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iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio adds a personalized radio station

iHeartRadio is a drop in a sea of big-name music streaming services, having to contend with the likes of Pandora, Spotify and more. Today it announced an addition that may help it compete: a personalized radio station that knows what you listen to and gets smarter as you continue to stream. The personalized radio station is called "My Favorites Radio", and it mixes a little bit of everything you listen to together.

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Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Apple Music has just activated a new feature for the Beats 1 radio portion of its service, letting users replay DJ-hosted shows that they might have missed when they were broadcast live. Called Beats 1: Replay, the recordings are found through Apple Music's Connect, the social network offering from the service. The recordings are unedited, and include the interviews and commentary along with the songs the hosts play, in a format much like a podcast.

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Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

Push for Apple to unlock iPhone’s FM receiver chip access

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has brought a previously hidden iPhone feature to light. Almost all smartphones have an FM receiver chip built into their hardware. It's actually the same chip that is used for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. In the iPhone 6, it's the Murata 339S0228, and the FM utility is completely switched off. According to the NAB, the FM chip could be an invaluable feature for the public to utilize in an emergency situation, especially considering how cellular and data networks can become overloaded in the case of an emergency.

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Norway to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017

Norway to cease FM radio broadcasts in 2017

FM radio has been around for decades and it has always been the type of broadcast you wanted for the highest quality music. Many countries are now working on switching from FM broadcasts over to digital radio. The first country in the world to cease all broadcasting of FM radio signals will be Norway.

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AWIRE smart two-way radio pairs with your smartphone

AWIRE smart two-way radio pairs with your smartphone

You've ample options for recording your outdoors adventures, but communicating with your friends while out in the wild is still largely limited to old-school radios. AWIRE is an update to that trusty technology, mixing in some smart features that allow hikers, cyclists, and other outdoorsy folks to stay in communication with each other and their smartphone. Two people can talk with each other using the two-way radios, then, for example, seamlessly switch to listening to music from a paired smartphone, as well as take calls when they come in.

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Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

It was announced yesterday that the well known DJ from BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe, has taken a job at Apple and will be stepping down from his position of hosting the new music evening program. Lowe has become prominent over his 12 year period on the radio show for discovering new musical talent and launching them to stardom. In addition to winning a number of awards for his talent as a DJ, he was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for producing and writing Sam Smith's album In the Lonely Hour.

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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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Forget Songza: try these three music discovery apps instead

Forget Songza: try these three music discovery apps instead

Now that Songza is part of Google, the service will likely become part of Play Music at some point. Though Google hasn’t announced plans just yet, getting ready for the day Songza isn’t around as a standalone service might be an option you want to consider. If music discovery is your aim, we’ve got a few suggestions for you.

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