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Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman joining Apple marketing communications team

Karl Heiselman, CEO of brand consultancy firm Wolff Olins Global, is leaving to join Apple's marketing communications team. Both Heiselman and Wolff Olins have confirmed the move though, unsurprisingly, no other details were offered.

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Amazon will reportedly ship a 3D-based smartphone in September

The success of Amazon's Kindle line and the Fire TV may just have them finaly building a smartphone — and if rumors are true, it will have a 3D-style screen. According to the Wall Street Journal, folks have been briefed by Amazon about the upcoming smartphone. They're calling it part of a larger move to get into the hardware side of the business.

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Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

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Apple elects not to help bankroll patent buyer Intellectual Ventures

Patent buyer Intellectual Ventures can count Microsoft and Sony among its latest investors, but previous participants Apple and Intel aren't so in. Intellectual Ventures has previously taken substantial investments from many of the giants of the tech industry, and took that money to buy up patents and then offer a significantly reduced licensing fee to its investors for those patents. Those that didn't opt in to Intellectual Ventures' investment scheme could instead find themselves in the cross-hairs of a patent litigation suit if there was the slightest whiff of infringement. All of this even though Intellectual Ventures doesn't make anything or even patent things itself. You might call them a patent troll, and according to Reuters both Apple and Intel (companies with plenty of cash on hand) have decided that the cost-benefit analysis of additional investment wasn't in their favor.

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Shocker: Samsung obfuscated dismal tablet sales

A while back there was some confusion over Samsung's "shipped" vs. "sold" numbers for their then-new Galaxy Tab tablet. Samsung, like most companies that aren't Apple, doesn't regularly report numbers. Some "analysts" and "oulets" are more concerned with pushing an agenda or grabbing sensational headlines than figuring out the actual numbers. So, Samsung was generally credited with selling 2 million Galaxy Tabs in 6 weeks and Apple, as a result, with losing 20% share of the tablet market. Now, thanks to the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung trial, we have some real data to reflect on.

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See you at JailbreakCon 2014 this Saturday!

WWJC 2014, better known as JailbreakCon, officially kicks off this Saturday and yours truly — @iMuggle — will be there networking with jailbreak developers and covering all the talks that the conference has to offer. If you're in the San Francisco area this weekend, there's still time to grab a ticket and come hang out!

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Razer delaying its Nabu smartband to ensure no skin irritation issues

Razer has delayed the release of their Nabu smartband while they certify that the device is hypoallergenic. This is an effort to avoid the skin irritation problems that caused Fitbit to recall their Force band.

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Age of Empires: World Domination coming to iOS this summer

Summer is about to get a lot better now that we know of a new mobile game coming to Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Fans of the Age of Empires series will be especially excited to learn of a new game coming. Microsoft and KLab have announced Age of Empires: World Domination for mobile coming this summer.

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Apple says Heartbleed vulnerability did not affect their services or software

If you're concerned about iOS security or OS X security and are still wondering whether or not Apple services and software are affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability found in OpenSSL, Apple has now given an official statement on the matter.

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Amazon acquires digital comic provider comiXology

Amazon has announced that it is acquiring digital comics platform comiXology for an undisclosed amount of money. Rising as a leader in digital comic distribution, comiXology is well known as one of the go-to places for comics across a variety of platforms.

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