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Following rumors of a March launch, it looks like April 2 will be the day Amazon introduces its Apple TV competitor, as Re/code notes that the company has sent out invitations to a "video business" media event for that date. The invitations feature a photo of a couch and popcorn, strongly suggesting that the event will indeed involve the rumored streaming video device, and Re/code's sources indicate that this will indeed be the topic for the event. The e-commerce giant has invited reporters to gather for an “update for our video business” in New York next Wednesday, April 2. The popcorn and couch in the image give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as does our previous reporting, which explained that Amazon has been preparing a Web-to-TV gadget for many months.A recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicated that Amazon's device is expected to be a dongle similar to Google's Chromecast, which plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of the user's television and then connects to either a USB port or outlet for power. Amazon's launch comes as Apple users continue to await the introduction of a revamped Apple TV. Rumblings had suggested Apple was considering a launch late last year, but nothing materialized. Newer rumors have suggested that Apple might make a March or April announcement ahead of a launch later in the year, but there have been no specific signs of an imminent event from Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an effort to encourage users to upgrade. Analytics firm Chitika is out with a new report today showing Mavericks usage at 40 percent of page impressions in the United States and Canada over the week of March 17-23. Apple's three previous operating system versions split almost all of the remaining 60 percent of the Mac user base nearly evenly. Almost exactly five months following Mavericks’ release, the operating system’s users are generating 40% of U.S and Canadian Mac OS X-based Web traffic, a figure that dramatically outpaces Mavericks’ predecessor, OS X Mountain Lion. At 40%, the share of OS X Web traffic generated by Mavericks users is approximately six percentage points higher than what OS X Mountain Lion achieved nearly 14 months following its public debut, and 13 percentage points higher [than] what was recorded at the seven-month mark.The report notes that while Mavericks is seeing strong upgrade rates relatively to previous versions of OS X, Mac adoption rates are much slower than seen for iOS, where 85 percent of devices are now running iOS 7. This disparity is likely due to a number of factors, including longer lifespans for Macs that may leave a higher percentage of machines ineligible for the latest OS version, as well as a more varied user base than may not be as tech savvy as mobile users and thus less likely to upgrade. Chitika is not the only analytics company tracking OS X usage, as GoSquared continues to maintain its tracker offering a real-time look at the distribution of OS X versions appearing on its network of sites. GoSquared is seeing an even higher rate of adoption for Mavericks of around 48 percent, with a similar even split of the three previous versions all around 15-16 percent. Net Applications is yet another analytics firm with a significant user base to measure data from, and that firm saw Mavericks with a 45 percent share of the OS X base in its February data. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Western Digital Announces Thunderbolt-Powered My Passport Pro RAID Drive • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design    

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Tim Cook confirmed in a recent interview with ABC News' David Muir that Apple was manufacturing sapphire in its Arizona plant, but deflected any questions about how the company planned to use the material. Recent reports suggest the sapphire could land in the iPhone 6 or the iWatch as a display substrate, and a recent patent application lends some credibility to these rumors. As noted by AppleInsider, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application titled "Oleophobic coating on sapphire" that describes a method of applying an oil-repelling coating to a sapphire display for use in a mobile or portable electronic device. The patent details a multi-layer display material with a base sapphire layer, a transition layer that serves to bond the surface layer to the base layer and finally a surface layer with an oleophobic coating. Various embodiments described herein encompass a component with a substrate having an alumina base layer, a transition layer comprising alumina and silica, and a surface coating that preferentially bonds to the silica. The base layer may comprise a single-crystal sapphire. The transition layer may transition substantially continuously from about 100% alumina at the base layer to include substantial silica content at the surface coating, or to about 100% silica or silica glass at the surface coating. A surface layer may be formed on the transition layer, with a substantially silica content, for example substantially 100% silica or silica glass, and the surface coating may be oleophobic. A portable electronic device may comprise the coated component, the portable device may include a window, the oleophobic coating may be provided on an exterior surface of the window, and the window may also include a touch screen. Apple first used an oleophobic coating when it introduced the fingerprint-resistant material with the iPhone 3GS. The material has been used in subsequent products, including the current iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod touch, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. Apple last year signed a $578 million deal with materials manufacturer GT Advanced to produce sapphire in a new Mesa, Arizona plant currently under construction. Recent photos of the facility reveal significant building progress as the company moves closer to the plant's target operational date of June 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Work at Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant Continuing, Possible Expansion in Works • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April    

