Apple Makes a Play for Spotify's Power With Exclusive-Music Gamble

By Darren Orf on at

Apple Vs Spotify, featuring Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. Tinder gets hacked. Razer teams up with Leap Motion. Your BitStream news-eagle has landed.

Apple has another big fight on its hands: this time its music streaming. Cupertino's rumoured one-up on the competition was that its Beats-powered streaming service could be $2 (£1.34) cheaper than Spotify, but according to The New York Times, the record labels just are not going for it. So where do you go from there? Start leveraging some star power. First up is Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails who is reportedly working with Apple on redesigning the streaming app, but it won't stop there. Apple may also try to beat the competition with exclusive or early releases. Good luck with that. [NYT]

One Tinder hack make two unsuspecting blokes unintentionally into talk and flirt with each other. Cruel but oh so great. [The Verge]

Apps and Devices

Oculus has Nimble VR for tracking hand motion, and now Razer's shacking up with Leap Motion to make your hands part of the virtual reality experience. [Fast Company]

Microsoft is bring some of the tech from Internet Explorer to Chrome browser, so you can touch scroll with more ease. [Google]

Yesterday, Facebook Messenger got a complete overhaul, including a new feature that will let you message businesses directly. [TNW]


Apple may be bringing back the 4-inch smartphone, currently rumoured to be called the iPhone 6C. [DigiTimes]

Microsoft may have two tablets for us when it's finally ready to show off some new Surfaces: the expected Surface Pro 4 and a lightweight, de-powered version that's much more tablet than laptop. [Windows Central]

Welcome to the future of music shows...I don't think I'm ready.

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