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Parents of dead Google exec mourn ‘tragic accident’ – CNNMoney

Friday, June 26, 2015

The parents of James Howard, a Google executive killed in France last weekend, said they lost their ‘beloved son in a tragic accident.’ The parents of James Howard, a Google executive killed in France on Sunday, are speaking publicly for the first time since his accident. “We lost our beloved son James in a tragic accident in Cannes this week,” said Margaret and John Howard in a statement. “We ask…

Reserve Strap to Offer 30 Hours of Extra Apple Watch Battery Life, Launching … – Mac Rumors

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reserve Strap this week released the official design specifications of its battery-charging Apple Watch band accessory, confirming a shipping date for the $249.99 strap to be November 3, 2015. Since its debut in early March, the Reserve Strap has gone through two design iterations, with developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow attempting to get the look — and functionality — just right. The strap’s finalized design comes in with a…

Apple CEO Tim Cook celebrates Supreme Court decision on gay marriage with … – Apple Insider

Friday, June 26, 2015

By Neil Hughes Friday, June 26, 2015, 08:25 am PT (11:25 am ET) The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of marriage equality in all 50 states, and Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook praised the landmark decision by recalling his company’s famous “Crazy Ones” quote, co-written by his late, close friend Steve Jobs. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the…

AppleCare+ for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch Now Covers Batteries That … – Mac Rumors

Friday, June 26, 2015

Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ Protection Plan for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch to cover batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50% of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 10, 2015 or later. Apple…

Eight banned books that any rebel must read – The Guardian

Friday, June 26, 2015

Studying the history of banned and controversial books helps us understand how social mores evolve in culture. Many decades-old prohibitions seem prudish and laughable today. Yet book banning continues: parents in Idaho and North Carolina recently petitioned to remove Of Mice and Men and The Kite Runner from their children’s high school curriculums. And even Shakespeare is commonly forbidden in US prisons, where officials worry about sexually explicit images. The…

Musicians and writers choose their favourite book about music – The Guardian

Friday, June 26, 2015

Viv Albertine As Serious as Your Life: John Coltrane and Beyond by Valerie Wilmer (1977)Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by Angela Davis (1999) Billie Holiday, c1970. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives Val Wilmer was an ordinary English white girl born in the 1940s, who fell in love with jazz and wrote about it professionally from the age of 17. This book was written in 1977 and I read it in 1978…

What unread books can teach us – The Guardian

Friday, June 26, 2015

The novelist and scholar Umberto Eco once bemoaned the fact that many visitors to his home, seeing his vast personal library, can’t help but exclaim: “What a lot of books! Have you read them all?” His jaw stiffens: the question implies that his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are for showing off, when actually they’re a research tool. Unread books are where the action is. The writer Nassim Taleb approvingly calls such a…

21 classic works of gay literature – Los Angeles Times

Friday, June 26, 2015

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, clearing the way for gay marriage nationwide. As celebrations broke out, many on social media began sharing parts of the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, which concludes with unusual poetry. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming…

USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list – USA TODAY

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Some labels are still holding out on Apple Music ahead of next week’s launch – Business Insider

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reuters/Stephen Lam Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple has now managed to forge deals with the majority of labels following its decision to pay artists during Apple Music’s three months free trial, but one major label is still holding out in a big market. Universal Music Group has yet to sign a deal with Apple in Australia, Music Business Worldwide reports, and we can expect the negotiations to go to…

Amazon Echo Is The First Artificial Intelligence You’ll Want At Home – Popular Science

Friday, June 26, 2015

Amazon Echo Amazon The Amazon Echo is an always-on, Internet-connected bluetooth speaker with artificial intelligence. Your home is about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday, Amazon announced its artificially intelligent bluetooth speaker—the Amazon Echo—is being made publicly available for purchase. The Echo was first unveiled in November 2014, but it was sold on an invitation-only basis until this week. The device is one of the first always-on, voice…

Singapore greets Apple Watch with a shrug – CNBC

Friday, June 26, 2015

None of the stores were able to provide a sales update by mid-morning, but judging by a brief survey of people in line, the Apple Watch Sport was by far the most in demand out of the three models. The 38mm Sport retails for $349, versus $549 for the Apple Watch. Local pricing of the third option, the luxury Apple Watch Edition crafted from 18-karat gold, remained…

The 15 Best Fiction Books of 2015 So Far – Flavorwire

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nothing is sacred in contemporary fiction! That’s the lesson taught by the best books (so far) of 2015. From high-comedic novels that challenge race, class, and gender lines to short stories that lunge at the borders of literary form, from re-imaginations of literary classics set among immigrant communities to reinventions of autobiography — in a few short months, the fiction of 2015 has thrived on iconoclasm. With this in mind,…

Apple confirms Confederate flag ban in App Store, says war games have to … – Apple Insider

Friday, June 26, 2015

By Roger Fingas Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:58 pm PT (03:58 pm ET) Apple on Thursday confirmed that it has removed a number of games and other apps from the App Store because they contain images of the Confederate battle flag. “We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines,” a spokesperson said to…

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is heading to Apple Music – Quartz

Friday, June 26, 2015

All is right with the world again. Taylor Swift and Apple have kissed and made up, and the pop singer confirmed today that 1989, the best-selling album of 2014, will be available on the company’s music streaming service, which launches June 30. After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015 Their squabble started when Apple…

Reserve Strap for Apple Watch promises 30 hours additional battery life, ships … – 9 to 5 Mac (blog)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Following a number of teases for its third-party Apple Watch strap with a built-in battery pack, Reserve Strap, bound to be one of the first battery straps for Apple Watch, is promising an additional 30 hours of battery life for Apple Watch users as it announces plans to ship in November. In an update on its website, the company announced that the final design for Reserve Strap will offer “more…

Google’s self-driving cars are now on the streets of California – Quartz

Friday, June 26, 2015

“OK Google, drive me to work.” Google announced today that its panda-shaped self-driving cars are now puttering around the streets of Mountain View, California. Quartz first reported in March that Google was likely to start trialling its cars this year. The cars can only travel 25 mph and will have drivers behind the wheel the entire time, for safety reasons—although the company has previously blamed humans for the accidents in…

Apple pulls Civil War games from App Store in ongoing controversy over … – Apple Insider

Thursday, June 25, 2015

By Roger Fingas Thursday, June 25, 2015, 08:13 am PT (11:13 am ET) Apple appears to have removed most or all content from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, even games which only feature the flag in a historical war context, it was discovered on Thursday. One of HexWar’s pulled Civil War strategy games. Some examples include Ultimate General: Gettysburg and Hunted Cow’s Civil War games, according to…