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Sonnet has announced a 4U rackmount enclosure and expansion chassis for the new Mac Pro, allowing users to horizontally mount their Mac Pro in a standard data center rack with PCIe expansion capabilities. The xMac Pro Server includes three PCIe single-width expansion slots, with room for one double-width and one single-width card, Thunderbolt 2 compatibility, and a mounting kit for additional storage or optical drives. On the back, the rack includes three USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port, with a single USB 3.0 port on the front. It includes a 300W power supply and a 75W PCIe power connector for supplemental power to certain power-hungry PCIe cards. The new Mac Pro has become the object of desire, but a lustrous finish hides its true beauty—the massive power within. If you're a pro user in the video or audio industries, the Mac Pro offers the power you need, but lacks the built-in expandability you count on. In order to achieve this engineering feat, Apple® designers stripped away components and space to a minimum, taking out PCIe slots and drive bays, and packed the remaining components into a small cylinder. Its compact size makes the new Mac Pro more transportable and rackable, but prevents onboard installation of PCIe expansion cards. In addition, the computer still requires an enclosure to make it road- or rack-ready and provide convenient cable management. Sonnet's xMac Pro Server PCIe expansion system/4U rackmount enclosure addresses these issues and increases a Mac Pro's potential in a big way.Sonnet claims the xMac Pro Server will ship in June, offering a sign-up sheet for interested customers on its website. Pricing has not been announced. The company announced Thunderbolt docking stations nearly a year ago but the company has delayed shipment several times. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch    

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The annual Macworld conference, which will see hundreds of companies showing off Apple-related apps and products, officially kicked off today with the innovation showcase for media and workshop attendees. While Apple stopped attending Macworld in 2009, causing the conference to shrink considerably, there are still a number of innovative products being demoed at the show, including the Petcube, the motion-controlled Ring, unique wearables from Lumo, and more. Many of the products at Macworld originated on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, including the Petcube, which reached full funding back in November of 2013. The Petcube is a small iPhone-connected cube equipped with a camera, motion detection, and a laser toy, allowing users to keep an eye on and play with their pets while they’re away from home. The first Petcube devices will launch in May of 2014, but the company is debuting its Petcube app [Direct Link] at Macworld, which is a sort of social network for pets at the current time. App functionality will be expanded in the future, first allowing users to interact with Petcubes placed in shelters and then letting them interface with their own cubes after the product ships. Petcubes can be preordered for $199. The Ring, another product being demoed at Macworld, also made its debut on Kickstarter. While wearing the somewhat bulky Ring on an index finger, users can make small gestures to interface via Bluetooth with an iPhone or iPad app, completing tasks like spelling out letters, opening apps like the camera, or making mobile payments. In a demonstration, the Ring's creators used it to write letters that were then transmitted to an iPad app and also demonstrated it opening the camera app. The current functionality of the Ring seems to be a bit limited, but the creators are planning to release an SDK for developers to incorporate its technology into their own apps. The Ring is expected to ship in July of 2014 and can still be preordered via Kickstarter for $185. Lumo is showing off its new Lumo Lift product, which is a small wearable device that is designed to track daily activity and improve posture as well. It comes in an array of colors and designs and can measure steps and calories burned like many other fitness devices. Lumo Lift is unique in its ability to keep an eye on posture, letting users know with a slight vibration when they slouch too often. The Lumo Lift can be preordered for $79 and will ship in the Summer of 2014. There are also several other products available that have been demoed at conferences like CES, including the Flir One thermal camera and the Livescribe 3 Smartpen that transfers traditional writing to iOS devices. A slew of up and coming apps are also available today, including video/photo hybrid Flashback and MotionPortrait, an app that takes photos and transforms them into 3D avatars. Macworld will continue through March 29, with the Expo Hall opening tomorrow morning. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • More Options for 128 GB Mac Pro RAM Upgrades Now Available • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch    

