Apple Launches iOS App Development Center in Italy

3:33 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · News

Apple in Italy

Apple announced Thursday the creation of what the company said was the first iOS App Development Center in Italy. In a press release that emphasized Apple's impact on Italy's economy and the number of jobs the company has directly and indirectly fostered in Europe, Apple said the Center would help give students "practical skills and training on developing iOS apps."

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Thursday's press release was a big banner reminding the EU that Apple contributes greatly to the European economy. 

Apple Updates Logic 10.2.1 with New Features and Bug Fixes

4:50 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · News

Logic

Apple updated Logic Pro X to version 10.2.1 on Wednesday. The update includes a couple of new features, improvements to existing features, and a variety of bug fixes. Apple also noted a collection of 30 unspecified plug-ins that now have support for Retina displays, though the patch notes do not mention why all plugins didn't long ago get such support.

Apple Unveils GarageBand Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

2:35 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · News

GarageBand's Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

Apple ramped up its music creation efforts for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday with the introduction of Live Loops for mobile GarageBand. The loops are included with the GarageBand 2.1 update and include rock, electronic dance music, house, and electro funk, and more.

Apple Releases ‘Music Memos’ for Quickly Capturing Song Ideas on iOS

1:07 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · News

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

Apple released an iOS app called Music Memos on Wednesday. It allows you to record song ideas, hear those ideas played with auto-generated bass and/or drum accompaniment, view the chords, and add lyrics. Artists can then share them via Apple Music Connect or import them directly into GarageBand or Logic Pro X for further development.

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Bryan Chaffin thinks this app is just what the doctor ordered.

ESPN: We’re Working on an Apple TV Deal

10:59 AM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · News

Apple in talks with ESPN for streaming content

ESPN President John Skipper says he's working on an Apple TV content deal that sidesteps cable television subscriptions. He says they're building a "great television experience," but other content providers are dragging their heels.

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If ESPN is excited about a potential Apple TV streaming service, then there's a chance other content providers are interested in signing deals, too. It's a slow process, so don't expect to see Apple announcing any deals in the next few weeks or even months.

Apple Releases iMovie 10.1.1 with YouTube Sharing Fixes, More

7:08 PM, Jan. 19th, 2016 · · News

iMovie 10

Apple released iMovie 10.1.1 on Tuesday, a bug fix release that addresses five different issues, including a problem with YouTube sharing. Other issues include editing fixes, playback of Sony XAVC S clips, still image display, and an issue with Library lists.

Apple Finally Wins Injunction in Samsung Patent Fight

9:18 AM, Jan. 19th, 2016 · · News

Apple finally scores permanent injunction in Samsung patent battle

Apple finally won an injunction in its years-old patent infringement fight with Samsung on Monday. The ruling is a legal win for Apple, although it has little value in the retail space because it covers products Samsung no longer makes.

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Judge Koh's injunction doesn't even count as an annoyance to Samsung at this point; it's little more than a another tool Apple can toss into its legal toolbox.

Think Tank’s Congressional Cybersecurity Lab Would Educate Politicians

7:46 PM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · · News

iSpy

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is developing a Congressional Cybersecurity Lab (CCL) intended to help teach technically unsavvy politicians the wily ways of cybersecurity. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation issued a grant in November of 2015 to the tune of US$400,000 to the Center to fund development of the CCL.