Apple’s new program lets anyone, not just developers, test OS X beta builds

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Apple is making it easy for anyone, not just those part of its paid developer program, to access beta builds of OS X and in the process submit feedback to Apple. As noted by The Loop, Apple is kicking off a new OS X Beta Seed Program today for all customers that will allow anyone with an Apple ID to install beta builds of OS X starting with the latest OS X 10.9.3 build released yesterday.

The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better.The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better.

You can sign up for the program here and Apple says it…

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FuelBand and other hardware discontinued, development team fired as Nike seeks to exit wearable tech market

ronie678:

My fuelband may very well become a collector. Haha!

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Nike has decided to get out of the wearable technology market entirely, according to a brand-new report from CNET. The company is said to have come to the conclusion that fitness software has a more stable future at the company, leading to the discontinuation of the FuelBand and other wearable fitness products and the firing of most of the 70 employees currently working in that division.

The move is interesting timing. Just a week ago, Nike launched Nike+Fuel Lab in San Francisco, a “new program to develop partnerships and products with NikeFuel” hundreds of miles south of its current location at its Oregon HQ.

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This announcement comes only weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company is expected to show off its upcoming Healthbook application as part of the next generation of iPhone software in anticipation of iWatch hardware coming later this year. Nike’s new strategy will put…

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Even Apple admits Apple might need to make a bigger iPhone

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Internal Apple(s aapl) documents released during the company’s current patent trial with Samsung  show that Apple clearly understands it doesn’t have a smartphone product for everyone. Right now, Apple lacks both a no-contract sub-$300 iPhone and a larger screen iPhone. The timing of the document release lines up nicely with recent reports that Apple will offer at least a 4.7-inch iPhone this year , if not an additional 5.5-inch model as well.

Re/code shared some of the court documentation this weekend and among the several slides was an Apple strategy presentation outlining what Apple doesn’t offer versus what consumers want from their phones.

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We’ve noted several times over the past year that the expensive smartphone market is generally saturated; more growth is coming from budget models such as the $179 Moto G. Nokia(s nok) too is a big player here, recently announcing its Lumia 630 and 635 handsets starting at $159…

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Report: Apple to begin production of new iPhone screens in May — and they’re big

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Apple(s aapl) will soon begin manufacturing the displays for this year’s iPhones. Judging by leaked screen specs, the upcoming phones promise to be much bigger devices than previous generations, according to a report from Reuters .

The report, which cites unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, says there will be two screen sizes — a 4.7-inch screen, which is already considerably larger than the iPhone 5 series’ 4-inch displays, and a plus-sized 5.5-inch screen. While Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display have all been tapped to start making the 4.7-inch screen in May, there’s a delay in the planned production of the 5.5-inch display while Apple decides some technical issues, Reuters says.

The Reuters story adds more credence to the rumors Apple will go big in its next generation of smartphones. Larger screens would definitely put Apple in line with the trend toward heftier smartphones with broad swaths of real…

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Carbon nanotubes move closer to competing with silicon

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ronie678:

This is pretty amazing

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An international team based at Stanford has reached an important milestone in pursuit of faster computing: It can now create stable carbon nanotube transistors that are as small as the best silicon transistors.

The transistors measure just 20 nanometers across, compared to the 22 nanometer silicon transistors found in Intel’s advanced devices. The team announced its work in the March issue of ACS Nano.

For decades, silicon-based computer chips have dominated the electronics industry. But a new class of materials that includes graphene and carbon nanotubes is threatening to upset silicon’s dominance by potentially offering faster and more efficient computing. Graphene is made of an atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, and carbon nanotubes are rolled-up graphene. If researchers improve their stability at tiny scales, they could eventually create transistors that measure just one or a few atoms across–far smaller than a silicon transistor could ever be. And smaller transistors means more can fit on…

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Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV streaming service with Comcast

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.

The service would allow subscribers to stream live TV shows as well as on-demand content provided by Comcast. The agreement between the two companies would allow Apple’s box to continue streaming smoothly even when other connections were bogged down by high traffic and bypass bandwidth issues.

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