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So how was everyone's first weekend with the iPad Air? We managed to place our online order in the wee hours of Friday morning for in-store pickup later the same day, and our local Apple retail store apparently only had a handful of folks lining up to get theirs when the doors opened. Were you among the first to buy one this past weekend? If so, chime in with your thoughts on Apple's latest tablet in the comments below.
MacRumors reported Sunday that Apple CEO Tim Cook has voiced his support for the pending Employment Nondiscrimination Act in a very public way, writing an on-ed in the pages of The Wall Street Journal. In his guest editorial, the Apple CEO discusses how Cupertino approaches the subject of equality in the U.S. workplace: "Apple's antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees," Cook writes. "A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."
Everyone loves the sound of free, and no one seems to know that better than Amazon. The e-tailer announced Friday a new initiative called Kindle First, which offers customers access to the newest Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date, each for only $1.99. So where is the free part of this deal? Amazon Prime members can choose one of these titles free of charge each month, and the company also offers a free monthly email to alert Kindle First buyers as each new set of deals are posted. The selections for November are now available, so Prime members can start bulking up on free e-books today.
CNET reported Friday that those in search of the new iPad Air now have an online weapon at their disposal. In the same vein as the earlier online inventory tracker for the iPhone 5s, enterprising developer Mordy Tikotzky has now created the same for the iPad Air. All that's required is entering the ZIP code of the area you'd like to search, and the online tracker throws up a list of 20 Apple retail stores in that area which shows where inventory is available and where the slim new tablet is sold out. The inventory tracker scrapes Apple's website for the required data, and will come in particularly handy to those in search of higher-capacity iPad Air models, which were the first to start vanishing from stock on Friday.
9to5Mac reported Sunday that Apple's iOS Vice President of Engineering Henri Lamiraux has called it quits, retiring from the iPhone maker "a couple of weeks ago," apparently after the release of iOS 7.0.3. Lamiraux's 23-year history with Apple predates the company's relatively recent efforts into mobile, and was more important than ever following Craig Federighi's new role as senior VP for both iOS and OS X software over a year ago. According to Lamiraux's LinkedIn profile, the former Electronic Arts executive has chosen to go out on a high note with his retirement after years as a Mac software engineer, moving to the iPhone software team in 2005.
CNET called out T-Mobile US Friday over its new tablet data offer, which gives 200MB per month to all customers. While the offer supposedly applies whether or not the tablet owner is a T-Mobile customer, those who attempted to sign up soon discovered the true cost of the deal was a $10 per month "On-Demand" fee -- whether the data was used or not. T-Mobile US CEO John Legere took to his Twitter account to quickly rectify the confusion, calling the monthly fee "an executional mistake" the company will make right, without going into detail about how they plan to do that. Over the weekend, the company's website was updated to clarify the carrier's offer, which now makes it easier for existing tablet owners to purchase a SIM card for only 99 cents to use with the 200MB of free data each month.
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