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Two companies have introduced changes to the way iOS users can interact with their products. Ultimate Ears is updating the UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom speakers with voice integration, while Sonos has updated its iOS Sonos Controller app to give it lock screen controls that can be used from the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as other additions that take advantage of the iPad's multitasking abilities.
Network-connected speaker manufacturer Sonos is laying off some of its employees, at the same time as refocusing the company so it works better with streaming music services in the future. A blog post from CEO John MacFarlane confirms there will be staffing changes, as well as outlining the company's future plans, which includes taking on Amazon and its own Echo speaker by bringing voice control to its product range.
Owners of Sonos network-connected speakers are now able to play songs from Apple Music through the audio system. Originally announced by the speaker manufacturer at the end of last month, Sonos has started supporting Apple's streaming service in a public beta, with users of the Sonos Controller app able to sign up for the trial and download an update to their mobile devices to enable Apple Music.
Owners of Sonos speakers will soon be able to play songs from Apple Music through the network-connected audio devices, if they take part in a trial. Support for Apple's streaming music service will start from December 15, though it will apparently be available in a public beta at first, with the speaker producer asking for users register to take part and to supply feedback on it, before it becomes more widely available from early next year.
Sonos has upgraded one piece of hardware and revealed new software, in a pair of announcements today. The audio device manufacturer has refreshed its Play:5 wireless speaker with a new design, upgraded internals, and multitouch controls, while Trueplay is software that will allow Sonos users to make sure their speakers are playing music correctly for the environment they are placed in, retuning them if necessary.
Deezer is expanding the reach of its high-quality music streaming service to other regions. Initially part of the launch of Deezer in the United States, the Deezer Elite subscription is now available in more than 150 countries, allowing subscribers to listen to the company's collection of 35 million lossless FLAC-encoded tracks whenever they want.
Tinder has launched a paid subscription option for its localized dating app called Tinder Plus, adding two more features to the service as well as providing unlimited "likes." Passport allows paid users to select other locations to search for people in those areas, while Rewind allows for the correction of the last swipe action performed, potentially allowing for the user to reverse an accidental left swipe in the iOS and Android app. Recode notes that the cost of Tinder Plus varies with age, costing US users under the age of 30 $10 per month, while older users must pay $20, with a representative claiming that the service is appeasing the "budget constrained" younger user.
In order to "commemorate 75 years and counting of Blue Note Records," speaker company Sonos has debuted the Sonos Play:1 Blue Note Limited Edition wireless streaming speaker. The speaker, identical to the original Sonos Play:1, will be available online only in limited quantities, and for a short time.
Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality.
Sonos is suing Denon for patent infringement over a set of wireless speakers it released earlier this summer. The Denon Heos range is apparently violating four patents owned by Sonos relating to wireless audio products, prompting Sonos to file a lawsuit in its incorporation state, Delaware, against Denon's parent company D&M Holdings.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE