Yesterday at WWDC 2015 – Apple announced a bevy of new features and products and Drake was the pitch man in charge! Many of the innovation announcements rivaled competitive apps and technologies that are already available on Google’s platform, but that’s not stopping Apple from giving it’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference the highlight it deserves. It’s clear that Apple wants you all to themselves and isn’t interested in “playing nice” with the competition. Check out how Apple wants to change the way you live, work and play using their latest innovations below.
Apple Music Wants To Become Your Go-To Music Streaming Service
The biggest announcement of the day was Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music. While many saw this coming… (remember that $3 billion Beats acquisition last year?) Spotify is years ahead with a loyal and budget conscious fanbase that refuse to lose.
Apple is releasing Apple Music for Android to give itself as wide an audience as possible while taking aim at Google Play consumers too. With its Beats 1 radio station, Apple is also going after Pandora’s radio audience and any other streaming service out there – Tidal included. (I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Beats Music – so I’ll be especially interested to see what Beats 1 radio brings to the already crowded streaming table.)
Apple Music Connect Could Be The Next SoundCloud
(Avid SoundCloud user) Drake made a special appearance to highlight the “Apple Music Connect” feature including the launch of ocial music discovery. Soundcloud has been ahead of is competitors at connecting fans with artists, and it’s always been more of a social network/streaming service hybrid. Which is exactly what Connect is trying to be.
Apple Notes Update May Change The Way You Work
Notes has always been fairly light on features, but its revamp today puts it in closer competition with third-party organization apps like Evernote. Now you can draw sketches, make checklists, and add photos, maps, and websites into Notes. All things you can do on Evernote.
Read All Your Favorite Books, Articles And More With Apple News
Apple News has taken a few notes from competitor, Flipboard. Just like Flipboard, you can pick a list of publishers or topics to follow, and Apple News will provide a customized news reader. Apple News is “the best mobile reading experience ever,” according to Susan Bailey and with upcoming freebies like New York Times articles and more – it could change the way you consume daily news soon.
Are You Using Your Wallet Or Smartphone To Buy Your Next Purchase?
Apple introduced a robust Apple Pay expansion: It’s coming to the UK, it’s partnering with Pinterest for a new “buyable pin” program, and it’s partnering with Square on a payment reader. Apple also renamed Passbook “Wallet,” and are clearly on the way to replacing your vegan leather wallet with your smartphone – wallet could very well change the way you make purchases forever.
The Next Apple Update Could Have Your iPhone Predict Your Next Move
Siri wants to be the assistant you’ve always wanted and with a little help from Apple, it’s making its intelligent search even better with proactive assistance on iOS 9. This means Apple devices will now anticipate what you’re looking for based on context and make predictions about what you want based on your past behavior.
Siri will be able to set appointments and with an API for search, the proactive assistance feature will be able to pull information from contacts and apps on your device too.
New Yorkers – This Next Update Is For US! Apple Maps Finally Gets It Right!
Apple has a horrible track record with Maps, but its new public transit feature should appeal to commuters without cars. Instead of routing people to third-party apps, the iOS 9 version of Maps will provide public transit directions. Talk about a subway savior! Move over Google Maps – I think Apple may finally get it right!
Apple Wants To Help You Ditch Android For Good
It’s no surprise that Apple wants to get people to stop using Android, but yesterday’s announcement of ‘Move to iOS’ has just made it easier than ever. Available this Fall – ‘Move to iOS’ is an app designed to help people switching from Android to Apple. The app transfers contacts, message history, photos and videos, bookmarks, email, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books from Android to Apple, and suggests third-party apps to re-add.
With Apple Music being the biggest announcement of the day, it’s clear that music lovers everywhere are looking at their platform choices differently. Are you a Spotify or Tidal user? Would you consider Apple Music? Have any of these announcements made you more/less confident in Apple products? Share your thoughts below.
It’s with great honor that we announce that DivasandDorks.com Publisher Christen Rochon has been selected for inclusion in Pose Magazine’s ‘Most Inspiring People’ Issue – alongside literary great Dr. Maya Angelou and actress/comedianne extrodinaire Kim Coles. Check out a few of the clips below and for the full issue, visit MagPose.com
In recent reports almost 400 TSA agents have been fired due to an overwhelming issues of THEFT. With holiday season soon approaching, could it be that TSA agents are hoping to cash in on your travel holiday plans. Check out the video below from ABC News and see what happens when aTSA agent gets caught with a “lost” iPad…
As a “motor city gal living in the city of dreams,” I was beyond thrilled to hear that the Motown story would be descending upon New York City in the form of a musical and one of Motown’s biggest supporters the Chrysler brand has been announced as the driving force behind the arrival to Broadway.
“The Chrysler brand is honored to be part of this epic event that details the history of Motown, celebrates the music of its time and shares with the world how the city of Detroit serves as a source of inspiration. It’s extraordinary events such as these that helped to define the values of the Chrysler brand.” – Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC.
Thursday night, as a guest of the Chrysler brand – I had the pleasure of enjoying a luxury evening filled with ground travel in the 2013 Chrysler 300, attending a very special preview of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL as well as the celebrity-filled after party event and Liberty Theater. The preview event, held at the Nederlander Theater hosted MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL producer Kevin McCollum, director Charles Randolph-Wright, Smokey Robinson and Mr. Berry Gordy himself gracing the Nederlander stage to share their enthusiastic joy regarding the show and anticipation of it’s release next year. The cast performed select numbers from the musical which included original Motown hits like “Dancing In The Streets”, “Ball Of Confusion” and “You’re All I Need”. This intimate event was host to many of the Motown music family & friends including Aretha Franklin, Jesse Jackson, Star Jones, Gayle King, Al Sharpton and more.
