Rumor: Apple could switch to OLED units for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, January 8th, 2015, 15:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumors that Apple will switch from LCDs to thinner, brighter, more power-efficient OLED displays in its iPhones are as old as time. Per 9to5Mac, the latest is a report seemingly originating on Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun cited by GforGames via a Chinese site.

Earlier reports from back in November that Foxconn was building a new US$2.6B display factory whose output would be exclusively devoted to Apple. The headline was quickly changed to remove the reference to Apple, though the piece still strongly hinted at Apple being the sole client. This latest report says that the factory in question will be making only OLED displays.

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Waltr surfaces, allows users to copy previously unplayable media formats to iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 18:22
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could be helpful.

Recently, a new app called Waltr surfaced. The app works as an alternative to iTunes to copy media onto your device, except that it transcodes files so that they play on the iDevice using the native Videos and Music apps. You no longer have to worry about file formats, including MKV and FLAC, and deal with errors saying that this format isn’t supported, or (if you use a third-party media player app) deal with files that have been copied failing to play, or playing only the video and not the audio.

Since the video is transcoded and played using the native Videos app, you can be sure that it will play back smoothly (rather than choppily), and that you won’t consume any more battery on the iDevice.

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iWatermark goes live, allows for visible, invisible watermarks

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 11:29
Category: iOS, News, Software

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On Monday, Plum Amazing, LLC release iWatermark, an iOS app designed to create and use subtle visible or even invisible watermarks to protect photos and videos.

A watermark can subtly display, no matter where your photo goes, that it’s yours. Visible watermarks can be used to add your email, url, a personal message, your signature, QR-codes or fun graphics. Invisible watermarks, like the unique Metadata and Steganographic ones in iWatermark, can be used to add metadata or steganographic information like your name, link to your business and copyright info to any photo.

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Mophie expands Juice Pack line for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 15:00
Category: Accessory, battery, iPhone, News

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Accessory maker Mophie announced that it’s expanding its popular line of Juice Pack battery packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to The Verge, as of today, three new battery packs are up for preorder starting at US$99, and each will provide upward of 60 percent extra battery life.

The new lineup starts with the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6, which effectively doubles the iPhone 6′s already decent battery life. The Juice Pack Plus adds 120 percent extra battery life. The Juice Pack for the 6 Plus adds a meager 60 percent battery, but that shouldn’t bother most since the 6 Plus can already last more than a full day on a single charge after reasonable use. All three also come with bumpers inside the case to prevent damage upon impact. We’re not entirely sure if they’ll prevent bending, though.

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Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:23
Category: iPhone, News

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It’s not cheap, but it’s unlocked and nifty.

Per AppleInsider, the Apple Store has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at unsubsidized prices, offering customers the ability to purchase without a T-Mobile SIM card.

In the U.S., customers have been able to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from day one, but it would ship with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. Starting Tuesday, the Apple Store began offering a SIM-free option starting at the same US$649 price for the entry-level 16-gigabyte iPhone 6.

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Apple reports falling iTunes Music Store numbers in SEC filing

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:48
Category: Finance, iTunes Music Store, News, Software

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iTunes Music Store downloads are falling.

And the numbers aren’t pretty.

According to VentureBeat, in a securities filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple reported declining iTunes Music Store numbers.

“Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases,” the company wrote. “This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.”

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Google Nest picks up additional collaboration partners in ‘Works with Nest’ program

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:08
Category: Hardware, News, Software

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Google’s Nest project is starting to get some promising collaboration partners.

Per CNET, Nest has been tacking on product partners since its initial developer program announcement last June. With several big-name integrations already secured — Dropcam, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool — this open-software-collaboration, dubbed “Works with Nest,” appears to have caught on.

August, LG, Philips Hue and UniKey have all just been inducted into Works with Nest and the related integrations are available right now.

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iDict brute-force security tool for hacking iCloud account passwords becomes available on GitHub

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Date: Friday, January 2nd, 2015, 15:21
Category: iCloud, News, security, Software

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This may be worth keeping an eye on if you’re concerned about iCloud security.

Per 9to5Mac, a new tool submitted to developer web site GitHub claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening. In September, Apple reported it had closed one such hole that allowed brute-force attacks to occur.

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iCloud.com Photos beta pulls disappearing act, no longer available

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Date: Friday, January 2nd, 2015, 10:17
Category: News, Software

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It’s hard to say exactly what’s happening here, but sometimes Apple makes changes with no warning.

Per AppleInsider, the beta iCloud.com Photos application is no longer available to access via the website, as a vague “early 2015″ launch date for a new Photos for OS X app also looms.

The iCloud Photos app had been available in beta form since last October, when it first debuted. In the following weeks, Apple had gradually added features, such as the ability to manually upload photos to the cloud.

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Samsung edges out Apple in holiday customer satisfaction report

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:59
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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Samsung just beat out Apple in terms of customer service this holiday season.

Per Engadget and Boy Genius Report, the latest stats from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, which surveys 70,000 consumers every year, show Samsung slightly beating out Apple by two points with a satisfaction score of 81. Sure, it’s not a huge lead, but it’s a big jump for the company from last year’s score of 76. Apple, meanwhile, saw its score fall more than two points since last year. It’s always tough to read much into these numbers (was it the Galaxy S5 that helped, or just Android improvements?), but it’s still a decent win for Samsung. Don’t be surprised if Samsung ends up marketing the heck out of this during the Super Bowl.

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