Here’s where you can recap today’s Spring Forward event with the full video
If you missed out on all of the action from today’s Spring Forward event, Apple has just posted the full video from the event for your viewing pleasure.
You can take a gander at the video to watch Apple take the wraps off of the all-new Macbook, and make a slew of Apple Watch announcements including its April 24 launch date and pricing.
Of course there was much more to the event, such as the launch of the (currently) Apple TV-exclusive HBO Now, along with a price drop of the Apple TV itself from $99 to $69.
Feel free to click on over to Apple’s event page from the source link below to watch the video, and don’t forget to check out all of our coverage for much more when you’re done.
Samsung brings Milk Music streaming to the web
Samsung has just broughtthe Milk Music streaming service to the web. This was previously limited to mobile applications and select Samsung televisions, so the users will welcome the addition of this new feature. Samsung expressed interest to bring Milk Music to the web browsers a couple of months ago, but it has taken until now for the company to make this official.
The web version brings some nifty channel tuning settings as well as a massive album artwork. Since it will keep playing in the background, you probably won’t be staring at the album artwork for long, but it’s still a good visual feature to have for music fans.
Samsung’s Milk Music service is a free to access streaming app, provided you have a Samsung device. If you fit the criteria, make sure you give Milk Music a try from the link below.
Source: Milk Music
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One month to launch: A closer look at Apple’s Watch
I was never a watch guy. Actually, let me rephrase — I was never a watch guy until I bought a Tissot online for giggles (and about $350). That day sort of changed the way I looked at these seemingly archaic wrist appliances. They become a statement about you. They can make you feel awesome. And, perhaps most importantly to Apple, they can stop being a thing you wear and become something you don’t want to take on your day without. With all that said, and given my general lack of expertise in horology, I did the only sensible thing I could. I strapped on the $12,000, yellow gold Apple Watch Edition in an incredibly dark room and took it for a spin.
A brief aside: Yes, $12,000. That’s how much Apple is asking for the 42mm Apple Watch Edition, and it’s a princely sum no matter how you slice it. We’ll get back to that a little later.
Despite the differences in materials, all three versions of the Apple Watch feel very similar once you’ve got ‘em strapped on. The 42mm versions are just a touch more substantial thanks to the slightly bigger chassis and battery (I’m told the difference in battery life is super small), but you’re not going to notice the difference. My go-to watch is a stainless steel Mondaine and the Watch felt dramatically heftier, only natural considering all the stuff that’s been crammed into it — it’s also got more weight to it than an ASUS ZenWatch, the Android Wear watch that Apple’s work most closely resembles. Don’t worry: You might not love the shape, but the Watch feels suitably expensive.
I was a little concerned about the digital crown at first, given how integral it is to actually using the watch — you’ll press it to view that constellation of apps, turn it to zoom in and out and double-tap it to bring up your watch face. It’ll sound minor, but there’s plenty of resistance to be felt as you start turning it, and that helps make the whole thing feel a little more measured and (dare I say) premium. You’ll be doing quite a lot of force touching as well, which works exactly the way it sounds — pressing down and holding lets you swap through the 10 available watch faces. Let’s be honest here: I’m not entirely sure what force touching brings to the table that a standard long press doesn’t. Apple just might be trying to save us all fractions of seconds of interaction so we can go back to our lives as quickly as possible, but I’m not convinced yet.
Moving on. Obviously, the software’s still not ready for public consumption — Apple staffers seemed to cycle through two demo Siri questions ad infinitum — but interacting with the Watch does seem more thoughtful and elegant than earlier reports might’ve suggested. What seems most immediately useful are the Glances, little applets that are invoked when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Need to check stocks? Toggle Bluetooth? You’ll be able to do that without having to dive into your app galaxy — just swipe up and take a gander. Meanwhile, smart approaches to third-party apps like WeChat and Uber only extend the value of a device that plenty of people would’ve kneejerk-bought anyway.
As I noted during our liveblog, Tim Cook made several attempts to frame the Watch not as a gadget, but as a companion. It’ll remind you “like a friend does.” It’s like having a “coach on your wrist.” I’ve admittedly only spent maybe 20 minutes with the Watch lashed to my wrist, and I spent that entire time waiting to be struck with a flash of inspiration along the lines of what Cook envisioned. “Oh,” I thought I’d say. “That’s why it’ll be worth buying one of these things.”
The epiphany I was half-hoping for never materialized… but that’s not to say it won’t. Apple’s Watch is ambitious in a way that few devices are, and its true value (which I suspect will come in the form of dev support) isn’t obvious to me just yet.
I’ll update this story with further impressions after I do a little more playing.
