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Monday March 30

04:16
Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Freedom' Legislation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called recent "religious freedom" legislation passed in Indiana and Arkansas "very dangerous" in a public op-ed letter published by The Washington Post. Cook argues that there are nearly 100 pro-discrimination bills in the United States that "go against the very principles" the country was founded on and "have the potential to undo decades of progress towards greater equality." Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act...

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Sunday March 29

19:21
Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated. Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most...

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12:46
Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only,...

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch. Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on "try-on" appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind. However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online "Product Reservation" to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new "Product Reservation" system is used instead of Apple's "Personal Pickup"...

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08:29
Samsung Invents Biosignal ID for their Smartwatch to Assis...

Samsung has had some problems with their fingerprint scanner over time, and while they're working on improving that feature for smartphones and tablets, they've also been working on how to perform user authentication on their Gear smartwatch.

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Saturday March 28

17:52
UK's Boots Pharmacy Chain Onboard with new Apple-IBM...

In July 2015 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Eight months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses ... the UK pharmacy chain Boots that has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles.

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17:17
Air Canada Exited to Offer new Apple Watch App Next Month

top of the month we posted a report titled "Apple-IBM Showcase Air Canada using MobileFirst Apps at Barcelona Trade Show." Late yesterday Air Canada announced in Montreal that it has developed an app for the recently unveiled Apple Watch...

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08:27
Apple Granted Two Design Patents for their Apple Store in...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. In this report we cover Apple's Hong Kong granted design patent for their Flagship Store in Zhongjie Joy City.

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07:24
Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple 8 Design Patents for...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. Surprisingly late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple 8 design patents for their latest West Lake China ...

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Friday March 27

12:38
Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's Experien...

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices to get ready for the device's April 24 launch. One of the developers who had a chance to visit Apple's WatchKit lab and get hands-on time with the Apple Watch shared his testing experience with MacRumors and gave us some of his thoughts on the device after spending all day using it. Apple maintained strict control over the Apple Watches that developers were allowed to use for testing. Security guards were on hand, and developers were not allowed into the room until receiving a badge, which had to be worn at all times. Entering into the lab was done through two doorways, each of which was locked and could only be opened via an electronic keycard. Developers had to cover...

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12:32
Insane Android OEM in China Compares Apple to Hitler in a...

The rivalry between Apple and Android fans has been long standing. During the Samsung patent infringement trials we saw firsthand how fanatical Android fans could be. But by and large, each community pokes each other in the eye ...

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11:53
Apple Hasn't Approached NBC Over Content Deal for Upc...

Over the past couple of weeks, rumors have leaked pointing towards an Apple-branded streaming television service that could include 25 channels for $30 to $40 per month with partners like CBS, ABC, and Fox. NBC and parent company Comcast are not part of the negotiations, and according to a new report from Re/code, that's because Apple has not approached Comcast about a partnership. Earlier rumors about the streaming television service suggested NBC's absence from the upcoming package was due to a falling out between Apple and Comcast, but on Thursday, Comcast said that wasn't true in a letter that it sent to the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast's letter was a response to a filing from Stop Mega...

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11:08
The Process behind Apple's "Sensor-on-Glass...

In September 2012 Apple introduced new In-Cell iPhone glass technology that Phil Schiller referred to as "Integrated touch." Months later, one of Apple's patents covering in-cell displays came to light. Late yesterday a patent application from Apple was filed in Europe revealing their specialized lamination process that they referred to as sensor-on-glass. It's now commonly known as "In-Cell." Apple had...

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10:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out Against Indiana's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a series of Tweets condemning Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, saying Apple is "deeply disappointed" in the move and "open for everyone." Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015 The religious freedom legislation that was approved by Pence on Thursday could let businesses turn away gay and lesbian customers by citing "religious freedom." The approval of the bill has earned Indiana national attention, and much of it has been negative...

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09:00
'Wunderlist' for Apple Watch Brings To-Do Lists,...

Wunderlist has provided a closer look at its Apple Watch companion app, which appeared on the App Store on Thursday ahead of the device's launch next month. The app is designed with a unique Home View that provides access to your most important items first, with four buttons that display a bird's eye view of your to-do lists, agenda and reminders on your wrist. Wunderlist for Apple Watch delivers a hand-free experience in situations where you might normally use your iPhone, such as while shopping at a supermarket and checking items off your grocery list, or when using smart voice input to add to-dos for an upcoming meeting. The combination of Glances and real-time notifications ensure that you will stay up to date with important things during your day, be it during your morning commute, at the office...

