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Apple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple Inc, and its stark contrast to Google and Microsoft

AppleInsider - Sun, 2015-07-05 22:24
Just in its first few days, the launch of Apple Music has demonstrated that Apple can competently execute outside of its core hardware business. That has implications for its future ambitions in TV and automotive, as well as highlighting the vast gulf between it, Google and Microsoft.

GarageBand 10.1

TidBITS - Sun, 2015-07-05 21:37
Adds new Drummers and synthesizer Patches, while promising direct sharing to Apple Music Connect (a feature currently available on the iOS version of GarageBand). ($4.99 new, free update, 911 MB)

 

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

AppleInsider - Sun, 2015-07-05 04:32
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.

Caturday: Dempsey's iPod touch

AppleWorld.Today - Sat, 2015-07-04 08:00

Dempsey poses for a Caturday centerfold. Image courtesy of Kyle Hagen.

Dempsey is a very, very lucky cat belonging to Kyle Hagen and Melissa Caolo. That's her iPod touch - Kyle let us know that "Now that Dempsey's owner has upgraded to an iPhone she has claimed his iPod Touch as hers. 'Finally a device I can operate without thumbs!'"

With that intent look in those beautiful green eyes, I don't think there's any way Kyle is going to get that iPod touch back... ever. Does Dempsey have her own Apple Music account yet?

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. Please note that the picture must have some tie to an Apple product.

Thanks, and a fuzzy head bump to Kyle, Carol, and Dempsey.

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

AppleInsider - Sat, 2015-07-04 03:05
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.

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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 17:57
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.

iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-07-03 16:36

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.


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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 16:16
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.

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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:47
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.

Moveo Calc is a nice-looking calculator for iPhone and Apple Watch

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:30

This week we're taking a look at Moveo Calc (free) for iPhone and Apple Watch, a calculator app with minimal looks and speedy operation. It looks really nice on the Apple Watch, and is lightweight and speedy. Here's our look at Moveo Calc.

Looks

Really it's all about the looks here. Developer Manish Dudharejia has managed to get all of the functions on a single screen, even on the Apple Watch. The result is colorful and friendly...a far cry from the utilitarian calculators I remember as a kid that were more function than form.

Use

Moveo Calc isn't a scientific calculator, so don't expect to find advanced calculations. But for quick, back-of-the-napkin math, it's fully capable and nice-looking to boot.

Apple ships a calculator app of course, but Moveo Calc is so friendly and colorful, you may choose to use it instead. As a free app, you can't really go wrong.

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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:22
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."

Thank you to our patrons

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-07-03 10:47

Another month begins, and that means it's time to thank our generous patrons over on Patreon. You folks keep the pirate ship afloat. Thanks to your backing, we're building the best coverage of Apple Music that we can, hand-picking games you'll love, sharing our thoughts, making videos and so much more.

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What to play this weekend: Adventures of Pip

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-07-03 09:12

Here, let me show you how this is done.

Let me set the scene for you. PAX East, 2015. My 10-year-old and I visit the Tic Toc Games booth, where a playable demo of Adventures of Pip is set up. He picks up the controller and begins playing this fun, retro platformer. He's doing well, and clears the first major hurdle. He figures out the first puzzle on the first try. "No one has gotten that on the first try," the developer says. A small crowd has gathered.

He beats the next hurdle, and the next. Puzzles are solved. The princess is rescued, the demo level beaten. First try, first life.

"Well @#!", says the developer.

Today, Adventures of Pip is among the best new games in Apple's App Store and deservedly so. My child's prodigious video game skills (my wife and I are so proud) shouldn't dissuade you from guiding heroic young Pip through the crumbling kingdom. This game looks great, sounds great and will delight fans of side-scrolling platformers. Here's my look at Adventures of Pip.

Read: previous selections for "What you should play this weekend."

Looks

Pip is gloriously retro. You start as a single pixel who awakes in rumbling castle. The evil queen is reducing everything to a single pixel. Only you can stop her!

