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Apple may be planning to release iOS 8.2 to the public as early as next Monday, reports BGR. iOS 8.2 has been in testing since November and notably contains support for the Apple Watch. The March release date has been rumored for several weeks now, but earlier information pointed towards a launch a bit later in the month, possibly during the second week of March. A Monday, March 2 release date for iOS 8.2 would mean the software would be released to consumers a full week ahead of Apple's scheduled March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, where the company is expected to divulge additional details on the Apple Watch. BGR is fairly accurate when it comes to iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7 beta release dates, but it has been wrong on occasion. Because March 2 is not in line with earlier predictions, BGR could be off by a week, but we will certainly be seeing a public release of iOS 8.2 sometime during the first two weeks of March, even if the March 2 date is inaccurate. Thus far, there have been five iOS 8.2 betas, with the last beta coming on Monday, February 2, suggesting either another beta or a public release is coming in the near future. The site also says that it has learned from its sources that there may be as many as four betas of iOS 8.3. We have had two iOS 8.3 betas, so there could be two more beta updates before the software is provided to the public. That would put iOS 8.3 on track to launch in April. iOS 8.3 brings several new features to the operating system, most notably introducing a redesigned emoji picker and adding both new emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Swiss Watchmakers Showcase Varied Approaches to Smartwatch Technology • Mobile Printing App 'Printer Pro' Named Apple's Free App of the Week • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday made an unannounced visit to the iconic Apple Store in Covent Garden, a popular shopping and tourist location in London, according to The Telegraph. The chief executive also sat down for an interview with the British publication to discuss the Apple Watch, providing a few more interesting details about the device ahead of Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event on March 9. Cook claimed that the Apple Watch will have several features that go beyond timekeeping and health and fitness, such as the ability to replace large car key fobs that come with most current vehicles. "This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other reasons," he said. The chief executive told Apple retail employees at the Covent Garden store that the Apple Watch will be unlike any other product the company has ever sold before. "We've never sold anything as a company that people could try on before", said Cook. He added that "tweaking the experience in the store" will likely be a requirement when the wrist-worn device launches in April. During his visit to the Covent Garden store, one retail employee asked Cook what his biggest accomplishment was in the past year. "I'm proud we stayed true to our North Star", replied Cook. "We are pro-privacy, pro-environment and pro-human rights. He added that the Covent Garden location is one of his favorite Apple Stores and praised the retail staff for being such a contributing factor to Apple's success. Cook has been on traveling on an international tour this week, making stops in Belgium, Germany and Israel earlier this week. The chief executive kicked off the week in Belgium to meet with the European Commission, visited the newsroom of popular German publication BILD on Tuesday and traveled to Israel on Wednesday to sit down with President Reuven Rivlin, committing to continued growth in the country. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mobile Printing App 'Printer Pro' Named Apple's Free App of the Week • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases

