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Spotify unveils Family plan allowing sharing between family at a discount
Spotify unveils Family plan allowing sharing between family at a discountSpotify has unveiled a new "Spotify Family" plan that will allow up to four family members to share one account but keep their listening separate.

The whole family can now have their own recommendations, playlists and history and all listening habits separate from everyone else sharing the account.

Adds Spotify of the plan:
Premium for everyone. Everyone on the plan gets the full Spotify Premium experience. Listen offline. Play any song, anytime, on any device. No restrictions. No ads.

The more the merrier. Having a family can be expensive. But music doesn't have to be. With Spotify Family, you can add up to four family members to your account, and each additional user gets 50% off Spotify Premium.

No tantrums. No more fighting over what to listen to, and no more interruptions when someone else logs in and starts playing.


"This is one of the most asked for features from our audience," says Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer at Spotify. "With today's announcement we're making it easier than ever for the whole family to experience Spotify Premium on their phones, at home and on the go."

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Spotify

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Ouch: Sony looking to slash smartphone forecast, again
Ouch: Sony looking to slash smartphone forecast, againAccording to sources, Sony is preparing to slash its smartphone forecast once again, potentially a death knell for the company's turnaround efforts in the smartphone world.

If true, the company will slash its forecast from the current 43 million (for the year ended March 2015), and it will mark the third drop in the forecast since last April. The initial expectation was 50 million.

The company recently shocked investors and analysts by lowering its fiscal year earnings forecast to a loss of $2.14 billion, much higher than its original $400 million loss forecast.

Sony's latest forecast update is due to the company pulling its entry-level devices from emerging markets including China where they were complete flops. Besides being beat in the entry-level market by more popular and cheaper devices (like Xiaomi), the company cannot compete in the high-end, where Samsung and Apple continue with a duopoly.

The company confirmed Xperia devices will remain part of Sony's focus and turnaround efforts, but that they will only be high-end devices and that the company is no longer looking to take large global share, but just to stay relevant.

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WSJ

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Google Wants To Organize Your Life With New Email App

"Inbox" goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life.

Google released a new email app called Inbox, currently available only by invitation or request. But this app goes beyond just email: Google's Inbox wants to organize your life .

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The Apple Pay Challenge: Hey, This Thing (Mostly) Works!

The credit-card authentication process can be a tad gnarly. But at the register, paying with an iPhone works as promised.

When I resolved to leave my wallet at home and spend a week buying only those things I could pay for using my iPhone 6 and Apple's new Apple Pay service, I was prepared for the worst. I thought it might not work reliably--or at least turn out to be enough of a hassle to make me pine for my plastic.

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Help girls navigate adolescence more confidently (no reason the next generation has to suffer the same)
By Jennifer Lentfer The Girl Lux Company attempts to make adolescence more trouble-free for girls with the Pocket Pantieā„¢. Support them on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pocketpantie/the-pocket-pantietm And learn more here: http://www.how-matters.org/2014/10/22/can-a-development-practitioner-change-the-world-through-business/
Google pakt email anders aan met Gmail-opvolger Inbox

Inbox is Google's nieuwe, frisse kijk op e-mail: een maildienst die berichten op hun soort bundelt.

Geen lange lijst met berichtjes meer, maar mails gerangschikt op het soort bericht. Dat is de bedoeling van de nieuwe maildienst Inbox, die Google vanavond aankondigde. Berichten worden gebundeld op basis van het soort informatie, zoals rekeningen, aanbiedingen, foto's van vrienden, enzovoort.

Inbox kan bepaalde informatie uit mails uitlichten en direct in je inbox tonen, zoals foto's die als attachments bij berichten zitten en vluchtnummers. Daarbij kan Google ook informatie van het web weergeven, zoals informatie over het vertrek van je vlucht.

Als Google Now voor e-mail?

Apple Pay werkt nu al in Nederland, alleen voor wie?

Apple Pay in ons land voorlopig vooral voor toeristen. En mensen met American Express.

Een inwoner van Amsterdam ontdekte dat het al mogelijk is met Apple Pay te betalen in ons land. Hij rekende bij de Starbucks op Amsterdam CS af met Apple's nieuwe betaalsysteem, dat maandag in de VS van start ging. Officieel werkt Apple Pay alleen in Amerika, maar het blijkt toch mogelijk het buiten de VS te gebruiken.

Hoe kan dat? Veel kassa's in Nederland ondersteunen al de NFC-betalingen, waar Apple Pay ook mee werkt. Biedt de kassa contactloze betalingen aan, dan kan je derhalve ook Apple Pay gebruiken. Althans, in principe. Apple Pay moet wel je creditcard of bankpas ondersteunen en daar wringt de schoen.

Slechts een kleine groep mensen in ons land zal op dit moment al met Apple Pay kunnen afrekenen. Want Apple ondersteunt nog maar weinig betaalkaarten die hier in omloop zijn. In dit overzicht op de Apple-site staat welke credit- en debitcards van banken en betaalpartijen momenteel met Apple Pay zijn te gebruiken. De twee meest gebruikte creditcards in Nederland, VISA en Mastercard, staan daar nu nog niet tussen. American Express al wel.

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