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Digital music sales declined in 2013 for the first time since Apple's iTunes Music Store changed the industry in 2003. Sales of individual tracks fell about 5.7 percent, while digital albums dropped only about 0.1 percent. Industry executives attribute the decline to the continued rise in streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify.
Gaming on iOS may be on the verge of a breakthrough in 2014. While touch-based games are great, some prefer the old-school style of a physical controller, and the new SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 game controller may be just what fans of shooters and open-world games are looking for.
Apple's 12 Days of Gifts promotion wraps up today. Available this year for the first time in the United States, the promo featured free music, books, TV episodes, movies, and apps, with the highlight being Day 5's inclusion of Hugo. Those looking for one more freebie this year can check out Day 12's live EP from the Rolling Stones.
OS X Mavericks features a brand new Special Characters menu that allows for easy in-line access to symbols, graphics, and a wide assortment of fun "Emojis." Here's how to use them in Apple's latest operating system.
Mac Geek Gab listener Ken wants to set up and control a Mac mini without having to use a dedicated monitor, mouse, and keyboard. We'll show him how Target Disk Mode, a longtime Mac feature, can let him boot the Mac mini using just his MacBook Pro and a data cable.
Mac Geek Gab listener Stephen wants to defragment his Mac’s hard drive to regain lost performance. We explain how the process works and recommend some tools and methods to help him get the job done.
Parallels Desktop 9, released this week, brings a ton of useful new features that help integrate OS X and Windows even further. But what about performance? Is this year's upgrade worth it for those who need to run Windows as fast as possible? Check out our Parallels 9 benchmarks to find out!
The iPad is great for viewing photos, but it's terrible for managing them. One of the most tedious tasks is deleting large blocks of images from your camera roll. Instead of tapping each photo one-by-one, we show you how to use your Mac's Image Capture app to perform the task in just a few seconds.
Mac Geek Gab listener Jurgen doesn't like Time Machine, and would rather back up his Mac using third party software. Time Machine automatically chooses which files and folders to back up, but Jurgen will have to make these choices manually with his new backup software. We explain which folders are crucial for a good backup, and which can be safely excluded.
Most iDevice users will never need to know their device's UDID, or even what it is. But for developers, software testers, and some users with provisioned apps, it's a critical piece of information. Here's how to find it, even when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is locked and unable to activate.