Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s newest release shows how Apple Music has tipped the streaming scale

At 5:30 pm EDT on Saturday, the Tidal high-fidelity music streaming service was suddenly the center of attention. Just weeks after Kanye West dropped his Ye album on all streaming services—underscoring the dissolution of his once-exclusive contract with Tidal—Jay-Z and Beyoncé shocked the world with a surprise collaborative record titled Everything is Love. And the only place you could get it was Tidal.

Somewhat surprisingly, that exclusivity didn’t last very long. While other high-profile albums have enjoyed Tidal exclusivity for weeks or, in the case of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, years, Everything is Love had a stint that lasted about 36 hours. By the time people were looking for some music to play on their Monday morning commute, Beyoncé’s and Jay-Z’s new record was available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify Premium (available for free on Spotify on July 2)  and the only thing exclusive to Tidal was an outtake track.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s newest release shows how Apple Music has tipped the streaming scale

At 5:30 pm EDT on Saturday, the Tidal high-fidelity music streaming service was suddenly the center of attention. Just weeks after Kanye West dropped his Ye album on all streaming services—underscoring the dissolution of his once-exclusive contract with Tidal—Jay-Z and Beyonce shocked the world with a surprise collaborative record titled Everything is Love. And the only place you could get it was Tidal.

Somewhat surprisingly, that exclusivity didn't last very long. While other high-profile albums have enjoyed Tidal exclusivity for weeks or, in the case of Beyonce's Lemonade, years, Everything is Love had a stint that lasted about 36 hours. By the time people were looking for some music to play on their Monday morning commute, Beyonce's and Jay-Z's new record was available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify Premium (available for free on Spotify on July 2)  and the only thing exclusive to Tidal was an outtake track.

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Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones’ 911 problems

Apple made a big deal about our digital well-being when it unveiled iOS 12 at WWDC, but there’s one feature it didn't discuss that could have even greater life-saving benefits.

In a press release Monday, the company outlined how iPhones running iOS 12 will be able to share location data automatically and securely with first responders when you dial 911. Apple says this will help reduce emergency response times by providing faster and more accurate information that circumvents “outdated, landline-era infrastructure.”

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Why Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch iPhone will be the model everyone wants, even with an LCD screen

We've heard enough rumors about Apple's upcoming slate of iPhones by now to pretty much know the score. Much like this current lineup, there will reportedly be three models in three sizes, ranging from 5.8 inches (the current size of the iPhone X) all the way up to 6.5 inches. But the most intriguing model is the one that fits in between: a 6.1-inch LCD model.

The scuttlebutt has always been that the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone XI models will be OLED, while the 6.1-inch iPhone will be LCD, thus retaining a lower-priced option. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple expects that single model to account for more than half of all iPhone sales during the next cycle, meaning it expects to move more than 100 million of them, based on current sales figures. That's a big number—and Continue reading "Why Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch iPhone will be the model everyone wants, even with an LCD screen"

Nothing to C here: Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

Since it’s been several days without an iPhone rumor, DigiTimes has piped up with what purports to be a salacious scoop about next year’s iPhone. According to the site, Apple “will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support,” replacing the nearly six-year-old Lightning port.

In that time between Lightning’s arrival in 2012 and the upcoming 2018 iPhones, USB-C has risen to a position of prominence on many of Apple's products. It’s a mainstay on Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac computers, and nearly every Android phone maker has adopted the symmetrical port as the charging solution on its handsets. USB-C is vastly superior to all other forms of USB, and it comes as no surprise that it’s taken over the finicky microUSB and less-versatile USB 3.1 ports on phones and PCs.

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What was missing from WWDC 2018? Originality

Why the announcements Apple didn’t make at WWDC might be more important than the ones they did

Now that the WWDC 2018 keynote has come and gone, we’ll be spending the next several weeks breaking it all down. Apple had a lot to say over the course of its two-hour-plus keynote, but there were several apps, features, and products that were conspicuously absent from the main stage.

Unlike prior years in which Apple execs spent gobs of time talking up features to death, there was a notable lack of filler during yesterday’s keynote. Apple had a lot to say about its four main OSes—so much so, in fact, that some of iOS 12’s most interesting features didn’t even make the cut. But even beyond longer Animoji messages and AutoFill passwords, there were a few missing announcements that point to something big on the horizon (and I’m not even talking about MacBooks).

