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Apple debuted its Touch ID fingerprint sensor in September of 2013 with the iPhone 5s, making it the first major smartphone to include fingerprint recognition technology. Samsung followed with its own version of a fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5, which is slated to be released on April 11. A new YouTube video from Tanner Marsh compares Touch ID on iPhone 5s with the fingerprint scanner of the upcoming Galaxy S5, walking through the process of setting up fingerprint recognition on both devices and comparing and contrasting some of the available functionality. The two fingerprint scanners are quite different, with Apple's Touch ID utilizing a round home button that captures a motionless fingerprint while Samsung's sensor is activated using a swiping motion that scans the finger from base to tip using a rectangular home button. iPhone 5s users may be familiar with the setup process of Touch ID, which includes placing each finger on the home button multiple times in order to register a fingerprint from multiple angles. Samsung's setup is a bit different, involving multiple swipes downward on the screen over the home button. Early reports suggested Samsung's fingerprint sensor was somewhat inaccurate, and the video depicts some of the same problems with fingerprint recognition. Marsh notes that he has to swipe directly over the center of the home button for a fingerprint to register and describes how the sensor on the S5 is hard to use with a single hand.It seems like it's sort of hit or miss unless you swipe directly over the center of the button, covering most of it with your finger. Moreover because you have to swipe starting from the bottom of the touchscreen it makes the process nearly impossible with one hand. As for the iPhone 5s, because the device essentially captures multiple scans of your finger in various positions you can literally unlock it from any orientation including upside down, left, right, or diagonally. It doesn't matter. It will almost always recognize your finger.While Samsung's fingerprint sensor appears to have some issues, Apple's Touch ID faced its own problems early on, including "fade," or the increasingly erratic performance of the fingerprint sensor over time. iOS 7.1, released in March, solved the issue, bringing much-needed improvements to Touch ID's fingerprint recognition capabilities. Apple also faced significant scrutiny over both hacking and privacy concerns after the launch of the iPhone 5s, leading it to publish multiple documents detailing how the feature works, assuring users that only mathematical representations of fingerprints are stored in the A7 processor’s Secure Enclave, which is walled off from the rest of iOS. Samsung may face some of the same scrutiny following the April 11 release of the Galaxy S5, especially as the company has plans to allow developers access to the feature. Samsung's S5 will also be compatible with PayPal's mobile payment app, allowing users to authorize PayPal payments with a fingerprint, a feature that could also cause concern with some users. Apple has plans to enter the payment arena with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, but has yet to do so. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D33 to Developers • Nest Stops Selling 'Protect' Smoke Detectors Over Safety Concerns • Elgato Becomes Latest Company to Launch Thunderbolt Docking Station • Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation • 'FTL: Faster Than Light' Now Available for iPad with New Content • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Coming to iPhone and iPad April 10 • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS    

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Apple is exploring touch screen technology that determines pressure sensitivity using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, according to a new patent application recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider). The patent describes a method of determining the force of a user's touch on a capacitive screen using infrared transmit lines from transmitters and receivers positioned under the frame of the cover glass. Capacitive touch combined with light would determine both the position of the finger and distinguish a soft touch from a harder touch, allowing Apple to implement gestures that could vary with force. Using infrared light to determine where a user touches a screen is a method known as Frustrated Total Internal Reflection, or FTIR. FTIR is essentially a light-based way to detect multitouch, bouncing infrared light off of the touch screen to detect interference from a finger. When combined with capacitive touch, the interference measurements can also deduce force. FTIR has been used by Microsoft for its Perceptive Pixel products, as noted in Apple's patent application. Microsoft offers several large-screened multi-touch sensing devices that use FTIR and offers a technology called Microsoft PixelSense, which is used in the Samsung SUR40. As implemented by Microsoft, the FTIR technology, which uses cameras to detect light refracted by pressure, allows multiple people to use the device at once and it also recognizes and distinguishes objects that are not fingers. Though Apple has not yet built pressure sensitivity into the touch screens of its mobile devices, the company has been looking at various techniques for implementing pressure detection over the last several years. In addition to infrared light, Apple has explored force sensors, spring membranes, and pressure sensitive device casings. Given Apple's continued interest in pressure sensitive touch screens and competing products that already include pressure sensitivity, such as Microsoft's Surface Pro line of tablets, the implementation of the technology in some form or another seems like a logical step for Apple's future mobile devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Elgato Becomes Latest Company to Launch Thunderbolt Docking Station • Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation • 'FTL: Faster Than Light' Now Available for iPad with New Content • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Coming to iPhone and iPad April 10 • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS • MacHeist Apple Design Award Bundle Offers 9 Mac Apps for $20 • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings    

