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Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers leaves Apple

How is this a surprise? Apple closed the Beats acquisition almost exactly one year ago. His stock vested and he left. Happens all the time.

Posted by Bad Humors on August 28, 2015 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

Dr. Dre, Apple make statements on Beats co-founder’s abusive past

Yep, I was surprised when the Apple/Beats deal went through. I’ve been a Mac head for years, but it almost made me want to boycott Apple products. In any case, they can keep their overpriced Beats headphones. The Apple statement saying Dre is “not the same person that he was 25 years ago”, seems really odd to me. On Dre’s new album, Compton, the track, “Loose Cannons” depicts a woman pleading for her life, before she’s murdered and buried. On “Medicine Man” Eminem spits the line, “Ain’t no one safe from, non-believers there ain’t none/I even make the bitches I rape cum.”
It’s 2015 and Dr. Dre is still producing music glorifying the murder and rape of women, who he refers to as “bitches”. I’m sorry, I guess I’m missing something. What change?

Posted by Groove Tripper on August 22, 2015 at 12:24 AM (CDT)

Dr. Dre, Apple make statements on Beats co-founder’s abusive past

Just when it was a rumor Apple was going to by Beats - I thought no way Apple would have on its payroll with the past like Dre. I was wrong - Apple bought Beats. And I still say it will bite Apple in the butt and its brand.

Posted by justmewhoelse on August 21, 2015 at 2:07 PM (CDT)

Apple moving iPod stock to accessory shelves in stores

There must some resurgence in the strategy as it has been changed after along haul. According to many, this move shows Apple’s eagerness to counter the slow sales of iPads and to slowly start taking over the market from the contemporary laptops. For that, they need to improve many features in the iPad but, eventually Apple’s strategy always is to dominate the market.

Posted by AaronHenry on August 20, 2015 at 2:47 AM (CDT)

Report: Apple Pay fees hindering rollout in Australia

The UK uses pence, not cents.

Posted by Matt Unruh on August 18, 2015 at 4:36 AM (CDT)

Rite Aid to reactivate Apple Pay starting August 15

Too late!
For a number of years, I was picking up my senior parents’ medications at Rite Aid. When Rite Aid said last fall that they weren’t going to take Apple Pay, I moved the prescriptions to Walgreens. Now that the prescriptions have already been set up at Walgreens, it is not worth my time to move them back to Rite Aid.
You snooze, you lose!

Posted by Justanag on August 12, 2015 at 12:26 AM (CDT)

Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

I am finding that if you do not apply any filters and do not do any editing of your photo, it will not create an AAE file. I took a few hundred pics on my vacation and basically only shot normal photos. No AAE files were created for all my pics. Once you make any edits you will get this file paired up with your original. Same with videos. If you shoot using the slow motion mode, you get a normal video file and an AAE file that makes the video go in slow motion. Once you pull this over to your computer, there is apparently no way to then view your slow motion video.
Having said all of that, I am finding this incredibly annoying. Why did they implement this new feature without it being fully supported in the Mac OS. I transfer the files over using Image Capture and then have NO WAY to apply the AAE file to the original. And what if I like to rename the jpeg file? Does it still know what AAE file it goes with?? Do I have to rename both to be sure they match?? Who knows? They implemented this without telling anyone or giving any info about what the change meant.
My current practice is to pull everything over to my Mac, sort the files by “Kind” in the Finder, and then delete all AAE files so I don’t have to deal with them.

Posted by Just Matt on August 11, 2015 at 8:37 AM (CDT)

Verizon to stop offering subsidized phones on August 13

This is aimed at padding Verizon’s bottom line.  Force the customer to pay the full, outrageously inflated (seriously, check out the actual manufacturing cost of these devices.  Even adding in cost for R&D and marketing, there is no way that the highest end mass manufactured phone couldn’t be sold for $350-375 and still make quite a decent profit) price, and one of Verizon’s biggest expenses suddenly disappears.

Posted by 0megapart1cle on August 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM (CDT)

Dr. Dre's new album coming to iTunes, Apple Music on Friday

ITunes? Love Dre but going to pass.

Posted by diggity on August 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM (CDT)

Report: Apple Music hits 10M subscribers

I’m sure the service will do well, but I’m also sure there are ‘millions and millions’ of forced-subscribers, like myself, in whatever the current numbers reflect.
I really wanted to shut the service off within days of starting my 3 month trial—shortly after signing up, it was like putting my iTunes Match library in a blender.  I signed up for Match on day-1, and initially it wasn’t perfect but eventually became another branch on the ‘it-just-works’ tree.  I want that back, and the only way to do it is by shutting Apple Music off completely.  After a couple hours on the phone with Apple tech support, I found out you can’t cancel the service—you can only cancel the auto-renewal.  You can turn off Apple Music in Settings for iOS & Mac/PC—but that just removes the service buttons from the apps, the service itself is fully present, lurking in the background blending DRM’d and Matched files—getting confused—making some of your files ‘not available for download’ and generally giving the user the impression that some of their previous library is missing, but how much is unclear.
If you sign up for the 3 month trial, you’re stuck with it for the entire duration—whether you want it or not.  The subscription numbers will drop substantially late-September/Early October once those trial periods start expiring…

Posted by benjitek on July 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM (CDT)

Apple blocks App Store reviews from users running iOS betas

Makes perfect sense, Signed Capn Obvious.

