Analyst: Apple TV Network won’t bring big Margins

11:52 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's plans for a streaming content network won't bring the company big money, but will help keep more consumers in the company's hardware ecosystem. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks the costs of bringing quality content to viewers will leave Apple with slim margins for its rumored online television service.

Apple Watch Lands FCC Approval ahead of April Launch

10:45 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's webpage for the soon to ship Apple Watch has dropped wording about requiring FCC approval, which means the company is good to go for April 10 pre-orders and April 24 in-store sales.

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Not that there was any real concern Apple Watch wouldn't get its FCC approval, but it's still nice to see that out of the way.

Apple May Share Viewer Data with Networks to Land TV Content Deals

9:49 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple is reportedly willing to share viewer data with content providers to swing the deals it needs to launch its streaming television content this fall. If true, that marks a big departure from Apple's historic refusal to give up any private information about its customers.

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Apple has made a pretty big show over the years on protecting user information, so it's hard to imagine the company giving that up now. That said, it would be any easy way to entice networks into content deals.

Apple Could take to the Skies with its Own Satellite

11:25 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple may have its eye on space, or at least Earth orbit. Boeing said it is in talks with Apple and other tech companies to build and launch a high-throughput communications satellite, and could sign the deal some time this year.

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Apple owning their own satellite? Google already has its eye on space, so maybe Apple is looking to the skies, too. Maybe we could get an Apple Space Station and Apple Moonbase, too.

Apple in Talks to Launch Web TV Network this Fall

9:13 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple is planning on launching its own Web-based TV service this fall with about 25 channels. The iPhone and Mac maker is currently negotiating with content providers and its service is expected to include CBS, ABC, Fox, and Walt Disney.

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Right now we only have insider sources saying Apple is working on its own streaming TV service. It could come together, or maybe not. Even if it does, there isn't any guarantee Apple will have enough content to make its service enticing. But to be fair, the iTunes Store didn't launch with much content and it's doing just fine today.

Blackberry goes for Security with new Secutablet Tablet

2:48 PM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · · News

Blackberry is throwing its hat back into the tablet ring with a new product it hopes will attract buying dollars from the security conscious. The Secutablet will be a Blackberry product produced through its Secusmart subsidiary, but will run on Samsung's Galaxy 10.5 tablet with an IBM security protection layer.

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"Bleckberry is making a new tablet" sounds like a great setup for a joke, and it may very well be. That said, Blackberry is playing off of the security features in its eloquently named Secutablet, and that may be exactly what gives it any hope of success.

Samsung Moves to Dismiss All of Apple’s Win in Patent Trial

3:54 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · · News

Samsung made its next move in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Apple by filing an appeal in hopes of getting everything from Apple's 2014 win in their second case overturned. The electronics maker is pushing to get the US$119 million Apple was awarded tossed out, and is working to block Apple's efforts to get a retrial in the case.

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Should Apple manage to score its retrial, it'll be at least 2016 before it starts. If it doesn't, the ongoing appeals process can drag on for months or years. Either way, Apple and Samsung still have a long time before they finally resolve their mobile device patent war.