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Was Steve Jobs against Tim Cook’s iPad mini?

Was Steve Jobs against Tim Cook’s iPad mini?

The iPad mini may be one of Apple's hit products, but controversy over whether a smaller version of the tablet was right for the range has reignited after one board member described it as a case of Tim Cook's vision of Apple versus that of Steve Jobs. The former chief executive was notoriously contemptuous of smaller tablets, with Apple board member Robert A. Iger crediting Cook with the vision to push the iPad mini.

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Tim Cook hands-off with Apple iWatch say insiders

Tim Cook hands-off with Apple iWatch say insiders

Apple CEO Tim Cook may be building a smartwatch but he's taken a hands-off approach to the rumored wrist-worn wearable, it's suggested, at odds to the notoriously micro-managing Steve Jobs. Development of the so-called "iWatch" has seen Cook delegate the details of its creation to his executive team, according to new leaks, including design chief Jony Ive, while the CEO takes a more over-arching view of Apple's wearables strategy.

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It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

It’s time for a new breed of Notifications

The digital world is hungry for your eyeballs, and the tools we have to manage and mitigate those potential distractions and filter through the most valuable information are looking increasingly inadequate. How many times has your smartphone buzzed or beeped in your pocket in the last five minutes? The demands on our attention are only going to get more frequent, and it’s time for a new breed of notification to address that.

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Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless cut headphones cord

Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless cut headphones cord

Beats by Dre has revealed its first set of wireless earphones, the Powerbeats2 Wireless, hooking up to your iPhone or another source via Bluetooth, and promising up to six hours of solid playback. Intended for athletes, according to the company, though arguably more likely to be picked up by the fashion crowd that has embraced Beats headphones, the new wireless earbuds are sweat and water resistant.

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Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Upstarts like Apple may be plowing into the smart home segment, but security and automation stalwart Vivint isn’t taking that lying down, launching a new system called Vivint Sky. Centered around a new, 7-inch color touchscreen and a cloud system of Vivint’s own creation, Vivint Sky promises not only centralized control in the home and remote smartphone apps, but learning algorithms that automatically pick up on the users’ own patterns.

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iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

iCloud, M7 and Context: WWDC paves way to iWatch

WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.

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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Looking Glass: The apps for must-wear wearables

Has Glass gone off the boil? Google's wearable launched in Explorer beta form to great fanfare, but privacy concerns, criticisms of "Glasshole" arrogance, and legitimate doubts about the value of what it actually offers have left the headset on questionable ground. I love the idea of wearables but I don't often put Glass on any more, which got me thinking: what could Glass do to make it a must-wear?

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Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

In the wake of Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dre, Google has been tipped to be in talks to acquire the music streaming service Songza. While Google already has a streaming music service in its Google Play Music library and delivery system, the company may be looking for a way to compete with Apple’s oncoming integration of Beats Music curation into their music delivery system(s). Songza may be the answer Google needs.

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