Monday Morning News

flush_full_2xNew photos may provide us with the closest look ever at the front panel for the next iPhone, but to be honest, there’s not a lot to see here. It’s said to be the part for the 4.7-inch iPhone, but nothing appears out of the ordinary compared to a current-generation part besides the lacking of a receiver, front-facing camera, and so on. The rear shell has also been exposed in a new set of images, showing off recessed volume buttons, a scratch-resistant Apple logo, and a protruding camera ring that may or may not be destined for the camera lens on the next iPhone.

John Gruber posted about Apple announcing their wrist wearable thing next month over the weekend, but the joke’s on us. Gruber, later on Twitter:

A settlement deal between Apple and the participants of a class-action lawsuit involving improper hiring practices (i.e. employee anti-poaching deals) has been rejected by the courts, with Judge Lucky Koh saying the $324.5 million settlement amount “falls below the range of reasonableness”. Looks like it’s back to the negotiating table with this one, folks.

Apple has contributed US $1.6 million to Chinese earthquake relief, but as TUAW reports, they’ve done the same thing before as part of their more humanitarian/disaster relief efforts.

Apple are planning to expand their data centre facilities in Reno, Nevada, where they’re currently considering to expand their current facilities by adding several new buildings. The expansion is reportedly part of the third phase of development, according to MacRumors.

The latest version of Skype flat-out doesn’t work on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 or older. Skype’s official response is that they don’t support anything older than 10.6 Snow Leopard, but like any good Skype decision (remember the time they redesigned the entire thing to be much worse than it was?), they soon back-pedalled on that one, saying they’ll have a version for 10.5 users “soon”. No additional timeframe was provided.

Wired continues their look at new features in OS X Yosemite with their tour of some of the best new features in Mail. One of the best features of all is that it works properly with Gmail accounts, which was a big deal for Mavericks users a while back.

An app for tracking celebrities? No, not that kind of tracking, more like the “keeping up to date” tracking. Anyway, Microsoft now has an app for that. Don’t ask me why, because I honestly have no idea.

With Yosemite on the horizon, you may want to consider making a bootable backup of your hard drive before making the jump. Macworld’s roundup of a number of the best bootable backup tools should be a good step in the right direction, so the only decision you have to make is: SuperDuper, or CarbonCopyCloner?

I hesitate to touch on such politically-charged topics as women and tech, but at the same time I feel like it’s an important thing we should be talking about. Brianna Wu’s perspective is from the Apple developer community, but has a number of important points worth considering the next time you’re at an event with more men than women.

Peter Cohen swears he’s not overcompensating for anything, but he says he prefers larger laptops over their smaller counterparts. I would have said that’s more of a “size queen” thing rather than anything else, but he just really likes the larger MacBook Pro, OK?

The Atlantic’s article on why some schools are ditching their iPads for good, old-fashioned, laptops explains why many schools felt as though they were using iPads for the sake of it, rather than for anything actually educational and productive. Sometimes, it’s about using the right tool for the right job — even if it means you won’t be using the latest and greatest.

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