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Apple Patents Wireless Car Remote Control; The Woz Advisor to New Steve Jobs Film

A look at the ways our favorite backyard tech giant has made the news last week.

Every week, makes news with technology developments, business deals and, more often than not, controversies.

That’s where our weekly "Core Bytes" column on Apple comes in. We’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our favorite backyard tech giant.

Controversies
Apple has been smacked with another lawsuit, this time by a user who accused the company of "unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and misleading practices" due to promoting iCloud as a simple and reliable product. The lawsuit lists the “headaches” that users have alledgedly experienced due to a lack of syncing ability, email functionality, and data corruption.

New Products
Apple will be expanding its screen size, analysts predict, effectively keeping up with rivals such as Samsung who have already added a greater width. Apple now offers a 3.5 inch display on the iPhone, but that’s likely to grow to four inches when a new model is introduced around October.

Rumorland also has it that Apple will be launching an iPad mini tablet in the second half of this year. The anticipated product could start shipping by the end of the third quarter, with a sales goal of six million units, according to Japanese securities firm Macquarie.

These days, driving is especially dangerous with all the mobile products to fidget with while on the road. Apple has stepped in to make roads safer by patenting a wireless remote control that clips to car wheels, allowing for the control of any portable media device.

Business Deals and Developments
Steve Wozniak, the ingenious co-founder of Apple, has had many roles—but for the first time will be counting movie director assistant among them. The Woz is helping famed director Aaron Sorkin—who was just announced last week—get the facts straight as he adapts Walter Issaacson’s biography of the late tech icon to the big screen. That makes two Steve Jobs films to see—Sony's and Ashton Kutcher in "jOBS" independent film—not to mention the real Jobs in the "."

Greenpeace has criticised Apple for not being as environmentally-friendly as they claim to be. Yet Apple may be proving them wrong: their Maiden, North Carolina data center will be powered entirely by renewable energy by the end of the year. All of the company’s three data centers will furthermore be coal-free.

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