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Thursday July 2

05:00
Apple updates executive profile page with an accent...

Apple silently updated the executive profile web page, with some new photos and bios showing up for some of the execs as well as some previously announced title changes and promotions.

Probably the most obvious changes were made to reflect Apple's commitment to design. Jony Ive's title is now Chief Design Officer, with Alan Dye making an appearance on the page as the company Vice President of User Interface Design and Richard Haworth debuting as the Vice President of Industrial Design.

It was previously reported that Ive would report directly to CEO Tim Cook; one surprise to many onlookers is that Dye and Haworth will also be reporting directly to Cook instead of working for Ive.

Our Take On The News:

It's great to see Apple subtly tipping its hat to the one thing that makes the company stand out from other consumer electronics firm -- its commitment to design excellence. Adding...

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04:44
PSA: Don’t cancel your iTunes Match subscription if...


Your own matched music re-downloaded from Apple Music gets DRM added

Since Apple appeared to have rolled the functionality of iTunes Match into Apple Music, it was looking like there wouldn’t be any point in retaining an iTunes Match subscription if you were planning to continue your streaming music subscription after the free trial. But MacWorld senior contributor Kirk McElhearn found that there is one small but crucial difference between the two: DRM … 

With iTunes...

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02:55
The UK admits to spying on Amnesty International

In June, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled that the UK government had illegally spied on two international civil rights groups: the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa. But there w...

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01:43
Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors,...

In a seemingly never-ending quest to make thinner, lighter mobile devices, Apple is researching methods by which heart rate monitors, skin conductivity sensors and more can be directly incorporated into an iPhone's product logo.

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01:25
Sprint turns to a British retailer to reverse its US...

It's been almost a year since UK retailers Dixons and Carphone Warehouse tied the knot. Life as a combined entity, known as Dixons Carphone, is off to a good start: profits are up and the company made efforts to expand its presence, including the lau...

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00:37
Google's chatbot learned it all from movies

Chatbots are pretty common these days -- a simple search can surface numerous variants you can talk to on a lonely Friday night. The one Google is developing, however, isn't your run-of-the-mill chatbot: it wasn't programmed to respond to questions a...

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Wednesday July 1

23:02
​Fukushima nuclear reactor will get mapped with...

Scientists from Los Alamos National Lab have discovered how to look through and map just about anything with a new process: the science-fictionally sounding muon tomography. Even in places like the highly radioactive Fukushima reactor, the method doe...

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22:13
This website only lets one person in at a time

As I write this, I'm waiting in line. Not at the grocery store or camping out for a superfluous wearable, but to get into a website. That only one person can visit at a time. For a total 60 seconds. It's madness. There are 3,662 people ahead of me an...

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20:10
∞ Steve Jobs: The official movie trailer

Here you go.

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19:27
Apple officially recognizes Jony Ive's...

Apple made its promotion of Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer a bit more official on Wednesday in an update to the Apple Leadership webpage, while at the same time adding executive profiles for design underlings Alan Dye and Richard Howarth.

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19:22
Jony Ive officially moves to Chief Design Officer as...

After announcing the change in a company-wide memo last month, Apple today has officially updated Jony Ive’s executive bio on Apple.com to reflect his new role as Chief Design Officer. Ive was promoted from Senior Vice President of Design earlier this year. Ive’s bio notes that he reports directly to Tim Cook and is responsible for all design at Apple, including retail, Apple Campus 2, software, and hardware.

Apple this evening has also added executive bios for Alan Dye, the new Vice President of User Interface Design, and Richard Howarth, the new Vice President of Industrial...

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18:46
Apple removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS...

Apple yesterday rolled out iOS 8.4 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the big news, of course, was the addition of Apple Music and Beats 1. It appears now, however, that Apple removed a feature still used by many from the operating system. As pointed out by several users on Apple’s Support forum, the company appears to have removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4. The Home Sharing support page has also been updated to reflect that the feature is not present in iOS 8.4.

Home Sharing allowed users of iOS devices to...

