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Apple’s new premium music service reportedly launching by this summer

According to Billboard, Apple’s upcoming streaming service – the next evolution of Beats Music – could see a “possible” launch sometime in the spring, but is “certain” to reach consumers by summer. 9to5Mac reported on the revamped Beats-based service last week, putting forward iOS 8.4 as the update that could potentially put the on-demand, premium service into the hands of millions of iPhone users without making them download a standalone app. Apple is expected to integrate Beats’ features, curated playlists, and social/sharing functionality directly into the Music app, though 9to5Mac also suggested that development of Apple’s new premium music service hasn’t been going so smoothly, with one source calling the situation “a mess.”

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GMO apples that don’t brown so quickly have been approved by the USDA

The US Department of Agriculture has decided to deregulate two new apple varieties genetically engineered to resist browning, The New York Times reports. That means the apples, which will be marketed as Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, are approved for commercial planting.

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Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple’s iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they’re also good for hiding secret messages.

Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple’s terms and conditions for iCloud and found a story within the weeds. Titled “The Man who Agreed,” the pamphlet liberally applies CIA-style redaction to Apple’s original document, revealing the truth about how we often interact with these contracts. Meunier calls Apple’s EULA “perhaps one of the most overlooked and ambiguous agreements we make,” and says that “by clicking ‘I agree’ we accept rather odd conditions that we are not aware of because the very design of it is not intended to…

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Apple’s latest store display features iPad Smart Covers that open on their own

Apple appears to be employing magnets or otherwise real magic to lure shoppers into its Regent Street store in London. A new window display spotted there earlier today has a row of upright iPads with Smart Covers that open and close without human interaction, just in case you were unclear what the $ 39 accessory does.

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Protesters took over Apple’s iconic New York store tonight to send a message about Eric Garner

New Yorkers and people across the United States have united for the third day in a row in dramatic protests following the failure of state prosecutors and a grand jury to charge a police officer for killing Eric Garner: an unarmed man suspected of selling loose cigarettes. People across the political spectrum have expressed confusion, disbelief, and sadness over the injustice, and many are asking how a police officer who was caught on camera choking a man to death in broad daylight could be let completely off the hook without a trial. Garner’s case is the latest in a long string of horrifying deaths at the hands of police.

Many of the protests taking place across the country since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Missouri have…

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Macintosh designer is selling $1,900 replicas of Apple’s legendary pirate flag

Gift-giving season is right around the corner, and we know just the perfect gift for the Apple nut in your life. No, it’s not an iPhone case or a new iPad Air. It’s a $ 1,900 hand-painted pirate flag.

The Jolly Roger — sporting a classic, multi-colored Apple eyepatch — is central to Apple lore. The skunkworks team behind the original Macintosh hoisted the flag above their office on the Apple Campus as an embodiment of one of Steve Jobs’ most famous slogans: “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy.”

Back in 1983, when the Macintosh team moved into a new office building, programmer Steve Capps sewed together the black flag and asked graphic designer Susan Kare to paint the skull and crossbones on it. It’s said that the flag flew…

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Apple’s $450 million ebook settlement receives final court approval

Apple has received final court approval to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it harmed consumers by fixing the price of ebooks, according to Reuters. The settlement could have Apple paying $ 450 million — $ 400 million to consumers and $ 50 million to lawyers — but that’s only so long as Apple’s ongoing appeal of the federal ebook price-fixing verdict does not result in an overturned ruling, which previously found it guilty. In the event that the ruling is overturned, Apple will only owe $ 50 million to consumers and $ 20 million to lawyers.

The judge who approved the settlement was apparently wary to do so because of its unusual construction, but Reuters previously reported that she also felt it was unlikely that the ruling…

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Watch Jony Ive explain Apple’s design process in a rare public interview

Earlier this month, Apple chief designer Jony Ive appeared on stage for a rare interview during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. You can now watch the 25-minute-long interview on YouTube. Ive is characteristically deliberate with his words as he answers a number of questions posed by Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter. While Ive does let loose at one point, summarily criticizing those who mimic his designs, most of the interview provides a simple but intriguing view into a man who often keeps far from the public eye.

Ive certainly doesn’t let loose any of Apple’s closely-guarded secrets, but he does reveal a few details about the design process. A small team of roughly 17 is involved in the company’s core industrial design efforts,…

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 shows that tablet photography is here to stay

Not long after the original iPad debuted, I was home for the holidays and saw a husband take a picture of his wife at a bar with a BlackBerry PlayBook. Being from a small town that always seems a bit behind the times, it surprised me that he had the new PlayBook in the first place, let alone that it was his camera of choice.

It was an easy sight to laugh at then, and it’s remained an easy target — just look at how a large swath of Twitter reacted when, at today’s Apple event, Phil Schiller said that the iPad Air 2 is “the best viewfinder for composing your photos and your videos”:

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Jony Ive: companies that copy Apple’s style are stealing

When Jony Ive sees designs from other companies that closely mimic Apple’s, he isn’t flattered. Apple’s head of design told the audience at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit today that copying makes him angry. In response to a question about Xiaomi’s highly Apple-like designs, Ive said his feelings were “a bit harsh.” “I don’t see it as flattery,” he says, noting that he was speaking about the issue generally and not about Xiaomi specifically. “I actually see it as theft.” Xiaomi, for its part, has denied being an Apple copycat. But the perception has stuck.

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