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Analytics firm App Annie has released its February data (via AppleInsider) on top-performing apps on iOS and Android for the month of February, highlighting how large developers have increasingly been able to leverage television commercials to help boost their rankings. Such tactics are obviously not within financial reach of most developers, but established players such as King and Big Fish Games have the resources to make an impact on television. In looking at the top App Store games by revenue in February, App Annie notes that King's Farm Heroes Saga leapt sixteen places from the previous month to land in seventh place, while Big Fish Casino moved up six places to just break into the top ten. Both games have benefited from television advertising in recent months, driving their visibility and user interest.Farm Heroes Saga made major gains in iOS revenue in February, giving publisher King three of the Top 10 positions. [...] Farm Heroes Saga received extensive TV and print campaigns in the United Kingdom and United States, and performed strongly in both markets. Another app receiving extensive TV commercials in the United States in February was Big Fish Casino, which made significant gains to join the Top 10 games by iOS revenue. It was interesting to note that the commercials for Big Fish Casino targeted female players, a marketing stance that has been adopted by several big game publishers in 2014.Long-standing top performers Clash of Clans and Candy Crush Saga have also seen significant television advertising in recent months. The Flappy Bird phenomenon was obviously strong in the month of February, with developer Dong Nguyen's .Gears Studio ranking number one in total App Store game downloads in February, despite having only three titles in the store and Flappy Bird itself having been taken down on the 9th of the month. Even so, Flappy Bird ranked as the most downloaded game for the month, while another title, Super Ball Juggling, placed seventh. And of course the rush of copycats also saw an impact, with a number of Flappy Bird clones seeing substantial success during the month, particularly in the wake of Flappy Bird's removal. At one point late last month, one-third of all new App Store games were either clones of Flappy Bird or inspired by the title. Only a small fraction of those titles seeking to ride on the popularity of Flappy Bird experienced success, but those that did saw very high numbers of downloads. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support • Inside the Room Where Apple Developed the Original iPhone Software • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement     

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Apple is gearing up to release new MacBook models in 2014 including a MacBook Air with Retina Display, according to a new report from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources. The story notes that while some Taiwan-based supply chain makers are expecting MacBook shipments in 2014 to fall to 10 million units, others are projecting higher numbers with the belief that Apple's will refresh of its notebook line later this year and release a Retina MacBook Air. However, other Taiwan-based supply chain makers hold the opinion that 2014 MacBook shipments estimates may not be accurate because Apple will launch new models in the second half of 2014. Apple will reportedly launch a MacBook Air with Retina display, the makers said. Last week, a forum post from a previously accurate source on Weiphone.com claimed that the MacBook Air would be updated soon, with new MacBook Pros to be released in September. Most notably, the report claimed that both will be accompanied by the release of a new slim 12-inch MacBook, which will come without a fan assembly and feature a redesigned trackpad. It is also possible that the new MacBook Air mentioned in the report and the slim 12-inch MacBook mentioned in the forum post could be the same laptop, which would fall in line with a report from NPD DisplaySearch last year claiming that Apple is planning to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air in 2014. That report added that the 12-inch MacBook Air would come with an ultra-high resolution 2304 x 1440 display, and was corroborated by the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo. The post also comments on Apple launching a larger iPad with a near 12-inch screen, however a report earlier this month claims that the project has since been put on hold due to development hurdles and incompatibilities with the existing iOS ecosystem. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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A few new insider details on the development of the original iPhone have come to light thanks to Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie, who gave an interview with The Wall Street Journal with permission from Apple, ahead of a new patent infringement trial against Samsung that is set to begin tomorrow. According to Christie, who joined the secret "purple" iPhone project after an invitation from Scott Forstall, his team was responsible for many key iPhone elements, such as sliding to unlock, placing calls from the address book, and more. He and his team spent countless hours perfecting details like the speed of scrolling, and the feel of bouncing back at the end of a list.He said his team "banged their head against the wall" over how to change text messages from a chronological list of individual messages to a series of separate ongoing conversations similar to instant messaging on a computer. He also said the team was "shockingly small." Apple declined to specify the number of members.Christie gave two progress reports to Jobs each month, in a small, windowless meeting room at the company's Cupertino headquarters. Few people had access to the room and even cleaning people were not allowed to enter. The secrecy surrounding the original iPhone's design was incredible, with Jobs even requiring employees to encrypt images of the device. Jobs was initially unhappy with Christie's progress on the device, and gave his team two weeks to improve."Steve had pretty much had it," said Mr. Christie, who still heads Apple’s user-interface team. "He wanted bigger ideas and bigger concepts."Christie's team was able to impress Jobs within the deadline, later giving presentations to Apple's design chief Jony Ive and Apple director Bill Cambell, who said the iPhone "would be better than the original Mac." All three approved the 2005 design, kicking off a "2 and a half year marathon" where the iPhone was designed from the ground up with Jobs clearing every minor detail, as has been noted in several previous reports of the iPhone’s development. Christie's details on the creation of the original iPhone come just ahead of a second major patent infringement lawsuit, set to begin tomorrow. Apple initially accused Samsung of grossly infringing on both its patents and its designs in 2011, a lawsuit that resulted in a $890 million penalty for the South Korean company in the United States. While the first lawsuit covered older devices, the second U.S. patent lawsuit between the two companies covers more recent products like the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy S III, the iPhone 5, and the iPad 4. The full interview on The Wall Street Journal, which is well worth reading, also includes additional tidbits on the secrecy behind the development of the iPhone, major last minute changes, and details on the original iPhone's unveiling. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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Apple has plans to expand its emoji set to include emojis that are non-caucasian, according to Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications, Katie Cotton, who spoke to MTV Act (via The Verge). The company says it is working with the Unicode Consortium to add more characters to its emoji offerings. "Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."After originating in Japan, emoji were incorporated into Unicode, which allowed them to be used on multiple platforms. The character set has largely featured caucasian icons, however, which Apple aims to change. Apple's last change to emojis came with iOS 6, when the company added additional characters and made emoji accessible to all users. Previously, special apps were required to access emoji on iOS. iOS 7, released in late 2013, did not include any new emoji, but it is possible Apple could make some changes to the characters with iOS 8 later this year. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2' Expansion Pack Hits Mac and PC Simultaneously • Apple Updates 'iTunes Movie Trailers' App With Full Critic Reviews, Favorites Notifications • iPhone 6 Concept Imagines iPod Nano-Like Design • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany    

