Part one of Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook now available online

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The first half of the Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose is now available to watch — in full — on the CharlieRose.com website. Cook discusses the thinking behind the Watch, purchasing Beats, partnering with IBM, how he and Steve Jobs discussed Cook becoming CEO and much more. Bitesize highlights were posted a few days ago. The video is embedded below, although may not be available to view in all countries.

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Apple highlighting top ten reasons apps get rejected on new developer page

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As noticed by Apfelpage, Apple has published a new page to be more open about why it rejects apps. A chart at the bottom of the page shows the top ten reasons for app rejection in the last seven days; such as lack of information, crashes or bugs encountered, complicated user interfaces. Around 60% of rejections come from violation of just ten guidelines of the App Store rules. Some of these, like the existence of placeholder text in applications, seem rather trivial issues and it’s interesting that it arises so frequently as a cause of rejection.

The page goes into more detail on some of these points. In one instance, Apple highlights what it deems to be a ‘substandard user interface’, which apparently is responsible for 6% of all rejections. In the example, Apple advises use of a tableview to cleanly lay out information.

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Something Microsoft must put in consideration.

Originally posted on TechGeekValley:

Lumia lineupLumia has over time become synonymous with Windows Phone and visa versa. Other OEMs existence is over shadowed by Microsoft’s close partnership and subsequent purchase of parts of Nokia that has resulted in capturing over 90% of the Windows Phone marketshare. Microsoft can relate the success of Windows Phone to Nokia for their Lumia line of smartphones, and Nokia’s survival was a result of Microsoft’s investment. There has been a large number of small local companies announcing plans to manufacture Windows Phone devices after Microsoft made Windows free for devices with screens under 9 inches.

Microsoft has the opportunity to make hardware that is closly integrated with their software for optimal performance, much like the iPhone. However, they should perhaps put their Lumia lineup on diet, reduce the number of varients since some are so close that it is difficult to distinguish differences between them. This would also bring in many benefits and advantages.

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Why Windows Phone is not gaining marketshare

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WP8.1Windows Phone has been on the market for around 4 years and all it has managed is a measly 3% marketshare. iOS is holding onto the premium market despite reports of a fall in marketshare. Android being a cheaper alternative to iOS and with all possible OEM’s going for Android, it is no wonder that it holds a dominant position with over 80% of the market.

There are many reasons why Windows Phone could be performing badly, namely missing very basic features that are to be expected if Microsoft are to compete, live tiles and the Modern UI not being everyone’s cup of tea, the word ‘Windows’ itself hated by the media, and many complaining about the lack of apps.

One major reason is Microsoft’s inability to express the operating system and it’s uniqueness, the various different features, the excellent hardware. Instead, we get a downbeat commercial that fails to showcase the…

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta

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Apple has started sending out OS X Yosemite builds for Beta Program, as announced yesterday. The build is being sent out to a million Beta Program members. Participants can get a redemption code from the site, to redeem in the Mac App Store.

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Apple has said that Apple will not update the Beta Program Yosemite builds as often as the developer seeds (which come out every two weeks, usually), but participants will be able to upgrade to the final public version of Yosemite seamlessly through the App Store, when it is released.  The seed released in the beta program is one build newer than the one released to developers on Monday.

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Apple Store visuals revamped with inspiration from recent TV campaigns

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photosIFO Apple Store reports that Apple is revamping its back-lit in-store photo panels, replacing its signature white-background product shots with visuals inspired by its recent advertising. Out are clean, sterile close-ups of the products, and in are colorful visuals showing what people are doing with the products.

The new graphics were photographed like magazine ads, showing the iPad/iPhone being used in actual situations, complete with their surrounding people and places. Their colors, tone and brightness is much richer and darker than the previous graphics …

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Tim Cook and Apple celebrate #ApplePride in San Francisco today

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Apple is out in full force including CEO Tim Cook for the Pride Parade in San Francisco today. Apple’s CEO hasn’t ever been ambiguous about his support for LGBT issues and he was joined by Apple Environment Director Lisa Jackson and what looks like thousands of other Apple employees on Market St. in San Francisco today.  Update: Reuters reported that:

In an unusual step for the sometimes secretive Apple, the company has spoken out about its support for the Pride festival. To help attendees navigate the packed event, the company set up a dedicated LGBT station on iTunes Radio and featured several apps on its App Store, including the Find My Friends app. Company employees also handed out iTunes gift cards to bystanders.

“Apple believes equality and diversity make us stronger, and we’re proud to support our employees and their friends and families in this weekend’s celebration,” Apple spokeswoman Michaela Wilkinson said.

Employees are…

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