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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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Microsoft Office 2014 For Mac Is Incoming


Mac Office 2011

Microsoft is apparently preparing to launch the next version of Office for Mac at some point in 2014, according to new information that has been directly sourced from Microsoft. According to Computerwoche (via MacWorld), Microsoft Business Group Lead Thorsten Hübschen has suggested that there will be some news on the software revealed in the second quarter of this year, and that Microsoft is extremely far into development of the new product.

Additionally, and in contrast to the typical Apple response to unreleased product queries, a Microsoft representative confirmed that they are hard at work on the next version of Office for Mac and that Office 365 subscribers will be able to upgrade to the newest version at no extra cost. The representative did not have any information on the timing of the release of the software however.
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Rumor: Apple To Expand iPhone 5C Line-Up


iPhone 5C
A new report which today claims to have advance knowledge of upcoming iPhone design is suggesting that a new device will look a lot like a larger iPhone 5C. The report comes from Macotakara and suggests that a high-end model of the new iPhone will ship with a larger screen and will look like a variation on the design adopted by the iPhone 5C, except with screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches diagonally.
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Apple Releases Major iOS 7.1 Update


iOS 7 iPhone 5S
Apple has today released the first major update to iOS 7 in the form of iOS 7.1. The release of the update comes following months of Developer testing of the software, bringing with it a significant number of new features, updated user interface items, bug fixes and stability improvements. The update itself is fairly substantial in size (around 200-300MB) and can be updated through the Software Update mechanism of the Settings app on iOS 7 devices, or through iTunes.

Included in the update is significant improvements to the software that drives the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S, as well as the software required for CarPlay, the iOS-in-the-car system that Apple announced last week. There are also changes to Siri, to the Camera app on the iPhone 5S as well as new icons in the Phone, FaceTime and Message apps, and a new interface for the Calendar app.
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The iPod Isn’t Dead As Apple Recruits For New iPod Product Launch Managers


iPod touch
With the relatively recent announcement in January that Apple shipped only 6 million iPods in the October-December timeframe of 2013, many reports started to suggest that the end was nigh for Apple’s iconic product. However, the company is clearly still planning to launch brand new models of the iPod in the future as the company continues to recruit for New Product Introduction Operations Program Managers (NPI OPM) for the iPod line-up.

According to the advertisements which have been posted three times over the past two months, the most recent appearing yesterday, the NPI is ‘pivotal to the fast-paced development and launch of Apple’s products’, ensuring that new product launches are made on time and with maximum availability. Given that Apple is specifically recruiting for Managers to deal specifically with new products in the iPod line, it’s therefore likely that new models are in the pipeline.
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Apple Releases OS X 10.9.3 Beta With Enhanced 4K Monitor Support


Macbook Pro Thunderbolt Display
The first beta version of the next update for OS X 10.9 systems has been released by Apple for Developer testing. The new beta can be downloaded now by registered members of the Apple Developer Program, either through the Mac App Store or through the Developer portal. There is limited information available on what bug fixes are included with the update, but Apple is asking Developers to focus on testing for Graphics Drivers and Audio.
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Apple Offers Free Music Promotion


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Apple is offering some free music through the Apple Store app for iPhone devices. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the app is now offering music from three different artists as part of a ‘New Artists 2014′ promotion which means that the music is free from now until March 31, 2014. The tracks include Salt by the Bad Suns, Wake the Neighbors by Kris Bowers, and Calor, by Master Blaster Sound System. The music is being described as ‘helping to define this year’s musical landscape’.
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