Google Is Finally Redesigning Their Ugly Emojis For Android

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Are the ugly emoji’s one of the few things holding you back from turning to Android? Whether you hate them or love them, Google is finally ditching the ugly blob emoji and redesigning them for the release of Android O. Google will be following the footsteps of Apple in terms of their more circular emoji

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In the digital deluge, what distinguishes one music streaming service from the other?

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Apple Is Getting Sued For Using Jamie XX’s Song In A Commercial, But It’s Complicated

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Apple is being sued for using Jamie XX’s song “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” in an iPhone 6 commercial from June 2015, but it’s not Jamie XX that’s doing the suing.

The track is from Jamie XX’s Grammy-nominated album In Colours, and has already experienced a fair bit of controversy over its sampling of The Persuasions’ 1971 classic “Good Times.” However, Universal did indeed clear the song’s use, which has been freely admitted by Jimmy Hayes of The Persuasions, saying “I was told about it but forgot.”

So, what’s the issue? Well, The Persuasions’ lead singer, Jerome Lawson, believes that Apple and their marketing agency Media Arts Lab, have misappropriated his voice under California’s right of publicity statute.

However, judges in a similar 2006 lawsuit by Debra Laws may have already put the kibosh on Lawson’s own claim when they said the following:

“Although California law recognizes an assertable interest in the publicity associated with one’s voice, we think it is clear that federal copyright law preempts a claim alleging misappropriation of one’s voice when the entirety of the allegedly misappropriated vocal performance is contained within a copyrighted medium.”

But the murky waters don’t end there. Sound recordings weren’t eligible for federal copyright protection before 1972, so Jerome Lawson’s claim isn’t technically covered. Still, two years ago, that didn’t stop a California judge from interpreting state law to cover pre-1972 recordings. At this point it seems like the verdict on Lawson’s claim will come down to who is doing the interpreting, but feel free to check out Hollywood Reporter’s more in-depth look at the suit.

Read the full legal document, here, and check out the commercial in question, below.

 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Apple Sued Over Use of Jamie XX Song in iPhone Advertisement

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Jerome Lawson, the lead singer of The Persuasions, contends his sampled voice is protected under California law.

Prince Estate Seeks Spotify And Apple Music Deals, Continues Legal Fight With Tidal

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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 19:  Musician Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)When Prince died last April he was obviously one of the most searched artists on streaming services as people looked to mourn his death, but his music is sadly not available on any streaming platforms except Tidal after he struck an exclusive deal with the service two years ago. It seems that is … More »

New Apple Leaks Suggest Next iPhones Will Be Virtually Identical To The 7

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According to new information leaked from Mac Otakara, the 2017 edition of Apple’s iPhone will be disappointingly similar to the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Coming as the 10th anniversary of the product’s initial debut, the company has been expected to take their designs and manufacturing to the next level in celebration. Citing a Taiwan supplier, however, Mac Otakara reports that the line will instead release iPhone 7S and 7S Plus lines rather than continue on to iPhone 8s.

Mac Otakara was the first site to reveal that Apple would be removing the standard headphone jack at the start of 2016, giving them a solid track record when reporting on company leaks. The site predicts that the new iPhones will increase their screen size from 4.7 to 5 inches, and that both models will feature dual cameras aligned vertically.

Despite the leaks, Apple will not finalize its design specifications until the second quarter of 2017, which arrives in April. As Forbes predicts, the iPhone 7S plans might come as a precursor to the actual iPhone 8. If this is the case, Apple will release two sets of new iPhone models in a single year.

 

Source: Forbes

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Apple Reveals Its Top 10 Most Downloaded Free Apps of 2016

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In honor of 2016’s rapid sprint towards the finish line, Apple has released its official list of the top 10 most downloaded free apps on its App Store during 2016. From movie and music streaming to social media, and from games to functional apps, the top 10 list is less surprising than it is reflective of the year and its mobile trends.

According to Business Insider, Google and Facebook reigned supreme on Apple’s list of most downloaded standard apps. If it had not been for Snapchat and Pokémon GO, Facebook would have earned the top three spots in the most downloaded iPhone apps.

Check out the complete list below.

