Adobe Says Apple Dominates ‘TV Everywhere’ Viewing

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Apple devices dominate consumption of "TV Everywhere" viewing, according to a new study by Adobe Digital Index, a research arm of the software maker. Led by the iPad, Apple devices accounted for some 61 percent of such viewing, and Apple claimed three of the top four devices used to watch TV content other than your TV.

Apple Committed to ‘Cleaning Up’ Apple Music

5:20 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · News

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Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around the world, and was focused on improving the Apple Music experience.

Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue Bridge Early

5:05 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · News

Philips Hue HomeKit compatible Bridge coming soon and it'll cost about $60

When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge to its online store prematurely. The bad news is the HomeKit compatible Hue Bridge will cost about US$60, but the good news is you won't have to replace any of your bulbs.

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Spending extra cash to make your Hue lights HomeKit compatible does kind of suck, but it isn't like you have to replace all of your bulbs, too. So at least there's that.

Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching Settlement

9:37 AM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · News

Judge Koh cut attorney fees in half in Apple's employee anti-poaching settlement

Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the attorneys in the case disappointed: they're getting half as much money as they expected.

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Judge Koh must've felt Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein were really gouging the Silicon Valley workers they represented to cut what they're getting paid from $81 million down to $40 million.

Apple Music’s Ian Rogers Left for the Fashion Industry

10:16 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · News

Ian Rogers quit Apple Music for the fashion industry

The mystery job that pulled Ian Rogers away from running Apple Music isn't a secret any more. Now he's heading up LVMH's efforts to to create a better Internet presence for its brands. That puts Mr. Rogers very much outside of the music industry because LVMH oversees luxury product brands.

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There is a little irony in the high fashion market poaching an employee from Apple after all of the people Apple hired away for its smartwatch project.

iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

11:52 AM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · News

KeyRaider malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most iPhone and iPad owners don't have to worry about the threat even though Palo Alto Networks says KeyRaider is responsible for the single largest malware-based Apple account theft to date.

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Jailbreaking isn't the fun time it was a few years ago before Apple's App Store was around. The bad guys ruined jailbreaking for everyone, and the App Store made it pointless for most people, too. Stay away from jailbreaking unless you have a really good reason to hack your iPhone.

Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · News

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.

Apple Digs Deeper into Enterprise with Cisco Partnership

3:14 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · News

Apple scores another enterprise-level mobile partner in Cisco deal

Apple is teaming up with Cisco to create what they're calling "a fast lane for iOS business users." The two companies are also working together to bring iPhone and iPad support to Cisco's video conferencing and online collaboration services, all of which will make Apple's mobile devices even more enticing to the enerprise business market.

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First an IBM partnership, and now Cisco. Apple really wants to own the corporate mobile device market.

Apple Hire Hints at Move into Augmented Reality

2:00 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · News

Apple may be getting serious about augmented reality

Apple's recent hiring spree includes more than car experts; it also includes at least one augmented reality pro. Most recently, Apple hired Nick Thompson who had been Microsoft's lead audio hardware engineer for the HoloLens project.

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I was hoping Apple's next big thing would be space ships, but I guess augmented reality is OK, too.