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Apple decides on royalty rate of 0.2 cents per play during 90-day Apple Music free trial period

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Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Finance, News, Software


Apple’s decided on a royalty amount to pay the artists on Apple Music during its 90-day free trial.

And that number is 0.2 cents per play.

The New York Times is reporting that music executives close to the story have stated that Apple has negotiated 0.2 cents per play with the record labels. The amount is comparable to free tier rates paid by competing streaming services.


1Password for iOS updated to 5.4.3, includes bug fixes

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 09:41
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


1Password’s proven fairly infallible so far and its updates have been useful.

On that note, AgileBits announced the release of 1Password 5.4.3 for iOS. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:



Adobe pushes Flash Player, cites security vulnerabilities in previous versions

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 08:25
Category: News, security, Software


As useful as it may be, Adobe is still putting out fires with Flash Player.

The company issued a security update for its Flash Player on OS X, Windows, and Linux. In the bulletin, it cited that this update addresses a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain control and take over an affected system.

While Adobe notes that hackers have most commonly taken advantage of this vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit affected all users. To combat the issue, the company has pushed the build of Flash Player and is urging all users to update immediately.


Apple begins labeling Apple Maps camera vans in US, UK

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Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, 08:21
Category: News, Pictures, Software


The good news is that Apple is now labeling the camera-laden SUVs that may or may not be taking a picture of your house.

Weeks after confirming the existence of the vans, the minivans now sport a simple “Apple Maps” decal along the rear quarter panels, with the address of Apple’s Maps microsite below. Both decals appear to be set in Myriad, Apple’s marketing typeface of choice for years.


GMC, Buick announce wider array of CarPlay-compatible vehicles for 2016

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Date: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 08:48
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


Apple’s CarPlay feature is finding its way into more makes and models in the coming year.

General Motors has announced that select 2016 model year Buick and GMC vehicles will support CarPlay and Android Auto through the IntelliLink system, including the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2016 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Sierra. Buick and GMC will support CarPlay at the beginning of the model year and add Android Auto compatibility to select vehicles later in the model year.


Developer adapts Apple Watch to run Mac OS 7.5.5

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Date: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 08:32
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, Hack, News, Software, Wearables


I’m not sure how he did it, but developer Nick Lee managed to get Mac OS 7.5.5 running on his Apple Watch.

The developer started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device.

The icons are really too small to use, the screen is hard to see, but it works. And that’s all that matters.


Rumor: Next-gen iPhone display could feature Touch ID function, eliminate Home button

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 09:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The next-gen iPhone’s display may incorporate some interesting additional features.

The sometimes-reliable DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple is developing touch and display driver integration single-chip solutions for future iPhones. The chips are also said to include fingerprint sensors, which would allow for new iPhone designs without a home button, enabling the entire front panel to be the device’s display.

This syncs with Apple’s recent patents and acquisitions, which has signaled interest in moving Touch ID to the iPhone’s display.


Apple quietly pulls first-gen iPad mini from its online store

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 07:12
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, retail


The original iPad mini has disappeared into the night from the Apple online store.

Early Friday, Apple unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

The company offered no explanation as to why it was pulled and it’s presumed that this cleared out unsold inventory after sales of the tablet tapered off. The first-generation iPad mini is now largely outdated, sporting a 32-bit A5 processor and a non-Retina display.


Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to incorporate 7000 Series aluminum

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 10:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The next-gen iPhone may be getting a niftier aluminum body.

KGI Securities analyst and general dude-in-the-know Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions.


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


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 Appleā€™s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.

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