Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App, Including ‘Tune Your Taste’

10:20 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · Product News

Beat Music

Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The service has also begun verifying user profile for the famous and well-to-do.

Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

9:48 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · Product News

Facebook

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download  a separate app.

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I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.

Blockchain.info Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to App Store

7:56 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · Product News

Blockchain App

Blockchain.info has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.

Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning Connector

8:54 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · · Product News

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.

Apple Denied Trademark Protection for ‘Touch ID’

4:59 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · · Product News

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for the trademark of 'Touch ID,' its fingerprint recognition system. The refusal was based on the similarity to a previously registered trademark by Kronos Technology.

iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

11:39 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · Product News

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.

Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases Hardware and Software

3:45 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · Product News

Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is a free iOS app which controls both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.

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Glorious! If this thing can help me need less apps for my home automation hardware, this is a wonderful thing indeed.