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Vesper note-taking app update makes tracking changes easier

Vesper has been updated to version 2.002, which is a slight bump from the 2.0 release, but the changes will make it easier for users to track any edits or revisions to their notes. As a note-taking and information collecting app, Vesper now allows you to see when the notes are created and modified when you tap at the bottom of the screen.

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Verizon may be about to close a loophole for its remaining unlimited data users

A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago.

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iPhones 'flaunted' over Android in India, even older ones

Selling older iPhones is Apple's new strategy to gain market share in India. The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010 but is still available and popular in emerging markets like India. Not only can you find the iPhone 4 in India, you'll also find the iPhone 4s that launched in October 2011.

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Emberlight will turn your lightbulbs into smart connected lightbulbs

While smart wireless lightbulbs like Philips Hue are all the rage, a new Kickstarter project is aiming to make any lightbulb a smart one. It's called Emberlight, and it's a simple intermediary device that you screw into the E26/27 socket and then screw your lightbulb into. From there, merely leave your switch in the on position and you'll be able to control your lights wirelessly from your phone.

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Is iCloud Mail down for you?

Apple is reporting that iCloud Mail is out for some users. According to Apple's System Status page, the outage has been affecting users since just before noon Eastern today.

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Tim Cook expresses sympathy for earthquake victims in Yunnan, China

Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed his sympathies with the people of Yunnan, China, after a major earthquake hit the region last week. Almost 600 people have died as a result of the quake so far, and, with 230,000 people having been evacuated. Cook sent an email to Apple employees that expressed support for the victims, as well as announcing that Apple would be making donations to relief groups, according to 9to5Mac:

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Chinese officials deny banning Apple products for government procurement

Earlier this week, a Bloomberg report claimed that the Chinese government excluded a number of Apple products, including the iPad, the iPad mini and a number of MacBooks from a government procurement list due to security concerns. Today, however, a new report out of Reuters, citing China's Central Government Procurement Centre as well as the finance ministry, revealed that the company never applied to be on that particular procurement list, which pertained to energy-saving products.

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Skype no longer supporting Macs running OS X 10.5.8 or earlier

Following roughly a week of user reports on the Skype support forums, Microsoft has confirmed (in an awkward way) that Skype will no longer support users running OS X version 10.5.8 or older. Skype's official response to user complains explained that Skype still works on OS X 10.6 and higher, and encouraged all of its users to stay up-to-date with the latest version of OS X and Skype.

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iTunes 11.3.1 brings fixes for podcast bugs, update now!

While iTunes 11.3 brought iTunes Extras in HD to the Mac, it was also introduced some rather weird bugs when users attempted to listen to podcasts. In some cases, subscribed podcasts would stop updating with new episodes and iTunes would become unresponsive while browsing through episodes in a list.

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Apple reportedly adds Catherine Monier, former Yves Saint Laurent EU president, to special projects team

Apple has reportedly hired Catherine Monier, formerly president of Yves Saint Laurent Europe, to work in special projects with former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, already at Apple, who apparently coordinated the hire. For those keeping track at home, that's even more fashion and retail firepower for Apple, leading up to a rumored iWatch launch this fall.

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