Flickr Brings Back Pro Memberships, Offers Advanced Statistics and More

Flickr Pro is making a return to the image sharing network. Flickr has announced that it is bringing back the Pro service with improved insights and analytics.Yahoo’s Flickr underwent a big revamp in May 2013 in which it introduced many changes. Yahoo announced that it is removing the Pro plan to give every user 1TB free storage option. The company also introduced an ad-free version for $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,200) per year. With the new announcement, it is taking a U-turn.

With Pro, it is bringing back the paid plan. The paid subscription will cost users $5.99 (roughly Rs. 380) per month – or $49.99 per year. With that, you also get a 2 percent discount on Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photography plan. If you paid for the ad-free version, you will be automatically upgraded to Flickr Pro.

In addition, Flickr says that it will provide free shipping in the US on purchase of its merchandise and 50 percent off on international shipping with a $25 (roughly Rs. 1,600) minimum purchase.

But what’s interesting about the new Pro subscription is its improved analytics. The company said that photographers will be able to use improved navigation for viewing data on their photo. The company is also providing improved stats for checking how well did your photos fare.

And of course, Pro subscribers won’t see any ads on the site. Flickr will also add a badge to your account to let the world know that you’re a paid subscriber.

Once dominant among photography communities, Flickr today faces stiff competition from services like 500px and SmugMug. It will be hoping to attract new users with the latest announcement, and keep its existing subscribers satisfied.

Install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 via BlissPop [How to Update]

Samsung Galaxy S4

Popular after-market Android smartphone custom ROM developer community BlissPop has released the new 5.1.1 Lollipop to the Samsung’s 2013 flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 3G model.

The new BlissPop custom ROM is based on the latest AOSP (Android Open Source Project) 5.1.1 Lollipop. According to Team Android, it comes with new visually interface, customisation options such as:

  • CM12 Theme Engine
  • Display & light options (smart cover, adaptive brightness, livedisplay, double tap to sleep, cast screen, Daydream, DPI, battery light)
  • Gesture Anywhere (Locations and trigger region options)
  • Animation ( EME, Toast, Listview, system , scrolling cache and scrolling modifiers)
  • AudioFX Equaliser
  • Lockscreen drawer (long-press Lock Icon to sleep option, Shortcuts, bottom corner targets, weather options, customise text & Icon colors, music visualize option, lock method option)
  • Status Bar (includes Clock & Date option, battery option, Bluetooth indicator, brightness control, Mobile & Wi-Fi options, network raffic monitor, notification count)
  • Notification Drawer (Status Bar header, Tile option, Flash-light option, custom color tile options, quick settings option, Slim Access Tile, Auto-close panel)
  • Notification manager (Device lock option, Block App notification, disable persistant info, priority app notification)
  • And tons of other personalisation features are included along with performance tweaks to enhance the user experience on Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500.

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device’s performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation.
  • This new BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM has to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 3G (with Exynos chipset)models only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Users make sure they have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500) will not be recognised by the computer.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Also make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted in the mid-way.

[Disclaimer:This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure for BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500)-

Step 1: Download EuphoriaOS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM  and Google Apps in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software,

Step 3: Then, place EuphoriaOS Android v5.1 Lollipop custom ROM zip file and Google Apps .zip file into the phone’s SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users’ begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]

Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Home’ and ‘Power’ buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting ‘wipe data/factory reset’.

[Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode.]

Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by choosing ‘wipe cache partition’.

Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select ‘advanced’ and tap ‘wipe dalvik cache’ [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation].

Step 9: Again come back to the main recovery screen and then tap ‘install zip from SD card’.

Step 10: Then tap ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and go to Android 5.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for Google Apps installation [Note: use ‘Volume’ keys to navigate and ‘Power’ button to select options].

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ and restart the device by opting ‘reboot system now’ seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of BlissPop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop CM12 custom ROM.

BlackBerry may put Android software on new smartphone

Reuters reports rumours that BlackBerry could release a smartphone powered by Android software in the fall.

BlackBerry is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google Inc.’s Android software for the first time, an
acknowledgement that its revamped line of devices has failed to win mass appeal, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

The move would be an about-face for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which had shunned Android in a bet that its BlackBerry 10 line of phones would be able to claw back market share lost to Apple’s iPhone and a slew of devices powered by Android.

The sources, who asked not to be named as they have not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the move to use Android is part of BlackBerry’s strategy to pivot to focus on software and device management.

  • BlackBerry lays off unspecified number of employees globally
  • Insider accounts of BlackBerry’s dramatic rise and fall

​BlackBerry, which once dominated smartphone sales, now has a market share of less than 1 percent.

It is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company’s BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013. After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven’t competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps.

“We don’t comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched,” said the company in an email.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

Using Android software to send a signal

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen is banking on the company’s new device management system, BES12, that allows corporate and government clients to not only manage BlackBerry devices on their internal networks, but also devices powered by Android, Apple’s iOS platform and Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system.

One of the hurdles it faces in that transformation is convincing big customers that its device management software
works across many different platforms.

