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2015

Comparison: Apple Music vs. Google Play Music All Access

Sunday August 30, 2015

Google debuted its own streaming service in 2013 as Google Play Music All Access, after Google Play music's initial debut in 2011. All Access was initially priced at $9.99, but in June of 2015, Google unsurprisingly unveiled an ad-supported, free version to differentiate itself from Apple's subscription Music service.

Tidal accuses Apple of interfering with Drake live stream, Drake denies

Saturday August 29, 2015

Jay Z-backed music service Tidal -- which carried a live stream of Lil Wayne's Hurricane Katrina benefit show this weekend-- cut the transmission during Drake's performance and accused Apple of "interfering with artistry" by not allowing the set to be streamed, a charge which has been refuted.

This week on AppleInsider: Sept. 9 event confirmed, Tim Cook on China, Apple TV rumors & more

Saturday August 29, 2015

Apple this week confirmed a Sept. 9 press event, even as last-minute rumors about it continued to flow. The company simultaneously dealt with economic tumult, as well as losing one of its key Apple Music executives.

Judge bars Apple, Samsung from further filings after rapid-fire case entries

Friday August 28, 2015

A federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent trial laid down the law this week, prohibiting either party from filing without permission after being inundated by a series of motions, objections and letters.

Johns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for upcoming epilepsy study with eye on seizure prediction

Friday August 28, 2015

Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with developer Thread Research, plans to harness Apple Watch and iPhone sensors to power an ambitious ResearchKit study on epilepsy that could one day lead to an accurate method of predicting seizures.

Currys/PC World could be first major third-party retailer to carry Apple Watch in UK

Friday August 28, 2015

Electronics vendor Currys -- in some places branded as Currys/PC World -- may be the first third-party retail chain to sell the Apple Watch in the U.K., a report indicated on Friday.

Pulled Huawei Watch listing may back claims of Android Wear coming to iOS

Friday August 28, 2015

A deleted Amazon page for the upcoming Huawei Watch may add to evidence that Google is planning to make the Android Wear platform compatible with iOS devices.

New, polished Apple TV interface said to 'blow away' existing smart TVs

Friday August 28, 2015

The launch of new Apple TV hardware may have been delayed from WWDC to Apple's Sept. 9 event to allow the company more time to polish its interface, one that will allegedly "blow away" current, "junky" smart TV interfaces.

Apple, 161 other organizations lend aid to Pentagon on flexible electronics

Friday August 28, 2015

Apple has reportedly joined the FlexTech Alliance, a collection of 162 organizations working with the Pentagon on flexible sensor electronics capable of being worn by soldiers, or molded to the outside of vehicles.

Apple streaming TV service negotiations remain divided over $40-per-month pricing - report

Friday August 28, 2015

Though new Apple TV hardware is expected to appear at an upcoming Sept. 9 event, Apple's long-awaited subscription television service is reaffirmed to remain on hold, thanks to ongoing negotiations with content owners.

Samsung offers 'Test Drive' participants cash, Google Play credit for switching from iPhone

Friday August 28, 2015

People participating in Samsung's "Ultimate Test Drive" program -- allowing iPhone owners to try a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 for 30 days -- are being offered up to $200 in perks if they actually switch.

Apple Music director Ian Rogers makes surprise departure for new job

Friday August 28, 2015

One of the core Beats executives Apple acquired in its 2014 $3 billion takeover, Ian Rogers, has already left the company to pursue other ventures outside of the music streaming business, a report revealed on Friday.

Purported 'iPhone 6s' box suggests Apple will keep entry-level capacity at 16GB

Friday August 28, 2015

A sticker claimed to be for the packaging for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" shows a 16-gigabyte capacity, suggesting that Apple will stick with that memory level for its entry-level model.

AppleInsider podcast analyzes what to expect at Apple's Sept. 9 event, Wall Street, 'Apple Car,' more

Friday August 28, 2015

With Apple's Sept. 9 keynote now official, the AppleInsider podcast explains everything you need to know ahead of the event, where new iPhones and a revamped Apple TV are expected. Plus, we tackle Apple's recent losses on Wall Street, the latest "Apple Car" rumors, Shane reviews some tools for digital nomads, and Mikey and Neil share their experiences with the iOS-connected Coin digital credit card.

Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad publishers bypass Apple's iOS 9 security protocol

Thursday August 27, 2015

Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study says

Thursday August 27, 2015

A study from market research firm StellaService published this week seemingly reveals a rapid decline in Apple's customer service capabilities, from a slight slip in shipping fulfillment to longer wait times for online and phone support.

September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

Thursday August 27, 2015

Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking, managing clients

Thursday August 27, 2015

Mobile payment firm Square on Thursday launched Square Appointments, a combination service and iPhone app for businesses dependent on client bookings.

Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Thursday August 27, 2015

Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card reader at Apple Stores

Thursday August 27, 2015

A company called PayAnywhere is preparing to launch a self-named card reader that could help bring Apple Pay support to small businesses, which have so far mostly foregone the technology.