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Apple faces further legal action from Ericsson this week after refusing to accept a licensing deal for its patented LTE technologies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Swedish networking company on Friday said it is suing Apple for infringing 41 wireless-related patents that it believes are critical to the functionality of products such as the iPhone and iPad.“By refusing Ericsson’s fair and reasonable licensing offer for patented technology used in Apple smartphones and tablets, Apple harms the entire market and reduces the incentive to share innovation,” the company said in a statement.Ericsson has filed two complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an effort to secure an exclusion order against Apple, which could block the iPhone, iPad and other products involved from being sold in the United States. The company has also filed seven complaints with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas as part of the negotiations. Apple's previous licensing deal with Ericsson expired in mid-January. Apple originally filed suit against Ericsson on January 12, arguing that it was demanding excessive royalties for patents not essential to LTE standards. Ericsson countersued in a Texas courtroom just hours later, seeking an estimated $250 million to $750 million in royalties per year for Apple to continue licensing its patented wireless technologies. Ericsson is the world's largest provider of mobile network equipment and holds over 35,000 patents related to 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technologies. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Ahead of the Apple Watch's launch, accessory makers are already hoping to create solutions that will allow the device to be used with a wide array of existing watch bands. Click, for example, is an upcoming watchband adapter that will slide into the band slots of the Apple Watch, allowing the Apple Watch casing to be used with any existing 24mm watchband. According to Click's creators, the adapter is a spring bar that will attach to a watchband, which will then fit into the Apple Watch's grooves, much like one of Apple's own watch bands. It appears to use the pin that comes with an existing watchband rather than shipping with one of its own. Click takes advantage of the sliding and locking mechanism on both sides of the watch to hold the adapter in place just like one of Apple's watchbands. Click allows customers to truly personalize the Apple Watch to match their style and at a fraction of the cost of Apple's Watchbands.Click is currently in the prototype stage with only 3D printed versions of the adapter available to show off, but the team behind Click is planning to introduce it via a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in the next two weeks. It's possible, however, that Click will never make it out of the prototype phase and into the hands of consumers. Click is not the first Apple Watch watchband adapter as it claims to be, but the second. Earlier this year, a designer introduced a crowdfunding campaign for another strap adapter designed for the Apple Watch. The campaign was shut down shortly after it launched, presumably by Apple, in an effort to prevent people from circumventing the specific design aesthetic the company has in mind for the Apple Watch. Apple's distaste for adapters that will allow the Apple Watch to be used with any watch band is not surprising given the amount of work that went into developing the six custom bands for the Apple Watch: the Link Bracelet, the Sport Band, the Leather Loop, the Modern Buckle, the Classic Buckle, and the Milanese Loop. Jony Ive has called the Apple Watch "one of the most difficult projects" he's ever worked on, and in multiple interviews, he's detailed the extensive amount of time that the company put into design of the Apple Watch. It's possible Apple will relax its stance on third-party Apple Watch bands and adapters in the future, and it's even likely that the company will form partnerships or design guidelines for those wishing to create bands for the device, but at this early stage, Apple likely wants to keep a tight rein on the bands the watch is worn with given its position as the company's first fashion accessory. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor by a 3-to-2 decision to enforce net neutrality rules that it claims will help protect freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet, reports Ars Technica. The FCC ruling classifies broadband service as a utility and prevents Internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering prioritized service through so-called Internet "fast lanes" for payment."The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. "Think about it. The Internet has replaced the functions of the telephone and the post office. The Internet has redefined commerce, and as the outpouring from four million Americans has demonstrated, the Internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression. The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules."The ruling will reclassify fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, and Internet providers will be regulated under Title II of the Communications Act. The decision was heavily contested by Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, which could sue the FCC in an attempt to reverse the new rules. FCC officials believe that Type II reclassification will give them more legal authority to prevent net neutrality rules from being overturned. While the new requirements are intended to ensure that the Internet remains fast, fair and open, the FCC did not follow through with last-mile unbundling that would have required Internet service providers to sell wholesale access to their networks. That decision would have allowed new competitors to enter local markets and sell broadband service using the existing infrastructure of larger providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable."But the FCC decided not to impose unbundling," adds Ars Technica. "As such, the vote does little to boost Internet service competition in cities or towns. But it's an attempt to prevent incumbent ISPs from using their market dominance to harm online providers, including those who offer services that compete against the broadband providers' voice and video services."The FCC's order on Thursday could be faced with legal challenges and action from Congress, according to the report, suggesting that debate surrounding net neutrality is far from over. The new rules will go into effect 60 days after being published in the U.S. Federal Register, although the Office of Management and Budget will continue to manage enhancements to the transparency rule. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Following a short beta testing period, Apple's iCloud.com website has been updated to make its iWork suite of apps accessible to all users, even those without an Apple device. As of today, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. The software suite lets users create and edit text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from their browsers. Signing up for a free Apple ID account entitles users to 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage to be used with the apps for storing documents. Previously, access to Apple's iWork suite of apps was limited to users who owned an iOS device or a Mac, but with Apple's new web-only iCloud access, the company can draw new users to its platform and compete with more universal software offerings like Microsoft's Office Suite. iCloud.com's web-only apps can be accessed from recent versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Free accounts are limited to 1GB of storage and users will need an iOS device or Mac to acquire more storage or access iCloud's full set of features. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Apple has not provided details on when the Apple Watch might begin shipping to customers beyond the broad "April" launch date shared by CEO Tim Cook, but new information provided to MacRumors suggests the Apple Watch could see a release more towards the beginning of April rather than the end of the month. According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6 and April 10. A launch date around this time would see the Apple Watch shipping approximately one month after the company's planned March 9 media event, where it is expected to unveil new details about the Apple Watch. There are many details about the device that the company has kept under wraps, including its prospective battery life and full pricing details on the middle tier Apple Watch and higher-end Apple Watch Edition. Apple will likely share a specific Apple Watch release date during the March 9 event, and we're also likely to find out whether the company will be accepting pre-orders. With an early April launch timeline, Apple could begin accepting pre-orders during the last week of March. Apple will be live streaming its March 9 media event, and MacRumors will also be providing live coverage of the information the company unveils about the Apple Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Just one day after Apple was ordered to pay a $532.9 million settlement to Smartflash LLC for infringing upon its patented technologies, the Texas-based patent licensing firm has sued the Cupertino-based company a second time over the same patents (via Reuters). The new lawsuit covers Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2."Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," Smartflash's attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday. "Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected those arguments."The new lawsuit was filed in the same Tyler, Texas district court on Wednesday night, only hours after a federal jury found Apple guilty in the original trial. Apple plans to appeal the decision in the original lawsuit under the belief that the patents are invalid. The patented technologies relate to digital rights management for downloaded songs, videos and games.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”Smartflash LLC fits the definition of a so-called "patent troll," which is generally considered to be a company that licenses patents but does not sell any products or services based on the inventions. The small company has also filed similar lawsuits against Samsung Electronics, Google and Amazon in recent months over the same patents. The new lawsuit against Apple was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Apple today updated its website to notify users that it plans to live stream its Monday, March 9 media event that will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The event will be broadcast on Apple's Live website and it will also likely be available on the Apple TV via a dedicated channel. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event as well, both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple's live stream. The March 9 event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, is expected to focus on the Apple Watch. Apple will likely unveil new details about the device that have been previously kept under wraps, including information on pricing, battery life, and accessory options. We may also get a concrete release date. Apple may also debut other products at the event, like the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Avatron Launches 'Air Display 3' for iOS With New USB Connection Option • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6

