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More than two months after its acquisition of Beats was announced, Apple on Friday officially added the Beats Music streaming audio app to the App Store's featured "Made by Apple" list. While the free Beats Music app now holds a place on the "Made by Apple" App Store page, the title's developer is still listed as Beats Music, LLC., in line with Apple's promise to keep the firm a separate brand entity. Beats first launched its subscription-based streaming app and...
Apple on Friday added a new tier to its official leadership page, listing five corporate vice presidents and spotlighting some of its diversity beyond the more well-known CEO and senior vice presidents. Paul Deneve of special projects, Linda Jackson of environmental initiatives, Joel Podolny of Apple University, Johny Srouji of hardware technologies, and Denise Young Smith of human resources are all now part of the "Apple Leadership" page. Two of them --?Deneve and...
As part of its partnership with Apple, the Fair Labor Association has conducted an independent audit of supplier Quanta, and discovered that the company's factories were responsible for some labor violations, including excessive overtime and hiring fees. The FLA's assessments were published Friday, but actually represent data from visits conducted by the association a year ago, in August of 2013. The FLA visited Quanta facilities in Shanghai and Changshu, looking for...
The U.S. Justice Department is in the process of deciding whether to revise the laws regarding music royalty rates --?changes that could have an effect on Apple's streaming music offerings Beats Music and iTunes Radio. The music industry is currently trying to overturn the current licensing rules, which are heavily regulated by the government. At the moment, the industry is required to license songs to anyone who wishes to rebroadcast at a reasonable rate. The two...
The official website of the city of Fuzhou, in the People's Republic of China, on Thursday posted a now-retracted statement saying that Apple had completed the transfer of iCloud data to a Jiangxi Province datacenter owned by China Telecom. Apple on Friday then confirmed that it is in fact using China Telecom data centers to store iCloud user data locally. The original announcement, since deleted According to the statement, Apple began the project -- which was completed...
Piling onto Apple's anti-poaching courtroom saga, a new lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of shareholders for financial losses related to alleged misconduct by senior directors, including late cofounder Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook. Apple "Hands Off (Do Not Call List)" from 2009. Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California this week, the derivative shareholder complaint prepared by attorneys for plaintiff R. Andre Klein accuses Apple...
Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted marketing chief Phil Schiller's call to undertake the "ice bucket challenge" to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association, an activity that quickly gained steam in the U.S. thanks to social media. Source: Instagram user paige_staple After completing the challenge himself on Wednesday, Schiller tagged Cook in a Twitter post calling for the Apple CEO to also get doused. As seen in the screenshot above, taken from a now-removed video by...
Beats Music on Thursday published a short 22-minute documentary on Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," a landmark film dealing with race in America celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The video, titled "Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience," follows writer, director and star Lee as he tours the two-block area where most of the film was shot. Accompanying the filmmaker is actor Danny Aiello, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of...
Apple rival Samsung on Thursday confirmed the purchase of SmartThings, extending the Korean company's reach into the world of connected, app-controllable devices like lights, motion sensors, switches and locks. According to Re/code sources, Samsung paid around $200 million for SmartThings and will keep the company independent, leaving CEO and founder Alex Hawkinson in charge of operations. The purchase was subsequently announced by SmartThings through its official...
A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store on Thursday, as WebMD added new coaching options to its Healthy Target feature, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 became a free-to-play game, and Sony released a new music app that will give iOS users a discount on one album each day. WebMD Healthy Target, which debuted last month, is designed to give users actionable data about their health based on analysis of biometric information. The latest update adds personalized coaching...
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