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Amazon kicked off the weekend (via Yahoo) by adding 15 more cities to its Sunday delivery lineup, growing from New York and Los Angeles to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas, and other markets. The partnership with the U.S. Postal Service doesn't cost Amazon customers an extra dime, so if you happen to be in one of the now 17 cities served, you'll now have one less reason to leave the house each weekend. Speaking of which, here's a handful of other news bites you might have missed this past weekend...
Judging from the number of leaks over the last few weeks, we've gotten a pretty good look at what the so-called iPhone 6 might look like. Over the weekend, MacRumors posted a handful of 3D renderings (via Chinese website Wei Feng) allegedly sourced from Apple supplier Foxconn that appear to fall right in line with what the rumor mill has revealed about the reportedly 4.7-inch handset. In addition to rounded corners and rectangular volume controls, the device features an Apple logo distinctly different from earlier models. The housing is said to be manufactured from "three-stage aluminum," judging from two antenna breaks cut from the rear of the device, and the overall measurements are 138 x 67mm.
Could the iPad finally get an official Google Play Music app soon? According to a weekend report from 9to5Mac, it may already be hiding in plain sight within the existing iPhone app. An unnamed tipster has provided video evidence to support that theory, suggesting that Google may soon introduced native iPad functionality as an update to the current app, which was last updated in early March. Most tellingly, the news outlet reached out to Google, who reportedly "thought it had been released already," so we may not have much longer to wait.
The weekend has not dampened interest in the rumored Apple-Beats mashup which surfaced late last week, with The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors) reporting that Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young (better known as Dr. Dre) could take on executive roles in Cupertino, although no one is clear exactly what those might entail. The two music legends are expected to remain in Los Angeles and commute to Apple headquarters as needed as part of a rumored $3.2 billion acquisition of the high-profile headphone and music streaming business.
Remember the apps Facebook Poke and Facebook Camera? Yeah, we had to jostle our memories to recall them, too. The Verge reported Friday that Facebook has removed both free apps from the App Store without so much as a blog post to elaborate why. A spokesperson for the social network confirmed the apps have been removed, but declined to comment further on the reasons for their dismissal from the Facebook ranks. While Poke was originally intended as a Snapchat rival, the Camera app has mostly been incorporated into the existing Facebook app for iOS and Android, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that both apps have been put down.
Friday is historically a day when companies attempt to bury bad news, and that certainly holds true for Netflix, who finally confirmed just how much more we'll have to pay each month to continue streaming House of Cards. "To continue adding more movies and TV shows, we are increasing the price of our $7.99 a month streaming plan by one dollar to $8.99 for new members," the blog post reads, while noting that existing customers will be able to continue paying $7.99 for the next two years. Netflix has also introduced a new SD-only plan at the same price, presumably intended to soften the blow of paying an extra $12 per year.
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(Images courtesy of MacRumors and Wei Feng)