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18:40
ACM 313: Apple Music First Impressions, Steve Jobs...

After getting to play with Apple Music for a day Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on the latest entry into the streaming music market. They share what they like, what's working well, what isn't, and more. They also have plenty to say about the just released trailer for this fall's Steve Jobs movie.


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17:19
Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music...

While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving functionality by apparently limiting Home Sharing to videos.

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16:21
Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US...

Apple on Wednesday announced upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative, revealing its sensor-laden vans will be tooling around a total of 27 new U.S. locales come mid-July, including an expansion into 13 states.

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15:59
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Fist bump/Poop

Merlin and Jim talk about Taylor Swift and heavy metal.

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15:56
Apple expanding its camera-equipped vans to 13 new...

Apple today has updated its Apple Maps vehicles webpage with a list of new cities it will begin surveying later this month. Earlier this year we reported that Apple was using its camera-equipped vans to collect next-gen Maps data, including Street View storefronts and 3D images. Apple now has revealed 13 new U.S. that it will begin surveying later this month, as well as a handful of locations in the U.K. and Ireland.

Apple’s new cities are located in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Apple will also continue surveying areas in Florida...

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15:53
Greek capital controls put squeeze on iCloud, iTunes...

In a move to preemptively thwart a cash exodus as its economy implodes, Greece earlier this week enacted capital control restrictions to titrate the outflow of money, limiting international credit card payments to Web services like Apple's App Store and iTunes.

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15:45
∞ Cancelling Spotify and Rdio

It only took a couple of using Apple Music for me to decide to cancel my Spotify and Rdio accounts. The process of cancelling went pretty smooth for both, although there were some problems for some Spotify subscribers who couldn’t get their subscriptions cancelled. I’m keeping Pandora for now, just in case Apple Music screws up for some reason, but I’m liking it so far.

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14:31
New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds


Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a new G Data SecurityLabs report. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015 Mobile Malware Report revealed. "The report suggests that Android devices are becoming a bigger target for the bad guys and more profitable than in previous years," said Andy Hayter, security evangelist for G Data. The number of new malware samples in the first quarter increased 6.4 percent.

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14:15
OS X: How to Create Custom Radio Stations in iTunes...

In iTunes 12.2, which supports Apple Music, you can still create your own custom radio station. There are several ways to do it, and you can create a station from the song or the artist. John shows you how.


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14:12
Apple Music users complain iCloud Music Library...

Some people turning on iCloud Music Library to make full use of Apple Music are instead coping with deleted songs and playlists, in addition to other problems, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and testing by AppleInsider.

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13:14
Opinion: Apple Watch + Music show intuitive software...

Like many other people, I signed up for Apple Music yesterday because it was intriguing and free. Having skipped earlier subscription music services, I didn’t have Spotify playlists to worry about losing or importing, and I hadn’t experienced truly unlimited access to a giant music selection before. Apple Music’s sign-up process turned out to be great: attractive, simple, and just personal enough to learn my tastes without feeling creepy. It’s also likely to win long-term customers: sign up your family, and after 3 months, someone’s going to insist on keeping Apple Music (or just forget to cancel it).

But once the sign-up process is over, Apple Music repeats a mistake that Apple made earlier this year with the Apple Watch: throwing users into the deep end of a big new pool without adequate guidance. Despite all the talk of importantly human-curated content, Apple Music is oddly and robotically silent when it should be actively guiding new customers through a brand new ...

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13:00
Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming...

Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasnât seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes...


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12:56
How to follow and get updates from your favorite...

Connect, a Tumblr-like social network for musicians and their fans, is a tentpole feature of Apple's new streaming music service. AppleInsider takes a look at how easy it is to follow and get updates from your favorite artists using Connect.

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12:47
$20 Off a Casetify Apple Watch Strap

We have a deal for you today for a Casetify Apple Watch strap. The way the deal works is that you're buying a $70 credit from us for $50, which lets you get just about any strap they have-and they have a lot of straps. If you're looking to personalize your Apple Watch, definitely check out this deal.


