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Beats 1 replays let you catch shows you missed

Today, 02:04 AM

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Apple has now started uploading full versions of its Beats 1 radio shows on Apple Music's Connect. If you follow a favorite DJ on Connect, such as Zane Lowe or Julie Adenuga, you'll be able to find full replays of their most recent shows, commentary and all.

The new replays work very much like podcasts, allowing you to listen to one "track" that is the show in its entirety. This has its pitfalls, of course, in that you won't have the ability to "love" new songs as they are played like you can do with the live broadcast. Still, this is great for those that aren't able to catch the shows as they are broadcast.

For those who still prefer to catch the tracks featured on each show without the DJ chatter, it looks like you can still find playlists of each show's most recent track list on Connect. If the idea of replays strikes your fancy, however, you'll find them available from the Connect section of each DJ's Apple Music page.

Via: MacRumors



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Dr. Dre's latest album to debut on Apple Music on Aug...

Today, 12:23 AM

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In yet another exclusive reveal, Apple Music is set to debut Dr. Dre's new album, simply titled "Compton," on August 6 between 6pm and 9pm PT on Beats 1 radio. This is Dr. Dre's first new album since 1999, so there's understandably quite a bit of hype behind it. The album stream also comes just a week ahead of the release of "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic that details the struggle of rap group NWA as it rose to become a cultural icon in the late 1980s.

BREAKING: Exclusive stream of @DrDre's #Compton - this Thursday (6PM - 9PM PT) on #AppleMusic. pic.twitter.com/L9fxCOyiTo

— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) August 4, 2015

The first airing of the album follows a number of other exclusives from Apple Music and Beats 1 since the service launched, including Pharrell's latest track, Freedom, and went on to debut Eminem's latest song, Phenomenal. Beats 1 was also chosen by MTV to reveal the VMA nominees in late July. In any case, if you didn't forget about Dre, you can listen to his latest album this Thursday on Beats 1.

Source: Apple Music (Twitter)



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DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE and malware: What you need to know

Yesterday, 09:57 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News

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DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE is an OS X 10.10 Yosemite vulnerability that could allow malicious code on your Mac to escalate its privileges—gain "root" access—and potentially exploit the system. Now an anti-malware company named Malwarebytes has reported finding just such an exploit "in the wild", meaning it's already being used to try and install malware on Macs.

What does the malware do?

The malware uses DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE to modify "sudoers"—a file that controls what commands can be run on your Mac, and what passwords are needed to run them, and by whom—so it can launch VSInstaller, which then installs junkware.

Has Apple patched the problem?

DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE has already been patched in the OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta and in the OS X 10.10.5 beta. While El Capitan is only coming later this fall, OS X 10.10.5 should be imminent.

What else can and has Apple done?

It looks like Apple has already revoked the certificate used for the junkware, so Gatekeeper—Apple's system that blocks untrusted software—will prevent it from being launched without explicit user intervention. It also looks like Apple has at least begun to update OS X's automatic anti-malware definitions to recognize and reject the junkware, so it won't be able to be installed at all.

What do certificates and definitions have to do with this?

Effective security comes in layers. Properly fixing and testing patches takes time, and not everyone updates immediately. Given those realities, the ability to revoke certificates and add signature, when coupled with technologies like Gatekeeper and built-in anti-malware, helps prevent malicious code for executing even if it does make it onto an un-patched system.

OS X El Capitan technologies like System Integrity Protection will take this even further by limiting the harm an exploit could cause even if it did manage to escalate its privileges to root.

Apple also provides the Mac App Store as a safer and more secure place to download software from, so OS X customers aren't left to internet download sites that are typically strewn with junkware and malware.

Do I need to worry about this malware?

Malware is a problem. OS X 10.10.5 and the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE patch needs to be released as fast as engineering and quality assurance allows, and when it is, we need to update asap. In the meantime certificates need to be revoked and malware definitions updated just as soon as new exploits are discovered.

But malware exists well beyond DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE. If you download files from places you can't trust, you're at high risk of getting junkware and potentially worse on your Mac. Apple needs to fix bugs when they're discovered, and needs to keep putting as many blockades in the way of malicious software as the company can, but we need to do our part as well.

That means only downloading from trusted sites like the Mac App Store, Adobe.com, Microsoft.com, and well-known developers with solid reputations, and it means being very careful about the links you click in emails, on social networks, and in other forums.



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All four major U.S. carriers experiencing outages in the...

Yesterday, 09:37 PM

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If you live in parts of the South Eastern U.S., chances are your cell service is down. All four major carriers are currently experiencing outages across parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. According to Down Detector, AT&T appears to be suffering from the most widespread outage. However, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are also reported to be down in large areas across the Southeast as well, with reports of outages peaking around 3 pm.

Chances are that the outage is due to a problem with the backend of the network. Carriers often share towers, leasing the technology powering their networks from a small pool of companies.

Are you located in any of the previously mentioned states and experiencing an outage? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Down Detector (1, 2, 3, 4); Via: Timesfreepress.com



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Apple's music deals reportedly allow for more Beats l...

Yesterday, 09:02 PM

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Apple's deals with record labels may allow it to expand their live radio ambitions beyond Beats 1. A new report sheds more light on Apple's deals, and opens up for the possibility of more Beats stations. The company has also reportedly registered a number of domains across the world that point to a potential expansion of Beats radio.

From The Verge:

As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1, without having to renegotiate with the labels. That means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day). Or Apple could take a more targeted approach and produce holiday stations.

