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Inside Apple University, where new recruits learn about Apple's approach to design

Over the weekend, the New York Times published an in-depth look into Apple's secretive training program, known as Apple University. Run by former dean of Yale School of Management Joel Podolny, the initiative was conceived by Steve Jobs to get new recruits acquainted with Apple's approach to design, which focuses on simplicity.

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Sky Sports on Now TV gets a little more affordable

British premium television provider, Sky, has announced some changes to its online only Now TV service with a new weekly subscription option for the Sky Sports package. Previously you needed to hand over £9.99 a day to watch Sky's premium sports channels but from this coming Thursday there will be an option to pay £10.99 for a weeks viewing.

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Mac vs PC ads are back from Microsoft for the Surface Pro 3

With its latest ads for the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has re-ignited the old 'Mac vs PC' battle by taking aim at the MacBook Air. Previous Windows tablet ads have taken aim at the iPad, but this time out Microsoft is going for the big guns with its newest 'laptop' in three new, short ads.

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Vesper note-taking app update makes tracking changes easier

Vesper has been updated to version 2.002, which is a slight bump from the 2.0 release, but the changes will make it easier for users to track any edits or revisions to their notes. As a note-taking and information collecting app, Vesper now allows you to see when the notes are created and modified when you tap at the bottom of the screen.

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Verizon may be about to close a loophole for its remaining unlimited data users

A new rumor claims Verizon Wireless is about to close a loophole that some of its grandfathered unlimited customers have used to continue to get that plan, even though Verizon stopped offering such a service for its new subscribers a few years ago.

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iPhones 'flaunted' over Android in India, even older ones

Selling older iPhones is Apple's new strategy to gain market share in India. The iPhone 4 was released in June 2010 but is still available and popular in emerging markets like India. Not only can you find the iPhone 4 in India, you'll also find the iPhone 4s that launched in October 2011.

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Emberlight will turn your lightbulbs into smart connected lightbulbs

While smart wireless lightbulbs like Philips Hue are all the rage, a new Kickstarter project is aiming to make any lightbulb a smart one. It's called Emberlight, and it's a simple intermediary device that you screw into the E26/27 socket and then screw your lightbulb into. From there, merely leave your switch in the on position and you'll be able to control your lights wirelessly from your phone.

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Is iCloud Mail down for you?

Apple is reporting that iCloud Mail is out for some users. According to Apple's System Status page, the outage has been affecting users since just before noon Eastern today.

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Tim Cook expresses sympathy for earthquake victims in Yunnan, China

Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed his sympathies with the people of Yunnan, China, after a major earthquake hit the region last week. Almost 600 people have died as a result of the quake so far, and, with 230,000 people having been evacuated. Cook sent an email to Apple employees that expressed support for the victims, as well as announcing that Apple would be making donations to relief groups, according to 9to5Mac:

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Chinese officials deny banning Apple products for government procurement

Earlier this week, a Bloomberg report claimed that the Chinese government excluded a number of Apple products, including the iPad, the iPad mini and a number of MacBooks from a government procurement list due to security concerns. Today, however, a new report out of Reuters, citing China's Central Government Procurement Centre as well as the finance ministry, revealed that the company never applied to be on that particular procurement list, which pertained to energy-saving products.

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