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Apple is beefing up its online retail team with the addition of former Delta Air Lines Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens, reports AdAge. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kupbens is now serving as Apple's Vice President of Online Retail after leaving Delta earlier this month. Kupbens originally jointed Delta in 2010 and before that, he spent eight years transitioning through several roles at Target, last serving as a vice president. During a 2013 AdAge conference, Kupbens spoke on the importance of "love brands" noting that every consumer has five brands “they really love.”"I used to work at Target and when you went to a cocktail party and you told people that you worked at Target, you know what they'd say?" he asked. "'I love Target! I'll give you a big hug!' You know what people say when you tell them at a cocktail party that you work at Delta? 'I hate you! You lost my bag! You had me on the tarmac for seven hours. I'm going to kill you!' It's different when you work for a love brand.”Like Target, Apple is undoubtedly a "love brand" for millions of people, inspiring its fans to wait in line for hours and even days for new products. Many companies even parody consumer dedication to the brand, with Samsung, for example, mocking Apple fans in an array of anti-iPhone commercials. Bob Kupbens will presumably work under Angela Ahrendts, who will begin her role a Senior Vice President at Apple in the coming months, leading both the company's retail and online teams. Ahrendts, who is currently transitioning out of her role as Burberry's CEO, will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. With the addition of Kupbens and Ahrendts, Apple will finally have strong leadership for its retail division. The company has been without a leader since John Browett was fired in October of 2012 during a significant management restructuring. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Chomp Co-Founder and Maps Director to Leave Apple in April • Istanbul Apple Store Taking Shape Ahead of April Launch • Amazon and Other Book Retailers Issuing Refunds in E-Book Publisher Settlement • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces [Updated] • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data    

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As documented in its quarterly earnings reports over the years, Apple reported total sales of 472 million iPhones between the device's 2007 launch and the end of 2013. With analyst estimates of over 38 million units for the current quarter ending in just a few days, the company has undoubtedly already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, a milestone that passed without mention from the Cupertino company, notes Forbes.The consensus would have placed the milestone sale around March 8 given that entering the quarter Apple had sold 472 million iPhones. So even if it proves a bit high as it did last quarter, we’ve crossed the point where it’s safe to assume that Apple has sold 500 million smartphones in less than 7 years. And the most recent 100 million took somewhere between 2-6 weeks less than the previous 100 million did.Apple is known for celebrating notable milestones, changing its homepage for the 30th anniversary of the Mac and setting up countdowns on its website for App Store milestones. The company reached the 50 billion app download milestone in May 2013 and awarded a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card to the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app. Even though Apple didn't announce the 500 million iPhone milestone, it is not without significance. Quarterly iPhone sales continue to rise consistently on a year-over-year basis, with the company selling a record 51 million iPhones in fiscal Q1 2014, up from 47.8 million in the same time period in the prior year. These next few quarters may see a slump in iPhone sales as Apple gears up for a possible fall launch of the iPhone 6. Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 is widely rumored to include a larger display, which could encourage a significant number of users to upgrade in 2014 and cause another spike in sales later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22%    