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Apple purchased automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies last year, reports TechCrunch. Novauris' main product was NovaSystem, a server-based distributed speech recognition system. According to the company's website, its technology is able to handle multiple simultaneous voice requests, recognizing complete phrases and analyzing syllable structure for better speech recognition. NovaSearch doesn’t carry out recognition at the word or sequence-of-words level, but rather identifies complete phrases from start to finish by matching them against a potentially huge inventory of possible utterances. This enables it to assemble information about what has been spoken over utterances of virtually any length and take near-optimal decisions.While the Novauris website does not mention its acquisition by Apple, TechCrunch notes that a phone call to the U.K. offices was answered with "Apple," by Novauris's co-founder, who confirmed that the team now works for Apple. Novauris's founders are well-known speech researchers and formerly worked at Dragon Systems, the company behind products like Dragon NaturallySpeaking and DragonDictate, now owned by Nuance.One of the biggest differentiators about Novauris in terms of the competitive landscape, is that they operated in both the embedded and server space, and they also owned the core engine. This of course would make them a valuable asset for Apple, which had tried to acquire Nuance, the technology that powers Apple's Siri – a partnership that has long been known, but only officially confirmed last year.Novauris's technology has been used by companies like Verizon Wireless, Panasonic, Samsung, Alpine, BMW, and more. It has also been used to power several different voice-activated mapping systems, as seen in the demo video below. The acquisition took place in 2013 and the Novauris team has been working on improving Siri, Apple's voice-based digital assistant. Apple is rumored to be working on making some significant upgrades to Siri with iOS 8, possibly expanding its ability to interface with third-party apps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Elgato Becomes Latest Company to Launch Thunderbolt Docking Station • Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation • 'FTL: Faster Than Light' Now Available for iPad with New Content • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Coming to iPhone and iPad April 10 • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS • MacHeist Apple Design Award Bundle Offers 9 Mac Apps for $20 • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings    

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Apple's customers may receive a boost in performance and improved battery life from the company's 2014 products thanks to improvements in Micron's LPDDR4 DRAM technology, claims Matt Margolis (Via 9to5Mac). According to Margolis, Micron is ramping up production of its DDR4 RAM and will supply Apple with memory chips for its 2014 iPad, iPhone and Mac models, which are expected to debut later this year. Margolis believes a "mystery" $250 million payment Micro received for "product to be supplied through September 2016" is from Apple as part of a multi-year deal. Apple is a current DRAM customer of Micron Technology, having last used Micron’s LPDDR3 DRAM memory in 2013. Micron presented detailed benefits and product highlights regarding their LPDDR4 DRAM Memory technology almost a year ago. Furthermore, just yesterday Micron’s Vice President of Wireless Solutions Marketing published an article highlighting the benefits of Micron’s next generation DRAM LPDDR4, which tells me this technology is ready for the big show. Lastly, Micron received a mystery payment of $250m from one customer that was reported during their Q1 2014 conference call and their 10-Q indicates that the payment was “for product to be supplied through September 2016″. Apple is in an arm’s race to improve the performance of their mobile, tablet and ultrabook devices and improve overall battery life. There appears to be little doubt that Apple is going to be showing off Micron’s LPDDR4 DRAM memory across their 2014 iPhones, Macbook and Tablets. You can take my word for it that Apple users are going to love how “lightning quick” the 2014 devices will be compared to the 2013 devices. Though not confirmed, this transaction is plausible as Apple currently uses Micron’s LPDDR3 DRAM in its 2013 models under the brand name of Elpida, a company that Micron acquired in July 2013. Even earlier, Apple reportedly inked a deal for DRAM chips with Elpida in 2012 that purchased half of the capacity at the firm's main manufacturing facility in Japan. This new DDR4 RAM technology offers two times the bandwidth performance of the previous genration LPDDR3, while keeping power consumption low, claims Reynette Au, Micron's Vice President of Wireless Solutions Marketing, in an article at Wirelessweek. These technological advancements in DDR4 RAM may complement Apple's 64-bit A-series processor, which powers the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. Detailed analysis from Anandtech claims Apple's current A7 processor is so powerful that users are likely to encounter RAM bottlenecks and battery consumption limitations before overextending the CPU. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Elgato Becomes Latest Company to Launch Thunderbolt Docking Station • Apple Joins Lobbying Group to Influence Patent Legislation • 'FTL: Faster Than Light' Now Available for iPad with New Content • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Coming to iPhone and iPad April 10 • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS • MacHeist Apple Design Award Bundle Offers 9 Mac Apps for $20 • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings    

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Apple today announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for 2014 will be held June 2-6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. The company also announced that tickets for the event will go on sale starting now through Monday, April 7 starting at 10:00 AM. PDT Tickets will be issued to attendees via a random lottery. “We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.” As was the case in previous years, Apple's requirements for purchasing a ticket to WWDC include membership in one of the company's paid developer programs. Developers who apply for a ticket via lottery will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5:00 PM. PDT. Student scholarships will be given to 200 students, who will be able to attend the conference for free. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'FTL: Faster Than Light' Now Available for iPad with New Content • 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' Coming to iPhone and iPad April 10 • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS • MacHeist Apple Design Award Bundle Offers 9 Mac Apps for $20 • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings • SITU Smart Food Scale Connects to iPad to Relay Nutritional Information • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad    

