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Didn't get tickets for WWDC? Go to AltConf instead

Now that Apple's announced the results of its lottery, you have a good idea as to whether you're going to be attending Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June. If you didn't get a ticket — or even if you did — there's an alternative happening at the same time that you can go to instead. It's nearby and it's absolutely free. I'm talking about AltConf.

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The Office for iPad team does a Q&A on Reddit, here are the highlights

Microsoft launched Office for iPad nearly two weeks ago. Now iPad owners can enjoy view Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Have (or obtain as Microsoft would like) an Office 365 subscription and you’re able to not just view documents, but edit them as well. The apps have seen over 12 million downloads since launch. The Office for iPad team just wrapped up an AMA on Reddit where they shared a lot of interesting facts about the product. Highlights from the Q&A below.

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Samsung takes aim at iPad again with new ads for the Galaxy Pro series tablets

Samsung's Galaxy TabPro and NotePro tablets have been available for some time, but that doesn't mean it's not too late to start advertising them. In that spirit, Samsung today pushed out four new ads touting the software and hardware features of the Galaxy Pro Series tablets, including bits on Multi Window, the "4 megapixel display" pixel density, and support for multiple users.

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US Cellular to fire up LTE at more than 1200 sites in 2014

Fifth-place US carrier US Cellular (yes, there is a fifth place behind the all-swallowing big four) plans to dramatically expand their LTE footprint this year by the number of 1200 sites. They'll be switching on new 4G services in 13 states, and by the end of the year plan to cover 93% of their customers. For a full list of where to expect LTE by year's end, check out the press release after the break.

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Vice President of Amazon A9′s search group joins Apple

Apple snagged themselves a new VP from Amazon recently, Benoit Dupin. He used to handle search at Amazon A9, which dealt in commercial-grade cloud search, advertising, mobile, and visual search. The change is visible on Dupin’s LinkedIn page, and according to sources, his Director position at Apple will oversee iTunes, the App Store, and Maps search. Dupin will likely be taking over for the old CEO of Chomp, a company that Apple acquired not too long ago.

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Adobe Lightroom launches on iPad, available through Creative Cloud

Adobe has today launched a mobile version of its Lightroom photo-editing suite on iPad. The Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, which works in tandem with iPad, is included as part of the company's Creative Cloud subscription suite, prices for which start at $9.99 per month. Like its desktop counterpart, the app is designed to enable professional-quality photo editing on-the-go, with realtime sync for your Lightroom collections through Creative Cloud.

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Apple sending out emails to lucky WWDC lotto winners

If you were among those waiting to see if you got chosen in the WWDC 2014 ticket lottery, you’ll want to keep an eye on your email accounts.

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Apple's latest 'Your Verse' offers a look at how Bollywood uses Apple products

Apple has updated their "Your Verse" site — that's the new ad campaign for the iPad Air — with a piece about how Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan uses his iPad to capture different scenes and other inspiring pictures and video.

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Apple’s new head of retail operations to be made an ‘honorary dame’ of the British Empire

Incoming Apple SVP of Retail and current Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will soon be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire. The ceremony is expected to be low-key, and will be presided over by British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills. Ahrendts will not be allowed to use the title Dame, though she will be able use DBE after her name, due to the fact that she is not a British citizen.

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StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016

We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

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