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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 gives away free Snow Leopard update for iCloud preparation

Apple gives away free Snow Leopard update for iCloud preparation

If the operating system on your MacBook is several years behind because you're not the sort to buy updates, Apple is giving away one of its more recent updates for free. Apple is sending out updates, for users who sign up, to Snow Leopard. That isn't the most recent update. Snow Leopard was released in August 2009.

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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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iTunes 11 to bring tighter iCloud integration and iOS 6 support

iTunes 11 to bring tighter iCloud integration and iOS 6 support

Apple is constantly busy behind the scenes, and sources speaking to 9to5mac show what the company has up its sleeve next. Apple has reportedly begun to internally seed the latest version of iTunes, bringing it to version 11. Work on iTunes 11 apparently began before the release of 10.6, and is said to bring new features along with a tweaked user interface.

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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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Mountain Lion Preview 2 adds Twitter notifications and iCloud tab support

Mountain Lion Preview 2 adds Twitter notifications and iCloud tab support

Apple seeded the latest version on its developer preview of Mountain Lion on Friday, and the newest additions to the OS have been detailed. There have been three new notable features added to Beta 2: Twitter integration in the Notification Center, iCloud support for tabbed browsing, and a permission request when apps access contact information.

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HBO working with Fox and Universal to remove iCloud restrictions

HBO working with Fox and Universal to remove iCloud restrictions

The announcement of the new Apple TV with its iCloud integration was overshadowed by the absence of movies from 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. According to AllThingsD, the studios were tied up in a deal with HBO, giving the cable provider an exclusive window in which to show their movies. The Wall Street Journal now reports that HBO are working with Fox and Universal to find a resolution.

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