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Apple Music first impressions: Curated, convenient, and confusing

Apple Music lands today, June 30th, and ahead of its official launch, the Cupertino company has given select journalists and publications early access to the shipping version of the streaming music service. While the required iOS 8.4 update won’t be available until around 8am PT, Re/code, The Loop, Mashable, BGR, USA Today and Rolling Stone were allowed…

iOS 8.4 reportedly launching at 8AM PT on Tuesday, June 30th

When unveiling Apple Music at WWDC earlier this month, Apple confirmed that the new music streaming and global radio service would launch on June 30th as part of iOS 8.4. Now, former Beats CEO and current Apple Music Senior Director Ian Rogers has confirmed an exact go-time for the software update in a blog post: Please make a note to upgrade to iOS 8.4…

Review: Edifier Extreme Connect

If you recognize the name Edifier, it is likely thanks to the brand’s high-end home audio gear renowned for its outlandish designs and solid sound quality. In many ways, the company’s Extreme Connect (MP260) is a departure from that tradition with a comparatively boxy form factor designed for portability. Although the squareish design might not be…

iOS 9 benchmarks show low power mode performance

One of the features quickly announced at the WWDC keynote was a low power mode for iOS devices. With one toggle, a user can bring their overall power consumption down on their iPhone or iPad. The toggle triggers several other internal mechanisms, lowering processor performance, disabling background refresh and mail fetch, and limits visual effects and…

Apple Watch launches in 7 new countries today, hits The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17

Apple Watch today launched in 7 new countries, as announced earlier this month. Apple Retail and Online Stores in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan are now selling the device as supply begins to catch up with demand. As well as being available in Apple’s own stores, select Authorized Resellers will also stock the Watch…

Taylor Swift will make ‘1989’ available on Apple Music

Taylor Swift will make her album 1989 available for streaming for the first time on June 30th — on Apple Music. Following her open letter criticizing Apple’s policy for not paying for tracks streamed during Apple Music’s 3 month free trial — and the company’s public about-face — the country-turned-pop singer has revealed on Twitter that her smash…

Apple Music bags exclusive track from Pharrell

Apple Music is just 5 days away and as we approach the streaming music service’s global launch, we’re beginning to see and hear more from the artists that are on board — including Apple’s first exclusive track. Pharrell Williams’ song “Freedom” will debut on Apple Music on June 30th and, if you’ve been paying attention, it might already…

Apple renews license for Liquidmetal alloys

Apple has renewed its exclusive rights to Liquidmetal alloys for consumer electronics, which it has held since 2010. The extension will last until February 5, 2016. An SEC filing by Liquidmetal Technologies on June 23 brought attention to the matter. Despite the duration of the deal, Liquidmetal materials have gone relatively unseen in Apple products….