Apple Doesn’t Have an Anti-Abortion Agenda

9:28 AM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple may have taken a strong stance on the environment, equal rights, and privacy, but it isn't taking an anti-abortion position. The iPhone maker came under fire after some Maps users reported seeing adoption centers instead of clinics and other health centers when using "abortion" as a search term. Those results weren't part of a conspiracy, just a search algorithm Apple is continually refining.

Apple Builds Secret Virtual Reality Team, But for What?

6:21 PM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Virtual Reality Googles with an Apple Logo

Apple has built what was a secret team to develop virtual reality technology, according to unnamed sources cited by The Financial Times of London. The team is comprised of hundreds of employees from a series of acquisitions in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) space, as well as hires from outside of Apple. Bryan Chaffin wants to know what they're working on.

The Full Stack iOS 9 School: $39

5:04 PM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · TMO Deals

The Full Stack iOS 9 School

Check out the Full Stack iOS School, a bundle of training courses with 16 classes, 100 videos, and 30 hours of content. During the training, you'll learn how to build ten different iOS apps, including designing in Sketch 3, prototyping in Xcode, and coding with Swift 2. This tradining course is $39 through our deal. Check out the listing for more information.

Apple Wants Wide-range Wireless iPhone Charging for 2017

10:43 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · News

Apple working on iPhone wireless charging

Apple is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone, but instead of the currently available inductive systems where you set a device on a special plate, the company is looking at sending power wirelessly when our smartphones are in range of a charging point. Assuming Apple gets all the kinks worked out, we could see its wireless charging system debut on the 2017 iPhone models.

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Apple Officially Ends Free iTunes Radio

9:37 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · News

iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.

Apple was true to its word and has shut down the ad supported free iTunes Radio service. The iPhone and iPad maker warned listeners the service would be shutting down as of January 28th and 29th, and that's exactly what happened.

OS X: Adjusting Your Login Options

8:56 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

How to manage your Mac's login window

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will go over the so-called login window, which is the screen you'll see if your Mac doesn't sign in automatically. Can you customize it? Is it difficult to make it more secure? And hey, where do you go to make changes to it? The short answers are "yes," "no," and "System Preferences," but if you want the long answers, they're in this article!

FCC Says it’s Time to Break Free from Proprietary Cable TV Boxes

9:23 PM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · · Analysis

FCC wants to open the cable and satellite set top box market

The days of having to lease a set top box from your cable provider may be coming to an end. The Federal Communication Commission is proposing a new regulation that would let other companies such as Apple, Amazon, TiVo, and Roku make their own boxes cable subscribers can use to watch TV without being tied the set top boxes they're stuck with today.