Cellular Service Outage Affecting Users in Southeastern United States

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers in the southeastern United States may be seeing a widespread cellular outage that's preventing them from using voice and data services. Downdetector.com is showing outages in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Indiana for all four carriers.

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T-Mobile outage map via Downdetector.com

According to a Sprint representative that spoke to Re/code, the issue is related to a local exchange provider that works with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
"We are aware of the impacts to service in which customers across multiple carriers may be unable to access voice and some data services," the Sprint representative said. "This appears to be an issue caused by a local exchange provider and our network team is working with the provider to restore service to impacted customers as quickly as possible."
Sprint said the company is working on a fix, as did representatives from Verizon and AT&T. AT&T said it's working to restore service, while Verizon said its engineers were working with "vendor partners" to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

It is not clear when service will be restored for affected customers.

Update: According to telecommunications industry sources that spoke to Re/code, the service issues affecting all four carriers have been caused by a problem with AT&T's landline network.
AT&T is the dominant landline provider for the region, and all the major cellular providers use its networks for backhaul -- that is, helping transport the data once it leaves their collection of cellular towers.
AT&T says its engineers have found a hardware-related issue and are aiming to fix it to restore service "as quickly as possible."

Tips for Getting Siri to Play Tracks in Apple Music

If you are signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music, you probably know by now many of the cool features the streaming music service has to offer. But, did you know that Siri can make the experience even better? We've got a few tips for getting Siri to act as your digital deejay.

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To get the full use of Siri's compatibility with Apple Music, make sure you are subscribed and your iCloud Music Library is on.

Play a Radio Station or Beats 1


Not only can Siri play a radio station like Electronic or Oldies, but now the personal assistant can also start playing live Beats 1 programming. Just ask her to "Play Beats 1."

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Play an Apple Music Playlist


One of the things I love about Apple Music is the playlist feature in the For You section. If I've recently "liked" a particular song, A new playlist based on that will show up. If you know the name of an Apple Music created playlist, ask for it specifically. For example, "Play Souxie & The Banshees: Deep Cuts."

What Song is Playing


If Apple Music is playing a song you don't recognize, you can ask for more information. Just say, "What song is this?" to discover the artist and song title.

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Add an Album to Your Playlist


If you like the song that is playing and want to hear the whole album, ask Siri to add the album to your playlist and it will begin playing after the current track is finished.

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'iPhone 6c' Rumored for Q2 2016 Launch With 14/16nm Chips

Previous rumors that a smaller-screened "iPhone 6c" had been canceled for 2015 and perhaps now set to launch sometime in 2016 are getting a bit more heft today, with a report from Digitimes suggesting the "iPhone 5c successor" will launch in the second quarter of 2016. The site's sources from within the seminconductor industry also point to the so-called iPhone 6c lineup arriving with new 14/16nm FinFET chips from TSMC and Samsung, which would bring better performance and lower power consumption to the new line of cheaper iPhones.

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The 14/16nm FinFET chips will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung, the sources said. The original plan was to equip the devices with chips built using TSMC's 20nm SoC process, said the sources, but the adoption of FinFET processors would enable specs upgrade and lower power consumption.
Releasing an iPhone in the second quarter of the year wouldn't exactly be unheard of for Apple -- the original iPhone, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 all launched in June -- but it would definitely go against the early fall annual launch dates the company has been following for about four years now.

Digitimes has a spotty track record with respect to Apple rumors, although the site has on a number of occasions offered accurate information from Apple's supply chain. At a minimum, today's report adds to those from other source's including KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo stating Apple is planning a new 4-inch iPhone for 2016.

The latest rumors surrounding the iPhone 6c point to a device the size of an iPhone 5s, but in the same hardware vein of an iPhone 6. The smartphone would have an all-metal unibody construction, different from the plastic iPhone 5c that launched the cheaper iPhone trend in 2013.

Related roundup: iPhone 6c (2015) , Tag: digitimes.com

Apple Pay Adds 46 More Banks and Credit Unions in U.S.

apple_pay_phone_handApple has once again updated its list of participating Apple Pay issuers, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425, and just last month the service expanded to the United Kingdom, where most of the country's major banks are already on board.

