.

With the first round of Bragi Dash units now shipping to Kickstarter...

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13:14
Apple to Automate iAd Platform and Dismantle In-House iAd...

Apple's iAd program has never been responsible for a large portion of its sales, leading Apple to decide that it's time to take a step back from the platform. According to BuzzFeed, Apple plans to end its efforts at advertising sales and cease its direct involvement with iAd. "It's just not something we're good at," an inside source told BuzzFeed.

To accomplish this, Apple will dismantle its iAd sales team and will turn the iAd platform over to publishers, allowing them to directly create and sell advertising content. Publishers will be able to keep 100 percent of revenue generated.

Advertising industry sources familiar with Apple's new plan for iAds seem intrigued by it. "I think this is going to be great for publishers," said one. "It gives them direct dialogue with their customers as opposed to forcing them to go through an Apple middleman. Access will be more plentiful and...

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07:11
IBM is King of Granted Patents for 2015 with Apple in 11th...

For the twenty-third time in a row, IBM was granted the most U.S. patents for 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm ...

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06:34
The Figurative Apple Logo Receives Updated Registered Trad...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark ...

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06:33
Apple Interested in Buying Time Warner Assets for Streamin...

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes reportedly told investors on Monday that he would entertain a sale of the media company, and Apple has been named as a possible suitor, according to the New York Post. AT&T, which owns DirecTV, and Fox are also said to have shown interest.Eddy Cue, one of Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook’s top lieutenants, in charge of content deals, has been keeping tabs on proceedings at Time Warner, a source close to Apple said.Time Warner owns a large number of assets that could lay the foundation for Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service, including CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, NBA TV, Cartoon Network and its Warner...

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05:53
Rumor Pegs Trial Production of the Apple Watch 2 Set to Be...

A fresh report from China has it that the Watch 2 will be manufactured by Quanta – the same company responsible for producing the original model. More importantly, new rumors have it that Quanta could push the Watch 2 into trial production ...

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05:24
Quanta May Begin Trial Production of Apple Watch 2 This Mo...

A new report out of China today points to an earlier than expected trial production of the unannounced "Apple Watch 2," expected to begin as soon as the end of January. According to Taiwanese website Commercial Times (via G for Games), the second generation of the Apple Watch will be manufactured by Quanta, which was also responsible for last year’s production of the original smartwatch.

Despite today's report of Quanta's eagerness to begin production on the Apple Watch 2, a rumor back in November suggested the company had a "weaker...

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05:20
Apple Reportedly Eying Purchase of Time Warner to Boost Ap...

The Post is reporting that Time Warner Inc. isn’t even on the block yet, but Apple is staying extra close to any possible movement on this front.

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04:15
Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for '...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "National Security Officials Met with Leading Tech Companies Today in a New Effort to Fight Radical Islamism around the Globe," wherein we noted that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was one of the ones attending to discuss how to better thwart violent extremists' use of the Internet. Last night ...

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Tuesday January 12

19:17
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum Amid Overall Worldwide...

Amid an overall decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple is the sole manufacturer that saw positive shipment growth, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. With worldwide PC shipments from Lenovo, HP, Dell, ASUS, and Acer down, Apple also broke into Gartner's list of top 5 worldwide PC vendors for the first time.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

During the fourth quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 5.7 million PCs, for 7.5 percent market share. That's up from 5.5 million PCs and 6.7 percent market share in the year ago quarter, for an overall year-over-year growth of 2.8 percent. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.7 million units in Q4 2015, an 8.3 percent decline, with Acer and Lenovo seeing some of the biggest drops.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

In the United States...

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15:50
Apple is the Lone PC Maker to Grow Worldwide in 2015 while...

A new report published by IDC today notes that Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15), a year-on-year decline of -10.6%.

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15:19
iOS 9 is Now Installed on 75% of Active iOS Devices

After four months of availability, Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now installed on 75 percent of active iOS devices as of January 11, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 9 adoption has climbed from 71 percent to 75 percent over the course of the past month, which is when Apple last updated iOS 9 adoption numbers. As iOS 9 adoption grows, the number of people using iOS 8 and earlier operating systems has declined. 19 percent of iOS users continue to use iOS 8, while 7 percent use an earlier version of iOS.

iOS 9 adoption has outpaced iOS 8 adoption. At four months after launch, iOS 8 was installed on 68 percent of active iOS devices. In fact, iOS 9 adoption is nearly on pace with iOS 7 adoption, which was installed on 79 percent of devices four months after it was released in 2013.

In September, when iOS 9 hit a milestone that saw it...

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14:56
Apple Watch took 52% Market Share in 2015 while all Androi...

