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After recently adding on-demand sports (WatchESPN) and premium cable (HBOGo), Apple is reportedly going to get a 24-hour-a-day music video channel from Vevo. The music site already has ad-supported video programming available for its Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry apps, and channels on Apple TV competitors Xbox and Roku.

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More than a year after iTunes Movies in the Cloud rolled out in the U.S., Apple is continuing to expand the service’s availability. It will go live next in Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland.

The feature lets users access past movie downloads to any of their other iOS or Apple TV devices. It is now available in more than 40 countries.

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Apple on Monday said it would begin a new trade-in program to offer customers who owned iPhone, iPad and iPod power adapters not made by Apple a chance to get an authorized one for $10. That’s half what Apple would normally charge.

Anyone can turn in an old third-party USB power adapter to an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Retailer and get a new Apple-made model for $10, or the local equivalent. In the U.S. the take-back program begins Aug. 16. In China, where a woman was reportedly electrocuted using an iPhone adapter not sold by Apple, the program begins Aug. 9.

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It’s been two and half weeks since Apple’s developer services went dark. The main services that app makers use to build their iOS and Mac apps returned after a week, and Apple has now given a new timeline for when most of the remaining services should be back up and running: by the end of this week. Apple has said that its developer website was accessed by “an intruder” and caused the company to rebuild its database and update its server software.

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Apple has an audit program to keep an eye on its crucial iPhone and iPad suppliers, but two of them are now under local scrutiny for exceeding China’s emissions standards. The Chinese government is investigating the dumping of toxic heavy metals into rivers near Foxconn and UniMicron circuit-board making plants outside of Shanghai.

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The production ramp-up of the next-generation iPad mini is about to begin, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the 7.9-inch tablet will “likely” have a Retina display. That’s Apple’s high-definition display technology that’s already in the original iPad and the iPhone. Now that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is going to ship with its own extremely high-res display, people are looking to see if Apple will match it in specs with the iPad mini. Apple is also considering colored back panels of the mini’s casing, according to the report.

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With the release of iOS 7 this fall will come the ability to block spammers on iMessage and FaceTime. But in the meantime, Apple has a solution for users of iOS versions 5 through 6 to put a stop to unwanted iMessages. Apple published details of an iMessage spam reporting tool on its Knowledge Base site late Tuesday. Users can email a screenshot of the message and the offending email address or phone number to imessage.spam@icloud.com.

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