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Today, 07:31 PM

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Last weekend I attended EdgeConf, a conference populated by many of the leading lights in the Web industry. It featured panel talks and breakout sessions with a focus on technologies that are just now starting to emerge in browsers, so there was a lot of lively discussion around Service Worker, Web Components, Shadow DOM, Web Manifests, and more.

EdgeConf’s hundred-odd attendees were truly the heavy hitters of the Web community. The average Twitter follower count in any given room was probably in the thousands, and all the major browser vendors were represented—Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera. We had lots of fun peppering them with questions about when they might release such-and-such API.

There was one company not in attendance, though, and it served as the proverbial elephant in the room that no one wanted to discuss. I heard it referred to cagily as “a company in California” or “a certain fruit company.” Its glowing logo illuminated nearly every laptop in the room, and yet it seemed like nobody dared speak its name. Of course I’m talking about Apple.

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SoundHound iOS app adds Apple Music integration for liste...

Today, 06:57 PM

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SoundHound, a popular sound recognition app for detecting and searching for songs and other audio clips, today gets an update that brings integration with the just launched Apple Music streaming service.

With the updated SoundHound app landing today, users will now get an “Apple Music Listen Now” link to listen to a song on the streaming service (when available) through the home screen, song pages, and throughout the app.

Other competitive apps, such as Shazam, have already updated with similar functionality. The apps previously only linked users to purchase songs through iTunes and other services, but also promote competitive streaming services for listening such as Spotify and Rdio. For SoundHound, users will find an Apple Music streaming link next to songs through various features, including: music identification, personalized History, Top Charts, or Music Maps.

Interestingly, SoundHound will also be promoting Apple Music’s Beats 1 live radio station:

SoundHound is also showcasing Apple Music’s new global radio streaming station Beats 1. Users will see a “Beats 1 Radio” row within song pages, enabling easy, one-tap access to listen to the streaming radio broadcast, which features various artists hosting programs and full-time DJs, led by ex-BBC host Zane Lowe.

You can grab SoundHound on the App Store now.


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Latest OS X update allows you to enable TRIM for third-pa...

Today, 06:36 PM

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Pretty much every operating system in use these days supports TRIM—a special ATA command that the OS sends along to an SSD when deleting files on that SSD. The lone exception to that list has been Apple’s OS X, which—at least until today—only supported TRIM on its OEM SSDs. If you took a Mac that originally came with a spinning disk and installed an aftermarket SSD in it yourself, the operating system wouldn’t use TRIM on the disk—at least, not unless you resorted to third-party tools.

With today’s OS X 10.10.4 update, however, Apple has added a command line utility that can be used to enable TRIM on third-party SSDs without having to download and install anything. Called trimforce, the utility can be executed from the OS X terminal, and it requires a reboot to start working.

We’ve enabled it on a pair of older Macs in the Orbiting HQ with aftermarket SSDs in them, and so far we’ve had no issues—giant scary warning notwithstanding.

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Pinterest’s new Buyable Pins shopping feature rolling out...

Today, 06:31 PM

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After first announcing plans earlier this month to become a storefront of sorts with a new Buyable Pins feature, Pinterest just confirmed the feature is rolling out today for iPhone and iPad users in the US. In addition to the new buyable pins feature, Pinterest is also launching “Shop our picks” with curated lists of items for various product categories.

As a catalog of ideas, our mission is to help people bring their creative ideas to life. In the next few weeks, 30 million Pins all over Pinterest will become buyable (this includes Pins people have already saved that will light up with blue prices at launch). You’ll see products from brands like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, retailers powered by Demandware like Gardener’s Supply Company and Michaels, and Shopify stores like Poler Outdoor Stuff and SOBU.

Pinterest notes that users will notice a blue price tag next to buyable pins that will show up in user’s home feed, boards, category feeds, search results and recommendations.

Here’s a closer look at how the feature will appear in the iPhone app:

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The feature is rolling out slowly in the US. If you’re a Pinterest user, keep an eye out for an email notification that will let you know when buyable pins are available to you.


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Apple SIM Cellular Data Plans Now Available in Over 90 Co...

Today, 06:29 PM

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Apple has reached a partnership with mobile connectivity company GigSky to expand Apple SIM cellular data plans to over 90 countries and territories around the world. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users that have Apple SIM installed can now purchase short-term data plans while traveling in a long list of countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and other regions worldwide.

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Apple SIM is now available for purchase at Apple Retail Stores in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Apple SIM cellular data plans were previously limited to participating carriers in the United States and United Kingdom, including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the U.K.
"With Apple SIM in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models, you get the convenience of choosing a cellular data plan from select carrier partners right on your iPad. And when you travel abroad, Apple SIM gives you the added flexibility to stay connected in more than 90 countries and territories around the world. So when you reach your destination and want to check your email, find directions, or send a message back home, you can purchase a cellular data plan for the duration of your trip — whether it’s a day, a week, or a month."
GigSky cellular data plans are available on a pay-as-you-go basis with no long-term commitments. Exact prices are listed on GigSky's website and vary based based on the country, data amount and length of plan. Given that iPads are unlocked, travelers can also insert a SIM card belonging to a local carrier if preferred.

