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Is the iPhone 5c selling as well as Apple might have hoped? After the first weekend of online preorders, the company's online store still has ample stock of the contract models which show Sept. 20, while the unlocked models vary depending upon color and capacity, with some variations slipping to a Sept. 25 ship date. And then there's Apple's complete silence, which is making investors nervous once again...
Most of us have become accustomed to Apple announcing weekend preorder numbers for its latest iPhone, but Monday came and went without a peep from Cupertino as to how the iPhone 5c was faring. According to AppleInsider, the deafening silence appears to be giving investors the jitters, which sent Apple's stock down more than 2.5 percent. Never mind the fact that Apple didn't start the Monday AM tradition until the iPhone 4 in 2010 -- and let's not forget that the iPhone 5c as well as the iPhone 5s will hit stores this Friday, Sept. 20, so the company should have something worth crowing about come next week.
The Bump Blog announced Monday that the company's popular Bump and Flock apps are now part of the Google family, "a company that shares our belief that the application of computing to difficult problems can fundamentally change the way that we interact with one another and the world." According to CEO and co-founder David Lieb, the apps "will continue to work as they always have for now," which suggests some big changes could be on the way for the future.
AllThingsD reported Monday that Twitter's IPO isn't the only big plan the microblogging service has -- apparently, a "massive overhaul of its mobile apps" is also on the way, and could arrive "in the not-too-distant future." According to sources, Twitter will release a small compatibility update for iOS 7, followed by a "more significant" version yet to come, marking the third major UI change for the company in only seven years. The big update is said to do away with tabs at the bottom of the screen while making the whole experience more visual, with "a heavier emphasis on multimedia." Last but not least, Twitter is said to be introducing deeper integration with television shows, with a stream dedicated to tweets and conversations.
It seems there are some big changes taking place at streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, and they're not necessarily good ones. The Verge reported Monday that the company has laid off 30 people, reducing its staff by 15 percent, and is planning to remove a number of key management personnel, including Jon Irwin, the man who's steered the ship over the past three years. The changes are presumably being made in the wake of investment firm Columbus Nova acquiring a stake in the company, which was previously split equally between Real Networks and Viacom.
Readdle announced the release of PDF Expert for iPhone 4.7 on Monday, which prepares the app for Wednesday's release of iOS 7 as well as automatic sync between the iPhone and iPad versions via iCloud. The update also includes drag-and-drop of files and folders and a new image viewer that allows users to quickly browse photos with only a swipe, and also works on image previews. PDF Expert for iPhone 4.7 is a free update for existing users, now available on the App Store.
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