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VSCO Cam adds batch editing for your mobile snapshots
Adobe delivered the ability to copy and paste edits to multiple images in Lightroom for iOS last month, and now you can do the same with VSCO Cam. With version 4.1 for iOS and 3.2 for Android, the preset-driven app adds a tool that will allow you place edits on multiple shots in your library with a few simple taps. If you’re looking to give a dozen images from last weekend the same treatment, this is sure to make the task much easier. And if you mess up, there’s a handy undo button to avoid any permanent blunders. Of course, VSCO Cam is free to use (unless you want to buy more presets, natch), while the aforementioned Adobe option requires a Creative Cloud subscription. Both the iOS and Android updates are available in iTunes and Google Play now, if you’re feelin’ the itch to take ‘em a spin.
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Source: VSCO, Google Play
USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors [Mac Blog]
Announced in conjunction with the new line of MacBooks revealed at today’s “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco, the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adaptor will allow users a dock-like experience with included HDMI, USB 3.1, and USB-C inputs located on the device.
Mainly featured will be the ability to mirror a MacBook’s display onto an HDMI-connected screen. The adapter will allow users to play a wide range of video content, including movies and captured video, at up to 1080p HD.
This adapter allows you to mirror your MacBook display to your HDMI-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p HD. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video. Simply connect the adapter to the USB-C port on your MacBook and then to your TV or projector via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
Apple also noted that the other two inputs on the device, USB 3.1 and USB-C, will be able to be used simultaneously. Ultimately aimed at providing a bit more accessibility to the lone USB-C port located on the new MacBook line, the Multiport Adapter will allow users to mirror their display, charge an iPhone, and make sure their MacBook doesn’t run out of power at the same time.
A similar device, the USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter, will allow all the same features, but let users connect their MacBook to a VGA-enabled display, with all of the expected USB 3.1 and USB-C features as in the HDMI model.
Though currently unavailable, those interested will be able to pick up the Multiport Adapter from Apple’s online store for $79.00.
Apple Backs Down on $7.99 Price Point for New Music Service After Meeting Resistance From Record Labels
Amid all of the excitement over the 12-inch MacBook and new pricing details on the Apple Watch, Billboard has shared some new information on Apple’s rumored music service.
Initial rumors suggested Apple was hoping to undercut competing services like Spotify on price, offering its upcoming music service for $7.99, but according to Billboard, music labels are said to be highly resistant to pricing under the industry standard of $9.99.
Due to labels’ insistence on the $9.99 price point, Apple is said to have backed down from its aggressive $7.99 pricing goal, suggesting the service may cost subscribers $9.99 per month instead of $7.99 per month.
Negotiations for Apple’s upcoming subscription service are evidence labels are standing firm on pricing. Industry sources say Apple has backed down from its effort to lower monthly pricing for its subscription service to $7.99 from $9.99. Apple would have to absorb the loss if it sets a price lower than the standard $9.99.
Apple may not be able to offer a lower price point than competing services, but industry insiders that spoke to Billboard have suggested that Apple is talking to artists and labels about exclusives for key releases that will help it stand out from the competition.
Limited details are available on Apple’s new subscription music service, but it’s said to be a complete rebranding of the company’s existing Beats Music service. It is rumored to be directly integrated into iTunes and it will be platform agnostic — available on iOS and on Android, through a dedicated Android app Apple is building.
Recent rumors have suggested that Apple will launch its revamped streaming music service in June, during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple Posts Full Video of Today’s ‘Spring Forward’ Event, Plus Product Videos
Now that Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event has wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, which viewers can watch at their leisure.
During the event, Apple shared several product videos, which it has now uploaded to YouTube. There are dedicated videos on the new MacBook, each of the Apple Watch models, the new West Lake, China Apple Store, and more. A full list of videos is below.
– The New MacBook – Design
– The New MacBook – Reveal
– Apple Watch + Christy Turlington Burns
– Apple Watch – The Watch Reimagined
– Apple Watch Sport -Aluminum
– Apple Watch – Steel
– Apple Watch Edition – Gold
– ResearchKit – how iPhone is transforming medical research
– West Lake, China – Apple Store Opening
Along with the videos, you can also check out our full list of media event highlights below, featuring all of MacRumors event coverage.
– Live Coverage of Apple’s March 2015 ‘Spring Forward’ Event
– HBO and Apple Announce ‘HBO Now’ Exclusively for Apple TV, Apple Devices
– Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69
– Apple Announces ‘ResearchKit’ Aimed at Medical Research
– Apple Announces 12-Inch Retina MacBook With Revamped Trackpad, Starting at $1,299
– MacBook Air and 13″ Retina MacBook Pro Updated to Improve Speed and Battery Life
– Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch
– Apple Watch Sport to cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm)
– Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm)
– Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities
– Apple Watch Launches April 24, Price Ranges From $349 to Over $10,000
– Apple Watch Bands Range in Price from $49 for the Sport Band to $449 for the Link Bracelet
– Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up to 72 Hours on Power Reserve
– USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors
Report shows that two-thirds of mobile traffic comes from just five apps
A recent report by Ericsson shows that two-thirds of app data traffic over mobile networks comes from just five apps. Depending on the country, the five apps changed but overall it was clear that video streaming and social networking apps dominated countries around the world.
