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Friday July 3

06:19
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to retain similar appearance to...



The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will look pretty much the same but run for a longer period of time.
And that’s a decent thing.
Apple’s second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery.
Following up on yesterday’s report that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for its Watch revamp, the new rumor is that Apple is working on a larger battery for the wearable.

The external design of the...

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06:06
From the Editor's Desk: Beats 1 and the return...

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears will forever remind me of riding in my then girlfriend's crappy Oldsmobile Omega, windows down, sun shining, off to have some fun.

Van Halen's "5150" brings me back to away games with my high school soccer team.

Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant" recalls my first year living in Boston.

These summer anthems are inextricably linked with time, place, and feelings: speeding in the Olds, the camaraderie of teammates, a new adventure beginning.

All of it was fueled by radio.

When I was young I listened to Rock 107 in Scranton, Pa. Later I'd love WFNX in Boston, and of course VMFM at Marywood University. But...

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06:00
The Tour de France's Tech Transformation


The 102nd running of the longest sporting event in the world, the Tour de France, begins Saturday. The race first took place in 1903, and it has continued every year since, except during WWI and WWII. In the 112 years since that first race, the technology utilized by the riders has changed dramatically. Today, the racers ride bikes with frames made of advanced carbon fiber. They have a total of 22 gears to help climb mountains and sprint to the finish line, and they can communicate with their team managers over race radios.

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05:44
News: Apple exploring person-to-person Apple Pay...

A new patent application uncovered by Patently Apple reveals that the company may be considering the expansion of Apple Pay into a wallet system capable of handling person-to-person transactions. Patent application 20150186887 describes a method that would allow two iPhone users to make a private sales transaction authenticated with Touch ID. The system would leverage the iOS Wallet/Passbook app and an encrypted wireless communication channel between…

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05:38
Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To...

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think thatâs only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a serviceâs users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.


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05:28
New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base...


Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.
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05:26
Review: Paste, a simple, effective and pretty...


You know how it goes: you copy a link, or a piece of text, intending to paste it – then you get distracted and copy something else before you get the chance. You then have to find and copy the first item again. A clipboard manager solves this problem by saving a history of the items you copy, letting you paste in any one of them later.
There are plenty of clipboard managers around (a quick search of the Mac App Store found 34 of them), and you might think that when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. But where Paste stands out is in using a colorful interface with large previews, intended to make it easy to identify the item you want to paste. I’ve been trying it out for the past few days … 
Once installed, Paste automatically adds anything you...

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05:10
Never released prototype of Sony-built Nintendo...

Bizarre to see the Sony and Nintendo branding together like this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
Play pong via Bing

Go to Bing, search for the term Pong. Click to start.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to pick up the Mpow 3-...

It’s your last chance to grab the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger for only $13.99 in today’s iLounge Deal – that’s 80% off the regular price. Providing 33W/6.6A high-speed charging for all of your USB-capable gadgets, the Mpow can charge up to three devices from your car at practically full charging speeds – even iPads. The Mpow supports both 12V and 18V input, and its compact 0.5” design lets it fit snugly and unobtrusively…

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04:54
Things I have done with my Apple Watch

This list is worth passing along to anyone who asks you, “What can you do with an Apple Watch?”∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:46
Every song played on Beats 1

This Twitter account posts the artist and song title of every song played on Beats 1. Fantastic!∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:44
Apple applies for patent for person-to-person...


When I suggested that Apple could in the future move beyond Apple Pay to become a bank, a couple of you observed that person-to-person payments might make a logical next step in that direction. It appears Apple may agree: Patently Apple notes that the company today applied for a patent for a method of transferring money from one iPhone to another.

Using electronic devices (such as cellular telephones) that communicate wirelessly, two individuals can make person-to-person payments. In particular, an individual using an electronic device may identify another proximate...

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04:37
Great collection of Apple Music tips and links

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld, pulled together some Apple Music related tips and links from around the web.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:25
Turn off automatic renewal of your Apple Music...

