Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing Documents

3 hours, 52 minutes ago · · News

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.

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It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing — Apple, GTAT, and its creditors — are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.

Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

7:17 PM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · News

Meijer

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.

CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

5:09 PM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · News

CES

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.

Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with Fitness Band

11:36 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · News

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

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Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.

Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured Calculator Widget Removed

6:43 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · News

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.

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This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.

Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

7:11 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · News

Oh yeah

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

2:01 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · News

Darth Bell

Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.

CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

9:09 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · News

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

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Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.

Tim Cook Inducted into Alabama Academy of Honor, Calls for Progress on LGBT Rights

9:33 PM, Oct. 27th, 2014 · · News

Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor Monday. Mr. Cook, who was born in Alabama and graduated from Auburn University, used his acceptance speech to criticize Alabama for being slow to recognize and promote LGBT rights, and compared it to how Alabama was slow to recognize the rights of racial minorities in decades past.