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Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. The update also includes various bug fixes.
Snow is engulfing large portions of the U.S., but Wall Street waits for no man or woman, especially when they're based in California. Accordingly, Apple will announce earnings Tuesday after the markets close at 4:00 PM EST. Apple usually publishes earnings at 4:30 PM, and the company will host its quarterly call with analysts at 5:00 PM.
A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural. The project was a joint project by an American photographer and a Chinese artist. The video is in Chinese and English, but the subtitles are Chinese only. Apple hasn't yet posted it to YouTube, but we'll update this article with the embedded video when it's up. [Via 9to5Mac]
The iDrive Wi-Fi is neat, and we have a deal on the 1TB version. It's a wireless drive with built-in WiFi, but it also has USB 3.0 for connected backups. It supports selective backups, and it can handle backups from Mac and Windows PC out of the box. Using the iDrive app, you can also backup photos, contacts, and calendars from iOS and Android devices. Oh, and it has 256-bit military grade encryption to protect your data. Lastly, it comes with one year of 10TB of online backup from iDrive. All that for $97.
Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.
You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot—think camping—and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149). Enjoy!
Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives—the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.
Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen's solution for BlackBerry's struggles is to require every developer and service provider to make their products work on all mobile platforms. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is a remarkably bad idea as self serving as it is devoid of logic.
Light-up eyes. A Magnetic 'S' that can be detached from a seafood sign and attached to his chest. More than 30 points of articulation. A detachable "War Arm." A Hogarth mini-figure that sits in his hand. I must be talking about an Iron Giant figure, right? You bet I am! Mondo announced pre-orders for a 16-inch tall Iron Giant Deluxe Figure starting today (a limited edition model sold out in moments). This is an impressive looking figure, and it's expected to ship in the third quarter. But, that impressiveness comes at a cost: US$300. There are all sorts of images on the announcement page, or you can go straight to the Mondo's home page and pre-order.