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12:40
Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint...

A U.S. judge has approved a $50 million settlement by Sprint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of a still broader settlement over allegations it billed customers for services they never wanted.

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12:00
Full trailer for the Steve Jobs movie out now

Here's our first look at the full trailer for the forth coming movie Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. 

Also appearing in the film are Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. What do you think?

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11:56
Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple...

A series of Apple's online services suffered slowdowns on Wednesday, and may be completely inaccessible to some users, according to Apple's official system status page. [Updated]

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11:47
Review: Monk Magnet Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and...

The Monk Magnet Wallet Case ($35) from Sewell Direct is a magnetic removable folio case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Like a few other cases we've seen, Monk Magnet Wallet Case lets users remove the phone from the wallet folio for use — when removed, it sits inside a faux-leather backed shell case (the folio is faux-leather, as well). The magnetic attachment makes installation and removal simple. Monk Magnet Wallet Case has three card slots and a pocket for cash. As is the norm with most folio cases, Monk Magnet Wallet Case doesn't provide much protection, especially when the phone is used while solely in the shell.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:32
Promotional images suggest Apple's new iPod...

Apple's newly leaked iPod colors may arrive sooner than expected, on Tuesday, July 14, if the company's carefully designed marketing materials once again prove accurate.

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11:14
Family Sharing and Apple Music: It's all about...

Now that Apple Music is out, you can give it a try for three month before you have to start paying for it. If you have a family, you can save some money on membership fees by signing up for a Family Membership. It’s $15 per month for up to six family members. A single user membership costs $10 per month, so you can save a lot of dough.

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11:00
Happy Hour Podcast 021 | Apple Music first...

Apple Music is finally here. The iOS 8.4 update hit yesterday and we’ve been exploring Apple’s new music streaming service to see if it lives up to the hype. Listen to our first impressions, problems, and our opinions about Apple Music. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in...

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11:00
olloclip taps Kickstarter for olloclip Studio

IMAGE FROM OLLOCLIP VIA KICKSTARTER

Four years ago, olloclip sought Kickstarter support for its first accessory lenses for iPhone. That product, and successive iterations of olloclips for various iPhones and other smartphones, have been highly successful. Now the company is going back to its roots, tapping Kickstarter backers for an entirely new product called olloclip Studio

Rather than just an accessory lens kit, olloclip Studio builds on the current line of accessory lenses and the ollocase with an integrated system consisting of a case, mounts, cold shoes, and lenses. There are a number of backer levels, with "rewards" consisting of various combinations of the bits and pieces.

The olloclip Studio revolves around what is called the Studio Case. This case can be equipped with a...

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10:48
Despite big licensing wins, names like The Beatles,...

Apple Music has turned around many artists who previously opposed streaming --?Radiohead's In Rainbows made its subscription debut on the service, for instance --?but there are still a number of notable holdouts, including Apple favorite The Beatles.

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10:44
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-01: Apple Music Day 1...

With a full day of Apple Music behind us Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how the new streaming music service and Internet radio station are working out so far. John also explains how the MacBook can grow on you even if you didn't like it at first.


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10:21
Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote...

Hyundai has released a Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, bringing many of the same vehicle remote control features present in the Blue Link iPhone interface to Apple's first wearable.

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10:20
External Link: Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

Safari has become the new Internet Explorer, at least if you believe developer Nolan Lawson. In a blog post, Lawson laments Apple’s absence at the recent EdgeConf developer conference, and goes on to chide Apple for not properly implementing new Web technologies in Safari. Lawson argues that as a result, like Internet Explorer once did, Safari is holding the Web back.

 

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09:31
First ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Trailer Looks Amazing

Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Steve Jobs Wednesday, and it looks amazing. Michael Fastbender doesn't look or sound like Steve Jobs, but he sure conveys "Steve Jobs" with his acting. Steve Jobs is a biopic written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. It's taken a circuitous route to get this far and seemed perilously close to getting canned along the way, but this first look teases a movie that looks very interesting. What do you think?


