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Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

10:13 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.

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Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

9:07 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

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Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.

Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

6:07 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.

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Driving up the iPhone's price by $100 doesn't sound like a smart idea in a market where Apple wants to draw in more smartphone customers instead of driving them to cheaper Android-based products. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek thinks that's what Apple has in store, however, and that it won't have a negative impact on sales. Color us skeptical.

3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

4:01 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff out of the hands of the bad guys.

Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data Center

12:55 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to generate up to 3.5 megawatts for the facility.

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Considering Apple's potential plans to expand its Prineville center again, any extra power it can generate will be a welcome find. Apple made a commitment to use renewable energy sources when it can, so it's great to see the company following through.

ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial Video

8:49 AM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the passwords for all of your logins, and stores other bits of sensitive information for you, too. ScreenCastsOnline produces great tutorial videos on a wide range of tech topics, and is an awesome resource for learning all about the apps you use on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but NSA Denies

5:47 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.

Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

1:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.

Deutsche Bank Initiates AAPL Coverage with $650 Target Price

11:25 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner initiated coverage of Apple's stock on Friday with a US$650 target price, saying the company likely has some surprises in store. Apple hasn't released any new products yet in 2014, but company CEO Tim Cook has said that there would be big announcements throughout the year.

Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband Chips this Year

10:49 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

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Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.