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239: FourChins

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple/Tidal

Photo:  Apple/Tidal

This week's CultCast...

The best ways to get your gadgets the AppleCare protection you want, but without the AppleCare prices you don’t.  Plus: the iPhone 7 may have more storage than you expected; taking over Tidal could mean CD quality streaming is coming to Apple Music; hands on with the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas; “the fappening” hacker heads to the slammer; this year’s iPhone Photography Award winners prove your iPhone is all your need to create captivating images.

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On the show this week:

Intro - iPhone camera changes the game

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas are now open to the public

  • Apple is now letting members of its public beta program install the new software, which debuted last month at WWDC.

  • If you haven’t already signed up to get in on the betas, you can still do so at the Apple Beta Software Program site. Once you’re in the program, you’ll get an email with a link to download the latest builds.

Apple might buy struggling competitor Tidal

  • A new report claims that the iPhone-maker is in exploratory talks to acquire the music streaming service.

  • “The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal,” reports the Wall Street Journal, which says Apple is considering buying the company as a way to bolster its strategy to spend tons of cash on artist exclusives.

  • Tidal was launched in 2014, purchased by Jay Z in 2015, and promised artists greater revenues than those offered by Spotify and Apple Music.

  • Both Apple and Tidal are remaining silent about rumors of the talks. Terms of the possible deal haven’t been revealed

iPhone 7 might kill measly 16GB storage option at last

  • The cheapest model iPhone 7 units will come with 32GB of storage by default, reports the Wall Street Journal in a wide-ranging article that covers possible features Apple’s latest smartphone will have.

  • The increase in storage has been rumored for a few months now, with other reports claiming Apple will also add a 256GB option for those who need even more storage.

  • Other new features expected to be added include a simplified case design, new dual-lens camera, better waterproofing, no headphone jack and Lightning EarPods.

‘Celebgate’ hacker pleads guilty to cracking iCloud accounts

  • A hacker who broke into more than 30 iCloud accounts has pleaded guilty for his role in the “Celebgate” leak of 2014. Edward Majerczyk faces up to five years in prison for illegally obtaining private celebrity photos.

  • Majerczyk, 28, worked alongside Ryan Collins, who pleaded guilty to his role in the hack back in March, to create a phishing scam that tricked celebrities into entering login information into fake websites.

  • They then used this information to obtain access to over 300 Gmail and iCloud accounts.

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Behold the year’s best iPhone photographs

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