Apple opens up iTunes-based donations to help victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Announcement, iTunes

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If you’re looking to help out with the Canadian fire effort, you can now do it through iTunes.

Customers shopping on Apple’s Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

Apple is currently accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The company is also promising to give 100% of all donations without taking a cut.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as iPhone 6s

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Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016, 08:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

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T-Mobile to begin roaming, other services in Cuba this summer

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Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016, 08:23
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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This is sort of nifty.

T-Mobile on Monday announced a deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) that will see its customers get access to voice, text and data while traveling to Cuba as well as lower rates on calls to landlines and wireless phones in the country from the US.

As of now, roughly 36.6% of Cuban-born wireless customers subscribe with T-Mobile.

Through the collaboration, customers will be able to make calls for $0.60 per minute from the US to landlines and wireless phones in Cuba via the carrier’s $15/month “Stateside International Talk” plan.

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Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited production in Q2 2017

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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.

Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

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Kohl’s adopts Apple Pay, links service to charge, reward cards

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You can now use Apple Pay at some Kohl’s locations.

Which isn’t a bad thing.

Kohl’s has stated that the department store chain now accepts Apple Pay and that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl’s Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same. This makes it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

Roughly 250 Kohl’s locations currently support the option and the company has said that this should be available in all locations by the end of the month, according to company representatives. The system will work automatically so long as a person has both their Charge and Yes2You cards linked to Apple Pay.

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Apple vows to appeal Chinese court’s “iPhone” trademark ruling

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 07:56
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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It has to sting when a Chinese clothing company wins the exclusive right to the “IPHONE” name in court.

In a recent statement, Apple has declared that it will appeal a Chinese trademark ruling which saw the company lose exclusive rights to the iPhone name, allowing other Chinese companies to use the name for leather goods products. Obviously, the iPhone is Apple’s cash cow so the initial ruling was a big blow allowing legal dilution of its most-valuable brand.

Apple will take the appeal to the Supreme People’s Court, the highest court in the Chinese law system.

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Rumor: Apple looking to overhaul Apple Music user interface, will announce changes around WWDC (updated)

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Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 08:13
Category: Apple Music, Rumor

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It may be only a year old, but it looks like Apple is planning a fairly major overhaul of Apple Music’s user interface.

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, according to sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

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Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark name in China

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 13:37
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

In a strange turn of events, Apple has lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name in China thanks to losing a trademark suit against a Chinese company which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE.”

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, state media Legal Daily reported. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

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Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet demand

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.

A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

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RadTech releases ProCable UHD Lightning cables

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Date: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 13:01
Category: Accessory, News

RadTech has always had good stuff and this could come in handy.

The company has just released the ProCable UHD Lightning, a charge and sync cable for all Lightning port-equipped devices. The cable itself is braided to prevent tangling and uses oversized, crush-proof aluminum connectors, yet is designed to last longer than most Lightning cables to date.

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