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Thursday, August 13, 2015

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

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

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Samsung's request for an en banc review of a previous decision that kept Apple's patent infringement trial win largely intact, leaving the Supreme Court as the Korean company's last recourse.

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TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app builds to anyone

TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app builds to anyone

A week after updating its TestFlight app evaluation tool with support for iOS 9, Apple on Thursday added a backend feature that allows developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users outside of their dev teams.

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Report: Apple TV service pushed back to 2016, new hardware expected in September

Report: Apple TV service pushed back to 2016, new hardware expected in September

A report on Thursday claims Apple has been forced to delay the announcement of a hotly anticipated over-the-top streaming television service to sometime in 2016 as content licensing talks sputter.

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Updated Apple diversity numbers show growth in hires of black, female, and Hispanic workers

Updated Apple diversity numbers show growth in hires of black, female, and Hispanic workers

As promised, Apple on Thursday issued an updated diversity report, claiming that it hired the most diverse range of candidates in the past year than at any other point in its history.

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Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive with Shazam

Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive with Shazam

Apple has begun to roll out new, interactive Apple Music posters that work with the Shazam iOS app to link iPhone owners directly to the featured artist's page in Apple Music.

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Windows 10 found talking to remote servers despite privacy settings

Windows 10 found talking to remote servers despite privacy settings

Although most of the traffic appears to be innocuous, Windows 10 is still communicating with Microsoft servers even when many data privacy settings are on, a report observed on Thursday.

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iTunes 12.2.2 makes enhancements to Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1

iTunes 12.2.2 makes enhancements to Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1

In tandem with iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5, Apple on Thursday also released iTunes 12.2.2, making some minor improvements to Apple Music, Connect, and Beats 1, while simultaneously solving problems with browsing local libraries.

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Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with fixes for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library

Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with fixes for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library

Apple on Thursday released to the public iOS 8.4.1, a maintenance and security update that the company said fixes issues with its recently launched Apple Music streaming subscription service related to playlists, iCloud Music Library, offline music and more.

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OS X 10.10.5 closes DYLD vulnerability, fixes bug and performance issues

OS X 10.10.5 closes DYLD vulnerability, fixes bug and performance issues

Apple on Thursday released the finished version of OS X 10.10.5, a maintenance update for Yosemite that mostly concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit.

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Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay launching in the US on Sept. 28

Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay launching in the US on Sept. 28

At its Unpacked press event on Thursday, Samsung announced that Samsung Pay — its answer to mobile payment systems like Apple Pay — will launch in the U.S. on Sept. 28.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros, plus cash discounts & a free accessory (up to $450 off)

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7" Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+

Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Thursday officially unveiled its new jumbo-sized Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of 5.7-inch handsets designed to compete against Apple's smash hit iPhone 6 Plus.

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HTC, Lenovo announce job cuts as losses mount in smartphone market battle

HTC, Lenovo announce job cuts as losses mount in smartphone market battle

Asian tech heavyweights HTC and Lenovo have revealed plans to slash their respective workforces and restructure their mobile phone units, moves designed to stem financial losses as the companies struggle to compete in the global mobile marketplace.

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Apple making 'premium' accessory packaging mandatory at Apple Stores - report

Apple making 'premium' accessory packaging mandatory at Apple Stores - report

Apple is reportedly beginning to enforce a mandatory policy of standardized, Apple-like product packaging for at least some third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores, according to an internal company memo.

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New Apple TV expected, but streaming video service questionable for Sept. 9 event, Piper Jaffray says

New Apple TV expected, but streaming video service questionable for Sept. 9 event, Piper Jaffray says

Apple is expected to unveil a brand new Apple TV in less than a month, but consumers waiting for a new companion streaming video service from the Cupertino-based company may have to wait longer, according to investment firm Piper Jaffray.

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Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted data to a friend's device for safekeeping

Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted data to a friend's device for safekeeping

According to an Apple invention published Thursday, the company is looking into forms of data sharing that would allow an iPhone owner having connectivity issues to offload files normally stored in the cloud to a "friendly device" for later retrieval.

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Apple invention automatically shares photos based on facial recognition data

Apple invention automatically shares photos based on facial recognition data

In an invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlines a process of identifying individuals in a digital image using facial recognition techniques and sending a copy of the photo out to those people by associating contact information pulled from an app like Contacts.

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Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp update

Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp update

Apple announced through a Support Pages document published Wednesday that the latest version of Boot Camp, which is currently rolling out to OS X Yosemite users as a system update, now comes with support for 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Apple making unlikely enterprise bedfellows to bolster sagging iPad sales

Apple making unlikely enterprise bedfellows to bolster sagging iPad sales

A report on Wednesday fleshed out Apple's plan to take a bigger piece of the business workplace technology pie by leveraging its mobile iPad platform, a strategy that entails opening up operations to smaller firms.

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Apple recalls small batch of 3rd-gen Apple TVs over defective part

Apple recalls small batch of 3rd-gen Apple TVs over defective part

In what appears to be a targeted recall program, Apple this week notified an unknown number of customers that their recently purchased third-generation Apple TV unit would be replaced due to a faulty part.

