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Wednesday July 8

09:04
Apple Seeds Third iOS 9 Beta to Developers With News App

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second beta and exactly a month after unveiling the new operating system at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update, build 13A4293f, is available through Apple's over-the-air updating system on iOS devices and is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. As promised by Eddy Cue last week, today's beta includes the updated Music app, allowing those running iOS 9 to access the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Today's beta also includes the new News app, a new two-factor...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the second El Capitan beta and a month after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. OS X El Capitan largely builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control...

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08:49
Spotify Encourages Customers to Cancel App Store Subscript...

Spotify is sending emails to its customers encouraging them to stop paying for the Spotify music service through Apple's App Store, reports The Verge. The email informs customers they can save $3 per month on their Spotify fees by canceling their App Store Spotify subscription and resubscribing through the Spotify website. Spotify subscriptions that people signed up for using the App Store are priced at $12.99 to account for the 30 percent fee that Apple collects for all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store. The same service is priced at $9.99 through Spotify's website. Customers who subscribe to Spotify through the App Store might mistakenly think that Spotify is more expensive than Apple's new streaming service, Apple Music, which is also priced at $9.99 per month. That's true, but only when the service is purchased via the App Store. Spotify's emails are...

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08:04
Apple Cranking Up the iPhone 6's Success Story by Pla...

On July 3 we posted a report titled "Production of Apple's Next-Gen iPhones set to Begin," and followed that up with another report days later titled "Pegatron Subsidiary Cranks up Hiring for iPhone that goes into Production in August." Cranked up hiring would be an understatement if the latest Wall Street Journal report is accurate.

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07:25
Microsoft's CEO Still Cleaning Up the Ballmer-Nokia D...

In April 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was interviewed by USA TODAY's David Lieberman at the sixth USA TODAY CEO Forum, in conjunction with the University of Washington Business School. Ballmer was asked what he thought of the coming iPhone from Apple. He conceitedly laughed it off. Before retiring from Microsoft, Ballmer stated that looking back he wished he could have pursued the mobile market earlier ...

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07:16
Apple to Order Record-Breaking 85-90 Million Force Touch-E...

Apple is asking suppliers to assemble a record-breaking 85 to 90 million units of its next-generation iPhone models combined by year-end, according to The Wall Street Journal. That order tops the reported 70 to 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units that Apple ordered during its initial production run last year. The report reiterates rumors that the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will feature both Force Touch, which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, and a new color option, likely rose gold or pink. Foxconn and Pegatron are expected to be the main suppliers of the next-generation iPhones, while...

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07:03
Microsoft to Lay Off 7,800 Employees 'Primarily'...

In a letter to Microsoft employees sent out this morning, company CEO Satya Nadella confirmed that over the next few months Microsoft will undergo a massive restructuring mainly focused on its phone business and which will see the loss of "up to 7,800 positions globally." In addition, the company will take a $7.6 billion impairment charge and an estimated restructuring cost of $750 million to $850 million as Microsoft attempts to rebuild its phone hardware division after its 2013 acquisition of Nokia's hardware units that has failed to generate momentum. In his letter to Microsoft employees, Nadella reaffirmed that he doesn't take such changes lightly, and that the company has plans for its future, with Microsoft...

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05:47
Judge Drops Apple's $533M Fine in iTunes-Related Laws...

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Tuesday voided $532.9 million in damages awarded to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC in February in an iTunes-related patent lawsuit, reports Reuters. The report claims federal judge Rodney Gilstrap has set a new damages trial on September 14 after ruling that "his jury instructions might have 'skewed' jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay." Apple was initially ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC after a federal jury in the Tyler, Texas courtroom found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple countered that Smartflash LLC was exploiting the patent system...

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05:34
Federal Judge Throws out Smartflash Infringement Case Dama...

In February we posted a report titled "Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows to Appeal." At the time Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman stated that "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused ...

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04:52
Japan Display is the Leading iPhone 6 Display Supplier

Apple has pursued a supply chain diversification strategy that procures two or three different suppliers in each component category including display panels. According to a new report ...

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Tuesday July 7

13:20
Microsoft Attempts to Bring Virtual Xbox Game Controller t...