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09:24
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE...

It came from the rumor mill and it’s pretty interesting.

An anonymous source leaked that Apple will be using a new LTE chip manufactured by Qualcomm in the next-gen iPhone. The MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform, promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds.

The MDM9635M chip was first introduced by Qualcomm in late 2013 and was introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S5. The chip offers potential download speeds up to 300 Mbps, doubling the 150 Mbps...

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09:07
iCloud Music Library adds DRM to your matched files

This is an issue, just waiting to bite people. Back up your song library before you turn on iCloud Music Library, just to be safe.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:53
iOS 9 beta supports limited Apple Music + Beats 1...



Eddy Cue confirmed late last night that a new iOS 9 seed is coming to developers next week with support for Apple Music, but since the service launched yesterday, users have discovered that there are a few ways to use certain aspects of it while on iOS 9.

First, if you are running iOS 9, Siri commands work to access some of the features of Apple Music. For instance, you can ask Siri to add an album that you didn’t previously have to your library and the content...

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08:53
Full trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows...

The full two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic was released by Universal Pictures on Wednesday, giving a closer look at how the film will feature high-stakes drama from the Apple co-founder's personal and professional lives.

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08:19
Apple leaks new gold, deep blue and hot pink iPod...

An update to Apple's dwindling iPod lineup is indeed in the works, Apple's own iTunes software appears to indicate, thanks to graphics showing gold versions of the iPod touch, nano and shuffle, along with new shades of blue and pink.

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08:15
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08:07
How to Disable Apple Music Auto Renewal

Apple Music comes with a three month free trial, and after that a US$9.99 a month fee kicks in. If you aren't sure Apple's new streaming music service is for you and don't want to forget to disable automatic payments, read on to find out what to do.


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07:51
Actor Aaron Paul finds, posts interesting Siri...

See, this is why Aaron Paul is nifty.

Paul, the actor best known for his role as “Breaking Bad” character Jesse Pinkman, posted an interesting challenge yesterday via Twitter: ask Siri to divide zero by zero and witness the result.

It only takes a few seconds, but you’ll probably like the result, which is both geeky and funny.

It’s unknown as to how Paul first heard of the easter egg.

If you have a chance, give it a try today and let us know what you make of it in the comments.

The Next Web and...

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07:39
News: Report: New iPhone 6S LTE chip could ‘double’...

A newer Qualcomm LTE chip in Apple’s upcoming iPhone will be able to deliver “up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds” compared to the current iPhones, according to 9to5Mac. Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip is capable of offering 300 Mbps download speeds, as compared to the current 150 Mbps download speeds found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Upload speeds will be the same, however (50 Mbps), and the report notes real world…

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07:37
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 update

The mighty iTunes received an update yesterday.

And it possesses a new icon to be somewhat confused by.

Late Tuesday, Apple released iTunes 12.2. The new version of the software, a 232.8 megabyte download, adds support for the Apple Music streaming service, complete with Beats 1 and Apple Radio as well.

iTunes 12.2 can be downloaded and installed through OS X’s Software Update or App Store features and requires an Intel processing running OS X 10.7.5 or later to run while its iTunes Extras kit requires OS X 10.9.3 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version of iTunes and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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07:31
Review: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple...

Apple Watch owners looking to conveniently charge and showcase their wrist-worn device have a new, affordable quality option with the Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock.

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07:30
Mac OS X 10.10.4 adds TRIM support for third-party...

IMAGE VIA ARS TECHnICA

Yesterday, Apple released Mac OS X 10.10.4, providing a number of bug fixes and subtle improvements to the currently shipping version of the desktop operating system. According to Ars Technica, one of those improvements is the addition of support for TRIM on third-party solid state drives (SSDs)

TRIM isn't something most users worry about; it's a system-level command that provides communication between the operating system and SSD regarding unused areas of the drive that are ready for erasure and overwriting. Without TRIM, drives can become much slower as more data is added to the device. OS X has...

