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Rumor: Apple making progress in negotiations with TV networks, looking to launch TV streaming service in the fall

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:01
Category: Apple TV, Rumor

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Apple’s apparently still in negotiations with the networks for its upcoming TV streaming service.

A recent article in the New York Post has Apple talking with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox with Apple’s 30 percent revenue share being the point of contention. Still, rumors have it that Apple is targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

The current word around the campfire is that Disney or CBS will apparently be among the first to sign onto the deal. Apple also seems interested in getting Disney’s ESPN and Discovery channels folded in along with local live TV.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 update

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 22:10
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software

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If you were hoping for an iTunes update that resolved some of the recently-introduced bugs, this is it.

Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 12.2.1. The new version, a 232.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.

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“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple as responsible for screen coating damage on Retina display notebooks

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:37
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.

A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”

The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have speculated a combination of high humidity and over cleaning might be contributing factors.

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Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory packaging for Apple Store locations

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:52
Category: Accessory, battery, Cases, retail

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Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.

And Apple will help you with that.

A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.

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Report shows Apple taking 92% of smartphone industry profits on 20% market share

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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There’s market share and there’s profits.

And Apple seems to be gobbling up 92 percent of the latter.

A report released by Canaccord Genuity indicate that Apple takes 92 percent of the profits for the entire smartphone industry despite accounting for only 20% of sales.

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Apple releases iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan public betas

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:16
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re both brave of heart and hankering to play with the first public betas of Apple’s upcoming operating systems, your dreams have come true.

Apple has just released the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.

The iOS 9 beta build will allow early adopters to try out upcoming features, including new apps like News and a refreshed Notes, transit directions in Apple Maps, an improved Siri, a smarter search which lets you surface results from inside apps, and much more.

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Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Mac to Office 365 subscribers

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:06
Category: News, Software

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Microsoft Office 2016 is here.

Or, at least, it’s arrived for Office 365 subscribers.

The new version of Microsoft Office has arrived with Microsoft citing support for Mac capabilities like Full Screen view, Multi-Touch gestures, full Retina display support as well as cloud support to allow Macs and assorted devices to work on documents.

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Liner app now available for iOS, allows highlighting, annotation, sharing to other apps

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015, 08:29
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is actually pretty neat.

Liner has released the Liner app for iOS. The application allows users to highlight & annotate text, share complete pages or phrases, function as a Safari extension, share to other apps with the share extension and save pages to to Liner app for later highlighting.

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Apple to do away with Recovery Key as part of Two-Factor Authentication in iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating systems

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 09:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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There shall be Recovery Key no more come iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Apple on Wednesday confirmed that the security feature will be removed from its future operating systems.

Currently, the Recovery Key system in Apple’s “two-step” protocol works as a failsafe for accessing an Apple ID when a registered trusted device or phone number is unavailable. Under the existing setup, losing both a trusted device and Recovery Key renders the account inaccessible, which has in the past forced some users to abandon their Apple IDs altogether.

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Hooks notification app now available for iOS, Android and Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 08:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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Hook, the choice notification app, is now available for iOS, Android and the Apple Watch.

The Hook application lets users choose custom notifications such as the latest tweet, news article or sports score, or something more specific such as a change in stock price or the current bitcoin exchange rate.

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