The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
Apple sent two engineers to a customer's house to troubleshoot after he wrote about how iTunes deleted swathes of his music collection, and his story subsequently went viral.The Cupertino company is now rolling out an update to iTunes in an attempt to solve the issue.James Pinkstone had detailed his frustrating experiences with Apple's music software in a blog post earlier this month entitled "Apple Stole My Music."In it, he laid out how 122 GB of music vanished from his library after signing up for subscription service Apple Music.Deleted.This time, the files remained, which was just one of many confounding elements of my whole saga.For example, one of the many confusing things about the initial file loss was that only most of my music files had disappeared.Let's hope the most recent update from Apple fixes the issue for good.SEE ALSO: Apple is on a charm offensive in ChinaNOW WATCH: There's a Keurig-inspired machine that makes individual tortillasLoading video...
Apple s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music.Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems.And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles.Show notesApple Pay s retailer-backed rival CurrentC may never launch by Caitlin McGarryWhy Apple Pay and other mobile wallets beat chip cards by Brian X. Chen for the New York TimesTwitter is on the right track with this rumored change to its 140-character limit by Caitlin McGarryGoogle s new Spaces app is for group sharing across Android, web, and iOS by Derek WalterGoogle s Gboard doesn t send your keystrokes, but it does leak chicken and noodles by Glenn FleishmaniTunes update coming to address file deletion reports by Nick MediatiTalk to us!Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/58576458-macworld/tracksTo find previous episodes, visit Macworld s podcast page or our home on Soundcloud.
iOS 9.3.2 update bricks 9.7in iPad Pro AppleThe latest iOS 9.3.2 update that was aimed at addressing a bunch of bug issues seems to be causing problems for owners of the 9.7in iPad Pro who noticed the issue soon after installing the over-the-air update.According to the Apple support site, error 56 could be due to a hardware issue, for which users are advised to ensure their iOS device is running on the latest version of iTunes; check for issues with third-party security software; make sure the USB cable, computer and network are reliable.Even after doing all these, if you still see the error, you must contact Apple support.Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support."Apple rolled out the iOS 9.3.2 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners recently to fix bugs and improve the security of the iOS devices.A few of the notable fixes are for issues such as Bluetooth accessories experiencing audio quality issues when paired to iPhone SE, dictionary definition failing, typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages and issue with VoiceOver using the Alexa voice and MDM servers from installing custom B2B apps.
Photo: Beck Diefenbach Apple's iTunes update is missing a rare problem that has destroyed the users of music. This interest was confirmed to TechCrunch. Apple recently pledged to update the iTunes software, so that individual cases in which computer users had a music collection is gone, consigned to history. Beginning of the week, Apple released iTunes version 12.4, and TechCrunch confirmed the matter from its sources to know that this is a problem is the update. Remarkably is that Apple generally try to fix the problem before it itself does not know what causes it. It is also not certain whether the suspected bug in Apple only paid music subscription service, or generally iTunes software.
The other day we wrote about James Pink Stone, whose music libraries, including their own compositions were erased by iTunes and Apple Music. Several other users have contacted Apple with similar complaints, and the company has promised to add additional security controls in iTunes to prevent it from happening again - despite the fact that its developers have not been able to recreate the bug. In a new blog report writes Pink least now how far Apple went to try to figure out what the error is: The company sent two developers, Tom and Ezra, from Cupertino to Pink Stone's home in Atlanta for two days of troubleshooting. Despite investigations by a special version of iTunes that logged all the events and several hours of data collection developers could not find fault.
The problem, as it was originally described, was that the iTunes Apple Match service decided it was OK to delete 122 GB of music files from the hard drive of James Pinkstone, a story he outlined in full on his personal blog.That caused much social sharing, as anyone for whom iTunes is a perpetual nightmare took great pleasure in sharing the tale of Apple's seeming ineptitude and lack of care.Pinkstone now says in a new post that Apple sent a couple of its men round, not to issue a beating for disrespecting it on the internet or to placate him with a voucher, but to sit in his house in an attempt to recreate the problem on his laptop so that it might be eliminated for all.They even held a few conference calls with other engineers.This time, the files remained, which was just one of many confounding elements of my whole saga.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
You see he d just activated his Apple Music subscription and as a result iTunes had then promptly deleted his entire 122GB music library.You see iTunes is a great piece of software but it appears as though something random and entirely inexplicable had taken place on James computer.Apple noticed said blog and got in touch with Pinkstone, originally just with the intention that they could fix or explain what had happened over the phone.In a follow up blog post which you can read here , James explains the surreal and fascinating time he spent with those engineers Tom & Ezra as they trawled his computer for clues as to what had caused the issue.Apple has since launched a new version of iTunes which not only updates the app s features but reportedly now fixes this bug.While Pinkstone proclaims that his experience shouldn t be seen as revelatory it s hard not to be a little impressed that Apple went above and beyond, and even you re feeling cynical it looks like the trip did end with something having been learnt.
