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Amazon launches Music HD for audiophiles

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 17 Sep 2019 9:55

Amazon launches Music HD for audiophiles Amazon has just released a new music service for the most demanding music consumers out there. It's called Music HD and it expands upon their Amazon Music streaming service with new higher fidelity options.

Essentially Amazon Music HD is the better equipped version of Amazon Music Unlimited. Instead of listening to songs in average 320 kbit stream, you'll get to enjoy HD audio with up to 850 kbit/s and 16-bit/44.1 kHz quality.

If you insist on listening only to the best of quality, you can even choose song available in what the company calls Ultra HD. This maxes out at 3730 kilobits per second at 24-bit/192 kHz.

While most of the songs, over 50 million, on Amazon Music are available in HD audio, "only" some millions are found in the most premium UHD.

Amazon Music HD uses the same Amazon Music app as its cheaper sibling, and costs $14.99 a month (or $12.99 for Prime subscribers) or $19.99 for Family subscriptions. If you are unsure if it's worth the money, you are fortunately offered a generous 90-day free trial.

At launch Amazon Music HD is available in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.

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Tinder creating a TV series

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 17 Sep 2019 8:21

Tinder creating a TV series Dating service Tinder has become hugely popular over the few years that it has existed. The app has grown into a community which has been expanded by the company's recent endeavours.

Last year Tinder Inc. launched their new editorial lifestyle website called Swipe Life, which focuses on dating and culture. Now the company is working on a TV show, Reuters reports.

According to the report, Tinder's show was already filmed in Mexico City and the post-production is under way. Tinder told Reuters that the TV series is built to support their new marketing strategy.

While you'd be expecting to watch Tinder matching in real-time, it's not going to be directly connected to the app. Instead it is a what the source calls "apocalyptic storyline" with "a relationship sub plot."

There's no word on when the show might be coming or when the new video platform for this show would launch.

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OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro release date confirmed - here are the rumored specs

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Sep 2019 11:24

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro release date confirmed - here are the rumored specs OnePlus has confirmed that it will launch its new phone line on 10th of October, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

As the "T" model is typically a relatively minor update to the previous model, we can expect to see everything to get little bit better, faster and bigger. As with OnePlus 7, the upcoming OnePlus 7T will also have its more expensive version with OnePlus 7T Pro. And if the old tradition continues, bit later, a "McLaren" special edition will be launched that will push everything a bit further that is packed with Pro model.

Generally reliable leaker, OnLeaks, has published the rumored specs already.

The anticipated specs for OnePlus 7T:

  • Display: 6.55" 2400x1080, 90Hz, HDR10+, in-display fingerprint sensor
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • Battery: 3800mAh

And the specs for OnePlus 7T Pro:
  • Display: 6.65" 3100x1440, 90Hz, HDR10+, in-display fingerprint sensor
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Battery: 4085mAh

To push the boundaries of its famed Warp charging, the new Warp Charge 30T should be 20 percent faster than the one found with OnePlus 7 Pro.


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YouTube's TV portal shutting down

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 15 Sep 2019 10:56

YouTube's TV portal shutting down YouTube has become immensely popular in the past few years. It might not be the TV killer everyone thought of, that's probably Netflix, Disney, and others, but it has stolen much of the time spent in entertainment from traditional tubes.

One of the ways to watch YouTube is the web interface designed specifically for TVs. The interface, called Leanback, is meant for big screens connected to PCs. For some reason or another, YouTube is not removing this feature.

YouTube has not given a specific reason for the removal of the interface, but like Android Police thinks it might be due to some manufacturers bypassing YouTube apps and instead using the web interface. Seems like a strong measure to right that wrong, though.

Another reason would be that no one is actually using Leanback as most people who watch YouTube have a smart TV or a smart device with a YouTube app connected to a TV.

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Apple releasing iOS next week, iPadOS last day of the month

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 13 Sep 2019 2:14

Apple releasing iOS next week, iPadOS last day of the month Apple's new iPhones will be available in stores next Friday, but if you have a qualifying iPhone you can get the new and improved iOS 13 even faster.

It was revealed that Apple would be releasing the updated version of their mobile operating system to the public on September 19, the same day it will launch the new game subscription service Apple Arcade.

This is day earlier than you'd get your hands on a new iPhone 11 or the new flagship iPhone 11 Pro (or 11 Pro Max).

Unlike with previous iterations of the OS, this year you won't get an update for your iPad at the same time. This is due to the fact that Apple recently separated the operating system for their tablets from iOS. The iPadOS will update September 30th.

If you are wondering whether you have a new enough iPhone to get the update, you'll be probably happy to hear that support include every iPhone after iPhone 6S, including iPhone SE. Support is extended to 7th gen iPod Touch too.


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Apple's new $329 iPad available on September 30th

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 13 Sep 2019 1:18

Apple's new $329 iPad available on September 30th Apple's iPhone event on Tuesday was mostly consumed by the new iPhone models, name cheaper iPhone 11 and the new flasghip iPhone 11 Pro (and 11 Pro Max).

Even the new services got plenty of limelight, but there were other product releases too. One of them was the all-new seventh generation iPad.

