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  • Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade [good for Vlad]

    08/01/2015 6:08:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/1/15 | Shaun Nichols
    The Russian government is reportedly looking to ban "gay" emoji symbols over fears the same-sex pictures could violate censorship laws.Russia's Izvestia newspaper reports that Russian senator Mikhail Marchenko has issued a complaint that a collection of new emojis depict same-sex couples. Marchenko argues the emojis are in violation of a 2013 Russian law banning what the government deems gay "propaganda" materials. The Beeb reports (via Izvestia) that the government's watchdog group plans to request that president Putin's Young Guard youth group investigate and report on the matter.The Russian senator is quoted as expressing concern that the gay emojis "promoted non-traditional...
  • Gun control advocates launch campaign to drop gun emoji from iPhones (VIDEO)

    07/31/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Guns.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | by Chris Eger
    An anti-gun organization in New York on Thursday debuted a social media campaign to convince Apple to remove the ideogram depicting a gun from their iPhones.Watch the YouTube Video. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence kicked off their “Disarm the iPhone” drive this week with a website, video and press release targeting the popular mobile devices. The group cautions that the emoji, one of hundreds on the product that come preloaded from the factory, reflects the ready access to guns in the country.“We realized that many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to...
  • Phone found in working condition after 9,300-foot fall

    07/31/2015 8:28:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Times Record News ^ | 3:05 AM, Jul 30, 2015 | by Judith McGinnis
    Wichita Falls, Texas - After falling 9,300 feet from a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, a lost iPhone not only reported its location but laid out a map where owner Ben Wilson could find it. Even better, it could still make and receive calls. It was by the side of the road south of Jacksboro, under a mesquite tree, said Wilson, chuckling. The donkey pointed out where it was. It is a real Texas story. Monday afternoon Wilson, owner of Gas Corp. of America and pilot Will Warnock were on their way back from Houston to Kickapoo Airport when pressure change...
  • No One Really Needs an Apple Watch Today

    07/29/2015 12:38:05 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 62 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 22:10 GMT | Bob LeVitus
    Ive put off writing about the Apple Watch until today because, quite frankly, I didnt know what I wanted to say. But last night it came to me The Apple Watch is the coolest gadget in the world that you dont need (and I say that with all due respect). Ill spare you the product details (visit www.apple.com/watch) so I can spend the rest of our brief time together explaining why I love Apple Watch, but dont think you (or anyone) really needs one (at least not yet). First, some background: I have collected and worn reasonably priced wristwatches for...
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • The Apple inventions that never surfaced: in pictures (Link Only)

    07/23/2015 10:54:31 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July 23, 2015
    Ten Apple patents that may or may not see the light of day. For example this patent for a virtual reality headset capable of linking to an exterior device such as an iPhone or Mac filed in 2008. . .
  • USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected Any Day Now

    07/21/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 7-21-2015 | CBS San Francisco
    (CBS SF) The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake any day now and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard. The quake caused some BART delays early today while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major...
  • Apple logs Q3 beat, but Q4 sales outlook disappoints

    07/21/2015 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 21,2015 | Aaron Pressman
    The world's biggest technology company said its earned $1.85 a share, beating estimates by four cents, for the three months ended June 27. Sales of $49.6 billion, up 33% from a year earlier, also topped views of $49.4 billion. However, Apple's current-quarter revenue outlook of $49 billion to $51 billion, came in on the low end of the FactSet Research Systems consensus of $50.9 billion. Apple said it sold 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter, essentially matching estimates. Meanwhile, Cupertino, Calif-based Apple disclosed iPad sales of 10.9 million units, and Mac sales of 4.8 million units, both coming in close...
  • Apple pulverizes the Street with record third quarter results

    07/21/2015 2:03:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 69 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 21, 2015 2:00 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended June 27, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimates called for Apple to report EPS of $1.81 on revenue of $49.31 billion for...
  • Apples Earnings Matter Even More Than You Think