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Exclusive9 Hours Left: Gold 12" MacBook for $1,129.99 ($170 off), Loaded 13" MacBook Air for $1,249 ($500 off), Loaded 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($600 off)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Catalyst's Apple Watch case touts waterproof design, full access to screen and heart rate sensor

Catalyst's Apple Watch case touts waterproof design, full access to screen and heart rate sensor

Accessories firm Catalyst on Wednesday announced preorder availability of a new waterproof case for Apple Watch, which boasts full access to touchscreen and physical controls, heart rate monitor and inductive charging dock.

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Apple issues rare software update for 7th-gen iPod nano devices

Apple issues rare software update for 7th-gen iPod nano devices

Apple on Wednesday released an unusual standalone update for the seventh-generation iPod nano, making unspecified changes to the media player's proprietary operating system.

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Apple brings native flight tracking support to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple brings native flight tracking support to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

An unannounced feature rolling out in Apple's upcoming iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan operating systems will let users view up-to-date airline flight status, as well as a preview of projected flight paths, using specially crafted data detectors.

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Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and Latino CS students as interns

Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and Latino CS students as interns

Apple on Wednesday announced a partnership with Code2040 that will see the company hire a handful of black and Latino computer science students as interns, part of a broader attempt at improving the racial diversity of its workforce.

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Intel modems may be in up to half of next-gen iPhone shipments, analyst estimates

Intel modems may be in up to half of next-gen iPhone shipments, analyst estimates

Chipmaker Intel may have won as much as half of the orders for modems in Apple's next-generation iPhones shipping this fall, an analyst with Northland Capital Markets claimed on Wednesday.

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Apple planning new flagship store in Chicago, could be 'transformational' for riverfront retail

Apple planning new flagship store in Chicago, could be 'transformational' for riverfront retail

Apple is reportedly set to move its store on Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue down the street into a new riverfront location, with a "mostly below ground" design that will mimic that of its iconic Fifth Avenue location in New York.

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Apple joins NFC Forum, will help shape future of wireless payments

Apple joins NFC Forum, will help shape future of wireless payments

Apple this week officially joined the NFC Forum, a nonprofit industry association that promotes the short-range wireless technology essential to secure mobile payment services, including Apple Pay.

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Apple Pay challenger CurrentC could postpone launch into 2016

Apple Pay challenger CurrentC could postpone launch into 2016

MCX's CurrentC mobile payment platform may not officially launch until 2016, since the consortium is working to get things right, CEO Brian Mooney said in an interview published on Wednesday.

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PS World Deals: $600 off 13" MacBook Air, $300 off iMac 5K, $600 of MacBook Pros, $260 off Phanton 2 Vision & $900 off Mac Pros

PS World Deals: $600 off 13

In recognition of the 2015 Photoshop World conference, B&H Photo this week is aggressively discounting some Macs and Photography-related gear, knocking $600 off a fully-loaded 13" MacBook Air, $300 off a key iMac 5K model, $300-$900 off select Mac Pros, $520-$600 off some MacBook Pros, $40-$45 off WD Passport Drives, 10-30% off photography gear, and more.

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US carriers' move to installment plans seen accelerating iPhone upgrade cycles

US carriers' move to installment plans seen accelerating iPhone upgrade cycles

The shift of U.S. carriers from contract subsidies to installment pricing for smartphones could speed up upgrade cycles for Apple's iPhone, according to a new memo by financial services firm Piper Jaffray.

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Prosecutors press on with 'think of the children' campaign against encryption in iOS, Android

Prosecutors press on with 'think of the children' campaign against encryption in iOS, Android

Law enforcement officials have continued to make their caseagainst the new, heftier encryption introduced last year by Apple and Google for their respective mobile operating systems, charging once again that the changes are standing in the way of capturing murderers, pedophiles, sex traffickers, and terrorists.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in Europe, Japan and more

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in Europe, Japan and more

Apple on Tuesday updated its Maps Flyover availability webpage to reflect the addition of 21 cities including multiple destinations in France and a handful of sites in Mexico, among others.

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Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely bound for MacBook Air

Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely bound for MacBook Air

A set of supposedly leaked specifications for Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup made its way to the Web on Tuesday, offering what could be the first peek at what users can expect from Apple's next-generation MacBook Air products.

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Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking service, rumored 'iPhone 6C' model in doubt

Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking service, rumored 'iPhone 6C' model in doubt

Mobile app marketing firm Fiksu on Tuesday discovered two new iPhone device identifiers in its dataset for July, suggesting Apple's tests of next-generation hardware do not include a rumored low-end model dubbed "iPhone 6C."

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Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated Apple Music section

Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated Apple Music section

A week after introducing Beats 1 Replays on Connect, Apple is now aggregating archived Beats 1 shows, including those hosted by celebrity DJs like Elton John, in a special Apple Music section.

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Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch interest, UBS says

Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch interest, UBS says

As gauged by Web search traffic, interest in the Apple Watch has diminished considerably since the launch of the product in April but in a relatively smooth fashion, analysts with international financial firm UBS hinted on Tuesday.

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AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some iOS 9 beta testers

AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some iOS 9 beta testers

AT&T on Tuesday started to rollout iPhone Wi-Fi calling support for devices running the latest beta version of iOS 9, with a number of users across the U.S. reporting successful activation of the new feature.

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Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's 'A9' chip could slow TSMC output

Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's 'A9' chip could slow TSMC output

Apple is asking Samsung and TSMC to accept price cuts on orders of A9 chips for its new iPhones, but TSMC's inclination to decline could result in the supplier having to scale back production capacity, a new rumor claimed on Tuesday.

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