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Three UK makes 0800 numbers free on new SIM-only plans

UK mobile operator Three has announced new SIM-only plans, enabling consumers to save on calling 08- numbers. Free 0800 calls will be included, while other 08- numbers (084, 087, etc) will cost 5p per minute. The network will also be introducing new spending tools, which will prevent customers from exceeding allowances and limits on premium numbers. On top of all this, new allowances for tethering will be rolled out.

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President of Beats by Dre defends the quality of its premium headphones

The president of Beats by Dre, Luke Wood has defended the quality of branded headphones. Opinions have been voiced that the headphones are too heavy on bass, something Wood disagrees with. The Beats brand, while a popular source of headphones for consumers, has had its quality previously questioned with opinions shared that the headphones are not priced accordingly. This didn't halt Apple entering into a deal to purchase Beats Electronics for $3 billion.

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Apple launches new iTunes Pass service in Japan to let you top-up on credit in-store

Apple has unveiled a new iTunes Pass service, enabling consumers to add credit to their Apple account by purchasing funds from sales representatives at an Apple Store. Using an iPhone or iPod touch, the sales rep scans in the amount through Passbook, which can then be utilized on the App Store. This saves the consumer from having to use a debit (or credit) card attached to the account or having to redeem cards. Unfortunately, this service appears to be limited to Japan for the time being.

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Former U.S. press secretary Jay Carney's name NOT 'bandied about' for Apple PR job [Updated]

Apple's long-time vice president of PR, Katie Cotton is gone and that means someone is more than likely going to replace her. Rumor has it Apple is looking to bring someone in for the job, and now a compounding rumor has it former Obama White House press secretary Jim Carney could be a potential candidate.

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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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