    07/21/2015 1:33:16 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    MoneyBeat Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2015 1:00 pm | By Paul Vigna
    No company produces bigger profits than Apple Inc. AAPL -1.03% Likewise, no company contributes more to the profit picture of the S&P 500 than Apple. Apple is a leviathan of a company that is a major contributor of profits in corporate America. Its fortunes, also, are inextricably intertwined with two of the biggest growth markets that exist, smartphones and China. That makes it a bellwether. Because of its success, Apple is also an out-sized member of the S&P 500. We noted yesterday that the stock comprises about one percentage point of the S&P 500&'s 3.5% gain for this year (before...
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update Rolls Out After 22 Years - No Kidding LINK

    07/17/2015 10:12:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | Jul 17th, 2015 | By Jeff Gamet
    Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers....
  • Siri Corrects Anyone Trying to Call Caitlyn Jenner "Bruce"

    07/15/2015 12:59:20 PM PDT · by lwd · 83 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter via MSN.com ^ | 7-15-2015 | THR Staff
    Siri has been known to have quite the sassy remarks when asked questions she doesn't like - such as zero divided by zero - but she can also be quite informative about nuanced issues when she wants to be. Anyone looking to call Caitlyn Jenner by her former name Bruce, will be immediately corrected by Siri. For example, asking "How tall is Bruce Jenner" will get you the straightforward response of "Caitlyn Jenner is 6'2 tall." The question "What gender is Bruce Jenner?" prompts "The answer is female."
  • Mac sales up 16.1% in June quarter as overall PC market continues slump (IDC)

    07/09/2015 10:03:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | By Roger Fingas
    Continuing to buck trends, Mac sales rose 16.1 percent year-over-year in the June quarter even as the PC industry as a whole shrank 11.8 percent, according to new estimates published on Thursday by research firm IDC. Source: IDC Apple is believed to have sold just under 5.14 million computers, putting it in fourth place under leaders Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Those companies sold 13.44 million, 12.25 million, and 9.56 million units respectively. Below Apple were Acer and ASUS, both roughly at 4.33 million, with a slight edge given to Acer. In all, IDC estimates that some 66.14 million computers were...
  • Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report actually shows Apple is crushing smartwatch sector

    07/08/2015 8:21:16 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | July 08, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin. Apple hasn't yet given any figures on Apple Watch sales (after noting last year that it would not be publishing unit sales of the new device in its quarterly earnings reports), but Slice Intelligence compiled some questionable figures from "e-receipt" data it gleaned from a large group of consumers who volunteer to share their purchasing information. Slice obtains much of its consumer data...
  • Apple Watch may not be ticking with customers (APPLE Watch Sales Plunge 90%)

    07/07/2015 8:25:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 73 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 07/07/15 | Brett Arends
    Sales of the new Apple Watch have plunged by 90% since the opening week, according to a new market research report. Apple AAPL, -1.27% has been selling fewer than 20,000 watches a day in the U.S. since the initial surge in April, and on some days fewer than 10,000, according to data from Slice Intelligence, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based market research company. That is a sharp decline from week of the April 10 launch, when Apple sold about 1.5 million watches, or an average of about 200,000 a day, Slice estimates. Furthermore, two-thirds of the watches sold so far have...
  • Gun-shaped phone case on law enforcements radar; not a cool product or a good idea

    07/06/2015 1:23:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | 07-06-2015 | By Shaymus McLaughlin
    (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Facebook) That is a cellphone case sticking out of that persons back pocket. Seriously. Heres the rest of it, out of the pocket and up to someones ear. (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Facebook) The photos initially started making the rounds last week, after the Ocean County, New Jersey, Prosecutors Office posted the images on Facebook. Its been shared more than 14,700 times. Please folks this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea, the office wrote. A police officers job is hard enough, without having to make a split-second...
  • Apple Music has an iCloud problem (possible library corruption in certain circumstances)

    07/06/2015 6:57:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 1, 2015 | Chris Welch
    I really like Apple Music. Everything from the setup process (I kept hitting "more artists" until I couldn't anymore) through the entire user interface left me impressed yesterday. Apple has managed to reinvent its Music app by stuffing a subscription music service inside it without making it all hopelessly confusing... Still, there's one fundamental problem with Apple Music that's crippling its potential for me and keeping it from becoming my one and only music destination exactly the thing Apple wants it to be. It's the way the service heavily leans on iCloud. Or more specifically, "iCloud Music Library."...
  • Apple Is Forcing Ubiquity And Conformity On Consumers

