Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

33 minutes ago · · News

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

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OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.

BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your Tech Gear to Hackers

1 hour, 9 minutes ago · · News

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

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There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.

Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

2 hours, 3 minutes ago · · News

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

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It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over Email Hosted in Ireland

9:43 PM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · News

Tech vs. ?

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

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This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.

T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

8:27 PM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · News

T-Mobile Uncarrier Model

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

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With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.

Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

11:18 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · News

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

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Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.

Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

10:15 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · News

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

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Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.

Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

9:06 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · News

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

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One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.

New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

7:03 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · News

Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.

What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about Hachette

5:55 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · News

Save me, Amazon Superhero!

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children—and indeed publishers and authors, too—and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.