As you play, you'll have chances to evolve into more fully-realized 8-bit and 16-bit versions of yourself. But beware, a massive 32-bit boss is waiting for you.

The music and sound effects are great too, and enhance the theme.





Gameplay

You'll find classic side-scroller tropes here: dropping floors, spikes, tricky jumps. There are treasures and gems to collect and plenty of opportunity to show off you dexterity.

The controls work well on both the iPhone and iPad. Tic Toc's devs have managed to make them effective and unobtrusive. I never felt that my fingers were in the way of the action, and the controls themselves are quite responsive.

Remember Pip's ability to evolve to larger forms of himself? He can also go devolve into smaller forms. In fact, you won't be able to solve certain puzzles if you're not in the proper form. Figuring that out is a good part of the fun and unique enough to add something quite delightful to the game.

Adventures of Pip is a delight and perfect for kicking back on the holiday weekend. Have a great time saving the kingdom...even if you can't on the first try.

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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 08:40
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.

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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 08:26
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.

From the Editor's Desk: Beats 1 and the return of the summer anthem

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-07-03 08:06

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears for Fears will forever remind me of riding in my then girlfriend's crappy Oldsmobile Omega, windows down, sun shining, off to have some fun.

Van Halen's "5150" brings me back to away games with my high school soccer team.

Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant" recalls my first year living in Boston.

These summer anthems are inextricably linked with time, place, and feelings: speeding in the Olds, the camaraderie of teammates, a new adventure beginning.

All of it was fueled by radio.

When I was young I listened to Rock 107 in Scranton, Pa. Later I'd love WFNX in Boston, and of course VMFM at Marywood University. But then something changed: 1,000 songs in your pocket.

As soon as the iPod and iTunes Store happened, I all but abandoned radio. The immediacy of hearing whatever I wanted to hear, whenever I wanted it was irresistable. Later, streaming services with seemingly limitless, ubiquitous libraries reinforced my conviction that radio and I had broken up. I didn't realize that the summer anthem would be a casualty of the split.

One side effect of listening to Tears For Fears and Van Halen over and over is that I failed to make new associations between song and summer. What track defines the summer of 2004? Well, the same ones I listened to in 2003, 2001, 2005, 2014 and so on. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I didn't even notice it until I started listening to radio again.

Barely a week into the Beats 1 experiment, I can tell you that, years from now, "Little Monster" by Royal Blood, "Reapers" by Muse and yes, that I've-already-heard-it-too-many-times Pharrell song will remind me of driving the kids to the beach, getting my daughter from ballet and driving through town, windows down, rediscovering radio.

Well done, Apple. You've restored something I didn't realize was missing. I'm glad to have it back.

Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-07-03 07:38

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery - that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think thatâs only half of it. To truly unlock discovery a serviceâs users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.


Turn off automatic renewal of your Apple Music subscription

AppleWorld.Today - Fri, 2015-07-03 06:25

To entice users to check out Apple Music, Apple is providing three free months of the paid service at launch. These paid features include access to the Apple Music streaming service, unlmited track skipping in Music Radio and full access to Music Connect social network. Similar to most trials, Apple automatically will charge you for your first month of paid service when that trial period ends.

If you want to enjoy the trial without being hit by a surprise credit card charge in three months, you should take a few minutes now and turn off the auto-renew option before you forget.

  • Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap the profile icon in the upper left corner
  • Select "View Apple ID" and login to your iTunes account
  • Tap "Manage" under the Subscription header
  • Tap the "Automatic Renewal" toggle to turn off automatic payments
  • Confirm the change

Now you can sit back and enjoy the rest of your trial without worrying about being charged because you forgot to cancel. If you decide you want to keep the service, you can reverse these steps and turn auto-renewal back on.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

MacObserver - Fri, 2015-07-03 06:00

In honor of Independence Day-a U.S. holiday-The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!


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

AppleInsider - Fri, 2015-07-03 06:00
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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