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WORLD CUP HITS

ONLINE STREAMING
RECORD, BUZZ SOARS

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iGadgets apps and for travel

How your iDevice can help you on the go

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Clearing the mystery that
is Apple University

GOOGLE ADDS MORE MUSICAL


CHOPS WITH SONGZA DEAL

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Keeping the Jobs values alive

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SIRENS, PHONES SOUND ERRONEOUS ALERT IN CALIFORNIA 06

Top 10 apps

FACEBOOK: NYC PROSECUTORS GOT DATA ON 381 USERS 10

iTunes Review

GOOGLE GLASS TAKING FANS CLOSER TO THE ACTION 34

Top 10 songs

Apple Expands iTunes U Education App for iPads 62

Top 10 albums

TWITTER NAMES GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE TO CFO POST 82

Top 10 Music videos

NSAS INTERNET MONITORING SAID TO BE LEGAL 98

Top 10 TV Shows

EU SLASHES MOBILE DATA ROAMING FEES BY 55 PERCENT 104

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SIRENS, PHONES SOUND ERRONEOUS


ALERT IN CALIFORNIA

People in San Luis Obispo County received a


series of unsettling, erroneous emergency
alerts Friday as repairs were being made to a
nuclear power plants siren system, including
a vague cellphone message that told them to
prepare for action.
The chain of mistaken alerts began arousing
confusion and fear when a siren thats part of
the Diablo Canyon Power Plants warning system
began wailing Friday afternoon for no apparent
reason, county emergency services manager
Ron Alsop said.
Earlier in the day, crews had upgraded the siren
as part of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.s summer-long
revamp of the emergency system.

To indicate there was no emergency, county


officials issued an alert.
Unbeknownst to us, with a new emergency alert
system, it also triggered the new wireless alert
cellphone system, Alsop said.
Across the county, peoples cellphones buzzed
with a special tone and a message that said there
was a civil emergency in this area and people
should prepare for action.
The warning halted wine tasting at the Saucelito
Canyon Vineyard & Winery in San Luis Obispo,
manager Katherine Taylor said.
I had 15 people here, looking at their phones
and asking what to do, she said.

Nisse Noble, 27, was at her online apparel


companys office when she received the message.
The vague warning was unsettling, leading her
to think there was a mass shooting, a nuclear
accident or a criminal at large in the area, she said.
We didnt know where we should turn or
what we should prepare for, Noble said.
When county officials realized the gaffe, they
issued a final message stating that there was no
cause for alarm.
Were just glad we learned this before we had an
actual emergency, Alsop said.
The 131 sirens across the county are used not
only for an emergency at the nuclear plant,
but also for other emergencies such as an
evacuation due to a tsunami or dam failure,
PG&E said. The utility said it was investigating
what caused the siren to sound.

FACEBOOK:
NYC PROSECUTORS GOT DATA ON 381 USERS

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Prosecutors building a sweeping disabilitiesbenefit fraud case got a trove of data from the
Facebook accounts of more than 380 people, the
social media giant said this week as it disclosed a
nearly yearlong legal fight over the largest set of
search warrants it has ever received.
Facebook ultimately turned over the
information but is appealing the court order
that required it to do so, saying prosecutors
intruded on users privacy. The Manhattan
district attorneys office and a judge have said
the search warrants were justified.
The dispute adds to a roster of clashes between
authorities and Internet companies over law
enforcement efforts to scrutinize peoples online
lives for potential evidence.
Its part of a trend toward more aggressive
challenges by Internet providers on behalf of their
customers, said Orin Kerr, a George Washington
University law professor who specializes in issues
surrounding computers and crime.
It began secretly last July, when Manhattan
Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson approved
381 search warrants for various Facebook users
postings, friend lists, photos, private messages
and other data, according to court filings
unsealed Wednesday and first reported by The
New York Times. The users ranged from high
school students to grandparents, Facebook said in
a filing last week.
Sixty-two of those users are among the 134
people charged in the case, Deputy General
Counsel Chris Sonderby wrote in a blog post
Thursday. Its unclear whether other users will
be charged.
The warrants aimed to gather evidence against
police and fire retirees allegedly coached to
claim they were too psychologically devastated
to work even as they golfed, rode motorcycles
and otherwise led robust lives - and sometimes
posted the alleged proof on Facebook. More

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than half of the 134 defendants so far have


pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say up to 1,000
people may have been involved and more
charges could come.
Menlo Park, California-based Facebook
argued the warrants cast a net as wide as
the digital equivalent of seizing everything in
someones home.
Except here, it is not a single home but an
entire neighborhood of nearly 400 homes, the
company wrote in last weeks filing.
But prosecutors say they gave the judge a 93page explanation of why each targeted account
would likely yield evidence.
The defendants in this case repeatedly lied to
the government about their mental, physical, and
social capabilities. Their Facebook accounts told
a different story, DAs office spokeswoman Joan
Vollero said in a statement Friday.
Jackson rebuffed Facebooks objections in a
now-unsealed September ruling, saying law
enforcement has the authority to search and
seize a massive amount of material to seek
evidence, even if some of the items turn out
to be irrelevant.
An appeals court declined in November to hold
off Jacksons order while Facebooks appeal plays
out. Facebook then surrendered the information.
Over the years, online companies have
sometimes prevailed in pushing back on
authorities demands for information about their
users. They also have lost some fights; Twitter,
for instance, objected but ultimately acceded
to Manhattan prosecutors demands for three
months of tweets by an Occupy Wall Street
protester in a disorderly conduct case. Twitter
had been threatened with steep fines; the
company later lost an appeal of the court order
that had required turning over material.