To entice users to check out Apple Music, Apple is providing three free months of the paid service at launch. These paid features include access to the Apple Music streaming service, unlmited track skipping in Music Radio and full access to Music Connect social network. Similar to most trials, Apple automatically will charge you for your first month of paid service when that trial period ends.

If you want to enjoy the trial without being hit by a surprise credit card charge in three months, you should take a few minutes now and turn off the auto-renew option before you forget.

  • Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap the profile icon in the upper left corner
  • Select "View Apple ID" and login to your iTunes account
  • Tap "Manage" under the Subscription header
  • Tap the "Automatic Renewal" toggle to turn off automatic payments
  • Confirm the change

Now you can sit...

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04:00
Apple Music impressions: Tunes for (a more generic...


 
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Hella top charts.

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When Apple showed up to the portable music device industry in 2001, the computer maker didn't have the advantage of being earliest to market. It had to win out by way of simplicity and usability, which its innovative, touch-sensitive click-wheel accomplished heartily.
Apple has since tried to replicate that click-wheel simplicity—albeit through entirely new interfaces and control methods—with varying levels of success, from amazing (iPhone) to lukewarm (Apple Watch). This week saw a relatively smaller launch of the new Apple Music app, and while it doesn't quite compare to a hardware...

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04:00
Happy U.S. Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day-a U.S. holiday-The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!


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04:00
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Music & the...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the Apple Music launch, Beats 1 going live, and leaked new iPod colors. Shane and Neil have a word to say on cloud services and the small storage of the entry-level iPhone, and we briefly reminisce about our first iPhones from 8 years ago.

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02:53
Music downloads down 10%, streaming up 100%, prior...


The rationale behind Apple’s move into streaming music can be neatly summarised in two stats from the latest Nielsen data on music sales: music downloads fell by 10% in the first half of the year to 531M sales, while streaming almost doubled to 135B. The streaming figure includes iTunes Radio but not, of course, Apple Music.
While I and others may have a number of ...

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00:00
fifth minute fifa 16 coins after Ricardo Clark

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: fifth minute fifa 16 coins after Ricardo Clarkcheap fut 16 coins I figured that that couldn be good for the system. I decided to build a platform that would raise the PS3 into the air and allow for more airflow around the system. Los corredores receptores abiertos esquineros y profundos requieren una aptitud general anloga a los jugadores de ftbol. En el ftbol los jugadores obesos como los linieros de ftbol son desconocidos.
This is how we see it. So for me it's a sort of a testimony that we're probably doing a reasonably good job in telling the market our story so that the sell side can actually price us appropriately.. Still Switzerland needed...

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Thursday July 2

23:58
a goal Sweden did the same fifa 16

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: a goal Sweden did the same fifa 16BUY FUT 16 COINS "I believe the fans respected the show and enjoyed the match."Largest win in tournament historyThe winning margin was the largest in a Confederations Cup match. The previous record margin was six when Brazil beat Saudi Arabia 8 2 in 1999 and when Brazil beat Australia 6 0 in 1997.The game had the tone of a practice game or a friendly. Any real soccer/football fan knows the value of a goal. ONE goal TOTALLY changes a game.
Schurrle lifted a cross onto the chest of Gtze and the young German fired a left footed shot into the far corner from close range. Germany closed out the game to deservedly win the 2014 World...

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22:21
Joseph S. Blatter was elected FIFA President

Forums: SoftwareJoseph S. Blatter was elected FIFA President on 8 June 1998, having already served world football’s governing body for 23 years across a number of roles. He joined FIFA as Director of Technical Programmes in 1975, before becoming General Secretary and subsequently CEO. He was re-elected as head of FIFA firstly in 2002, before further successful re-elections in 2007 and 2011. During his time as the head of world football, FIFA President Blatter has expanded FIFA’s competition portfolio, developing the FIFA Club World Cup as well as introducing world championships for Beach Soccer and Futsal. He has also overseen the expansion of FIFA to 209 Member Associations.http://u7buy.mobi/

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21:38
Apple Posts San Francisco Pride 2015 Video

Apple posted a video celebrating the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride 2015 parade on June 28th. The video features scenes from around the city, Apple setting up for the event, and many of its employees and their families taking part. Apple CEO Tim Cook also makes a very brief appearance. It closes with the tagline "Inclusion inspires innovation."