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Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs", is now available on Netflix's streaming service. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, the film is free for customers who subscribe to Netflix's $7.99 monthly unlimited streaming plan. Originally released in August 2013, the independent film received mixed reviews with many critics saying the movie focused too much on Apple and not enough on the character of Jobs, providing only a "skin-deep portrait" of the complex figure who lead Apple to greatness. It earned a 27% approval rating among critics and a 41% audience approval rating on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. "Jobs" also can be purchased via iTunes for $19.99 in high definition or $14.99 in standard definition. A 24-hour rental option is available for $4.99 (HD) or $3.99 (SD). Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Japanese Court Rules Apple Does Not Infringe on Samsung Patents • New Image Shows Progress on Upcoming Apple Retail Store in Hanover, Germany • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22%    

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As first spotted by TIME Planner developer Olga Osadcha on Twitter (via MacStories), Apple has begun testing a related search suggestions feature for some users in the App Store. The new menu appears to overlay itself on top of an existing search query, giving users search suggestions in similar categories - for instance, searching for "calendar" gives related suggestions for "calendar planner" and "daily planner", while a search for "sports games" displays suggestions to "action games" and "RPG games". The suggestions box also appears to extend to some searches for specific terms, as searching for "twitter" will result in suggestions for "news apps" and the like. Suggested searches can also lead to more sub-suggested keywords, which can be made up of general phrases and specific company and product names. The results appear in a similar fashion to queries in Chomp, which was an app search startup acquired by Apple in 2012. It is therefore likely that Apple could be using some of the suggestion technology utilized in Chomp, as Apple's reported reason for acquiring the search engine was to improve the App Store search and app discovery. Apple added the single-tile styled result to the App Store in 2012, which was also based off of Chomp's layout. Currently, Apple's new App Store search suggestions are not appearing for all users, however that is likely to change as the feature undergoes more testing. It is also possible that the new search suggestions will not require a full update for iOS, as Apple is expected to roll out the new feature on top of the App Store's existing interface. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Depicting Demolition Progress at Apple Campus 2 Site Surfaces • Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 85% Adoption Rate for iOS 7 • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22% • Sketchy iPhone 6 Dummy Unit Surfaces in New Photos • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations    

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Apple has hired veteran Washington insider Amber Cottle as its new top lobbyist according to a report from Politico. Cottle was previously the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee, where she also had experience as the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, important experience for Apple's needs on Capitol Hill. In her job on the Finance Committee, Cottle advised members and staff on trade and international economic issues, and was previously Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment. Apple has been increasingly active in Washington DC in recent years, with Apple executives meeting with President Obama over NSA surveillance and appearing in front of a Senate committee to discuss Apple's tax strategies. The company has repeatedly asked Congress for a discount on taxes for repatriating cash earned overseas to the United States. The company began looking for a new VP of Worldwide Government Affairs when Catherine Ann Novelli, who held the position since 2007, left for a job at the U.S. State Department. According to Politico, Apple spent $3.3 million on lobbying in 2013, roughly double the previous year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Hires Privacy Counsel to Oversee Protection of Customer Data • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22% • Sketchy iPhone 6 Dummy Unit Surfaces in New Photos • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18    

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As a part of its consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchases in the App Store, Apple today sent out a mass email to some iTunes users, offering them a chance to obtain a refund by filling out a form through a special link. Specifically, the email appears to be targeted toward users who have made recent in-app purchases, with Apple stating that unauthorized purchases "made by a minor" are eligible for a refund, with all requests required to be submitted by April 15. Dear iTunes account owner, Apple is committed to providing parents and kids with a great experience on the App Store. We review all app content before allowing it on our store, provide a wide range of age-appropriate content, and include parental controls in iOS to make it easy for parents to restrict or disable access to content. We've heard from some customers that it was too easy for their kids to make in-app purchases. As a result, we've improved controls for parents so they can better manage their children's purchases, or restrict them entirely. Additionally, we are offering refunds in certain cases. Please follow the steps to submit a refund request: Find your in-app purchase records. Check your email for iTunes receipts or use a computer to sign in to your iTunes account and view your Purchase History. Use this link to submit your refund quest to Apple. Provide the requested information and enter "Refund for in-App Purchases made by a minor" in the Details section. Apple will review your request and contact you via email about your refund status. All refund requests must be submitted no later than April 15, 2015. According to its agreement signed with the FTC in January, Apple will be required to provide full refunds to parents whose children purchased unauthorized in-app items, totaling $32 million in refunds. Apple also added a pop-up warning message in iOS 7.1 detailing a 15-minute window which allows users to make in-app purchases for 15 minutes without reentering a password. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22% • Sketchy iPhone 6 Dummy Unit Surfaces in New Photos • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro    