In this week Digitalpodden: Jonas and Daniel reveals music hidden ice Kobalts secret plans in virtual reality. We also talk about the phenomenon Minecraft and Mojang, the Swedish creators, whose revenues continue to rush even with Microsoft as the new owners, and discuss politicians' sudden interest in the Swedish tech and startup scene. Also: What can we expect from the Google giant conference Google I / O? Listen to this week's episode of Digitalpodden here: You'll also find Digitalpodden on Acast and direct in iTunes. Give us your feedback! We are on Twitter, Facebook, and of course also on the email.
The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
CEO Sundar Pichai kicks things off with a two-hour keynote, which you can watch online of course.Pinkstone says that the engineers, whom he called Tom and Ezra, spent the better part of a recent Saturday unsuccessfully trying to recreate the events that led to the deletion of his music library, which Pinkstone was able to restore from a backup.Pinkstone detailed a contentious conversation with an Apple customer service rep who told him the software was essentially working as designed, which of course, didn t help him get his music back.Apple says that the most recent update to iTunes includes improved safeguards against accidental deletion of user-added files, and we re checking our libraries to see if anything comes up missing.A video from Waverly shows creator Andrew Ochoa talking with a friend across the English/French divide, and the makers say the initial commercial version of the Pilot will translate German and Euro romance languages – Spanish, French, Italian, etc.The earbuds also play music, of course.
The growing size of the most popular chat apps doesn t seem to be deterring new entrants who believe they can offer something different.Yesterday, we saw Alphabet s Google announce a new chat app, Allo, which hopes its various artificial intelligence features will help it stand out against Facebook s WhatsApp and Messenger.I got a preview of the app last November when I met cofounder Oskari Ozz Häkkinen at the Slush Conference.The idea is that people are actually using four or five chat apps, and Rawr simply wants to be one of them.Once in the chat, they can use a series of hashtag commands to animate the avatar, getting it to do everything from eating to dancing to, well, puking.Having played with it this morning after it went live, I found the hashtag commands pretty easy to pick up and there are number of preset ones that can be activated with one tap .Of course, part of the challenge any new chat app faces out of the gate is getting users to convince their friends to download and join so they actually have someone to chat with.Rawr hopes to get around that in two ways.First, it has a feature called Globetrotting, which matches users with another random person to chat with, in hopes that the chance to try out all the hashtag animations will be amusing enough no matter who is on the other end.But second, Rawr offers users the ability to capture and share conversations across other social media services and apps.This allows for mini-stories to be told, with users being able to customize their avatars to impersonate celebrities, public figures and literary characters, and share the conversations in order to amuse their friends, says the company s press release.Essentially, it s a way to build word-of-mouth buzz, providing early adopters share early and often.In terms of the business, Rawr already has a number of deals with various clothing companies to offer virtual goods under their brand within the app.Users of the app can earn virtual currency by spending time in Rawr, which they can then use to buy other goodies.As Futurefly was building the app last year, it announced that it had raised $2.5 million from a string of investors, including the European VC firm Vision ; Tekes, the Finnish fund for technology and innovation; Broadway Video Ventures; and NYC-based Betaworks.In addition, the company received another $500,000 in private investment directly from Nokia chairman Risto Siilasmaa, gaming executive Keith Boesky, and Arielle Zuckerberg, sister to you-know who.
It's going to work on the London Underground.6.The company voided two years' worth of blood tests.7.The NHS Royal Free Trust is still using Streams.9.Apple sent engineers to a customer's house after iTunes deleted a load of his music.Customers keep complaining that signing up to Apple Music causes music to be deleted.10.Rocket Internet's billionaire founder is backing a 'proptech' startup that wants to simplify renting.
