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Apple Music in the UK: what you need to know

After months of waiting, Apple Music is finally upon us. The company is now ready to take the wraps off its new streaming service, which will deliver millions of tracks on demand, host a free 24-hour radio station with slots from some of the world's biggest artists, and include a bevvy of social features. Show More Summary

Amazon brings one-hour Prime deliveries to London

When it comes to new services, Amazon is a predictable beast: it'll launch something in the US first and then bring it over to the UK once it's ironed out all of the creases. That's exactly what's happening with Prime Now, the company's one-hour delivery service, which comes to London today after six months of operation in the US. Comments Source: Amazon Prime Now

Shazam shows you the music artists are discovering

The ability to follow your favorite music artists on Shazam isn't new, but that feature is now getting a huge boost. Starting today, the service will let you see how entertainers are using Shazam to discover tunes, too. Because famous people -- they're just like us. Show More Summary

Samsung is launching 'several' more Tizen smartphones this year

It's tempting to think of Tizen as an also-ran in the smartphone world next to powerhouses like Android and iOS, but that's not entirely true when Samsung has sold 1 million Z1 phones in India since January. In fact, there are now signs...Show More Summary

Google Hangouts for iOS gets a redesign, better performance

Frustrated with the Google Hangouts app on iOS from time to time? Us too. Mountain View updated the mobile software today with a refreshed UI and more. First, you'll likely notice the new coat of Material Design paint that tidies things up a bit. Show More Summary

Sprint's latest family plan offers two unlimited lines for $100

Sprint is trying to do everything it can to compete with T-Mobile's audacious, budget-friendly plans. As such, the carrier's introducing a new plan called Best Buy One Family, featuring two lines with unlimited data, talk and text for $100 per month -- each additional number (up to eight total) will cost $40. Show More Summary

LG's hexagonal battery promises longer-lasting smartwatches

Quite a few smartwatches are round, so why are they still using rectangular batteries? LG Chem certainly doesn't think that makes sense. It just started shipping a hexagonal battery that should deliver 25 percent more capacity in circular watches, where a lot of space normally goes to waste. Show More Summary

Supreme Court won't touch Google's fight with Oracle over Android

When Oracle got a second chance at making Google pay for using Java programming kits in Android, the folks in Mountain View raced to the Supreme Court in hopes of stopping that renewed lawsuit dead in its tracks. Unfortunately for Google, that's not going to happen -- the Supreme Court now says that it won't tackle the case. Show More Summary

Apple Watch patent would have you sharing files with a handshake

Wondering how you'd exchange info between smartwatches when their displays are so small? Apple thinks it has an easy answer: make the same gestures you already use to greet your friends. The tech firm has applied for a patent on a system...Show More Summary

Sky's making a kids app that will rival Netflix and YouTube

When Sky announced the launch of a new Kids section on its set-top boxes, it immediately put Google and Netflix in its crosshairs. On-demand TV shows and movies front were suddenly front and centre on the homepage, allowing childrenShow More Summary

Barclaycard steps up its contactless game with three new NFC devices

If you didn't know, Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins. Contactless cards play a big part in the shift away from cash, but as technology evolves, smartphones and wearables are beginning to influence matters too....Show More Summary

Here's how Google checks for lag on your Android phone

Yes, Google hates lag on smartphones as much as you do -- enough so that the search giant has a robot dedicated to spotting that delay between your finger input and what happens on screen. Meet the Chrome TouchBot, an OptoFidelity-made machine that gauges the touchscreen latency on Android and Chrome OS devices. Show More Summary

Facebook wants to give your photo uploads a Snapchat-like flair

Facebook may be not as in tune with the teen crowd as Snapchat, but that isn't stopping it from trying to fit in. TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook is testing an iOS photo uploader that lets you overlay Snapchat-like filters, stickers and text on pictures as you post them. Show More Summary

Ryan Seacrest's iPad keyboard is surprisingly good, but expensive

It's hard to expect much from Typo, a company that was co-founded by Ryan Seacrest and whose legal tango with BlackBerry has forced it to stop selling phone keyboards. But with its new iPad keyboard, Typo has at least proven it's worth keeping an eye on. Show More Summary

Samsung tech would nearly double your phone's battery life

Don't like that your Galaxy S6 conks out before you're finished for the day? Samsung might offer some relief in the future. Its scientists have developed lithium-ion battery technology that promises much longer-lasting power packs. They...Show More Summary

Apple reportedly starts making force-sensitive iPhones

Those rumors of a pressure-sensitive iPhone just gained a little more weight. Bloomberg sources claim that Apple has begun "early production" of iPhone models that incorporate Force Touch input. Full-scale manufacturing would start as soon as July, if all goes well. Show More Summary

BBM's $1 privacy add-on offers private chat, message editing

BlackBerry's introducing a $1 privacy subscription for folks who continue to use Messenger on iOS, Android and its own platform. It will totally replace the old "timed and retracted messages" option, with "private chat" feature as its main draw. Show More Summary

Yahoo's redesigned mobile search looks a lot like Google's

Yahoo has been pushing hard to be people's default search engine on every device. Before it can make that happen, though, the company knows its product must be improved drastically. As part of these efforts, Yahoo Search is getting an overhaul on mobile, designed to put relevant results information front and center. Show More Summary

Google offers a way to check your Project Fi invite status

If you signed up for Google's Project Fi phone service, Mountain View now offers a way to check your invite status. TechCrunch reports the company alerted those who signed up via email about the new feature that displays an estimated wait time after you log-in on the Project Fi site. Show More Summary

Facebook makes it easier for iPhone users to find links

Facebook's about to make it easier for you to find and share links while you're on the move. The social network has updated its iPhone application with a new feature that lets users search for articles, videos and other web content using keywords. Show More Summary

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