On this date in 2015, Apple Music was born. No folks, don’t expect another free album from U2. Here’s a look at the world in tech for Thursday, June 30.
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Apple Music Turns 1
On June 30, 2015, Apple Music launched to take on Spotify and other premium music streaming services. Since then, the service has attracted 15 million monthly subscribers, making it the second most popular service after Spotify.
Earlier this month, Cupertino announced a major design change for Apple Music, which arrives this fall.
Taking photos at live concerts could eventually become impossible
Apple has patented a technology that would allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable a mobile phone’s camera, preventing users from taking videos and photos, according to The Telegraph.
It’s unclear whether Apple plans on applying the technology in the real world.
Marrying your iPhone?
We all love our smartphones, but enough to marry them? Los Angeles director Aaron Chervenak did exactly that — in Las Vegas, Nevada, of course.
As Chervenak explains:
“If we’re gonna be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds, and to me, that’s also what a relationship is about,” In a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship.” (Glamour)
Obviously, Chervenak’s marriage has no legal basis and is symbolic. It begs the question: Are we getting too close to our smart devices?
People are getting excited over Amazon’s 12th annual Prime Day, which is on July 12.
Also making news:
Have a few more minutes? Check out these other stories making news:
- Samsung is now selling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge unlocked in the US, The Verge
- The future of Plex: More tools for cord cutters, and less of a focus on the PC, TechHive
- Facebook’s Political Influence Under a Microscope, Reuters
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