Apple

  • Beats Is Using World Cup Fever To Promote Exclusive Early Access To Tracks

    Beats Is Using World Cup Fever To Promote Exclusive Early Access To Tracks

    Apple acquired a streaming music service with Beats, but how do you distinguish yourself in a market where one of the earliest movers still has an overwhelming percentage of mindshare? The key might be the unique advantages Beats has in terms of industry partnerships thanks to its deep recording scene roots, which could help it procure exclusives that listeners can only get in a single… Read More

  • Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    The Transportation Department is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year. This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to enforce a set of rules for navigation apps on smartphones, which many drivers… Read More

  • Apple Starts Letting Bitcoin Transfer Apps Back Into Its App Store

    Apple Starts Letting Bitcoin Transfer Apps Back Into Its App Store

    Apple’s Bitcoin freeze appears to be thawing fast, with bitcoin wallet apps that offer the ability to transfer BTC now filtering back into the App Store. The move was picked up by Coindesk yesterday which noted that the Coin Pocket BTC wallet app was back in the store. The Coin Pocket app allows users to send and receive bitcoin from an iOS device, as well as offering an in-app QR… Read More

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Described As Less Hands-On, More Interested In Broad Implications With iWatch

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Described As Less Hands-On, More Interested In Broad Implications With iWatch

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is the subject of a new profile in the New York Times today, and the profile includes plenty of background information about the executive and his commitment to human rights and environmental issues. But it also contained some information about the rumored iWatch project, how it’s being put together behind the scenes and when it’s slated for public release. Cook… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Jack

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Jack

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Benedict Evans, and Steve Gillmor — bask in the continued reverberations of Apple’s stunning reveal last week at WWDC. Many of us in the Apple Polishing business (I’m an unrepentant fanboy) remain enthralled by the details of iOS 8 and its growing impact on OS/X Yosemite — Extensions, Notification Widgets… Read More

  • Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data

    Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data

    Microsoft’s case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon, AT&T, and, recently, Apple and Cisco. The final two filed a joint amicus brief, which details their protest of the practice. Microsoft lost… Read More

  • Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display… Read More

  • Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

    Dr. Dre’s headphone company is now Apple’s headphone company, but the Beats Solo 2 were unveiled just after the acquisition and clearly developed long before Apple became involved. Still, the sequel to Beats’ flagship product is more than just a footnote to the acquisition story – they’re a huge improvement on the originals and a good reason why the latter-day… Read More

  • Pinterest Snags Longtime Apple Alums To Head Up Engineering And Design

    Pinterest Snags Longtime Apple Alums To Head Up Engineering And Design

    Social pinboarding site Pinterest today announced that it has picked up two notable new hires, both longtime Apple alums, to head up its Engineering and Design departments. All that funding is not going to waste, it seems. Michael Lopp, who was previously a director of engineering at Palantir, will head Engineering; Bob Baxley, the former Director of Design for the Apple Online Store, will… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration

    Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration

    Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO that relates to health tracking (via AppleInsider). It describes a standalone sensor that can be attached to weightlifting bars or other in-gym equipment to track repetitions and measure frequency, quality of movement and more using onboard accelerometers and processors. It would also be able to work with a remote display, including one described… Read More

  • Apple’s iOS 8 Includes Code For Running Apps Side-By-Side

    Apple’s iOS 8 Includes Code For Running Apps Side-By-Side

    One thing that had been rumored for inclusion in iOS 8 that wasn’t announced on stage was a new trick for the iPad that would let it run two apps side-by-side concurrently. The feature was first reported by Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac as one in a series of articles revealing upcoming features of the then-secret beta, and claimed that you’d be able to not only run two apps next to… Read More

  • The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    The Market Welcomes Apple’s 7-1 Split

    Apple’s 7-for-1 split went live today, and its share price dipped under the $100 mark as the technology company greatly increased its share count. The market is up today, but Apple has picked up more than twice the bounce that the NASDAQ has received, climbing north of 1 percent. It’s not a massive rally, but no one anticipated more. Apple’s split is noteworthy given its… Read More

  • Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing

    Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing

    Apple has begun to crack down on tools that app developers use to monetize and grow their applications, including incentivized video viewing and rewarded social sharing, as well as discovery tools that allow users to find apps inside the games they’re already playing. The move will have a significant impact on the app industry as a whole, and will serve as something of a… Read More

  • Apple Makes It Harder For In-Store Marketers To Track You In iOS 8

    Apple Makes It Harder For In-Store Marketers To Track You In iOS 8

    Apple has enabled MAC address randomization in iOS 8 (from Frederic Jacobs via HackerNews), which means it’s harder for marketers to keep track of your comings and goings in or around public Wi-Fi networks. In the updated software, while your iPhone is scanning for Wi-Fi networks, it assigns a “random, locally administered” MAC address, which is typically a constant… Read More

  • With iOS 8, Apple Stands Ready To Ramp Up Consumer Purchasing Power

    With iOS 8, Apple Stands Ready To Ramp Up Consumer Purchasing Power

    Apple’s various additions to iOS 8 mean we’re going to see a big shift come September, in terms of what’s available to both consumers and developers, but the group that should be most excited might be marketers and others trying to get users buying things on and with their devices. A few of the new features in iOS 8 make it much easier to shop on and with your iPhone, and… Read More

  • Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and desktop operating systems to make them a lot more integrated with the primary way that we… Read More

  • With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

    With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

    At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the “digital hub” strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for things like recording movies or playing music would be managed. At this year’s WWDC event, Apple showed that the iPhone is the new hub, and your Mac, iPad, and everything in the cloud is now just an accessory. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Sauce

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor. The setup: a delicious Apple muscle-flexing that to some somehow escaped the gravity of the Post Jobs era into orbit. We barely got to all the delights in the candy store — even upstarts with plenty to lose like the Box guy sat in the front row with a grin on his face at the sheer fun of Apple’s… Read More

  • Apple’s New Approach To iCloud Is Good News For Everyone

    Apple’s New Approach To iCloud Is Good News For Everyone

    At its WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple announced CloudKit, a new, “effectively free” developer framework that lets app creators tap into Apple’s iCloud so that they can more easily work cloud components into their mobile apps. Read More

  • Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    Apple’s Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism

    At its WWDC conference this week, Apple unveiled a scaffolding of sorts that allows developers to control smart home devices like light switches, thermostats, garage doors and more. This is called HomeKit, and it promises to be flexible and powerful — but its success will lie in hardware adoption. Read More