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Apple today sent out invites for a media event that will be held on March 9, 2015 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, reports The Loop. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The event is believed to be focused on the Apple Watch, with Apple unveiling details that are still under wraps, such as price, battery life, and accessory options. The event could also see the launch of other products, such as the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments

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Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, recently spoke about his company's relationship with Apple in an in-depth interview with Forbes. The executive discussed a few topics related to Apple, including the impact of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the high-end smartphone market and Google's long-standing search partnership with Apple that is rumored to be up in the air. Questioned about the possibility of Apple ditching Google as the default search engine on iOS, Pichai did not appear worried and remains committed to building a product that users need. Google renewed its search partnership with Apple in 2010, although the contract is reportedly set to expire this year and there has been increasing speculation that Apple is considering a number of options. Both Microsoft and Yahoo have reportedly courted Apple to become the default search engine for Safari in the past.Q: Your relationship with Apple is complicated. How concerned are you that you may lose them as a search partner on iOS? A: There are areas with Apple in which we have always collaborated. We have had a long term search partnership. We work closely with them in areas like YouTube. When I look at search, largely the evolution depends on “are we bulding something which users need?” If we are building something that users need and there is a lot of value we are driving, I think how search manifests in iOS will work out just fine. We have a long term search partnership and are working together with them, and we’ll have to see.Pichai also reflected on how Google expected the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to do very well for Apple, adding that Android is healthy both overall and in the high-end market. He adds that Android is building upon the momentum of one billion devices shipped and believes both Google and Apple are doing well as the smartphone industry continues to evolve.Q: There’s a perception that as Samsung is going through some challenges, Apple is regaining share at the high end. Do you see that in the numbers? A: Share is tough to assess. There is a lot of noise. Based on what we see things are healthy overall globally including the high end. Apple obviously has done very well with iPhone 6 and 6 plus, but we always expected that. We knew this would be a big upgrade cycle for them. To me looking at the momentum of having shipped a billion devices, people even on the high reporting high loyalty rates across Android, I haven’t seen anything to be concerned about. The bigger story here is a growing pie. All of us are doing well.The full-length interview goes into more detail about the state of Google, touching upon a number of products and services such as Android, Nest, Google Wallet, Google Hangouts, Google Shopping Express and the Play Store. Pichai also reflects on competitors in various spaces, including Amazon in e-commerce and WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger in messaging. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments

