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Rumor: MacBook Air With Retina Display Launching This Year


MacBook Air 2013

A new report is suggesting that Apple is preparing to launch a MacBook Air model with a Retina Display, which would represent a combination that users have wished for ever since the Retina Display was launched with the first MacBook Pro models. The report comes from the omniscient Digitimes who have garnered the information from sources within the Apple supply chain. The launch will apparently take place in the second half of the year.
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Fantastical 2 For iPad Is Actually Coming Soon


Fantastical 2 iPad
Fantastical 2 for iPad devices is apparently getting pretty close to launch as makers Flexibits have today offered a teaser image of the new app which is apparently ‘coming soon’. There is no release date given for the app, but users who visit the Fantastical 2 for iPad section of the Flexibits website are being given the option to sign up with an email address for news of the launch.
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iTunes Radio Updated With NPR


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Apple has added National Public Radio to iTunes Radio today, making available NPR programming 24 hours a day through a free stream (via Re/Code). The new service is available as a free stream and should be updated soon with local stations offering their own channels as well, but represents the first full news service on iTunes Radio. An NPR app for iOS devices has been available for some time but this is the first time that NPR has appeared on iTunes Radio.
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Rumor: Brand New ‘Thin’ 12 Inch Macbook Coming Soon


MacBook Air
A new report is suggesting that Apple has been working on a brand new model of the MacBook that is significantly thinner than current models and has a 12 inch screen. The report comes from weiphone.com (via MacRumors) and says that Apple has been working on a notebook that lacks a fan assembly, enabling a much thinner structure of the device whilst retaining full functionality. In addition, the new MacBook will reportedly have a brand new trackpad design that doesn’t include a physical button as it currently has, but will function by other means.
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Newsbeat: A Newsreading App To Collate All Your News


Newsbeat
A new iOS app has today been launched on the App Store which aggregates news from all your favourite sources and then reads it back to you. The app is called Newsbeat and has been launched as kind of a ‘morning drive newsreader’, which lets you focus on other things. The app collates news from national online and print news organizations and reads stories back to you after converting them using text to speech technology.

The app itself can target local news and weather, as well as national news from a massive amount of sources. While the text to speech functionality is interesting for those who might want to listen while driving or running, it is interrupted every ten minutes with an advertisement, which might put people off. While the app itself is free, there doesn’t seem to be a paid tier which would enable users to turn this off.
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Apple Launches 8GB iPhone 5C And Relaunches 16GB iPad 4 With Retina Display


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Apple has today released a new version of the iPhone 5C and has relaunched the previously discontinued 16GB iPad 4 with Retina Display. Following on from reports yesterday that Apple had quietly shipped 8GB models of the iPhone 5C to its retail stores, the company has released the new models to the public through the online store and physical retail stores, but only in selected countries (namely China, UK, France, Germany and Australia). The iPhone 5C 8GB model is priced at £429 in the UK (around £40 less than the 16GB model), and will be launching later today on the US store.
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Apple Launching 8GB iPhone 5C Tomorrow


iPhone 5C 8GB
Apple is planning to launch a new model of the iPhone 5C with only 8GB of onboard storage according to a rumor that has been circulated today (via German language site Caschys Blog). In support of the claims is an image published by Engadget (shown above) which appears to be the packaging for the device showing the 8GB storage and the new model number of the device. The new model is apparently identical in specifications to the current model of the iPhone 5C, but with lower storage.

The smaller storage capacity will likely allow Apple to launch the device at a substantially lower price point than the current SIM-free base model iPhone 5C which is priced at $549. With a $100 difference between the 16GB and the $649 32GB model, one could assume the 8GB model will launch at $449, but its more likely to be around the $479-$499 price point, particularly given the low costs associated with flash storage.
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Microsoft Office For iPad And iPhone Is Ready For Release


Microsoft Office iPad
Microsoft Office for iOS devices is apparently ready to be released to the public, according to a new report (Reuters). Microsoft has apparently been working so hard on the software that it is ready for a full release as soon as new Microsoft Chief Executive, Satya Nadella, has decided when it will be released. According to the report, Microsoft is losing a substantial amount of income, around $2.5 billion per year, the longer that it delays release of an iPad version.

Given that Office for the iPad will be targeted towards both business and personal users, there will likely be the strongest possible focus on cloud storage, probably via Microsoft OneDrive, and team collaboration, taking influences from Google Docs.
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Google Knocks Massive Amounts Off The Cost Of Drive Storage


Google Drive
Google has today thrown down the gauntlet for cloud file storage as it today announced that it was significantly reducing the prices for its paid services on Google Drive. The company said that it was lowering the price of 100GB of storage to only $1.99 per month, down from $4.99 per month previously. Users can also opt for 1 terabyte of storage which is $9.99 per month which was previously $49.99 per month, or 10 TB of storage for $99.99 per month. The 15GB free tier remains in place.
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Rumor: Apple May Launch Standalone App For iTunes Radio


iTunes Radio
A new report is suggesting that Apple is considering launching a standalone iTunes Radio app as it seeks to compete against other streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Pandora. The claim comes from 9to5Mac who are saying that the separate app is in testing phase as part of iOS 8, the next generation operating system for Apple mobile devices which is expected to launch at some point this year. iTunes Radio currently exists as a tab within the Music app that comes with iOS 7, but Apple is apparently planning to roll all of the existing functionality into a separate app for devices with iOS 8.
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