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Apple Music Wish List: Let me know when this song gets ad...

Yesterday, 05:59 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Beats 1 plays lots of great unreleased content. I want to know when it gets added to the Apple Music catalog.

I've found a lot of exciting new music during my lengthy Beats 1 listening sprees, but I can't tell you what half of those tracks were. That's because Apple's radio station often plays unreleased or pre-release tracks on its DJ shows, and those tracks (by virtue of, y'know, not being released) aren't available in the on-demand Apple Music catalog.

As such, the only thing I can do with those tracks if I want to remember them is create an Apple Music radio station based on them. There's no button to save for later, or let me know when the song is getting released. And that's a shame.

There are so many good tracks I've never heard on Beats 1, Apple. New bands I want to keep track of. And yet, there's no way to make note of these songs right now unless I take a screenshot of my Now Playing screen.

Instead, here's a modest proposal: Utilize the wishlist feature from iTunes and add a "Add to My Music when available" button. This Apple Music wishlist would save a list of tracks you want to download in the future, but may not be available now. And when tracks do get added to the service, you could get notified with a banner. "Swords by MIA is now available on Apple Music!"

What do you folks think? Is this a feature you'd make use of?

And for any Apple engineers who might happen to be reading this post, I've filed this on Apple Bug Report as rdar://22052359.



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Apple seeds OS X El Capitan Beta 3 to testers

Yesterday, 07:42 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Apple has seeded the third public beta version of OS X El Capitan, making the download available for members of Apple's Beta Software Program. If you count yourself among those ranks, you should be able to grab the latest beta release from the Mac App Store now.

While this is a public beta, it isn't completely open. If you're interested in participating, you'll have to sign up at the Apple Beta Software Program website to get started. The full public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan is expected to land this fall with improvements to Safari, Spotlight search, and the debut of Apple's Metal graphics framework on the Mac platform.

Interested in everything there is to know about the OS X El Capitan Public Beta? Then be sure to check out our ultimate guid at the link below.

OS X Public Beta: The Ultimate Guide

Thanks to Keith for the tip!



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Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center to feature obse...

Yesterday, 10:52 PM

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According to documents uncovered by Silicon Valley Business Journal, Apple's Campus 2, which is currently undergoing construction, will have quite the treat for visitors. The plans detail a large, glass-walled visitor's center complete with a store, cafe, and an observation deck. From Silicon Valley Business Journal:

The plans show a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store "which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products." Stairs and elevators take visitors to the roof level, about 23 feet up. There, they'll be able to behold the multi-billion-dollar campus, a kind of monument to the late co-founder Steve Jobs and Apple's tremendous money machine.

As the report notes, it was already known that Apple planned to include a visitor's center when it originally filed for approval of the massive complex. However, the recently uncovered documents, which were filed in April, offer the first hint at what apple has in store for visitors. Apple is planning to erect the visitor's center at 10700 N. Tantau with hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal; Via: MacRumors



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How to avoid Windows 10 upgrade problems with VMware Fusion

Yesterday, 09:05 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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If you're using VMware Fusion 7 to run a Windows virtual machine, don't upgrade until you read this.

For the most part it's a straightforward experience: VMware Fusion 7 offers a solid, predictable way to run Windows from your Mac safely, in a virtualized environment that's easy to quit out of and suspend when you don't need. Some Fusion 7 users have run into a problem upgrading to Windows 10. The good news is that it's really easy to fix.

Switch to Mac

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Every week our Peter Cohen brings you Switch to Mac — a column to help you move from Windows PC to the Mac and OS X!

Over at his own blog, VMware senior product marketing manager Michael Roy mentions the workaround.

Rather than use the upgrade method within the VM, download the .ISO and mount it to Fusion to perform the upgrade.

That's right, download the .ISO image of the Windows upgrade: the disk image file Microsoft makes available for download.

Make sure to have your existing Windows product key handy for activation.

Roy offers a bunch of other great advice, like take a Snapshot before installation, so you'll have a rollback point if you run into problems. And if you need to set up more than one virtual machine, Fusion Pro's clone feature can save you time.

VMware had some other news to share this week. They're offering 10 percent off the price of Fusion 7 ($62.99 for the regular version, $134.99 for the Pro version), and a free upgrade to Fusion 8 when it is released later this summer.

VMware isn't spilling the beans on Fusion 8, but they say it'll be enhanced for use with Windows 10.

If you're interested in running Fusion 8 ahead of time and can take a chance with preview software, check out VMware Fusion Technology Preview. You'll get a look at what's to come in Fusion 8.

For more on Windows 10 itself, check out the in-depth Windows Central review



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Yahoo LiveText hopes blending video and texting will make...

Yesterday, 05:31 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Yahoo has officially announced LiveText, its new messaging app that blends text messaging and live-streaming video to create more memorable experiences. The app was originally soft-launched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Ireland, and will soon be available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France.

LiveText centers on real-time conversation, letting you actually see the reactions of your friends over live video to the messages you type. Video is silent, so you'll need to rely on typed messages in order to communicate.

From Yahoo:

Yahoo Livetext puts your words and your friend's real-time reactions at the center of your conversation. Whether you're watching Avicii DJ at the Creamfields Festival, at Venice Beach or taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, you can spontaneously connect with the people you care about and invite them to experience moments with you. Your friend's goofy look or giant smile, even her eye roll or silent sigh, suddenly become a part of your conversation. Simple conversations are transformed into vivid, authentic and memorable experiences that you can share anytime.

Yahoo LiveText will officially launch tomorrow in the App Store. You can check out a short video of the app in action below.