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07:22
Disable Connect in Restrictions, get Playlist icon...

How to replace the Connect icon in the Music app, bring back the Playlists icon. If that’s your thing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:05
∞ Beats 1 requests

Interesting that Apple is going old school on this.

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06:58
Olloclip introduces Studio camera case &...

Olloclip on Wednesday announced its new Studio accessory system, meant to enhance the use of its add-on lenses for iPhones, including a ruggedized case with kickstand and new mounts.

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06:49
Devs get New iOS 9 Beta Next Week with Apple Music...

Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services took to Twitter Tuesday evening to confirm a new beta of iOS 9 is coming next week. He also said Apple Music would be coming to the next version of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch beta operating system at the same time.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seems developers want Apple Music right now in the iOS 9 beta. Looks like they'll have to practice a little patience while they wait for "early next week."


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06:43
News: Cue: New iOS 9 beta coming next week

A new iOS 9 beta will be arriving “early next week,” according to a tweet from Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. Cue was responding to another tweet asking why Apple didn’t release Apple Music to developers — presumably, the upcoming third iOS 9 beta will contain Apple Music. Apple just released the second iOS 9 beta last week, alongside its watchOS 2 beta for Apple Watch....

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06:34
News: iTunes 12.2 release includes support for Apple...

Apple released iTunes 12.2 a bit later than usual on Tuesday, but as expected, the new release brings Apple Music to the Mac. iTunes 12.2 includes full Apple Music support, including Beats 1 and Apple Music Radio. The newest edition of iTunes can be downloaded on Apple’s iTunes website or through the Mac App Store....

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06:26
Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case...

The next iteration of Apple's lower-cost iPhone "C" series might do away with the colorful polycarbonate shell it's currently known for in favor of a more robust metal case similar to the iPhone 6, according to a recent analyst report.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive & 1TB...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive & 1TB Cloud Backup Bundle for only $84.99 – that’s 46% off the regular price. With an iDrive Wi-Fi 1TB wireless hard drive and a one-year subscription to 1TB of cloud-based backup storage, you can back up your data from your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device wirelessly from anywhere in your home, securing it with 256-bit AES encryption to protect the backups on your drive…

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05:55
Apple Watch: Resuming to Your Last-Used App

Today's Quick Tip is truly quick but also truly useful. Do you want your Watch to keep, say, the music app active instead of switching to the clock face when you raise your wrist? Or would you like to make some third-party app stay open so you don't need to switch back to it constantly? We'll tell you how to turn on the setting to do just that!


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05:05
Eddy Cue: iOS 9 beta with Apple Music arrives "...

If you're already running iOS 9 beta 2 on your favorite mobile device, then you're missing out on Apple Music. Don't worry, though -- you'll be right back in the thick of things early next week when another beta will arrive complete with Apple Music.

Last night (June 30, 2015), Eddy Cue responded twice to questions on Twitter about when the beta would support Apple Music:

@jvdfrg @lokithorrrrr early next week

— Eddy Cue (@cue) July 1, 2015

@D2007CAVS new iOS 9 beta coming early next week

— Eddy Cue (@cue) July 1, 2015

Given Apple's usual two-week beta release schedule, it's highly likely that iOS 9 beta 3 will drop on Tuesday, July 7....

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05:00
5 Things the Apple App Store Could Do Better


I haven't been thrilled with app discovery on the App Store for years, and while Apple has been tweaking things to make it better, it's pretty easy to enter the iOS App Store, look around, and come to the conclusion that only an infinitesimal fraction of 1.5 million apps must be worthy of showing off -- and unfortunately, Disney's "Palace Pets in Whisker Haven" is one of them. Which raises the question: Are there really great apps that never see the light of day hiding out in the App Store, waiting for their chance to get recognized and shine?

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00:20
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Parrot MiniDrones are equipped to hover, race and...

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Tuesday June 30

23:31
New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next...

