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You can now use any Android app on your Mac w/ BlueStacks...

Today, 01:18 PM

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BlueStacks, a free desktop Android emulator that lets users play any mobile game or app on the big screen with a mouse and keyboard, has mostly been limited to PC users until today. But Mac users are about to get access to the software that the company says already has around 90 million users on Windows.

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While the app arrived briefly as an alpha release of Mac users back in 2012, this morning the company is launching an official release of the popular BlueStacks App Player software for Mac for the first time, allowing Mac users to play mobile games and use their favorite apps from mobile on the desktop. The company told us that it’s worked hard to optimize BlueStacks for Mac to take advantage of all the benefits of a larger Retina display and using touch gestures on Apple’s trackpads.

“Mac OS is a top notch platform and we worked hard to take advantage of everything it has to offer,” said BlueStacks Principal Software Architect David Reese. “From pinch to zoom on the trackpad to its retina display we optimized for everything.”

BlueStacks is capable of running x86-based and ARM-based apps, supports Android TV apps, and offers the ability to share files and content from desktop to mobile through syncing features. Users can download Android apps from Google Play in the same way they would on an Android device. Here’s a look at the app in action (click for full-size):

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In addition to trackpad and Retina display support for Macs, it also offers microphone, sensor and camera integration, and native graphics support for running even the most graphically intensive games.

In case you’re unfamiliar with BlueStacks, the company has backing from notable investors including Intel, Andreessen-Horowitz, Qualcomm, and AMD, and also has a few OEMs preloading the software for users including Lenovo, Asus, and MSI.

The BlueStacks App Player for Mac is available to download for free from the company’s site today.


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BMW would be open to working with Apple on a car project

Today, 12:58 PM

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BMW would be open to collaborating with Apple to build a next-generation car, according to the company’s production chief, Oliver Zipse. Speaking earlier today in Frankfurt, Zipse noted that “We live in a world of partnerships,” and that an Apple

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iOS 9 beta users will be able to use Apple Music starting...

Today, 12:30 PM

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If you’re a wannabe Apple Music customer, but currently running the iOS 9 beta, have no fear — since Eddy Cue has confirmed via Twitter that a new beta seed is on the way, offering compatibility with Apple’s newly-launched streaming

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How to Disable Automatic Subscription Following Apple Mus...

Today, 12:17 PM

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Apple Music made its worldwide debut in over 100 countries on June 30, with a free three-month trial available for customers to try the streaming music service. Apple requires having a valid payment method associated with your iTunes account to enable the trial, such as a credit card, and both Individual Plan and Family Plan subscriptions are set to automatically after the trial. For those that only want to try the Apple Music trial, learn how to turn off automatic renewal below.

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How to Disable Automatic Renewal
  • Tap on the Account icon in the top-left corner of any tab.
  • Tap on "View Apple ID" and sign into your iTunes Store account.
  • Tap on "Manage" under the "Subscriptions" menu.
  • Tap on your Apple Music Membership, which should currently be "Active."
  • Toggle off "Automatic Renewal" under the "Renewal Options" menu. Confirm the action.

Turning off automatic renewal will enable you to try out Apple Music on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the streaming music service renewing after the free three-month trial period expires. To reenable a recurring Apple Music subscription, simply follow the steps above and toggle on automatic renewal again. Your settings will also be applied to to the iTunes version of Apple Music on Mac and PC.


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How to catch up on the Beats 1 playlists you’ve missed

Today, 11:57 AM

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One of the most highly-touted aspects of Apple Music is the streaming service’s focus on human curation — epitomized by its Beats 1 radio station, which skips algorithmic recommendations in favor of real, breathing human DJs. If you miss out your

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Why Apple’s Beats 1 radio station is great, and you shoul...

Today, 11:15 AM

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So far, Beats 1 has been absolutely great. I’m a fan, and it’s been less than 24 hours! Apple’s new global, 24/7 radio station is everything I hoped for — a discovery-oriented platform showcasing what’s new and what’s good. Of

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Unofficial Beats 1 web streams let your Android-owning fr...

Today, 11:08 AM

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If you’ve been more impressed by Beats 1 radio than I have, and want to invite your Android-owning friends to check it out, there are a number of unofficial web streams for that.

