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Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Today Google has released a brand new teamwork app and ecosystem by the name of "Spaces." Users of Google's accounts - signed up with a Gmail account, that is - will be able to take part in Google's new Spaces app. This app has the ability to create rooms or "spaces" on topics. You'll create a space based on a topic then invite users via messaging, email, social network, or "whatever way you like." We can imagine this will be used in ways both intended and beyond what Google intended in short order.

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Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

Apple will stop deleting your songs with iTunes update next week

For the last week and a half, there have been a growing number of complaints from Apple Music and iTunes users about locally stored music being deleted in exchange for copies available in the cloud. As James Pinkstone, whose blog post kicked off this controversy, explains, the problem (aside from removing music without explicit permission) is that there is a high chance of mis-matching or mis-identifying songs, resulting in original recordings being deleted and rare, alternate versions of songs being replaced with the widely released copies.

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Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

There's no doubt that streaming music is rapidly becoming the standard way people consume digital audio — it hasn't already for many users. Streaming has already surpassed physical music sales in terms of revenue, and it will likely overtake downloads sometime in the future. But the idea of streaming being the only option for paying for music is certainly something many would balk at, which is why Apple made the rare move of shutting down a rumor that iTunes would discontinue music downloads in the next few years.

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Apple holds meeting with top podcasters to discus the format, complaints

Apple holds meeting with top podcasters to discus the format, complaints

The last few years have seen the podcast audio format return as a popular entertainment medium, with the hit series Serial serving as a prime example of the large audience they can draw in. Apple seems to recognize this, along with the fact that there are a number issues frustrating podcast producers. A new report from The New York Times says the company recently met with several leading podcasters to discus the format's future.

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iPhone’s best new keyboard comes from Microsoft

iPhone’s best new keyboard comes from Microsoft

The keyboard known as Word Flow has come to iOS this morning, complete with custom backgrounds and one-handed typing features. This app was previously only available for Windows Phone devices - believe it or not - and will now be available optimized for iPhones of all sizes. That means that regardless of if you're using a tiny iPhone SE or the monstrously sized iPhone 6 Plus, this keyboard is sized just right.

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Chinese gov’t reportedly behind iTunes Movies, iBooks shutdown

Chinese gov’t reportedly behind iTunes Movies, iBooks shutdown

The Great Firewall of China strikes again, or so this New York Times report claims. Last week, hundreds of Apple device users in China suddenly found themselves blocked from the company's iTunes Movies and iBooks services, which was just launched in the country last September. Although no official statement has been made yet, the report claims that a Chinese regulator is behind the shutdown. Rather than a simple isolated case, the move is being painted as part of a larger crackdown on foreign companies operating in China.

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Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

When I was growing up, it was pretty easy for my parents to keep track of what I did, and how I spent money. Parents these days have to tackle things on a completely different playing field, thanks to the rise of smartphones. One way that parents could help keep their kids' spending in check was through Apple's Allowances feature. Unfortunately the company has just announced that they will be doing away with that feature.

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Apple folds iTunes Radio into Apple Music, now requires subscription

Apple folds iTunes Radio into Apple Music, now requires subscription

As of today, Apple's iTunes Radio is no more, with the once free, ad-supported music channels being integrated into the subscription-based Apple Music service. The company originally announced the change earlier this month, and now the radio stations are officially off-air. iOS users that try to listen to a station within the Music app are now given a prompt inviting them join the Apple Music streaming service, with those on a Mac seeing the same message in iTunes.

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iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

iTunes Radio goes behind paywall starting January 29

The days of free iTunes Radio streaming are nearing their end, with Apple sending notifications to customers in the United States and Australia regarding an upcoming paywall. Those who don’t want to pay will have the Beats 1 "premiere free broadcast" for listening, but those who want more will need to shell out $9.99/month for an Apple Music subscription.

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Apple ups iTunes Match, Apple Music song uploads to 100,000

Apple ups iTunes Match, Apple Music song uploads to 100,000

Apple users with huge music collections now have a lot more cloud space to use when it comes to storing their tunes. As Apple's senior VP Eddy Cue promised six months ago, the limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries has been increased from 25,000 to 100,000 songs. Back in June, just prior to the launch of Apple Music, Cue said that the release of iOS 9 would bring about the upgraded limit.

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Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.

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iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

For the fourth time within the week, several of Apple's online marketplaces for iOS and OS X are dealing with outages. The services that are down as of Thursday morning are more widespread than the last occurrence, which was seen on Tuesday of this week. They currently include the iTunes Store on OS X, the iOS App Store, the iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store.

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