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Dr Dre said to be starring in Apple Music’s first original series called Vital Signs

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When Apple bought Beats back in 2014, it got a headphone/speaker line and the foundation for what became Apple Music. Now it appears that Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr Dre is going to be playing an even bigger role in the company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is currently producing an original series called Vital Signs with Dr Dre as the show’s star. It’s a new move for Apple, creating original video content, and one that is expected to be used to promote Apple Music.

While rumors of Apple developing a streaming TV package have been up and down over the last few years, there has been talk separately in recent months that Apple could be interested in creating original content as well. But Vital Signs is said to be distributed over Apple Music, not iTunes specifically or a new streaming package, which follows similar moves from Google’s YouTube to promote subscriptions.

THR notes that the series will run six-episodes long at around 30 minutes each with Apple funding the project. The series itself is described as a “semi-autobiographical” drama, which suggests it could resemble the film Compton that Apple Music made a point to promote along an exclusive soundtrack.

While technically a half-hour, the show is not a comedy. Instead, it is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex. In fact, an episode filming Monday and Tuesday this week featured an extended orgy scene. Sources tell THR  naked extras simulated sex in a mansion in the Bird Streets neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. (Dre’s wife Nicole Threatt Young was on set to witness the shenanigans, one insider says.)

The series is expected to be released all at once when it’s complete, although filming is still ongoing and the project hasn’t been officially announced. The report also notes that similar projects aren’t currently in development, although other series with artists on Apple Music remain possible.

The focus of the Vital Signs project seems to be promoting Apple Music through exposure and a likely-exclusive series. Dr Dre currently hosts a regularly scheduled radio show on Apple Music’s Internet streaming Beats 1 station as well.

Apple has previously experimented with Apple Music as a video platform as well. Music videos are already available on the platform, and late last year Apple Music exclusively carried Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour film for subscribers.


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February 12th

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Apple quietly launches Mac Pro (Late 2013) Repair Program for graphics card/video issues

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Apple is launching a new Mac Pro Repair Extension Program to address complaints of video related issues with select models of its latest high-end desktop offering, 9to5Mac has learned. We obtained the notice (pictured below) that Apple this week sent out to its authorized service providers detailing the new program and those eligible for repairs or replacements. 

In the notice, Apple notes that Mac Pros manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015 are eligible for repairs due to issues with the machine’s graphics cards that “may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.”

Apple goes into a bit more detail about the symptoms eligible for repair:

  • Distorted or scrambled video on the external display
  • No video on the external display even though the computer is on
  • Computer freezes or restarts unexpectedly
  • Computer will not start up

Apple has instructed staff and authorized service providers to fix eligible Mac Pros showing signs of graphics issues at no charge to the customer. The repair will consist of Apple swapping out the graphics card and on average will take 3-5 days.

And here’s a look at Apple’s internal notice to employees and service providers:

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Apple hasn’t publicly announced the program, and it’s unclear if it might do so at a later point or leave it to retail staff and authorized service providers to inform customers on a case by case basis. A search on Apple’s support forums does show lengthy threads with a number of users complaining of similar problems with the Mac Pro including both machines that fall within Apple’s guidelines for eligibility and some that don’t.

While this is the first repair program launched for the Mac Pro (Late 2013), Apple in February of last year launched a repair extension program for MacBook Pros manufactured between 2011 and 2013 due to similar graphics related issues.


Filed under: AAPL Company, Mac Tagged: Apple, freezing, Graphics, Mac Pro, repair program, restarts, shut downs, video

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Jordan Kahn

February 6th

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This action-packed ski video was shot entirely on an iPhone 
 and it’s incredible

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With the advancement of compact camera technology, products like the GoPro have really taken off in terms of use in sports and other action-based activities. While the iPhone has almost always had one of the best mobile cameras, its adoption in those fields has been somewhat behind. Today, however, 25-year-old Nicolas Vuignier has shared an incredible video on YouTube showcasing himself skiing down a mountain in Sweden, with all of the footage being shot on an iPhone.

As you can see, this isn’t your normal shaky-cam ski video. This looks like it was shot with something a lot more professional than the iPhone. Throughout the video, Vuignier swings his iPhone around him while skiing, giving a 360 degree view of the adventure. Slow motion footage is also integrated into the final product.

It’s unclear exactly how the video was shot, but Vuignier says a “making of” video is coming soon. In the video, you can vaguely see the outline of at least one wire that Vuignier is using to swing the iPhone around him, but it’s unclear how the phone is mounted. TNW says that the setup, which Vuignier calls Centriphone, was created with a 3D printer and the video was filmed at 240fps. Vuignier hopes to release the template he used to make his phone mount available to the public so anyone can create a video like his.

