Apple: new U2 album accessed by 33 million users thus far

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2014

Apple issued a statement this afternoon from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue regarding its new U2 album promotion. Cue says that over 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed “Songs of Innocence” since the promo launched last week.

Mr. Cue called the number “record-breaking,” but didn’t elaborate. He did, however, note that the figure includes customers who downloaded the album from their iCloud account, streamed it, or listened to it in iTunes Radio’s First Play channel. Read More

 

Tim Cook already being questioned about Apple Watch and privacy

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2014

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced this afternoon that he’s sent a letter to Tim Cook regarding the new Apple Watch and user privacy. Jepsen wants Cook to explain what data the device will collect, how that data will be stored, and what Apple’s policies are on apps that access health information.

Specifically, Jepsen asks whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal/health info on its servers, and if so. how will that information be safeguarded. He also wants to know what kind of data Apple Watch will collect from users, and how it and its developers plan to obtain consent for this collection from users. Read More

 

Apple seeds Developer Preview 8, Public Beta 3 of OS X Yosemite

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2014

Nearly two weeks after releasing the last beta, Apple has today seeded Developer Preview 8 of OS X Yosemite. The update, version 8 1.0, is available for download to users currently running DP 7 in the Mac App Store, as well as in Apple’s online developer center.

Additionally, Apple has released Public Beta 3 for OS X Yosemite. The Public Beta program began in July, and received its second update late last month. If you’re a member of the program, you can find today’s release in the ‘Updates’ tab of the Mac App Store. Read More

 

Apple creates tool to remove U2′s free album from both your iTunes music library and purchase history

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

After taking some heat over its decision to force the free U2 album, “Songs of Innocence”, onto users’ devices last Tuesday, Apple today published a support document and released a tool which removes the album from users’ iTunes music library, as well as from their iCloud purchase history.

The decision to give away the Irish rock band’s latest album has backfired because having added it to purchase history has automatically downloaded the album for folks with automatic music downloads enabled in Settings. Read More

 

iLife and iWork apps to come pre-installed on 64/128GB iPhone 6/Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

Customers who’ve purchased a 64 or 128-gigabyte edition of either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus won’t need to download Apple’s iLife and iWork productivity suite when the handset hits store shelves this Friday as the apps will come pre-loaded on their device, according to an internal Apple Retail training document obtained by Dan DeSilva of 9to5Mac.

Apple since last September started providing Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand and iTunes U apps as free downloads to every new iOS device owner. Read More

 

T-Mobile to add iPhone 6 to ‘Test Drive’ program

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, this past weekend told technology website Re/code that devices upgraded to iOS 8, including the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, will be soon available through its ‘Test Drive’ program. Introduced at its ‘Uncarrier 5.0′ event back in June, ‘Test Drive’ allows customers to borrow an iPhone free for a week to test out T-Mobile’s network. Read More

 

Microsoft buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion, commits to keeping iOS game alive

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

Following weeks of speculation, software giant Microsoft on Monday officially confirmed it’s spending a cool $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, a company behind the highly successful Minecraft video game which tasks players with building constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world.

The Stockholm-based firm is to become part of Microsoft Studios, the Windows maker has confirmed.

The deal, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory review, will enable “richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools and more opportunities to connect” across the Minecraft community as the game is set to take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud and mobile technologies. Read More

 

Google announces first low-cost Android One handsets launching in India, starting at just $105

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

The Internet giant Google during a Monday media event in India announced the first wave of low-cost Android handsets running the company’s optimized Android One software, with prices starting as low as $105.

“The world is filled with potential: people who are ready to leave their mark and need a phone as ambitious as they are,” said the firm during the event. The Android One project has been conceived to bring stock Android experience to inexpensive mid-to-low-range handsets sold in emerging markets such as Russia, India, Brazil and China. Read More

 

Apple confirms taking four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in 24 hours

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2014

Apple on Monday put out a press release confirming it took four million pre-orders of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first 24 hours, representing a twofold increase over the two million pre-order sales for the iPhone 5 in 2012.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” the media release quotes Apple CEO Tim Cook as saying. The four million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours set a new record for Apple. Read More

 

New Samsung ad calls iPhone 6 Plus a Galaxy Note imitation

By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2014

Samsung began airing a new TV spot this weekend for the Galaxy Note 4—its new flagship handset that begins shipping next month. Like most of the company’s recent ads, this one goes after Apple, with a specific focus on its just-announced iPhone 6 Plus.

Titled “Then and Now,” the commercial points out that while Apple prepares to begin selling its first handset with a display over 5 inches, Samsung has been doing it for years with its Galaxy Note line. It essentially calls the iPhone 6 Plus a Note imitation. Read More

 

Apple hires several tech executives to develop Apple Pay loyalty program

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 13, 2014

Coming soon after the introduction of its mobile payment system, Apple is hiring several high-profile tech executives from companies including American Express, Google, and PayPal. These new recruits are not only to help expand Apple Pay, the newly-announced method of paying for transactions both online and in retail stores, but to develop a loyalty system for Apple Pay.

This rewards program is reported as offering a free music, TV show, or app download to users after a transaction or number of transactions have been completed using Apple Pay. In this way, the merchant doesn’t have to be affected at all, and Apple can work to promote its mobile payment system with an enticing loyalty system.

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Apple said to have held talks with Square regarding acquisition

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

Before raising its latest $100 million in funding, Square was in talks with Apple regarding a possible acquisition, reports TechCrunch this afternoon. The outlet says that the two companies held discussions briefly, but the conversation quickly ended when their final numbers didn’t match up.

Apparently Apple was willing to pay around $3 billion for the mobile payments company, about 30% over its value. TechCrunch even claims that the Cupertino firm showed Square hardware it was working on that would compete directly with its point-of-sale tools, but the company declined. Read More

 

Apple will reportedly get a 0.15% cut of all Apple Pay transactions

By Cody Lee on Sep 12, 2014

Apple has negotiated a never-before-seen deal for its new mobile payment system, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the terms of the agreement, the outlet says that the Cupertino firm stands to make 15 cents of every $100 spent (or 0.15%) using Apple Pay.

We knew that Apple stood to make a lot of money from its new Pay service, but this is the first time we’re hearing hard numbers. “It’s unprecedented,” says Dickson Chu, former engineer at PayPal and Google Wallet. “It’s somewhat surprising that Apple was able to negotiate something Google couldn’t.” Read More

 

AT&T dragging its feet with Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s second-biggest wireless provider, is allegedly planning on rolling out the Wi-Fi Calling feature to its subscribers, but in 2015 rather than this year, LightReading reported Friday.

Already supported on T-Mobile, but not coming anytime soon to Verizon (Sprint has yet to announce it), Wi-Fi Calling is supported by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The feature will be coming to older iPhones from the iPhone 5 onward, courtesy of the free iOS 8 update scheduled to release next Wednesday. Read More

 

iPhone 6 pre-orders set unprecedented records

By Timothy Reavis on Sep 12, 2014

Coming soon after pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went live last night, both Apple and AT&T reported that the respective companies were seeing record pre-orders, with demand for the larger iPhone 6 surpassing that of both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5.

Apple, despite its late start, saw record pre-orders last night alone, issuing a statement saying, “Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight.” Although Apple didn’t specify exactly how many units were sold, we can assume it surpassed iPhone 5 sales of 2 million in 24 hours when Apple last had pre-orders two years ago. Read More

 
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