I say all new, but in fact the iPad unveiled this week included some fairly dated hardware. While Apple calls it the first seventh generation iPad, it has a system-on-chip from 2016.

The new iPad comes requipped with a A10 Fusion chip, which means that it has the same processors as a iPhone 7. Not that A10 is a lousy chip, and you probably don't need anything better for your daily browsing and Instagramming &ndahs; or whatever the kids do these days.

Also, fortunately the slightly obsolete equipment means that you won't have to break into your nephew's piggy bank to afford it. A $329 starting price tag seems like a good deal for an iPad.

It comes with a new, larger 10.2 inch Retina display, and supports first-generation Apple Pencil as well as the full-sized Smart Keyboard. The charging port is still the Lightning type, though.

It will be available on September 30th in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Prices start at $329 for the WiFi model and $459 for the WiFi+Cellular model. You can choose between 32GB and 128GB storage options.

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Pandora Desktop app comes to Windows

Written by James Delahunty @ 13 Sep 2019 11:50

Pandora Desktop app comes to Windows Pandora has brought its Dekstop app to Windows systems, following its release earlier this year for Macs.

Whether the tier you are using is Free, Pandora Plus or Pandora Premium, you can download the Pandora desktop app for Windows from the Microsoft Store starting from today. Previously, you have to use a web browser to access the service on Windows so this will be an improvement for many.

Using the Pandora Desktop App has many benefits over the browser:

  • Keyboard controls that let you play, pause, replay, skip, shuffle, or thumb up/down songs right from your computer keyboard.
  • On-screen song notifications that graphically display the artists, albums, and song titles for the music that's currently playing.
  • App-based controls for our new Pandora Modes feature, which lets you customize the music you hear on your Pandora stations using selectable "modes" including Crowd Faves, Deep Cuts, Newly Released, Artist Only, and more.

You can download the new Pandora Desktop App for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store.

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Apple TV launches with Jason Momoa's See on November 1st

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 13 Sep 2019 11:45

Apple TV launches with Jason Momoa's See on November 1st In addition to the annual release of new iPhones, Apple had news about their upcoming subscription services.

Game service Apple Arcade is launching next week, but perhaps much more interesting Apple TV+ has now also a launch date.

Apple TV+ is the company's new subscription service with which it will compete against the likes of Netflix and soon Disney+.

According to Apple, Apple TV+ will launch on November 1st in a hundred countries around the world. One of the launch titles is a futuristic fantasy See starred by Jason Momoa. We also got the first look at the series in first ever trailer, shown below.

Apple TV+ pricing is fairly aggressive. A family subscription of the service is said to cost $4.99 a month. They'll even throw a full year of subscription with select Apple device purchases.

Without further ado, here's the trailer for See.


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Google to pay $1.1 billion to settle French tax case

Written by James Delahunty @ 13 Sep 2019 11:35

Google to pay $1.1 billion to settle French tax case Google has agreed to pay almost a billion euros to settle a tax fraud case in France, which was initiated with a raid on its French offices four years ago.

Tax authorities in France had been seeking evidence that Google had underpaid its tax liabilities in the country by not fully declaring its activities in the country. Google, as part of Alphabet Inc., reports almost all of its sales in Europe in Ireland where its headquarters are located in Dublin. It is noted to pay very little tax in European countries and has provoked the ire of tax collectors all across the continent.

Google's French offices were raided in 2016 in a tax fraud investigation. Today, it is confirmed by Google that the company has reached a settlement with the French authorities to bring the dispute to an end.

The settlement - which will set a precedent in the country and may result in more actions taken against other multinational firms - will see Google pay a fine of 500 million euros and an additional 465 million payment in taxes. This falls short of the 1.6 billion the French finance ministry was hoping to win, but the precedent may be more valuable.

Google commented that this settlement addresses the past disputes in France once and for all.


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Game subscription service Apple Arcade launches next week for $4.99

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 13 Sep 2019 10:59

Game subscription service Apple Arcade launches next week for $4.99 Apple unveiled their new smartphone models earlier this week with iPhone 11 replacing last years cheaper iPhone XR and the new iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max replacing iPhone XS and XS Max.

However, there was a lot of other, smaller, announcement littered across the event as well. One of them was the gaming service Apple Arcade. The Cupertino giant had already briefly unveiled the service early in the year, but now we've got all the key details about it too.

The most important of them are of course availability and price. Both of them were announced, and we're happy to let you know that Apple Arcade is launching in less than a week.

It becomes available September 19 in 150 countries around the world. According to the company it offers over 100 titles in the following weeks of the launch, and costs only $4.99 for the whole family.

Furthermore, Apple revealed that it will include a one month free trial.

Some of the Apple Arcade developers joined Tim Cook et al on the stage. This included Konami with their classic remake Frogger in Toy Town as well as Capcom and Annapurna Interactive with their own titles.


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Apple's new flagship is the iPhone 11 Pro

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 10 Sep 2019 3:46

Apple's new flagship is the iPhone 11 Pro Apple announced today the iPhone 11. However, that is not the new flagship of the iPhone lineup, instead the cream of the crop is iPhone 11 Pro, and it's bigger sibling iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The successor to last year's iPhone XS features the same 5.8 and 6.5 displays with Face ID cutouts. The display's have been improved, though.