Two sources said that by launching an Android-based device of its own, BlackBerry would be sending a signal to skeptics that it is confident that the BES12 system can not only manage, but also secure smartphones and tablets powered by rival operating systems.

BlackBerry will proably use Android on an upcoming slider device that is likely to be released this autumn, two sources said. The slider will combine a touch screen with a physical keyboard that users can use if they prefer.

BlackBerry briefly showed off the slider device on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March, but it has provided little detail on it since then.

By making an Android device that boasts a large touchscreen and a physical keyboard, BlackBerry hopes to snag a niche in the touchscreen-dominated Android market. The device may attract those still using older BlackBerry keyboard handhelds but who want access to the larger app options Android offers.

Hardware Conundrum

Two sources said that if BlackBerry moves forward on a plan to launch an Android device, it could come with some of the patented features in its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

In March, BlackBerry announced that it planned to deliver its patented security, productivity and communication tools to any mobile device running iOS, Android or Windows.

The company, which a while ago opened its popular BlackBerry Messaging app to those using rival operating systems, has said it plans to offer more in-house features on rival devices, including BlackBerry Hub and the predictive text capabilities of its virtual keyboard.

Chen in March said the company was still committed to its own devices business.

Since that time however, BlackBerry has cut headcount in its hardware unit even further. The company, which at a 2011 peak employed 17,500 people and in February was down to 6,225, said last month that it was making further cuts on the device side, without providing any numbers.

RECAP: Carl Philip and Sofia charm Sweden

  • What you have to know about the royal wedding (12 Jun 15)
  • How a reality TV star got a Swedish fairytale (11 Jun 15)
  • Sweden gripped by royal wedding countdown (08 Jun 15)
  • Prince Carl Philip marries Sofia Hellqvist in a warm and sunny Stockholm
  • Sofia becomes Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland
  • Royals from Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands and Britain turn out for the service
  • Banquet includes lobster, artichokes and a peach and raspberry tartelette with white chocolate
  • Evening entertainment from superstar Swedish DJ Avicii
00:18 The end of a magical royal day
Well, what a day it has been. Carl Philip was actually born as Crown Prince and heir to the throne – but within seven months of his birth he was demoted to be a mere prince, and never to be king. His elder sister, Victoria, now bears that responsibility, after Sweden’s succession rules were changed to give girls an equal right to the throne.
But the fact that Carl Philip will never be king has given him the chance to shape his own life – and for him and his Princess Sofia to shape their own wedding.
Today we’ve been privileged to share in that day – a day of pomp, ceremony, and genuine human emotion. Which is what royalty, at its best, is there to provide.
We’ve had great fun writing this blog (despite some technical problems towards the end – sorry about that).
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading. But now it’s time to wish you good night. Thanks for staying with us!
00:14 Pictures of the cake cutting
Here we have some pictures of the cake cutting. The royal couple’s final public act before their first dance – and the rest of their life together.
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
22:53 Sofia’s own musical tribute to Carl Philip
Well, this was unexpected – Sofia stands up to give her own speech.
“I want to do something in my own words to show my love to you, which I’m going to do through my friends. From me to you.”
She’s introducing a song, performed by Swedish singing star Molly Sandén, accompanied by Danny Saucedo.
The text is along the lines of “Everything I am, everything I have: I’ll love you until my final breath and with every beat of my heart.”
Apparently, Sofia wrote the lyrics herself.
22:20 A moving tribute

The Prince has also thanked Sweden for accepting the couple.

“I also want to thank the Swedish people for the support that we’ve received for our love.”

He has told guests how he drove to see Sofia’s father in Mora, where he works at a job centre, to ask for her hand in marriage.

“Proudly I say: you are my role model…. I have a lot left to do in life, a long journey, but I look forward so much to travelling it with you,” he added, gazing at his new wife.

22:17 Prince Carl Philip speaks

 

The speech that everyone has been waiting for has started, and it is emotional.

 

“We never chose the tough way – it chose us,” the prince has said.

 

“You fill my life with love and happiness. Today we prove that love conquers all.”

 

He has also said: “Sofia – you’ve enriched our family. Your family has received me with equally open arms. I’ve got another family.”

 

22: 01 History lesson

 

So Prince Carl Philip has married a former model with official Sweden’s full approval and his sister Victoria married her personal trainer. These days, the Bernadottes are the picture of a modern royal family.

 

But it wasn’t always this way. Until the 1970s, princes were expected to marry other royals. As a result, two of the king’s uncles – Prince Sigvard and Prince Carl Johan – chose love, and gave up their titles to marry commoners.

 

A third, Prince Bertil, fell in love with a divorced Welshwoman Lilian Craig – like Sofia, a former model – and waited three decades until the current king came to the throne to get permission to marry her. Permission was granted, she became Princess Lilian – and after her death in 2013 the house she shared with Prince Bertil was left to Prince Carl Philip. He and Sofia are expected to move in there after it has been renovated.

21:42 Fun facts

While we wait for more speeches, here’s some more facts about Sofia Hellqvist.

 

Älvdalen, the small community where the Hellqvists live, is renowned as the home of an ancient dialect, Elfdalian, spoken by just 2,500 people.

