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Following claims from some customers that problems within either iTunes or the paid Apple Music service can -- in rare cases -- result in the deletion or substitution of local files in a user's music library, Apple has issued an official statement saying that while it has not been able to reproduce the issue, it will release an update to iTunes "early next week" that "includes additional safeguards," and added that is taking reports of problems seriously. MacNN conducted rigorous testing on this issue earlier this year.
Apple has responded to a report claiming it is looking into giving up on offering music downloads from the iTunes Store, potentially within as few as two years if the rumor is to be believed. Reduced song download revenues are claimed to be behind the rumor, with Apple Music said to become the main revenue driver for Apple's music-related interests, but a representative has issued a curt denial of the report's contents.
Currently the rumor world is focused on the iPhone 7, the "not very attractive" (says Ming-Chi Kuo) next-generation flagship iPhone expected this fall, which he has already declared a flop that won't sell well. And why should it -- all the schematics, mock-ups, and scuttlebutt we've gotten from the usual suspects suggest that it will be very much like an iPhone 6s, except for relocated antenna bands, no headphone jack, and possible new camera (or dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus). The rumormongers are so bored with this, in fact, that they've taken to quibbling on details, and mocking up iTunes 12.4 just for fun.
Canadian users visiting the country's version of the iTunes store now have the option of donating to the Canadian Red Cross for disaster relief in Fort McMurray, Alberta, a town best known as the center of the country's oilsands industry. Wildfires in nearby areas have grown to cover 620 square miles -- about the size of the whole of New York City -- and forced the evacuation of over 80,000 people. On the US iTunes Store, the American Red Cross continues to focus on donations for earthquake relief in Japan and Ecuador.
Puzzles are a funny genre: they can be relaxing, challenging, or downright frustrating. They can combine with other genres seamlessly, and work together to create intricate gaming experiences, or survive on their own as a simple game to occupy your time. Today we take a look at TriZen, a tangram puzzle that we enjoyed quite a bit.
Apple has once again leveraged iTunes and the App Store to collect donations from customers on behalf of the American Red Cross. On this occasion, the donations are being directed towards earthquake relief efforts for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador. As has been Apple's practice in the past, 100 percent of the donations made through the iTunes Store and the App Store are passed on to the Red Cross. Customers who click on on the related banner can make donations in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 amounts.
The shutdown of the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores in China last week were forced by a regulator within the local government, according to a report. It is claimed the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television is behind the closures, with the government's interest in more tightly controlling media from foreign sources appearing to be one of the main reasons why the stores were taken down.
It's not true that most people hate iTunes, but it is true that you chiefly hear from those who do. The rest of us might have the odd grumble, but we don't particularly complain, and we don't write a replacement app. You've got to give credit to developer Andrew Kazmierski for making EPod 1.0, an app that plays music the way he likes, and which sets out to bring back the appeal of the iPod.
Apple is changing the way parents can monitor the spending habits of their children in iTunes and the App Store, removing one key feature next month. The iTunes Allowance function, that allowed for parents to designate a monthly iTunes Store credit for specific users to use while preventing high costs, will no longer be supported on May 25, with Apple suggesting users use facilities such as Family Sharing to manage their children's spending habits instead.
Whether city dwellers or tourist, we know you've heard of it: Uber. For everybody else, what's Uber? Uber is a controversial taxi replacement which connects riders with drivers through an app, and we couldn't be more smitten with the idea. Here's how our experience with Uber has gone so far.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE