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Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone jack, towards Bluetooth or Lightning connector, for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new features

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

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Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more prevalent on high-end PCs

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

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AT&T offers unlimited data plan, albeit bundled through DirecTV, U-Verse accounts

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:48
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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Further proving the wireless calling plan policies take more dramatic plot twists than a Telemundo soap opera, AT&T will be launching a brand new version of unlimited data tomorrow.

Pricing for the plan begins at $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 for each additional line. Unfortunately, the caveats is that you need to be a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber to even be eligible, which of course adds to the cost if you don’t already have a subscription.

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Rumor: Apple to include wireless charging feature in iPhone 7

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 09:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Because, hey, wireless charging is pretty darn cool.

The current batch of rumors regarding Apple’s next-gen iPhone/the iPhone 7 includes a wireless charging feature as well as a thinner, waterproof body and no headphone jack.

The rumor hails from within Apple’s supply chain and an anonymous source has stated that the iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack in an effort to make the device even thinner than the iPhone 6s. The device will also “very likely” be waterproof and support some form of wireless charging.

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Apple retail chief Ahrendts snags $25.8 in salary, stock and bonuses for 2015 financial year

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, retail

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If you ever doubted the power of corporate bonuses, keep in mind that Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts just made almost $25.8 million in compensation last year, according to a regulatory filing.

Ahrendts, who draws a $1 million base salary, has also been awarded a $20 million stock grant, a $4 million bonus and relocation expenses of $474,981.

This is down from $73.4 million in 2014, in which Ahrendts was offered $37 million to compensate her for the value of the Burberry stock that she walked away from in accepting the Apple job, plus a new-hire stock allocation valued at $33 million.

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Apple purchases Emotient, speculation rises as to facial analysis possibilities

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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It’s hard to say what Apple plans to do with the small companies it invariably buys, but the speculation gets interesting.

Most recently, Apple has purchased Emotient Inc., A startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.

Emotient itself has been sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads as well as tested by doctors to interpret signs of pain among patients unable to express themselves, and a retailer used it to monitor shoppers’ facial expressions in store aisles, the company had said.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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