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Last June, Apple began registering for trademarks on the "iWatch" name in a number of countries, but since that time the company has been bolstering its trademarks on the actual company name "Apple" to also cover jewelry and watches, MacRumors has discovered. By international agreement, trademarks are broken down into 45 different classes to organize the types of goods and services being registered for protection. Watches and other jewelry are part of Class 14, which is focused on precious metals/stones and products made from those materials. While some of Apple's trademarks on the "Apple" name have previously included some goods from Class 14, the company is now broadening and cleaning up its trademark applications in those areas. The moves come as the company is widely expected to introduce its "iWatch" smart watch as soon as later this year. Among the recent expansions for Apple is Ecuador, where Apple filed a new trademark application in late December specifically to add protection in Class 14 for a long list of product types including jewelry and watches. Google translation of new category application for "Apple" trademark:jewelry; watches; watches; goods in precious metals or coated therewith; cufflinks or cufflinks; keychains; timers; brooches in precious metals or coated therewith; ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; tie pins in precious metals or coated therewith; tie clips or tie clips of precious metal or coated therewith; badges of precious metal or coated therewith; bracelets of precious metal or coated therewith; Necklaces in precious metals or coated therewith; medals in precious metals or coated therewith; short chains and ornaments in precious metals or coated therewith; buttons in precious metals or coated therewith; clip in precious metals or coated therewith; boxes of precious metal or coated therewith; decorations in precious metals or coated therewith; jewelry; sculptures and precious metals products.Applications in other countries have followed in recent months, including a nearly identical filing in Mexico in early January that again solely focused on Class 14. Other expansions have come as part of larger filings, such as in Norway, where Apple in mid-February applied for increased protection in seven different classes including a significant list within Class 14. And just last month that effort extended to the United Kingdom, where Apple filed to broaden its protections in over a dozen classes, including Class 14 for the first time there. While new applications to protect Apple's use of its own name in jewelry and watches have appeared in a number of countries in recent months, the company has yet to make the move in all countries where it operates, most notably the United States where the "Apple" name is not currently covered under Class 14 at all. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

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In advance of Earth Day, Apple revamped its Environmental Responsibility website with new content that reconfirms the company's dedication to operate its business in a way that is best for the environment. The updated website features a new "Better" video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook that explains the company's environmentally friendly values. Keeping with this Earth Day theme, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives, also recently gave Wired an exclusive tour of Apple's newest data center in Yerington, Nevada. Apple is close to powering all its facilities entirely with renewable energy, with its corporate office and data centers now at 94 percent and climbing. Apple’s data center in Sparks, NV. Photo: David Calvert/WIRED Though Jackson can’t take credit for Apple’s renewable initiative, she monitors its progress and, perhaps even more important, spreads the word that renewables aren’t just for tree-huggers, but are serious energy sources that can take on the biggest jobs. “No one can ever claim again you can’t have a data center that runs on 100 percent renewable,” says. “Once those proof points are out there, it makes it easier for policies to follow.” Though the company uses wind and hydroelectric power in its other facilities, Apple is relying on solar power in it Nevada facility. This design mirrors its Maiden, NC data center, which uses two 100-acre solar fields to produce a total of 50 megawatts. Apple is now building out these solar arrays in Nevada on a 134-acre field, which will generate approximately 20 megawatts of power when it is completed in 2015. The remaining power for the plant will be supplied by geothermal energy. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

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Apple today has added new channels from A&E Networks to its Apple TV, including A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime. Select Apple TV owners will be able to watch episodes from popular TV shows such as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Project Runway. These new channels on the Apple TV offer a preview to all users, but full content is only available to cable television subscribers. Currently, the service is available to customers who subscribe to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, with support for additional providers coming in the near future. The addition of these channels is part of a larger push by A&E Networks to expand their content beyond broadcast TV. Earlier this month, the network updated both its A&E [iTunes Link] and History Channel apps [iTunes Link], letting iOS owners stream live episodes of popular shows to their iPhone or iPad. Similar to the Apple TV, this iOS-based live streaming requires a valid cable subscription. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cannibalization of iPad Mini by iPhone 6 Unlikely to Negatively Affect Apple's Overall Sales • Apple to End Support for AIM iChat Logins on Older Versions of OS X Starting June 30 • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99