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Earlier today Amazon launched its Fire TV media streaming box, entering a market that features fierce competition from Roku and its streaming boxes, Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV. To help set it apart from its competitors, Amazon included an app store, strong gaming support and much more for its box, which are features that have been heavily rumored for Apple's next generation streaming box. While gaming on a media streaming box is nothing new, as Roku has allowed users to play games like Angry Birds on its devices, Amazon has gone through great lengths, including purchasing Killer Instinct game developer Double Helix and reaching out to third-party publishers like EA, Disney, Ubisoft and Minecraft creator Mojang, to bring 133 high quality games to the Fire TV, with more arriving in the future. In addition, they've launched a $39 Xbox-like controller to make it easier for users to play advanced games on the box. Apple has long been rumored to be including gaming support on the next version of the Apple TV with support for gaming controllers. More recently, Apple and third-party hardware manufacturers have began shipping iOS 7 game controllers for iPhones, but they've been poorly received due to build quality issues and high price tags. To power these high quality games, Amazon has outfitted its Fire TV with a quad-core processor, which Amazon says boasts 3 times the power of Apple TV, a dedicated graphics engine and 2 GB of RAM, which is four times the amount in the Apple TV. While its unclear what specs the new Apple TV could sport, it's likely it gets a significant improvement over the currently used A5 chip to the much more powerful A7 chip, which is used in the iPad Air and would allow developers to easily port over their best-selling iPad and iPhone games and vice versa. Other rumored changes for the new Apple TV include a brand new interface that blends TV listings with apps and video from the web rather than a the current setup of a grid of app icons. Amazon's Fire TV does something similar according to a hands-on report by The Verge, displaying various movies and TV shows next to apps and games when the device is turned on. In addition, Apple has been rumored to want to include some sort of Siri-like voice control to allow users to easily navigate through the interface without a remote control. While Roku already had voice control on their media streaming box, Amazon has included voice control "that just works" on its Fire TV remote control, allowing users to bypass typing for voice searches. However, the largest difference between the new Apple TV and Fire TV could be content. While Amazon says its streaming device is "open" and has an app store, Apple has been long rumored to also include an App Store to allow for a greater variety and quicker access to more "channels" than ever before. While that would put the two boxes at parity, Apple has also been rumored to be discussing a possible partnership with Comcast for a streaming TV service on the new Apple TV, allowing users to switch between live TV via Comcast, a Hulu-like on-demand video service and third-party apps like HBO Go, YouTube and Netflix. Apple has been rumored to be launching their new Apple TV as early as April. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada • Jailbreak Tweak Auxo 2 Brings Unified Control Center, Gesture-Based Multitasking to iOS • MacHeist Apple Design Award Bundle Offers 9 Mac Apps for $20 • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings • SITU Smart Food Scale Connects to iPad to Relay Nutritional Information • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated]    

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Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8.1, which comes equipped with the company's digital assistant, Cortana. In development for several years, Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, the digital assistants from Apple and Google. Cortana is named for an AI character in the popular Halo video game series and as in the game, the assistant is voiced by actress Jen Taylor. Given a distinctly female personality, she is powered by Microsoft's search engine, Bing, and is designed to learn about users by asking questions and monitoring user activity, interacting through both text and speech. According to an extensive piece on Cortana from The Verge, Microsoft designed the feature based on real personal assistants, giving Cortana a "Notebook" to work from. The Notebook can be described as a settings page, allowing users to designate what Cortana can track. In her Notebook, Cortana stores information like personal interests, relationships with people, frequently visited places, appointment dates, quiet hours, and more."It's her view of you, but clearly you can just snatch it from her at any time and say 'That’s not right, I don't want you to know this' or 'I'm not comfortable with you reading my email,'" explains Ash. "So you have complete control over what she knows and she’s transparent about it." Entries in the Notebook are stored in the cloud, and you can share contact information with it, as well as your interests, home and work locations, and more. The notion of Cortana acting as a personal assistant with a notebook— as opposed to a creepy stalker — has been drilled into the team from the beginning, they say.Cortana is a core function of Windows 8.1, replacing the existing search function. Like Siri she can schedule reminders, but Cortana's functionality is somewhat more powerful, allowing reminders to be tied to people and locations. For example, Cortana can be asked to give a reminder to discuss a certain topic when calling a contact, with that reminder popping up when a call is placed. The digital assistant also offers a daily summary of information, similar to what can be found in Apple's own Notification Center. Cortana lists upcoming appointments, reminders, weather information, and more. She can, with permission, track user email to pull out information like airline reservations. Like Siri, Cortana has a personality. She has witty responses for certain questions, such as "Who is your father?" to which she replies, "Technically speaking, that'd be Bill Gates. No big deal." Displayed as a circle on a phone screen, she's also able to express 16 different emotions. While Siri has not been opened up to developers, Microsoft is releasing a third-party SDK. Cortana will integrate with services like Hulu, Twitter, Facebook, allowing people to use voice commands to launch television shows or send a tweet. Cortana remains in the beta stages, as there are bugs with the software that still need to be worked out. Windows 8.1 will launch in late April or early May, but Cortana will only be available in the United States for the time being. Microsoft also announced that it is making Windows licenses free for mobile phones and tablets that have screens of less than nine inches, putting it on par with Google's Android, which is offered to device manufacturers for free. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings • SITU Smart Food Scale Connects to iPad to Relay Nutritional Information • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated] • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App    

