Jimmy Iovine said to be departing Apple Music this summer

This coming May 28th will be the fourth anniversary of Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats Audio. Nearly four years later, this is still the biggest deal ever done by Apple. As part of the transaction, Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine joined Apple to help run the latter’s Apple Music streaming music operation, and the Beats 1 streaming radio station. Both men received a nice sized restricted stock package from Apple.

Iovine’s shares will vest in August. According to Hits Daily Double, that is the month when the 64 year old music executive plans to leave Apple. Iovine has helped …


It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …

Last chance to take advantage of HTC's Summer Sunset Sale

The dog days of August are upon us which can only mean one thing. HTC’s Summer Sunset Sale is coming to an end. Available for U.S. consumers only, the sale includes three free months of Amazon Music Unlimited with the purchase of an HTC U11 directly from HTC. The handset is available with 64GB of storage for Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T customers. The phone can also be purchased unlocked with 64GB or 128GB of storage.

The 64GB carrier branded and unlocked HTC U11 can be yours for $649. You can purchase it by paying $36.05 each month for 18 months. The HTC U11 features the Edge …

Cricket's Hot Summer Deals: 2 lines with Unlimited Data for $80, and new phones on sale

Sure, summer is now winding down as we get close to the waning days of July. Soon, it will be August and then September brings the start of fall. Before you know it, the holiday shopping season will be here. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. It is still hot outside. How do we know that? Well, there is first hand experience, but also Cricket Wireless is holding its Hot Summer Deals. That means that it still has to be summertime, right? After all, when the cricket sees its shadow, that means we have several more weeks of hot weather ahead.

So what exactly is Cricket offering you for the …

The Walking Dead: March to War sends its zombies to mobile devices this summer

The Walking Dead: March to War is a zombie-themed game that will make its debut on Android and iOS devices later this summer. The first gameplay trailer of the game has been revealed today, along with many details that shed light on what type of game it really is.

As developers put it, The Walking Dead: March to War is a strategic multiplayer war game. No, you won’t be able to play solo, as you’ll have to build up your army and fight alongside other friends against other communities (probably guilds) formed by other players.

If you’re a fan of the comics, …

Samsung says the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are made for summer

In a recent press release, Samsung presented its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship handsets as being the “ideal companions for summer experiences.”

The company conducted a survey – in which 1,000 smartphone owners participated – and found that smartphone use increases 42% in the US during the hot summer months. Moreover, Samsung found that 61% of the users who participated in its survey were “worried about how well their phone is protected from water, sand, dust, and other elements.” Naturally, since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both dust- and water-resistant, …

Rome: Total War – Alexander standalone expansion coming to iPads this summer

Those of you who are into real-time strategy games and own an iPad might have probably heard about SEGA’s Total War franchise. The highly-acclaimed series made its way to iOS a while ago, but if you want more, you’ll be pleased to know that developer Feral Interactive has another title in the pipeline.

The studio has just announced plans to launch yet another standalone expansion for Rome: Total War. The game will be released on iPads sometime this summer, and it will be called “Alexander.”

Rome: Total War – Alexander would be the second standalone expansion …

Huawei Fit gets ready for summer with new swimming features


Is there a season of the year wearable manufacturers look forward to more than summer? After all, with products designed to follow you around on all your adventures, keeping you in touch with the world while they simultaneously record fitness stats for any activity you’re engaged in, this is prime season for smart wearables to show us everything they can do. While you may use yours to track your heart rate, measure distance jogged, or help you follow your route on a bike ride, today we’re talking about getting wet, as Huawei announces new tracking features for the Huawei Fit that are all focused …

Proper cross-platform multiplayer hitting Minecraft later this summer

Get your shabby wooden pickaxes ready, as game developer Mojang announced at Microsoft’s keynote at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles that the most precious item in its portfolio—Minecraft—will be getting proper cross-platform multiplayer. This will be courtesy of a so-called ‘Better Together’ update that’s launching later this summer.
No matter the platform gamers play on, be it Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, virtual reality devices, as well as iOS and Android, they will be able to join each other players’ games. At the moment, there are ways for …

An ode to strawberry rhubarb pie, the perfect summer dessert

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It is rhubarb season. It is strawberry season. And thus, it is the season for strawberry rhubarb pie, a flawless summer dessert.

A good strawberry rhubarb pie (henceforth referred to as “SRP”) is everything a dessert should be all at once. It is both tart and sweet, both soft and crumbly, both complex and comforting. It fits in just as well — and tastes just as delightful — on a glittering NYC rooftop as it does in the dust of a midwestern state fair.

It is so good.

And, just like you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl, you cannot coax a single bite of SRP from me once I have it on my plate. Get your own slice, you freeloader. Read more…

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