Source: Yahoo



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VSCO Cam's Collections let you share your favorite ph...

28 Jul 2015

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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VSCO Cam for iPhone and iPad has been updated to add Collections, a new way of showing off your favorite photos and interacting with other photographers using VSCO Cam. Collections allow you to find and publish your favorite images for your followers to see.

This VSCO Cam update also allows you to take photos with the Volume Up button on your iPhone. Check out what's new in the list below:

  • New Collections feature allows for unprecedented interaction within the VSCO ecosystem
  • Connect with other creatives and their work
  • Double tap to save inspiring images, then publish those images to your Collection
  • Added ability to take photos using the volume button
  • Fixed various issues and bugs

You can grab the latest version of VSCO Cam from the App Store right now.



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Can't favorite songs on Beats 1 or add them to iCloud...

Yesterday, 06:35 PM

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Can't fave a song you love from Beats 1? A cocktail of bugs and music licensing are at fault.

I listen to a lot of Beats 1 throughout my day. In part, it's to find new music I haven't heard yet; I also appreciate hearing the occasional human conversation in my otherwise solitary office. But sometimes, when I hear a song I love, the "favorite" option isn't available; nor can I tap "Add to My Music" to send a track to my library.

Having the same problem? Here's why it's happening—and the best workaround for seeing if tracks are truly unavailable or just hiding in the Apple Music catalog.

The problem: Rights and bugs

As I understand it, the "no favorite" implementation was originally designed for songs that Beats 1 could play, but Apple Music couldn't—either because it didn't have rights or data for them, or they were brand-new releases that weren't in any catalog. After all, it doesn't help Apple Music's algorithm if you can favorite music it can't analyze and use in its For You recommendation engine.

Unfortunately, there also seems to be a bug in the Music app and iTunes for the Mac: Some songs in the Apple Music catalog can't be favorited when played on Beats 1, either. (For any Apple engineers reading this: rdar://22052540.)

This is annoying, and there's no way from the play screen to tell whether a track is buggy or actually unreleased. But if you use Apple Music's search screen, you can quickly figure out if the track you want is actually available to add or favorite.

How to manually add songs you like to your iCloud Music Library on your iPhone or iPad
  1. Tap the arrow in the upper left corner (or swipe down) to dismiss the Beats 1 play screen.
  2. Tap the Search icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Type the song's name into the search bar.

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  4. If the song appears, it's in the Apple Music catalog. Tap the ellipses icon next to the song to Add to My Music; tap the song itself to play it, where you can then favorite it.
How to manually add songs you like to your iCloud Music Library on your Mac
  1. Click on the Search bar in the upper right corner.
  2. Make sure the Apple Music tab is selected, then type the song's name into the search bar.

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  3. If the song appears in search results, it's in the Apple Music catalog. Mouse over the song in question, then click the ellipses icon next to the song to Add to My Music; click on the song itself to play it, where you can then favorite it.
Any questions?

Are you running into this bug, or just finding unreleased songs that you want to listen to? Let us know in the comments. And if you don't listen to Beats 1 and don't care, there's plenty of other information about Apple Music and so much more on iMore.com.



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OS X vs. Windows 10: Which should you get?

Yesterday, 05:55 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Should you get Apple's OS X or Microsoft's Windows 10?

Trick question. The Mac can run both!

When you buy a Mac, not only does it come with OS X 10.10 Yosemite installed—and free update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan—on the way, it's a full-on UNIX machine and, through a virtual machine or dual-booting with Bootcamp, it can runs Windows as well. That means the Mac isn't just the best PC hardware you can buy, it's the most flexible.

So, if you really want Windows 10, don't settle. Get it on a Mac!

And if you need specific Windows on Mac help, jump in here!



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Fantastical 2 for iPhone adds Japanese localization, lets...

Yesterday, 04:19 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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Fantastical 2 for both iPhone and iPad have added full Japanese localization in its latest update, which is rolling out now. Additionally, Fantastical 2 for iPhone will now let you save events as drafts.

Saving an event as a draft allows you to come back to your event or reminder later. For instance, if you're planning a party, but are still deciding on the best time for everyone, simply swipe down on your new event to save it for later.

With full Japanese localization, Fantastical 2 is now localized in six languages, the others being English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The update is rolling out in the App Store across the world right now, so you should be able to grab it for both devices soon.



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Take our Apple Watch survey and be entered to win $5...

Yesterday, 05:00 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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How do you use your Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch has been out for 3 months now. During that time we've reviewed it, produced dozens of articles designed to help you get the most out of it, and even re-reviewed it a couple of times. Now, with all of that behind us and watchOS 2 still to come, we're going to pause of a moment to hear what you think about your Apple Watch. And to say thank you, we want to give you a chance to enter to win a $500 gift certificate to put towards new bands, or even your next iPhone or Apple Watch!

Because the survey focuses on usability, you need to have an Apple Watch to complete it. We've kept it as short as possible, though. It should only take about 8-10 minutes. We wanted to be super respectful of your time but we also wanted to get the best idea possible of how you use your Apple Watch and all of its features. No question requires an answer, but we'd really appreciate it if you could answer as many of the questions as possible.

We'd also really appreciate it if you could share the survey with your friends and family members who have Apple Watches but who don't read websites like iMore or don't follow the tech scene. We'd love to get as well rounded a sense of Apple Watch usage as possible.

Thanks for your time and attention, it means the world to us!

Give-away details

The give-away starts today and ends Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 11:59pm PT. Usual rules apply. Complete the survey and enter your email address at the end to enter. Good luck!



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