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The value of an internal


education initiative
The late Steve Jobs, as anyone who has ever
been in the employ of Apple in recent years
will tell you, was a misfit. Such is the very
nature of genius - you can't teach it. That's the
commonly received idea, anyway. In truth,
even Jobs had certain tangible values by
which he took Apple by the scruff of his neck
to previously unbeknown success, during both
of his spells with the company.
With that in mind, could something of his
genius - even just a semblance - be put in a
bottle, for the benefit of future generations
of Apple leaders? It may not be an easy task
to create a new Steve Jobs or seven, but that
doesn't mean that you shouldn't try - or at
least, that seems to have been the thinking
process behind a relatively little-known
internal education initiative at the Cupertino
company he made so great.
That initiative is known simply as Apple
University, and was started in 2008 at
the request of Jobs himself, the then CEO
becoming more than aware of his mortality as

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his long-term illness wore on. It's an attempt


to perpetuate the ways of thinking that
embedded Apple at the top of the technology
tree in the years up to 2011 - and that have
helped to keep it up there in the years since.

How Apple has fared since Jobs


Sure, some industry commentators will
point to certain struggles that Jobs' baby has
experienced in the still less than three years
since his passing. They might flag up the
Maps fiasco, generalized grumbles among
shareholders, or simply the lack of a 'gamechanging' new product with the cachet of
the iPod, iPhone or iPad. All three continue
to receive incremental updates under the
auspices of Jobs' successor as CEO, Tim Cook,
but we're yet to see the long talked-about
iWatch break cover.
However, don't be fooled into thinking that
the Californian tech giant hasn't made very
significant strides since Jobs' October 2011
death. The company that Jobs left behind
was certainly a advantageous inheritance
for Cook, its brand valuation of $33.5 billion
making it the world's second most valuable
company, behind Exxon. That's before you
mention the daunting $81.6 billion cash
reserves that the new occupant of Jobs'
seat could call upon back then.
As of February this year, though, there was no
longer any company in the world with as high
a market valuation as Apple, leaving Google
and Exxon Mobil to scrap for second place.
Microsoft was in fourth position. Similarly,
while Apple's 2010 fiscal year total gross
revenue of around $65 billion was nothing
to be sniffed at, with the following fiscal year
yielding $108.25 billion, the company has
only gone from unimaginable strength to
unimaginable strength since then.

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The all-important figures


remain impressive
How strong as we talking about? Well, for the
2013 fiscal year ending September 28, 2013,
a record $170.9 billion in total gross revenue
was mustered. This was a 9.18 per cent
improvement on the previous year's $156.53
billion, and a whopping 57.88 per cent and
162.9 per cent higher than was managed in
2011 and 2010 respectively.
You can look at pretty much any other key
figures of Apple's for the last few years, and
you'll keep seeing a rosy picture. By the end of
October last year, for example, the Cupertino
firm had more than $146 billion in cash and
marketable securities. Both iPhones and iPads
sold at record levels during the 2013 fiscal
year, with the sales of 150 million iPhones
bringing the smartphone's total unit sales to
421.3 million. Meanwhile, some 169.2 million
iPads have now been sold in total since the
tablet's 2010 launch, 71 million of those in the
latest fiscal year alone.
With figures like these, it's therefore not a
massive surprise that in March 2014, Apple
was declared the most valuable billion dollar
brand in the world by Brand Finance, a value
of about $104.7 billion for 2014 placing it
well ahead of Samsung Group ($78.8 billion),
Google ($68.6 billion), Microsoft ($62.8
billion) and Verizon ($53.5 billion).

The setting up of Apple


University
But back to Apple University for a minute.
If such figures were to be achieved, and
continue to be achieved for many years to
come, it surely follows that something of the
Jobs philosophy needed, and needs to survive
in the company. However, that depends on
first pinpointing what the great man was

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actually about. Apple was on the financial


precipice when he returned in 1997, so its
dramatic transformation in the ensuing years
was definitely no accident.
On creating Apple University, Jobs'
intentions were simple - to create a
learning program whereby executives
could be taught his approach. It was the
obvious way to ensure that future Apple
executives thought like him. In the words
of Apple analyst Tim Bajarin, "One of the
things that Steve Jobs understood very
well is that Apple is like no other company
on the planet. It became pretty clear
that Apple needed a set of educational

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materials so that Apple employees could


learn to think and make decisions as if they
were Steve Jobs."
The program got underway in earnest with
Jobs' 2008 hiring of the one-time dean of
Yale University's School of Management,
Joel Podolny. Active courses had apparently
begun by the following year, with Jobs
helping to create the curriculum. Various
other academics were subsequently hired by
Podolny, and even Tim Cook dropped in for
some lecturing.
Although secrecy surrounds most of the
curriculum content, it is known that one
course is called 'What Makes Apple Apple',

and that the whole initiative was largely


inspired by 'The HP Way' core values as
espoused by the founders of that company,
Bill Hewlett and David Packard.

Identifying those vital


Jobs qualities
Characteristics widely identified as part of
the Jobs philosophy include an emphasis on
quality over quantity, as seems to be in safe
hands judging by repeated pronouncements
by Cook, as well as the need to 'Create
something different'. The iPod, iPhone and
iPad may not have been the first released

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Image: Paul Sakuma

products in their respective categories, but


they are nonetheless seen as having turned
those categories on their heads.
Jobs was also feted for his ability to create
anticipation through showmanship, helping
to stoke just the right level of excitement and
demand for a new product at just the time
it became available to purchase. It is also
thought that Apple University emphasizes the
importance of - where appropriate - involving
everyone in the company in the product's
design and feel.
There is a long list of other elements of the
Jobs approach that are reported to have
been incorporated into Apple University
and the Cupertino firm's present corporate
culture and working operations. These
range from making everyone responsible
and establishing a culture of such
responsibility via multiple weekly meetings,
to maintaining a simple organizational
structure with no committees and tending
towards specialized, focused roles.