 

Many linguists consider the dialect to be a separate language from Swedish with strong links to Old Norse, which has led some to describe it as a ‘Viking forest language’. The Local wrote about attempts to revive the language earlier this year. We’re not sure whether Princess Sofia speaks any Elfdalian herself, but enthusiasts are hoping she’ll work to popularise it.

 

22:57 Singing success
Sofia’s secret singer has been revealed to be Molly Sandén and the star is already receiving much praise on Twitter.
21:17 Speech from the father of the bride
Erik Hellqvist, the bride’s father is now giving a speech.
20:42 More speeches…
No, that’s not the end of the speeches with two more scheduled tonight.
While normal Swedish weddings can have up to twelve speeches, royal weddings are slightly more regimented. It would be a bit of a faux-pas for a guest to attempt an impromptu speech tonight.
READ MORE: Seven totally Swedish wedding traditions
20:35 The wedding banquet menu
As the wedding party tuck into starter number two, here’s a look at the food and wine menu to get your mouths watering:
Menu
White asparagus “Princess Sofia”
cooked in elderflower juice with roe from Älvdalen,
asparagus and chive emulsion
*
Langoustine simmered with coriander served with grilled scallop,
yuzu dressing, wood sorrel and split peas
*
Fried, lightly cured Hjälmaren pike-perch with grilled spring vegetables, caramelised crème fraîche and smoked butter
*
Peach and raspberry tartelette with white chocolate,
champagne and peach sorbet
Wine
Aperitif
Champagne Diebolt-Vallois Brut Tradition
*****
Pommery Grand Cru Millésimé 2005 Champagne
*
Trimbach Riesling Vieilles Vignes de Prince 2011 Alsace
*
Radford Dale “Freedom” 2012 Pinot Noir Elgin
*
Château Suduiraut 2002 Sauternes
20:30 Better together
“It’s a true pleasure to see how you bring out the best in each other. Work together and support each other,” the King has advised the new couple.
20:28 A warm welcome for Sofia
“You show genuine concern for other people. You’ve worked as a volunteer and aid worker in several African countries. You’ve built up Project Playground in an impressive way, and you have made important differences for children and young people in Cape Town,” the King has said about his new daughter-in-law Princess Sofia.
Here’s more information on her charity projects.
20:25 Serving Sweden
Sweden’s King is still addressing the room and has praised his son, who suffers from dyslexia.
“As the head of state I want to thank you particularly for the work you do to serve Sweden,” he has said.
“I want to speak about your bravery: it was brave of you to speak about your writing and reading difficulties.”
Click here to read more about the Prince’s experiences with dyslexia.
20:23 A day of magic moments
If you’re just joining our royal wedding coverage – welcome! Here’s a round-up of the day’s action so far, from the couple’s chapel entry to an Enya soundtrack to a white asparagus banquet starter.
20:21 Praise you
Carl Philip’s military career and his education in graphic design and agriculture are key themes in the King’s speech. He is brimming with pride and has managed to raise a few laughs.
“You’ve made your own choices in life. You’ve done it in your own way. You’ve worked hard and been focused, to achieve great results. That makes me happy and proud as your father,” he has said.
20:17 The king’s speech
The King has begun the evening’s speeches and is already getting emotional.
“It’s a particularly fine feeling to celebrate your love in the Palace in which you, Carl Philip, were born,” he said, addressing his son.
20:08 The dress
While the guests tuck into their food, here’s a chance for us to talk about the dress. It was created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt and according to the Royal Palace it was made from silk crepe overlaid with Italian silk organza.
“Couture lace made by José María Ruiz was applied to the dress and the train was hand-cut and then hand-stitched in Ida Sjöstedt’s atelier in Stockholm,” the Palace said.
Ida Sjöstedt studied at the University of Westminster in London, graduating in 2000. She’s won several Swedish awards. If you want to get your hands on one of her creations, her work is stocked by boutiques all over Sweden. If you’re in London, Scandinavian Fashions bring her designs to the UK.

