Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News

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Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

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New drone video footage shows significant progress on Apple Campus 2 site

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 07:06
Category: News

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One month after his last drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Apple Campus 2 site, Matthew Roberts has sent over an update for July that gives an up-close look at progress in recent weeks.

The work continues on the Spaceship.

Per drone video, it looks like Apple is making progress towards completing its new campus building by the end of 2016.

The video shows significant progress on the solar panels and fuel cells and it’s also continued installing the massive glass panels and canopies— the world’s largest— that make up the interior and exterior of round ‘spaceship’ structure.

The campus is expected to generate around 75% of its own power using the solar panels and biogas fuel cells on-site, and it will get the rest of its renewable energy needed from third-party supplier First Solar.

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Cirrus Logic releases Apple-authorized Lightning headphone development kit, strengthens rumors of headphone jack removal on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 12:26
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, News

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It’s looking less likely that the next-gen iPhone will feature a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

Amidst rumors that Apple will remove the headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

The development kit is geared towards helping to transition products away from the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack toward Apple’s digital Lightning connector. Using the kit, manufacturers will have an easier path to migrating existing products to deliver audio over Lightning.

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Mysterious, tech-laden van on Golden Gate Bridge adds fuel to Apple self-driving car rumors

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Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 08:10
Category: Hardware, News

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This could be either an Apple mapping van or a self-driving car prototype.

During a drive over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, a modified van was spotted.

Among the collection of gadgets on the roof are the spinning Lidar laser sensors often used for self-driving cars. There are also cameras on the roof. And there’s a large antenna above the rear wheel. Yet this car has no obvious markings or insignia to identify it – not even a license plate.

It’s unclear as to which company’s van this might be, but a special web site Apple keeps tracks the movements of its mapping vans. The site lists San Francisco as one of many locations for the period of June 20 through July 3. Still, the list of locations has been virtually unchanged for the past year, so this is up in the air.

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DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data connections on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 13:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.

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Developers begin answering questions about upcoming APFS filing system

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 08:04
Category: Developer, macOS, News, OS X, Software

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It’s deeply technical, but it’s worth the read.

An blog posted over on Adam Leventhal’s blog and picked up by the mighty Ars Technica describes a talk about the new Apple Filing System given during a Q&A session over at WWDC. During the session, Dominic Giampaolo and Eric Tamura, two members of the APFS team, gave an overview to a packed room, wherein, with the help of other team members, they patiently answered questions about the upcoming file architecture.

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Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt Display, highlights third-party displays for time being

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Hardware, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:

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“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

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Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted, opens door to white hat hackers, researchers

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 08:41
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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This is interesting.

According to users who’ve been testing the iOS 10 beta, Apple apparently left the operating system’s kernel unencrypted. Apple confirmed this on Wednesday, citing that the move was performed to streamline system performance.

An Apple spokesperson stated that because iOS 10’s kernel cache does not contain sensitive information, it does not need to be encrypted.

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Dropbox adds built-in document scanner, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 15:20
Category: iOS, News, OS X, Software

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This is kind of nifty, even if Evernote beat Dropbox to it.

Dropbox now features a built-in document scanner capable of capturing photos, notes, sketches and converting them into documents that can be stored in Dropbox.

Like many iOS-based scanning apps, Dropbox’s scanning tool will automatically detect the outline of the item being scanned and it offers editing tools for straightening, adjusting contrast, adding additional pages, and converting to black and white. Dropbox for Business users have additional scanning features at their disposal, including optical character recognition to convert scans into searchable text.

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Facebook CEO appears with tape-covered camera, microphone port on MacBook Pro

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 08:05
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security

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It’s not the most complicated fix in the world, but apparently Mark Zuckerberg stands by it.

The Facebook CEO, who has apparently had more than $16 million on security spent on him for protection from “specific threats” and has hired 16 bodyguards to protect him at home, shared an image on Facebook celebrating Instagram’s 500 million monthly user milestone in which the camera and microphone of a MacBook Pro in the background are covered with taps. While some tried to argue that it wasn’t Zuckerberg’s desk, it’s been seen in a variety of other images of Zuckerberg and in various live streams, so it seems like a safe assumption.

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