If Apple plans to offer artist exclusives as a way to encourage sign-ups to its rebranded Beats Music streaming service, it will be facing new competition. TechCrunch reports that Tidal, the high-definition music service being relaunched later today by new owner Jay Z, is set to announce some exclusive deals with big-name artists.
Tidal is […] reportedly making a move to snag new releases by some of the biggest musicians of the moment including Kanye West, Madonna and Daft Punk […]
Tidal’s plan of attack will be to ink first-window deals with the artists, where Tidal would get first releases of tracks from big-name artists ahead of any other digital streaming services.
The artists named in the report have all been using the #tidalforall hashtag in recent tweets and Instagram posts …
Apple has run a number of exclusives on iTunes, from the Beatles to Beyoncé, and it seems likely it would seek to do the same with its streaming service. It has even been suggested that the company could become “the most powerful record label in the world.”
Apple is believed to be set to finally introduce its streaming music service at WWDC in June, possibly as part of iOS 8.4. We’re expecting to see it integrated into the standard iOS Music app, offering an Apple-branded version of the curated playlists, cloud-based libraries, and customized offerings that attracted users to Beats Music. Apple was reportedly hoping to hit a price point of $7.99/month after giving up on more ambitious plans of $5/month, something which now appears unlikely.
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Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, following intense opposition from opponents that believe the bill supports discrimination, particularly against gays and lesbians. The bill, based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, takes effect July 1st.
"America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business," said Cook. "At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms."Cook believes that the recently passed legislation in Indiana and Arkansas, and similar bills being considered in other states, draw comparisons to the days of segregation in the United States, adding that Apple will never tolerate discrimination regardless of the laws passed. "This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue," he said. "This is about how we treat each other as human beings."
"Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination."Cook tweeted last week that Apple is "open for everyone" and "deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law," calling on Arkansas to veto its similar HB1228 bill. Indiana has received a lot of backlash for signing the bill, with several organizations and companies throughout the United States vowing to stop supporting the state.
Around the world, we strive to treat every customer the same — regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015
Cook has remained committed to equality in the workplace as chief executive at Apple. In November 2013, he publicly supported the U.S. Employment Nondiscrimination Act, legislation proposed to prohibit many civilian, nonreligious employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for the purposes of hiring or other employment practices.
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If Apple’s recently-revamped jobs site has tempted you to consider a move to the US, data from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification may provide a guide to your chances. Applications for H-1B visas–those allowing overseas workers to accept job offers in the US–reveal that top tech companies like Apple mostly sponsor the visas for five main roles, reports TechCrunch.
By examining the most common professions among H-1B applicants for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, five consistent career paths emerged across each company. Software engineers, systems software engineers, financial analysts, computer systems analysts and marketing managers make up a large part of H-1B visa applications.
The salary data shows that the average salary paid to foreign workers employed in the USA by the five tech companies is highest at Facebook, at $135k, with Apple sitting in the middle of the pack at a little over $120k.
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Tim Cook has written an op-ed in the Washington Post describing legislation permitting businesses to bypass anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds as “very dangerous,” and in fundamental opposition to the founding principles of the United States. In it, he referenced the ugly days of racial segregation, which finally ended only in the 1960s.
Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.
Cook wrote that in speaking out against a “wave of legislation” permitting discrimination, he was in no way opposing religious belief.
I have great reverence for religious freedom. As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.
He argued that the controversy isn’t a religious issue, but a simple matter of “how we treat each other as human beings.”
Cook said that discrimination was not only wrong, but bad for business, hurting both jobs and the economy in states where discrimination is permitted. He reiterated Apple’s own commitment to treat everyone equally.
At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair […]
Apple is open […] to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas, we will never tolerate discrimination.
Apple has long championed diversity, publishing its first annual diversity report last year and holding a number of employee events designed to promote inclusion. Apple earlier this month joined Google, Microsoft and 370 other companies in urging the US Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.
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A small change to the latest beta version of iOS may indicate a big change coming to the official Twitter application. In the pre-release version of the software that was provided to testers and developers last week, it seems the option to share content to Twitter has been removed entirely.
Not only is the Twitter icon now missing from the share sheet in first-party apps like Photos and Safari, but from all third-party apps that use the native sharing option introduced in iOS 8. The change could just be a glitch, but it more likely suggests that Apple may be removing its in-house Twitter sheet in favor of something new…
@MikeBeas Yeah. Probably has been missing since this last update.—
Jacob Pritchett (@JacobSyndeo) March 30, 2015
With all of the changes Twitter has made to its media sharing options lately—from allowing multiple photo uploads and photo tagging to animated GIFs and full support for video—it seems logical to conclude that the social network decided Apple’s existing sharing features were simply too limited. The built-in iOS uploader, which hasn’t seen a new feature addition since it debuted in iOS 5, still only supports sharing one image at a time with no upgrades for video, GIFs, or user tagging.
Sharing options in the Photos app on iOS 8.3 public beta 2
With the advent of iOS 8, app developers can now create their own sharing extensions that appear in the native social options right alongside the stock Mail, Facebook, and Messages applications. It would be in Twitter’s best interest to build its own extension that supported the latest features, providing a much more robust photo sharing feature directly from the Camera app and elsewhere.
An app-based extension would also allow Twitter to upgrade the share sheet on its own terms without the need for a full iOS upgrade. A quick install through the App Store could bestow the latest and greatest features on millions of users, while features in limited rollout or testing could be enabled on a per-user basis.
It would also allow users to preview a tweet before it goes live, much like what they currently see in the Twitter app when composing a new message.
@MikeBeas same here but globally—
Christopher Sardegna (@rxcs) March 30, 2015
There’s already a precedent for this type of move on Apple’s part. During the beta of iOS 6, Apple’s old-and-busted YouTube app vanished, only to be replaced by a much more useful offering directly from Google. As Apple continually opens up new parts of its operating system to developers, many built-in features that leverage third-party networks can be replaced by components created by those companies, allowing for more rapid iteration and a better overall user experience.
The only possible downside to this change would be for those who prefer third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot or Twitterrific. It’s no secret that Twitter isn’t very fond of developers who choose to build alternatives to its software. By removing the option to share to the social network unless a user installs the official client, Twitter will force fans of other apps to at least put the official app on their phones, even if they don’t use it regularly. That could help juice Twitter’s numbers when selling “sponsored tweets” and appealing to investors.
Of course, this can be easily worked around by those same third-party app developers, who can (and should!) build similar sharing extensions into their own clients.
While it seems probable that Twitter intiated this change to help fill out the share sheet’s feature set, one must wonder if Apple will eventually request similar updates from its other social networking partners at Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo to keep the sharing features up-to-date without having to rely on Apple engineers to do all the work.
Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS, photos, sharing, Twitter
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Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most cosmetically versatile but carries a $200 premium over the aluminum Apple Watch Sport.
Apple, however, will not allow customers to try arbitrary mix and match options during their Apple Watch Try-On appointments, presumably in the interest of time and simplicity. According to retail training materials MacRumors received, Apple specifically states that they "will not size links or swap bands" at the Try-on table or Try-on cases. Try-on appointments for non-Edition Apple Watches are meant to last only 5-15 minutes. Apple will have 18 specific Apple Watch combinations on display at their Try-On tables and 10 specific combinations at their Try-On cases.
Apple Watch pre-sales and try-on appointments start on April 10th, and the official launch of the Apple Watch is April 24th.
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