Sofia in her wedding dress. Photo: TT
20:07 The look of love
This picture of the royal couple gazing into each other’s eyes has just been published by the TT news agency. Beautiful.
20.05 Mouthwatering moments
Alongside Mathias Dahlgren, top chefs Fredrik Eriksson, Markus Aujalay, Henrik Norström and Mattias Ljungberg also helped to prepare the feast.
Prince Carl Philip is a self-confessed foodie and has been keenly involved in and closely followed Sweden’s award-winning chefs and their entries in Swedish and international contests, not least the Swedish Chef of the Year and Bocuse d’Or events.
20:00 The royal couple in pictures
It’s photo time. Here’s a selection of our favourite snaps from the day and a look back at some of the couple’s best moments since they first got together.
IN PICTURES: Sweden’s new royal power couple
19:55 Global gawping
Sweden’s royal wedding is continuing to capture global attention. Most of the foreign reporters in Stockholm’s international press centre come from Denmark and Germany. But The Local’s Maddy Savage has been interviewed by the BBC and we’re told Radio France has also been marking the occasion.
19:51 Veggie bites
By the way Princess Sofia is a vegetarian. She and her husband Prince Carl Philip are a fit and healthy couple. They enjoy Nordic skiing and she is a qualified yoga instructor.
19:50 Table manners
Making small talk at weddings isn’t always fun, but the guests appear to be enjoying themselves. That white wine we mentioned is called Trimbach Riesling Vieilles Vignes de Prince, and it was made in 2011 in Alsace. The tablecloths the banquet is being laid out on? Made in Lille in France back in 1881.
19:42 The starters come out
The guests are eating white asparagus with elderflowers and are set to tuck into a lobster dish after this. he asparagus is ooked in elderflower juice with roe from Älvdalen in central Sweden, where the new princess is from. Most of the guests seem to be sipping on white wine.
19:38 A toast
The King has taken to the microphone to welcome the guests and has asked them to toast to the newlyweds. The tables are covered in multi coloured rose garlands and shiny candelabras.
19:34 Dinner is served
The guests are preparing to a tuck into a dinner prepared by Sweden’s only chef with three Michelin stars, Matias Dahlgren. After the lavish banquet, Swedish DJ Avicii and duo Icona Pop are set to perform for the royals. The whole evening is being broadcast on Swedish public television network SVT.
18:48 The highlights so far
What to choose out of such a day full of warmth, pomp and ceremony? Here are our favourite bits so far:
  • The unconventional church service. How many other royal brides enter the church to Enya and exit to the sound of gospel music, while the crowned heads of Europe swing their hips?
  • Stockholm came to life. We saw it Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine’s weddings – and we saw it again today – what place could be a better backdrop for a carriage procession than the Swedish capital’s magnificent harbour?
  • Carl Philip’s speech to the crowds: the Swedish royals know how to be down to earth, and Carl Philip charmed the socks off the crowd. “Sweden is a warm country,” he told them.
  • The ever-adorable Princess Estelle as Sweden’s cutest bridesmaid.
Stand by, though, there’s much more to come this evening.
See the couple’s exit from the church here:
18:28 The throngs disperse
Crowds are quickly dispersing from the royal palace now. Many spent hours waiting for a glimpse of the new royal couple and say they are sad it is all over.
“I’m not a royalist,” said Malin, 28, from Solna. “But it’s been a lovely day and after all that waiting it all seemed to be over in a flash!”

Photo: The Local
18:22 Monarchy still popular in Sweden
So, what future for the monarchy of which Princess Sofia is the latest member?
Royal popularity has had its ups and downs in Sweden over the past few years, but the most recent major poll shows just 22 percent of people want to abolish it, while 54 percent want to keep it. That’s a 32 percent lead for the monarchists. 24 percent said they didn’t have a view on the issue.
That poll (for the SOM Institute), was carried out back in 2012, so it would be interesting to see more recent data.
18:20 ‘We came especially for the wedding’
Joanna, 37 from Berlin (left) and Svantje, 35 from Hamburg:
“We are here on holiday especially for the royal wedding,” said Joanna.

Photo: The Local
“It exceeded our expectations with the weather but we were disappointed not to see so many royals on the red carpet as we got right to the front,” said Joanna.
Svantje added: “We absolutely loved her dress, she looked amazing. Good for them!”
“There were a lot of people but we felt safe”
18:18 “You could feel the emotion”
Antonio, 22 from Venezuela (centre) who is studying in Stockholm, said:
“It was really amazing! Sweden is different from where I am from. We don’t have a monarchy. It’s a bit elite but it’s so nice they come and share their happiness with the people. You could feel the emotion.”

Photo: The Local
18:14 A lovely picture of the kiss
Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT
17:57 Much more of the wedding still to go!

Extraordinarily, Swedish television will be broadcasting the festivities throughout the evening. Much of the evening’s wedding banquet – including the speeches, will be broadcast to the nation.

They’ll be sitting down to dinner at 7:30pm and cutting the cake at 10:30pm – all in the glare of the TV cameras.

17:55 There’s dancing in the streets

“The band is now playing I love you baby and there are quite a few people dancing in the crowd,” adds Maddy Savage, who is still outside the Royal Palace.

17:51 Cannons fire around Stockholm’s harbour

“The crowd seemed to love Prince Carl Philip’s short speech,” says The Local’s Maddy Savage.

“And the king got a huge cheer as he emerged too.”

                   

17:50 Carl Philip speaks from the balcony

“Dear Friends, Let me present my dear wife, Princess Sofia. With humility, let me thank you for coming to share our happiness.

“One of the most important and most beautiful memories that we will take with us is that so many of you wanted to come and celebrate love and show that Sweden is a warm country – a country with a lot of love.”

17:46 This is what the couple looks like in the carriage

Photo: Mikael Fritzon

17:43 The booze is already flowing for the wedding guests

“The guests appear to be sipping on champagne with a few pointing and waving at the crowds and media from the royal palace balcony,” says Maddy Savage.

17:40 “At least the royal guard has some diversity”

Bruna, 26, from Brazil is studying Swedish in Stockholm. She said she only found out about the wedding a few days ago. But she was keen to show her support for the Royal family.