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Mounting and organizing options for heavy duty Mac Pro users continue to grow since the new machine's launch at the end of last year, with Sonnet now announcing a new rack mount enclosure capable of holding two Mac Pros. The new enclosure is an additional option to go along with the enclosure and expansion chassis the company announced last week. This time, the Sonnet Rack Mac Pro allows users to rack mount one or two Mac Pro machines in a 4U space. The unit includes a front panel power button with USB 3.0 port for each machine, plus a second USB 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an HDMI connector on the back of the rack for each Mac Pro. There are no rear Thunderbolt ports because, Sonnet says, there are no panel-mount Thunderbolt connectors available. There is, however, room inside the rack for Thunderbolt cables to be attached, and the company says it is "fairly easy" to directly connect Thunderbolt cables and they can be secured to the Mac Pro so they can not be accidentally unplugged. The Rack Mac Pro also supports the mounting of Thunderbolt to Fibre Channel adapters like the Promise San Link2. Pricing is expected to be $599 to rack mount a single Mac Pro, with an add-on to mount a second Mac Pro available for $299. Availability is likely to come in June alongside the previously announced combination enclosure and expansion chassis. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Upcoming Reversible USB Cable Depicted in New Renderings • SITU Smart Food Scale Connects to iPad to Relay Nutritional Information • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated] • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App    

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Environmental activist group Greenpeace, which has in the past taken Apple to task over environmental issues, has released a new report entitled "Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet" which classifies Apple along with Google and Facebook as "green energy innovators". The report praises Apple for its commitment to renewable energy, awarding the company three "A" grades and a "B" grade in the group's four rating categories.Apple's aggressive pursuit of its commitment to power the iCloud with 100% renewable energy has given the company the inside track among the IT sector's leaders in building a green Internet. Apple has made good on its pledge by building the largest privately owned solar farms at its North Carolina data center, working with its utility in Nevada to power its upcoming data center there with solar and geothermal energy, and purchasing wind energy for its Oregon and California data centers. Apple's commitment to renewable energy has helped set a new bar for the industry, illustrating in very concrete terms that a 100% renewable internet is within its reach, and providing several models of intervention for other companies that want to build a sustainable Internet. The full report (PDF) highlights Apple's strong performance in transparency, its commitments to renewable energy and siting of facilities in areas with access to renewable energy, and its deployment of and advocacy for renewable energy. The only area where Greenpeace gives a slight downgrade to Apple is in energy efficiency and mitigation, where the group believes that Apple could do more to share details on its energy efficient facility designs to help the industry in general become more environmentally friendly. Greenpeace was initially quite sour on Apple's renewable energy plans for its flagship North Carolina data center, believing the company to be relying mostly on coal-powered energy sources. Apple took issue with Greenpeace's claims, but the publicity seemed to have encouraged Apple to become more open about its commitments to renewable energy as it publicly stated its intentions to run all of its data center on 100% renewable energy. While Greenpeace continued to overestimate Apple's energy needs for the North Carolina facility for some time, the group appears to now be satisfied with Apple's disclosures and is on board with the company's energy policies. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated] • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China    

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In line with earlier rumors, Amazon today announced the Fire TV, a new media streaming device that will compete with the Apple TV, Google Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick. The Verge is providing live coverage of the event, and we will be updating this post as additional details are announced. The Fire TV has a quad-core processor with a dedicated graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. It supports 1080p and features dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO for fast video downloads. Amazon claims it is three times as powerful as its competitors. The Fire TV device will stream Amazon Prime Instant Video titles as well as content from other providers such as Netflix and Hulu. It will take the shape of a set-top box with a remote that supports a new voice search feature that "actually works," claims Amazon. Pricing and availability details will be published soon. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated] • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China    

