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Topic: General

Pandora to pay $90 million in settling royalties lawsuit over pre-1972 recordings

10/23/2015, 11:10 am

Pandora has reached a $90 million settlement with record labels over royalties from pre-1972 recordings, which were under contention because they don't fall under U.S. federal copyright protections.


AppleInsider podcast talks Apple TV, iOS multitasking, Mac gaming and more

10/23/2015, 08:10 am

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss new Apple TV, iOS 9.1, and Watch OS 2.0.1. Neil has tips about quitting apps on iOS, Victor rides an electric skateboard, and we talk about Steam Link and the Steam Controller for Mac.


Apple supplier Pegatron accused of excessive overtime, low wages & unsafe conditions at Shanghai factory

10/22/2015, 09:10 am

Despite pledges by Apple to improve labor conditions at its suppliers, a Pegatron factory in Shanghai is still paying low wages, allowing excessive amounts of overtime, and housing workers in poor conditions, according to China Labor Watch.


Apple invents retractable motorized iPhone screen protector

10/22/2015, 05:10 am

In continued attempts to prevent costly display damage due to accidental drops, Apple has devised a system that automatically extends retractable tabs above an iPhone's screen when a drop event is sensed, thereby creating a buffer zone between delicate glass and the ground.


Apple says China operations now 100% carbon neutral, plans to expand clean energy to supply chain

10/21/2015, 09:10 pm

Apple on Wednesday announced a pair of initiatives that will help reduce the carbon footprint of its Chinese manufacturing partners, saying its own operations in the region are now carbon neutral.


How Japanese tea culture influenced Steve Jobs and Apple

10/21/2015, 06:10 pm

A recent post on asia-centric blog Matcha Tea investigates the sway Japanese culture had over Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, and how that country's meditations on aesthetic beauty, mindfulness and life influenced what has become one of the world's largest companies.


Google announces ad-free YouTube Red subscriptions with Music service & offline caching

10/21/2015, 05:10 pm

Google on Wednesday revealed YouTube Red, a $10-per-month subscription plan that will lift some of the limits of regular YouTube while also revamping Music Key as YouTube Music.


Find My Friends comes to the Web via Apple's

10/21/2015, 03:10 pm

Apple's Find My Friends service can now be accessed from any mobile device, including a Windows PC, thanks to its debut on the portal.


Western Digital to buy SanDisk in $19 billion takeover connected to flash memory

10/21/2015, 02:10 pm

Hard drive maker Western Digital on Wednesday announced a $19 billion deal to acquire SanDisk, reflecting a shift in the storage industry away from magnetic hard disks towards solid-state drives and other forms of flash memory.


Apple continues expansion into north San Jose with 202,000-square-foot office space

10/21/2015, 12:10 pm

Apple has signed a lease for a building in north San Jose, Calif. measuring 202,000 square feet, marking yet another expansion in that part of the city for reasons unknown, a local report said on Wednesday.


EU rulings against Fiat & Starbucks tax breaks could foretell Apple paying back taxes

10/21/2015, 11:10 am

The European Union has ruled that Fiat Chrysler and Starbucks must each pay up to 30 million euros, or about $34 million, in back taxes --a decision that could foreshadow similar findings against Apple and Amazon.


Apple announces opposition to cybersecurity bill ahead of Senate vote

10/20/2015, 09:10 pm

Apple, one of the staunchest opponents of U.S. government efforts to conduct digital surveillance on its public, on Tuesday publicly denounced the efficacy of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, just days before the bill goes up for vote in the Senate.


Apple Store employee accused of stealing nearly $1M in gift cards

10/20/2015, 08:10 pm

As the result of an internal investigation, Apple Store employee in New York was arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including grand larceny, for purchasing $997,000 worth of gift cards using recoded credit and debit cards.


Jony Ive talks intersection of fashion and tech ahead of Apple-sponsored Met Gala

10/20/2015, 06:10 pm

Apple CDO Jony Ive recently sat down with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton to discuss the interrelationships between fashion and modern technology, the focus of next year's Apple-sponsored Met Gala.


Apple patents multi-use magnetic iPad stand, embedded environmental sensor tech

10/20/2015, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted patent rights to an all-purpose docking solution for iPad and embedded sensor technology that could one day lead to an iPhone capable of informing its user of changes in temperature and humidity.


Tim Cook reveals Apple Music at 6.5M paid users, talks privacy, more at WSJD Live

10/19/2015, 11:10 pm

On stage at the second annual WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now has more than 15 million users, including 6.5 million in the paid tier, but stayed mum on Apple Watch sales numbers and a rumored car project.


U.S. to make drone registration mandatory for certain models

10/19/2015, 06:10 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced the formation of a task force charged with the creation of a registration process for unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.


Uber deploys fleet of mapping cars to collect street-level imaging data

10/19/2015, 05:10 pm

App-based ridesharing service Uber is using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level mapping data, with the goal of improving routing and ETA data, a company spokesperson confirmed on Monday.


Apple's Tim Cook to join group of corporate leaders tackling Chinese environmental problems

10/19/2015, 03:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization, a group formed by the Paulson Institute and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges in order to divert the environmental impact of China's urban growth.


Week in review video: New iMacs, MacBook screen problems, 'spaceship' Campus 2 update & more

10/19/2015, 02:10 pm

We've packed all the Apple news you need to know into our fast-paced, 120-second show, including info on the new iMacs, a MacBook Pro display coating recall, and much more. It features the hot stories and exclusive stories that will give you conversational ammo for this week's water cooler discussion.