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AC/DC will finally join streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Jun 2015 23:28

AC/DC will finally join streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music AC/DC, one of the most notable bands to not be available on streaming services, is finally signing up.

The rock band - which has sold over 72 million albums in the U.S. - has long been against digital in general and just had their catalog added to iTunes in 2012, nine years after the store launched.

This week, the band's catalog will be available via streaming services like Spotify and Rdio and the new Apple Music.

AC/DC remained a holdout well after other bands bit the bullet, including Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, each of which joined in 2012 after years of rejecting the format.

Source:
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Samsung wants to build more Tizen phones this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Jun 2015 23:05

Samsung wants to build more Tizen phones this year Samsung has confirmed plans to build more handsets running its own Tizen operating system, with launch scheduled for this year.

According to the sources, Samsung will launch a few Tizen phones at different price points although specs and design are still unknown.

Samsung has been long trying to break their dependence on Google's Android, and thus built Tizen which now runs their smartwatches and smart TV sets.

The company has been selling its sole Tizen smartphone in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and has sold over 1 million units to date.

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Here are the leaked design photos of the upcoming OnePlus 2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Jun 2015 22:35

Here are the leaked design photos of the upcoming OnePlus 2 Although OnePlus has been slowly releasing important tidbits about its upcoming OnePlus 2 flagship, there is still little known about the actual design. That is, until today.

Thanks to a new report, we have two alleged leaked photos of the device, which should look pretty familiar to OnePlus One owners.

The front of the phone looks almost exactly the same as its predecessor with straight edges and the bottom/top having curved sides but the back is where the more significant differences appear to lie. The rear side has a lining around the camera that appears to connect to a fingerprint reader, which would be interesting since OnePlus has not even mentioned such a feature as of yet.

So far, the company has confirmed a customized Snapdragon 810 processor and USB C connectors, the first smartphone to include the future standard.

OnePlus will officially launch the device on July 27th at an event that will only be available in VR.




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Apple to increase its iTunes Match cloud limit to 100,000 songs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Jun 2015 21:51

Apple to increase its iTunes Match cloud limit to 100,000 songs Since its launch in 2011, Apple's iTunes Match service has allowed users to store 25,000 songs in their iCloud but it appears that that figure is set to increase significantly.

Among the yet unannounced features of iOS 9 is the fact that subscribers to iTunes Match will now be able to store 100,000 tracks, a number that should satisfy even the biggest music fans on the planet.

Apple's Eddy Cue also confirmed again that Apple Music subscriptions will include iTunes Match, so there is no need to pay for two subscriptions. iTunes Match costs $25 per year as a standalone and allows you to upload and store all your physical music in the cloud for playback anywhere.

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Apple Music will be available on Sonos speakers this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Jun 2015 21:22

Apple Music will be available on Sonos speakers this year Sonos users who were considering Apple Music based solely on what their speakers support should be happy as Apple has confirmed that the service will be available on Sonos speakers by the end of the year.

John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed says Apple confirmed the two companies are working together to ensure the connected speaker system will support the new streaming music service.

Unfortunately, that also confirms that Apple Music will not launch with Sonos support, which could put it at a disadvantage against Spotify, Google Play and others, at least for a little bit.

Apple Music will launch on June 30th in conjunction with iOS 8.4 and the launch of the Beats 1 Internet radio service.

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Samsung backtracks on patch that disabled automatic Windows Updates

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Jun 2015 23:38

Samsung backtracks on patch that disabled automatic Windows Updates Earlier this week, Samsung outraged Microsoft and consumers by patching its Window PCs and disabling Window's automatic updates.

The update made it so users had to manually check for updates and then choose to install them. Outside of the obvious convenience issues, not having automatic updates is also a major security concern. Samsung, at least at first, did not see it that way. "As part of our commitment to consumer satisfaction, we are providing our users with the option to choose if and when they want to update the Windows software on their products," said the company's first statement.

As of writing, Samsung has backtracked on their original stance, and will be "issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days."

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Sirius XM settles lawsuit with record labels for over $200 million

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Jun 2015 17:40

Sirius XM settles lawsuit with record labels for over $200 million Satellite radio giant Sirius XM has settled with the major record labels, ending a lawsuit in which the labels accused the company of playing songs that were written before 1972 without paying royalties for them.

Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Capitol Records, and ABKCO Music & Records all brought the lawsuit against Sirius in 2013, claiming that the company was not paying royalties for songs recorded before 1972 including tracks from popular artists like The Four Tops.

The year 1972 is important because that is when the federal copyright law went into effect. However, California did have a state copyright law before that year, which seems to have been enough to make sure the labels won this suit.

As part of the settlement, Sirius XM will be allowed to continue playing the tracks in question through 2017.

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Google to establish massive scale free WiFi in New York

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 28 Jun 2015 11:55

Google to establish massive scale free WiFi in New York Google-owned company Sidewalk Labs has announced acquisition of Control Group and Titan, two companies that are building a free city wide WiFi. The project will launch in September in New York City, Bloomberg reports.

The project aims to bring free and "superfast" WiFi to the city of New York and especially for tourists to exploit. It will use old phone booths – which there are thousands of – to provide WiFi hotspots as well as free phone charging, phone calling, and internet browsing.

It's been estimated that over $500 million can be made from the advertisements over the next 12 years.

Google has been interested in global free WiFi for quite some time and this is the first big push into that area. We will certainly hear more about similar plans in new cities in the future.