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A new report from The Wall Street Journal today highlights the increasing competition between Apple and Google to gain exclusive games for their respective iOS and Android platforms. According to the report, both companies have been offering developers promotional perks, such as premium placement on their app store home pages, in exchange for the first rights to a title. For instance, the popular title Cut The Rope 2 was reportedly part of an exclusivity agreement between Apple and and developer ZeptoLab: ZeptoLab's sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope”, introduced in December, reflected a similar pattern. The company and Apple agreed to about a three-month window of exclusivity for Apple's App Store, in exchange for the store prominently promoting the game, one person familiar with the matter said. ZeptoLab launched an Android version in late March. The report also notes a promotional agreement between Apple and EA to launch Plants VS. Zombies 2 on iOS two months before its release on Android. This is in line with a story from Giant Bomb last September that shared similar details. However, while both companies denied the claims and stated that no money was exchanged as asserted by the original story, The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple doesn’t offer money for game exclusives, but rather just marketing and promotional assistance. Plants VS. Zombies 2 was prominently featured by Apple during the week of its release, as it was mentioned on the App Store Facebook page and featured in top banners on the App Store itself. Amazon has also carried out similar practices, offering promotional spots on its Amazon Appstore in order for the rights to launch games on its Kindle family of devices. An Amazon spokeswoman corroborated these claims, stating that the company "works with many developers to bring their apps to the Amazon Appstore." The company’s new Fire TV media streaming box, which was released earlier this month, contains dedicated support for games, even offering a $39 wireless Fire game controller. The news also comes as the amount of money spent by consumers on mobile content grows. According to the results of a study done by research firms IDC and App Annie, mobile games accounted for $16 billion of app sales, jumping 2.3x over the past year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update

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Apple's first generation Apple TV have lost their ability to connect to iTunes and appears to be affecting users worldwide. A lengthy Apple Discussions page shows that the problem started on the 17th of April and has persisted for 1st generation Apple TV users. Forum poster georgevargas describes the issue:As of last night I had full access to the iTunes Store. Since this morning I was getting an Itunes Store Not Available message, and after unplugging the AppleTv the iTunes Store access completly disappeared except for movie trailers. Users have gone through the usual diagnostics, including rebooting and restoring, but have found that nothing has restored connectivity. MacRumors has confirmed the issue on our own 1st generation Apple TV. The initial timing of the outage corresponds to the FaceTime not working for iOS 6 users, suggesting some internal changes by Apple has affected both services. Some users are speculating that internal communication upgrades related to the Heartbleed security issue could be related. Apple denied that Heartbleed affected any of their "key services" but did not elaborate on what those might be. Apple has not provided any statement on if and when 1st generation Apple TV functionality will be restored or not. The first generation Apple TV was released in January, 2007 and was sold until September, 2010. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Beats Music' Updated With In-App Subscriptions, Offline Mode and More • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update

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Nike plans to cease making wearable hardware, as it has fired the majority of its 80-person team responsible for the FuelBand fitness tracker. Instead, the company will focus its efforts on fitness software, according to an unnamed source that spoke to CNET. The shoemaker isn't throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it's turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said. As the competition in the fitness wearable category has increased with entries from Jawbone and Fitbit, Nike has opted to shift its focus to software. Company spokesman Brian Strong told CNET in an email that Nike continually aligns its resources with business priorities and that it has made changes to its team as its Digital Sport priorities had shifted. Nike is also opening an incubator called Fuel Lab in San Francisco to allow developers to create products that incorporate its workout metric NikeFuel and plug into a Nike+ API that'll come this fall. Nike's move away from wearables also comes as Apple's long-rumored iWatch is expected to come to fruition. Apple CEO Tim Cook is an avid wearer of the FuelBand and has sat on the Nike board for the last nine years, which has helped the two brands foster a strong relationship. A possible partnership between Apple and Nike wouldn't be out of the question as the athletic company was one of the first to show support for the iPhone 5s' motion coprocessor, debuting the Nike+ Move app alongside the iPhone 5s at Apple's media event. Apple also helped Nike enter the wearable market in 2006 with the Nike+iPod shoe package. Apple has also hired former members of the Nike's Digital Sport team, picking up former FuelBand consultant Jay Blahnik last August and Nike design director Ben Shaffer last September. Apple is expected to release the iWatch later this year alongside iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Facebook Updates 'Paper' App With Birthdays, Events, Photo Comments and More • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c

