Taylor Swift takes over Times Square for live concert on ‘Good Morning America’

New York gave Taylor Swift a warm welcome. The 24-year-old singer took over Times Square Thursday and performed to thousands of screaming fans in the heart of the Big Apple live on ABC's "Good Morning America." Swift sang three songs off her brand-new hit album "1989" including "Welcome to New York," "Out of the Woods," and "Shake It Off." The blond beauty revealed to "GMA" host Robin Roberts that a "1989" tour is in the works. "I am gonna be going out on tour very soon. We're in the early stages of planning the actual show," she said. "I'm excited about announcing things when I can announce them, but it's going to be happening." Swift has been heavily promoting her fifth studio album with countless interviews and appearances over the past week. The starlet made sure to thank her New York fans who slept in Times Square overnight to be the first ones there to watch her shake it . Swift will return to the same spot on New Year's Eve to perform on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015." "I'm so excited," she said of the performance that will close out the year. "It's going to be so great to be back here for New Year's." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO. Continue Reading

Man claims $7,000 monthly salary as an intern, lots of secrets at Apple

A former Apple intern claims he earned up to $7,000 per month at the tech giant — as long as he kept his mouth shut. The man identified only as "Brad" told Business Insider about his time at the Cupertino, Calif., company. He said he was forbidden from telling anyone outside of his immediate family what he was working on. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO "LIKE." "They want to be able to release a product that everyone's happy about but no one knew about before," he told the website. Brad said the Apple campus was "totally locked down," staff members were banned from taking pictures and employees from different departments didn't know what others were working on. Certain buildings were regularly blocked off and interns and workers were drilled in secrecy "from day one." A colleague who'd labored over the original iPad in 2010 told Brad they'd been working on developing 9.7-inch displays for several months without realizing the end game. "They didn't know if it was a big phone or a small laptop," Brad said. "It wasn't until the product release where Steve Jobs went on stage and showed the iPad that they realized this is what we worked on for the past two years." Brad also said that the company interviewed potential interns very specific, rather than general, roles. Then they were offered about $6,700 per month, with the chance to work overtime. Interns were also offered free communal housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, or given $1,000 toward their monthly rent if they lived alone. Brad mentioned another perk: interns get to meet executives — including CEO Tim Cook and design chief Jony Ive — through a speaker series. Apple has not commented on the claims. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Game of Thrones’ trailer unveiled during HBO Now announcement at Apple event

If the scale and scope of the impending season of “Game of Thrones” can be measured by anything it’s the size of the dragons. And judging by the glimpse at the end of the brand-new trailer for the impending season 5, my how they’ve grown. As part of the festivities surrounding Monday’s announcement that HBO’s new streaming service will be titled HBO Now and run on Apple TV, the premium cable channel unleashed a new trailer for its hit fantasy series. Like any celebration associated with “Game of Thrones,” the trailer showcases there’s a lot more death and woe in store for cast members that have yet to be beheaded, impaled, crushed, burned alive or thrown from great heights. “Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel,” says Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) at the start of the one-minute, 50-second barrage of mostly new footage. “This one’s on top, then that ones on top, and on and on its spins, crushing those on the ground. “I’m not going to stop the wheel, I’m going to break the wheel.” Besides the intriguing final shot of Drogon taking to flight, there are intriguing views of Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) exile and Jon Snow’s (Kit Haringotn) attempt to unite the Wildlings with the Night’s Watch against the encroaching doom of the White Walkers. There’s also the introduction of Prince Oberyn’s eight sexy but deadly bastard daughters, better known to readers of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novels as the Sand Snakes. Nerds are almost as excited by the new HBO-stand-alone streaming service, which for a $14.95 montly fee, offers a cheaper alternative to cable. The service will go live just in time for the April 12 debut of the new season of “Game of Thrones.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? Continue Reading

Apple Music’s new streaming service, despite some glitches, has competition beat: Review

Apple may have arrived tardy to the streaming party, but their new service, unveiled Tuesday, has some features that threaten to beat the others to a pulp. A quick road test of Apple Music’s first day revealed a service that’s better-curated, more musically varied, and more finely integrated into the music library most folks already use than any streaming system before it. The news wasn’t all sterling. While I had no trouble signing up for the three-month, free individual subscription on my iPhone, I couldn’t get the thing to work on a PC desktop. Even leaning on professional technical help (from the News’ IT team) couldn’t make the latter method click. And that was after two hours of trying. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT TO 'HAPPILY' STREAM MUSIC ON APPLE Once I got the phone app downloaded, however, most things moved quickly and smoothly. One frustrating exception concerned a key service of Apple Music:  the “For You” tab. Listeners tap on it to let the service know their preferences, by genre and artist. That way, it can start making informed suggestions for which older music you may want to find, as well as which new sounds you’ll, hopefully, be keen to explore. After you choose “For You,” the screen floats bubbles across the phone, each containing a genre (on one level) and an artist (on a secondary level). You hit the desired bubble once to show you “like” that style or star, and twice to indicate that you “love” it. That’s a fun entry point, as well as a better delineated one than you’ll find on other streaming services. The problem? If you have an older phone (like me), the bubbles sometimes get trapped in off-screen space, potentially preventing you from choosing the ones you want most. Even if you have a new wide-screen phone, you won’t get as many genre choices as some might like. You’ll find no “prog” Continue Reading

