Apple, Time Warner close in on Apple TV content deal

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 10:32
Category: Apple TV, News

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It never fails to have good content available for your customers.

Per Bloomberg, Apple and U.S. cable company Time Warner are closing in on a deal that will give subscribers access to cable channels via Apple TV, which also claims the Cupertino company has taken on Hulu media marketing chief Pete Distad to help secure content, according to one report.

Citing sources close to the story, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple and Time Warner plan to announce the agreement in the coming months once a deal has been solidified. It is unknown what channels will be offered if and when a deal is finally struck, but access will likely be for existing cable subscribers only.

While a Time Warner Cable spokesperson said the company has “no agreement with [Apple],” it has similar content deals in place for Roku’s set-top box, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox game console. The company already allows subscribers to watch certain channels on iOS devices with its TWC TV app, which is also available for Android.

In addition to the Time Warner arrangement, the publication claims Apple has hired Hulu’s now former vice president of marketing and distribution Pete Distad to help executives with upcoming negotiations with media and cable companies.

No further details were divulged regarding the executive’s hire, but Distad’s bio on Hulu’s website says he is in charge of “subscriber acquisition and retention, paid, on-channel, and brand marketing, distribution and promotional partnerships, and content marketing.”

Apple has become more aggressive in acquiring content for its Apple TV “hobby,” most recently adding channels HBO GO, WatchESPN, and more to the small streaming device.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Dropbox updated to 2.2.9

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 07:12
Category: News, Software

You can’t say that Dropbox doesn’t update with both frequency and gusto.

On Wednesday, Dropbox released version 2.2.9 of its cloud-based storage client for Mac OS X. The new version, a 31 megabyte download (via MacUpdate), which adds the following fixes and changes:
- Fix an issue where files with Finder Comments would not sync

- Fix a rare issue involving symlinks with unicode characters.

- Fix a rare issue where spurious folders appear in the advanced Selective Sync settings.

- Fix a rare issue with P2P.

- Other minor fixes.

Dropbox 2.2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new beta and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple releases Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion users

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:38
Category: News, security, Software

You might want to snag this.

Per the Mac Observer, Apple released Security Update 2013-003 for Mountain Lion on Tuesday.

The update’s specific security changes can be found here.

Security Update 2013-003 showed up earlier in the day on Tuesday, but quickly disappeared from Apple’s site. It reappeared late in the afternoon with a “1.0″ appended to the update’s name in Software Update on the Mac App Store, where it’s available now and is also available as a 20.84 megabyte download and requires OS X 10.8.4 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer about it, please let us know in the comments.

AT&T expands 4G LTE coverage to 35 additional U.S. cities

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:45
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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If you’ve been hankering for AT&T to expand its 4G LTE network to additional markets, your wait is over.

Per AppleInsider, wireless carrier AT&T announced that it was bringing its 4G LTE service online in a range of new places across the U.S. The latest rollout is a continuation of AT&T’s bid to expand 4G LTE coverage to 79 new markets through this summer.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network provides data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. In recent tests, PC World found AT&T’s network, which covers 288 million people across the United States, to be the fastest among all providers in terms of download speeds.

The markets now able to access 4G LTE connections are as follows:
- St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

- Victoria, Texas

- Palatka, Fla.

- Grand Junction, Colo.

- Morgan City, La.

- Valdosta, Ga.

- Pine Bluff, Ark.

- Yakima, Wash.

- Bremerton, Wash.

- Moses Lake, Wash.

- Silverthorne, Colo.

- Homosassa Springs, Fla.

- Chico, Calif.

- Cape Girardeau, Mo.

- Sherman-Denison, Texas

- Corinth, Miss.

- Grenada, Miss.

- Batavia, N.Y.

- Milledgeville , Ga.

- New Ulm, Minn.

- Beckley, W.V.

- Oak Hill, W.V.

- Midland, Texas

- Odessa, Texas

- Lawton, Okla.

- Cape Cod, Mass.

- Searcy, Ark.

- Dunn, N.C.

- Dillon, S.C.

