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Holy Vatican, Batman! The Pope Hosts Meeting with Tim Cook

11:17 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Carol Glatz's photo of Pope Francis' meeting with Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Friday schedule included a meeting you wouldn't typically associate with major tech companies: Pope Francis. The two met Friday morning, and while their discussion wasn't public, it's no secret the two share common interests in humanitarian issues and environmental protection.

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Where Steve Jobs was relatively reclusive Time Cook is outgoing and always meeting with other influencers. That's how he rolls, so it was only a matter of time before the Pope ended up in his schedule.

Apple Hires top Virtual Reality Expert Doug Bowman

9:59 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hires VR expert Doug Bowman

Apple's quite move into the virtual and augmented reality market thanks to the company's recent hire of Doug Bowman. Mr. Bowman is one of the top researchers in virtual reality and was a computer science professor and the director for the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech before joining Apple.

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We don't know what Apple is up to yet in the VR and AR space, but it's pretty clear the company has something cooking.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.

Apple Hit with Patent Lawsuit Over Siri Features

10:45 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Dot 23 sues Apple over Siri features

Apple has hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday from Dot 23 Technologies alleging the iPhone and iPad maker's Siri feature infringes on three of its patents. Dot 23 is just a patent holding company, so it's no surprise the case was filed in the Eastern District Court in Texas—a favorite for patent trolls.

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This sure looks like another patent troll case and Dot 23 may be hoping for an out of court settlement because that's the easiest way to make money in a situation like this. Considering Apple's usual tactics, however, Dot 23 better be ready to spend some time in the court room.

Foxconn Wants to Buy Apple Display Maker Sharp

9:37 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Foxconn bids on failing Sharp

Foxconn, the company that assembles iPhones and other products for Apple, is bidding US$5.3 billion on failing display maker Sharp. The deal could let Foxconn supply displays to Apple, but it isn't a sure thing because Innovation Network Corporation of Japan is bidding on the company, too.

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Foxconn already handles manufacturing for Apple and many other electronics companies, so it seems like a natural transition to become a parts supplier, too.

ESPN: We’re Working on an Apple TV Deal

10:59 AM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple in talks with ESPN for streaming content

ESPN President John Skipper says he's working on an Apple TV content deal that sidesteps cable television subscriptions. He says they're building a "great television experience," but other content providers are dragging their heels.

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If ESPN is excited about a potential Apple TV streaming service, then there's a chance other content providers are interested in signing deals, too. It's a slow process, so don't expect to see Apple announcing any deals in the next few weeks or even months.