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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: April 28, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: April 28, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. Let's hope you're having a great weekend, but if you want to catch up on the tech news you missed this week, you've come to the right place.  One of the biggest stories this week isn't that happy, and it's about Nintendo. It just posted its first annual loss. Apple also made its quarterly earnings call - Apple Q1 earnings top entire history. And we also have some sobering news for American ingenuity – Kodak continues downward spiral, posts $366 million loss.

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Apple’s iCloud hits 125 million users since launch

Apple’s iCloud hits 125 million users since launch

Apple's Q2 earnings call today is reporting all sorts of impressive information and numbers. While sharing details on revenue, and the fact that they sold around 35 million iPhone's Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that the company now has over 125 million iCloud users since launching in October -- adding over 25 million in the past two months alone.

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Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

This week the folks responsible for Apple's building construction efforts have broken ground on a new location in Prineville, Oregon where they've promised a "100% Renewable Energy" data center. This data center would help contain such data as iCloud backups like its soon to be partner facility in Maiden, North Carolina. This center promises to be "even more" environmentally friendly than the center that already exists in Maiden, this new facility out-doing the Maiden's giant solar power array which accounts for 60 percent of the center's power requirements.

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Apple fights Greenpeace over dirty iCloud power report

Apple fights Greenpeace over dirty iCloud power report

Apple has denied claims that its iCloud servers are powered by environmentally-unfriendly energy, accusing Greenpeace of blundering how much electricity it used and where that power came from. Greenpeace had failed Apple in its cloud computing green credentials ranking - along with Microsoft and Amazon - over suggestions that the iCloud server farm was reliant on coal power stations, the Guardian reports. However, Apple argues that Greenpeace has overestimated its power use by a factor of five.

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Apple loses iCloud appeal in Germany over push e-mail

Apple loses iCloud appeal in Germany over push e-mail

We have some bad news for Apple iCloud users in Germany who have been missing push e-mail support. Apple appealed an earlier ruling by German courts that placed an injunction against its push e-mail service on iCloud after Motorola won the injunction after a patent lawsuit. Apple's push e-mail service within German borders has been suspended since late February.

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Apple adds Universal Studios movies to iTunes in the Cloud

Apple adds Universal Studios movies to iTunes in the Cloud

Apple has quietly inked a deal with Universal Studios to permit iTunes users to re-download the studio's movies via iCloud, leaving Fox the final hold-out for the cloud service. Apple had added movie support to iCloud - allowing users to download content they had purchased from the iTunes store to multiple devices registered to the same account - when it launched the new iPad and the third-gen Apple TV; however, thanks to a previous agreement with HBO, neither Universal Studios nor Fox movies were available under the service.

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Zapper taps iCloud for custom remote sync

Zapper taps iCloud for custom remote sync

VooMote has added iCloud support to its Zapper iOS remote control system, making synchronizing custom layouts for complex A/V kit straightforward across multiple devices. The upgrade to the Zapper system - which we reviewed back in February - means households with multiple iPhones, iPod touches and iPads can all be kept up to date with your latest macros and layouts, rather than having to recreate them on each unit.

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iPad Dictation prompts Apple data retention questions

iPad Dictation prompts Apple data retention questions

There was a privacy scare recently when the iOS app Path was discovered to be uploading contact and user information to their servers without asking the owners permission. Path quickly rectified the situation by pushing out an update to their app, and Apple also included new warnings in Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2, making it clear when an app was trying to access your contact information. So what about the Dictation feature found on the new iPad?

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