ITunes Radio Is Now “Apple Music” (and You Need a Subscription)

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New submitter Kevin by the Beach writes: If you haven’t noticed… If you try to play iTunes radio on your devices it is now paywalled (you can get a free three month trial at apple.com/music). The only reason I noticed is that I have an Apple TV which at one time had an iTunes Radio App. That app is no longer. Same is true if you select Music on your iOS devices, if you get to the iTunes Radio menu, you are redirected to sign up for the free trial. This reminds me of why I am forever reluctant to trade the music I have locally (on CDs, hard drives, and a few bits of vinyl I’ve been unwilling to jettison) for any kind of streaming service, whether it promises perpetuity or good-until-next-payment.

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Watch the first flight of Boeing’s new 737 MAX airliner live

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After rolling out the first 737 MAX late last year, Boeing is ready to take to the skies this morning in Renton, Washington where the aircraft is being built. Don’t expect a transcontinental flight, though — the first few flights for a new aircraft of this complexity are straightforward, local, and carefully planned, designed to make sure everything is operating as expected.

The 737 MAX, like Airbus’ competing A320neo, is a relatively mild evolution of a mass-market airliner that has dominated the skies for decades. The original 737 dates back to the 1960s, improving over the years with different sizes and seating configurations, better engines, and longer range. The big thing with the MAX is the so-called LEAP-1B engine, promising 20…

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This electric trike is the weirdest way to drive to work

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CES has become more of a car show than a tech show in the last few years, and this year just piled on the proof. In fact, CES was full of vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and many of them were electric. Sure, some were pure fantasy, but others were completely practical: the EcoReco M5 Air was collapsable, fun to ride, and came with decent mileage; Inboard showed up with an electric skateboard that doubles as a regular one; and Chevrolet gave us a ride in the Bolt — perhaps the first affordable electric car with proper range.

But sometimes you just want to throw practicality in the gutter. Sometimes you just want to have fun, and this year that meant driving the electric equivalent of a three-wheeled motorcycle around Las Vegas.

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Our 2016 Predictions For The IPO Market

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New York Stock Exchange 2015 was not a good year for IPOs — it was actually the worst year for tech IPOs since the financial crisis in 2009. More and more startups are opting to remain private for longer periods of time. And while we haven’t seen any tech IPOs in 2016 yet, eventually, companies need to go public — if only to raise additional financing to continue operating. We’re starting to… Read More

LG might be making a universal credit card

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We’re running pell mell into a future where you don’t have to carry a bunch of credit and debit cards in your wallet — but we’re not there yet. In the meanwhile, we’ve watched Apple and Google launch mobile payment systems that use your phone and Samsung launch one that can work with traditional card-swipe terminals. But while those big companies have tried to invent the future, a bunch of smaller companies like Coin, Swyp, and Plastc have tried to make the present better with universal credit cards. Now, according to a report from ETNews, LG is jumping into the same game.

A universal credit card is a compelling idea: you can virtually store all the plastic in your wallet in a single card, choosing the one you actually want to use with…

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Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

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shows Spotify’s foray into video has gone live on iOS a little earlier than expected. On Monday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Spotify had begun to roll out its video product to all users, beginning with its Android app this week. The iOS launch of the new “Shows” section, however, was not expected until “the next week or so,” a spokesperson told us at the time.… Read More

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Platform Is Dead

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Ammalgam writes: Tom Warren at the Verge today gave voice to what a lot of other technology analysts and today definitively declared that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is dead. This largely based on the abysmal adoption numbers released in Microsoft’s most recent earnings report. Mr. Warren articulates the obvious by stating: “With Lumia sales on the decline and Microsoft’s plan to not produce a large amount of handsets, it’s clear we’re witnessing the end of Windows Phone. Rumors suggest Microsoft is developing a Surface Phone, but it has to make it to the market first. Windows Phone has long been in decline and its app situation is only getting worse. With a lack of hardware, lack of sales, and less than 2 percent market share, it’s time to call it: Windows Phone is dead. ”

Now this news should not be surprising to anyone who has watched the slow decline of Windows Phone. Last December, in an article on Windows10update.com, Onuora Amobi also wrote off the platform. In this case, his analysis was based on the nonconformity of the Microsoft user interface to Apple and Android’s widely adopted aesthetic appeal. He wrote “I believe Windows Phone is dead. Kaput. Finished. Over. Done. … Windows 10 is successful in part because it’s a return to Windows 7 in many ways and that’s what made the consumers happy. One of the definitions of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result”. This is exactly what Microsoft is doing and it’s insane. Over 90% of Microsoft’s desired audience like the look and feel of iPhones and Android devices. They do – it’s not good or bad – it just is what it is. They spend their money on those two user interfaces.”

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Poncho’s daily weather forecasts are coming to an app

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Poncho is a cat in a yellow raincoat, and it’s also a new app for iOS that promises to wake you up with music that tells you what the weather is like outside. An email to Poncho’s current subscribers doesn’t say when the app will be available, but does mention that users will be able to set a “Wake Up Weather” alarm that plays music customized to the day’s weather. It’s unclear what music will be played. Maybe “It’s Raining Men” for stormy days and “Walking on Sunshine” on hot summer mornings? We can only hope.