Apple has posted a full list of countries with Apple SIM coverage on its website.


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iOS 8.4 jailbreak already completed, planned for release...

Today, 06:08 PM

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With the release of iOS 8.4 today, many users found themselves faced with the decision to upgrade now or wait until a jailbreak is available so they can continue using their tweaks. That choice just got a lot easier, as the Taig development team has announced that the exploits used in their 8.3 jailbreak are all still available in the new update.

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According to a post on the Taig team’s Weibo page, an 8.4-compatible version of the jailbreaking tool will be made available within the next hour or so. The message, when translated to English, reads:

At present, after the official release iOS8.4 only one hour, PP jailbreak jailbreak assistant copied the loophole used by Tai Chi, imitation iOS8.4 jailbreak tool. We strongly condemn the violation assistant PP jailbreak hacker spirit of plagiarism infringement and will take legal action! Taiji jailbreak iOS8.4 jailbreak tool is orderly conduct internal testing. After rigorous testing tool after, we will be officially released in 1 hour!

The first part of the post refers to a tool released by a competing development team that stole the exploits used in the previous version of Taig to quickly release “their own” 8.4 jailbreak. The same company has previously released shady software that installed a piracy-focused App Store clone on jailbroken devices.

You’ll be able to download the new Taig release from the team’s website later today. [Update 2: it’s out now]

[Update: Taig has published the same message to Twitter, seen below.]

TaiG will release an update for iOS 8.4 in less than one hour after full tests. Please wait patiently.


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How to cancel/stop Apple Music subscriptions from automat...

Today, 06:06 PM

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Apple Music officially launched today in iOS 8.4 alongside an integrated radio service featuring the 24/7 live streaming station known as Beats 1. Everyone is getting a free three month trial, but once that ends, Apple will start charging the credit card on your Apple ID with either the $9.99/month plan or the $14.99/month family plan (depending on what you selected when first signing up). If you want to cancel your subscription, or just keep it from auto-renewing so you can go month-to-month and manually activate it when you want, below we’ve put together a quick guide on how to do so across platforms:

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iTunes:

1. Click on your account (the silhouette icon) in the upper right of iTunes

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3. Navigate to Settings and click “Manage” next to subscriptions

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4. Click the “Edit” button next to “Apple Music Membership” (only necessary if you have multiple subscriptions). If not you’ll go direct to next step:

apple-music-auto-renew-04.png?w=704&h=205. Click “Off” next to Automatic Renewal (this is also where you can switch your plan type)

iOS:

1. Tap your account (the silhouette icon) in the upper left of the new Apple Music app

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2. Tap “View Apple ID”

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3. Scroll down and tap “Manage” under in the Subscriptions section

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4. Hit the toggle button to turn of auto-renewal (this is also where you can switch your plan type)

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GigSky leverages Apple SIM to offer iPad cellular data pl...

Today, 06:04 PM

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Despite lackluster support from major carrier partners, Apple’s carrier-agnostic Apple SIM demonstrated its potential today with the announcement that GigSky — “the first global mobile network designed for travelers” — will offer short-term iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 cellular data plans in over 90 countries and territories. “Now there’s no need to pick-up a local SIM, hunt for Wi-Fi, or travel in fear of excessive data roaming charges,” GigSky explained. “iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel.”

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GigSky’s list of countries notably covers much of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, with patchier offerings across South America, Asia, and Africa. Data prices vary dramatically by location. For instance, plans for Puerto Rico include 40MB/3 days ($10), 200MB/7 days ($25), 400MB/14 days ($35), and 1GB/30 days ($50), while data packages are markedly lower (20MB/80MB/120MB/250MB) for the same prices and durations in Canada.

According to GigSky, Apple will make Apple SIM available in 10 additional countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey “over the coming weeks.”


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A quick tour of iOS 8.4’s new Music app and the Apple Mus...

Today, 05:30 PM

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The new Music app. The navigation at the bottom of the app is mostly Apple Music-related now.

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iOS 8.4 is here, and aside from fixing a few nasty bugs, its biggest new feature is a redesigned Music app. Music hasn't gotten any major tweaks since being redesigned for iOS 7, and the gallery above will walk you through the changes. In general, it's a visual and functional improvement, especially on the iPad, where it makes better use of the screen space.

Also included are a few first-time setup impressions for the Apple Music service, which is included with iOS 8.4 and is free for the first three months to anyone who wants it. We haven't been using the service for long enough to say much about its quality—that will come later—but Apple makes it pretty easy to start getting relevant music recommendations.

One pro tip: if you aren't sure you'll want to keep using Apple Music after the trial period is up, tap the icon in the upper-left corner of the Music app, tap View Apple ID, and then tap the Manage button under the Subscriptions section. Apple Music subscriptions are set to automatically renew by default, but you can turn that setting off there.

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Twitter’s response to Apple Music reads like a eulogy for...

Today, 04:45 PM

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Two minutes after Apple Music launched Tuesday, Hans Metzke was listening to it on his device. He hit pause on his excitement to send out this Tweet: “And we’re live! Awesome! Bye Spotify.” Apple Music users immediately took to social

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