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.

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Apple’s Campus 2 Project gets 3D flyover rendering

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Sunil Punnoose, CEO of 3D rendering company Technology Integration Services Inc., has published a mock up of the Apple Campus 2 project. The site is currently in the foundation phase as of the last real aerial pictures (below).

The 3D design, model and rendering were done in-house and based on publicly available info.

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Apple Design Award Winning Photo App Storehouse Gets Serious About Discovery And Identity

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Fresh off of it’s Apple Design Award win, photo sharing app Storehouse is launching some new discovery features today. The app has previously relied on a single ‘home’ screen to show you some interesting photo and video stories, but is expanding that out with an explore and story of the day section.

The new explore section can be viewed as a grid or the (familiar to Storehouse users) traditional slideshow format. This is the first time the depths of the hundreds of thousands of stories on the platform already are really being plumbed, and it shows off the cool stuff people are doing with it well. Stories about travel, food, family and social issues sit side-by-side with school reports, recipes and detailed ‘maker’ instructions. The Story of the Day section is a curated version of explore hand picked by Storehouse staff to show off cool content.

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Tony Fadell on Jobs and Nest: ‘I would have loved to have been able to show it to him’

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“He thought I asked too many questions… I would just keep asking, ‘Well, what about that? What about that?’ And he’d say, ‘Enough already.’ It would frustrate him. But then he’d ask me a ton of questions, and he could frustrate me, and I’d be like, ‘Steve, leave me alone.’” And on the fact that he was never able to tell Jobs about Nest: “I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didn’t work.”

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Adam Lashinsky has posted an extensive profile of ex-Apple executive Tony Fadell, who now runs Nest. Fadell, now a Google employee due to Nest’s acquisition in January, shares some anecdotes about his work with Steve Jobs.

In particular, Fadell says that Steve Jobs was frustrated by his persistent questioning. He also voices his disappointment that he was never able to show the former CEO his newest creation.

“He thought I asked too many questions… I would just keep asking, ‘Well, what about that? What about that?’ And he’d say, ‘Enough already.’ It would frustrate him. But then he’d ask me a ton of questions, and he could frustrate me, and I’d be like, ‘Steve, leave me alone.’” And on the fact that he was never able to tell Jobs about Nest: “I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didn’t work.”

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Starbucks teams up with Duracell to place iPhone-compatible wireless chargers in coffee shops

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Starbucks, in partnership with Duracell, is starting a nationwide rollout of a wireless charging system for smartphones. The system is powered by Duracell’s Powermat technology, which we reviewed last July. The program will place 100,000 of the Duracell chargers at specially-marked tables in each Starbucks location. Users would then be able to charge any phone using a compatible wireless charging system.

So far the program has only rolled out in a few stores, but it’s scheduled to reach more markets by next year. There’s not a timetable yet for when the rollout will be complete.

While the program is only available in a few stores right now, a page on the website for the initiative lists locations where the service is currently offered.

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