iOS 8.4 Removes Home Sharing for Music

homesharingJust a day after the release of iOS 8.4, which includes Apple’s brand new music service Apple Music, many users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple Support communities are finding that the update removes Home Sharing for music on iOS devices. This breaks the ability for users to share their iTunes Library over Wi-Fi from their mobile devices.

Apple yesterday updated a Home Sharing support document to note that Home Sharing on iOS devices is only limited to video. Thus far, Home Sharing for music still appears to be available for both Mac and Apple TV. Additionally, while the Music page in iOS’ Settings once listed a Home Sharing option prior to iOS 8.4, the option is no longer there in the new Apple Music settings page in iOS 8.4.

As pointed out by AppleInsider, the release notes for iOS 8.4 beta 4 mentioned that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were “not currently available”, offering the possibility that the feature could return in future versions of iOS.

While the possibility of Home Sharing for music returning on iOS devices is there, it’s unclear whether Apple would return the option for non-subscribers of Apple Music. The music service includes the ability to sign up for a $14.99-a-month family plan, which allows access for up to 6 people.









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Trent Reznor Shares his Thoughts on Apple Music: ‘The Experience is What Matters’

Following Tuesday’s launch of Apple Music, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor spoke with music site Pitchfork about his thoughts on the service and his role in its development. Reznor joined Apple in 2014, following the company’s acquisition of Beats Music, where Reznor served as Chief Creative Officer.

Ahead of the Apple Music launch, rumors suggested Reznor was leading development of the service alongside Jimmy Iovine, playing a major role in the redesign of the new Music app.

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Image of Trent Reznor via Pitchfork

According to Reznor, his role in the creation of Apple Music shifted over time. While he initially worked on design alongside Apple’s design team and iTunes engineers, he shifted to concentrating on marketing in recent months, helping to explain the service and Apple’s goals to artists.

Reznor compared his experience working with Apple to his experience working at Beats Music before the acquisition, calling Apple a “respectful, collaborative environment” with ideas that fit into his own thoughts on music.
When I sat down with the people at Apple, I found a very respectful, collaborative environment that wanted to take some of the tentpoles that mattered to us at Beats Music, which really was trying to make an experience that didn’t feel like data. Something that felt organic and respectful to music rather than just, “We’re just delivering assets to your mobile device.” They treated music in a way that put an emphasis on curation and taste.

In earlier interviews, Reznor suggested that no streaming service had hit “the right formula” before Apple Music, a sentiment that he again shared with Pitchfork. With endless music available at our fingertips, he believes the experience is the most important aspect of any streaming service. With Apple Music, the goal was to improve upon the impersonal, “less than optimal” experience being offered by competitors.

What we tried to do with Apple Music is make the experience around the catalog feel like people that love music have touched it in the various ways it gets presented to you: playlists that noticeably feel better, radio stations that were programmed by people, recommendations that feel less like a computer and more like someone made you a mixtape and you like their taste.

Apple Connect, Apple’s social networking service, was also developed to improve the listening experience by introducing tools to let artists share music and video that “lives outside the paywall.” Apple wanted to give artists a way to be involved in the way music is consumed. “We wanted to create a place where the people making the art could feel like they could have a center,” Reznor said.

Released yesterday, Apple Music has a deep focus on curated content. The new Music app delivers recommendations based on personal tastes and playlists created by editors, while the accompanying Beats 1 radio features all music chosen by DJs like Zane Lowe.


Reznor’s full interview, which includes additional details on his role in the development of Apple Music, his thoughts on music, and Apple’s aim with the new service, is available at Pitchfork and well worth a read.









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Apple Maps Vehicles Surveying 13 More U.S. States Later This Month

Apple’s fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in the United States will begin surveying 13 more U.S. states between July 15 and July 31, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple Maps vehicles have been spotted in 15 states to date and will have reached 28 states in total after this next wave.

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Apple Maps vehicle driving in Monroe Township, New Jersey in May 2015

Apple confirmed last month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps “Street View” competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

The cities and counties in the 13 U.S. states where Apple Maps vehicles will survey… Continue reading Apple Maps Vehicles Surveying 13 More U.S. States Later This Month

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Full Lineup of Colors for Upcoming iPod Refresh Includes New Blue, Gold, and Pink Options

As we reported this morning, astute iPod owners with iTunes 12.2 have discovered an image that depicts the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle in new colors, suggesting an update could be in the works. A bit more digging around in iTunes 12.2 has unearthed additional iPod images, giving us a look at each of the new color options we might see should Apple be planning to release new models.

The images depict six different color options for the iPod nano, shuffle, and touch, showing each model in silver, space gray, red, bright pink, deep blue, and light gold. The latter three colors, pink, blue, and gold, are new shades that are not currently available. The space gray model may be slightly darker than the existing color, but it’s difficult to determine from images alone.

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Aside from new color options, the devices appear to be largely the same, except perhaps for an external change for the iPod touch that does away with the attachment for the wrist loop. It is not clear if Apple plans to update the internals of the devices or if the company is simply going to introduce new color options, but the images make it clear that a potential update is not going to feature a major external redesign.

Apple’s iPod lineup has not seen new color additions since 2013, due to a sharp decline in sales over the past several years. The last update saw Apple change the “slate” color to “space gray” in September of 2013, and no major color changes have been made since that date.

The Calendar app on the iPod touch in the images reads “Tuesday 14,” leading some of our readers to speculate that Apple might plan to introduce new models on Tuesday, July 14, which is two weeks from now.









