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1 hour ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, audio, Apple
Over the period of time since iTunes 12.2 released, MacNN has been receiving spotty reports of iTunes library corruptions. We've begun preliminary testing on the root cause, and a final determination or possible work-around is some time away. We do have solid data pointing to iTunes corrupting libraries hosted over an OS X network share periodically. More problematically, iTunes libraries accessed over a SMB share from either a Windows-based computer, or network attached storage device are frequently damaged by some iTunes process.
2 hours ago | Posted in: software, networking, Apple
Hidden inside Apple's flood of releases last week, the Cupertino manufacturer released a point update to OS X Server for OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite. The server package that adds functionality to the base OS X "client" has been incremented to version 4.1.3, and brings security fixes, stability improvements, and importantly improved reliability of Time Machine backups and restores.
2 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple
It is in all ways a great thing that Apple Music includes the ability for you to download music to listen to when you don't have an internet connection -- or you don't want to use the one you've got. If you're away from Wi-Fi and have a limit on how much data you can download without surcharges, Apple Music can eat through that like nobody's business. Plus whatever your plan, streaming much just kills your battery. So being able to have one big downloading session before you head out the door is brilliant. It's also ridiculously confusing.
3 hours ago | Posted in: Apple
As a music fan, I'm delighted that Apple Music is finally here. The thought of being able to access most of Apple's iTunes catalog for a low monthly fee is a mouth-watering prospect. Before services like this were available, I would routinely spend two or three times as much every month on buying new music to feed my addiction. Therein lies the problem for independent artists, but also all artists at large, as streaming services move from being marginal, secondary sources of income to something increasingly material.
3 hours ago | Posted in: industry
MasterCard is testing out an unusual method to verify the identity of a credit or debit card holder, by using photographs as an authentication method. The app is said to require the user to take a self portrait at the time of purchase in order to prove who they are, as MasterCard explores alternative ways for users to make mobile payments without having to provide a fingerprint or remember a PIN or password each time.
11 hours ago | Posted in: gaming
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Windows 10, Club Nintendo ends in North America, Sales are halted and refunds offered for Final Fantasy XIV for Mac, and the revelation that Destiny could have been a funnier game.
16 hours ago | Posted in: accessories, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Therapy for a disabled person is a mixed bag. Sometimes the body cooperates, and sometimes the mind. Sometimes both, sometimes neither -- and neither is what we got this week. Regardless, the therapists soldiered on, with some pretty solid initial tech solutions for therapy and common recovery stumbling blocks.
17 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to Freedom Deals, the one-off version of Daily Deals that we're using to highlight some of the online offers, discounts, bundles, and sales going on this weekend, in honor of the Fourth of July. Notable deals include the freedom-creating Broforce, a collection of large HDTVs, and a Wii U with Splatoon. Normal deals service will resume tomorrow.
19 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
The Nightjar by developer Somethin' Else is a science fiction thriller in which the player has been abandoned alone on a spaceship which is about to self-destruct. All the lights have gone out, so there's a lot of bumping into walls and following sounds. Thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch is talking to you through an ear piece and knows how to get you safely off the ship... probably.
21 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
We've said this before about how we come up with the apps we review -- sometimes we're approached by the developers who request we take a look at their app, sometimes we go looking for apps we think the readers would be interested in, and sometimes readers alert us to the existence of an app we should write about through our tips email. Even when we don't like something, we try to be constructive in our criticisms. However, periodically we come across something that will spark in us either blinding rage or numbing apathy. Either way, we're just not sure we can squeeze a whole article out of it that isn't just the word "meh" over and over again, or simply a picture of Zoidberg yelling, "your app is bad, and you should feel bad!" Join us, for this first installment of a periodic column shaming the worst of the choices on the App Store that we randomly get corralled to examine.
21 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software, iPhone apps, Apple, iPad apps
Happy post-Fourth of July! We hope you emerged from the holiday unburnt from the sun, the grill, or explosives! Today marks our second iteration of a new column about the stories that entertained us, informed us, or just plain tickled us in the course of the week. We're not just highlighting our own writing -- anything that we've discussed behind the scenes here at MacNN is fair game. Read on for thoughts on the events of the week in the tech world including a bevy of Apple Music stories, just as many OS X tales, and some goofy stories from around the web.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in:
Happy pre-Fourth of July! We here at Electronista and MacNN wish our readers a happy US Independence Day -- yes, even our readers from the UK, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. In all seriousness, we've still got great things planned for the weekend. We'll still bring you anything urgent that pops up, as well as the second part of our Technology in Recovery series, plus a recap of the big stories of the week on Sunday. Until we see you again, toss those burgers on the grill, and have a happy and safe July fourth holiday!