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Apple yesterday updated its 3D "Flyover" map of London, adding animated images onto popular London-based attractions that result in real-time moving pictures right inside of the Maps app (via The Daily Mail). The update causes the current time to be showcased on the face of Big Ben's clock tower, and the popular giant London Eye to constantly rotate when users find each structure in the London Flyover map. The feature, according to The Daily Mail, is expected to hit other big cities "within weeks." Though a straightforward and purely aesthetic update, the addition of real-time animated effects in the Maps app brings a more immersive experience to Apple's mobile map service and could give it a slight edge on competing map apps. Thanks to hefty amount of criticism following the rocky launch of Maps, even resulting in a public letter of apology by Tim Cook, Apple has been steadily attempting to straighten the app's course and win back the users that migrated to services like Google Maps in the intervening years. Apple has steadily improved the accuracy of its maps, increased the number of points of interest displayed, and improved the quality of its Flyover imagery, while also reportedly working to add new features such as transit directions and indoor mapping information. Apple-leased minivans with equipment rigs on top have also been seen in a number of U.S. cities in recent months, suggesting the company may be collecting street-level imagery to compete with Google's Street View. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone Accounts for Nearly 90% of Smartphone Industry Profits in Fourth Quarter • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments

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While the Apple Watch is not expected to be released until April, luxury and couture product design company Brikk today announced a line of 30 luxury models for the upcoming smartwatch that they claim, "will afford unmatched opulence to an exclusive clientele worldwide." Similar to the Apple Watch in terms of sizes, the line of Lux Watches will be available in 38mm and 42mm, with color options of 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat pink gold, and 950 platinum alongside varying band options. There are also three editions to the line: Standard, Deluxe, and Omni. All versions of the Lux Watch are prepared through disassembling Apple Watches that the company then repurposes with their luxury materials in a "state-of-the-art laboratory." The basic Standard edition offers a single row of diamonds (.50 carats) and a leather strap, while the mid-tier Deluxe has multiple rows of diamonds (2.3 carats), diamond encrusted buttons, and a diamond studded clasp on its leather strap. The Lux Watch Omni edition in 24k yellow gold with 12.3 carats of diamonds "For the ultimate in exclusivity," Brikk offers the Lux Watch Omni edition with a fully diamond-emblazoned case resulting in over 12 carats of jewels on the device. The company promises only the highest end of luxury and satisfaction in purchasing one of their new line of high-end devices, which they've done before with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Lux Watch line stands out thanks to its meticulous production processes. Each piece is disassembled inside Brikk’s state-of-the-art laboratory in Los Angeles by a team of skilled engineers. They are hand polished, then plated with five layers of diverse metals before their final plating in either two layers of gold or platinum. High quality diamonds (color D, clarity VVS1) are set with a microscope in a custom-machined bezel. Each piece is then reassembled and tested before shipping to clients. The line will set those interested back $7,495 for the Standard, $11,995 for the Deluxe, and $69,995 for the Omni, and all prices fluctuate slightly higher for larger sizes. Brikk promises that each comes in a "Zero Halliburton aluminum case with carbon fiber interior", with a user manual, the expected accessories, a 1-year warranty, and a diamond-studded certificate of authenticity. While Apple has taken a decidedly fashion-skewed angle in beginning to market the Apple Watch, Brikk's new diamond-encrusted offerings appear to be a more straightforward answer to those looking for more of a statement with the new wearable. Pricing guesses have jumped between $10,000 and $20,000 for the high-end Apple Watch Edition, so while the Lux line's lower-end models could fall in line with Apple's own mid-to-upper tier models, the Omni edition offered by Brikk may in fact be the most expensive version of the Watch on the market when the device launches this Spring. Those interested in the Lux Watch line can visit Brikk's official website to place a pre-order, which requires a deposit and is expected to ship between 4-6 weeks following the official Apple Watch launch in April. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable

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Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Israel this week, the company's increasing interest in the country is said to relate to chip design, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple recently opened new research and development offices in Israel north of Tel Aviv, with the facilities serving as the iPhone maker's second-largest R&D operations outside of the United States.“Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,” said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club. Apple may be looking to increase development of chips internally to the costs associated with relying on third-party suppliers, although it still relies heavily on vendors such as Samsung to produce chips for iPhones. Apple has acquired two Israel-based microprocessor chip design firms in Anobit Technologies and PrimeSense in recent years, and also hired several Texas Instrument engineers in Israel after the company announced some 250 job cuts at its Ra'anana offices. Apple vice president of hardware technologies Johny Srouji is an Israeli Arab that grew up in Haifa and earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science from Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology. Srouji joined Apple in 2008 and oversees custom silicon architecture and development covering several devices and technologies. Apple has over 700 other employees working directly for the company in Israel.“We’ve hired our first individual in Israel in 2011 and we now have over 700 people working in Israel directly for us,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the meeting with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday. “Israel and Apple have gotten much closer together over the last three years than ever before, and we see that as just the beginning,” he added.Apple has job listings in Israel for a number of chip-related positions in the fields of silicon and semiconductor design, testing and engineering. The company has also been hiring staff to work at its chip design center in Haifa over the past three years. Google, Facebook, IBM, HP and hundreds of other international companies have also setup R&D centers in Israel, often following acquisitions of local companies. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS Extends Lead on Android in Enterprise on Strength of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University this May, the university announced today. Cook will speak on May 17 on the National Mall and was nominated for the honor by students earlier this year. The university also plans to give Cook an honorary doctorate of public service. "I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year's commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation." Cook's last commencement speech took place in 2010, at his alma mater Auburn University. At the time, Cook was Apple's Chief Operating Officer, and he took the opportunity to call working at Apple "the best decision I ever made." He gave a moving speech that emphasized the importance of intuition and how it led him to Apple. Previous commencement speakers at George Washington University have included actress Kerry Washington, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and Hilary Clinton. It is not clear if a live stream of Cook's commencement address will be available, but George Washington University does typically share videos of its commencement events on Vimeo shortly after they take place. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Expands Free Google Play Music Storage to 50,000 Songs • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone

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Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for editing, screen-ready effects and post-production. Focus directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra opted to use Apple's professional video editing software because they found it provided a fast and straightforward workflow. The software gave the directors fine-tuned control over all aspects of the film and provided the flexibility to easily move between editing on a Mac Pro and working with a MacBook Pro on location.After researching several workflows, Requa and Ficarra decided to cut their major studio feature entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. The movie came in on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “We got exactly the film we set out to make,” says Requa. “What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.”Final Cut Pro X was highly criticized by some professional video editors when it was released in 2011, but the directors of Focus told USA Today that they value how the software is easier to use and resembles the look of iMovie. These comments come amid criticism that Apple is dumbing down certain areas of OS X, including the removal of Aperture in favor of the all-new Photos for Mac app."Many editors called the new FCPX 'iMovie Lite,' when it was released, and not ready for the big leagues, but Ficarra says he likes that FCPX is easier to use, and that it's look and feel is akin to iMovie. 'We have a whole generation of kids learning on iMovie,' he says. 'They'll be familiar with this tool when they get into the real world.'" The film crew used Mac Pro-equipped on-set mobile post systems from a cutting-edge Los Angeles-based post-production company and used metadata markers to identify the best shots taken each day. Final Cut Pro X enabled this metadata to be searchable and handled full-resolution ProRes 4444 files with ease.Ficarra believes that the metadata advantage gave them unprecedented control over their story line. “I was able to say, ‘I need Will’s side in this take,’” he says. “And because even his improvisations were specially tagged, we were able to filter and come out with it. The upshot was just infinite searchability. We could change direction so fast and do multiple iterations. Sometimes while we were editing we felt as if we were actually rewriting the movie.”The full-length feature page on Apple's website goes into further details about how Final Cut Pro X was used throughout all stages of the film's production. The in-depth page also outlines other Apple products and third-party hardware used to make the film a reality, including the Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Xsan, Apogee Quartet, Quantel Pablo Rio system and more. Final Cut Pro X is $299.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link]. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March

