Apple will deactivate Flash by default on Safari 10

You know that Maya Angelou quote that says “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option?” If Flash were a person following that tenet, then it now has to drop Safari from its dwindling list of priorities. In a post on the WebK…

You know that Maya Angelou quote that says "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option?" If Flash were a person following that tenet, then it now has to drop Safari from its dwindling list of priorities. In a post on the WebK…

iOS 10 beta finally lets you remove all those built-in apps

I don't think they're dumb exactly but it's dumb that you couldn't remove them for years. Raise your hand if you have a folder on your iPhone or iPad filled with all the built-in apps from Apple that you never use but can’t delete. Oh, all of you? Then you’ll be interested to learn that iOS 10 will finally allow you to remove those pesky apps and reclaim the space they’ve occupied for years. Read More

I don't think they're dumb exactly but it's dumb that you couldn't remove them for years. Raise your hand if you have a folder on your iPhone or iPad filled with all the built-in apps from Apple that you never use but can’t delete. Oh, all of you? Then you’ll be interested to learn that iOS 10 will finally allow you to remove those pesky apps and reclaim the space they’ve occupied for years. Read More

Apple announces iOS 10

0195 What a surprise. Apple just unveiled iOS 10 at its annual developer conference. The tenth major iteration of the operating system for iPhones and iPads comes with a bunch of new features, some small and some bigger. “It is the biggest iOS release ever for our users,” said Craig Federighi. Here’s what’s new. Apple redesigned the lock screen with iOS 10. With “Raise… Read More

0195 What a surprise. Apple just unveiled iOS 10 at its annual developer conference. The tenth major iteration of the operating system for iPhones and iPads comes with a bunch of new features, some small and some bigger. “It is the biggest iOS release ever for our users,” said Craig Federighi. Here’s what’s new. Apple redesigned the lock screen with iOS 10. With “Raise… Read More

Facebook shoves mobile web users toward the Messenger app

Remember when Facebook divorced instant messages from the main app and forced folks to download Messenger if they wanted a direct way to send quick missives while on the go? Well, the social network is doing something similar once again. Repor…

Remember when Facebook divorced instant messages from the main app and forced folks to download Messenger if they wanted a direct way to send quick missives while on the go? Well, the social network is doing something similar once again. Reports are…

Google for iOS Gains Accelerated Mobile Pages Support

Google has updated its eponymous voice-recognition search app with speed improvements the company claims will save users “a combined 6.5 million hours” this year.

“Each time you open the app or do a search, everything will load just a bit quicker,” …

Google has updated its eponymous voice-recognition search app with speed improvements the company claims will save users “a combined 6.5 million hours” this year.

“Each time you open the app or do a search, everything will load just a bit quicker,” said Google VP Tamar Yehoshua in a blog post.

Google Search iOSNot only should the app feel faster overall, says Yehoshua, news articles that show up in searches should load almost immediately, thanks to wider adoption of the company’s open source Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project.

Introduced in February, the project aimed to make pages using AMP load four times as fast and use 10 times less data than traditional web pages. AMP-optimized stories are indicated by a lightning bolt icon and show up in the top stories section of search results.

In addition, the app now includes video highlights in select Google Now cards for NBA and NHL games.

Google for iOS is a free download on the App Store for iPad and iPhone. [Direct Link]
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Apple Sent Two Engineers to Customer’s House to Figure Out Music Deletion Bug

A couple weeks ago Vellum’s James Pinkstone wrote on his blog that Apple Music and iTunes Match deleted 122 GB of his personal music collection. The post kicked off a wave of speculation about whether Apple Music intentionally deletes users’ music. Apple eventually confirmed that the deletion was a glitch and that a fix was incoming. Today, Pinkstone wrote a blog post detailing how two Apple engineers named Tom and Ezra visited his home to try to recreate the problem.

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Before they arrived, Pinkstone said that Apple told him a couple of things: Amber, the Apple Support Representative who told him the music deletion glitch was a “feature” functioning as intended, was mistaken and the company was convinced the issue wasn’t user error.

The engineers spent the day at Pinkstone’s house researching the issue, telling Pinkstone to use Apple Music, iTunes and his personal library as he would in the past. The next day, Tom returned to collect the data logs and cleared any evidence of him being on the laptop. Apple’s engineers weren’t able to recreate the problem, though Pinkstone notes that they did think the issue was a glitch that needed to be combatted. Yesterday’s iTunes 12.4 update includes safeguards to protect users from the music deletion bug.

Through an external drive connected to my laptop, we were now using a specialized version of iTunes in the hopes that the deletion would again occur; an idea that we knew may not pan out, since I’d had Apple Music for eight months before that first mass deletion. If something did go wrong, though, this version of iTunes would document what happened in more detail than the consumer version could.

Pinkstone’s Apple engineer visit is a good example of how far the Cupertino company will go to try to correct bugs in its products. MacRumors has heard several reports of Apple sending out engineers to the homes of users experiencing unique problems in an attempt to research them for fixes. The entire visit can be read about on Pinkstone’s blog.
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A couple weeks ago Vellum’s James Pinkstone wrote on his blog that Apple Music and iTunes Match deleted 122 GB of his personal music collection. The post kicked off a wave of speculation about whether Apple Music intentionally deletes users’ music. Apple eventually confirmed that the deletion was a glitch and that a fix was incoming. Today, Pinkstone wrote a blog post detailing how two Apple engineers named Tom and Ezra visited his home to try to recreate the problem.

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Before they arrived, Pinkstone said that Apple told him a couple of things: Amber, the Apple Support Representative who told him the music deletion glitch was a “feature” functioning as intended, was mistaken and the company was convinced the issue wasn’t user error.

The engineers spent the day at Pinkstone’s house researching the issue, telling Pinkstone to use Apple Music, iTunes and his personal library as he would in the past. The next day, Tom returned to collect the data logs and cleared any evidence of him being on the laptop. Apple’s engineers weren’t able to recreate the problem, though Pinkstone notes that they did think the issue was a glitch that needed to be combatted. Yesterday’s iTunes 12.4 update includes safeguards to protect users from the music deletion bug.

Through an external drive connected to my laptop, we were now using a specialized version of iTunes in the hopes that the deletion would again occur; an idea that we knew may not pan out, since I’d had Apple Music for eight months before that first mass deletion. If something did go wrong, though, this version of iTunes would document what happened in more detail than the consumer version could.

Pinkstone’s Apple engineer visit is a good example of how far the Cupertino company will go to try to correct bugs in its products. MacRumors has heard several reports of Apple sending out engineers to the homes of users experiencing unique problems in an attempt to research them for fixes. The entire visit can be read about on Pinkstone’s blog.
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GarageBand goes to China with new instruments and Live Loops

If you’re looking to bring some new voices to the music you make in GarageBand, Apple’s got you covered. The company has recently added a slew of Chinese instruments including the pipa and erhu to the app. That’s in addition to some 300 loops of musi…

If you're looking to bring some new voices to the music you make in GarageBand, Apple's got you covered. The company has recently added a slew of Chinese instruments including the pipa and erhu to the app. That's in addition to some 300 loops of musi…

‘Pokemon Go’ field test signups are now live

Pokemon Go, the mobile app that allows users to travel the globe on their own Pokemon journey, is finally open for registration for United States users. Niantic Labs’ field test is available to sign up for right now, with users being chosen to try ou…

Pokemon Go, the mobile app that allows users to travel the globe on their own Pokemon journey, is finally open for registration for United States users. Niantic Labs' field test is available to sign up for right now, with users being chosen to try ou…