Apple adds donation links to iTunes, web site, allows donations to American Red Cross following Japanese, Ecuadorian earthquakes

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Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 10:21
Category: Announcement, iTunes, News

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If you were looking for a way to help the victims of the Japanese and Ecuadorian earthquakes, you can do it through iTunes. Apple has partnered with the American Red Cross allowing you to submit donations of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 denominations.

The donations are being accepted via iTunes and the App Store on both iOS devices and computers. the donation page itself, Apple specifies that 100 percent of the donation goes directly to the American Red Cross and that Apple does not take any portion. Furthermore, Apple notes that the only record you will receive for this donation is a receipt via email.

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Apple releases new build of iOS 9.3, looks to resolve Activation Lock issue with older iPhones, iPads

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It might not resolve all the problems associated with the iOS 9.3 release, but it’ll handle some of it.

Apple on Monday released an updated build of its iOS 9.3 operating system. The new version attempts to fix issues related to an Activation Lock bug that presented itself on older iPhones and iPads.

The build is still identified as iOS 9.3 and is identified as build number 13E237 and users can restore from it via iTunes as needed..

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Apple releases updated version of iOS 9.3 for iPad 2 following activation/bricking complaints

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 08:40
Category: iOS, iPad, News

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Well, this is awkward.

And good reason to maybe wait a day or two after a major system upgrade to see if there’s any negative feedback.

Apple has both confirmed that its initial release of iOS 9.3 causes problems on the iPad 2 and has released a new build of the operating system for the device. Carrying build number 13E236, the update appears to be rolling out to iPad 2 users now. Presumably, it’s the same build that was released to everyone earlier this week, just with the activation issues fixed.


iPad 2 users can update to the new firmware update by plugging their iPad into iTunes if it’s in a bricked state or by heading into Settings and navigating to the software update menu and updating like they normally would.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the issue:

“Updating some iOS devices (iPhone 5s and earlier and iPad Air and earlier) to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update. In some cases, if customers do not recall their password, their device will remain in an inactivated state until they can recover or reset their password. For these older devices, we have temporarily pulled back the update and will release an updated version of iOS 9.3 in the next few days that does not require this step.”

If you’ve tried the new build on your iPad 2 and have any feedback, let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

AceDeceiver trojan surfaces on iOS devices in Chinese marketplace, exploits weakness in FairPlay DRM

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:31
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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A new variant of iOS trojan has been found in the wild.

The trojan, named “AceDeceiver”, has been found to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks and is currently affecting iOS users in China.

The malware exploits a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system. It apparently uses a technique called “FairPlay Man-in-the-Middle,” which has been used to spread pirated iOS apps in the past by using fake iTunes software and spoofed authorization codes to get the apps on iOS devices. The same technique is now being used to spread the AceDeceiver malware.

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Apple TV gains access to Disney Channel, Disney XD and Watch ABC

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Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple TV, News, Siri

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Not that additional Apple TV channels are a bad thing.

Apple quietly added several new channels and cable internet services onto the new Apple TV universal search and Siri search on Monday, following the addition of Fox and National Geographic earlier in the month. The new options bring Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Disney X.D into the mix

Unfortunately, international Apple TV users continue to be left in the dark regarding ‘universal’ search. Outside of the US, a handful of countries get iTunes + Netflix integration in search results … the remainder only get iTunes.

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss Apple Music, iCloud subscription numbers

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 04:21
Category: App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, iCloud, iTunes, News

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi sat down and discussed subscriptions numbers to some of its services.

The execs claimed that there are currently more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers, and 782 million iCloud users. That’s on over one billion Apple devices, too.

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Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting today

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple Music, Hardware, News, Retail Store

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Following its public beta last December, Sonos has announced that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked why Sonos didn’t support Apple Music from the start, especially considering it supported Beats Music, Cue explained that it took some time to get it right. “It’s important to get the integration right the first time out,” Cue said. “Apple has a high bar for this stuff; So does Sonos. Apple Music isn’t even 6 months old yet, so this really did not take much time at all.”

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Apple Universal Search function now covers Fox Now, National Geographic, other apps

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Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, Siri, Software

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Apple has boosted its Universal Search option on the fourth-gem Apple TV a bit.

The Universal Search feature allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

As of Thursday, the Universal Search feature now works with apps such as Fox Now, FXNOW and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

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Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of recent years

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 14:31
Category: iOS, News, Opinion, Software

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There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

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Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/songwriters on the go

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 08:51
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

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