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Michael E. Cohen Josh Centers 6 comments

Apple Reveals Its Vision for TV

At its recent special event, Apple made a slew of TV-related announcements that transform the Apple TV into more of a service than a hardware product.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 43 comments

Apple News+ Debuts With Magazines, Newspapers, and Web Sites

Apple has debuted Apple News+, a $9.99-per-month digital news service with access to about 300 top magazines along with a handful of major newspapers and digital publications. The new offering, built into Apple’s News app for iOS and Mac, will give multiple members of a Family Sharing group access for a single monthly fee, and it promises to shield users from advertisers.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Spotify Asks the European Commission to Make Apple Play Fair

Spotify is tired of Apple’s App Store policies and is now calling on the European Commission to regulate the company. The timing is notable given Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up a number of tech giants, including Apple.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Four Ways Apple Could Improve Apple Music

Apple Music hasn’t changed much at all since Apple introduced it back in 2015, but Adam Engst has a few suggestions—some extremely easy—that could make listening to music through the service more enjoyable.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Hollywood Is Abandoning UltraViolet—Here’s How to Save Your Movie Library

Hollywood is giving up on its original digital DRM scheme, UltraViolet, to focus on the Movies Anywhere service. The How-To Geek explains how to save your purchased movies and TV shows.

Michael E. Cohen 9 comments

Spectrum’s Zero Sign-On App Comes to Apple TV

Announced last June at WWDC 2018, the Spectrum TV app, featuring Zero Sign-On, has finally arrived, making the Apple TV into a credible cable box substitute for Spectrum subscribers.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Opens iTunes Video and AirPlay Up to TV Rivals

Apple is opening up its TV ecosystem to rivals, bringing iTunes content and AirPlay to Samsung TVs, and AirPlay and HomeKit to others. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores what this move could mean for the Apple TV.

Josh Centers 5 comments

Apple Music Arrives on Alexa

If you use Apple Music but prefer Amazon’s Alexa-based smart speakers to Apple’s HomePod, good news! Apple Music is now available on Alexa once you install the Apple Music skill, at least in the US.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Discontinues Apple Music Connect

Apple keeps trying—and failing—to create a social network around music. The company has now dropped support for Apple Music Connect, consigning it to the same tech rubbish heap as its predecessor, Ping.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Music Is Coming to Amazon Alexa

In a shocking announcement, Amazon has announced that Apple Music will soon be available through its Alexa voice assistant on its Echo smart speakers.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple Updates HomePod with iOS 12 for Phone Calls, Multiple Timers, and More

iOS 12 on the HomePod adds a bevy of welcome features, including support for making and receiving calls, setting and naming multiple timers, and pinging misplaced Apple devices in your home

Michael E. Cohen 11 comments

Inside iOS 12: There Is No “I” in “Books”

iBooks becomes Apple Books in iOS 12, and while the reading experience remains the same, Apple has renovated the Library.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Use Movies Anywhere to Take Advantage of Bargains

If you've been buying movies from iTunes so you can play them on your Apple devices, you may be paying more than necessary. With the Movies Anywhere service, you can shop around and buy from the digital retailer with the best price.

Josh Centers 11 comments

Apple Adds AirPlay 2 to the Discontinued AirPort Express

Despite no longer offering the audio-enabled base station for sale, Apple has updated the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express to support AirPlay 2, making it a decent option for whole-house audio.

Jeff Porten 12 comments

Exploring Sinemia and Other Movie Subscription Service Alternatives to MoviePass

With the financial troubles at MoviePass making headlines, Jeff Porten reviews the competing service Sinemia, and rounds up similar subscription services offered by two theater chains.