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Apple is offering some developers a chance to buy unclaimed WWDC tickets, according to a report from 9to5Mac and several Twitter users. Apple has emailed certain developers to offer them WWDC tickets, giving them 24 hours to pay the $1,599 ticket fee. This year, because of nearly immediate ticket sellouts in past years, Apple decided to offer WWDC tickets to registered, paid iOS and Mac developers through a lottery system. Developers who won the ticket lottery had until April 14 to complete their purchases. Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy one of the tickets that winners failed to claim before the 14th.It is unknown how many WWDC tickets went unclaimed by lottery winners, nor how the company is choosing developers to receive a second chance at tickets. The annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 2-6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

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Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple has plans to integrate song identification features into iOS 8 through a partnership with audio discovery platform Shazam, but as suggested by media professor Aram Sinnreich, Apple's ambitions may go beyond simple music recognition capabilities. Speaking with Computerworld, Sinnreich, a media professor at Rutgers University, points out that Apple could use Shazam's audio recognition abilities to gather information on the media that iPhone and iPad users are consuming, including music, television shows, movies, and more, for targeted advertisements. While Shazam is known for identifying songs that are playing on the radio or through other sources, the service is also capable of identifying and tagging television shows and advertisements. Shazam works by analyzing captured sound and comparing its acoustic fingerprint to an audio database, which began including television content in 2012. Shazam's technology could, of course, be used to deliver music and television information to consumers, providing identification along with additional content like news, facts, and iTunes purchase links, but at the same time, Apple could also use it to gather information on consumer preferences each time a song, television show, or advertisement is "tagged" or identified by a user, allowing the company to use those preferences to deliver more targeted ad suggestions across iOS.Sinnreich pointed out that Shazam has been indexing advertisements broadcast on television, as well as the pre-show ads shown in movie theaters, and in some cases, has stuck deals with advertisers to provide metrics of those who "tag" an ad. In some cases, tagging an ad presents the consumer with additional information, or even a special offer.Currently, the existing Shazam app is able to run in the background of iOS, continually cataloging and identifying all of the music, television shows, and TV ads that a user watches. Apple could potentially integrate the feature in the same way into iOS 8, allowing it to run in the background to continually listen for various audio content. This functionality would allow Apple to know what a user prefers to watch and listen to. For example, if someone was watching Downton Abbey or Game of Thrones, Apple's media recognition capabilities could theoretically automatically identify what's being watched, cataloging it for future use in advertisements. Sinnreich likens this functionality to an audio QR code."Apple could do whatever a QR code is used for now, but sonically," said Sinnreich of the audio fingerprinting technology. "Someone tags a commercial, and that's entered into a database, effectively targeting [that consumer] for further ads," he said.While Sinnreich's theory is mere speculation at this point, it does fit in with Apple's current advertising methods, which the company says include "exceptional targeting." Apple has been working to expand its iAd platform in recent months, moving beyond app advertisements to encompass iTunes Radio ads as well. Further improving its targeting methods could entice major advertisers, which has been the company's goal -- recently, Apple made it simpler for advertisers large and small to sign up for the platform, eliminating the need for a developer account. Apple's audio recognition capabilities are said to be coming alongside iOS 8, which is expected to make its debut during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The operating system will likely be released to the public later in the year, in September or October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Could Benefit as Samsung and Globalfoundries Standardize Mobile Chip Production • Employees File Request to Include Steve Jobs Evidence in Anti-Poaching Lawsuit • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide

