Delta exec travels to Apple as new Online Retail VP, Chomp co-founder to leave Apple in April

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News of a pair of notable Apple personnel changes has emerged today. First on the list is a notable addition to Apple’s online retail store management team. According to his LinkeIn profile, Delta Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens has traveled to Apple to become the company’s new Vice President of Online Retail. This move comes at a time in which Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts transitions into Apple’s top retail role as the new Senior Vice President of both retail stores and online retail. Apple’s current online stores VP is Jennifer Bailey, and recent reports have indicated that she is transitioning to lead Apple’s upcoming mobile payments initiative. Perhaps Kupbens is Bailey’s replacement on the online stores front…

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Facebook releases ‘Tweaks’ tool to help devs iterate on their apps faster

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Facebook has today open-sourced its rapid prototyping tool ‘Tweaks’, a framework that helps application developers quickly iterate on their projects and test out different possibilities for their iOS apps.

The best way to improve an app is to use it every day. Even when ideas can be tested out in advance — for example, with Origami — it can still take some time with the app to see how it works in practice.

Occasionally, it’s perfect the first try. Sometimes, the idea doesn’t work at all. But often, it just needs a few minor adjustments. That last case is where Tweaks fits in. Tweaks makes those small adjustments easy: with no code changes and no computer, you can try out different options and decide which works best.

Tweaks makes it really simple for developers to adjust parameters and properties in their application and then test them out in realtime. This is particularly useful for rapid user interface development, which often consists of merely tweaking parameters (like colors or durations) than any involved work.  Normally, developers have to recompile application binaries in order to change animation curves, durations or other parameters. This is relatively slow and inefficient.

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HTC unveils new One (M8) with dual-LED flash, Sense 6 software, Gunmetal design

HTC has just announced its 2014 flagship in New York. Dubbed the new HTC One (M8), the device is just as all the leaks have depicted it over the past few months. Most notably, HTC is touting the device’s high-quality metal construction, which it describes “like a premium watch.” (Remember when Jobs described the iPhone 4 as a “a beautiful old Leica camera”?) The device is  available in a new Gunmetal Gray Hairline Finish that makes it look significantly more high-end than its predecessor. Taking a page out of Apple’s book, the device features a dual LED flash on the back, much like the iPhone 5s.

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Twitterrific goes free with version 5.7, optional IAPs to remove ads, enable push notifications

 

twitterrific iconWith the latest update, The Iconfactory has changed their business model for Twitterrific rather dramatically. Up to now, Twitterrific has been available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

However, Twitterrific has now changed to a freemium business model. This means anyone can download the app for free as an ad-supported application. There is also a selection of unlockable features available as in-app purchases.

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‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now available on Netflix

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Update: Not so fast. Despite Netflix promoting the movie on Twitter and it being available earlier, it’s currently no longer available. We’ve reached out to Netflix for more information.

Update 2: Netflix tells me that Jobs “will be back on soon.”

Update 3: Netflix tells me an issue with subtitles led to it being pulled and it should be resolved now.

If you haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yet or just want to catch the film again, Netflix now features ‘Jobs’ in its catalog of streaming movies and TV shows for subscribers. Netflix of course offers streaming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in addition to Apple and Mac users for $7.99 a month.

The biopic featuring Kutcher was released to mixed reviews, and our own Michael Steeber shared his thoughts on the film in 9to5Mac‘s review of Jobs.

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Apple experimenting with related terms in App Store search results on iOS

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Update: Apple tells TechCrunch that the feature we saw should roll out to users over the next few weeks.

Apple appears to be testing a new feature for the iOS version of the App Store that presents users with related search terms at the top of the search results page.

The feature isn’t available to everyone yet, but users on iOS 7.1 and 7.0.x are reporting spotting it. 9to5Mac‘s own Zac Hall only had access to the feature temporarily, though his search results have now returned to the previous design.

The feature was first pointed out by Olga Osadcha on Twitter:

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New video shows demolition of old HP buildings as construction begins on Apple’s ‘spaceship’ campus

Update: As you can see above, the footage was removed from YouTube at the request of Apple. Additional photos below.

A new video popped up on YouTube today showing what appears to be the demolition of the buildings that formerly occupied the space where Apple’s new headquarters will be located. We’re not sure who the source of the video is, but it is in fact legitimate footage that Apple circulated internally.

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Apple takes concussions head-on with latest addition to ‘Your Verse’ campaign

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Apple has updated its ‘Your Verse’ campaign web page with new stories of athletic teams using the iPad to help detect concussions in players, potentially helping save lives. Because concussions can’t be detected by medical equipment, players who suffer head injuries need to take cognition tests that measure their pre- and post-injury abilities to determine whether they’ve suffered a concussion.

Using an iPad app created by C3 Logix, medical staff can quickly test players for symptoms in a variety of areas, such as visual acuity and balance, and determine the severity of the concussion. For example, doctors can use the iPad’s accelerometer and gyroscope to help test a player’s balance:

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Apple reaches out to in-app purchase customers, offers refund for purchases made by minors

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Police officer Doug Crossan reported his son Cameron for fraud after Cameron spent £3,700 on the App Store

Apple has sent an email to customers who recently made in-app purchases on their iOS devices informing them that any purchases made by a minor were subject to a refund. This is the latest in a series of steps Apple has taken to ensure that children do not make unauthorized purchases on a parent’s device or iTunes account.

The email tells customers that if they suspect a purchase was made by a minor, they can request a refund by logging into their iTunes account and reporting a problem with the purchase:

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NPR added to iTunes Radio as the first news streaming service

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Now this is interesting (if you like talk radio): Recode is reporting that iTunes Radio is slated to pick up streaming news today through a partnership with NPR.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

You can add the new station to your iTunes Radio lineup below:

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Review: Crumpler JackPack, the perfect-sized daypack for the MacBook-owning photographer

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No matter how many camera bags a photographer may own, it seems you never have one that’s quite the right size. In my case, I have a very large roller-bag for when I want to take almost all my kit with me when travelling, a large backpack for when a roller-bag isn’t practical and a very compact backpack that just carries one camera, one flashgun and a couple of extra lenses.

That worked reasonably well until I got a MacBook Air 11. That was so light that it made sense to carry it with me so that I could transfer and review photos while out & about, but my compact bag had no laptop slot. So when Mobile Fun invited me to take a look at its range, I decided to try a bag that was small enough to work as a daypack, but had room for a MacBook and a second camera. The Crumpler JackPack Full Photo Backpack seemed to fit the bill …  Read more

Google’s new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-connected TV into an interactive photo frame

Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV into a live, interactive photo frame.

Google’s Photowall app allows you alone or a group of Photowall users to beam not just one photo, but an entire collage of images to your TV through your Chromecast. The app includes the ability to doodle or annotate images before beaming to your big display as well.

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