    07/05/2015 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 4, 2015 | by Theo Priestley
    Being locked into a single ecosystem isnt necessarily a good thing I stepped off a train in London one morning and it struck me how many genuine and knock-off Barbour quilted jackets were among the commuter throng. And it made me think about just how commonplace theyve become to the point that theyve diluted their own brand image. By Appointment to Her Majesty has now become By Appointment to Everyone. Its the same with the Hipster trend. Humans naturally struggle with their own identity so seek to adopt one from a group to feel included. Individuality is lost to conformity....
  • Greeks cant use iTunes, the App Store, PayPal and more thanks to the financial crisis

    07/05/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 07/04/15 | Mic Wright
    Greece has a lot of problems right now as a result of the debt crisis, but one that you might not have immediately anticipated is that online services that require credit or debit payments to a foreign company are broken. As BuzzFeed reports, the Greek governments imposition of capital controls which restrict citizens ability to take money out of the country following its failure to make debt repayment, also mean they cant buy a 0.99 song from iTunes or grab new apps. Of course, its not the biggest issue faced by the country, but it is another source...
  • Apple issues large patch set to shore up OS X, iOS security

    07/01/2015 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 1, 2015 6:02 P (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple has quietly included a large amount of security fixes in its latest set of patches for its OS X and iOS operating systems, plugging some serious, high-profile vulnerabilities in its code. A tally of the common vulnerability and exposures (CVE) tags in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Security Update 2015-005 and Safari 8.0.7 update packages showed 80 vulnerabilities have been patched by Apple. These range from a flaw that allowed attackers to write to the low-level extensible firmware interface (EFI) - which manages the hardware in Mac computers - when the systems resume from sleep. The EFI zero-day was...
  • Apple Watch interest sinks as iPhone demand stays strong

    07/01/2015 6:56:47 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 07/01/15 | ATRICK SEITZ
    While iPhone sales remain strong, Apple Watch sales look limp. Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves on Wednesday raised his Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone sales estimates, but trimmed his targets for the Apple Watch. Hargreaves has a sector weight rating on Apple stock, with a 12-month fair value of 139. Apple stock was up a fraction, near 126, in afternoon trading on the stock market today. Apple stock touched its all-time high above 134 on April 28. "Anecdotal evidence suggests Apple Watch demand is slowing quickly," Hargreaves said in a research note. "This dovetails with recent supply checks, which suggested a...
  • WATCH: Dramatic New Trailer for "Steve Jobs" Biopic

    07/01/2015 3:57:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/1 | Tamara Palmer
    A new trailer for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic reveals dramatic family and business conflicts. Jobs, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, is seen throughout the trailer dealing with recognizing and building a relationship with his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Writer Aaron Sorkin told The Verge that Jobs' daughter, who consulted with him on the script, is the heroine of the film. The Danny Boyle-directed flim called simply Steve Jobs is scheduled to debut in theaters on October 9.
  • Saudi prince announces he will give his entire $32BILLION fortune

    07/01/2015 12:53:28 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st July 2015 | Lydia Willgress
    'A Saudi Arabian billionaire is planning on giving his entire $32billion (20bn) fortune to charity. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world, said he wants to donate to groups that promote health and help with disaster relief. The 60-year-old will also support women's charities and those that look towards eradicating disease. He did not say whether the generous move would have any impact on his holdings. Mr bin Talal is the grandson of Saudi Arabia's founder Ibn Saud. He is said to have started his business empire with a $30,000 (19,000) gift from his father...
  • Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

    06/30/2015 12:35:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015 | MIKE SEGAR
    A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins....
  • iOS 8.4 to be released 8 AM PT on Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit will increase to 100,000 in iOS 9

    06/29/2015 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Benjamin Mayo
    Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that seeing Apple Music on stage at WWDC ‘it was hard not to feel like the last 20+ years was leading to this day’.Interestingly, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8 AM on June 30th which includes the newly revamped Music app to support Apple Music. This is slightly earlier than the usual 10...
  • Cop Buys Lemonade from a Little Girl...Returns the Next Day

