Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot

When the iPhone originally launched, it didn’t come with Apple Music. It didn’t even come with a “Music” app. That was years later. Early adopters who can remember that far back will tell you that it came with an iPod app. Which makes sense. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, the anticipation building up to the event was that Apple put a phone … Continue reading Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot

French Crack Down on Uber, Company Insists its French/Western European CEOs are in a “Hearing”

You know that dream where you punch out that guy you can’t stand? Well French cab companies are living the dream with their recent protests against Uber and the arrest of its French and Western European CEOs. Mon Dieu! The arrests, which an Uber spokesperson described as a “hearing”, capped off days of protests against the ride-sharing company which were sparked by the launch of … Continue reading French Crack Down on Uber, Company Insists its French/Western European CEOs are in a “Hearing”

OPM Hack Causing Greater Harm than Snowden’s Leaks to Intelligence Agencies

The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management leak went from worse to catastrophic. The number of people affected grows with each new report and it may put millions of people who have a security clearance or who’ve applied for clearance in jeopardy of blackmail or — worse — being turned by foreign governments. Revealed during congressional hearings into the matter, Donna Seymour, the CIO for … Continue reading OPM Hack Causing Greater Harm than Snowden’s Leaks to Intelligence Agencies

T-Mobile Introduces Smartphone Leases with JUMP! On Demand

No matter what kind of fanboy you are (iOS or Android), chances are you’re the type of person who absolutely, positively needs the latest and greatest phone the moment it comes out. This can be expensive. If you’re still on a subsidy plan, that means you probably won’t be eligible for an upgrade until the end of your two year contract. If you’re on one … Continue reading T-Mobile Introduces Smartphone Leases with JUMP! On Demand

Drones Shuts Down Aircraft Firefighting Operations

Forest fires in California are serious business —  between the expected heat coming in the summer, the dry winters and the drought, the state is expected to be in for a long, hot season of smoke and flames. One of the first large fires of the season is taking place outside of Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains, forcing evacuations and threatening thousands of structures. … Continue reading Drones Shuts Down Aircraft Firefighting Operations

Streaming Heats Up: Spotify Buys Big Data Firm Seed Scientific

With Apple about to enter its space, Spotify is hunkering down and spending money to shore itself up with the purchase of Seed Scientific. With a client list that included Audi, Unilever, the UN and Beats (pre-Apple buyout, Seed Scientific is an analytics company that will delve into how bands, listeners and brands interact with Spotify — and only Spotify. Possible uses for the data include … Continue reading Streaming Heats Up: Spotify Buys Big Data Firm Seed Scientific

Tidal Interim CEO Leaves After 3 Months on the Job

Music streaming’s come a long way, baby. It’s supplanted downloads as the primary form of distribution for the industry and like the introduction of Napster and file sharing in the late ’90s, the incumbent players are still trying to figure out what it means to them. Apple, the king of music downloads, is trying to pivot to streaming with Apple Music. The current darling, Spotify, … Continue reading Tidal Interim CEO Leaves After 3 Months on the Job

Taylor Swift, Indies and the Cost of Streaming — Thinking about Apple Music’s Recent Reversal

Taylor Swift’s highly publicized tumblr post accomplished something that’s happened a few times in Apple’s history — she made the company change course. You’ve probably heard about the Tweet storm by Apple’s Eddie Cue over the weekend, saying that the company will do the right thing when it comes to paying artists during Apple Music’s three month free trial — though this was something Apple should have … Continue reading Taylor Swift, Indies and the Cost of Streaming — Thinking about Apple Music’s Recent Reversal

Taylor Swift = Important Tech News. Not Kidding.

Here’s something you probably didn’t see coming — Taylor Swift made the tech blogs. Unlike other musicians who fancy themselves venture capitalists (yes, I’m talking about you, Will.I.Am) this isn’t about some lousy money pit of an idea. Instead, she’s raising questions about the music industry’s shift to streaming in an open letter about Apple Music. “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not … Continue reading Taylor Swift = Important Tech News. Not Kidding.