Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Sonder, currently developing smart/dynamic keyboard

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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Apple is apparently close to purchasing an Australian startup working on dynamic customizable keyboard.

The Sydney tech company Sonder has designed a smart keyboard that can be customised to accommodate any language, shortcut or custom icon, using the same E Ink display technology used by Kindle.

The acquisition of the company was first looked into when an Apple prototype using Sonder technology was seen at at an event at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The Incubator Innoconn event was organised by Foxconn International Holdings, Apple’s manufacturing partner, for startups it has invested in..

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Investigators may be closer to discovering cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issues

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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They may be that much closer to finding out why the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been overheating and catching fire.

Investigators who’ve performed preliminary examinations of the handsets and batteries have suggested there is an issue with the batteries made by China’s Amperex Technology Ltd., which were supposed to be a safe alternative to those supplied by another company that led to scores of incidents in which phones burned and melted, according to a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and the company.

The issue may have surfaced even after Samsung began offering replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were outfitted with batteries produced by Samsung SDI Co., said an anonymous sources. The SDI batteries were slightly too large and pinched when inserted in the phone, according to a U.S. consumer-safety agency. Samsung is a major shareholder in Samsung SDI.

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Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail

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It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 units for time being

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:19
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 story has an ending for the time being.

And that’s one of production having ceased due to battery fires in the case of the original and replacement units.

South Korean tech giant Samsung has permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, informs users not to turn devices on

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

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Well, Apple’s faulty batteries never caused a company to tell its users to discontinue use of their product outright.

Electronics maker Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday asking them to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. The units have been spontaneously catching fire. As such, the company halted production of the devices over the weekend.

In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.
It also said, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16 fourth quarter earnings announcement to simultaneously announce next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.

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Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV units, focuses on fourth-gen models

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, retail, TvOS

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It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.

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Rumor: Apple to introduce three new iPad Pro models in 2017, will migrate iPad mini 4 to smaller iPad Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that Apple will be swapping out the iPad mini with a smaller iPad Pro.

A report from KGI in August suggest that Apple may launch three new iPads in 2017, and suggested that the 9.7-inch model would grow in size slightly to 10.5-inches. It’s also been suggested three new iPad Pro models are coming up in the spring of next year, with some details overlapping the KGI report.

It’s been thought that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be changed to a 10.1-inch iPad Pro. The larger screen size will be achieved by making the external dimensions 1cm longer and 0.5cm wide.

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Angry customer uses steel ball to smash Apple Store items, complains about consumer rights prior to being caught

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Date: Friday, September 30th, 2016, 09:02
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, MacBook Air, News

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This probably isn’t the best way to have your customer support complaints addressed.

On Friday, a disgruntled customer walked into the Apple Store in Dijon, France and began destroying various products with a steel ball of the kind that’s used in the classic French game Pétanque. The steel ball is hollow but still weighs about 2.5 pounds.

He is heard talking about “his consumer’s right” and citing that he’s unhappy with how Apple handled his support case. Minutes later, security turns up and tries to escort him away — but not without him trying to escape.

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