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Groove is the new name for Microsoft's Xbox Music app...

Today, 03:35 AM

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Groove is the new name for Xbox Music, and iPhone and iPad owners can now download an app update that not only makes the rebranding complete, but adds new features as well.

  • You no longer need Groove Music Pass to use the app! (Certain features still require it)
  • New app name and design
  • Music in your OneDrive music folder now appears as part of your collection
  • In addition to playlists, you can now download individual songs and albums for offline use
  • Filter your music to see just what's available offline
  • Various bug fixes

The rebranding of the service has already happened on Windows 10, Android, the Xbox One and the web.
The name change for the app is due to Microsoft deciding to focus its Xbox brand on the company's gaming efforts, and as a result, the company chose Groove as the new name for its music service. However, if you are already familiar with Xbox Music, the Groove music app still allows users to either purchase and download tracks and albums from its library, or stream music for a monthly or yearly fee.
What do you think of the new name for Microsoft's music service? Let us know in the comments!





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Sprint brings some new faces on board in executive shakeup

Yesterday, 11:32 PM

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Sprint has announced a slight executive shakeup today, bringing in former Telstra exec Tarek Robbiati as its new CFO, and Günther Ottendorfer as its COO of technology. The shakeup will also see Sprint's Chief Network Officer, John Saw, promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Sprint is clearly looking to bring a fresh outlook on its strategy in the competitive mobile space with some new faces. Speaking on Robbiati's new position as CFO, Sprint emphasized his track record for transformation at his previous posts:

During his time in senior operating and finance roles at FlexiGroup, Telstra International Group, CSL Limited and Orange Plc., he helped to successfully transform these companies, reorganizing them, refining their strategy and making the choices that strengthened them and positioned them to grow.

Similarly, Sprint is hoping that Ottendorfer will help the company successfully expand its wireless network:

Sprint has been making substantial progress in delivering a network with the reliability, capacity and speed customers demand. Ottendorfer, in his capacity leading the Technology Office, will lead the company's efforts to build on that progress by deploying the next generation of its wireless network. This will capitalize on Sprint's rich spectrum portfolio, increasing coverage and capacity by significantly densifying the company's network.

With the new executives coming on board just ahead of Sprint's quarterly earnings report tomorrow, August 4, it seems likely the company may be pre-empting some bad news. In any case, it will be interesting to see how this pans out, and if we see any notable shifts in strategy to deal with Sprint's most immediate threat, T-Mobile.

Source: Sprint





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OS X El Capitan Beta 6 now available for developers

Yesterday, 08:14 PM

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Apple has pushed out the sixth beta version of OS X El Capitan to developers. It is available from the Mac Developer Resource Center, or from the Mac App Store Update section on devices with the previous beta version installed.

The full release of OS X 10.11 is expected to land this fall, bringing a number of improvements to Spotlight search, Safari, and the expansion of the Metal graphics framework from iOS to the Mac.

Thanks to Keith for the tip!





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Apple pushes further into Bay area with 43-acre purchase

Yesterday, 07:29 PM

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Apple is apparently set to expand its presence in San Jose in a big way. According to recently uncovered documents, the company has purchased a 43-acre development site in the city, though it's unclear what Apple intends to use the undeveloped land for. The news comes from the Silicon Valley Business Journal, stating:

Apple Inc. has purchased a roughly 43-acre development site in North San Jose in a blockbuster real estate transaction that comes just weeks after the Mac maker established its first major presence in the city.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the development site is located next to a 300,000 square foot space that Apple leased early last month. The purchase also comes just a week after Apple also reportedly rented 76,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco.

In any case, between these recently leased office spaces and Apple's ongoing construction of Campus 2, it looks like the tech giant is expanding in the Bay area in a big way.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal; Via: MacRumors





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The Amazon Echo speaker can now also be purchased from St...

Yesterday, 05:05 PM

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People who want to purchase the Amazon Echo connected speaker now have another option besides Amazon itself. It is now for sale on the Staples website for the same price of $179.99.

Staples will be the only third-party retailer to offer the Amazon Echo for sale, but it will only be available online for now. You won't be able to walk in your local Staples retail store and purchase the speaker, at least not immediately. Aside from that, there's nothing else that Staples is doing to make its Echo listing different than Amazon's, although if you own any Staples gift cards, you can use them now to help purchase the speaker.

Check out the Amazon Echo at Staples.com ($179.99)

Check out the Amazon Echo at Amazon ($179.99)





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Apple said to be mulling its own virtual network service...

Yesterday, 04:35 PM

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Apple is said to be in talks with carriers in both the U.S. and Europe about launching a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). An MVNO service from Apple would allow customers to purchase cellular access directly from Apple, which would lease space from existing wireless providers. Phones would switch networks automatically in order to get the best service.

