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Sunday, July 13, 2014

BreakingAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' faces production issues, launch may be pushed to 2015

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new "iPhone 6" metal casing, which could see the device's launch pushed back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.7-inch model to debut alone this year, according to one industry insider.

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Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC application

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

BreakingApple shoots down Chinese state media accusations targeting iOS privacy, location tracking

Apple's website in China has published a detailed response to accusations by the country's state owned media, refuting claims that iOS tracks users' locations in a firm but politely worded statement.

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FeatureGameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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National Federation of the Blind says "Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company"

On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.

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Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve user-reported address issues

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.

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Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US suppliers in 2013

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of video streaming patent

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

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Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire front panel destroyed by car

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.

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Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued anti-Apple ad campaign

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.

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FeatureApple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech hinted at by new itSeez3D iPad app

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology—which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral—indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.

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Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake control of iPhone LCD plant

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.

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Apple launches developer blog for new Swift programming language

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.

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Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as Apple sale nears completion

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.

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Rumors: Apple asked experts about sapphire screens in 2012, iPhone 6's 'A8' to be 2GHz dual-core chip

A pair of suspect rumors regarding Apple's next-generation devices made their way to the internet Friday, as one British academic claimed he had been contacted by the iPhone maker about sapphire displays while Chinese media rebuffed reports that Apple's "A8" SoC will move beyond two processing cores.

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Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay' initiative aimed at boosting U.S. small business

The Obama administration announced on Friday that Apple is one of a number of U.S. corporations — including Coca-Cola and IBM — that have agreed to pay smaller component suppliers more quickly in an effort to increase cash flow throughout the supply chain.

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China's state-owned media calls iOS location tracking a 'national security concern'

A Friday afternoon report from China Central Television, the Asian nation's dominant state-run broadcaster, said the location tracking features found in Apple's iOS are a "national security concern" and worried that they could be used to expose Chinese state secrets.

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Apple introduces new WebKit features in latest Safari beta builds for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion

Apple on Thursday seeded to developers new builds of Safari for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion featuring new WebKit modifications including WebGL tweaks, which should see wider adoption in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.

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Apple blocks older Flash plug-in versions in Safari due to vulnerability

Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

BreakingAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple "iWatch" mass production pushed back to November [u]

Industry consensus holds that Apple's so-called "iWatch" will see manufacture in September ahead of wide distribution in December, but one well-connected analyst believes mass production is to be pushed back to November, meaning only small quantities will be available at launch.

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Misfit wearables rolls out new sleep tracking device in partnership with Beddit

Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement.

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Apple reverts to 30-second iTunes song previews for new, popular tracks

It appears that Apple has recently changed its iTunes Music Store policy regarding song samples, reverting preview times for certain tracks from 90 seconds to the old 30-second standard.

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Rumor: Photo shows 'iPhone 6' front panel with installed LCD, Touch ID brackets

In a return of the blurry cam, a photo published to the Web on Thursday purports to show the front cover glass of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" with installed mounting hardware for the LCD and Touch ID home button.

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Apple to expand Volume Purchase Program to 16 new regions, pushes into Middle East

In an update to its website on Thursday, Apple announced it will soon bring bulk app and iBook purchases to 16 new countries through its Volume Purchase Program, which will include support for both businesses and educational institutions.

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FeatureAudit contradicts Samsung's claim that it does not use child labor for Android phones

Last week, Samsung issued a Sustainability Report just like Apple has been doing for years. But Samsung's report was just worthless advertising according to China Labor Watch, which says the company both uses child labor and underpays the children who build its Android phones.

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Minecraft gets huge update on iOS, Plague Inc. adds Planet of the Apes tie-in

Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features — including infinite worlds — while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes.

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Feature75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App Store's sixth anniversary

Six years after Steve Jobs relented and agreed to allow third-party developers native access to the iPhone, the App Store has grown into a cultural phenomenon that connects people, drives innovation, and supports more than a million families around the world.

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Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath over in-app purchases by children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore — charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

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iTunes update brings HD Extras to the Mac, also coming to Apple TV and iOS 8

Apple on Thursday released iTunes version 11.3 and with it announced the availability of high-definition iTunes Extras for the Mac and Apple TV, with the bonus features coming to iOS 8 after the operating system's rollout this fall.

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