Facebook took home top ranking as the app that used the most data in each country studied. In the United States during December 2014, Netflix and YouTube rounded out the top three while South Korea had peer-to-peer TV app AfreecaTV and home-grown search portal NAVER.
The report also notes that total mobile video traffic over the next six years will be around 17 times greater than that of last six years. Some of the reasons given for the expected growth were an increased number of video-enabled devices, larger screens, and better picture quality.
Streaming services were also a big winner in this report. As has been reported previously by many, the numbers of people watching broadcast TV is decreasing while streaming services are seeing increased numbers. Ericsson found that 2015 is expected to be the first year in which more people will watch streamed on demand video than broadcast TV over a weekly period for a number of major markets.
Other notable findings include:
- LTE technology achieved the highest quarterly additions with 110 million new mobile subscriptions.
- In 2014, 800 million smartphone subscriptions were added worldwide taking the total number to 2.7 billion, up 40% from a total of 1.9 billion smartphone subscriptions in 2013.
HTC starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the One (M7) in the US
HTC is now pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the One (M7) located in the United States. The 729.59MB, upgrade which carries version number 7.18.531.2, transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
For those in need of a refresh, the Lollipop upgrade brings support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience, Ambient Display, smarter internet connections and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.
To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.
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How to sync Chrome tabs across your phone, tablet, and computer
Being able to take an existing tab and reopen it on another device is a beautiful thing that Chrome allows. All that is required is a Google account and devices with Chrome installed. Tabs are then able to be reopened on any phone, tablet, or computer. Chrome Tab Sync is handy in various situations that users will encounter. Whether it is because browsing abruptly stopped or viewing would be ideal on another device, Chrome Tab Sync provides users with a versatile option for moving tabs.
Hit the break for directions.
The first thing to do, regardless of the devices being used, is making sure that you are logged in. On an Android phone or tablet, there is a good chance that you are already logged in; however, just make sure by heading into the settings of Chrome and locating the appropriate account. Computers with Chrome installed all have the same menu button in the top right corner. There, select Settings and the sign-in option is the first item on the list. Users of Chrome OS devices have nothing to do in this area because the system requires a Google account. The most important thing to remember is that the same Google account will be needed on multiple devices.
Using a phone or tablet:
The setup of Chrome Tab Sync for phones and tablets is identical because the Chrome app for both form factors does not differ. So the directions provided here, from a Nexus 9, will match any other Android device that has the latest version of the Chrome app. Head into the settings of Chrome and, along with adjusting everything else, select which account(s) will be synced or not.
The items that can be synced by Chrome include Autofill, Bookmarks, History, Passwords, and Open tabs. If all of those sound appealing, go right ahead and choose Sync everything. The Open tabs option is necessary for Chrome Tab Sync because that is what gives Chrome the capability of identifying a tab from other devices. Also, choosing History can be useful as well because any page ever opened on any device will always be accessible.
Now everything is prepared for Chrome Tab Sync to work.
Launching a new tab in the Chrome app will show the familiar Google page with search, recent visits, Bookmarks, and Recent tabs displayed. Plenty of options are provided but only Recent tabs is valuable (bottom right); however, the only way that it will actually be valuable is if tabs have been opened on other devices. With nothing else opened, there is nothing to see. You can also get to the recent tabs by tapping on the three dot menu at the top right and selecting Recent tabs.
Every tab opened through Chrome on my Acer Chromebook 13 and HTC One (M8) can be seen above. To test the accuracy, just open a tab on another synced device and monitor the page. It should be updated within three seconds; the URL appears first and then refreshes with the link’s title. Select anything listed to see it mirrored just as it was before.
Using a computer:
Getting everything setup on a computer, no matter the operating system, is almost identical to doing so on an phone or tablet. We can thank Google for making a pretty uniform experience between our devices. Underneath the menu button, select Settings and then find Advanced sync settings. Look familiar? That is because the same items were listed in the Chrome app! Yet again, Open tabs is necessary. Make sure that the check box is checked and save the settings.
There are multiple approaches to viewing tabs on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. The method that will take the most amount of time is opening the History page. That will show everything from open tabs to a full history from every device. The more efficient and sensible way to view these tabs is to find Recent Tabs after selecting the menu button. It keeps everything organized in a tight space rather than covering an entire page.
Simple enough, right? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
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