The wisdom of a 'corporate


campus' for other companies
As unique a company as Apple may be,
an internal education program like Apple
University doesn't merely hold lessons for
the Cupertino firm. After all, it's hardly the
first company to have such a 'corporate
campus'. The same was true of Jobs' other
major corporate success story, Pixar, where
there was Pixar University, while there was
also one in operation many years earlier at
GE (General Electric), and even that great old
Apple adversary, IBM, has long embedded a
learning culture of its own.
The benefits of an internal education
scheme are certainly clear for Apple,
where recent years have seen the exit

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of various top executives and engineers,


including many to have worked closely with
Jobs. Employee turnover is becoming an
increasingly pronounced - and expensive
- problem for other tech companies, amid
predictions by the Hay Group that the
burgeoning economy will see turnover
reach new heights - as high as 25 per cent across the world during 2014-18.
With the tech industry seeing engineers often
only stay at a company for 1-2 years, the
need has clearly arisen to create incentives

for talented professionals to stick around at a


firm like Apple. The right, properly managed
educational program can be invaluable in this
regard, only packing all the more power when
combined with the likes of stock, cash prizes,
promotions and internal awards.
Apple University certainly seems to be
delivering the goods for the company that
Jobs bequeathed to his successor as CEO, Tim
Cook - and long may that continue.
by Benjamin Kerry & Gavin Lenaghan

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WORLD CUP HITS ONLINE


STREAMING RECORD, BUZZ SOARS

Moments after Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez


sunk his teeth into an opposing Italian player
during Tuesdays World Cup match-up, brands
were using the incident to market burgers on
Twitter.
Suarezs mid-game snack -and Italian forward
Mario Balotellis Twitter plea for a kiss on the
cheek from Queen Elizabeth- drew massive
online attention this week as the initial group
stage matches played out. More than 300 million
tweets have been sent about the World Cup
so far, and Google has logged over 1.1 billion
searches related to the worlds most popular
sporting event.
While the tournaments June 12 kickoff game
between Brazil and Croatia still drew the most
tweets of any match, people paid more attention
to this weeks games, at least as measured by
matches they viewed online.
Heres a look at how the World Cup fared
online this week:

STREAMING TRAFFIC SOARS


Thursdays concurrent U.S. vs. Germany and
Portugal vs. Ghana games hit a peak of 6.8
terabits per second in online streaming traffic,
according to Akamai Technologies Inc., which
helps companies distribute online video and
works with more than 50 World Cup online
streaming rights holders worldwide. That rate of
consumption is a new high for a live-streamed
sporting event that Akamai has delivered and

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very easily one of -if not the- largest live events


thats been delivered on the platform, said
spokesman Chris Nicholson.
Unlike during previous World Cups, this year even
U.S. cord-cutters were able watch group stage
matches online, as TV providers such as Univision
offered free streaming on its website and mobile
apps. ESPN is also streamed the matches, but it
required pay-TV credentials.

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Image: Matthias Hangst

ONCE BITTEN...STILL HUNGRY?


Before he bit Italys Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez
received about 100,000 mentions on Twitter,
according to the short messaging service. After
the bite: Two million. Brands from burger chains
to candy bar makers used the chomping as
an opportunity to market their arguably more
appetizing goods. Chew Trident, not soccer

players, read one tweet from the gum maker. If


only Suarez had Whataburger before the game
he wouldnt be so hungry, read another from the
Texas-based hamburger chain.

POPULARITY CONTEST
Portugals Cristiano Ronaldo is beating
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least when it comes to Google searches of


his name, according to the Internet giant. On
Twitter, though, Messi kept the top spot as the
most tweeted-about player, followed by Brazils
Neymar Jr. and post-bite Suarez. Ronaldo,
meanwhile, came in at No. 4.

PHOTO SHOOTS
On Instagram, the popular Facebookowned photo-sharing app, soccer fans used
hashtags such as (hash)WorldCupPets, (hash)
WorldCupPup and (hash)FifaCat to tag photos
of their pets decked out in World Cup gear.
Players, including U.S. forward Clint Dempsey,
meanwhile, took part in the apps TBT, or
Throwback Thursday trend, posting photos
of their younger selves. Dempsey sent out a
yearbook photo. A question above his smiling
photo reads Where do you hope to be five
years from now? Dempseys answer reads
Playing professional soccer in Europe.

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Image: Allen Kee

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GOOGLE GLASS TAKING FANS CLOSER


TO THE ACTION

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you


are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in
the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a
courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big
play in the final seconds, and you are right there
in front of them.
Google Glass is slowly becoming more common
in sports as teams and broadcasters try to
bring fans closer to the action. The Philadelphia
Eagles are going to test the Internet-connected
eyewear for in-game use, and a company
with a key application for the technology says
it has secured a new round of financing that
will help roll out its Glass program to sports,
entertainment and other fields.
When I talk to teams and ask them about what
technology are they looking at, what technology
are they keeping track of, the two answers I
mostly commonly get are Google Glass and
Snapchat, said Eric Fernandez, a founder and
managing partner of SportsDesk Media, a fan
analytics and digital media activation company.
The futuristic eyewear was known as Project
Glass when it was introduced by Google in a
video and blog post in April 2012. The Mountain
View, California, company started selling the
$1,500 glasses to a select crowd later that same
year, but it only recently became available to the
general public.
The use of Glass in sports has progressed from
trendy athletes dipping their toes in the water
to a tool for teams looking to draw fans to
arenas and stadiums, and then keep their focus

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on the action, instead of their omnipresent


smartphones and tablets. It comes with
endless revenue possibilities, ranging from
sponsorship deals for the new content streams
to a possible attendance boost for teams with
empty upper decks.
I think the fan experience one is the one
thats really hitting hard, said Eric Johnsen, the
business development lead for Glass at Work,
and the performance line people are dabbling
with, thats really interesting.
Punter Chris Kluwe used the eyewear in training
camp last year to take fans inside an Oakland
Raiders practice. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver
Golden Tate wore the glasses at Super Bowl
media day. Roger Federer used one when
he hit with former tennis star Stefan Edberg
during a visit to Googles campus, and a referee
at the recent USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby
Championship donned the glasses for the NBC
Sports broadcast.
But it is the big-picture applications that offer
intriguing possibilities for teams and leagues
concerned about attendance in the 21st century,
when flat-screen TVs and rising prices at sporting
events have made the in-home experience even
more appealing.
The 2014 Know the Fan Report, produced
by Sporting News Media, Kantar Media and
SportBusiness Group, found 45 percent of fans
use a second-screen device while watching sports

