Archive for November, 2015

Goodbye To Holga, The Wacky Camera Blast From The Past

holga3 The Holga is a medium format mechanical toy camera that became a fan favorite when it was launched in 1981. Now, thirty-four years later, the company that currently makes the camera has closed up shop and has thrown away all of the tooling. “There is nothing available for sale,” said the manufacturer. Freestyle Photograph Services announced the death in a blog post.… Read More

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John Biggs

November 30th

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Toymaker VTech Leaks Millions Of Parent Emails And Child Photos In Latest Massive Breach

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 5.17.07 PM In the first breach that seems to have hit both adults and children at the same time, interactive toy maker VTech has confirmed hackers have accessed private data including names, email addresses, and passwords as well as some mailing addresses and download history. The company claims that no credit card data was stolen but it seems that multiple headshots of parents and children are now in… Read More

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John Biggs

November 30th

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PSA: Beats Music shuts down today, here’s what changes and how to move to Apple Music

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Later today Apple is set to pull the plug on Beats Music and completely stop the service. The reason? After buying the subscription music service in a $3 billion deal that also included Beats headphones and speakers last year, Apple Music has now fully launched and replaces Beats Music. Any remaining subscribers will need to transfer from Beats Music to Apple Music immediately to avoid losing saved music libraries and playlists. The good news is Apple Music now has almost all of Beats Music’s features with only a few exceptions…

Both services costs $9.99/month for access to music catalogs that can be streamed or saved offline for playback, while Apple Music offers a 3-month free trial up front and a $14.99/month family plan for up to six users through Apple’s Family Sharing. Beats Music briefly offered a similar free trial and family package, but only to AT&T subscribers. Apple Music also features a bigger library of content and is available in many more countries, but switchers will likely notice a few tracks from Beats Music not make the jump to Apple Music.

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Apple Music recently launched as a public beta for Android 4.3 and later, replacing the discontinued Beats Music app on Google’s mobile platform, and later this month Sonos users will begin testing Apple Music streaming where Beats Music was previously available. While Apple Music is available to Windows users through iTunes on the desktop, there’s no replacement for the discontinued Beats Music app for Windows Phone users. The Beats Music web app (which requires Adobe Flash Player) is also not being replaced, but iTunes on the Mac also includes Apple Music. Apple TV 3 curiously gained a Beats Music app shortly after Apple bought the music service, but the new Apple TV 4 is required to fully access all the features of Apple Music on the big screen.

No matter how you used Beats Music, Apple Music should feel familiar with For You, New, and My Music features plus curated playlists that are very similar on both services. One quirky Beats Music feature called The Sentence which let you create radio stations based on MadLib-style questions does not make it over to Apple Music, however, but Apple Music includes a free Internet radio station called Beats 1 with actual radio DJ hosts.

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Apple Music has a rocky reputation and I worried early on about losing Beats Music after the acquisition, but the new service is available to a lot more people and includes a few unique features that other streaming services like Spotify don’t provide.

Finally, if you’ve made it to the last day of Beats Music and want to preserve your library through Apple Music, Apple has detailed a few steps for both iOS and Android users to ensure you don’t lose your music library or playlists. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users must have iOS 8.4 or later (iOS 9.1 is current) and be signed in to Beats Music version 2.3.4. Launching Music on iOS will prompt you to transfer content, and Beats Music credit will become iTunes credit.

Update: Apple released Beats Music version 2.3.5 overnight with a “Beats Music to Apple Music migration fix” for users.

Apple Music Android

 

It’s far more likely that some Beats Music users on Android have waited until now to transfer as Apple Music only recently came to the platform, and the process is very similar. First install the Apple Music beta for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later, then launch Beats Music version 1.2.7, be sure you’re signed in, then await the Getting Started prompt to begin the transfer. Apple notes that group plans through Family Sharing can only be setup after the transfer. Also important to note: Apple Music doesn’t yet work with Android tablets, smartphones only for now.

Now we wait for the lights to go out and watch Beats Music go completely dark…


Filed under: How-To, Apple Music Tagged: Android, Apple Music, Beats 1, Beats Music, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, WindowsPhone

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Zac Hall

November 30th

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Google Snags Former Tesla Autopilot Engineering Manager Robert Rose

Self-Driving With No Passengers The battle to make elite autonomous vehicles is on, and a major part of that is assembling teams that will carry out your plans. Today, it was reported that Google snagged Tesla’s former Autopilot software engineering manager, Robert Rose. Rose also spent five years at SpaceX, according to his LinkedIn profile. Read More

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Drew Olanoff

November 30th

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Apple Pay support for JCPenney store cards in testing with spring 2016 rollout goal

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JCPenney is following the lead set by Kohl’s and testing Apple Pay support for its store credit cards, according to a new report.

