Weekend news roundup: All the best Apple news from last week

Weekend news roundup: All the best Apple news from last week

As we close out one week and kick off another, let’s take a moment to look back at the attention-grabbing headlines from the past seven days. Some of the news you may recall, some may be new to you, but all the topics below are worthy of a second mention. below are worthy of a mention.

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Top Android Executive testifies Google didn’t copy Apple

Top Android Executive testifies Google didn’t copy Apple

The second patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung continued Friday in a Northern California court with Judge Lucy Koh presiding. The highlight of the day was testimony by Google’s Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer, who testified on behalf of Samsung, reports Re/Code.

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U.K. Streaming Service Bloom.fm Banned from iAd Citing Competition with iTunes Radio

U.K. Streaming Service Bloom.fm Banned from iAd Citing Competition with iTunes Radio

Bloom.fm, a London-based music streaming service, was recently banned from Apple’s iAD advertising platform with Apple citing competition with iTunes Radio as the reason. Interestingly, iTunes Radio is still U.S.-only, leading many to question whether this could be a sign that Apple plans to expand its streaming offering overseas sooner rather than later.

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Apple may add High Definition Music Downloads to iTunes

Apple may add High Definition Music Downloads to iTunes

A report earlier this week suggested Apple was planning to overhaul its iTunes Music store to reverse a decline in music downloads. A new report from a music-oriented blog suggests Apple also may add HD music downloads to the online music service.

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Apple confirms OS X, iOS and key web services not affected by Heartbleed

Apple confirms OS X, iOS and key web services not affected by Heartbleed

Apple confirmed to Re/Code that its key web services and both its mobile and desktop operating systems are not affected by the Heartbleed security flaw. The vulnerability, first reported by Web security firm Codenomicon, is present in OpenSSL encryption software, which is used by websites to secure user information.

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New Apple TV Set-Top Box to Play ‘Key Role’ in 2014, Feature Motion Controls

New Apple TV Set-Top Box to Play ‘Key Role’ in 2014, Feature Motion Controls

In a recently-released research note, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo notes that the Apple TV set-top box is set to receive a refresh later this year, with the updated device playing a “key role” in Apple’s ecosystem. The new device will include a plethora of innovative new features including motion control, which will allow users to interact with the device without the need for a remote control.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to feature Touch ID, A8 CPU in 2014

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to feature Touch ID, A8 CPU in 2014

The well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo released his predictions and research notes for Apple’s 2014 product roadmap today and, according to sources for Kuo, Apple will introduce new iPad Air and iPad mini models later this year that feature the A8 processor, and a Touch ID sensor. Kuo also says that prices for the current lineup of tablets will drop over the course of the year while Apple pushes a larger 12.9-inch tablet in 2015.

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Apple UI Director Greg Christie rumored to be leaving after clashes with Jony Ive (Updated)

Apple UI Director Greg Christie rumored to be leaving after clashes with Jony Ive (Updated)

Human interface director Greg Christie, who recently detailed his work on the UI for the original iPhone, may be leaving Apple, reports 9to5Mac. Christie’s departure may be related to the promotion of Jony Ive, who has assumed a larger role in the design of iOS along with his work on Apple hardware.

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At Least Two Hardware Engineers Have Left Broadcom for Apple, Fueling Rumors of In-House Baseband Chip Development Team

At Least Two Hardware Engineers Have Left Broadcom for Apple, Fueling Rumors of In-House Baseband Chip Development Team

At least two hardware engineers from Broadcom have left the company to join forces with Apple, according to a new report. This fuels recent rumors that Apple plans to bring new baseband processors to its 2015 line of iOS devices, but could also be linked to other rumors stating that Apple plans to design the processor for its rumored upcoming wearable device dubbed the iWatch.

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New Jailbreak Tweak ‘OS Experience’ is a Quasar-Like Multitasking Experience for iOS 7

New Jailbreak Tweak ‘OS Experience’ is a Quasar-Like Multitasking Experience for iOS 7

A windowed app experience on iOS has long been the dream of many, and there have definitely been tweaks in the past that accomplish it. But a new tweak by the name of OS Experience is in development by Evan Swick, and it looks like it might be the best attempt yet at bringing the resizable window desktop operating system experience to iOS.

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