Apple agrees deal with social video app Musical.ly

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Apple wants to appeal to tween and teen users.
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Apple has reportedly teamed up with popular music video app Musical.ly, a music-themed video social network app for video creation, messaging, and live broadcasting.

Starting today, Apple Music will be the service that supplies the songs for the app, replacing the U.K.-based provider 7digital.

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Hey, Siri! Apple finalizing designs for new smart speaker

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The Amazon Echo lights up when it recognizes you are making a request.
The Amazon Echo is one of the most innovative tech products in recent years.
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Apple is currently finalizing designs for its Amazon Echo competitor, claims renowned Apple tipster Sonny Dickson.

According to Dickson, the Echo rival is likely be “marketed as an Siri/AirPlay device,” representing the next step in Siri’s evolution. It is also set to involve some form of Beats technology, and will run an operating system based on iOS. Color us cautiously intrigued!

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Laurene Powell Jobs will talk philanthropy at next month’s Code Conference

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Laurene Powell Jobs (center) at the Female Founders Conference 2016 in San Francisco.
Laurene Powell Jobs (center) at the Female Founders Conference 2016 in San Francisco.
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Laurene Powell Jobs may be best known to Apple fans as Steve Jobs’ widow but, as a longtime philanthropist with decades of experience, she’s carved out an impressive solo career.

Having kept a fairly low profile since her husband’s death in 2011, next month Powell Jobs will speak at the Code Conference about her approach to philanthropy. Her appearance will take the form of an unscripted onstage conversation.

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Today in Apple history: Psystar’s clone Macs go rogue

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After a battle with Apple over Mac clones, this T-shirt is all Psystar will be selling.
After a battle with Apple over Mac clones, this T-shirt is all Psystar will be selling.
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April27 April 27, 2008: Psystar’s first Mac clones ship to customers. The new Open Computer means that, for the first time since the mid-1990s, there’s no need to assemble a “hackintosh” to run OS X on a non-Apple computer.

Unlike the last clone Macs, however, these low-priced computers don’t come with Cupertino’s blessing. Naturally, a fight ensues.

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Apple expands Mac Pro trademark to include augmented reality tech

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The Magic Toolbar could be a baby step toward augmented reality.
Could augmented reality tech arrive on a future Mac Pro?
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple updated its Mac Pro trademark to include “augmented reality displays, goggles, controllers, headsets, and 3D spectacles,” alongside a range of other categories.

The additions come shortly after Apple acknowledged that its current Mac Pro doesn’t fulfill all the needs of its pro customers, promising that a new model with a modular design is currently in the works.

With some very interesting features, if this trademark update is to be believed!

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Stomped for iOS will keep you snowboarding in style

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An ultra-stylish minimalist snowboarder? Yes please!
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We were massive fans of Alto’s Adventure, the stunningly minimalist endless runner sidescroller which arrived on iOS a couple of years back. If you can’t get enough of that game’s style, you may also be interested to hear about an upcoming iOS snowboarder, called Stomped.

Built around 36 beautifully hand-crafted levels, in which gamers must pull off big jumps and even bigger scores, Stomped looks like it could among the most stylish and fun games of the year. And it’s not even out yet!

Check out its trailer below.

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Final Cut Pro X hits massive 2 million users milestone

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Final Cut Pro X is one of the most widely-used video editing tools around.
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2017-era Apple doesn’t brag about adoption figures in the same way the company used to under Steve Jobs. But at this week’s annual National Association of Broadcasters conference it made an exception.

Specifically, Apple revealed that it now has 2 million users of its Final Cut Pro X video-editing software, five years after launching the tenth version of the program.

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Today in Apple history: Beginning of the end for Mac OS Copland

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Copland never saw the light of day.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

April 26 April 26, 1996: Apple’s eagerly anticipated, but much delayed, Copland operating system for Mac suffers a fatal blow when the senior VP in charge of the project leaves the company.

David C. Nagel, Apple’s chief technologist, previously promised Mac OS Copland would ship to users by mid-1996 at the latest. With that deadline no longer appearing accurate, he leaves Apple for a job running AT&T Laboratories.

It’s yet another sign that Apple’s top-to-bottom operating system upgrade is in major trouble.

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Thieves steal $24,000 of devices from Corte Madera Apple store

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Devices are clearly missing on some of the desk displays.
Photo: Amy Hollyfield/Twitter

Five thieves thought to be in their late teens and early twenties stole $24,000 worth of products from the Apple store in Corte Madera, California, in a brazen attack Monday night.

The gang entered the store shortly after 8 p.m., then grabbed 17 iPhones, three iPads and two Macs in front of a small group of customers. The culprits fled, and police are still searching for them.

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