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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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Apple posts entire WWDC 2015 keynote to YouTube

Apple posts entire WWDC 2015 keynote to YouTube

After hosting this year's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on its own website for one week, Apple on Monday made a video of the event available to a wider audience by posting a full-length version to its official YouTube channel.

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Apple shares four new 'Shot on iPhone 6' videos to World Gallery

Apple shares four new 'Shot on iPhone 6' videos to World Gallery

Continuing its camera-focused iPhone 6 ad campaign, Apple added four new user films to the "Shot on iPhone 6" webpage on Monday, highlighting the handset's ability to capture stunning high contrast images.

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iOS 9 code suggests 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display for 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro'

iOS 9 code suggests 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display for 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro'

Code buried in the iOS 9 developer beta suggests Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" is poised to use a high-resolution 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display, with a pixel density of about 263 pixels per inch.

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Save $809: Apple's 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,089 with free AppleCare, Microsoft Sculpt Mouse & LG CD/DVD drive

Save $809: Apple's 11

For just a few more days, readers can save $809 on Apple's completely maxed out 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB), which is up for grabs at $1,089 with free AppleCare and plus your choice of two free or heavily discounted accessories.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Apple releases sixth OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite beta to developers [u]

Apple releases sixth OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite beta to developers [u]

Apple on Monday released a new beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite operating system to developers less than one week after a fifth version was seeded at WWDC, suggesting a public launch could be in the offing.

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Apple hiring editing team to curate content for iOS 9's News app

Apple hiring editing team to curate content for iOS 9's News app

Ahead of iOS 9's debut this fall, Apple is hiring a team of editors to find and curate content for its News aggregation app, according to a new job listing spotted on Apple's website.

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Microsoft demos 'mixed reality gaming' capabilities of HoloLens with Minecraft

Microsoft demos 'mixed reality gaming' capabilities of HoloLens with Minecraft

Microsoft's upcoming HoloLens virtual reality accessory took the stage at E3 on Monday, with the company showing how "mixed reality gaming" will work on the future hardware, via its popular Minecraft universe.

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Apple aims to double retail footprint, iPhone sales in India with help of new distribution deals

Apple aims to double retail footprint, iPhone sales in India with help of new distribution deals

Apple has signed a deal with a fifth Indian smartphone distributor, Optiemus Group, as part of a campaign to more than double retail reach and hence double iPhone sales in each of the next three years, a report said on Monday.

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New Alchemy-like GarageBand synths appear to be first fruits of Apple's Camel Audio acquisition

New Alchemy-like GarageBand synths appear to be first fruits of Apple's Camel Audio acquisition

Apple has quietly revealed a forthcoming update to its GarageBand music production app that will add a number of new synths with shape-shifting controls, additions that seem to be influenced by Camel Audio's popular Alchemy synth software, which Apple acquired earlier this year.

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More than 70% of Apple Music revenues passed to rights owners, Apple confirms

More than 70% of Apple Music revenues passed to rights owners, Apple confirms

Apple will pay out more than 70 cents of every dollar it earns from its new streaming music service, the company revealed on Monday, a slight premium over the rates paid by competing services like Spotify.

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iOS 9 code points to Apple TV apps, 'iPad Pro' keyboard, new Photos feature

iOS 9 code points to Apple TV apps, 'iPad Pro' keyboard, new Photos feature

The current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the "iPad Pro," and new options in Photos, according to a noted iOS developer.

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Inside iOS 9: Apple's QuickType keyboard gains quick cut, copy, paste & more on iPad

Inside iOS 9: Apple's QuickType keyboard gains quick cut, copy, paste & more on iPad

Apple's QuickType keyboard will gain new iPad-specific functions in iOS 9, including a "Shortcut Bar" with quick links to commonly used text entry functions like cut, copy, paste, and font options.

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New Bethesda mobile game 'Fallout Shelter' debuts exclusively on Apple's iOS

New Bethesda mobile game 'Fallout Shelter' debuts exclusively on Apple's iOS

Fans of the Fallout franchise have a new mobile game to occupy their attention in the run-up to Fallout 4's hotly-anticipated release, though Android users are out of luck as the game — called Fallout Shelter — is available only on iOS for now.

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