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Wednesday, July 01

Hands On: iTunes 12.2.0 (OS X)

It's been called over-complicated, it's been called confusing, but it's also been called the place where you keep all your music by nearly everyone in the civilized world. That last has now changed: it's the place you get to almost all the music ever created in the history of the world, and then some. Okay, maybe no,t but we had -- hang on, let's check -- 9,692 songs yesterday and today we have (counts on fingers) 30...

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Analysis: Apple Music and Beats One

It's that time again -- Apple has hit us all with a flood of releases, and leading the pack are Apple Music and Beats One. Join Managing Editor Mike, MacNN Editor Charles, and writer William for a discussion of all the hits, misses, and we discuss if we should keep the wheel in the sky turning for what's on tap, or if Apple's new offering is little more than a rainbow in the dark....

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Tuesday, June 30

Hands On: Apple Music (iOS, OS X, Windows)

Just spotted on one of our reviewers' Facebook page: a music fan has written "so long Spotify, it was good while it lasted." Time will tell -- specifically three months of time, as that's how long Apple's giving for free -- but we're already impressed with Apple Music. Not so impressed, however, with the expected problem of it being difficult to download the necessary updates while everyone else in the world was tryi...

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Apple Music, iOS 8.4 update are on the air; servers hammered [u]

[Updated with correction, lightening of server load in US] As expected, Apple has launched iOS 8.4, with an accompanying OS X 10.10.4 update. Alongside the software release, Apple has also fired up the Apple Music service and Beats One. Apple Music provides access to some 30 million tracks in the iTunes catalog, both for streaming and offline listenings. Music curation includes recommendations for songs and albums fr...

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Monday, June 29

The MacNN Podcast, episode 21: Writing your app in (Taylor) Swift

Episode 21 of The MacNN Podcast is now available! Join us for a very speedy hour as we talk about a great new contest where you can win a 5K Retina 27-inch iMac, the licensing kerfuffle with Apple Music that features a happy ending, more troubles for MacKeeper, the plaudits and perils of e-publishing, the trauma of having to send in a Mac for repair, and our picks for App(s) of the Week! Show notes after the jump....

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Hands On: iOS 9 Preview for iPad Air 2

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 an...

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Sunday, June 28

Editorial: Mainstream press clickbait critical, Apple press annoyed

In the UK, it's known as Betteridge's law of journalism: a headline that is a question can always be answered by the reader by the word 'no' regardless of editorial intent. Is Elvis really alive? No. Could this one simple technique make you a millionaire overnight? Take a wild guess. While you're at it, apply your guess to CNBC's article that's been headlined: "Is interest in the Apple Watch dissipating?"...

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Friday, June 26

Technology in Recovery: Out of the ER, into the fire

My name is Mike. As I've previously discussed, I'm the Managing Editor here at MacNN and Electronista. On Sunday night or Monday morning, depending on how you look at it, my 44-year-old wife suffered a stroke. After a few days in a mainline hospital, we were moved to a rehab hospital yesterday. Today has been a whirlwind of doctors, therapists, nurses, and more testing, but universally, what just about everybody is a...

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Thursday, June 25

Hands On: iTunes U 3.0 (iOS)

You know that MacNN likes to go the extra mile and stress-test, even pummel every application that gets a Hands On review. It's not enough to tell us a list of features, we want to see that those features do what they say they will. It's partly diligence, partly that we've been fooled by Windows software before. Apple today updated its iTunes U educational service and iOS to version 3.0, and made some notable changes...

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Wednesday, June 24

Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part five

Okay, do this for me, would you? Spread your arms out as far as you can. That span represents the number of people in the world. Bring your left hand in about an inch. The span that's left is the number of people who want to write a book. Drop your left hand entirely and bring your right in to about six inches away from your body. That's how many will start to write one....

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Giveaway: Win an Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display worth $2,000

Do you want to upgrade your computing setup with a high-resolution addition, but without having to pay for it? Our very own MacNN Deals is giving you the opportunity to do just that, by winning an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display worth $2,000, complete with its signature 27-inch 5120x2880-resolution IPS screen, in an easy-to-enter competition....

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Tuesday, June 23

Apple issues new betas of OS X 10.11, iOS 9, watchOS 2 [U]

[Updated with new info on watchOS 2 beta, hidden feature in iOS 9 beta] Apple on Tuesday launched the second betas of its next major OS upgrades, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2.0. The developer-only betas still have a long list of issues, and do not include any new features compared to the first beta, issued two weeks ago during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. All three betas offer some fixes f...

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Sunday, June 21

Review: Apple Watch

As with all new Apple product launches, it can be difficult sometimes to separate the reality from the hype. The hype is understandable, of course - Apple is the biggest technology company in the world, and it doesn't often launch into all-new product categories. The Apple Watch is the first completely new project to come from Apple under its "new" management team, headed since 2011 by CEO Tim Cook, and its success o...

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Friday, June 19

Apple to replace 3TB hard drives in late 2012 model 27-inch iMacs

Users who purchased a 27-inch iMac between December of 2012 and September of 2013 may experience hard drive or Fusion Drive failure "under certain conditions" due to problem with the hard drive component. Apple has now announced a replacement program that largely covers the "late 2012" 27-inch iMac (though it may also include some early mid-2013 iMacs), and will contact registered owners of the affected units to offe...

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Thursday, June 18

Nest launches Cam, upgraded Protect, new Thermostat software

Nest has made changes across the entirety of its product line, with updates to its existing products and the launch of a new item. The new version of Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat software update are joined by the Nest Cam, a network-connected camera stemming from its acquisition of Dropcam last year, and a new program that could help homeowners acquire a Nest Protect at a lower cost or potentially fo...

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Wednesday, June 17

Pointers: Summer Project: E-publishing, part four

Four weeks into the summer project, halfway through to having an actual paperback and e-book, only now do we get to do some writing. Maybe in the olden days, you could just get out your quill pen on day one and craft a masterpiece, but now that you're taking on the production of the book, you have a lot of other concerns....

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Apple sandboxing flaw attack revealed, cross-app data theft possible

A sextet of researchers have discovered a weakness in Apple's cross-app resource security. The researchers found a "series of high-impact security weaknesses" which allow a sandboxed malicious app, which has been previously approved by Apple's storefront, to gain access to other applications data stored in an app's private directory. Data at risk includes stored passwords for banking, iCloud passwords, WeChat photos,...

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Analysis: 2015 Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony E3 press events

The triumvirate of console gaming, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, have shown what they're going to show to launch the 2015 E3 expo, and as with all things, we've got opinions. Join MacNN and Electronista staffers Mike, Malcolm, and Jordan with special commentary from HammerCast's Duane Sibilly as they discuss the surprises, let-downs, reveals, and presentations that we've suffered through so you don't have to!...

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Tuesday, June 16

Editorial: WSJ stoops to clickbait with silly anti-Mac article

In case you haven't heard, the Wall Street Journal has run an embarrassingly blinkered editorial called "Why Apple Should Kill Off the Mac" which is, on the face of it, nonsensical. We expect this sort of asinine fodder from the logic-averse scrawls of established nitwits like your Dvoraks, your Enderles -- but the Wall Street Journal was once a respected, legitimate newspaper (at least until Rupert Murdoch bought it...

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Adobe updates Creative Cloud apps, introduces Stock option

Adobe's latest updates to its Creative Cloud have been revealed, with new additions accompanying mainstay apps. Improvements to the main app suite including Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and After Effects CC arrive alongside new mobile apps, with a large contingent heading to Android, while the new Adobe Stock is a marketplace for various assets useful to design projects created within Creative Cloud. ...

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