Apple signs deal with Cash Money Records to fund documentary

 Apple’s deal with Cash Money Records isn’t for exclusive Apple Music content, but rather for an exclusive documentary, reports Bloomberg.Apple today has inked a new deal with one of the most popular music labels, Cash Money Records. The co-founder of the label, Birdman, posted on Instagram confirming the deal, sharing a picture of himself with Apple Music executive Larry Jackson. “It’s official…Cash Money makes a power move with Apple Music,” Birdman’s Instagram post said.Cash Money Records, for those unfamiliar, houses some of the top artists in rap and all of music right now, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Birdman, and others. Former Cash Money artists include Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Bow Wow, and others.

Since Apple Music’s launch, Apple has had a strong relationship with Drake, who was on-stage during the Apple Music unveil keynote and reportedly inked his own $19 million deal with Apple earlier this year. As part of that deal, Drake’s recent “Views” album was an Apple Music exclusive for two weeks. Additionally, Drake has hosted a show on Apple’s always-on Beats 1 radio service.Cash Money Records, however, has had a rocky few years. Lil Wayne has accused the company and Birdman of not paying artists promptly and mismanaging talent. Wayne has also accused Birdman of stifling creativity and not allowing artists to release music on time.Nevertheless, the deal with Apple could help Cash Money solve some of its problems. Young Money Entertainment – the imprint of Cash Money that houses Tyga, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and others – has put out eleven number 1 albums in the United States and should Apple be able to get exclusive rights to future offerings, it would have a strong advantage over services like Spotify. Interestingly, however, Lil Wayne is believed to be a part-owner of Tidal (via MBW).
Part of the deal likely hinges upon Apple offering Cash Money artists free promotion both in iTunes and on Apple Music, something it has done in the past for various exclusive offerings, including Taylor Swift’s tour documentary.
Beyond exclusive streaming rights, the partnership could see Apple and Cash Money working together to co-produce video content. It’s been reported in the past that Apple has worked directly with artists on music videos, while Eddy Cue himself has explained that the company is looking for exclusive content opportunities when they complement existing products.
Over recent weeks, Apple has gained exclusive rights to a pair of big upcoming releases: Britney Spears’ “Glory” and Frank Ocean’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Even if Cash Money’s reputation has become slightly tainted over the past two years, this deal is big for Apple. Apple is likely hoping that its money and talent will breathe new life into Cash Money and its artists.

Uploading photos and videos from your library to your Instagram story

1) In the Instagram app, tap on the + sign in the upper left corner to add a new story. This will take you into camera mode.

2) This is where you can choose to record a video, or snap a photo. But what we want to do is bring up our photo library. To do this, simply pull down on the screen, and an image picker will be revealed at the top.

3) From there, simply choose the photo or video you want to upload. You may of course annotate it before uploading it.

There are some limitations to this. First and foremost, only pictures or videos captured within the last 24 hours will be available and eligible to be shared on your story. Anything shot over 24 hours ago will not even show in the image picker.The second limitation is that if you upload a video that is longer than 10 seconds, it will automatically be cropped to fit the the 10-second format. In that case, I’d suggest editing the video first to crop it as you want it, then upload it to your story.And that is all there is to it. It’s definitely not complicated, but not completely obvious either.

How to Identify Touch ID Fingerprints on iPhone & iPad with an Easy Trick

For most of us setting up Touch ID, users go through the initial process of adding a fingerprint or two on their iPhone or iPad and don’t think much beyond it. Maybe you went through the process again to add the same finger a few times to make unlocking with Touch ID more reliable. For users who have added multiple different fingers to Touch ID though, if you didn’t name them to begin with, you may find that “Fingerprint 1” and “Fingerprint 2” aren’t the most descriptive names on the planet, and you have no idea which corresponds to your actual fingers in Touch ID.

Fortunately there’s an easy way to identify fingerprints in Touch ID and highlight a match with a super simple trick.
Highlighting & Identifying Fingerprints in Touch ID in iOS
This reads the fingerprint and shows you exactly which entry in Touch ID relates to what is being read by the sensor:

  • Open the Settings app and go to “Touch ID & Passcode”
  • Scroll down to the ‘Fingerprints’ section of the settings screen
  • Now place your finger on the Touch ID sensor to highlight the matching fingerprint within the Touch ID settings

The fingerprint match will highlight in gray briefly, fading in and out, making an easy and immediate identification when a print is matched to one existing in Touch ID. If there is no print match, nothing will highlight.

This is a great trick to help improve the feature by removing a fingerprint from Touch ID if it is not working well, and then adding a fingerprint a few times to make the unlocking ability even more reliable. This is particularly helpful for using Touch ID in cold weather where skin dries out, but it can apply to humid climates as well. Just remember to clean off your fingers first, a bunch of crusted cheeto fuzz is not going to improve the experience of recognition.One more thing to note; when you add a new fingerprint to Touch ID in the future, it’s a good idea to give it a name, as it helps in identifying beyond just using this fingerprint match trick.

