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Rumored mockups of an iPhone 6 simply refuse to die, with the latest popping up Friday afternoon on an Italian website (via MacRumors), showing how the device might stack up against a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Coincidentally, Samsung's latest Android smartphone also factors into one of the stories in our weekend recap, a story that also reveals the perils of speaking your mind on Twitter. Read on for that and much more!
Ever lost a cherished photograph in a hard drive crash or other mishap? Macphun feels your pain, and has created a free Mac app called Lost Photos to help rebuild your image library or even get reacquainted with pictures that might have been long forgotten. The application securely scans IMAP email accounts (including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, iCloud, and others) and extracts those attachments, easily importing them into iPhoto or Aperture in just a few clicks. Now available on the Mac App Store, Lost Photos offers a live preview and rich filters to make sure users can weed out unwanted images; the first 100 photos are absolutely free, with 500 photos for $1.99 or unlimited photos for $2.99 available via in-app purchase.
In an effort to explain why Apple wasn't supporting the format, Steve Jobs famously once referred to Blu-ray optical discs as a "bag of hurt" — an expression that could very well be on the minds of Sony executives right now. According to The Verge, the consumer electronics giant is warning shareholders (PDF link) that its previously anticipated $782 million operating income has dropped 68 percent to $254 million. That steep drop is mostly blamed on "additional expenses" from Sony getting out of the PC business, but also "demand for physical media contracting faster than anticipated," particularly in Europe. Sony is referring to the Blu-ray manufacturing business, which on its own contributed a $245 million loss, and appears likely to show a net loss for 2014. The bottom line: The Blu-ray format is dying faster than anyone expected, and Sony is bracing investors for that reality as the tide turns toward streaming and digital downloads.
Now here's a crowdfunding effort we can really get behind! Apple recently awarded 200 scholarships to student developers, which gives them full, free admission to this year's Worldwide Developer Conference kicking off June 2. For 16-year-old Brandon Boynton, this was a dream come true, but there's one problem: He can't afford to cover the costs of airfare, lodging, food, and transportation for the week in San Francisco. Like any enterprising developer, Brandon headed to GoFundMe to raise the necessary $2,370 to realize his dream, which includes the cost of a traveling companion (his mother, since he's underage). The goal is particularly noteworthy because Brandon is the licensed developer behind TheBullyBox, an app which middle- and high-schoolers can use to report acts of bullying in a safe and anonymous way. Readers can contribute to Brandon's efforts by heading to GoFundMe and pitching in a donation of any amount; at this writing, he's already well on his way with $920 raised and just under a month to go.
The Verge is reporting that popular location-based app Foursquare is spreading its wings by branching off into a second app called Swarm. The curious move comes as the company is feeling the heat from rival Yelp, and effectively shifts Foursquare's check-in functionality onto a separate app in an attempt to reinvent what the elder app has to offer. Swarm will take over the task of finding friends and sharing location data via check-in, while the original Foursquare app will relaunch in the near future to focus strictly on "exploration and discovery." Interested users can sign up on the Swarm website to be notified when the new app is available.
Re/code followed the wild weekend saga of Rakesh "Rocky" Agrawal, a recent PayPal executive hire who barfed out a series of rambling tweets Friday night during a presumably drunken tirade against his colleagues while attending the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. By the cold light of Saturday morning, Agrawal blamed the mishap on a "new phone that I bought because I wanted to test experiences on Android," apparently in reference to the Samsung Galaxy 5S (his day-to-day handset appears to be an iPhone). PayPal soon confirmed Agrawal was no longer with the company, adding “Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance." For his part, Agrawal claims he quit PayPal prior to the tweet rage (which were intended to be direct messages to a colleague), but appears to stand by his fury against two former co-workers, one of whom he referred to as a “useless middle manager."
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