Developers testing out iOS 9 were excluded from Apple Music launch day festivities, but Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said to expect a build supporting the new streaming music service early next week.

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22:58
Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X...

Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update.

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22:20
iTunes 12.2

Integrates the Apple Music streaming music subscription service and the free Beats 1 radio service into iTunes. (Free, 222 MB)

 

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20:46
Security Update 2015-005

Lengthy list of vulnerability fixes mirrors many of those patched by 10.10.4 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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20:39
Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers...

Mapzen, a pioneering open source mapping project now backed by Samsung Research America, has hired a number of former Apple employees previously attached to Apple Maps, AppleInsider has learned.

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18:57
Apple Lets iPhone Read Books Made with iBooks Author

Apple released iBooks Author 2.3 Tuesday, an update that allows the software to make ebooks that can be read on an iPhone. The company did so by adding two new ePub templates that work with iPhone.


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18:21
Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001

Patches vulnerabilities with EFI firmware for Mountain Lion and Mavericks. (Free, 101 MB)

 

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17:52
Beats 1 Radio appears to be down for many (Update:...

Update: after about 35 minutes, it appears that the Beats 1 stream is back online. The outage may have been caused by an Amazon Web services outage on the East Coast of the US. 

Many readers are reporting Beats1 Radio is offline with error -12880 on iOS and just a spin on iTunes for Mac. As per usual, Apple’s System status page shows no outage but currently we aren’t able to find anyone able to get online.

iTunes is showing the below error:

@9to5mac pic.twitter.com/EeOUBteGS8

— Timothy Phillips  (@filupskid)...

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17:11
Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take...

A report on Tuesday claims Apple's secret automotive initiative is creating tension within the company's ranks as resource allotments are now gobbling up personnel from other divisions.

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17:05
Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes shortly after the Edge Conference, where major players in web technologies got together to discuss the state of the industry and what's ahead. Lawson says Mozilla, Google, Opera, and Microsoft were all in attendance and willing to talk — but not Apple. "It's hard to get insight into why Apple is behaving this way. They never send anyone to web conferences, their Surfin' Safari blog is a shadow of its former self, and nobody knows what the next version of Safari will contain until that year's WWDC. In a sense, Apple is like Santa Claus, descending yearly to give us some much-anticipated presents, with no forewarning about which of our wishes he'll grant this year. And frankly, the presents have been getting smaller and smaller lately." He argues, "At this point, we in the web community...

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17:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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16:55
Faster, Cheaper Fiber Could Rev Up Internet


Researchers have found a way to significantly improve the performance of fiber networks, which could lead to benefits for both consumers and Internet service providers. Information in fiber optic cables degrades with distance. When you try to increase the speed at which the data is traveling by boosting the power in the network, degradation gets worse. "It's like quicksand," said Nikola Alic, a research scientist at the Qualcomm Institute, part of the University of California at San Diego. "The more you struggle, the faster you sink."

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16:52
Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7

Updates to the three versions of Apple’s Web browser with reduced memory usage for improved performance, plus (Free)

 

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16:48
How to request a song on Beats 1

Certain shows on Apple's Beats 1 will accept requests from listeners. You can submit a request into one of two ways. 

First, pick up the phone. That's totally old school, but so is listening to the radio. Just point your browser to http://beats1radio.com/requests  to find a list of numbers for customers in 13 countries, including the US, Canada, France, Japan and Germany.

If you'd rather not place a call, simply post a tweet with the hashtag #Beats1Requests

Earlier today I was wondering why a person would place a request when she has millions of songs available on demand. I asked Twitter and got a few interesting answers. 

Mark Dagon said: It'd be nice to set up a playlist for others to hear. Live365 did that.

Joshua Schnell said:  ...

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16:15
Eight Weeks With the MacBook Keyboard: Total Love

Apple's new MacBook uses a new keyboard mechanism. The keys are larger, and the throw is shorter. So when people try it out for just a minute ot two in the Apple store, it may feel strange, different and even undesirable. But John Martellaro has been using his MacBook for eight weeks and loves it. He explains.