Currently, Beats 1 offers 12 hours of original live content, then playing a repeat broadcast for the other half of the day. An expanded Beats station lineup could offer more live content throughout the day, with more anchor centers around the world, rather than just those in London, LA, and New York.

The report also notes that labels are fairly pleased with the progress of Apple Music so far, with a "substantial" number of users gained in the first five weeks of the service. However, they remain cautious, taking a wait-and-see approach while the first wave of users are still using their trial.

Sources: The Verge, MacRumors



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New on iTunes: Learn more about LEGO, pre-order Mission:...

Yesterday, 07:00 PM

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Every week, the iTunes Store adds new movies and TV to its catalog. This week, you can pre-order the latest Mission: Impossible film, get deals on romantic movies, and more.

New in movies this week, we have A LEGO Brickumentary, a deep dive into the world of LEGO. Less than a week after it was released in theaters, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is available for pre-order. Apple has assembled a collection of romantic films such as The Longest Ride, While We're Young, and About Time, which are all avaialble for $9.99 each. The Movie of the Week is Every Secret Thing, starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks, and Diane Lane.

In TV, Comedy Central is offering a special season pass for The Daily Show for Jon Stewart's final week at the anchor desk. From now through Thursday, August 6, you can get the entire first season of animated spy comedy Archer for $14.99. The entire first season of Cinemax's The Knick is now available for purchase as well. Apple is offering a number of crime drama premiere seasons for under $12.

Check in next week for more in movies and TV from the iTunes Store.



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Apple Music becomes a Billboard streaming partner as ads...

Yesterday, 06:43 PM

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Apple Music ads have started showing up on billboards and signs around the world as part of a new advertising campaign. So far, we've seen reports of ads popping up in Japan, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Toronto, though there are most likely more. Each ad looks to feature a washed out picture of different popular artists featured on Apple Music.

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This advertising push for the service is reminiscent of Apple ad campaigns in the past, most recently the World Gallery campaign that saw giant banners promoting the iPhone 6 pop up around the globe.

Apple Music isn't only hitting physical billboards around the world either. Billboard has announced that Apple Music has been added as a streaming partner for both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100 lists, along with other streaming-only and hybrid charts. Apple Music joins other streaming services, such as Spotify and Rdio, along with physical and digital sales, in molding the popular songs that make up each chart every week.

Sources: Billboard, Instagram (1 2); Via: MacRumors



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OS X El Capitan Public Beta 4 now available for testers

Yesterday, 05:06 PM

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Hot on the heels of the latest developer beta, Apple has released a new version of the OS X El Capitan Public Beta as well. Members of the Apple Beta Software Program can download the new release through the Updates section on the Mac App Store.

Remember that though 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 public version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan is expected to this fall with improvements to Safari, Spotlight search, and the debut of Apple's Metal graphics framework on the Mac platform.

If you're interested in the OS X El Capitan public beta, hit up the link below for everything you need to know.

OS X public beta: The ultimate guide



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Apple Pay signs up 43 new U.S. banks and credit unions, b...

Yesterday, 04:45 PM

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Apple Pay keeps rolling along, and has gained support for 43 more banks and credit unions in the United States. This brings the total number of U.S. financial institutions supporting the system up to 421. Apple Pay allows owners of the iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch to pay for items with their devices.

Check out the complete list of new banks and credit unions below.

  • 1st United Services Credit Union
  • Align Credit Union
  • Atlantic Regional FCU
  • Bank of Marin
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Central Pacific Bank
  • Community and Southern Bank
  • Countryside Bank
  • Dominion Credit Union
  • DuPage Credit Union
  • Dutch Point Credit Union
  • First Bank of Dalton
  • First Clover Bank
  • First Collinsville Bank
  • First County Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • First National Bank of McGregor
  • First State Bank Nebraska
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Gulf Coast Educators FCU
  • Harborone Bank
  • Horizon Bank
  • Illinois National Bank
  • Jax Federal Credit Union
  • LGE Community Credit Union
  • Meadows Credit Union
  • Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union
  • Metro Health Services FCU
  • Northwest Federal Credit Union
  • Premier Bank
  • SAC FCU
  • The Bank of Commerce
  • The Cooperative Bank
  • The Paducah Bank and Trust
  • Thomaston Savings Bank
  • TTCU The Credit Union
  • UniBank for Savings
  • United Bank
  • US Community Credit Union
  • USE Credit Union
  • USF Federal Credit Union
  • West Alabama Bank & Trust
  • Westerra Credit Union1st United Services Credit Union

Apple Pay recently expanded overseas for the first time, launching in the U.K. last month. Reports have also indicated that it could move into Canada by the end of the year.

Source: Apple



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Taylor Swift reveals how her letter to Apple came about

Yesterday, 04:26 PM

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Taylor Swift has revealed a little more about how her letter to Apple came about, and the company's reaction to it. In the September cover story for Vanity Fair, Swift talks about how nervous writing the letter made her, how she wrote it in the middle of the night, and what how she shared it with only one person before publishing: her mother.

Swift said she was surprised by Apple's reaction, almost immediately changing course on its terms for compensation during Apple Music's free trial:

From Vanity Fair:

Apple surprised Swift by almost immediately changing its plan not to compensate artists during the trial period of its new streaming service. Says Swift, "Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about," she says. "And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine."

The now-famous letter was written in regards to Apple's original plan not to compensate artists for their music during the free trial of Apple Music. Following the company's reversal of that policy, Swift announced that her entire catalog, including her latest album, 1989, would stream on Apple Music.

You can read the full interview with Swift at the link below.

Source: Vanity Fair



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