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Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Little-loved Apple Music Connect said to be buried in iOS 10

Changes in how easy Apple Music is to use aren't the only upcoming revamp of the streaming service, insiders say, with its high-profile social aspects said to be sidelined. Apple Music Connect was announced last year with great fanfare, Apple bringing musician Drake on-stage at WWDC 2015 to describe how artists could use the system to engage more directly with fans and bring them behind-the-scenes with the recording process.

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Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

The release of the highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PlayStation 4 next week is only days away, but you can get started on series hero Nathan Drake's latest adventure early — and there's no need to steal an early copy of the game. Sony has just released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter on both iOS and Android, and it features over 200 levels of puzzle action and treasure hunting.

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Students can now get Apple Music at a 50% discount

Students can now get Apple Music at a 50% discount

Apple has long offered an education discount for teachers and students on its iMac and MacBook hardware, but now it's also going to add a subscription to the Apple Music service to the mix as well. Starting today, Apple Music will now offer a student membership option with a significantly discounted subscription price: just $4.99 per month, compared to the standard $9.99 per month non-students pay.

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Apple’s big SAP deal aims to squeeze iOS into the office

Apple’s big SAP deal aims to squeeze iOS into the office

Apple's goal of squeezing Windows out of the workplace and replacing PCs with iPads continues, with a new deal with SAP to drive business-level app development. The partnership, announced today, is a double-pronged attack on an industry that might traditionally have assumed Windows was the only way to go.

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Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

Dear Instagram: can’t you just stick to photos?

When Instagram was launched, it was a simple app about photos. You were able to filter your photos in a variety of vintage-looking ways, and the app was on iPhone only. It was exclusive. It was pretty cool. Then they released the app on Android devices. Again, the app remained cool as functionality didn't change all that much, and the basic charm of the app remained. Here in 2016, Instagram is considering all sorts of new options. Is it time for a competitor to swoop in and stay simple?

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Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

Apple Music expected to get more intuitive overhaul at June’s WWDC

While the Apple Music has been Apple's biggest venture into the consumer music market since iTunes, the streaming service has had a rough first year and been subject to much criticism. But it looks like the first major upgrade is on the way, as a new report from Bloomberg says this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June will see the debut of an overhauled Apple Music, with a focus on being easier to use.

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Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

Opera and Opera Mini get built-in ad blocker

The Opera browser has been gaining some cool new features recently. Last month the version of Opera for computer users gained a free and integrated VPN solution in the developer version that will eventually come to all users in the standard version of the browser. Opera is back now with the announcement that Opera for computers and Opera Mini are getting a built in ad blocker.

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GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

GIPHY Keys, the GIF keyboard, launches on iOS

The GIPHY Keys keyboard has arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users a simple and sleek way to send just about any GIF their heart desires…regardless of what app they’re in. If you’ve ever used GIPHY on Facebook Messenger, you already know how it works — type a word and scroll through the resulting GIFs. Tap the one you want and it’ll be sent off to your talking companion, whether you’re chatting, texting, emailing, or something else entirely.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashes into mobile with an alarm app

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson smashes into mobile with an alarm app

You might disparage his acting skills (and some might argue with you on that), but one thing no one will be able to deny is that The Rock is built like, well, a rock. And he probably didn't get that bod just by sitting on his posterior all day. Now The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, wants others to also achieve their goals, be that to get a great body or a great mind. And part of that mission apparently involves releasing The Rock's first mobile app, an alarm clock called, what else, The Rock Clock.

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Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope pushed out an update for its iOS app yesterday, bringing it up to version 1.3.8. The update brings several changes, but the big one is “a new way to express yourself,” says Periscope (if you’re on iOS, that is). The feature is called Sketch, and it lets you sketch on the screen while broadcasting. Three primary colors are available with the feature, but there’s also a color dropper to select a different shade from the live video as it is broadcasting.

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August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

The Internet of Things may be the Wild West right now, but if Apple has its way, HomeKit-enabled devices like August's new Smart Lock 2nd generation will tame the confusion. It promises to act as your virtual doorman courtesy of the soothing tones of Siri, though at $229 it's not an inexpensive upgrade.

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Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips has announced a new version of the app that controls the Hue smart light bulb for iOS and Android devices. The new app is called the Philips Hue gen 2 app for iOS and Android. The app has a new interface design and has some new features including Rooms, Routines, and Scenes.

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