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In a surprise podcast appearance, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi appeared to discuss Apple's forthcoming iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 releases. Additionally, on the appearance, the pair discussed the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.
Apple partner and musician Dr. Dre is reportedly starring in and producing Apple's first self-produced television show. Titled Vital Signs the venture is said to be six episodes long, semi-biographical, chronicle the emotional development of the rapper, and bankrolled by Apple itself.
AT&T has detailed its plans for "5G" testing. The telecom giant plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer. Field trials of 5G technologies in Austin, TX will begin before the end of this year. AT&T expects the new technology to deliver wireless speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G LTE offerings, with lower latency in the range of one to five milliseconds.
The lawfirm leading the attack against Apple for its "Error 53" code issue when an unauthorized Touch ID sensor is replaced has filed for $5 million in payouts and a software patch disabling the lockout performed by an alleged Apple policy to discourage third party repair. Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the suit claims that Apple's measures to protect the TouchID security is "problematic, and, even, abusive."
Current non-practicing entity, and the holder of defunct Digifonica's patent portfolio, Voip-Pal has filed patent infringment lawsuits against Apple, Verizon, and AT&T over an assortment of law enforcement surveillance, emergency calling, and VOIP routing patents. The suits, filed in the Federal District Court in Las Vegas, are seeking over $7 billion dollars in royalty payments from the three companies.
A new report from Park Associates gauging the US smartphone market in 2015 has found that Apple continues to hold the largest share of the market with 40 percent, though rival Samsung was able to manage a small gain on the year. Noting that the US market has seen that 86 percent of "broadband households" have a smartphone now, the market analysis firm found that "operators are pulling out all the tricks to encourage phone upgrades," with only about half of US consumers still on a cellphone contract.
Apple may be continuing to build out its own content delivery network (CDN), in order to provide downloads and streams of music and video content to its users, a report claims. An investor call about CDN Akamai's financial results has made rumors about Apple's in-house CDN resurface, with the suggestion that Apple is slowly moving away from relying on Akamai's network for its media transfer needs for markets around the world.
A new cross-party bill is being introduced to Congress later today, aiming to prevent state-level encryption bills from causing any issues. If passed, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act (ENCRYPT Act) will preempt state and local government laws that would affect the encryption of smartphones and other devices, in an attempt to make device security laws more cohesive across the United States.
Starting early this morning, Apple Pay users have been experiencing problems adding Visa cards to the wallet. The issue is limited to addition of new Visa debit or credit cards only, and is not impacting payments with existing Visa cards, or the addition and use of competing company cards.
A new study that compared the security of user data as transmitted by the short-range Bluetooth used by the leading fitness and health wearables has found, as one headline writer summed it up, that "every fitness tracker but [the Apple Watch] is a privacy nightmare." The report, done by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab and Canadian privacy-rights group Open Effect, tested eight wearables and found that all -- apart from the Apple Watch -- leaked Bluetooth data that could be read nearby.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k