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May 17, 2013

Technology News Briefs — May 17, 2013

Ohio Man Awarded $10,000 App Store Gift Card

An Ohio man will be downloading apps for free for the rest of his life thanks to a $10,000 App Store gift card courtesy of Apple.

Apple awarded Brandon Ashmore with the card after the Mentor resident downloaded the 50 billionth app — Say the Same Thing by Space Inch — from Apple’s popular store.

The company — which opened in July 2008 with just 500 apps — said customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of more than two billion apps per month.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” Apple senior vice-president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue said in a press release.

“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”

The App Store offers more than 850,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 155 countries. The App Store has 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines, games, business, news, sports, health and fitness and travel.

Facebook, Twitter Launch Google Glass Apps

Facebook and Twitter both announced apps for Google Glass May 16 allowing users to share photos and posts via the wearable computing device.

With Twitter for Google Glass, tweets will automatically include ‘Just shared a photo #throughglass.’ The app allows users to keep up with the people they follow on Twitter through mentions, DMs and tweets. Users can also reply to, retweet or favorite tweets.

To use Twitter on Glass, simply go to and turn on Twitter.

Facebook for Glass allows users to share photos taken with Glass.

“Built by Facebook, this app allows you to upload photos from Google Glass directly to your Facebook timeline,” said Facebook employee Erick Tseng in a blog post. “You can also add an optional photo description, just by speaking it. We look forward to exploring Facebook experiences across new types of mobile devices; this is only a first step.”

To use Facebook on Glass, users must visit their MyGlass page and click the Facebook card to turn it on.

To share photos from Glass to Facebook, visit the MyGlass website and click the Only Me, Friends and Public cards to add them as sharing contacts.

Apple CEO to Address Congress on Corporate Tax

Apple CEO Tim Cook will recommend a “dramatic simplification” of corporate tax laws when he speaks before Congress May 21.

The changes Cook will propose will also encourage companies to bring more of their offshore funds home to create jobs and conduct research and development, the Washington Post reported.

Cook has declined to give further details on his plan.

It is thought Cook’s appearance before congress is a bid to take some of the off the iPad maker which recently has been on the defensive about its offshore tax practices.

“I can tell you unequivocally Apple does not funnel its domestic profits overseas,” Cook told Politico. “We don’t do that. We pay taxes on all the products we sell in the U.S., and we pay every dollar that we owe. And so I’d like to be really clear on that.”