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. -- AppleInsider.
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. -- AppleInsider.
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. -- AppleInsider.
Several iTunes users have taken to the Apple Discussion forums to complain about iCloud Music Library -- part of the iTunes 12.2 update -- has destroyed their music libraries.
If this is happening to you, another Discussions user may have found a solution. -- Cult of Mac.
Well iCloud Music Library is pissing people off already. The new service almost identical to iTunes Match has a DRM problem. Turned on, iCloud Music Library is taking the music you rightfully own and place in your iTunes library and automatically adding DRM protection to it. In essence, it's placing a lock on music that's already yours. -- Cult of Mac.
This week, Apple lost its appeal on the antitrust case that the federal government and several state attorneys general filed on it concerning price fixing on ebooks. And now that that's out of the way, it's time for the company to pay up.
The green states in the map below were listed as plaintiffs on the class-action lawsuit, which means that if you live in one of them and have bought anything from iBooks, you may be entitled to a cut of the settlement. -- Cult of Mac.
It's no secret that Apple TV (Apple's streaming media device) is a bit long in the tooth. Many Apple aficionados, including yours truly, expected Apple to announce an update to the venerable little black box at its Worldwide Developer Conference last month. -- The Mac Observer.
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. -- The Mac Observer.
While rare, you might experience a problem in OS X where the Finder will not display the contents of specific folders. When this happens, you can usually browse other folders and open files and applications, but when you try to load the affected folders, the Finder will just sit with an empty window and display a revolving indicator at the lower-right corner (note that this is no the notorious spinning color wheel that commonly indicates hangs and other problems in OS X). -- MacIssues.
TRIM is a service that runs in your operating system and works with SSD hardware to track what blocks on the drive are unused, and then prepares them for writing. When put in use, TRIM can optimize SSD performance, especially on drives that are relatively full or used for storing and deleting large amounts of data. Until now TRIM support in OS X was reserved for Apple-supplied hard drives, but with the release of OS X 10.10.4, Apple has included a tool that allows for TRIM on third-party SSD devices. -- MacIssues.
How to set up hardware so that Macs and iOS devices share some tasks like phone calls and text messages from applications like Mail, Safari and Maps. -- New York Times.
The service brags that its playlists are curated by people not algorithms; on the other hand, its social network app needs retooling. -- New York Times.
I'm not expecting here to replicate my rather extensive Apple Watch diary series -- I doubt this one will run to four pieces. I'm also not starting out here as an Apple Music skeptic. I've been using Spotify for years, and -- from a brief trial of Beats Music -- started out pretty confident I would be jumping ship once Apple Music launched. -- 9to5Mac.
In the game of anonymity-versus-surveillance online, the discovery of the user's IP address usually means game over. But if Ben Caudill has his way, a network snoop who successfully hunts a user through layers of proxy connections to a final IP address would be met with a dead end--while the anonymous user remains safe at home more than a mile away. -- Wired.
Here's how to hide the Connect tab from Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, and even iTunes on your Mac.
Connect is the part of Apple Music where you'll supposedly enjoy a close, personal relationship with the artists and bands you care about. But just artists, not your friends--unlike Spotify and Rdio, you can't build a list of your friends, see what they're listening to and enjoying, subscribe to each other's handmade playlists, or collaborate on a shared playlist, say, for an upcoming road trip or party. -- Macworld.
There's one fundamental problem with Apple Music that's crippling its potential for me and keeping it from becoming my one and only music destination -- exactly the thing Apple wants it to be. It's the way the service heavily leans on iCloud. Or more specifically, "iCloud Music Library." -- The Verge .
To promote this week's launch of the subscription Apple Music streaming service, as well as the 24/7 Beats 1 worldwide radio station, the faces of Apple's music business -- Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor -- stepped into the limelight once again, to explain how their new services are intended to stand out from the rest. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday released iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, officially debuting the Apple Music subscription streaming service, as well as the Beats 1 live radio station set to start broadcasting at 9 a.m. Pacific, noon Eastern. -- AppleInsider.