“Queen Silvia was actually brought up in the same neighborhood as me in Moema in Sao Paolo. So the family is quite well known there.”
Lize-Marié, 30, from South Africa told The Local:

“I came to town today to see what it is all about, this royal frenzy. Quite the spectacle. I find it very quaint and old fashioned. It is kind of hard to believe Sweden still has a monarchy. At least the royal guard seems have a little diversity. That counts for something I suppose.”


Photo: The Local
17:39 Big crowds outside the Palace

When people tell you that Swedes aren’t that interested in the royal wedding, remember this picture:


Photo: The Local

17:34 Princess Sofia – a bit like the Duchess of Cambridge?

Chris 19, and Sarah, 24, who are both on an exchange programme from the U.S, are hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple outside the Royal Palace. Both are fans of Swedish royalty.

Photo: The Local
“I wish we had royalty ourselves in the US,” Says Sarah who says she has postcards from previous Swedish Royal marriages.
“I guess Sofia is a bit like Kate Middleton in the way she doesn’t traditionally fit the role. It will be interesting to see how she steps up to it.”
17:33 Maddy Savage is feeling the crush

The crowds are growing thick and fast. Starting to understand why the media have been penned off from the spectators. It’s very rare to see so many people squashed into one place in Stockholm.

17:32 The view from Maddy’s vantage point

17:31 Crowds wait impatiently

Watching this from the press centre, we can see the royal couple parading through Stockholm in their carriage, but from Maddy Savage’s vantage point there’s no sign of them:

“There are thousands of people here, many with their camera phones poised in the air waiting for the moment Prince Carl Philip comes out of the palace with his new wife,” she says.

17:28 Meanwhile, in the press pen

“The photographers here in the press pen are working hard – the sound of snapping is going on all around me”, says Maddy Savage.

17:27 The crowds seem to be in the right mood

17:23 Carriage procession gets underway

“Crowds are cheering outside royal palace as guests emerge,” says Maddy Savage, outside the palace.

“Dozens of bright blue soldiers on horseback are now making their way past the palace

17:19 Sweden’s new princess steps into her carriage

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, gets her first taste of life as a member of European royalty as she steps into her carriage for a procession around the streets of Stockholm.

17:18 Meanwhile, among the hoi-polloi

17: 14 The couple leave the church to the strains of some very upbeat gospel music

This must be a royal wedding first. The song, Joyful, Joyful, is apparently based on Beethoven. But I’m pretty sure Beethoven never got the crowned heads of Europe rattling their jewellery like this.

17:12 And here she is, looking adorable

As, indeed, they all do – don’t you think?

Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

17:03 Princess Estelle a very cute bridesmaid

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s daughter Estelle makes for a very cute bridesmaid. She’s joined by Chloé and Anais Sommerlath, great nieces to Queen Silvia, and Tiara Larsson. The older bridesmaids are Frida Vesterberg and Sofia’s sisters Lina and Sara Hellqvist.

17:03 Sermon focuses on what makes a happy home

Lars-Göran Lönnermark talks about how our homes can be like a depot, “where you refill, turn around and move on. But your home should also be a depot where you can breathe.”

You both want to do good, not least for young people. You’ve already won your big prize in your ‘Ja’ to each other.

Let your home be a relaxed playground. A source of energy that will help you focus on the things you burn for.

16:53 Coldplay’s Fix You is being performed by Swedish star Salem al-Fakir

This wedding certainly feels personal and unstuffy. Very much in character for the Swedish royal family. If you imagine away the tiaras (and the TV cameras), you could almost be at any friend’s wedding.

16:51 We’re getting some pics through from inside the church now – here’s the happy couple at the altar:


Photo: TT

16:48 The customary struggle to get the ring on

Carl-Philip made heavy weather of the ring business. There was a fair amount of pushing and shoving there.

16:45 They’ve said yes!

A loud, rining ‘Ja’ from Carl Philip. A certain, steady yes from his wife-to-be.

16:45 Crown Princess Victoria reads

The First Letter to the Corinthians.

16:42 The wedding is being led by Lars-Göran Lönnermark and Michael Bjerkhagen

Lönnermark is the main royal chaplain, Bjerkhagen is also a royal chaplain.

16:39 The service takes a more traditional turn with hymn Guds kärlek är som stranden

The couple said in their pre-wedding interview on SVT yesterday that they wanted to set their mark on the wedding, despite the royal ceremony. “We wanted to make it our day,” Carl Phlip said.

16:37 Sofia enters to Enya

This must be the first royal bride to enter to the sound of Enya. Instead of ‘Here Comes the Bride’, we have an arrangement of Athair ar Neamh by the Irish singer-songwriter.
16:35 Sofia Hellqvist enters the church on the arm of her father

Wearing a beautiful long white dress. Rather unconventional music. Sounds a bit like a film soundtrack.

16:32 A heavily pregnant Princess Madeleine waits in the church


Photo: TT

Prince Daniel, Princess Madeleine, her husband Chris O’Neill (we assume, holding their daughter Princess Leonore), and Queen Margrethe of Denmark, await the bride.

