AppleInsider Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to track, manage music royalties 2017-04-26T23:31:17.000000000-04:00 Spotify on Wednesday announced the purchase of Brooklyn-based startup Mediachain Labs, a company which developed technology that can help the streaming music giant better track online content and reward owners with royalty payments. A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple's iPhone 2017-04-26T16:22:38.000000000-04:00 It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But all of those media narratives... Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID 2017-04-26T14:48:36.000000000-04:00 New purported schematics for Apple's "iPhone 8" show the rear of the device, possibly backing up claims that the product will switch to vertically-aligned lenses -- albeit without a Touch ID sensor. How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve battery life with 2-cell design, OLED screen 2017-04-26T13:10:15.000000000-04:00 The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever. Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple says 2017-04-26T12:47:11.000000000-04:00 Final Cut Pro X -- once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite -- has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas. Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning 2017-04-26T12:19:23.000000000-04:00 On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app. Lowest prices anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 512GB, 460) for $2,899 ($200 off); 5% off DJI drones 2017-04-26T10:45:00.000000000-04:00 B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. High-end 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 off, and popular DJI drones are 5% off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's iPhone 2017-04-26T10:44:26.000000000-04:00 Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options. Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new Ecobee 4 thermostat, more devices shipping 2017-04-26T10:23:50.000000000-04:00 Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge. $24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery at Apple's Corte Madera, Calif., store 2017-04-26T09:22:02.000000000-04:00 Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.