Ten One Mountie: Easily Hang an iPhone/iPad on a MacBook

7:00 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Ten One Designs has released the Mountie, a small gadget that solidly attaches an iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or iMac screen. Kelly has one and tries it out with a variety of devices. (Spoiler alert: Your iPad Air is in good hands. Or clips.)

Google Wants to be Your Next Cell Service Provider

5:47 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Google is allegedly working on plans to be your next cell phone service provider. The Internet search giant isn't talking about its plans yet, but the word from insider sources says the company is working on deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that would make it a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, much like Cricket.

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Google getting into the cell and wireless data market would be a double-edged sword. We'd likely see competition that pushes down contract prices and drives up data speeds, but we'd also give up more of our personal privacy in exchange.

Logic Pro X gets New Drummers, AirDrop Support

10:59 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Apple gave pro audio editors some love on Wednesday with the release of Logic Pro X 10.1. The update for the audio editing app for the Mac added AirDrop and MailDrop support for file sharing, 10 new drummers, and more.

Apple’s Cover Flow Targeted in Patent Lawsuit Again

9:30 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Apple's Cover Flow feature from OS X is the target of a new infringement lawsuit from the patent holding company TriDim, and this isn't the first time it's been part of an intellectual propert case. The company is claiming 3D-like user interface elements in Cover Flow, Time Machine, and Mobile Safari in iOS 7 and iOS 8 infringe on two patents it holds.

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Mirror Worlds wasn't able to make its Cover Flow patent infringement case against Apple stick, and based on TriDim's patent descriptions this new case will likely have a hard go of it, too.

Apple Buys Semetric to Boost its Streaming Music Plans

10:05 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · · News

Apple has purchased the online music analytics company Semetric as part of its plan to boost its Beats streaming music service. Semetric's services will help Apple better track interest in artists and songs, which could come in handy for managing advertising as well as streaming data and song sales.

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If Apple wants a big piece of the streaming music market, it needs more information about what we listen to, as well as when and how. That's what Semtric gives it, and that makes buying the company a smart move.

The Interview Hits Netflix Streaming this Weekend

9:07 AM, Jan. 21st, 2015 · · News

If the hype surrounding Seth Rogan and James Franco's The Interview wasn't enough to convince you to buy or rent the movie from the iTunes Store, Microsoft's Xbox Video, or Google Play, you're in luck because it'll be available on Netflix streaming this Saturday, January 24.

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Pulling The Interview's original release over terrorist threats turned out to be the best publicity the movie could've hoped for.

TAG Chief Says No One Could Produce a Smartwatch in Switzerland

9:17 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · News

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Jean-Claude Biver, the head of the luxury holding company that owns watch brand TAG Heuer, said Tuesday that TAG will not use the "Swiss Made" label for its in-development Apple Watch competitor. In an interview with Bloomberg, Mr. Biver said Switzerland simply doesn't have the technology needed to make a smartwatch.

Apple Spends More on Lobbying as Politics and Technology Intersect

7:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2015 · · News

Mr. Apple Goes to Washington

The late Steve Jobs spoke often about the importance of being at the intersection of technology and the humanities, but the company increasingly finds itself at a new intersection: technology and politics. Bloomberg reported the Cupertino company has dramatically stepped up its lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, lobbying some 13 different departments and agencies in 2014.