Lack of cash could kill Jay-Z’s Tidal music service next year

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Jay Z's got 99 problems, and Apple Music is one.
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One of Apple’s biggest competitors in the music streaming business is about to bite the dust.

Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay-Z, is allegedly facing some serious money problems. According to a new report, user growth has stalled too making the company’s cash problems even worse.

This app makes writing mobile-friendly [Deals]

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This writing app was designed to make it easy to switch between mobile and desktop platforms.
This writing app was designed to make it easy to switch between mobile and desktop platforms.
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Writing at the computer and on a mobile device can feel like totally different processes. Usually, the tools on one aren’t available – or just work differently – on the other. Not to mention the awkwardness of writing with only two thumbs.

Nintendo doesn’t want to keep iOS users waiting for new games

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Nintendo is adding more mobile developers to speed up its rate of production.
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Nintendo might be delivering on its promise to bring original titles like Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp to iOS, but it’s also concerned about the timetable it is able to deliver these on. Or not deliver them on, as may be the case.

According to a new report, Nintendo is looking to team up with new smartphone game developers after its partnership with current mobile dev DeNA “fell behind schedule.”

iPhone was very nearly the world’s top Google search this year

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iPhone X and iPhone 8 were two of the top Google searches in 2017.
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Given how much time we spend Googling things, analyzing the world’s top searches provides a pretty good insight into the people, ideas, products, and news we could consider to be important.

With that in mind, Apple’s got to be pretty happy at the news that iPhone X and iPhone 8 were two of the top three most popular search terms of the year, with the top search being for Hurricane Irma. Fourth and fifth places were taken by Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle.

Hands on with Ottm’s wonderful wooden Apple Watch band [Video]

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Ottm's wooden Apple eWatch bands are good-looking and unique.
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In the world of watch straps, we think Ottm, a manufacturer of wooden Apple Watch bands, offers one of the best unboxing experiences.

The box itself is plain and simple, but the package is thoughtfully designed, containing extra links and a pin removal tool that makes it very easy to adjust your new band.

The bands are awesome too. Made from zebrawood and/or sandalwood, each hand-finished strap is eye-catching, comfrotable and unique.

We made a video to show you what to expect. Check it out above.

Apple makes big investment in TrueDepth sensor maker

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TrueDepth sensors in production at Finisar.
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Apple has invested a substantial sum of cash in TrueDepth sensor maker Finisar.

The $390 million fund will allow for increased research and development spending, and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). It will also allow Finisar to open a new production facility in Texas, creating more than 500 jobs.

Today in Apple history: Apple strikes deal with toymaking giant

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How quickly we forget Apple's biggest flops.
The Pippin wasn't the savior Apple was hoping for.
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December 13: Today in Apple history: Apple strikes deal with toymaking giant December 13, 1994: Apple strikes a deal with Bandai, Japan’s largest toymaker, to license Mac technology for the creation of a new videogame console.

Based on the PowerPC 603 CPU and running a stripped-down CD-ROM-based version of Mac OS, the resulting games machine is called the Pippin. Unfortunately, it’s a sales disaster.

Layton’s Mystery Journey a gets a big festive discount

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The latest instalment in this acclaimed series.
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With Christmas coming, it’s probably not the time of year to be spending a whole lot of money on yourself — knowing that there’s plenty of other things you may need to splash your cash on.

Which is why it’s great news that Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, one of my previously recommended best games of the year, has slashed its $15.99 price tag for the holidays.