Apple Pulls Monster’s MFI Status Over Beats Lawsuit

9:54 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple kills Monster's MFI certification over Beats lawsuit

Monster can't make Apple-certified audio and video cables anymore now that the Mac and iPhone maker has pulled the company's MFI certification status. The decision, according to Monster's legal team, was in response to a lawsuit it filed against Beats Electronics—a company Apple now owns.

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Apple is within its rights to drop Monster from its MFI program, but it sure feels like a retribution move.

Interview: How to Write Secure Software, Guaranteed

1:30 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · News

When a security snafu happens on the Internet that's due to a design or coding error, there's always a scramble to issue a fix. Meanwhile, the public frets. Galois, Inc is one of several companies that is developing the process of writing provably correct and secure software. John Martellaro interviewed the CEO to find out how they do it.

Public Beta Testers get New OS X 10.10.4 Version

11:06 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · News

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 gets a new public beta

Apple's latest beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 is out for developers and public testers, inching us ever closer to the official public release. For those keeping track at home, this release is numbered 14E36b.

Apple News to Use Real Editors, Not Computer Algorithms

9:26 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · News

Apple hiring actual editors for Apple News service

Apple's plan to use real people to curate content is reaching beyond Apple Music and will include Apple News, too. The Mac and iPhone maker is planning to use experienced editors to collect the articles we see through the Apple News service.

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Using experienced editors to curate content for Apple News has the potential to make Apple's offering far more compelling than Facebook Instant News or Flipboard, but only if the team is free to include all news instead of only what their bosses deem acceptable.

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

9:00 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · News

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

Apple is stretched pretty thin, these days. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Car, iCloud, Apple Pay, iBooks, iTunes, Apple Music, OS X, and iOS, just to name a few. Some have suggested Apple kill its legacy Mac business to leave it free to focus on other products. Bryan Chaffin argues that this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of Apple and the Mac, both.

PSA: LastPass Warns Users that Authentication Hashes Were Compromised

6:08 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · News

LastPass hacked and user accounts compromised

LastPass announced Monday that it "discovered and blocked suspicious activity" on Friday. The company said it had no evidence that password vaults were compromised, but that, "LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised."

Apple Music Payouts to Top 70 Percent

11:31 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · News

Apple Music to pay out more than industry standard

Apple will be passing on more than 70 percent of the subscription fees it collects for its new Apple Music streaming service. That money will go to the music owners, and outside of the U.S., they'll get even more.

Instacast Podcast App Shuts Over Financial Issues

9:13 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · News

All of Vemedio's app pages, including Instacast, now say

The popular podcast client app Instacast was shut down over the weekend after its parent company, Vemedio ran out of money. The company plans to keep its servers running as long as possible, but some subscribers are already having issues accessing their accounts.

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Using apps and services you pay for makes it far more likely they'll stick around instead of quietly fading away in the night. Sometimes, however, they still fail and it looks like that's what happened to Instacast.