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HTC drops RE camera app on the App Store ahead of launch

HTC has dropped its RE camera app on the App Store today. The RE app will work with the RE camera, acting as both a viewfinder and content browser for the device. In addition, the app will also serve as a hub for easily uploading your favorite pictures and videos to a social network of your choice.

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Russia dismantled Steve Jobs memorial after CEO Tim Cook came out

After Apple CEO Tim Cook came out, Russia has taken down a memorial to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stating that it was gay propaganda. The two-meter tall memorial, in the shape of an iPhone, was located in St. Petersburg at a college in January 2013 by a coalition of Russian companies known as ZEFS. However, citing Russian laws, ZEFS said that it had removed the memorial on Friday.

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AT&T and Verizon to connect cross-carrier VoLTE calls by 2015

Soon customers on AT&T and Verizon will be able to call each other with HD voice quality thanks to a partnership that will bring cross-carrier compatibility to each network's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Currently, the higher quality HD voice benefits of VoLTE calls are limited to customers who are in a VoLTE network and who own a VoLTE compatible device where the calls are made to another customer on the same network.

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Contract reportedly details what banks must agree to in order to appease Apple

Details of the terms and conditions that banks and credit card companies will have to follow for the new Apple Pay system have reportedly been revealed by a financial analyst, including word that Apple will get 15 basis points for each credit card transaction, along with half a penny for each debit card use.

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Christian Bale may not don black turtleneck for Steve Jobs biopic

It looks like the announcement that Christian Bale will take on the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic produced by Sony may have been premature. Though we have yet to hear confirmation from Bale's camp, it is now reported that Bale will not be playing Jobs in the movie based on Walter Isaacson's biography. Rumors of Bale's exit from the role come just after we're hearing rumors that Seth Rogen may have been cast to play Steve Wozniak in the Aaron Sorkin movie.

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Free Beats Music streaming takes off on Southwest Airlines

Apple has teamed up with Southwest Airlines to offer Beats Music streaming to passengers on Wi-Fi-enabled flights. Customers using Beats in-flight will have unrestricted access to the service for free. The partnership is being introduced today with a special event on a Southwest flight, complete with a Beats-branded plane, a special playlist, and more, according to Southwest:

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Starwood Hotels keyless entry comes to the iPhone today, to the Apple Watch next year

Certain Starwood Hotels have begun rolling out keyless room entry for Starwood Preferred Guests, a program first announced early this year. SGP Keyless allows guests to open their room through their phone, and at some point next year, the Apple Watch. The program is starting at three hotel brands, Aloft, Element, and W. Guests will be sent a Bluetooth key specifically for their room to the SPG app before arrival, allowing them to bypass standard check-in, according to Starwoods' press release:

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UK government may force networks to offer national roaming with new legislation

New legislation could be in the works to effectively force UK operators to offer roaming options for customers where signal is poor. The UK government continues to work with mobile carriers on a solution to address black spots and areas where signal is hard to come by. The plan is to offer said roaming support to make it possible to switch between networks to maintain service, something mobile operators previously rejected.

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Microsoft on the Apple attack again with Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 ad

Apple's products get almost as much coverage in Microsoft ads these days as they do in Apple's own, and this latest effort is no exception. The newest spot features the MacBook Air and the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. While short, it's not quite so ridiculous as some previous ads, and does at least focus more on the actual strengths of the device in question.

But it leaves out anything related to the respective operating systems.

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Apple Watch reportedly launching in Spring 2015

In a video message to employees today, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts, reportedly pegged the Apple Watch's launch window down to spring of 2015.

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