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Following the leak of an alleged iPhone 6 front panel earlier this week, the iPad is now getting its turn with a pair of photos showing what is said to be a front panel for the next-generation iPad Air, shared by Dutch site One More Thing [Google Translate]. Notably, the part appears to include an integrated display in contrast to the separate panel and display parts used on the current model. A move to an integrated front panel/display would reduce overall thickness, potentially allowing Apple to further slim down the iPad Air or make room for other components such as a slightly larger battery. MacRumors spoke with iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens, who noted that the assembly could indeed be legitimate and use a manufacturing process similar to that seen on the Retina MacBook Pro. The move to an integrated panel/display would increase repair costs, but ease of repair has not been a particularly major focus for Apple and the company already uses an integrated display on the iPhone. The next-generation iPad Air is expected to launch later this year, with notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that upgraded iPad Air and Retina iPad mini models will debut in the third quarter of this year and adopt the Touch ID system introduced on the iPhone 5s last year. (Thanks, Rogier!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated]

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Sales of Apple's iPad and iPhone remained strong during the holiday season with record quarterly sales reported in Q1 2014. Analyst predictions for Apple's second quarter of its fiscal year suggest iPhone sales may rise slightly, while iPad sales may decline slightly, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog. The consensus estimate from 21 Wall Street professionals and 13 amateur analysts predict iPad sales of 19.3 million, a 0.7 percent decline in Q2 2014. This is a significant change from Q2 2013, which saw a 55 percent year-over-year increase. The consensus estimate, at 19.3 million, would represent a 0.7% decline, with the pros slightly more optimistic (at 19.4 million) than the amateurs (19.2 million). Dragging down the amateur numbers is the 15 million estimate submitted by the Braeburn Group's Matt Lew. Tugging in the other direction is Horace Dediu's 21.8 million. One represents a year-over-year decline of 23%, the other an increase of 12%. This dip in sales may only be temporary as Apple is expected to launch updated models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display later this year, and may launch a larger-screen iPad Pro sometime in future after production issues are solved. Apple will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2014 on Wednesday, April 23. The earnings release is posted just after 4:30 PM ET following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Forcing Steve Jobs Out Was a 'Mistake' • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated]

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After showing off a concept for a sapphire-glass backed “iPhone Air” earlier this month, French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have teamed up once again to create a set renders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and accompanying cases in a variety of colors, which are based on leaked schematics posted by Japanese magazine MacFan and the dimensions of an alleged case that surfaced earlier this week. The renderings depict the iPhone 6 as a thin device with rounded corners, with the power button located along the upper right side of the device and rectangular volume controls similar to that of the fifth-generation iPod touch. The case rendered to compliment the phone also contains cutouts for each new design change, along with holes for the camera, flash, and Apple logo on the rear. Notably, a bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is also rendered alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 4-inch iPhone 5s, retaining the same design properties as the 4.7-inch version. Apple is expected to launch both sizes of the iPhone 6 in the near future, however reports have indicated the 4.7-inch version will launch first this fall as the company will likely delay the launch of the 5.5-inch version due to production issues. Along with a larger display, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to include a thinner design, new A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an upgraded camera in the form of optical image stabilization. Apple is also reportedly negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • RadioShack Drops iPhone 5s Price to $99 • Flickr Debuts Redesigned iOS App With Live Filters, HD Video Recording • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers

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Apple's FaceTime appears to be malfunctioning for iPhone and iPad users with devices running iOS 6, according to multiple tips received by MacRumors as well as a MacRumors forum post and a thread on the Apple Support Communities. It appears that users who are running iOS 6 are unable to place or receive FaceTime calls, with reports of problems dating back to yesterday. Devices running iOS 7 appear to be functioning as normal, and Apple's System Status page is not reporting any outages. One user mentioned being able to FaceTime with a device running iOS 6.1.6, while a device with iOS 6.0.1 was not able to access the service. Another has reported that Mac users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion may also be experiencing problems with FaceTime. Users who have had issues have contacted Apple Support and several Apple representatives have recommended an update to iOS 7 to fix the problem. It is likely the iOS 6 FaceTime outage is only temporary, however, and will presumably not necessitate an update to iOS 7. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Image Editing App Pixelmator Half Off Ahead of 3.2 Update • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie

