In a rather interesting article last week detailing music service Pandora‘s ongoing struggle with record labels’ streaming fees, The Verge says that “iRadio,” Apple’s rumored Pandora competitor, is being primed for a launch this Summer.
“Much has been written about Apple’s plan to launch a Pandora-esque service this year. Now multiple music industry insiders have told The Verge that significant progress has been made in the talks with two of the top labels: Universal and Warner. One of the sources said “iRadio is coming. There’s no doubt about it anymore.” Apple is pushing hard for a summertime launch.”
Apple is planning to expand its retail store in San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria, says a report in ifoAppleStore. The Stonestown store is one of Apple’s smallest retail stores with a storefront that measures 25 feet wide and a footprint that offers a measly 1,500 square feet of retail space for customers, merchandise and services.
According to ifoAppleStore, Apple will be moving to a nearby location in the mall that’ll triple the space of its current store. The new spot will have a curved glass front, which will fit in nicely with Apple’s design aesthetics.
With over ten million plus sales and loyal fans all over the world Doodle Jump developer Lima Sky is making the next logical leap for the franchise, Broadway. “Doodle Jump Live!” will make its stage debut in 2014, with an all-star production team lead by Julie Taymor of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fame. 80s pop icon and recent GEICO spokesman Eddie Money will provide the score to what producers are calling “the highest musical of all time.”
Leading the cast in this sky scraping adventure is Oklahoma City Thunder forward and Broadway virgin Kevin Durant in the role of the Doodle the Doodler. The production will follow Doodle as he bounces and jumps toward the sky in search of Cloud City and his long-lost high school sweetheart, Princess Doodlette. Along the way he will face danger, enemies, and the possibility that Cloud City might not exist at all.
The iPhone case business is big; so big, in fact, that a number of manufacturers are having problems with counterfeit cases being sold as their own products. We’ve previously heard of counterfeit Mophie battery cases, and OtterBox just recently announced that it has been battling bogus copies of its protective cases. Now Ina Fried at All Things D reports that Speck Products is suing a Utah company that has been selling fake Speck cases.
The company that is the target of the Speck action is Katinkas USA. Speck has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit, accusing the company and its CEO of unfair business practices and copyright and trademark infringements. Not only is Speck asking for millions in damages, but injunctions against the company as well.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the next release of iOS. Many people expect it to be a major revamp since Jony Ive has taken over software design at Apple. Some (like me) don’t expect to see a major redesign in the next release, but incremental improvements — like the removal of skeuomorphism from some apps. Whatever the case, I hope Apple will consider
stealing borrowing these three UI features from Facebook and Google iOS apps to make iOS even simpler to use:
What: Drag photos (or other elements) down to close them.