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Apple Music Just Passed a Major Milestone

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Opens In San Francisco
Justin Sullivan—Getty Images Jimmy Iovine announces Apple Music during Appleā€™s WWDC on June 8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif.

The service has reportedly hit 10 million users

The music site Hits Daily Double reports that Apple Music has netted over 10 million users since its launch four weeks ago. The report only uses anonymous “inside sources at some of the major labels,” so the veracity of the statistic is far from sure.

But despite the sketchy sourcing, the report holds some water. During Apple’s third quarter earnings call last week, Tim Cook said “millions and millions of new customers are already experiencing the new service using a three-month trial period.” Apple Music, which offers streaming and radio services, has already signed on more than 15,000 artists — even a reluctant Taylor Swift.

If the report is true, 10 million users in one month a remarkably quick uptake: Spotify took five and a half years to reach its first 10 million paying users.

It’s worth noting, however, that free trial users are a far cry from paying subscribers. iPhone owners across 100 countries were prompted to download the service free of charge if they opened the Music app on iOS 8.4. And unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not offer free versions of the service, so it won’t have a bloated “active user” statistic to boast besides its paying base. So when a credit card prompt appears in three months time on the screens of the supposed 10 million users, that number might plummet.


Should You Fix Your Shattered Phone Screen Yourself?

We tried two different screen-replacement kits to see if DIY repair was worth the time and cost.

We tried to fix two phones with cracked and shattered screens: an iPhone 5 and a Samsung Galaxy S3. One of the phones we tried to repair didn’t even turn on after we changed screens. The other worked, but only just. Its screen flickered and wasn’t as reliable. Once you or a third-party opens your phone, Apple considers any warranty null and void. You need to compare the price of a repair kit to the cost of getting someone else to fix your phone. Once an iPhone is out of warranty, Apple will charge as much as $329 to repair it.

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These Were The Top 10 Selling Smartphones in June

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Bloomberg via Getty Images Boxes of iPhone 6 smartphones sit stacked on a counter during the sales launch at the Apple Inc. store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sept. 19, 2014.

The iPhone is still king.

The Apple iPhone 6 continues to top the list for best selling smartphone globally, maintaining its leadership for 10 straight months.

After declining sales in March and April, Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sells have gained since May, topping the most sold lists in the U.S., China and the global market for two months, according to Counterpoint Research. The iPhone 6 maintains dominance in the U.S., while the 6 Plus tops the list in China.

Meanwhile, Samsung has been struggling to keep up. Typically, Apple iPhone will top the list in the first and fourth quarters each year, and Samsung will take the lead in the second and third quarters. This year, that isn’t the case. The iPhone 6 has topped the global charts since September 2014.

Here are the top 10 selling smartphones globally in June:

  1. Apple iPhone 6
  2. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy S6
  4. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  5. Apple iPhone 5S
  6. Xiaomi Mi Note
  7. Samsung Galaxy S5
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  9. Xiaomi Redmi 2
  10. LG G4

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How Damaged Brains Can Learn From Healthy Ones

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These are today's best ideas

1. Could damaged brains learn to heal from healthy ones?

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2. From VOA to Radio Free Europe, the U.S. needs a single news voice abroad.

By Al Pessin at Defense One

3. Here’s how the dwindling teacher supply is complicating education reform.

By Paul Bruno in the Brown Center Chalkboard at the Brookings Institution

4. The mobile web sucks.

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5. What’s better than a clinical trial for understanding drug side effects?

By Aviva Rutkin in New Scientist

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TIME Apple

What Apple’s Bizarre Stock Tumble Really Means

Investors are starting to worry about one part of the business in particular

The reigning king of tech stocks took a bad stumble Tuesday. Apple reported financial earnings that, on the face of things, met or exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Yet there were also signs that sales of its largest product, the iPhone, may be slowing faster than most investors have expected.

And lo, $50 billion in Apple’s market value vanished in a matter of minutes. What happened?

Apple has been branching into other areas like streaming music and the Apple Watch, in addition to its Mac computers and iPad tablets. But these days, the company might as well be called the iPhone company. Smartphones make up to 69% of Apple’s total revenue.

Apple isn’t having trouble selling iPhones. The issue is whether it can keep selling them after the initial surge of demand that follows a new release. Apple says it sold 47.5 million iPhones last quarter. The consensus among analysts had been closer to 49 million, with some of the more bullish analysts arguing that Apple would surprise us with as many as 52 million iPhones sold last quarter.

That didn’t happen. Apple shares fell nearly 8% in a matter of minutes after the numbers were released. This, in spite of the fact that Apple’s revenue rose 33% to $49.6 billion and its net income rose to $1.85 per share, beating Wall Street estimates by four cents a share.

Here’s the thing. The headline numbers on earnings reports often tell only part of the story, especially with a company like Apple that is so obsessively tracked by analysts, investors, fanboys and bloggers. So yes, Apple beat expectations, but it really just kind of squeaked past them, whereas it typically leaps over them with a substantial margin. In other words, beating the numbers isn’t enough. Investors expect Apple to thrash them.