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Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts resigned last October from the British luxury fashion house to join Apple as the head of its retail division. According to The Guardian, Ahrendts is free to leave Burberry this month, having fulfilled her six-month notice period, but her actual exit date is not yet known. Ahrendts may be staying longer at Burberry to help smooth the transition over to her successor Christopher Bailey, who is currently serving as the company's chief creative officer. Money also may be a factor in Ahrendts leaving as she is slated to receive a two million pound bonus in June for her recent performance as Burberry CEO. "It's a big sum of money. In some ways it would be good to see the business moving on after six months of handover time. You want to see clarity," said Rahul Sharma, an analyst at Neev Capital. But he said investors were also likely to feel reassured by Ahrendt's presence ahead of some big moves for Burberry and continuing concerns about Bailey's ability to combine his creative role with that of a chief executive. "That is a big concern in the back of investors' minds and Ahrendt's presence delays that point of judgment," he said. Another factor may be Ahrendts' critical role in Burberry's revamped Japanese business strategy, which involves severing long-term apparel licensing agreements in 2015 and creating its own distribution system in the important Asian market. Burberry is expected to confirm this plan as part of the company's annual report next month. Ahrendts will join Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, a position that has seen significant turnover in the past several years. In 2011, Ron Johnson left Apple for J.C. Penney, after building up Apple's retail presence during his 11-year tenure. Johnson was replaced by Dixons CEO John Browett, who served less than a year at Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow

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Amidst the flurry of iPhone 6 rumors coming from KGI Securities' report last week, Ming-Chi Kuo presented the first possible screen resolution for Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6. Kuo lists it as a 1334x750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. Historically, Apple has been very cautious with resolution changes in their iOS devices. The original iPhone was launched with a 320x480 resolution. Eventually, Apple moved to 640x960 Retina display, doubling the linear resolution in each dimension. That allowed existing apps to simply be pixel-doubled to fill the entire screen. Developers could then take their time to update their apps to fully support the higher resolution display. When Apple moved from 3.5" to 4" screens in the iPhone 5, they simply added vertical resolution. This allowed existing apps to run in a letterboxed format with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Relative iPhone display sizes by Redtech Right before the 4" iPhone releases, Apple began encouraging developers to use AutoLayout in designing their apps:Auto Layout is a system that lets you lay out your app’s user interface by creating a mathematical description of the relationships between the elements. You define these relationships in terms of constraints either on individual elements, or between sets of elements. Using Auto Layout, you can create a dynamic and versatile interface that responds appropriately to changes in screen size, device orientation, and localization.AutoLayout paves the way for apps to more easily adapt to changes in display sizes and resolution in the future. If Apple were to adopt a 1134x750 4.7" display as predicted by Kuo, it would preserve the same pixel density (326 ppi) as the iPhone 5s. That means that all existing user interface elements, such as icons, would be the same size but would allow for more screen space. Our designer found that using the exact same icons and spacing them out to fill the screen, 1134x750 pixels allows Apple to fit exactly one extra row of icons onto the iPhone home screen. This mockup shows the relative size of the 4.7" iPhone screen and how much extra room there would be using the exact same icons as on the current iPhone: 4" home screen (left) vs 4.7" home screen (right) Meanwhile, existing unoptimized apps could function in a "letterbox" style with black borders for unused screen space. TheVerge forum user Pi is exactly 3 created a mockup showing this exact scenario. This image shows how an "unoptimized" app would appear (left) compared to one that has been optimized for the 4.7" display (right): Mockup by Pi is exactly 3 Given Apple's past reluctance to blur or break existing apps, it seems that this resolution choice could provide Apple and developers a reasonable upgrade path for a larger factor iPhone. Apple has acknowledged that customers want larger iPhones and all iPhone 6 rumors are pointing to a larger iPhone device this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iPhone 6 Renders Reimagined as iPhone 6c • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow

