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Google Launches Google Play Movies & TV iOS App

Google Play
Google has today unleashed a brand new app on the iOS App Store in the form of ‘Google Play Movies & TV‘. The new app allows Apple iOS users to watch their movies and TV shows previously purchased from the Google Play Store and is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. The app also allows the streaming of new purchased or rented movies or TV shows from the Google Play store to the Google Chromecast device.
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Apple Unveils More Channels For Apple TV

Apple TV
Apple has today issued an update to the Apple TV adding a number of extra channels for users. The new channels include a Watch ABC channel, Korean channel KOR TV and Crackle, a movie channel. In addition, Apple has also added a Bloomberg channel which will apparently feature live 24-hour / 7 days a week news.
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Rumor: Retina Display iPad Mini To Be Released November 21

iPad mini Retina
A new website listing is suggesting that the second generation iPad mini with Retina Display could be released by Apple as soon as November 21. The listing comes from who have a product page for the Retina Display iPad mini that gives the technical specs for the device and is accompanied by a Release Date of November 21 (via MacRumors). It is unclear where this information comes from however, as Apple has not offered up any public release date for the device. It could be speculated however, that the company has given some of its high profile third party retailers a heads up of when the new iPad mini will be available.
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Rumor: New Images Of iPad 5 Screen With Novel Design

iPad 5 Screen
A new report has published images of an iPad 5 screen, showing the novel design of the upcoming device in great detail. The images were posted by Macfixit Australia who have apparently gotten hold of the glass screen component for the iPad 5 which shows significantly thinner side bezels which reflect the rumored slimmer design for the new iPad (via MacRumors). While the display area for the new iPad is identical to existing versions, the fifth generation device has been rumored to take design hints from the iPad mini, which the new pictures appear to confirm.

Aside from this, the new screen appears to have two connectors rather than one although it is unclear why this would be the case. The screen is also reportedly of ITO (Indium tin oxide) composition, similar to the iPad mini.  These aren’t the first images of the screen of the new device but do give a good idea of how much the bezel thickness has changed.
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Rumor: iPhone 5S Camera Will Have A Better Flash

iPhone 5S Camera

A new picture has been posted today which offers a comparison between a camera module for the iPhone 5, and a purported iPhone 5S camera module (on the left) which shows some significant differences. Posted by French site, the image shows that the camera module for the iPhone 5 has an attached flash component but that the camera for the iPhone 5S has no flash attached. This is because the camera for the iPhone 5S has been rumored to have significant improvements to the flash enabling much better pictures in low light.
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Spotify For iOS Gets ‘Expert Playlists’

The music streaming service Spotify is beginning to roll out a new feature called ‘Expert Playlists’, initially to mobile users of its iOS app. According to a press release from the service, Spotify’s new Browse page will begin to offer playlists handpicked by experts for different moods and situations, such as party playlists, commuting playlists, gym playlists, and interestingly ‘hangover playlists’. The new features are being gradually rolled out to mobile users, both iOS and Android, over the coming weeks and will become available on all platforms eventually.
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Apple Releases iOS 7 Beta 4 And iTunes 11.1 Beta With iTunes Radio

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Apple has today released the fourth beta of the latest generation operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 7. Beta 4 of iOS 7 contains a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, and is available to members of the iOS Developer program as a delta update or through a direct download in the Apple Developer portal.

The new beta arrives a week later than was expected, no doubt due in part to the issues that Apple experienced with vulnerabilities revealed in the Developer Portal. These issues were dealt with last week as Apple rapidly rebuilt the underlying code to make it secure and, as such, can once again use the portal for the distribution of beta software.
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Rumor: Mac Mini Shortages Could Suggest Launch Of New Model Soon

Mac mini

The existing models of the Mac mini are apparently experiencing some stock shortages on the online Apple Store, prompting speculation that the device could be about to be refreshed. As spotted by MacRumors, the shipping times for the Mac mini have slipped from 24 hours to 5-7 in the past day or so, potentially indicating that Apple is winding down its production of the device in order to focus on a new version.
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Rumor: New Cases Suggest Low Cost iPhone Will Have Rounded Shape

iPhone Case

New pictures of a third party iPhone case have appeared which appear to show an accessory that is designed for a much more rounded iPhone than the existing form factor of the iPhone 5. The pictures of the case were published by the Asian MGM Corporation (via Macotakara) and show a case that is slightly thicker than one designed for the iPhone 5, suggesting that a new iPhone could have a thicker form factor. In addition, the design of the case clearly shows much more rounded edges.
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Apple Launches New Online Store Front

Apple Store

Apple has today made a few significant changes to the front page of the online Apple Store, opting for a more minimalist look, with bigger pictures and less text links on either side of the page. The new look of the Store places product images front and center and is focused upon a product structured navigation system. An example of this is that users can find iPhone accessories by going through the iPhone product image links, and clicking on an ‘iPhone Accessories’ link in the top navigation bar.

With less text links, the Store offers a cleaner look, but more than this, the Store offers a slightly different design, with the boxes surrounding the images more squared off and looking more like tiles. The Store now also places a significant amount of emphasis on third party accessories and peripherals for Apple products.
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