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Today Pandora added new functionality to its app for iOS in the form of a new alarm feature. The new Alarm Clock will let users wake up to their favorite Pandora station, and are no longer limited to their iPhones stock alarm sounds. When the alarm triggers, the Pandora app will begin playing from a user-selected station and album art will scroll in the background.
Users can snooze the alarm to 5,10,15 or 20 minutes by simply tapping the screen. Additionally, the alarm can be quickly turned off by tapping the song title or artist name. This alarm works perfectly with Pandora's other recently added feature that turns off the music feed after a preset length of time, allowing the user to fall asleep to their favorite station.
iBeacon is part of Apple's iOS 7, which works with low-power Bluetooth transmitters and the Apple Store app, which together track your location within a retail store, providing relevant information to your iPhone.
For example, if you were standing next to the iPhone table, with everything iBeacon requires from you enabled, it would pop a message up onto your iPhone asking if you'd like to upgrade. It would also tell you if you were eligible for getting some money back for trading in your old iPhone. It could also send push notifications to customers alerting them to when their order is ready to be picked up.
iBeacon isn't just limited to Apple Stores, either, as it has rolled out into retailers like Macy's, J.C. Penney and more.
It looks like Spotify could be unleashing a free mobile version of its streaming music service, something that The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The free version would be an ad-supported app, focusing around playing personalized radio.
Users would be allowed to play a certain amount of songs on demand, which isn't bad considering it would be pushed out as a free app. At the moment, Spotify's on-demand mobile service is only available to paying consumers through its Premium service, with the free service limited to PCs. The Journal is reporting that the music streaming outfit has inked deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service.
The issues weighing in on the deal were the rates that the company would pay the label, as well as the level of on-demand control that users would have. We should hear more details on the service at the Spotify event being held in New York City next week.
No mobile platform or software package is without its bugs, and Apple's devices are no exception. Recently reports have began to come in that show that some Apple users can not access iTunes or the App Store on the iPhones, iPods or iPads. When attempting to log-in the users are met with an error that reads: "FATAL::Unable to process your request. Please try again."
Additionally, Apple users trying to access the services from their Mac devices have been met with the same error, and it appears that the issue reaches to the iBookstore as well. Apple has not acknowledged the error on any of its Status pages, and no official statement has been made. The issue does appear to be fairly widespread, and I am guessing that an authentication server somewhere may be broken.
Google's Wallet app for iOS has just received its first update since its release back in September. The new Google Wallet 2.0 brings forth a few new features that will make using the money service much easier for iPhone users. The update adds a new feature that lets users add credit cards to their wallet by simply snapping a photo of the card and more.
Single Sign-on is also now supported, and users who use other Single Sign-On compatible apps from Google can switch to the wallet app and sign in automatically. Additionally, the physical Google Wallet Card can now be used to withdraw funds from user's iOS Wallet account at ATMS, or any location that accepts MasterCard.
Android tablet owners in the UK will be happy to hear that today, Sky TV launched its Sky Go app for Android. While the service has been available on Android-based smartphones for a while now, but today marks the firs time it has been available to the public on Android Tablets.
Unfortunately, not all Android tablets are supported by Sky Go at the moment. For the app to work on your device, the tablet must be at least in the 7-inch class or higher, and Android 4.0 or higher is required. This means that the vast majority of tablets released in the last two years are compatible and all the modern t-inch or larger tablets will work. A 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection is also required, but that is almost a given at this point.
Over the last 18 months or so, we have watched Beats by Dre work to get a Spotify-like music streaming service off the ground, and it appears that it just may happen come January 2014. According to Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, the company is prepared to launch next month, and while he did not mention any specific date, many suspect it to happen during CES.
"Beats Music is real. We're in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music (including a few of my personal heroes). We're providing a few artists and other influencers access to familiarize them with the service and get their early feedback," said Rogers. "We're making improvements based on that feedback. We can't wait to share it with the world, and are set to launch in the US in January."
Rogers also announced that the Beats Music has partnered with AT&T which could see the service pre-installed on iOS and Android phones sold by the carrier. Beats also announced that users can head over to Beatsmusic.com and register their user name now to ensure they get something unique and personally identifying.
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messing apps on the planet with more than 350 million active monthly users, and today iOS users are beginning to receive an updated version of the service. This morning, WhatsApp released an updated version of its app for iOS that includes new features and performance tweaks.
The first thing users will notice is that the app now has a entirely new look, and the UI has been improved for better efficiency and appearance. The app now also features new "Broadcast to List" functionality that lets users send messages to specific contact list, which means you can now mass message co-workers, friends, family and more. New notification sounds, larger image thumbnails, and image cropping functionality have been added with the update. Head over to the source link below to download the new version of WhatsApp for iOS.
The CM Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store, according to the official CyanogenMod blog. CyanogenMod Installer is an application that allows you to get a custom ROM onto the device. CyanogenMod have said:
Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play's developer terms.
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function - to guide users to enable "ADB", a built-in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.
When Kim Dotcom first launched MEGA almost a year ago, he said that one day it would become the go-to cloud storage service for everyone, and today MEGA took its next step in that direction. MEGA announced today that it has finally launched an official mobile app for iOS.
While there are many cloud storage services out for iOS, MEGA's biggest draw is 50GB of space for free which is encrypted with 256bit AES algorithms making it virtually crack proof. Additionally, for just $10.99 per month, an additional 500GB of storage space can be added which outpaces Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box by quite a bit. The app is available now in the Apple App Store and can be found at the source link below.