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Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

The newest version of Spotify makes full use of the high-powered nature of your touchscreen device. With this feature in play, you're able to drag your thumb around the screen, moving through songs as you do so. Previewing each song, album, or artist as you like, all on a grid of images that make discovering music a visual experience, as well. This newest feature is only available - at first - on iOS devices. That means iPad and iPhone, and just the latest couple of generations.

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Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X adds new sounds, better drummers, more

Logic Pro X has had a quiet update, with new backing percussion options and tools, tweaks to how the music app handles edits, and - maybe most important of all - smarter balancing of automation versus musicality. The new release to 10.1, a free update through the Mac App Store for existing Logic Pro X users, adds ten new Drummers in a variety of styles including techno, house, trap, and dubstep, along with special tools for tweaking drum tracks in electronic and hip hop music. Meanwhile, there's also AirDrop sharing and Retina support for those lucky enough to be composing on an iMac 5K.

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Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Windows 10 Xbox One desktop app demoed with Steam

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox and gaming chief stepped onstage today to speak about the Windows 10 Xbox app. This app includes several columns, each with information about your Xbox One experience. You'll see Recently Played games, your Activity Feed, and Friends included. On the far right of the screen, you'll find your user icon and connections to Messages, Notifications, "My Games", Achievements, Game DVR, Editorial content, and the Xbox store. Below that, you'll find basic Settings and a Connection option.

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Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

Windows 10 Photos: cross-device simplicity

The team behind Microsoft's presentation of Windows 10 have done a fair job in making it appear that the entire experience will be slick. Not only easy, that is to say, but looking VERY similar no matter what device you're using. The Photos app will exist in Windows 10 for desktop, Windows 10 for mobile devices (phones at least), and on desktop-like devices in-between. That's convertible devices, tablets, and so forth. One system will provide cross-device browsing of photos and videos no matter where you happen to be.

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Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Cortana for Windows 10 demoed on desktop taskbar

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to a new place for Windows 10, making certain the public understands that with more than just this one system, your computing service is going to be cross-platform. To do this, Cortana has been shown on the desktop's task bar. This is more like a search bar than anything, replicating what we've seen in the past on Windows Phone 8, here now on the bottom of our screen for desktop machines with Windows 10 - all in cool blue, of course.

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Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

Windows 10 update free (for the first year)

After one year of the Windows 10 platform being released to the general market, you'll have to start paying for it - if you've not already upgraded, that is to say. Just so long as you've got Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 now, or at the time at which you'd like to upgrade your machine to Windows 10, you'll be able to do so for free. It'll be a one-time update and you'll never have to pay for it beyond that.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip has been around now for a while - have you heard of it? It's a Niantic Labs project at Google, one that aims to bring you automatic suggestions for places to visit near where you're physically standing at any given moment. While it may be included with the basic build of Android at some time in the future, for now you're still going to have to download it. Field Trip has gotten a large bump in aesthetic beauty and in ease in use. It's simple now, and ready to roll on your Android smartphone immediately.

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Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

Steam Broadcasting public Beta begins today: aiming for Twitch

The team at Valve responsible for making Steam a do-it-all station for gaming have really, truly been giving it their all over the past year. Music Streaming, Living Room Sharing, and now Live Streaming. It's as if they want to KEEP Steam as the one-stop-shop for all things AAA games - and Indie games while their at it. Here with Steam Broadcasting - live for the public for the first time today - they're aiming to take on Twitch, the largest name in game streaming currently on the market.

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GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

This week the folks at IK Multimedia have released their newest in music-making technology for the mobile universe with GrooveMaker 2. This app takes what GrooveMaker was and amps it up, taking what was one of the first real-time music-making apps for mobile devices and giving it a new generation of boost. GrooveMaker 2 continues the tradition of working with loops sold in song packs. Each song pack can be found in one of several categories - House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and more.

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