According to Apple they provide better brightness and color accuracy, and that is why they've adopted a new moniker Super Retina XDR.

The iPhone 11 Pro, just like the cheaper iPhone 11, is powered by the new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says improves upon CPU, GPU as well as NPU performance up to 20 percent.

Not only is it more powerful but it's more energy efficient, which improves battery life. Apple says iPhone 11 Pro lasts up to 4 hours more than its predecessor iPhone XS.

Even better, it now comes with a faster charger out of the box, and you won't have to use your iPad charger no longer.

Clearly the biggest improvement over the previous generation, however, is the camera. In the back you now have three cameras instead of two. The new one being the wide angle camera, just like in iPhone 11.

The trio thus consists of a 12 megapixel optically stabilized main shooter, a 2x telephoto camera, and a wide angle camera with a 120 degree view, or as Apple calls it 0.5x camera.


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Apple unveiled the new iPhone 11

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 10 Sep 2019 3:31

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 11 Apple has today announced the new iPhone 11 in three different forms at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Ca.

The cheapest of the bunch is the regular iPhone 11, which is actually the successor to last year's iPhone XR, not the XS.

The new iPhone 11 improves upon the cameras most importantly. In the back you'll now get two cameras instead of one and even the Facetime camera has been upgraded.

The new addition is a 120 degree wide angle camera next to the regular 12 megapixel shooter. The regular camera offers a f/1.8 and optical image stabilization.

Apple also upgraded the front camera from mere 7 megapixels to a 4K ready 12 megapixel camera. All cameras support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second as well as things like slow motion video and extended dynamic range.

Additionally, Apple announced the new Night Mode which is their version of Google's Night Sight that makes very dark conditions light up.

As you might imagine, there's also a new A13 Bionic chip underneath it all. It makes everything run even smoother and, better yet, even the battery life has been improved.

Prices start at $699 and the the phone will be available on September 20th with pre-orders starting this Friday.

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Apple is unveiling today a tracking device, and it's more precise than competition

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 10 Sep 2019 10:22

Apple is unveiling today a tracking device, and it's more precise than competition Apple's fall event is starting in just mere hours, but we've still got you one last thing before the actual unveiling on new devices.

The rumors have it that perhaps the most unexpected device Apple is going to release today is a new type of wireless tracking device, MacRumors reports.

This iTag, or whatever they'll call it, is designed to be attached to items that you'd lose easily. With the wireless connection and tracking capabilities the new Apple device will tell fairly precisely where it is.

This isn't the first ever thing of its kind, but reportedly Apple has something up its sleeve that makes it more precise.

According to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to make locating your lost keys that much easier.

While Bluetooth might get you as close as 15 feet from the target, UWB allows precision of just 5 feet. According to the analyst new iPhones support UWB as well, which makes the dongle a perfect companion.

Apple event is set to begin 10 a.m. PDT, and we'll see whether Kuo was right.

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Where is the pickup truck Tesla promised?

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Sep 2019 11:33

Where is the pickup truck Tesla promised? Tesla has been productive this year by increasing the production and even announcing a new vehicle, the reasonably priced crossover Model Y, but there should be still another vehicle coming soon.

Or at least, that is what we were told to expect. Musk talked about the upcoming pickup truck in June, and even assured it would be unveiled around the end of the summer. I guess the summer is continuing in Palo Alto, CA, since there hasn't been any Tesla pickup events, or even invites yet.

One can imagine that some problems with the product has appeared, although even without any obstacles Musk's schedules can be called hopeful at best. Fortunately we aren't totally in the dark, as Musk himself has decided to clear up the situation a tiny bit on Twitter.

Responding to a Twitter user asking whether he could expect an October reveal, Musk stated that it would most likely be November. Most likely, though, means that there's a chance – in this case very real chance – that it will be December, or even later.

However, Tesla pickup truck is still in the works if you were wondering. The "Cyperpunk truck" might be delayed but if you are looking for a futuristic replacement for your F-150, keep your eyes peeled from November onward.


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Top Apple analyst: Major iPhone design revamp happens next year

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Sep 2019 11:07

Top Apple analyst: Major iPhone design revamp happens next year Apple's new iPhone is just couple dozen hours away as Cupertino is readying for a celebration on Tuesday. Rumors and leaks have been circling the internet for weeks and months, and we've already got a fairly good and reliable guess at what to expect from the new iPhone 11.

Some changes are expected to happen. For example, at least some of the new iPhone models are going to have a new triple camera setup which is setup in a square module, if leaks are to be believed.

However, while this might suggest larger design revamps as well, leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that is not going to happen this year, 9to5Mac reports. According to the former KGI Securities analyst, nowadays representing TF International Securities, Apple is going to wait until next year for a major do-over.

Thus it would be the third year in a row that Apple has the same, or at least very similar iPhone design. The design is of course based on the 2017 iPhone X that changed pretty much everything about the iPhone.

The iPhone X brought a full screen display, notch with Face ID, and a new industrial body design.


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