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on TV, a definite factor in the willingness of teams


and broadcasters to take a closer look at Glass.
The report was based on a survey of more than
1,000 American adults conducted in February.
The focus has been through sports at large,
how do you get people using their phones to
interact during the game? said Rob Laycock,
the vice president of marketing for the Indiana
Pacers and Fever.
Whats nice about Glass is that its keeping your
focus on center stage, you know main court, with
the scoreboard right above it.
The NBAs Sacramento Kings used a CrowdOptic
application to become the first pro sports team
to employ Glass in the arena when they put the

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eyewear on their mascot Slamson and others


for a January loss to the Pacers, allowing fans at
the game and viewing at home to witness the
courtside experience. Indiana used it for the first
time for a March 26 game against Miami, and the
Orlando Magic broke it out for their April 9 game
against Brooklyn.
The Eagles are the first NFL team to try the
application for Google Glass. They are planning
for a similar approach to the Pacers, who used
the CrowdOptic program to provide multiple
courtside perspectives over the videoboard
during games.
Were on a constant search for ways to enhance
the overall fan experience at Lincoln Financial

Field, said Brian Papson, the vice president of


marketing for the Eagles. So what caught us is
that this is a creative, different, new innovative
way to do that.
There are many factors at play with the use of
Glass at sports venues, including the strength of
the WiFi network and the reliability of moving
people wearing the technology. Thousands of
people using their phones to post to social media
or check fantasy sports can grind WiFi networks
to a halt, and a courtside perspective becomes
much less attractive when its an obstructed view.
Thats where CrowdOptic comes in.
What our stuff does is it really converts all this
chaos into a demonstrable broadcast feed that,

for example, the Pacers can really count on,


said Jon Fisher, the CEO and co-founder of San
Francisco-based company. So they can put Glass
out there and it can work in many cases as well
as any other fixed camera asset because of these
algorithms at work.
Maintaining a reliable feed is just one
potential problem for sports teams deploying
the technology. There is concern about
overwhelming fans with a barrage of viewing
options. The eyewear has faced criticism over
its intrusiveness and its ability to take photos
and video through voice-activated commands,
making it more likely that even attentive fans
could find themselves on the videoboard before
they realize whats going on.

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The rollouts have been conducted with great care.


We havent just determined yet whos going to
be wearing the Glass and deploying it, thats all up
for a lot of discussion, Papson said. But I think
as content such as this continues to be more
available, I think every team has those discussions
as to whats not appropriate to provide.
Asked about his vision of the future, Johnsen
paints a compelling picture.
If a fan wants to be Tom Brady, 10 seconds left in
the Super Bowl, in the red zone making the call in
the huddle and executing a play, he said, I think
its absolutely possible next 10 years if not sooner
... with Glass-like technology.
Google Glass
CrowdOptic

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Using your iDevice 'on the go'


Anyone who has been on holiday anywhere,
ever, for even the shortest period of time,
knows how easily things can go wrong. Maybe
you've got a string of anecdotes of your own
to tell. Perhaps you have tales of missed
flights, hotel check-in problems, an inability to
access your work emails from Barbados, and
more besides?
To be fair, though, any issues you may have
experienced in recent years 'on the go' might
not be quite so profound as those that you
will have encountered just a few decades ago.
These days, it seems that even the remotest
parts of the world aren't too far from a WiFi hotspot or seven, and that's without even
considering how monumental an impact the
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on making it a little easier to do anything and


everything mid-trip.
In the old days, you wouldn't even have a
mobile phone to save you from the middle
of nowhere. Now, from that same 'middle of
nowhere', you might be able to do a spot of
Amazon shopping. Yep, technology continues
to make the world a lot smaller, but how
exactly have iDevices sustained the trend?

The pick of iOS airport apps


A lot of the common travel problems that
most of us experience start at the airport.
From losing your way around an airport to
simply failing to get the best seats, there are
so many issues that the right airport and
airline apps can help you to avoid.

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One app that we can't possibly fail


to recommend in this category is the
comprehensive FlightView Flight Tracker and
Airport Delay Status app - comprehensive
enough, in fact, to come in three versions the standard version that'll cost you $0.99, a
free version and an Elite version, that is still
available for a mere $3.99. Whichever one
you opt for, it's a great way to keep tabs on all
manner of real-time flight information, from
the latest upcoming and in-air flights to delays
and cancellations.
But if you haven't even bought your ticket
yet, check out the JetRadar app, the selfdescribed "flight ticket search engine" that
sifts through the offerings of 700 airlines to
get you the best prices. The app is available
for both the iPhone and iPad, doesn't cost you
a thing and allows you to not only find, but
also purchase tickets with your iDevice. The
search process is made even easier by flexible
filtering options, and even the quality-price
ratio of tickets can be analyzed.
The 'also rans' in this category are anything
but, such is the potential that the developers
of airport apps have extracted from iOS. Do
you want to find the best possible seats on
the plane? No problem - just download the
Seat Alerts app. What about if you'd like to
get acquainted with the lounges of more than
200 busy international airports? Well, that's
what the LoungeBuddy app is for. The Airport
Maps app, meanwhile, is self-explanatory,
helping you to find where you can get
something to eat at your airport.

Continuing help for


international travelers
Even once you're settled into your seat, the
plane has taken off and you've landed at your
destination, there are always other iOS apps
available to take some of the hassle out of

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#01 FlightView Free


By FlightView Inc.
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#02 JetRadar
By Go Travel Un Limited
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#03 Seat Alerts

#05 Airport Maps

By ExpertFlyer.com
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

By Michael Wolff
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad,
and iPod touch.

