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Apple hires digital audio expert away from Audience

Apple has hired Dana Massie, a digital signal processing expert from Audience, a company that specializes in audio processing. Their voice processing technology was used in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Massie has actually previously worked at Apple as a manager, and will be rejoining the company as a system-on-a-chip (SoC) audio architect. At Audience, he was head of digital signal processing chip architecture, according to MacRumors:

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Does Apple's new retail SVP, John Browett, make sense? [Stock talk]

"Is it also possible that Browett's experience at Dixons, and before that Tesco (the world's third largest retailer) might just be right what Apple needs as it continues on its path towards world domination?"

We, and pretty much the rest of the blogosphere were, shall we say, slightly bewildered when Apple announced its new SVP of Retail, John Browett.

Browett is, at first glance, an unusual hire because the retail organization he is leaving seems to be the exact opposite of what Apple stands for. He was the CEO of Dixons, the well known British technology retailer.

Big box retailers couldn't be further from Apple's model of clean, spacious, bright and minimalistic. Apple employees always want to help, knowing that when you are in their store you have already chosen their brand. They are highly service-oriented. Big box sales staff are all about making the sale. They couldn't care less what brand of TV you jam into your SUV after you slip the cashier your credit card.

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Apple hires Xbox manager to further push iPhone and iPad gaming initiative

In an update to his LinkedIn profile, Microsoft Marketing Manager for Xbox UK, Robin Burrowes, let the world know that he's been hired by Apple to push iOS gaming even further.

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UI concept designer Jan-Michael Cart to intern at Apple

Jan-Michael Cart, noted for his iOS user interface concept videos, is heading off to work at Apple.

And like that, my time has come — I am now a member of the Apple community. I will still update my website with random small portfolio additions. I will also open up the blog portion of my website to document my day-to-day happenings in Cupertino. Stay tuned!

Several of Cart's UI videos focused on notification handling, making him the latest in a series of notification-centric designers brought in by Apple, including ??, known as the father of webOS notifications, to Peter Haas, who developed the Jailbreak MobileNotifier package.

Curiouser and curiouser. Check out a few of Cart's videos, below.

Source: Jan-Michael Cart via

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Apple hires David Rice as new Global Security Director

According to AllThingsD Apple has hired David Rice as their new Global Security Director. A 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy with a masters in Warfare and Systems engineering, he's worked for the NSA, the US Cyber Consequences Unit, and Neohapsis. He's also the author of the book Geekonomics:

In it he argues that software is modern infrastructure–just like a bridge (hence, the picture on the cover)– and if it’s poorly made or insecure, it constitutes a public hazard.

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Apple hires mobile payments expert -- iPhone to replace your credit card?

Looks like Apple has gone and hired a NFC (near field communications) expert to be their new head mobile commerce. Benjamin Viger, formerly product manager for mobile wallet, payment, and NFC at mFoundry, NearFieldCommunicationsWorld rounds up a plethora of recent Apple patent filings he just may be helping bring to market:

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IGN's Nintendo guru becomes Apple's App Store global editorial games director

Matt Casamassina, an editor at gaming website IGN known for his knowledge and coverage of Nintendo, has announced on his blog that he's left the media world to join Apple as their new global editorial games director for the iTunes App Store:

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