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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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Apple Music will launch 8am PT tomorrow, Beats 1 at 9am

Apple Music is preparing for invasion.

Apple last week unveiled its Beats 1 billboard at New York’s Times Square.

Apple Music is set to launch at 11am ET/8am PT tomorrow alongside the release of iOS 8.4 One hour later at 12pm ET/9am PT, the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast will take place presented by DJ Zane Lowe.

While we previously knew that Apple’s new streaming music service would by launching June 30, it was left to Ian Rogers, Apple’s senior director of Apple Music to announce an exact time, which he did over the weekend.

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From Thailand to Brazil, Apple showcases two new ‘Shot on iPhone’ ads

Another great ad from Apple.

Another great ad from Apple.

Hot of the heels of Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign winning top prize at the Outdoor Lions competition at Cannes, the company has unveiled two new videos showing off the kind of beautiful footage it’s possible to capture on an iPhone.

Check them out below.

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This hot accessory turns your iPhone into a thermal camera

Give your iPhone Predator vision.

Give your iPhone Predator vision.

The second-generation FLIR One thermal camera is now available for iOS devices. Unlike the first-gen FLIR one which came as an iPhone 5/5s case, this standalone accessory attaches to your iPhone or iPad via a Lightning connector — and offers you 4x better resolution in the process.

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Apple Watch makers expecting ‘surge in orders’ for second half of 2015

Apple Watch supply has finally caught up with demand.

Apple Watch supply has finally caught up with demand.

People working on the Apple Watch supply chain are said to be expecting a “possible surge in orders” for the second half of 2015, as Apple’s debut wearable device continues to gain momentum in the marketplace.

According to a new report, this growth is linked to the fact that Apple Watch yield rates have significantly improved since manufacturing began, meaning that Apple is finally able to get hold of units of the device in the kind of quantities it would hope for.

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Steve Jobs documentary director says Apple is a Scientology-like cult

On balance, we prefer the look of Apple's spaceship campus.

On balance, we prefer the look of Apple’s spaceship campus.

One is a cult-like organization which bilks its (often celebrity) followers out of huge amounts of money, while intimidating people who dare to speak out against its dangers. The other is Scientology.

Or at least that’s the parallel drawn by Oscar-winning documentary director Alex Gibney, who claimed to see similarities between Apple and the L. Ron Hubbard-founded religion during a recent screening of his Steve Jobs documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.

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New rumor exposes Apple’s dual-lens camera plans

Why make do with one lens when you could have two?

Why make do with one lens when you could have two?

Apple has been secretly experimenting with dual-camera iPhone lenses for three years, according to Altek’s Xiaru Wen, the CEO of the company responsible for building similar camera modules for HTC and Huawei.

The report claims that Apple has been held up by two challenges until now: technical problems resulting in blurred images, and an inability to find a manufacturer able to build enough of the components in the allotted time.

But things may be about to change.

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Slim Shady stands up for first Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe

Will the real streaming music service please stand up.

Eminem is the first major musical guest on Apple Music.

DJ Zane Lowe is clearly intent on getting Beats 1 kicked off with a bang, since he has posted an image to Instagram revealing that hip-hop artist Eminem will be his first guest interview when Apple Music launches next week.

Lowe joined Apple from BBC Radio 1 earlier this year, where he had previously interviewed top-tier music names including Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Rubin, and Chris Martin.

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Some T-Mobile iPhone users are suffering a case of ‘blue screen of death’

T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

Numerous T-Mobile iPhone users are complaining that their handsets are reportedly suffering bizarre outages, causing them to reboot at half-hourly intervals.

On social media, users are describing how their Uncarrier iPhones crash every 20 to 30 minutes while they are using certain apps, leading to a Microsoft-style “blue screen of death” and then a reboot.

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Apple component orders again hint that Force Touch is coming to iPhone 6s

The Force Touch trackpad as seen in the recent MacBook.

The Force Touch trackpad as seen in the recent MacBook.

More and more evidence is racking up that Apple will introduce its Force Touch technology — previously seen in the Apple Watch and recent MacBook models — as a chief feature for the upcoming iPhone 6s.

According to a new report citing industry sources, Apple has upped its orders for the flexible printed circuit boards necessary for incorporating Force Touch into its next-gen iPhones — with its main FPCB suppliers being Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect.

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Apple will pay same streaming royalty rate as Spotify during free trial

Jimmy Iovine talks up Apple Music at WWDC 2015.

Jimmy Iovine talks up Apple Music at WWDC 2015.

Having agreed to pay out royalties to music artists during the initial three-month trial period of Apple Music, Apple will reportedly pay rights holders 0.2 cents per stream, according to a new report.

This rate is similar to that paid by other streaming companies, such as Spotify, for their free tier. Apple is also said to be still negotiating a smaller free for songwriting rights which be paid to publishers.

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