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Vice President of Amazon A9′s search group joins Apple

Apple snagged themselves a new VP from Amazon recently, Benoit Dupin. He used to handle search at Amazon A9, which dealt in commercial-grade cloud search, advertising, mobile, and visual search. The change is visible on Dupin’s LinkedIn page, and according to sources, his Director position at Apple will oversee iTunes, the App Store, and Maps search. Dupin will likely be taking over for the old CEO of Chomp, a company that Apple acquired not too long ago.

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Adobe Lightroom launches on iPad, available through Creative Cloud

Adobe has today launched a mobile version of its Lightroom photo-editing suite on iPad. The Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, which works in tandem with iPad, is included as part of the company's Creative Cloud subscription suite, prices for which start at $9.99 per month. Like its desktop counterpart, the app is designed to enable professional-quality photo editing on-the-go, with realtime sync for your Lightroom collections through Creative Cloud.

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Apple sending out emails to lucky WWDC lotto winners

If you were among those waiting to see if you got chosen in the WWDC 2014 ticket lottery, you’ll want to keep an eye on your email accounts.

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Apple's latest 'Your Verse' offers a look at how Bollywood uses Apple products

Apple has updated their "Your Verse" site — that's the new ad campaign for the iPad Air — with a piece about how Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan uses his iPad to capture different scenes and other inspiring pictures and video.

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Apple’s new head of retail operations to be made an ‘honorary dame’ of the British Empire

Incoming Apple SVP of Retail and current Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will soon be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire. The ceremony is expected to be low-key, and will be presided over by British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills. Ahrendts will not be allowed to use the title Dame, though she will be able use DBE after her name, due to the fact that she is not a British citizen.

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StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016

We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

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Apple launches iPhone trade-in program in Germany

Following on from several other locations around the world, Apple has launched its own iPhone trade-in program in Germany. According to the folks at 9to5Mac German Apple customers are beginning to see the option displayed inside the Apple Store app for the iPhone, but the website hasn't yet been updated at the time of writing to reflect the same.

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U.K. carrier EE raising prices slightly on May 28

The U.K's EE network is set to increase prices by 2.7% — yes, two-point-seven-percent — on May 28, 2014. EE's new terms and conditions allow them to raise prices by the RPI (retail price index — i.e. the rate of inflation) once a year with 30 days notice.

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First Turkish Apple Store opens in Istanbul

As expected, Turkey's first Apple Store has opened at Zorlu Center in Istanbul. The glass-clad store, topped with an Apple logo and surrounded by fountains, was first seen a few days ago on Instagram, however yesterday marked its official opening.

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Old Steve Jobs email brainstorms logical next-steps for Apple TV including apps, 'magic wand' controller

An email from Steve Jobs to the 2010 incarnation of the Apple 100 gathering — their annual, confidential strategy meeting — outlines pretty much what you'd expect to see as discussion points for a next-generation Apple TV. Apps are front and center, as is a version of the Safari web browser, and a 'magic wand' that likely refers to a gesture based remote control (think Wii-mote). Four years later it's probably safe to assume those plans, if they were ever serious, have been refined and changed and turned upside down and back again at least a few times.

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