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Apple will retire iTunes soon

Will be replaced by Music, Podcasts, and TV

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Since time immemorial, Apple has always used iTunes for desktop music management. The iconic app came with the iconic iPod. Who doesn’t remember poring over hundreds of songs, trying to create the perfect playlist? For diehard Apple fans, iTunes is an iconic experience.

Sadly, the iPod’s obsolescence has caused a rapid decline for the iconic app. Further, the rise of streaming services hammered the final nail on the coffin for Apple’s music management software. Apple Music has provided a worthy replacement for the app. Also, Apple’s Podcasts and TV have replaced even iTunes’ supplementary features. iTunes is slowly going obsolete itself.

Based on a report by Bloomberg, Apple will soon do the inevitable. At next week’s WWDC, the company will reportedly retire the 18-year old software. iTunes will finally bow down to the modern trio of apps — Music, Podcasts, and TV.

The new strategy will usher in Apple’s more unified ecosystem of apps. With iTunes, Apple users are switching between multiple apps. iTunes’ retirement will allow Apple to focus on more dedicated apps based on usage. Further, Apple can finally unify its ecosystem for all its many platforms. In the next generation, Apple users can freely control their MacBook, iPhone, and Apple Watch in the same app.

Unfortunately, iTunes’ passing is a sad spectacle. Despite its lack of optimization, the software has been part of everyone’s technological life. Of course, in its latter years, iTunes has lost its reputation as a reliable music management app. Its retirement is beyond inevitability.

On the bright side, Apple has not forsaken the iPod ecosystem. Recently, the company has announced the iPod’s surprising resurrection. A new iPod Touch is coming soon.

Further, Apple will likely announce another slew of goodies next week. The upcoming WWDC will introduce new things to come for Apple’s future.

SEE ALSO: Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup with tweaked keyboard and 8-core chip

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Canva adds new features for presentations on the go

Responsive presentations anytime, anywhere

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Having a well-designed document goes a long way in engaging your audience. That’s where Canva comes in, simplifying the creation of well-thought documents, posters, and more. Now, Canva is adding more features which would delight presenters on the go.

The first feature is responsive presentation — users can now create presentations on their laptops and view it on their mobile devices. Presentations adapt to different screens, so the days of fussing over the right screen size is over. Plus, users can edit and view presentations made with Canva anywhere, anytime.

The second feature is presentations playlist, which would suit well for team presentations. With this feature, teams can create accessible spaces for collaboration through shared folders. This feature also builds a single coherent event with transitional slides introducing each speaker.

Lastly, there is live Q&A, which Canva will add to its mobile apps soon. Audiences will be able to participate in from any device and have the option to send in questions anonymously. This should enable a more dynamic and engaging presentation with audiences.

With over a thousand designer-made templates, 50 million premium images and videos, Canva makes it easier to create beautiful documents, posters, and graphic materials. It is available on the web, on Android, and iOS devices. Users can sign up today for a free tier, with a premium tier also available to unlock more features.

SEE ALSO: 10 free apps to improve your Instagram stories

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Spotify releases the 2019 wrapped, here’s how you can see it

Find out your guilty music pleasures

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Every December, Spotify releases the much-awaited “Spotify Wrapped,” where users find out their top songs of the year. Since this year and this decade is ending, Spotify added a different twist in this year’s wrap-up.

The 2019 Wrapped will include songs, albums, artists, and podcasts you listened to throughout the year, and the artists you listened to the most throughout the decade. When I saw my wrap-up, I found it funny how I listen to the same songs every year. Spotify knows what songs we obsess over.

Furthermore, Spotify highlights the places where your top artists hail from through a world map. Additionally, podcasts are added to the “Wrapped” experience.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 showcasing your top artist of the year.

Spotify users, particularly those who were subscribed to a premium subscription, get a personalized recap, too. Some insights include a user’s top artist every year and the number of minutes they streamed music throughout the decade. Premium users also get info on the artist they vibed most with this year.

Luckily, your personalized info can be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook. To access your “Spotify Wrapped,” make sure to update your Spotify app and open it or head to Spotify.com/wrapped. Enjoy looking back!

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Lazada launches ‘digital giving’ platform LazadaForGood

Spread the love, not just for the holidays

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Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale is just around the corner but the company is also giving you another option to spend your hard-earned cash. It’s one that will give you warm fuzzy feelings inside.

Launched alongside the announcement of their massive year-end sale, Lazada partnered with 11 local and international advocacy partners: Habitat for Humanity, Young Focus, Caritas Manila, MovEd, UNHCR, HEro Foundation Inc., UNICEF, WWF, Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, HOPE, and CCEF.

The digital giving platform won’t just be available for Christmas, it will be a permanent fixture on the Lazada app. This means you can give love 24/7 and 365 days a year.

To donate, simply open the Lazada app, hit Load, Bills, & eCoupon, then click on Donation. The list of the advocacy partners will be there.

Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale

Of course, we can’t forget the grand year end sale is indeed happening. Up to 90 percent off on more than 12 million deals will be available. Expect great offers and discounts from Xiaomi, Olay, FitFlop, Pampers, Hydro Flask, Wyeth, LEGO, Apple, Jansport, Coocaa, Tefal, and Reebok.

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