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Apple Patents Google Cardboard-style VR Glasses

11:14 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Assuming we take a new patent at face value, Apple is aiming to own our eyes as well as our wrists in the wearable market. The patent describes a glasses-style head mount that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality headset.

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If Apple really is working on some form of virtual reality headset, it's most likely something along the lines of Oculus Rift, and not Google Glass.

Apple Watch was Supposed to be a Health Tracker, not Fitness Tracker

9:33 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's original plans for its Apple Watch were apparently far more ambitious than the final product, due to ship in April. Instead of the fitness tracker with iPhone-linked communication features, Apple had planned on giving consumers a device that tracked overall health, but had to scale back its designs because many sensors failed to perform as expected.

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It's pretty clear Apple had ambitious plans for the Apple Watch. The downside to cutting so many features is that we we'll have to do without when it ships in April. That said, this creates a compelling reason to upgrade when the second generation model comes out.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Privacy at Cybersecurity Summit

11:31 AM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at last Friday's cybersecurity summit where he made a strong push to protect user privacy instead of handing over access to our digital worlds to the government. The event was orchestrated by the White House as a way to bring together tech industry leaders, academic experts, and government leaders to find a common ground for dealing with law enforcement and national security desires for easy access to our personal data.

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Thank you, Mr. Cook, for speaking out against the government's call to chip away at our personal privacy. Once it's gone we won't ever get it back, so we need the public and corporations to work together to have any hope of keeping our digital life private.

Apple Hires BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe for its Own Music Services

9:31 AM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple looks to be getting serious about ramping up Beats Music and has hired Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 as part of that effort. Mr. Lowe is considered to be one of the most influential DJs in the UK and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many famous artists.

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Apple hiring Zane Lowe away from BBC Radio 1 should be a pretty big warning shot for Spotify and Pandora. Apple is serious about being a strong player in the streaming music market.

Preparing Your Social Network for the Afterlife

3:21 PM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook is giving users more options for what happens with their accounts after death by offering more than the "memorial" feature that's been available for some time. As of now, U.S. Facebook subscribers can assign a legacy contact who has basic control over your account once you're gone, or you can choose to have your account deleted completely. With Facebook taking a more proactive approach to what happens after our final posts, The Mac Observer took a look at some other social networks to see how they compare.

Apple Opens iWork for iCloud Beta to all Apple IDs, Including Windows Users

11:57 AM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iWork for iCloud took another step towards coming out of beta by opening up to all Apple ID holders, including Windows users. Previously, the public beta was available only if you used Apple gear to access the website.

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The web-based versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are feeling pretty fleshed out, so opening the public beta to Windows users is probably a sign that Apple is getting much closer to declaring iWork for iCloud an official release.

Apple Green Lights Weed Apps for iPhone App Store

9:44 AM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple seems to have reversed its strong anti-marijuana stance for the iPhone and iPad App Store and is now letting weed-related apps stay—with a caveat. MJ-positive apps must be geo-restricted so they appear only for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users living in states that have legalized marijuana.

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Apple's App Store policy change is good news for developers and users. Aside from any moral issues iPhone owners may have towards marijuana, seeing Apple shift from a no compromise stance to working with developers to find fair ways for reasonable titles to appear on the App Store is a positive move for everyone.