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Apple Music ad play continues with MTV VMA promo featuring The Weeknd + John Travolta

In case you weren’t tuned in to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards last night (it’s okay, I missed them too), Apple has shared its two-part Apple Music promo video that ran during the music awards show on Sunday night. Both clips together run two minutes in total and feature hip-hop artist The Weeknd (who performed at Apple’s 2015 WWDC) plus a cameo from actor John Travolta in one.
Aside from…

Apple hires a Microsoft HoloLens engineer as it plans augmented reality features for iOS 9 and beyond

UI concept for VR iPhone case Pinć from Cordon Labs
Apple has recently hired a lead engineer from Microsoft’s HoloLens team, leading to more speculation that it could be working on its own augmented reality project behind the scenes.
Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster
“Based on recent acquisitions of augmented reality companies, hiring of a key Microsoft Hololens employee, and conversations wit…

How-To: Get yourself an affordable multi-room AirPlay setup

One of the downsides of being early adopters of new technology is that we tend to buy the best system available at the time, only for a better one to come along later. I’m sure we’ve all been there.
That was the case for me with wireless audio. I wanted, many years ago, to be able to stream music to two other rooms in the house. I invested in a couple of Logitech Streambox Booms, which did t…

T-Mobile to Restrict Unlimited Customers Using Up to 2,000 GB of Data Per Month

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that the U.S. carrier will begin taking action against customers with unlimited 4G LTE data plans that deliberately violate the company’s terms and conditions by masking excessive tethering usage as smartphone data.

T-Mobile notes that less than 1% of customers are using apps or other methods to blow past their Smartphone Mobile HotSpot allotment, which is…

Nomad’s new Roadtrip combines iPhone car charger with 3000mAh battery, USB + USB-C ports

Nomad, maker of the beautiful Stand for Apple Watch and Pod portable charging station for Apple Watch, today announced Roadtrip, a unique combination of an iPhone car charger with a 3000mAh battery. Made from a mix of anodized aluminum and plastic, Roadtrip takes the shape of an elongated traditional USB car charger, packing both USB and USB-C ports alongside a four-LED battery power indicator…

T-Mobile to clamp down on network abusers, booting them down to lowest Simple Choice plan

T-Mobile has announced that it’s going to seriously clamp down on any users using unauthorized methods to get around its tethering cap. Those caught using more data than they should be on the highest tier, unlimited Simple Choice plan will be warned to stop, before being moved down to the entry-level plan. This move is aimed specifically at smartphone users who deliberately break T-Mo’s terms…

Video producer hooks up six 4K monitors to Mac Pro at 60Hz using only built-in graphics cards [Video]

Video producer Adam Matthews wanted to double the number of 4K monitors hooked up to his Mac Pro, so built an external GPU to do it. He used a Sonnet Thunderbolt chassis with an AMD 7970 GPU – before discovering that the machine could actually drive all six monitors without it.
When Matthews tried connecting the monitors using only the twin graphics cards built into the Mac Pro, just to s…

Sony pitches analogue watch with limited iPhone integration on its crowdfunding site [Poll]

While some were waiting eagerly for the Apple Watch, and others got assimilated, there are still those who prefer traditional watches. That’s the market Sony hopes to appeal to with a new hybrid watch called Wena (which apparently stands for ‘wear electronics naturally’), which it’s pitching on its Japanese crowdfunding site First Flight.
It’s mostly a traditional analogue watch, but a link to…

The Logic Pros: A look at Logic’s new heavy weight sample manipulation synth Alchemy

In this week’s episode of

While we aren’t getting all of Camel’s fantastic software lineup, an updated version of its flagship software synth Alchemy is now free to all Logic Pro X users. Previous to the Apple acquisition, Alchemy was $249 on its own and well revered among music producers. It, in my opinion (and many others), stands toe-to-toe with just about any of the heavy hitters out there,…

Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 stays & gets new streaming service

Rough mockup of fourth Apple TV vs. third Apple TV by Michael Steeber
With the official debut of the next-generation Apple TV less than two weeks away, sources have provided additional details on Apple’s pricing, availability, and product lineup plans for its set-top devices. According to sources, the fourth-generation Apple TV will be priced below $200, and is on track to become available in…

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