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Have you heard of JJ Lin? Singapore-born and based in Taiwan, he's an enormously popular performer and producer in that part of the world. He posted a video to his YouTube channel of him and his pal Apple CEO Tim Cook jamming in GarageBand with those new Chinese-music loops and instruments I wrote about yesterday. Mr. Cook serves as DJ in the piece, tapping loops to create the background music while JJ Lin plays the lead melody on one of those new instruments. It's fun, and it's a message aimed at the Chinese market. Also, note that JJ Lin posted it, not Apple and not Mr. Cook. Seems like Apple really is learning more about how to operate in that market.
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Apple has been quietly adding engineers with experience in wireless charging, according to some LinkedIn sleuthing by The Verge. Over the course of the last two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen people in this field, including two from wireless charging startup uBeam in just the last four months. There's no telling what they're working on, but Apple already offers inductive wireless charging on Apple Watch, and Bloomberg reported in January that Apple wanted to do some kind of wireless charging solution for iPhone in 2017. Check out the full report at The Verge for additional information—the takeaway is that Apple is working on something in the field of wireless charging, and that's exciting, and it will probably be less dramatic, yet far cooler, than Nikola Tesla's wireless electricity transmission experiments more than a century ago.
Apple continued beefing up its offerings for the Chinese market this week with an update to GarageBand dedicated to Chinese content. The company added several Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the erhu and unspecified "Chinese percussion." Apple also added "300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops," the first new loops we've seen in some time.
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Apple squashed scores of security flaws in updates to OS X (10.11.5), iOS (9.3.2), and watchOS (2.2.1) on Monday, and TMO recommends that you run those updates ASAP—unless you're on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). Bryan Chaffin explains.
It is with no small amount of glee and even more schadenfreude that I pass along the news that CurrentC's nationwide launch has been "postponed." Why the quote marks? Because that's almost certainly code for "shelved." And why the schadenfreude? Because from the moment it was announced, CurrentC offended Bryan Chaffin.
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We know Apple is working on a car—but what if it turns out the company isn't planning on letting you drive or own that car? What if instead of designing a consumer car for end-users, Apple is instead designing a vehicle or vehicles it will use to deploy its own fleet of autonomous ride-sharing cars?
Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing company. You might even call them the Uber of China, because the company owns that market in China, claiming 97 percent share with 14 million registered drivers and 11 million rides per day. Bryan Chaffin gathered seven reasons why Apple might have wanted to make such an investment.