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18:54
The man in charge of Apple’s Secret Design Studio...


Jony Ive’s well-documented aide Harper Alexander, who managed Apple’s secretive design studio, appears to have left his role at Apple. In his own words, Alexander was previously in charge of Ive’s design studio, calendar, security, meetings, expenses, and personal projects, since 2009.
Referenced in multiple recent profiles as Ive’s top assistant, Harper updated his LinkedIn on July 1st, Ive’s first day in his new “Chief Design Officer,” to indicate that he no longer runs Ive’s design studio or serves as executive assistant to Apple’s CDO. On July 1st, this is what became of Harper’s biography:
...

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18:00
FBI Hunts SF Bay Area Fiber-Optic Cable Cutters


The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past year has been on the hunt for people slashing fiber-optic cables throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The FBI called for the public's assistance in June, after 10 attacks had taken place. The 11th occurred on Tuesday, when someone severed cables used by Wave Broadband.
Tuesday's attack knocked out service to customers in Alameda County, Sacramento and the San Francisco area, said FBI special agent Greg Wuthrich.

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17:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x (Apple KB)

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200102

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16:51
Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

Youhave just a couple of more days to get our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum charging. It retails for $70, but through our deal it's yours for $13.99.


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16:44
Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday upheld Apple's conviction as an antitrust violator. In a 2-1 split decision, the court ruled that Apple was liable for orchestrating a conspiracy with book publishers to raise retail prices for books, a violation of the Sherman Act.


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15:04
Can New Chicago Taxes On Netflix, Apple, Spotify...

Mr D from 63 writes: Today, a new "cloud tax" takes effect in the city of Chicago, targeting online databases and streaming entertainment services. Residents who stream movies and music from companies like Netflix and Spotify will now need to pay an additional 9% tax. This also applies to Chicago businesses that pay to use databases online. Chicago expects to collect $12 million a year as a result of the new tax ruling. From the 24/7 Wall St. story: "Also worth noting is that the city’s tax ruling in both cases avoids the issue of whether there is a close-enough connection (nexus, in legalese) to require providers like Netflix or others to collect either tax. International law firm ReedSmith weighs in on this point as well: '[O]nce the Department begins to audit and assess customers located within the city, many of those customers are likely to demand that providers collect the tax going forward. As a result, many providers will likely feel the need to register to collect the taxes...

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13:56
New video showcases Apple's participation in...

Apple on Thursday posted a video depicting its participation in the 2015 edition of the San Francisco Pride Parade, which celebrates support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

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13:07
(Newcomer) - Readding Restored Mac Mini to Xsan

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: MacMiniReadding ClientHello I'm new to Xsan environments and I have to admistrate a rather big SAN now. I already read some information about it and I think I understand some simple managing tasks of it.
This week I had to "restore" a mac mini (we had a hot standby running wich was already added to our Xsan). I installed the needed server applications and changed the IP and Hostname (to the old MacMini) so that its accessible as soon as possible. Apparently I noticed that in Xsan Admin the old MacMini dissapeared and the HotStandby (new Fallback Server) stayed online with an Access denied error (But still has full access to our XSan). I...

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13:00
Apple Earns a Black Eye for Apple Music

Any sufficiently large software project will have significant failure points. This is a lesson Apple has steadfastly refused to learn. It's not as if there weren't any warning signs.


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12:58
Apple's iPhone gains 2% marketshare in US as...

The latest statistics from market research firm comScore reveal Apple widened its lead over competitors in the U.S. smartphone market over the three-month period ending in May, but more importantly gained another 2 percent in the platform race as Android faltered.

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12:21
Apple shares video of its San Francisco Pride Parade...

