CES 2019 is in full swing, and the Tom’s Guide crew has hit the ground running in order to bring you the latest and greatest advancements in consumer tech this year. From TV screens that double as speakers, to smartwatches that never run out of juice, to gaming laptops that transform into desktop replacements, there’s something to tantalize just about every techie’s palate.
It’s CES week, and we have a new Google-powered smart display to talk about. A big feature of these smart displays is a visual and audio walkthrough of cooking recipes, and with Google’s platform open to third parties, it only makes sense that traditional kitchen appliance manufacturers would want to get in on the action, right? Enter the KitchenAid Smart Display, which takes all the features and functionality of Google’s smart display platform (reference the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display) and wraps it up with an appliance name that will feel right at home next to your mixer or refrigerator.
Apple’s never had an official presence at CES, opting instead to host its own flashy events to launch its newest products. While Apple often has executives roaming around the massive electronics trade show floor, it doesn’t have a booth or host a press conference in Las Vegas. And it almost never releases news related to CES products, even though various companies will show off new speakers, cases and other products that work with iPhones and other Apple devices.
Check out the latest exclusive 4K Anthem gameplay revealed at our CES 2019 keynote! It features never-before seen Javelin, enemies, and environments. The team is happy to announce that DLSS is coming to Anthem thanks to the hard work of Bioware and NVIDIA. Be ready for the PC launch on February 22nd, 2019! For a limited time you can receive a free copy of Anthem with the purchase of select GeForce RTX graphics cards, laptops and PCs as part of our new Game On bundle
The Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi pressure cooker now works with Google Assistant, the kitchen device maker announced Monday at CES here in Las Vegas. The Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi cooker already lets you monitor and control it from the Instant Pot mobile app. Adding Google Assistant voice command functionality allows you to control and check the status of the cooker totally hands-free.
On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there’s an itching feeling in the air that this year isn’t a big year for Samsung. The company unveiled (literally) a smaller version of last year’s big TV, the Wall, featuring MicroLED technology at an event in a ballroom. More than one person wondered, what’s the difference? The answer, awkwardly, is everything and nothing.
Bell, one of Uber’s flying taxi partners, revealed the design of its vertical takeoff and landing air taxi at CES, a five-person hybrid-electric powered vehicle with six tilting ducted fans. The company showed off the cabin of its air taxi at CES last year, and this year, it’s debuting a scale model of the vehicle now dubbed the Bell Nexus.
CES 2019 has been a bumper year for PC gamers, with plenty of new product announcements. It can be tricky to keep track of everything yourself, so we’ve rounded up all of the biggest headlines into dedicated articles – including this one, which looks at the most exciting gaming monitors to have been revealed at this year’s show.
Facebook and other companies routinely track your online surfing habits to better target ads at you. Two web browsers now want to help you fight back in what’s becoming an escalating privacy arms race. New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.
If you think you actually own movies that you’ve purchased on iTunes, think again. The age of physical media is dying a slow, painful death, but the convenience offered by digital is simply far too great to be ignored by consumers. However, there are drawbacks to going digital. For one, as Twitter user Drandersgs recently discovered, Apple can delete movies that you own without warning.
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The Cupertino-based company Apple is implementing a major change to iTunes, a leaked email revealed earlier this week. The source of the email pointed out that Apple would no longer take new iTunes LP submissions for the month of March.
Is Apple’s iTune’s nearing its end?
In case you don’t know, LP is about an interactive album which allows users to view various media contents while playing music. This includes photos, lyrics and videos, according to the tech giant Apple.
Apple’s LP was launched back in 2009 and it one way that users would be able to buy albums that include bonus tracks and videos as well. But industry experts claim that LP is one of the changes from iTunes to compete with Spotify, an app that maintains subscription-based for music streaming platforms.
The End of iTunes LPs
The leaked internal email was titled, “The End of iTunes LPs” was reported first by the Metro, a popular publication report.
Based on the same Metro report, the leaked email was addressed to “The iTunes Store” as it was sent two weeks ago. It was the Apple Music Team who signed the leaked email.
“Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018. Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018.
Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match’, a portion of the email reads.
Moreover, the source of the leaked email remains unknown. The source told the Metro that “it’s clear that streaming is the future. Apple wants to push people to take out subscriptions.”
Despite this, industry experts said that this could be perceived that Apple would be pursuing a subscription-based outlet similar to that of Spotify.
Meanwhile, Mark Mulligan, an analyst at MIDiA Research and music industry blogger, told the Metro that the leaked email as proof that Apple is revamping its business model.
“This could show Apple will turn off its download store at some point,” he said. “At some stage in the future, Apple having an iTunes music store will be as incongruous as Currys selling black and white TVs.”
Ping will bid adieu when Apple releases their latest version of the iTunes this October.
According to Apple, they have decided to pull the plug on the music-themed social network that enables individuals to follow their favorite artists. They have since stopped accepting new registrants and will cease to exist after September 30.
This was announced by Apple after the iPhone 5 keynote address through its iTunes section.
Launched way back in 2010, Ping never got the same hype as other social networking sites. In fact, it has caused a dent between Apple and Facebook.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.”
Analysts hailed Apple’s move as this will enable them to focus solely on their products and let Twitter and Facebook run the social networking show.
iTunes latest iteration is reportedly going to have a Facebook “Like” button on each page to make it easier for users to share albums, apps, movies, music and more to their Facebook buddies.
Do you think that Apple’s decision to pull Ping out of their business is a sound strategy?
For a long time, many services offered by iTunes have only been accessible to selected countries. Most of these services began only at US. Even for Google’s services, it would seem that the US is the basic testing ground for services, before they hit the world. Only recently were movies and books added to worldwide access. Slowly but surely, services that were previously only for the US, are now available to the rest of the world.
One of the most recent additions to the worldwide access is the iTunes Movies in the cloud. This allows Apple users to finally be able to stream their movies using the Cloud on any device, provided they have the same Apple ID logged in. This allows the user to purchase a movie in iTunes, and not worry that they have to sync the device or keep the movie in memory.
The best part is that these movies synced from your iTunes purchases are not counted in your Cloud data limit, so you won’t have to worry about running out of space for your important files, music and other personal videos. The service allows you to download the videos to your device as well, in case streaming is not possible for you at the time.
The countries that have received the new iTunes Movies in the Cloud feature are the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, some parts of Latin America, as well as key areas in the Asia Pacific region, where the market is growing for Apple products. It would seem that among the notable countries included in the list, the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway were not fortunate enough to be added to the list.
It’s great that the world is finally receiving many services that they only usually read or hear from news in the US.
What will be the first movie that you will stream from the cloud?
Apple is cutting the electricity on their social networking experiment by pulling the plug on their iTunes Ping.
Reports have been circulating that Apple has decided to call it quits with their social networking dream, because users were not so keen with Ping. The latter encourages users to follow their favorite artists and keep tabs of what their peers are buying and listening in iTunes.
In a report by Techradar they cited that Apple was able to annoy the social networking leader Facebook when they launched last 2010. This thus, began a sour relationship between the two companies.
Apple has decided to finally accept Facebook wholeheartedly with the latter full integration in Apple’s latest iOS 6.
The report also cites that Ping currently exists within iTunes 10.6.3 but is a non-functioning feature when we speak about iOS 6 Beta. They also added that Ping will be gone when iTunes 11 and iOS 6 will be launched sometime this year.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, admitted that the Ping project was unsuccessful. He said, “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into’”.
Have you ever tried Ping and did Apple just waste their time developing it?
Watch out iTunes, because a new kid wants to unseat you from your reins.
A year after the company released their Cloud Player music tool, Amazon has unveiled their latest update on the device, as they bring the Cloud Player app to iOS users.
The Amazon Cloud Player was made available by the company in the Apple App Store yesterday and has garnered tremendous reviews and feedbacks, both from reviewers and analysts alike.
The current version is only for the iPhone, but it is also said to be compatible with the iPad. The iPad version has not yet been released by Amazon.
According to Amazon’s vice president for Digital Music Steve Boom, “By Bringing Cloud Player to iPhone and iPod touch, we now have the most widely compatible cloud playback solution available, giving our customers the ability to buy once and enjoy their music everywhere.”
The Amazon Cloud Player enables users to stream music online and download tracks, so that users can listen to them offline.
Amazon launched the Cloud Player just last March, after Apple gave a sneak peek to their iCloud and iTunes cloud features.
Is Amazon doing the right thing when they decided to battle it out against the iTunes?
The idea of getting free stuff from the internet is so intriguing that people download things from the net. The likes of free music, movies and other things that individuals’ values have flooded the net and it’s easy for people to get them.
With the influx of these freebies, businesses such as music companies and movie studios have teamed up with websites that charge minimal fees to their customers to legally download these said things. Though there are a ton of websites out there that offer this kind of services, losses are still being counted on the sales of this companies.
iTunes, Apple’s own virtual music store have been in this business for quite some time now. They have helped artists in legally selling music to their clients. Though there is still the problem of piracy, at least they are making headway in trying to eliminate the problem.
Last week they released the top 10 most downloaded tracks for the week ending Feb. 20, 2012. Here is the list:
1. “Part of Me,” Katy Perry
2. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
3. “Rolling in the Deep,” ADELE
4. “Set Fire to the Rain,” ADELE
5. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
6. “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae),” Fun.
7. “Starships,” Nicki Minaj
8. “Turn Up the Music,” Chris Brown
9. “Someone Like You,” ADELE
10. “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
It looks like there is still hope for producers to make money while making music.