Apple displaying colorful banners at Moscone West ahead of WWDC 2014

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(Thanks iOSVlog Daily)

Apple revealed today that it will indeed be streaming video of the anticipated opening keynote from WWDC next week, and now banners are beginning to be displayed through Moscone West in San Francisco where Apple’s developer conference will be held. The banners so far reflect the same design used in the WWDC promotional material for this year including the “Write the code. Change the world” slogan used by Apple. Apple has already revealed much of the schedule for its developer conference next week where the next versions of OS X and iOS will be revealed including the keynote announcement set to take place on Monday, June 2nd at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.

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Apple plans to match Microsoft Surface with split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8

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iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

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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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