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Apple may only launch one of two larger size iPhones this fall, according to UBS analyst Steve Milunovich. Barrons relays the research note which is based on Milunovich's "checks" of the supply chain. iPhone 6 rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is working on two new sizes for the iPhone. Predictions most commonly include 4.7" and 5.5" sizes, up from the current 4" screen of the iPhone 5S. Milunovich's report agrees that Apple is working on those same two models, but isn't sure both will launch:... an “iPhone 6” is most likely to come in August or September, rather than June, in two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, one with a 5.5-inch screen. He thinks the former, the smaller of the two, “seems certain,” but that the 5.5-inch model “may or may not launch at the same time and could be of the same resolution (lower pip), which would help app developers.The analyst pegs the launch date for the next iPhone to be in August or September, but the release of the 5.5" model is less certain. One additional detail he provides is that the 5.5" model may carry the same resolution as the 4.7" model. Not much has been said of the display resolution of these rumored large form factor iPhones. We haven't previously seen many reports from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, so don't have much of a sense for his track record. iPhone 6 leaks will continue to accelerate as Apple gets closer to production. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop • Apple Manufacturer Pegatron Reports Quarterly Earnings Increase of 22% • Sketchy iPhone 6 Dummy Unit Surfaces in New Photos • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store    

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Apple's iTunes Radio streaming music service is expanding today with the addition of a new National Public Radio (NPR) channel, reports Re/code.NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.NPR has also been working on bringing on-demand programming based on users' tastes to its mobile apps, and it is possible that functionality could come to the station's iTunes Radio service as well. The report notes that it is currently unclear what the business relationship between Apple and NPR is in terms of generating revenue for NPR, but NPR vice president of digital media Zach Brand says that Apple has been "very understanding of the business model" used by the nonprofit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design    

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Apple, Google and five other large technology companies were caught signing "no solicitation" agreements that prevented the companies from trying to hire away each others' employees. Court documents newly obtained by Pando Daily suggest these anti-poaching agreements extend far beyond this Silicon Valley seven. According to these documents, over a dozen companies and as many as one million employees may have been affected by these secret hiring agreements. Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.Investigation into these wage-fixing deals focused on Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar, but other businesses such as NVIDIA, British cable company Virgin Media and even recruiting agencies were caught up in this net. Some of these other companies did not sign reciprocal non-solicitation agreements, but, instead, were added by Google and others to "Do Not Cold Call" or similar "Sensitive" company lists. Google and Apple allegedly signed one of the first wage-fixing agreements in early 2005, with other companies following suit. The discovery of these agreements in 2009 initiated a Department of Justice investigation that resulted in the dissolution of these restrictive hiring deals. A subsequent class-action civil suit was filed in 2011 and is expected to go to trial in May. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design    

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Apple is set to begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, according to a report from DigiTimes. The move is being done to reduce manpower demand and to allow the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other parts. Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing. The move will likely help Apple with iPhone production going forward, as company supplier Pegatron will reportedly be starting production on the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year at its new Kunsahn, China plant. Moving the production of iPhone batteries to automated lines may also help Apple avoid manufacturing defects like ones found in a small number of iPhone 5s last year. Apple's next-generation iPhone will likely be unveiled in the fall, and has been rumored to launch with two different models including one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.7-inch display. The iPhone 6 could also feature a durable sapphire display, with other rumors pointing to a thinner chassis and bezel-free design. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Wendy's Updates iOS App to Enable Mobile Payments at U.S. Locations • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design    

