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Are you an Apple employee anywhere in the world with a great idea for how to market the iPhone in the company's retail stores? If so, you might be able to head to Cupertino for eight weeks to work with the iPhone team, which sounds like a pretty cool opportunity to us. If you don't work for Apple, maybe you're a Yahoo! user instead, in which case you can go try to claim the username you've always wanted -- find out how in today's recap.
Right on schedule, Yahoo! announced that is username wish list is now available. As you may recall, the company notified users that it will be recycling unused accounts last month, an initiative that begins this week with the ability to request up to five preferred usernames. In mid-August, Yahoo! will notify users which of those picks are available, at which time you'll have 48 hours to claim it or lose it to someone else. To fill out your wish list, head to the website before midnight PST on August 7th.
Office 365 is finally coming to the iPad! (Sort of.) On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the release of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, a pair of free apps that allow Outlook users to access their Exchange email, calendar and contacts from mobile devices. While the iPad app is welcome news after the iPhone-only debut of the Office 365 companion app, unfortunately all three titles still require an Office 365 subscription, making them of little interest to longtime Office for Mac users still getting by with their boxed software. But hey, maybe when Office for Mac 2014 comes along…?
The controversy over Dish Network's commercial-skipping Hopper DVR technology seems to have subsided for the moment, so what better time for the company to open its doors to mobile app developers with a third-party API? Unlike Apple's App Store, the floodgates aren't opening to everyone -- instead, Dish is working with select developers to "offer new ways for customers to discover shows that are available on the program guide, recorded to the DVR and accessible on demand," which includes complete control of the Hopper feature. The first developer on board is Thuuz Sports, which will offer Hopper control from its iOS and Android apps, but Dish is currently accepting submissions from other developers with big ideas.
Time sure does fly by, and that's certainly true for mobile bank Simple, which is celebrating one year since its debut (by invitation only) to customers on the iPhone. From only two people to a staff of 72, Simple has now processed more than 250,000 invitations and over $1 billion in transactions each year. None of that would have been possible without "nearly 500 pounds of coffee" drank at Simple headquarters. "One year is a big milestone for any company — and that goes doubly for us, as a startup working to disrupt a heavily-regulated and historically static industry," co-founder Joshua Reich writes. "It’s fair to say we’re future-minded: We spend a lot of time thinking about how banking should look in two, five, 10, or 20 years." Onward to the second anniversary!
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple sent out a memo to international employees last week seeking new ideas for selling the iPhone in the company's retail stores. While this isn't the first time Apple has done this, the memo notes that employees whose ideas are chosen will head to Cupertino for eight weeks to work with the iPhone team — a period that starts in August and ends in October, spanning the late summer and fall months when the next iPhone is expected to be unveiled. Coincidence?
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