A Bug Is Wreaking Havoc With iTunes 12.2 Music Libraries

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iTunes Radio Logs Over 11 Million Listeners Since Launching 3 Days AgoApple users who accepted the update to iTunes over the past couple of days are none too pleased with a problematic bug.

The new version, iTunes 12.2, was meant to better maintain your music library.

But one key component, iCloud Music Library, has to be enabled.

And in doing so, this component that is meant to sync your tracks actually scrambles the music in your library heavily.

Signs of this are mismatched album art, along with repetitive artist listings.

The issue also impacts those who’ve installed Apple Music on their iPhones as well.

To compound the issue, the iCloud Music Library also affects the original folder where all your music files are stored as well, causing the same jumble.

Music files not purchased through the iTunes Store are especially vulnerable.

Some sources have narrowed down a possible part of the problem – those who signed up for iTunes Match in the past seemed to be the ones who were affected.

Numerous Apple users took to social media and Apple-related forums to vent about their difficulties with the bug.

Apple had no comment about the bug.

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Appeals Court Upholds Apple Ebook Antitrust Ruling

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Court Rules: Bulk Collection Of Phone Records Is IllegalAn antitrust ruling against Apple that was appealed by the technology giant was upheld in a federal appeals court.

The case, U.S. v. Apple Inc., 13-3741, was first heard and ruled on in July 2013 in a lower court.

Apple was accused of entering into a conspiracy with five publishers to fix the prices of electronic books that they offered for purchase in the lawsuit filed by 33 state attorneys general and the Justice Department.

The original judge in the case, Judge Denise Cote, ruled in favor of the government, citing statements by the late Steve Jobs that showed a targeting of Amazon.

The decision to uphold the ruling came as the result of a 2-1 vote.  Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston referred to the original ruling notes in her summation of the decision: “By organizing a price-fixing conspiracy, Apple found an easy path to opening its iBookstore, but it did so by ensuring that market-wide e-book prices would rise to a level that it, and the publisher defendants, had jointly agreed on.”

Apple’s response was to deny the charges, but it offered no comment on whether they would pursue another appeal – if they do, that case would then come before the Supreme Court.

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Apple Users In Greece Experience iCloud Issues Due To The Financial Crisis

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Apple iWork for iCloud Now Open For EveryoneThe roiling financial crisis that has the nation of Greece under its thumb has now caused some grief to Apple users.

The country’s struggle with staggering debt and lack of control over its currency has led to limitations being put on credit card payments from Greek financial institutions in an attempt to prevent a surge of capital leaving the country.

In the process, subscribers to Apple services like iCloud have seen disruptions to their service and have received warning messages.

At present there is a daily cap on automated teller machine withdrawals in the country at 60 euros in addition to the suppression of credit card payments.

The timing couldn’t be worse, given that Apple Music made its global debut on Tuesday.

The financial issues also extend to those Greek nationals who are traveling and working outside of their homeland — they can’t use their credit and/or debit cards abroad as well.

Apple declined to make any comment.

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Apple’s Beats 1 Radio Station Goes Live

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Apple 1 Computer Sold For $365,000 At AuctionThe first full-fledged foray by Apple into the world of radio launched on Tuesday with the premiere of Beats 1.

The radio station launched with a show hosted by former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe coming from Los Angeles, California.

He premiered a new track by Pharrell entitled “Freedom” as one of the highlights of his show.

Users eager to listen to the new radio offering were required to upgrade to iOS 8.4 – which turned out to cause some gaffes and produce a number of pictures of frustrated users waiting for the sizable download to be completed on social media.

Zane Lowe will be one of the three main DJ’s for Apple Radio including Julie Adenuga in London and Ebro Darden, formerly of Hot 97 in New York City.

Apple Radio will also feature a show hosted by Dr. Dre called The Pharmacy, and will also have Pharrell, Elton John and Drake as show hosts.

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Uber Is Acquiring Some Of Microsoft’s Mapping Technology

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Uber Is Acquiring Some Of Microsoft's Mapping TechnologyThe online cab-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. has struck a deal to obtain part of Microsoft’s maps technology for their uses.

Reports on Monday stated that Uber would obtain a license to the intellectual property regarding the mapping technology as well as image-analysis software and cameras in addition to a data complex site just outside of Boulder, Colorado.

Uber also plans to hire 100 engineers that are currently with Microsoft’s mapping division.

Kristin Carvell, a spokeswoman for Uber, spoke on the deal and stated: “We’ll continue to work with partners, as well as invest in our own technology, to build the best possible experience for riders and drivers.”

Uber has ramped up its efforts recently to rely less on mapping services provided by Baidu, Apple and Google and to build more capabilities for the technology in-house.

The company has also acquired a start-up in the same field, deCarta.

Uber is also in the running along with other companies to purchase the mapping division of the Finnish telecommunications company Nokia for an estimated $4 billion.