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Samsung and Apple's second patent trial started earlier this week with jury selection and opening arguments by both Apple and Samsung. Phil Schiller also took the stand as Apple's first witness in the trial, which started in earnest on Tuesday. Among the volume of internal documents provided in the case, The Wall Street Journal highlights emails from Apple founder Steve Jobs that reveal his commitment to beating Android, calling the competition a "Holy War" with Google. Jobs outlined this "battle" in an October 2010 email to 100 employees prior to the company's annual retreat. Jobs said in the email that "Apple is in danger of hanging on to old paradigm for too long (innovator's dilemma)" and notes that "Google and Microsoft are further along on the technology, but haven't quite figured it out yet." This characterization is favorable to Samsung as the company attempts to involve Google and Android in the patent infringement case. As part of its opening statement in the case, Samsung outlined its plans to share internal Apple documents that suggest Apple was taken aback by Samsung's edgy marketing campaign that characterized the company's Galaxy devices as "the next big thing." (via The Verge) "We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven't been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung," John Quinn of law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which is representing Samsung in the trial, told an eight-person jury. "This new, edgy marketing strategy ... it drove Apple crazy." Following opening arguments by Apple and Samsung, Apple executive Phil Schiller testified in court on behalf on Apple, discussing, as he did in the first trial, the risks the company took as it successfully released both the iPhone and iPad before its competitors, reports Computerworld. "We wondered what could come after the iPod," Schiller said. "We wanted to try and invent that future rather than let it happen to us." Schiller also reminded jurors that Apple wasn't always the leader in the mobile market and had a long learning curve to get where it is now. "Apple really only had two products at the time: the Mac and iPod," he said, reminding jurors of a time before Apple was the phone and tablet powerhouse it is today. "We hadn't made a phone. We didn't know about radios and antennas and all the things that make up a phone." Schiller remained on the stand for over two hours before his testimony ended for the day. Schiller is expected to return on Friday, with Samsung continuing to question the Apple executive when the trial resumes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Calendar Replacement Fantastical Comes to iPad • Spotify for iOS Updated with Redesign, Revamped Browse and Playlist Features • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store [Updated] • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China    

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In February, the Wall Street Journal reported on the formation of a new lobbying group called WifiForward that advocated the opening up of unlicensed frequencies to alleviate Wi-Fi congestion and improve performance. The group consisted of industry partners including Google, Best Buy, Microsoft, and many others. On Monday, the FCC announced that it was freeing up more airwaves for Wi-Fi usage. The WiFiForward group wrote in response to the ruling:Today, the FCC voted unanimously to unleash more unlicensed spectrum will support all the things we already use and further drive investment and experimentation—a 50% increase in spectrum available for Wi-Fi, to be exact. Consumer devices are already equipped to operate in the band, so they can easily be adapted to quickly take advantage of new 5 GHz channels. And a new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, has just been approved for the 5 GHz band. 802.11ac’s wide channels will allow for a better consumer experience.The group indicates that consumer devices will be "easily" adapted to take advantage of the new 5GHz channels, and that 802.11ac will be able to take advantage of the new bandwidth. 802.11ac or "Gigabit" Wi-Fi offers speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks. 802.11ac has been introduced into Apple's Mac line starting in 2013, and is expected to be included in the iPhone 6 later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Photo Shows Striking All Glass Exterior of Apple's First Turkish Retail Store • Apple Releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks With Push Notification Improvements, Security Fixes • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center    

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Back in January, OWC confirmed that the 2013 Mac Pro's processor was socketed and removable, theoretically allowing for future upgrades, which are now available by the company. As of today, OWC is allowing users to send in their Mac Pros for both processor and memory upgrades. Processor upgrades, which start at $1,498 with the trade-in of the base Apple-supplied quad-core processor, include 8-core, 10-core, and 12-core models that are compliant with Apple's technical specifications and power requirements. OWC says that the upgrades are tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple. According to the company, the processors are up 46 percent faster than base factory processors available from Apple, and up to 31 percent more affordable.OWC Turnkey Server Class Processor Upgrade options for Mac Pro 2013 models: - Intel Xeon E5–2650 v2 8-Core 2.6GHz with 20MB Cache, 25% faster, $1498 - Intel Xeon E5–2667 v2 8-Core 3.3GHz with 25MB Cache, 41% faster, $2448 - Intel Xeon E5–2690 v2 10-Core 3.0GHz with 25MB Cache, 45% faster, $2396 - Intel Xeon E5–2697 v2 12-Core 2.7GHz with 30MB Cache, 46% faster, $2978The company is also offering turnkey installations of its memory upgrades, which as previously announced, are available in 32, 64, 96, and 128 GB kits starting at $449. OWC's Turnkey Upgrade Program, which is available for processor, memory, and storage upgrades, offers professional installation and testing by Apple Certified technicians, also including shipping both ways and rebates for existing hardware. More information on the program can be found on the Other World Computing upgrade website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700    