From Business Insider:

Here's how an Apple MVNO will work: Instead of paying your carrier every month, you will pay Apple directly for data, calls, and texts. Apple then provides you with everything you used to get from your carrier, but the Apple SIM switches between carriers to get the best service. The telecoms companies auction capacity to Apple so it can run the service.

This would be similar to how Google's virtual network service, Project Fi, already operates. Apple's service is still reportedly in the testing phase, and if it does eventually launch, it apparently won't do so in the near future. The company could take at least five more years to launch it completely, and is said to be taking a long-term view with the potential wireless service.

Source: Business Insider





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Apple Watch launches in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia

01 Aug 2015

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The Apple Watch has made its way to three new countries today, officially becoming available for purchase at Apple Stores in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to celebrate, noting that the company saw a great turnout in Istanbul for the launch:

Hello Istanbul! A great turnout for the launch of Apple Watch in Turkey today. pic.twitter.com/8J9fUxaFNi

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 31, 2015

The Apple Watch originally launched on April 24 to a small set of countries. However, as the strain on supply has eased a bit, we've seen the product launch in a number of other countries over the last month or so. Earlier this month, we also learned that the Apple Watch will become available for purchase at Best Buy stores in early August for the U.S., and a week later in Canada.

If you live in one of today's launch countries and just picked up an Apple Watch, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to setting up and using the Apple Watch.





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Kodak now lets you edit, share, and print from its Moment...

Yesterday, 03:41 PM

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Kodak has released an update for its Moments app, which now lets you share, edit, and print photos all from one location. No longer do you need a separate app to print using one of Kodak's Picture Kiosks, instead you can do it from the same place that you just edited that new photo. With the latest update, Kodak has added the following to its Moments app:

  • Camera and Social Media Functionalities
    • Capture a picture without leaving the app, edit and enrich images with tools and filters. Post them to social media (such as FACEBOOK, FLICKR, INSTAGRAM, DROPBOX), send via instant message or e-mail them with just a few clicks. No need to close out of one app and open another.
  • Print Options
    • Users choose what works best for them – print in store at a Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosk; send to one of thousands of stores for same day pick up; or, ship to home.
  • Photo Gallery View
    • Conveniently access from the main menu, and easily view, select and print photos.

The update is available now in the App Store as a free download.





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Real Boxing 2 to enter the ring with some impressive grap...

Yesterday, 03:19 PM

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Vivid Games had a smash hit with the original Real Boxing game. Now the developer has posted the first trailer for the sequel, Real Boxing 2, with some impressive looking graphics that use Unreal Engine 4.

Here's what Vivid has to say about Real Boxing 2:

The game introduces a revolutionary, seamlessly single and multiplayer Career Mode which has players lead their boxer from zero to legend fighting in a variety of Events, completing countless Contracts and challenging an elite of extraordinary boss characters, earning powerful rewards and unlocking new content on the way. One of the key features of the title is a brand new character customization system giving players near limitless possibilities of making their one of a kind boxer thanks to four diverse character classes, hundreds of unique unlockable items, as well as a robust set of fighter creation options allowing players to tweak details such as build size, facial attributes, hairstyles and more.

Real Boxing 2 will be released later this year as a free-to-play title, but people who sign up for the game's VIP Club at its official website will get the chance to play a beta before its official launch.

Source: Real Boxing





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How to add Apple Music playlists to your Apple Watch

Yesterday, 03:00 PM

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Want to rock out to an Apple Music playlist on your Apple Watch? Here's how.

Whether you're heading out for a run, hitting the gym, doing rounds, or doing housework, your Apple Watch can hold up to 2 GB of music all on its own. All you have to do is sync a playlist over from your iPhone. The transfer is wireless and best of all, it's easy to do.

How to download a playlist for offline listening

Before you add a playlist to your Apple Watch, you'll want to make sure it's first locally stored on your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Music app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to the playlist you want to download.
  3. Tap the More button (looks like •••) to the right of the music.
  4. Tap on Make Available Offline

  5. The playlist and its included songs should immediately begin downloading to your device; you can see their progress by tapping the download bar at the top of the screen. After the playlist is finished downloading, you'll find it in your local playlists.
How to sync playlists from your iPhone to your Apple Watch
  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Music.
  3. Tap on Synced Playlist.

  4. Tap on the Playlist you want to sync.

Once the playlist syncs over, it'll be available for you to play on your Apple Watch.

How to play local music on your Apple Watch
  1. Launch the Music app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Force Press to bring up the options.
  3. Tap on Source.
  4. Tap on Apple Watch.
  5. Pair your Apple Watch with a Bluetooth headset, if you haven't already.
  6. Choose the song you want to play, and enjoy!





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