Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

2:28 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple Backtracks, Reinstates Some Apps Using Confederate Symbols

Apple pulled all apps from the App Store with Confederate symbols such as the Battle Flag of the Confederacy Friday morning. Almost immediately, though, the company began backtracking by working with developers to reinstate apps that use such symbols for "educational or historical uses."

Apple TouchID Tech May get Boost from Privaris Purchase

2:20 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple may be buying fingerprint sensor company Privaris

Apple may be in the process of buying fingerprint sensor technology company Privaris. The company has already transfered 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, which is a fairly common when a buyout is in the works.

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The fingerprint technology Privaris has is pretty amazing, and has a lot of potential application for Apple. We've likely already seen some of their tech show up in the iPhone and iPad, and more will show up in future product updates, too.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · News

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Elton John, Dr. Dre to Host Apple Beats 1 Radio Shows

9:37 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · News

Apple gets celebrity hosts for Beats 1 Internet radio station

Apple is lining up big name artists including Elton John and Dr. Dre to host shows on its Beats 1 online radion station when it launches next week. Beats 1 is part of the new Apple Music service the company unveiled earlier this month at Worldwide Developer Conference.

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It looks like Apple wants a big all-star lineup for its Beats 1 Internet radion station. Based on the names we've heard so far, Apple could get some serious interest from music fans.

Apple Matches Spotify Royalties for Apple Music Free Trial

10:20 AM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · · News

Apple Music to pay .2 cent for songs during free trial

Apple will pay record labels and artists .2 cent for the songs Apple Music subscribers listen to during their free three month trial period. That's in line with the rate Spotify pays for the free tier in its streaming music service.

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Higher than average royalties overall, and average free tier royalties during Apple Music's three month free trial. That should make musicians happier with Apple's streaming music service.

Critical Flash Update Patches System Takeover Flaw

4:36 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · News

Adobe patches another critical Flash security flaw

Adobe released a critical security update for Flash on Wednesday to address a critical security flaw that could allow an attacker to take control over victim's computers. Attackers already have exploits in the wild, although right now none seem to be targeting Macs.

Apple Starts Landing Indy Deals for Apple Music

4:21 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · News

Indy labels and artists signing up for Apple Music

All those indy record labels that only a few days ago refused to sign on with the soon to launch Apple Music service have reversed course. The independent labels weren't signing on because Apple wasn't going to pay royalties during the three month free trial period for new subscribers, but now that the iPhone and iPad maker has said it will, more artists are willing to get on board.

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Bringing in indy artists and labels is big for Apple Music, so it's good to see the deals coming together before next week's launch.

Apple Posts Details of Apple Pay Verification Methods

3:45 PM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · News

A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.

Pharrell Williams Says “Freedom” to be Apple Music Exclusive

10:58 AM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · News

Freedom from Pharrell Williams to be Apple Music exclusive

It looks like Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. He said his new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30.

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Exclusives will be a big thing for Apple Music, so watch for more announcements from artists.

Tidal CEO Quits after 3 Months

9:57 AM, Jun. 24th, 2015 · · News

Tidal is on the hunt for a new CEO again

After only three months on the job Tidal CEO Peter Tonstad has quit, leaving the streaming music service without a leader. Mr. Tonstad was hired after Tidal fired his successor, Andy Chen, making him the second CEO to go in six months.

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Considering how long Tidal holds on to its CEOs maybe it should advertise the position as a summer job.