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This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Daniel Eran Dilger as we talk about the features we're looking forward to most from iOS 9, security vulnerabilities, and some of the problems of having a very large phone. Plus, Daniel discusses Apple Music, how it affects iTunes, and what it means to consumers. AppleInsider staff members Daniel Eran Dilger, Mikey Campbell, and Victor Marks discuss the top stories from Apple's 2015 Worldwide...
It appears that Apple and IBM have plans to stretch their mobile solutions partnership beyond enterprise and into the classroom, as the companies are co-developing an experimental app that provides teachers with real-time student data analytics. Building off "IBM MobileFirst for iOS," Apple and IBM have been working on an education package called the "Student Achievement App" for some time, the Coppell Gazette reported on Thursday. Tentatively scheduled to roll out as...
Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast to developers notifying them of new features added to App Analytics, including data for crashes, number of paying users and a ratios tool for comparing statistics. According to AppleInsider reader Andrew, Apple now provides data for tracking the number of times an app crashes per day, as filtered by platform, app version and operating system version. Prior to today, the service offered assets for measuring app performance based...
Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday. According to BuzzFeed, both Swift's label Big Machine Records and Apple confirmed "1989" will be unavailable for streaming when Apple Music launches later this month. Prior to today, rumors percolated that Apple somehow executed an industry coup by nabbing exclusive rights to...
Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time. As divulged by WikiLeaks, a materials access letter (PDF link) from Culver Digital Distribution, an entity associated with Sony Pictures Television, served as a formal agreement for "testing and/or...
Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday. A BuzzFeed-created mockup. The feature will see a team of editors compile stories using tweets with information, photos, and videos, and let people follow an event instead of individual people, BuzzFeed said. When the service goes live, a new tab will appear in the company's mobile apps showing recent or...
Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal. The company has filed for a pair of new touch-related inventions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that were published this week, as discovered by AppleInsider. The first, entitled "Touch and Hover Sensor Compensation," describes...
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service. The vote was split along party lines, with Democrats in favor, Bloomberg reported. In a statement, the FCC noted that poorer Americans are often dependent on phones for Internet access, and not being able to cover a data plan creates a disadvantage when trying to use...
Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours. via CNBC At press time, Fitbit --?which chose the ticker symbol FIT --?was trading at $30.12, a 50.75-percent increase after more than 44 millions had moved. Fitbit's initial public offering priced at $20 per share,...
Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board. The Apple Music microsite featuring a background video of FKA Twigs. In a Wednesday press release, Beggars Group --?which owns major indie labels 4ad, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings, and The Young Turks...
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