If you don’t have Apple TV or an AirPlay-enabled set of speakers, you aren’t necessarily out of luck anymore. Today, the popular music streaming service Spotify announced the launch of Spotify Connect. Now, you can stream your music to a wide variety of home audio systems without worrying about your phone call being heard over the speakers.
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Just as was predicted by AllThingsD in mid-August, and subsequently reported across the tech world, Apple today officially announced that it would hold a special event on Sept. 10, 2013. The invite states that the big event will take place at 10:00 a.m. PT.
The two biggest tablet sellers on the market today are Samsung and Apple. Competing for attention against the two top dogs is hard to get. Microsoft is trying everything they can to get out into the hardware market and make a name for themselves. So much so that yesterday the company announced it would be acquiring most of Nokia’s devices-and-services business for $7.2 billion.
This acquisition will bring 32,000 new Nokia employees into the fold, possibly include a new CEO to replace the current (and about to retire) CEO Steve Ballmer, and give Microsoft access to its long-term patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm.
With all of this extra hardware development coming into the Microsoft family, there is no doubt that the company has big plans for the future of device making. However, will they be able to make a dent in the tablet market?
Welcome to another edition of our weekly how-to guide for iPad users. Each week, we offer tips and tricks for making your iPad work the way you want it to. We know that there are a lot of new iOS users every day who don’t know the fiddly-bits about their shiny new tablet. We’re here to help. Last week, we told you how to power off, restart and reset your iPad. It may seem like a simple task, but not everyone knows how to turn off their iOS device.
Welcome to another installment of our weekly spotlight on Apple’s Editor’s Choice award. Every Thursday, Apple gives the special honor to one or more iOS apps that stand out as being particularly cool, fun, and uses the iOS technology to its best abilities. Last week, Apple named Asphalt 8: Airborne the Editor’s Choice.
This week, the award goes to a slightly less graphics-heavy game, but something worth checking out nonetheless.
Microsoft to Make Permanent Surface Price Cuts, Possibly Due to Overwhelming iOS and Android Competition
In the middle of July, Microsoft put the Surface RT on sale for $150 off its full retail price of $499 for the 32GB model down to $349, as well as lowering the 64GB model from $500 to $449. Two weeks later, the company slashed the price of its Surface Pro tablet by $100. These sales were supposed to be temporary. Some were speculating that this was Microsoft’s way of clearing the shelves to make way for the next generation of Surface tablets.
As if going to Hawaii isn’t enough. Today, Hawaiian Airlines announced that, starting Sept. 1, every one of its Boeing 767-300 aircraft will be fully equipped with an iPad for every passenger.
The iPad mini program will replace all in-flight portable entertainment systems across the airline’s 14 B767 aircrafts with 1,500 iPad mini devices. Hawaiian Airlines serves routes between Hawaii and the U.S., as well as Asia and the South Pacific.
As it gets closer to the purported big event where Apple will announce the next generation of iPhone, the company has officially launched a trade-in program that will allow customers to bring in their old model in exchange for a new one. This begs the question of whether Apple will offer the same incentive to entice iPad users to trade in their old devices as well.
According to AppleInsider, Apple has confirmed that it has begun rolling out the trade-in program nationwide starting today. Customers can bring in their current iPhones today in exchange for store credit for a new model. CNBC confirmed in a tweet that customers must leave the store with a new contract in order to take part in the trade-in program.
Friday is here and that means its time to flashback. Every time I write that, I think of Rick Dees and reruns of the “Top 40 Countdown” from the early 1980s. We won’t bore you with a countdown of the top 40 games from 1985, but we will tell you about one game each week that reminds us of our childhood. Last week, we told you about a block-building app that lets you make and play with vehicles and people. Blocksworld HD may not be from decades past, but it reminds me of my childhood.
This week, we tracked down an app that was a big hit in the early 1990s. For people like me, the nineties don’t seem like that long ago, but we are quickly reaching the 25-year stretch, so it counts.
Apple news blog 9to5Mac is reporting to have insider information regarding the upcoming launch of iOS 7. According to “multiple AppleCare employees,” Apple has started training technical support staff on the new features and modifications to the new mobile operating system. Training must be completed by the second week of September.
The second week of Sept. is right around the time when Apple’s purported big event will take place. It is right in line with a possible new product launch. The 9to5Mac writers don’t think that Apple will launch iOS 7 right on the rumored event date. Pointing to previous events and iOS launches, they believe that Apple will demo the software on Sept. 10, but will release the public download the week following its formal announcement. However, I recall a few iOS updates from years ago that were available for download on the same day they were announced. My hope is that Apple will show us some of the cool features, and then tell us to download it and discover everything ourselves.