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May 5 2015 12:30AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, it appears Samsung's up to its old Apple-copying ways again. Meanwhile, a new video shows how you can put a third-party band on your Apple Watch, and what's this about Apple trying to bully established music streaming services into dropping their free tiers?

Samsung's New Galaxy Ad Looks...a Little Familiar

It's been a while since we've come across a good ol' Samsung-copying-Apple story, so naturally Samsung helped us out this weekend by releasing a video showing the creation process behind the Galaxy S6's curved glass display. But if you've been keeping track of the Apple Watch's promotional videos since, oh, March 9, you might find that the whole thing looks a little too familiar. Like, say, Apple's own video highlighting the creation process of the gold Apple Watch Edition.

It almost plays like a parody. There's the background music, there's the soothing British accent narrating the whole process, there are the shots of metal splashing and the shots of the device coming together. Some of the Samsung shots seem to directly echo those in the Apple video, and both trumpet the materials used to make each product. Samsung has produced a beautiful ad, naturally, but it's a little difficult to watch it in this context and take its claims of Samsung's "innovation" too seriously.

 

Third-Party Apple Watch Bands Possible with Tinkering

Apple retains a lot of control over the Apple Watch, to the point that for a while there, it looked as though you'd only be able to get Apple-branded straps for the device. But that isn't the case, reports Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, who released a video today demonstrating that you can attach custom bands to the device provided you bought the Classic or Modern Buckle bands. Using the parts from those specific bands, Hilsenteger connects a third-party band to his own Apple Watch.

Hilsenteger accomplished the feat by taking advantage of the two pentalobe screws used to keep the band for the device in place, which can be removed with a pentalobe screwdriver and thus be made to function like a standard replaceable watch band for analog watches. If you want to try the trick with any other Apple watch band, however, you're apparently out of luck.

In addition, you might be waiting for a while even if you straight up order the Classic or Modern bands, as the online Apple Store claims both devices won't ship for a while. The $149 Classic band vaguely lists its shipping date as sometime this month, while the Modern Buckle band is dishearteningly listed as "Currently Unavailable." And considering that the latter costs $249, you should probably make sure that you really, really like that third-party band you want to replace it with.

 

Report: Apple Trying to Convince Streaming Services to Drop Free Tiers

Apple's belated attempt to bring streaming music services to iTunes by integrating and rebranding Beats sounds exciting, but a new report from The Verge claims that Apple might be using its power to urge well-established streaming services such as Spotify to stop offering their free tiers. That would be a big blow to Spotify, especially since only 15 million of its 60 million users are reportedly free users. It's such a big step, in fact, that the report claims that the Department of Justice is currently investigating Apple to see if its actions run the danger of removing competition.

All this would seem sketchy if the Financial Times hadn't reported that Apple was being studied by the European Commission back in the beginning of April for the very same things. Today's report also claims that Apple wants to get free music from the Universal Music Group off of YouTube, to the point that the Cupertino company has reportedly volunteered to pay YouTube's licensing fees to Universal if the label stops hosting videos on the popular video site.

Apple naturally wants its service to be a compelling alternative to the existing services, and it's thought that the Cupertino company will stuff its upcoming offering with a truckload of exclusives. Barring a backlash, knocking out the most appealing thing about the competition would potentially drive more people to Apple's service.

Apple is expected to unveil the service on June 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It's expected to be highly integrated with both iTunes on the Mac and the Music app on iOS devices, and it's thought the service will cost $9.99 per month (or less).

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

May 4 2015 11:25PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers will step down in July after 20 years at the helm of the network equipment maker, a symbol of the dot.com stock boom 15 years ago now struggling to boost its bottom line in the era of cloud computing.

May 4 2015 10:55PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
This Indiegogo project aims to put a stylus where you can always get at it: in your wallet.






May 4 2015 10:24PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday. Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor's spokesman said.

May 4 2015 9:13PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday.

May 4 2015 7:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a hotel gym in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday.

May 4 2015 6:55PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge on Monday struck down an injunction issued last week calling for the suspension of the U.S-based Uber ride-sharing service throughout the country.

May 4 2015 6:49PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a hotel gym in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday.

May 4 2015 6:04PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia.

May 4 2015 5:13PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!

This week's trick is a double whammy. First, in the event you're unfamiliar with how to screen-grab windows in OS X, we've got a quick refresher. Second, if you've done so, then you've probably noticed that it adds a subtle shadow around your images. The shadow looks nice sometimes, but may not always be appropriate (such as when you're snapping screenshots for use in publications like here at Mac|Life). If you've ever wanted to get rid of those shadows, then this article is for you.

To screen-grab a window, press Command + Shift + 4 on your keyboard, then press the space bar. Your cursor will turn into a camera icon; place it over any window to highlight it, then click to take a pixel-perfect screenshot — usually with a shadow behind it added for effect.


To remove the subtle shadow, launch Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities), then type in the following command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true

Once this command is entered, press the enter key, then type the next command to restart the SystemUIServer:

killall SystemUIServer

When you type this command, you'll see the screen flash, then return to normal. After this command is entered, you can close the Terminal.

Whenever you take screenshots using the method mentioned above, there will be no shadow added to the window.

If you wish to bring the shadow back, type the same the command into terminal, except replace "true" with "false" when entering it. Doing so will cause the shadows to return to your screenshots.

May 4 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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May 4 2015 4:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Samsung and Walt Disney's Marvel introduced a marketing campaign that uses virtual reality to promote "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as more studios look to the new technology to push movies.

May 4 2015 4:52PM EST | Source: CNET iPad Atlas
This ambient sound app works as promised, but would benefit from a couple of tweaks to its interface.






May 4 2015 3:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers will step down in July after 20 years at the helm of the network equipment maker, a symbol of the dot.com stock boom 15 years ago now struggling to boost its bottom line in the era of cloud computing.

May 4 2015 2:52PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died while exercising at a hotel gym in Mexico, a person close to the family said Monday.

May 4 2015 2:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - General Electric Co on Monday announced collaborations with Qualcomm Inc and Apple Inc as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business.

May 4 2015 1:28PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Samsung and Walt Disney's Marvel introduced a marketing campaign that for the first time promotes a movie using short virtual reality films.

May 4 2015 12:28PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - General Electric Co on Monday announced collaborations with Qualcomm Inc and Apple Inc as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business.

May 4 2015 7:38AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.

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