SoundCloud has been keen on adding new features regularly to make its version of music streaming more useful for listeners. With an update today, the company’s iOS app received a handful of tools that’ll make it a bit easier to find new tracks and keep your favorites organized. When you find a song you like, selecting the “Play related tracks” option from the menu will serve up some related suggestions. For that collection of songs you’ve liked, or playlists you’ve created, there’s a new shuffle option to change things up a bit. Finally, when the time comes to edit those playlists, you can now add or remove tracks from inside the app. You’ll no longer need to venture over to a browser to do a bit of organizing. The new tools are available now for iOS users, but, unfortunately, there’s no word on when the Android faithful will get access.
The BlueStacks Android emulator, which already has around 90 million Windows users, has finally arrived on OSX after an extended beta testing phase. The free emulator runs both x86 and ARM-based apps as well as provides full keyboard and mouse support. It even allows for gesture controls like pinch to zoom with a trackpad and takes advantage of your Mac’s Retina display. Users can sync files and data from their mobile devices or pull new apps from Google Play directly to their Mac. You can download the program directly from the BlueStacks website.
AT&T LG G3 getting minor update that brings Factory Data Reset Protection to the device by way of.. McAfee
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One aspect of Android 5.1 is Factory Data Reset protection. This small, but useful, addition to Android is designed to cut down on Android theft by requiring the Gmail account holders password to reset the device to factory defaults. Whether or not I feel it will actually help cut back on theft, or just force criminals to be more tech savvy, is not the topic of discussion. Rather, it is all about a similar ability that is being pushed out by AT&T today for LG G3 owners. The G3 is currently sitting on Android 5.0.1 comfortably, but still lacks Android 5.1 at the moment. In a change to the devices support page a new update is being rolled out that brings Factory Data Reset protection to the handset by way of another app that the carrier has obviously partnered with, McAfee.
I will assume the update is rather small, about the size of the app. There could potentially be some bug fixes or tweeks inside as well, but AT&T doesn’t list anything else on the support page. It is your call to update or not, but if/when Android 5.1 does come to the device you will have no alternative option.
We hope you didn’t book off July 29th to celebrate Windows 10 launch day — depending on your circumstances, you might be disappointed. Microsoft has detailed its rollout plans for the new operating system, and it notes that only Windows Insiders (aka beta testers) are likely to get Windows 10 on day one. If you’re a regular user who reserved an upgrade, you’ll likely have to wait as Microsoft deploys the new software in gradually larger “waves” until everyone can hop aboard. Big companies and schools who pay for Windows licenses in bulk, meanwhile, won’t get their copies until August 1st. In either case, you’ll get a heads-up if your system isn’t quite ready. The cautious approach is understandable given the sheer scope of what Microsoft is doing (“millions” of people are going to get a major OS for free), but it’s not so hot if you want to be the first on your block to make the leap.
Source: Blogging Windows
To make things easily accessible, Google is nesting its My Maps feature in Drive. This means that in addition to creating custom maps for whatever need may arise, you can also nestle them alongside documents or forms created with the productivity suite’s other apps. Drive’s cloud storage abilities also make it simple to store and share those custom maps in a place that you’ll know exactly where to find them. Even if you can’t remember, Drive’s search box can lend a hand. My Maps has been around for a bit, but it hasn’t nearly as easy to find. Now, it’s accessible from the red New button in Drive, situated in the extend menu under the core apps. As Google notes, it’s incredibly useful for building a guide for multiple colleagues attending the same conference or keeping a few different hiking trails organized. And perhaps best of all, it’ll pull data from a Sheet, Document or Form to save you from all of that extra typing.