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Following the launch of Microsoft's Office apps for iOS, Apple is updating its iWork apps for iCloud, Mac, and iOS, adding some major improvements to compete with Microsoft's Excel, Keynote, and Word. As noted by 9to5Mac, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud have gained updated designs for their document, spreadsheet, and presentation editors along with support for Retina displays. All three apps have also been updated with the ability to share view-only documents and to open documents directly from iCloud Mail. Individually, Pages has also been updated with new templates, the ability to edit charts in imported documents, and improved text wrap. Numbers now has improved pop-up menu support, and Keynote also allows charts to be edited in imported documents. A pop-up within the iWork for iCloud apps indicates that Apple also has plans to update Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both iOS and Mac, with the updates being required to open documents edited in iCloud. Apple last updated its iWork suite of apps across all platforms in January, adding several new features to improve the software and return functionality that was removed when the new iWork apps were introduced back in September. Apple pledged to improve the apps back in November after facing significant user criticism from power users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700    

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Apple is making it easier for anyone to create an ad campaign using its iAd Workbench mobile advertising tool. As noted by Ad Age, the company is now allowing any person with an Apple ID to open an iAd Workbench account and create an ad campaign, a feature previously restricted to registered developers. The changes will make it simpler for advertisers, small and large, to create ads for the platform. At the onset of its mobile-ad business, Apple extended olive branches to a select group of brands, promising premier reach. But advertisers pushed back against its pricey offerings. Now, it appears Apple has concluded money in mobile ads comes from a wide net; in short, it'll look more like Google.Apple is also introducing new features to Workbench, its web-based platform used for tracking and launching campaigns. Users can now include short videos in an ad, which will be displayed full screen on the iPad and the iPhone, as first described earlier this year. Previously, iPhone ads were limited to less obtrusive banners that needed to be tapped before a video would play. Video iAds are also able to send viewers to websites or promoted iTunes content, rather than just mobile apps. At the current point in time, the iAd Workbench expansion is limited to mobile ads and does not extend to iTunes Radio. Ad buyers are able to pay based on cost-per-click or cost-per-thousand impressions. The company is likely hoping to attract new advertisers to the iAd platform with the introduction of videos and the simplification of account creation. Since its 2010 debut, iAd has been largely unsuccessful gaining advertising partners, but Apple has been aiming to revive iAd since the introduction of iTunes Radio. Several major advertising partners, including McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, and Procter & Gamble signed up for iAd when iTunes Radio debuted and Apple has managed to increase iAd revenue to $260 million in 2013 from $38 million in 2011. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700    

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Apple is in talks with chipmaker Renesas Electronics over the potential acquisition of a unit that creates chips for smartphone displays, reports Japanese business site Nikkei. The chips, which are already used in the iPhone's liquid crystal displays, improve both image sharpness and battery life. Renesas SP Drivers, the division Apple is aiming to purchase, is a leading producer of drivers and controllers for small LCDs. The company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip, with Apple offering 50 billion yen or $479 million for Renesas' 55 percent stake in the company. Following the transaction, Sharp is also expected to sell its 25 percent of shares in Renesas SP to Apple, while Powerchip will retain 20 percent.Renesas SP is the world's leading producer of drivers and controllers for small and midsize LCDs, with a market share of around one-third. These chips determine a display's quality and performance as well as a phone's overall energy efficiency – they are said to account for around 10% of battery usage.Renesas' 240 employees are expected to stay with Apple and the company is aiming to complete the transaction by the summer. In recent years Apple has taken a greater interest in controlling its own production supplies and core technologies, signing a deal with GT Advanced that will provide it with massive quantities of sapphire and purchasing several chip firms in the past, including P.A. Semi and Passif Semiconductor. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's Mac Pro Shipping Estimates in U.S. Move to 5-6 Weeks • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700    

