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Apple granted patent for even smarter iPad cover, with built-in display & sketchpad

Apple has today been granted a patent for an iPad Smart Cover with more smarts than usual: it incorporates a built-in display, and even a Wacom-style drawing tablet. The patent illustrates a number of different ways the Smart Cover display could be used, from simply extending the iPad’s own display through text-only displays of things like…

http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/10/apple-patent-smart-cover-display-sketchpad/

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Apple Music adds student membership subscription at 50% discount, $4.99 per month

Apple is today introducing an Apple Music plan aimed at students. The service is identical in features to the standard plan but rather than paying $9.99 per month, qualifying students can subscribe to Apple Music for $4.99 per month. The offering is rolling out today in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and more countries (via…

http://9to5mac.com/2016/05/06/apple-music-adding-student-membership-subscription-at-50-discount-4-99-per-month/

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Apple’s loudest activist investor just dumped his stake

Carl Icahn, one of Apple’s biggest activist investors, told CNBC he has exited his position in the company. He was known for basically trying to pressure Apple into bumping up its efforts to return value to investors. At the he declared his position, Apple was in the process of a $100 billion several-year capital return program that…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/28/apples-loudest-activist-investor-just-dumped-his-stake/?ncid=rss

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The tablet market is 100 million units smaller than expected. What happened?

Six years after the iPad debut, what’s the future for tablets?

http://recode.net/2016/04/10/tablet-market-ipad-pro-forecast/

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Sprint enables iPhone Wi-Fi Calling for all with today’s iOS 9.1 release

Alongside the release of iOS 9.1 today, Sprint announced that the update officially enables access to the iPhone’s Wi-Fi calling feature for all of its users. That means Sprint users will join T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the US in being able to take advantage of the feature that offers Wi-Fi-assisted voice calling for poor […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/21/sprint-iphone-wifi-calling/

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Do University Technology Patents Pay Off? Ask Apple, Which Was Ordered to Pay $234 Million.

Some researchers, including the Brookings Institute, have argued that universities should abandon the old approach of licensing its technology to the highest bidder.

http://recode.net/2015/10/17/do-university-technology-patents-pay-off-ask-apple-which-faces-234-million-judgment/

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Apple/IBM partnership piloting scheme with Japan Post to monitor the elderly

A low-tech scheme where postal workers from Japan Post check-in on how elderly residents are doing is about to go hi-tech with the help of iPads, reports the WSJ. The pilot scheme – one of the fruits of the Apple/IBM partnership – will see Japan Post hand out free iPads to 1,000 older citizens to allow […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/30/apple-ibm-japan-post/

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Microsoft releases ‘Halo: Spartan Strike’ top-down shooter for iPhone & iPad

Microsoft Studios is today releasing a new top-down shooter set in the Halo universe for iPhones and iPads (in addition to Windows mobile devices and Steam for PC). The game, developed by Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries, and Vanguard Games, is set during the timeline of Halo 2 and follows a Spartan supersolider on “30 challenging missions […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/16/microsoft-halo-spartan-strike-top-down-shooter-iphone-ipad/