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Here's the story behind Microsoft's new Windows 10 desktop wallpaper

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jun 2015 0:12

Here's the story behind Microsoft's new Windows 10 desktop wallpaper Just like every time the company releases a new operating system, users will be treated to a new special desktop wallpaper.

The new Windows 10 logo will feature the classic Windows logo but the logo will be made out of light as Microsoft used lasers, projectors and some camera mapping to create the effect.

Microsoft's Windows 10 will be available on July 29th.

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OnePlus 2 to launch on July 27th at VR event

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jun 2015 22:35

OnePlus 2 to launch on July 27th at VR event Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus has announced that their long-awaited flagship sequel will be unveiled on July 27th.

The company will livestream the launch in virtual reality starting at 7pm PDT on the 27th, and you can use a custom "cardboard" VR headset like those Google has created.

"A VR launch lets you stand right next to our team and our fans as we unveil our new flagship,"
company co-founder Carl Pei said in the announcement. "You'll be able to look around as you check out the phone in a new way and maybe even find a few hidden Easter eggs. It's a new way of thinking about a product launch. We aren't talking at you; we are talking with you."

The OnePlus Cardboard VR set will be available soon ahead of the launch: "We didn't cut any corners on production, and we're definitely losing money on this. But we want to share them with everyone."

Although we don't yet know all the details of the new phone, the company has been blogging bits and pieces. We do know the device will have a custom Snapdragon 810 processor and will also be the first smartphone with a USB-C port. We also know the device will run OnePlus' own OxygenOS operating system, based on Android Lollipop.

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Taylor Swift "happily" gives 1989 for Apple to stream

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jun 2015 13:25

Taylor Swift "happily" gives 1989 for Apple to stream Apple Music has done it. Convincing Taylor Swift that streaming music is a good thing. Well, good enough even for her newest baby, 1989.

Last year Taylor Swift removed all her music from the world's most popular music streaming service Spotify. Other streaming services that did not have an ad-supported free model got to keep her music. However, the new album, titled 1989, was never added to any music streaming service.

Some, including yours truly, thought the pop princess wanted to keep it strictly off streaming and reap profit solely from traditional album sales. After saying no to Rhapsody, Tidal, and Apple Music it seemed the only possible outcome. But after over five million albums sold, it has come time to give a streaming service 1989.

Quick backstory to Apple vs Swift: Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple stating that she didn't like that they wouldn't pay artists from listens during the Apple Music three months trial. That, in fact, she said was the reason 1989 was not going to be on Apple Music. She gave Apple an opportunity to make it all better, though, by simply paying the artists.

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Netflix is en route to top all network channels in viewership

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jun 2015 11:23

Netflix is en route to top all network channels in viewership Netflix's rate of expansion and popularity in the US and beyond has been impressive the past few years. It has challenged cable channels like HBO but new analysis suggests that network channels are the next target.

FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said that according to the first quarter numbers Netflix is on par with ABC and NBC. The streaming giant which is not included in the Nielsen ratings would score an average of 2.6 with its three month 10 billion hours streamed, says Crockett.

Disney's ABC and Comcast's NBC are at same 2.6 but their ratings are declining unlike Netflix's viewership. Netflix recently announced it will be expanding to Spain and Portugal in October which will increase the impressive "40%-plus compound annual rate" Crockett told investors about.




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Apple Music signs on independent labels

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Jun 2015 15:38

Apple Music signs on independent labels Apple Music has signed deals with major independent label Beggars and indie digital rights organization Merlin.

The streaming music service that will launch at the end of this month has added over 20,000 independent labels and distributors with the new deals.

Merlin CEO Charles Caldas noted: "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."

Apple recently did an about-face following a tirade from top artist Taylor Swift and had decided to pay the record labels even during the three month free trial they are offering all consumers of the service. It certainly seems that the decision has led to the indies signing up.

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You can now get on-demand Showtime with discounted subscription through Hulu Plus

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Jun 2015 12:52

You can now get on-demand Showtime with discounted subscription through Hulu Plus Hulu has announced this week that they are partnering with Showtime to offer the company's new standalone streaming service at a discount as long as you are a Hulu monthly subscriber.

Hulu Plus costs $7.99 per month and Showtime will cost you just $8.99, an 18 percent discount off the $10.99 it will cost as a standalone product.

Showtime offers some popular original content like Homeland, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex and older library hits like Dexter and Nurse Jackie, and subscribers will not be inundated with ads.

It is unclear when the partnership will officially start, but you can get more info right from the source here.




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Microsoft had to explain who will get Windows 10 for free, again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Jun 2015 12:34

Microsoft had to explain who will get Windows 10 for free, again Thanks to another series of confusing blog posts from the software giant, Microsoft has had to backtrack again and explain who will get Windows 10 for free.

Last week, the company posted that Windows 10 testers (preview users) would also get a free upgrade to the full operating system when it drops on July 29th. It turns out the real policy is a bit more convoluted.

It is true that Windows 10 preview users will get a free copy, but your copy will only remain activated if you opt-in for all future preview updates. "Since we're continuing the Windows Insider Program you'll be able to continue receiving builds and those builds will continue to be activated under the terms of the Windows Insider Program," explained Microsoft's Gabe Aul.

If you decide to opt-out, then your genuine Windows 10 goes poof the next time it connects back to Microsoft for authentication.

Of course, genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users get a free upgrade on release day, unless Microsoft decides to 'clarify' the rules for that in the coming weeks.

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