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL opens on Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street) on April 14, 2013 following preview performances beginning March 11, 2013. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed America forever. This amazing show charts Motown founder and Detroit native Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. In addition to the story of the music, it also shares intimate stories behind the music such as the budding romance between Diana Ross & Berry Gordy as well as how his music shattered barriers and shaped a nation. If you’ve ever enjoyed the made for tv movies such at “The Temptations” or “Jacksons: The American Dream” then you’ll absolutely enjoy the music, dancing and story of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL on Broaday.
Are you ready to see MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL on Broadway? What are some of your favorite Motown hits? Share below…
Instead of breaking all of today’s Apple news into seperate posts, we’ve decided to bring you all of the glorious Apple-related news, launches and updates into one easy to read AppleGeddon article.
The New iPad was announced earlier today, and as we told you via our LIVE BLOG it has more than a few good features that makes it worthwhile to be considered “NEW & IMPROVED”…
As was rumored this thing is packing a Retina display, potentially making this the most pixel-packed slate on the market. The 9.7-inch screen plays host to 3.1 million pixels in a 2048 x 1536 arrangement — that’s 264ppi. It’s not just a higher resolution though, the screen also boasts improved color saturation. There’s also a new iSight camera on board that’s quite similar to the version inside the iPhone 4S. It’s five-megapixels, AND has a backside illuminated sensor with a five element lens. It’s also capable of capturing 1080p video. The new keyboard is sporting a brand new dictation key that lets you speak instead of type — yup just like on Android. The new software inside will also let you use the slate as a portable WiFi hotspot too! And LTE has officially arrived! With an LTE antenna on board, (shout out to AT&T & Verizon) and although a tad bit pudgier, (increased weight of 1.4lbs & 9.4mm thickness) Apple is still claiming to get 10 hours of battery life.
The new iPad will be available March 16th, starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model and scaling up to $829 for the 64GB version with 4G.Pre-orders start today in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, with the rest of the globe to follow on March 23rd. Official Press Release.
Also announced today is the new Apple TV® featuring 1080p programming including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD. With iTunes in the Cloud, customers can purchase and play their favorite movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store and watch them instantly on their HD TV. The new Apple TV features a simpler, refined user interface making it easier than ever to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music with iTunes Match right from iCloud. With AirPlay, users can stream or mirror their favorite content from their iPad or iPhone 4S to Apple TV. Apple TV will be available on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) through the Apple online store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple TV requires iTunes 10.5 or later. Official Press Release.
So what do you think? Any plans on upgrading to the “NEW” iPad or Apple TV- Let us know below!
Here are some options to consider IF the merger would’ve gone through…but since we no longer have that to worry about, I guess everyone is safe…that is until we consider why this defunct deal will suck for consumers…
1. No iPhone, if a T-Mobile customer.
2. Phones with better data options — soon.
3. Billing cycles change.
4. Higher fees for T-Mobile subscribers.
5. Bye, bye unlimited data plans.
6. No more unlocking.
7. Hello, rollover minutes.
But, you heard right. AT&T has officially dropped it controversial $39 Billion bid to purchase T-Mobile (*whispers a prayer of gratitude* – I tried to wait it out with TMobile & now I’m glad I didn’t.)
According to the official statement from AT&T, the FCC and DOJ (Federal Communications Commission & Department of Justice) got all in the mix and now it’s the consumer who will suffer most.
AT&T says: “The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.”
So now that we know what happened we can easily speculate the following:
The merger would’ve created the largest US Carrier crushing Verizon’s 102 million subscribers. This time last year, TMobile was loosing when it came to customer retention (they lost almost 320,000 contract customer in Q4) – while AT&T was on the other end of the stick gaining 2.8 million customers during that same time. Since Tmobile has a heafty supply of towers – that could’ve easily been used to AT&T’s advantage (no more dropped calls, anyone?) The non-merger will leave consumers in decision mode when deciding which wireless company will give them the biggest bang for the buck. Just keep in mind:
- Contract cancellation fees – yup, they’ll suck for you…
- Unlimited calling & data plans – yup, they’ll continue to suck for you…
- That whole 4G thing? Who are we kidding, that’ll definitely suck for you…
Not the quite the news we were expecting on this wireless business game, but hey, we’ve always been more of a Monopoly game fan anyways…
We all know that Reality TV is our secret and not-so-secret daily obsession. From Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise to VH1’s signature “_____ of Love” shows. Now that scripted TV is becoming almost extinct, it seems that we get our fashion Do’s and Don’ts from real people….that just happen to be on tv. With that in mind, we went on the hunt to find the most stylish reality show currently on television and we came up with these top choices.
The cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta
These women live on budgets that are larger than life…or are on the “fake it, til you make it program…” in any event, we have seen our fair share of Louboutins to Louis Vuittons on this show that’s if you paid attention beyond the backbites and catfights.
The cast of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop
Their men may be ballers, but have we seen enough fashion on this show to make it a candidate for most fashionable reality tv? We’ll have to stay tuned to this show and watch how it develops…
VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race
Don’t get it twisted, these dudes have been consistent in serving fierce since day one! With a little bit of ducktape and Dior, these gals have made strong strides to finish this race as the most fashionable on reality TV.
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