Two States Probe Apple Music Over Antitrust Concerns

Two States Probe Apple Music Over Antitrust Concerns

When Apple moved into the e-book market several years ago, the company colluded with the country’s largest book publishers to fix prices and gain a foothold in the market. Now as Apple jumps into the subscription streaming music business, at least two states are asking whether the company may be repeating itself. [More]

Apple Music Combines Streaming, Radio, Social Media For $10/Month

Apple Music Combines Streaming, Radio, Social Media For $10/Month

As expected, Apple has announced a new subscription music service intended to replace the Beats service it acquired when it purchased Beats Audio in 2014. Apple Music will be a combination streaming service, online radio station and social media platform for musicians. [More]

Apple Pay To Include Store Credit, Rewards Cards

Apple Pay To Include Store Credit, Rewards Cards

Apple Pay is expanding its usability beyond just your bank-issued debit and credit cards. Today, the company announced that the payment platform will soon include the ability to pay with some store-branded credit cards and for users to access certain store rewards cards. [More]

Apple Watch Headed To Retail Stores This Month

Apple Watch Headed To Retail Stores This Month

If you’ve been biding your time to get your hands on an Apple Watch — as in, actually see it, touch it and then walk out of the store with it in your hands, the wait is almost over: Apple says after months of online-only sales, it’ll be expanding the device’s availability into seven more countries and kicking off in-store sales around the same time. [More]

Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Due To Fire Hazard

Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers Due To Fire Hazard

When you spend a few hundred dollars on a portable speaker, you probably assume that you’re buying a quality piece of electronics that will sound nice and not overheat and catch fire when it’s not supposed to. That is not the case for the Beats Pill XL, a signature product for the headphone company, which is now part of Apple. [More]

Apple Knows You Hate iTunes And Love Spotify, So They’re Launching A Streaming Music Service Too

Apple Knows You Hate iTunes And Love Spotify, So They’re Launching A Streaming Music Service Too

Apple’s iTunes digital storefront for music was a pretty big deal when it launched over a decade ago. But time, and data plans, march on. Where once being able to buy a cheap single was the new hotness, these days consumers are more likely to want to stream their music, through a service like Spotify or Pandora. And so, Apple being Apple, they’re about to launch a new streaming service too. [More]

Vintage Apple Computer Worth $200K Dropped Off For Recycling

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Back in April, a woman in her sixties dropped off a box of what she said was her late husband’s computer junk at an electronics recycling company in California’s Bay Area. She didn’t want a donation receipt, and just wanted the stuff out of her garage. It was only after she left that anyone looked through the box. They found something astonishing: one of the first few hundred desktop computers that Apple sold in the ’70s. [More]

HBO Now Reportedly Coming To A Google Or Android Device Near You… Soon

HBO Now Reportedly Coming To A Google Or Android Device Near You… Soon

When HBO (kind of) cut the cord and announced it would finally launch a long-awaited standalone streaming service earlier this year, many Android users were left on the sidelines as it was revealed that HBO Now would start as an Apple exclusive. Now those once disconnected consumers can rejoice (if they so choose) because the service will soon be available on Google devices and Chromecast.  [More]

Google Temporarily Shutting Down Editing In Map Maker After Incident With Urinating Robot

Google Temporarily Shutting Down Editing In Map Maker After Incident With Urinating Robot

After issuing a mea culpa over the image of an Android bot urinating on an Apple logo that popped up in Google Maps a few weeks ago, the company now it’ll be temporarily shutting down editing on Map Maker so it can deal with the problem of abuse. [More]

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A Few Apple Watch Users Are Complaining About Rashes

People get rashes. For every plant, animal, metal, or polymer that exists, there is most likely someone out there who has an itchy skin reaction after contact with it. Yet the popularity of wearable gadgets means that people are now paying hundreds of dollars for devices that they’re supposed to wear constantly. Yes, wearable technology will cause rashes, even the much-hyped Apple Watch. [More]

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Turns Out Kids Can React On Camera To New Technology As Well As Weird Old Stuff

The Internet just loves it when kids are put on camera reacting with things, but it seems we are not content to find out how children behave when faced with Walkmans and cameras that use film, but words also come out of their mouths at the sight of shiny, new technology. Who knew? [More]

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Report: DOJ Has An Eye On Apple As It Makes Moves To Push Free Streaming Music Rivals Out Of The Way

Let’s be honest: It would be ideal for a business if it could somehow snap up every customer looking for a certain service. But because we (thankfully) live in a world filled with choices, companies instead must compete with rivals to get our hard-earned dollars. A new report says Apple is preparing to debut its new streaming music service by trying to put the squeeze on competitors like Spotify that offer content for free. [More]

Apple Confirms: Tattoos May Mess With Apple Watch

Apple Confirms: Tattoos May Mess With Apple Watch

Following last week’s launch of the Apple Watch, some tattooed users of the device complained that their new smartwatches weren’t working properly when worn on heavily inked wrists. Apple has now updated its website to explain that there is indeed the chance that a user’s tattoo may interfere with the sensors on the Apple Watch. [More]

Report: Apple Watch Customers May Face Longer Waits After Faulty Component Delays Shipments

Report: Apple Watch Customers May Face Longer Waits After Faulty Component Delays Shipments

Because it wouldn’t be an Apple product without some kind of hubbub over a wait or delay involved, a new report says some shipments of the Apple Watch will take a while after one of two suppliers made a faulty component. [More]

Apple Now Requires ResearchKit Apps To Get Ethics Board Approval

Apple Now Requires ResearchKit Apps To Get Ethics Board Approval

Since introducing ResearchKit, its open-source framework for scientists to develop iPhone apps for medical research, Apple has made a few tweaks to the submission guidelines for apps that aim to collect and use sensitive medical data. One new addition is that anyone submitting an app that does research on humans must submit proof that the study has been approved by an independent ethics review board. [More]

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Wrist Tattoos May Be Messing With Apple Watches

Do you have a tattoo on your wrist? If so, you might want to think twice about splashing out a few hundred dollars on a new Apple Watch — or at least try one at the store to see if your ink might interfere with some of the device’s functionalities. [More]

Apple Bans Time-Telling Apps From Apple Watch

Apple Bans Time-Telling Apps From Apple Watch

When it comes to telling the time with an Apple Watch, there’s only one king of the roost so far as the company is concerned, which means any other developers trying to enter the App Store with watch apps for the Apple Watch will get roundly rejected. [More]

Best Buy Changes Mind, Ends Its Ban On Apple Pay

Best Buy Changes Mind, Ends Its Ban On Apple Pay

When Apple Pay launched last fall, Best Buy was among the most high-profile retailers who refused to accept the new mobile payment platform because of its allegiance to the in-development CurrentC, a competing service from a Walmart-led coalition of retailers. But with CurrentC’s rollout still lingering in the vague future, Best Buy has decided it’s time to give Apple Pay a shot. [More]