Amazon offers free ad-supported music to US Alexa users

Amazon on Thursday announced that customers in the U.S. are now able to listen to streaming music for free via Alexa. The service is of course support by ads, and is extremely curated, but you won't need a membership with Amazon Prime or its Music Unlimited plan—just an Alexa-enabled device.

Apple and Qualcomm reach deal to drop all litigation

Apple and Qualcomm have reached a settlement in their ongoing royalty dispute. The two companies issued a press release Tuesday afternoon, stating that they will drop all litigation and enter a six-year licensing agreement, effective as of the beginning of this month.

Evidence of rumored wire-free Powerbeats spotted in iOS 12.2

Evidence has been discovered in the just-released iOS 12.2 software update that seems to confirm rumors of an impending launch of new wire-free Powerbeats. 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo spotted images and animations hidden within the update that appear to be wire-free Powerbeats headphones, sitting in a charging case.