Part of this initiative will benefit their fairly new carpooling service, UberPool.

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Switzerland Not Impressed With Apple Watch

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Reuters Poll Predicts 6 Percent Of Americans Will Buy An Apple WatchApple is looking to stake a claim in the home of finely-crafted timepieces – Switzerland.

And the reception has been mixed.

The Apple Watch made its debut in the country last Friday via their store in Zurich.

Close to 40 people were waiting patiently on line to get the chance to purchase the smartwatch.

The majority of those waiting were under 30 years old, and it’s that target base that Apple looks to sway to its device.

Some were intrigued by the smartwatch, while others weren’t too enthused.

Traditional Swiss watch manufacturers have no doubt viewed Apple’s entry into the watch market with a bit of dread — the industry has been struggling with currency conflicts between the Franc and the Euro, as well as lessening demand from China, their biggest foreign market.

In response, these companies are now developing their own smartwatches.

Swatch, based in Biel, Switzerland, will produce a model that allows users to make easier mobile payments.

Other manufacturers looking to follow suit are the high-end brands TAG Heuer and Montblanc.

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Next iPhone Already In Production

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!Lovers of all things iPhone related will be pleased to hear that Apple has already gotten underway with production of the next version of the popular smartphone.

Sources close to the company have confirmed the news of production, and have also stated that the new iPhone will have the latest Force Touch technology in addition to having similar design features to the iPhone 6 models on the market.

Force Touch is essentially a feature that can detect the force behind the pressure of a user’s touch on the screen of the device.

The new feature is already at work within the Apple Watch and the trackpad of the new MacBook, but in the iPhone there are a bevy of uses that it could be applied to.

High volume production is expected to commence next month, and the phone versions could be referred to as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus, or, the iPhone 7.

The only complications to the production process could be any unforeseen glitches regarding the quality assurance tests that will be run on the new Force Touch touch screens.

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Carl Icahn Cashes Out Of Netflix Investment $1.6 Billion Richer

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Carl Icahn Calls eBay CEO "Incompetent"You don’t get to be a billionaire investor without having the ability to get a terrific return for your investment.

And Carl Icahn’s latest move demonstrates that principle fully.

On Wednesday, Icahn announced via Twitter that he had just sold the last of his Netflix stock.

The investor was the owner of 1.4 million shares since 2012.

Previously, he owned close to 5.5 million shares.

At that point, shares were valued at $58.

The sale is the reason that Icahn now enjoys the benefit of a $700 million profit that occurred in the three-year period and as a result, the shares now are worth $900 million.

Icahn believes that Netflix’s rapid ascent to household name and industry leader across the country is just a matter of the company realizing their goals from early on with success.

The investor did add one observation about Apple’s current situation with a tweet he sent out minutes later: “Believe $ AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago.”

Icahn now owns about 53 million shares of Apple that are valued at close to seven billion dollars.

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Tidal Music Loses Its Second CEO In Three Months

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screen-shot-2015-03-29-at-11-21-34-pmThe streaming music service Tidal is going through another rough patch with the loss of its CEO for the second time in the past three months.

The company announced on Tuesday that it had let go of their interim CEO, Peter Tonstad.

Tonstad had been named to the position in March after the previous CEO, Andy Chen, was cut loose along with 24 other employees in a “streamlining” initiative.

When contacted by a Norwegian newspaper however, Tonstad put the news under a different spin, saying that “the only thing I can confirm is that I resigned.”

For its part, Tidal’s press release thanked Tonstad for his work and stated that they are committed to finding a permanent CEO and that the search will be conducted from both their New York City and Oslo offices.

Circumstances aside, the change comes at a tough time for the streaming music service acquired by Jay-Z. While it has seen some growth, its subscriber numbers (currently at 770,000) are tiny in comparison to Spotify’s 20 million-strong subscriber base.

And with Apple Music set to make its debut before the month ends along with word of Google possibly entering the fray with their own service, Tidal will have to find someone to steer the ship sooner than later.

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Smartwatches Are Being Banned By Colleges Due To Cheating Fears

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Here's A Smartwatch That Can Use iOS And AndroidAs smartwatches gain more and more popularity, they’ve also crossed into other areas of life outside of communication and fitness purposes.

Sometimes, that crossover can lead to problems.

Especially as colleges are now finding that they’re being used to help students cheat on their exams.

To that end, colleges are now beginning to enact bans on wearable tech like the Apple Watch during tests and examinations.

One case where the push has begun in earnest against smartwatches is in Australia.

Two universities in particular, La Trobe University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, have gone so far as to ask students to not only remove smartwatches but also to remove traditional wristwatches.

And as a final step, test administrators ask: “Watches of any kind must be placed in a clear resealable bag under your exam chair before the exam begins.”

In the United States, the wearable tech is also banned from ACT and SAT testing rooms along with other portable electronic devices.

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