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Apple will be celebrating Earth Day 2014 next Tuesday, April 22 throughout its various retail locations and at its main campus, reports 9to5Mac. The company will color its logos in green for the occasion, as employees will wear special shirts with an event planned at Apple's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. Apple last celebrated Earth Day in 2006 by holding a free computer takeback program in honor of the event. Apple has remained active in its environment efforts throughout the past few years, which include powering its data centers with 100% renewable energy, expanding its recycling program, and reporting on its carbon footprint. Last May, Apple also hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson to lead the company's environmental responsibility efforts. Environmental activist group Greenpeace also featured Apple as a "green energy innovator" in its latest report earlier this month, praising the company for its commitment to renewable energy after taking issues with previous efforts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Apple is working on a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, reports Bloomberg. The company has plans to partner with music discovery service Shazam to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.Along with Shazam, several other apps, including SoundHound, offer music and media identification capabilities. The apps use the iPhone’s microphone to listen to short sound clips, matching songs against a database and providing additional information like lyrics and purchase links. Shazam is also capable of recognizing television shows and other media, so it is possible Apple’s iOS identification feature could offer similar capabilities. According to Bloomberg, the feature will be directly integrated into iOS and will not need to be downloaded as a standalone app. It will function with Siri, allowing users to ask what song is playing.The song-identification feature will be integrated into the mobile software in the same way that Twitter Inc.’s service is currently incorporated, meaning consumers don’t need to separately download it. Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple's voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like "what song is playing," to find out the tune’s details, one person said.Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple has plans to revamp its iTunes music store in order to boost flagging digital music sales. The company is said to be considering iTunes for Android and an on-demand streaming music service similar to Spotify. A song identification feature could be released as part of the same iTunes overhaul, and it’s also possible that high resolution song downloads are in the works. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Yahoo is working on two internal projects to optimize its mobile search and monetization in order to convince Apple to make Yahoo the default search engine on iOS reports Re/code. The WSJ reported last year that Apple and Yahoo had been in discussions of how to integrate Yahoo's services more prominently in iOS, beyond powering the Weather and Stocks apps. The report says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is preparing detailed presentations to present to Apple executives showing what its new mobile search product could look like. There are a pair of internal projects, code-named "Fast Break" and "Curveball", that are part of Yahoo's redesign of its mobile search engine. That has not happened as yet officially — it’s just the big honking goal of the Yahoo effort, said sources. Still, several said Mayer has already buttonholed a few Apple executives on the topic, including its powerful SVP of design Jony Ive, who knows the former Google exec well. “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search,” said one person working on the effort. “It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly.”Currently, Yahoo and Microsoft are in the midst of a 10-year search and advertising partnership, something Mayer is trying to get out of. At the same time, Microsoft's Bing provides the backend for Apple's Siri web search feature. Google is the default search engine in the Safari iOS browser, with Yahoo and Bing available as user-selectable options. Apple already replaced Google's Maps app with its own mapping application as default. According to the Re/code report, a new and expanded agreement between Apple and Yahoo is not imminent -- Apple has yet to be pitched on the new products. Instead, it's part of a longer term play to bring the two companies closer together. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Now Available Worldwide • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

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Earlier this year, Google unveiled "Project Tango," an experimental smartphone that incorporates 3D sensors to allow users to map indoor and outdoor environments. Reports suggested that the smartphone's 3D capabilities were powered by the Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chip, but as it turns out, Project Tango is also powered by Apple technology. Alongside two Myriad 1 vision co-processors, Project Tango utilizes a PrimeSense Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip [PDF], technology that Apple acquired when it purchased PrimeSense late last year. The unexpected PrimeSense chip was discovered in a teardown of the Project Tango smartphone by iFixit that was posted this morning.This appears to be PrimeSense's new Capri PS1200 SoC 3D imaging chip, unexpected for a couple of reasons: Just last year, Apple bought PrimeSense, manufacturer of the Kinect's 3D vision hardware. Speculators assumed we would be seeing this hot new hardware in an upcoming iOS device, with intent of mapping 3D spaces. Looks like Tango beat Apple to the punch with their own tech?Google's Project Tango smartphone is one of the first mobile devices to use the diminutive Capri 3D sensor and it offers a glimpse at what Apple could possibly do with the technology in the future. Project Tango is essentially a mapping tool, capturing the world around each user to provide directions, dimensions, and environmental maps. Google also has plans to use the technology to create immersive augmented reality games and apps that merge the digital world with the real world. According to iFixit, Project Tango works very similarly to the original Microsoft Kinect, which also used technology developed by PrimeSense. Tango displays a bright grid of dots that are captured by IR sensors to build a depth map. Along with the Capri 3D chip and the Myriad vision co-processors, Project Tango incorporates four separate cameras to capture its environment. Amazon is said to be working on a similar device that incorporates multiple cameras for 3D mapping and with Google and Amazon both working on 3D projects, it is reasonable to assume that Apple is also experimenting with the technology. There have been no hints that Apple intends to incorporate PrimeSense technology in the upcoming iPhone 6, but motion control capabilities similar to the Kinect have been rumored for the next-generation Apple TV set-top box, so the first Apple device to use PrimeSense technology may very well be the Apple TV. Project Tango proves that PrimeSense's 3D chips are ready for mobile devices and it is likely that the company is continuing development on its Capri chips, improving the technology for possible inclusion in future iPads and iPhones. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Anki Drive' AI-Based Slot Car Racing Game Gains New Cars and Tracks • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior

