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Australians can now take part in the Apple iPhone trade-in program, get up to A$250 off a new iPhone

Continuing the roll out of the iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program that started last year, Australians can now get up to A$250 towards the purchase cost of a brand new iPhone in-store. Any customer can bring in an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5.

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Could Beats' Jimmy Iovine be Apple's next ad man?

Apple is rumored to be shaking up its advertising effort and speculation has it that longtime creative agency partner TBWA Media Labs may be out in favor of Beats' Jimmy Iovine. Apple had acquired Beats for a cool $3 billion, and it looks like that money will net Iovine a posh office heading up Apple's "Madison Avenue" efforts as the iPhone-maker is looking to reignite its marketing campaigns.

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Shazam's latest update brings Rdio music streaming

You have provably used Shazam to tag new songs that you've heard on the radio, and now the service is getting even more useful with built-in Rdio integration. With the latest Shazam app update, music lovers can tag their songs and then replay those tunes directly within the app using Rdio's music streaming service.

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Up for auction: Lunch with Eddy Cue and MacBook Air Package

Apple Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is donating a one-hour lunch along with a MacBook Air at Apple's Cupertino headquarters as part of an auction that benefits the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. The value of the MacBook Air itself is $1,1999 and at the time of writing, the auction has a current $16,000 bid.

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FCC filing for Apple's iBeacon hardware spotted in the wild

We've covered some pretty cool uses of the iBeacon technology from Apple, but the product itself is still not available for the general public. Now, a new filing has spotted for an iBeacon device through FCC, attached to the product numbe A1573. According to the filing (and the included imagery), this iBeacon measures 5.46-inches in diameter and is powered via USB connection.

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Get the D&D Basic Rules for free now!

A few days ago Wizards of the Coast made the D&D Basic Rules available as a free download in PDF format. For anyone who ever played Dungeons & Dragons in any of its incarnations, from Gary Gygax to TSR to now, from Greyhawk to Dragonlance to Forgotten Realms, to — well, you get the idea — the potential fun to be had is obvious. Best of all, you can download the straight into Apple's iBooks app if you'd like, or any other PDF-friendly app you might have installed on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Apple reaffirms commitment to protecting privacy everywhere, including China

Following China's decision to call iOS location tracking a threat to their national security, Apple has posted a lengthy article on its Chinese website, both in Chinese and English, reaffirming their longstanding commitment to privacy.

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Apple launches Swift blog to keep developers up to date on the new language

Apple has launched a new blog focused on their new Swift programming language. At the moment, there are two posts to the blog. The first is a welcome post. The second deals with Swift's compatibility with current apps, source code, and more. From Swift blog:

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Apple to pay suppliers faster, signs on to White House's SupplierPay program

Apple is one of the companies signing on with the Obama Administration's SupplierPay initiative, a voluntary program which is intended to get larger businesses to pay the smaller companies on their supply chain promptly. For Apple, that means the companies that supply the components for their devices. The purpose of the program is to get money into the hands of small businesses faster, reducing the need of these businesses to borrow money, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Apple blocking older versions of Flash after yet another security exploit

Apple is now blocking older versions of the Adobe Flash web plugin, advising users to upgrade to the latest version in order to continue using it. This is due to a recent vulnerability that could cause user data to be lost to attackers exploiting the issue on a number of vulnerable sites.

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