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Today is April Fools' Day, which means readers should be wary of what they read online as much of it will be a gross hyperbole created in the name of fun. Today also marks Apple's 38th anniversary, with the company having been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Among the popular April Fools' Day jokes making the rounds today are the following: Apple Acquires iFixit Based on the number of tips we've received, iFixit wins the award for the most believable Apple-related April Fools' prank for 2014. The popular device repair company changed its entire website to announce that it is being acquired by Apple. It’s finally here. We're thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Apple starting this summer. It has been an exciting adventure for all of us at iFixit, and we can’t thank our dedicated community enough. Let’s start our next chapter together. BookBook for iMac Twelve South, which offers a popular line of book-themed iPhone, iPad, and Mac notebook cases, has introduced its largest version yet: BookBook for iMac. SwiftKey "Flow Hard" for Physical Keyboards Popular alternative keyboard SwiftKey, which recently began experimenting on iOS, announced "Flow Hard", a version of its gesture-input technology for physical desktop/laptop keyboards. The new Flow Hard is guaranteed to increase your typing speed and your overall productivity. Nest and Virgin America Team Up on Personalized Airline Seat Climate Control The now Google-owned Nest partnered with Virgin America to bring Total Temperature Control to airlines, allowing users to customize their own seat environment. SelfieBot by Orbotix Orbotix today unveiled the SelfieBot, a camera-equipped drone that hovers around you, capturing the best selfie moments you would normally miss. Always ready to snap a picture, the SelfieBot can be controlled by your smartphone or operate independently. Google Chrome for iOS Adds Emoji Translation Google has added support for emoji translation to its popular Chrome browser for iOS and Android. Instead of boring and bland text, users can capture the sentiment of each page through efficient and emotive illustrations. Today we’re announcing Google Translate support for Emoji, built directly into Chrome for Android and iOS. You can now read all your favorite web content using efficient and emotive illustrations, instead of cumbersome text. Our translation algorithm interprets not just the definition of the words on a webpage, but also their context, tone and if appropriate, facial expression. It then distills text into articulate, meaningful symbols so you can get more out of every screen. MacRumors has not participated in April Fools' Day prank news stories on its regular news pages in past years, and has no plans to break from that tradition this year. All news stories posted on our front page, iOS Blog, and Mac Blog today are real. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Details on Razer's 'Kazuyo' Controller Reveal Remappable Buttons, Slim Design, Companion App • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700 • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System    

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Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device’s general release this fall, according to a new report from Reuters. Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and is likely to commence several months after the initial production of the 4.7-inch displays. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. …But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone. Production of 5.5-inch screens is expected to start several months later, with the possibility of a shift to a film sensor instead of in-cell technology for that size, the source said. A report last week from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei stated that the iPhone 6 could launch “as early as September”, and will be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. This contrasted a claim from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who also said that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 might be the only model to launch later this year, with a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version unclear. In addition to a larger display, Apple’s next-generation iPhone will likely feature a durable, sapphire screen, and a thinner, bezel-free design in addition to expected camera and processor upgrades. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AnyFont Allows iOS Users to Install Custom Fonts for Use in a Variety of Apps • iPad Air and iPad mini With LTE Cellular Launch in China • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700 • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit    

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Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2014 on Wednesday, April 23. The earnings release typically occurs just after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. MacRumors will provide running coverage of the earnings release and conference call. The release will provide a look at sales of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini sales during their second quarter of availability as well as iPhone 5s and 5c sales through the first three months of 2014. Apple reported a record number of iPhone/iPad sales during first quarter of 2014, at 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. In its fiscal first-quarter earnings call, Apple guided expected revenue of $42-44 billion and gross margin between 37 and 38 percent. This reflects an expectation of near zero growth from Q2 of fiscal 2013. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700 • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated]    

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Anandtech provides a detailed analysis of Apple's A7 (ARM-based) mobile processor which was introduced in the iPhone 5s. The latest information and analysis comes from Apple's own code changes to the LLVM Compiler project. While Anandtech goes into great detail on the architecture of the A7 chip and how it compares to the A6, they conclude that the A7 chip is indeed -- as Apple claimed -- "desktop class" and "the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough". In fact, they found that there are almost no iOS apps that take full advantage of the A7 processor. The processor even seems overpowered for the current devices in both RAM bottlenecks and battery consumption. Qualcomm chief marketing officer originally described the 64-bit A7 as a "marketing gimmick" but Qualcomm later backtracked on that statement. Another Qualcomm employee then said that the 64-bit Apple chip "hit us in the gut.""Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It’s not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won’t benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it’s like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it." Any reference to "desktop class" Apple processors may remind readers that there have been recurring rumors that Apple has been testing ARM processor based MacBook Airs. Apple even threatened that they would stop using Intel chips due to concerns over power consumption. AMD or even ARM were speculated to be possible alternatives. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700 • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated]    