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Looks like my coverage of Lollipop updates gets to continue this evening. AT&T started pushing out an Android 5.0 update for the HTC Desire Eye earlier this morning and now they are following it up with an Android 5.1 update for the Moto X 2nd Gen. The update is pushing out to devices right now, carriers version number 23.16.2.en.US and weighs in at 507.7MB’s. The changelog lists the following:
Software Update Includes
- Upgrade to Android 5.1 Lollipop OS (additional details available from Motorola)
- Factory Reset Protection
- Added Ready to Go
- Updated NameID
- Updated Moto Connect
- Updated Moto Migrate
- Updated Gestures
- Updated Active Display
- Updated Voice Defined Triggers and Commands
- Updated Highlight Reel
- Updated Authentication
- Other planned fixes, updates, and enhancements
That is the short list provided by AT&T, and as Droid-Life points out, it is updated on the 1st gen Moto X, not the 2nd Gen. If you look at the wrong device update info, you will see they copy and pasted in the details for the update to the wrong page. It is pretty funny really. However, I can confirm that the update is indeed for the 2nd Gen variance. Motorola lists out a number of other things like bug fixes such as the clock not updating in the status bar, no ringer audio while making an outgoing call, Chrome crashes and more.
If you are sporting a Moto X 2nd Gen on AT&T, be sure to head into your devices settings and check for the software update. Be sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for the OTA to download and update. As you can see in the screens above, it will take about 20 minutes to install after it is downloaded. Plus or minus depending on the number of apps you have installed.
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The days of waiting anxiously for bug fixes (assuming they come at all) might soon be over. MIT developers have built a system, CodePhage, that automatically patches flaws by borrowing features from other apps. The tool scans apps to see how they perform security checks, and imports any superior techniques it finds — whether or not they’re written in the same programming language. It doesn’t need access to the source code to see what makes something tick, and it’ll even check that any fixes are working the way you’d expect. While this is still early and likely wouldn’t address every glitch, the hope is that you’ll get software which perpetually improves itself. You wouldn’t have to worry about security exploits so long as they’ve been fixed in at least one other program.
[Image credit: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT]
Source: MIT News
Apple’s Force Touch trackpads haven’t done a whole lot in official apps besides fast scrolling and shortcuts, but they’ll do considerably more if you grab the latest version of GarageBand. As of the 10.1 update, you can use the pressure-sensitive pad on newer MacBooks and MacBook Pros to vary the strength of certain tools — if you want to subtly finesse a track using only your finger, you can. This is also a big upgrade if you’re an aspiring DJ, since there’s both a virtual morph pad as well as gobs of new dance- and hip-hop-friendly audio kits. You can check out all of GarageBand’s new tricks for free if you already have GarageBand (not hard if you bought a relatively modern Mac), and it’ll cost $5 if you’re completely new.
When it first announced plans to let you send money to your pals in its Messenger app, Facebook said the feature would roll out in the States in the coming months. Well, the time has come. After flipping the switch for folks in New York City and the surrounding areas in late May, the social network is letting users in the rest of the US beam funds to friends, too. To leverage the currency tool, you’ll need to link a debit card before money can be transferred from your bank account to a recipient. For added security, you’ll have to input a PIN before each transaction and iPhone/iPad users can employ Touch ID to verify their identity. And all of the transferred data travels via an encrypted connection. Messenger may not be your first choice to reimburse someone for concert tickets or for picking up your tab, but if you use the app to chat with friends or family, it could come in handy.
Source: David Marcus (Facebook)
Apple Music is finally here, along with a free three month trial to let anyone give it a listen. But what if you don’t want to be on the hook for a $10 a month subscription fee on September 30? Or, what if you opted into Apple Music by mistake (which is surprisingly easy, since it’s the first thing that pops up when you launch the iOS Music app)? Well, you can just disable auto-renewal, just like any other iTunes subscription. To do so, tap the “Account” icon on the top left of the Apple Music app and navigate to View Apple ID (alternatively, you can get there from the iOS Settings app and heading to “iTunes & App Store”). Once you’re at your Apple ID settings screen, tap “Manage” under subscriptions, then “Your Membership” and untick the auto-renewal checkbox at the bottom. You’ll still be able to test out Apple Music for the next three months, you’ll just avoid any surprise charges.
If you’re on a PC or Mac, you can also disable the Apple Music subscription from iTunes. Simply click the “Account” icon (it looks like the head of a person, right beside the search box), and go to “Account Info.” Under the “Settings” section, find the “Subscriptions” line and click “Manage.” Then all you need to do is click “Edit” next to your Apple Music subscription and click “Off.”