Apple Music, a late-to-the-party and sloppily created music service that few would care about if it wasn’t for Apple’s large bank account and the company’s willingness to empty that account into the pocket books of musicians for exclusive rights to songs and albums, is now out of beta. I know, you probably didn’t even realize that it was still technically in beta, but it was. And now, it isn’t.
By shedding the beta tag, Apple Music has landed on v1.0.0 with a new equalizer and other performance, playback, and stability improvements along for the ride. (more…)
Another year has gone by and still no media invite from Apple to attend WWDC. What gives, Apple? Don’t you appreciate our input? Maybe not, but that’s cool, we are still going to provide it.
As for what you should expect from Apple this morning, the rumors include an updated iOS (duh), updated OSX (double duh), plus new versions of watchOS and tvOS. Oh boy! More importantly, at least for Android folk, it is rumored that Apple will launch iMessage for Android, which would actually be huge. It was also rumored we could see new hardware, such as an updated MacBook Pro, but that may not be happening after all. (more…)
To help boost the amount of users making purchases through Samsung Pay, Samsung is reportedly working on an extension to the existing Samsung Pay platform that will be available to both Android and iOS devices, as well as online for desktop users. According to industry insiders, this Samsung Pay extension could launch as early as June.
To recap Samsung Pay as a whole, it is a bit different from what is offered by Google (Android Pay) and Apple (Apple Pay). As of right now, only select Galaxy device owners can use Samsung Pay in stores, and it is also limited to whichever banks support it. The list of supported banks is growing, but there are still plenty that do not. If you do have a supported bank and smartphone, users can upload banking and credit card info into Samsung Pay, then pay for goods at almost any retailer in the US, as long as there is a MS-powered credit card terminal. Samsung Pay does not entirely run off of NFC (Android Pay and Apple Pay do), so it allows users to benefit from the service in more places. (more…)
Apple Music, the music service from that hardware company who just posted its first revenue decline in 13 years, received an update today! The update includes video music support, you know, for when Drizzy drops that new exclusive album with accompanying videos. You’ll also now be able to sign-up or upgrade to family membership in the app, something that was previously only available on the iOS app or iTunes software. (more…)
Here’s an interesting little fact about the new HTC 10 – it supports Apple’s AirPlay. It may even be the first Android to do so.
What’s AirPlay? It’s like Google Cast, only for iOS devices. In other words, AirPlay is the technology from Apple that lets you stream music or video from your device through an Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled speaker. (more…)
Earlier in the week, a rumor about the Samsung Gear S2 gaining iOS support within the month circulated around these parts. We can now confirm that Verizon is onboard with that idea, as their support section for the Gear S2 says that an update will arrive tomorrow with a fix for a random clock freeze, but also with added support for iOS and Marshmallow. (more…)
No matter how much we love a particular phone, at some point, it’s going to get old and not function as well as the newer phones. This is why we upgrade every year or so. Apple announced the iPhone SE this week, basically an iPhone 5 body with updated internals, which put this thought in our head. If you had your choice of one phone to be “remade” with the latest specs, do you have a phone in mind you would like to see this happen for? (more…)
Apple took the stage this morning and announced the iPhone SE, a premium iPhone device that does not compromise on specs. More interestingly, Apple claimed that people were begging for a small display, so the iPhone SE only features a 4.0″ display. Compare that to many Android flagships and we can safely label that as a minuscule screen.
For comparison, the Galaxy S7 features a 5.1″ display, the Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.5″ display, and the Nexus 6P features a 5.7″ display. Picture a Nexus 6P (same specs), but with a 4.0″ display. Is that something you would buy? Or maybe a 4.0″ Galaxy S7 Mini?
If an Android OEM produced a high-end device that only featured a 4.0″ display, would you be interested?