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Friday November 21

17:27
A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K Video

The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively. 4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW. Image via iFixitThe discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren't supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app developers found it is...

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12:20
Microsoft's New TV Ad Mocks Siri & Backfires for...

Microsoft has flipped in trying to compare their digital assistant Cortana with Apple's Siri as a reason to consider purchasing a Microsoft phone. The second question posed by Microsoft's digital assistant to Apple's Siri is this ...

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12:18
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Users Experiencing Issues With YouTu...

The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos. Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours ago, suggesting the issue may be on YouTube's end. I installed Yosemite on my iMac (20-inch, Mid 2007) when it...

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11:33
Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad Showcasing C...

Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have. In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger." Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations. Siri: Yes, I got bigger. Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give reminders based on who calls or texts? Siri: No, I got bigger. Cortana: How about traffic alerts? Can you tell people to leave early based on traffic reports? Siri: No, seriously, I just got bigger. Cortana: That's okay. Happens to everyone this time of year. Microsoft...

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10:46
iCloud.com Photos App Gains New Uploading Capabilities

Following two weeks of testing on the iCloud beta site for developers, the consumer-facing iCloud.com site has gained support for uploading images to iCloud Photo Library (via iFun.de [Google Translate]). Before the addition of the new uploading tool, the standard iCloud.com site allowed users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but it did not have a tool to allow users to upload photos captured with non-Apple devices. New toolbar with upload support on iCloud.com site at top, previous iCloud.com toolbar on bottom The new uploading feature on...

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09:59
Intel acknowledges that they're Still Paying the Pric...

Don't Count Intel out Just Yet: During Intel's Investor conference held yesterday, they noted that they were on track to exceed its goal of seeing its chips used in 40 million tablets by the end of 2014...

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09:25
Square Announces Plans to Begin Accepting Apple Pay in 201...

Speaking with CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey confirmed that the payment processing service will support Apple Pay in the coming months, bringing Apple Pay to small business owners. In the interview, Dorsey reiterates his opinion that he does not view Apple Pay as a competitor and wants to add the mobile payments service as an available option for Square users."We're not building a credit card. We're not building a payment device. We're building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments," Dorsey told CNN in an interview. While the existing Square Reader can process credit card payments via an iPad or iPhone, the hardware is not equipped to handle the wireless transactions required...

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08:52
Chase Offers Apple Pay Users Free David Guetta Songs as Mo...

Credit card issuer and major bank Chase has been one of the highest profile Apple Pay partners since the service was announced in September and launched one month ago. This weekend, the bank has launched a plan to entice more Chase Visa card holders into Apple Pay with a free early-access music download. From November 21-23, users who add a Chase Visa card into Apple Pay will receive exclusive early access to fourteen songs off of David Guetta's new album "Listen." Apple Pay users can receive their iTunes Store redemption codes through the Chase app, which received an update today that is required for the Apple Pay promo to appear. The new album from Guetta officially launches on Monday, and is currently available for...

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07:26
Tickets.com has launched Apple Pay Integration

Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has officially announced that it has launched the first venue ticketing integration with support for Apple Pay ...

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06:04
iWork for iCloud Updated with Eight New Languages, 50 Font...

Apple today updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote and were first reported by German blog Macerkopf. New iCloud languages include French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Arabic (Pages only) and Hebrew (Pages only) with Pages receiving 8 new languages and Number and Keynotes now supporting six. Apple also expanded the number of available fonts, adding 50 new font types that improve the creative options available to users as well as add support for the new languages. Other changes include a revised main toolbar that now allows users to easily change the name of a document and other-app specific improvements like the ability to undo the deletion of section breaks while editing in Pages. Apple...

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Thursday November 20

15:25
iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve Slightly, Now 7 to 10...

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, shipping estimates for the iPhone 6 Plus have improved slightly, with the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers now carrying a shipping estimate of 7 to 10 days in the United States. Shipping estimates for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers have also seen improvement, going from 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks. While shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have improved, shipping estimates for the harder-to-find 128GB iPhone 6 Plus remain at 3 to 4 weeks, suggesting the higher-capacity model is the most constrained. Apple is also seeing improved supply of the iPhone 6, and the 16GB device now has a shipping estimate of 5 to 7 days, down from 7 to 10 days. Higher-capacity 64 and 128GB iPhone 6 models continue to ship in 7 to 10 days. Many other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping times, as are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In store supply...

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15:01
Google Agrees to Settle Patent Case with Rockstar Consorti...

According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products...

