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Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

OS X Mountain Lion Bringing Automatic App Downloads to Mac

9to5Mac notes that the latest build of OS X Mountain Lion released last week includes the option for bringing iOS-like automatic app downloads to Mac App Store purchases.

Like on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, when you download an app it automatically installs it on all of your iOS devices if the option is turned on and the devices are logged into the same App Store account. A similar feature has been added in the latest developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion. In the latest build, if your Macs are logged into the same App Store account, the app will automatically install on all Macs. It seems that OS X Mountain Lion is all about unification rather than iOS-ification.

Mountain Lion Automatic download

Apple has been frequently releasing updates of OS X Mountain Lion to its Mac developer community, and the company is expected to offer many more details on the next-generation operating system at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The OS is expected to see a public launch in “late summer” of this year.

Apple Considering Opening R&D Facility in Russia’s Skolkovo Innovation Centre?

Earlier this month, we reported that Apple is preparing a major R&D facility in Israel. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports [Google translation] that the organizers behind the Skolkovo technology park near Moscow are apparently talking with a numerous of notable tech companies including Apple, Google, and Facebook about locating research and development facilities in the area.

Skolkovo has already closed deals with Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, Cisco, and others. The project’s supporters’ vision is to make this Russia’s version of Silicon Valley created by dozens of major corporations.

According to the report, Apple officials in Moscow declined to comment on the claims, but Skolkovo executive Roman Romanovsky indicated that the two sides are interested in negotiating about possibilities. However, no deal is expected to be imminent. Romanovsky hopes that the talks will eventually lead to an agreement.

 

 

Woz Hired as Advisor for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie

Just a couple of days ago, we reported that Aaron Sorkin had officially agreed to script for the Sony’s upcoming film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs. Sorkin is well know for his work on The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, and A Few Good Men. The cast for the film has not been determined yet, but rumors have suggested that George Clooney and Noah Wyle may be the top choices for the role of Jobs.

Now, Reuters reports that Sorkin held an interview with reporters and said he was still looking for something in Jobs’ life to hang the movie on.

Sorkin noted that “The Social Network” saw the Facebook story through the lens of an acrimonious lawsuit that pitted CEO Mark Zuckerberg against his Harvard friends over the creation of the social media network.

“Drama is tension versus obstacle. Someone wants something, something is standing in their way of getting it. They want the money, they want the girl, they want to get to Philadelphia – doesn’t matter … And I need to find that event and I will. I just don’t know what it is,” Sorkin said.

According to Sorkin, the movie won’t be straight from the biography. He also disclosed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been hired as a consultant by Sony Pictures to advise the filmmakers on the technical aspects of computers and about Jobs himself.

Sounds like the movie will actually be good unlike the movie Ashton Kutcher’s starring in.

Samsung’s Market Cap Takes $10 Billion Dive Due to Rumors of Apple DRAM Deal with Elpida

The Apple-Samsung relationship is an interesting love-hate relationship. Today, DigiTimes reports that Apple has placed “huge” orders for DRAM chips with Elpida, claiming half of the capacity at the firm’s main plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

Reuters noted that the rumor created a significant effect on fellow DRAM manufacturers Samsung and Hynix, with Samsung losing $10 billion in market value today in a 6% stock decline. Hynix was down nearly 9%. A $10 billion hit due to a rumor is pretty big dent to Samsung.

“It looks like Apple doesn’t want to see Samsung and hynix dominate the chip market. Apple wants to maintain its bargaining power by keeping Elpida running,” said Choi Do-yeon, an analyst at LIG Investment & Securities.

Samsung was the main supplier of Retina displays for Apple’s new iPad when it launched in March. Samsung also builds the custom A5X chip that powers the new iPad.

If the rumor is true, it is becoming even more evident that Apple doesn’t need Samsung. It is Samsung who needs Apple.

Tim Cook Meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook today met with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner. The reason for the meeting is still uknown, but it is possible that Cook was lobbying Boehner to pass a tax holiday that would allow Apple and other companies with large overseas tax holdings to bring back their earnings at a lower corporate tax rate.

The picture shows the official Speaker of the House and Cook having a conversation with formal attire in Washington, D.C. The photo came with no details and it is unknown what the two were discussing.

Tim Cook meets John Boehner

Boehner is an outspoken opponent of a House measure aimed at China that would make U.S. take action if it was suspected that a country was manipulating the value of its currency.

As of the most recent earnings call, Apple has $74 billion of its $110 billion in cash and marketable securities offshore.

Aaron Sorkin To Script “Steve Jobs”

Last year, we reported that Aaron Sorkin has been approached by Sony to write a movie about Steve Jobs. Today, Sony Pictures has announced that Aaron Sorkin will indeed serve as the screenwriter for the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs.