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08:02
Landmark Ruling: Safari users can Sue Google in the UK ove...

According to a new report published this morning, the U.K. Court of Appeal won’t block a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google tracked Safari users without authorization ...

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07:33
'Citymapper' and 'Transit App' Offer I...

As a few popular iPhone apps begin rolling out updates for their built-in Apple Watch apps ahead of the April 24 launch, a pair of transit-focused services have posted on Medium to share detailed looks into exactly what kind of experience users can expect from Citymapper and Transit App on the Apple Watch next month. Sifting through the data gathered from its iPhone app, Citymapper learned that its users frequently turned their phone on and off throughout one trip, unlocking to reorient themselves and quickly locking the device again to save battery. That's where its upcoming Apple Watch app comes in, Citymapper promising an experience tailor-made for the wrist-worn device. This is the nature of transit information when you move across the city. You need snippets of information. Different things at different...

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06:55
Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for Greater Tha...

Intel and Micron on Thursday announced the availability of new 3D NAND technology that enables high-density flash devices with three times more storage capacity than other NAND technologies in production. 3D NAND technology is also more cost efficient than planar NAND, with faster performance, improved latency and new sleep modes that result in low-power use by cutting power to inactive NAND die. The advancements pave the way for future Macs and other devices with flash memory to be equipped with greater than 10TB solid-state drives, significantly more storage capacity than the maxed out 1TB PCIe-based flash storage upgrade option that Apple offers for the MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. As planar NAND faces practical scaling limits, Intel and Micron expect that 3D NAND will shape the future of flash memory."Micron and Intel's collaboration has...

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06:28
Micron-Intel to Challenge Samsung with New 3D NAND Technol...

Apple's latest agreement with Samsung related to supplying them with solid state drive (SSD) storage devices using its V-NAND technology for the new MacBook that debuted on March 9, 2015. "Samsung's SSD products ...

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05:28
Samsung Declares War on the iPhone 6 in Taiwan and Beyond...

According to statistics from industry sources, Apple led Taiwan's smartphone market in sales volume and sales value in February and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month thanks to its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Thursday March 26

20:19
Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple Watch Sh...

Apple today officially announced April 10 grand openings for its three dedicated Apple Watch shops located in high-end department stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo. As previously outlined, the store-within-a-store locations are at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and Isetan in Tokyo. The new locations appear set to handle only Apple Watch viewing and sales, with customers being directed to other Apple retail stores for their support needs. The Selfridges Apple Watch shop will be located near the entrance to the iconic Wonder Room, a massive shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury jewelry and...

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12:30
Video: Quick Tour of Office 2016 for Mac

If you're interested in Office 2016 for Mac, this is an 12 minute video report discussing the new suite.

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11:17
Apple Watch Apps Begin Showing Up in the App Store Ahead o...

Ahead of the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch, apps that include Apple Watch support are beginning to be released in the App Store. As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple Watch apps, including Evernote, Dark Sky, Things, and Target. Additional apps with Apple Watch support will be rolling out over the course of the day, giving us a first look at how many of the apps on the device will function. We'll be updating this post with a list of Apple Watch apps that are available as they come out in the App Store. Apple has already shared information on many third-party apps that will be available for the Apple Watch, but the updates coming today will give us a lot more information on how some of our favorite apps will take advantage of the App Store. According to Evernote...

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09:26
Chestnut Hill Sound Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Chestnut Hill Sound, the inventor of the 2007 iPod Product called "George™" sues Apple for Patent Infringement. The products that allegedly infringe upon their patents include every iDevice Apple makes including the iPhone 6 that uses Apple’s Remote app for iTunes.

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08:34
Amazon Cloud Drive Now Includes Unlimited Cloud Storage Pl...

Amazon on Thursday announced two new unlimited cloud storage plans for Amazon Cloud Drive, enabling users to store an endless amount of photos, videos, movies, music, and files. Amazon users can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan for $11.99 per year or the Unlimited Everything Plan for $59.99 per year, with a free three-month trial available for each plan for customers that want to try the service. The lower-tier Unlimited Photos Plan allows for an unlimited number of photos to be stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, alongside up to 5GB of additional storage for videos, documents and other files. The more expensive Unlimited Everything Plan allows for unlimited storage of photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music with no restrictions. Amazon Prime members are already provided with an Unlimited Photos Plan at no...

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08:03
Tim Cook and Apple Sued by Resident of South Carolina for...

Pro se legal representation means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. With that understanding, Christopher Lee Johnson filed a civil action against Tim Cook ...

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