Apple is playing censored songs on Beats 1

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Apple must really be nostalgic for radio. Its newly launched Beats 1 station is censoring songs just like a traditional radio station, even though FCC indecency regulations don’t apply to Apple’s online music streams. It’s a frustrating decision that’ll subject listeners to the often awkward, clean versions of explicit songs, but it’s hardly surprising.

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This Spotify playlist is keeping track of (almost) all the music on Beats 1

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The first few hours of Beats 1 radio have come and gone, and now you can relive most of the music that’s been played courtesy of… Spotify user Peter Bowles. Perhaps it was inevitable that someone would make a playlist mirroring what Apple’s DJs are playing for Beats 1 listeners, and that’s just what’s happened here.

Obviously you lose out on the glowing personalities of Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga with this track list. Early fans of the station would tell you they’re a key draw, and the whole “live, linear radio” thing also goes out the window when you’re just jumping around a Spotify playlist. Spotify doesn’t have that new Pharrell song either, so here it’s been replaced with “Happy” — a cruel joke in its own right….

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Apple Updates GarageBand With Force Touch Support And New Virtual Morph Pad

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1. GarageBand for Mac v10.1 Hero Apple has a new update available for GarageBand on the Mac, which provides a range of new tools aimed primarily at electronic dance music creators. The update offers an expansion of GarageBand’s Drummer tool, adding 10 new EDM and 10 new Hip Hop virtual drummers to the existing crop of acoustic ‘players.’ There’s also a new ‘Morph Pad Smart Control,’ which is… Read More

Michael Dant’s photos of colorful Panasonic portable music players

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Michael Dant has a collection of well-cared-for Panasonic portable music players from the early 1970s. He’s also taken excellent photos of them, which you can see here. I had a red Toot-a-Loop AM radio. Panasonic ought to re-issue this line of Panapal players with Bluetooth streaming and MP3 playing capability.

How to turn off Apple Music’s auto-renewal before your free trial ends

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Free trials are very nice — especially when they last three whole months. Sign up for Apple Music, and that’s exactly the deal you’ll get. If you start streaming from Apple’s new $9.99/monthly service today, you’ll be charged for a month’s subscription on September 30th. That’s pretty far away, and it’s very easy to forget about renewal dates. Admit it: you probably paid for a month of HBO Now even if you didn’t mean to.

So why not just turn off Apple Music’s automatic renewal right now? That’ll give you the freedom to try it out for the next few months and simply turn it back on if you decide it’s superior to Spotify and other contenders. There are a few ways of accomplishing this. Since you’ll be using Apple Music on your iPhone or…

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ScoreBeyond, A Standardized Test Prep App, Raises $2.8M

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scorebeyond ScoreBeyond, a service that helps students prepare for standardized tests like the SAT, said it has raised $2.8 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures. The ScoreBeyond app gives students a daily progress report of their skills as they prepare for the test, as well as daily exercises to improve their skills in certain subjects. Dogan has a background in product management for… Read More

HomeHero Locks Down $23M For Its Home Care Marketplace

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Downtown Los Angeles HomeHero, a Santa Monica-based startup that works to connect home care workers with the families that need them, announced today that it has raised $23 million. The sum includes a $20 million Series A round of capital, in addition to a previously undisclosed $3 million capital event. The funding was led by Graham Holdings. Read More

Uber Stages Protest At NYC City Hall Against Bill Throttling New Driver Signups

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UBER NYC Protest Signs 5 Today Uber staged a protest outside of New York City Hall, where inside members of the City Council Transportation Committee were introducing a bill that would require the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to limit the issuance of new for-hire vehicle licenses.
The law would mean Uber could only add about 200 new drivers to the service in New York over the next year. More specifically… Read More

Over the Top: A Brief History of 21st Century BattleMechs

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Photo by Zollner Elektronik AGWhen historians of the future look back on the history of giant mechanized robot warriors, they’ll say it all started with BattleBots.

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Listen to Pharrell’s Beats 1 exclusive track ‘Freedom’ — the live version, at least

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A big part of just-launched Apple Music’s just-just launched Beats 1 radio is world premiere tracks from major acts. One of the big ones today is Pharrell Williams’ “Freedom,” which Zane Lowe has played twice in just over 90 minutes of being on the air. It’s not quite as catchy as “Happy,” but it definitely sticks with you.

Maybe that addiction has to do with how ephemeral the moment is. There is no other way to listen to the “Freedom” studio track right now — no option to save or buy it from the Apple Music app from the Beats 1 radio app (the only options are “Start Station” and “Share Station…”). Even if I wanted to give Apple and Pharrell money for “Freedom” right now, I couldn’t. Nor can I even bookmark it so I can remember to buy…

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Why SpaceX’s flubbed launch hurts the US’s future in space

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It was all going according to plan. At 10:21 a.m. EDT Sunday, SpaceX’s uncrewed Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, en route to the International Space Station. Perched atop the rocket was the company’s Dragon cargo capsule, packed full of food, science experiments, and other supplies for the ISS’ crew. For over two glorious minutes, the vehicle looked magnificent as it ascended toward the heavens. And then it exploded.

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There is no easy way to move your playlists from Spotify to Apple Music

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Now that Apple Music has been unleashed on the world, you may be interested in giving it a try. If you’ve been using Spotify like most streaming music users do, moving your playlists to Apple Music is no easy task. In fact… it’s pretty much impossible, at least automatically. That’s right, there’s no simple way to bring your playlists from Spotify or any other streaming service (outside of Apple-owned Beats Music) to Apple Music.

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Surprises From The First Few Hours Of Beats 1 Radio

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Zane_Lowe There Are Ads – Apple never mentioned this and you’d be surprised considering how rich it is, but occasionally little promotional messages like “Beats 1 is made possible by American Express” play on the air. The Music Selection Is All Over The Place – Hardcore drum’n’bass dance music is immediately followed by serene singer/songwriter crooning, followed… Read More

Gmail Gets Hundreds Of New Themes And Emoji

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Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.54.40 PM Google announced today a couple of additions to its web-based Gmail service aimed at making the product more fun to use, as well as more personal: it has now expanded its theme catalog, which allows you to customize the look-and-feel of Gmail, by adding hundreds of new themes to the service, and it has rolled out new emoji. Themes have been a part of the Gmail experience for some time… Read More

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