Monday Morning News

welcometothefamilyFollowing the US Government’s approval of the Apple-Beats acquisition, Apple officially welcomed Beats to the family with a message on their website: “Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do”. As part of the deal, Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers is expected to take up the iTunes Radio mantle, which he’ll run side-by-side with Beat’s own music streaming service. There’s also the possibility we’ll see a local launch of Beats in the near future, but nothing has been confirmed by the company thus far.

Home buttons and flex cables for the next iPhone in both sizes have been leaked, and they show different designs to the current. At the very least, this shows Apple will have varying internal structure for the next models of iPhone — that’s assuming the parts are, in fact, the real McCoy.

It’s shaping up to be an incredibly busy end-of-year for Apple, what with the new iPhone on the horizon and any other “new product categories” they want to launch. Not only that, but we’ll have iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to cover us on the software side of things. TechCrunch lists all the possibilities for new hardware from Apple before the year’s out.

Apple SVP Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts recently took a tour of Apple Retail locations in New York City, where she held a Q&A session with some employees. Later, she sent around a memo to Apple Store employees with a number of good points from the session, including how Apple’s Retail and Online stores can learn from one another.

Wave a bunch of cash in front of somebody, and all your problems will go away. Even though that’s not an accurate portrayal of what happened in Apple’s recent ebooks price-fixing settlement, I can think of about 450 million reasons why their settlement has been preliminarily approved.

Wired takes on a tour of Safari in OS X Yosemite this morning. I would have liked a few more screenshots of the interface to round things out, but it’s still a good read.

During my internet travels, I came across Plug, which bills itself as a lightweight OS X player for The Hype Machine. I had no idea what the Hype Machine was at the time, but it turns out it’s a music discovery service, billed as one of the best streaming music services you aren’t using (but probably should) by Lifehacker US.

Macworld’s review of Light Up is short and sweet, kind of like the app itself. All it does is mask an image, calling attention to a part of a screenshot or photo.

The idea behind Apple’s Health app in iOS 8 and HealthKit for developers is to cut some of the red tape associated with the healthcare profession. professionals. Peter Cohen from iMore recalls a time when he had to fax his doctor a copy of some test results, and another when he was asked to photocopy his iPhone. Like an animal.

A pair of Australian developers from Adelaide recently released Hexiled, an interesting take on word games. It’s since been featured on the App Store, and as a result, recieved some visibility in a crowded market. But that vision also came with a number of changes to the game, which Quentin Zervaas (the same guy behind TransitTimes+) has detailed on his website.

Apple released a new TV ad over the weekend, and Dreams continued the “you’re more powerful than you think” series Apple has.

Speaking of Apple ads, I’m not sure if Apple gave permission for Beats to use Siri’s voice in their announcement video, but I’m pretty sure Apple weren’t happy with how it portrayed Siri in a negative light, no matter how well-mannered. Probably why the video has since been pulled, although you can still check out its cringe-worthiness at 9to5Mac.

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  1. I know Peter Cohen is talking about the US health care system in his article, but he makes a valid point that applies here as well. I signed up for the eHealth record when it was launched here in Australia and I’m yet to find a medico that takes advantage of it. My GP only very recently stopped using a paper filing system and is cracking a stink about the new paperless one he has to use. The only thing that has ever come into my eHealth record is Medicare stuff.

    If Apple can pull it off it will be awesome. I’m really hoping they can and it doesn’t become another passbook.

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