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UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the basis that there will be new board to oversee the functioning of new powers. The move is an effort to continue protecting UK citizens from external threats.

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Clean energy the focus of Apple's environmental report

Apple has just released its environmental report for 2013 where the company is highlighting its clean energy use at its offices, stores, and employee initiatives. The report makes note of Apple's use of renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduction of carbon footprint.

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New report predicts smaller tablets will lose ground to large smartphones

A new report from NPD DisplaySearch predicts that shipments of tablets that are between 7 to 7.9 inches in size, such as the iPad mini, will begin to lose market share compared to larger tablet products, thanks in part to competition from larger smartphones.

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Vimeo updates Apple TV app with easier navigation, Vimeo On Demand trailers

Vimeo has updated their app for the Apple TV, simplifying navigation and adding trailers Vimeo On Demand, among other new features. The app will update on your Apple TV automatically.

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Spotify is inviting patiently waiting Canadians to test their streams

Music streaming service Spotify is at long last gearing up to launch in Canada, and they're inviting some of those that have expressed interest to try it out first. The invitations will be sent out to a selection of those Canadians that have signed up at Spotify's Canada page, and users of the latest version of the iOS app can join the invitation queue from right within the app.

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Watch former retail chief Ron Johnson talk about his time at Apple

Former Apple Retail chief Ron Johnson recently spoke about his time at Apple during a presentation at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Johnson spoke at length about his interactions with Steve Jobs, and finding his creativity after joining Apple.

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UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics with no charge from boarding flights

The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security.

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iTunes U's update now live in the App Store, go jump start your summer learning!

Announced late last month, Apple's newly revamped iTunes U 2.0 app for iOS is now live in the App Store and ready to download. The update brings a slew of new features for both educators and learners.

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Senior Apple Maps engineer drives off to Uber

Uber, the car service that's irritating taxi companies everywhere, has poached a senior Apple engineer who was a lead on Apple Maps. Chris Blumenberg had been with Apple since 2000, starting as a developer liaison with Microsoft in building Internet Explorer and Office for Mac OS X. More recently, however, he led the 40-person team that built the Apple Maps client software for both iOS and OS X.

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Apple granted permission to construct another solar power farm in Claremont

Yesterday it was announced the council of Claremont has entered into a development agreement with Apple, which will see the tech giant build a 100-acre, $55 million power plant, producing 17.5 megawatt of electricity for the company with minimal environmental impact.

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