Just like last year, Apple has posted a well-produced video showcasing thousands of Apple employees participating in San Francisco’s annual Pride parade.
On June 28, 2015, thousands of Apple employees along with their families and friends joined together to march in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from all over the world to help demonstrate and celebrate our deep commitment to equality and diversity. Because at Apple, we believe that inclusion inspires innovation.
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared in a tweet over the weekend that more than 8,000 Apple employees plus friends and family participated in the parade. The company also featured App Store and iTunes sections highlighting LGBT apps and...

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12:20
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Apple’s iOS 8 development cycle has taken a more interesting direction from past releases, with more significant and rapid minor releases and fewer bug fix patch releases. For the first time, Apple had three versions in simultaneous development, released the first-ever public beta of iOS, and even released new versions while the beta cycle for the next version was already underway. iOS 8.2 brought with it support for the Apple Watch, while iOS…

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12:16
Everything you hate about Apple Music & what...


Many have praised Apple Music’s launch this week, although the focus has largely been on the free component of the service, a 24/7 streaming radio station called Beats 1. But how are users reacting to the rest of the Apple Music service? It received a lot of positive reviews in the media, but users have noticed some user experience issues and technical hiccups with Apple Music that might keep them from making a switch from the competition when the service’s free three month trial is up. Since the issues aren’t getting a lot of attention from the main stream media, I wanted to share everything we hate about Apple Music so far and what Apple needs to fix before converting potential switchers:
...

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12:01
'Likes' & personal libraries drive...

Apple treats "likes" in Apple Music in a very narrow manner -- mostly as a way of tailoring the "For You" recommendations in the service, along with the help of things like personal library data, a report revealed on Thursday.

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11:24
Review: Moshi’s iGlaze, iVisor, ClearGuard &...



Dedicated accessories for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with Retina display are still rarities at this point with the new design being different in every dimension than other MacBooks in the notebook lineup. For new MacBook owners looking to keep the $1300 and up machine in pristine condition, Moshi has a whole collection of premium accessories designed for the 12-inch MacBook. Today we’re taking a look at Moshi’s ...

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11:04
Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not...

Apple's new executive bio webpage is up, and it shows Jony Ive's new role as Chief Design Officer, along with the two new VPs taking over user interface and industrial design. Here's the twist: Neither report to Mr. Ive but instead report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

The Mac Observer Spin: Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.


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10:58
Deals: $600 off 15" MacBook Pro; $480 off 128GB...

For the next 72 hours, readers can grab Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro (mid-2014) for $1,899 ($600 off), unlocked 128GB iPad Air WiFi+ LTE models for $449 ($480 off), $245-$360 discounts on all mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare, a completely maxed out 11" MacBook Air with AppleCare & free accessories for $1,089.

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10:27
70% of drivers engage in smartphone activities while...

AT&T:When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it’s no longer safe to assume they’re texting. New research1 from AT&T* shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat. 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Among social platforms, Facebook tops the list, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app while driving.As a motorcyclist, this survey is not only disturbing but, sadly, not surprising. There’s not a day goes by I don’t see someone more focused on their phone than on their driving. There’s also generally not a day that goes by where I don’t have to take some kind of evasive action to avoid an accident with a distracted driver. Please, as AT&T is campaigning, “It Can Wait”....

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10:22
Review: JBL Clip+ Bluetooth Speaker

JBL's Clip+ ($50) is a new, splashproof version of the company's Clip. The small, puck-shaped Bluetooth speaker is similar in almost every way to the past version of Clip, which we found to offer great value upon its release a year ago. As with the original speaker, Clip+ promises 5 hours of playtime with its rechargeable battery. It has a built-in carabiner and speakerphone, as well as an integrated 1-foot audio cable that can be attached to the back of the speaker — this allows the speaker to plug into other sources, including another Clip+ for daisy chaining purposes.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:15
Between Kickstarter’s frauds and phenoms live long-...

Ars Technica:By this point, fairy-tales about successful funding and horror stories of projects that end in abject failure or corruption have led most of us to recognize the volatility of any Kickstarter project. But lost between these two extremes is a long, sometimes confusing road that is invisible, and sometimes even inaccessible, to the mildly interested passersby. In today’s Kickstarter Web storefronts, projects appear so singular to their backers that any unplanned activity can seem more erratic and suspicious than it actually is. In most cases, though, delays are normal. This underreported grey area between funded and shipped (or sailed) isn’t necessarily something to loathe. Rather, it highlights many of the reasons crowdfunding is worth protecting—even if some of the practice’s worst contradictory forces are at play.I’ve backed several Kickstarter projects over the last few years and have been universally disappointed for various reasons, not the least of which is failure...

