Calling it "challenging" and "unfamiliar," Nine Inch Nails rocker and film composer Trent Reznor has revealed he is deeply involved in a secretive music delivery product in the works at Apple.
Reznor revealed his participation in a new interview with Billboard published Friday, saying that the new project came about from Apple's acquisition of Beats. Without giving specifics, Reznor said he's "designing some products" with Apple, leveraging his "unique position" in a way to benefit the company behind iTunes.
When asked if the project was related to music delivery, Reznor went as far as to say that it is "in that world." He also said that while the job is "creative," he's not "directly making music."
"I'm fully in it right now, and it's challenging, and it's unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for — and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for," he said.
Reznor was also asked about Apple's collaboration with U2, which saw the band's new album, "Songs of Innocence," automatically added to users' music libraries. Some critics saw this as an invasion of privacy, while Reznor said both Apple and U2 probably would have come out of the promotion in a better light if they had simply given users the ability to add the songs to their library if they chose.
"I was with Bono that day. I was at the Apple event and we were hanging out after they did it," he said. "There's an immense sense of pride toward the album he just spent several years making. He was very proud of what he did."
The Nine Inch Nails frontman is also an Oscar-winning composer, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the film "The Social Network." Reznor and Atticus Ross also did the soundtrack for the recently released film "Gone Girl," directed by frequent collaborator David Fincher.
Speaking to Billboard, Reznor also admitted that he is a "life-long Apple consumer and fan and advocate." He showed that in 2013 when he used an iPhone 5s and FaceTime during a live concert in Las Vegas to speak with a friend dying of terminal cancer.
French site MacG reports that a new Apple Store in Lille, northern France, looks set to open next month. Apple has put up the black hoardings that usually appear in the final weeks of preparing a new retail store for opening …
The store, located on rue Faidherbe, will be a relatively large one for France, with two floors totalling a little over 15,000 square feet.
The Lille store will be the 18th Apple Store in France, but the first in the region. It is also close enough to the Belgian border to make it a convenient option for those in locations in the west of the country, like Ypres. There are no Apple Stores in Belgium–only resellers–and with completely open borders between EC countries, cross-border shopping is common.
It was revealed in Apple’s annual report, released a few days ago, that the average revenue from its retail stores had fallen slightly, from $51.5M per store in 2012 to $50.6M this year. The company has ambitious expansion plans in China, with Tim Cook telling local media that it plans to open 25 new stores there within the next two years.
Good news: It looks like you’ll still be able to whip out your iOS 8-powered iPhone or iPad, head to Notification Center, and perform some quick calculations on a calculator widget that you previously placed in the Today section. TechCrunch now reports that Apple has decided against an earlier decision to reject calculator apps from building iOS 8 widgets, which should come as a relief to apps like PCalc that first started complaining about Apple’s widget policies earlier this week.
“The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us,” TechCrunch writes. “From our understanding, the calculator use case was not one that Apple had anticipated, which is why an App Store reviewer originally explained to Thomson that he would need to adjust the app, or risk being pulled from the App Store”
For some reason, Apple had told developers to remove calculator widgets from their apps, MacRumors reported on Wednesday, and added that they would have to do it unless they want their apps removed from the App Store.
“Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed,” PCalc’s developer James Thomson wrote on Twitter.
“I’m going to try to escalate the decision, but it sounds like it was made high up and won’t be changed.” he added. “I’ve basically got 2-3 weeks to remove it, barring a miracle.”
Ironically, Apple has PCalc highlighted in its App Store as one of the iOS 8-ready apps that comes with widgets support. But as soon as the calculator widget is gone, the app will not have any widgets for users, as it’s basically a calculator app.
“I would be allowed to make a widget that let you to ‘enter a formula’ but it couldn’t perform the calculation in the widget,” Thomson revealed.
Apple’s guidelines for Notification Center widgets say that these app extensions should have a “simple, streamlined UI,” and shouldn’t be a mini version of the app.
An image showing the current PCalc widget follows below.
Apple iPhone 6 advertised on unauthorized Iranian reseller Hesam
Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.
According to people familiar with the matter, senior Apple executives are courting prospective Iranian distributors at the company's headquarters in London, paving the way for an official reseller network in the Middle East country, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Apple's entry into Iran is contingent on future diplomatic relations, but the company is making preparations in case sanctions lift, sources said. The report notes other Western businesses are doing the same, but many of those interested in getting in early are based out of Europe, not America.
As for Apple, sources expected the company to rely on so-called "premium resellers" in its Iranian operations, not flagship Apple Stores. The business model would take after franchise-style outlets that deal only in Apple products, a strategy used in certain areas of Europe and Asia.
A move into Iran would not be unprecedented, at least in the smartphone sector, as a number of big-name Asian corporations are already selling their wares and have become well entrenched in the region.
In August of 2013, Apple announced it would begin selling products to customers who planned to take the devices into Iran. At the time, the U.S. government had just lifted an export ban imposed as a result of economic sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear program. The Obama administration reportedly eased restrictions of high-tech electronics as they could help citizen protestors disrupt the Iranian regime.
Like many countries, Iran has an appetite for Apple devices. A report in 2013 noted business was booming for banned Apple products, with devices being funneled in through underground trade routes for massive profits.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasn't an "easy choice," he's decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.
In the essay published by Bloomberg, Cook said he's been open about his sexual orientation for years with friends and colleagues, but coming out publicly has been a difficult decision. But recently, he's realized that his desire for privacy has held him back from "doing something more important."
"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," Cook wrote. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
Cook used the revelation to talk about how America has changed over the years in how it views gay people and relationships, and said that public figures coming out has helped to change American culture to be more tolerant. But he also decried existing intolerant laws in the U.S. that can lead to the persecution of people based solely on their sexual orientation.
He said that while privacy remains important to him and the decision to come out wasn't an "easy choice," he hopes that hearing the CEO of Apple is gay might help someone else who is struggling with their own identity.
"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook wrote. "It's made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It's been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry.
"It's also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you're the CEO of Apple."
While Cook hasn't spoken publicly about his own sexual orientation before Thursday, he has openly championed equality during his tenure as the CEO of Apple. Just this month, he spoke on human rights issues in his home state of Alabama, and compared its slow progress on rights for the LGBT community with the country's long struggle to reach racial and gender equality.
Cook was first profiled as the "most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley" by a publication back in 2011, discussing what has been something of an open secret despite the fact that he had not, at the time, chosen to publicly disclose his sexual orientation. And earlier this year, a television anchor inadvertently "outed" Cook as gay.
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