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LEGO Ideas Brings Ada Lovelace, Analytic Engine to Life

2 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Ada Lovelace has the honor of being the first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine—the first programmable computer. Now she has the opportunity to come back to life, in a manner of speaking, as a LEGO Ideas project. The proposed kit includes Ada and Charles minifigs, the Analytical Engine, punch cards, plus a pet owl. The Analytical Engine opens and has space to hold a Raspberry Pi, so you can turn it into an actual computer, too. Like all LEGO Ideas kits that get produced, this one needs to hit 10,000 votes before it can be considered. Bonus: It's another cool way to recognize women in science.

Apple’s Eddy Cue: Music Home Sharing Could Return in iOS 9

3 hours, 59 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Sharing for Music may return in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the introduction of Apple Music, our iPhones and iPads can't use Home Sharing to play music. Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says that feature could return in iOS 9, although he isn't saying why it was removed.

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Music streaming for iOS devices through Home Sharing may come back in a few months, so that's good news. And it sure looks like Twitter is the go-to place for talking with Apple executives.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Tracking the International Space Station

3:20 PM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Track the International Space Station from your iPhone with these apps

Knowing exactly where the International Space Station is can be really important if you need to, say, successfully get supplies to the astronauts on board. It's also cool, too, if you just want to know when to see the ISS flying overhead. The Mac Observer rounded up a few iPhone apps to help you know exactly when it'll be in your part of the sky.

Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

10:49 AM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon invents its own Black Friday with Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

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Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.

How to Control Apple Music “For You” Playlists

9:32 AM, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple Music For You playlists

The playlists in Apple Music's "For You" section are pretty cool because they do a pretty good job of putting together music you most likely want to hear. That doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, so Apple built in a way for you to take control over what you hear in those playlists. Read on to learn how to take control of your For You playlists on your iPhone.

iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

6:36 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Turns out iCloud Music Library's DRM is confusing, not draconian

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

8:00 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Happy Independence Day!

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!

Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not Jony Ive

3:04 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jony Ive doesn't have design VPs reporting to him

Apple's new executive bio webpage is up, and it shows Jony Ive's new role as Chief Design Officer, along with the two new VPs taking over user interface and industrial design. Here's the twist: Neither report to Mr. Ive but instead report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

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Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.