iTunes 12.1 update introduces a widget for Notification Center

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Apple this evening posted the first notable update for iTunes 12 since the music management app was refreshed for OS X Yosemite back in October of last year. The release comes labeled as iTunes 12.1, and it includes a new media control widget for Notification Center.

The widget includes back, forward and pause buttons, much like the buttons on the Lock screen and in Control Center of iOS, as well as track information. And, when playing iTunes Radio, the widget allows you to favorite songs and purchase the currently playing song.
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Your Lumia is probably getting Windows 10

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Microsoft promised Windows Phone users a free upgrade to Windows 10 at its event earlier this week, but it turns out not all phones will be getting the update. Through its Lumia Conversations blog, the company clarifies "not every phone will upgrade or support all possible Windows 10 features," adding that its goal is for "the majority of the Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1" to be upgraded. That's at odds with what the company's Twitter account has said in the past.

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Surface RT will only get some of Windows 10’s upgrades

Well, that was quick: Despite Microsoft saying that Windows 10 was coming to its misfit tablet, the Surface RT, that isn't quite the case. As Thurrott reports, Redmond is working on an update for Surface which will have "some of the functionality" of Windows 10. The SuperSite for Windows founder goes on to say:

"Since those [Windows RT and Surface RT/2] are the only Windows RT devices that ever sold in any measurable quantity, two conclusions are obvious. Other Windows RT devices may not be updated at all (i.e. this Windows 10 subset update may literally only be for Surface RT/2 devices). And more generally, Windows RT is dead."

And it very well may be. The RT platform's always been a bit of an odd duck with its inability to run standard Windows apps, and it looks this this could be Microsoft's kiss of death. We've reached out to the company for confirmation and will update this post should we hear back.

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Rdio app updated with New Music Weekly station, smarter sharing and more

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Popular streaming music service Rdio posted an update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a new station for hot, just-released music, enhanced sharing capabilities and various other new features and improvements.

The New Music Weekly Station is a handpicked selection of the week’s hottest tracks from Rdio’s New Releases section. And as for the enhanced sharing, users can now quickly share music with a press-and-hold while listening to any track, album, playlist or station.... Read the rest of this post here


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Microsoft’s camera-focused Lumia phone update rolls out in earnest

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If you're a Lumia phone owner, you no longer have to get lucky (or install a preview release) just to get all of the latest Windows Phone features. Microsoft is about to start the wider rollout of Lumia Denim, a Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 upgrade that packs a lot of improvements to both imaging and Cortana voice commands. It's not saying exactly who's a candidate in this next wave, but many countries and devices will start seeing Denim later this month -- depending on how quickly the carriers finish testing, of course. Verizon already brought Denim to the US through the 822 and 928 back in December, but the broader deployment suggests that other American Lumias are due relatively soon.

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Things for iPhone and iPad updated with new Notification Center widget

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Popular task managing app Things pushed out an update to its iPhone and iPad clients today, bringing both apps to version 2.6. The symmetrical updates bring improvements to the URI scheme, for better inter-app communication, and a new Notification Center Widget.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

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Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this evening. The update, labeled build 14C99d, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just a week after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver.... Read the rest of this post here


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UK Galaxy S5 receiving Lollipop Update.

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In December last year Samsung began rolling out their Lollipop update the Galaxy S5, starting in Poland, which those of us that love to hack, soon started shoe horning into our devices. Well if you’re not a hacker the wait appears to be over with the update now officially landing on the Galaxy S5 in the United Kingdom.

The update itself is Android 5.0, not the 5.0.1 or 5.0.2 variants but it still brings the Material Design upgrade in some aspects, along with all of the new features that Google included with its latest variant of the Android platform but as always Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is still very much in place.

Android 5.0 Lollipop update will be finding its way to more devices, especially in Europe and other international countries, over the next several weeks.

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CES – HTC RE adds live YouTube streaming

If you’ve got yourself the innovative new RE camera from HTC (which is detailed here) then listen up. You can, after an update to the RE app tomorrow, live-streaming video from the camera to YouTube.

The update will be on the Google Play store tomorrow and will hit the App Store later in Q1.

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Once you’ve set it up, anything you point the camera at will be broadcast onto YouTube and then saved for watching again. So, as an example, you could stick it on your car and perhaps record your drive to work or stick it in your pocket and document your train journey.

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Apple not running free 12 Days of Christmas promotion this year

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For the last six years Apple has been running its “12 Days of Christmas” promotion in the UK, and did so last year in both the UK and US “12 Days of Gifts”. It joyed customers by giving away iOS apps, music, films and books over the twelve days following Christmas Day. However as noticed first by MacWorld, it appears Apple is discontinuing its holiday tradition in 2014/2015.

We’re now three days out of Christmas, and any type of promotion can’t be found. MacWorld reports from a reliable source that we’re definitely not seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” app this year.... Read the rest of this post here


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