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Apple to release Q1 2013 earnings Jan. 23

Apple has announced that it will release its Q1 2013 earnings on Jan. 23, 2013. A conference call will start at 5 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Pacific Time, according to the company’s investor page. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer previously said that the company expects revenue of $52 billion in Q1 2013.

Soundmatters debuts Dash 7 Bluetooth speaker

Soundmatters has announced Dash 7 ($249), a slim, pocket-portable Bluetooth wireless soundbar speaker system. A 3/4-inch-high speaker featuring a miniature woofer and rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of life, Dash 7 also works as a speakerphone. It serves as a smaller sequel to the company’s earlier foxL series, which inspired Jawbone’s Jambox, while promising wider stereo separation and similarly powerful volume levels.

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Dash 7 is designed to rest in front of an iPad without blocking the screen, but an angled stand is also included. Coming in four colors, the Dash 7 will be shown at Soundmatters’ CES booth at the iLounge Pavilion, Jan. 8-11.

Apple’s false ad claim on Amazon Appstore dismissed

Apple’s false advertising claim over Amazon’s use of “app store” has been dismissed, according to a report. The claim was part of Apple’s lawsuit against Amazon for use of the term “app store,” a suit that began in March 2011. As the court filing notes, “The mere use of ‘Appstore’ by Amazon to designate a site for viewing and downloading/purchasing apps cannot be construed as a representation that the nature, characteristics, or quality of the Amazon Appstore is the same as that of that of the Apple App Store.” It’s worth noting that this is only a partial summary judgment, and one of six parts of Apple’s case, so the case will continue. [via Bloomberg, The Verge]

New Apple stylus patent shows active tip

Apple continues to work on stylus technologies for its iOS devices, as seen in a recent patent. The stylus uses an electrode at the tip to affect the stylus’ reaction to a touchscreen, similar to what Griffin did in its previously-released iMarker and Crayola ColorStudio HD.

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This wouldn’t be the first time Apple’s filed a patent for an active stylus of some sort. In May, an Apple patent application discussed a battery-powered stylus that could provide haptic feedback. [via Patently Apple]

Survey: Apple online store drops in satisfaction

Apple’s online store has dropped in holiday customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey. The ForeSee Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction Index measures customer experience based on more than 24,000 surveys collected between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Apple earned an 80 rating, down from an 83, which is the company’s lowest score in four years — this is the eighth annual report. Though it’s unclear as to how many of the customers surveyed specifically rated Apple, the number of responses and popularity of Apple’s online store lend credence to the results. Amazon topped the list with an 88 rating.

Do Not Disturb issues reported as ad debuts

Some iOS 6 users have reported that Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature wasn’t automatically turned off by their devices on New Year’s Day. Though this hasn’t been a problem for every user, manually disabling and re-enabling Do Not Disturb is a quick fix for those having issues. A new year’s bug is nothing new for iOS users — in 2011, for instance, alarms failed to go off after being set on iOS devices.

Ironically, Apple debuted a new television ad yesterday promoting its Do Not Disturb feature, the same day the bug affected users. It stars Venus and Serena Williams, who are playing ping pong against the narrator in a dream — a dream that continues due to Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature.

Updated: Apple has acknowledged the bug on its support site. It announced the Do Not Disturb feature will “resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013.” Before that, Apple recommends turning the feature on or off manually.

Next iPhone, iOS 7 seen in developer usage logs

Developers have seen references to the next-generation iPhone and iOS 7 in app usage logs, according to a new report. One particular developer noted Apple has been testing hardware identified as “iPhone 6.1,” powered by a device running iOS 7. The iPhone 5 is identified as either “iPhone 5.1” or “iPhone 5.2,” depending on the model and 4G band. Because the developer app requests come from an Apple Cupertino IP address, it’s unlikely this new data is faked, and highly possible that apps running on the new device and operating system are already being tested. [via The Next Web]

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