Snapchat

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Messenger

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Youtube

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Pokémon GO

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Instagram

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Facebook

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Google Maps

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Pandora

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Netflix

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Spotify Music

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Sources: Mobile & Apps, Business Insider | Image: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Apple’s New Macbook Pro Is The First Macbook Not Recommended By Consumer Reports

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According to a blog post written by reputable outlet Consumer Reports, the inconsistent battery life of Apple‘s newest Macbook Pro has made it the first of the company’s devices to miss their recommendation. After performing multiple tests on the laptop’s 13-inch, 15-inch and Touch Bar-less models, the site confirmed that the computers’ battery lives often varied on a scale of more than 12 hours.

“The MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.

“For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third. The 13-inch model without the Touch Bar worked for 19.5 hours in one trial but only 4.5 hours in the next. And the numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours.

“Those were just a few of the results; we tested battery life on these laptops repeatedly.”

Consumer Reports battery life tests are conducted by turning on the computer at full power, then continually surfs 10 Safari webpages until the laptop turns off. The outlet said that even after installment newer software updates, the inconsistencies remained.

Doubts have been raised in regards to Consumer Report’s testing procedures, some pointing out Google Chrome’s more reliable battery saving and Apple’s lack of promise regarding battery life times of 19 hours. According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple has not yet received the logs it needs to determine the source of the problem.

One Apple spokesperson told Business Insider the reason the company removed the remaining battery time indicator on their computers in the latest Sierra update was because of the wildly varying ways consumers use their laptops.

“When combined with the differing ways people use their Mac throughout the day, the calculation of remaining battery life displayed as a measure of time has become less accurate.”

 

Source: Business Insider

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Everything You Need To Know About Apple’s Wireless AirPods

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Apple’s move to oust the headphone jack from the new iPhones was easily one of the most-discussed tactics this year. While they mercilessly forced dongles on the masses, Apple did promise their AirPods would make users forget about missing their old wired ear shackles. Now that the heavily and somewhat overhyped wireless earbuds are in, Macworld has thoroughly reviewed the devices to see just how well they stack up to Apple’s claims.

First off, their sound quality is reported to be more than decent; at least better than the wired Apple AirPods featured in the famous silhouetted dancing commercials. Macworld said that only 60% volume was plenty to drown out all outside noise, despite not having silicone seals. And not having a silicone seal in their design means you can stay alert to the sounds of the world around you, if you so choose. Additionally, the AirPods’ incorporated microphone is located in the stem of the Pod, and is neither incredible nor terrible, sitting somewhere in the average range for bluetooth headsets.

One rather snazzy feature is that your music will automatically pause if you pluck one of the Pods out of your ear, which tells the device that you may be talking to someone or need to focus on something in particular. You can also check on each Pod’s battery level, and even that of the charging case, directly from a widget on the iPhone. They seem to live up to their touted five hours of battery life, and just tucking them into the charging case for 15 minutes will replenish around 70% of their battery.

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However, their fatal flaw seems to be the lack of interface options, save for tapping an AirPod to cue up Siri, and then verbalizing whatever command you need. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t give Siri full access to third-party applications, so unless you’re all-in for Apple Music and the like, Siri’s functionality is just too limited to be more than a gimmick. Macworld suggests using the iPhone’s Control Center or built in volume control instead.

Regardless, the AirPods seem like a worthy option if you’re looking to hop on the wireless earbud train, but be sure to check out Macworld’s in-depth review for the full scoop.

 

Source: Macworld

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Apple’s wireless earbuds, AirPods, are finally on sale

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This week, tech giant Apple finally announced that their wireless earbuds, the AirPods, are officially on sale. Apple’s first foray into the area of wireless headphones, the AirPods, were announced along with the iPhone 7 back in September, which, as many will remember, was heavily criticized for its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The official release of the AirPods was delayed in order for Apple to put the finishing touches on the new device, which is jam-packed full of sensors, microphones, and the brand-new W1 chip. There have been many positive reviews of the AirPods so far, and to be sure, there are some features, such as the included small plastic case that protects them and acts as a mobile charging station, that are quite innovative.

Of course, there will always be some aspects of a new technology that don’t match expectations. For instance, reviewers have noted a lack of noise-cancellation that can erode the listening experience in almost anything but a very quiet environment. Additionally, the user has to double tap the AirPods and ask Siri to change the song that’s playing, rather than allowing a physical function that will do it, as the old headphones did.

All in all, it sounds like the AirPods might just have been worth the wait. With a price tag that is actually cheaper than most other high-quality wireless earbuds ($159), these are sure to be seen in the ears of a significant portion of people walking down the street or waiting for the subway.

As MacRumors reports, the AirPods have already sold out online and are expected to ship within six weeks now.

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