Dating app Blume makes sure your amour isn’t a fake

Online dating services promise plenty of fish in the sea. They just can’t stop the catfish from biting. But the pretenders might not have the same luck with the new dating app Blume. Once a match is made, the two users must exchange selfies, using the smartphone camera in-app, before any communication can begin. “The […]

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

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Ka-ching! Apple cranks up Mac prices in 7 countries

Apple is ramping up the prices for its entire Mac lineup in seven countries around the world — but don’t blame Cupertino! Customers in Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, and Thailand will all be paying up to 20 percent more for their MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini devices […]

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

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Apple adds an extra 20 locations to its Flyover feature

Apple has updated its Maps “Flyover” feature for the first time since June — adding an additional 20 places for users to explore from the skies, and bringing the total number of locations to more than 150. New locations include destinations in Italy, France, Mexico, Japan and others. Check out the full list below: Aarhus, Denmark Bobbio, Italy […]

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Apple Adds New Flyover Locations Around the World to Maps

Apple today added 20 new Flyover locations to Apple Maps on Mac and iOS, highlighting new cities and landmarks in the United States, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Spain, France, Mexico, Sweden, Puerto Rico, and Japan. With the new additions, there are now more than 150 Flyover locations available in Apple Maps.

For those unfamiliar with the Flyover feature in Maps, it lets users see photo-realistic 3D videos of select areas, which they can zoom, pan, and rotate through to get a close up look at notable landmarks and points of interest. Some of the locations below were previously available as Flyover destinations, but have just been officially added to Apple’s list of Flyover locations.

Budapest, Hungary
Here’s a full list of the new Flyover destinations:

– Graz, Austria
– Aarhus, Denmark
– Rotterdam, Netherlands
– Bobbio, Italy
– Turin, Italy
– Budapest, Hungary
– Cádiz, Spain
– Chenonxeaux, France
– Dijon, France
– Millau, France
– Nice, France
– Strasbourg, France
– Omaha Beach
– Ensenada, Mexico
– Loreto, Mexico
– Gothenburg, Sweden
– Malmö, Sweden
– Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
– Sapporo, Japan
– Rapid City, SD

Flyover was first introduced alongside iOS 6 in 2012, and over the course of the last three years, Apple has been steadily adding new Flyover locations to the Maps app. As of February, some Flyover locations have been updated with real-time animated landmarks, making the Flyover experience more immersive, and many Flyover locations have an additional City Tour feature that walks users through different landmarks.

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Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying France and Sweden in August

Apple has announced that its fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in multiple countries will begin surveying France and Sweden throughout August. The vehicles will be driving through the Malmö and Stockholm metropolitan areas in Sweden and Île-de-France region of Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne in France.

Apple Maps vehicles will also begin surveying Tennessee later in August, raising the total number of U.S. states that Apple has driven through to 30. Apple began collecting street-level mapping data in 13 more U.S. states this month, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Apple confirmed in June that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps „Street View“ competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

Apple has posted a complete list of new areas in the United States, France, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom it will be surveying throughout August on its Apple Maps vehicles website, including extended coverage of unmapped areas in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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Apple Music’s recipe for a streaming hit? Cash, cards and marketing muscle

When Apple unveils its revamped music service Monday, it will mark a “tipping point” for mass acceptance of streaming over downloads, predicts Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. The new streaming service, which Morris says will be unveiled tomorrow at Apple’s…Read more ›

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Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on Entertainment and Curated Content

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple’s new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips.

Spotify is introducing a new „Now“ start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music’s „The Sentence,“ which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify’s „Now“ music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user’s tastes.

Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines „running compositions written by the world’s foremost DJs and composers“ with song recommendations based on user listening history and multiple-genre playlists. It matches tempo when running and will be integrated into the Nike+ and Runkeeper apps.

Other original (and exclusive) content will include radio shows presented by various artists like Icona Pop and Jungle, and „Dance Move of the Day“ from Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls brand.

The biggest addition to Spotify comes in the form of video and news clips, letting users watch videos, listen to podcasts, and get news updates. This entertainment content will come from ABC, BBC, Comedy Central, Condé Nast, ESPN, Fusion, Maker Studios, NBC, TED, and Vice Media.

Spotify’s push for more original content and its renewed focus on curated content mirrors some of what Apple is rumored to be doing with its upcoming Beats Music revamp. Beats Music is well-known for its human-curated content, which Apple will keep in the new service, and Apple may be introducing its own radio shows as well, possibly in a simultaneous iTunes Radio revamp.

Apple is also rumored to be pushing for exclusive content from artists for its new music service, to set it apart from competing services. Some of this may come in the form of artist social networking pages built into the new music service, which will allow artists to share clips, videos, concert updates, and more.

Spotify’s new „Now“ experience will begin rolling out to iPhone users today in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden. Spotify Running is also rolling out to iPhone users globally as of today.

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