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The majority of iOS users prefer iOS games that are available for free and supported with advertisements, according to a new study conducted by Wild Tangent in collaboration with analytics firm IHS Technology. The survey, which queried 500 iOS users, saw 86 percent of respondents state that they prefer free games with ads over paid games without ads. Broken down, 70 percent of respondents preferred free games supported by advertising, while 16 percent were in favor of freemium games with the option to pay for levels. Just 14 percent of those surveyed preferred iOS games that required money upfront to download. When asked about their preference for the types of games online gamers preferred, advertising supported games were chosen by the vast majority of those surveyed. 70% of respondents said they preferred free games supported by advertising and 16% preferred freemium games with the option to pay for levels in the game. Only 14% preferred online games they had to pay for to play. Gamers also prefer advertising models that give them control over their viewing. When asked if they prefer games that let them choose when and how to view ads over those that do not, 71% preferred that level of control.Gamers also overwhelmingly preferred value exchange ads within freemium games, which allow users to play videos or view other advertisements in exchange for in-game currency or items. The recently released Disco Zoo provides a good example of such a system, rewarding players with in-game Bux for viewing short videos. The addition of free in-game items acquired through advertisements boosted time spent within games by approximately 28 percent. Over the course of the last several years, freemium games have largely replaced paid titles as the standard in the App Store. As of today, 43 of the top 50 apps listed on the App Store's Top Grossing chart are freemium gaming titles. Several others are non-gaming apps that offer in-app purchases, and only one paid game, Minecraft - Pocket Edition is ranked as a top grossing app in the number 18 spot. Some of the most popular freemium apps in the App Store, like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga, have generated millions of dollars in revenue. Clash of Clans, for example, is said to earn approximately $1 million per day through add-on content, booster packs, and more, while Candy Crush Saga earns upwards of $834,148. In comparison, Minecraft - Pocket Edition is estimated to be earning $60,000 per day -- not exactly small change, but nowhere near the revenue popular freemium games can bring in. Given the sheer amount of money that freemium and free games supported with advertising make for developers, it is not surprising that the freemium business model has largely taken over the App Store. According to IHS, by 2017, only 10 percent of mobile and tablet gaming revenue will be generated by paid downloads, with the rest of revenue coming from ad-supported free apps. Today, approximately 15 percent of gaming app revenue comes from paid apps, with 85 percent being generated through in-app purchases. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • LaCie Expands 'Fuel' Wireless External Hard Drive for iOS/Mac Devices to 2TB • Apple to Expand Employee Transportation Program with More Shuttles, Dedicated Transit Center • Apple to Raise App Store Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa • Samsung Launches 28-inch 4K UD590 Monitor for $700 • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated]    

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A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s. The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture. The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-shaped True Tone dual LED flash with the iPhone 5s and it is unlikely to deviate from that design in the next iPhone. Schematics are also included in one of the pictures, but do not appear to indicate the size of the device. Apple's next iPhone is said to come in two display sizes, one near 4.7 inches and the other at approximately 5.5 inches. The front of the device is not depicted, but rumors have indicated the iPhone 6 display could have an edge-to-edge design that does away with bezels. The upcoming phone, which may or may not be depicted in these photos, is also said to include an upgraded processor and an improved camera. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times). This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices. Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer and former Android Chief Andy Rubin. These executives will discuss how Android was developed outside the influence of Apple and iOS. Apple is expected to again call Phil Schiller to testify on the design, development, and marketing of iOS and associated hardware. Before the trial even begins, Samsung already has been handed a minor setback as reported by Re/code. Judge Koh rejected a motion by Korean company that objected to an instructional video describing the patent process because it includes references to Apple products. Samsung argued the newer video, shown above, was "highly prejudicial to Samsung" and asked that the jurors be shown an older, more neutral version. Koh disagreed. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via TechCrunch). These renderings show an ultrathin iPhone 6 that shaves at least 0.5 mm off the width of the current iPhone 5S, which measures 7.6 mm thick. The concept phone features curved edges and rounded buttons that are similar to early iPhone models. Other notable design elements include an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing. The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these renderings may or may not be representative of the next generation phone Apple is creating. Other iPhone 6 renderings based on earlier rumors imagine the smartphone with an iPod nano-inspired design or a bezel-less, tapered form factor. Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPhone sometime this Fall and may incorporate a larger display possibly made of sapphire, an improved processor and camera upgrades. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android, is listed as a potential witness. Mr. Rubin worked for Apple from 1989 to 1992. "Google will be a lot more front and center than in previous cases," said Michael Carrier, a patent expert and law professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "Google vs. Apple makes it more of a clash of the titans on the same turf." Apple's list of asserted patents include those for hyperlinking, background syncing of data, Siri's universal search capabilities, auto-complete, and slide-to-unlock. Samsung states that all of these features found on its Galaxy devices are Android features, except for slide-to-unlock functionality. The second trial covers more recent devices such as the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPhone 4/4s/5, the iPad 2/3/4, the iPad mini, and fourth and fifth generation iPod touch. Following the conclusion of the original patent lawsuit that covered older devices, and the subsequent damages retrial to redetermine a segment of the reward, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $890 million. A report last week also noted that Samsung plans to call Google's VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer, and Todd Pendleton, Samsung's marketing chief for its U.S. telecoms division to the stand. Meanwhile, Apple expects to call marketing chief Phil Schiller and possibly former SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall among many others. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Filmmakers in 'Noah' Used an iPad to Control a Huge Overhead Lighting and Rain System • Federal Judge Grants Class Action Status to E-Book Pricing Lawsuit • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D28 to Developers • Drawings of Alleged 4.7-Inch and 5.7-Inch iPhone 6c Models Surface [Updated] • Philips Expanding 'Hue' LED Lighting Line with White Bulbs, Tap-Powered Switch • Macworld 2014: Avegant Shows Off 'Glyph' Mobile Personal Theater • Macworld 2014: BearExtender Shows Off iOS Compatible Edge Wi-Fi Extender [Updated] • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive    

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