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10:01
View lyrics in Apple Music with Musixmatch

Good find by Federico Viticci.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

As the (US) holiday weekend kicks off, lots of people are going on trips and taking their devices and might need a better cable than the one that came with their iPhone or iPad. Kelly has a roundup of tips for cable upgrades for summer.


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10:00
How to use the mini music player while browsing...

The new Music app in iOS is chock full featueres, including the Beats 1 radio station, the For You recommendation engine and the Connect social network. The Music app is all about music so it only makes sense that Apple`would include a mini player that allows you to control your music while you browse through all the content in the app.

The mini music player sits at the bottom of the screen right above the bottom navigation bar. It displays the current song playing and even displays tracks that you are listening to on Beats 1. It has a small play/pause button and a three ellipse button that pulls up a menu with track options to "Add to My Music", "Show in iTunes Store", "Share" and more. You also can tap on the center of the player to launch the song in full screen mode.

When you are in full-screen mode, you can tap the small circle in the upper left to minimze the player and go back to browsing content on Apple Music. The mini player remains in place while you look...

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09:39
TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-02: Coping with...

iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music's iCloud Music Library have some pretty serious issues. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into the issues, share their thoughts on why Apple is having big problems with iCloud Music Library, and share a tip on how to see if you're using Apple's new online music storage system.


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09:29
A Tour of Apple Music

Josh Centers takes an all-access tour of the sprawling Apple Music, offering tips and observations along the way.  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:25
The Apple Music highlight so far is the shared...

Quartz:It is broadcast 24 hours a day, with real people picking songs, introducing them, and conducting interviews. Everyone around the globe hears the same thing at the same time—a rarity for internet-based media, which is rarely experienced in sync. As a result, everyone can also discuss in real-time. It’s early, but tuning into Beats 1 on launch day and following along with other listeners on Twitter made it a fun, memorable, shared experience.It’s hard to argue with the sentiment. Sure, some (many) don’t like the mix – “there’s too much ____ (insert music genre you dislike the most here)” but I’ve been listening to nothing but Beats 1 since the launch. The shared music aspect of it is really appealing to me. For the most part, I like the DJs. I especially like Julie Adenuga and her drum and bass mix. Sure, there are glitches and odd bits (the naughty language edits are particularly annoying) but, after only three days, it’s a remarkable achievement that will only get better, in...

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09:24
∞ How to properly use “Likes” in Apple Music

I use the “Like” system in my music services all the time because I want it to learn from my listening habits and be more personalized for my tastes. However, it seems that every service uses this system in different ways, so I talked to Apple about how you should use likes with Apple Music. [...]

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09:24
How to request a song to air on Apple's Beats 1...

Something not widely known about Apple's Beats 1 radio station is that listeners can make song requests, in a process that's a little different from conventional, terrestrial radio stations.

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08:46
Prince's streaming music catalog now only on...

Although Prince's music is missing from major on-demand streaming services including Apple Music, Rdio, and Spotify, the pop artist's catalog is on at least two of them -- Tidal and Google Play Music All Access, according to reports. [Updated]

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08:37
Apple removes music Home Sharing in iOS 8.4

Apple earlier this week released iOS 8.4, bringing Apple Music to the company's iOS devices. Though the update was received favorably due to its Music components and improvements to iBooks, many users noticed that a popular feature -- Home Sharing support for music -- was missing. This missing music support was first mentioned by Apple Support forum members and later confirmed by Apple on its Home Sharing support page.

Home Sharing uses your home network to share and stream content from your computer's iTunes library to other computers, iOS devices, or the Apple TV. According to a report by...

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08:09
Mark Gurman talks to CNBC about the leaked iPhone 6S...

