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Apple’s Rumored Streaming Music Service gets DOJ Attention

9:57 AM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored Beats-based streaming music service has fallen under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns that the company is abusing its market strength. The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple has been working to get music labels to drop their free tiers with Spotify when they renew their licensing agreements.

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First an EU inquiry and now the DOJ. Either Apple can't figure out how to stay clear of antitrust-related activities, or there's some serious industry concern over what happens when Apple does launch its rumored streaming music service.

iFixit’s Latest Tear Down: Obi Wan Kenobi’s Light Saber

9:07 AM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iFixit's new product tear downs are amazingly detailed and offer great insight into how companies like Apple design their latest tech devices. For May 4th, however, they're going old school—as in long time ago in a galaxy far away—and dismantling Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber. What they found is that product design in the Star Wars universe, or at least that of death-wielding laser swords, is amazingly well thought out. There wasn't any need for specially designed tools, and even the Adegan crystal is easy to access. Thanks, iFixit, for showing us what's inside a Jedi's weapon of choice.

Apple Watch, Sport Ship Dates Pushed to July

1:21 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Shipping times for new Apple Watch orders are now reaching out to July for the 42mm Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport. Apple has been working to get pre-orders from April 10 out to customers, but so far hasn't been able to catch up enough to see quicker ship dates for new orders.

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Looks like Apple hasn't gotten those Apple Watch parts supply issues under control yet.

Grooveshark Shuts Down: We Made Serious Mistakes

11:33 AM, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The online music sharing service Grooveshark has official shut down following a long fight with record labels over licensing rights. The company made it easy for users to share music, but didn't ever get the rights to host the files on its servers. It's demise came along with an admission that "serious mistakes" were made.

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Sharing music on the Internet without licensing doesn't end well. Just ask Grooveshark.

Tesla Wants its Batteries to Power Your Home

10:07 AM, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tesla, the company known for its high tech electric cars, wants to power your home with its just announced Tesla Energy wall mounted rechargeable battery system. Tesla Energy can be charged via solar panels, through traditional power grids, or combinations of charging sources.

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Tesla is serious about finding ways to make our power usage more environmentally friendly, and its new Tesla Energy project is a perfect example of that in action. How long before we hear about Apple adding Tesla Energy to its own green power production plans?

Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Watch Support

7:00 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

If taking your iPhone out of your pocket to make an Apple Store purchase is just too much work, Apple has you covered with a new Apple Store app update. The update added support for Apple Watch so you can check up on your orders and more from your wrist.

Taptic Engine Issues Behind Apple Watch Shipment Delays

11:51 AM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The delays in shipping Apple Watch pre-orders looks to be tied one supplier's defective Taptic Engine parts. AAC Technologies Holdings reportedly delivered large numbers of the vibrating motors that are failing, leaving Nidec as the only part supplier able to get reliable parts to Apple.

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A single part supplier can unintentionally cause all kinds of headaches for a product launch, and that's what happened with AAC's Taptic Engine parts. The upside is that Apple caught the issue before shipping defective Apple Watches to customers.

Japan Postal Workers Team with Apple, IBM to Monitor the Elderly

10:33 AM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan's postal service to help monitor the welfare of elderly people in the country by using iPads. The partnership will enhance Japan's service where postal workers check in on elderly people along their routes by using iPads running IBM software.

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People are living longer, which means caring for our elderly population is becoming more important. Assuming the partnership with Japan Post, Apple, and IBM proves successful, the iPad could become a big part of that in Japan and other countries, too.