By Lory Gil on Dec 4, 2013
My sister-in-law has finally come over to the Dark Side. That is, from my brother’s point of view, who is a diehard Android user. She recently invested in the new iPhone 5s. Now, she has a shiney new phone, but doesn’t know a thing about what apps to get.
So, being the app expert that I am, it is my job to help her find the perfect games, photo editors, and social networking enhancements to make her iOS experience the best it can be. This year, she’ll be getting apps for Christmas.
If you are new to iOS, or have never thought about giving an app as a gift, you may not know how to do so. We have a quick tutorial to explain how to send an app to your friends and family through iTunes on your computer or through the App Store on your iOS device… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013
For those of you who were unable to see it in theaters, Ashton Kutcher’s much talked about ‘Jobs’ film is now available for purchase. You can either buy it or rent it in iTunes, and then of course it’s available in Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
After months of rumors and a lengthy delay, ‘Jobs’ opened to mixed reviews on August 16. It stayed in theaters for just 7 weeks, and only pulled $35 million worldwide. It was considered by many to be a flop, but now you can be the critic… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2013
Apple by now has updated much of its own iPhone and iPad applications that area available on the App Store, with the two major holdouts: iBooks and iTunes U (also pending in the update queue: Find My Friends and Keynote Remote, a Keynote presentation software companion).
Now, Jony Ive’s been feeling your pain so today Apple issued a pair of long-expected updates bringing iBooks and iTunes U in line with the general iOS look and feel.
The revamped iBooks “has been updated with a beautiful new design for iOS 7,” says Apple. The refresh includes a completely revamped iBook Store.
Did they kill the page curl? Read on for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2013
Thousands of lives were lost after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall and ripped through the Philippines last Friday. As you could imagine, companies and organizations around the world are banding together and contributing to the relief efforts with donations. This includes Apple, which on Tuesday activated Red Cross donations through iTunes to help with relief efforts.
Apple normally takes its customary 30 percent cut on iTunes proceeds, but the company surrendered the commission for the relief effort. You can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 and Apple will transfer 100 percent of your donation to the American Red Cross in the region, to help distribute food and relief supplies to survivors and help with search and rescue efforts… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 11, 2013
To improve the quality and performance of its iOS devices, Apple routinely collects diagnostic and usage information from customer’s iPhones and iPads. Diagnostic data includes information about system performance, such as the popular low memory warnings, and other details about your specific device and OS specifications.
End users have the option of sharing this information automatically with Apple, but it can also be turned off. You’ve probably all seen the option during the initial setup of your iOS device to automatically send diagnostic and usage data to Apple.
Inside, we’ll show you where you can go to view your device’s logged diagnostic data, and manage how it is used. We’ll also show you how to completely remove the diagnostic logs from your device. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 5, 2013
Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.3. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with a handful of improvements.
Those improvements include a fix for a known issue where the equalizer may not work as expected, as well as enhanced performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries and other bug fixes… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
Uh oh. Some users are noticing that Apple has pulled various Disney and Pixar titles from its iTunes Store and iTunes in the Cloud. While the missing movies were initially shrugged off as a glitch, it appears that the move is much more serious.
It looks like the problem has to do with a licensing agreement between Apple and Disney. And not only does it mean that users can’t buy or rent the titles, but folks who previously purchased them are no longer seeing them in their Purchased tab… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2013
Apple rather uncharacteristically not only live-streamed yesterday’s keynote through its website and on Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, but has also made a replay available shortly thereafter. The October 2013 Apple Special Event video is now available on-demand through the Apple Events section of the company’s website.
I typically prefer to keep Apple’s keynote clips handy for later reference and offline viewing. As a bonus, I get to keep the videos forever and make as much copies as my heart desires. Right on cue, the iPhone maker has now made the entire iPad keynote available as a downloadable video podcast on iTunes… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013
In addition to its wide range of other application updates today, Apple has posted a new edition of iTunes this afternoon. The update brings the content management software to version 11.1.2 and includes a handful of improvements.
Easily the biggest change in iTunes 11.1.2 is its support for OS X Mavericks, the big update Apple released today for its desktop operating system. But it also includes new language support and improved performance and stability… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 17, 2013
When iTunes Radio was only a rumor, the idea of Apple offering streaming music was instantly dubbed a Pandora-killer. Now that iTunes Radio has launched alongside iOS 7 last month, Pandora’s finance chief is speaking out, saying their service outperforms even a giant-killer, no matter how fat the bank account.