#04 LoungeBuddy
By LoungeBuddy Inc
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Image: Thomas Barwick

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#06 Foursquare
By Foursquare Labs, Inc.
Category: Social Networking
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#07 Hotel Tonight


By Hotel Tonight Inc
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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travelling - and not only that, but make it that


bit more fun and affordable.

restaurants, with all of the accompanying


hours, ratings, tips and contact information.

Some of these are more surprising choices


than you might think. Foursquare, for
example, is more than just a checkin
app. It's also a great portal for getting the
lowdown on the closest tourist attractions
and places to eat, directly from locals
themselves. If there's a particular type
of food you fancy in an unfamiliar city,
Foursquare will point you to the best

Let's imagine that you're in said unfamiliar


city, but only made the trip at the last
minute and need a place to lay your head
before the day is over. That's precisely
why you choose to download the Hotel
Tonight app, which allows you to book
accommodation for the night as late as
2am, in many cases. With represented
parts of the world including North America,

#08 TripIt
By TripIt
Category: Travel
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#09 Google Maps


By Google, Inc.
Category: Navigation
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Central America, South America and


Europe, you can be pretty much anywhere
and still find a decent hotel with this app.

From TripIt to Google Maps


and Translate
For the complete means of managing your
trip, though, one can only look to the TripIt
- Travel Organizer app. This is definitely an
app for the more seasoned traveler, with its

extensive functionality including directions,


maps and weather for every destination,
the ability to have trip plans synced with
Apple Calendar, Outlook or Google Calendar
and access to itineraries at any time, on any
device - offline, too.
Then, of course, there's good old Google.
Never underestimate the evergreen Google
Maps app - after all, it might be all that you
need for a successful city break, thanks to
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live traffic conditions and incident reports and


transition directions and maps for more than
15,000 cities and towns.
You don't need to pay a thing for Google
Maps, which also serves up Street View and
indoor imagery for restaurants, museums
and more, and detailed information on more
than 100 million places. Another potentially
extremely useful Google travel app is
Translate, which allows you to translate 80
languages, in addition to looking up single
words and phrases in the dictionary, listening

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#10 Google Translate


By Google, Inc.
Category: Reference
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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to your translations spoken aloud and directly


translating speech and handwriting. You can
save common phrases for offline access, too an especially useful feature in those visiting a
country for the first time.

How your iDevice can keep you


productive on holiday
There are a lot of obvious ways in which
your iGadget can serve as a desktop PC
alternative when you're on holiday or
otherwise out of the office. It's easy to
check your emails with an app like Gmail,
Pages is a more than trusty word processor
for 'on the go' document-writing, Notes is
a no-nonsense way of keeping those vital
reminders close to hand and you can even
check Facebook or Twitter for any quick
networking or to comment on a breaking
news story related to your sector.
But what about all of those lesser-known
productivity-boosting apps, such as Sunrise,
the calendar app that integrates locations
with Google Maps, or Daedalus Touch Text Editor for iCloud? The latter has long
impressed us with its extensive editing
functionality.
#11 Gmail
By Google, Inc.
Category: Productivity
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#12 Facebook
By Facebook, Inc.
Category: Social Networking
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#13 Twitter
By Twitter, Inc.
Category: Social Networking
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Or if, like so many people on holiday but


needing to catch up with a bit of work, you
struggle to get through your to-do list, you
really need the CARROT app. This app does
things a little differently when encouraging
you to get things done - by actually getting
upset at you if you fail to meet your targets.
Few things are quite as addictive as trying to
keep CARROT pleased, and it'll certainly get
you tearing through your to-do list. But as the
app's name suggests, it doesn't merely give
you a 'stick', with over 400 unique rewards
also being available for those who do get

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#14 Sunrise Calendar


By Sunrise Atelier, Inc.
Category: Productivity
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#15 Daedalus Touch


By The Soulmen GbR
Category: Productivity
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Image: Chris Tobin

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those vital assignments done. You can even


unlock app upgrades ranging from reminders
to mini-games.
Ensure that you develop good habits,
meanwhile, with the help of Habit List. Not
only is the interface intuitive and attractive,
but all of the features are here to help you
up your motivation when aiming for the right
'streak' of good behaviors. It'll certainly help
you to progress through the essential tasks on
your next business trip.

Never have any travel excuses


again
As we've seen, whatever you need to do
when travelling to even the furthest-flung
corners of the planet, there's a way your
iDevice can help you take the stress out of it.
From the search for plane and hotel tickets
to the organization of each day you spend on
holiday and finding the best restaurants for
whatever you fancy eating tonight, an app or
seven exists to get you on your way - making
those excuses harder to make up than ever.
Happy travelling with your iDevice!
by Benjamin Kerry & Gavin Lenaghan

#16 CARROT
By Grailr LLC
Category: Productivity
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#17 Habit List


By Scott Dunlap & Gerard Gualberto
Category: Productivity
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and
iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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#01 Guess The Emoji : Emoji Pops


By Conversion, LLC
Category: Games
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#02 Rising Star ABC


By Screenz Cross Media LTD
Category: Entertainment
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#03 Fish Out Of Water!


By Halfbrick Studios
Category: Games
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#04 FIFA Official App


By FIFA
Category: Sports
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#05 TwoDots
By Betaworks One
Category: Games
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#06 WatchESPN
By ESPN
Category: Sports
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#07 Fruit Ninja


By Halfbrick Studios
Category: Games
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#08 Free Music Downloader - SoundCloud Edition


By SDIIMT
Category: Music
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#09 Univision Deportes


By Univision Interactive Media, Inc.
Category: Sports
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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#10 Instagram
By Instagram, Inc.
Category: Photo & Video
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#01 OS X Mavericks
By Apple
Category: Productivity
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later

#02 GarageBand
By By Apple
Category: Music
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later

#03 Xcode
By Apple
Category: Developer Tools
Compatibility: OS X 10.8.4 or later

#04 Kindle
By AMZN Mobile LLC
Category: Reference
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

#05 Evernote
By Evernote
Category: Productivity
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

#06 ooVoo
By ooVoo LLC
Category: Social Networking
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#07 The Unarchiver


By Dag Agren
Category: Utilities
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.0 or later

#08 Microsoft Remote Desktop


By Microsoft Corporation
Category: Business
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#09 Memory Clean


By FIPLAB Ltd
Category: Utilities
Compatibility: OS X 10.7.4 or later, 64-bit processor

#10 Microsoft OneNote


By Microsoft Corporation
Category: Productivity
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later

Mac OS X
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#01 Run with Map My Run+


By MapMyFitness
Category: Health & Fitness / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#02 Heads Up!


