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Apple Music Payouts to Top 70 Percent

11:31 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music to pay out more than industry standard

Apple will be passing on more than 70 percent of the subscription fees it collects for its new Apple Music streaming service. That money will go to the music owners, and outside of the U.S., they'll get even more.

See an Apple Watch Smashed Between Magnets

10:26 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What happens when you put a gold Apple Watch Edition between two neodymium magnets? Pretty much exactly what you'd expect: a horrible disaster that clearly voids your AppleCare. Surprisingly, even after being crushed with 650 pounds of force, the smashed Apple Watch still worked despite a destroyed screen. It even charged after its untimely demise. A word of advice: neodymium magnets are extremely powerful and are very dangerous if you don't know how to properly handle them. Instead of risking breaking your fingers between high powered magnets, watch the Apple Watch smashing video instead. You also won't have to shell out the money for a watch to destroy.

Instacast Podcast App Shuts Over Financial Issues

9:13 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

All of Vemedio's app pages, including Instacast, now say

The popular podcast client app Instacast was shut down over the weekend after its parent company, Vemedio ran out of money. The company plans to keep its servers running as long as possible, but some subscribers are already having issues accessing their accounts.

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Using apps and services you pay for makes it far more likely they'll stick around instead of quietly fading away in the night. Sometimes, however, they still fail and it looks like that's what happened to Instacast.

iOS 9 Gets a Taste of the Finder with iCloud Drive App

2:39 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

You can view your iCloud Drive in iOS 9

Apple has always kept file storage hidden away on the iPhone and iPad, but that's changing with iOS 9. Thanks to a hidden app you'll be able to see the folders on your iCloud Drive— much like you can in the Mac's Finder—on your iPhone and iPad.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-12: Apple’s Relentless March Forward, iOS 9’s Sex Tracking

1:31 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has a long history of leaving technology behind as it moves forward into the next new thing. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's relentless march forward and why that's a good thing for the company even if it upsets some customers. They also offer up their thoughts on the new sex-related tracking features in iOS 9's Health app.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Stepping Down

11:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Twitter is on the hunt for a new CEO

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will step down on July 1 and company co-founder Jack Dorsey will take over temporarily while the hunt for a permanent replacement gets underway. Mr. Costolo apparently got tired of Wall Street second guessing his leadership and decided it was time to move on.

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Working at Twitter is like a temp job for executives.

Which Macs Support OS X El Capitan’s Metal?

10:00 AM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Metal is coming to the Mac, but not all models

When OS X El Capitan ships this fall we should see some big improvements in performance on our Macs thans to Metal, which is Apple's system for vastly improving how our computers handle graphics. There isn't any official word yet on which Macs will support Metal, but we do have some idea of what to expect thanks to the efforts of developers who have been digging through the El Capitan beta.

Apple Under Antitrust Investigation for Streaming Music Deals

10:56 AM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple facing antitrust investigation over streaming music deals

Apple Music was announced on Monday and is already the focus on an antitrust investigation. State Attorneys General from Connecticut and New York have teamed up to look into whether or not Apple violated antitrust laws with the deals it struck with record labels for its new streaming music service.

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Apple just can't catch a break when it comes to antitrust accusations. This current investigation doesn't mean a trial is guaranteed, but considering how the book price fixing case went it's a safe bet Apple is gearing up for a hard fight.

Continuity Breaks Free from WiFi in iOS 9

9:24 AM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS lets you answer calls from your iPad or Mac when you forget your iPhone at home

When iOS 9 is released this fall you'll be able to answer phone calls on your iPad or Mac even if you left your iPhone at home. Continuity, the feature that currently lets you make and answer calls from most of your Apple devices on the same network, will add the ability to do the same over a cellular connection, and that means forgetting your iPhone when you go to the coffee shop won't lead to missed calls.

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Most people carry their iPhone everywhere they go, but Continuity over cellular will still be a big deal because it means you'll have your mobile-based communication hub available all the time instead of only when all your devices are on the same network.