Archive | May, 2014

Google’s camera app now lets you shoot in different aspect ratios

29 May

Google isn’t done getting its Android camera app up to the standards set by third-party software — not by a long shot. The company is now rolling out an update to Google Camera that lets you choose the aspect ratio for your photos, not just the…

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Iterate 68: Gypps and Wong on Monument Valley

29 May

Iterate features the best designers in the business discussing interface, interaction, icons, and experience. It’s like DVD extras for apps! On this episode Ken Wong and Matt Gypps of ustwo join Marc, Seth, and Rene to talk about Monument Valley, its visual and audio design, launching on iOS and Android, and making great games for fair prices.

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BBC iPlayer for iPhone and iPad gets a fresh new look

29 May

The BBC has today pushed out a pretty major update for it’s iPhone and iPad iPlayer application that has a whole new look and feel to most areas of the app. The Home, Channel and Category pages now sport the hot new look, with the same three pages also now getting added, curated content by way of the editorial collections.

Folks who need subtitles are also well looked after with this latest update, with subtitled content now available to download to your device for offline viewing. Other areas of the app not mentioned above remain unchanged at this time, but the BBC is promising regular new feature rollouts going forward, with this in particular catching our eye:

New features like Live Rewind and continuous play being added in time. New functionality will also be added to make BBC iPlayer a more personal experience, with cross-platform playback and tailored recommendations planned.

Being able to pick up playback on one device where you ended on another is no doubt something more than a few folks will be wanting to see, so we’re definitely excited for what the future holds for iPlayer on mobile. The new update is live now in the App Store at the link below.

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Beats Music updated, lowers yearly subscription price

29 May

Over Spotify and other music streaming services? Beats Music is actually a really decent music service for those who love music. We reviewed the app and service when it first launched earlier this year and walked away impressed. It’s available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but it’s the iOS version of the app that’s picking up a nice update today. Details after the break on what you’ll find in version 2.1.0 of Beats Music for iOS.

Head to the App Store and you’ll find Beats Music sitting there at version 2.1.0. Here’s what’s new in this release:

  • Trial has been extended to 14 days
  • Price drop to $99.99 for the yearly subscription, down from $119.88
  • Tons of bug fixes to make the app run as smooth as silk

We’re really digging Beats Music. Especially after they released an iPad specific version of their app.

Anyone else out there using Beats Music? How are you liking it so far?

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How to delete songs in the Music app to free up space on your iPhone or iPad

14 May

iPhones and iPads don’t come with an unlimited amount of storage space. One of the biggest culprits when it comes to eating space is music. Sure, the individual files aren’t large, but many people have hundreds if not thousands of them in their collections and they can really add up. Deleting music can free up valuable storage space. Whether you’re using iTunes in the Cloud to bring down your music or syncing it with iTunes, the process of deleting a song is the same.

How to delete individual songs from the Music App on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find an individual track you’d like to delete and swipe your finger across it to the left.
  3. Tap on the big, red Delete button to remove the song.

The song will now be off your iPhone or iPad and your storage will be freed up.

That’s all there is to it. The tracks that you deleted will now be removed from your iPhone or iPad.

If you’re using iTunes Match you’ll see a cloud icon next to a track indicating you can download it again whenever you’d like. Otherwise, you can plug into iTunes whenever you’d like and re-sync your music again whenever you’d like.

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Report: Apple Is Getting Ready to Buy Beats for $3.2 Billion

9 May

Report: Apple Is Getting Ready to Buy Beats for $3.2 Billion

According to the Financial Times, Apple is closing in on an acquisition of Beats, the headphone manufacturer turned streaming music service . The $3.2 billion deal would give Apple control over a powerful brand, but at the same time, it would be puzzling and uncharacteristic of Apple. The FT points out it would be Apple’s biggest acquisition ever.

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In this week’s landscape reads, we get to see just how screwed we are in the drought, visit a 2 bill

6 May

In this week’s landscape reads, we get to see just how screwed we are in the drought, visit a 2 billion-year-old nuclear reactor (all natural!), investigate mysterious fires in North Korea, and tour tornado shelters that look like real-life hobbit holes.

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