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Ever get locked out of your own iOS device? Famed SIM unlocker ChronicUnlocks is now offering the "first and only fully working and legitimate service" for removing Apple's iCloud Lock from any iPad or iPhone 4 or higher within one to 15 business days for only $149.99. Before you cry foul, the service can't be used on a stolen device already in "Lost Mode," but could come in awful handy if the device is lost and found again. Speaking of which, we found a handful of tech tidbits for today's recap, so sit back and dig in!
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is reaching out to retail store employees to help test the forthcoming Photos application for OS X Yosemite, as well as the iCloud Photos service that helps power the software. "We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple," an internal memo provided to employees reads. Although OS X Yosemite will debut this fall, the Photos application isn't expected until early next year, despite a completely overhauled mobile version launching with iOS 8.
The Google Webmaster Central Blog reported Tuesday that searches from mobile devices will now receive a heads-up when a website contains "mostly Flash" prior to clicking on the link. "Uses Flash. May not work on your device," the warning reads, with a pair of links allowing the user to "Try anyway" or "Learn more" underneath. Adobe Flash has never been supported on iOS and was sent packing with Android 4.1, and even though it's increasingly rare to stumble upon a Flash-powered site without a mobile-friendly version, it's nice to know in advance before experiencing the disappointment.
Patently Apple is reporting that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has refused Apple's request for a trademark on "Touch ID," the fingerprint sensor which debuted with the iPhone 5s last year. The letter dated May 7 outlines a "likelihood of confusion" between Cupertino's U.S. Registration No. 2735480 and a filing from 2003 for "Kronos Touch ID," which the USPTO seems to believe will confound potential buyers. Apple now has six months to rename Touch ID or cut a deal with Massachusetts-based Kronos to take ownership of the earlier trademark.
Before Thunderbolt, eSATA was about as fast as it got when it came to accessing external hard drives. If you happen to still have a bunch of eSATA-powered storage lying around, Kanex is now ready and waiting to take $79.95 for a little black box known as the Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter. As the name implies, the widget connects to an available Thunderbolt port on Mac or PC and restores access to eSATA hardware, while offering up an extra USB 3.0 port just for fun. Model number KTU10 is now available for online order with free shipping.
Earlier this week, one of those crazy kind of Apple rumors started making the rounds as Re/code reported former White House press secretary Jay Carney could be the guy to replace longtime PR leader Katie Cotton, who left Cupertino two months ago. Carney is also reportedly in the running to head up mobile taxi service Uber's PR department, but The Loop is having none of it: Jim Dalrymple, notorious for his insider "Yep" or "Nope" posts on Apple rumors, gave this one a big thumbs down on Tuesday. "Nope," Dalrymple wrote, adding "Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney." So, there's that...
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