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Apple in talks to acquire Swell, an app that creates personalized talk radio from podcasts

Apple is in talks to purchase Swell, a mobile app startup that produces a personalized stream of podcasts for iPhone, according to a report from Re/code. Unnamed sources close to the deal said that it could be worth $30 million. While there are no shortage of podcasts available to download, including GeekWire’s own weekly radio… Read More

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New Microsoft ad touts Cortana, slams Apple’s Siri

Siri vs. Cortana might just be an updated version of the PC vs. Mac showdown. Microsoft just debuted a new video ad touting Cortana, its virtual assistant found on Windows Phone. The 30-second spot features Cortana accomplishing tasks like scheduling reminders and providing traffic alerts. Meanwhile, Apple’s digital assistant cannot understand the human commands. “Now that is a smart phone,” Siri… Read More

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Apple posts mixed quarterly financial report with $37.4B in revenue, EPS of $1.28

Apple announced today that it made $37.43 billion in revenue during its fiscal third quarter, up more than 6 percent year-over-year. That’s on the high end of Apple’s guidance from earlier this year, but missed high analyst expectations of $38 billion in quarterly revenue. The company also beat expectations with earnings of $1.28 per share, up… Read More

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Amazon employees most attractive, Apple workers just average, dating app finds

The top five tech companies typically fight over who employs the biggest brains, but in this competition, they were ranked by another more superficial factor: beauty. In a peer review on Hinge, a dating app that seeks to match up young professionals, Amazon employees were found to be the most sought-after, followed by Microsoft, Google and Facebook. In dead last was Apple. As… Read More

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iTunes U update brings course creation to iPad, aims to expand Apple’s footprint in schools

An update to Apple’s iTunes U app, announced this morning, will let teachers create and manage courses directly on the iPad for the first time, as the company tries to integrate its tablet more deeply into classrooms. Teachers will now be able to develop content for their students on their iPad by importing files from iBooks… Read More

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Google’s Android chief pushes back against Apple, wishes Amazon were ‘more aligned’ with mainstream Android

When Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier this month, he had a lot of very pointed things to say about Android. Quoting ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Cook called Google’s mobile operating system a “toxic hellstew” of security vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly, Sundar Pichai, who heads up Google’s Android division, takes issue with… Read More

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Amazon’s iOS video app gets free first episodes, plus HBO shows, in bid to attract new users

Amazon is giving TV-loving iPhone and iPad users a new incentive to try its Instant Video app. The company released an update today that allows iOS users to view the first episode of many shows for free, with interstitial ads. That means people interested in trying a show out before buying it can get a taste of what they would… Read More