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‘iPhone 6s’ to Support Faster Download Speeds With Improved Qualcomm LTE Modem

Following a report yesterday that the next-generation “iPhone 6s” will appear essentially identical to the current lineup of iPhones with a few minor internal differences, an unnamed source has shared new photos of logic board from the device with 9to5Mac, revealing an updated Qualcomm LTE chip offering faster LTE speeds and greater energy efficiency.

Specifically, the next iPhone will carry a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip — also referred to as the “9X35″ Gobi modem platform — and it aims to give the iPhone 6s a significant increase in performance over the current 9X25 used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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For everyday users, this gives the potential for significant increases in LTE network performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps, twice that of the current iPhone line. Real-world limitations of carrier support will, however, limit those speed improvements in many cases.

The new Qualcomm chip, which was announced in 2013 and came to market last year, is also more power efficient. This power efficiency combined with the possibility of a slimmer motherboard could give the iPhone 6s some improvement in battery life this year.

As shared yesterday, the iPhone 6s will appear nearly identical to the iPhone 6, which is typical for Apple’s “S” generation iPhones. Apple will, however, be including a number of enhancements for the device, from the faster LTE modem to a Force Touch display and perhaps the “biggest camera jump ever.”









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Universal Releases Official Full-Length Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie

Following an initial teaser earlier in May, Universal today released the first official full-length trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs movie.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer provides the longest look at the Danny Boyle-directed biopic that anyone has seen yet, balancing focus between Steve Jobs’ various behind-the-scenes product launches and his intense personal life regarding his relationship with daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.


The trailer also gives more in-depth looks at Jeff Daniels and Kate Winslet, especially, as John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman, with various through-the-years glimpses of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. After various casting calls and set photo leaks earlier in the year, excitement around the somewhat troubled film has only been steadily building. Fans can expect to see the full movie in theaters October 9.









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Unison League – Ateam Inc.

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Unison League

Ateam Inc.



Genre: Games



Release Date: May 14, 2015


Battle alongside friends and unleash over-the-top special attacks! A new style of real-time RPG!
Awesome real-time play that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Team up with other players to unleash "Unison Attacks" that can call forth massive creatures to pulverize foes!


[GAME FEATURES]

▼Intense Guild Battles!
Epic guild battles that allow for two teams of up to 10 players each to duke it out in real time!
Work together and form the strongest tactics to destroy your enemies' Crystal and reign victorious!

▼Decisive Unison Attacks!
Fuse Unison Summons with your guildies to unleash Unison Attacks that can call forth powerful entities to eliminate enemies!
Mesmerizing attack scenes that will take your breath away!

▼Quest with Friends in Real Time!
Brave the various terrains of Granvia with up to 5 friends at a time!
Collaborate tactically or opt for all-out brute force to take down the monsters you encounter along the way!

▼Communication with Others Is a Snap! Chill out in the Lobby!
Easy-to-use mid-battle chat for timely commands and adorable character animations for comical in-game lobby conversations!

▼Multitude of Features!
Battle or "Spawn" for weapons, armor and monsters!
Carefully select Gear with the best affinity to your Class to yield the greatest results!
Obtain special materials to evolve your Gear so that they realize their true potential!
Earn "Proficiency" to learn new Abilities and harness even greater might!



[Price]
Free to play (in-app purchases available)

[Supported Devices]
iPhone 4S or later, iPod Touch (5th generation or later)

*We are unable to support and compensate for use on devices outside of the supported range.
*A Wi-Fi connection is recommended for the optimal Unison League experience.
*Under certain conditions, the game may fail to run smoothly. If you experience choppy gameplay, force-closing the app, rebooting your device, and clearing your cache may improve performance.
*Before playing Unison League please read the End User License Agreement, which can be accessed from the in-game menu.

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Polarr Photo Editor – Polarr, Inc.

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Polarr Photo Editor

Polarr, Inc.



Genre: Photo & Video



Release Date: June 24, 2015


Polarr is an advanced, intuitive, and versatile photo editor with MUST-HAVE features.

Make high-level edits with this powerful and elegant tool for advanced photo enthusiasts. Learn new ways to process your photos, or find the tools you already know and love and use them on your mobile device.

This is our new mobile version of the existing and already popular Polarr Photo Editor 2, which is available for free (and highly-rated) online, no download required. Over 300K users have raved about this pro photo editor made for everyone.

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“Super cool app! Has a ton of features and covers most of the things that I would normally do in Lightroom.” -Polarr Photo Editor user

“There are lots of nice effects you can choose from and also customization controls for these effects which we rarely see on apps.” -Chromestory

“Has a lot of great tools, and made my photos look a million times better. Just what I needed!” -PPE user

“I have used many photo editing applications but this is by far the best, from basic tools such as sizing refinements, contrast and exposure to the more advanced details. Everything you could ask for in a photo editor.” -PPE user

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Key features:
-Create and save your own style presets.
-Infinite Undo/Redo and History to return to any point in your editing history.
-Radial and Graduated filters makes local adjustments easy.
-HSL channels and Tone Curves help you perfect the colors in your image.
-Split-tone with any colors you choose.
-Exposure, Contrast, Highlights and Shadows, Temperature, Distortions, Vignette, etc. All the basic editing features are available, as well as new tools such as chromatic shift.
-Diverse preset collection for any occasion.
-Intuitive touch pad replaces the hassle of opening panels.
-If you choose, you can also make adjustments by tilting your device.

**Only 3MB, so you can quickly download anywhere and anytime.

**This editor is optimized for iPhone 5s and newer iOS devices separately, however it is best viewed on the latest devices: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2 and 3, iPad Air and Air 2.

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Available for free on desktop at www.polarr.co.

Contact info@polarr.co for questions or more information.

© © Copyright 2015. Polarr, Inc.

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