Apple Store in Santa Monica to Feature Glass Ceiling

Apple is planning to build a new store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The proposed renderings of the one story/8,084 square foot store feature a massive glass ceiling and facade with stone walls, giving the building a very familiar Apple-like feel. The site was previously occupied by a Borders, but has remained unoccupied by a permanent retailer since 2008.

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Apple to Invest $1 billion in Sharp LCD Plant?

A report from Reuters claims that Apple is interested in investing $1 billion in Sharp to be guaranteed a steady supply of LCDs for their range of devices. It was rumored earlier this week that Apple would be pushing back the release of the iPad 3 to 2012 due to display shortages, so investing in a LCD manufacturer like Sharp would ease the bottleneck and allow Apple to stick to a more regular release schedule.

“We think it is highly possible that Apple will make an investment in Sharp’s Kameyama plant to the tune of around $1 billion in order to secure stable supply of screens for iPhones and iPads,” analyst David Rubenstein said in the note.


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AT&T Covertly Installing LTE Equipment in Apple Stores

AT&T is secretly installing LTE equipment in Apple stores, which could potentially be used as a microcell to give 4G-enabled iPhone display units better signal when being tested by customers. There has been no confirmation that Apple is releasing an LTE capable iPhone model, but evidence supporting this rumor was found hiding in .plist files earlier this week. Since most areas do not yet have 4G coverage, it would make sense for Apple to install mini-towers in stores to give users an idea of what kind of speeds are possible on the next-generation network.


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Minecraft Pocket Edition Released for the Xperia Play

The alpha version of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android has been released for the Xperia Play. The game is $6.99, and like its desktop counterpart, will be updated frequently with new features and bug fixes. Preliminary features include local multiplayer, random worlds, and 36 different block types. There is no ETA on a wider release to additional devices, but knowing the Mojang team, it shouldn’t be too far off.

The first version (Alpha 0.1) will focus on the creative aspects of Minecraft. We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience. You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.


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Apple’s “Mothership” in Perspective

John Martellaro over at the Mac Observer has calculated the size of Apple’s proposed headquarters, which will be located near the existing location in Cupertino, California. When overlaid on top of the Pentagon, it becomes apparent how massive the building will be. A rough estimate puts the HQ at 1615″ in diamater, which is larger than the Empire state building and longer than a nuclear aircraft carrier.

The building will contain 12,000 employees in 3.1 million square feet, and will be powered by its own dedicated power grid. Steve hopes to have the campus completed sometime in 2015. Updated renderings of the building were published earlier this month.

[Mac Observer]

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Another Trio of Apple Stores Opening This Saturday

Apple just opened five new stores last weekend, but they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Grand opening celebrations will be taking place this Saturday at three new Apple Stores in Berkeley, California; Basingstoke, England; and Madrid, Spain. The store in Berkeley, which is in northern California, will be opening on Fourth Street and will be the first Apple retail store to open in the Bay Area in nearly three years.

Festival Place shopping mall will be the home of the Apple retail store in Basingstoke, which is southwest of London, England. Last, the retail store in Madrid, Spain will be opening at the Parquesur shopping mall. Apple plans to open an additional 20 new stores by the end of September, including ones in Germany and Hong Kong.


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LinkedIn Updates iPhone App, Rolls Out New HTML5 Website

LinkedIn’s mobile page views have grown by 400 percent year-over-year, and now the well-known professional networking website has improved their mobile experience by rolling out “faster, simpler, and better” apps for iOS and Android. The new applications are “between two and ten times faster across all features, ranging from search to reading your update stream.” The updated apps focus around your updates, inbox, profile and connections, and groups. The company has also introduced a new HTML5-optimized website for the first time, which can be previewed on any modern, HTML5 compliant browser by visiting Both the iOS and Android app are free in their respective stores.

[LinkedIn via 9to5]

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OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive Added to Apple’s Online Store

Apple has updated their online store to include the OS X Lion USB thumb drive for $69 with free shipping. The thumb drive was first made available for free to AppleCare users before being added to the shelves of brick-and-mortar Apple retail stores for the same $69 price tag. Purchasing this thumb drive will cost you nearly three times as much as it would to buy a digital copy of OS X Lion on the Mac App Store for just $29.99, but it does give you a physical copy of Apple’s latest Mac operating system.

Mac users can also choose to purchase OS X Lion on the Mac App Store and use Apple’s Lion Recovery Disk Assistant. When you install OS X Lion using the USB thumb drive, however, you will not be able to reinstall OS X Lion from Lion Recovery. You will need to use the USB thumb drive to reinstall OS X Lion.


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