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Plex, Now with Rotten Tomatoes and Rich Media Browsing

9:08 AM, Aug. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The media viewing and management app Plex is out with a new iPhone and iPad update that adds in some cool new features like the ability to check Rotten Tomatoes ratings, search for similar movies, and hunt for movies with the same actors or director. The app beefed up its sync functionality, can read chapter data from your videos and look up info at the ChapterDb website. It also has a fresh new interface, and you can pick it up for free as a remote and media transfer tool. Full functionality is available through an in-app purchase, or just log into your Plex account.

Verizon’s New Phone Plans Prove Sometimes You Follow the Little Guy

5:45 PM, Aug. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Verizon ditches old-school contracts and subsidized iPhone deals

Verizon, the largest single cell service provider in the United States, is finally throwing in the towel and following T-Mobile's lead by ditching traditional contracts for its customers. Instead of two-year contracts and subsidized phone prices, Verizon is going with flat monthly fees for services and customers will pay full price for their smartphones—showing that sometimes the little guys really can make big changes happen.

Think MacKeeper Screwed You? There’s a Settlement for That

11:26 AM, Aug. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

ZeoBIT agrees to $2M settlement in MacKeeper lawsuit

ZeoBIT, the company that developed MacKeeper, has agreed to pony up US$2 million in a class action lawsuit settlement from customers who claim used deceptive marketing tactics. Customers have until November 30 to submit their refund claim, and court records say 513,330 of you are eligible to get some money back.

EU Says Apple Streaming Music Deals didn’t Violate Antitrust Laws

9:18 AM, Aug. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

EU on Apple streaming music antitrust violations: Nope

Apple didn't collude with record labels to kill free streaming music services from competitors such as Spotify. That's the conclusion the European Commission came to after its investigation failed to turn up any evidence to show otherwise.

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The EU says Apple didn't break any laws with its streaming music service deals, and New York and Connecticut agree. Now we wait and see with the DOJ and FTC say.

Report Claims iPhone Launch Event Set for Sept 9

6:53 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Report claims new iPhones coming September 9

Word on the street says Apple is planning a media event for September 9 to introduce the next iPhone model along with an updated Apple TV. The timing fits with the company's typical iPhone schedule and also happens to be the same date Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

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A September iPhone media event makes sense considering Apple's typical annual update schedule. Hopefully we really will get a new Apple TV at the same time, and maybe we'll get a firm release date for iOS 9, too.

iTunes: How to tell if Your Songs are Matched or Apple Music Downloads

2:20 PM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

iTunes Match icons

If you've finally sorted out what happens to your music when you cancel your iTunes Match or Apple Music subscription—like maybe from TMO's infographic explaining it all—but have no idea which songs in your iTunes library are yours and which come from Apple Music, we've got you covered. Read on to learn how to see which songs in your iTunes library are streaming, stored locally, or downloaded from Apple Music.

iOS 9 Public Beta Shows AT&T is Finally Embracing Wi-Fi Calling

11:12 AM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T Wi-Fi calling support finally shows up in iOS 9 beta

Remember how AT&T begrudgingly promised to add Wi-Fi call support for the iPhone after Apple introduced the feature with iOS 8? It only took until the third iOS 9 public beta for it to show up, so now we only have to wait for the public release, and for AT&T to enable the feature on its cell network.

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T-Mobile has been a Wi-Fi calling supporter all along. AT&T is dragging its feet, but seems to be finally getting on board. Verizon, the ball is now in your court.

How to Buy Stuff on Apple’s Redesigned Website

10:16 AM, Aug. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Apple's website without a dedicated online store

Apple gave its website a major overhaul that does away with the distinct online store we've known for years. That means you can't use the store.apple.com subdomain and browse products; instead, you'll now find buy buttons scattered around the Apple site that let you add products to your shopping bag. Read on to see how Apple's new shopping experience works.