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Microsoft acquires Sunrise for $100 million, looks to expand cross-platform calendar app technologies

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 13:05
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

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When in doubt, buy the best calendar app you can and make it part of your services package.

Microsoft has shelled out a reported US$100 million for Sunrise, an outfit offering a suite of calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and on the Mac App Store, as well as offering a web client.

Users can access their calendars from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as connecting to a wide range of other third-party apps. That cross-device and cross-platform support has helped it gain significant traction among users.

The purchase furthers Microsoft’s push into supporting the platforms of rival technology firms. Microsoft made waves when it released a touch-friendly version of Office for Apple iOS, for example, before it did so for its own Windows 10 platform.

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Under Armour purchases My Fitness Pal, Endomondo to expand wearable data portfolio

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 12:52
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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When one of the largest fitness attire companies on the planet starts to look into wearables, people take notice.

Under Armour has apparently shelled out $560 million to buy two fitness apps, giving it access to a mountain of data about health enthusiasts that it hopes will help it to sell more sportswear.

The company will pay US$475 million to buy MyFitnessPal, a HealthKit-integrated app that helps people lose weight by letting them record what they eat and count calories. It will also pay US$85 million for Endomondo, an app from Denmark that lets people track their activity, whether that’s running or doing gymnastics.

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Lumoid to allow customers to rent Apple Watch before buying it

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 11:56
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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If you’re on the fence and hesitant about buying an Apple Watch, you might be able to rent one first.

A gadget rental outfit called Lumoid plans to rent Apple Watches as part of its wearable rental program for consumers, said, Aarthi Ramamurthy, the company’s founder and CEO.

Lumoid will roll out a waiting list on its website later this week for consumers looking to get their hands on the device when it begins shipping in April.

Although details about the Apple Watch are still emerging, pricing rumors have the watch retailing for between US$349 for the Sport model and US$5,000 for the gold edition.

“Before breaking the bank on the smartwatch, consumers should be able to try it out,” Ramamurthy said.

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GoPro Studio software for HERO4 cameras updated to 2.00, significant new features added

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 10:06
Category: News, Software

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You’ve got to admit, GoPro makes a good camera.

For GoPro users, GoPro Studio 2.0 for the HERO4 cameras has just hit and is packed with some pretty decent new features. The software, which can be downloaded here, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Modes + Features:
- Adds Time Lapse Video mode
- Adds 720p240 video mode (Narrow FOV only)
- Adds 2.7K60 video mode
- Adds Auto Image Rotation
- Adds 30 photos/6 seconds Burst rate

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Apple may be deploying its own mapping vans into the Bay Area

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 06:36
Category: Hardware, News, Pictures

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If Google’s mapping vehicles seemed a bit strange, Apple may have their own making the rounds.

A number of minivans with what appears to be camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor mounted to the roof that have appeared around California in recent weeks could be part of a new Apple project, as at least one of the vehicles is registered to the company.

The minivans sport an X-shaped frame mounted to their luggage racks, with dark recesses that likely house cameras at each corner. The California Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed to San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX that a blue Dodge Caravan spotted with the equipment was leased to Apple.

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Judge orders Typo to pay $860,000 fine to BlackBerry for injunction regarding keyboard case

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Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 18:25
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This is a win for BlackBerry, which is kind of rare these days.

Also, if a federal judge orders an injunction against you, you should probably obey the injunction.

On Wednesday, a federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Typo Products owes BlackBerry more than US$860,000 for violating an injunction barring sales of its original iPhone keyboard case.

The contempt finding has to do with BlackBerry’s allegations that Typo continued to sell and market the original Typo case despite a court injunction issued in March of last year. Typo has since released a second product, Typo 2, that it says is designed to avoid intellectual property conflicts with BlackBerry.

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Thousands surface for Steve Jobs biopic extras call

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Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Fun, News

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It’s not every day that you get a chance to be an extra in a Steve Jobs biopic.

Over in Cupertino, thousands of people replied to a casting call over the weekend to be an extra in the Steve Jobs biopic with scenes being filmed at the Flint Center where Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh in 1984.

The line saw over 2,000 people show up in 80′s attire, with hundreds being turned away due to overwhelming response for the call.

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Detour audio tour app hits beta, now available in the App Store

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Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 07:05
Category: Fun, iPhone, News, Software

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This definitely qualifies under the heading of “nifty”.

For those of you living in the Bay Area, the Detour app for iOS has entered the beta stage and is now available on the App Store. Detour provides hour-long audio walks over the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal hidden stories, people, and places all over SF.

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First pictures surface of Fassbender, Rogen, director Danny Boyle on set of Steve Jobs biopic

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Date: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, 08:17
Category: Fun, News, Pictures

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Filming for the much-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has begun and some interesting set pictures have leaked from the set via @motro68, complete with Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak and director Danny Boyle. Initial leaked images showed filming at Jobs’ childhood home in California.

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Apple to convert failed GT Advanced Technologies Arizona factory into data center

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Date: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, 08:47
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

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Remember that whole sapphire iPhone screen thing? When an idea goes south, you can still use the intended facility for something.

Following GT Advanced Technologies’ plans to file for Chapter 11, Apple appears to be swooping in with a plan to invest US$2 billion to convert their Arizona factory into a data center.

The more than 1.3 million-square-foot building, which was once a solar-panel factory, was a key part of Apple’s efforts to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. after years of relying on Asian suppliers to build the company’s iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. While Apple had promised to bring jobs to the area even after the bankruptcy, the data center will probably employ fewer staff compared with an operation churning out components for iPhones.

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