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Apple added several new companies to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements page over the course of the past month, possibly hinting at future plans for improvements to its mapping app. The Acknowledgements page lists all of the sources that provide information to Apple for the Maps app. New listings include GasBuddy/OpenStore and GreatSchools, two additions that AppleMapsMarketing speculates could lead to Maps upgrades like gas prices on gas station locations and school data for school locations. GasBuddy.com is a site that is designed to highlight local gas prices, helping users find the cheapest gas in any given area. GreatSchools.org is a community-based site that aggregates information about schools, including students enrolled, available programs, ratings, and academic test scores. Apple has also added Yext to the page, a site that allows businesses to update their locations for multiple online sites at one time, but the company's partnership with Yext was previously known. The National Land Survey of Finland Topographic Database is also new, likely adding new maps data for the country. Though Apple's acknowledgements page lists GasBuddy and GreatSchools, the above-mentioned data is not yet showing up in the Maps app, and it is unknown exactly when and if Apple will add gas price and school information to Maps. It's entirely possible that the company's partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools have been established to bolster existing data on the locations of gas stations and schools. Since Maps' rocky debut in 2012, Apple has made continued efforts to improve the app by hiring mapping experts around the world, fixing user-reported errors, and boosting points of interest through its data partners. Most recently, Apple added 10 new data sources to Maps, sometime around November of 2014. Apple is rumored to be working on some major Maps improvements like transit directions and indoor mapping information, but the launch of these features seems to have been pushed back due to internal organizational issues. It is not known when Maps might see its next major update, but because there seems to be no sign of Maps upgrades in iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible Apple is saving the feature for iOS 9. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March

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Apple appears to be gearing up for a big marketing push for the Apple Watch ahead of its April launch, featuring the device on several magazine covers. The Apple Watch made its U.S. magazine cover debut earlier this month in the March issue of Self, and it's also being featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Vogue. The Apple Watch is shown on multiple pages of the magazine, depicting different watch casings and band designs in clean ads that feature nothing but the Apple Watch itself. The images are actual size, giving readers an idea of how big the watch is in real life. There's a heavy focus on Apple Watch bands, several of which are depicted in close up images that show off details on their construction. The Milanese Loop is featured on one page, while the navy-colored Leather Loop is shown on another page. The Apple Watch sport with a green band is also shown, as is the fitness interface for one of the Apple Watch's built-in fitness apps. Yet another page features the rose gold Apple Watch Edition with a Rose Gray Modern Buckle band. It's likely that several other publications beyond Self and Vogue will be featuring the Apple Watch in the coming weeks as the device's April launch date approaches. Apple has targeted fashion and fitness markets thus far, and is expected to market the Apple Watch to a wide range of potential customers. Up until this month, Apple's Apple Watch marketing has been somewhat reserved, limited to an appearance at Parisian fashion boutique Colette in September and the Vogue China cover in October, but the company appears prepared to begin more serious marketing efforts. As we reported last month, Apple asked some developers creating content for the Apple Watch to have their apps completed by mid-February, possibly to have apps ready to go for marketing purposes or an upcoming event. Apple also invited select developers to its Cupertino headquarters to put the finishing touches on Apple Watch apps and it may be gearing up for a series of Apple Watch popup stores in various locations around the world. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March

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While on a trip in Germany to visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and meet with a few German-based Apple staff members, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch constantly, "even in the shower", according to iGen.fr [Google Translate]. The new piece of information from the Apple CEO could mean the company's been working on adding more water resistant features to the upcoming wearable, since at its early-September reveal event the company warned off wearing the device in the shower. Cook went on to say that he charges his Apple Watch every night, which seems to fall in line with what he's said previously on the topic. But, as Apple Insider points out, some of his comments regarding the new information on the Apple Watch could have been lost in translation. He also told a few of the Apple Store workers, specifically in fielding a question asked by a visually impaired employee, that apps and accessibility features focused on aiding the disabled would be coming to the watch over time. Cook even commented on a few recent bits of bad press the company has faced in regards to the working conditions at its Chinese facilities. He said that Chinese workers want to work hard and their employers want them to always work more. Apple is trying to ensure that there is no abuse, and the number hours worked per week decreases with time. He said that wages in China are increasing much faster than anywhere in the world. While recalling that the cost of living is much lower there, compared for example to Germany or the United States. Concerning the overseas launch of Apple Pay, which has been gaining steam in rumors lately, Cook stated that a European launch for the contactless payment service will come "before the end of the year." Cook's trip continues this week (via The Marker) [Google Translate], with the CEO moving on to Israel to visit the newly-built Apple offices in Herzliya and a planned meeting with former President Shimon Peres. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Podcasts Entering 'Golden Age' After Experiencing Surge in Growth • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March

