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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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GT Advanced Technologies Sapphire Order Backlog Is Big


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GT Advanced Technologies, the company that holds the contract to directly supply sapphire to Apple, earlier this week filed earnings documents with the SEC that commented on the suitability of the arrangement with the company and revealed some interesting figures. Tom Gutierrez, the President and CEO of GT Advanced Technologies Inc was quoted as part of a Q4 and Fiscal Year 2013 Earnings filing and said that the sapphire supply arrangement with Apple is ‘progressing well’. Gutierrez’s statement is below;
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Opinion: Apple’s Advertises Integrity With iAds


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A new report today is suggesting that Apple is losing business on iAds because of its refusal to share customer data. According to a new report from Advertising Age citing media buyers, Apple is ‘slow, cocky and downright stingy‘ because it isn’t willing ‘to cough up enough of the consumer data that attracts advertisers to them in the first place‘. Essentially, Apple is refusing to use the extensive and private customer data that it holds for targeted ads from advertisers.
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Jony Ive Vanishes From, Then Reappears On, Apple Executive Profiles Webpage


Jony Ive
In a rather strange turn of events, the profile of Apple Senior Vice President Jonathan (Jony) Ive has briefly vanished from, then reappeared on, the Apple webpage which lists the profiles of the members of the company’s Executive Team. Ive heads up Apple’s Industrial Design Group and the head of the Human Interface division. He has been widely credited as the individual responsible for the design of the majority of Apple’s products and, in his recent takeover of the Human Interface division following Scott Forstall’s departure, has revamped the look and feel iOS 7.
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Apple’s ‘Great Stuff’


Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the company is working on some ‘really great stuff’ according to an interview with Cook in the WSJ. Following news that Apple has purchased back $14 billion worth of it’s own shares, Cook stated in the interview that Apple was working on a new category of device which they plan to enter into this year, although it is unclear if this refers to a wearable iWatch, a novel payment platform, a new mobile device, or an Apple Television. However, given that Apple has essentially already launched a television product in the guise of the Apple TV, it is likely that the product being referred to is a wearable.
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Apple Adds ‘Now Trending’ Section To Online Store


Trending Apple Store
Apple has updated the Apple Store website (some time ago apparently) to add a new ‘Now Trending’ section which allows shoppers to more easily ‘discover some of the latest products people are buying, sharing, and reviewing at the Apple Store’. The section is listed under the ‘Apple Store’ menu at the foot of the page and allows not only searching for all trending items, but also items that are specific to either Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod. Some of the more popular items which are trending today in the US Apple Store include the InCase Origami workstation for the iPad, the new AirPort Time Capsule and the Nike+ Fuelband SE.

The change appears to have taken effect in local Apple Store websites for all countries listed, and trending items are obviously variable depending on the country. For example, in Brazil, one of the top tending items is a 10W USB Charger for iPad, whereas in the UK it is the Bretford PowerRack for iPad, and in Canada, the brown iPad Air Smart Case.
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Apple Waxing Lyrical About First Brazilian Retail Store


Apple Store Brazil Announcement
Apple has today updated it’s website to announce that the very first Brazilian retail store will be opening on February 15 in Rio de Janeiro. The store itself will be on the Avenida das Américas in the Barra da Tijuca district and represents the first physical Apple store within Brazil. The company has had an online store for Brazilian customers for some time, offering consumers the chance to purchase devices like the iPhone 5S as little as two months after launch.
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Novel iWatch Rumor: Shake Your Wrist In The Sun


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A new report is today suggesting that Apple is looking at several different methods for charging and maintaining power in the highly anticipated iWatch device. The report comes from the New York Times who say that Apple is looking at taking a relatively novel approach by utilizing induction charging for the iWatch, where instead of being plugged into to a wired power supply, the iWatch would simply be placed on an induction charging plate to charge the battery. In addition, the company is also looking at using either solar or motion charging to extend the battery life of the iWatch.
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The New Apple Store In San Francisco Will Look Awesome


Apple Store San Francisco
Following on from the news that Apple would be opening a ‘flagship’ Apple Store in San Francisco, some new renderings showing some revisions to the plans to the store have surfaced and they are spectacular. The pictures, obtained by SocketSite (via MacRumors), show a glass fronted store with two levels. The front of the store will now have two sliding glass doors that are the full size of the front of the store i.e. over 44 feet tall and 23 feet wide.
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Apple Will Now Be The Exclusive User Of Liquidmetal In Consumer Electronics


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A new set of documents filed today with the SEC reveals that Apple will be the sole benefactor in terms of using Liquidmetal for consumer electronics for years to come. The filed document, an amended general S-1 form for registration of securities, reveals some interesting information about the future of the Liquidmetal Alloy that Apple is currently licensing exclusively from Liquidmetal Technologies. The form reveals that, as a result of the licence transaction, Liquidmetal Technologies “will not pursue application of our bulk Liquidmetal alloys in the consumer electronics field“, meaning that you won’t see Liquidmetal in any other consumer electronics aside from those produced by Apple.
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