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More Audiobook Sources Coming to iTunes

Check out this quick article from theverge.com, which explains how you’ll soon see more audiobook sources available on iTunes:

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Apple and Amazon end decade-long audiobook exclusivity deal

Regulators said the deal was limiting competition

By Jacob Kastrenakes

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes.

The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003, but came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European antitrust regulators, who were concerned that the agreement was stifling competition and raising prices.

Regulators began investigating in late 2015. It appears all investigations are being suspended in light of the companies’ decisions to end the exclusivity agreement.

“With the deletion of the exclusivity agreement, Apple will now have the opportunity to purchase digital audiobooks from other suppliers,” Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s antitrust agency, said in a statement. “This will enable a wider range of offer and lower prices for consumers.”

In a statement, Audible confirmed that it had removed the exclusivity provision in its agreement with Apple, and added that it will continue to offer audiobooks through iTunes. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

The European Commission said it welcomed the agreement. It said the change is “likely to improve competition” for audiobook distribution in Europe — though, since the agreement applied elsewhere, it could have the same affect globally, too.

Audible has dominated the audiobook market for years now. And with iTunes being one of the key places that consumers go to buy audiobooks, the agreement could have put serious limitations on the industry. Publishers either had to go through Audible, or miss out on a major storefront. They’ll now be able to go directly to Apple for distribution.

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New Female Emojis with iOS 10

Many of the more than 100 new emojis to come with the release of iOS 10 this fall will be girls! Find out more about Apple’s new female emojis in this article from buzzfeed.com.

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Redesigned iOS Emojis Show Women Playing Sports And Men Pampering Themselves

The new emojis roll out in a developer preview today and to Apple device users in the fall.

By Joseph Bernstein

Like men, women also surf, cycle, and swim. But unlike men, women didn’t have emojis showing them surfing, cycling, and swimming — until now.

In the developer preview of iOS 10, released today, Apple has included over 100 new emojis, including a bunch of exciting new emojis that previously only came in one option: male. They include female surfers, cyclists, swimmers, as well as female police officers, female construction workers, and female private investigators.

These new gender options are the latest in an effort to make emojis better represent the full spectrum of smartphones users — meaning just about everyone. iOS 9.1, released last October, included a range of skin colors. And earlier this month, the Unicode Consortium, the standards organization that regulates and sanctions new emojis, accepted a Google proposal to represent a broader range of women’s careers.

And the push for gender equality goes both ways. Now, in addition to female versions of previously male-only emojis, Apple has added male versions of several previously female-only ones. They include a man receiving a haircut and a man receiving a scalp massage.

If you’re an Apple user, you’ll gain access to the new emojis — which also include a rainbow flag and a water pistol in place of the old revolver — when iOS 10 is released to the public this fall.

Click here to see more from buzzfeed.com.