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A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC for using its patents without permission, reports Bloomberg. The court found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the Texas-based company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple argues that Smartflash is exploiting the patent system and plans to appeal the decision.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”Smartflash was originally seeking $852 million in damages from Apple for infringing three patents, claiming that it was entitled to a percentage of sales of Apple products used to access iTunes, such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. Apple believed that $4.5 million was fair at most, arguing that it was not infringing upon the inventions and that the patents were invalid. Developers Game Circus and KingsIsle Entertainment Inc. were also defendants in the case but were later dismissed from the lawsuit.“Apple doesn’t respect Smartflash’s inventions,” the company’s lawyer, John Ward of Ward & Smith in Longview, Texas, told the jury. “Not a single witness could be bothered with reviewing the patent.”Smartflash has also sued Samsung Electronics in a separate lawsuit that is scheduled to begin following the end of this Apple trial. The patent licensing firm also recently filed against Google, which has attempted to move its lawsuit to California, and Amazon in December. This case is Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc., 13-447, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Texas. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Was Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp

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During its investor call today, Chase announced (via AppleInsider) that over 1 million customers have provisioned their credit and / or debit cards for use with Apple Pay. Additionally, the company provided a look at the demographics of its Apple Pay users. Eileen Sierra, CEO of Chase Card Services, said that its customers who use Apple Pay tend to be young and have higher incomes, with 69 percent of their Chase card Apple Pay transactions credit based. Sierra also revealed that the financial company has seen "good growth" in the number of its customers provisioning their cards on Apple Pay. Those customers have been using their Chase cards through Apple Pay at the top five merchants 58 percent of the time, with all remaining merchants making up the remaining 42 percent. While Apple hasn't provided adoption details on Apple Pay, CEO Tim Cook did announce in January that Apple Pay accounted for two of every three contactless dollars spent on American Express, Visa and MasterCard. Bank of America announced in January that nearly 800,000 of its customers were using Apple Pay, and point-of-sale suppliers have seen a massive increase in interest following Apple Pay's launch last October. Although Apple Pay is having early success in the United States, it has yet to expand past its borders. Reports indicate Apple is in talks with Canadian partners to launch Apple Pay in that country as soon as March, while Visa today announced it would launch tokenization in Europe in mid-April, paving the way for Apple Pay to expand into the continent. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • RooCASE Video Review: Hands-On With Four iPhone 6 Plus Cases • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp • Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad

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The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between iOS and Android, which accounted for 19.7% and 76.6% market share in the fourth quarter respectively. The mobile operating systems combined to dominate Windows Phone, BlackBerry and all other platforms with 96.3% market share during the three-month period ending December. iOS increased 2.2 percentage points to 19.7% during the fourth quarter over its 15.1% market share in the year-ago quarter, while Android experienced a marginal year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 78.2% to 76.6%. Apple shipped a record-breaking 192.7 million iPhones during 2014 on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while overall Android device shipments on the year surpassed the 1 billion mark. Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone operating system race, resulting in a smaller battle between Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Firefox OS and less popular platforms for third place. Windows Phone and BlackBerry were the closest runner-ups to iOS and Android, claiming 2.8% and 0.4% market share in the fourth quarter respectively to close out 2014. All other platforms held 0.6% market share on the year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ExoLens Review: Hands-On With a Professional Photography System for iPhone 6 • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp • Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose

