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Thursday July 30

16:02
Apple and other Tech Company Shuttle Drivers Set to Vote o...

According to a new report published late this afternoon, Unions continue to make inroads into Silicon Valley. Shuttle drivers for Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Zynga and several other Silicon Valley firms are set to vote Saturday on a package for improved wages ...

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15:40
50 Best Buy Canadian Stores Start Selling the Apple Watch...

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) reported today that the Apple Watch will become available in Canadian Best Buy stores on Aug. 14.

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15:22
Prior to the GTAT Fiasco, Apple had invented a New Way to...

A little under 10 months ago Apple's one-time Sapphire supplier GTAT shockingly filed for bankruptcy. Countless problems in the manufacturing process failed to produce the sapphire that Apple wanted to use for the iPhone 6's cover glass. Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a very sophisticated method to manufacture sapphire parts...

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14:40
Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to Developer...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first 10.10.5 beta and one month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Because we're just a couple of months away from the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it's possible that OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last updates to Yosemite. Today's beta, build 14F19a, is available as an over-the-air update and can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. The first OS X 10.10.5 beta did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements. Over the course of its lifespan, OS X Yosemite has received four updates. The first two brought bug fixes and security...

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12:42
Apple Plans to Debut New Apple TV in September With Touch-...

Apple is planning to introduce its long-awaited next-generation Apple TV in September, reports Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski. According to sources familiar with Apple's plans, the new set-top box will be unveiled in September at the same event where Apple will unveil the next-generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As has been previously rumored, it is said to include an A8 processor, a touch-pad based remote that's "drastically improved" compared to the current version, a new operating system that supports a full App Store, developer APIs, and Siri voice control, and more on-board storage to accommodate apps. Physically, the Apple TV will take on a new, slimmer look. Apple will not be introducing its rumored...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4.1 beta and a month after launching iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service. Today's beta, build 12H318, is available via an over the air update and it can also be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center. No outward facing changes were discovered in the first iOS 8.4.1 beta, and it's a .1 update, so it's likely that it includes only minor bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements designed to prepare the update for its upcoming retirement. iOS 8.4.1 may be one of the last updates to iOS 8 as Apple is working on its successor, iOS 9. iOS 9 builds on many of the features introduced with iOS 8 and adds new content and...

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08:31
More 'iPhone 6s' Part Photos Surface as Producti...

Less than two months before Apple is expected to launch the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus," new photos of leaked components for the next-generation smartphones continue to surface from within the supply chain. The images support rumors that claim the next iPhones will have minimal design changes compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The main part shared by French website Nowhereelse.fr is a purported iPhone 6s single flex cable that houses the volume rocker, mute switch, power button and LED flash. The blog also shared photos of the device's Lightning connector and headphone jack assembly, rear-facing camera rings and home button enclosure, which appears to be anodized in a gold or champagne color. Apple has returned to using a single flex cable for the iPhone 6s after splitting the flex cables for the iPhone 6, but...

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06:50
Apple's iPhone's Global Market Share Grew 2.7% Y...

A new statistical report published by StrategyAnalytics today noted that global mobile phone shipments Global mobile phone shipments grew a lackluster 2 percent annually from 428.0 million units in Q2 2014 to 434.6 million in Q2 2015. nd yet with that statement made, Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted during their latest Financial Conference Call that Apple had another stellar quarter for iPhone sales establishing a new June Quarter record. Apple's iPhone unit sales grew 35% which is almost 3X the rate of growth of the smartphone market overall ...

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05:42
Apple tweaks their Radical Transparent Glass Wraparound iP...

In 2013 we posted a patent report titled "Stunning Future iPhone with Wraparound Display Revealed." The invention covered a possible future design for an iPhone that would include a wraparound design as noted in our cover graphic. In this report we present you with some of the tweaks that Apple has made ...

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04:55
A Second Apple Stylus Invention Surfaces Regarding Haptics...

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a second stylus related patent application from Apple that's less aggressive than the first stylus invention that was revealed earlier today. Apple's invention generally relates to a stylus with integrated haptic feedback to simulate a surface texture.

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03:49
Apple Invents an Incredible Stylus with Texture Sensing Ca...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Apple's most advanced inventions for a future stylus that could sense textures and far beyond. Apple has been working on a future stylus or iPen for some time now...

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01:17
Samsung Confirms Crashing Galaxy S6 Sales Hurt Q2 Financia...

On July 7 we posted a report titled "No Surprise: Samsung Misses Quarter Due to Poor S6 Sales." The report was based on preliminary Q2 Samsung results. Today Samsung's final Quarterly results came in confirming their poor mobile sales.