By Warner Bros.
Category: Games / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#03 Walk with Map My Walk+


By MapMyFitness
Category: Lifestyle / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#04 Minecraft Pocket Edition


By Mojang
Category: Games / Price: $6.99
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#05 Afterlight
By Simon Filip
Category: Photo & Video / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#06 Map My Ride+


By MapMyFitness
Category: Health & Fitness / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#07 Stickman Soccer 2014


By Robert Szeleney
Category: Games / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#08 Geometry Dash


By Robert Topala
Category: Games / Price: $1.99
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#09 Sleep Cycle alarm clock


By Northcube AB
Category: Health & Fitness / Price: $0.99
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

iOS
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#10 The Sims 3


By Electronic Arts
Category: Games / Price: $6.99
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

#01 Disk Doctor


By FIPLAB Ltd
Category: Utilities / Price: $2.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor

#02 SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition


By Aspyr Media, Inc.
Category: Games / Price: $19.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.8.5 or later

#03 FaceTime
By Apple
Category: Social Networking / Price: $0.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later

#04 Duplicate Detective


By FIPLAB Ltd
Category: Utilities / Price: $1.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#05 RollerCoasterTycoon 3 Platinum


By Aspyr Media, Inc.
Category: Games / Price: $9.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7.5 or later

#06 Civilization V: Campaign Edition


By Aspyr Media, Inc.
Category: Games / Price: $14.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later

#07 Inpaint 5
By Maxim Gapchenko
Category: Photography / Price: $2.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#08 Day One


By Bloom Built, LLC
Category: Lifestyle / Price: $9.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7.4 or later, 64-bit processor

#09 Airmail
By Bloop S.R.L.
Category: Utilities / Price: $1.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

#10 Final Cut Pro


By Apple
Category: Video / Price: $299.99
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

Mac OS X
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Apple Expands iTunes U


Education App for iPads

Apple will soon make another bid to persuade


schools to replace textbooks with iPads. Next
week, it will introduce a tool for instructors to
teach from the tablet.

in bulk. Students are generally a big target for the


company, as the it typically releases upgrades for
Mac notebooks, iPhones and iPads around the
back-to-school season in fall.

The company said that it would issue an


upgrade on July 8 for iTunes U, its set of tools
for educators. The update introduces a new app
that allows instructors to create, edit and assign
course work using the iPad. (Before, instructors
had to log on to a computer and handle course
materials through a web browser.

Tech companies, including Apple, HewlettPackard and Microsoft, have long considered it
crucial to get people using their products when
they are young and in school, because they are
likely to stick with the same tools and brands as
they grow older.

Apples new iTunes U app will also introduce the


ability for instructors and students to start group
chat sessions. For example, if students want to
discuss a homework assignment or a course
topic, they can start a chat thread inside the app;
the teacher can monitor their discussion and
respond to questions.
Apple has a long history of involvement in
education, including programs that allow
educational institutions to buy Mac computers

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Apple has been making an aggressive push to


get iPads widely used in schools, and its efforts
have been fairly successful. The company
says 10 million iPads are now in use in schools
around the world. Apple has 94 percent of
the tablet market share in schools in the
United States, according to the research firm
IDC. Some schools, like Montlieu Academy of
Technology in North Carolina, have reported an
improvement in average test scores after iPads
were incorporated into classrooms.

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But iPad integration has faced challenges,


particularly in Los Angeles, according to a series
of reports by The Los Angeles Times. About a
year ago, the board of education for the Los
Angeles Unified School District authorized a
$30 million contract with Apple to purchase
iPads in bulk for 47 schools. Among other
issues, students quickly found ways around
the security restrictions of the iPads to browse
whatever websites they wanted.
The Los Angeles school district, which is one of
the largest school districts in the country, is testing
a new program that allows students to pick from
six different laptop computers, according to The
Los Angeles Times.

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by David Wain
Genre: Comedy
Released: 2014
Price: $6.99

178 Ratings

Movies
&

TV Shows

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Rotten Tomatoes

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They Came Together


Directed by David Wain and written by
Wain and Michael Showalter as a parody of
romantic comedies, They Came Together tells
the unlikely love story of Joel (Paul Rudd) and
Molly (Amy Poehler). Thats despite the two
hating each other at first, given the threat
posed by his big Corporate Candy Company
to her quirky indie candy shop.

Five Facts:
1. The film had its world premiere at the
2014 Sundance Film Festival.
2. Director and co-writer David Wain has
said of the movie: One very shorthand way
Ive come up with is to say its a purposefully
dumb romantic comedy, or a purposefully
terrible romantic comedy. But that could
really scare people away, so I dont want to say
that. ... Another way to say that is its a grand,
huge, funny, crazy spoof movie in the
tradition of movies like Airplane.
3. Wain has cited Youve Got Mail as an
influence on They Came Together.
4. According to co-writer Michael Showalter,
I love romantic comedies, and David does
too... its a genre thats so wonderful when its
done well, and it can be funny but also lifeaffirming and romantic.
5. Other members of the cast include Ed
Helms, Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas
and Cobie Smulders.

Trailer

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Interview with David Wain

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Rob the Mob


This Raymond De Felitta directed crime drama
is based on the true story of two lovers who,
through their audacious heists of New Yorks
mafia social clubs, made a discovery that
forever changed the face of organized crime
in America. Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Ray
Romano and Andy Garcia all star.