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Pebble today revealed the Pebble Time, a new smartwatch in its line of smart wearable devices that includes the company's first color-based display and introduces a thinner, more ergonomic design than its predecessor. Launched on Kickstarter earlier this morning, Pebble promises that power consumption of the new device is greatly lowered thanks to the e-paper display, giving the Pebble Time a battery life of up to 7 days. The company also introduced a new voice-control feature to send voice replies or take notes using a select few compatible apps. The feature is a bit more full-fledged on Android, and on iOS currently will only work with Gmail notifications. The Pebble Time also features a new curved design to ergonomically conform to any wrist, and is about 20 percent slimmer than the original Pebble. The company says the lens is made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass with a stainless steel bezel, enabling a water-resistant device that Pebble still warns from being fully submerged. Pebble Time comes with a soft silicone band in the color options of black, white, or red, but the company says any 22mm watch band will fit the new device. The watch also lives up to its name thanks to the chronological curating of multiple apps into one new feature called "Timeline." With past, present, and future buttons residing on the right side of the device, users can easily scroll through completed tasks and events, see what they need to be doing now, and check reminders for the future. This is the new app menu, featuring new app faces with glanceable content. With timeline we've also created a system that dynamically loads and caches apps as needed, letting you access as many apps as you need. As with all Pebble software, we’ve built an open platform. You can allow apps and developers to add ‘pins’ to your timeline, so you can keep track of things like upcoming events, sports, weather, traffic, travel plans, pizza specials and more. Pebble has been undeterred by the announcement and imminent launch of the Apple Watch, poking fun at Apple's overly enthusiastic unveiling of the device and pointing out their superior battery life and entry-level pricing in the process. Most recently the company claimed its new 2015 products would focus less on apps and more on something customers have never seen. Those interested can visit the Pebble Time's Kickstarter page to claim their own rewards. The lowest pledge for the device begins at $159 for one watch, and ramps up from there. The Pebble Time's $500,000 goal, which launched at 7:00 AM PT, reached its goal in just under twenty minutes of the Kickstarter going live. As with most projects on the site, there are 31 days left to join in on the campaign. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp • Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More

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Tim Cook tweeted this morning to honor what would be the 60th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Cook shared a quote from Jobs' heartfelt commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said "the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Jobs co-founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, with the roots of the company based in the garage of his childhood home in Los Altos, California. After turning the Macintosh into a commercial success in the decade following, Jobs was essentially ousted from Apple in 1985 following a power struggle and went on to found NeXT Computer the same year. Apple went on to acquire NeXT in 1997, bringing Jobs back as CEO, at which point he led the company to become one of the most valuable in the world on the strength of products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Apple has continued to be successful under the leadership of CEO Tim Cook, reporting the most profitable quarter in the history of any company to close out 2014. The Apple Watch, set to launch in April, will mark the first major new product since the passing of Jobs. Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." pic.twitter.com/0YD0gZ7jvm— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2015 Today also marks the 15th anniversary of MacRumors, launched in February 2000 by Arnold Kim. MacRumors was a relatively early entrant in the Apple online community, arriving before the introduction of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, OS X and several other products and services used by millions of users today. As always, we express our gratitude to the several readers, contributors, sponsors and all those that allow us to continue sharing the latest Apple news and rumors. Happy birthday, Steve. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp • Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More

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Samsung Electronics has inked a deal with both Apple and LG to supply advanced DRAM memory chips in next-generation iPhones and the LG G4 respectively, according to sources "familiar with the deal" for The Korea Times. The deal, rumored to be worth billions of dollars, would see Samsung produce at least half of the memory chips that Apple would need for its next-generation iPhone lineup. The report claims that Apple could ask Samsung to ramp up manufacturing of the chips if needed, with the alleged contract lasting at least a year."Under the agreement, Samsung will start providing LG Electronics with 100 percent mobile DRAM chips it needs for LG G4 smartphone, which will be unveiled in April. Also, Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6S," an industry official who is familiar with the deal told The Korea Times.The agreement was reached just a few months after Samsung began mass production of new 20-nanometer 8-Gigabit LPDDR4 memory chips, which are said to offer more than double the density and performance compared to its 4-Gigabit LPDDR3 predecessor. The sources say that on the LG side of things, Samsung will be providing 100 percent of the chips for the company's flagship G4 smartphone, set to be unveiled in the Spring. Though Apple and Samsung have partnered in the past for manufacturing purposes, the two companies have been fierce rivals for several years. This two companies have dropped litigation against each other outside of the United States in recent months, however, and this agreement further suggests that the tech giants have an improved working relationship as of late. While not expected to launch until September, news and rumors about the so-called "iPhone 6s" have begun circulating recently, with Samsung reportedly responsible for the majority of A9 chip production based on its 14nm process. Conflicting reports suggest that TSMC may supply Apple with the remaining chip orders. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Visa to Launch Tokenization in Europe in Mid-April for Mobile Payments • Apple Now Selling Updated World Travel Adapter Kit With Lower Price, No 30-Pin Cable • New 'iPhone 6c' Concept Teases Future of Apple's Budget Smartphone • Apple Dropping AOL Sign-In for iTunes and App Store in March • Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp • Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, Apple Accessories, and More

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