Apple Buys Shazam Music Service for an unknown amount

Early Monday, Apple confirmed that it is acquiring Shazam, the popular app that identifies any song, TV show, movie, or ad by listening to a few seconds of it. “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.” “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for Click Here to Read more

Apple Park estimated to cost $5 Billion to build

“The ‘spaceship’ of Silicon Valley has landed in Cupertino, but the question remains: How much did it cost to build? Construction data and analytics startup BuildZoom estimated in October that the new Apple campus cost more than $1.1 billion, based on the building permits,” Seung Lee reports for The Mercury News. “But longtime Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone estimates that costs for the iPhone maker’s shiny new campus far exceeded BuildZoom’s estimate, and may be closer to $5 billion — or just about the cost of 5 million iPhone X’s.” “Apple could not be reached for comment on the Click Here to Read more

Apple’s Phil Schiller tries to ease fears about Face ID and 3rd party developers

“Apple’s had a big year. The highlight was the introduction of the iPhone X, the ten year anniversary phone that said goodbye to the iconic Home button and is Apple’s template for smartphones in the next decade,” Erwin van der Zande reports for Bright.nl. “But does the entire industry agree, like it did with the original iPhone 10 years ago, or is it just Apple?” “I can ask this [of] Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing,” van der Zande reports. “Schiller points out a couple of features… The first one is Face ID, the new security technology Click Here to Read more

Apple under fire for Siri’s response to Sexual Harassment

“‘I’d blush if I could’ is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut — but it is,” Leah Fessler writes for Quartz at Work. “In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to document how these digital personal servants — whose names and voices are already feminized — peddle stereotypes of female subservience, putting their ‘progressive’ parent companies in a moral predicament.” “Amazon tells Quartz At Work that in spring of this year, it Click Here to Read more

Having trouble getting to the iOS 11 Command Center? Try this!

The Command Center in iOS 11 is a great addition.  But some iPhone cases makes it harder for a user to swipe up from the bottom to activate it.  Fortunately, Apple has made it easier for users to get to this and other most used commands.  Here’s how to activate it:   Go into SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY. Scroll down until you see the AssistiveTouch option. Flip the AssistiveTouch option ON. You’ll see a gray square with a white circle appear on the right side of the screen. By tapping it, you’ll see another menu pop-out. Tap Control Center. The Control Center will come Click Here to Read more

Consumer Cellular starts selling Apple’s iPhone 8

Sometime Thursday, leading cell carrier Consumer Cellular started selling the Apple iPhone 8.  Normally, the carrier is one of the last companies to start selling new iPhones since it is not apart of Apple’s standard cell choices and the device has to be unlocked for the phone to work properly. For more information, click here.  

Apple unveils new Privacy Web Site

On Wednesday, Apple unveiled a new web site dedicated to information about how it handles customer’s privacy and what it does (and doesn’t do) with that information. The site covers such information as its finger print technology, your personal data, Apple Pay, and more. For more information, just go to: https://www.apple.com/privacy/

{Update: IT’S GONE!} Apple TV 4K 64 Gigabyte device appears on Amazon.com after 4 year absence

Early Tuesday, Amazon.com has added the newest version of Apple TV to its product lineup. The device had been absent from the giant online store for the last four years. You can pick it up by going here. Update: As of 4:54pm ET the page has been taken off-line.

Apple (quickly) releases iOS 11.0.1

Just a week after its official release, Apple has pushed out an update for its iOS operating system, and the company is asking all users to update to it as soon as they can. Release notes accompanying iOS 11.0.1 simply state that the update “includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad.” The update is available now.

Don’t buy an Apple TV 4K unless you have a super-fast Internet connection

“I was very interested in getting the new Apple TV 4K,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “I wanted to be able to view 4K movies on my 4K TV.” “I can already do this to some extent with Amazon Prime Video, and the quality is impressive,” McElhearn writes. “However, Apple has published a support document that explains the requirements for accessing 4K content.” “You’ll need a 25 Mbps connection to get 4K content,” McElhearn writes. “Otherwise you’ll just get HD or SD.” Read more in the full article here.

Star Trek: Discovery draws 9.6 Million Viewers

(TrekNews.Net): The overnight numbers are in and Star Trek: Discovery‘s series premiere “The Vulcan Hello” drew approximately 9.6 million views, making it one of the most-viewed programs on Sunday night. How Discovery stacks up against other Star Trek premieres: The 2001 premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise “Broken Bow” saw 12.5 million views, while the first episode of Star Trek: Voyager “Caretaker” on UPN had 21.3 million, and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Encounter at Farpoint” had 15.7 million views. It should be noted that while Discovery may not had reached the pinnacles of its predecessors, the television landscape has changed dramatically Click Here to Read more

How to download and install MacOS High Sierra

Today is the day when Apple releases its newest operating system, MacOS High Sierra.  With over 200 new features and enhancements, this upgrade will be worth the wait. While obvious for most, some newer Mac users may not know how to download, install, and upgrade their computers. If you want to see what’s new, just go to the MacOS High Sierra official web page at https://www.apple.com/macos/high-sierra/ Just follow the below step by step, and you’ll be running MacOS High Sierra in no time. Login to the administrator’s account on your Mac as normal. You have to login to the Mac App Click Here to Read more

How to watch Star Trek: Discovery

After months of rumors, waiting, and false stories, CBS is finally going to show the latest addition in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Discovery. Many rumors and quite frankly false stories have been making the rounds on how to watch the prequel to the original. The following is factual information on how to watch this latest edition to Star Trek. FACT: The first show will be shown on the CBS Television Network at 8:30pm Eastern Time. FACT: All shows (after the first one) will be shown on the CBS All Access Streaming Service in the U.S.A. FACT: Their will be a second show Click Here to Read more