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Apple is in talks with Comcast about using the cable provider's network for a streaming TV service to be integrated in a future version of the Apple TV, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple's set top-box would be able to access Comcast's wide variety of channels for a monthly subscription, with the Apple TV receiving "special treatment" from Comcast when connected to its cable network to ensure that it would bypass congestion on the Internet for optimal streaming. Apple's intention is to allow users to stream live and on-demand TV programming and digital-video recordings stored in the "cloud," effectively taking the place of a traditional cable set-top box. ...Under the plan Apple proposed to Comcast, Apple's video streams would be treated as a "managed service" traveling in Internet protocol format—similar to cable video-on-demand or phone service. Those services travel on a special portion of the cable pipe that is separate from the more congested portion reserved for public Internet access. People familiar with the matter said that while Apple would like a separate "flow" for its video traffic, it isn't asking for its traffic to be prioritized over other Internet-based services. The report also adds that the discussions between Apple and Comcast are still in early discussion, and that Apple's ultimate goal would be to ensure that Apple TV users receive the same quality that Comcast's regular set-top TV boxes receive. Apple has proposed to Comcast that users would sign onto the new device using an existing or new Apple ID, as well as a cut of the monthly subscriptions paid by customers. Apple is expected to launch a new Apple TV sometime in the near future, with some rumors pointing to Apple working on a refined set-top box with expanded functionality that may include gaming and cable box-like capabilities. The move would also come as Comcast announced the acquisition of Time Warner Cable in February, which Apple was reported to be in talks with for quite some time to provide TV shows and other media. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More    

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Apple's iTunes and App Store downloads may see a price increase next year when new UK laws take effect. The Guardian reports that the most recently introduced budget closes a loophole that allowed digital downloads to avoid UK taxes.The budget document said: "As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue."Digital download retailers such as Apple and Amazon presently avoid the UK's 20% VAT by selling from countries such as Luxembourg where the tax rate is only 3%. Under the new law, downloads to UK customers will be taxed at the higher 20% rate. The change appears to affect all digital downloads including music, apps, and e-books, and will take effect on January 1, 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Maps Flyover Adds 3D Views of Perth, Saint-Tropez, and Cordoba • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More    

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A new forum post on Weiphone.com has revealed a number of details about Apple's upcoming plans for their MacBook notebooks as well as some details about their iWatch initiative. The author of the post has previously posted legitimate leaks and photos of un-released MacBook hardware in the past. The poster writes about the upcoming MacBook Pro line as well as a new 12" notebook that has previously been predicted. A MacRumors reader provides a summary translation of the post: 1. MacBook Air updates are coming soon; MacBook Pro updates won't occur until September. 2. He discusses a new 12 inch notebook without fan assembly. It comes with a new trackpad design that doesn't include the mechanical button, as we do on current MacBooks. 3. An Apple watch device does exist but still in prototype stage, so its announcement won't come anytime soon. It's not entirely clear where the 12" Apple notebook will fit in the product line. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first predicted in October that Apple would be releasing a 12" slim MacBook with a Retina Display this year: We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air to further highlight ease of portability in the cloud computing era.The buttonless trackpad design that the author describes may be related to a recent patent application by Apple which describes a buttonless trackpad design using an array of sensors and an actuator to mimic the function and tactile feedback of the current trackpad. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twitter's Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 • Professionals Successfully Push Mac Pro to Absurd Limits With 558-Day Video Timeline in Final Cut Pro • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More • Pebble Smartwatch Sales Climb to 400,000 Units, Revenue to Double in 2014    

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Apple is considering launching an on-demand streaming service similar to Spotify in light of declining music sales, reports Billboard. The service would be part of a multi-prong strategy that may also include an iTunes app for Android.Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones, the Google rival that has been growing faster than the iPhone, these sources said.In January, it was reported that music sales had declined for the first time since the iTunes Store opened 2003, with individual song downloads falling 5.7 percent from 1.34 billion units sold to 1.26 billion, and digital album sales dropping from 117.6 million units from 117.7 million units. In recent months, Apple has attempted to lure more customers with exclusive album releases, such as Beyoncé's fifth album, released first on iTunes, and has been pushing record companies for additional deals of that nature. Album sales have remained down, however, as streaming services have risen in popularity, prompting Apple to explore other options as well. A March report from the RIAA indicated Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube had generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising, and licensing revenues in the U.S. in 2013, a 39 percent increase from 2012. Apple introduced its iTunes Radio streaming music service last year, but it is station-based like Pandora, limiting how many songs users can choose for themselves. An iTunes service similar to Spotify or Beats Music would allow listeners to pick and choose all of their content, which could potentially be accessed on other non-Apple platforms like Android."They are feeling out some people at labels on thoughts about transitioning its customers from iTunes proper to a streaming service," says one major label source. "So when you buy a song for $1.29, and you put it in your library, iTunes might send an e-mail pointing out that for a total of, say, $8 a month you can access that song plus all the music in the iTunes store. It's all in the 'what if stage."Apple's talks with record labels about a possible expansion of iTunes Radio into a full-fledged music streaming service are still in the early stages, and the company has declined to comment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More • Pebble Smartwatch Sales Climb to 400,000 Units, Revenue to Double in 2014 • Malicious Tor Browser Persists in iOS App Store for Months Despite Protests • Apple Seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion to Developers     

