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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Apple initiates 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program for 3TB hard drives shipped with some 27-inch iMacs

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Date: Monday, June 22nd, 2015, 13:52
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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This is Apple admitting it goofed.

Apple has initiated a 3TB Hard Drive Replacement program for 3 terabyte hard drives ordered on 27-inch iMacs manufactured between December 2012 and September 2013 in which the company will replace the drive for free.

Apple has stated that the drive can fail “under certain conditions.” The service will be performed at your local apple Store or at a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front-facing camera for FaceTime, etc.

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 12:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.

And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.

Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.

As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed without an iPhone in Bluetooth range.

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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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