In case you missed it, Mark appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” earlier today to discuss the leaked iPhone 6S, its numerous changes, and its new Qualcomm chip and double LTE speeds, plus this week’s launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 and what to expect for the future of Apple’s new streaming music service. Watch below:
Filed under: Apple Music, iOS Devices Tagged: ...

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08:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 3-pack MFi Lightning cables $16...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
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08:00
How to remove Connect from Apple Music and replace...

Apple Music Connect is a social network for musicians to "connect" with their fans by sharing content and adding a comment when their fans respond. Connect isn't for everyone, and you can remove it from Apple Music if you're not interested. Once removed from Apple Music, the Connect tab is conveniently replaced by Playlists. Here's how to make the swtich.

Removing Connect requires you to setup Restrictions and use the parental controls to block the Connect social network. Open the Settings app and then go to General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions. You must enter a parental control password -- remember this password in case you need to get back inside this Restrictions menu to restore Connect. In these parental controls, you can select the toggle to disable "Apple Music Connect." Similar to other iOS toggles, green is on and grey if off.

When you return to the Music app, you should no longer see the Connect tab....

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07:55
The state of the 64-bit transition in iOS, and what’...

July just started, but the Apple rumor mill is already looking forward to September, the month when we tend to get new iPhones, a new iOS, and other refreshed Apple devices. Right now, the usual sources seem to think we're getting new iPhone 6Ses that add Force Touch and faster modems but are physically identical to the current models, none of which should be particularly surprising. Yesterday, people digging through the iTunes 12.2 release found some evidence of new iPods, which would be a surprise—the lineup's last significant update came in September of 2012.
Supposing Apple replaces the iPhone 5C and gives us a revamped iPod Touch at some point between...

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07:45
Rumor: Apple to improve brightness on Apple Watch 2...



It’s hard to say if a pink next-gen iPhone is your dream phone.
I mean, that’s really up to you.
But it’s among the latest set of rumors that just came from the supply side, so that’s saying something.

Two new reports have it that Apple has decided to source flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch 2 from both Samsung and LG, prioritizing improved outdoor visibility rather than changing the screen size, shape, or resolution. The company seems worried about boosting the outdoor apparent brightness compared of its sapphire-faced Apple Watch units, especially when compared with the glass-faced Apple Watch Sport. The...

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07:17
Some users report music library mangling after...



This is why they invented bug fixes.
Following the release of iTunes 12.2, a number of users have expressed concerns that the update has somewhat mangled their iTunes music libraries after enabling iCloud Music Library.
As reported by several outlets, users end up with a library full for scrambled titles, albums, and artists.

A thread in the Apple Support Community forums has several users who have experienced the same problem. Some have been able to restore their libraries by going to the iTunes folder (~/Music/iTunes), and using a recent .itl file in the Previous iTunes Libraries folder to replace the “corrupted” iTunes Library.itl file in the iTunes...

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07:09
How to remove Connect from Apple Music in iOS 8.4

The new Connect feature in Apple Music allows fans to engage with artists in a more direct and personal way. But those who aren't interested in the social feature can remove it from the iOS 8.4 Music app entirely --?here's how to do it.

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06:58
iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library: A Disaster for...

iCloud Music Library was introduced with this week's iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music release, and it's turning out to be a big bag of hurt. Instead of giving us a unified music library across all our devices, it's scrambling albums and tracks, and even adds DRM to songs you already own which will lock you out of albums you ripped from CD if you ever drop your Apple Music subscription.


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06:57
I choose you, Beats 1

M.C. Siegler calls it. Sometimes, you just want someone else to choose.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:55
Beats Music's "The Sentence" in Apple...

While the fun of "The Sentence," a feature of Beats Music, does not appear in Apple Music, its most imporant aspect -- perfectly curated playslist -- lives on.

When Beats Music was announced in January of 2014, I had accounts with Rdio and Pandora, and each served a purpose. I used Pandora's themed, streaming stations as a limitless shuffle mode, while Rdio was an ubiquitous library of on-demand music. Beats Music offered both options plus the careful curation of its employees and partners. I was hooked and went all-in shortly after launch, ditching both Rdio and Pandora.

