Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Shazam, could add company’s technologies to audio/music assets

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple, Apple Music, Finance, Rumor, Siri

With Spotify gradually moving towards a public offering, it seems that Apple is looking to acquire yet another music property. Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advertisement in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search.

It’s been said that the deal is being signed this week, and will be announced on Monday, although that could always change.

One source has stated that the deal could take place for around £300 million ($401 million). Other figures that have been cited are lower than the $1.02 billion (according to PitchBook) post-money valuation Shazam had in its last funding round, in 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2018, 6.1-inch unit could feature LCD screen, metal back

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:16
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

Late Wednesday night, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. The update, a roughly 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain third-party USB audio devices.

– Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview.

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MarsEdit 4.0.1 out the door, offers new features, fixes

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 03:12
Category: Uncategorized

It’s come a long way in 10 years.

Recently, Red Sweater Software announced the release of MarsEdit 4.0.1, the newest version of its blog creation software.

The new version, a 14.5 megabyte download from the Mac App Store offers the following major fixes and changes:

– A new look, a more modern toolbar and a cleaner interface.

– Enhanced WordPress support, including the ability to set the featured image for posts, select Post Format, and to see and change the author of published posts.

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Amazon Prime Video app arrives for tvOS, supports third-gen or later Apple TV units

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Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 03:35
Category: Amazon, News, Software, TvOS

You’ve been hankering for it and it’s here.

Months after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement of it back at WWDC in June, the Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV is here. The app, which is designed for tvOS, may not show up in a tvOS app store search, but can generally be located by searching for “Amazon” in the tvOS app store, selecting the Amazon Shopping app, and finding the new Prime Video app in the “More by this Developer” section at the bottom of the page.

The app requires a third-generation or later Apple TV device to install and run.

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Apple releases watchOS 4.2, includes Apple Pay Cash service for Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 03:41
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, HomeKit, News, retail, Software, Wearables

You can now use your Apple Watch to send and receive money via the new Apple Pay Cash service.

Apple on Tuesday launched watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch, allowing for this feature.

The final release comes after four beta builds were issued to developers and public testers. Apple Pay Cash began rolling out on iOS devices on Monday.

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Apple releases tvOS 11.2 update, adds live sports, video display mode switching features

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 03:42
Category: News, Software, TvOS

Only a few days after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth-gen Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K.

The most notable change is the addition of the Sports section to TV. The “Sports” tab joins the previous options of “Watch Now,” “Library,” “Store” and “Search.” It features quick links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred.

The new TV app feature list includes alerts for when a team is about to play, allowing users to begin streaming a game as soon as it starts. Supported leagues include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, college football, men’s college basketball and more.

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Apple adds mid-2011 Mac mini to obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, News

As much of a workhorse the mid-2011 Mac mini is, Apple has just added it to its obsolete products list.

Mid-2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers.

As such, neither Apple nor Apple Authorized Service Providers will repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, which has now exceeded the five year limits since it was last manufactured, except where required by law. There is an exception for California and Turkey, where mid-2011 Mac mini owners can still obtain service and repairs for up to two additional years.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate flexible circuit boards made from liquid crystal polymers in next-gen products

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, MacBook, retail, Rumor

Analyst and assorted Mac guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued a new investor note stating the Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets currently use a new flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer. Both phones use it in their antenna designs, while the iPhone X also uses it in its TrueDepth camera. This LCP FPCB technology allows for high-speed and low-latency data transfer.

Kuo has stated that manufacturer Career is presently working on incorporating this technology into the MacBook notebook lineup. Such a practice would allow Apple to save a considerable amount of internal space inside the casing as well as allow for easier adoption of USB 3.2 and other I/O ports.

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iOS 11.2 released over the weekend, adds Apple Pay Cash, improved wireless charging, chases down date bug which could cause a soft reset loop

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple Pay Cash, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

It’s pretty unusual for Apple to release a major iOS update over the weekend, but the company did this with iOS 11.2, which, among other changes, offers support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

The update seems to have been released early to handle a recently discovered date bug that can cause springboard to crash, rendering an affected device barely usable.

It’s also been noted that the update, which was released on December 2nd, seems to share the same creation time as the betas, which did not suffer from the date bug.

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