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Early Apple Music Reviews: It’s OK

10:52 AM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ape Music early reviews are mixed

The early Apple Music reviews are out, and while they're positive, they don't call Apple's new streaming music service the be-all-end-all. The few who got early access are all saying Apple Music is OK.

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First impressions don't tell the whole story, but they do mean a lot. In the case of Apple Music, it means the early reviewers weren't blown away by Apple's efforts. If that opinion holds up over time, we'll see if "OK" is good enough to keep Apple's streaming music service alive.

Chill Out with the iPhone Controlled Cool Connect Air Conditioner

9:40 AM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

When we write about cool stuff it typically isn't literally cool, but Frigidaire is changing that with their new Cool Connect Room Air Conditioner (Amazon - $299.99) This window mounted air conditioner is great for apartments and small spaces that don't have a cooling system, plus it connects to your WiFi network so you can control it from your iPhone locally or over the Internet. You can set schedules, remotely monitor its operation, and more. The Cool Connect can keep a 350 square foot space cool and costs US$349

Apple Music Coming to Sonos Later this Year

11:25 AM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sonos to get Apple Music support by the end of the year

Apple has confirmed its Apple Music streaming service will be coming to Sonos players, but it won't be there for Tuesday's official launch. Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers said Sonos support is "coming soon," and now Apple has confirmed that means before the end of the year.

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Apple wants its new streaming music service to be a success, so it isn't a big surprise to hear they're working on Sonos compatibility. It's interesting that whatever Apple has done to Beats Music to turn it into Apple Music is breaking Sonos compatibility.

Apple Music: What You Need to Know

9:45 AM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Here's what you need to know about Apple Music

Apple Music is set to launch on Tuesday, June 30, and that means we're getting a new way to listen to music on our iPhone, iPads, Macs, and more. It also means there are new questions about just exactly what Apple Music gets us, so we rounded up some answers for you.

Apple’s Tim Cook Praises SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

6:24 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook praises SCOTUS marriage equal rights ruling

Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly praised Friday's United States Supreme Court decision that ruled state laws banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional, calling the ruling a victory. Mr. Cook shared his thoughts on Twitter, which is becoming a common place for Apple executives to share their thoughts and opinions.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-26: Apple’s Confederate Flag App Ban

2:32 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is pulling titles from the App Store that include the Confederate flag following hate-related shootings in South Carolina. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, John Martellaro, Kelly Guimont, and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to offer up their perspective on Apple's decision, plus they have some thoughts on Apple's potential purchase of finger print sensor company Privaris.

Apple TouchID Tech May get Boost from Privaris Purchase

2:20 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be buying fingerprint sensor company Privaris

Apple may be in the process of buying fingerprint sensor technology company Privaris. The company has already transfered 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, which is a fairly common when a buyout is in the works.

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The fingerprint technology Privaris has is pretty amazing, and has a lot of potential application for Apple. We've likely already seen some of their tech show up in the iPhone and iPad, and more will show up in future product updates, too.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.