The MacTrast News Digest – February 11, 2014

The MacTrast News Digest – February 11, 2014

Flappy Bird was “a problem,” the iWatch may not be everything you had hoped, (us too), Touch ID stand pat in the next-gen iPhone, all that sapphire glass Apple is making may all wind up on the iWatch, and oh yeah, we reviewed some cool headphones. All this and more in the MacTrast News Digest for February 11, 2014.

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Review: Rokit Boost Swage 2 Bluetooth Headphones
While I love listening to music via headphones, I do find headsets of the corded variety just get in my way, no matter what I do. Enter the Rokit Boost Swage 2 Headphones, a capable Bluetooth headset that ably reproduces music, while also allowing you to take or make a phone call using the built-in microphone.
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New Report Lowers Expectations for Apple’s ‘iWatch’
The “iWatch” – Apple’s much-rumored entry into the wearable device marketplace – has been depicted in the past as a standalone device that operates as a smartwatch, while monitoring everything from the users’ blood pressure, to their level of hydration, to their glucose levels.
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Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen - Photo courtesy of  Agence France-Presse via The Wall Street Journal
Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen – Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse via The Wall Street Journal

Flappy Bird Creator: Game Was So Addicting That It Became ‘A Problem’
The developer of the addictive game “Flappy Bird” Dong Nguyen says he pulled the game from the App Store because playing the game was so addictive the it became “a problem.”
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Rumor: Apple to Use Same Method, Manufacturer for Touch ID for iPhone 6
Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor will remain exactly as is in the next iPhone, if a new rumor from semi-reliable source DigiTimes is to be believed. The report says Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC), will manufacture the sensor using the same 8-inch processing method used for the current batch.
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Could Apple’s Sapphire Glass be Destined for iWatch, Not the Next-Gen iPhone?
New reports suggest Apple’s new sapphire glass plant in Arizona will be turning out materials for Apple’s much-rumored “iWatch,” and not for use as screens in the next-generation of iPhones as believed.
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Court Denies Apple’s Motion to Suspend E-Books Antitrust Monitoring
A federal appeals court has denied Apple’s attempt to discontinue e-books antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich’s operations until the court hands down a ruling on a request to remove the external compliance monitor.
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Could Google Robots Soon be Building iPhones for Foxconn?
Strange but true: We may soon live in a world where Apple’s iPhones are built by Google robots. Google’s robotic division is reportedly assisting Foxconn to “speed up robot deployment” at its factories.
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