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Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s plugging HomeKit’s biggest shortcoming

Apple’s HomeKit in 2014 was a promising start but lacked depth; it’s only with the arrival of iOS 9 that the smart home platform will begin to seem truly useful rather than a gimmick. What will arguably make the biggest difference to actual users is the new support for Event Triggers and Conditions. That will allow for conditional macros: strings of not only actions, like lights turning on and doors unlocking, but the rules and exceptions that govern them.

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Spotify raises $526 million in funding to continue battling Apple

Spotify raises $526 million in funding to continue battling Apple

In the aftermath of Apple revealing its own new music streaming service, news has leaked that Spotify has just closed a funding round with $526 million in cash. This puts the Swedish company at a valuation of $8.53, reported the Wall Street Journal, and means they have doubled their total funding to over $1 billion since launching in 2006. The new funding is said to allow Spotify to invest in new expansions and offering new forms of content, as they face a growing rival in the new Apple Music.

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Antitrust probe targets Apple Music and music labels

Antitrust probe targets Apple Music and music labels

An antitrust probe is underway from the attorneys general of Connecticut and New York that is looking into whether Apple’s negotiations for its Apple Music service with music labels included any violations. Apple recently introduced the service at its WWDC 2015 keynote, and according to sources the company was still in negotiations with the music labels down to the wire. The investigation is looking into whether there was any pressure from Apple toward the music labels, or if those labels conspired with each other and/or Apple to back out of supporting other competing services — particularly freemium ones like Spotify.

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SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

SlashGear 101: What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is to streaming music what the iPhone was to smartphones - or at least that's what Apple would like you to believe. When introducing this service this week, former head of Beats, now Apple man Jimmy Iovine referenced the original Steve Jobs keynote reveal of the iPhone, here suggesting, "Apple Music is three things, a revolutionary music service... the first ever live, 24-hour, worldwide radio station... [and] Connect, a fantastic way for new and even unsigned artists to connect directly with music lovers anywhere."

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This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

This is Apple’s big plan for smarter Watch connectivity

Your Apple Watch and your iPhone are going to get smarter in how they work together, with Watch OS 2 and iOS 9 streamlining security, privacy, and app data delays. The changes build on Apple Watch’s new native app support: where now the apps themselves run on the iPhone and just tell the wearable what to display, with the arrival of Watch OS 2 both the UI and the backend code will be running on the wrist. Not only will that mean greater independence when you’re away from your iPhone, it also paves the way to a more trusting and efficient relationship when the two gadgets are together.

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Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

While Apple's keynote at WWDC 2015 included an expansion to the UK for Apple Pay, one omission was a bit more glaring than most: Barclays. Not long after the keynote was complete, Barclays UK took to Twitter to rectify the situation. Not with confirmation that they'd be coming forward with Apple Pay, but with word that they were, indeed, in talks with Apple. Of particular interest is the fact that while Barclays does support a mobile payment service on smartphones with phone numbers, they do not yet support NFC-based connections as of yet.

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Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple iOS 9 goes in-depth on reproductive health

Apple is taking reproductive health seriously in iOS 9, with a new set of comprehensive HealthKit measures that could be essential for those trying to conceive or those trying not to. With software tracking things like menstrual cycles and intended to predict fertility some of the most popular in the App Store, it’s perhaps no surprise that Apple Health should expand to embrace it. Rather than just a few basic metrics, however, HealthKit is aiming for a real insight.

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eBay comes to Apple Watch with bid notifications and more

eBay comes to Apple Watch with bid notifications and more

Not one to be left behind on the recent Apple Watch app craze, internet commerce giant eBay has just announced its own app for Apple's new wearable. eBay's new smartwatch app won't allow for users to search for and place bids on items, thankfully, but it does aim to provide both buyers and sellers with useful updates and alerts on marketplace items. This follows similar smartwatch apps from the company for devices like Pebble and Samsung Galaxy Gear.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Now that the avalanche of info released by Apple during its WWDC keynote yesterday has begun to subside, smaller details about the newly announced iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are beginning to surface. Now that developers have had a few hours to play with the iOS 9 beta, images have surfaced that reveal a dedicated app for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service Apple launched last year. The app offers users direct access to a file manager on their iPhone or iPad.

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