A standout feature was "The Sentence." I'd describe it as defining a streaming station via...

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06:14
Unofficial Beats 1 Twitter feed identifies the...


If you’re listening to Beats 1 and hear a track you like, the Now Playing screen will identify it for you, or you can use the contextual menu to add it to My Music or view it in the iTunes Store. But if you were driving or busy doing something else, and want to identify the track that just finished playing, you’re out of luck unless it’s part of a featured playlist.
That’s the problem web developer Callum Jones has just solved in a really simple but neat way: he’s created an @Beats1Plays Twitter account that simply tweets the name of the track and artist of each song played on Beats 1. Even if you can’t stop what you’re doing until ten minutes later, you can simply scroll back through the feed.
Those using the...

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06:13
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 will add bigger battery, look...

Apple's second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery. [Updated]

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06:07
SoundCloud iOS app adds ‘play related tracks’,...


Popular music sharing app SoundCloud is getting an update on iOS that brings a number of new features to make for a better overall listening experience.
Among the new features, users can now select to ‘play related tracks’ from anywhere in the app: “let our improved algorithm create an endless stream of similar content from the 100 million tracks on SoundCloud. As easy as tapping Play Related Tracks.”
Another new feature that offers an improved listening experience is a Shuffle button for both your created playlists and songs you’ve liked. Here’s how you can shuffle tracks from within a playlist:

The...

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06:01
Listen to Zane Lowe's Beats 1 interview with...

Earlier this week, Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe interviewed Eminem on the air. It was the young station's first major interview and now you can listen to the guys talk on YouTube. They discussed the forthcoming Southpaw, Eminem doing his own stunts and the forthcoming soundtrack, coming July 24th. 

If you missed it the first time around, here's your chance to listen in.

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05:50
Leaked Foxconn document backs 12MP camera, 2GB of...

A document appearing to include a leaked Foxconn manufacturing schematic may back claims that Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" series will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4K video, and 2 gigabytes of RAM.

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05:47
News: Report: iPhone 6S to get 12MP camera, 4K video...

An alleged internal document posted by a Foxconn employee on Weibo suggests that the next-generation iPhone models may in fact include an upgraded camera at a 12-megapixel resolution capable of recording 4K video, iPhoneArena reports. This latest information seemingly corroborates earlier analyst predictions on a pixel upgrade for the new device, as well as multiple rumors suggesting that the new models will also get an increase to 2GB of RAM. While…

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05:42
Supply chain rumors say brighter Apple Watch, pink...

Two new reports out of Asia this morning purport to shed light on improvements coming to Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S.
According to a report out of Korea (via Naver/Digital Daily), Apple has decided to source flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch 2 from both Samsung and LG, prioritizing improved outdoor visibility rather than changing the screen size, shape, or resolution. Outdoor screen visibility is a particular issue for the more reflective, sapphire-faced Apple Watch and Edition, which noticeably reduce the underlying screen’s apparent brightness compared with the glass-faced Apple Watch Sport. The report also...

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05:40
Apple Maps vehicle project to expand in the US

Is that a drone overtaking an unsuspecting family's mini van? No, it's the Apple Maps vehicle gathering information to make the Apple Maps experience better, as noted by AppleInsider. Apple announced on Wednesday that the US program will expand in July. Specifically, the following areas will be scanned:

  • Colorado - Denver
  • Florida - Escambia County (Pensacola)
  • Idaho - Ada County (Boise)
  • Indiana - Marion County (Indianapolis)
  • Kentucky - Jefferson County (Louisville)
  • Maryland - Baltimore
  • Minnesota - Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)
  • Missisippi - Harrison County (Gulfport)
  • New Mexico - Santa Fe
  • Ohio - Hamilton County (Cincinnati)
  • Oregon - Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)
  • Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
  • South Dakota -...
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05:20
Stay hydrated with AddWater Pro for iPhone and Apple...

The Apple Watch is, among other things, a health-tracking device. Apple's Activity app monitors your movement and exercise without your having do a thing, while the workout app focuses on your concerted efforts to get up and moving.