Five Facts:
1. The film was written by Jonathan
Fernandez.
2. Other cast members include Aida Turturro,
Frank Whaley, Michael Rispoli and Joseph R.
Gannascoli.
3. The movie grossed $208,693
domestically.
4. It is based on the story of real life
couple Thomas and Rosemary Uva.
5. Of the films resemblance to the facts,
director Raymond De Felitta commented:
Pretty much everything you see them going
through actually happened. They were
both drug addicts, they both got out of jail,
they had a fresh start, they worked for that
collection agency, all that stuff happened.

by Raymond De Felitta
Genre: Thriller
Released: 2014
Price: $14.99

240 Ratings

Trailer

Rotten Tomatoes

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Interview with David Wain

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Music
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These Days...
Ab-Soul
Hip hop star Ab-Soul follows up 2012s
critically acclaimed Control System with These
Days..., his third studio album. It features
guest appearances from Black Hippy affiliates
Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock, as
well as such production talents as Sounwave,
Tae Beast and Dave Free of Digi+Phonics.

Five Facts:
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
Released: Jun 24, 2014
15 Songs
Price: $11.99

851 Ratings

1. Ab-Soul is the stage name of Herbert


Anthony Stevens IV.
2. He is a member of hip hop supergroup
Black Hippy, with fellow West Coast rappers
Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q.
3. Of his earliest musical influences, Ab-Soul
has said: I know early on, I really, really
liked Michael Jackson, like we all did.
Newborn babies loved Michael Jackson.
4. He has commented on the title of
These Days...: Originally, I didnt want a
super conceptual title. I didnt want to freak
anybody out. A lot of people do like that
concept-driven perspective and thats cool,
but I just wanted to loosen up a bit.
5. Asked what listeners should take away
from the album, he added: Balance.
Variation. A spice of life. I want to try and
touch as many bases as possible. I want
something on there for everybody. There
will be a lot of references to the vibe of
today, the sound of today and the subject
matter of today.

Closure

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Interview with Ab-Soul

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Ultraviolet - EP
Owl City
The singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist behind electronica project
Owl City, Adam Young, has already
announced that instead of one larger
recording, he will release a series of EPs
throughout 2014, Ultraviolet being the first.
All four of its tracks were solely composed,
written and produced by him.

Five Facts:
1. Lead single Beautiful Times features
violinist Lindsey Stirling.
2. Owl City was created in Owatonna,
Minnesota in 2007.
3. Young gained mainstream popularity with
the release of the second Owl City studio
album, 2009s Ocean Eyes.

Genre: Pop
Released: Jun 27, 2014
4 Songs
Price: $3.96

643 Ratings

4. The music of Owl City has also featured in


many animated films, including Legend of
the Guardians: The Owls of GaHoole, Wreck-It
Ralph and The Croods.
5. Young said of the new EP on his blog:
I had a blast with this one and it was great to
put the collaborations aside for a min. and let
my mind run free for these songs.

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Beautiful Times

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Interview with Adam Young

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TWITTER NAMES GOLDMAN SACHS


EXECUTIVE TO CFO POST

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Twitter is hiring a Goldman Sachs executive as its


new chief financial officer, continuing a shakeup that has led to the departures of several
executives in recent months.
The social media company said in a regulatory
filing Tuesday that it hired Anthony Noto, 46, to
replace current CFO Mike Gupta, who steered
Twitter through its initial public offering in 2013.
Gupta will stay on at Twitter, taking on the role of
senior vice president for strategic investments.
Noto was previously a managing director in
Goldmans technology, media and telecom
investment banking group, where he led Twitters
IPO process. Before that, he served as CFO of the
National Football League.
The CFO switch follows the resignation of
Twitters chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani,
earlier this month. Rowghani wont be replaced
because CEO Dick Costolo is seeking more direct
involvement with the San Francisco companys
engineering and product teams. Christopher Fry,

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Twitters senior vice president of engineering


resigned in late May. He was replaced by
Alexander Roetter, whod been Twitters vice
president of engineering.
The executive shake-ups come as Twitter is facing
pressure from investors to increase its user base
and how much people use its service.
In the new role, Noto will earn an annual salary of
$250,000 and be granted a one-time stock award
of 1.5 million shares vesting over four years. Hell
also get a grant to buy 500,000 additional shares.
Twitter shares rose $1.23, or 3 percent, to $42.20
in afternoon trading. The stock has fallen about
34 percent since the beginning of the year.

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5 Seconds of Summer
(Bonus Track Version)

5 Seconds of Summer

Rude - Single

MAGIC!

Stay With Me

Sam Smith

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

Ariana Grande

Am I Wrong

Nico & Vinz

Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)

Jason Derulo

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Boom Clap

Charli XCX

Maps

Maroon 5

YES!

Jason Mraz

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Dont Kill the Magic

MAGIC!

x (Deluxe Edition)

Ed Sheeran

In the Lonely Hour (Deluxe Version)

Sam Smith

No Other Name (Deluxe Edition) [Live]

Hillsong Worship

Paula

Robin Thicke

Count On My Love

Tessanne Chin

Thanks for Listening

Colt Ford

5 Seconds of Summer
(Bonus Track Version)

5 Seconds of Summer

The Fault In Our Stars


(Music From the Motion Picture)

Various Artists

Ultraviolet - EP

Owl City

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Somethin Bad
(with Carrie Underwood)

Miranda Lambert

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

Ariana Grande

Happy (from Despicable Me 2)

Pharrell Williams

Dont Stop

5 Seconds of Summer

Chandelier (Directors Cut)

Sia

Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)

Katy Perry

Rude

MAGIC!