16:30 This was the King and Queen entering the church a few moments ago


Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

16:25 There he is – Carl Philip emerges

Carl Philip is walking into the church with his best man Jan-Åke Hansson. It’s looking hot in that church.

16:20 Close families entering church – not long now!

Sofia’s mother, Marie Hellqvist, looks lovely in a blue creation. She’s a keen motorcyclist and a former local councillor for the Liberal Party.

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf have also walked across. The Queen in a stunning tiara, the King in his customary naval uniform.

16:18 Prince Joakim of Denmark is wearing a very jaunty hat

He is seen here with wife Princess Marie.

Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

16:15 Britain is represented by Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The commentator from news agency TT noted with a sniff that Britain “isn’t sending any of its better known representatives to this wedding.” It does happen to be the British Queen’s official birthday today.

Prince Edward is Queen Elizabeth II’s third son. He and wife Sophie were also at Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding.

16:14 Foreign royals arriving

We’ve just seen Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit arrive, followed by Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark with Australian-born wife Mary. We’re getting closer.

16:08 VIP guests starting to arrive

The guests are starting to get a bit more high-profile. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has just arrived at the church, with wife Ulla.

The royal guest list is one of the few places in modern Swedish in which you see people listed by their professional titles. As Ulla Löfven is a former assistant at Social Democrat HQ, she’s listed as ‘Assistant Ulla Löfven’ on the guest list.

16:04 Royal regalia in place in church

Swedish kings don’t actually wear crowns these days (not since the early twentieth century, in fact), but they still bring them out the attic on special occasions – and put them on a cushion close to the action. Here’s Karl XIII’s beautiful crown, placed near the altar.

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15:58 Marching bands keep expectant crowds entertained

15:54 German press going big on the Swedish royal wedding

The royal wedding’s press centre has a distinctly German accent, with dozens of German journalists in Stockholm to cover the wedding. Indeed, German interest in the Swedish royals often seems insatiable.

Parsifal von Pallandt, who covers royal affairs for German press agencies, tells me the Swedish royals are extremely popular in Germany.

“We have no monarchy, and Sweden has a half-German Queen, so since 1976 Germans have followed Silvia and Carl Gustaf. They’re part of our glamour life. Our Prussian royals aren’t interesting any longer!”

It hasn’t all be plain sailing, though – the Swedish royals have sued the German press a lot, Parsifal von Pallandt reminds me.

15:48 German tourists waiting for a glimpse of the couple

 

15:40 Guests head into church

The guests are on their way from the palace the few metres to the Palace Church. Here’s Peter Wallenberg – scion of Sweden’s most powerful business dynasty – and partner on the red carpet a few moments ago.

3:29 High security ahead of the wedding

3:18 Journalists from around Europe gather to cover the wedding

3:10 Crowds wait in sun for festivities to begin

It’s a beautiful 23 degrees out there – a nice day for a white wedding, as they say.

 

2:50 pm Stockholmers shrug off Sofia’s controversial past

When Carl Philip started dating Sofia Hellqvist, it raised a few eyebrows. Her early career was as a reality TV star (she appeared in Big Brother-style series Paradise Hotel); she also did a scantily-clad photo spread in Slitz magazine (she was wearing nothing but a – presumably startled – python).

But the fair-minded Stockholmers we spoke to couldn’t give a damn about her past.

Stockholm-based Swedish student Fredrik, 24, told Sophie Inge outside the Palace the idea of a prince marrying a reality TV star didn’t phase him, he admitted some aspects of Hellqvist’s background were a bit “scandalous”.
He said the Royal family in Sweden are hard to dislike but that his favourite Royal was Victoria.
“She takes her duties a bit more seriously than the others.”
Hear more thoughts from Stockholmers:

2:40pm Welcome to The Local’s live coverage of the royal wedding

The day has arrived for Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip to make Sofia Hellqvist his princess. It will be the last major royal wedding in Sweden for a generation – so The Local is determined to make the most of it.

The lovely thing about royal weddings is that on one level they’re like every other wedding, with a young couple declaring their love for each other in front of friends and family. It just so happens that Prince Carl Philip’s friends and family include five queens, a king and dozens of princes and princesses.

It will be a day of pomp and ceremony – we will have carriage processions, tiaras and the occasional trumpeter. We’ll be lapping it up, and talking you through the best bits.

Our reporters on the scene will be Maddy Savage, is outside the palace, and Sophie Inge, who’ll be taking the temperature of the crowds on this glorious summer day in Stockholm. You can follow them on twitter at @maddysavage and @sophie_inge

If you want to get in the mood, here’s our guide to what to expect.

The Latest from Apple show: Apple Music to cost $10 a month

Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, hugs Beats by Dre co-founder and Apple employee Jimmy Iovine at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 8, 2015. The maker of iPods and iPhones announced Apple Music, an app that combines a 24-hour, seven-day live radio station called "Beats 1" with an on-demand music streaming service. Photo: Jeff Chiu, AP / AP

Apple says its new Apple Music app will cost $10 a month for one person or $15 a month for a family of up to six people.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, adds that the first three months will be free.