In addition to iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.10.4, making a variety of bugfixes including one solving problems caused by the infamous "discoveryd" service. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday launched Apple Music, as well as companion services Connect, Beats 1, and Apple Music Radio. Together, the platforms represent a major push into the streaming music world. Here's everything you need to know about Apple Music. -- AppleInsider.
iPad toting travelers can now use their Apple SIM card in many more places internationally thanks to GigSky, which announced on Tuesday that it has struck a deal with Apple to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in more than 90 countries and territories across the world. -- AppleInsider.
Though heavily hyped, Apple Music subscriptions may not be for everyone. Those who want to remove the streaming service from their iOS 8.4 Music app, and gain back easy access to custom playlists in the process, can easily do so --?here's how. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday released GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, adding a number of features including Force Touch support and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect. Accompanying it was a minor iOS app update. [Updated] -- AppleInsider.
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. -- AppleInsider.
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. -- AppleInsider.
iOS 8.4 is here, and aside from fixing a few nasty bugs, its biggest new feature is a redesigned Music app. Music hasn't gotten any major tweaks since being redesigned for iOS 7, and the gallery above will walk you through the changes. In general, it's a visual and functional improvement, especially on the iPad, where it makes better use of the screen space. -- Ars Technica.
Apple has just released iOS 8.4, the latest update to its mobile operating system. The update isn't as wide-ranging as iOS 8.3, but it does add a few notable things--chief among them are a revamped Music app and a fix for a bug where a specific set of characters could crash the operating system. iOS 8.4 is available for the iPhone 4S and newer, the iPad 2 and newer, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch. -- Ars Technica.
The next major release of OS X looms like some kind of mountain over some kind of park, but Yosemite isn't done yet. Today Apple released the final version of OS X 10.10, a bugfix update that comes almost three months after 10.10.3. -- Ars Technica.
Last weekend I attended EdgeConf, a conference populated by many of the leading lights in the Web industry. It featured panel talks and breakout sessions with a focus on technologies that are just now starting to emerge in browsers, so there was a lot of lively discussion around Service Worker, Web Components, Shadow DOM, Web Manifests, and more. -- Ars Technica.
I'm a streaming music junky. I gave up collecting, owning, and maintaining music files on my own Mac years ago and I've never looked back. It's the only sensible way to have access to millions of songs without having to worry about storing them. -- Cult of Mac.
Open your iOS 8.4 Music app and start listening. Beats 1 radio went live today at 9 a.m. Pacific time or 12 p.m. Eastern time, one hour after the launch of Apple Music itself. But is it any good? I'm your fellow music lover here to answer that question in as much depth as possible based on some first impressions. -- Cult of Mac.
The iOS 9 beta has been out long enough for me to give it a fair test drive and discover all that it has to offer. So in today's video, I'm going to give you a rundown of all the new features coming to your iPhone this fall. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple patched some 45 security OS X Yosemite v10.10.4, which was released earlier on Tuesday. The company also released Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. The security holes and bugs fixed services and technologies throughout the operating systems, and many of them allow the bad guys to take over your Mac. -- The Mac Observer.
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. -- The Mac Observer.
As Apple Music gears up to launch in the next few hours this morning -- 9 AM Pacific to be exact, following iOS 8.4 at around 8 AM Pacific -- a few publications have posted some detailed first impressions of the the music streaming service. Getting to mess around with the app for the first time, Mashable, Re/code, The Loop and Rolling Stone came away with largely positive reactions to Apple's first foray into the music streaming game, although the large consensus hanging over it all was a tentative negativity regarding the app's overwhelming amount of content and the somewhat confusing UI that is used to navigate it all. -- MacRumors.