Bartender

Lady Antebellum

Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake

Drunk On a Plane

Dierks Bentley

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The Vienna Incidents

Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Season 9

Welcome to Gitmo

The Last Ship, Season 1

The Eye

Falling Skies, Season 4

Two in the Knees

Suits, Season 4

Surfing the After Shocks

Pretty Little Liars, Season 5

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Teen Wolf, Season 4

Sleight of Hand

The Musketeers, Season 1

Godspeed

Dominion, Season 1

Whirly Girlie

Pretty Little Liars, Season 5

Janice Dickinson Knows Breast

Botched, Season 1

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The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Beautiful Oblivion

Jamie McGuire

The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith

Invisible

James Patterson & David Ellis

Love, Tussles, and Takedowns

Violet Duke

One Plus One

Jojo Moyes

Sharing You

Molly McAdams

Straddling the Line

Jaci Burton

All Fall Down

Jennifer Weiner

The Cuckoos Calling

Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling

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GOOGLE ADDS MORE MUSICAL


CHOPS WITH SONGZA DEAL

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy


with the acquisition of Songza, a service that
creates soundtracks tailored for peoples
changing moods.
Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday
were not disclosed. That means the price is
considered to be too small to affect Google Inc.,
which ended March with $59 billion in cash.
The acquisition highlights the growing
importance of services that customize playlists
as more people listen to music through Internet
connections on their smartphones, tablets and
personal computers.
Apple Inc. is buying headphone maker Beats
Electronics for $3 billion largely because it prizes
the song-picking prowess of a digital music
service that Beats has been building. The music
service combines automated formulas with the
expertise of a team led by Beats co-founders,
longtime recording industry executive Jimmy
Iovine and hip-hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre.

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Amazon.com Inc. also recently rolled out a musicstreaming service that is part the companys
$99-per-year Prime package.
Those two technology powerhouses, along
with Google, are trying to topple the early
leaders in music streaming, Pandora Media
Inc. and Spotify.
No immediate changes will occur at Songza, which
makes applications for Apples iPhone, iPad and
devices running on Googles Android software.
We cant think of a better company to join in
our quest to provide the perfect soundtrack
for everything you do, Songza said in a post
announcing its sale.
Google plans to blend Songzas technology into
its own music-streaming service, which costs
$10 per month. Songzas tools also might be
used to recommend musical videos at Googles
YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a
subscription option, too.

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NSAS INTERNET MONITORING SAID


TO BE LEGAL

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil


Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National
Security Agency surveillance program, it found
fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report
that the NSAs collection of domestic calling
records lacked a viable legal foundation and
should be shut down.
But in its latest study, the five-member board
takes the opposite view of a different set of
NSA programs revealed last year by former NSA
systems administrator Edward Snowden.
The new report, which the board was to vote
on Wednesday, found that the NSAs collection
of Internet data within the United States
passes constitutional muster and employs
reasonable safeguards designed to protect
the rights of Americans.
The board, whose members were appointed
by President Barack Obama, largely endorsed
a set of NSA surveillance programs that
have provoked worldwide controversy since
Snowden disclosed them. However, the boards
report said some aspects of the programs
raise privacy concerns meriting new internal
intelligence agency safeguards.
Under a provision of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act known as Section 702, the NSA
uses court orders and taps on fiber optic lines
to target the data of foreigners living abroad
when their emails, web chats, text messages
and other communications traverse U.S.
telecommunications systems.

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Section 702, which was added to the act in


2008, includes the so-called PRISM program,
under which the NSA collects foreign
intelligence from Google, Facebook, Microsoft,
Apple and nearly every other major American
technology company.
U.S. intelligence officials and skeptical members
of Congress have agreed that Section 702 has
been responsible for disrupting a series of
terrorist plots and achieving other insights.
The board said the programs have led the
government to identify previously unknown
individuals who are involved in international
terrorism, and it has played a key role in
discovering and disrupting specific terrorist plots
aimed at the United States and other countries.
Because worldwide Internet communications
are intermingled on fiber optic lines
and in cyberspace, known as the cloud,
the collection inevitably sweeps in the
communications of Americans with
no connection to terrorism or foreign
intelligence. Activists have expressed concern
that a secret intelligence agency is obtaining
private American communications without
individual warrants. Some have questioned
how such a program could be legal under the
Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
The board, including a Democratic federal
judge, two privacy experts and two former
Republican Justice Department officials,
found that the NSA monitoring was legal and
reasonable and that the government takes
steps to prevent misuse of Americans data.
Those steps include minimization that leaves
out the names of Americans from intelligence
reports unless they are relevant.
Overall, the board finds that the protections
contained in the Section 702 minimization
procedures are reasonably designed and
implemented to ward against the exploitation
of information acquired under the program for

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illegitimate purposes, said the report. The


board has seen no trace of any such illegitimate
activity associated with the program.
That said, the board noted that the rules
potentially allow a great deal of private
information about U.S. persons to be acquired by
the government.
The board was troubled by the unknown
and potentially large scope of the incidental
collection of U.S. persons communications,
and collection of communications about a
target, such as a foreign terrorist organization,
that could capture two innocent Americans
discussing the organization.
The report proposals some rule-tightening. For
example, the board recommends that NSA and
CIA analysts query Section 702 data using the
names or email addresses of Americans only
if the query is based upon a statement of facts
showing that it is reasonably likely to return
foreign intelligence information.
Section 702 has its roots in the Terrorist
Surveillance Program, a collection program
President George W. Bush ordered after the 9/11
attacks without seeking a change in the law. After
administration lawyers deemed aspects of it
illegal, and after so-called warrantless wiretapping
was disclosed in news reports, Congress
essentially legalized the program in 2008.
Obama, then a senator running for president,
voted in favor of the bill.

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EU SLASHES MOBILE DATA ROAMING


FEES BY 55 PERCENT

The European Union says the surcharges for


surfing the Internet on mobile devices while
traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more
than halved.
The European Commission says the new cap
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starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer
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It said Monday the price cap for one megabyte
of data use will be lowered to 20 euro cents (27
dollar cents) from 45 cents - a 55 percent drop.
Phone calls and text messaging services across
national borders are also getting cheaper by
about 25 percent.
The blocs executive Commission - keen on being
seen as helping the EUs 500 million consumers
- started cracking down on the fees in 2007 and
seeks to abolish them altogether by 2016

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