The number one music streaming subscription service in the face of the planet is apparently tinkering around with the idea of introducing its own native voice search feature. This should be welcome news to Spotify users who are already comfortable with interacting with voice driven digital assistants like Siri or Alexa -- pretty soon they can just bark “Play Our Lady Peace” or “Show Elliott Smith” and the Spotify mobile app would readily comply with searching.
According to a report recently released by Barclays, it appears that Apple is indeed already working on its new generation AirPods, and this time around, the latest models are said to come with noise cancelling capabilities (plus other enhancements).
According to a report recently published by Bloomberg, it seems that Apple has plans to launch new versions of its AirPods that come with some serious upgrades later this year, plus another refresh next year.
The iPhone maker is reportedly looking to introduce a next generation AirPods offering that makes full use of its latest addition to its W family of processors. The company had specifically designed its W chips not only to improve Bluetooth based connections between Apple devices, but also to better manage their capabilities.
When Apple had first made its iPhone X available for preordering back in October earlier this year, the device’s ship times had immediately extended to about five weeks or so. But it appears that shipping estimates have shortened significantly, with the tech giant’s US Apple Store website indicating free next day delivery, or even same day pick up. It should be noted, too, that the free next day delivery goes for all in-stock units that are bought before 3 PM local time this Friday, December 22nd.
The iPod has had a good run since Apple first introduced it a decade and half ago. But apparently, the tech giant is now discontinuing specific iPod models for good. The company has recently and quietly removed the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle from its official website, with their respective product pages nowhere to be seen. Sure, iPod nano and iPod shuffle units are still made available in various retail outlets everywhere, but Apple fans may get the feeling that, sooner or later, these iPod models will be completely biting the dust soon.
4:44 is the title of Jay Z’s 13th album, and it is launching exclusively on Tidal at 12 AM ET. For fans of the rap superstar who have not been able to subscriber to Tidal before that time, they will not be able to gain access to the album. According to a report recently published by The Verge, only those who are subscribers of Sprint will be able to sign up for Tidal after 12 AM ET, and accordingly enjoy access to the Grammy award winning rapper’s latest effort.
Twitter has recently revealed that it is joining forces with Live Nation in order to start exclusively live streaming video of concert events. The social media giant is reportedly already lining up a formidable lineup of recording artists, including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill. This coming May 13th, Zac Brown Band is said to be scheduled to air a live musical performance.
Some may remember that back in December of last year, Apple had started to make its wireless AirPods available for ordering (for a price of $159). As listed in the tech giant’s official online store, the ship time indicated was six weeks. Fast forwarding to April of this year, the headphones are still listed with a ship time of six weeks, not only in the company’s online store, but also in other online retailers authorized by Apple, like Best Buy for instance.
When Apple announced that their iPhone 7 smartphone would not have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack included, many wondered what they would use with the new smartphone. It did not take long for manufacturers, however, to come up with wireless headphones compatible with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple's own Beats by Dr. Dre headphones have been pretty busy focusing on developing headphones for use on both devices.
Yet another major wireless carrier in the United States is making a move to expand into digital media. Sprint has recently announced this week that it has purchased one third of Tidal, the music streaming subscription service owned by rap superstar Jay Z and other music recording stars. Sure, Sprint’s move may not be as big as Verizon Wireless’ and AT&T’s, but it is a significant one nonetheless.
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