Apple Music will use Shazam’s tech to ensure proper royalties for DJ mixes

Billy Steele

DJ mixes are usually missing from “premium” streaming services. This is mainly because it is a nightmare to properly sort out the license fees for all samples. You can find them on platforms like SoundCloud (unless they’re removed), but these songs can have literally hundreds of rights holders between the DJ, original artist, labels, and … Read more

Apple leads the way as smartwatches dominate the wearable band market

Steve Dent

The wearable market as a whole grew 5.6 percent in the last quarter, largely due to the sale of smartwatches at the expense of basebands, according to research company Canalys. The push was driven by Apple, which continues to dominate the market with its watch models. As Canalys noted, smartwatch sales took over the base … Read more

Apple changes key App Store rules in response to class action lawsuit from developers

Karissa Bell

Apple has agreed to change several rules for its app store as part of a settlement with developers who filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The main change is that Apple is “making it clear” that developers can send emails to users “using payment methods outside of their iOS app.” The company has … Read more

President Biden is meeting with Apple, Google and Microsoft on cybersecurity

Jon Fingas

The US has suffered a spate of major cyberattacks targeting everyone from federal prosecutors to meat suppliers, and the White House is hoping some talks with key companies will lead to long-term security solutions. The Washington Post reports that President Biden, certain cabinet members and relevant security officials are holding talks with technology giants ADP, … Read more

Apple Maps is finally starting to follow Google’s lead on user reviews

Igor Bonifacic

Since the release of iOS 14, Apple Maps has had a built-in rating system that you can use to review selected businesses, restaurants, and other points of interest. Before Monday, this feature was only available in countries like Australia and Japan, but as MacRumors points out, you can now access it in the US and … Read more

Apple has a new app for collecting feedback on Siri

Apple has a new app for collecting feedback on Siri

While Apple may have released Siri before Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, its voice-activated assistant is the least advanced of the three in many ways. This has a lot to do with the amount of data and the training digital assistants need to understand different languages, dialects, and language patterns. To improve its digital assistant, … Read more

In-app events hit the App Store, TikTok tries Stories, Apple reveals new child safety plan – TechCrunch

In-app events hit the App Store, TikTok tries Stories, Apple reveals new child safety plan – TechCrunch

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. … Read more