Changes start with the lock screen, which now animates in parallax to your movement and includes notifications even before swiping. The new Control Center gives you important settings and buttons from nearly any app and quick access to music controls and a flashlight. iOS in the Car brings your device, eyes-free, to a host of car makes. Couple those changes with iTunes Radio, and improvements to multiTasking, Safari, Airdrop, Camera, Siri, and theft deterrence, and you get a pretty impressive release.

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Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will be available first in the United States and other countries at later dates.

iTunes Radio has featured stations and also allows users to create their own stations based on artists, songs or genres. When a song is playing, listeners can ask iTunes Radio to play similar songs or never play the song again. The service lets users see a history of songs listened to and buy the tracks.

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As expected, iTunes Radio is a free service that is supported by advertising. Apple is making iTunes Radio ad-free for people who pay $24.99 per year for iTunes Match.

Apple is playing catch-up in the United States. Pandora has over 200 million registered users and more than 70 million monthly listeners in the United States. It commands a 7.3% share of total U.S. radio listening — a figure calculated internally — and 58% awareness in the United States, according to NPD Group. The company does not break out its numbers on its listeners in Australia and New Zealand.

But Apple has far less to overcome in other countries. Pandora fully launched in Australia and New Zealand just late last year. Few other markets have viable competitors that are standalone radio services. Although Deezer, Spotify and Rdio operate in dozens of countries, they are on-demand services in which radio is a feature rather than a specialty.

Apple has negotiated licenses with record labels rather than use the compulsory license available to non-interactive webcasters. Sources have told Billboard that Apple will pay major labels around 0.16 cents per stream in addition to a share of advertising revenue, but payments will begin only after the service grows beyond a specific threshold. Direct licenses will allow iRadio to offers features not available to DMCA-compliant Internet radio services like Pandora and will allow it to operate outside of the U.S.

Apple has some important advantages. The company has sold 600 million iOS devices globally that can run the Internet radio app. It has 575 million iTunes accounts, most with credit cards and one-click buying, and a 63% share of the paid download market (in the fourth quarter), according to NPD Group. The incremental revenue from downloads will bring an additional dimension to a type of service that has historically struggled to attain profitability.

The two-hour presentation also provided a look at iOS 7, the latest mobile operating system, and its new Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks. It also featured a stream of statistics: The App Store has had 50 billion app downloads in its five years of operation. Developers have been paid $10 billion from paid apps and in-app purchases. The store now carries 900,000 apps — 375,000 for iPads — and 90% are downloaded each month. It has reached 300 million iCloud accounts less than two years after launch.

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For issue 21 of Schön!, Zoe McConnell presents “smokin’ hot” images of Rihanna in Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Stella McCartney. McConnell is a former model turned photographer. To take a closer look at her previous shoots including models like Taylor Momsen, Natasha Gilbert and Michelle Keegan head over to her website here.

Xbox One Available in November for $499.99 USD

Xbox One Available in November for $499.99 USD

Details for Xbox One availability and the opportunity to reserve your Xbox One system today were announced. Every Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive,1 Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — the new Kinect, one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The Xbox One launch bundle will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., £429 (GBP) in the U.K. and €499 (EUR) in European markets.

Xbox is also introducing a limited-edition commemorative bundle to fans that reserve the system at major retailers. Reserving the commemorative bundle guarantees that you will be able to purchase the new system on day one. Each commemorative bundle will include an Xbox One system that comes in premium black packaging with a limited edition Xbox One Day One wireless controller, and a unique commemorative Day One Achievement. The commemorative bundle will be available in limited quantities and while supplies last, for $499.99, €499 (EUR) or £429 (GBP).2, so reserve yours today.

To reserve your Xbox One system today, and for the full list of launch countries and prices, visit for participating retailers.

The Big Blogs Strike Again: 2 Chainz Was Not A Victim Of A Robbery, Says San Francisco Police

Despite earlier reports of 2 Chainz getting robbed at gunpoint, San Francisco Police Department confirms to that a member of his entourage was the victim.Police say that a robbery did occur Sunday afternoon and Chainz was present. However, they clarified that he wasn’t the victim.“He was not the victim of a robbery,” San Francisco police said. “He was there, but he wasn’t the victim.”The police report says that Chainz and his entourage were walking down the 800 block of Howard Street. Then, a suspect carrying a gun approached the group and fired a gunshot. Most of the group scattered during the commotion, but one member reportedly fell to the ground. That’s when the suspect approached him and robbed an unknown item and fled the scene.”The authorities also add that everyone involved are “being very uncooperative.” The suspect hasn’t been located yet.