Cue says Apple Music will launch in more than 100 countries at the end of the month with a software update. He says it is also coming to Android devices in the fall.

He showed off some features, including the app’s integration with Siri, Apple’s voice activated assistant at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday.

Siri took requests like “Play the song from ‘Selma,'” “Play the top song from May 1982,” and “Play the Top 10 songs in alternative.”

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12:05 p.m. PDT (3:05 EDT)

Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Beats Electronics, is introducing Apple Music, an app that combines a 24-hour, seven-day live radio station called “Beats 1” with an on-demand music streaming service.

“Beats 1,” led by former BBC host Zane Lowe, will be broadcast live out of Los Angeles, New York and London.

The app will also give artists a forum called “Connect” to allow them to interact with fans by releasing demos, playlists, soundbites, videos and songs.

Iovine says the app brings together elements of the music world that are confusing and currently spread across many apps. He introduced it Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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11:55 a.m. PDT (2:55 p.m. EDT)

Apple says app developers will be able to make apps specifically for the watch and interact directly with the watch’s sensors and controls, such as the dial.

Third-party apps for the Apple Watch have been limited to being extensions of apps that run on the iPhone. With native app support, third-party fitness apps will be able to work without a phone nearby.

Currently, only Apple’s own Activity and Workout apps do that.

Apps will also be able to play audio using the watch’s speaker and tap its microphone.

The next version of Watch OS will also have new watch faces, including those featuring your personal photos and albums. Raise your wrist, and a different photo from the album shows up.

App developers will also be able to design information modules known as “complications” to appear on the watch faces. An airline, for instance, might design one with upcoming flight times.

A new feature called Time Travel will let users scroll the dial to go back and forward in time, whether that’s for upcoming meetings or weather forecasts. Sadly, Apple says Apple Watch can’t offer future stock prices yet.

The new features were unveiled Monday at Apple’s conference for developers in San Francisco.

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11:45 a.m. PDT (2:45 p.m. EDT)

The iOS 9 update coming this fall will also have battery improvements and improved security.

Health-related improvements include tracking for hydration and ultraviolet exposure, while smart-home features include supporting sensors for carbon monoxide. App developers would take advantage of these tools in building new apps and devices.

In future cars that support Apple’s CarPlay, you’ll be able to do more on the car’s dashboard without taking the phone out of your bag or pocket.

To get iOS 9, you’ll need less free space than before to upgrade wirelessly. That was a complaint with iOS upgrades in previous years.

The new software will work with all phones and tablets that currently support iOS 8, though not all features will work with older devices.

Apple also announced at its conference for developers in San Francisco on Monday several new features, including transit directions in Maps, a new app for news and specifically for the iPad, the ability to run multiple apps side by side.

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11:35 a.m. PDT (2:35 p.m. EDT)

The iPad tablet will look and act more like a Mac personal computer starting this fall.

A key feature is the ability to run multiple apps side by side. It’s already possible to run multiple apps, but you see one at a time and have to keep switching. Now you can be browsing in Safari and slide in a second app such as Mail or Calendar from the right side. There’s also a split-screen view similar to what’s coming to the new Mac operating system this fall.

You’ll also be able to watch video in a small window while doing other things on the iPad.

Other features include the ability to turn the on-screen keyboard into a trackpad, similar to a Mac. There are also shortcuts for switching between apps.

Some of the new features won’t work with iPads that are more than a few years old.

Windows tablets and many Samsung Android tablets already support side-by-side apps.

The features were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday.

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11:15 a.m. PDT (2:15 p.m. EDT)

Apple will offer a new app for news, with a personalized feed based on your interests and choices.

The app pulls text, photos and video from a variety of sources.

Stories that use Apple’s new News format will look best on the app.

Features include the ability to save articles to read later and to get suggestions on new publishers and topics by selecting “explore.”

It’s not immediately clear how Apple will handle news sources that require subscriptions. Apple says it has worked with leading organizations such as The New York Times and ESPN to bring stories to the app.

The app will initially be offered in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. It was unveiled Monday at the technology giant’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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11:10 a.m. PDT (2:10 p.m. EDT)

Apple is finally bringing public transit support to Apple Maps.

It was one of the biggest gaps when Apple replaced Google Maps as the default mapping app on iPhones and iPads in 2012.

Tapping on a station will show you all the lines that run through it, along with upcoming departure times. You can also get step-by-step directions that include the walk to the station.

The transit feature will be available in select cities around the world initially.

It’s part of iOS 9 expected in September.

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11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT)

Apple says it’s expanding its Apple Pay mobile-payment service next month to the United Kingdom, the service’s second market after the U.S.

In the U.S., Apple says 1 million retail locations will accept contactless-payment services such as Apple Pay by next month. The locations will include chains such as Trader Joe’s and JC Penney.

It’s still just a fraction of all retail outlets, but it’s up from 700,000 in March and 200,000 when the service launched in October. Apple is working with payment service Square to get even more merchants to accept such payments starting this fall.

In the U.K., Apple says there will be 250,000 merchant locations.

