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Sunday, July 05, 2015
Saturday, July 04, 2015
The week's news was dominated by the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 on Tuesday, but other developments percolated under the surface — including Apple losing its last appeal of a long-fought e-book antitrust case.
Friday, July 03, 2015
Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.
Rap mogul Dr. Dre on Friday announced a Fourth of July debut of a bi-weekly radio show called "The Pharmacy," which will launch on Saturday as an Apple Music exclusive focusing on West Coast jams.
On its website Apple describes Apple Music and iTunes Match as "independent but complementary," but in fact the services are closely connected through a third feature: iCloud Music Library.
Apple is rumored to offer its next-generation iPhone in a new rose gold color option, which has led to forgeries in the Far East attempting to imagine what the color might look like on a so-called "iPhone 6s."
Late-week reports from the Asian supply chain continue to suggest that Apple's next-generation iPhone has begun to roll off of assembly lines, with some indications that the forthcoming device will sport a nearly identical outward appearance with slightly tweaked internals.
During the first half of 2015 Americans streamed some 135 billion audio tracks and music videos over the Internet, despite the absence of any major new services such as Apple Music, according to newly-published data from market research firm Nielsen.
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Apple on Thursday posted a video depicting its participation in the 2015 edition of the San Francisco Pride Parade, which celebrates support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.
The latest statistics from market research firm comScore reveal Apple widened its lead over competitors in the U.S. smartphone market over the three-month period ending in May, but more importantly gained another 2 percent in the platform race as Android faltered.
Apple treats "likes" in Apple Music in a very narrow manner — mostly as a way of tailoring the "For You" recommendations in the service, along with the help of things like personal library data, a report revealed on Thursday.
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Something not widely known about Apple's Beats 1 radio station is that listeners can make song requests, in a process that's a little different from conventional, terrestrial radio stations.
Although Prince's music is missing from major on-demand streaming services including Apple Music, Rdio, and Spotify, the pop artist's catalog is on at least two of them — Tidal and Google Play Music All Access, according to reports. [Updated]
The new Connect feature in Apple Music allows fans to engage with artists in a more direct and personal way. But those who aren't interested in the social feature can remove it from the iOS 8.4 Music app entirely — here's how to do it.
Apple's second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery. [Updated]
A document appearing to include a leaked Foxconn manufacturing schematic may back claims that Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" series will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4K video, and 2 gigabytes of RAM.
In making its case for investors to buy Apple stock, investment bank UBS this week made an interesting analogy, comparing the iPhone maker to growing fast food restaurant Shake Shack, saying the two companies are responsible for "the era of consumer experience."
In a seemingly never-ending quest to make thinner, lighter mobile devices, Apple is researching methods by which heart rate monitors, skin conductivity sensors and more can be directly incorporated into an iPhone's product logo.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Apple made its promotion of Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer a bit more official on Wednesday in an update to the Apple Leadership webpage, while at the same time adding executive profiles for design underlings Alan Dye and Richard Howarth.
While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving functionality by apparently limiting Home Sharing to videos.
Apple on Wednesday announced upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative, revealing its sensor-laden vans will be tooling around a total of 27 new U.S. locales come mid-July, including an expansion into 13 states.
In a move to preemptively thwart a cash exodus as its economy implodes, Greece earlier this week enacted capital control restrictions to titrate the outflow of money, limiting international credit card payments to Web services like Apple's App Store and iTunes.
Some people turning on iCloud Music Library to make full use of Apple Music are instead coping with deleted songs and playlists, in addition to other problems, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and testing by AppleInsider.
Connect, a Tumblr-like social network for musicians and their fans, is a tentpole feature of Apple's new streaming music service. AppleInsider takes a look at how easy it is to follow and get updates from your favorite artists using Connect.
A U.S. judge has approved a $50 million settlement by Sprint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of a still broader settlement over allegations it billed customers for services they never wanted.
A series of Apple's online services suffered slowdowns on Wednesday, and may be completely inaccessible to some users, according to Apple's official system status page. [Updated]
Apple's newly leaked iPod colors may arrive sooner than expected, on Tuesday, July 14, if the company's carefully designed marketing materials once again prove accurate.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Apple Music has turned around many artists who previously opposed streaming — Radiohead's In Rainbows made its subscription debut on the service, for instance — but there are still a number of notable holdouts, including Apple favorite The Beatles.
Hyundai has released a Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, bringing many of the same vehicle remote control features present in the Blue Link iPhone interface to Apple's first wearable.
The full two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic was released by Universal Pictures on Wednesday, giving a closer look at how the film will feature high-stakes drama from the Apple co-founder's personal and professional lives.
An update to Apple's dwindling iPod lineup is indeed in the works, Apple's own iTunes software appears to indicate, thanks to graphics showing gold versions of the iPod touch, nano and shuffle, along with new shades of blue and pink.
Apple Watch owners looking to conveniently charge and showcase their wrist-worn device have a new, affordable quality option with the Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock.
Olloclip on Wednesday announced its new Studio accessory system, meant to enhance the use of its add-on lenses for iPhones, including a ruggedized case with kickstand and new mounts.
The next iteration of Apple's lower-cost iPhone "C" series might do away with the colorful polycarbonate shell it's currently known for in favor of a more robust metal case similar to the iPhone 6, according to a recent analyst report.
Developers testing out iOS 9 were excluded from Apple Music launch day festivities, but Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said to expect a build supporting the new streaming music service early next week.
Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
- Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative
- Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with staff reassignments
- Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2
- How to save Apple Music songs, albums & playlists for offline listening
- Photos of alleged 'iPhone 6s' chassis show revised internal layout, unchanged external design [u]
- GarageBand 10.1 for Mac adds Force Touch, Apple Music Connect publishing [u]
- First look: Apple's revamped Music app in iOS 8.4
- How to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4
- Apple SIM goes global: GigSky brings iPad data plans to more than 90 countries & territories
- How to sign up for (and cancel) an Apple Music streaming subscription
- Apple's 24-hour Beats 1 radio station goes live in 100 countries with Spring King, Beck, Jamie xx
- Everything you need to know about Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 radio, and more
- Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, 'discoveryd' fix
- Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]
- Apple Music service goes live with redesigned app, out now in iOS 8.4
- Apple Music & Beats 1 launches hyped by Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine & Trent Reznor
- iTunes Match libraries seeing duplicates, bad metadata ahead of Apple Music launch
- As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber
- Samsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance