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FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music Streaming Service
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apples efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to Bloomberg. This would make the FTC the
Home Depot to Begin Supporting Apple Pay Following Retail System Upgrade
Home Depot plans to officially support Apple Pay in its home improvement stores following a retail system upgrade, reports Bloomberg. Though theres no timeline on when Apple Pay support will be
Apple to Launch Streaming Music Service and Revamped iTunes Radio in Late June
While Apple is still working to get key deals in place for its upcoming streaming music service, the company remains committed to announcing the service at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference
Apple Still Working to Finalize Streaming Music Deals Ahead of Rumored WWDC Launch
Just weeks ahead of the rumored debut of its newly revamped streaming music service, Apple is still working to get key deals completed. According to a new report from Billboard that cites music industry sources, Apple does not yet have
CBS Sports and USA NOW Channels Now Available on Apple TV
The Apple TV has gained two new channels today CBS Sports and USA NOW, bringing on-demand sports, drama, comedy, sitcoms and more programming to the set-top box in the United States. The new channels should be appearing on the Apple
Third-Party Apple Watch Bands May Be Coming Soon Following Launch of New Guidelines
Apple today debuted a new developer site (via Macotakara) titled Creating Bands for Apple Watch, which includes band design guidelines for third-party companies looking to make bands for the Apple Watch. The design guidelines include requirements for the bands to
Remote for Next-Generation Apple TV to Include 'Touch Pad' for Scrolling
Apples next-generation Apple TV will include a new touch-based remote with a revamped design, reports The New York Times, citing sources with knowledge of Apples plans. Described as being slightly thicker
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Apple's upcoming streaming music service reportedly under FTC investigation
It looks like Apples efforts to revamp Beats Music has drawn the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the companys dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of
Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships
In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.
Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim
Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.
OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology
Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.
Home Depot to become largest retailer to support Apple Pay
Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores, will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apples branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.
EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms
The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.
Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests
Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apples anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotifys active users.
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Ulysses for iPad 2.0 review: Powerful, feature-filled text editor hampered by file sync
Last year, I reviewed Ulysses III for OS X, explaining that it “is much more than just a Markdown editor as it includes a good number of organizational features.” Since then, The Soulmen, the app’s developer, has updated the OS
Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating function
I’m all-in on Apple products. At my house, I’ve got two Macs, an Apple TV, an iPad, two iPhones, and an Apple router. I’ve never owned an MP3 player that wasn’t an iPod, or a tablet that wasn’t an iPad.
Metadatics review: Forget iTunes, this is a better way to tag your music files
If you work hard to ensure that the music files in your iTunes library are tagged exactly right, you may be frustrated with iTunes’ tools for doing this. The iTunes 12 Info window—the one that displays when you select tracks
M-Edge Folio Plus Pro Keyboard review: Universal keyboard case is ill-suited for the iPad
One of the pitfalls of buying accessories such as a keyboard for a tablet is that should you change devices down the road, the accessory is often rendered useless as part of that change. And for those who switch devices
Adonit Jot Pro and Jot Mini review: These styluses feel natural in your hand
Since Adonit launched its first styluses in 2011, the company has expanded its lineup. In January, it refreshed the two styluses that started it all: The Jot Pro and Jot Mini. Priced at just $30 and $20 respectively, the styluses
CleanMyMac 3 review: Make more room on your crowded hard drive
CleanMyMac 3 is as the new version of MacPaw’s catch-all utility to scan your Mac and remove gigabytes of assorted kerfuffle and gunk that builds up over time.Like its previous versions, CleanMyMac 3 wraps itself around a series of tests
Why I prefer CrashPlan for online backups
As an enthusiastic evangelist for backups, I recommend and use online backup services—not exclusively, but as a simple way of maintaining secondary backups offsite that would still be available even if my Mac and backup drives were stolen or damaged.
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Tim Bajarin: Apple’s iPhone strong growth opportunities
I am as pragmatic as the next guy when it comes to forecasting iPhone growth...
Analyst: Still waiting for the ‘ah-ha’ moment from Apple Watch
he main reason for my skepticism with the Apple Watch is that there still...
Apple, researchers working to offer iPhone owners DNA tests
Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that...
Home Depot to become largest retailer to accept Apple Pay
Home Depot Inc. plans to enable Apple Inc.’s mobile-payment platform...
Rush Limbaugh on his new Apple Watch: Really cool, pretty slow, and Siri is now pretty much flawless
Folks, its turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be...
Apple still plans WWDC debut for new ‘iTunes Music’ subscription service
An announcement at the June 8th WWDC keynote is still planned...
Apple lacks key music deals ahead of ‘iTunes Music’ subscription service launch, sources say
Apple does not have the necessary licensing deals a month before WWDC...
