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In the midst of an interview at the annual Midem conference in Cannes on Sunday, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed Apple's plans to unveil a streaming music service during next week's WWDC keynote address. "It's happening tomorrow," Morris said of the reveal, according to Venturebeat. Morris offered no further details, but many believe that Apple will largely abandon the now-legendary iTunes moniker and call the new Spotify-like service "Apple Music." For his part,...
Apple's HealthKit, especially with the newly launched Apple Watch, is a fantastic way for apps and services to share health and fitness data openly with one another. Unfortunately, Apple's own Health app is still being held back by short-sighted decisions from some of the top fitness platforms, including my two favorites: RunKeeper and Fitbit. Introduced last year with iOS 8, Apple's HealthKit tools and accompanying Health app presented an opportunity for third-party...
A report on Saturday claims Apple is finalizing plans to launch Apple Pay in the UK later this summer, which would mark the in-house payments service's first international offering since rolling out in the U.S. last October. Sources familiar with the matter told The Telegraph Apple intends to announce upcoming UK Apple Pay availability at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, with an official start of services to follow in about two months. According to the...
Phiaton's BT 220 NC earbuds will certainly do the job for people who need a pair of Bluetooth headphones for their iPhone or iPad, but some basic inconveniences keep it from being something to recommend. As with most Bluetooth headsets, the BT 220 NC is designed to be used with mobile devices, and the setup process could hardly be simpler in that regard. When it powers on for the first time, the 220 automatically searches for a nearby Bluetooth audio source. On an...
This week saw a flurry of last-minute rumors emerge about Apple's planned WWDC 2015 announcements -- including streaming music, and the absence of highly-anticipated TV offerings. Apple Music races to the finish line By far the highest number of reports surrounded Apple's upcoming streaming music service, which is expected to be called Apple Music and cost $10 per month, with no ad-supported free listening. There should, however, be a three-month free trial, and Apple...
After threatening to pursue legal action against AltConf over plans to stream WWDC content at an unaffiliated conference, Apple on Friday agreed to grant limited access to keynote and Platforms State of the Union presentations. According to AltConf, an outpouring of "support and passion" from the developer community over the past day has given Apple cause to reconsider a Wednesday decision that barred streaming access to the Worldwide Developers Conference. As of...
Apple is among an elite cadre of cash-rich tech companies buying up corporate debt as a way to grow their coffers without befalling U.S. repatriation taxes, a report said Friday. Citing sources with knowledge of the investments, Bloomberg reports Apple, Oracle, Google and seven other tech firms are sinking vast sums into corporate bond offerings. With U.S. short-term interest rates hovering at near zero percent, debt markets have become increasingly attractive options...
A fresh report published by comScore on Friday says Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market grew nearly two percent during a three-month period ending in April, pushing iPhone's share of subscribers above 43 percent. With 43.1 percent of all U.S. smartphone subscribers choosing iPhone between the January and April, Apple extended its share of the market by 1.8 percent. Rival Samsung came in second, but saw its slice of the pie contract 0.7 percentage points to 28.6...
Apple's new streaming music service -- likely to be announced at a Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday -- will be called "Apple Music," and will use personalization to help set itself apart, a report said on Friday. The company is indeed basing the service on Beats Music, and plans to retain the idea of asking people for their favorite genres when signing up, sources told the Financial Times. This would address a problem sometimes encountered on platforms...
For the first time since the opening of the App Store, Apple is reportedly considering alterations to its revenue model that would see the iPhone maker's cut of subscriptions reduced to less than 30 percent. The changes, noted by the Financial Times, would apparently only apply to subscription revenues. Sales of apps and in-app purchases would remain subject to the conventional 70/30 split. Many in the music industry have complained -- often loudly --?that Apple's 30...
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