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
One of the curious things about social networks is the way that some messages, pictures, or ideas can spread like wildfire while others that seem just as catchy or interesting barely register at all. The content itself cannot be the source of this difference. Instead, there must be some property of the network that changes to allow some ideas to spread but not others. -- MIT Technology Review.
The Apple Music strategy has worked in the past for Apple, most notably with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, it's less clear to me out of the gate whether it will fare as well with Apple Music, which it built after acquiring Beats Music. -- MIT Technology Review.
Advertisers are increasingly using technology that targets users across multiple devices, and it's working.
Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica. On the way home, you see an ad for the same model on your phone, reminding you this is "the most desirable Les Paul ever." Then before bed on your tablet, you see another ad with new details about the guitar. -- MIT Technology Review.
Apple Music officially launched today in iOS 8.4 alongside an integrated radio service featuring the 24/7 live streaming station known as Beats 1. Everyone is getting a free three month trial, but once that ends, Apple will start charging the credit card on your Apple ID with either the $9.99/month plan or the $14.99/month family plan (depending on what you selected when first signing up). If you want to cancel your subscription, or just keep it from auto-renewing so you can go month-to-month and manually activate it when you want, below we've put together a quick guide on how to do so across platforms: -- .
Apple has released the first developer preview of Safari 9.0. This update is available to developers via the Mac App Store on OS X Yosemite, in the Updates section.
Safari 9.0 is expected to be available later this year, and will contain a number of enhancements to the Safari experience. This includes better performance, as expected, but users will also be able to pin tabs, mute all of your tabs or specific tabs, and AirPlay web video without sharing your whole screen.
After the visual overhaul Apple gave to Yosemite, it's perhaps no surprise that this year's desktop and laptop refresh is altogether more muted. This is a step rather than a leap forward, but there are still a lot of little improvements that are worth the upgrade.
I've been working with OS X El Capitan for a couple of weeks now--the public beta opens up in July if you want to get involved, but I wouldn't recommend installing it on a primary machine just yet. Here are my first impressions of this almost-finished update to Mac OS X. -- Gizmodo.
Apple's long-awaited streaming music service, Apple Music, will launch on Tuesday.
Replacing the official music app on iOS, Apple Music combines your iTunes library and uploads with on-demand streaming, live radio and a new artist-centric social network.
There is a lot to uncover in Apple Music. In full disclosure, I had less than a day to play with the shipping version of Apple Music with iOS 8.4. Expect a full, complete review later in the week.
That said, here are my first impressions after using Apple Music. -- Mashable.
If you're finding Apple Music a little bit too much to take in, and would rather just go back to your habit of listening to your own music, well, there is some recourse, but not a whole lot. (You can't, however, go back to iOS 8's previous Music app--but let's all agree that's probably a good thing.) -- Six Colors.
In case you think a camera phone is all about the number of megapixels it packs, then a simple comparison between all iPhones released to date will show you that's not the case. The comparison also suggests Apple was right to stick to that 8-megapixel shooter on the iPhone 6 and use other means to enhance its photo and video performance, while competitors continued to fight in the megapixel war. -- BGR.
You're no DJ. That's the biggest problem with streaming services. A search box connected to the history of recorded music can be discouraging. You constantly have to know what to play next.
That's why Apple was so smart to make Apple Music all about telling you what to play next. -- TechCrunch.
For the 2015 summer season, Apple is again inviting children aged 8 through 12 to participate in Apple Camp, a series of three-day retail store workshops designed to teach inquisitive young minds how to create rich digital content on iPad and Mac. -- AppleInsider.
We've known most of the big details about Apple Music since Apple officially announced it at WWDC earlier this month: it launches on June 30, it costs $10 per month or $15 per month for families of up to six people, and it comes with a three-month free trial that up until recently was causing some grief for Taylor Swift and other independent artists. But questions about how it would interact with other paid Apple services, most notably iTunes Match, remained. -- Ars Technica.
If you've ever taken a ride on an unfamiliar city's subway or transit system, you know how confusing it can be to know which specific exit to use to find the right above ground location you need to get to where you're going. -- Cult of Mac.