The Apple Watch Edition is twice as expensive in the UK

If you live in the UK and you're thinking of buying an Apple Watch Edition, you might want to consider doing so in the U.S. As Business Insider reported Rob Price pointed out, the retail price for the golden Apple Watch in the UK is £ 13,500-roughly $20,000. That is twice as much as the most basic model of the Apple Watch Edition, which costs $10,000. Price noted that it's cheaper for Brits to fly to the U.S., buy their watch, and still have enough money for a weekend vacation. This is the breakdown of how much a weekend getaway would cost in order to buy a gold smartwatch: A flight for the weekend of April 23 to April 26 costs approximately $616. An Airbnb Luxury studio near Grand Central Station costs $225 Buy the Apple Watch $10,000 With basics covered, Brits seeking the latest fad would still have $9,000 to spare. They could use that money for mini city vacation and go Broadway shows, splurge in fancy diners, heck, they can even upgrade from an Airbnb to a five star hotel. A consumer group called Which? said the difference in price is set by manufacturers and not by the foreign exchange rate. For those who live in the U.S. this is just a reminder of how ridiculously expensive the Apple Watch Edition is. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Apple renovates old bank to open retail store in Upper East Side

What used to be a bank is now an Apple store in the Upper East Side. The Beaux Arts building that originally housed the U.S. Mortgage & Trust bank in the 1920s will open as an Apple store on Saturday. "At Apple, we care a lot about the details so it was really important that we got the location right," said Jason Barlia, market director at Apple retail. "When we saw it, we knew this was the right location to open a store in this neighborhood." The new store is small and personal, yet looks spacious with its marble entrance and tall ceilings. The stairs and other parts of the architecture were also restored with Botticino marble, which was originally used in the bank and is the same material found in Grand Central and Penn Station. Apple also added six metal chandeliers to reproduce the originals from old photographs. The heavily reinforced vault that used to be part of the bank was also kept and restored. The massive steel door behind a set of steel bars is now a special entrance for VIP customers who are trying on the Apple Watch Edition. Apple's restoration is part of the effort to keep all its New York City stores distinct from each other. "We're excited to have this store join the others that exist in New York City," Barlia said. "As you've seen them all, they're all uniquely different…they all compliment the neighborhoods that they're in." The store recently received complaints from neighborhood residents, led by an 89-year-old retired businessman who lives around the corner from the new store, because it would attract unwanted crowds to the area. Herbert Feinberg went to court on June 3 to try to prevent Apple from opening its newest store at Madison Ave. and E. 74th St.  "Madison Avenue is one of the great New York City Streets ... (and local residents) are opposed to the congestion and commercialization of the neighborhood that the store will Continue Reading

Oldest-known living person Jeralean Talley thanks God for long life

Jeralean Talley, the world's oldest-known living person, will celebrate her 116th birthday in Detroit next month thanking God for her longevity. Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world's longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas this month. "Everything comes from above. Everything just comes from above," Talley told Reuters, surrounded by her family, at her one-storey home in the Detroit suburb of Inkster. Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. He died in 1988. Sharing apple pies from McDonald's with the youngest member of her five-generation family, two-year-old Armmell Holloway, Talley said: "I feel just like I feel. I feel good." Talley, who worked in a laundry washing and ironing, lives with her daughter, Thelma Holloway, 77. Pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy hang on the wall in the house Talley and her husband built in 1963. Holloway said her mother would not have predicted the election of a fellow black person as U.S. president, in the shape of Barack Obama. "It's amazing. I never had no thoughts about nothing like this. And then she got a chance to be here and see a black president and all that," Holloway said. "That's history. She had no idea about that and neither did I." She said her mother has maintained an active lifestyle, bowling until she was 104, and that the family plan to take her out for dinner on her 116th birthday. Talley now mostly stays at home or visits family members' homes and remains active in the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster, where a front row seat is kept for her. "She enjoys fishing. She goes fishing every year, but it's not quite time," Holloway said. "Maybe sometime in June she'll get around to Continue Reading

