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  • How Apple Music Can Disrupt Users' iTunes Libraries

    8:27am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is primarily a streaming service, this functionality…
  • Square Enix Pulls, Apologizes For Mac Version of Final Fantasy XIV

    Fri 3:36pm By Soulskill
    _xeno_ writes: Just over a week after Warner Bros. pulled the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight due to bugs, Square Enix is now being forced to do the same thing with the Mac OS X version of Final Fantasy XIV (which was released at the same time as Batman:…
  • Can New Chicago Taxes On Netflix, Apple, Spotify Withstand Legal Challenges?

    Thu 7:04pm By samzenpus
    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…
  • "Jobs" vs. "Steve Jobs": Hollywood Takes Another Stab At Telling the Steve Jobs Story

    Thu 8:55am By timothy
    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…
  • Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

    Tue 8:05pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes shortly after the Edge Conference, where major players in web…
  • Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450 Million

    Tue 6:00pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlement reached in 2014 with lawyers and attorneys general from…
  • iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

    Jun 27, 2015, 10:48 pm By timothy
    New submitter WarJolt writes: Apple is adding Force Touch to their iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. I'm not sure if Force Touch enough to convince an Android user like myself to switch, but there are definitely some interesting possibilities for app developers. A…
  • AppleCare+ Now Covers Batteries That Drop To 80%

    Jun 27, 2015, 9:22 am By timothy
    Mark Wilson writes with news that Apple's AppleCare+ plan has been updated to address one of the biggest worries that people have about products with non-removeable batteries, and that become very expensive paperweights when the juice runs out. From BetaNews:…
  • Google, Apple, and Others Remove Content Related To the Confederate Flag

    Jun 25, 2015, 1:59 pm By Soulskill
    davek writes with news that Google is removing results related to the Confederate Flag from Google Shopping, the company's online marketplace. They're also blocking advertisements involving the flag. They say, "We have determined that the Confederate flag…
  • Apple To Pay Musicians For Free Streams, After All

    Jun 22, 2015, 8:53 am By Soulskill
    vivaoporto writes: As reported on Re/code, Apple media boss Eddy Cue appears to have capitulated and Apple Music will be paying music owners for streaming even during customers's free trial period. He says Taylor Swift's letter, coupled with complaints from…
  • Taylor Swift: Apple's Disdain For Royalties Is 'Shocking, Disappointing'

    Jun 21, 2015, 11:24 am By timothy
    Mark Wilson writes to note that Apple Music, yet unlaunched, already faces resistance on several fronts. From the BetaNews article:…
  • DuckDuckGo Sees Massive Growth In Post-Snowden World

    Jun 19, 2015, 5:28 pm By Soulskill
    DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine, has been around for over six years. But when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA surveillance in 2013, DuckDuckGo started a period of strong growth that hasn't slowed yet. The search engine has seen a 600%…
  • The Problems Apple Music Needs To Fix Before Launch

    Jun 19, 2015, 4:05 pm By Soulskill
    journovampire writes: In less than two weeks, Apple Music arrives for consumers, but it still has some serious problems. Many in the industry are predicting the biggest digital music launch in history, but Apple hasn't even achieved its primary stated goal of…
  • LibreOffice Now Available On Apple's Mac App Store

    Jun 18, 2015, 12:27 pm By timothy
    sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional…
  • Researchers Find Major Keychain Vulnerability in iOS and OS X

    Jun 17, 2015, 10:31 am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader notes a report from El Reg on a major cross-app resource vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS X. Researchers say it's possible to break app sandboxes, bypass App Store security checks, and crack the Apple keychain. The researchers wrote,…
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