Sorkin is well know for his work on The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, and A Few Good Men. The cast for the film has not been determined yet, but rumors have suggested that George Clooney and Noah Wyle may be the top choices for the role of Jobs. Wyle is famous for portraying Steve Jobs in the 1999 made-for-TV film, The Pirates of Silicon Valley, which focused on the early days of Jobs and Bill Gates. Wyle back in 1999 did a fantastic job. So, he may be a perfect fit for this movie too.

This project is completely separate from the independent film about Jobs that features Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. Last week, Kutcher was spotted wearing Jobs’s famous wardrobe while he was going to the film’s set.

Next MacBook Air Update to Offer Retina Display Too?

Yesterday, it was reported that  Apple is preparing to release thinner MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. The new MacBook Pros will reportedly also include ports for the MagSafe power connector,  two USB ports, and audio in/out jacks along the left side, with a battery level indicator also included along the same side. The right side is said to offer a pair of Thunderbolt ports, another USB port, an SD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot. It was also reported that iMacs will be receiving the Retina display too.

9to5Mac now reports that Apple is planning to bring Retina displays to the MacBook Air as well, with that upgrade being the most significant change for the next-generation line. The report also suggests that the chance of new MacBook Airs being announced at WWDC 2012 next month is unlikely. This is because Apple is still working to meet the Retina display’s power requirements within the MacBook Air’s thin form factor.

Once again, this is all speculation until Apple confirms. So, take it with a grain of salt.

Apple to Introduce iCloud with Photo Sharing, Notes and Reminders on iCloud.com

Earlier, we reported that the new Macs may offer a Retina display. Now, The Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple is planning to reveal an upgrade to iCloud at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with one of the main new features being a photo-sharing functionality.

Apple is also reportedly looking to extend iCloud’s Photostream feature to video, allowing users to access their personal videos through iCloud. In addition, the report confirms that Notes and Reminders will be accessible via iCloud.com. Finally.
The new features will reportedly be revealed at WWDC 2012 and will make their way into iOS 6, which is also expected to be previewed at WWDC.
Sounds like the announcements that will be made at WWDC 2012 will be another milestone for Apple.


Retina Display Coming to Macs?

With WWDC 2012 less than a month away, the Apple rumor mill is in full swing. Today, Bloomberg has confirmed a report from earlier today that Apple is preparing to release thinner MacBook Pro models with Retina displays. The new MacBook Pros will reportedly also includes ports for the MagSafe power connector, two USB ports, and audio in/out jacks along the left side, with a battery level indicator also included along the same side. The right side is said to offer a pair of Thunderbolt ports, another USB port, an SD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot.

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Mockup of thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro design (left) compared to current design (right)

Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup was last updated in October of 2011, and is due for an update anytime. The MacBook Pro hasn’t had a significant redesign since 2008 either.

In addition, ABC News reports that not only the MacBook Pro family but also the iMac line is set to gain ultra high-resolution “Retina” displays.

As incredible as this sounds, it should be pointed out that nothing is confirmed until Apple announces it officially.

Apple Changes 4G LTE iPad To ‘iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular’

Last month, we reported that Apple was accused of false 4G marketing claims on the new iPad by the Australian government. Then, within 24 hours, it was reported that Apple was offering refunds to people who bought its latest iPad on Telstra’s network in Australia. Apple later defended the “4G” branding for iPad in Australia. Later on, more accusations followed regarding the marketing.

Now, it seems that in many of Apple’s stores, the 4G LTE-capable iPad has been rebranded as “iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular” due to the controversy, AppleInsider reports. The change has even occurred in U.S. and Canada, where networks are compatible with the 4G LTE radio found in the third-generation iPad.

Changes have also occurred in both the U.K. and Australia, where the local government took issue with the fact that the new iPad was advertised as being a 4G LTE device, even though it is not compatible with any 4G networks in those countries.

“This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks,” the Australian Apple store reads under the “Wi-Fi + Cellular” listing. “For service from a wireless carrier, sign up for a simple, month-by-month plan on your iPad and cancel anytime without penalty.”

Photos of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Appear

Last month, it was reported that Ashton Kutcher was going to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming indie film “Jobs”. Now TMZ.com has published photos of Kutcher in “full character”.

Kutcher appears to be wearing Steve Jobs’s iconic black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers outfit on his way to the set of the independent film about Apple’s co-founder.

Apparently, Steve Jobs loved the black turtleneck so much that he reportedly owned hundreds of them. Last October, Mona Simpson, Jobs’s sister, revealed at his memorial service that he had probably owned enough copies of the shirt for everyone in attendance.