JCP shoppers in Texas are being added to a pilot program that allows them to set up their store cards on their mobile devices for use in stores. The program seems to be limited to only one store at the moment, with a full rollout planned for spring 2016.

Customers included in the trial will see the following notice when adding their card to Apple Pay:

JCPenney is running a pilot program available to cardholders residing in Dallas Ft. Worth and shopping at The Village at Fairview store. Cardholders nationwide will be able to add their JCPenney credit cards to their Wallets and pay using Apple Pay in spring 2016.

Apple first debuted support for store credit cards in Apple Pay as part of the iOS 9 software update in September. Only a few days ago, Kohl’s became the first retailer to enable this feature for its cards.


Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, JcPenney

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Mike Beasley

November 30th

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AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited plans in February (Updated)

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AT&T subscribers who previously had unlimited data plans back in the iPhone 3G era and have managed to hang onto that plan are in for their first price increase in seven years, a source with knowledge of the matter has informed 9to5Mac.

Update: AT&T has now publicly announced the change. Additional information has been added below.

The price jump won’t be huge—the almost-too-good-to-be-true rate of $30 will increase to just $35—but it does open the door to further tinkering later down the line, which may make some customers a little uneasy. The change will go into effect in February 2016.

As is currently the case, talk and text costs will be separate from the data fee. Throttling thresholds will also remain unchanged, giving customers 22 GB of high-speed data before the slow-down kicks in.

For users who aren’t pleased with the new fare, AT&T has confirmed that it will allow customers to end their contract with no early termination fee within 60 days of the price increase.

For comparison, T-Mobile recently raised its own unlimited data price for new customers (but not existing ones) along with the announcement of its “Un-carrier X” offer, though that was a much larger jump of $15. Verizon also updated its own unlimited plan recently with a $20 price hike for all subscribers, making AT&T’s increase the most “generous” of the bunch.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, T-Mobile, unlimited data, Verizon

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Mike Beasley

November 30th

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Apple’s Tim Cook to receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 2015 Ripple of Hope Award

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Early next month, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with its 2015 Ripple of Hope Award honoring leaders in commitment to social change. Cook has described RFK as a personal hero on multiple occasions over the years.

The Apple chief is being honored with the award alongside Congressman John Lewis, Evercore co-founder Roger Altman; and UNESCO Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization said the Ripple of Hope Award “lauds leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change and reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to ‘make gentle the life of this world.’

Cook has been increasingly vocal in recent years about his dedication to fighting discrimination and inequality, both in his personal life and at Apple where he’s started several initiatives since taking over as CEO. Earlier this year Cook was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s National Visibility Award for his efforts.

The Apple CEO has also partnered with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization in the past, including auctioning off sit-down lunch dates with himself and tickets to Apple keynote events. The last auction raised over $200,000 for the charity.

Cook will be presented with the 2015 Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony in New York on December 8.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: RFK, Robert F Kennedy, Tim Cook

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Jordan Kahn

November 30th

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Mac

Effortlessly Cleanse And Monitor The Air In Your Home With Blueair’s Sense+ And Aware

blueair_sense_0.jpg Air shouldn’t really be something you have to spend too much time thinking about. You breathe it in, then breathe out. All good. Unfortunately, sometimes air quality sucks and you have to invest in an air purifier, which you then generally have to spend too much time thinking about how to operate. Read More

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Lucas Matney

November 30th

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LucidCam Hits Its $100K Campaign Goal, Team Partners With Sephora On VR Content

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 10.47.12 AM When we first met the team building the LucidCam, they aimed to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo. They found their 264 backers to get them there. Their goal is to bring the ability to shoot immersive virtual reality content with a camera that fits in your pocket. And at a reasonable price ($299). I caught up with Lucid’s CEO, Han Jin, to see what’s next. TC: You hit your goal. Any… Read More

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Drew Olanoff

November 30th

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Mobile

Amazon’s Drone Video Is The Perfect Devious Holiday Ad Campaign

prime-air_04 Amazon showed off a brand new Amazon Prime Air video yesterday. While it’s interesting to see that the project is still alive and moving forward, you can’t help but think that Amazon is trying to boost its holiday sales and public image with Prime Air. Read More

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Romain Dillet

November 30th

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