Amazon PrimeNow Offers One Hour Delivery, Here’s How it Works

5:00 PM, May. 2nd, 2015 · · News

Amazon PrimeNow

Amazon has instituted a new service called PrimeNow that is available in some parts of the country. Austin, Texas being one of them. PrimeNow allows you to order products for delivery within the hour or in selected time slots. It was a bit rough setting it up, but the results were surprisingly good.

Apple Watch, Sport Ship Dates Pushed to July

1:21 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · News

Shipping times for new Apple Watch orders are now reaching out to July for the 42mm Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport. Apple has been working to get pre-orders from April 10 out to customers, but so far hasn't been able to catch up enough to see quicker ship dates for new orders.

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Looks like Apple hasn't gotten those Apple Watch parts supply issues under control yet.

Grooveshark Shuts Down: We Made Serious Mistakes

11:33 AM, May. 1st, 2015 · · News

The online music sharing service Grooveshark has official shut down following a long fight with record labels over licensing rights. The company made it easy for users to share music, but didn't ever get the rights to host the files on its servers. It's demise came along with an admission that "serious mistakes" were made.

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Sharing music on the Internet without licensing doesn't end well. Just ask Grooveshark.

Tesla Wants its Batteries to Power Your Home

10:07 AM, May. 1st, 2015 · · News

Tesla, the company known for its high tech electric cars, wants to power your home with its just announced Tesla Energy wall mounted rechargeable battery system. Tesla Energy can be charged via solar panels, through traditional power grids, or combinations of charging sources.

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Tesla is serious about finding ways to make our power usage more environmentally friendly, and its new Tesla Energy project is a perfect example of that in action. How long before we hear about Apple adding Tesla Energy to its own green power production plans?

Apple’s Beats Unveils New Ad Featuring Marcus Mariota

8:50 AM, May. 1st, 2015 · · News

Beats has released its latest video, titled "Ohana" and featuring University of Oregon (now Tennessee Titan) quarterback Marcus Mariota with narration by his friends and family.

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Beats made this deal - and video - relatively quickly considering Mariota hadn't even announced he was headed to the draft until mid-January and the video came out before he was drafted, so Beats thought he was worth investing in no matter what team he played for.

Russian Politician Wants Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Investigated as Gay Propaganda

8:17 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · News

Songs of Innocence Cover

Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album—The Age of Innocence—giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.

Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Watch Support

7:00 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · News

If taking your iPhone out of your pocket to make an Apple Store purchase is just too much work, Apple has you covered with a new Apple Store app update. The update added support for Apple Watch so you can check up on your orders and more from your wrist.

Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

6:48 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · News

Apple and Developers

Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Taptic Engine Issues Behind Apple Watch Shipment Delays

11:51 AM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · News

The delays in shipping Apple Watch pre-orders looks to be tied one supplier's defective Taptic Engine parts. AAC Technologies Holdings reportedly delivered large numbers of the vibrating motors that are failing, leaving Nidec as the only part supplier able to get reliable parts to Apple.

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A single part supplier can unintentionally cause all kinds of headaches for a product launch, and that's what happened with AAC's Taptic Engine parts. The upside is that Apple caught the issue before shipping defective Apple Watches to customers.

Japan Postal Workers Team with Apple, IBM to Monitor the Elderly

10:33 AM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · News

Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan's postal service to help monitor the welfare of elderly people in the country by using iPads. The partnership will enhance Japan's service where postal workers check in on elderly people along their routes by using iPads running IBM software.

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People are living longer, which means caring for our elderly population is becoming more important. Assuming the partnership with Japan Post, Apple, and IBM proves successful, the iPad could become a big part of that in Japan and other countries, too.