    06/29/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 6/25/15 | John S Roberts
    Patrol Officer Zach Ropos of Ohio spotted a little girl selling lemonade, and decided to grab a drink. He talked with the girl for a few minutes, heard what she had to say about why she was raising money, and went about his business. Ropos returned the very next day, and had this to say I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money. I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars. Initially the girl...
  • Companies to boycott over Rainbow nonsense

    06/28/2015 1:02:10 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 120 replies
    vanity
    I saw a huge Delta Air Lines digital sign full of rainbows and "love" nonsense going into Atlanta yesterday morning. I am putting them #1 on my boycott list. Anyone care to add to the list?
  • Apple backpedals on Confederate flag censorship

    06/27/2015 10:41:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    CIO Magazine ^ | June 27, 2015 | by Jim Lynch
    Apple reinstates some banned games, but tries to hide the Confederate flag from screenshots and app iconsA couple of days ago I commented on Apple's ham-handed attempt at censoring the Confederate flag from the app store. The company had blithely removed all apps and games that had the Confederate flag from the app store.But now Apple is backpedaling furiously and has reinstated some games: as long as the Confederate flag doesn't appear in the app icon or screenshots.Carter Dotson reports for Touch Arcade: There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled...
  • As (gay) pride soars, Apple adds LGBT featured section to the App Store

    06/27/2015 8:02:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    CNet ^ | June 26, 2015 | Anthony Domanico
    Apple has added an LGBT section to its App Store that showcases apps, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots. It's Gay Pride in cities worldwide this month, an event sure to get a big boost of excitement following the US Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday. And in what some digerati may consider added cause for celebration, Apple has added an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) section on the App Store that showcases tons of content for the LGBT community. The section, which went live on the App Store...
  • Tim Cook takes Apple down the dark road of censorship

    06/25/2015 11:16:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    CiO Magazine ^ | Jun 25, 2015 10:47 AM PT | By Jim Lynch
    A couple of days ago, I wrote about the difficulties Apple would face if it tried to censor the Confederate flag in its online stores. Unfortunately, the company - under Tim Cook's leadership - wasted no time in engaging in reactionary censorship of the Confederate flag in its app store. Touch Arcade and other sites are reporting that Apple has begun a ham-handed purge of the app store. The company has removed games and apps that include the Confederate flag: It's looking like Apple has pulled everything from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, regardless of context. The...
  • Our Civil War game has been removed from AppStore

    06/25/2015 7:07:56 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 25 replies
    Ultimate General: Gettysburg ^ | 06-25-2015 | Nick Thomadis
    As you may have been already informed, Apple has removed our game from AppStore because of usage of the Confederate Flag. Ultimate General: Gettysburg could be accepted back if the flag is removed from the game's content. We accept Apple's decision and understand that this is a sensitive issue for the American Nation. We wanted our game to be the most accurate, historical, playable reference of the Battle of Gettysburg. All historical commanders, unit composition and weaponry, key geographical locations to the smallest streams or farms are recreated in our game's battlefield. We receive a lot of letters of gratitude...
  • Apple pulls Confederate flag from App Store

    06/25/2015 5:41:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/15 | Mark Hensch
    Apple is purging its App Store of mobile games featuring the Confederate flag, a new report says.The technology giant is discontinuing apps that feature the controversial symbol, according to the New York Daily News. It said on Thursday that multiple strategy games, such as Civil War: 1862, Civil War: 1863, Civil War: 1864 and Civil War: Gettysburg are thus no longer available in the popular marketplace.Those titles were targeted, despite featuring the historical emblem in context of the Civil War, it added.Andrew Mulholland, creator of the Civil War franchise, told Kotaku on Thursday afternoon he is shocked by the move.It...
  • Apple Removes Civil War Games From App Store Over Confederate Flag Usage

    06/25/2015 7:54:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    MacRumors ^ | June 25, 2015 | Staff
    Apple has removed seemingly all Civil War games from the App Store for displaying the Confederate Flag in "offensive and mean-spirited ways," our sister website TouchArcade has learned. Apple has sent a removal letter to affected developers to inform them that their app does not comply with Section 19.1 of the App Store Review Guidelines.
  • Apple Pulls All Civil War Games From The App Store