Gay activists have got company: In Indiana, Arkansas and around the country, Apple, Walmart and other corporations are turning the same-sex marriage tide

Even if you think, as I do, that the past week's great gay rights war was 90% hype — the religious exemption laws in Indiana and Arkansas, even before they got amended, were by no means the bar to future discrimination suits that many backers hoped and opponents feared — one take-away is still a bit amazing: America's big businesses have emerged as a hugely effective ally of gay rights. That is a very big deal that will reshape this crucial cultural cause, and perhaps others, for years to come. How did this happen, what does it mean and will it last? For those whose attention was elsewhere this week, here's what happened: Like 27 other states, Indiana and Arkansas have no general laws banning discrimination against gay people in private employment or so-called public accommodations, although some cities in Indiana do have local ordinances to that effect. This week, Republican legislatures in both states enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) laws, which — among many other impacts in areas of the law unrelated to discrimination — might someday be invoked by florists, photographers or caterers reluctant on religious grounds to participate in a gay marriage celebration. A national outcry ensued, fed by cable news and social media, and late this week both Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson yielded to the pressure, requesting and getting legislative "fixes" making it clear that neither law would have such an effect. (Contrary to some news reports, the revised laws did not ban such discrimination, but simply made clear that should such disputes emerge under local ordinances or, perhaps, future state laws, the RFRA would not serve as a defense.) Previous gay-rights blowbacks have been led by people holding signs and chanting slogans. This one was different. In both states, the rapid turnabout was a direct result of business pressure. Yes, celebrities jumped in with opinions, cable pundits Continue Reading

These are the things you can buy with $10K instead of an 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition

Tim Cook announced Monday that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition would go on sale starting at $10,000 and it would be available in limited quantities. Depending on which band the consumer gets with the smartwatch the price could go up to $17,000. Quite frankly, any price above $10,000 is way too much money for a smartwatch, but there's no doubt that people will still want to buy the gold-covered watch. Here's a list of things that Daily News staffers would buy with $10,000 instead of a gold smartwatch: Laura Thompson @wawawomp: With $10K I could buy 5,000 $2 scratchers and have 5,000 chances at $1K a week for life (Similar to this teen). Robert Shields @rshields37: Apparently, a pony costs around $1,000 … So I’ll say 10 ponies. Arielle Landau @arilandau: I'd buy .97 carat Tiffany’s earrings … Or a trip to Bali. Rent a hut, sit on the beach, eat lychee … ahhhhh. Sean Keane @SpectacularSean: Assuming each new video game console is about $450, I could buy one from the next 22 years for $10,000, with change left over for games. Zayda Rivera @RiveraZayda: Apple stock. Ryan Beckler @RyanBeckler: A 14-day cruise of the Mississippi or Chipotle every day for three years. Meredith Engel @MeredithEngel: That's easy — I would pay off some wedding bills. Getting married is expensive!! Ethan Sacks @ethanjsacks: Next year’s season tickets to the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. Plus a hot dog and beer. Victoria Taylor @vic_taylor: I would rent a villa in Tuscany for a week. Colin DeVries @colin_devries: The will to live. Nina Lin @nlinphoto: I would take a year off to go on a vacation! For that kind of money you could visit every country twice. Alejandro Alba @MrAlexAlba: I'd buy a water thrusting jet bike ... or produce a low budget film with the potential to become a huge success.  Thomas Shea Continue Reading

‘Game of Thrones’ to live stream Season 5 premiere in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” will be held at a palatial building in San Francisco, aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom. But the City by the Bay is also a leading tech hub and HBO plans to give “Game of Thrones” fans access to the red carpet event Monday by streaming it live on the show’s Facebook page. Many of the series’ stars will attend the event at the War Memorial Opera House and answer fan questions submitted via Facebook. Facebook viewers will also be treated to behind the scenes video features scenes from the new season, HBO said. Visuals from the premiere will also be shared on Instagram. Cast members scheduled to attend include Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is set in the war-torn continent of Westeros, a place where winter and summer can last for decades. The epic fantasy, which tells the story of warring kingdoms, includes stunning landscapes, lots of sex, plenty of sword fights and decapitations and fire-breathing dragons. By Friday, fans had already posted more than 300 questions for the cast on Facebook, ranging from what the actors would name their pet dragons to what characters will die next in the blood-soaked epic fantasy. Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton, promised “shocks” for fans at the world premiere last week held at the historic Tower of London castle in England, but he and the rest of the cast revealed few details about the plot’s twists and turns. Season five premieres April 12 on HBO and on HBO Now, the networks’ streaming service, which will launch that day on Apple TV. Continue Reading