Author Archives: Chris Davies

Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear and Android Community. Based in San Francisco, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.

Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Apple Music will launch at $9.99 per month, Apple has confirmed today, though new subscribers to its streaming audio system will get a three month trial to whet their appetite. The new music service will cost "the same as an album," Apple's Eddy Cue pointed out on-stage at WWDC 2015 today, when it launches on June 30. Meanwhile, there'll be a family plan for those wanting to share access between up to six people.

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Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Apple Music will give artists a place to not only share their music but their inspiration and more, with Connect pages that can be followed by listeners. Exactly what each page will include will be left up to the artists themselves, with support for not only clips of streaming audio but video, status updates, photos, and more. Meanwhile, Apple brought music star Drake - wearing a classic Apple jacket with the rainbow logo, indeed - up on-stage to talk about what Connect could do.

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Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Soon you’ll be able to watch videos on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch is getting standalone video playback, with the new feature coming in watchOS 2.0. While your wrist might not be the ideal place for a feature film - unless you have great eyesight and a really, really strong arm - Apple is positioning the new functionality as perfect for short-form video. That includes the six-second clips popularized by Vine and similar social video apps, and indeed it was Vine which Apple demonstrated on-stage today.

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Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple Watch getting Time-Lapse faces and 3rd-party Complications

Apple is adding a new bevy of watch faces to Apple Watch in watchOS 2.0, as well as allowing third-party developers to create their own Complications. The new watchfaces will include a Photo face, allowing wearers to see a photo of their choice when they lift their arm, as well as a Photo Album watchface which will pick a different image from a pre-selected gallery, and show it each time. However, if you'd rather leave Apple to pick the pictures, there's a brand new Time-Lapse face.

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App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

The App Store has passed 100 billion downloads, a huge milestone for the software marketplace that Apple launched seven years ago. The number, announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook today, comes along with a sizable running total of pay-outs to developers, with Apple handing over their cut worth $30bn in the time the store has been operating.

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Your iPhone could last hours longer with iOS 9

Your iPhone could last hours longer with iOS 9

Apple is touting its battery improvements with iOS 9, promising that an iPhone under typical use will last for around an hour longer than before. The under-the-hood changes will be delivered effectively seamlessly, Apple said. However, that's not the only boost in battery life that iOS 9 can deliver, if you flick the right switch.

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Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple News for iOS 9 takes on Flipboard

Apple has launched News, a Flipboard rival intended to bring speedier, cleaner reading to the iPad and iPhone. The new magazine reading app, announced at WWDC 2015, sees Apple wade head-first into territory currently occupied by Google and others with the app that will come bundled with iOS 9. Although any news site will be able to be loaded in the app, Apple has partnered with a number of high-profile publishers: The New York Times (with thirty free articles a day), ESPN, and Condé Nast properties like Vanity Fair, Vogue, and GQ.

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Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay hits UK in July for your Cheeky Nando’s

Apple Pay will launch in the UK in July, with over 250,000 locations supporting Apple's wireless payment service including London's Tube and bus network. Eventually fourteen banks will support Apple Pay in the UK, including NatWest, Santander, HSBC, Nationwide, and American Express. As for stores, Apple says that there will be more locations available at the UK launch than there were at the US launch.

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Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple iOS 9 supercharges Siri

Apple has begun detailing iOS 9, and first off is a supercharging to Siri that will make the virtual assistant more flexible and contextually-aware. The new Siri will be more intelligent, Apple's Craig Federighi, as well as more proactive, with a revamped UI and the ability to make suggestions from a swipe across on the homescreen. Those suggestions will include contacts and apps - perhaps a recently-installed game that hasn't yet been played with - along with nearby locations.

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Here are the big winners in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

Here are the big winners in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

A South Korean team has won DARPA's Robotic Challenge Finals, besting US rivals and taking home $2m after demonstrating its disaster-response 'bot. The robot, DRC-HUBO, beat out 22 other teams, each rising to the US government agency's challenge to create a machine able to enter hazardous areas - such as the radioactive zone left by the Fukushima nuclear explosion in 2011 - and carry out tasks that would normally demand human dexterity.

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