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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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Facebook and Foursquare data powers ‘Girls Around Me’ app

Facebook and Foursquare data powers ‘Girls Around Me’ app

The developers behind the location data-reliant iPhone application "Girls Around Me" has fallen under fire this week for their usage of Facebook and Foursquare without permission. What this developer, i-Free, maintains is that their usage of Foursquare and Facebook data to locate females surrounding the GPS location of the user was a "serious misunderstanding." Facebook and Foursquare legal teams do not agree, and the app has been removed from the market temporarily while i-Free works out the details.

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Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

As you may have heard at the start of this month, Apple's iTunes App Store had its 25 billionth download, and the prize for being the one to tip the scales went to the young lady appearing just now in Beijing newspapers collecting her prize. Chunli Fu (also reported as Fuchun Li) of Qingdao, China, downloader of the 25 billionth app, has this week been given a warm reception at the Beijing Apple store where she's received her gift card for the iTunes Store worth a whopping $10k USD. When at first she was contacted by Apple, Fu dismissed it as a hoax - imagine her surprise when Apple confirmed and her friends started pouring in calls of congratulations.

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iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

Apple's new iPhoto app for iOS, first announced at the iPad event earlier this month, has reached over 1 million users in less than 10 days of being on the market. This is almost certainly one of the fastest selling apps in Apple's mobile app portfolio's history and certainly says a lot about the quality of the app itself. We've got a full review of iPhoto for iOS if you'd like to take a look, and do indeed suggest you try it out for yourself if you've not done so already.

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iTunes 1080p image quality near Blu-ray

iTunes 1080p image quality near Blu-ray

Besides the new iPad, Apple recently announced a new Apple TV with support for 1080p content, which can now be downloaded from iTunes. This was a welcome upgrade from the 720p downloads it's been offering, but just how much of an improvement should we expect? And is the image quality boost worth it for ordering the new Apple TV? Ars Technica did a comparison and discovered that the 1080p was clearly better than the 720p and was nearly as good as Blu-ray.

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BBC plans its own digital download platform

BBC plans its own digital download platform

The BBC is reportedly working on its own digital distribution system that will allow users to download their favorite TV shows from the British broadcasting giant. This would be a radical move, as there is virtually no precedent for a broadcaster to offer its content through its own proprietary download-to-own infrastructure. It would be a direct competitor to services like iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand.

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HBO blocks Apple TV iCloud ambitions

HBO blocks Apple TV iCloud ambitions

To go with the Apple TV update announced yesterday, 1080p content is coming to the iCloud movie service. Apple is also allowing people who upgrade to the new Apple TV re-download movies that they purchased on older units. Presumably, if that movie is available in 1080p they can grab the new resolution. However, it appears there's a caveat to the ability to re-download.

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iTunes Netflix billing lands with new Apple TV [Updated]

iTunes Netflix billing lands with new Apple TV [Updated]

Yesterday during the big iPad event, Apple also unveiled a new version of its Apple TV. The new version has some nice upgrades compared to the older versions of the device including 1080p video support. Along with updated hardware to support full HD resolutions, TV shows and movies inside the iTunes Store are also now supporting 1080p.

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Apple blasts through 25 Billion App Store downloads

Apple blasts through 25 Billion App Store downloads

Apple has passed the 25 billion downloads mark in the App Store, thanking users of its iOS devices for helping the company - and the legions of iOS developers - for helping them reach the software milestone. Tipped as imminent in mid-February, the news confirms the App Store as the most active of the current software download portals. As for the winner of the 25bn downloads competition, Apple will announce who gets the $10,000 App Store gift card imminently.

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