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Apple Music will let you stream 100,000 of your own tracks when iOS 9 launches

As the launch date for Apple’s new streaming music service draws nearer, senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeted that it will allow users to upload 25,000 of their own songs to the company’s cloud storage service on June 30, and expand that to 100,000 songs by the …

One of the most accurate Apple analysts just spilled a ton of new details about the iPhone 6s

Here are Kuo's latest predictions for the next iPhone, which were published by Apple Insider:<p><b>The next iPhone, which is said to be called the iPhone 6s, will come with a new design with different casing materials</b>, Kuo writes in his latest research note, according to Apple Insider. One of these new …

Flickr's New Magical Search Tool Knows What's in Your Pics

Flickr had a big head start in the online photo-sharing race, but some of its early momentum was lost when competitors like Google, Dropbox, iCloud, …

Mobile Photography

Apple Reverses Course, Will Pay Artists During Apple Music Free Trial

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, posted on Twitter tonight in response to concerns that Apple would not be paying artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music. Cue wrote that Apple will now be paying artists during the initial free trial of …

Initial developer interest in Apple Watch higher than in early iPhones and iPads, Cook says

During his China tour last month that took him to the eastern city of Hangzhou, home to the largest Apple Store worldwide, CEO Tim Cook said the …

Kindle readers now have an extra reason to feel guilty about not finishing a book – putting the author out of pocket<p>Amazon will start paying some authors according to how many pages of their books are actually read, the company has announced.<p>The change will affect self-published writers who make …

Libraries

Microsoft backs Apple Watch early with OneDrive update

Microsoft was quick to support Google's Android Wear smartwatches last year, and it's ready to do the same for the Apple Watch. A new app update for Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service provides the first Apple Watch support through Microsoft's various iOS apps and services. OneDrive for …

WhatsApp touts 800M monthly active users

WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging platforms, and it's showing no signs of slowing. In a Facebook post Friday, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that the Facebook-owned service now has 800 million active users every month. That's a lot of chatter.<p>WhatsApp Messenger lets you send …

Apps

Korean company downplays roots of flagship phone in effort to gain foothold in Japanese market<p>Samsung phones going on sale in Japan this week will not carry the company’s logo, but instead will be co-branded with the two mobile carriers who are launching them.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung …

Samsung Galaxy

The Mythical 'Map Of The Internet 2.0' Is Even Better Than The First

Amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic has put together the second version of his "Map of the Internet," and not surprisingly, it's even better than the first.<p>His original map, put together using Photoshop along with data from Alexa, featured websites as different countries within different …

There’s Just No Getting Around Apple Buying Yahoo

Apple should buy Yahoo.<p>This is neither a new idea, nor one acceptable to the Apple fan base. But since people briefly talked about it last year, it’s become an increasingly good idea — maybe a necessary one for Apple’s continued growth and success — and I’m going to tell you why.<p><b>Apple’s Missing</b> …

The UK is finally making it legal to rip a CD on June 1st

After a lengthy two-year legislative process, the UK is nearly ready to drag its copyright law into the digital era. The country's Intellectual Property Office has published the final version of copyright exceptions that make it legal to rip CDs and otherwise shift formats. As of June 1st, Brits …

It's Bliss: behind the iconic Windows XP photo

<b>"It's because of her that we've got the photograph."</b><p>Although it will forever be associated with Windows XP, <i>Bliss</i> was actually the by-product of a …

Tim Cook earns spot among Pope Francis & Dalai Lama on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list

Fortune is out today with its inaugural list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and among Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, and other dignitaries sits a few of the tech industry’s biggest figures, including Apple CEO Tim Cook. Tim Cook sits at #33 on the list, ahead of other tech execs like …

TANGO: The Latest Billion-Dollar App

200 million members use the app to send an assortment of free messages to other people in the network, make video and voice calls, play a variety of mobile games, and so much more. It's very similar to WhatsApp, WeChat, Kakao Talk, and several other similar apps designed for mobile messaging.<p>You …

Apps

Google CEO Larry Page Spoke At TED, And Everyone Freaked Out Over His Ideas

We didn't see a stream of his talk, but judging by Twitter, it was a doozy.<p>Page talked about the NSA, the future of transportation, curing disease, and why companies fail, to name a few topics.<p>"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," Page …

Facebook says 375 million users play games per month

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When it comes to games, Facebook (s fb) has been out of the drivers seat for quite a while. One need only look at the embattled …

These countries are among the biggest 'enemies of the internet,' according to a new report

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Microsoft scans blogger's Hotmail account to track down Windows 8 leaker

An ex-Microsoft employee has been arrested and charged with leaking early copies of Windows 8 and Windows 7. <i>Seattle PI</i> reports that software architect Alex Kibkalo is accused of stealing trade secrets and leaking confidential beta copies of Windows 8 to an unnamed "French technology blogger." …

New Samsung Ad Burns the Kindle, Surface and iPad

Oh, you poor Luddite, with your keyboard, battery dock and mouse. You call that a tablet? It’s positively Neanderthal. And that iPad? Why can’t it do …

How Facebook made over a billion personalized videos without breaking its site

There was no Look Back team at Facebook — when the company decided to make videos celebrating the past posts of each member, it pulled people from across different groups to complete the task. Originally they thought the process would take months, but as Alexey Spiridonov writes on Facebook's …

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum denies 'careless' reports

<b>WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has spoken out against "careless and inaccurate" reports about possible changes to the messaging app's privacy policies.</b><p>In a blog post, Mr Koum sought to reassure users that Facebook's $19bn (£11bn) purchase of the firm would not change core principles.<p>"Respect for your …

Apple launches 8GB iPhone 5C for £429

<b>GADGET DESIGNER</b> Apple has announced an 8GB version of its iPhone 5C that has gone on sale priced at £429 SIM-free.<p>Apple silently announced the …

Leaked video reveals new software that will power 2014’s most gorgeous Android phone

Unless something truly shocking and unexpected happens between now and the end of the year (like Samsung actually releasing a sleek premium metal …

Uncertainty Persists As The Nokia-Microsoft Deal Races Towards Deadline

Microsoft and Nokia told investors that their deal would close in the first quarter of 2014. They have two weeks to meet that guidance, which remains unchanged even in the face of Nokia’s recent legal setback.<p>Let’s review the firms’ most recent statements regarding the closing period for the deal. …

Setting the record straight

Since announcing our upcoming partnership with Facebook, we’ve been truly humbled by how much attention our story has received. As a company, we’re …

You're Looking at It Wrong — Why the Web Demands Vertical Screens

The first person to twist apart an Oreo, or sit backwards in a chair, or pretend a tennis racket was a guitar — visionaries who recognized that …

Bill Gates Sounds Skeptical Of Zuckerberg's WhatsApp Deal: 'I Hope It Works Out For Him'

Bill Gates sounded a skeptical note about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to pick up WhatsApp on ABC's “This Week" Sunday.<p>Gates seemed critical of the price Facebook paid for its recent acquisition. “Fifty years ago, no 55-person company was bought for $19 billion. And that’s a good thing,” …