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Apple Watch update targets Siri, fitness, 3rd-party apps

Apple Watch update targets Siri, fitness, 3rd-party apps

Apple has pushed out its first Apple Watch update, a combination of performance improvements and bugfixes for early-adopters of the wearable. The firmware, Apple Watch OS 1.0.1, boosts Siri according to Apple's support notes for the download, while health and fitness tracking has also been improved. Meanwhile there's also broader language support, including Russian, Thai, and Danish.

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Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple's big hardware news may be the updated iMac Retina 5K and MacBook Pro 15 today, but there's also a new Lightning Dock for iPhone owners. Quietly added to the Apple Store this morning, the $39 desktop cradle for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pretty much as simple as you'd expect: somewhere to slot the phone on top, and somewhere to plug it in on the back. However, you do get an extra socket.

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Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

It looks like we're unlikely to see Apple branded television sets anytime soon. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said back in 2013 that Apple had a "grand vision" for television, but the latest interpretation of that concept is that moving further away from actual TV sets and closer towards an online viewing platform.The television set market is already highly competitive, with Samsung leading the pack. Apple may be reticent to fight for ground in the saturated market when it can always the lead in new, emerging markets, like Apple Watch in the smartwatch market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to compete with a new online TV service.

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Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple Watch software update coming with focus on security

Apple's first big software update to the Apple Watch is set to be released imminently. This update will include increased security, including a bit of software that'll notify a wearer if their iPhone or Apple Watch is too far away from the other. This feature already exists on Android Wear - and on a number of other devices through "tag" apps and hardware. Accidental leave-behinds will be a thing of the past, ideally. Additional widget-like features are coming to the Apple Watch as well, sooner than later.

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Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Average consumers remain unaffected by today's United States Court of Appeals decision in a long-lasting Apple vs Samsung case. This case has been on the books for many moons. Back in April of 2013 the case was raging - re-calculating damages after a 1-billion dollar damage report in August of 2012. How much does all of this affect you? Not very much. Not very much at all, really, unless you happen to be an investor or a lawyer working for Samsung or Apple, or any company caught in the cross-fire.

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Apple’s Samsung damages cut by $382m after “rounded corners” appeal

Apple’s Samsung damages cut by $382m after “rounded corners” appeal

Apple's $930m win against Samsung in 2012 faces a slash of more than 40-percent, after an appeals court ruled that the things like rectangles with rounded corners couldn't be protected. The closely-watched court case eventually decided three years ago that not only had Samsung infringed on iPhone patents, it had infringed "trade dress" too, effectively damaging its unique brand in the process. Now, though, the latter part of that ruling is being called into question, and it's worth $382m.

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Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple could be looking to bolster its mapping services; which have a bit of a spotted history, polarizing iPhone users. Apple just purchased the company Coherent Navigation which specializes in High Integrity GPS. This specialized GPS system differences from consumer-end GPS systems in that it uses data from multiple Iridium satellite networks to give incredibly precise locations--accurate within centimeters. Apple is keeping mum on the deal, confirming the deal with a standard, boilerplate response, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

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Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

As talk continues over Apple's release of a full-fledged music streaming service, it seems their negotiations with record labels are having an effect on Spotify's business. It has been rumored for some time now that when Apple does officially announce its streaming service, possibly at the upcoming WWDC, it will not have a free tier. In turn, Apple is said to have been pressuring record labels to stop allowing rival Spotify to have such an option.

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Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple patent app hints at future iPhone Force Touch display

Apple has a new patent application that hints at the OS X Quick Look feature coming to iOS via a new so-called “Intense” touch gesture that’ll be facilitated with new display intensity sensors -- basically meaning Force Touch being integrated into the iPhone's own display. We’ve already seen Force Touch on Apple’s new MacBook, and there’s also rumor that it’ll be coming to a future iPad model. If this is the future of iOS devices, it means they'll be able to sense the force of your touch.

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