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Pharrell Williams Says “Freedom” to be Apple Music Exclusive

10:58 AM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Freedom from Pharrell Williams to be Apple Music exclusive

It looks like Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. He said his new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30.

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Exclusives will be a big thing for Apple Music, so watch for more announcements from artists.

Tidal CEO Quits after 3 Months

9:57 AM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tidal is on the hunt for a new CEO again

After only three months on the job Tidal CEO Peter Tonstad has quit, leaving the streaming music service without a leader. Mr. Tonstad was hired after Tidal fired his successor, Andy Chen, making him the second CEO to go in six months.

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Considering how long Tidal holds on to its CEOs maybe it should advertise the position as a summer job.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-23: Tim Cook Responds to Racism

2:10 PM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Following the tragic racist-driven shootings at a South Carolina church Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out to remove symbols of hate, and to bring an end to racism. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's comments and share their thoughts on what impact his words might have. They also look at a blog post that says Taylor Swift needs to take her own words to heart about paying artists for their work.

Apple Wants $15M from Patent Troll for Frivolous Lawsuit

11:51 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple asks court to force patent troll to cover its legal expenses in frivolous case

Apple is asking a Federal Court to order Unwired Planet to hand over US$15 million to cover attorney fees and legal costs related to what it called a frivolous patent infringement lawsuit. The company claimed Unwired Planet filed a series of "kitchen sink" infringement cases targeting iPhone and iPad connectivity functions hoping at least one would stick.

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It looks like Apple is growing weary of the ongoing parade of frivolous infringement lawsuits from patent trolls.

Developer Turns His Apple Watch into a Wrist Top Mac

10:12 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've wondered if Apple Watch is powerful enough to run the Mac's operating system, then wonder no more. The answer is "yes," assuming you mean Mac OS 7.5.5. Nick Lee managed to get the 20 year old operating system up and running on his Apple Watch, and even though the screen makes icons too small to select, it really works. Nick started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device. It's slow, but to be fair, our Macs 20 years ago were slow compared to today's machines. The important part to remember here is that figuring out how to turn your Apple Watch into a Mac is pretty cool.

Verizon Now in the News Business, Completes AOL Purchase

9:06 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon completes AOL purchase

Verizon announced Tuesday morning that it has completed its US$4.4 billion purchase of AOL. The deal brings all of AOL's properties under Verizon's wing, including well known Websites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget.

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Hopefully Verizon won't impose any editorial control over AOL's properties and limit the topics they can cover, like blocking them from writing critically about their new owner.

Joy of Tech Imortalizes Taylor Swift Schooling Apple

2:25 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The big news over the weekend was Taylor Swift's blog post callout Apple out for not paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial period for Apple Music. The Joy of Tech, the long running online comic about the tech world, offered up their take on what played out with a decidedly 1984 spin. It's great, and is also a nice reminder that Apple needs to make sure it never becomes what it fought against over 30 years ago. You can check out the full comic at the Geek Culture website.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-22: Apple, Taylor Swift, the Changing Music Industry

1:43 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple changed course and announced it would pay royalties during the free three month trial period for Apple Music subscribers after Taylor Swift called out the company in a blog post. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's place in the music industry, how listening to music has evolved, and why it's time for artists and record labels to adapt to the ways consumers listen to music now.

Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.