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The big news heading into this past weekend had to be the announcement that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down sometime in the next 12 months, a decision that has many pundits wondering if the longtime company man is abandoning the post on his own or if the board of directors helped show him the door in an orderly fashion. One thing's for sure: Microsoft is in dire need of a shakeup if it ever hopes to make a dent in the mobile and tablet markets, so this one will be interesting to watch. In the meantime, here's a quick recap of some other stories you might have missed...
Well, what have we here? Engadget reported Saturday that the image above popped up on the radar over the weekend, apparently straight from the Shanghai, China plant of manufacturer Pegatron. The photo appears to be a big ol' pile of iPhone 5Cs -- that's the new "budget" iPhone Apple is expected to unveil next month -- being tested in the quality control department in mid-July, with the caption "The low-end iPhone 5C to be launched for Chinese consumers in September doesn't look much different than the Xiaomi Phone 2, right?" The same plant is also said to be producing a new Mac mini, although the leaker -- likely an employee at the plant -- hasn't served up any photos of that one as yet.
iMore is reporting that developer App Cubby has rebranded as Contrast, and one of its more popular apps has found a new home in the wake of the transition. Fuel tracking app Gas Cubby has been sold to Fuelly, a web-based fuel logger with big plans for the future -- including a slow transition to renaming the app to ultimately match its new owner's service. Meanwhile, Contrast owner David Barnard is teasing a new app called Perfect Weather. So what becomes of its other Cubby-branded app, which still hasn't been updated for the iPhone 5 display? According to the Trip Cubby description, a "huge update" is on the way this fall "as a new, iOS 7 only app," so the existing full version has been made free while users are waiting.
The folks at storage startup Cloudup announced a pair of tweaks to their invite-only service last week, including the ability to now view Adobe Photoshop PSD files, which previously used EXIF metadata to extract a JPEG thumbnail that wasn't always reliable. The service also now includes the option to enable or disable email notifications about new product and feature updates, available from a new Notifications tab in the web-based settings. Still no sign of native iOS apps or paid storage plans yet, however...
Consumer Reports have taken Apple to task in the past for issues with the iPhone during high-profile mishaps like Antennagate, but now the magazine is taking aim at Google's new Nexus 7 tablet which, despite some positive comments about its specs, is ultimately considered a "wait and see" for now. "We urge caution in buying one until some unresolved issues are cleared up," the publication notes, which include issues with the touchscreen accuracy (reportedly cleared up with a software update late last week), as well as the GPS going missing after a short period of time. "Until there’s a fix, I’d recommend holding off on buying this tablet," writer Dean Gallea cautions.
There are plenty of free cloud storage options available, but most of them come with a pretty measly amount of space and generally require users to jump through hoops (or shell out hard-earned cash) to get more. With more than 20 million users, the folks at Box have decided to make a few changes to encourage even more users to sign up, including a new "starter" plan priced at only $5 per month, which serves up 100GB of space that can be used with one to 10 users. For real cheapskates, however, the good news is that free, single-user Personal accounts now come with 10GB of storage instead of the previous 5GB, effective immediately.
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