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Tim Cook opens up about being gay, the importance of equality

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an op-ed where, for the first time, he opens up about his personal life, his pride in being gay, and how it has helped him develop empathy, and better understand the struggle of minorities and the importance of human rights. From Bloomberg:

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Microsoft's first fitness tracker works with your iPhone too

Microsoft's first fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band, went on sale today across retail and online stores for $199. Featuring a total of ten sensors, the tracker also works with the iPhone via a free, downloadable app called Microsoft Health, which is now available on iTunes.

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EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.

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Microsoft's fitness tracker app spotted in Mac App Store ahead of announcement

An app called 'Microsoft Band Sync' was just spotted in the Apple Mac App Store and looks to be the companion app for Microsoft's rumored wearable. We're expecting Microsoft to announce some kind of wearable within the coming weeks. Forbes recently reported that the fitness-oriented band would be coming out shortly. And just last week the device appeared to have passed FCC approval.

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Skype for Mac updated to 7.1, brings Yosemite support

After receiving a quick design update just a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft has just released another update for Skype, bringing the program up to version 7.1 with support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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CurrentC could switch to NFC, Bluetooth LE tech in the future

It looks like Apple Pay and Google Wallet rival CurrentC, which is backed by some of the largest leading retailers, is looking into NFC for the future. In its current implementation, CurrentC converts banking information into a scannable QR code for payment at the register, and the group said that it could change and quickly pivot to an NFC-based payment system if the market demands it.

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GT Advanced COO blames Apple for bankruptcy in detailed court declaration

In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for GT Advanced Technologies, the company's chief operating officer Daniel Squiller gave some explanation in a Supplemental Declaration to provide information about what went wrong in the deal that would have GTAT produce sapphire for Apple. Citing changes in specs later in the negotiation period leading to higher than anticipated manufacturing costs, an obligation to produce solely for Apple whereas Apple doesn't have to buy any of the sapphire produced by GTAT, and GTAT's inability to take control of the fabrication process from Apple, Squiller said that GTAT had no other choice but to file for bankruptcy.

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Apple reportedly in early talks to bring iPhone to Iran

Apple is reportedly looking into selling the iPhone in Iran. The company is supposedly already in preliminary talks with possible distributors in the country, with the primary obstacle being the economic sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear program. Apple is said to be discussing the possibility of selling the iPhone through local retailers, instead of Apple selling in the country directly, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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Yosemite adoption does in four days what took Windows 8 two years

Cloud backup company Backblaze recently ran some numbers comparing adoption rates between OS X Yosemite and Windows 8, and they came out with some astounding figures. Within just four days of its release, OSX Yosemite had reached a 21 percent adoption rate among Backblaze users. As for Windows 8, the company reports that it took nearly two years to reach the same figure.

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CurrentC notifies users of breach, only email addresses were taken

Members of the CurrentC pilot program are receiving a notice today that the service has been breached, with an unspecified number of user email addresses having been compromised. MCX says that no other information was taken. The group reminds to avoid phishing scams, saying that they will never be contacted by CurrentC or MCX for their financial information over email.

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