Take a sneak peek at Spotify’s new experience with Running, activity-based playlists and more

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An iDownloadBlog reader has sent in a number of gorgeous screenshots of Spotify’s major iPhone revamp. The software was just released to Spotify’s beta testers a few hours ago ahead of its impending public release.

You may have heard Spotify stepped on Apple’s toes with the announcement of new media types like news, video and podcasts, along with a flurry of feature additions like activity-based playlists, a cool Running feature and more.

With that in mind, we urge you to take a look at the screenshots included below and see for yourself how the new Spotify experience on mobile looks like.... Read the rest of this post here


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First Apple Watch update may have seriously crippled one of its most important features

Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Issues

The heart rate sensor on the back of the Apple Watch is very accurate, a recent report has shown, on par with some of the most accurate heart rate monitors that are currently available. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple may have inadvertently crippled the heart rate functionality with its most recent software update.

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Deal alert: Get an iPhone 6 for $450, or 10% off anything else at Gazelle

Cheap iPhone 6

Earlier this week we told you about two great deals for smartphone shoppers who were more interested in saving money than having the latest and greatest gear. For these consumers, the prospect of a modern phone for $250 off contract or even an older handset for just $20 may be too good to pass up.

But there is another group of consumers that wasn't addressed by these deals. These shoppers want the latest and greatest smartphones, but they don't want to pay top dollar to get them.

Well, gadget fans, look no further.

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Google’s Android M to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics

iPhone 6 Touch ID

To this date, only a few Android devices come outfitted with their own fingerprint scanner for authenticating purchases and password-protected apps, such as Huawei devices and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S6.

Unfortunately, Google’s mobile operating system lacks system-wide support for fingerprint scanning, thereby hampering broader adoption of this useful feature, which Apple users have been enjoying for nearly two years now.

That’s about to change in Android M, the next major version of Android, which should adopt Touch ID-style biometrics, according to BuzzFeed News.... Read the rest of this post here


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New details surface of Apple’s quality and stability focus with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

OS X Yosemite Desktop

It’s been said before that the next major version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be a Snow Leopard style upgrade in that it won’t focus as much on new features as it would on optimizing code base for stability, performance and quality.

In a new report, 9to5Mac details what lies ahead for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, not just in terms of speed and stability, but also regarding both operating systems’ stronger security and a few new end-user facing features.... Read the rest of this post here


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25 fantastic iOS apps and games on sale for $0.99 each

Best iPhone App Deals

Each and every day, we alert our readers to a selection of apps from the App Store that are free to download for a limited amount of time, but the official promotions run by Apple are rarely interesting enough to deserve a post of their own. This week is different though, as Apple has put 25 great apps and games on sale for $0.99 a piece, and we figured we'd highlight a few of the best.

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Slice Intelligence: Apple Watch sales taper off to 30,000 units per day

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Slice Intelligence, an opt-in service that scans receipts of two million online shoppers’ inboxes, estimated Friday that Apple Watch sales have cooled off and currently stand at or below 30,000 daily units in the United States, following the launch day spike that saw an estimated 1.5 million U.S. pre-orders of the wrist-worn device.

As noted by Quartz tech editor Dan Former, that suggests that Apple Watch orders fell sharply after the first day and haven’t grown since.... Read the rest of this post here


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LAST SALE THIS WEEK: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Best Free iPhone Apps

It's been quite a week for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, and yesterday's list was our biggest one yet. There were 10 apps in total in Thursday's sale post, and a few of them can still be downloaded for free if you hurry. Today, however, we have eight fresh paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time.

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Apple’s rumored TV service to include local stations, likely won’t launch by early fall

iTV concept (iTV or Apple TV, Martin Hajek 001)

Apple’s rumored television services hinges on the company’s ability to sign complex agreements that would permit it to include live programming from local stations, Re/code reported Friday.

Persuading broadcasters to back Apple’s $30-40 per month service with local news and sports content has proven a much tougher nut to crack than originally thought, mostly due to complicated local broadcasting market structure, meaning the service is likely to be delayed.

“Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S. with programming from their local broadcast stations,” author Peter Kafka wrote.... Read the rest of this post here


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Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive

Kanye West Apple Music

An intriguing rumor from the music industry publication HITS Daily Double claims that the release date for Kanye West's upcoming album, titled Swish, might be timed to coincide in some way with the upcoming launch of Apple Music. If this is indeed the case, it stands to reason that Kanye's new album may very well be an Apple Music exclusive at launch.

"Kanye West is making changes, distancing himself from Tidal, firing Roc Nation and managing himself, with an unofficial assist from the Jenner-Kardashian clan," the report claims. "As for Kanye’s long-delayed album, there’s some chatter that the release will be connected to Apple Music’s launch."

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