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Hyundai today announced that it will bring Apple's CarPlay technology to its Sonata automobile lineup starting next year. This introduction makes Hyundai the first volume automobile manufacturer to bring CarPlay to the market. The first Hyundai automobiles to offer the voice-driven system will be the company's popular Sonata line. Models that are equipped with the CarPlay-compatible navigation systems will debut later in the 2015 model year. Hyundai’s latest Audio Video Navigation (AVN) systems are already recognized for their beautiful, yet intuitive interface and advanced feature set. Our engineers took advantage of the vivid eight-inch touchscreen to integrate CarPlay for an experience that iPhone users will instantly recognize. CarPlay allows an iPhone to integrate into the car's infotainment system, providing Siri voice-controlled access to messaging, voice calls, Maps and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed option in new 2014 luxury models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and will be added to existing 2014 Pioneer receivers as an aftermarket add-on. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in 16 New European Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall

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New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case's exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday. The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with a claim from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the case also includes a hole for a button along the upper right side of the device, which may be the new location of the power button. Rectangular volume control buttons similar to the fifth-generation iPod Touch are also notably present. Rectangular volume (1) and right side power (2) cutouts (Annotated by Nowhereelse.fr) Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch in two sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. The majority of leaks so far have depicted the 4.7-inch version, as it is reportedly on track for a release this fall. Apple is said to have been running into production issues with the 5.5-inch version, with that model likely seeing a release later this year or early next year. Along with a larger screen, Apple's next-generation iPhone is expected to include a thinner profile, upgraded A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved camera featuring optical image stabilization. A report earlier this week from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also claimed that Apple is negotiating with carriers to increase the price of the iPhone 6 by $100. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in Six More Countries [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D43 to Developers • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall

