Opinion: Unpacking Apple, Beats Music and a possible Tidal acquisition

Yesterday the WSJ reported that sources indicate Apple is in ongoing exploratory talks to buy Jay Z’s Tidal music subscription business while carefully noting sources say talks may not lead to a deal. While Apple reportedly talking to Jay Z’s Tidal does not equal Apple actually buying Tidal (yet), the idea of Apple buying Tidal anytime soon and within two years of spending $3 billion on Beats in part to build its Apple Music streaming service comes as a surprise to many — not unlike the Beats episode…

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How-To: Show the size of folders in the Finder on Mac [Video]

The Finder’s list view is my favorite way to view the folders and files within the macOS Finder, because it provides a wealth of information via columns that can be sorted on.

One thing that you won’t find when using the Finder’s default list view is the cumulative size of the Folders contained within. But there’s an easy way to view the sizes of Folders directly within the Finder; watch our video tutorial to see how. more…

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Apple issues heated response to Spotify’s ‘anticompetitive’ accusation letter

If Apple versus FBI was the big story to start the year, then it looks like Apple versus Spotify will be the hot battle of the summer. Yesterday a letter surfaced in which Spotify accused Apple of being anticompetitive with its App Store policies and holding back a Spotify update in order to benefit Apple Music. This letter is likely what prompted Senator Elizabeth Warren’s negative remarks about Apple earlier this week.

Now Apple is pushing back and without mincing words. Apple’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell has issued a three-page response to Spotify (via Buzzfeed) in which he accuses Spotify of “resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service.”

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9to5Toys Last Call: Tweetbot 4 iOS/Mac $5, 6000mAh Power Bank $6, Laptop Backpacks from $25, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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Short Lightning cables are more useful than you’d think, here are the best MFi options

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One of the world’s greatest Twitter clients just went 50% off: Tweetbot for iOS or Mac $5 (Reg. $10)

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Smartphone Accessories: Eachine X3 6000mAh External Battery Power Bank w/ USB Charging Cable $6 Prime shipped (Reg. $17), more

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Here are two backpacks from SwissGear and Case Logic on sale with great ratings from $25 shipped

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Apple’s monstrous 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular is on sale for $800 (Reg. $1,079)

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Save nearly $300 on Apple’s latest 13-inch 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

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Amazon Prime Day 2016 revealed: Tons of deals, increased inventory and Alexa specials for Echo owners

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PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock w/ 3 USB Ports: $39 shipped (Reg. $49)

Just $9 Prime shipped for a new Apple Watch band? Sounds good to me.

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Parallels Desktop 11: Run Windows/Android/Linux/anything seamlessly on your Mac: $40 (50% off) shipped or less

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App Store Free App of the Week: Mimpi Dreams puzzle-platformer goes free for the first time (Reg. $2)

Apple offering free download of sketching app Procreate via Apple Store app

One of the best sniper titles on the App Store just went 50% off: Hitman Sniper $1 (Reg. $2)

LEGO Star Wars titles for Mac matching all-time lows: Saga & The Clone Wars for $5 each (Reg. up to $20)

One of the best RPGs of all-time just went 50% off on iOS: Secret of Mana $4 (Reg. $8)

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Review: Mophie’s new Charge Force line brings carefree wireless charging to iPhone [Video]

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display has been put out to pasture, here are the best alternatives at every price point

Vansky’s $23 USB LED light strip gives you multi-color mood lighting

Review: Jaybird’s new Freedom Wireless headphones score high marks on design, sound [Video]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Best Buy July 4th Sale: WD 1TB Wireless Portable Hard Drive $120, Logitech Harmony Touch Remote $100, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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mophie’s 1840mAh Battery Case will help your iPhone 6/s make it through the day: $40 (Reg. $60)

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The Nest Learning Thermostat will help lower your energy costs throughout the summer: $199 (Reg. $249)

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Comment: Despite appearances, UK customers don’t get a raw deal from Apple on product prices

The cost of Apple products varies significantly between countries. As we saw back in May, the cost of an iPhone 6, for example, ranges from an average of $598 in the USA to a staggering $931 in Brazil. But whenever Apple pricing is discussed in Britain, there’s a myth that tends to be repeated: that the company charges a lot more for its products in the UK than in the US.

It’s not difficult to see how people get this impression. Go to apple.com and check the prices of a few products, then compare them to the pricing on apple.com/uk. Here are a couple of illustrative comparisons from the two websites:

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Pangu shows Cydia running on iOS 10; reportedly hints at upcoming iOS 9.3.2 jailbreak

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a publicly-released jailbreak, but this year’s Mobile Security Conference (MOSEC) in Shanghai made it clear that jailbreaking isn’t dead.

MOSEC is a one-day security conference co-hosted by Pangu, the Chinese hacking team responsible for several of the most recent jailbreaks. This year’s event was scheduled for today, July 1st, and was hosted at the Grand Kempinski hotel, in Shanghai, China.

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Bad month for Apple repairs as Tekserve to close, Louis Rossmann videos likely to disappear (U)

Update: Louis Rossmann has posted a follow-up video in which he says that he has been contacted by IP lawyers acting for Apple but is not currently being faced with a lawsuit. He said there is an issue with a schematic, but Apple is said to like the channel.

Tekserve, the go-to third-party store for Apple product repairs in New York City, has announced that it is to close after 29 years. The service center will close at the end of the month, and the retail store on August 15th, reports the NY Times.

It was the Apple Store in New York City before there was such a thing as an Apple Store.

Before iPods and iPads and iPhones, before Apple started selling and servicing its devices out of a glass cube on Fifth Avenue, the eclectic Tekserve store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan was where customers went for upgrades to their PowerBook laptops or to have their computers fixed.

If the service center photo looks familiar to those outside NY, it’s because it’s such a fixture in the city that it featured in a Sex and the City episode, where Carrie’s Mac crashed …

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Bad month for Apple repairs as Tekserve to close, Louis Rossmann videos likely to disappear

Tekserve, the go-to third-party store for Apple product repairs in New York City, has announced that it is to close after 29 years. The service center will close at the end of the month, and the retail store on August 15th, reports the NY Times.

It was the Apple Store in New York City before there was such a thing as an Apple Store.

Before iPods and iPads and iPhones, before Apple started selling and servicing its devices out of a glass cube on Fifth Avenue, the eclectic Tekserve store on West 23rd Street in Manhattan was where customers went for upgrades to their PowerBook laptops or to have their computers fixed.

If the service center photo looks familiar to those outside NY, it’s because it’s such a fixture in the city that it featured in a Sex and the City episode, where Carrie’s Mac crashed …

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