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Review: Zivix Jamstik+ MIDI Guitar Controller

Zivix's new Jamstik+ ($300) is a sequel to last year's Jamstik MIDI guitar, adding Bluetooth Smart connectivity and a refined experience with a new set of iOS apps. The new version is available at the same price point as the original Jamstik, with the first-generation model getting a slight price drop. Like its predecessor, Jamstik+ is aimed at both the aspiring student and the experienced guitarist as a highly portable electronic guitar that allows musicians to plug into their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and jam out with their favourite MIDI apps. The new version is also now available in blue and white models in addition to the original black.

AT&T wants $100M data throttling fine thrown out

AT&T is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to cancel a proposed $100 million fine levied against the company for throttling data speeds for users with “unlimited” data plans, The Hill reports. The FCC launched a complaint in October 2014 claiming AT&T slowed speeds for users who had used a certain amount of data each month without informing customers of the policy, then announced in June that it intended to fine the company for that practice.

In a July court filing, AT&T argues that it had properly disclosed its policies to customers – both in online postings and via direct text messages – and took issue with the proposed fine. The company is asking that courts weigh in on the legality of the fine – the largest ever handed down by the FCC – and that any action be halted until they reach a decision. “The Commission’s findings that consumers and competition were harmed are devoid of factual support and wholly implausible,” the company’s filing states. “Its ‘moderate’ forfeiture penalty of $100 million is plucked out of thin air, and the injunctive sanctions it proposes are beyond the Commission’s authority.” The FCC claims a “transparency” provision in a 2010 net neutrality order gives it the authority to levy the fine, but AT&T says that assumption is based on a misreading of a portion of the law taken out of context. The FCC declined to comment on AT&T’s latest filing.

Daily Deal: Blinkist Premium, 1 Year Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a one year subscription to Blinkist Premium for only $29.99 – that’s 62% off the regular price. Providing a mobile-friendly app for iOS and Android, Blinkist helps you tap into a wide variety of new and interesting topics while on the go, with “blinks” that present convenient summaries of key ideas from nonfiction best sellers in a “made-for-mobile” format. Essentially a “Cliff’s Notes for real-world knowledge,” Blinkist delivers information in mobile-sized chunks, letting you absorb all of a work’s key points in about 15 minutes.

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Tip of the Day: Activating Siri by voice

Did you know that you can now activate Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” while your iPhone is plugged in? To enable this feature, just go into Settings, General, Siri and ensure “Allow Hey Siri” is toggled on. The feature was first introduced in iOS 8 last fall but has been improved through each update, and with recent versions you can now even simply state your whole request without pausing after the opening line – for example, “Hey Siri wake me up in 15 minutes.”

The only catch is that your iPhone has to be connected to power for this to work, which is probably a reasonable compromise both in terms of preserving battery life (since your iPhone has to keep the mic on and listening for the phrase all the time), and also limiting instances of accidental activation. Should Siri ever wake up accidentally, or if you change your mind, you can also dismiss Siri with a phrase such as “never mind” or “go away.”…

Apple Music added to T-Mobile’s Music Freedom

T-Mobile has added Apple Music to its Music Freedom program, allowing listeners to stream Apple Music songs without counting against their data limit. The carrier is also offering customers the ability to lease an iPhone for $15 a month and allowing anyone picking up an iPhone before Labor Day to upgrade to the next model later this year at the same rate. “Now, every single customer who gets a new iPhone 6 this summer as part of this deal can simply swap it for the next iPhone, if they upgrade before the end of the year,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere wrote on the company’s blog. [via CNET]

Daily Deal: iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set & Jimmy Bundle

In our iLounge Deal for today we’re offering the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set & Jimmy Bundle for only $59.95 – almost 40% off the regular price. This at-home repair kit gives you everything you need to fix your computer, smartphone, gaming console and more, with a full screwdriver set that includes 15 fixed-bladed drivers that cover the screws found in more than 90% of electronic devices, including pentalobe drivers for your Apple devices. All of the tools are made with high-quality SVCM steel shafts, rubberized handles, and spinning caps, and are bundled together in a custom-designed tool roll for easy storage and transport.

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Report: Apple Music hits 10M subscribers

Apple Music has attracted more than 10 million subscribers in its first four weeks, according to music site Hits Daily Double, which cites unnamed music industry sources. Apple doesn’t publicly disclose streaming numbers, but rights holders who see the reports have reportedly been surprised by how big the figures already are. Numbers for some titles — specifically “a couple of cutting-edge hip-hop titles”  — are already competitive with Spotify, which boasts 75 million users. Whether Apple can make it to its rumored goal of 100 million subscribers during the remainder of Apple Music’s three-month free trial — and how those numbers will fare once users have to start paying for the service — remains to be seen. [via 9to5Mac]

Gear: Hex Infinity Cross Body

Hex’s Infinity Cross Body ($70) is a compact bag that can accommodate an 11” MacBook Air or 12” MacBook. The water-resistant bag also has pockets for an iPad mini, iPhone, and other items. The front flap stays in place with a magnet.

Apple Maps vans landing in France, Sweden in August

Vans collecting data for Apple Maps will be making their way into France and Sweden starting next month, according to the company’s website. The regions around Paris and Stockholm are slated to be photographed in August, adding those cities to the list of major metropolitan areas already being captured in the U.S., England and Ireland. Drivers in the outskirts of those areas — and even beyond — shouldn’t be surprised if they spot the camera vans, as iLounge spotted a van last week well outside the New York City area, mapping the suburb of Tarrytown, N.Y., 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

Report: Slimmer iPad mini 4 on the way, upgraded iPad Air 3 a possibility

A report from Macotakara has breathed new life into speculation about a possible iPad Air 3 and supports previous rumors that the new iPad mini 4 will be thinner than previous models. The blog cites sources saying the iPad mini 4 will have the same 6.1 mm thickness found in the iPad Air 2, making it slimmer than the 7.5mm thick iPad mini 3. The report also notes that the updated 8MP iSight camera found in the iPad Air 2 will likely make its way into the iPad mini 4, as well as the possibility of a fully laminated display and antireflective screen coating being included on the new device. The possibility of a new iPad Air 3 featuring an A9 chip — but still keeping the same external dimensions as the iPad Air 2 — being released alongside the new “iPad Pro” and the iPad mini 4 is also mentioned, flying in the face of other rumors suggesting the company was skipping an update to the iPad Air this time around.






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