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Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

This morning an updated version of iOS was release for iPhone and iPad, bringing on Apple Music for the masses. Apple Music is being released with 24/7 global radio, what Apple describes as "a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists, and a streaming music service. This is all coming in a redesigned Music app. This release also includes improvements for a number of apps already included in the system. Owners of the newest several generations of iPhone and iPad can expect this software to be pushed to their device starting this afternoon.

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Apple Music scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Apple Music scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

More big news on Apple Music's expanding catalog on the eve of the streaming service's debut. Not only will Taylor Swift's 1989 be available, but music from rock legends AC/DC, and Dr. Dre's influential hip-hop album The Chronic will also be streamable. Both of these new entries will be available to listeners first thing when Apple Music launches later today. The addition of AC/DC and The Chronic marks the end of each artist not being available in certain ways on the digital music market.

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Shazam now lets you know what artists have Shazamed

Shazam now lets you know what artists have Shazamed

It seems that everyone and anyone in the music streaming biz is scampering now that Apple is launching its own Apple Music service. Google has unexpectedly added free ad-supported streaming radio to their service. Tidal abruptly fires its CEO almost in panic over an impending competition. And now Shazam has announced a new feature that goes slightly beyond its regular music discovery feature and into the realm of social networking for artists. Coincidentally, that's the very same feature that Apple has been advertising from the get go in Apple Music Connect.

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iPhone 8-years on: what’s next for Apple’s flagship?

iPhone 8-years on: what’s next for Apple’s flagship?

Eight years ago Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world, and the world changed. Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but they certainly started the craze. Eight years on, we're having a look at how this quintessential smart device has evolved - where it's been, what it's meant to the industry, and where it's about to go. As always, the next step is the most important for us. Once the newest phone is in your hands, it's time for the next one. What's left for Apple to do to the device that changed the way they did business?

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iPhone 6s Force Touch models begin production soon

iPhone 6s Force Touch models begin production soon

Sources suggest that Apple's next iPhone begins production as soon as next month with Apple Watch "Force Touch" abilities. Not unlike what we saw when the MacBook and MacBook Pro originally got their Force Touch trackpads, this new iPhone will have two layers of pressing recognition. Because of this, the iPhone will have one extra way to select items. A firm touch, a hold, and a tap, as well as swipes and the like, all will work on the iPhone 6s. If all goes as Apple's gone for the past several years, the company will release an "s" version of its flagship phone - as well as an "s" version of its "Plus" device as well.

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Knock-off Apple Watch charging cables appear on Amazon

Knock-off Apple Watch charging cables appear on Amazon

Well, here's a bit of a twist: knock-off Apple accessories that are selling for a higher price than the authentic ones. A handful of listings for fake Apple Watch charging cables have appeared on Amazon, and they are all more expensive than Apple's. The cables come from companies such as "Somoder," "Reiko," and "WL," and are priced between $45 and $58. To compare, Apple sells a 1-meter charging cable for the Watch for $29.99, while a 2-meter cable is $39.99.

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Apple Watch patent lets you fist bump to share files

Apple Watch patent lets you fist bump to share files

Apple may have invented AirDrop to make wireless sharing of files a breeze, easier than NFC even, but that same convenience doesn't exactly translate to the Apple Watch, where screen space and taps are at a premium. Luckily, Apple has a few things in mind. It has recently filed a patent that details the use of gestures, from handshakes to high fives and even to respectful bows, to initiate and exchange of information. Sometimes, it can even do all of those automatically with very little or no user intervention.

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iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

As Apple Music, Apple's new streaming audio service, is about to debut tomorrow with the launch of iOS 8.4, Senior VP Eddy Cue has answered a few question on Twitter about existing features will integrate with Music, namely iTunes Match. In its existing form, iTunes Match lets users upload up to 25,000 of their own songs that aren't available in the company's library to the cloud for streaming at any time. Cue has confirmed that this feature will continue to exist in Apple Music, and upon iOS 9's release this fall, the limit will be raised to 100,000 songs.

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Apple starts production of Force Touch enabled iPhones

Apple starts production of Force Touch enabled iPhones

It seems that Apple has decided to start the production of its expected new smartphones early. Insider sources have revealed that the company has just gotten the ball rolling in making the next iPhones and have also revealed the one major feature that will set it apart from its predecessors. Confirming earlier rumors, these iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, as they are believed to be called, will feature Apple's fancy new Force Touch feature, bringing pressure sensitivity to a larger screen and to a larger scale of devices.

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Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

In less than 48 hours, the world, or at least the Apple world, will finally be treated to the company's biggest music push since the iPod and iTunes. Taking to his personal blog, Apple Music senior director and Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers announced that, yes, on Tuesday morning, 30th of June, Apple Music will formally launch as part of an iOS update. This will also mark the maiden broadcast of Beats 1, Apple's ambitious 24/7 worldwide radio station. And yes, Taylor Swift will also be on board. For now.

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