Spotify made headlines this week with a massive update that brings video content, podcasts and tempo-adjusted running tracks to its iPhone app.
In an effort to beef up its service before Apple unleashes its Beats redesign this summer, Spotify is making headway by differentiating itself with more features. News publications like Vice and BBC are offering video content through Spotify now, and the app also lets you find and play fine podcasts (like The CultCast).
The temp matching for running is a little silly, but cool for runners who really like Tiësto (the popular DJ is doing custom upbeat tracks for the feature). Spotify’s overall app design changes a little too with this new update, and if you don’t have it already, it should be hitting your App Store soon.
One of the most popular third-party podcast apps released its Apple Watch app this week. Instacast now lets you control playback from your wrist, and its implementation is pretty slick. If you’re itching for a good podcast listening experience on the Watch, it’s definitely worth checking out.
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The official Apple Store app added Touch ID verification for viewing orders, accessing EasyPay receipts, and making Genius Bar reservations this week.
Two-step verification support was also added, which makes it nearly impossible for your Apple ID to get hacked. The Apple Store app is now available in several more countries too, including Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia and Philippines.
Currencies 2 is a completely rethought take on currency conversion, and it’s optimized for the Apple Watch.
If you’re an international jet-setter who deals with different kinds of money frequently, you may find the new Today View widget helpful. The app tracks your location and shows the local currency as an added connivence, and the Watch app uses dictation to convert values quickly.
This Apple Watch hater might have some rage stuck in his throat.
When you’re ranting about Apple and its products, don’t forget to breathe.
One incredibly angry man learned that crucial lesson the hard way: His profanity-laden diatribe about the Apple Watch ended when he broke into a coughing fit. You can see the whole NSFW rant and its shocking twist ending below.
We’ve got a host of new stuff to show off this week, from Killian’s look at the new MacBook and iMac lines to Luke’s exploration of all things bacon (emoji). We’ve got Rob’s essential Apple Watch tips, a new credit-card sized cell phone, and Luke’s take on the new non-trivial QuizUp update.
Legos and pre-school toys today, your iPhone tomorrow.
UC Berkley researchers have hit a major milestone in the creation of usable AI. They’ve created a new set of algorithms that will allow robots to learn through trial and error — much like humans learn new tasks.
With this kind of educated automaton, there’s nothing they won’t be able to do. Think of mechanical beings assembling your next iPhone, building skyscrapers, or exploring Mars.
Is this where we see the first inklings of the robot apocalypse?
Apple Watch is selling 30,000 units every day in the U.S., according to the latest reports, which makes it significantly hotter than any of the Android Wear watches we’ve seen so far. But is it really worth the hype?
Find out what we think in this week’s Friday Night Fight with Cult of Android versus Cult of Mac!
Did you know you can connect an Apple II to a Cinema Display?
If you grew up in the 80’s one of your earliest video gaming memories was probably playing Oregon Trail on an old Apple II or Macintosh, but you haven’t experienced Oregon Trail until you’ve played it on a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display. In color.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try,” at Madam Tussauds wax museum.
Voltaire was the first. Now Vader is a wax figure.
Madame Tussauds has been in the business of meticulously sculpting lifelike models of the famous since 1777. Now, in a gallery far, far away (well, London), the wax museum has produced 11 famous sets featuring 16 Star Wars characters. And a new video shows the tedious, behind-the-scenes creative process, which involves much more than just pouring hot wax into molds.