Two New Apple Stores Opening in Nanjing and Florence in Late September

Apple has announced that two new Apple Stores will hold their grand openings in Nanjing, China and Florence, Italy on September 19 and September 26 respectively at 10 AM local time. Each store will offer traditional services such as the Genius Bar, Workshops and JointVenture.

Apple’s upcoming retail store in Florence, Italy opens September 26
The new Florence store will be located in Republic Square (Piazza della Repubblica) and open on Monday-Sunday between 10 AM and 8 PM local time. Meanwhile, the store in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, will be located at the Rainbow Joy shopping mall and open on Monday-Sunday between 10 AM and 10 PM local time.

(Thanks, Lapo!)



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Fleksy Keyboard for iOS Gains New Extensions, Theme Packs

With iOS 8, Apple began allowing third-party keyboards for the first time, and over the last few months, dozens of feature-rich keyboards have hit the market. With an ever-increasing number of keyboard options available, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for keyboard developers to stand out

Fleksy, a company that has long had an Android-based keyboard and was one of the first to launch a keyboard for iOS, is aiming to get itself back into the public eye with a major 5.0 update. The new version of Fleksy introduces a slew of features, including several customizable extensions and dozens of premium themes. With Extensions, Fleksy is now able to go beyond simple text insertion, offering additional features that extend Fleksy‘s functionality.

iOS extensions being offered include GIFs, one-handed typing (for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), a Number Row, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Key Pops. The GIF feature allows users to browse and share animated images, while Cursor Control allows users to move the cursor using the spacebar.

The Number Row adds numbers to the top of the keyboard, Rainbow Key Pops add a pop of color with each key press, and the one-handed typing feature moves the keyboard to the side of the screen. Users can install up to three extensions at once via the Fleksy app, and Extensions can be changed out at any tie. It’s also possible for users to purchase additional slots for $0.99.

„We’re unlocking the keyboard’s true potential with this update,“ said Kosta Eleftheriou, Fleksy CEO and Co-Founder. „Keyboards are our primary input method. With Extensions we mean to revolutionize not only text input, but all input; making it faster, easier, and more fun. Why switch back and forth between apps to do things that can be done via the keyboard?“

The updated version of Fleksy is far more customizable, with an additional 30 themes available for purchase. Themes are organized into several different classes including Personal, Trendy, Branded, Dynamic, and Translucent.

Branded themes, for example, include Frozen and Hunger Games, while other available themes offer a variety of different colors. The themes are bundled into packs of two or three and can be purchased in-app for $0.99 to $2.99. Along with the iOS version, Fleksy for Android is receiving many of the same features, along with additional Extensions that allow for text shortcuts and an invisible keyboard.

Fleksy can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]




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Apple pledges to open up about workforce diversity

Apple has long been criticized by shareholders for stuffing its leadership ranks with a bunch of old white dudes, but as Tim Cook touched down in Sun Valley Idaho for Allen & Co.’s annual media moguls conference, the Apple CEO said his…Read more ›



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Original ‘Rainbow’ Apple HQ Signs Up for Auction, Bidding Starts at $10,000 [Mac Blog]

The original „rainbow“ Apple logo signs that were used at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters are set to be auctioned off in June for somewhere between $10,000-$15,000, reports Design Taxi (via The Verge).

The signs will be auctioned off by British auction house Bonhams, with the larger, 46 x 49 inch version made out of foam and the smaller, 33 x 36 inch version made out of fiberglass. According to the auction, both signs were given to a longtime Apple employee after their removal in 1997.

Two original exterior office building signs, approximately 46 x 49 x 1 1/2 inches and 33 1/2 x 36 x 6 inches, each with separate stem piece; the larger sign made of stiff foam with 6 vinyl applied colors; the smaller sign made of fiberglass backed with metal, vinyl applied colors; edgewear to both signs, some colors with slight pealing at transitions, larger sign with one color showing significant craquelure, both with stray marks and outdoor wear.

(Image credit: Glassdoor via Logo Design Love)
In use from 1977 to 1998, Apple’s rainbow logo was designed by graphic artist Rob Janoff. According to Janoff, the logo was designed in two weeks after an examination of physical cross-sections and real apples, with the multi-colored stripe design personally approved by Steve Jobs. Appearing on every product from the Apple II to the Newton PDA, the rainbow logo was retired in favor of a monochrome version, which is still in use today.




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Mozilla employees call for their new CEO to step down

Staff at the Mozilla Foundation have called upon their new CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign – just days after his appointment – amid controversy surrounding his donations to anti-gay marriage campaigners. Read more…



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