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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Apple takes App Analytics service out of beta, adds features

Apple takes App Analytics service out of beta, adds features

Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast to developers notifying them of new features added to App Analytics, including data for crashes, number of paying users and a ratios tool for comparing statistics.

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Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's '1989' album

Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's '1989' album

Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday.

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Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in 2013, leaked Sony documents show

Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in 2013, leaked Sony documents show

Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time.

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Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to Twitter

Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to Twitter

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

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Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps by more than 50%

Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps by more than 50%

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

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Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

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Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about Apple's Irish datacenter

Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about Apple's Irish datacenter

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

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More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple Store with UP2

More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple Store with UP2

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.

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Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9 betas with 28 stations, including Beats 1

Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9 betas with 28 stations, including Beats 1

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.

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Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers spring for extra bands

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers spring for extra bands

Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being "thrilled" about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected.

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Apple nets perfect score in privacy group's consumer data protection assessment

Apple nets perfect score in privacy group's consumer data protection assessment

Digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Wednesday gave Apple a perfect rating in its annual "Who has your back?" report, which rates tech companies on their efforts to secure consumer data against government snooping.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Samsung seeks rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

Samsung seeks rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

Writing the next chapter of an ongoing feud with Apple, Samsung on Wednesday petitioned for a rehearing of a recent U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld nearly $400 million in damages for infringing Apple design patents.

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Nest unveils security camera, second-gen Protect smoke detector and updated app

Nest unveils security camera, second-gen Protect smoke detector and updated app

Google-owned home accessory maker Nest on Wednesday launched the Cam, its first self-branded security camera, along with a second-generation version of its Protect smoke detector, and an updated mobile app for iOS and Android.

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Unicorn, cheese wedge, taco emoji and more coming to Unicode 8.0

Unicorn, cheese wedge, taco emoji and more coming to Unicode 8.0

The Unicode Consortium on Wednesday released the character database and code charts for Unicode version 8.0, which tacks on a total of 7,716 new and scripts and symbols to the standard, including 41 emoji.

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Edward Snowden argues Apple CEO Tim Cook likely to keep privacy promises

Edward Snowden argues Apple CEO Tim Cook likely to keep privacy promises

Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to keep his promises on user privacy, said whistleblower and ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, commenting by video during a Wednesday conference in Barcelona, Spain. He cautioned however that people should be willing to abandon Apple if it backtracks.

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Microsoft ousts ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, combines OS and devices teams

Microsoft ousts ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, combines OS and devices teams

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the departure of former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as part of a broad restructuring at the company, one that will see its Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group merge into one unit.

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Amazon debuts next-gen Kindle Paperwhite with 300ppi display for $119

Amazon debuts next-gen Kindle Paperwhite with 300ppi display for $119

Amazon on Wednesday launched preorders for a new edition of the Kindle Paperwhite, upgraded with a sharper e-ink display rated at 300 pixels per inch, matching the display resolution of its high-end Kindle Voyage.

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Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to seek iPhone pricing approval

Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to seek iPhone pricing approval

Apple has lost a Taiwanese lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics, and barring an appeal will be fined T$20 million, or a little over $647,000 U.S., a report said on Wednesday.

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FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced its intent to levy a $100 million fine against AT&T after finding that the wireless carrier mislead customers about its throttling of data plans that were advertised as being unlimited.

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'Premium feel' will be focus of Apple's retail revamp beginning in July

'Premium feel' will be focus of Apple's retail revamp beginning in July

With Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail leader Angela Ahrendts apparently collaborating on a new direction for the company's retail stores, a new report claims that a focus on a "premium feel" to the stores and product packaging will begin next month.

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Comcast flagged as new leading contender to buy out T-Mobile US

Comcast flagged as new leading contender to buy out T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom now considers Comcast the leading candidate for a sale of T-Mobile U.S., reports said on Wednesday, potentially signalling a major shift in the American media landscape that could impact Apple.

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British indie labels object to Apple Music's terms, may withhold artists like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys

British indie labels object to Apple Music's terms, may withhold artists like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys

Independent music labels in the UK are reportedly loath to agree to Apple's demand that they receive no royalties for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial period, a sticking point that could leave the new streaming service missing some major artists at launch.

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Serious iOS, OS X flaws lead to password theft in wide ranging security study

Serious iOS, OS X flaws lead to password theft in wide ranging security study

Three serious vulnerabilities in cross-app resource sharing protocols on Apple's desktop and mobile platforms have been discovered and used successfully to steal data —like passwords and secret authentication keys —including one that lays Keychain open to attackers.

