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Zane Lowe leaving BBC Radio 1 for Apple

BBC Radio 1 has announced that popular DJ, Zane Lowe, will be leaving this March to join Apple. While Apple doesn't operate a BBC-style radio service, they do operate iTunes, including the iTunes Radio service in the US and Australia, recently acquired the Beats Music service as well, and have repeatedly said they value human curation when it comes to music.

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Apple's car project said to be self-driving, electric, and unconventionally manufactured

After exploding onto the scene we're learning more and more about Apple's supposed automotive project, which is now said to include self-driving technologies. The vehicle, which has been described as (at this stage) being "minivan-like" is definitely in the gestational stages, with Apple toying around not just with autonomous driving but also electric drivetrains and new manufacturing processes.

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Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, has been improving steadily since its introducing in 2011. Streaming text to speech is one of the most recent and obvious areas of improvement, but Siri has also been adding new features and better language support. In a recent test that spanned languages, Siri scored a remarkable 76% for accuracy. That's compared to 46% for Google Now and 42% for Microsoft Cortana.

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US National Parks and other federal services will support Apple Pay come September

Today saw the United States federal government announce that they intend to support Apple Pay with their own payment cards, but a more consumer-facing Apple Pay implementation is coming as well later this year. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at a cyber security summit organized by the White House, various branches of the federal government will start accepting Apple Pay payments in September.

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The US Federal Government's credit cards will soon be Apple Pay-compatible

The federal government of the United States is picking up support for Apple Pay, on both sides of the equation. Not only are Apple Pay-compatible payment terminals coming to your friendly neighborhood federal government agency office, but the federal government is poised to start paying for things with Apple Pay as well.

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AT&T's newest data plan offers 7GB for $75

AT&T's added another tier to their Mobile Share Value data plans: 7GB for $75. Of course, that's just for the data, but if you're thinking about grabbing a new smartphone at the same time and go with AT&T's Next payment plan option for a new smartphone, they'll cut the $40 smartphone access charge down to just $15/month.

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Saturday Night Live launches an official app to let you stream your favorite sketches

As part of its ongoing 40th anniversary celebration, Saturday Night Live has released an official app for iOS. With the SNL app, you'll be able to stream an extensive backlog of clips, never-aired videos, and even express yourself with SNL-themed emoji.

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iCloud beta now lets anyone create an Apple ID and use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free

Good news for people wanting to use Apple's productivity software: starting tonight, anyone, with or without a Mac or iOS device, will be able to create an Apple ID and sign in to the iCloud beta website to start using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free.

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Google Maps gets lane guidance in 15 more European countries

Google Maps for iOS has picked up support for lane guidance, a feature that tells you which lane you should be in before your next turn, in a whole slew of new European countries today, including Denmark, Portugal, Austria, Greece, and many more.

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Apple rolls out two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple has rolled out two-step verification to the company's iMessage and FaceTime. That allows you to combine your password with a token to help protect your accounts from unauthorized access. That way, even if someone finds or figures out your password, they still won't be able to get into your account without the second step.

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