Apple Offers Peek Inside Nevada Data Centers

6:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

Apple Data

Apple has fired another round in their transparency offensive, letting Wired reporter Steven Levy tag along with Environmental Initiatives VP Lisa Jackson on a trip to Apple's Nevada data centers. Kelly Guimont runs us through what we learned and looks at what it means.

Square Reportedly Talks to Tech Giants about a Buyout

4:37 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

Square for Sale?

Square has reportedly talked with several tech giants about a possible buyout, though all parties concerned have denied that such talks are taking place. Online reports say that Square has had informal talks with the likes of Google, PayPal, and even Apple, and that talks recently resumed with Google.

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Of all potential suitors, Google makes the most sense. The company has Google Wallet, which in many ways is a Square competitor, but few merchants have signed on. Marrying Square's infrastructure with Google Wallet's goal—which is to add everything you buy to the company's vast, vast profile on you—makes a lot of sense for Google.

Apple Releases Earth Day Video Narrated By Tim Cook

1:49 PM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

Apple and the Environment

Apple unveiled a new section of Apple.com on Monday about the environment just one day before Earth Day. On the front page of the new section is a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook about what Apple is doing to help make things better. In fact, "better" seems to be the theme of the video.

1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

11:42 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution.

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It seems likely that Apple has made some backend changes that leave first generation Apple TV owners in the dust. The company does, after all, leave products behind when it doesn't see any value in continued support.

Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

10:49 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.

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Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.

Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

9:58 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · · News

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.

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If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large Screens Will End

7:25 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

The iPhone Crystal Ball

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

2:56 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

Windows Phone

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

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How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom Purchase

9:25 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.

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With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.