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21. Mai 2018

Apple Loses Out as Netflix Inks Content Deal With Former President Obama

Former United States President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed a multiyear production deal with Netflix that will see the two producing television shows and films for the service, reports The New York Times.

Though Netflix had been in negotiations with the Obamas for several months, Apple was rumored to be interested in working with the duo had the Netflix deal fallen through. Apple has been developing a slew of original television shows, and a deal with Michelle and Barack Obama would have been a big win.

Image via Getty Images Obama’s deal with Netflix will allow for him to create content that will reach millions of people both [...]

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16. April 2018

Spotify Snags Former Apple Music Hip-Hop Programming Head

Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of hip-hop programming, has left Apple to work for Spotify, reports Variety.

As head of hip-hop programming, Chery secured Apple exclusive releases from Chance the Rapper, including Grammy Award-winning album „Coloring Book,“ and he also helped discover artists like Cardi B, Bryson Tiller, Post Malone, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, 6LACK, and H.E.R.

Image via Variety Chery was behind several popular playlists on Apple Music, including A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B, and his absence will likely be felt at Apple Music, where hip-hop has become one of the genres the service is known for.

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16. April 2018

Former iPod Chief Tony Fadell Believes Apple Should Tackle Smartphone Addiction

Tony Fadell, who was instrumental to the creation of the iPod, believes Apple should tackle the issue of smartphone addiction.

Tony Fadell, second from the left, alongside Steve Jobs and other Apple executives following the original iPhone announcement in 2007 In an editorial with Wired UK, the former Senior Vice President of the iPod division said Apple can solve the problem at the software level by „empowering users to understand more about how they use their devices.“

„To do this, it should let people track their digital activity in detail and across all devices,“ said Fadell. „You should be able to see exactly how you spend your [...]

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24. März 2018

Former Apple Sound Designer Discusses History Behind ‚Sosumi‘, Mac Startup Tone, and Camera Click

In the late 1980s Jim Reekes began working as a sound designer for Apple, creating some of the Mac’s most iconic sounds like the „Sosumi“ beep, startup chord, and camera/screenshot click. In a new interview with CNBC, Reekes discussed the origins behind each of these sound creations, and what he thinks about the current audio design of Apple devices. Reekes has touched upon these topics before, but they remain interesting for anyone who might not have heard about this part of Apple’s history.

Reekes explained that the reason for the name „Sosumi“ began with a lawsuit from The Beatles‘ record label, also named Apple. At the time, [...]

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