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Apple Music data added to Billboard 200 chart system

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Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Apple Music, News

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This is pretty interesting.

You know that incredibly complex group of sources that tallies the data for the Billboard charts? Apple is now part of it.

Music magazine Billboard has quietly added Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main gauge of popular music in the United States.

The Apple Music data is now part of the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the Hot 100 singles list and various other rankings, the magazine said. The Billboard 200 incorporates “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums” alongside conventional sales numbers.

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Status Board 2 released, adds new features, additional templates

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Date: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015, 07:58
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could be useful.

Panic has just released Status Board 2, an update to its data layout program that keeps track of assorted applications.

The new version features an updated user interface, new panel types, multiple board support, a customizable transition & delay, wallpapers, publish & subscribe support and more.

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Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company becoming cellular carrier for U.S., European markets

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Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 09:07
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

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Additional 46 banks and credit unions now support Apple Pay, bringing total to more than 425 in U.S.

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Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 08:00
Category: Finance, News

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With any luck, your bank or credit union is now among those supporting Apple Pay.

Apple has once again updated its Apple Pay web site, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425 and international support has begun over in the U.K.

The new list of banks and credit unions include the following:

1st United Services Credit Union

Align Credit Union

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Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for firmware worm that can directly target Macs

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 16:00
Category: Hack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security, Software

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It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

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Rumor: Apple testing new function that could allow Siri to transcribe your voicemails

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:07
Category: iOS, Rumor, Siri

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This could be nifty.

Apple is reportedly conducting internal testing to see if it can allow Siri to transcribe your voicemail messages into text, so that you can read them rather than having to listen to them.

The feature, if successful, will allow Siri to take your iCloud Voicemail messages as opposed to having them go to a standard digital audio recorder.

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Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display components

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Pictures, Uncategorized

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You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.

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Rumor: Apple to launch fourth-gen Apple TV, updated App Store this fall

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Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple TV, Developer, Processors, Rumor, Software

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We’ve been around this rumor before, but it seems to be picking up steam again.

A new report says that a fourth-generation Apple TV, App Store and all the trimmings will arrive in September. The new Apple TV will be unveiled along with the latest iPhones, and sport Appleā€™s A8 chip along with a slimmer look.

The new Apple TV will reportedly feature a control with a touchpad input, and feature Siri on board.

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This is Nifty: YourMoji allows for custom emoji creation from any image file

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Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015, 08:47
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Jason pointed this out and it looks interesting.

ScStan LLC’s YourMoji allows users to create and edit emojis and stickers directly from your iOS device.

Once created, the emojis can be sent via any social media and messaging app, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.

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Apple releases third public beta of OS X El Capitan operating system

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Date: Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 09:05
Category: Developer, News, Software

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If you’re feeling brave of heart, the new public beta of OS X El Capitan has been released and is ready for you to download and play with.

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The third public beta, which features no outward-facing changes, is thought to be an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.

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