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Wednesday July 29

13:10
First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at Dea...

Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system. In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the Car-Net suite of apps will be priced at $199 per year with 6 months free up front. Volkswagen was not one of the first CarPlay partners announced during CarPlay's debut, but the manufacturer promised CarPlay support in its 2016 models back in January. According to Volkswagen,...

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12:29
IDC Continues to Sully Tablet Statistics using Hybrid Note...

IDC continues their trend of counting 2-in-1 notebook tablets as tablets and sullies the true statistics of what the pure tablet market really is.

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11:28
Apple Releases Third OS X El Capitan Public Beta

Apple today seeded the third beta OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second set of beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. The third public beta follows the launch of the fifth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers late on Monday afternoon. No outward-facing changes were introduced with the beta, suggesting it's an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App...

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06:57
Apple Granted Two Registered Trademarks for Apple Watch

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest registered trademarks (RTM) that were officially issued late yesterday.

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05:51
iPad Market Share Falls Below 25% as Tablet Market Continu...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker show that Apple remains the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. While the iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet, its worldwide market share fell below 25% as Apple faced increased competition from low-cost rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG. Samsung continued to be the second largest tablet vendor with 7.6 million tablets shipped in the second quarter and 17% market share, a 12% year-over-year unit decline. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics rounded off the top five, with 2.5 million, 1.6 million and 1.6 million global tablet shipments in the second quarter respectively. All other tablet vendors had a combined 45.6% market share. iPad sales have declined for six consecutive quarters year-over-year in what has become a stagnated tablet market over the past...

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05:31
Many Surprised to Learn that HomeKit Requires Custom ID Ch...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Apple requires anyone making a device compatible with its HomeKit environment to buy and use a special identity chip.

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04:28
Intel-Micron Introduce 3D XPoint Memory that will Advance...

Yesterday Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint (verbalized as CrossPoint) technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service. Apple technologies that could be impacted include Siri, future hand gesturing and advanced biometrics.

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Tuesday July 28

20:07
AT&T Urges FCC to Drop $100 Million Fine, Says Data Th...

Last month the United States Federal Communications Commission announced that it would fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plans and not adequately warning customers about throttling their data speeds. AT&T has since responded, arguing that data throttling doesn't harm customers, the company is being prejudged and that its First Amendment rights are being violated in a response first found by The Hill (via Ars Technica). The Commission’s findings that consumers and...

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16:03
T-Mobile Offers Apple Music Streaming for Free while Offer...

Last year, T-Mobile began letting consumers stream music for free on a number of popular music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, Slacker, and Spotify. On Tuesday, Apple Music joined the list ...

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14:56
Samsung Invents a Fascinatingly Absurd Smartwatch Interfac...

Earlier this month Samsung revealed another future idea in a patent application for their Gear smartwatch. The latest idea is to use a built-in camera in the watch interface that could determine where the user's face is and ...

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14:14
Intel and Micron Unveil New Memory Class That's 1,000...

Intel and Micron today announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory that the companies are calling a "major breakthrough in memory process technology." 3D Xpoint (pronounced cross point) is said to be up to 1,000 times faster and more durable than the NAND Flash storage that's currently used in mobile devices and solid state drives. It's the first new memory chip to come to the market in 25 years. Intel and Micron say that 3D Xpoint was built to create a non-volatile, high-performance high-capacity storage and memory solution that was also affordable. In addition to being faster than NAND Flash, it's also 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers, which means much more data can be stored closer to the processor and accessed quickly. A smartphone equipped with 3D Xpoint technology would potentially see much faster performance than a...

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12:49
More than 75,000 People have Enrolled in Health Studies us...

In March, a Bloomberg report noted that Stanford University researchers were stunned to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple's new ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced. In a new report that was published just yesterday, we learn that more than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps.

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09:49
Apple Watch Leading to Healthy Lifestyle Changes Among Ear...

Less than four months after the Apple Watch launched, many early adopters are finding that the wrist-worn device has motivated them to make healthy lifestyle changes. From walking and exercising more often to making healthier choices and playing more sports, market research firm Wristly found that many Apple Watch buyers are taking full advantage of the wearable's health and fitness features. Greater than 75% of survey participants among Wristly's panel of nearly 1000 Apple Watch buyers indicated that they "Strongly Agree" or "Agree" that they have been standing more since receiving the Apple Watch. Similarly, 67% of participants agreed that they walk more, 59% agreed they make better health choices and 57% said they exercise more often with the Apple Watch. Early adopters are generally satisfied with the Apple Watch's health and fitness features, especially those included...

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