Poncho recently expanded its weather coverage to include all 48 continental US states. Subscribers currently receive a daily email with the day’s weather, pollen level, public transit status, and a predictor…

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New trailers: The Angry Birds Movie, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Gaycation, and more

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As always, this is one of the biggest weeks of the year for movies. That’s because Sundance has been going on, and 46,000 or so people have flocked to Utah to see movies that will with certainty become some of this year’s hottest releases before anyone else. We’ve been covering the show all week long, and if you want to catch up, here’s the place to start. The trailers below aren’t for Sundance films — those’ll arrive throughout the year — but there’s still a mixture of great new trailers and some bigger, flashier, and weirder stuff coming out over the spring and summer. There’s nine below.

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Microsoft has sold 19 million Xbox Ones, according to EA

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As of late Microsoft hasn’t been sharing specific sales figures for the Xbox One, but we now have an idea of how many units the console has sold — though the news doesn’t come from Microsoft itself. During Electronic Arts’ most recent financial call, the game publisher revealed what it estimated to be the combined sales of both the Xbox One and PS4. “Our estimate is 55 million units out there, which has exceeded virtually everyone’s forecast for the year,” EA CFO Blake Jorgensen explained, “and is now almost 50 percent higher than the previous console cycle.”

At the beginning of January Sony boasted that it had sold more than 35.9 million PS4s — including 5.7 million during the holiday season — which means that, if EA’s numbers are…

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Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Shuts Down Today

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apple-wwdc-20150388 Ad-supported iTunes Radio stations have today gone off the air. As we reported earlier this month, Apple decided it would shutter its free streaming iTunes Radio offering, a competitor to Pandora, in an effort to boost subscriptions to its paid service, Apple Music. Going forward, the only free radio option is Apple’s Beats 1 radio – the DJ-hosted station, which Apple is now… Read More

EA reveals the Xbox One sales total that Microsoft prefers not to

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Microsoft long ago stopped saying how many XBox Ones it had sold, but figures released by Electronic Arts expose numbers far short of rival Sony’s Playstation 4.

On a financial call with reporters, CEO Blake Jorgensen said the combined install base of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was about 55 million units. With Sony boasting of 36 million PS4s shifted, that makes for 19 million Xbox Ones.

The numbers tally with rumors, but both machines are doing well given that we’re still only 2 years into the current generation of hardware. The big loser this time around is Nintendo, thought to have sold only about 11m Wii Us.

Facebook Is Shuttering the Parse Developer Platform

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itwbennett writes: In a blog post yesterday, Facebook announced it is shutting down the Parse developer platform as of Jan. 28, 2017, giving developers a year to move off its hosted services. This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering that just last month, Parse launched a set of new tools to help developers work with Apple’s watchOS and tvOS last, and at the time, Parse Product Manager Supratik Lahiri promised more updates in the future. Developers who don’t want to rewrite their applications to work with a new back-end service provider can follow a migration guide from Parse to make their applications work with an independent MongoDB instance and a new open-source Parse Server that’s running on Salesforce-owned developer platform provider Heroku.

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Stanford study: T-Mobile’s Binge On is ‘likely illegal’

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The debate over the potential harm of T-Mobile’s Binge On continues, with a new study from Stanford University claiming that the perk violates key net neutrality principles and is “likely illegal.” Binge On lets T-Mobile subscribers watch videos from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu without eating into their data plan. It’s proved popular with users, with T-Mobile claiming video views on its network have “more than doubled” since the deal was introduced, but critics say it’s creating a tiered internet service, with the Uncarrier given the unfair advantage of deciding who wins and who loses.

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Facebook Introduces Emojis, Live Video

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An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced that it would roll out a new live video tool called Live, available immediately for US iPhone users, and expanding to the rest of the world and Android users over the next few weeks. It is also expanding the ‘Like’ button to a range of emojis called ‘Reactions’. The ‘Live’ video service has had a limited testing group since December, according to Product Manager Vadim Lavrusik. Starting today, Facebook users can access the service through the existing Update Status tool, and can control the audience for the video before uploading. Facebook also announced that it will roll out an expansion of the ‘Like’ button to a range of emojis called ‘Reactions’.The ‘Like’ function will now include emojis for Love, Sad, Angry, Happy and Wow. The emoji for ‘Yay’ was discarded after testing.

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First Click: Which VR headset will embarrass you most in 20 years?

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Answer: All of them.

I’m guessing that like me, you’re probably thinking of buying a VR headset this year? That’s what early adopters do. We can’t help it. I’m also prepared to look back and laugh at 2016 photos of myself as the technology matures.

Hell, by 2050, the year when every futuristic fantasy comes true, augmenting the human body with VR could be as simple as putting on a pair of contact lenses. The VR goggles of today will be no different than those giant brick phones of yore.

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