Songza Joins Google, is an iTunes Radio Competition in the Future?


I love listening to music via Songza. When I’m working, I don’t often have the time to think about a specific band or artist that I want to listen to. Sonza is great for finding something that fits my mood, even when I don’t know what that mood is. After testing Beats Music, which also features mood-based curated playlists, I feel that Songza is better at creating very specific playlists that are ideal for a number of situations.

Yesterday, both Sonza and Google announced that the former would be joining the latter. That’s right, Google is the new, proud owner of Sonza’s entire library of curated playlists and has definite plans to bring the streaming music service to Google Play Music.

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Study Finds there is a Magic Monthly App Usage Limit

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A number of incredibly useful statistics have been published by Nielsen which show that the max number of apps used on a monthly basis hasn’t increased significantly over the past few years, but that the average time we spend using our apps is expanding. If you are a developer then this means that breaking into the popular app club is only going to get harder and harder as more apps hit the marketplace.

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Apple Extends AppleCare+ Support for iPad and iPhone to 60 Days

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I always purchase AppleCare for my desktop and laptop computers. I’ve used the extended warranty with great success and saved hundreds of dollars in repairs. Apple also offers coverage for both the iPhone and iPad with AppleCare+. Device owners used to be required to add the extended warranty within 30 days of the iPhone or iPad purchase date. Apple just made some changes to their coverage and you can now wait up to 60 days from the purchase date to decide if you want the extended warranty.

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Personalization Features of Yahoo Mail Finally Available on iPad

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Yahoo Mail is the company’s official app, which gives users access to content from the company’s main website. Until recently, it was mainly focused on email features. However, in April, the iPhone version received a big update that allowed users to access news and see snapshots of weather, sports scores, stocks, and more. Today, the company has rolled out the personalization features to the iPad with full screen support.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Homemade Slide Ruler for Adobe Creative Apps

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A few weeks ago, Adobe launched a new line of creative iPad apps called Adobe Line and Adobe Sketch. At the same time, the company unveiled two new tools specifically designed for drafting artists called “Ink and Slide,” which are a pen and slide ruler for touch screens. Ink and Slide are available as one package from Adobe for $199. However, one creative DIY guy has figured out a way to create a simplified version at home using hardware supplies that won’t cost you more than a few bucks.

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DotPen Hopes to Redefine What a ‘Fine Tip’ Touch Screen Stylus is

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I’ve not tested a whole lot of styluses in my lifetime. The few I have tried out have left me feeling a bid… mushy. I know it is difficult to make a touch screen pen because the material needs to be capacitive. But you’d think that, by now, someone would have perfected the materials so that tablet styluses would feel more like real pens.

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Apple Voice Recognition Hires Point to Siri Getting Neural Networking Update

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Siri is a big deal. It wasn’t the first voice recognition tool, but in conjunction with iOS and the iPhone it has been brought to the masses. According to, Apple is now poised to incorporate neural networking technology into its voice recognition system.

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Samsung Rumored to Produce Apple’s A9 Chips, Made in the U.S.A.


For a few years now, Apple and Samsung have been battling each other in courts around the world over patent infringement issues. While the lawsuits appear to be winding down, rumors of the strained relationship continue. Every few months or so, we hear that Apple is planning on dumping Samsung as the designer for its processor chip line. Then, shortly after that, we hear that the company is on track to produce Apple’s branded mobile chip for years to come.

Today is no different. A new rumor from Taiwan’s DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung will make Apple’s A9 chip, due out in 2015. Additionally, this rumor notes that the chip will be made at Samsung’s U.S. plant in New York.

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Apple Offers $50 -$100 Gift Cards in Latest Back to School iPad and iPhone Promotion

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Now that the kids have celebrated their last day of school, college students have sold back their textbooks for 10 percent of what they bought them for, and the first day of summer has official passed, Apple is starting its Back to School campaign. Starting today and continuing until Sept. 9, Apple is offering a $50 retail store gift card for qualified students who purchase an iPad or iPhone. If you are investing in a new Mac, Apple will give you a $100 gift card.

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E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Launches ‘Life on Earth’ iBooks Textbook Series

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Apple recently updated iTunes U with new tools for educators and students to better create, edit, and collaborate. While looking into the updates to iTunes U, I noticed a spotlight for a series of books I recall reading when I was in school. As it turns out, Dr. Edward O. Wilson’s “Life on Earth” has been completely redesigned as an immersive, interactive textbook series that is now available for free on the iPad.

Thanks to donations from supporters of the author’s Biodiversity Foundation, “Life on Earth” will be presented with animations, videos, and interactive modules in a 41-chapter series that meets the Next Generation Science Standards for high school curriculum.

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