Manually Update Your Apps In iOS 7 Beta [iOS TIps]

A promising feature of the upcoming iOS 7 is the automatic updating feature for apps. As Senator John McCain knows, manually updating ever sigle app on your iOS device–especially as you start to collect a bunch–can be a real time sink.

Fortunately, iOS 7 beta has the ability to just let all your apps update in the background, automagically, with nary a trip to the App Store UPdates tab to waste your time. HOwever, if you want to be able to pick and choose which apps to update, you’ll need to make a trip to the Settings app.

Launch Settings with a tap, and then scroll down to the iTunes & App Stores button. Tap it to go to that specifici preference screen, and then scroll down to the Automatic Downloads area. You’ll see the already in place Music, Apps, and Books auto-update toggles, and then you’ll see a new one: Updates. This is set to ON by default.

To turn off automatic updating for your apps, tap the toggle to OFF, which will change the toggle from a bright green to a pure white. There you go; no more automatic updates.

Now you’ll be able to hit the Updates tab in the App Store App to choose which apps to update, just like you do not in iOS 6.

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Apple’s Unveils iTunes Radio, Its Take On Pandora [WWDC 2013]

The rumors were right. Apple has unveiled iTunes Radio (previously dubbed ‘iRadio” by the rumor mill) in the iOS 7 Music app. The service works a lot like Pandora. You can create stations based on artists you like and share what you’re listening to over social networks.

There are featured stations as well as the collection you create based on your own tastes. iTunes Radio is built into iOS 7, the Apple TV, and an upcoming version of iTunes.

The service is free with ads, and if you have an iTunes Match subscription, there are no ads.

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iOS 7 Features: Control Center, Better Multitasking, Built-In Photo Filters, And More [WWDC 2013]

iOS 7 just got announced, and boy is it a doozy. The look is new totally new, and Apple has introduced some really big new features.

Here are some of the main additions:

One of the biggest features is Control Center, a new way to quickly access system toggles (and yes, a flashlight) from anywhere in the OS. There’s also way more intelligent multitasking for apps.
With Control Center, you can swipe to reveal settings for toggles like Airplane Mode, screen brightness, and WiFi. Music controls are also available. The new multitasking is really cool. iOS 7 has intelligent backgrounding for apps you use often which need to pull info from the cloud. The OS adapts to your environment.

New more icons for switching apps. webOS-like cards preview apps as you switch between them. Very nice. Safari is no longer limited to just 8 tabs. There’s a new Shared Links view to see what friends are sharing on networks like Twitter.

AirDrop allows for sharing between devices without the need for an internet connection. Apps with stuff like photos and video can wirelessly share with other iOS 7 devices. It’s like Apple’s answer to the old Bump app, minus the actual bumping.

The Camera app is totally new. There also a new square frame to shoot in with built-in filters for sharing directly to Instagram.

The new Photos app has better photo management, including shared Photo Streams (with video support now) that act kind of like a private Instagram network. A new feature called Moments intelligently collects photos as you shoot.

Vist the front page for more on iOS 7.

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How Google Won The Week On Our All-New CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Google Maps gets prettier, smarter, and faster; Hangouts is a new chat app with some innovative features; Google Music is too late to party; Erfon eats H’orderves on a space jet with Tim Cook and Richard Branson; and Leander dons his powdered wig to judge an all new Faves ‘N Raves.

All that and more on this week’s CultCast! Stream or download new and past episodes on your Mac or iDevice by subscribing now on iTunes, or hit play below and let the good times roll.

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Leander Kahney – Cult of Mac Master Chief

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How Google Pre-Empted Apple’s iRadio Announcement

Earlier this week, Google beat Apple to the punch by launching a streaming subscription music service before Cuperino could unveil its own offering, iRadio.

How did Google managed to do it? Apple has all the music industry clout, so how could Google swing a deal first? Because Google Play Music All Access is essentially a clone of services like Rdio and Spotify, and the contract terms of services like that are easy to copy.

Apple’s iRadio? It’s a wholly different beast.

The Verge is reporting that the major hold-up for iRadio is just that no one’s ever done anything like it. It’s not an a la carte subscription music service so much as a hybrid web and radio service, and so the industry is being a lot slower in signing up.

Google chose to offer a standard subscription music service very similar to those built by Spotify and Rdio, and that meant the terms had largely been established, according to multiple sources close to the talks. Apple, on the other hand, is pioneering a hybrid web and radio service — one that resembles Pandora but melds it with some on-demand features, the sources said. The licensing agreement had to be created from scratch.

“Of course [Apple’s] negotiations were going to take longer,” one of the sources said.

In addition, Google was willing to pay advances to music labels for licensed content, something Apple has historically been unwilling to do. That greased some wheels.

iRadio when it launches is likely to be a music radio station discovery service linked to iTunes, in which anyone with an iPhone or an iPad can access “iRadio” to listen to songs they might like, which will then be purchaseable through iTunes with a single click for unlimited listens. It’ll solve an iTunes discoverability problem while simultaneously supporting Apple’s downloads-based iTunes business, which is a multi-billion dollar business for Apple with no signs of slowing down.

Source: The Verge

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Clean Up Your iTunes With Tunes Cleaner For Mac [Deals]

It’s not unusual for an iTunes library to get out of control. Duplicate songs, unnamed tracks, missing album artwork – it’s tough to keep things clean and organized as a music library grows. Chances are, like me, you are another Mac user who has some issue with their iTunes library. But Cult of Mac Deals has an offer that’s going to help.

