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It looks like it's time to start the iWatch Death Knell Counter. I'm kidding, mostly, but a headline caught my attention today that specifically stated that the "Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail." Bryan Chaffin says it's nonsense.
Apple's designer-in-chief Jony Ive and U2 frontman Bono took part in an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The two were speaking about Project (RED), the AIDS charity headed by Bono, as part of Bono being awarded the LionHeart Award for his (RED) work. Apple has been a longtime (RED) partner, and Sir Jony has additionally spent his own time designing one-off products for (RED) fundraising auctions. Cannes Lion released a highlight reel (via MacRumors) from the day seven that includes part of the Bono and Jony Ive interview. In the highlight, Bono describes the late Steve Jobs as "a kind of co-creator" for (RED) because he was advising Bono early in the process. Note his effort at a Steve Jobs impression, which I found entertaining. He also described a fight he had with Mr. Jobs about (RED) branding, and how resistant the then-Apple CEO was about using the parenthesis in (RED) branding and the semi-compromise they came to. [Update 7/8/2014: the highlight reel from Day Seven was pulled - Editor]
The launch of Rhapsody's unRadio got Bryan Chaffin thinking about the differences in streaming music services. He put together a feature shoot out looking at price, quality, catalog depth, and the different features 13 streaming services offer.
Today's deal is for the iStabilizer Dolly, an adjustable dolly on wheels that you can use to stabilize photographs and video taken with a camera or your iPhone. It's a great way to add a cinematic feel to your videos, unless of course, you like herky-jerky images that will make your friends and YouTube followers suspect you've been spending some quality time with meth. Check out the deal page for a video showing it in use. This is a very cool device, and you can get and the smartphone mount for $38.99, a little more than half price from retail at $65.
Apple will begin production of the iWatch in July and ship it in October, according to unnamed sources cited by Reuters. Those sources also said the device will feature a 2.5-inch display with a curved surface.
Rhapsody International, whom you may remember as the parent of such hits as Rhapsody and Napster (via purchase), announced on Wednesday its own entry into the ever-more crowded streaming music market. The company's service is called unRadio, it was launched at a T-Mobile media event, and no one will care.
We have another name your own price bundle from our friends at Stack Social, the Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle. This is ten apps, including Path Finder and Fantastical, an app that won the TMO Editors' Choice Award. The other apps are Flux 4, Gemini, Logoist, Tunes Cleaner, MacX iPhone DVD Ripper, DiscLabel, SyncMate Expert 5, and Tangerine. Here's how it works: you can pay any price you want and get three of the apps (Tangerine, DiscLabel, and Syncmate Expert 5). If you pay more than the average, which is currently US$10.89, you'll get all 10 apps. But there's more: 10 percent of the profits go to a charity of your choice, and if you pay enough to make the Top 10, you'll be entered into a drawing for a MacBook Air. It's hard to lose with that.
So you remember that thing where Amazon is blocking the sale of products on its website from Hachette (and Time Warner) as a negotiating tactic? Well, Apple would like you to know it would be pleased as punch to sell you those books on the iBooks Store.
YouTube is planning to launch a paid music streaming service to compliment its ad-supported and otherwise free music streaming service. According to NBC, YouTube has already signed 95 percent of the major and independent music labels, though not all them are happy about the terms.
Jony Ive let us know that we should expect "new materials" in "future stuff." In an interview, Sir Jony said that he's been working with some new materials for several years, though he didn't offer any specifics.