    06/25/2015 9:47:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/25/2015 | Tyler Durden
    We have been following the Confederate flag scandal with bemused detachment, painfully aware for what it is: i) a welcome distraction from the real and very profound problems this country faces and ii) the latest escalation in what has been a relentless attempt to polarize the nation over the past several years, only instead of political ideology, gender, sexual preference, ethnic background, and most certainly wealth, this time the emphasis is on geographic origin and an implied relapse to the days of latent the pre-civil war "racism."And yet while most such scandals fizzle quickly after the have heat their...
  • Apple Pulls All Civil War Games Over Confederate Flag Controversy

    06/25/2015 9:16:51 AM PDT · by absentee · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6/25/15 | Caleb Howe
    In a bold move against reason, Apple has apparently removed all civil war games from their App Store over the display of the Confederate flag within the games. This is just the latest in a series of absurd moves taken by corporations following the national debate and eventual decision by South Carolina to remove the flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. Apple's Tim Cook Tweeted on Sunday of this week: "My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC. Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it." Apparently he truly...
  • Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From the App Store Because of Confederate Flag

    06/25/2015 8:40:06 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 25 replies
    Touch Arcade ^ | 2015-06-25 | Tasos Lazarides
    If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. Many large US companies, like Walmart and Amazon, have already banned the sale of any Confederate flag merchandise as a reaction to the recent events. Now, it appears that Apple has decided to join them by pulling many Civil War wargames from the App Store....
  • Apples Swift U-turn: artists will be paid during Apple Music free trial

    06/22/2015 5:29:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 34 replies
    Geek.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Matthew Humphries
    Apple has been forced to do a U-turn on its Apple Music service, and its thanks in large part to the actions of Taylor Swift and a negative PR campaign she managed to kick off against the company. Apple Music will launch with a 3 month free trial for any person signing up to it. The problem is, Apple had decided and agreed with the largest music publishers that no royalties would be paid on songs played during this free trial period. Many artists were angry about this. While the major labels could take the hit, independent and new artists...
  • Taylor Swift boycotts Apple over tech giant's new streaming service decision not to pay artists

    06/21/2015 11:11:24 AM PDT · by dennisw · 102 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 21 June 2015 | By Afp
    The superstar said Sunday that she will not allow her album '1989' on Apple's new streaming service She explained on Tumblr that this was because the tech giant will not pay for songs streamed during free trial period These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much.' Swift's '1989' was by far the top-selling US album last year and remains high on charts - insisted that she was speaking for all artists and not just herself. Swift found the...
  • Many Indie Labels May Refuse to Sign Apple Music Contract

    06/20/2015 10:34:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | June 16, 2015 | By Steve Knopper
    "There definitely seems to be a coalescing of opinions to opt out," one indie label executive tells Rolling Stone Days after Apple executives announced their splashy new music-streaming service last week before a roaring crowd of developers in San Francisco, they presented 250-page licensing contracts to skeptical independent record labels. Indie sources say the tech giant does not intend to pay them royalties for Apple Music's free, heavily marketed, three-month trial period and many are refusing to sign. "I hesitate to say 'everyone,' but a lot of independent labels are of the same mind that it's kind of...
  • Plugging a 1986 Mac Plus into the modern Web

    06/20/2015 11:12:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    Kernel Mag The Early Internet ^ | March 22nd, 2015 | By Jeff Keacher
    Reviving an old computer is like restoring a classic car: Theres a thrill from bringing the ancient into the modern world. So it was with my first real computer, my Mac Plus, when I decided to bring it forward three decades and introduce it to the modern Web. Its a lowly machine, my Mac. The specs pale in comparison to even my Kindle: 8 MHz CPU, 4 MB RAM, 50 MB hard drive, and 512 x 384 pixel black-and-white screen. My current desktop PC is on the order of 200,000 times fasternot even including the GPU. Still, that Mac Plus...
  • Newt Gingrich reviews the Apple Watch (with Video)

    06/19/2015 1:04:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 19, 2015 | BY NEWT GINGRICH
    The first time I seriously tried to use the Apple Watch was to board a plane on a recent cross-country trip. The experience showed the promise of wearable devices, but it also revealed there are challenges to solve before smartwatches are worth buying for anyone other than tech enthusiasts eager to try the latest gadget. I previously read that Id be able to call up my boarding pass on the Apple Watch, so I opened the United Airlines app by tapping its logo in the app menu. But the process was a bit more complicated than I thought. The app...
  • Tim Cook received complaints on Apple's bag check policy

