Joy of Tech Imortalizes Taylor Swift Schooling Apple

2:25 PM EDT, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The big news over the weekend was Taylor Swift's blog post callout Apple out for not paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial period for Apple Music. The Joy of Tech, the long running online comic about the tech world, offered up their take on what played out with a decidedly 1984 spin. It's great, and is also a nice reminder that Apple needs to make sure it never becomes what it fought against over 30 years ago. You can check out the full comic at the Geek Culture website.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-22: Apple, Taylor Swift, the Changing Music Industry

1:43 PM EDT, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple changed course and announced it would pay royalties during the free three month trial period for Apple Music subscribers after Taylor Swift called out the company in a blog post. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's place in the music industry, how listening to music has evolved, and why it's time for artists and record labels to adapt to the ways consumers listen to music now.

Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM EDT, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.

Want Better Apple Music Royalties? Get Taylor Swift on Your Side

9:35 AM EDT, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Taylor Swift calls out Apple over Apple Music royalty terms

17 hours. That's all the time it took for Taylor Swift to give Apple a sound thrashing and get the company to agree to pay artists royalties for their songs during Apple Music's free three month trial period. As if that wasn't big enough news, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced the change to the world via Twitter.

Apple Watch Digital Crown Patent Surfaces in Europe

7:50 PM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

An Apple patent for the Digital Crown unveiled on Apple Watch has surfaced in Europe, and Patently Apple has published details and images. Among other things, the patent covers, "an apparatus for an electronic device that provides haptic feedback by controlling an application of friction to a rotary input control with a shaft." Check out Patently Apple for images and additional details—it's a clear demonstration of how Apple thinks differently about user interface issues. This is something Apple's competitors seem unable to do. Asus, for instance, added a "crown" of its own to the Android-powered ZenWatch 2, but it's little more than a glorified on/off button.

Newt Gingrich’s Video Review of Apple Watch

7:32 PM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook definitely leans progressive, but Apple's products are loved on the left and the right. Conservative stalwart New Gingrich, for instance, loves Apple products, and we thought we'd give his thoughts about Apple some equal time. He worked with Mashable to produce a video review of Apple Watch, which he called a "very positive development, and said, "Anybody who is interested in being at the cutting edge of technology should get this."

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk at Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

6:58 PM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk Against Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

4:13 PM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mammoth Interactive iOS and Swift Bootcamp: $99

You know Dad's always wanted to learn how to code "some day," now here's your chance to help him along this Father's Day. We have a deal on the Mammoth Interactive iOS & Swift Bootcamp, a package of training courses for Apple's Swift programming language in iOS. It retails for $2,956, but through our deal you can get it for $99. He'll build over 70 apps during the course with 80 hours of video content. Check out the deal page for more information.

Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

Photos: Exporting Still Images from Videos

9:10 AM EDT, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we've got a Quick Tip about Yosemite's new Photos app! Did you ever wonder how you could export a frame from a video as an image file? Well, even if you didn't, we're gonna tell you how. We'll also mention where to find that resulting image after you've exported it, as it may not be where you'd expect. 

Ireland Residents Critical of New €850M Apple Data Center

7:21 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's planned Ireland data center meets with local resistance

Apple is ready to drop €850 million (about US$960 million) on a new data center in Athenry, Co Galway in Ireland, but local residents aren't pleased with the plan. Some residents think Apple is choosing the wrong location for its data center, plus they have concerns over power usage, noise, and traffic congestion.

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On one hand, it's important for residents to have a say in big changes to their community. On the other hand, Apple is bringing new jobs to the area, offering to make nice improvements, and isn't going to place a burden on the local power infrastructure. Hopefully there's a middle ground that makes the project mutually beneficial, otherwise Apple will simply go somewhere else.

Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones: $44.99

6:39 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones: $44.99

The Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones offers a new way to get a custom-fit experience with your in-earphones. With these earphones, you mold the included material to the unique shape of your ear with hot water, then combine it with a specially-selected silicon tip to get a noise-isolating, custom-fit listening experience. Better yet, through our deal you can get it at a 25 percent discount, at $44.99. 

How to Test Your Mac for a Hardware Problem

4:30 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Modern Macs have a built-in diagnostic test that can be used to help troubleshoot a hardware problem. The technology has changed over the years, and the procedure is determined by how old your Mac is. John Martellaro has the details.

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.