Spotify Vs Apple

Spotify is furious at Apple because it’s not a non-profit

Spotify is furious at Apple because it’s not a non-profit

By on June 30, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

There’s a big problem with building a business on the back of other companies’ businesses: You have to play by their rules.

There are countless examples of companies losing their cool when a free ride comes to an end. Twitter is an example that instantly comes to mind. Developers spent so long building apps and services utilizing free access to Twitter’s APIs and its users’ data. They made money — a whole lot of money — with these services and paid nothing to Twitter as they did. Then, when Twitter made some changes to its model that impacted many developers’ products, they flipped.

Fast forward to this week, when Spotify’s general counsel sent a letter to Apple’s lawyers, basically slamming the company for not giving Spotify a free ride while it pulls in millions in fees from iPhone and iPad users. More →

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iPhone 7 Price Storage Tiers

This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for

By on June 30, 2016 at 1:33 PM.

This is the iPhone 7 leak we’ve been waiting for

A few days ago, a sketchy leak from China showing the purported pricing structure for the iPhone 7 series hinted that Apple would finally ditch the 16GB storage tier, and replace it with a 32GB iPhone. Strangely enough, that leak suggested the iPhone 7 would be available in three versions, including one 4.7-inch model and two 5.5-inch variations (Plus and Pro), just as some early iPhone 7 rumors claimed.

Now a second report from China seems to reinforce last week’s story, and we sincerely hope it turns out to be accurate. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on June 30, 2016 at 12:43 PM.

June is over and the July 4th weekend is almost here, but you don’t have to wait another minute to start celebrating because today’s post covering all the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is finally here. We’ve got some great new options for iOS device users to check out today, and be sure to head back to yesterday’s post where you’ll find a few more remaining freebies. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

Apple’s iPhone turns nine: 5 ways it’s still better than Android

By on June 30, 2016 at 11:24 AM.

Apple changed the world nine years ago when it released the first iPhone. It sounds hyperbolic but I assure you, the original iPhone quite literally reshaped the mobile industry. It also changed the way we access information and connect with each other. The giants of the industry at the time have now all but vanished. Android, which was being developed as a terrible BlackBerry copy, was reimagined and released as the platform we now know.

There have been plenty of retrospective pieces covering the iPhone to celebrate its nine-year anniversary, and some have been fairly interesting. But in light of all the negativity currently surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone, I thought it might be nice to look at some of the ways Apple’s mobile phone is still far better than its chief rival, Android. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors

This is how hot a 3D Touch home button would look on the iPhone 7

This is how hot a 3D Touch home button would look on the iPhone 7

By on June 30, 2016 at 10:09 AM.

Look at that home button on the iPhone 6s Plus pictured at the top of this post. Don’t you just hate it? Sitting there all smug. Taking up precious real estate on the face of the iPhone that could be put to much better use by, say, a bigger display. It’s taunting us, and we don’t like it one bit. But the good news is that according to report after report, it appears as though we won’t have to put up with that obnoxious home button for much longer. More →

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iPhone 7 Leaks Lightning EarPods

Leak shows what iPhone 7’s Lightning EarPods might (but probably won’t) look like

By on June 30, 2016 at 9:17 AM.

Leak shows what iPhone 7’s Lightning EarPods might (but probably won’t) look like

This year new iPhone will differ in one major way from last year’s flagship, even though the iPhone 7 is generally seen as a minor upgrade from the iPhone 6s. For the first time, the iPhone will not feature a headphone jack – well, at least not the standard 3.5mm audio port we’re used seeing. According to most reports, Apple is killing the 3.5mm headset jack, and one of the “fixes” for the problem it’s creating is pretty simple: Apple can relegate sound output to the versatile Lightning port, and launch Lightning Earpods for the iPhone 7 series. More →

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Original iPhone Reviews

Flashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone

By on June 29, 2016 at 4:26 PM.

Flashback: Here’s what reviewers said about the original iPhone

To call the iPhone a revolutionary device is nothing short of an understatement. Given the myriad of ways in which Apple’s iconic smartphone has profoundly impacted not only the way we use mobile devices but how we communicate and interact with the world at large, the iPhone is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime device whose far-reaching influence may never again be matched. Not surprisingly, TIME earlier this year called it the most influential gadget in history.

One of the reasons why the iPhone is an innovation that stands above most is that it immediately turned an entire industry on its head. When Steve Jobs first introduced the device, he boasted that it was five years ahead of anything else on the market. And as it turned out, it took about that long before Android devices managed to reach parity with the iPhone.

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Steve Jobs Video

Former Apple PR boss celebrates iPhone’s anniversary with video of pissed off Steve Jobs moments

By on June 29, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

Former Apple PR boss celebrates iPhone’s anniversary with video of pissed off Steve Jobs moments

Nine years ago today, Apple released the original iPhone and forever changed the way the world uses and enjoys technology. While iPhone launches today still attract crowds and long lines at certain Apple retail locations, nothing can compare with the spectacle and excitement that surrounded the launch of the original.

In light of the iPhone’s ninth anniversary, former Apple PR head Natalie Kerris directs us to this video supercut featuring clips of Steve Jobs losing his cool in public. As the video description reads: “Steve Jobs is known for his tantrums and thunderous personalty… in private. In front of a large public he usually looks enjoyable and composed. But sometimes he lets the cat out … just a little.”

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on June 29, 2016 at 1:03 PM.

What, you thought we wouldn’t be back with a follow-up to Tuesday’s great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? Of course we are, and we’ve got some great options for you on Wednesday including an app that lets you track your cellular data usage, a sleek speech translator that’s normally $5, a GIF browser, a cool photo-sharing app and plenty more. As always, these sales could end anytime so be sure to check them out now. More →

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iPhone 7 Home Button

One of the iPhone 7’s best new features won’t generate the excitement it deserves

By on June 29, 2016 at 11:48 AM.

One of the iPhone 7’s best new features won’t generate the excitement it deserves

This year’s iPhone will be an “S” version of the iPhone 6s, multiple reports say, with Apple moving to a three-year iPhone redesign cycle this time around rather than the typical two-year model. That means the iPhone 7 – that might not be its final name – will be very similar to the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 will have a few unique features of its own, including redesigned antennas, better cameras, a missing 3.5mm headphone jack and a redesigned home button.

Some of these features don’t sound terribly exciting to most people, though they should generate plenty of interest and even outrage when it comes to that standard audio port’s removal. One of them in particular will mark a major change for the iPhone, but one that likely won’t generate the excitement it deserves. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors

The iPhone 7 nightmare

The iPhone 7 nightmare

By on June 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

I haven’t been as active lately on Twitter as I once was, but I do use the service constantly to monitor the news. Twitter lists are fantastic for news-watching. In fact, the lists feature is probably the only reason I still use Twitter at all.

On Tuesday night, a tweet crossed by timeline that caught my eye. “Here’s the nightmare scenario if Apple removes the headphone jack on the next iPhone, as rumored,” the tweet warned. Ruh roh! This tweet had “click me” written all over it, and I might have skipped past it entirely had it not been for the source — Fast Company is a high-quality site that I personally enjoy. So I clicked.

The good news is that the article that tweet led me to wasn’t senseless click bait, as I had briefly feared might be the case. The bad news is that it describes a “nightmare scenario” that almost certainly isn’t based in reality. More →

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