And again, that didn’t happen. But all of this disappointment is centered around the iPhone. The selloff late July 21 wasn’t driven as much by Apple missing a target set by analysts. It came from a much deeper concern about Apple’s ability to keep dazzling–eight years after it introduced the iPhone–with its technology and design.

“We think the iPhone has a lot of legs to it–many, many, many years,” CEO Tim Cook said after an analyst hinted the company was a little too focused on the iPhone. “We’re in the early innings of it, not the late innings.” Fine, except as any baseball fan knows, there can be some ugly things that happen inning by inning, even when you end up winning the game.

This is precisely the concern around the disappointing iPhone sales. It’s not so much that the iPhone will die. It’s that Apple releases a new generation every two years–with a semi-generation (the 4S, 5S, etc) released midway through the cycle. After Apple released the iPhone 5 in 2012, sales surged early before disappointing for quarters, even through the 5S release. Samsung quickly caught up to the speed and features that once set the iPhone 5 apart. And Apple’s stock flagged.

The 8% drop in Apple shares is a hedge against this scenario playing out again. It may end up being a blip in Apple’s steady march toward a trillion-dollar market cap. But for investors focused on the next few quarters, it’s worrisome. Do investors have to wait for the release of an iPhone 7 in the fall of 2016 to ride a wave higher? Or does Apple have something in store to keep it from becoming a cyclical stock?

Of course, it didn’t help that Apple said that revenue this quarter would come in between $49 million and $51 billion, below the consensus estimate of $51.1 billion. Apple pointed out that its iPhone sales rate is three times the industry average. Which is encouraging, but the broader fear among tech investors is that smartphone sales in general are slowing, having reached market penetration in many global markets.

The iPhone has not only been Apple’s biggest product, but also its most consistently reliable. Sales of the iPad declined 18% last quarter, the sixth straight quarter of year-over-year declines. Apple sold an estimated 2 million Apple Watches last quarter, assuming a median sales price of $499, which isn’t bad but also below the projections some saw of 3 million or more.

So Apple may have stumbled but it is still far from falling. Over the long term, it’s proven foolish to bet against the company. Then again Apple’s stock doesn’t rise in a straight line but rather takes detours into valleys. The bullish scenario is this earnings report is Apple has run into a ditch rather than a valley. The bearish scenario is more volatility to the downside before Apple resumes its long-term ascent.

For those focused on the near term, however, there is another concern. The tech earnings season started off on an optimistic note, with Google surprising with strong results. But already this week we’ve seen IBM disappoint (in its ongoing painful transformation into the cloud), and then Microsoft somehow fall short of what investors wanted. And now Apple.

Most of these disappointing earnings have less to do with a fundamental, widespread weakness among tech companies and more with a sense among investors the rally is peaking. It’s getting harder to excite the bulls now that the bull run is entering its seventh year. Apple, like many of its peers, are pushing forward to a brighter future. But their investors are increasingly showing signs of exhaustion.

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Telling Siri This Command Calls 9-1-1

Apple Poised to Sell 10 Million IPhones in Record Debut
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images A customer tries the Siri voice assistant function on an Apple Inc. iPhone.

But it's probably not intentional.

Next time you want to charge your phone, don’t tell Siri to do it. Firstly, Siri can’t plug in your phone charger for you, no matter how far the outlet is from your couch. And secondly, telling Siri “charge my phone 100%” prompts the phone to call emergency services.

Some conspiracy theorists have guessed that the command gives iPhone users a way to call 911 without tipping off those within earshot–a capability that could be useful in emergency situations. But what’s more likely is that Siri is just responding to the keywords in the command. The Daily Dot noted that Siri also places the emergency call in response to the command “Phone 100″ and “Phone 110.” Those are the emergency numbers in India and China, The Daily Dot said.

We’ve reached out to Apple for further clarification, but for now, it looks like the feature isn’t a secret kidnap-rescue command.


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Siri Will Correct You if You Call Caitlyn Jenner ‘Bruce’

She is also very clear on Jenner's gender

With Caitlyn Jenner firmly in the spotlight after accepting the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs on July 15, it is only appropriate for Siri to take notice as well.

The iPhone’s AI, who was last in the news for her hilariously cruel response to the question “What’s zero divided by zero?” now also corrects users who call Jenner “Bruce.”

Ask Siri “What’s Bruce Jenner’s real name?” and you’ll receive the response: “Caitlyn Jenner’s real name is Caitlyn Jenner.”

The new feature isn’t perfect, of course. Ask what year Bruce Jenner won the gold medal, and you’ll hear “I’m still learning about sports awards, but here’s what I found about Bruce Jenner on the web.” Ask about Bruce Jenner’s children, and you’ll hear “I’m sorry, I didn’t find Bruce Jenner in your contacts.”

But ask her, “What gender is Bruce Jenner?” and the response is quick and clear: “The answer is female.”

TIME Smartphones

How Apple’s iPhone Update Is Making the Home Screen Obsolete

With the new Search in iOS 9, you'll find almost anything instantly

I’ve been using an early version of iOS 9, Apple’s next big software update coming to iPhones and iPads.