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16:12
Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2

Following the release of iOS 8.4 earlier on Tuesday, Apple pushed out the latest version of iTunes with support for the company's Apple Music streaming service, bringing including Beats 1 radio, Apple Music Connect, Apple Music Radio and more to Mac.

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15:59
∞ On the launch of Apple Music

There was a bit of mic chatter, then Zane Lowe broke in to make the official launch:

Alright, man. We gotta kick this whole thing off at some point. We spent the last three months trying to build this radio station and now we can build no more. We must launch.

An incredible start for Apple Music.

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15:46
How to save Apple Music songs, albums &...

Like Spotify and some other streaming music services, an important feature of Apple Music is the ability to temporarily save songs for when an Internet connection is unreliable -- or simply to avoid data caps imposed by cellular carriers.

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15:42
Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone: New...

Apple released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8. Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple's new MacBook), and more.


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15:33
Listen to Beats 1 on your Apple TV

Listen to Beats 1 on your Apple TV via AirPlay. 

Apple Music is live and ready. You can tune into Apple's 24 hour radio station, Beats 1, on your iOS device or Mac running iTunes 12.2. That's great, but some customers have their premium sound system connected to their home entertainment system, including the Apple TV. Fortunately, it's easy to listen to Beats 1 via Apple TV. 

Right now, the iTunes Radio app on Apple TV does not have access to Beats 1. That could change, but we'll have to wait and see. For now, follow these steps. 

While listening to Beats 1 via the Apple Music app on your iOS device, and tap the AirPlay button. Lastly, select your Apple TV and you're good! 

Hopefully the iTunes Radio button will be updated to include Beats 1. Until then, AirPlay works. 

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15:33
iTunes 12.2 update available with Apple Music support

Apple Music made its debut earlier today though an iOS 8.4 update. Now you can enjoy Apple Music on your Mac, too. All you need is the 12.2 update for iTunes.

To get the update, launch the App Store (in your Applications folder) and click on the Updates button at the top of the app. You can also launch iTunes, click on the iTunes menu, and select Check for Updates. (As of this writing, the iTunes download website says that the 12.2 update is “coming soon.”)

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15:25
Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update with Apple Music...

Apple released an iTunes update on Tuesday afternoon with support for Apple Music, the company's new streaming music service and Internet radio station. The version 12.2 update lets users try out and use Apple Music on their Mac and Windows PC-something we've already been able to do most of today on our iPhones and iPads.


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15:20
Appeals court says Apple is liable for e-book price...

The Second Court of Appeals has affirmed (PDF) that Apple is liable for engaging in e-book price fixing, holding up the 2013 judgment of a district court that ruled in favor of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and 33 states.

The DoJ sued Apple as well as publishers Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan back in 2012. The publishers agreed to settle for $164 million. Apple fought the charges and lost, and it appealed the decision in February 2014.

When it...

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15:17
∞ Apple Music comes to the Mac with iTunes update

Apple just posted iTunes 12.2, which brings its new Apple Music service to the Mac. Open iTunes and go to iTunes > Check for Updates.

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15:16
Apple releases tons of security updates for recent...

While the world’s focus on Apple today might be on the release of its new streaming music service, the company also pushed out a host of security fixes for exploits, flaws, and—shall we say—politically difficult situations of the last few months. iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 should make users safer, pending testing by outside researchers.

You can find the full list of security issues on pages for iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4, which also includes items in Security Update 2015-005 for older OS X releases.

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15:16
How to Request Songs on Beats 1 Radio

Apple's Beats 1 Internet radio is offering another feature familiar to traditional radio station listeners: call-in requests. Apple has phone numbers available in several countries, and Beats 1 DJ Travis Mills will host a requests show at 5PM pacific time.


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15:00
Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450...

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlement reached in 2014 with lawyers and attorneys general from 33 states. The Justice Dept. contended that the price-fixing conspiracy raised the price of some e-books from the $10 standard set by Amazon to $13-$15. The one dissenting judge argued that Apple's efforts weren't anti-competitive because Amazon held 90% of the market at the time. Apple is unhappy with the ruling, but they haven't announced plans to take the case further. They said, "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."