  • 1st United Services Credit Union
  • Align Credit Union
  • Atlantic Regional FCU
  • Bank of Marin
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Community & Southern Bank
  • Countryside Bank
  • Dominion Credit Union
  • DuPage Credit Union
  • Dutch Point Credit Union
  • Electro Savings Credit Union
  • First Bank of Dalton
  • First Clover Bank
  • First Collinsville Bank
  • First County Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • First National Bank and Trust
  • First National Bank of McGregor
  • First State Bank Nebraska
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Gulf Coast Educators FCU
  • HarborOne Bank
  • Horizon Bank
  • Illinois National Bank
  • Jax Federal Credit Union
  • LGE Community Credit Union
  • Meadows Credit Union
  • Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union
  • Metro Health Services FCU
  • MidFirst Bank
  • Northwest Federal Credit Union
  • Premier Bank
  • SAC FCU
  • The Bank of Commerce
  • The Cooperative Bank
  • The Paducah Bank & Trust
  • Thomaston Savings Bank
  • TTCU The Credit Union
  • UniBank for Savings
  • United Bank
  • US Community Credit Union
  • USE Credit Union
  • USF Federal Credit Union
  • West Alabama Bank & Trust
  • Westerra Credit Union
With most of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. already supporting Apple Pay, most of the recent additions to Apple's list are community banks and credit unions with relatively small numbers of customers. But for those who do bank with these institutions, Apple Pay support will be a welcome addition as merchant support for the contactless payments service continues to grow.

Related roundup: Apple Pay

Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans

Australia's largest mobile carrier today announced that it would give away a free 12-month trial of Apple Music with a 12 or 24 month Go Mobile plan on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The deal marks the first time the new music service will be given away with a mobile plan.

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Additionally, the carrier's notes on the promotion indicate that the service will use carrier billing. When users sign up and agree to the terms and conditions Apple Music's payment will be paid via the Telstra rather than Apple directly. This means that users have to renew or cancel their trial through their carrier bill.

Last week, T-Mobile announced that it would add Apple Music to its Music Unlimited service, allowing Simple Choice customers to listen to the streaming music service without the cellular data counting against their 4G LTE data plan. Unlike the Telstra deal, users are not given a free trial to the service by T-Mobile.

Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Exclusively for Apple Music

Dr. Dre announced over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy," the exclusive debut of "Compton: A Soundtrack" on Apple Music (via Pitchfork). The album is set to be released this Friday, August 7, and will be available exclusively to iTunes and Apple Music customers.

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The Apple exclusivity announcement was made by Dr. Dre, alongside fellow musician and former bandmate Ice Cube, and director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray. Although officially a soundtrack for the film -- which chronicles the real-life story of Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and a few others, around the formation of legendary hip hop/rap group N.W.A. -- "Compton: A Soundtrack" is also Dr. Dre's first album in over 15 years. The album will have 16 tracks in total:

01 Intro
02 Talk About It [ft. King Mez & Justus]
03 Genocide [ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay]
04 It's All on Me [ft. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid]
05 All in a Day's Work [ft. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius]
06 Darkside/Gone [ft. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar]
07 Loose Cannons [ft. Xzibit & COLD 187um]
08 Issues [ft. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak]
09 Deep Water [ft. Kendrick Lamar & Justus]
10 One Shot One Kill [ft. Snoop Dogg]
11 Just Another Day [ft. Asia Bryant]
12 For the Love of Money [ft. Jill Scott & Jon Connor]
13 Satisfaction [ft. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez]
14 Animals [ft. Anderson Paak]
15 Medicine Mane [ft. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak]
16 Talking to My Diary

While Dr. Dre's initial presence following Apple's acquisition of Beats in the spring of 2014 was low-key, this summer's launch of Apple Music has seen increased visibility for the rap pioneer. Thanks to the streaming service, the musician has his own weekly show on Beats 1 and even began to release some of his original music exclusively on Apple's new music platform.