There’s one thing I’ve noticed above anything else so far — I barely ever navigate to the home screen.

That’s because the new Siri Suggestions screen in iOS 9 has almost everything I need.

Siri Suggestions is a new feature in iOS 9 that “predicts” who you want to talk to, which apps you want to use, and more. You can access it by swiping to the left of the home screen in iOS 9.

A hub for the apps you use the most

Siri Suggestions is essentially a screen that shows you the apps you used most recently and the people you’ve texted or called most recently. This screen also includes news headlines, suggestions for places to visit nearby, and iOS 9’s revamped search engine.

If you’re like me, and you tend to use the same apps repeatedly throughout the day, you can easily get by without having to look at your home screen.

The apps I store on my home screen usually appear in Siri’s list of options anyway, so over the past day I’ve been gravitating more toward the Suggestions screen since it gives me more information than my home screen does.

If I’m looking up directions, or places to grab coffee nearby, I can access all of that from the Suggestions screen without even having to launch an app.

When you click a link from the Siri Suggestions page or choose an app from that page, there’s also a button that takes you right back to the Suggestions screen. So you don’t even have to hit the home button to exit an app if you opened that app from the Suggestions page.

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Lisa Eadicicco

Search and Siri take care of the rest

It’s unrealistic to think you won’t need to use an app that doesn’t appear in Siri’s suggestions. But with the new Search in iOS 9, you’ll find almost anything instantly.

Apple has updated the Search bar so that it’s capable of pulling up apps on your phone, apps in the App Store, content within third-party apps as well as Apple apps, text messages and emails on your phone, contacts stored on your phone, and more.

It can also handle queries without having to launch a web browser, just like Google Now.

Want to know how many ounces are in a gram? You can find that information just by typing it in the Search bar or asking Siri. In the past, the Search engine on your iPhone would provide a web link that you’d have to follow to find the answer.

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Lisa Eadicicco

The big win for search, though, will be the fact that you can search content within apps in iOS 9. It means you’ll be able to track down really specific bits of information stored on your phone without having to remember which app they’re stored in.

This will only be useful if a lot of third-party developers choose to incorporate this within their apps. But if it works well, it could be a game changer for the iPhone. Apple’s Craig Federighi showed this off on stage by searching for “potato,” which pulled up potato recipes from the third-party recipe app Yummly.

This feature isn’t working in the public beta — or rather, it only works when you type in the word “potato.” I tried typing in other foods such as chicken, avocado, and bacon, and it didn’t pull results from Yummly like I expected. And even when I typed “potato,” it pulled up recipes Yummly’s website rather than the app. That’s likely because the software isn’t finalized yet — I’m expecting this feature to work much better when the final version launches in the fall.

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Lisa Eadicicco

I’ve also noticed that after canceling a search, it takes a little while for the screen to snap back to the Suggestions page. This is also probably because it’s an early version of the software that’s not meant for widespread release yet, so we’ll get a better idea of how it really works in the fall.

Catching up to Android

This combination of showing your recently used apps/contacts with the powerful search in iOS 9 make it incredibly easy to find what you need without going to the home screen.

Apple is catching up to Android in this regard, since Google Now has been able to offer contextual information for quite some time now.

But the home screen is still relevant in Android because you can customize it with whatever you want — whether it’s widgets, the Google Now search bar, sports scores, etc. With iOS, the home screen seems less valuable now that the Siri Suggestions page exists because it only includes apps you use the most.

This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

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Apple’s New iPod Touch Is Basically a Diet iPhone

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Apple iPod Touch

Apple introduced a revamped iPod Touch lineup on Wednesday, the product’s first major overhaul since 2012. The new features — a faster processor, a better camera and new fitness tracking capabilities — restore the iPod Touch’s place in Apple’s lineup as an iPhone minus the phone element.

The new iPod Touch, available Wednesday starting at $199, packs the same A8 processor found in the iPhone 6, as well as an eight megapixel rear camera and improved front-facing camera. While the iPod Touch lacks the ability to connect to a cell phone carrier’s wireless network, it does have Wi-Fi, so users can access features like Apple’s new Apple Music streaming service when connected to a local network or hotspot.

The new iPod Touch comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB varieties for $199, $249, $299 and $399 respectively. Apple has also added five new colors to the entire iPod lineup.

In many ways, Apple has the iPod to thank for setting it on a path to become the world’s most valuable company. While the iPod received mixed and often cold reviews initially, it soon became synonymous with “.mp3 player,” helped along by the iTunes Music Store’s large selection and ease of use.

But the iPod has long since been eclipsed by the iPhone, which today provides the bulk of Apple’s revenue. Apple no longer identifies the iPod individually in its earnings reports; it’s lumped into an “Other Products” category that’s typically responsible for the smallest chunk of the company’s bottom line. For that reason, it’s always a little surprising when Apple decides to do much of anything with the iPod: It could easily let the product wither away and die, and suffer essentially zero ill consequences for doing so.

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