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Apple Has Hundreds Working On An Electric Car Design, Says WSJ

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Apple is working on a car, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mac maker kicked off a top-secret project to develop an electric car with a minivan aesthetic, per the WSJ’s sources, after CEO Tim Cook approved the project nearly a year ago. It includes “hundreds” of staffers and is led by Ford Motor vet and Apple VP Steve Zadesky. The project involves research into battery tech, robotics and metal production, according to the paper.

The report comes hot on the heels of a Financial Times story confirming Apple R&D efforts around car tech, and goes further than either that report or an earlier one from Business Insider wherein an Apple employee reportedly confirmed some kind of car-focused project. As I wrote earlier, it makes perfect logical sense that Apple would focus some effort on this area, given the direction in which the tech industry in general…

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Jay-Z Gets Into Music Streaming With $56M Bid For Aspiro, Owner Of WiMP And Tidal

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Dr. Dre might not be the only rapper in the music streaming business for long. That’s because Jay-Z is making a move to buy Aspiro, a Swedish company that operates the WiMP Music service and Tidal, as it is known some markets, according to local media reports.

Project Panther, which is owned by Jay-Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, has bid 464 million Krona (that’s around $56 million) to buy the NASDAQ Stockholm-floated company outright, according to a press release. A deal is subject to shareholder agreement but, with Aspiro’s board of directors unanimously recommending that the offer is accepted, its completion seems imminent.

WiMP is available in a handful of European markets — Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden — while Tidal offers a “higher fidelity” service, which boasts a superior quality of sound than to the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer’s services. Available in the UK and the U.S. since October 2014, Tidal is priced…

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Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

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We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind. Sources tell us that Twitter is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use case that is unique to its home market and others like it. People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a simple alert that doesn’t cost any money. That alert, in turn, becomes the basis for a number of other, commercial actions, and analytics to track everything.

The information we’ve been hearing pegs a deal between the companies at different stages. A few sources tell us that it has already closed, is in the region of $30 million – $40 million, and could be announced as soon as this week.

Another source close to the company says that there have been two companies looking at ZipDial, including Twitter (with the other…

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Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Instant Hotspot

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Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can use your iPhone as a Instant Hotspot for your Mac (running Yosemite) and for your iPad or iPod Touch (also running iOS 8.1). This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS Relay, and AirDrop.

When you are in an area with your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch that does not have Wi-Fi, they can connect to your phone’s personal hotspot when your iPhone is nearby. Now you do not even have to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone and enter in the Wi-Fi Password for your personal hotspot. When you join the Wi-Fi network on your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch, the name of your phone will be listed automatically. All you…

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Bono Apologizes For Putting Free Music On Your iPhone

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Were you one of those people who was super angry that U2 would ever dare give you free stuff that you didn’t ask for?

Bono is sorry.

Blaming it all on a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, and a dash of self-promotion,” Bono admitted in a Facebook fan interview today that they probably crossed some previously undrawn line when they teamed up with Apple to push their new album “Songs Of Innocence” onto just about every iPhone around.

“[There was] a deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard,” he says. “There’s a lot of noise out there — I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

You can see the full interview here; the relevant bit begins at 2:19.

If you’re still bummed about the presence of a U2 album…

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iPhone 6 Plus Review: The First Truly Well-Designed Big Smartphone

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5.5-inch smartphone from Apple with 20-band LTE support and A8 processor

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple is launching not one, but two premium smartphones today, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the one many probably were skeptical even existed just a few short months ago. With a screen size measuring 5.5-inches across the diagonal, it’s well into the territory labeled “phablet” on the ancient sea charts of mariners who’ve braved the Android waters. However, Apple’s version of a smartphone that strains the inclusion of “phone” in any word describing it might surprise even those dead set against the trend toward ever-bigger mobile screens.

Video Review

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Basics

  • 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, 401 ppi with 1300:1 contrast
  • 16, 64 or 128GB storage
  • A8 processor (64-bit)
  • 8MP iSight camera (rear) with 1.5 micron pixels and optical image stabilization, 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera (front)
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 20-band LTE support
  • MSRP: 16GB for $299 on contract/$749 contract free; 64GB for $399 on contract/$849 contract free; 128GB…

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