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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Apple's Schiller rehashes prior testimony in second Apple v. Samsung trial

As the first day of Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung drew to a close on Tuesday, the suit's first witness, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, took the stand to deliver testimony nearly identical to that given twice before during the first Apple v. Samsung case.

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Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security features

Apple on Tuesday rolled out an update to its Safari Web Browser for Mac, with new features like enhanced push notification settings coming to users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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Apple seeking damages of $2B in new trial, Samsung says claims are 'gross exaggeration'

The second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial kicked off on Tuesday, with both parties offering opening statements to the jury, two of whom were excused just one day after being selected.

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Apple updates iWork for iOS, OS X and iCloud with enhanced usability, graphics tweaks

Apple on Tuesday released a series of updates to the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, including new iOS and OS X app versions, as the company continues to refine its web-based productivity suite.

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UN uses Apple's iBeacons to create 'virtual minefield' in new awareness exhibit

Visitors to New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday will be able to get some idea of what it is like to walk through a minefield thanks to a new iBeacon-powered installation sponsored by the United Nations Mine Action Service.

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Apple's iAd creation tools expanded to non-developers, now support videos

Apple is working to expand its iAd mobile advertising platform, making the "Workbench" tool for ad creation available to anyone with an Apple ID, and also enabling the ability to run short videos within ads.

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Apple in talks for $479M stake in Japanese chipmaker Renesas SP Drivers - report

Apple could be on the verge of bringing another important hardware component in-house as the company is reportedly working on a deal to acquire controlling interest in Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese firm that makes LCD chips for Apple's iPhone.

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EditorialLike a glove: April Fools efforts from Samsung, HTC & Toshiba all share the same punchline

With accusations of copying and commoditization already rife within the smartphone and tablet industries, three of the market's biggest names — Samsung, HTC and Toshiba —all showcased similar glove-themed prank products on Tuesday for April Fools' Day. Hilarity ensued.

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Apple's Safari most-used smartphone browser, but apps dominate mobile Web

Smartphone owners are nearly seven times as likely to choose native apps over mobile Web apps, new data shows. But when mobile users do turn to the Web, a majority use Apple's Safari browser.

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Apple's premium-priced Macs 'defy the laws of economics,' but iPhone does not, Needham says

Mac sales have continued to grow in the face of a recession and declining overall PC market, but Apple's iPhone could not escape shifting trends in the smartphone space, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham said on Tuesday.

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EditorialVisionaries of the tech world who foresaw Apple's future

April first is historically a day to honor brilliant minds who have shared their genius with the world. So many of these have contributed their opinions on Apple over the years that there's not even enough space on the Internet to acknowledge all of their meaty chunks of cerebral output, but here are a few nuggets of wisdom from the tech sector's most elite thinkers.

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Apple may use bayonet mounts for interchangeable iPhone camera lenses

Apple is investigating the use of bayonet lens mounts — one of the most common lens attachment mechanisms used in modern photography — in its iOS device lineup, suggesting the company is mulling interchangeable lens accessories for its iOS device lineup.

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Reuters: Production of 'iPhone 6' screens to begin in May, 5.5" model delayed

Apple is preparing to ramp up production of displays bound for next-generation iPhones which, according to Reuters, will launch this fall in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch varieties.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Jury selected for second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial, Apple's Schiller first to testify

After a day-long selection process, the jury for Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung has been decided and proceedings are set to kick off on Tuesday with Apple's first witness: the company's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.

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Apple rolls out TD-LTE iPad Air, Retina iPad mini for China Mobile

Apple on Monday announced it has started sales of TD-LTE equipped iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models in China, specifically granting China Mobile users access to next-generation 4G high-speed mobile Internet.

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Apple raises international App Store prices to adjust for exchange rates

Apple on Monday notified developers that App Store pricing for five currencies will be changing within the next 24 hours, with the adjustments serving to acclimate the digital store to fluctuating exchange rates.

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Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings call scheduled for Apr. 23

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal quarterly earnings results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 on Apr. 23, with the usual question and answer session to follow directly thereafter.

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Questionable 'iPhone 6' prototype shows protruding camera, lacks Apple's 'True Tone' flash

New snapshots that purport to show a prototype of Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" have emerged from China, though the device pictured bears some bizarre inconsistencies that call its authenticity into question.

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Analysis affirms Apple's A7 processor closer to a desktop CPU than regular mobile chip

An independent analysis of the microarchitecture behind Apple's latest A7 processor has shown that the company was not overstating when it called the design "desktop class," with the new silicon matching up well against Intel's recent desktop components.

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Explicit content slipping through Apple's iTunes Radio profanity filters

While Apple's iTunes Radio is set by default to block songs with explicit language from streaming, the current filters are far from perfect, with profane content slipping through the cracks to the surprise of some listeners.

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FeatureSamsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now claims all patents are worth very little

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Judge Koh overrules Samsung objection to patent video depicting Apple products

U.S. Judge Lucy H. Koh has overruled objections raised by Samsung regarding an instructional video providing jurors an introduction to the patent system.

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Review: IK Multimedia's iLoud portable speaker delivers on sound, flexibility

Being a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, an amp, and a guitar effects modeling system, the iLoud and its dedicated iOS apps cram a lot of potential into a small package.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Samsung objects to U.S. patent video for jurors because it depicts Apple devices

Samsung has raised objections to a "how patents work" video created by the Federal Judicial Center to provide jurors with an introduction to the patent system, claiming it would be "highly prejudicial" to expose jurors to the idea that Apple invented original products worthy of being patented.

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Deals: iPads from $239; $120 to 150 off current iMacs & MacBooks; $150 off BT headphones

The weekend is delivering a number of deals on iPad minis and 128GB 4th-gen iPads, which are being discounted by up to $329. Meanwhile, a pair of resellers have again slashed the price of iMacs. And a trio of exclusive prices on MacBooks for AI readers are set to expire following the weekend. Also $159 off Bluetooth headphones.

EditorialWhy did Microsoft port Office to Apple's iOS iPad before Android?

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple's iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple's minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google's Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare?

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BlackBerry wins injunction, sales ban against 'Typo' iPhone keyboard

A U.S. district court judge on Friday granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Typo iPhone keyboard case for infringing on certain patents, effectively banning sales of the Ryan Seacrest-backed device.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Apple sends out letters to Cupertino 'neighbors' with updates on Campus 2 construction

Residents living in and around the area of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 in Cupertino are receiving letters from the company updating them on build progress, including road work, utilities and on-site construction, the latter of which is scheduled to start in April.

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Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as judge denies requests from Apple, others

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.

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