European regulators plan to force American video streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon to show more European TV shows and movies, The Financial Times reports.The paper has seen a draft of a European Commission proposal which is set to be announced next week.It will subject on-demand video platforms to the same rules at broadcasters — requiring them to ensure that 20% of the content they offer is European in origin, as national broadcast services already do.Netflix and Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment — though the former has expressed concerns.In a response to the proposals also seen by The Financial Times, it warned: "Rigid numerical quotas risk suffocating the market for on-demand audiovisual media services ... An obligation to carry content to meet a numerical quota may cause new players to struggle to achieve a sustainable business model."It added: "The focus of European audiovisual media policy should be on incentivising the production of European content and not imposing quotas on broadcasters or other … providers who would struggle to meet the supply."Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.SEE ALSO: Apple sent engineers to a customer's house after iTunes deleted a load of his musicNOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
Cook is now in India to open new facilities and meet with politicians and businesses.The MIIT s statement said that Wei praised Apple s extensive collaboration with China over the last few years during the meeting.It added that as part of China s five-year plan to reboot its economy, the government will promote the development of new technologies, industries, and retail formats—and that it hopes Apple will continue to expand its business, research and development, and supply chain there in order to give consumers a convenient and safe user experience.That month, regulators also ordered the closure of iBooks Store and iTunes Movies, which was a surprising move because Apple has been given a relatively wide berth for a foreign tech firm in China.Then last week, Apple announced that it had invested $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China s largest ride-sharing app, which may help it curry favor with the government as it promotes domestic tech firms.The company, however, has to tread carefully in its dealings with China; during its recent dispute with the FBI over iPhone encryption, the company said it had refused a request within the last two years to hand its source code over to Chinese authorities.
Philip Kaplan s DistroKid is a system designed to let musicians post their music to streaming services like Spotify and iTunes and then get royalties when their music is played.Thus far Kaplan and his small team have been sending one payment out to each musician and the musicians had to send smaller payments to collaborators and other musicians on the track.Now, however, he s launched the DistroKid Payment Network, a way to add individual band members to a track and send them little pieces of the royalty payment.Currently, every existing aggregator & distributor pays only one recipient per release.Kaplan launched Distrokid in 2013 and has distributed over 700,000 songs from 90,000 artists.The platform hosted a 1 iTunes hit and and a top-10 Billboard hit.
This scenario is more common on college campuses than we d like to believe, said the app s co-founder, Nancy Glass.Glass, who is a professor and associate dean for research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in the U.S., founded the app after 20 years of witnessing women navigate complex, potentially fatal, safety decisions with minimal formal help.It was developed in partnership with the One Love Foundation, an organization that aims to eradicate relationship violence.According to the United Nations, at least one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner.Since launching at the start of 2014 in partnership with the One Love Foundation, My Plan has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times via iTunes and Android platforms – with nearly 6,000 of those happening in the first few months of 2016.We are interested in speaking to development organisations in diverse settings in low and middle income areas around the world to grow this, says Glass.
This week, Melissa Riofrio, Mark Hachman, and Jon Phillips discuss the hottest tech news including:Android Auto will work with any car anymore.Google Assistant is the love child of Siri and Google Now.This week s Right or Wrong: Google I/O was all about the consumer this year.Subscribe!You can subscribe to the PCWorld Podcast—or leave us a review!—right here in iTunes.Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader to: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:58576703/sounds.rssTo find previous episodes of our audio podcasts, visit PCWorld s podcast page.
View photosMoreMashtalk0519For the first time in years, Google I/O was fun to watch.But while Google put on quite the show in a new outdoor venue, we were left wondering if the company did enough to gain on its competitors.This week on MashTalk, we break down all the big news Google announced at its annual keynote, including Google Assistant, Google Allo and Google Home 25:00 .Plus, Pete Pachal, Mashable's Tech Editor, calls in from Mountain View to give us his perspective on the event.Listen to the episode on iTunes or on Stitcher.You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes by clicking the button below to get our latest episodes, instantly.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f94449%2fap 166344855692Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro."We're working on a fix for an issue impacting a small number of iPad units that are receiving an error when trying to update the software," Apple said in a statement to Mashable Friday.While the company did not specify which iPads were affected by the update, multiple outlets have reported that the update is hamstringing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the 12.9-inch version or other Apple devices.From there, users encountered an Error 56 message in iTunes, and Apple has advised those who have not yet updated their devices to refrain from doing so, and those unable to restore their devices to contact Apple Support.Several users affected by the update reported having the hardware in their 9.7-inch iPad Pros replaced at Apple's Genius Bars, 9to5Mac reported.Apple did not specify when the iOS re-release would be issued for affected devices and in the meantime 9.7.-inch iPad Pro users have been reverted to iOS 9.3.1.
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