Hulme suggested in April that he is planning to release the film in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple Accuses Samsung of Destroying Evidence in Patent Suit

Earlier this month, we reported that settlement talks between Apple and Samsung over patent issues are scheduled between May 21 – 22. Today, Network World revealed that Apple has accused Samsung of destroying evidence in the patent suit. Apple has asked the judge to instruct the jury that Samsung had a duty to preserve evidence relevant to the ongoing case, yet failed to do so.

The filing states that  Samsung destroyed “vast quantities of relevant evidence in blatant disregard of its duty to preserve all such evidence.” Samsung’s company policy of automatically deleting e-mails from custodian computers every two weeks, even if the company is required to keep e-mail evidence relevant to an ongoing case is the main issue here.

Apple cited an e-mail from the head of Samsung’s product strategy team, Won Pyo Hong, in which “side-by-side comparisons of Apple and Samsung products” were ordered for design presentations.

“Apple and the Court cannot possibly know how many more emails Dr. Hong sent or received that would have supported Apple’s claims that Samsung copied Apple products had they not been deleted,” the filing reads. “The same is true for many of the other Samsung witnesses who only produced a handful of emails, or none at all.”

Apple Releases Apple TV to Version 5.0.1

Just yesterday, Apple released OS X Lion 10.7.4  the fourth maintenance update for OS X Lion. Today, Apple has released a new update for the generation 2 and 3 Apple TV models.

This update brings the ability for movies and TV show previews from the iTunes Store to be viewed in HD and fixes a few other minor bugs.

Apple TV Software Update 5.0.1

iTunes previews – Previews for movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store can now be viewed in HD.
AirPlay – Fixes an issue that caused some iOS apps to have trouble connecting via AirPlay.
Home Sharing – Improves the reliability of Home Sharing connections.
Netflix – Addresses an issue affecting Netflix login and navigation.
Stability and performance – Includes fixes for issues affecting stability and performance.

Users can update the Apple TV by going to the Settings menu, then General, then selecting Update Software.

Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.4

Today, Apple has released OS X Lion 10.7.4, the fourth maintenance update for OS X Lion. The update is available via Software Update and Apple’s download pages.

The 10.7.4 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac including fixes that:

– Resolve an issue where the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled
– Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards
– Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to a server
– Improve the reliability of copying files to an SMB server

More information regarding the update can be found here. The update also includes a fix the password security hole detailed earlier this week.

An issue existed in the handling of network account logins. The login process recorded sensitive information in the system log, where other users of the system could read it. The sensitive information may persist in saved logs after installation of this update. See http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4272 for more information about how to securely remove any remaining records. This issue only affects systems running OS X Lion v10.7.3 with users of Legacy File Vault and/or networked home directories.

The versions include:

– OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 (Client) (692.68 MB)
– OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 (Client Combo) (1.4 GB)

– OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 (Server) Client (738.71 MB)
– OS X Lion Update 10.7.4 (Server) Combo (1.49 GB)
– Server Admin Tools 10.7.4 (212.4 MB)

In addition, Apple has also released a Security Update 2012-002 to bring security fixes to users running systems with Mac OS X Snow Leopard:

– Security Update 2012-002 (Snow Leopard) (238.73 MB)
– Security Update 2012-001 Server (Snow Leopard) (258.11 MB)

The company also has released a Safari 5.1.7 update containing several improvements including disabling out-of-date versions of Adobe Flash Player for security reasons.

John Browett, Apple’s New Vice President of Retail, Sends Introductory Email to Store Employees

Last week, we reported that Apple’s new retail chief, John Browett, had received $61M in stock rights. Browett received a total of 100,000 restricted stock units (RSUs) and at Apple’s current stock price, those RSUs are worth around $61 million. Then we reported that John Browett has been added to Apple’s leadership page.

Today, the new head of retail has sent an email introducing himself to Apple Retail employees in an email obtained by IFO Apple Store.

Team,

At last I’ve officially started at Apple, and it’s great to be here. I’ve had the chance to meet many of you at stores in the U.S. and across Europe, and one of my top priorities for the coming months is to meet many more people on our team around the world.

It’s incredibly impressive to be on the inside of Apple Retail. Many of my friends, relatives, and former colleagues have written to tell me how lucky I am to be working with such a great group of people, and I couldn’t agree more. While our stores are fantastic and our products are amazing, it really is our people who make the difference in creating the best retail experience.

There will be much more to share in the weeks ahead, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone over time.

I am thrilled to work with all of you as we build the future of Apple Retail together.

Browett has a degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University and an MBA from Wharton Business School.