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iPhone 6 Survives Drop from Space

11:22 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Drop testing an iPhone 6 case typically involves a push from a table, or a climb up a short ladder, but Urban Armor Gear didn't think that was enough, so they dropped an iPhone from space. They put the iPhone 6 in one of their cases, then lifted it to 101,000 feet with balloons before dropping it along with GoPro cameras recording the flight. The iPhone shut off before reaching it's highest point because apparently they don't work well at -79°F, but it powered back up again after it was recovered. They used a parachute to slow down the descent a little, but still... an iPhone dropped from space!

Apple Buys Semetric to Boost its Streaming Music Plans

10:05 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased the online music analytics company Semetric as part of its plan to boost its Beats streaming music service. Semetric's services will help Apple better track interest in artists and songs, which could come in handy for managing advertising as well as streaming data and song sales.

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If Apple wants a big piece of the streaming music market, it needs more information about what we listen to, as well as when and how. That's what Semtric gives it, and that makes buying the company a smart move.

The Interview Hits Netflix Streaming this Weekend

9:07 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If the hype surrounding Seth Rogan and James Franco's The Interview wasn't enough to convince you to buy or rent the movie from the iTunes Store, Microsoft's Xbox Video, or Google Play, you're in luck because it'll be available on Netflix streaming this Saturday, January 24.

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Pulling The Interview's original release over terrorist threats turned out to be the best publicity the movie could've hoped for.

What’s in Your Wallet: Google Wallet’s Success Depends on Apple Pay

11:28 AM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple Pay may be the new comer to the digital wallet game, but its fast-growing popularity is ramping up competition in the mobile payment market in a big way. That has Google taking note, and it underscores the Internet search giant's failure to drive interest in Android-based smartphones for wireless transactions. Apple Pay's success is also good news for Google Wallet because now it's finally getting some notice.

Apple Celebrates New China Store with Mural and Video

9:41 AM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is only days away from opening its latest retail store in China, and to celebrate the event the company released a video showing artist Wang Dongling creating a mural that's currently covering the location. The mural is a poem about West Lake in Hangzhou where the new store is located.

Apple TV Adds More Sports Coverage with Tennis Channel

11:39 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple pushed out another new sports channel to Apple TV owners over the weekend. This time, it's Tennis Channel Everywhere, giving tennis fans a new option for watching games, although it does require an annual US$69.99 subscription.

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Offering more sports content will make it easier for some to ditch their cable TV subscription for Apple TV, but we still have a long way to go before most people can make the switch.

Goodbye Privacy: White House Sides with UK, Wants Backdoor to Encrypted Data

10:26 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

President Barak Obama has officially come out in support of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for backdoor government access to private encrypted data, and even went so far as to suggest U.S. companies that offer ways to decrypt user data are patriots. The President's comments follow Mr. Cameron's push for government access to encrypted emails, and text messages, and it signals a serious threat to our personal privacy.

KGI Analyst Thinks Apple is Ready to get into the iPad Stylus Game

9:06 AM, Jan. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be ready to backtrack on Steve Jobs's feeling that including a stylus with your tablet means you failed—or, at least that's what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks. Mr. Kuo predicts Apple will offer a stylus as an optional add-on for the rumored iPad Pro instead of being bundled with each purchase.

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Apple's stance against styluses has been firm for years, but it does hold several stylus-related patents. Mr. Kuo also has a fairly good track record with his Apple predictions. Maybe there is something to what he's saying, but we aren't holding our breath.