While the iPhone 6s may not be breaking any records this quarter, new data from UK's Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015 ....

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13:39
iOS 9.3 Displays Exact Wi-Fi Assist Data Usage Numbers

Apple's iOS 9.3 beta introduces major new features like Night Shift, but there are also dozens of little tweaks to be discovered in the operating system update. It appears that one of those minor changes applies to Wi-Fi Assist, adding a much-needed feature that allows users to see just how much data it's using.

Wi-Fi Assist data usage can be checked within the Settings app by choosing the Cellular section and scrolling down to the Wi-Fi Assist option. Next to the toggle that turns the feature on and off, there's now a data usage number that displays how much data has been consumed when it is in use.

Wi-Fi Assist was first introduced with iOS 9. It's a feature that allows an iPhone...

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10:22
A Hands-On Walkthrough of the New Features in iOS 9.3 and...

Apple yesterday surprised us with new betas of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2. Of those betas, iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 introduce important new features to iOS devices and the fourth-generation Apple TV.

iOS 9.3 includes a new Night Shift mode that cuts down on blue light in the evening for better sleep, plus it introduces new Quick Actions for several stock apps and brings new features for News, Notes, Health, CarPlay, and more. A full walkthrough of what's new in iOS 9.3 is available in the video below...

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09:48
Apple Hiring for Health Technologies Team Ahead of Apple W...

Apple has posted at least four job listings since November seeking biomedical engineers and technicians to join the research and development arm of its Health Technologies team, reports BuzzFeed News.

Apple's current health and fitness initiatives include the Apple Watch, launched last April with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking, and ResearchKit, an open source medical research framework for clinical trials on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The rumored Apple Watch 2 is expected to launch in March...

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08:52
VLC for Apple TV Now Available on tvOS App Store

Following a lengthy beta testing period, VideoLAN has announced that its VLC app is now available for the fourth-generation Apple TV on the tvOS App Store.

The app is a full port of the VLC media player and supports virtually all video formats in line with the VLC for iOS app. There are also many tvOS-specific features.

- Content Discovery: The app automatically discovers video files stored on your local network, using the SMB, UPnP media server, FTP and PLEX protocols. You can browse through videos with the Siri Remote and select content for playback. During playback, subtitles can be added from OpenSubtitles.org.

- Saved Logins: Login credentials can be securely stored on the Apple TV and will be synchronized to and from your iPhone and iPad.

- Remote Playback: VLC displays an IP address under the Remote Playback menu on Apple TV. This address can be...

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08:08
Apple May Invest in AMOLED Supplier AU Optronics for Futur...

Following rumors claiming that iPhones will adopt OLED displays in less than three years, Taiwanese website Focus Taiwan cites local media reports stating that Apple is planning to invest in AMOLED display supplier AU Optronics.According to the reports, Apple is likely to transform AUO into an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen supplier for production of future iPhones, and if AUO agrees with Apple's fund injection plan, the Taiwanese firm could see its sales and gross margin grow significantly.AU Optronics declined to comment on its potential investment deal with Apple, but the supplier's shares of the company gained 5.15% on Tuesday to close at NT$9.53 on the Taiwanese stock market amid the rumors.

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08:05
With 40% of online users Experiencing Online Harassment, T...

A new tech-driven initiative to curb online harassment has begun under the name of 'Hack Harassment,' lead by Intel, Vox Media, Re/code and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Hack Harassment's first move will be to kick start a series of ...

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05:15
Apple iOS 9.3 will introduce Siri in Hebrew for Israelis

Apple's Siri is learning Hebrew. According to a new report from the Israeli newspaper ...

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04:38
Google Chromebooks take the lead over Apple iPad's in...

A new report published today clearly states that "Apple is no longer the undisputed head of the K-12 class." The report notes that market researcher Futuresource Consulting has found that for the very first time, Chromebook sales have ...

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03:39
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering Multi-Haptics, Tou...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's technology relating to multitouch and multi-haptics, some original technology for Touch ID and another PrimeSense patent ...

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Monday January 11

15:45
Elon Musk Says Apple's Electric Car Project is an...

In an interview with the BBC, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it is an "open secret" that Apple is developing an electric car. Musk made the statement when asked if he had heard anything about Apple's car development plans and went on to highlight the huge number of hires Apple has made as evidence.

"Well, it's pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it," he said, before adding that he believed Apple was serious about the project. "This is an open secret."

Musk went on say Tesla welcomes participation by any company that wants to create electric vehicles, but he cautioned that it's "quite hard to do." He brushed off the interviewer's question of whether an Apple car would be a threat to Tesla, and said that he believes Apple will develop a "compelling" electric car because "it seems like the obvious thing to do."

"Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling...

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