Following the decision to release his first album The Chronic as an Apple Music exclusive, untitled Apple executive Dr. Dre will debut a new bi-weekly radio show on Beats 1 on Saturday, July 4, entitled "The Pharmacy," focusing on West Coast urban music and other tracks of interest to Dre. The first episode will debut at 6PM ET, and joins a host of other shows hosted by prominent musicians.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: software, hacks, networking, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Today's Pointers is going to be a bit short and sweet because, like everyone else in the US, we're itching to get out of the office and engage in dangerous, noisy, polluting activities of an excessive nature. So while you are waiting in the burn unit or drunk tank for either treatment or bail money, here's a great tip for making all that waiting time easier: a simple way to get your iOS devices to play any non-DRM'd audio, photo, or video file format without taking up any space. It's like iTunes Match, but for all kinds of media files.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design
The firing of an employee has caused community outrage over at Reddit today, prompting many parts of the site to be hidden from view by volunteer moderators. A number of the site's communities are setting their subreddits to private in protest of a decision by management to let go of Victoria Taylor, a staff member that managed the famous Ask Me Anything (AMA) section, with readers revolting over a lack of explanation for the site's actions.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
If we say platformer, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably a game like Super Mario Bros or Super Meat Boy, or maybe even the original Donkey Kong. Something classic and straightforward -- but the truth of the matter is that the platformer genre is almost as wild and varied as the puzzle genre. That's why we decided to tell you guys about Ball Alien, a quirky skill platformer that has you traversing platforms in space.
Possibly anticipating continued record sales, Apple has allegedly already begun preliminary production for this fall's anticipated iPhone 6 refresh, with the new models presumably called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Images of a new alleged motherboard (likely to be legitimate in our view) and casing suggest that the external appearance compared to the current models will change little, and that the next upgrade will focus on internal and software improvements.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Two Fingers, but only one brain (2 F 1 B) is a series of 20 mini-games that are mixed and matched to appear two at a time on the user's screen. At first, we weren't sure we were going to like that, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our first encounter with 2F1B was last year, and we were saddened by what we perceived as ads that really got in the way of gameplay. We were recently prompted to give the app another chance. Happily, whether by design or accident, the ad situation has improved dramatically.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple
Matching its performance in the previous quarter, Apple's iPhone again gained nearly two percent market share in the US in the last three months, according to ComScore, widening its lead as the dominant smartphone maker. While Android as a platform continued to hold the top platform position at 52.1 percent, it again suffered an overall decline of 0.7 percent, while iOS surged to 43.5, a 1.8 percent gain matched exactly by losses from Android, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: computers, gaming, peripherals, gadgets, software, upgrades/storage, accessories, networking, audio
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour online retailers for discounts, offers, bundles, and sales on hardware, software, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. We've checked all of yesterday's deals, ruthlessly purged the dead ones, and have added a bunch more, including a sub-$300 960GB SSD, a curved LG monitor, and a Roomba.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Roguelikes can be an intimidating genre. They're generally known for complicated stat management systems, complex maps, and for being absolutely unforgiving to new players. If you're looking for a gentler roguelike to jump into, we'll show you the pros and cons of The Nightmare Cooperative, available on (Steam and the App Store).
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: software
App development has taken off in the last few years, making it increasingly difficult to stay on top of all the latest versions. To help all of you out, we here at MacNN are dedicated to sorting through new update releases, and highlighting some of the important ones here, in the relaunch of our App Update column. Today, we look at revisions to MacFamilyTree, Maya, Economacs, Blender, Cinema 4D, Batman Arkham Asylum, and Minco.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: education, iPhone apps, iPad apps
Ah, Wikipedia, our torrid little knowledge love affair. Sure, it's not always the most accurate, but it's certainly the most convenient. We're not going to pretend like we're not the type to spend an evening hopping from article to article, reading as much as we can -- but what if there was an easier option, something that made sense of the complex information presented to you by Wikipedia? Now, there is, with Learn Discovery.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: accessories
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the sales available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's collection revolves around the Apple Watch, including two stands to stylishly charge the smartwatch, as well as a way to improve the watch itself by replacing the band with a more colorful design.
Fri July 3, 2015 | Posted in: security
Plex is under threat from a hacker, attempting to blackmail the service by holding some of its customer data up for ransom. The streaming media software developer's forums have been breached, with the hacker demanding bitcoin from the company, otherwise the attacker will release all the acquired customer data, as well as other software and files picked up in the intrusion for all to see.
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