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Home Depot to support Apple Pay across entire 2,000-store chain
Contrary to earlier media reports that suggested Home Depot would drop the mobile payments service, in fact the company has announced that it formally plans to support Apple Pay throughout its entire US
Apple TV gains new channels in US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia
Apple has added a handful of new channels to Apple TV units in the US, Canada, the UK, French- and German-speaking regions in Europe, and Australia today. Starting immediately, US owners can now
Apple Game Roundup: EVE Online charity effort, GOG Galaxy beta
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, were looking at the GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE
Forums: Mac is slow, iTunes questions and more
Today in the MacNN forums, members attempt to assist Junior Member donaldkepler with trying to figure out why his Mac is slow. Games Meister The Final Dakar noticed that non-downloaded podcasts are marked
Apple deals: Mac minis and Mac Pros
Right now at Apples online store, save big on refurbished Mac minis and Mac Pros. The refurbished Mac mini with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive
Apple Watch: 'Made for' program launches, Interface Guidelines updated
Apple has officially expanded the Made for i program that already covers authorized accessories for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to include the Apple Watch. While the program mostly focuses on allowing third-party
Daily Deals: Lenovo Windows tablet, Sony NEX, Bluetooth car stereo
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl online retailers for offers, sales, discounts, and more for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals
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The Week in Mac Apps: Keep your bookmarks all in one place with URL Manager Pro, and more
Apps for productivity, making a scrapbook, and moreThis week’s Mac app roundup introduces Opus One, a calendar tool for the ultra-orgranized. Plus, weve got tools that help you manage your notes, keep tabs on
Get ready to personalize your Apple Watch with Apple-approved bands
Apple just invited third-party accessory makers to design Apple Watch bands with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.Apple already sells its own interchangeable bands, but the options and price points are limited, and some of the straps
New Apple TV might have a touch pad remote
The remote control on the next Apple TV will reportedly trade an ultra-svelte figure for one that supports touch controls.Citing an unnamed “employee briefed on the product,” the New York Times claims that the Apple TV remote will include a
The PowerBook G4 Titanium still looks great next to today's MacBook Air
I remember spending a lot of time in my early teenage years being disappointed that films, books, music and comedy I’d been told were staggeringly innovative and utterly amazing actually struck me as lame and clichéd when I made time
Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way for Beats relaunch
As Apple works toward a relaunch of its Beats Music streaming service, it’s reportedly pushing labels to kill off the free version of Spotify.It’s a bold move by Apple if The Verge’s unnamed sources are accurate, coming less than two
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's cute and cuddly cases are more protective than they look
Bring on the cute!This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.Belkin
The Week in iPhone Cases: A case with a screen… in the back!
A case with a screen… in the back!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features accessories from Rockford, Waterfield Designs, and Element Case, designed to make your wallet obsolete. Plus, a cool marble case
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The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate in the US
A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the Freightliner Inspiration Truck a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind
Google Maps for Android lists your events, flights and reservations
Google Maps Play listing doesnt quite elaborate on whats new with the latest version, but the updates definitely more than just a bunch of bug fixes. Android Police has discovered that the app can now mine your Gmail
The clone that won't disappear: 'Threes' vs. '2048' on Google Play
>Google removed the quirky puzzle game Threes from the Play store on Tuesday. Its removal was unceremonious and sudden, but thats not exactly why Threes creator Asher Vollmer found the situation frustrating. That came down to two reasons:A
Daily Roundup: Steam Early Access, Microsoft Surface trade-in and more!
In todays Daily Roundup, you can read all about how developers have embraced Steams Early Access program, learn about Microsofts new trade-in program for its old Surface tablets and find out how much money Comcast wasted trying to
EU court finds Skype's name too similar to Sky broadcaster's
Microsoft has lost another legal battle against British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), after a European court found Skypes name to be too similar to the latters. The judges also ruled that the services cloud-like logo would further increase the
'Portal' turning into a game of hyperdimensional pinball
Developer Valve legendarily has a hard time counting to 3 but that doesnt mean getting your hands on some new Portal action is too far out of reach. It just might not be in a place youd expect.
Nanotube-soaked spiders spin super-strong silk
Orb spider silk, already among the toughest and strongest materials found in nature, could soon get a super-strong nanoscale upgrade. A research team from the University of Trento, Italy recently sprayed 15 Orb-weaving spiders, members of the Pholcid...
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Conan O’Brien shows us how to fix Apple Watch’s tattoo problem
Apple Watch has a known issue where it doesn’t exactly play nice with tattoos. For some wearers with dark wrist tattoos the device can’t detect if you have a pulse, but according to Conan O’Brien, it’s not really glitch if…Read
Apple wants to dissect your genes with the iPhone
The next big feature for the iPhone might involve a lot of spitting. Apple is planning to launch new Research Kit studies at WWDC in June that will focus on DNA studies, according to a new report, claiming Apple is…Read
Patents suggest Apple TV wand full of Cupertino magic
The high-tech “magic wand”-style controller rumored to ship with the refreshed Apple TV this summer may be the culmination of close to a decade’s R&D on the part of Apple. Is this the “simplest user interface you could imagine” that Steve Jobs…Read
Home Depot flipping switch back on for Apple Pay
After confirming that its terminals aren’t currently working with Apple Pay, Home Depot has said it plans to fully support Apple’s mobile payments service after its systems have been upgraded. Shoppers began to voice complaints after the retail giant’s NFC…Read
Use AirPlay to turn Apple Watch into a Music hub
Playing music on the Apple Watch is a lovely thing. You can control your iPhone’s Music app using the Apple Watch Music app, choosing playlists and adjusting volume on the fly. You can even start apps like Spotify or Rdio…Read
Move over, Marissa! Angela Ahrendts is highest-paid woman in U.S.
Stealing Angela Ahrendts away from Burberry didn’t come cheap for Apple. The new VP of retail operations quickly became one of the top paid execs at Apple in 2014, and according to a new report, the former Burberry CEO has…Read
Apple is struggling to ink music deals ahead of Beats relaunch
Apple is planning to unveil its big redesign and rebranding of Beats Music this summer at WWDC, but according to a new report citing industry insiders, Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue are having a hard time finalizing deals with major…Read
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Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of
Apple Expands Capital Return Program to $200 Billion
Apple today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of more than 50 percent to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of $200 billion
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 8
Apple today announced it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed live to developers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100
Apple Announces ResearchKit Available to Medical Researchers
Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved
Apple Unveils All-New MacBook
Apple today unveiled the all-new MacBook, a thinner and lighter line of notebooks available in gold, silver, and space gray aluminum finishes. MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display; a full-size keyboard; the all-new Force Touch trackpad; a compact USB-C port
Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and MacBook Air
Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. “Today, the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller,
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