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Apple improves return policy and other news for May 12, 2014

Today in the news, Apple ramps up its online retail customer service and Square ditches one app for another, which you can try...if you live in NYC or San Francisco. Square Order is a new app that lets you place an order from a restaurant, cafe or shop to be picked up later. Still restricted to...

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Dr. Dre hints at Beats sale in exuberant party video (NSFW)

World Star Hiphop is mostly known for breaking new rap artists and posting smartphone videos of vicious fights outside of McDonalds, but today it can add "oddest news source for tech blogs" to its resume. The website just posted the following video showing Dr. Dre celebrating becoming a...

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Evernote, LinkedIn team up and other news for May 7, 2014

Remember business cards? Remember feeling badly about tossing them into the hotel trash can after the conference? There's a fix in this morning's news, plus two new Apple Stores and Swatch gets cranky (but not too cranky) with Apple. Evernote and LinkedIn want to digitize those business cards...

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Tumblr introduces in-app themes and more news for May 6, 2014

Good news for Tumblr bloggers this morning, plus an in-store iPhone event from Apple to make your day complete with the top news stories. Tumblr has rolled out in-app theme switching, and it's accessible from the company's iOS app. Tumblr's creative director Peter Vidani called the move "...a...

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Apple donates $500K to SF Gives and other news for May 5, 2014

Apple's concern for it's California community and a dip in retail sales are in this morning's Apple news. Apple has donated US$500,000 to an anti-poverty initiative in San Francisco. The organization SF Gives was formed by CEO Marc Benioff and Tipping Point CEO Daniel Lurie....

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8 GB iPhone 5c appears in UK online Apple Store

This morning Apple released an 8 GB iPhone 5c for customers in the UK, priced at £429. As the day progresses, the device has also shown up in the company's Australian and Chinese online stores. As of this writing, the 8 GB iPhone 5c is not available in the US online Apple store. The only...

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App Store sold more than $10 billion in 2013

If you spent any money on the App Store in 2013, you helped contribute to a record-breaking year for Apple's digital marketplace. The company revealed today that App Store sales passed US$10 billion in 2013, with more than $1 billion in sales coming in December alone. Apple's press release calls...

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Adobe announces 1.4 million paid Creative Cloud subscribers for 2013

When Adobe decided to move to a subscription-based model for most of its professional software offerings, it caused quite a bit of frustration, anger and debate among its users and those in the technology industry. Many questioned whether a new recurring subscription software model à la...

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Stonestown Galleria Apple retail store grand re-opening set for December 14

Apple's Stonestown Galleria Apple Retail Store in San Francisco is about to re-open following a massive transformation, reports ifo Apple Store. Previously, the Apple Store in one of San Francisco's most popular malls was one of the narrowest Apple retail stores out there, measuring just 25 feet...

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Apple hires radio sales exec Michael Pallad to work on iTunes Radio

AdAge reports that Apple recently hired former Cumulus Media executive Michael Pallad to take charge of ad sales for Apple's fledgling iTunes Radio service. While at Cumulus, Pallad served as the company's VP of sales. Mr. Pallad will report into the iAd organization led by VP and former Yahoo...

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iPhone 5s stock at most Apple retail stores nears 100%

Nearly three months after the iPhone 5s hit store shelves, Apple has gotten ahead of customer demand. According to a recent survey carried out by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, most Apple retail stores have close to 100 percent availability with respect to the iPhone 5s. This is to say that...

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Apple's desktops overtake Dell as most sought-after PC for the holidays

Marketing research firm Parks Associates has released its annual survey of top consumer electronics that are planned for holiday purchases and, for the first time ever, Apple's desktops have overtaken Dell to be the most sought-after PCs for the holiday shopping season: "Apple topped the list of...

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iPad Air activations jump 51% over Black Friday weekend

It's really starting to look like Tim Cook's prediction of an "iPad Christmas" was right on the money. With the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year now behind us, new data reveals that the iPad Air sold exceedingly well. According to data compiled by Localytics, the number of iPad Air...

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Map shows iPhone prices around the world

MobileUnlocked has put together a very cool interactive map showing the prices of the iPhone 5s in nearly every country around the world. Pricing is broken down by percentage of GDP, giving the retail cost a truer weighting to people's purchasing power in the countries. Based on GDP, the iPhone 5s...

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PayPal starts selling iTunes digital gift cards, sells out of $15, $25 options immediately

When it comes to retailers that sell gift cards, you probably don't immediately think of PayPal, but that might soon change. The eBay-owned company is diving into the digital gift card business and is touting iTunes as its first major partner. The company just began selling redeemable iTunes gift...

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