"We will now pay artists during the trial period."
So apparently, if you want something done, get Taylor Swift to do the job. Yesterday we read an open letter that Swifty wrote to Apple Music, in which she explained why her latest album will not be offered on the new streaming service. She politely attacked Apple for their 3-month free trial policy, during which time artists, writers and producers will not be paid. I certainly didn’t expect to wake up and see that Apple was like, “Okay, Taylor. Done.” But that’s exactly what happened. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Apple Music, Taylor Swift
Apple held it’s annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA earlier today to make a few announcements about new products and services the company plans to release this year and at the tail-end of the presentation, announced that forthcoming launch of a new online music streaming service called Apple Music. In an attempt to combine music streaming, downloads and radio in one service that also features a heavy social media component, Apple hopes Apple Music will be the only service you use to listen to music — no matter where you are. Click below to learn more about Apple Music, which launches later this month, and see if it sounds like a service you would like to subscribe to. More »
Posted under: Apple Music, Trent Reznor
Nauseated face, Selfie, Facepalm, Bacon and MORE
Back in April, we got a WHOLE BUNCH of new emojis added to our respective mobile phone software upgrades but, of course, many folks remain unsatisfied with the newly expanded collection of emojis. Well, I’ve got good news for you … in 2016, 38 more emojis will be added to our mobile phone emoji collection. I suspect that even these 38 new emojis won’t satisfy everyone (still no taco emoji) but at least we can look forward to bacon, man dancing, shrug, fingers crossed and more emojis to add to our texts and/or Instagram captions. More »
Posted under: Emojis
Spoiler Alert Warning?
We are just weeks away from the theatrical debut of the long-anticipated sequel film Jurassic World and fans are already chomping at the bit for any new info on the film as soon as it is available. Many Jurassic World toys and books have been released already and one book in particular, Where Dinosaurs Come to Life, is giving us our first LISTEN of what the Indominus Rex dinosaur‘s roar will sound like. The book comes with an interactive app that uses virtual reality to make the dinosaurs come to life … it’s really neat, I have to say. Click the embed to watch and skip to the 11:25 minute mark to hear Indominus Rex roar for the first time. I have a feeling the roar will sound much more impressive in movie theaters but this is a really great tease for the movie to come.
And it is straight up, 100% an ad for the Tinder dating app
A couple of weeks ago, we got our first teasery look at Hilary Duff‘s music video for her crazy-infectious new single Sparks. Today we get to see the just-released music video for the song and as you can see above, it’s a mostly fun video that doubles as a promo ad for the Tinder dating app. You may recall that we learned last week that Hilary is filming her Tinder dates for possible use as a dating reality TV show somewhere down the line … which is great, I think. But the fact that she turned her music video into a commercial for the app is pretty disappointing. I love the visuals and I love the song … I wish we could get a version of this video without the bang-you-over-the-head obvious Tinder promo and just enjoy Hilary‘s Sparks music video all by itself. Have a look, see what you think. Do you want to swipe right or left on this Hilary Duff video?
And, of course you can't even buy one :/
Back in September we first learned that Apple was introducing a new piece of luxury tech called the Apple Watch that, on the high end, would sell for upwards of $10,000. Last month, we did learn that the high end, expensive gold Apple Watch would be available for sale but not before it was made available to celebrity tastemakers like Beyoncé — who already has her damn gold Apple Watch and is showing it off on her official website. More »
Stop what you're doing and DOWNLOAD NOW
Back in February we got our first look at some of the new emojis that are available in the next Apple iOS update and right now we learn that THE NEW iOS UPDATE IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING! You can update your iPhones/iPads to iOS 8.3 over the air on your devices or via iTunes on your computer. The new iOS features the new collection of emojis so … WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Start downloading, yo!
Posted under: Emojis
Back in October we learned officially that HBO was planning to launch its Internet-only HBO GO streaming service as its own stand-alone service for customers who want access to HBO without having to play for it on cable. Today we learn that this new stand along service is called HBO Now and it will launch on Apple TV (and other Apple products) next month for a monthly fee of $14.99. At last, customers who want to cut ties from cable but still want to have access to HBO‘s massive library of television shows and movies have the ability to pay for the service a la cart. More »
Posted under: HBO, HBO Now
Remember last June we we first learned that a bunch of new emojis would be released for mobile phones … and then they weren’t released? It was reported last summer that the emojis (which will reportedly include fun stuff like a middle finger emoji) would be out soon but after the iPhone 6 was released in the fall and no new emojis were released, I think may people forgot all about these new emojis — until now. A beta version of Apple‘s newest desktop OS and mobile iOS operating systems have been released and they, apparently, include Apple‘s version of the new emojis. As you can see below, the new emojis will be offered in an array of racially inclusive forms. Have a look below and get your first taste of the new emojis that are coming our way. More »
Posted under: Emojis
The Truth Is Out There
So, NASA was going about its business, live streaming a video feed being recorded in space by the ISS space station when an unidentified object came into view over the earth’s horizon. Almost immediately after the UFO appeared on screen, the feed was cut off completely … leading many to theorize that NASA filmed an alien spacecraft and doesn’t want us to know about it. HMMMM. I’m not one for conspiracy theories but I think it’s pretty safe to say that this was definitely the work of … aliens. I mean, hello, a suspicious-looking UFO then the feed gets cut off? Definitely aliens. Check out the video above and see what you think … then get ready to succumb to our alien overlords because TEHY’RE ALREADY HERE!