- St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

- Lafayette, La.

- Atlantic City, N.J.

- Meridian, Miss.

- Greenwood, Miss.

- New Iberia, La.

If you’ve seen the updated 4G LTE network in your neck of the woods, let us know how it performed for you in the comments.

Adium updated to 1.5.7

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Date: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, 06:32
Category: News, Software

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Adium, the open source instant message chat client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has been updated to version 1.5.7.

The new version, a 22.8 megabyte download adds the following fixes and changes:
- Updated Twitter support. (#16118)

- Retweets (RTs) now properly display the original author.

- t.co links are now expanded.

- Fixed parsing to conform to the standard. (#13947)

- Removed StatusNet support, see ​http://adium.im/blog/2013/07/adium-1-5-7-released.

- Fixed a crash when redrawing the contact list. (#16119)

- Fixed a bug that could cause SSL connections to be closed prematurely. (#15405, #15411, #15741, #16356)

Fixed the following weaknesses in the SSL code:
- Removed all anonymous ciphers from the list Adium tries, these are insecure and would crash Adium.

- Removed SSL_RSA_WITH_NULL_MD5 from the list of ciphers, as it doesn’t use encryption.

- Removed the caching of untrusted certificates, as the implementation would make it easy to replace it with a different certificate when reconnecting.

Adium 1.5.7 is available for free and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and an Intel-based Mac to run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any comments, let us know.

Apple launches Back to School promotion, throws in $50 and $100 iTunes gift cards

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Date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 07:49
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, retail

Never look a back to school promotion in the mouth.

Per the Mac Observer, Apple kicked off its annual Back to School deals on Tuesday for educational buyers and includes iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstore gift cards worth up to US$100 with new Mac, iPhone and iPad purchases. The special deals are available now and run through September 6, 2013.


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The offer reads as follows:
“Buy a Mac for college and get a $100 gift card to spend on apps and more — and also save with education pricing. Or buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 card.
Qualifying products include Macs other than the Mac mini, plus the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, and the iPad 2, fourth generation iPad, and iPad mini.”

Not a bad thing and where a US$50 or US$100 iTunes gift card are concerned, it’s hard to go wrong there.

Apple files for “iWatch” trademark in Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Columbia

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Date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 07:09
Category: Legal, News

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The “iWatch” international patent/trademark tour continues.

Per 9to5Mac, in addition to filing a trademark for the name “iWatch” in Russia and Japan, Apple has requested a trademark for “iWatch” with Mexico’s Institute of Industrial Property. The Mexico-based filing was made public in recent days, but the request was originally filed on June 3rd. Apple filed the iWatch trademark under two categories relating to the hardware and software of mobile devices, according to the submitted documents.

The “iWatch” trademark request in Mexico is tied to Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop address in Cupertino, California, and Apple Inc. is noted as the company behind the filing. According to the documents, the person who submitted the request for Apple is named Maria Teresa Eljure Tellez. This person is the Head of the Trademark department at Mexico-based law firm Arochi, Marroquín, & Linder, S.C. This firm also appears on other Apple trademarks in Mexico such as for the iPad and other recently launched products.

The fact that Apple seems to be on a world tour of applying for the “iWatch” name trademark adds even more weight to the possibility of Apple launching a wearable-computing device in the near future.

Reports are currently split between Apple launching the device either later this year or later in 2014. The product will likely include sensors to gain data about the user in addition to functionality, such as mapping, messaging, and phone apps, that could interact with iOS Devices such as the iPad or iPhone.

Other than the “iWatch” trademark, the rest of the filing, like the ones from Japan and Russia, is fairly vague other than the aforementioned categories of the filing requests. Notably, the three thus-far discovered requests from Apple were filed within the same week of each other.

Apple is expected to debut new versions of the iPhone and iPad later this year, and it is yet to be seen if the watch-like device is ready to join Apple’s plans for this fall.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple to hold Q3 earnings conference call on Tuesday, July 23rd

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Date: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, 06:21
Category: Finance, News

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The numbers tell the truth.

