Beats Is Using World Cup Fever To Promote Exclusive Early Access To Tracks

 Apple acquired a streaming music service with Beats, but how do you distinguish yourself in a market where one of the earliest movers still has an overwhelming percentage of mindshare? The key might be the unique advantages Beats has in terms of industry partnerships thanks to its deep recording scene roots, which could help it […]

Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

 The Transportation Department is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year. This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to enforce a set of rules for navigation apps on […]

Apple Starts Letting Bitcoin Transfer Apps Back Into Its App Store

 Apple’s Bitcoin freeze appears to be thawing fast, with bitcoin wallet apps that offer the ability to transfer BTC now filtering back into the App Store. The move was picked up by Coindesk yesterday which noted that the Coin Pocket BTC wallet app was back in the store. The Coin Pocket app allows users to send and […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook Described As Less Hands-On, More Interested In Broad Implications With iWatch

 Apple CEO Tim Cook is the subject of a new profile in the New York Times today, and the profile includes plenty of background information about the executive and his commitment to human rights and environmental issues. But it also contained some information about the rumored iWatch project, how it’s being put together behind the […]

Tech Giants Join Microsoft In Calling For US Gov To End Use Of Warrants To Demand Overseas Data

 Microsoft’s case to prevent the United States government from using search warrants to demand data that is not stored in the United States has picked up a number of high-profile backers, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon, AT&T, and, recently, Apple and Cisco. The final two filed a joint amicus brief, which details their protest of […]

One Developer’s Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

New submitter jackjeff (955699) writes with an excerpt from developer Aymeric Barthe about data loss suffered under Apple’s venerable HFS+ filesystem. HFS+ lost a total of 28 files over the course of 6 years. Most of the corrupted files are completely unreadable. The JPEGs typically decode partially, up to the point of failure. The raw […]

Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

 Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the […]

Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes Synaptics Inc., of touchpad fame, is acquiring Renesas SP Drivers Inc, a division of Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. Renesas SP is the exclusive supplier of Apple’s display driver chips for the iPhone. While Synaptics is a major supplier of touchscreen technology to clients such as Samsung, they have not done […]

Beats Solo 2 Review: Great Looks, Now With Better Sound

 Dr. Dre’s headphone company is now Apple’s headphone company, but the Beats Solo 2 were unveiled just after the acquisition and clearly developed long before Apple became involved. Still, the sequel to Beats’ flagship product is more than just a footnote to the acquisition story – they’re a huge improvement on the originals and a […]

Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes “The European Commission is to open a formal investigation into Apple, Starbucks and Fiat in relation to tax arrangements with three EU countries. The firms’ arrangements with Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will be investigated. Announcing the move, tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said that ‘fair tax competition is essential.’ Last year, a […]

Pinterest Snags Longtime Apple Alums To Head Up Engineering And Design

 Social pinboarding site Pinterest today announced that it has picked up two notable new hires, both longtime Apple alums, to head up its Engineering and Design departments. All that funding is not going to waste, it seems. Michael Lopp, who was previously a director of engineering at Palantir, will head Engineering; Bob Baxley, the former […]

Apple Patents A Weightlifting Tracking Sensor With Possible iWatch Integration

 Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO that relates to health tracking (via AppleInsider). It describes a standalone sensor that can be attached to weightlifting bars or other in-gym equipment to track repetitions and measure frequency, quality of movement and more using onboard accelerometers and processors. It would also be able to work […]