British EDM duo Dirty Vegas first found fame when its debut single "Days Go By" reached the top of the 2002 club charts, won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and appeared in a Mitsubishi Eclipse car commercial. Three top 20 albums and five top 40 club hits later, Dirty Vegas vocalist Steve Smith chatted with me about new … Read more
Some Starbucks customers will be able to order their favorite venti mocha double-shot no-whip before they even reach the counter.
In an interview with Bloomberg published late Wednesday, Starbucks Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman said that the coffee chain is "actively working" on mobile ordering. As such, a trial set for this year will see some Starbucks cafes in the US offer customers a type of preordering. Specifically, people will be able use their smartphones to order coffee, food, and other items while still in line or outside the cafe.
Word has it that iPhone, iPad, and Mac users will soon get to access more than 150 movies and about 200 TV shows for free when flying on United Airlines, according to Patently Apple.
Come April, the airlines is said to be rolling out an update to its iOS app that will come with the added feature of an in-flight movie service. To get the purported service, users must be running iOS 7. For those with Macs, Patently Apple reports that no app is necessary to get the in-flight service.
The movie service is said to only be available for … Read more
If you're one of the 97 million people who play Candy Crush Saga every day, consider yourself a sweet treat for King, the company behind the game, which finds itself ready to net around $326 million from the sale of shares in a public offering later this month.
On Wednesday, King updated its prospectus, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to reveal that it plans to price its shares at between $21 and $24 a piece. At the high end of that range, King is slapping a $7.6 billion value on a company that makes 180 titles … Read more
Dutch DJ trio Kraak & Smaak are best known in the US for singles like 2008's "Squeeze Me" and 2010's "Dynamite." A soulful house track, "The Future Is Yours," leads off "Chrome Waves" (perhaps my favorite party album of 2013) and has already topped US college radio charts. Kraak & Smaak returned to SXSW this week for three shows.
Are you excited to return to SXSW? What will you be doing there? It's great to be back again. We missed the US a lot! We will do three showcases … Read more
There were some absolutely brilliant mobile games released last month, not least of which was Threes! by Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend. The premise of Threes is simple: pair matching numbers, beginning with threes. Your base units are twos and ones, which you push together to create a three; from there, you have to place matching numbers next to each other, then push them together to create a single, doubled number. The idea, of course, is to get the number higher and higher, until you hit the highest number achievable in the game -- 6144 -- on a four-by-four grid … Read more
iTunes Radio could split off as its own separate app for iOS 8.
Apple is now testing its music service as a standalone app for the next version of iOS, according to 9to5Mac, which cited "sources briefed on the plans." The idea is that Apple could feature and market iTunes Radio more readily as its own app than as an option tucked away into the iOS Music app.
For iOS 8, iTunes Radio would be pre-installed and borrow its look and feel from the familiar Music app. iOS users could listen to Featured Stations, create and manage their … Read more
Worried about your kids running up a big bill for in-app purchases on an iPhone or iPad? You can avoid sticker shock by disabling or limiting those purchases.
The parental controls that limit in-app purchases aren't new. They've been around since Apple added them in iOS 4.3 in 2011. But the option is worth revisiting in light of Apple's recent reaction to the legal trouble caused by the in-app purchasing process.
You must enter your iTunes password to confirm an in-app purchase. But by default, that password is good for 15 minutes. Make additional in-app purchases … Read more
More than three years after releasing the current version of Office for Mac, Microsoft is readying a major refresh.
Mac users can expect a new version of the apps suite by the end of the year, according to Thorsten Hübschen, leader of Microsoft's Office group in Germany. The revelation came during an interview with Computerwoche at CeBit 2014, a computer trade show occurring this week in Hanover, Germany.
Hübschen blamed the delay on the merger of the Mac business unit -- the Mac suite's development team -- with the Microsoft business unit in 2010. … Read more