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Apple Store logo leaves start going green in honor of Earth Day (photos)

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In line with our report from last week, Apple has begun updating its logos on some of its more high-profile stores with green-colored leaves. Some users in Asia, Italy, and Australia are already posting posting photos of the tweaked logo. Apple Store employees will also be wearing green colored shirts to celebrate Earth Day for the next week.

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More photos:

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Also in honor of Earth Day, Apple updated its website with an environment-focused video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook, posted new environment statistics, and made VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson available for an extensive interview. Apple is expected to hold an Earth Day event of sort at its Cupertino campus tomorrow.


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Mailbox goes 2.0 on iOS, gains Auto-swipe and cross-device Dropbox sync

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Dropbox has released version 2.0 of Mailbox for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Mailbox is the popular email application that allows users to easily sort email for later access. In line with announcements from Dropbox’s recent press conference, the update adds a feature called Auto-swipe. This feature essentially automates common actions based on user’s past email email swipe and snooze tendencies. Mailbox is also leveraging Dropbox’s backend to synchronize the app’s settings across devices.


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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D45a to developers

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Following last week’s seed, Apple has provided beta build 13D45a of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to registered developers. The update, as always, is present for developers in the Software Update tab of the Mac App Store. 10.9.3′s release date hasn’t been announced, but it includes improved iTunes syncing functionality and better support for 4K external Mac monitors. 


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Apple adds rising star with background in FDA approvals & product testing to medical team

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Apple has added Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical device community, to its in-house medical technology team, according to sources with knowledge of the hire. Nag made her entry into the medical technology world earlier this decade by co-founding Stem Cell Theranostics, a company that focuses on technologies for testing new medicines for the market and how the drugs will affect patients. Nag also founded the Stanford-based StartX, an “accelerator” for medical technology-focused startups. Nag was just recently recognized for her many accomplishments in the medical and science fields with the Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 award.

Nag recently gave a “TED-style” talk about her work in the medical field (above). Her website also details many of her accomplishments and published research articles in the science and healthcare realms.

On the surface, in comparison to Apple’s other recent medical industry hires, Nag’s expertise does not seem immediately applicable to future Apple hardware or software. However, a key line from her LinkedIn profile indicates why Nag could be critical to helping Apple fulfill its ambitions of reinventing health software to hardware medical appliances:

Through StartX Med, Divya has operationally and strategically helped over 35 medical technology companies create product roadmaps, gain FDA approval, launch pilots with big provider networks like Stanford Hospital and MD Anderson, fundraise (over $100 Million in aggregate), and secure partnerships with top 10 pharmaceutical companies like Merck, Genentech and Johnson & Johnson.

With experience in managing product launches, gaining FDA approval, and partnering up with existing healthcare industry behemoths, Nag could be the key to Apple being able to launch devices such as the iWatch and Healthbook software that could track the likes of blood sugar, pulse, sleep patterns, and blood pressure. Apple has previously met with the FDA on multiple occasions to discuss upcoming “Mobile Medical Applications.” Members from Apple’s executive team, such as Senior Vice President Jeff Williams, and medical experts such as Michael O’Reilly have represented Apple in these meetings. With her expertise, it is likely that Nag, too, will be talking to the FDA.

Nag’s experience in medical product testing could also be valuable to the testing process for Apple’s future medical products. Apple job listings indicate that the Cupertino-company has been seeking engineers experienced in designing and executing tests of health-oriented products. 

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Over the past couple of years, Apple has hired several other medical experts, including former Nike FuelBand advisor Jay Blahnik and several experts experienced in building sensors to map veins and analyze blood data. While Apple has made these hires, there is no clear indication as to exactly when or what Apple will launch in the medical space. We understand that Apple has been working on a wrist-worn wearable device that will have medical-tracking features, and a recent analyst report says that such a device will arrive later this year. Apple has also been working on iOS 8 with the Healthbook fitness and health tracking application.

Both Apple and Nag have been contacted with requests for comment on the matter.


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Apple preparing iOS 7.1.1 bug fix update as iOS 8, OS X 10.10 testing increases

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Unsurprisingly, Apple appears to be readying a bug fix update to iOS 7.1 called iOS 7.1.1. Numerous visits to 9to5Mac from areas surrounding Apple’s campus on devices running iOS 7.1.1 have appeared in our analytics. The increase in views likely indicates that the bug fix update will come over-the-air to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches in the near future. iOS 7.1 was released in March with user-interface tweaks, a new calendar view, and CarPlay support.

In similar news, it appears, based on our analytics, that iOS 8 testing inside Apple has increased:

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And OS X 10.10:

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You can read up on everything coming in iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 here. 


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Apple to celebrate ‘Green Cities’ 2014 Earth Day campaign on April 22nd

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Apple will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd in its retail stores and on its Cupertino, California campus, according to multiple Apple employees. Earth Day is an annual day of focus on environmental protection and initiatives that has taken place in several countries since 1970…

Each year, the Earth Day organization focuses the April 22nd celebrations on certain environmental topics. 2014′s topic is known as “Green Cities,” and this is a focus on more environmentally efficient buildings, transportation, and cities. The above video explains the 2014 Earth Day theme in more detail.

Apple will be honoring Earth Day in its retail stores across the world by covering the Apple Store logos with green. This is similar to Apple changing its logo to a red color in honor of World AIDS day. There have also been indications that employees of some stores will be given new Earth Day shirts to wear on April 22nd. As for Apple’s main campus, employees say that a large-scale internal event will be held in the afternoon of April 22nd and the likely focus is Earth Day.

Apple last publicly recognized Earth Day nearly a decade ago with the announcement of a computer take-back program the day before Earth Day 2006.

As 2014′s theme is Green Cities, it makes sense that Apple would celebrate. The Cupertino-company is currently building an environmentally-focused Campus 2 that focuses on sourcing energy from green sources. Apple has also recently hired former EPA head Lisa Jackson to lead an environmental initiative team that reports directly to CEO Tim Cook.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

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Approximately one week following the previous beta release, Apple has provided build 13D43 of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store Software Update section for those on earlier betas and can also be found on the Mac Developer Center website. Apple has not announced when 10.9.3 will be publicly released. Indications from those using the beta point to the update providing improved support for 4K external displays and improved syncing with iTunes. Thanks, D!


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