Apple explains decision to keep ‘Infowars’ app on App Store

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Apple on Wednesday confirmed a decision to leave conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars app available for download in the iOS App Store following the removal of his podcast content from other digital platforms including iTunes and Podcasts, saying the app has not violated company guidelines.

Apple Accepting Red Cross Donations for California Fire Relief

Apple today added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices allowing Apple customers to donate to the American Red Cross to support those who have been affected by the fires that have devastated Northern California.

Impacting Shasta County and the town of Redding, the Carr Fire has become the sixth most destructive fire in California’s history, ripping through more than 125,000 acres and destroying or damaging over 1,500 homes and buildings. Other smaller fires, such as the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, are also raging in California due to the hot, dry weather.



The Carr Fire started on July 23 after a car caught fire on California State Route 299. Six people have been killed, including two firefighters. The fire is 39 percent contained at this point, but high winds expected this weekend could hamper efforts to put it out.

Apple is allowing

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A prescient Steve Jobs predicted our obsession with mobile apps

As the App Store turns 10 this month, it’s fascinating to see how it all began. While it may seem obvious that most people have a small rectangle of glass and metal that they spend a ton of time staring at now, it wasn’t always a foregone conclusion. Back in 2008, a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, now a senior editor at The Information, interviewed Steve Jobs at the App Store’s one-month mark. The Apple co-founder and CEO was clearly impressed by the performance of his company’s new service.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, The Information

18 Siri commands for HomePod AirPlay 2 users

I use my HomePod daily. I have done so for months.

I think it’s a fantastic music system, and when you add a second unit using stereo pairing the music it creates truly competes with any high-end system, not just in volume but also in its incredible sound quality.

HomePods in every room

AirPlay 2 makes it better

The introduction of AirPlay 2 has made it possible to manage and create a multi-room set-up using HomePod. One of the most outstanding features is that you can now control all your AirPlay 2-compatible system using Siri.

Apple also has an ecosystem of third-party audio equipment providers who are supporting (or will support) AirPlay 2 in their products.

That makes it possible to create a music playback network across your home using systems from multiple manufacturers. These cover a range of different price points, ranging from the $1,995 BeoSound 2 to the Zipp ($299) or Zipp

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How to Get Your Mac Ready for the macOS Mojave Beta

Itching to get your hands on the macOS Mojave beta so you can experience all the new features? There are some very important steps to take before you expose your Mac to any beta software, and when the beta is of a new operating system release, you really should consider building a wall between the beta software and the Mac OS and apps you use daily for work and play.

Before we begin constructing the beta wall, let’s take a moment to look at the macOS Beta programs available to you.

Apple Developer Program
This is probably the best-known method of gaining access to the resources needed to develop for the Mac. If you have a hankering to build an app, develop an extension, or integrate tools with the Mac operating system, the Apple Developer Program is the place to start.

There are various developer memberships levels, from free, which

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This is What Apple Sends You When You Request Your Data

Privacy is a big topic right now, especially with the European Union’s recent move to enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, anyone can request an immediate download of all of the data Apple currently has stored about them. While this convenience will make it to the USA and other countries later this year, it’s still possible to request to see your Apple data and have Apple send it to you. In this article, I’ll show you how to make that request, and also discuss what information they’ll provide you with.

Making The Request
Your journey to personal data transparency begins at apple.com/legal/privacy/contact/. On this page (see screenshot below), select the location of your account. For American, Canadian and Puerto Rican Apple customers, that will be the left-most button.

Click the button corresponding to the location of your Apple ID

(Click the button corresponding to the location of your Apple ID.)

Select the region or country you're in
Complete and submit this form to receive your personal data
Response from Apple's Privacy Response Team
A portion of the iCloud log file
A listing of all mail server logins
The CRM AppleCare Case Header file shows all AppleCare calls made and their resolution
Apple supplied the author with every sign-on he had made since September 2003
Some of the author's earliest iPhone app purchases from 2008
Details of every repair requested on any of the author's Apple devices since 2004

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Apple Music makes it easier to see new albums that are on the way

Apple is releasing some updates to Apple Music today that will make it easier to see what new music is on the way and when it’s set to arrive. MacRumors reports that a new “Coming Soon” section is rolling out to both the iOS and macOS versions of the music streaming service and it currently shows upcoming albums from artists like Florence + The Machine, Interpol and Gorillaz. To get there, go to the Browse tab, select New Music and then scroll down until you find the Coming Soon section. Tapping the albums listed will bring up additional information like the expected availability date and track listings.

Via: MacRumors

Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.5 With Minor Performance Improvements

Apple today released an updated version of iTunes, iTunes 12.7.5, which the company says introduces minor app and performance improvements.

The iTunes 12.7.5 update has been released alongside iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1. Apple has a macOS 10.13.5 update in the works, but has not released it as of yet.

iTunes 12.7.5 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Software Update function.

iTunes 12.7.5 comes two months after Apple released iTunes 12.7.4, an update that introduced a new music video experience for Apple Music, adding a music video section to Apple Music in iTunes.

iTunes 12.7, released in September, was the last major update to iTunes, eliminating the built-in App Store to focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.

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How to Play MP3, Other Audio Files on Mac Without Adding to iTunes Library

Whether you’re a fan of podcasts, music, or just have a lot of little audio files that you’ve accumulated (from voice memos on an iPhone, for example), you may want to listen to those files without adding them to your iTunes Library. Today we’ll look at a few ways to do this.

Playing the files in iTunes without adding them to iTunes Library
Our first method involves using iTunes to play the audio file, but without adding the file to the iTunes Library. Here’s how to accomplish this task:

1) Launch iTunes on the Mac

2) In the Finder, locate the audio file you wish to listen to

3) Hold down the Option key on the Mac keyboard, then drag and drop the audio file into iTunes.

This process adds the audio file to the iTunes playlist for listening, but doesn’t copy the file to the iTunes media library. This

Playing an MP4 file in QuickTime Player
The Quick Look preview window, playing an MP4 file

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Apple’s iTunes App Now Available Through Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store

iTunes, Apple’s software for downloading, purchasing, and managing content on iOS devices and playing Apple content on Macs and PCs, is now available for download through Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store.

Microsoft first announced plans to bring the iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store in May 2017, and said at the time that the app would be available by the end of 2017. In December, though, an Apple spokesperson said that the two companies would not hit that deadline.



“We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right,” Apple said.

iTunes has been available on the Windows platform for many years as a standalone download for most Windows users, but its addition to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software. Windows 10 S users have not

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Apple’s iTunes software comes to the Windows Store

Nearly a year after it was originally announced and several months later than planned, iTunes is finally available via the Windows Store. While functionally it’s the same as installing from a regular download the way Windows users always have used the Apple software, its inclusion in the store means it will also work on PCs running Windows 10 S (soon to be S mode). It won’t use any less RAM or become any more suited for modern state of media management, but at least it’s there. Now, how about Google Chrome?

Via: Windows Central

Source: Microsoft, Windows Blog