    06/11/2015 10:32:51 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 Jun 2015 | CNBC
    <p>At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning, according to a court filing made public on Wednesday.</p>
  • Almost 600 Accounts Breached in 'Celebgate' Nude Photo Hack, FBI Says

    06/10/2015 9:28:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 10, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The stunning leak of nude and intimate photos of scores of celebrities may reach far wider than was previously known, involving the breach of almost 600 online storage accounts, according to unsealed federal court documents. The "Celebgate" hack resulted in the posting on Aug. 31 of almost 500 purported photos of Hollywood stars, models and other celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo to the Wild West-like Internet forum 4chan, from which they quickly spread. Apple Inc. confirmed the next day that the photos were obtained through a "targeted...
  • The iPhone will track how often you have sex

    06/10/2015 1:12:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 6/9/15
    When your iPhone updates to iOS 9 in the fall, you'll be able to track your reproductive health -- including how often you have sex and whether or not you used protection. As part of its upcoming iOS 9 release, Apple will launch a new set of HealthKit features that will let you log information about menstrual cycles and specific physical changes, such as basal body temperature, cervical mucus quality, and spotting. There will also be a way for people to track sexual activity in the pre-installed app. You can even input ovulation test results. Apple keeps that data private...
  • MacDailyNews presents live coverage of Apples WWDC 2015 keynote address

    06/08/2015 12:43:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Apple CEO Tim Cook and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address today, June 8th, at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT. Apple today will stream the company’s WWDC Keynote live via Safari browser and Apple TV. Live streaming video requires Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later. The big event starts today at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT here: http://www.apple.com/live/2015-june-event/. Open it in one browser...
  • Apple is having its Microsoft moment... Apple products suffering glitches

    06/05/2015 6:05:07 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 51 replies
    WCVB ^ | 5 Jun 2015 | Jose Pagliery
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) So much for the argument "Apple computers are safer and bug-free." It's not true. We're accustomed to annoying glitches in PCs. But the past few years have shown that Macs, iPads and iPhones have them too. So far in 2015, five major flaws have affected Apple products. Just this week, we encountered a nasty bug that lets hackers bury computer viruses so deep inside Macs, you'll never find it. A week earlier, a flaw appeared that lets a text message crash an iPhone. These are significant issues, and neither has been fixed yet. Faulty code is found...
  • Should you fear the latest Mac firmware exploit?

    06/04/2015 5:37:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    MacWorld.com ^ | Jun 4, 2015 7:12 AM | Glenn Fleishman
    A security researcher has found what he says is a deep flaw that potentially affects all Macintosh Intel models made until mid-2014, when the error he discovered appears to have been fixed. The exploit would allow, in a very particular set of combined conditions, to rewrite the boot-up firmware in a Mac to include persistent, malicious software. Pedro Vilaca revealed the information without what is considered responsible disclosure in the security industry, in which an affected company or project is notified sufficiently far ahead of the release of information to allow them the potential to fix the problem. Apple isnt...
  • Apple vulnerability could allow firmware modifications, researcher says

    06/01/2015 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    IDG news Service ^ | June 1, 2015
    A zero-day software vulnerability in the firmware of older Apple computers could be used to slip hard-to-remove malware onto a computer, according to a security researcher. Pedro Vilaca, who studies Mac security, wrote on his blog that the flaw he found builds on previous ones but this one could be far more dangerous. Apple officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Vilaca found it was possible to tamper with an Apple computer's UEFI (unified extensible firmware interface). UEFI is firmware designed to improve upon BIOS, which is low-level code that bridges a computer's hardware and operating system at startup....
  • Apple's relaunch of Beats Music said to cost $10 a month

    06/02/2015 5:47:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    CNET ^ | 06/02/15 | Joan E. Solsman
    Unlike Spotify, the new incarnation of the streaming music service under Apple won't have a way to listen to anything on demand for free, according to a report. The new Beats Music may look different from the old Beats Music, but it will feel just the same to your wallet. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday that Apple's subscription streaming service will have the standard $10-a-month price to listen to any song on demand. Other outlets had reported previously that Apple was negotiating with labels to have a lower price but failed to win that concession. The...