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Sunday, July 05, 2015

ReviewReview: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game controller for iPhone and iPad

Review: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game controller for iPhone and iPad

The Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i is the most affordable iPhone- and iPad-compatible wireless game controller on the market, and that alone will make it the ideal choice for many mobile gamers, even though its design has a few glaring issues.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new iPods, car plans & more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new iPods, car plans & more

The week's news was dominated by the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 on Tuesday, but other developments percolated under the surface — including Apple losing its last appeal of a long-fought e-book antitrust case.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem's 'Phenomenal' music video

Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem's 'Phenomenal' music video

Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy' as Apple Music exclusive on July 4th

Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy' as Apple Music exclusive on July 4th

Rap mogul Dr. Dre on Friday announced a Fourth of July debut of a bi-weekly radio show called "The Pharmacy," which will launch on Saturday as an Apple Music exclusive focusing on West Coast jams.

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TipsHow Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work with iTunes Match

How Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work with iTunes Match

On its website Apple describes Apple Music and iTunes Match as "independent but complementary," but in fact the services are closely connected through a third feature: iCloud Music Library.

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Custom iPhone 6 paint job hints at what a rose gold Apple 'iPhone 6s' could look like

Custom iPhone 6 paint job hints at what a rose gold Apple 'iPhone 6s' could look like

Apple is rumored to offer its next-generation iPhone in a new rose gold color option, which has led to forgeries in the Far East attempting to imagine what the color might look like on a so-called "iPhone 6s."

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Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again said to be in production as parts leaks continue

Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again said to be in production as parts leaks continue

Late-week reports from the Asian supply chain continue to suggest that Apple's next-generation iPhone has begun to roll off of assembly lines, with some indications that the forthcoming device will sport a nearly identical outward appearance with slightly tweaked internals.

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Music streams surged to 135 billion songs ahead of Apple Music debut

Music streams surged to 135 billion songs ahead of Apple Music debut

During the first half of 2015 Americans streamed some 135 billion audio tracks and music videos over the Internet, despite the absence of any major new services such as Apple Music, according to newly-published data from market research firm Nielsen.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Music & the iPhone's 8th birthday, plus listener questions

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Music & the iPhone's 8th birthday, plus listener questions

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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Thursday, July 02, 2015

New video showcases Apple's participation in 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade

New video showcases Apple's participation in 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade

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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Apple's iPhone gains 2% marketshare in US as competitors falter

Apple's iPhone gains 2% marketshare in US as competitors falter

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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'Likes' & personal libraries drive Apple Music's 'For You' recommendations

'Likes' & personal libraries drive Apple Music's 'For You' recommendations

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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Deals: $600 off 15" MacBook Pro; $480 off 128GB iPad Air LTE, $245-$360 off all new 15" MacBook Pros w/ AppleCare; more

Deals: $600 off 15

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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TipsHow to request a song to air on Apple's Beats 1 radio station

How to request a song to air on Apple's Beats 1 radio station

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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Prince's streaming music catalog now only on Tidal, Google All Access, absent from Apple Music [u]

Prince's streaming music catalog now only on Tidal, Google All Access, absent from Apple Music [u]

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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TipsHow to remove Connect from Apple Music in iOS 8.4

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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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 will add bigger battery, look exactly the same [u]

Rumor: Apple Watch 2 will add bigger battery, look exactly the same [u]

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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Leaked Foxconn document backs 12MP camera, 2GB of RAM for 'iPhone 6s'

Leaked Foxconn document backs 12MP camera, 2GB of RAM for 'iPhone 6s'

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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UBS calls Apple 'the Shake Shack of technology,' advises investors to buy in

UBS calls Apple 'the Shake Shack of technology,' advises investors to buy in

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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Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors, fingerprint readers, chargers into iPhone logos

Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors, fingerprint readers, chargers into iPhone logos

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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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Apple officially recognizes Jony Ive's promotion, adds VP of design bios to leadership webpage

Apple officially recognizes Jony Ive's promotion, adds VP of design bios to leadership webpage

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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Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV

Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV

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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Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US states in July

Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US states in July

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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Greek capital controls put squeeze on iCloud, iTunes, App Store subscriptions

Greek capital controls put squeeze on iCloud, iTunes, App Store subscriptions

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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Apple Music users complain iCloud Music Library deletes, renames iTunes content

Apple Music users complain iCloud Music Library deletes, renames iTunes content

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

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TipsHow to follow and get updates from your favorite artists in Apple Music Connect

How to follow and get updates from your favorite artists in Apple Music Connect

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

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Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint for phone bill cramming

Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint for phone bill cramming

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

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Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple services hit by slowdowns & outages [u]

Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple services hit by slowdowns & outages [u]

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

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Promotional images suggest Apple's new iPod colors will launch July 14

Promotional images suggest Apple's new iPod colors will launch July 14

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

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Save $809: Apple's 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,089 with free AppleCare, Microsoft Sculpt Mouse & LG CD/DVD drive

Save $809: Apple's 11

For just a few more days, readers can save $809 on Apple's completely maxed out 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB), which is up for grabs at $1,089 with free AppleCare and plus your choice of two free or heavily discounted accessories.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Despite big licensing wins, names like The Beatles, Prince & Garth Brooks absent from Apple Music

Despite big licensing wins, names like The Beatles, Prince & Garth Brooks absent from Apple Music

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

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Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote car controls, locator tool

Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote car controls, locator tool

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

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Full trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows Apple co-founder's successes and struggles

Full trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows Apple co-founder's successes and struggles

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

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Apple leaks new gold, deep blue and hot pink iPod colors in iTunes 12.2

Apple leaks new gold, deep blue and hot pink iPod colors in iTunes 12.2

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

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ReviewReview: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

Review: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

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

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Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

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

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Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

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

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New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

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

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Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

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

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015