Jimmy Iovine explains Apple Music ads in worst way possible

Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has won today’s “Yes, they really said that” award after an appearance on CBS This Morning. Iovine was there talking up the latest ad for Apple Music, which features singer Mary J. Blige, actress Kerry Washington, and singer/actress Taraji P. Henson just kinda hanging out with knives and salsa dancing. […]

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Pro Tip: Get your Apple TV sounding just right

You know that Apple TV is a great set-top box that allows you to play games, watch TV shows and movies, and even listen to Apple Music streams. What you may not have known is that you can connect Bluetooth speakers so that you don’t bother your roommates or family when you’re watching, enhance dialogue, […]

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iPhone 7 rumors and shattering Apple TV remotes on The CultCast

This week: the new Apple TV remote is unnervingly easy to break; home-buttonless iPhone 7s; the UK wants your Apple devices to be less secure; and we pitch our favorite new Apple TV apps! Our thanks to Lynda for supporting this episode. Lynda is like the Apple Music of online education, with over 3000 expert-taught […]

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Poll: Which new Microsoft device are you looking forward to most?

Microsoft unveiled five new high-end devices this week, and now it’s time to pit them against each other to find which one our readers are looking forward to the most. Read more…

VR heads to the final frontier, in stunning deck-by-deck recreation of the starship Enterprise

The USS Enterprise-D from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ is being built „in its entirety“ as an Oculus-ready VR experience built on Unreal Engine 4… and so far, it’s looking pretty good. Read more…

Tim Cook Talks iPhone 6s, Social Responsibility, and More on ‘The Late Show’

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on the „The Late Show with Stephen Colbert“ tonight, with the interview covering a number of topics including the iPhone 6s, the possibility of an Apple Car, and Cook’s and Apple’s efforts in social responsibility.

During the portion of his monologue highlighting the show’s guests, Colbert poked fun at Apple with a couple of jokes, initially announcing Cook as „Cello Apple Time Cook“ thanks to autocorrect and joking that the interview would be great but that Cook would release a cooler updated version of it in three months.

The interview kicked off with Colbert showing off a rose gold iPhone 6s before proceeding to ask Cook about the device, leading with making sure the charger hasn’t changed. Colbert and Cook the discussed and showed off 3D Touch and Live Photos, with Colbert quipping regarding 3D Touch „If I hang up on someone hard enough, will it actually hit them on the other side?“

Addressing comments from Uber CEO Kalanick during an interview on The Late Show last week about Apple working on a car, Cook as usual brushed off the question by noting Apple investigates a lot of things.

One of the key topics of the interview was Cook’s emphasis on charity and responsibility to future generations, with Cook noting „We want to leave the world better than we found it“ and pointing toward his own decision to come out as gay last year as an example of a sacrifice made to help others. Cook cited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote of „What are you doing for others?“ as his daily inspiration.

That sense of social responsibility extends to Apple’s business, Colbert noted, with Cook highlighting Apple’s code of conduct for suppliers and efforts in human rights and the environment, noting „We want to leave the world better than we found it.“

Colbert wrapped up the segment by asking Siri what he should ask Cook, with Siri responding „Do me a favor. Ask him when I’m going to get a raise.“

BBC to broadcast Grand Theft Auto TV drama despite Rockstar legal action; trailer released

The BBC has released a trailer for its new feature-length drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton – and despite legal action from Rockstar Games, the show’s broadcast has now been scheduled. Read more…

The life of a professional Instagrammer, this week on The CultCast

This week on The Cultcast: Ever wonder what it’s like to have companies pay you to travel the world snapping their Instagram photos? Professional Instagrammer Cory Staudacher shares his workflows and favorite iOS photo apps — and you won’t believe how much some companies will pay you to make them look cool. Plus: Neat new […]

Apple TV refresh and our picks for worst Apple accessories on The CultCast

This week: looks like the radically improved Apple TV we’ve be waiting for lands in September—we’ll tell you what to expect. Plus: Apple is not going to be your next wireless carrier; more Beats Radio stations are in the works; and don’t miss our picks for the “best of the worst” Apple accessories. Our thanks […]

Microsoft says to expect more Xbox games with TV and movie crossovers

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer believes we’ll see more Xbox games like the upcoming Quantum Break with live-action tie-ins, saying there are ‘certain franchises that lend themselves to TV and even movies’. Read more…