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  • Music exclusives and video games

    Fri 9:54pm By Mike Flaminio
    Fast Company:This year's string of high profile, platform-exclusive online album releases is beginning to condition everyday consumers to this new reality, but for many, the concept remains confusing, if not frustrating. You mean I have to sign up for a $10…
  • Spotify reportedly retaliating against artists doing exclusives

    Fri 9:40pm By Mike Flaminio
    The New York Times:Executives at two major record labels said that in recent weeks Spotify, which has resisted exclusives, had told them that it had instituted a policy that music that had benefited from such deals on other services would not receive the same…
  • Report: Apple wants to try social again by taking on Snapchat

    Thu 9:02pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg: Now Apple is starting to develop a video sharing app that allows users to record video, apply filters and drawings to the media -- much like Snapchat does -- and send it to contacts or via existing social networks such as Twitter Inc., according to…
  • On Apple's AI efforts

    Wed 8:45pm By Mike Flaminio
    A really interesting column by Steven Levy. Apple gave him exclusive look at its machine learning efforts in Siri and beyond. This story of Siri's transformation, revealed for the first time here, might raise an eyebrow in much of the artificial intelligence…
  • Spotify is trying to renegotiate streaming contracts

    Tue 9:28pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting Spotify has been on month-to-month contract extensions with the major music labels for nearly a year. The company is trying to negotiate new long-term deals as it prepares for an IPO next year. The problem is Spotify is…
  • So called Touch Disease may be a problem for iPhone 6 Plus

    Tue 9:19pm By Mike Flaminio
    iFixit is tracking an issue with the previous generation iPhone's screens. The issue, which they dub Touch Disease, affects the iPhone 6/6 Plus. The problem may be primarily with the larger iPhone 6 Plus.…
  • Apple and the NSA breach

    Mon 5:46pm By Mike Flaminio
    ACLU Principal Technologist:Apple: If we're forced to build a tool to hack iPhones, someone will steal it.…
  • Apple, Google, and telecos try to address robocalls

    Mon 5:14pm By Mike Flaminio
    Wired:"Americans are fed up," says Federal Communications Commission boss Tom Wheeler. "Robocalls are a scourge. It's the number one complaint that we hear from consumers on a daily basis."…
  • Report: Next Apple Watch won't contain mobile data

    Aug 18, 2016, 4:53 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg:Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download…
  • Apple's changing position in enterprise

    Aug 18, 2016, 4:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Washington Post:It is a bit of a departure from Apple's past. Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder, famously disliked courting businesses. Per ZDNet, in 2010, Jobs told then-Wall Street Journal writers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher:…
  • Intel makes pitch for USB-C and headphone jack replacement

    Aug 17, 2016, 5:38 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Verge:At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco yesterday, Intel architects Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail explained how improvements to the USB-C standard, slated to arrive later this year, could make it a far better port for the modern-day…
  • Apple Is Going to Make a Documentary With Drake's Record Label

    Aug 17, 2016, 5:32 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg:Cash Money is home to Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake, with whom Apple already has an exclusive deal. Co-founder Bryan Williams, who performs under the stage name Birdman, posted a picture to his Instagram account on Tuesday alongside Larry Jackson,…
  • Intel to start making ARM processors

    Aug 16, 2016, 8:51 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Intel is changing gears for mobile chips. The company announced it will begin fabricating chips based on ARM designs and step back from its own designs. Apple licenses ARM's processors and customizes them for its needs. It then contracts with a fabricator to…
  • Report: Twitter working on Apple TV app for NFL streaming

    Aug 16, 2016, 8:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Twitter won the bid for rights to stream Thursday night NFL games. The move has been one of several sports-related streaming deals.…
  • iPhone gets draw support for Office apps

    Aug 16, 2016, 8:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Microsoft has updated its Office iPhone apps to support drawing. The feature has been available for the iPad and Windows, but now too apps on iPhones. The supports apps are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.…
  • Apple and the voice of the customer

    Aug 15, 2016, 9:27 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Fast Company has an interview from Bob Messerschmidt, who had worked on the Apple Watch. Messerschmidt was brought into Apple after his company was purchased by Apple. His company focused on health sensors.…
  • Tim Cook on his role as CEO

    Aug 14, 2016, 9:14 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The Washington Post as a great feature on Tim Cook. It's wide-ranging interview with some video segments. A section I like is how Cook views himself as CEO:I think of a traditional CEO as being divorced from customers. A lot of consumer company CEOs -- they're…
  • Speculating on rumored OLED Touch Bar for MacBooks

    Aug 11, 2016, 9:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    9 to 5 Mac has an interesting piece speculating what Apple could do with the rumored Touch Bar on the next generation MacBook Pros. If you've not been paying attention, Apple is thought to be working on a new slimmer MacBook Pro that according to reports will…
  • Om Malik doesn't like Apple's side projects

    Aug 11, 2016, 9:30 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Om Malik, founder of GigaOm On This week in Tech (via 9 to 5 Mac):"If you want to do something for the shareholders make interesting damn MacBooks, which people can buy. You want to do something nice? Make a better phone, which people want to keep buying.…
  • Microsoft backdoor key leaked

    Aug 11, 2016, 9:23 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Microsoft apparently leaked their own firmware backdoor. It appears the backdoor may have been created as a way for Microsoft to override its firmware protections on certain Windows hardware for testing purposes.…
  • Apple's Cue and Federighi on recent quality concerns

    Aug 10, 2016, 5:09 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Fast Company continues to release content from its Apple feature. Latest has an interview with Apple execs Eddie Cue and Craig Federighi. There are a lot of topics and some were covered in the feature posted on Monday. One thing that caught my eye is Apple…
  • iPad Pro uses to create Stranger Things poster

    Aug 9, 2016, 5:46 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Artist Kyle Lambert in an interview with Mashable:"This was a very exciting project for me, as an artist that trained with oil paints, I really enjoyed the challenge of reproducing this traditional painting style using digital tools," Lambert told Mashable. "I…
  • Tim Cook on people, culture, and values

    Aug 9, 2016, 5:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    You have to build a company that commands the ability to recruit the best and brightest. We are our people and that's the sum of what we are able to do. We're about people. People ultimately do everything here. Yes, we have IP. Yes, we have some real estate,…
  • Companies are now big customers of Apple

    Aug 9, 2016, 5:30 pm By Mike Flaminio
    The New York Times has a piece looking at how Apple is leveraging iPads and iPhones in the enterprise. iOS has proven to be stable and secure compared to Android. Companies are deploying custom and service-based apps on devices to better run operations and…
  • Secrecy is Apple's blind spot and Maps forced it to change

    Aug 8, 2016, 5:44 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Another bit from the large Fast Company feature details why Apple is using public betas and opening up its development more:Cook also forced his execs to re-examine, and change, the way they worked with development teams. Famous for being secretive, Apple…
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