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14:53
Beats1 live on your Mac

It looks like Twitter has found the link to the live stream of Beats1 audio. Thanks to Benji R for the link. This will do until Apple posts their own link.

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14:22
Apple Music Turns to Tumblr for Beats 1 Show Schedule

If you want to stay on top of Beats 1 programming for Apple Music, you can point your Web browser to Tumblr because that's where Apple has their Internet radio station schedule listed. And showing Apple's new found love of social networks, you can find Apple Music on Twitter and Instagram, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple really is embracing social platforms, and that's really clear with Apple Music's presence on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.


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14:21
Pay What You Want for the iOS Designer Bundle

Check out the iOS Designer Bundle, a collection of five training courses that will train you to design for iOS. Better yet, you can pay what you want. It works like this: pay the minimum-even a penny-and you get the first training course. Beat the average price, which is currently $12.31, and you get all five. 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons, and if you make the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll get five entries into a giveaway for an iMac with 5K Retina display. Hit any spot on the leaderboard at any time and you'll get one entry. There are details on the deal page.


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14:14
Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 update

You’ve been waiting for this for a while.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.10.4, the newest version of its current operating system.

The update, a 1.09 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Improves networking reliability.

- Improves Migration Assistant reliability.

- Addresses an issue that prevented some external displays from functioning properly.

- Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos.

- Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Photos to unexpectedly quit after importing some Lecia DNG files.

-...

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14:05
AppleCare will replace your battery once it drops to...

The battery in your iPhone or Apple Watch is a precious resource, and it becomes more precious as your devices age and their batteries begin to lose capacity. One solution to this problem is to buy an aftermarket replacement battery, look up an iFixit guide, and crack your phone or tablet open yourself. If you've paid for the AppleCare and AppleCare+ extended warranty programs, though, we've got good news.

Apple will now replace any battery covered by AppleCare+ once it drops below 80 percent of its original capacity, as outlined in refreshed AppleCare+ documents spotted by MacRumors late last week and reported on other sites today. Previously, a battery had to drop to 50 percent of its original...

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13:53
Mac: Apple GarageBand 10.1

In tandem with today’s launch of Apple Music, the company has also pushed out an update to its GarageBand ($5) music creation software, with a tie-in that allows artists to now publish their tracks directly to the Apple Music Connect service, allowing jams and mixes in progress to be quickly shared with fans.

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13:40
News: Report: iPhone 6S to look ‘nearly identical’...

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the exterior design of this year’s “iPhone 6S” models will look substantially the same on the outside despite a collection of internal changes. Citing “a proven source familiar with Apple’s supply chain,” the report claims, as others have, that Apple is planning on bringing Force Touch to the new models. However, the design of the iPhone 6S will be identical to the current…

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13:39
Apple Says iTunes 12.2 ‘Coming Soon’ for Mac and...

Apple's iTunes download page for Mac and Windows continues to offer iTunes 12.1.2, but the company added an "iTunes 12.2 coming soon" note. Apple Music, which launched earlier on Tuesday with iOS 8.4, requires iTunes 12.2 on Mac and Windows, and its absence has been greeted with annoyance and snark on the Interwebs.


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13:31
How to get started with Apple Music

There day is here. Apple Music is finally available. Earlier we published a brief how-to on migrating your existing Beats Music account to Apple Music, keeping your library, playlists and artist preferences intact. Now, we'll explain how to get started with Apple Music from scratch.

Install iOS 8.4

This update brings Apple Music and Beats 1 to your iPhone or iPad, replacing Apple's Music app with an all-new version that's ready for the new services. Once that's done, it's time to launch the new Apple Music app.

Begin  your trial

A new window appears. Tap the Start 3 Month Free Trial button. At this point, you'll be prompted to choose the individual plan at $9.99, or the family plan at $14.99. Don't worry, you won...

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