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Anyone with an Apple ID can now create iAds

If you’re reading this, you probably have an Apple ID. And that means you can now open an account with iAd Workbench. You, too, can be a digital Mad Man! Before today, you had to be a registered mobile app developer to take advantage of Apple’s iAds. By lowering the barrier to entry, Apple falls more in line with the likes of Facebook and more recently Twitter in competing for advertising dollars. Only question now is what do you have to sell?

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Apple expected to purchase stake in LCD chip manufacturer Renesas

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy a majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers imaging chips firm. The firm has been designing LCD display chips for Apple for some time, and Apple is prepared to pay ¥50 billion (US$483 million) to buy the 55% stake of the company currently held by Renesas Electronics Corp. According to Nikkei.

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Three UK helping you protect your iPhone with 'Three Rescue'

UK mobile operator Three has launched a new insurance option for consumers – Three Rescue. Following a report shared by the network detailing how British smartphone owners place a value of over £1,000 on the contents of their handheld devices. The insurance starts from just £2 a month with full cover for stolen, lost or damaged smartphones.

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iFixit joins forces with Apple to provide aftercare for products...apparently

iFixit may never be the same again as today they have announced their acquisition by Apple. Yes, Apple. Famed for taking whatever hot new hardware leaves Cupertino and reducing it to its components, iFixit will now become part of the Apple family.

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iPhone 6 screen again rumored to be 4.7-inches, production to start as soon as next month

Rumors of a larger iPhone 6 continue to grow with a new report today claiming that displays will go into production starting in May. According to Reuters, Japan Display and LG have both been approached to make the panels with a 4.7-inch likely to be made first.

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LTE-enabled iPad Air and iPad Mini now available in China

The iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini have been available now in China for some time, but today the TD-LTE versions are launching in the People's Republic.

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T-Mobile removes employer discounts from Simple Choice plans

Tomorrow might be April 1st, but T-Mobile's not joking around with their latest move: they're scrapping employer rate plans discounts. Gone is the supposed complexity that came with wondering what kind of discount you might get with your Simple Choice plan based on where you work, replaced instead with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when your purchase a new device… based on where you work. It's simpler than trying to figure out if it's 15% or 5% or 2.8% that you'll get off of your bill.

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Pebble now available at Target, introduces exclusive new color

The Pebble smartwatch is now available for purchase from Target. The smartwatch is available both in retail stores and online at Target's website. Customers can choose between the Jet Black, Cherry Red, and for the first time in a retail store, the Arctic White colors — the latter of which is exclusive to Target for a limited time.

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New Museum using iBeacons to simulate minefield for Day for Mine Awareness

Hot on the heals of the MLB's expansion of the use of iBeacons in most of their ballparks, the New Museum in New York City decided to go a little more dramatic with iBeacons: they're making them into land mines. Well, simulated land mines.

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Introducing the Mobile Nations Newsroom

I’m excited to introduce you to a new initiative we’ll be piloting on Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Smartwatch Fans this April.

Internally we’ve dubbed it Mobile Nations Newsroom and it represents a change to our organizational structure and workflow designed to provide you, our readers, with a better experience. The goal of Newsroom is to get you the latest news faster while doing it better, and while also allowing our talented team of writers to spend more of their day working on the original content that we know you all love.

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