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11 fantastic iOS 12 features that didn’t make the WWDC keynote

iOS 12 was certainly the star of yesterday's WWDC keynote. From performance improvements to ARKit 2.0 and group FaceTime calls, the next version of Apple's mobile OS is so jam-packed with features that Apple couldn't fit all of them in the hour it carved out for the iOS 12 demo. Here are 11 awesome features Apple didn't talk about that you need to know.

watchOS 5: Five awesome features that will supercharge your Apple Watch

With rumors swirling about the first Apple Watch redesign due to land in the fall, Apple used its WWDC keynote to focus on some of the new features in watchOS 5. The new features just might keep some of those old models in circulation a little longer—though not the original Watch, which will be dropped from watchOS 5 compatibility. So if you spend 17,000 on one of those solid-gold models, you're out of luck.

From workouts to watch faces, version 5 is shaping up to be one of the best upgrades to watchOS in years, and we can’t wait to get our hands... er, wrists on it. Here are five reasons why it’ll be a must-upgrade.

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Apple finally tackles smartphone addiction with new Screen Time app, grouped notifications

After vowing to address the growing concern of smartphone addiction earlier this year, Apple is now making good on its word. During the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi took some time to spotlight some of the new features in iOS 12 designed to help users get a grip on their smartphone habits. Rather than roll out small perfunctory capabilities, Apple is jumping right into the game with a slew of major changes that put it on par with Google’s impressive efforts in Android P.

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Apple finally tackles smartphone addiction with new Screen Time app, grouped notifications

After vowing to address the growing concern of smartphone addiction earlier this year, Apple is now making good on its word. During the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi took some time to spotlight some of the new features in iOS 12 designed to help users get a grip on their smartphone habits. Rather than roll out small perfunctory capabilities, Apple is jumping right into the game with a slew of major changes that put it on par with Google’s impressive efforts in Android P.

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Spoiler alert: Apple’s WWDC 2018 is probably going to be boring, and that’s the way it should be

Spoiler alert: Apple’s WWDC is probably going to be boring, and that’s the way it should be

Charge your phone wirelessly and cheaply with these can’t-pass-up deals on Qi chargers

Unless you’ve got a Pixel 2 or a OnePlus phone, your new iPhone or Android phone has a great feature you might not be taking advantage of: wireless charging. So if you haven’t picked up a wireless charging pad yet, today’s the day to do so: Amazon is selling two of the best charging pads around for some of their lowest prices ever. Samsung’s Fast Charge pad is down to $25 and Anker’s Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad is down to $13.49 using a 10 percent coupon on the purchase page. (To get the lowest price for the Anker pad, make sure you click the coupon box above the price listing.)

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Apple awarded $539 million in Samsung patent trial, but iPhone 6 revelation may be more damaging

These days it seems like Apple is always fighting several cases in court, but it’s rare that we hear much about them. In two separate cases presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh this week, however, quite a bit of news was made. In one, Apple won a bundle of money from Samsung. In another, it may have lost some face with its customers.

In the ongoing patent battle with Samsung that reaches way back to when Steve Jobs was still alive, a jury has awarded Apple $538.6 million in damages regarding the design of its phones. The jury took five days to decide the wide-ranging case that is as much about innovation as it is about rectangular pieces of glass.

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The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it’s not exactly what we dreamed it would be

For the past several years, we’ve been reading reports about Apple’s ambitious self-driving car project. Dubbed Project Titan, the vision was once reportedly bolstered by a 1,000-plus member team tasked with building a vehicle that would be innovative and revolutionary, with an all-electric engine, luxurious amenities, and the smartest infotainment system on four wheels.

However, according to a new report by The New York Times, some things are too difficult even for Apple to conquer. For the past four years, Apple’s best engineers along with designer Jony Ive have been developing prototypes of a reimagined car worthy of the Apple name. As the Times describes it, the idea was to build a vehicle that would be “the automotive version of the iPhone.”

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Apple offers $50 credit if you paid full price for an iPhone battery replacement last year

Late last year, Apple starting handing out $29 batteries to customers affected by unexpected shutdowns and slowdowns with their iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. That price represented a significant discount over the $79 Apple usually charges for a new battery, and customers predictably flocked to Apple stores to take advantage of the program.

But anyone who paid for a battery replacement before Dec. 29, 2017, was out of luck. While there were scattered reports of customers convincing Apple representatives to refund the money they paid for a replacement, there was no official way for customers to file for a refund, even if the battery replacement corrected the same issue covered by the new program.

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