Apple Music Hits 11M Subscribers, Pushing for 100M

10:13 AM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · News

Apple Music subscribers hit 11 million after first month

Apple Music, the streaming music service Apple launched just over a month ago, already has 11 million trial members which puts it at a little over half the number of subscribers Spotify has after about ten years. Apple's subscribers are all in a three month free trial phase so that number could drop dramatically, but Apple is hoping it'll go up instead. The company wants to blow past all of its competitors combined and hit 100 million subscribers.

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Apple Music has big name DJs for Beats 1 Radio, human curated streaming music playlists, offers a three month free trial, and it's pre-loaded on new Macs, iPhones, and iPads. That's a really good mix for a successful online music service. Now Apple just needs to figure out how to turn that advantage into 100 million paying users.

Epson Ditches Printer Cartridges for More Affordable Ink Tanks

7:13 PM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · News

Epson's EcoTank printers crank out pages for two years before they need more ink

Epson is hoping to take the sting out of inkjet printer ink prices, and is tossing the printer consumables market on end at the same time. The company's new EcoTank printers come with enough ink to last years, and refills come it at a fraction of the cost of traditional ink cartridges.

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You'll pay more up front for Epson's new printers, but in exchange you get far more affordable ink and less to throw away when it's time for a refill.

Mac Zero-Day DYDL Exploits are Real, Apple Fix Coming Soon

9:39 AM, Aug. 5th, 2015 · · News

DYLD bug lets attackers install adware on your Mac without permission

It's been a scary week for Apple security thanks to Thunderstrike 2 and now DYLD. The former is a proof of concept that poses little real world risk, but the second can is being exploited now to install adware on victim's Macs. A fix is on the way, and will be part of the OS X 10.10.5 update due out soon.

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Yes, DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE is a real Mac security flaw that's being exploited right now. The fix is in the beta of OS X El Capitan, and the beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. The official Yosemite update will be released soon. Right, Apple?

Apple’s Stock Drops 3%, Enters Correction Territory

7:17 PM, Aug. 4th, 2015 · · News

Five Day Chart for $AAPL Ending August 4th, 2015

Shares in Apple Inc. have taken a bit of a beating in the last two weeks of trading, losing some 12 percent of their value. The stock has been pressured by worries about iPhone growth, concern that Apple Watch won't be a revenue game changer, and ever-present concerns about China's economy, but what sent investors into a tizzy Tuesday was $AAPL falling below its 200 day moving average.

Thunderstrike 2 Could Attack Your Mac, but not Today

10:14 AM, Aug. 4th, 2015 · · News

Thunderstrike could use Thunderbolt accessories to infect your Mac's firmware

Prepare for doomsday because there's a new Mac security threat that targets Thunderbolt to deliver its pox-laden payload to destroy your computer—or so some medial outlets would have you believe. The threat, dubbed Thunderstrike was first revealed at the beginning of the year as a proof of concept, and now the developers have a new version called Thunderstrike 2 that can target computers through malicious websites.

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Here's the tl;dr version: Yes, Thunderstrike is a real security threat for the Mac and other PCs. No, it isn't in the wild pillaging, burning down villages, and wreaking havok on your computer.

Apple Buys 43 Acres in San Jose, Enough to Turn Spaceship HQ into a Fleet

8:04 PM, Aug. 3rd, 2015 · · News

Land Development in San Jose, with Properties Owned or Leased by Apple

Apple has purchased 43 acres in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it's right next door to 300,000 square feet of office space recently leased by the company.

Siri Wants to Transcribe Your Voicemails

9:40 AM, Aug. 3rd, 2015 · · News

iOS 10 may turn your voicemails into text

People like leaving voicemail but don't like listening to them, so Apple is working on a new feature that lets Siri become your own personal transcription service. Apple hopes to roll out what's been dubbed at iCloud Voicemail in 2016, which means come next year you won't have to listen to your friend's messages ever again.

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I like to say three random words when leaving Google Voice messages, like "shoe, carrot, penguin." Google Voice is horrible at transcribing that. I can't wait to try it on iCloud Voicemail.

Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War

10:00 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · News

Watching Eye Behind an iPhone Screen

It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhile, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.