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Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have announced a voluntary agreement to include anti-theft technology on all smartphones beginning next year, according to a report by Re/code. The pledge has device makers agreeing that all devices going on sale after July of 2015 will have capabilities to remotely wipe data and to prevent the device from being reactivated without the owner's permission. A number of state and local lawmakers praised the agreement, though it was panned as inadequate by California state Sen. Mark Leno, who has proposed a mandatory kill-switch law. “The wireless industry today has taken an incremental yet inadequate step to address the epidemic of smartphone theft,” Leno said in a statement. “Only weeks ago, they claimed that the approach they are taking today was infeasible and counterproductive. While I am encouraged they are moving off of that position so quickly, today’s ‘opt-in’ proposal misses the mark if the ultimate goal is to combat street crime and violent thefts involving smartphones and tablets.”The senator pointed out that all smartphones must have similar kill switch features, or violent street crime and thefts will continue to occur as at least some of the device thefts will still be profitable. A federal bill introduced earlier this year would mandate the inclusion of such a smartphone "kill switch" after California introduced a similar bill. It is likely that Apple's Activation Lock, introduced alongside iOS 7, satisfies the requirements of the agreement already. Activation Lock effectively disables a stolen smartphone by preventing it from being wiped and reactivated without an Apple ID and password. Apple's Find My iPhone also allows for devices to be remotely wiped and locked. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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As we progress further into 2014, iPhone 6 rumors have begun to pick up, with case designs, schematics, molds, and alleged iPhone parts surfacing over the past few weeks to give hints at what Apple's larger iPhone might look like. Today Japanese site Mac Otakara [Google Translation] (via 9to5Mac) has shared some additional images of iPhone 6 mockups and accessories being displayed in several different booths at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. One image shows a physical iPhone 6 mockup that has allegedly been used to create cases for the next version of the iPhone next to an iPhone case made using the dummy version. While few details can be gleaned from the model, it does appear to be larger in size with rectangular volume buttons and a sleep/wake power button on the right hand side of the device, which is in line with some previous rumors. It also possesses a round camera flash, as was described in schematics that leaked in March. The site has also published a video displaying some lightning cables aimed at the iPhone 6 as well as a close-up look at the iPhone 6 mockup. It is unclear whether the mockups and the cases are representative of the actual iPhone 6, but thus far, the iPhone 6 leaks coming out of Asia have all shared many of the same design similarities outlined above. Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to come in two sizes, at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The majority of leaks we have seen so far have depicted the 4.7-inch version, as it is said to be in production for a September or October release. The 5.5 version has seen some production delays, which could see it being released later in 2014 or in early 2015. In addition to two display sizes, the iPhone 6 is expected to include an upgraded A8 processor, camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization, slimmer bezels, a thinner chassis, and Touch ID support. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Microsoft today started selling its Office 365 Personal subscription, a less expensive version of Office 365 that targets individual users. The cloud-based subscription service provides access to online versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, online storage in OneDrive and a block of Skype calling minutes. The new personal option allows subscribers to connect one PC or Mac desktop computer and one tablet, including the iPad, to the online service. It will cost $69 per year or $6.99 per month. Customers who require more connections can sign up for the Office 365 Home plan, which is geared towards families with support for up to five desktops and five tablets. The new Office 365 Personal plan is available for purchase at Office365.com. It also is available at Microsoft Stores and through Microsoft’s online and retail partners. Microsoft also offers Office 365 business plans, which are priced by the number of users and are designed for real-time, online collaboration using the Office 365 suite. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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Recent reports suggest Amazon may be preparing a smartphone with 3D capabilities to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets. New details from BGR and TechCrunch shed some light on this 3D feature and possibly provide us with our first look at the phone, which is partially hidden inside a case. According to BGR, multiple sources claim the phone will include a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, which is lower than the 1080p HD display in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 and less than the projected 1600x900 display that Apple may use in the iPhone 6. Under the hood, the Amazon phone is predicted to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. The biggest differentiator between Amazon's smartphone and those from Apple and Samsung is a 3D feature, which allegedly uses up to 4 cameras and additional sensors embedded in the phone. Amazon may use the 3D technology to showcase its own products, allowing users to explore a three-dimensional product images, claims BGR.Another smart use for the phone’s 3D effects is across Amazon’s various stores, such as its book store, music store and the main Amazon digital market. By shifting the position of the phone, users are able to see three-dimensional product images at different angles to reveal surfaces that cannot be seen in 2D photos. The 3D capability of the phone may also provide a parallax effect, similar to that in iOS 7. Amazon's implementation in its FireOS may be greatly exaggerated as compared to Apple's version and supposedly is limited to only a few key gestures, reports TechCrunch. According to our source, the flagship device, Duke, is powered by a heavily modified version of Android. It’s FireOS with extreme 3D parallax effects, similar to those found on iOS but greatly exaggerated. The screen itself is not 3D, but rather simulates a 3D effect. By way of four corner-mounted, front-facing cameras, a user can tilt the smartphone left or right to browse and access hidden side panels. We’re told that the 3D feature is very limited out of the box. At launch, there will be just a couple of added gestures built into the operating system that utilize this system. Rumors point to a possible announcement in the coming months with a target launch date of late September, but this may be subject to change. Amazon allegedly is showcasing the device to key developers as it tries to build third-party support for the platform before it is launched. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.” Introduced earlier this year, CarPlay is an iOS-driven system that allows an iPhone to tie into the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone, messages and music. CarPlay works in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which powers many existing in-car infotainment systems, including those from Pioneer. The service initially debuted in new 2014 car models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compliance Monitor Says Relationship With Apple Has 'Significantly Improved' • 'Social Network' Director David Fincher Will Not Helm Steve Jobs Movie • T-Mobile Ending All Overage Charges, Challenging Rivals to Follow • Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer • Photos of New Building at Apple's European Headquarters Show Glass Exterior, Spacious Interior • Civilization: Beyond Earth Coming to Mac This Fall • Branding Agency CEO Karl Heiselman to Join Apple's Marketing Team • Apple Declines to Invest in Intellectual Ventures' Patent Buying Fund

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