Per MacNN, Apple will hold its next quarterly earnings call with investors on Tuesday, July 23, where it will discuss its fiscal third-quarter results. According to its own estimates, it expects to report between US$33.5 billion and US$35.5 billion, a drop from the previous quarter but a realistic figure in light of no refreshed iPad or iPhone, the two primary drivers of Apple’s income. While the latest MacBook Air revision has garnered significant praise for its various improvements, it emerged at the very tail end of the quarter and thus didn’t influence sales.

Possibly affecting sales of other Apple products is the expected drop in sales that comes ahead of new iOS device models. Apple has already said that new products will be coming this fall, which is taken to mean the latest iPhone, iPad and possibly some entirely new devices — including a long-rumored Apple television or smartwatch. Another keenly-anticipated release is the acceptance of the new iOS 7, not to mention the long-overdue Mac Pro overhaul, which will test how professional users will adapt to the re-designed machine. Primarily, however, investors will be watching to see if Apple can continue its remarkable iOS platform US sales growth in the face of competition and a lack of any new product in the quarter.

In the previous quarter, Apple saw both good news and bad: revenues were up, as were iPad and iPhone sales (above analysts’ predictions), but Mac sales were basically flat and net profit was down slightly for the first time in a decade, a trend that is expected to have continued over the past three months. Analysts have reported that Apple has ordered fewer iPhones for the upcoming quarter, signalling that it expects further erosion of iPhone sales ahead of its eventual announcement of the next model.

Margins are expected to be around 36 percent, with operating expenses bubbling just under US$4 billion. The conference call is schedule to take place at 2PM Pacific/5PM Eastern on July 23.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Rumor: Next-Gen iPhone to incorporate LTE-Advanced support, could operate at 150 Mbps data rate

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Date: Monday, July 1st, 2013, 08:46
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s just a rumor, but it could indicate that something really cool is en route for the next-gen iPhone.

Per The Korea Times, Apple is allegedly in talks with SK Telecom about launching an LTE-Advanced phone later this year. “LTE-A” is an upgraded version of the long-term evolution wireless standard currently found in the iPhone 5.

Citing an unnamed executive with SK Telecom, the report said that Apple is in the midst of negotiations with the carrier. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the only device to take advantage of the LTE-A standard with SK Telecom.

LTE-A is capable of theoretical download speeds reaching 150Mbps, which is double that of basic LTE. The executive cited in the story reportedly said there is “no reason” for Apple not to adopt LTE-A with its next iPhone.

The possibility of LTE-A functionality on the next iPhone is believed to be possible because of new chipsets from Qualcomm. A potential “global LTE” chip candidate for Apple was released in February, boasting truly global connectivity support.

The Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution would enable an iPhone that supports all 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and LTE Advanced networks. Currently, the iPhone 5 is sold in three variants — two GSM and one CDMA — to offer compatibility with various networks across the world.

But Qualcomm’s RF360 would mitigate this problem, and even add support for the obscure TD-SCDMA network used by the world’s largest carrier, China Mobile. Apple does not currently have a deal in place to offer the iPhone through China Mobile, though rumors of a deal have persisted for years.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple files for “iWatch” trademark in Japan, other countries

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Date: Monday, July 1st, 2013, 06:50
Category: Hardware, News

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Prior to securing the licensing term “iPhone” back in 2006 and 2007, Apple went through a fair amount of rigamarole to get the much-coveted brand name.

It apparently doesn’t want to do that all over again.

Per Bloomberg and MacRumors, Apple has filed for a trademark for the term ‘iWatch’ in Japan:

“The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week. ‘iWatch’ is one of the possible names for the long-rumored Apple wristwatch that has generated increasing buzz over the past year.”

The filing actually represents the second ‘iWatch’ trademark filing discovered from Apple. The first report of the “iWatch” trademark came from Russia, also on June 3rd.

Bloomberg also restated that Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch computer. The most recent reports have suggested we won’t see the Apple watch until late 2014 and that the watch will feature biometrics as a key feature, allowing for increased security and opening the door to broader health-related applications.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.