A Bug Is Wreaking Havoc With iTunes 12.2 Music Libraries


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.

Christopher A. Smith



Gmail Introduces New Themes And Emoji


Gmail-Logo.png.CROP_.rectangle3-largeGoogle’s taken notice of your passion for emojis and guess what?

They’re going to make sure you have new ones waiting and available in your Gmail account.

The company made the announcement on Tuesday that it would introduce new emoji that would be similar to those that users employ on their mobile phones and in Google Hangouts.

The new updates to the emoji go hand in hand with the larger part of the update, which will give users hundreds of new choices for themes for their inboxes.

Users will still have the option to utilize their own images if they choose for the background.

The new themes package include high-resolution photographs submitted by Google users to the company.

And to sweeten the situation, users can take advantage of new custom options for the themes like a blur option and an option to add text to the background.

Christopher A. Smith


Zuck’s Q&A Session Interrupted By Technical Difficulties


Zuck Clicks Like Button For Bay Area Public Schools - Donates $120 millionA recent Q&A session by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg went awry, in part due to the heavy interaction of its 1.3 billion users.

The session, held on Tuesday afternoon on Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page, first encountered difficulties when it was opened up to questions.

An official with the company quipped that it was due to “an overload of likes.”

After being offline for several minutes, the Q&A resumed but some users responded that all they could see was a blank screen.

Another issue that arose was associated with mobile users unable to find responses by the CEO amid the multitude of questions asked on the app.

Zuckerberg did manage to provide answers for more than a dozen questions, some of which were asked by high-profile celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Hawking.

This Q&A session is yet the latest bit of interaction by Zuckerberg with the public on open forums; in the past he’s responded to queries made in town hall meetings and online.

The questions Zuckerberg answered ranged from the whimsical to more serious and timely issues like his company’s policy on using real names on the social media platform and how their Instant Articles feature will impact the journalism and publishing industries.

Christopher A. Smith


Uber Is Acquiring Some Of Microsoft’s Mapping Technology


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.

Christopher A. Smith


Uber Managers In France Thrown In Jail


Uber Looks To Acquire Nokia’s Digital Mapping Service HereTwo managers for the on-demand car service Uber Technologies Inc. have been arrested and are currently in jail in Paris, France.

Law enforcement officials carried out the arrest for “illicit activity” days after a strike by French taxi drivers became violent, resulting in cars being overturned and railways being blocked.

Courtney Love even got caught up in it.

The uproar even cut off traffic to the nation’s airports.

Drivers were furious at the fact that Uber drivers didn’t have to pay a licensing fee to operate on the road as they are required to.

They are also incensed at Uber since they tend to undercut them with lower rates.

The interior minister put a ban on their budget car service UberPOP in response to the unrest, claiming it was illegal and directing police and prosecutors to make sure the ban was enforced.

Representatives for Uber say that they will stop all operations in France if they are ordered to by the courts.

Christopher A. Smith


Want Your Very Own Jetpack? You’ll Be Able To Buy One Next Year


Martin_Jetpack_Unveiling,_Liftoff!_(2714934801)For those of you who’ve dreamt of living life like the Jetsons, your wait will soon come to an end thanks to the Martin Aircraft Company.

The aerospace company announced that they will be releasing their Martin Jetpack.

Yes, the general public will be able to purchase the jetpack, which has been in development since 1980, in the second half of next year.

The chief executive officer, Peter Coker, did stress that they were looking to government agencies and first responders along with other emergency personnel with the product release.

He went on to elaborate: “for example, in the fire services going around to look at the situational awareness of what’s going on, perhaps through water security or even search and rescue on beach patrol, something along those lines. Naturally for the ambulance service getting to a point of importance of rescuing people in the shortest possible time.”

The Martin Jetpack’s technical specs are none too shabby – it has an estimated top speed of 46 miles per hour, and can fly for a half hour at an altitude of 3,000 feet.

It can be both manually flown and flown by remote.

The maximum weight bearing capacity of the jetpack is 265 pounds, powered by a 200 horsepower V4 engine.

Interested buyers may want to save up though – the initial price tag of the Martin Jetpack stands at $150,000.

Christopher A. Smith


Next iPhone Already In Production


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.

Christopher A. Smith


Meerkat Adds Embedding Feature


Twitter Continues Its Mission To Crush MeerkatMeerkat isn’t listening to the naysayers who say they’ve lost ground to Periscope.

And to prove it, they’re now releasing a new feature.

The live streaming app has just released a feature that will allow embedding within their live streams for all users since this past Friday.

The company also announced that they were entering a partnership with The Discovery Channel in time for the network’s popular Shark Week stretch of programming, set to begin on July 5th.

The embedding feature breaks down like this: Meerkat users can choose from three sizes, pick whether to allow comments or not on the post and upload an image into the embeddable player.

Newer users will see the stream play out with just the basic profile data.

If the player gets published before the stream goes live, viewers will see either information from your past stream or info on the upcoming one if you’ve got a streaming history already established.

The new feature for Meerkat comes just three days after their rival, Twitter’s Periscope, announced that their users could now view replays from the service on the web.

Christopher A. Smith


The FCC Has Got Some Bad News For T-Mobile


FCC Halts Petition Intended To Delay Upcoming Net Neutrality Rule ChangesIf T-Mobile wanted some extra special help with their upcoming bids for the government spectrum auction, they won’t be getting it from the Federal Communication Commission.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it had taken the request by the wireless carrier into consideration.

T-Mobile was looking to curry some favor with the federal body along with Dish, Sprint and other smaller wireless carrier companies in advance of the spectrum auction set to take place in the first quarter of 2016.

Their hope is to gain as much quality spectrum as they can without having to fend off the overtures of larger carrier companies like Verizon and AT&T.

The spectrum itself is considered to be choice, at 600 MHz.

That type can enter buildings without difficulty and can cover vast distances, making a wireless carrier using it more effective across its network.

But there may be a silver lining to the news; Wheeler went on to say that the FCC target for spectrum bids is set at 30 MHz, ten below what T-Mobile was seeking in the first place.

“The draft order concludes that the current reserve size of 30 megahertz balances the desire to make low-band spectrum available to parties with limited holdings while facilitating competitive bidding for all auction participants,” the chairman wrote concerning that point, on the agency’s website.

Christopher A. Smith


More Articles Are Coming To Your Facebook Newsfeed


FacebookFor those of you who may have noticed the presence of the latest “Instant Articles” feature on your Facebook newsfeed, get ready to see it increase.

The social media platform is gearing up for more articles to be published via the feature, and sources close to the inner workings claim that the number will be in the dozens on a daily basis.

The publishing project which allows media outlets to post their articles directly to the Facebook app debuted last month, but so far there have been only a few articles released to it.

Major publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times signed up, thanks to a fairly good deal that gives the publications 100 percent of revenue from advertising within the articles themselves.

Facebook is confident that as the articles rise in number, more users will flock to it in droves due to their increased loading speed, especially on mobile phones.

Christopher A. Smith