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Overnight Recap: WWDC App Update, Microsoft Restructuring, AirDrop Rumors

WWDC 2013 appAre you a Vine user? If so, you’re definitely not alone, as Twitter confirmed Monday the iPhone app currently has 13 million registered users — a number likely to expand dramatically now that Android has been added to the mix. Speaking of apps, Apple’s official WWDC app has been updated for next week’s 2013 event, so let’s cut to the chase and kick off today’s recap…

Apple Updates WWDC App for 2013 Event

With anticipation running high for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week, Cupertino released an update to its official WWDC app on Monday. This year’s free, universal update has brought with it a lot of speculation about the future look and feel of iOS 7, as the app features a more spartan, flat look than many of Apple’s own apps. For registered developers, the app will also be a way to follow the WWDC session videos each day, which marks the first time Apple has made them available so early. WWDC 2013 kicks off next Monday, June 10 with a keynote event expected to preview iOS 7 and the next version of OS X, among other goodies.

Microsoft Weighs Restructuring as Devices and Service Company

AllThingsD reported Monday that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may be on the verge of a “significant restructuring” of the software company, with sources revealing the Windows creator may reposition itself as a “devices and services company.” The move wouldn’t be entirely surprising, since Ballmer already referred to Microsoft in a letter to shareholders last fall. ““This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves — as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses,” Ballmer wrote at the time. The report points the finger at “increasing investor pressure” as one key reason for the shift, which will include a number of executives being elevated to “more prominent roles.”

Chicago Sun-Times Trades Pro Photographers for Reporters with iPhones

Last week, The Chicago Sun-Times announced it was laying off all 28 employees in its photography staff, a sad sign of the times for old-school journalism. According to Cult of Mac, the story doesn’t end there, with reporters now being trained in “iPhone photography basics” as a replacement for the sacked photojournalists. One of them, Alex Garcia, lashed out at the news, calling the move “idiotic at worst, and hopelessly uninformed at best.” While the iPhone 5 in particular has a pretty impressive camera, we’d have to agree that this isn’t the best idea we’ve ever heard.

Rumor: AirDrop Coming to iOS 7?

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple may be again testing OS X’s Wi-Fi AirDrop feature for iOS 7, which is expected to be previewed at WWDC 2013 next week. The current implementation of AirDrop allows Mac users to wirelessly copy files between computers, and adding iOS devices to the mix would be a great way to remove a longtime pain point which has been largely filled by third-party apps such as Instashare. While AirDrop for iOS would be a great addition, it would be even better with some kind of dedicated, system-level Files app to act as a depository. We can dream, right…?

Vine Arrives on Android, Celebrates 13 Million Users

Twitter announced Monday that Vine is finally available from Google Play for Android smartphones running 4.0 and above. The release marks the end of Vine as an iPhone exclusive, although it was apparently a successful run — Twitter announced that the app has more than 13 million registered users. Vine for Android even comes with a unique zoom feature, although the current version doesn’t quite have feature parity with iPhone yet, with front-facing camera support, search, mentions and hashtags and Facebook sharing still to come.

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