Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

Begin: WordPress Article Content You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will soon shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store. Given how competitors like Spotify and Apple now own the markets for streaming and purchasing music online, this move doesn’t come as a total surprise. What does come as a surprise, though, is that Microsoft has partnered with Spotify to move all its Groove Music Pass customers over to ...

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Samsung waiting for Apple's OK on its Gear Fit 2 Pro iOS app – CNET

This won’t work with iPhones yet. Andrew Hoyle/CNET When it was announced in August, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker was touted as being compatible with Android phones and iPhones. It’s been on sale since Sept. 15, but there’s just one problem: The iOS app isn’t available yet. No app, of course, means no iPhone compatibility, much to the chagrin of Apple owners in Samsung’s support forums. In a statement, Samsung said, “We look forward to iOS support for Gear Fit 2 Pro pending approval in the App Store.”  Apple did not respond to our request to comment on the ...

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Apple computers are at risk from flawed updates, researchers find – CNET

Users of MacBooks running MacOS 10.13 High Sierra will receive weekly alerts monitoring their firmware. Sarah Tew/CNET Maybe it isn’t sexy, but it stops hackers from using well-known bugs to break into your computer. In fact, it’s the most important thing you can do to keep your computer safe. Say it with me: Update your software. But there isn’t much you can you do if the update doesn’t work the way it should. That’s what’s happening with some automatic updates to Apple computers. According to research published by Duo Security on Friday, Apple updates can sometimes leave out very important ...

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Google reports all-time high of government data requests – CNET

With so many products under Google’s umbrella, a government request for data can mean handing over a lot. James Martin/CNET Governments around the world are doing a record amount of searching on Google, but it’s a kind of searching than you and I do. The search engine giant released its biannual transparency report on Thursday, disclosing to the public how often it gets requests from the government for users’ private information, along with how often Google hands it over. The first half of 2017 broke a record for most Google user data requests over a six-month period. Between Jan. 1 ...

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Apple takes in more than $13 million in disaster relief – CNET

It takes a village, and lots of money, to help the thousands of people affected by the monster hurricanes that ripped through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands — as well as the earthquakes in Mexico City. Apple on Thursday said donors have so far contributed more than $13 million in disaster relief through its App Store and iTunes.  The company announced in August that it would make it easy for anyone to contribute to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200. One hundred percent of ...

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