If your Apple Watch stops responding to your iPhone, you can reboot it or you can turn the Bluetooth connection off and on. If that doesn't work to reconnect your Watch, you might need to reset it, and then you'll need to re-pair it. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple will be releasing iOS 8.4 at 8AM pacific time on June 30, an hour ahead of the official Apple Music launch. The update will include support for Apple's new streaming music and Internet radio service. -- The Mac Observer.
There have been vociferous complaints about Apple's new MacBook thanks to its single USB-C port. However, it turns out that having only one port helps the MacBook in a very important way. How's that? John Martellaro explains. -- The Mac Observer.
Whether you are a seasoned Terminal user or just getting your feet wet, you may find yourself somewhat limited by the text based interface of the Terminal. Though powerful, the single line entry point, fixed font size, and scrolling history behavior of the Terminal's output may have you squinting, scrolling, and otherwise jumping through some hoops to see what you are working on. However, there are a few built-in tricks in the OS X Terminal that may help you overcome these frustrations. -- MacIssues.
Knock-offs of Apple's official Apple Watch magnetic charging cables are now available to purchase from Amazon, but with a twist: unlike the real cables, which Apple sells for $29 to $39, the knock-offs from companies such as "Reiko," "Somoder" and "WL" are going for $45 to $58. The $58 version is shipping now with delivery this week, while the $45 ones promise to ship at various times directly from China. -- 9to5Mac.
In a new patent application, Apple details an idea it's experimenting with that would have Apple Watch users shake hands to exchange data (via PatentlyApple). The idea is simple. The patent application imagines two Apple Watch wearers exchanging data, such as contact information, for example, by performing common gestures like a handshake or a hug. -- 9to5Mac.
With the launch of Apple Music just around the corner, music lovers currently subscribed to competing services like Spotify and Rdio may be looking to jump ship and give Apple's offering a try. Apple first confirmed in a Beats Music FAQ that there will be a Beats Music update that allows users to import their libraries to the newer service, but users with music collections elsewhere seem to be out of luck without any official migration tool. -- 9to5Mac.
Learn more about the battery in your Mac notebook including how to optimize the battery life, troubleshoot, and get service. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Use of your Mac notebook battery accrues in the form of charge cycles. A charge cycle means using all of the battery's power, but that doesn't necessarily mean a single charge. For instance, you could use your notebook for an hour or more one day, using half its charge, and then recharge it fully. If you did the same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two, so it may take several days to complete a cycle.
Batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles before they are considered to be consumed. Once consumed, a replacement battery is recommended. You can use your battery after it reaches its maximum cycle count, but you may notice a reduction in your battery life. Knowing how many charge cycles are on your battery and how many are left can help you determine when a battery replacement is required. For optimal performance, replace your battery when you reach the maximum cycle count. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two granted patents relating to Apple's iPad Smart Cover accessory and the iPhone 5 design. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.
We're taking a break from your hundreds of questions about Photos to answer a variety of OS X riddles. As always, please let us know if our answers helped or failed to solve the same or a related problem. -- Macworld UK.
Although there have been some clues that Apple has been planning to introduce split-screen multitasking on the iPad, it was still something of a surprise to see the feature finally debut at WWDC. The feature will make its debut in iOS 9, which is due to officially land sometime in the fall, likely around the time we see the next generation of iPhones and iPads. Similar functionality can be found in Windows tablets and some Android tablets, so what is it like on the iPad Air 2? -- MacNN.
One year after Apple announced plans to launch its home automation platform HomeKit, the company's first certified products are now being shipped to customers around the world.
The tech company's new smart home system isn't reliable, and needs more time to reach its full potential. -- Fortune.