Posted by CKDAL on July 24, 2015 at 2:04 PM (CDT)

Apple announces annual Back to School promotion, excludes iOS devices

Of course not. Apple doesn’t want the blow their money maker out of the water. It’s next quarter would reflect this with it’s over priced iPhone not making the billions like in the last quarter.

Posted by Hydro Mac on July 23, 2015 at 1:22 PM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

I’ve got the developer beta, although that should be the same code base, and I definitely have Home Sharing enabled as it works on my pre-iOS 8.4 devices fine, and my Apple TV, so I’m guessing it’s probably just not working consistently yet, since it is a beta after all.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 22, 2015 at 11:22 AM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

The update was released yesterday, i’m not part of the developer program so this update shold be available for all inn the public beta program. Strange the dou did not see any share libraries, maybe you ar stuck on a version of itunes that has this disabled, please note that the tunes account you activated home sharing from most me de same you used to sign in to home sharing on ios9

Posted by Bjarne Nilsson on July 22, 2015 at 11:19 AM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Yes I signed up for the 3 month trial, I don’t subscripe to Itunes match.  hmm steange, try to sign out of home sharing and sign inn again, I sudenly lost the home shariing option inn the music app but it reapeerd after log out an login. (well a beta has bugs)

Posted by Bjarne Nilsson on July 22, 2015 at 5:21 AM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Ok i miss typed I was refferinh to home sharing (mosr temember to proof read befor posring)

Posted by Bjarne Nilsson on July 22, 2015 at 5:09 AM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Family Sharing isn’t the same as Home Sharing. Are you sure that’s the only sharing enabled? I’ve signed in/out and restarted both Music and the OS and still no ability to select a Home Sharing library.

Posted by CG on July 21, 2015 at 8:01 PM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

In iOS 9 beta 4? Interesting, as it’s not appearing for me—I had gone looking for it, and there was definitely no sign, regardless of any combination of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match settings.
Are you subscribed to Apple Music at all?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

Home Sharing for Music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Fyi the possibility to switch to a shared library is under my music.  The drop down at the top of the screen ( center) if you ar signed into family sharing that choise will show up and allow jou to chose which lshared library you use, this iss allso where you chang back to the localy stored music

Posted by Bjarne Nilsson on July 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM (CDT)

New iOS scam surfaces as crash warnings in Safari browser popups

Finally this is being talked about, been having this for a couple of weeks now, happens on Wifi or cell.  Apple needs to get on this as I highly doubt the Block Pop-ups option will stop this as I’ve never switched it off.

Posted by WhiteHawk on July 17, 2015 at 10:44 AM (CDT)

Apple and GSMA in talks to adopt embedded SIM technology

Not in the sense of replacing the carriers, but more in terms of pushing them out of the direct hardware selling relationship with the customer. Many speculated the goal at the time would have been for Apple to pull iPhone sales tightly back into Apple Stores and push the entire activation process into iTunes, much like it did with AT&T when the original iPhone was launched in 2007.
It was clear that iTunes sign-up and activation approach was what Apple was originally trying to push as “the way forward” and arguably would have been a great idea compared to what the normal landscape is, but no carrier other than AT&T ever fully bought into it – they prefer to sell the hardware directly so they can subsidize it with complicated contracts that the average human can’t quite comprehend than giving people the ability to sign up from a browser or app without actually getting a chance to be confused by a sales rep :)

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 16, 2015 at 1:18 PM (CDT)

Apple and GSMA in talks to adopt embedded SIM technology

Would surprise me that Apple was trying to do a “end-run around”.

Posted by Hydro Mac on July 16, 2015 at 1:13 PM (CDT)

Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

What app are you using to view/transfer the photos? The AAE doesn’t contain any real data, so the original JPG should definitely still be there. If you’re only seeing the AAE file and not the JPG it’s most likely a problem with your transfer software—it could be either hiding the JPG files somehow, or maybe sorting them in such a way that you’re only seeing the AAE files.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new iPod touch, new nano and shuffle colors

THANK JOBS. Only been waiting 3+ years…Also that blue is sweet.

Posted by That Guy on July 16, 2015 at 12:45 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new iPod touch, new nano and shuffle colors

It’s about dang time. I’ve only been looking for a 128GB version for oh 8 years or so. This is right on time too. My wife washed my current touch a couple of days ago. It’s toast now. Hopefully a shiny new 128 can help dry my tears.

Posted by Okitech623 on July 15, 2015 at 9:05 PM (CDT)

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