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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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iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

We seem to be going back and forth with "will it or won't it" when it comes to features of this year's expected "iPhone 7." One of the longest-running rumors about the device has pegged Apple with eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, but earlier this week that was countered in a possible part leak. Now the latest report says the same about the Smart Connector, which may not appear on the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" after all.

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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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Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft will trial autonomous taxi service with a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs within the next twelve months, it's reported, as GM accelerates its car tech research. The automaker and the ride-sharing firm announced back in January that they had plans to collaborate on self-driving cars, with the eventual goal being an on-demand, autonomous vehicle network that could be summoned from a smartphone.

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GoPro’s “revolutionary” Karma drone won’t land until 2016 holidays

GoPro’s “revolutionary” Karma drone won’t land until 2016 holidays

GoPro's Karma drone won't reach the market until the 2016 holiday season, the company has confirmed today, as it announces dire Q1 financial results. The action camera maker saw revenues almost halve year-on-year for the January through March 2016 period, hitting just $183.5m versus $363m in the same period a year ago.

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YouTube Unplugged live TV service tipped for 2017

YouTube Unplugged live TV service tipped for 2017

YouTube is the latest company working on a live streaming television service, according to a new report, and it’ll be called ‘Unplugged.’ As with Hulu’s newly confirmed service, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and more, the service will reportedly allow subscribers to stream from a bundle of cable channels over the Internet. YouTube is said to have “already overhauled its technical architecture” in preparation of the service.

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iPhone 7 to keep 3.5mm headphone port claims new leak

iPhone 7 to keep 3.5mm headphone port claims new leak

Apple has a long history making your favorite accessories obsolete with new models of the iPhone. It did this when it went from the larger 30-pin charge and sync connector to the new Lightning port. Everyone had to buy new accessories like docking stations and car chargers or use an ugly adapter. Rumors originating from leaks of cases seen claiming to be for the iPhone 7 hinted that Apple might again obsolete your accessories by removing the 3.5mm headphone adapter. That might not be the case with another rumor surfacing this week.

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WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

Users in Brazil aren't able to use WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, or anyone else, thanks to a government shutdown. Thankfully, the blackout is only set to last 72 hours, which is a small price to pay for showing a government that users want access to encrypted communication. And it would seem that the makers of the popular app are looking at a new way for you to use it.

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Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios is holding meetings with VR companies with the intention of producing its own original virtual reality offerings, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. These talks are said to be in their early stages at this point, and would mark the company’s latest growth in the original content market — the studio has previously had success with award-winning originals like “Transparent."

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Sony Xperia M Ultra tipped for 23MP dual rear camera in specs leak

Sony Xperia M Ultra tipped for 23MP dual rear camera in specs leak

It's virtually impossible for smartphone makers to plug all the leaks concerning unannounced products today. The latest leak offers up some specifications that are supposed to be seen in the Sony Xperia M Ultra smartphone when it launches. You'll want some salt with you as always with leaks that land on Weibo or any other social network.

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Audi might have a mid-engined, Prosche Boxster-based R6

Audi might have a mid-engined, Prosche Boxster-based R6

It isn't just smartphone manufacturers who are putting out mid-range products to fill in gaps in their portfolio. Now Audi is rumored to do the same with a yet to be confirmed Audi R6. This mid-engined vehicle, said to come in both coupe and convertible models, will be sitting comfortably between the smaller, two-door Audi TT and the monster that is the Audi R8. Curiously, the Audi R8 is said to use a platform that is similar, though modified, to the one in the Porsche Boxster and Cayman.

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Verizon rumored to replace FiOS with next-gen TV service in 2016

Verizon rumored to replace FiOS with next-gen TV service in 2016

It looks like Verizon may be moving away from its FiOS brand, and replacing it with an all-new cable and internet service, according to a new report from Variety. Sources have said the service will be based on a model that uses a new set-top box based on internet technologies, as opposed to existing digital cable signals. At the earliest, it sounds like Verizon may debut the service in an existing FiOS market before the end of the year.

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