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14:32
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, just three days after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public. The new beta, build 14C68k, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. The beta also includes Safari 8.0.2 and an update to the Mail app (version 8.2). Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite. Update: It appears that OS X 10.10.2 is causing the latest version of Google's Chrome browser to crash. Retina iMac owners are also seeing...

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12:53
Billboard 200 Chart to Incorporate Digital Track Sales, On...

Billboard is planning a major overhaul of its Billboard 200 chart in the coming weeks, which will take into account the growing popularity of streaming music. Billboard's new methodology will shift away from simply tracking album sales, adding both digital track sales and streaming music into its algorithm. Published weekly, the Billboard 200 is a chart that ranks the 200 best selling music albums in the United States. At the current time, the Billboard 200 chart only takes into account retail (both physical and digital) album sales, but the addition of digital track sales and streaming music from services like Beats and Spotify will allow the chart to give a clearer picture of overall popularity by taking into account consumption activity rather than measuring based on straight sales. Beginning on December 3, and measuring data during...

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11:03
Best Buy Offers Pre-Black Friday Deals, Discounts iPad Air...

Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend. Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air from AT...

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09:41
Apple's Claims of Improved Performance on iPhone 4s a...

Following the launch of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4s users reported widespread issues ranging from slow performance to choppy animations. With Monday's release of iOS 8.1.1 promising "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S", Ars Technica has now put those claims to the test.iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn't improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you'll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let's look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you're using an older iDevice and...

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08:26
Clear Geographic Split Shows iPhone 6 Plus Especially Popu...

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to outsell the iPhone 6 Plus around the world, but the larger-sized phone is proving to be a significant hit in some markets, reports AppLovin in its latest November 2014 report. According to AppLovin's analytics data, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus in an 80/20 ratio overall in the first 45 days of availability. While Europe, North America and Australia roughly follow this global sales distribution or lean slightly more heavily toward the iPhone 6, the trend changes in Asia, where the iPhone 6 Plus typically accounts for 35 percent or more of iPhone sales. South Korea, home to rivals Samsung and LG, is the only Asian country studied with an iPhone 6 Plus adoption rate below 35 percent. The country has a lower 71/29 split, perhaps related to competition from Samsung's Galaxy Series and LG's G3 phone in the large-screen market or simply due to customer preference for other...

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08:09
Apple Executive Takes a Shot at Xiaomi at Chinese Conferen...

Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China ...

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07:49
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated Apple Dis...

Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays exclusively for Apple, according to Bloomberg. In a conversation with Sophia Chang, a public relations representative for Foxconn's display unit Innolux Corp., Chang stated that equipment installation will begin next month, although she would not confirm that Apple is the client for the facility. Following an urgent request for exclusive capacity, the mass production of panels is expected to begin by the end of 2015. Chang also mentioned that the advanced sixth-generation display plant will be built at Innolux's Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan. The forecast details that the funds for the plant will be spent over a two-year building period with the company planning to hire 2,300...

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07:29
A Second Report Confirms that Foxconn's New Display P...

Good News is Worth Repeating: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan ...

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06:56
Apple Invents a Digital Pen with Dynamic Visual Indicators

While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as

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06:32
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 Promises Stronger Protectio...

Corning today unveiled its new Gorilla Glass 4, its next-generation glass production that is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops. According to Corning, the company extensively studied shattered screens to understand how and why they break. Corning scientists examined hundreds of broken devices and found that damage caused by sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. The scientists then developed new drop-test methods that simulate real-world break events, based on thousands of hours analyzing cover glass that had broken in the field or laboratory. The culmination of this testing was Gorilla Glass 4, which reportedly is two times stronger than competing products and can survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces such as sandpaper. The company...

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03:54
Apple Aims to Embed a Fire Detector into Future iDevices...

On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants ...

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Wednesday November 19

19:34
Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Universal...

Despite Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it "in turnaround", which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film. In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.It's unknown why Sony Pictures, who has been developing the...

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19:06
A Real Profit Killer: Pictures of GTAT's Sapphire Bou...

The GTAT debacle began publicly on Oct 6 when the news of their filing Chapter 11 was made public in a press release. The shock of the news quickly rippled throughout the industry and beyond. We then learned that GTAT's COO sold at the first sign of trouble which led the SEC to begin an investigation. Then the judge in the Chapter 11 case wanted the document unsealed against Apple wishes and the report was inflammatory without a doubt. Then Bloomberg reminded us all of how GTAT was talking up the deal with Apple at the very time everything began to unravel. But Apple and GTAT made a deal to lessen the burden on GTAT but now GTAT creditors aren't happy with that and want's the courts to step into this mess again. And late tonight, a new report has come to light to show us the nightmare production of rejected sapphire proving that this project was on the fast track to nowhere.

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