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Final Fantasy IX, Apple TV and voice dictation, iPhone at 40% in US, Sonos getting Apple Music


Final Fantasy IX Released for iPad and iPhone, Discounted 20% — Final Fantasy IX has been released on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, and it’s on sale for 20 percent off (to NZ$24.99) through February 21st. TouchArcade noted that the game was originally supposed to be released in Japan only at first, making Tuesday’s release a boon for fans of the iconic franchise.

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3 — This week’s release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device’s text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

iPhones accounted for 40% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2015 — Parks Associates has released new mobile research showing that 86% of U.S. broadband households now own a smartphone. And the iPhone accounted for 40% of the US smartphone market in 2015.

Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow — After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple’s streaming music service on Wednesday (US time). Meanwhile, Sonos polled up 30,000 people from US, Canada, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden and Australia to participate in a study conducted by United Minds. Dr Daniel J. Levitin—a neuroscientist and author of This is Your Brain on Music—was an advisor for the study, which showed that listening to music out loud (as opposed to headphones) is good for lovers with 67% more bedroom fun time happening compared to those who don’t play any tunes. [Crikey.]

Apple Music tomorrow, Match increase, Sonos, Google harm, MindNode 2

(Image from Apple's NZ Music page.)
(Image from Apple’s NZ Music page.)

Apple Music tomorrow — Apple Music is set to launch on Tuesday, June 30 US time (NZ Wednesday), and that means a new way to listen to music on iPhone, iPads, Macs and more. It also means there are new questions about just exactly what Apple Music gets us, so The Mac Observer rounded up some answers for you.

Apple to increase iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs — Apple’s Eddy Cue has revealed Apple plans to raise iTunes Match’s limit to 100,000 for the release of iOS 9. That will mean good news for those who want matching in Apple Music but not iTunes Match, as it’ll save them $25 per year.

Apple Music coming to Sonos later this year — Apple has confirmed its Apple Music streaming service will be coming to Sonos players, but not in time for tomorrow’s official launch. Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers said Sonos support is “coming soon,” and now Apple has confirmed that means before the end of the year.

Google harms users by favouring its own services in search results, study finds — Two US academics have published a report slamming Google’s practice of blending links to its own services with general search results.

MindNode 2 makes Mac brainstorming a breeze — MindNode 2 brings mind mapping to the masses with an impressive roster of accessible, easy-to-use features. The human brain may be great at coming up with ideas, but it’s not always efficient at organizing such information in any meaningful way. That’s where a technique known as mind mapping comes into play, extracting information from your cranium and presenting it in a visual way that makes sense to others.