YouTube’s new streaming service charges iOS users an Apple tax

Google revealed that it’s getting into the subscription video streaming service game today with the introduction of YouTube Red. The new $9.99 per month service will give customers ad-free access to all of YouTube’s content, but the company plans to charge customers extra if they sign up through iOS. To compensate for the App Store’s […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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UE Boom 2 gets Block Party mode so you can blast friends’ tunes

SAN FRANCISCO — A slick new feature coming to Ultimate Ears’ Bluetooth speakers will let you stream your friends’ music from the palm of your hand. Called Block Party, it lets up to three friends connect to the same UE speaker. Then the self-appointed DJ can pick and choose from each person’s tunes, pulled from […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Google doubles down on dongles with new Chromecasts

Google’s inexpensive TV dongle is finally getting a much needed update today as the tech giant revealed two brand new Chromecast models at its press event in San Francisco. Google also loosed a redesigned Chromecast app, Photos support, and Spotify for the video device. The newly-designed TV-centric Chromecast dongle (which comes with an integrated HDMI […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Honda Introduces 2016 Civic With CarPlay and Android Auto Support

Honda on Wednesday at YouTube Space LA introduced the redesigned 2016 Civic with CarPlay and Android Auto support. The tenth-generation sedan will be the second Honda vehicle to support CarPlay alongside the 2016 Accord as the Japanese car maker continues its 2016 vehicle rollout.

Apple has listed Honda as a CarPlay partner on its website for quite some time, but the car maker waited until its 2016 lineup to introduce the iPhone-based dashboard system. GM is also supporting CarPlay and Android Auto in 2016 across its Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette, Buick and GMC vehicle brands.

CarPlay connects to iPhone and provides hands-free or eyes-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. The in-dash software uses Siri and also interfaces with your vehicle’s knobs, dials and buttons.



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Can Apple school Netflix in creating original content?

Apple’s getting ready to sink its teeth into original programming, according to recent reports, and there are suggestions it will launch a new video streaming service for Apple TV. The Cupertino company has already taken the fight to Spotify with Apple Music, so why not Netflix next? The big question is, does Apple have what it takes to produce […]

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Key Apple Music Executive Ian Rogers is leaving the company two months after service’s launch

Key Apple Music Executive Ian Rogers, responsible Apple Music and the Beats1 radio station, is departing the company in a surprising move only two months after the service launched in late June. Read more…

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Review: Rhapsody’s redesign takes on Apple Music and Spotify

Responding to the existential threat posed by Apple Music and Spotify, old-school streaming music service Rhapsody has completely overhauled its mobile app. The revamped Rhapsody comes with a fresh design and new features to take things up a notch — although some of these things look mighty familiar. Will this redesign be enough to take on […]

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Geekin Radio hoping to be the next hot thing in social, streaming

The confetti from Apple’s big splashy launch of its new music streaming service is barely finished falling. Now comes start-up Geekin Radio with a streaming service that debuts today with what seems like odd timing. How will it ever emerge from the shadows of Apple Music? CEO Gavin McCulley is aware of his timing and […]

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