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Apple opens up US Watch retail reservations, shoppers get unique bags

Apple opens up US Watch retail reservations, shoppers get unique bags

Apple on Wednesday morning opened up Apple Watch reservations in the United States, allowing shoppers to pick up an order at a time and Apple Store of their choosing, handed over in a specially-made bag.

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Rumor: 'iPhone 6s' to be stronger with Series 7000 aluminum, slightly thicker for Force Touch

Rumor: 'iPhone 6s' to be stronger with Series 7000 aluminum, slightly thicker for Force Touch

Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Apple Watch models now available for in-store pickup at Australian Apple Stores, UK to follow

Apple Watch models now available for in-store pickup at Australian Apple Stores, UK to follow

As of Wednesday local time, Apple Stores in Australia are stocking Apple Watch models for in-store sales, portending a start to brick-and-mortar retail sales at outlets around the world.

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Apple expands roles for remaining Campus 2 contractors after shakeup

Apple expands roles for remaining Campus 2 contractors after shakeup

Following Apple's decision to jettison general contractors DPR and Skanska from Campus 2 construction, two of the other construction firms on the project have stepped in to fill the gap, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple removes cable maker Monster from MFi program in wake of Beats lawsuit

Apple removes cable maker Monster from MFi program in wake of Beats lawsuit

Electronics maker Monster is no longer allowed to manufacture licensed "Made for iPhone" accessories and must stop selling its current stock by October, having been booted from Apple's certification program following a January lawsuit against Apple subsidiary Beats.

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Apple wins two patents on feedstock, molding for Liquidmetal alloys

Apple wins two patents on feedstock, molding for Liquidmetal alloys

Apple has won two new U.S. patents through its ties with exclusive materials partner Liquidmetal, addressing ways of manufacturing amorphous alloys including hollowed-out shapes.

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Overseas Apple Watch shipping times improve as retail launch looms

Overseas Apple Watch shipping times improve as retail launch looms

Apple Watch buyers outside the U.S. can now get their hands on one of the company's new wearable even faster than before, with the more diminutive 38-millimeter model shipping in as little as one day in a number of international markets.

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Apple adds UBS, 29 other financial institutions to Apple Pay roster

Apple adds UBS, 29 other financial institutions to Apple Pay roster

Apple on Tuesday added another 30 institutions to the list offering credit and debit cards with support for Apple Pay, the most prominent being the U.S. branch of UBS, a Swiss banking and investment firm primarily serving rich and institutional clients.

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Apple Music signups begin appearing in iOS 8.4 beta ahead of June 30 launch

Apple Music signups begin appearing in iOS 8.4 beta ahead of June 30 launch

Users of the latest iOS 8.4 public beta are encountering a signup prompt for Apple Music a full two weeks before the service is scheduled to go live, according to tips received by AppleInsider.

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Apple wins patent for Shanghai store glass cylinder entrance co-designed by Steve Jobs

Apple wins patent for Shanghai store glass cylinder entrance co-designed by Steve Jobs

Apple this week was awarded a design patent for the cylindrical entrance to its iconic Shanghai retail store —a concept credited in part to late company co-founder Steve Jobs.

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First look: iOS 9's totally redesigned app switcher

First look: iOS 9's totally redesigned app switcher

Apple's next-generation mobile operating system comes with many visual tweaks, but the all-new, simplified app switcher is perhaps the most radical change to the user interface.

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FeatureApple's Siri, Spotlight extend Google-like search inside iOS 9 apps, without tracking users

Apple's Siri, Spotlight extend Google-like search inside iOS 9 apps, without tracking users

The biggest announcement at WWDC—with the most relevance to developers and end users—appears to be new Apple's Siri and Spotlight search services that deliver results including deep links within apps. Here's why.

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Adobe announces next generation Creative Cloud 2015 with Adobe Stock images platform

Adobe announces next generation Creative Cloud 2015 with Adobe Stock images platform

Adobe on Tuesday announced the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, the company's comprehensive graphic design offering, with 15 new desktop app versions, integrated sync technology and a stock image monetization platform called Adobe Stock.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Apple discussed same-day delivery deal with Uber prior to Postmates partnership

Apple discussed same-day delivery deal with Uber prior to Postmates partnership

As part of a push into logistics, on-demand transportation provider Uber was reportedly in talks with Apple to provide same-day product deliveries, but the iPhone maker ultimately went with startup Postmates.

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