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Apple Turns to The Gap for New Marketing Executive

7:10 PM, Sep. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

marcela Aguilar

Apple has turned to the fashion industry to boost its executive ranks again, hiring Marcela Aguilar as its new director of global marketing Communications. Ms. Aguilar was lured away from The Gap, where she was that retailer's senior global director-marketing communications.

Apple Paying U2 and Universal Lump Sum for Free ‘Songs of Innocence’

8:41 PM, Sep. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Songs of Innocence

Apple paid Irish veteran U2 an undisclosed lump sum for the privilege of giving away the band's new album, Songs of Innocence. U2 and its frontman, Bono, joined Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage during the "Wish We Could Tell You More" media event on Tuesday, where they announced that iTunes account holders can get the album for free.

Apple Posts iPhone 6 Video Narrated by Jony Ive

8:04 PM, Sep. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has posted a 6 minute and 23 second video introducing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that is partially narrated by Sir Jony Ive, Apple's king of design. This is the informational type of video that Apple shows at its media events, like today's event at the Flint Center in Cupertino. It covers all the new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as Apple's design philosophy on the device.

Apple’s Live Streaming Undergoing Massive Fail, Twitter Freaks Out

1:12 PM, Sep. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right. And Twitter is in full meltdown over it.

Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under Contract

5:37 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone—the company's foray into smartphones—to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. 

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The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $79

5:33 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $79

Today's the last day for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain at $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for Mobile Payment System

5:21 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.    

Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

3:08 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Count Down

Apple has dedicated its home page—one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet—to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.