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Apple highlighting best apps and games from April in App Store

A ton of great apps and games come our way each and every month and now it seems Apple is helping remind us of some of the very best. Coming with yesterday's App Store refresh – and first noticed by Macstories – Apple has added a "Best of April" segment. And there's some real gems in there.

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Angela Ahrendts leaves fashion for Apple as new svp of online and retail stores

Angela Ahrendts has officially joined Apple as its new senior vice president of retail and online stores, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Ahrendts official biography is now being hosted on the Apple website and is listed alongside other senior executives including Jony Ive and Phil Schiller.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft increasingly defying U.S. government, informing customers of data demands

If the government demands your personal, private email or other data, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and others are reportedly taking steps to notify you faster and more frequently than they did in the past. That's putting them at odds with prosecutors who believe such notifications can interfere with ongoing investigations and evidence gathering.

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iTunes Match now available in Japan

If you live in Japan and have been waiting for Apple’s music locker service, iTunes Match to arrive you’re now finally able to take advantage of the service on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Is this Amazon's iPhone competitor?

Want a better idea of what Amazon's first smartphone — and iPhone competitor — is going to look like? Previous live images included a developer casing that masked any interesting details, but this new one shows the device in all its glory.

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Verizon pushes FCC to reconsider restrictions on upcoming spectrum auction

Verizon isn't taking too kindly to proposed regulations on an upcoming spectrum auction, and is hoping the FCC will change its ways before the sale opens next year. The auction, which will have extremely valuable 600MHz spectrum up for grabs in mid-2015, is expected to have restrictions imposed on it to limit big players like Verizon and AT&T from taking it all for themselves.

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Apple makes iTunes in the Cloud TV shows and movies available in Germany

Apple has made TV shows and movies available through iTunes in the Cloud in Germany through the Apple TV. Previously, users would need to download their movies and TV episodes in order to watch them.

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IDC data shows tablet sales slowing but Apple and Samsung still own the market

IDC posted their quarterly numbers of the international tablet market. They're showing a slight dip in iPad dominance and growth from Samsung. Apple dropped from 40.2% of market share in the first quarter of 2013 to 32.5% in Q1 2014, compared to Samsung who went up from 17.5% to 22.3%. According to IDC, Amazon, Asus, and Lenovo each occupy 5% or less of the current global market share, with the remaining 34% claimed by other manufacturers. The overall market has dipped 35% since the holiday quarter which isn't much of a surprise, but it's up 3.9% since a year ago.

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CEO of indoor positioning firm Wifarer moves to Apple in a leadership role

Apple is continuing their investment in indoor location tracking with a new hire. Philip Stanger, founded Wifarer, though the company itself isn't coming to Apple with him. Stanger's hire falls in line with Apple's acquisition of WifiSLAM last year, which, like Wifarer, uses Wi-Fi hotspots throughout large facilities like museums to figure out where you are on a map when proper GPS isn't available. Stanger's new position at Apple hasn't been made specific, but he's apparently in a "leadership role"

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Apple reportedly pulling designers off iOS 8 to finish OS X 10.10 refresh

Normally this sort of resource reallocation story leads with Apple taking developers off OS X to finish an update to iOS, but the latest report says that the opposite is happening with development of OS X 10.10: Apple is pulling programmers from development of iOS 8 to finish development of the next version of the Mac OS.

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