It’s definitely an amazing video, especially considering that it was shot entirely on an iPhone. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple is brining back its award-winning Shot on iPhone ad campaign to highlight the camera capabilities of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone 7 is rumored to adopt a twin-camera setup that could potentially allow features like optical zoom to make their way to the iPhone, at least in the Plus model, so these should only get better.

Watch Vuignier’s video below:


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Camera, iPhone, video

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February 5th

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An internal 128GB iPhone storage upgrade? Only at the Shenzhen market
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You can get just about anything at the Shenzhen market in China, and that apparently includes an on-the-spot internal storage upgrade for your iPhone (in addition to a long list of counterfeit Apple products). It’s a service that, save for perhaps the most hardcore DIYers, is unheard of stateside.

Apple charges a $100 premium each time you bump up to a higher capacity iPhone, but at the Shenzhen market this third-party upgrade costs only around $60 to go from a 16GB model to 128GB. The 128GB iPhone model would normally be a $200 premium over the 16GB model retail price, and that’s not accounting for the fact you’d also have to purchase a new device. You can also get an upgrade to 32GB for $20 or 64GB for $35. 

The process takes around 30 minutes and sees a Shenzhen market employee taking apart the iPhone and replacing the device’s internal flash storage with a new 128GB chip from Toshiba. And all of the device’s storage is transferred to the new chip, so you don’t lose any data in the process and can continue using the device with everything intact from before the upgrade.

The upgrade apparently works for iPhone 6, iPad Air and older devices with around 50 upgrades per day done at the Shenzhen market alone, according to the full video below courtesy of local company BeSound.

And not surprisingly, getting this type of upgrade from a third-party will completely void your warranty with Apple. But — Shenzhen aside— we aren’t holding our breath for seeing a similar service become popular stateside, as Apple will likely not be too happy about an unauthorized third-party cracking open iPhones, voiding warranties, and undercutting its lucrative margins on flash storage in the various iPhone models.

For the rest of us there are great external storage add-ons for iPhone that can be a solid solution for those running out of space. Lightning to USB thumb drives— like the one Hyper recently showed off at CES— is one way of getting some extra storage while on the go. And there are versions that accept microSD cards if that’s more your style.

Check out the full video of the upgrade being performed below:


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 128GB, DIY, Flash, how to, Huaqiang Bei, internal storage, iPhone, memory, Shenzhen market, Storage, Toshiba, Upgrade, video

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Jordan Kahn

February 3rd

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YouTube Said To Be Working to Stream Live 360 Video

There’s no denying that 360 video is wonderful, immersive and, in some cases, almost exhilarating. But YouTube isn’t content: Apparently it’s building capabilities that will allow it to stream 360-degree video live.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 3rd

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Latest Apple Campus 2 flyover gives up close look as exterior nears completion [Video]

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Apple’s under construction Campus 2 building in Cupertino is rapidly taking shape as this latest flyover video from Duncan Sinfield shows.

The video gets us as close to the site as we’ve seen yet with the video showing a ton of progress made on the main circular building that will house a large portion of the total 13,000 or so employees the campus will hold.

Evidence that Apple is nearing completion on at least the exterior of the main building can be seen at around 45 seconds in the video where Sinfield notes you can see the roof being lifted in place, and we also get our best shot yet at the large glass panels Apple has been installing on the main building as of a few months back.

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In addition, the flyover also gives us a tour of progress on the surrounding campus including the parking structure, auditorium and other buildings now nearing completion. As noted in the full video below, Apple can be seen putting the finishing touches on the entrance to its large underground auditorium located on-site but away from the main building. We previously got an up-close look at inside the auditorium before Apple recently put the roof on, as can be seen in the video below.

We’ve been keeping track of the project since before Apple broke ground at the site, and we’ve compiled a timeline of the progress that we’re continually updating with the latest drone flyovers, official shots from the City of Cupertino and Apple, and news surrounding the project.

The company plans to start moving in sometime after completion currently scheduled for the end of the year.

Head below for the full flyover video:


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 4k, Apple, auditorium, campus 2, Cupertino, drone, exterior, flyover, glass panels, roof, video

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Jordan Kahn

February 1st

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Netflix Is Already Blocking US Content Streamed via VPN in Australia

Earlier this month, Netflix announced that it was cracking down on VPNs and proxies used to access video in other countries. It wasn’t an empty threat: the company has started blocking US content that’s accessed that way from Australia.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 22nd

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Apple shares new Apple TV ad highlighting popular tvOS apps

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Apple this evening has shared a new advertisement for the its Apple TV set-top box. This ad continues the trend of the company highlighting the tvOS App Store that is available on the device, showcasing a handful of the most popular applications available so far. The ad is entitled “Apple TV – The Future of TV is Apps,” which is a slogan Apple has used since the launch of the device back in October.