Customize the Background Color, Font, & Text Size in Safari Reader for iOS

Safari Reader is a nice feature of the Safari web browser for iOS and Mac OS X that allows users to simplify the look of a webpage or article to just focus on the text and image content. Now with the latest versions of iOS, you can customize the look of Safari Reader too, and choose a background color, a font, and even adjust the font size of onscreen text on any webpage on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This makes Reader particularly great for users who are reading text on webpages and find it too difficult to read, or perhaps they want to implement their own ‘night mode’ and reduce the bright white glare of the text background.
How to Change Font, Font Size, & Background Color of Safari Reader View in iOS

  • The customizations are possible in Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Open Safari in iOS as usual and browse to a webpage or article that you would typically place into Reader view
  • Tap on the Reader icon in the URL bar of Safari to enter into 

Now in Reader mode, tap on the “aA” button in the opposite corner of the Reader button to access the various customization options for Safari Reader modeCustomize SAFARI READER BUTTON

  • Set changes to Safari Reader as follows:
  • Small A – Shrink the font size
  • Large A – Increase the font size (tap repeatedly to greatly increase the text size on webpages)
  • The color bubbles: white, beige, dark grey, black – these set the background color of Safari reader view
  • Choose a font option as appropriate to your preferences; Athelas, Charter, Georgia, Iowan, Palatino, San Francisco, Seravek, Times New Roman

Customize Safari Reader appearance with font size and font changes and background color

  • Enjoy the article in Safari Reader view, exit by tapping the Reader button in the left corner of the URL bar again

You’ll notice when playing around with the customizations that the effects are instant, giving you a live preview of what the freshly styled Safari Reader view looks like.For example, here’s Safari Reader set with a dark background for nighttime reading, and a much bigger font:

Safari Reader customized for night mode with big fonts

Safari Reader is particularly useful on the iPhone where it can turn a non-mobile friendly page into a mobile friendly and more readable version, particularly if you’ve requested the mobile site from the desktop site and it failed to load, or perhaps because the site didn’t have a mobile version or it still wasn’t friendly enough to read.Interestingly enough, the ability to adjust only the font size this way was around in some of the earlier versions of iOS Safari, but was removed for 7 and 8, to make a return again in iOS 9 Safari, with even more customizable options and reader improvements. Thus, if you don’t see the feature, it’s likely because you haven’t updated iOS to the latest version, or you’re on a very ancient version.

Hands on new ios 10 beta 4 features changes

iOS 10 beta 4 was released earlier today, and while there are fewer new features as we get closer to the final release, there are some notable additions and changes.The headlining feature in iOS 10 beta 4 is definitely the new and updated emoji. Not only will you find brand new emoji, but you’ll also find updates to many existing emoji characters. We’ve outlined some of the emoji-centric changes in a previous post.

Here the new features for now 

  • New Control Center splash screen
  • Date in Notification Center
  • No haptic feedback when locking iPhone
  • Star ratings for popular music make a return to the Apple Music
  • Old wallpaper makes a comeback
  • Faster animations
  • Safari delete bug fix
  • New keyboard sounds
  • Full screen quick reply
  • New and updated emoji

Apple to sell limited-edition Apple Watch bands w/ country flags for Olympics

Apple will be offering a limited-edition set of Apple Watch bands for the 2016 Olympics. As reported by GQ, Apple will begin selling Apple Watch bands that depict the flags of 14 different countries when the games kick-off in August.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple design limited-edition Apple Watch bands for specific events. For the San Francisco Pride parade last month, Apple designed rainbow-colored bands with red lugs to show support of equality. In this case, Apple only gave the bands out to employees, so consumers never had the chance to purchase them.Limited-edition bands is a smart idea on Apple’s part, as is not selling them to everyone. In doing such, Apple is creating a market of rare bands that will drive diehard collectors and Apple fans to do whatever it takes to get their hands on them.

What do you think of Apple’s collection of flag-inspired Apple Watch bands? View the gallery below, courtesy of GQ, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.






SwiftKey’s Swiftmoji Is An Emoji Prediction Keyboard For iOS, Android

Even after all this time, the jury is still out on Apple’s implementation of third-party keyboards in iOS, but that hasn’t stopped plenty being released. Today, we have a new one to try out, and it’s somewhat different to what you might expect. Coming from Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, the makers of one of the most popular third-party keyboards for both iOS and Android, Switftmoji isn’t really there to let users type words, but rather emoji.
As fans of emoji will attest, sometimes you can be in the middle of a sentence and think to yourself that a little emoji character would be a better bet for explaining your sentiments than a sentence full of boring old words. With Swiftmoji, you can type your words with the standard iOS keyboard, or indeed any other, and then switch to Swiftmoji in order for the magic to happen.The SwiftKey creation will then use the words already typed in order to predict the emoji best suited to the situation. SwiftKey says that it is basing these predictions on crowdsourced data and will eventually learn an individual’s preference for emoji and predict them at just the right time.
While this sounds great, our concern is the fiddling required in order for this all to come together. Users type using a different keyboard, switch to the Swiftmoji keyboard and then select the emoji they want to use. After that, if more typing is required, the user has to switch back to their standard QWERTY keyboard of choice. It may not be a huge pain in the rear, but it does add friction and friction can be enough to stop people from using things, especially keyboards.

The good news is that you can try Swiftmoji for yourself and make your own judgement. The keyboard is available as a free download for both iOS (iPhone only) and Android.

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