Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Public Beta

9:26 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · · News

iOS 9.3 made the jump to public beta

Developers got their hands on iOS 9.3 a couple days ago, and now public beta participants can do the same. The update (build 13E5181f) includes several new features such as Night Shift, and multi-user support for iPads in schools.

Apple to Cut iAd Staff, Automate Ad Sales

3:56 PM, Jan. 14th, 2016 · · News

Apple plans to can iAd sales team, automate instead

Apple is tossing in the towel and plans to ax its iAd sales team. The iPhone and iPad maker isn't killing its in-app ad platform, but instead is building a new system where ad publishers create, sell, and manage ads themselves.

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Apple needs to do something to grow iAd, or toss in the towel completely and let other companies handle in-app ads. Hopefully their new automated system will be a step forward and not a step back.

Surfing Porn on Your Mac Isn’t as Private as You Think

10:08 AM, Jan. 14th, 2016 · · News

Incognito Web browsing bug could show your online activity

Surfing porn in Google Chrome's Incognito mode lets you check out all the sex you want without anyone being the wiser, unless you're on a Mac. Evan Andersen found a bug in Chrome that left his fun time activity loaded in his NVIDIA graphics card memory—a bug that NVIDIA claims is actually Apple's fault.

Pharrell’s Beats 1 Radio Show Faces Potential Injunction

3:50 PM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · News

Pharrell faces contract lawsuit over Beats 1 show. No word on Arby's plans to sue over his hat.

Pharrell Williams is facing a lawsuit that could permanently shut down his Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone. Uncommon Content Partners claims it had a contract with the popular singer and music producer for another show, and that he walked away from the deal.

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It's a safe bet Apple checked out Pharrell's contractual obligations before signing him onto Beats 1 radio. That means either there isn't a strong case to say Uncommon Content Partners has a binding contract, or Apple thinks it'll be easy enough to buy the problem away.

Apple Looking to Time Warner Purchase for Streaming Content

10:48 AM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · · News

Apple considers Time Warner purchase

Apple bought its way into the streaming music market with Beats, and now it may have plans to do the same for TV by purchasing Time Warner. Apple's Eddie Cue is reportedly watching closely for an opportunity as pressure mounts for Time Warner to put itself up for sale.

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Buying Time Warner would be a complicated deal for Apple because it would still have to manage deals with other companies that broadcast content from networks such as HBO, but it would also be a great way to get its own Internet streaming TV package off the ground.

Apple Denies Agreeing to Make iOS-to-Android Migration Tool under Pressure from EU

6:01 PM, Jan. 12th, 2016 · · News

Apple in Europe

London newspaper The Telegraph reported Tuesday that Apple was working on a "simple tool" that would make it easy for iOS users to move their contacts, music, and photos to Android. The newspaper said Apple had agreed to do so under pressure from the European Commission (EC), but Re/code then reported that Apple flatly denied the story. Bryan Chaffin walks us through what it all means.

Elon Musk Calls Apple Car an ‘Open Secret’

9:24 PM, Jan. 11th, 2016 · · News

Apple Car

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk told the BBC that Apple's unannounced car—Project Titan—was an "open secret." In an interview published Monday, Mr. Musk said that Apple's participation in the electric car market will "expand the industry."

Apple’s CarPlay Page Adds Comprehensive Car Model List

7:05 PM, Jan. 11th, 2016 · · News

Apple webpage lists all CarPlay compatible car models

Apple is making it easier to figure out which car models support CarPlay thanks to a new webpage detailing all auto makers who support the in-dash iPhone interface platform. Previously, Apple listed only car makers and not specific models.

AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data, but Just for TV Plans

3:20 PM, Jan. 11th, 2016 · · News

AT&T offers DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers unlimited wireless data plans

If you're an AT&T smartphone user pining for the bygone days of unlimited wireless data plans, there's a deal waiting for you—sort of. AT&T is offering unlimited data plans again, but only if you're a U-Verse or DirecTV subscriber.

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AT&T's new wireless data deal may be unlimited, but it isn't unfettered. You need to sign up for U-Verse or DirecTV, and if you go over 22GB in a month, your data speeds get throttled. Considering how the company feels about its iPhone customers who still have unlimited data plans, it's likely the company will try to push subscribers out of its new unlimited plans at some point, too.