A recently published patent application from Microsoft reveals that they're attempting to bring virtual Xbox gaming controls to touch screen devices like their Surface tablet and far beyond.

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10:23
Greeks are Maxing out their Credit Cards to Buy Macs as th...

Believe it or not, as the going gets tough in Greece, the Greeks are going shopping, for Macs.

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10:04
Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as Santa...

Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay. Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches. Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they're now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer...

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09:51
Samsung Wins a Patent for Foldable TV and/or Tablet with a...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an interesting Samsung granted patent that relates to a flexible display for a foldable TV and/or or tablet. What was interesting was Samsung stating that they could ...

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09:24
Apple Adds New 'Apple Tested Cases' Page to Onli...

As it works on introducing some major changes to the third-party accessory sections of its retail stores, Apple has launched a new section in its online store dedicated to "Apple Tested Cases." The new page is displayed alongside third-party iPhone and iPad cases and outlines the testing procedures for Apple-approved Made for iPhone/iPad (MFi) third-party cases that Apple sells both online and in its retail stores. Designed to reassure customers about the quality of the third-party accessories available from Apple, the site goes over several testing parameters that cases must meet, including design, camera, acoustics, sensors, and cellular and wireless. We analyze how a case fits, so you can still access every button, port, and jack. And a...

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07:14
Apple Watch Demand Slides Significantly in June as Launch...

Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with MarketWatch. Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane. The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above indicates that sales dipped to as low as 4,000 to 5,000 units per day in late June. The data does not account for sales in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom or the twelve other countries where the Apple Watch is sold outside of the United States. Slice Intelligence claims that...

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06:18
Microsoft Reinvents and Rebrands Music Service to 'Gr...

Late yesterday Microsoft introduced the next evolutionary step for their current Xbox Music experience, now titled Groove, with new features that they think fans will love. Groove will also be coming to the iPhone shortly according to Microsoft.

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05:34
Tim Cook Named to Duke University's Board of Trustees...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of eight new board of trustee members at his alma mater Duke University, where he earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988, the school announced today. Cook began serving his six-year term on July 1 and will assist the governing body in determining Duke University's educational mission and fiscal policies. Tim Cook speaking at Duke University in April 2013 The other new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. Duke University also appointed three observing members on the board, including Elastic Fabrics of America marketing executive and Duke alum Jack Boyd, recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Duke JD/MBA candidate Ben Shellhorn. Cook returned to Duke University in 2013 for his 25th reunion and participated in an hour-long...

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04:55
No Surprise: Samsung Misses Quarter Due to Poor S6 Sales

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders." In that report we briefly noted that "Samsung’s profits fell 4.03 percent in the three months ending June compared to a year earlier...

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04:19
Apple's First Retail Store in Queens, New York Opens...

Apple has announced that its first retail store in Queens, New York, located at the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, will have its grand opening on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM local time. The new Apple Store at 90-15 Queens Boulevard will be open between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM on Monday-Saturday and between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Sunday. Apple's first retail store in Queens will mark its eighth location in New York City, with six existing locations in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. Apple is also planning to open its first retail store in Brooklyn, having signed a long-term lease for a 20,000 square-foot building at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, although those plans are running behind schedule after the store missed its original April 2015 grand opening target. Apple Store at Queens Center under...

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03:04
Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders

It was just yesterday that we posted a report titled "Samsung's missed S6 Opportunity likely to lead to Lower Expectations for the Quarter." Today, the news from the Taiwan supply chain are claiming that ...

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02:40
Apple Granted Patent 47 Today Covering a Secure Identity S...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to a secure identity service for iMessage and ...

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01:14
Apple Granted a Patent for an iPhone Dock with a Flexible...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for an iPhone dock with a moveable connector.

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Monday July 6

17:05
'Hacking Team' Data Breach Confirms Firm's...

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team experienced a data breach earlier today, resulting in 400 GB of its documents being leaked onto the Internet, reports The Guardian. The documents confirm Hacking Team's ability to infiltrate and monitor jailbroken iPhones on behalf of government law enforcement agencies like the NSA, as noted by Macworld. Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including specifically...

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15:29
Apple Working to Add Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about. It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available," hinting that the features could return at a later date, and it appears that is indeed Apple's plan. While Home Sharing for music has been removed in...

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