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Apple, Yahoo, and Google all have terms of service that allow them to read users' emails if necessary, according to research done by The Guardian. Apple's iCloud Terms and Conditions includes a clause that gives Apple permission to disclose Account information and Content, including iCloud email, when necessary by law, to address security, fraud, or technical issues, or to protect the rights and property of Apple.You acknowledge and agree that Apple may, without liability to you, access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party, as Apple believes is reasonably necessary or appropriate, if legally required to do so or if we have a good faith belief that such access, use, disclosure, or preservation is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process or request; (b) enforce this Agreement, including investigation of any potential violation thereof; (c) detect, prevent or otherwise address security, fraud or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property or safety of Apple, its users, a third party, or the public as required or permitted by law.Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft's terms of service all contain similar wording granting the technology companies unfettered access to content. The Guardian initially began investigating the rights of major companies to access user email after Microsoft looked through the personal Hotmail account of a blogger in order to discover the source of a Windows 8 leak. Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo was found sending a tech blogger parts of Windows 8 code back in 2012, allowing the blogger to access screenshots of the operating system, which were then posted online. Microsoft fired Kibkalo, but its methods of discovery were questioned, prompting the company to make a statement on its investigation policies, pledging not to read customer emails except in circumstances where a court order would be justified and vowing to announce such searches in its bi-annual transparency report. While it is Microsoft that's under fire for reading the email of its users, as mentioned above, Apple, Google, and Yahoo have the same rights to access content under questionable conditions. Apple does not mention whether or not it accesses iCloud email for non-security reasons in its own transparency reports and it is unclear whether the company has accessed private content in the search for leaks. Apple is a notoriously secretive company, however, going to great lengths to protect its upcoming products. According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, product secrecy is one of the specific tenets that has been responsible for Apple's success, and in 2012, Tim Cook said the company would "double down on secrecy on products." Nevertheless, Apple has had a hard time keeping leaks under wraps. The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were both unveiled long before their release, and more recently, some significant iOS 8 leaks have come to light. Apple and Google both opted not to comment to The Guardian on the clauses in their Terms of Services, but all customers opt-in to possible searches when signing up for an email account with either company. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support [Updated] • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More • Pebble Smartwatch Sales Climb to 400,000 Units, Revenue to Double in 2014 • Malicious Tor Browser Persists in iOS App Store for Months Despite Protests • Apple Seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion to Developers     

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Last night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel joined the talk show host in a doo-wop video so entertaining that it was singled out by Tim Cook on Twitter. Check this out. @jimmyfallon and @billyjoel with iPad and a cool app called Loopy HD. Magical. http://t.co/dWlZr6Lsm6— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 21, 2014 The featured iPad app is Loopy HD [Direct Link], which allows you to create music by layering loops that you record yourself. Fallon and Joel sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight, a song made popular in the 1960s by doo-wop group The Tokens. The pair sang different parts of the song in an amusing exchange that features a solo by Fallon and the always powerful vocals of Joel. This isn't the first time the musical aspect of the iPad has taken center stage on Fallon's talk shows. In a 2010 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon episode that aired shortly after the original iPad was launched, Fallon invited English New Wave band Squeeze to the stage, with keyboardist Stephen Large splitting his performance between a Roland VK-8 and an iPad. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rolls Out New 'Indie Game Showcase' Section on App Store • Civilization V Updated for Mac Pro, Includes 4K and OpenCL Support • Apple Seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Build 13D21 to Developers • OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off 'Flat', iOS-Inspired Design • GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More • Pebble Smartwatch Sales Climb to 400,000 Units, Revenue to Double in 2014 • Malicious Tor Browser Persists in iOS App Store for Months Despite Protests • Apple Seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion to Developers     

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