Health-conscious developers see opportunities to build upon Apple's efforts. For example, Lanyap MediaWorks has released AddWater Pro for iPhone ($1.99) and Apple Watch, which helps you monitor your daily water intake. Focused on speed and efficiency, AddWater Pro lets you quickly note what you drink, browse your hydration history and even provides rewards for hitting goals. Here's our look at AddWater Pro.

Getting started

When you launch AddWater Pro for the first time, you're guided through an initial tutorial. It explains a lot; in fact it explains too much. There's a lot...

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05:20
UBS calls Apple 'the Shake Shack of technology...

In making its case for investors to buy Apple stock, investment bank UBS this week made an interesting analogy, comparing the iPhone maker to growing fast food restaurant Shake Shack, saying the two companies are responsible for "the era of consumer experience."

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05:05
News: Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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05:00
Using Siri with Apple Music and Beats 1

Apple has steadily improved Siri's music controls, allowing you to open the music app, play songs, and even identify tunes using Shazam. This integration continues in the new Apple Music with Siri allowing you to interact with Apple Music tracks, Music Radio stations and even Beats 1.

Here is a small sampling of the things you can say to Siri:

  • Play Cassidy from the Grateful Dead
  • Stop playing the music
  • Resume Playing
  • Add this song to music
  • Add the song on the radio to music
  • Listen to Beats 1

If you know of any others, please share them in the comments.

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04:59
How To Add Nickname, Photo to Apple Music Profile

Apple's new streaming Apple Music service has the option to include your nickname and even a user image as part of your profile. Kelly has the scoop on how to update that information and personalize your profile.


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04:55
"Jobs" vs. "Steve Jobs":...

theodp writes: Didn't like Jobs , the 2013 biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher? Maybe you'll prefer Steve Jobs, the 2015 biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender. "Steve Jobs is a tech visionary, total dick," writes Esquire's Matt Patches in his mini-review of the just-released Steve Jobs trailer. So, is inspiring kids to become the "Next Steve Jobs" a good or bad thing?

...

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04:42
Scanner Pro 6 adds ability to scan documents in your...

Readdle has just updated Scanner Pro to version 6, making it even easier to use your iPhone or iPad to scan documents. Improved edge-detection means that it continues to automatically align documents within the camera frame, and a Scan Radar feature intelligently analyzes your photo library to find pictures of documents.
This feature lets Scanner Pro to automatically find photos that look like document in your Photo Library. This means that you no longer have to launch the app to scan something – simply open your camera app from a lock screen and take pictures of things you want to scan. Once you launch Scanner Pro, it will automatically notify you about the new scans that it found.
The developers say they analyzed more than half a million documents to build the functionality … ...

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04:15
Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 interview with Eminem now on...

Apple was hyping Zane Lowe’s interview with Eminem even before Beats 1 launched, but for anyone who missed it yesterday, it’s been added to the Beats 1 YouTube channel. It’s audio-only, though as both Eminem and Zane Lowe showed video teasers in their Instagram feeds beforehand, it seems likely that the video will be released later.
If you are a fan, Eminem was also interviewed yesterday by Stephen Colbert yesterday for a Public Access Channel in Monroe.
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04:00
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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03:44
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 Match, if your own music doesn’t have...

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01:55
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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00:43
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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00:25
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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Wednesday July 1

23:37
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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22:02
​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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21:13
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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19:10
∞ Steve Jobs: The official movie trailer

Here you go.

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18:27
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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18:22
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 Design....

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17:46
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 access...

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17:40
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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16:19
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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15:21
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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14:59
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Fist bump/Poop

Merlin and Jim talk about Taylor Swift and heavy metal.Subscribe to this podcastBrought to you by:Hover — Hover is the best way to buy and manage domain names. Use code FRETNOISE for 10% off.Casper — An obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price.Harry’s — Go to Harrys.com and use the promo code BEARDLESS to save $5 off your first purchase!∞...

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14:56
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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14:53
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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14:45
∞ 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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13:31
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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13:15
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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