In the ad, which can be viewed below, Apple showcases a variety of different apps for tvOS. The ad highlights apps such as Netflix, ESPN, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now. Apple seems to have made a point to show off several different categories of apps, including entertainment, food, and games.

Apple has ramped up marketing for the fourth-gen Apple TV since its release in October. It has launched a nationwide billboard campaign showing off the device, as well as a variety of TV ads. One ad from last month showcased tvOS apps as well as the content available from iTunes. Apple also released a series of shorter clips in November, each focusing on a specific app.

The ad closes with the multicolored bars that Apple has used in most of its recent Apple TV ads, with the slogan “The future of television” appearing overtop. You can view the latest Apple TV ad below:


Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: ad, Apple TV, Apps, Games, video

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Chance Miller

January 22nd

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Apple shares new Apple TV ad highlighting popular tvOS apps

Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 7.22.41 PM

Apple this evening has shared a new advertisement for the its Apple TV set-top box. This ad continues the trend of the company highlighting the tvOS App Store that is available on the device, showcasing a handful of the most popular applications available so far. The ad is entitled “Apple TV – The Future of TV is Apps,” which is a slogan Apple has used since the launch of the device back in October.

In the ad, which can be viewed below, Apple showcases a variety of different apps for tvOS. The ad highlights apps such as Netflix, ESPN, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now. Apple seems to have made a point to show off several different categories of apps, including entertainment, food, and games.

Apple has ramped up marketing for the fourth-gen Apple TV since its release in October. It has launched a nationwide billboard campaign showing off the device, as well as a variety of TV ads. One ad from last month showcased tvOS apps as well as the content available from iTunes. Apple also released a series of shorter clips in November, each focusing on a specific app.

The ad closes with the multicolored bars that Apple has used in most of its recent Apple TV ads, with the slogan “The future of television” appearing overtop. You can view the latest Apple TV ad below:


Filed under: Apple TV Tagged: ad, Apple TV, Apps, Games, video

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Chance Miller

January 22nd

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CornerTube for iPad lets you quickly watch picture-in-picture YouTube videos on iOS 9

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With iOS 9 being out for nearly five months now, you would’ve expected all the top video apps to already be including picture-in-picture for the iPad. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with YouTube and a few others. If you’re feeling the hurt from not being able to catch up on your favorite YouTuber’s latest videos while multitasking around your iPad, then check out CornerTube, a new YouTube utility app focused on PIP. CornerTube lets users quickly jump into videos on YouTube, all the while enabling that missing PIP feature. It gets even better once you start utilizing the included Today widget in Notification Center and Action extension in other apps.

With no word in sight on when it will be enabled in the official app, multiple others have offered up their own solutions on a YouTube and PIP feature. CornerTube’s lightweight app has taken that a step further, all the while looking to make the video watching experience faster. The app focuses on getting the user into watching the video they want, without trying to be a full-blown YouTube replacement app. The Today Widget captures any copied YouTube link from the clipboard and places it into your Notification Center, and the Action extension allows you to launch directly into a video from a YouTube link. These are really great when browsing through your Twitter feed when you want to hop right into watching the latest discovered video without leaving the app you’re already using.

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The app itself is extremely clean with a focused simplicity on search and finding the content you want immediately. Type in a search term, and you’re presented with a thumbnail grid of all the results. This quickly removes some of the annoyances I have whenever I launch YouTube to watch a single video. I don’t need to see all the recommended channels or videos load before my desired video loads.

CornerTube Widget

CornerTube’s Today widget is a nice addition for those times that I want to watch a video soon, but not far enough out that I would try to add it to my ‘Watch Later’ playlist. The most recent copied YouTube link gets placed into the Today Widget, where you can tap and launch directly into watching it. I really see myself using this whenever I find that latest movie trailer, but can’t quite pull myself away just this second. It also lets you quickly jump between YouTube’s app and CornerTube’s app with PIP ready to go.

CornerTube Extension

CornerTube also includes a really nice Action extension. Personally, I feel this is the most powerful part of the app. Being able to launch directly into a YouTube video using this Action extension is perfect when skimming through Tweetbot. Just tap and hold on a link and launch directly into CornerTube using the ‘Send To CornerTube’ option. The result is the ability to view the YouTube video with picture-in-picture, while going right back to browsing Tweetbot in this example.

CornerTube is available on iOS 9 for iPad via the App Store for $1.99. Picture-in-Picture is available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and iPad mini 2 or later models. Give CornerTube a try and let us know what you think about the utility, and why you think YouTube is taking its time to support this feature.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple, extensions, Google, iOS, iOS 9, iPad, iPad Pro, Notification Center, Picture in Picture, PIP, video, widgets, YouTube

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January 21st

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