Day: April 3, 2018

Spotify Valued at $29.5 Billion as Stock Begins Trading at $165.90 Per Share

Spotify, Apple Music’s main competitor, this morning opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 per share, valuing the company at $29.5 billion. When Spotify filed to go public in February, CNBC estimated the company’s valuation at ~$23 billion based on private trades that had reached as high as $132.50. Spotify used the $132 …

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Apple Seeds First Public Beta of tvOS 11.4 for Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.4 update to its public beta testing group, one day after providing the beta to developers and a little under a week after releasing tvOS 11.3, a minor update that introduced a few smaller features. The tvOS 11.4 public beta can be obtained by going …

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The Weeknd's New Single Streamed Nearly Twice as Many Times on Apple Music Than Spotify

The Weeknd’s new single “Call Out My Name” was streamed 6 million times in its first 24 hours of release on Apple Music last Friday, March 30. As a comparison, Apple Music’s streams of the song nearly doubled Spotify’s 3.5 million streams in the same 24-hour period. As reported by The Verge today, Apple Music’s …

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Adobe Announces Updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator

Ahead of the 2018 NAB media trade show, which starts on April 7, Adobe today announced its traditional spring update with new updates for several Creative Cloud apps, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator. Adobe’s aim in 2018 is to introduce new tools and improvements to allow its customers to streamline their …

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Apple Music for Android Gains Revamped Music Videos Section From iOS and macOS Apps

Apple this week updated its Apple Music Android app with the revamped music videos section that launched on iOS and macOS devices late last week. Announced earlier in 2018, Apple Music’s new music videos section provides access to a wider variety of both classic and brand-new videos, exclusive videos from artists like Kylie Minogue, and …

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Intel's New Core i9 and Coffee Lake Chips Pave Way for Quad-Core 13" MacBook Pro, Mac Mini Refresh, and More

Intel today introduced a range of new eighth-generation Core processors [PDF] appropriate for future MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac models. The most notable new chip is the first-ever Core i9 processor for notebooks. With six cores and 12 threads, Intel says the Core i9 is the highest-performance notebook processor it has ever designed. The …

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Apple Employees Begin Receiving Rewards for 'Close Your Rings' Internal Challenge

In February, Apple updated its website with a new section explaining the advantages of closing the Apple Watch’s three Activity rings. At the same time, the company kicked off an internal challenge for its employees that tasked them with closing their Move, Exercise, and Stand rings every day for the entire month. Images via Reddit …

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Sixth-Generation iPad Teardown Details 'Repair Nightmare' for Education-Focused Tablet

iFixit today published its teardown of Apple’s sixth-generation, education-focused iPad and found that — unsurprisingly — the tablet shares many of the internals of the fifth-gen iPad. The teardown crew also looked at the new iPad’s potential for durability and repairability in an education environment by comparing it to competitors in the field. Images via …

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Snapchat Announces Group Video Chat for Up to 16 People and @ Mentions in Stories

Snapchat today announced that users on iOS and Android will soon be able to begin group video chats with up to 16 friends at once. The feature’s addition comes about two years after Snapchat first introduced video and voice chat in spring 2016. To start a group video chat, users will need to enter an …

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Apple Working With TSMC to Develop MicroLED Panels for Future Apple Watch and Augmented Reality Wearable Device

Apple has plans in place to develop MicroLED panels for both small-size and large-size devices, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) providing support for producing smaller form factor applications, which could include future Apple Watch models and AR wearables, according to DigiTimes senior analyst Luke Lin. Apple is working with TSMC to develop micro LED …

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