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As expected, Apple Music was officially unveiled during the company's WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today. The latest addition to the streaming market will cost $9.99 per month, or $14.99 per month for a family plan of up to six users.
The new Apple service will have more than 30 million songs available to music listeners. "In 2015, the music industry is a fragmented mess," said Jimmy Iovine, Beats Electronics co-founder, during WWDC. "That's why Apple intended to bring curated radio, personal collections, an on-demand catalog and interaction with artists all-in-one place."
Apple Music will launch for Mac and iOS products on June 30, with Microsoft Windows and Google Android releases scheduled for this fall.
During its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple will announce its shiny new music streaming service. iTunes once was a music juggernaut for paid downloads, but consumers have migrated towards streaming music - and Apple wants to find a way to cash in.
Sony Music CEO Doug Morris thinks Apple's jump into the market will liven up streaming music:
"What does Apple bring to this? Well, they've got $178 billion dollars in the bank. And they have 800 million credit cards in iTunes. Spotify has never really advertised because it's never been profitable. My guess is that Apple will promote this like crazy and I think that will have a halo effect on the streaming business. A rising tide will lift all boats - it's the beginning of an amazing moment for our industry."
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) wants help from the US federal government in combating piracy, claiming there is a correlation between piracy and rising cybersecurity problems. Cybercriminals use the lure of pirated content to help infect users with malware, or scam Internet users, according to the MPAA.
This is a clever tactic by the MPAA, as the US government has increased worries related to cybersecurity - and trying to tie the two issues together could lead to increased anti-piracy efforts.
"Unfortunately, criminal enterprises are also using the Internet to hack into networks and computers for the purpose of stealing valuable data - whether personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or content," said the MPAA, responding to a cybersecurity threat assessment from the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF).
Streaming music service Tidal has launched a desktop music app, currently in beta for both Microsoft Windows and Mac. Curious music listeners can take Tidal for a spin with a one month trial of two different subscription plans.
The app allows subscribers to search through 30 million songs, but they are unable to browse the high-quality video library. In addition, there is no gapless playback, but the company is expected to alter how its mobile and desktop apps operate.
Students will also receive a discount, and instead of paying $10 or $20 per month, anyone with a .edu email address pay $5 or $10 per month.
Computex 2015 - Adding to the wacky lineup of products on display across multiple companies this year in Taipei is GIGABYTE's selfie generating product - the Selfie Assistant.
Said to provide you with a great tool to record and track a speaker during an important meeting or class lecture, this product also takes group selfie pictures by using face tracking technology alongside 360-degree panorama support.
Featuring an infrared remote control and smart recording, this product is certainly more than the title may suggest.
Recently Corsair introduced a new logo to much consumer criticism, with people claiming it looked like a weird tribal tattoo or a 'tramp stamp' and now it seems that Corsair has listened to our woes by re-introducing the sails, with a twist.
Looking like they've thrown italics on the old sail design, Corsair said in a recent blog that "everything we've announced at Computex 2015 will ship with the new logo, including the Strafe keyboard, and our powerful Bulldog 4K living room PC." If you've been living under a rock and have missed the Computex 2015 news haul or are simply too overwhelmed with the sheer amount of content, you can check out all of our coverage through the Computex link at the top of our home page - we've already covered what Corsair has to offer.
The old "crossed swords Corsair Gaming logo" is being phased out in what Corsair claims to be part of a process in which it is "uniting into a new modernized Corsair brand."
Basemark has announced a strategic partnership with TUV Rheinland which will see a new certification class for smartphones, tablets, notebooks and PCs.
Thanks to the collaboration, TUV Rheinland will secure an excellent service for product performance and evaluation at all stages of development, even at a component level like chipsets, GPUs or CPUs - right up to the final product. Basemark's suite of benchmarks like Basemark X, Basemark ES and Basemark OS allows TUV Rheinland to fine tune the devices speed, stability and overall performance.
Tero Sarkkinen, founder and CEO of Basemark explains: "We are thoroughly excited about this partnership, because it opens a whole new category of product-quality testing. Consumers, corporations, and government purchasers can now also choose products based on how fast a device performs various tasks. We firmly believe that our partnership results in better customer satisfaction. However, this is just the beginning of what we can do together with TÜV Rheinland, and I look forward to building a wide-ranging partnership that results in a wealth of new services for our combined roster of customers".
Computex 2015 - Intel is best known for its CPUs that power servers and computers, but don't expect the company to just stop there. Intel has added to its Internet of Things Gateway, while also providing new software and OS choices for the IoT Gateway - and wants to make a bigger splash in the mobile market.
In addition, Intel is looking to embrace wearables, creating new hardware platforms that can power the next generation of wearable devices.
"The power of Moore's Law has enabled incredible computing innovation over the past 50 years and because of it, nearly everything in the future will have the ability to compute and connect," said Kirk Skaugen, SVP and GM of the Client Computing Group at Intel. "Our 30-year history of collaboration with Taiwan has delivered historic innovation to the world, from personal computing to the cloud and data centers."
Comcast subscribers who dealt with Internet trouble throughout Monday will receive a $5 voucher from the cable company. Even though many users reported problems that reportedly started Monday morning, Comcast's service entirely dropped around 6:30 PM local time - and trying to log back on was difficult.
Comcast is blaming a hardware failure in some of its DNS servers, but the DNS issue impacting Internet service and VOD has been resolved.
"Since the incident, we have been working non-stop to fully understand the problem and bring additional DNS capacity online in the affected areas, so we can prevent it from happening again," Comcast said in a public statement. We all rely on the Internet and expect it to be there when we need it. We are directly reaching out to those who reported problems last night to offer our apologies and a credit for lost service.
Rap industry icon Jay-Z has had many success stories throughout his career, but his multi-million-dollar decision to purchase Tidal still needs a lot of work.
"We're gathered... with one voice, in unity, in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history," artist Alicia Keys said during the Tidal press conference earlier in the year. While the record industry struggles in trying to generate revenue from streaming services, it looks like Tidal is struggling even more.
In a changing landscape that is dominated by Spotify and Pandora, it looks like music listeners don't have many reasons to bother giving Tidal a shot. Despite Jay-Z previously saying the service is "just fine," it remains to be seen how he will help win over music listeners.