Developer Benjamin Rumble found an unencrypted HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) URL for the service and embedded it in a webpage on his personal site. You can also access the URL directly. Since then, others have found additional URLs … 

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You can only access the streams from an IP address in one of the launch countries for Beats 1, but that’s quite a few.

You’ll need an app that supports the HLS protocol, which includes the stock browser in Android 4.1 and up – though Chrome is recommended. You can find a list of these here, but not all will necessarily work with any given stream. Apps successfully tested by Reddit users include Safari, Chrome, iTunes 11, Quicktime X and Media Player Home Classic.

Apple will probably change the URLs before long, but keep an eye on the Reddit thread: there is likely to be a cat-and-mouse game going on for a while, with new URLs discovered as old ones are closed down.

Beats 1 went live yesterday through the new Music app in iOS 8.4 and – some time later – iTunes 12.2.

Via TNW


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Olloclip Debuts New 'Studio' Mobile Photography S...

Today, 11:00 AM

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Olloclip is today introducing a new line of "Studio System" accessories designed to work with its existing Olloclip lenses, further enhancing the iPhone's photographic capabilities. The system, available for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, includes a Studio Case, a Finger Grip, a Kickstand, tripod mounts, and Cold-Shoe Adapters for attaching accessories like microphones and flashes to the iPhone.

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A rugged protective case is the key piece of the Studio System, because it includes a built-in mounting solution that can accommodate the other Studio parts. Once the Studio Case is attached to the iPhone, an adjustable and removable Finger Grip slides onto the back of the case, fitting neatly into the rail grooves.

The Finger Grip is designed to allow for smoother, less bumpy photos and video, and it can also be used as a stand, as can an additional Kickstand. Cold-Shoe Adapters attach to the side of the case to hold equipment like microphones or flashes, and the whole system can work with tripods, grips, and handles using the two included 1/4-20 clips, with one each for landscape and portrait modes.

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The olloclip Studio system combines an all-new, more-protective case design with an integrated mounting solution (patent pending) and a series of mobile photography accessories. Both the case and accessories are designed to intuitively work together the moment you pick them up. Unlike many of today's modular mobile grip systems, olloclip's Studio components work together seamlessly, so photographers can focus on quickly capturing the opportunity in front of them and not on building a rig.
Because Olloclip is entering a new product category with the Studio System, the company has decided to return to its roots - Kickstarter. Olloclip started out on Kickstarter back in 2011, and since then, demand for its accessories has grown as the iPhone has become a more popular photography choice, replacing point and shoot cameras.

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The Studio System is debuting on Kickstarter, and Olloclip tells MacRumors that it made the choice to use the crowdfunding site in order to gauge customer interest and get feedback on its new accessories. For example, Olloclip will choose colors for the Studio Case based on customer feedback.

According to Olloclip, its new Studio System was designed in response to both customer and retailer demand, and it's something customers have requested for quite awhile. In the future, Olloclip plans to introduce additional accessories that can work with the new Studio System based on what customers ask for.

Olloclip is offering several different reward options for the Studio System. The most inexpensive tier includes the Studio Case and a Kickstand for $35, while the whole Studio Case and Accessory Kit are available for $60. Additional tiers include the Studio System and various Olloclip lenses.

To thank the people who support the new system in its early days, reward tiers are being offered at 30 to 40 percent off retail price. Olloclip expects to ship rewards to backers in September of 2015, at the end of the month.


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Eddy Cue: New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music coming ‘early n...

Today, 05:59 AM

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While iOS 8.4 users have been able to try out the new Apple Music service since this morning, developers running the latest iOS 9 beta seed have been left out. This will change “early next week,” however, according to Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. In a reply to a user on Twitter, Cue said that a new beta of iOS 9 will be available next week with Apple Music integration:

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Cue has not been shy as of late on Twitter when it comes to Apple Music, sharing key feature details and announcing payments to artists during the three month free trial period via the social network. Following the Tweets related to the new iOS 9 build, Cue clarified that users can “easily” opt out from paying for Apple Music online and that the bitrate quality is dependent on the type of wireless connection.


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