Apple Music subscribers get CBS Sports Radio

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Apple Music fans have a new channel to enjoy.
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Apple Music fans in the United States can now listen to CBS Sports Radio as part of their subscription package, bringing the total number of news and sports radio channels on the service to nine.

“CBS Sports Radio delivers this to fans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it’s an ideal next step to launch a channel on Apple Music, one of the most popular streaming services today, as yet another way we continue to meet the evolving desires of this passionate audience anywhere and everywhere,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio.

Kodak smartphone still shooting for photographers

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The Kodak Ektra is a camera with a smartphone built in.
The Kodak Ektra is a camera with a smartphone built in.
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It was a pretty bold move for the pioneering but fading photography icon Kodak to launch a smartphone dedicated to serious photographers one month after Apple’s release of the highly anticipated iPhone 7 Plus.

The Android handset was released in Europe and Australia and some lackluster reviews soon followed. But Kodak and its partner in smartphones, Bullitt, still have high hopes in putting the Kodak Ektra in the hands of more photographers.

India won’t rule out Apple manufacturing incentives

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Will 2017 be the year we finally get iPhones that are designed in California, made in India?
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Indian officials are reportedly keeping an “open mind” with regards to Apple’s demands in return for considering producing iPhones in the country.

“We will very much like Apple to come and have a base in India,” Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters earlier today.

Super Mario explores Liberty City in hilarious GTA mod

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Not even Mario is safe in Liberty City.
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By now you’ve probably already seen the new Super Mario Odyssey trailer for Nintendo Switch, in which everyone’s favorite plumber ventures into the real world for the first time. But what if that world wasn’t created by Nintendo?

The hilarious mod below puts Mario in Grand Theft Auto 4’s terrifying Liberty City, and he looks to be having a whale of a time.

Tim Cook’s impressive career in 90 seconds

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How Tim Cook got to where he is today.
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There may be disagreement over whether Tim Cook’s Apple is a more predictable, less interesting one than Steve Jobs’ Apple, but one thing that’s for certain is that Cook has enjoyed a heckuva rise to power.

In a new video created by the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper, a 90-second recap of Cook’s career so far shows how he went from a kid growing up in Alabama to the head of the world’s most valuable tech company, with a net worth of $785 million.

Check it out below.

Today in Apple history: Remember Franklin’s Apple II clone?

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The Franklin Ace 1200 was, in some ways, a literal copy of the Apple II.
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Jan18January 18, 1983: Computer manufacturer Franklin Electronic Publishers announces its Franklin Ace 1200 computer, one of several Apple II clones the company made.

Franklin’s line of unauthorized Apple clones (unlike the later official clone Macs in the 1990s) becomes the center of an important legal battle, in which a U.S. court decides whether or not a company can protect its operating system by copyright.

Simple text message crashes almost any iPhone

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Three characters is all it takes to freeze your iPhone.
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Apple makes iOS more secure with almost every update it rolls out, but there’s always a glitch somewhere that slips through the net.

The latest is a bug in iMessage that allows any iPhone running iOS 10 to iOS 10.1.1 to be crashed with a simple text message.

Stanford will hand out 1,000 Apple Watches for new health program

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Stanford believes in the wellness possibilities of the Apple Watch
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Stanford University has launched a new program, offering faculty members and instructors up to 1,000 Apple Watches and $10,000 in funding to investigate how Apple’s wearable device can be used in healthcare.

“This seed grant program is designed to stimulate and support creative uses of the Apple Watch to address important issues in healthcare,” the Center for Digital Health’s website notes. “We are particularly interested in high impact projects that will positively influence the selected study population and/or clinical workflow.”

Former employee explains how Tim Cook made Apple boring

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Tim Cook wants to keep peace at Apple.
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Tim Cook’s kinder, gentler management style is the biggest reason why 2016 was one of the most boring years for Apple in recent memory, according to a former employee of the company.

Steve Jobs was notorious for inciting conflict and competition between top employees, which him a controversial leader but also birthed some of the most iconic tech products ever (iMac, iPod and iPhone). After Cook took over, he worked to eliminate conflict within Cupertino’s walls and made employees less passionate, claims ex-Apple employee Bob Burrough.

Apple Music execs discuss the future of music streaming

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Bozoma Saint John is in charge of hyping Apple Music.
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The future of Apple Music will be a lot less focused on music and more about pop culture, according to three of Apple’s top employees working on the project.

Beats One DJ Zane Lowe, marketing guru Bozoma Saint John and Apple Music’s head of content, Larry Jackson, sat down for a three-headed interview to discuss what fans can expect from the streaming service. Music will always be part of Apple Music, but Lowe revealed that other forms of entertainment are coming soon.