Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands tumble in survey

2018-03-13 19:57:21

That reasoning seems odd. What does “attention-grabbing products” have to do with a company’s reputation? Especially given that “film production company The Weinstein Co made its debut at 99th out of 100 on the list”. So – its reputation got better?

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Photo contest judges raise alarm: “We didn’t judge anything”

2018-03-13 19:20:44

Another reason to be wary of “photo contests” in general and absolutely avoid paid contests.

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 4 in San Jose

2018-03-13 18:28:18


Apple today announced it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 4 through June 8. The McEnery Convention Center will be home to the world’s most creative developer community, who come together every year to share unique perspectives and learn about the future of Apple’s breakthrough products and services.

Every year, WWDC provides an opportunity for millions of developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple’s platforms for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod. A broad range of robust developer APIs, including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML, give developers new ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. Last year at WWDC Apple debuted ARKit, and since then, developers with apps in every category on the App Store have embraced inventive ways to engage customers with virtual experiences overlaid in the real world.

Looking forward to this!

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∞ Eddy Cue on why NRA is allowed on Apple TV

2018-03-13 16:21:40

[VIDEO] Short and compelling. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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∞ Siri, HomePod, and a bit of back and forth

2018-03-13 15:21:19

One of my favorite habits is strolling downstairs in the morning, and asking Siri to play some music while I make coffee, do my morning routine.

Yesterday, I asked Siri to play one of my favorite albums, Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert. It’s a terrific morning album and, even though it came out back in 1975, it sounds terrific on HomePod. It’s all about the production.

The problem here is getting Siri to play this album. […]

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The world’s very first iPod commercial

2018-03-13 14:59:09

[VIDEO] Though the commercial is obviously dated (shown by aspect ratio, resolution, fashion, and tech), the sense of how deeply Apple gets music and its importance to people is clear.

Head over to the main Loop post to watch the ad.

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Get an exclusive collection of 10 Mac productivity apps for less than $2/each [Sponsor]

2018-03-13 14:50:39

StackSocial has curated a collection of ten top apps to help you get the most out of your Mac in 2018. Highlighted by BusyCal 3, HoudahSpot 4, and the toolbar app used at Google and Facebook, uBar 4, The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle will give your Mac (and you) a productivity overhaul. Get it now for less than $2/app — it’s just $19.99 (Orig. $525). The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle includes the following:

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  3. HoudahSpot 4 ($29.00 Value) – Find just about any file (documents, photos, emails) on your Mac
  4. uBar 4 ($30.00 Value) – Customize your Mac’s dock
  5. Cisdem DuplicateFinder ($39.99 Value) – Free up space on your Mac by easily deleting any duplicate files
  6. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 ($19.99 Value) – Construct and manage your own very theme park
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  8. Concealer ($19.99 Value) – Keep sensitive files safe
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Grab these 10 apps for just $19.99 at 96% off.

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Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you

2018-03-13 14:48:34

Georges Abi-Heila, The Next Web:

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below).

Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free stripped down version of Facebook that’s actually quite relaxing.

As I’m trying to reduce my exposure to social networks, I decided to take a look at this info.

Read Georges’ post for the details. Better yet, go get your archive from Facebook so you understand just how much Facebook never forgets a single thing you do.

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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers

2018-03-13 14:40:05


Apple Inc’s streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.


Apple’s number compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 at industry leader Spotify.


Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media Inc has 5.48 million total subscribers.

Eddie Cue shared the Apple Music numbers on stage at South by Southwest in Austin.

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Apple orders animated comedy ‘Central Park’ from ‘Bob’s Burgers’ creator

2018-03-13 14:34:34

Daniel Holloway, Variety:

Apple continues to grow it series-programming slate, adding its first animated show.

The digital giant has given a two-season series order to “Central Park,” a musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, the series is described as telling the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Two seasons, 13 episodes each.

The content pipeline is starting to fill. What’s not clear is how all this new programming will be packaged. Will it be part of the Apple Music subscription? Will Apple Music be segmented? Rebranded? Will a new Apple Media entity be created?

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