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Apple reverses position on royalty payments during Apple Music three month free trial period, Taylor Swift’s comments cited

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 08:41
Category: Apple Music, Finance, News

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Taylor Swift has come forward to criticize Apple Music’s planned three-month trial.

And apparently won.

Which means it might be slightly easier for you to listen to her next 987,752 songs about a breakup.

In a released statement, Swift offered the following comment with regard to the free streaming element:

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FCC announces plan to block robocalls, spam text messages

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 08:26
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe the FCC can help put an end to robocalls and spam text messages.

In recent days, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is working on a new rule that would allow consumers to block robocalls and automated text messages if requested. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.

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AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of transparency, issued $100 million fine

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.

Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

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Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units, Apple profiting handsomely from watch band sales

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.

And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.

Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

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Apple fires Campus 2 primary contractor, Swedish firm Skanska

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 13:50
Category: News

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There’s just no pleasing some people.

Apple has fired Skanska, its Swedish contractor, which has been working on its “spaceship” Campus 2 project.

Skanska issued a statement saying that it had reached an impasse in negotiations with an unidentified customer over changes in the scope of work, and that it had been terminated from the project. It said the lost work would cost it roughly US$800 million.

A Cupertino city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the joint venture partnership of DPR/Skanska had been replaced on Apple’s high-profile project.

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Research team finds major zero-day security flaws in both iOS, OS X operating systems

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 08:31
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

A group of researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have stated that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Apple’s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.

The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.

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Apple begins in-store Apple Watch reservations ahead of schedule

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The rumored Apple Watch reservations system at assorted Apple Store locations in the United States has come to fruition.

And you get a snazzy bag with your Apple Watch.

Reservations will open at 8 a.m. local time every day, and can be found by picking a model online and then clicking a “check reservation availability” link. Supplies of the Watch may still be very limited, as even some popular models — such as the 42mm space gray Sport — are unavailable at many locations.

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Apple Watch crushed between neodymium magnets, keeps on ticking

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Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, News, Wearables

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You probably shouldn’t do this.

Especially not with a US$10,000 Apple Watch Edition, which is insanely expensive.

And made of gold.

The guys at TechRax (the same gents who brought you a video demonstrating what happens if you shoot an iPhone 6 with a handgun) have posted a video demonstrating what happens when an Apple Watch Edition is crushed between two neodymium magnets and 650 pounds of force in the process.

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iOS 9 beta code references suggest larger 2,732 x 2,048 iPad Pro pixel resolution

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Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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This could point the way towards something pretty cool.

Reference code buried in the iOS 9 developer beta suggests Apple’s 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” is poised to use a high-resolution 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display, with a pixel density of about 263 pixels per inch.

The code is tied to the new keyboard size discovered in iOS 9 earlier on Monday, and was highlighted by developers Hiraku Wang and Steve Troughton-Smith. Although the actual code refers to a resolution of 1,366 by 1,024 pixels, Retina scaling implies a real hardware resolution of 2,732 by 2,048 pixels.

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iOS 9 beta code finds references to Apple TV apps, larger iPad keyboard, new features for Photos

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Date: Monday, June 15th, 2015, 09:28
Category: Apple TV, Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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It’s the beta code that also gives away some nifty hints as to what’s coming down the road.

According to noted iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith who made the discovery, the current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the “iPad Pro,” and new options in Photos.

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