Udemy Launches Developer Course for iOS 9, Offers Discount to MacRumors Readers

Online learning site Udemy, which offers classes on a wide range of subjects including programming, photography, Photoshop, writing, and more, is today debuting a new iOS 9 Developer Course that aims to teach students how to use Xcode 7 and Swift 2 to make iOS apps.

Designed to be a comprehensive tutorial on app development for iOS 9 for complete beginners, the course includes a total of 28 hours of video lectures that cover topics like the Swift language, Xcode, SpriteKit, Inputs, Buttons, Reactive Interfaces, Navigation, Storage, Live Content, Images, Accelerometers, Motion Feedback, iAds, In-App purchases, and tons more.

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Udemy promises that by the end of the course, students will be able to build "clones" of popular apps like Uber, Tinder, Flappy Bird, and Instagram. The program also includes unlimited web hosting for 1 year, an eBook on earning money while learning to code, and over 1,000 graphic assets to use within apps.
The Complete iOS 9 Developer Course is THE most comprehensive, pocket-friendly and profitable app development course you'll find on the web - or your money back.

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It couldn't be easier. Even if you're starting from zero, you'll breeze through - from beginner to boss app developer - in just six weeks.

Already know how to code? Fantastic. Now you can turn up the volume. In just six super-quick weeks, you'll go from good to great -app developer to VIRTUOSO-GENIUS!
Udemy's iOS 9 course is the followup to the iOS 8 course, which saw more than 100,000 students enroll and received a 4.8/5 rating from attendees. The course continues to be taught by Rob Percival, who taught the iOS 8 course.

Udemy's Complete iOS 9 Developer Course is priced at $199, but Udemy has agreed to give interested MacRumors readers a significant discount, cutting the price by 87 percent. When checking out, MacRumors readers can enter the code MACRUMORS to get access to the course for $24. The deal will last until the end of the day on August 4.

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Dashlane Launches One-Tap Password Changer for iPhone and Apple Watch

Dashlane today announced an update to its existing iPhone app alongside the launch of an all-new Apple Watch experience, both of which bring the service's one-tap password changing feature from desktop to Apple's mobile and wearable devices.

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Dashlane unveiled the Password Changer feature late last year for the desktop, which allowed users to change multiple passwords at once so they can more easily update their password info if any of their data is ever breached. Today's updates extend that sense of security for Dashlane users to iPhone and Apple Watch, which the company says is completely unique to the service.
Earlier this year, we introduced the first ever automatic Password Changer on Dashlane for desktop. And now, Dashlane is the first password manager to let you change multiple passwords with one tap when you’re on the go. In fact, we’re the only password manager that can offer this exclusive feature, because our engineers and design team have been dedicated for years to building a secure, full-featured password manager that you can use anywhere. Password Changer on Apple Watch and iPhone brings all the power of this time-saving security feature to your fingertips . . . and your wrist.
Alongside this new feature, the iPhone and Apple Watch Dashlane experiences both allow users to copy and paste passwords from one device to another and use voice search to more quickly parse through passwords. A caveat for Password Changer is that not every website supports the feature, which began with over 70 at launch and has grown to about 180 today. The update to the Dashlane iOS app [Direct Link] will begin rolling out today, and should appear on the Apple Watch automatically for users who have automatic downloads turned on.

Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind the Scenes of Beats 1 Radio

Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background. It's unknown what kind of content the account will provide in the future.

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The account's first Snapchat "story", which is the combination of multiple photos and videos taken throughout its first day of operation, takes followers on a journey from Beats 1's Los Angeles HQ with Zane Lowe, watching as he works on his show before it switches to London and fellow DJ Julie Adenuga. After watching Adenuga work, the account changes course to Ebro Darden in New York City.

The account provides an interesting look into the work environments of Beats 1's three DJs, with each of them showing off their equipment and enthusiasm for the music they're playing. Adenuga's segment includes her teasing an interview with musical artist Ellie Goulding, answering questions and letting users know they should check out the For You tab of Apple Music. The Snapchat story, which currently sits at 184 seconds, is being updated periodically throughout the day.

