Verizon Now in the News Business, Completes AOL Purchase

9:06 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Verizon completes AOL purchase

Verizon announced Tuesday morning that it has completed its US$4.4 billion purchase of AOL. The deal brings all of AOL's properties under Verizon's wing, including well known Websites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget.

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Hopefully Verizon won't impose any editorial control over AOL's properties and limit the topics they can cover, like blocking them from writing critically about their new owner.

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

7:47 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

Apple CEO Tim Cook used his personal platform this weekend to urge America to "remove the symbols and word" that feed racism. On Sunday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thoughts to the families of the victims killed in a racist attack in South Carolina at an historic all-black church called Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal.

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift’s Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

6:25 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Eddy Cue Says Taylor Swift's Letter Solidified Shift in Apple Music Policy

Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Services and Software Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that Taylor Swift's open letter "solidified" the need to change Apple Music's artist compensation plan. He said that Apple had been discussing the issue for the last week, but that her letter helped push them to make the decision.

Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk at Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

6:58 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · News

Indie Labels and Musicians Balk Against Apple Music Terms, Apple Denies iTunes Threat

Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM) recently took to Twitter complaining that Apple had threatened to pull his music from iTunes if he didn't sign up to be a part of Apple Music streaming. Mr. Newcombe's comments have circulated widely, but Apple issued a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday saying, "[Indie music] will not be taken off."

Learn Podcasting Basics with TMO’s Jeff Gamet

11:54 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · News

Jeff Gamet teaches podcasting at Boulder Digital Arts

If you're ready to jump into podcasting but aren't sure where to start, TMO's Jeff Gamet is presenting a class at Boulder Digital Arts to show you how. The three-hour class will be at Boulder Digital Arts at 6PM on Tuesday, June 23.

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · News

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

EFF Gives Apple Top Marks for Protecting Customer Data from Government

10:19 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

EFF Gives Apple Top Marks for Protecting Customer Data from Government

Apple received top marks from the Electronic Freedom Foundation in the company's "Who Has Your Back?" report for 2015. The report grades top tech companies in five categories relating to, "Online Service Providers' Privacy and Transparency Practices Regarding Government Access to User Data."

Ireland Residents Critical of New €850M Apple Data Center

7:21 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's planned Ireland data center meets with local resistance

Apple is ready to drop €850 million (about US$960 million) on a new data center in Athenry, Co Galway in Ireland, but local residents aren't pleased with the plan. Some residents think Apple is choosing the wrong location for its data center, plus they have concerns over power usage, noise, and traffic congestion.

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On one hand, it's important for residents to have a say in big changes to their community. On the other hand, Apple is bringing new jobs to the area, offering to make nice improvements, and isn't going to place a burden on the local power infrastructure. Hopefully there's a middle ground that makes the project mutually beneficial, otherwise Apple will simply go somewhere else.

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.