In an interview, Pandora CFO Mike Herring describes Apple’s service as a “credible” threat, but the Internet radio startup continues to feel it still is “better than anybody else”… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 15, 2013
Most of Apple’s legal actions happen with other multi-billion tech firms. But sometime, the Cupertino, California company likes to scare to scare the pants off small fry. Take for example Digital Music News (DMN), which Sunday yielded to demands by Apple, removing a copy of an iTunes Radio contract.
The contract, first published by DMN in June, showed how Apple “forced sub-standard terms” on independent music publishers. Apple claimed publication of the contract violated copyright laws, a claim one law professor described as “a jerk move.”
Was Apple protecting copyrights or again using legal muscle to manage its corporate image? Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2013
During its big iPhone event back in September, Apple announced that anyone who purchased a new iOS device after September 1 would be able to download iPhoto, iMovie, and the iWork suite of apps—Keynote, Pages, Numbers—for free.
Making good on its promise, Apple began sending out emails with iTunes credits earlier today to those who purchased both new iOS devices and one or more of the above-mentioned iOS apps prior to the announcement on September 10… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 11, 2013
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced on Friday that nine long-missing episodes of Doctor Who have been discovered. All of the episodes date back to the Patrick Troughton years and include two stories from the Second Doctor’s era – The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.
Nearly five decades after they were last seen, these episodes have been digitally remastered and made available for rent exclusively through iTunes… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2013
Bloomberg is reporting this evening that it has learned Apple is working to rollout iTunes Radio to the UK, Canada and other countries by early 2014. The music service, which launched last month, is currently only available in the US.
Citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says that Apple has acquired the necessary licenses from labels to take its service international next year—likely beating Pandora and other competitors to several countries… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 6, 2013
Folks in Canada will be happy to hear that iTunes Radio may soon be landing in the country. A new job listing on Apple’s website calls for a ‘iTunes Canada Music Programmer,’ who will be responsible for rolling out the music service.
Apple launched iTunes Radio last month alongside the redesigned iOS 7, and thus far it’s only been available in the US. But if this job listing is any indication, the company could soon be rolling out the music service to more countries… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 6, 2013
This is a typical illustration of why only developers should install a beta version of a software. In this case, I’m specifically talking about iOS 7 beta, which has been wildly popular among non developers since Apple first made it available in June.
Of course, we’ve tried to warn everyone that unless you’re a developer, you shouldn’t really mess with iOS 7 beta. Since yesterday, those that didn’t take this warning seriously might have gotten themselves into trouble.
iOS 7 beta 6 was set to expire on October 6, and people who haven’t updated to the GM or public release by then found out the hard way that a developer release should really be only for developers.
Many people were greeted today with a message on their iOS device saying “Activation Error – This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program,” rendering the device unusable. Activation Required… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013
Apple has released a Supplemental Update to OS X 10.8.5. The release fixes an issue with the FaceTime HD camera on late-model MacBook Airs, a bug that caused external drives to be ejected, and other problems.
Additionally, Apple has also seeded a new version of iTunes this afternoon, bringing the app to version 11.1.1. The update doesn’t offer up any new features, but it does bring about bug fixes and stability improvements… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2013
September was a big month for Apple and its iTunes team. In addition to running its iTunes Festival—a 30-day long concert with some 60 performances, the company also launched a new streaming music service called iTunes Radio.
And yesterday, the folks over at Entertainment Weekly had the chance to sit down and talk with the man behind it all: Apple’s SVP of software and services Eddy Cue. We’ve posted a few choice excerpts from the interview after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 28, 2013
There’s only a few days left in the month, and that means that Apple’s iTunes Festival is winding down. In fact, the show will come to a close on Monday, September 30 with a performance from Katy Perry.
To commemorate the event, Apple has tonight posted a short video to its YouTube channel entitled ‘Moments,’ which highlights a few of the 60 acts that took the stage in London over the past 30 days… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 25, 2013
Since Apple’s inception, Steve Jobs very intentionally positioned his baby as the underdog, one that builds the ultimate tools for the creative types. These days, Apple is powerfully corporate and anything but the underdog of the pre-2000 era. One thing hasn’t changed: the tools Apple builds nowadays are still aimed at creatives, with a heavy focus on prosumers.
It takes talented engineers to come up with such sticky devices and Apple happens to hire some of the brightest minds in the industry.
And guess what?
Like us regular fans, Apple’s employees rely on company products to create interesting videos, compose music, write electronic books and so forth so Apple though it’d be cool to highlight their work via a private website… Read More