Leawo Tunes Cleaner for Mac is the intelligent iTunes cleanup tool that will allow you to transform your iTunes to perfection with only a couple of clicks. Cult of Mac Deals has this software solution starting at $5.

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Delete Duplicates: Duplicates can accumulate easily on iTunes. Now you can clean them up! Add Proper Album Covers and Artwork: Artwork adds a dynamic to your library that you will not appreciate until you experience it. Add Missing Info Including Artists and Album Titles : Not only does this look great, but increases functionality on iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Easy-To-Use Interface with Simple Program Operation: So easy that your iTunes will be cleaned and organize upon installation. Only requires a couple clicks to maintain!

For only $5 (with the price increase of $1 per day for the duration of this deal) this Cult of Mac Deals offer is totally worth it – just for the mere capability of being able to delete duplicate songs alone. It’s an easy-to-use application that any music lover should have. So visit the Deals page now and grab this app while the pricing is at its lowest!


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Apple Releases iTunes 11.0.3 With New MiniPlayer, Improved Songs View, And Multi-Disc Albums

Apple just released a new version of iTunes that comes with a couple of unexpected new features. The 11.0.3 update includes a new MiniPlayer, an improved songs view, and finally support for multi-disc albums along with some bug fixes.

New view for MiniPlayer from iTunes 11.0.3 update

The update for the MiniPlayer is by-far the biggest new feature. There’s a new MiniPlayer view that showcases album artwork much more prominently. The new view is quite a bit bigger than the original MiniPlayer view, but you can toggle between the two if you want.

Here are the full release notes on the update:

“This version of iTunes comes with several new features and improvements, including:

New MiniPlayer. MiniPlayer now includes a beautiful new view that showcases your album artwork. In addition, a progress bar is now built right into MiniPlayer. Improved Songs View. You can now enjoy your album artwork while in Songs view. Multi-Disc Albums. Albums with multiple discs now appear as a single album.

This update also provides performance improvements when searching and sorting large iTunes libraries.”

The new version of iTunes can be downloaded here.

Source: Apple

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Apple Announces Winner Of $10,000 Gift Card Following 50B App Downloads

Apple has today announced the winner of its $10,000 App Store gift card after the App Store surpassed 50 billion downloads on Wednesday. The lucky customer is Brandon Ashmore of Mentor, Ohio, who downloaded Say the Same Thinga word game from Space Inch.

“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”

Since it opened with just 500 apps in July 2008, the App Store has seen more than 850,000 titles added to its catalog, 350,000 of which are native iPad apps. The App Store is now available in 155 countries around the world, and a whopping 800 apps are downloaded every single second — that’s 2 billion downloads a month.

Apple began its countdown to 50 billion downloads on May 2. The Cupertino company held a similar $10,000 gift card giveaway for 25 billion song downloads from the iTunes Music Store back in February.

Source: Apple

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Shure Enters the Ultra High-End Earphone Arena with its New SE846


It’s strange to think that, till now, as big a high-end audio player as Shure has had no answer to the extravagant, big-gun, flagship in-ear monitor models of its rivals — models like the Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom, or the JH Audio JH16 Pro.

But now they do — big time. The new SE846 extends Shure’s highly regarded SE line well beyond the SE535, previously their top, most expensive IEM.

Three key elements raise the SE846 above the 535. The first (and least interesting) is the inclusion of four drivers per ear, instead of the 535′s three. The second is what Shure says is “a groundbreaking low-pass filter, a true subwoofer that enables deep low-end performance without sacrificing clarity or detail”; tiny speakers like those found in IEMS often have more of an uphill battle when trying to reproduce deep bass. Finally, the SE846 is unusual (especially for such a high-end set) in that the treble can be customized to one of three different sounds: “balanced, warm or bright.”

The there’s the fourth key element that raises the SE846 above the SE535 — price. At $1250, the SE846 is more than double the price of its junior sibling. And that’s without the custom earpieces of the JH16 or the UE 18 Pro, both of which sport around the same MSRP as the SE846.

Shure says the new set will be available in June.

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WSJ: Google Planning To Announce Streaming Music Service AT I/O Conference

OK, so maybe not a huge surprise, but Google is said to launch a paid, subscription-based music service, like Rdio or Spotify, as soon as this week at the Google I/O conference, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” says the WSJ, the announcement of the new service could happen as soon as tomorrow, when Google hosts it’s annual I/O developer conference. The WSJ says that Google has previewed new music initiatives at I/O in the past, so it might just announce the streaming service there, as well.

The WSJ sources report that Google has already signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group to give customers access to certain libraries of songs for a fee.

Google also already has a music service, Google Music, which launched in 2011 as part of Google Play for Android devices. It has since expanded to a global service, including Australia, and includes a matching service like Apple’s iTunes Match service in the US.

The WSJ sources don’t know what the fee would be for such a service, or do they know if there will be advertising. Google makes most of its revenue from ads, though, so it seems like such a service would indeed include ads at some level, even a free one like similar offerings from Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio.

Last year, Google unveiled Nexus Q music and video streaming, though the launch of the oddly-shaped and confusing ball-shaped object was delayed due to lack of positive consumer feedback.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Via: Android Police

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