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iTunes Match Beta Goes Live for US-Based Developers

Written on August 30, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Apple's iTunes Match is now open for developers!

In an email message sent by the Apple company, they have confirmed that the iTunes Match Beta is already available for developers.

Apple pointed out in the email that beta subscribers will be receiving an additional three months free by just having a 12 month paid subscription worth $24.99. The company also encourages users to save a local backup of the music that they have added to iTunes library and iCloud.

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Apple Rumor Roundup: Back-to-School Promo, MacBook Air, MobileMe and More

Written on June 19, 2011 by Adam Eve

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People at the Rumor City are spreading words about Apple's MacBook Air, Mac Pro, iCloud, iPhone, iOS 5 and more. Which of them are true and which are just plain hearsays?

Back-to-School Promo
In the past, Apple gave away free iPod – which is usually worth around $200 – for every Mac purchase to qualifying students. However, there are rumors suggesting that the company’s back-to-school promo this year is a $100 iTunes Gift Card only. The fact that the iPod will not be part of Apple’s promo for the upcoming school year only means that the company will be delaying the device’s upgrade. And with iPod’s financial importance diminishing to Apple, it only makes perfect sense.

iPhone 5 and iOS 5
While Apple did not show even a preview of its upcoming iPhone 5, there are words on the other side of the fence that it’s now in advance testing. Manufacturers, Omnivision and Sony, were tipped to provide 8-megapixel cameras for iPhone 5, while a purported leak of data from UAE suggests that the device might support LTE protocols. On the other hand, the iOS 5 is instructed to sport a native panoramic camera app that will surely grate on the developers of existing apps to do the same trick.

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Lightbox, a New Photo App for Androids

Written on June 18, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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A beautifully designed photo application for Androids has been released recently. The Lightbox takes few features from Instagram and Apple's iCloud.

Lightbox is a new camera application created for Androids. It is somewhat similar to the features of an Instagram and iCloud, in which you can beam the photos that you had captured through your phone into your web browser in no time.

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SkyDrive, to be Integrated in Windows Phone Mango

Written on June 09, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Apple's iCloud gets a competitor as soon as it was announced, as Microsoft unveils its own cloud service -- SkyDrive.

Just after Apple announced its iCloud, Microsoft posted on its Windows Live Blog last Tuesday its own SkyDrive. SkyDrive, Microsoft’s own cloud service, will be integrated into the Windows Phone Mango. As for the release date, SkyDrive also drops on the same time frame as the iCloud — sometime this fall. But is SkyDrive really that similar to Apple’s iCloud?

Based on the Microsoft blog, SkyDrive’s cloud service will be integrated in Windows Phone Mango. It will enable users to share photos via email, SMS, or IM. Users can also upload videos, browse documents, see and search shared documents on SkyDrive. These documents include Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Microsoft SkyDrive offers a 25GB online storage documents, accessible by either native app or web browser that supports HTML 5.

And although the SkyDrive can let users store and share photos and videos via text, IM and email, it doesn’t sync media files like iCloud does. But the most important of all is the developers’ access. While iCloud provides APIs, SkyDrive doesn’t. But who knows? Something even better is yet to come from SkyDrive to Mango.

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Apple WWDC 2011: The Final Wrap Up

Written on June 07, 2011 by Adam Eve

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In case you missed Apple's keynote at WWDC 2011 last Monday, GADG wrapped up the everything you need to know in the event.

Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote unveiled all the details for Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud as promised. And albeit any upcoming hardware like iPhone 5 was not mentioned, this year’s WWDC is still a major step forward for the company in terms of software.

That said, GADG wrapped up the highlights and everything you need to know about Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote after the cut.

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WWDC 2011’s Apple Rumor Mill

Written on June 06, 2011 by Adam Eve

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With the WWDC 2011 just a few hours away, let's take a look on Apple rumors that might make it to Steve Job's keynote later.

The WWDC 2011 will be kicking off later, making all the Apple rumors circulating for the past few months laid to rest. With iOS, Lion OS X and iCloud pre-announced by Apple, people already have an idea of what Steve Job’s keynote will be all about. However, further details are quite fuzzy.

Let’s take a look at some of the major rumors in play at today’s WWDC after the skip.

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Apple Finally Signs Universal Music to its iCloud

Written on June 03, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Finally! Universal Music inks its way to Apple's iCloud service.

As CNet reports, Apple has signed Universal Music to its iCloud service. This represents the last step before the Cupertino-based company can launch its iCloud service.

“The agreement means that Apple now has the rights to offer recording rights from all of the major labels. In addition, Apple has reached agreements with some of the large publishers, the sources said.”

The iCloud, which is believed to offer music streaming to iOS and Mac users, will be officially announced at the company’s WWDC keynote on Monday, June 6. Apple also adds the streaming won’t be available on the said date, but will be offered soon. The company will initially store music in iCloud that was bought through iTunes. However, Apple is planning to include songs outside iTunes ‘sometime in the future’.

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Apple Finalizes Deals for its Cloud Music Service

Written on May 21, 2011 by Adam Eve

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One more record label to go, and users might have their music stores in the clouds.

Apple is extremely negotiating with record label to complete their deal to allow music streaming from Internet to mobile devices and computers. The company has already came to terms with Sony, EMI and Warner, which leaves Universal Music.

With the Streaming Rights different from Digital Download Rights, Apple has to re-negotiate all of its music deal. Once everything turns out well, a cloud music service will enable consumers to keep all of their music online and stream it to any device.

As soon as Universal Music gets on board, Apple will now gear up in launching its iTunes in the cloud. However, it still unknown whether iTunes will remain a buy-to-own model or an unlimited subscription platform. Nevertheless, removing all of your hassles by simply storing your music from various devices in one central location can be cool.

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Apple’s Scheduled Retail Meeting Heats up Rumors

Written on May 17, 2011 by Adam Eve

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The rumor mills are churning, and they're saying that Apple's got some plans this Sunday. Now, would that weekend plans be?

There are rumors claiming that Apple will hold an all-hands employee meeting on May 22 in US retail stores. Considering that the company holds this kind of meeting after stores close on Sunday, the said event will start at an unusual time — 7:00 am.

This retail meeting is also heating up a lot of speculations, as WWDC 2011 is fast approaching. It is said that Apple might train the employees for the upcoming iCloud feature or other products set to be announced at the developer event. It is also note worth taking that the Cupertino-based company will be celebrating its 10th Retail Anniversary this week.

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