Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a Spotify Competitor

10:32 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple is ready to revamp its streaming music offerings, and has put Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor on the task. The iPhone and iPad maker wants to go head to head with Spotify and similar streaming music services, and is leveraging its Beats acquisition to make that happen.

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Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market, and it looks like the company is working on making that happen. Spotify and Pandora have to know Apple is working on something, so it'll be interesting to see what this does for competition in the Internet radio game.

Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

How To Recycle Old iPhones, iPads, and Other Mobile Devices

6:52 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · News

Now that we've wrangled all those now unnecessary cables, it's time to chip away at the devices that go with them. If you have some old iPhones or even feature phones tucked away, now's the time to set them free. Kelly explains the digital equivalent of sending them off to a farm in the country.

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

5:06 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · News

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.

Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks Workouts without an iPhone

4:14 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · News

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.

OS X Turns 14 Years Old Today

6:44 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · News

OS X Turns 14 Years Old Today

OS X turned 14 today, fully embracing those awkward teenage years. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Huzzah!

Trade Group Files Lawsuit to Stop FCC Net Neutrality Control

3:44 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · News

USTelecom, the trade group that represents service providers impacted by the Federal Communication Commission's recent changes to preserve Net Neutrality, filed a lawsuit on Monday in hopes of overturning the new rules. The organization claims the FCC doesn't have the legal authority to regulate an open Internet and shouldn't be allowed to impose regulations outside of its purview on Internet service providers.

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ISPs said they planned to fight the FCC's Net Neutrality plans, so it isn't any surprise at all to see a lawsuit from an organization representing their interests showing up.

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood Channels

11:24 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · News

Apple TV added three new channels Tuesday morning: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. Unlike some other channels on Apple TV that require a cable television subscription to view, the latest three are all free.

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Seeing TED on Apple TV is pretty cool. Even better: No cable subscription requirement.

Here’s Where to Buy ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

10:40 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · News

If Apple's executive team is to be believed, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader" is the biography about their company's co-founder to read, and it's out today. Turns out plenty of retailers are hoping you'll want to read it, too, so we rounded up a list of places ready to sell you a copy.