In recent days a growing number of iPhone owners on T-Mobile U.S. have been impacted by seemingly random crashes and reboots, without any clear indication as to why or how to solve the problem, according to reports and comments on social media. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Friday made a slight adjustment to the terms of its AppleCare+ warranty for iPhones, iPads, iPods, and the Apple Watch, allowing people to get a free repair or replacement if their battery holds less than 80 percent of its original charge. -- AppleInsider.
Evidence that Apple is planning significant overhauls to its Touch ID fingerprint recognition system continues to mount, with the company reportedly acquiring more than two dozen biometric authentication patents from privately-held Virginia firm Privaris. -- AppleInsider.
In a groundbreaking first, Apple at this year's WWDC conference in June published an iTunes U course that provides educators with first party tools to teach the Swift programming language to high school students. -- AppleInsider.
The 27-inch 5K iMac was introduced in October and got a price cut in May, but it still hasn't been joined by a smaller, cheaper 4K iMac. According to references found in the latest OS X El Capitan developer beta, we may have one coming soon, and it could be using the quad-core Intel Broadwell processors that were introduced earlier this month. -- Ars Technica.
From fun-house mirrors to holograms, we have all experienced incredible optical illusions. Right now, scientists are fascinated by the prospect of finding a way to perform an even more challenging trick: hiding things in plain sight. -- Ars Technica.
Samsung's new Galaxy S6 has beaten out the iPhone 6 and other flagship rivals in a "real-world" performance test. The device came first in six out of nine challenges, which tested for things like Wi-Fi speed, camera load time, gaming performance, and video editing. -- Cult of android.
I want to spare you some of the pain that recently greeted me after a night out with friends. I returned to my car to find the rear window smashed out and my backpack gone. It contained my brand new MacBook and iPad. -- Cult of Mac.
We here at TMO are serious about backups, and we think you should be, too. Redundancy is one of your best protections against data loss! To help you make sure your backup scheme is bulletproof, this Quick Tip is all about clones, why you might need one, and how to set one up. -- The Mac Observer.
With platter/spinning drives on the way out, the days of easily getting a terabyte of storage in a laptop or even an iMac are perhaps not over, but you can certainly see the end from here. This means even if you do buy a new lighter laptop with a better processor and screen, it still might feel like a downgrade. Where can you put all your stuff? There are a few ways you can "create" more space on your machine without having to pay an arm and a leg for more storage. -- The Mac Observer.
Sick and tired of having your iOS devices tell you you're out of iCloud storage and can't backup? Disabling iCloud Photo Library can free up gigabytes of space, but it must be done with care so as to be sure you don't miss anything. -- The Mac Observer.
iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have been available to developers for two weeks now, giving us time to discover all of the little features in both operating systems that weren't discussed during the keynote event. We've created two videos that highlight some of the small but neat additions to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which you can watch below. -- MacRumors.
The written word may not be the best way to impress, a new study shows. A better bet: Use your voice.
Few methods beat email for sending communication blasts, getting a note in front of a far-flung sales prospect or employer, or attaching pictures and documents.
Too bad about the downside: You may not sound your smartest. -- New York Times.
Ads are things we all love to hate. While some can be amusing, and others can be useful, drawing our attention to products or services we weren't aware of, mostly we view them as things to tolerate at best -- and to be profoundly irritated by at worst. -- 9to5Mac.
Tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe your way through your Mac with Multi-Touch gestures, directly controlling what's on your screen in a more fluid, natural, and intuitive way. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.
Wi-Fi Calling is available for T-Mobile and Sprint in the United States and EE in the United Kingdom. You need an iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Your device needs to be using the latest version of iOS 8 and have a Wi-Fi Internet connection. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The Macalope's been blasting his anti-Watch diatribe zone pretty hard over the last few months and it's really starting to show. He's never looked more fit.
But his personal trainer and life coach, Esteban, recently suggested he's been neglecting his logicus maximus. It lacks tone and groans at the slightest strain. Fortunately, it turns out there are opinion pieces about the Apple Watch that are negative without being completely jacktastic. -- Macworld.
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