Apple has thus far taken a very liberal approach to using social media to draw awareness to Apple Music, heavily using Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to tease and announce exclusive music, interviews and music videos. Snapchat, whose users tend to be younger, is yet another progression of that effort. Snapchat users can follow Apple Music on the service by adding "applemusic" as a friend.

'Fantastical 2' for iPhone Gains Drafts, Japanese Localization

fantastical2Popular calendar app Fantastical 2 for iPhone was today updated to version 2.4, adding a useful new feature that allows users to create event drafts. With drafts, it's possible to start creating an event or Reminder and then swipe downwards to save it as a draft, setting it aside to multitask and access other events on the calendar.

For example, if you start scheduling a lunch meeting but need to pause in the middle to check your afternoon schedule, there's no need to discard what you've written entirely -- you can save it as a draft, check the calendar, and come back to it. Draft posts are saved at the bottom of the calendar interface for quick access, and multiple drafts can be saved at once.

While drafts are limited to the iPhone version of Fantastical 2, both the iPad and iPhone apps are being updated today with full Japanese localization. With the addition of Japanese, the app now supports six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. Fantastical 2 is able to automatically detect the language being used to enter an event, even if the system's language setting differs.

Today's updates for the iPhone and the iPad are available to existing Fantastical 2 users for free.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

Apple Music Exclusively Debuts Keith Richards 'Trouble' Video

Continuing on with its stream of exclusive content, Apple Music is today premiering the video for Keith Richards' latest single, "Trouble." The video is exclusively available through Apple Music Connect on Keith Richards' page on the artist-focused social networking site.

Because the video is shared on Apple Music Connect, it does not require an Apple Music subscription to watch. Designed to let fans connect with artists, Apple Music Connect's content is all available for free and will continue to be free after people's three-month free trials expire.

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"Trouble" is the newest single from Rolling Stones member Keith Richards, originally released in mid-July. The single is part of his upcoming album, Crosseyed Heart, which is his first solo album in over 20 years. The full album is set to be released on September 18.

Alongside the debut of the "Trouble" music video on Apple Music Connect, Keith Richards also did an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio. It will replay tonight at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Apple uses exclusive content and interviews as a way to lure customers and distinguish itself from the myriad other music services available, and has premiered videos like Pharrell's "Freedom" and Eminem's "Phenomenal." A recent rumor has suggested some of the exclusive videos Apple has offered, including Drake's "Energy," have been developed in-house with Apple working alongside artists to produce content for Apple Music.

Apple to Expand Retail Presence in India With 500 Authorized Mobility Resellers

Following a focus on expanding its presence in the greater China area, sources speaking with NDTV Gadgets have confirmed Apple is looking to increase its foothold in India as well through the launch of a new retail store program. The new initiative -- dubbed the Authorized Mobility Resellers program -- will reportedly see the company open 500 retail store locations across 12 cities in India.

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The stores will showcase a heavier focus on Apple's mobile offerings, like the iPhone and iPad, along with "related third-party accessories." Apple has already signed up over 100 partners it wants to work with on the AMR program and has even begun to earmark specific locations it wants for the new retail sites. The company will also allow the program to discount iPhones below retail price, according to the information gained from NDTV Gadgets.
Apple products are rarely sold at a discount across the world and there was a time when India was pretty much the same. However, in recent years Apple has changed its distribution model and has been happy to turn a blind eye to retailers discounting the iPhone, MacBook Air, and other products as it looks to gain marketshare. NDTV Gadgets has learnt that Apple will follow a similar model with AMR partners, which means they will be able to sell below MRP.
Apple will hire a contractor to be sure that all of the sites adhere to the company's strict guidelines regarding size and design, but afterwards the company will hand back over reigns to the third-party resellers it's partnering with to operate and run the stores. The exact timeline of the AMR program remains unclear, however, with no word from Apple on whether its presence in the country could be seen as early as this year or not.