8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Ireland and others


I still question the decision to release this with only 8Gb of space.

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After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store around the world has now gone back up. Aside from a bit of Mothers Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions. For some countries, however, Apple has now made the 8 GB iPhone 5c available for sale. The device is now available in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Alleged iPhone 6 cases reflect rumored design changes, repositioned power button


The leaks are really flowing this week. Don’t be surprised to see the actual phone quite soon.

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We’re still months away from Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6, but ambitious manufactures are already designing accessories based on previous rumors. Additional silicon cases rumored to fit the iPhone 6 were recently published on NoWhereElse and provide a closer look at some of the device’s possible design changes.

The case pictured above has slightly rounded edges, similar to the 5th generation iPod touch or iPhone 5c, and are consistent with previous rumors. As we’ve seen in recent accessory leaks, the case also features a repositioned power button and thin oblong volume buttons similar to an iPod touch. It has also been rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a larger 4.7-inch display.

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Death of Steve Jobs prompted Samsung’s U-turn on Apple attack ads


While I get it from a competitive business perspective, I really despise their tactics. Shameful. Compete with great products. No need to play dirty.

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We learned yesterday from patent trial evidence that Samsung was worried about running ads that directly attacked Apple, wanting Google to do it for them. We now know that it was the death of Steve Jobs which prompted Samsung’s change of mind, running the Next Big Thing ads which directly mocked Apple customers.

An email trail shows that Samsung America’s VP of U.S. sales Mike Pennington cynically described the death of Jobs as “the best opportunity” to run the campaign, as consumers might be worried about Apple’s future product innovations following the death of its famous co-founder.

Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long and I know this is our best opportunity to attack iPhone …

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Apple agrees to participate in “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” program


They’re already far out in front of other companies in this area.

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Apple has agreed to back a new initiative along with a host of Android manufacturers and all of the major U.S. cellular carriers that would require all smartphones manufactured after July 2015 to come with specific anti-theft features. The program is the latest attempt to prevent theft of smartphones, which some have blamed for increasing crime rates.

To this end, Apple introduced a first-of-its-kind system in iOS 7 that blocks freshly-restored iPhones from being used until the original owner logs in with the Apple ID associated with the device. Today’s agreement between the carriers and handset manufacturers essentially states that all parties will ship this exact type of system on new phones.

Specifically, the required anti-theft measures are broken into four kinds:

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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers


Get downloading Mac developers…

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Approximately one week following the previous beta release, Apple has provided build 13D43 of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store Software Update section for those on earlier betas and can also be found on the Mac Developer Center website. Apple has not announced when 10.9.3 will be publicly released. Indications from those using the beta point to the update providing improved support for 4K external displays and improved syncing with iTunes. Thanks, D!

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Physical iPhone 6 mockups & upcoming accessories shown off at Hong Kong Electronics Fair


It’s only going to intensify from here.

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Following a number of leaks claiming to show prototypes, cases, and manufacturing tools for the next-generation iPhone, today yet another leak of a physical iPhone 6 mockup has popped up via Japanese blog Macotakara.jp. The site posted images from the Hong Kong Electronics Fair taking place from April 13-16 that apparently show mockups of the iPhone 6 used by case makers to create cases and accessories they plan to launch alongside the new iPhone.  

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Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up with inMarket for in-store iBeacon experience


iBeacon is really taking off.

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Today, Condé Nast’s Epicurious becomes the latest to take advantage of iBeacons in-store by teaming up with inMarket to beam location-based notifications and offers to shoppers in retail environments. I previously wrote about inMarket,  an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling out iBeacons to retailers (mostly grocery stores), when it announced Zatarain’s would become the first consumer packaged goods brand to use the platform. The company was using inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) platform to beam notifications and offers directly to shopper’s smartphones when in proximity of one of inMarket’s in-store iBeacons. Today the company is announcing its biggest news yet after recently expanding into New York, Boston, and Miami with the addition of Condé Nast’s Epicurious as the first major app partner to take advantage of the M2M iBeacon platform. 

“Without a robust app ecosystem to interact with consumers, a beacon is just a watch battery attached to a…

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