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Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift's album 1989 will be available for streaming through Apple Music, the singer has confirmed, after Apple conceded on royalty payments. The artist got into a high-profile spat with the Cupertino firm over the weekend, taking issue with Apple's plans not to pay musicians any royalties for music played during the initial three month trial users had to get to grips with the service. The news means that, for the moment, Apple Music will be the only streaming service to have Swift's music.

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T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

The newest update to T-Mobile USA's plan to take over the wireless industry includes an update of their JUMP plan. While before this update, T-Mobile's JUMP plan allowed users to upgrade from one phone to another without a major fee, this new "JUMP! On Demand" plan allows users to swap phones up to three times a year. Where before, JUMP required T-Mobile users to pay a $10 per-month fee, this plan costs nothing extra per month. Like Missy Elliot, T-Mobile is remixing their own jams before the competition remixes it for them.

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Elton John, Pharrell, Drake to join Apple’s Beats 1 as DJs

Elton John, Pharrell, Drake to join Apple’s Beats 1 as DJs

With all the hubbub over Apple Music and Taylor Swift and how artists will be paid finally settled, Apple is likely eager to focus on next week's launch of Beats 1, the live radio station. While it's already known that former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe will be the primary host of the service, it seems Apple has also lined up several celebrity musicians to host their own shows. The New York Times has reported that Elton John, Drake, and Pharrell are among those signed up.

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Apple Music free streaming period costs Apple

Apple Music free streaming period costs Apple

Musicians expect to be paid for their music being used even if the listeners aren't paying the company who is streaming it. Details on how much Apple is paying during the free trial period for Apple Music has surfaced and the iPhone maker is reportedly shelling out 2 cents per song streamed during the trial period. That doesn't seem like much money, but considering that some people stream music constantly for hours at a time, it can add up very quickly.

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Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music launches in less than one week, on June 30th. The streaming service is making itself attractive to customers by offering a three-month trial period, hoping that users from established rivals like Spotify drop by and stick around for the premium subscription service. At first, Apple's plan was to forgo paying artists during this trial period. It was a huge blow to independent labels as they are the ones who can't risk giving up a quarter of a year's worth of revenue. Thankfully for artists, Taylor Swift called Apple out on its practices in an open letter, swaying Apple Music to change its tune.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Bowling Central update adds Apple Watch as motion controller

Love bowling but hate having to wear those funny shoes? The Wii has been the long-running champ among alternative bowling methods, but those who own an Apple Watch will soon have another option. Rolocule Games has introduced the 2.0 version of its Bowling Central game for Apple users, and with the update comes Apple Watch support, allowing the wearable to be used as a sort of motion-based game controller. Presently Bowling Central has been available for the iPhone and iPad for use with the Apple TV, and is akin to the company’s previous Motion Tennis game.

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Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Apple releases an OS update called El Capitan, Google responds by scaling said mountain, documenting the experience. This is the difference between Google and Apple. While Apple may be able to sell millions of phones and release operating systems that the public loses their minds over, they don't have people climbing mountains, recording the experience for distribution for free online. It's just not the same sort of experience. It's just not the same sort of environment - not up a sheer rock face, anyway.

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Kenwood begins shipping multimedia receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto support

Kenwood begins shipping multimedia receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto support

Kenwood has announced that its first multimedia car receivers with support for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are now shipping to retailers. The company says that these two models are considered their new flagships, as aside from the smartphone infotainment integration, they offer a number of premium features. The receivers were first unveiled at CES this year, but now we have the prices to go along with them: the Excelon DDX9902S will sell for $950, and the DDX9702S for $900.

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iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

As we found out earlier this month, iOS 9 will support older devices like the iPhone 4s. Some users planning to update will no doubt be doing so with limited available storage, which typically necessitates deleting data and uninstalling apps until the required space is available. Not hard, but usually a waste of time and hassle. With iOS 9 that changes -- developers have spotted a new feature in iOS 9 that temporarily deletes apps to free up space, then automatically reinstalls them after the OS update is finished.

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Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

This week Apple released three big updates to their Beta software to developers for multiple devices. This includes Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta for developers, build 15A204h, as well as updates for mobile devices. For iPhone and iPad, iOS 9 Beta 2 has been seeded. Apple's second WatchOS 2 Beta has also been seeded for the Apple Watch. All of these updates are accessible by hitting the "Software Update" button in each respective developer-signed device. To access Apple WatchOS 2's update, the user must have iOS 9 Beta installed on their connected device.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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