With this fall’s upgrade to the iOS mobile operating system, Apple Pay will let people add store credit cards, such as loyalty and gift cards from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Apple Pay injected new life into mobile payments. Although it was long possible to make payments at retail stores with the tap of an Android phone, it wasn’t easy to use. Apple changed that by bringing several banks and retailers on board from the start.

Google also has new hopes for mobile payment with last month’s announcement of Android Pay, while Samsung plans a mobile-payment offering this year, staring in the U.S. and Korea.

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10:45 a.m. PDT (1:45 p.m. EDT)

Apple promises that Siri will be an even better virtual assistant. Siri will try to be more proactive — akin to what Google already does with Google Now and has plans to do with the upcoming Now on Tap feature.

For instance, when a call from an unfamiliar number comes in, Siri will look through your email and give you an indication of who that might be. Siri will also give you reminders to leave for meetings, factoring in current traffic.

Siri can also handle more complex requests, such as ones to show you all photos from a particular place and time.

The responses are context and device sensitive — so what Siri gives you to listen when you’re out for a run might be different from when you enter a car.

It’s all part of the iOS 9 upcoming expected to come in September.

Apple says it will protect users’ privacy.

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10:40 a.m. PDT (1:25 p.m. EDT)

New updates to Apple’s Mac operating system include the ability to run multiple apps in split-screen mode. It allows people to take advantage of the computer’s full screen. You could have done that before by resizing windows, but that takes more time. The feature has similarities to what Microsoft offers in Windows 8.

Other updates include:

— the ability to pin frequently visited sites on a bar at the top of the Safari browser

— the ability to compose multiple emails in the Mail app through the use of tabs, similar to what Web browsers now have

— improved searching across the entire computer

— tools for faster graphical performance

The new system is called El Capitan, a landmark within Yosemite National Park. Last year’s update was called Yosemite, so the use of El Capitan is an indication that the upcoming version is largely a refinement of Yosemite.

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10:25 a.m. PDT (1:25 p.m. EDT)

Apple says this fall’s update to its Mac operating system will be called El Capitan — the name of a landmark in Yosemite National Park.

It follows a recent practice of Apple naming the Mac operating system after geographical locations in California. The 2013 update was called Mavericks, the name of a surfing area in the San Francisco Bay area. Last year’s version was called Yosemite.

Before, Apple named its Mac systems after big cats, including Lion and Tiger, but the company was running out of animals. Apple now makes Mac updates available for free.

Apple says 55 percent of Mac users have upgraded to Yosemite, much better than the adoption for Microsoft’s Windows 8.1

The new Mac system will be more formally known as OS X 10.11, as it’s the 11th update to a system adapted from the NeXT operating system that co-founder Steve Jobs brought to Apple when he returned in 1997 after an exile.

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10:10 a.m. PDT (1:10 p.m. EDT)

Apple’s conference for software developers is kicking off with CEO Tim Cook declaring the event “the epicenter of change” for both Apple and the industry.

The crowd is cheering as Cook unveils new tools for Apple Watch apps.

The Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco is Apple’s chance to preview software updates for Macs, iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch. The company is also expected to use the show to unveil a new music-subscription service based on the Beats service it purchased last year.

The show began with a comedic video skit purportedly of the event’s director planning the special effects and other elements. The director was played by actor Bill Hader.

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9:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 p.m. EDT)

Apple’s penchant for secrecy extends to the agenda for its annual gathering of app developers this week.

The Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco begins with a keynote. Apple isn’t saying anything ahead of time, though it’s widely expected the company will unveil updates to its mobile and Mac operating systems, along with a new music service.

For now, sessions for the rest of the week have mysterious titles such as “Pins and needles,” ”Patience is a virtue” and “You’ll be talking about this one.” Another goes by “Hmmmm.” and yet another is “Surprise!” Apple says details will be posted after the keynote.

The conference runs through Friday at the Moscone convention center in San Francisco.

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9:25 a.m. PDT (12:25 p.m. EDT)

Apple isn’t the only company to be previewing its plans for this fall.

Nearly two weeks ago, Google held its annual I/O conference for app developers. It’s similar to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in that it gives Google the stage for showcasing upcoming features and products.

Google unveiled a mobile payment system called Android Pay to rival Apple Pay and an upcoming service from Samsung. Google also says its Google Now virtual assistant will get better in bringing information users might want based on context, such as the song they are listening to or the article they are reading.

The next version of the Android operating system doesn’t have a name yet. It’s known for now as M, as Google names systems after desserts in alphabetical order.

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9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT)

Crowds are starting to form outside San Francisco’s Moscone convention center ahead of Apple’s annual gathering for app developers. Apple uses the Worldwide Developers Conference to preview new features for Macs, iPhones and other devices.

Apple is expected to announce a new music-subscription service incorporating a similar service from Beats, which Apple bought last year for $3 billion.

Apple also might announce new tools for Apple Watch. Apple has said software developers will be able to design apps specifically for the watch this year. For now, all third-party watch apps are dependent on a companion iPhone.

The two-hour keynote begins at 10 a.m. PT.

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AP Technology writers Anick Jesdanun, Ryan Nakashima and Brandon Bailey are contributing to this report.