Report: Apple considered buying Time Warner last year, will ramp spending on original TV content

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at a meeting with Time Warner’s head of corporate strategy, Olaf Olafsson. The idea of bid was very much tentative and did not enter serious negotiations involving Tim Cook, according to the report. However, Apple is still interested in acquiring media company talent and sources indicate the company is ramping spending on original content: “several hundred million dollars a year”.

Apple has long been rumored to want to launch a skinny cable subscription service for internet television, in concert with its Apple TV set top box. At Startup Fest earlier in the week, Tim Cook said he wants Apple to be a catalyst in the entertainment business.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: app, exclusive content, iOS, Media, original content, TV, video
Source: 9to5 Mac

Moog brings its $10,000 Model 15 synth to iPad and iPhone w/ new $30 app

Moog Music has been known for producing some of the most popular synthesizers since the 70s— we reviewed a couple of the newer models in our Logic Pros series and noted that iPad/Mac synths still can’t quite capture the experience of even a $1,000 Moog. But today Moog is releasing its own iPad and iPhone version of its popular $10,000 Model 15, aiming to offer a similar experience in a $30 mobile app. 

Moog’s own techs helped program the app at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC, according to the company, with the app both resembling the look and sound of the original 1970’s Model 15 hardware:

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, App Store, iPad, iPhone, Logic Pros, Model 15, Moog, Moog Music, synth
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Facebook reportedly developing standalone camera app w/ live streaming features

The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook is working on a new camera app separate from its main offerings that the company hopes will encourage increased sharing of photos and videos. The still in-development app in its current form opens immediately to a camera mode and there are plans to offer live streaming video functionality as well, according to the report:

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Camera, Facebook, live, video
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Twitter app adding inline direct message sharing buttons to tweets

Twitter is rolling out a new ‘feature’ to its iOS app today, prioritizing Direct Messages in the timeline by adding a prominent icon inline to tweets in the timeline. Tapping the new Direct Message button opens a new message with one of your Twitter followers, linking the tweet from the timeline as the starting point of the conversation. In the blog post, Twitter says updates for the app are rolling out from today.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: app, direct messages, inline, Twitter
Source: 9to5 Mac

Disqus releases first iPhone app w/ support for tracking comments & discussions, more

Popular commenting service Disqus today has announced its first ever iOS app. The app is available now in the App Store for free and allows users to track notifications relating to their comments as well as discussions from channels and websites they follow. The app’s interface is pretty standard, with home, channel, notification, and profile tabs along the bottom.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, App Store, Disqus, iOS
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Apple launches Safari Technology Preview, a browser for developers including experimental web features

Apple today announced a new browser, sort of. It’s called Safari Technology Preview and its meant for developers to be able to test and experiment with future web technologies and upcoming features. This is similar to Google Chrome Canary, which allows developers to play with in-development web technologies ahead of official releases. The app even comes complete with a new purple icon.

Apple will be updating Safari Technology Preview on a fortnightly basis, with each release signed for security. Download Apple’s new browser from the developer portal, with automatic updates through the Mac App Store.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: app, iOS, Safari
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Apple re-releases iOS 9.3 for older iPhones and iPads affected by Activation Lock issue

Apple has released an updated build of iOS 9.3 for users affected by an activation bug, first reported last week. Although the version number is still 9.3, the update features a new build number, 13E5237, to signify the change. The issue prevented some iPhone and iPad owners from successfully completing the upgrade steps for iOS 9.3 if they could not recall their Apple ID info immediately, to pass Activation Lock.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: app, bug, crash, iOS 9.3, problem, update
Source: 9to5 Mac

Report: Google building its own gesture-based keyboard for iOS with built-in GIF search, more

According to a report from The Verge, Google is building its own third-party keyboard for iOS and has been doing so for “months.” While it’s unclear when or if the keyboard will be released, the report notes of several features Google has been working to implement as employees test it.

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: app, Google, iOS, keyboard, swift key, swype, Third-Party Keyboard
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Instagram to soon start showing content out of order and based on personalized algorithms

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Instagram today announced in a blog post that it will soon adjust the way in which content is presented in its iOS and Android apps. While content is currently shown in chronological order, Instagram will soon switch to a new personalized algorithms based on each user…

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TomTom for iPhone goes free for first 50 miles per month w/ new “GO Mobile” app

TomTom used to have a handful of paid apps, each specific to a region. The app covering just the U.S., for example, was $45. But today it’s making its premium navigation services free for iPhone users everywhere for the first 50 miles or 75km of use. The new freemium model comes as the company consolidates its TomTom apps for each region under a new, redesigned app simply called TomTom Go Mobile.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: 50 miles, 75km, app, App Store, free, iPhone, real-time traffic, TomTom Go Mobile, update, Upgrade
Source: 9to5 Mac