You can Make Kerala Flood Relief Donations in iTunes

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The devastating floods in Kerala left a million people at least temporarily homeless, and 445 dead with more bodies being discovered. Over 50,000 houses were destroyed, and more than 6,200 miles of roads have been lost. Apple donated US$1 million to the relief fund, and you can help out, too. Apple added Mercy Corps donation buttons to the iTunes Store ranging from US$5 to $200. Like other relief funds Apple has supported, 100% of the money goes to the charity—Apple doesn’t take its usual 30% cut.

You can Make Kerala Flood Relief Donations in iTunes

Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin's Life with Apple Music Playlists

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The music world lost a pillar with the passing of Aretha Franklin. She was suffering from pancreatic cancer, as did Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. To commemorate her life Apple has several playlists on Apple Music celebrating her powerful contributions to soul, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk. Aretha’s influence crossed musical genres and that won’t likely change even though she’s gone. You can check out her Apple Music playlists in the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, or under the Browse tab in iTunes music section.

Apple Commemorates Aretha Franklin’s Life with Apple Music Playlists

Happy 10th Birthday, App Store!

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Apple's App Store 10th Anniversary GIF

It’s hard to believe, but it was July 10th (next Tuesday) that Apple unleashed this world-changing concept, and the company put out a long self-congratulatory announcement pre-celebrating this incredible milestone.

TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Freelance Tech Jounalist Kirk McElhearn

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Kirk McElhearn is an expert technical journalist for all things Apple. He was a Senior Contributor at Macworld for 15 years, is known as “The iTunes Guy,” and writes about Macs, security, iTunes, books and music. Kirk has also written several “Take Control Books,” including tutorials on iTunes, Audio Hijack and Scrivener. In this encore appearance, Kirk and I chatted about the evolution of photography at Apple, the emergence of the iPhone as a pocket supercomputer-camera, AI technologies and facial recognition used in iPhone photography, lens and CCD technologies, Aperture vs. iPhoto/Photos, managing digital assets, and how sophisticated software has allowed the average user to take great photos. And more. We finished with a discusion of Kirk’s new podcast (with Jeff Carlson) called PhotoActive which is all about photography and the Apple ecosystem.

Apple's iTunes Remote App Just Got a Big Update

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Apple updated its iTunes Remote app yesterday, and it’s the first update since February 23, 2017. It’s been updated to add support for iPhone X. This update also includes an all new look and feel on iPad and iPhone, in addition to stability and performance improvements. iTunes 12.7.5 is recommended for use with Remote 4.4. With this app you can access your iTunes library remotely, listen with AirPlay, and explore shared iTunes libraries. It works with both Macs and PCs. Requirements: iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later; Wi-Fi connection to iTunes; iTunes 12.75. App Store: iTunes Remote

Apple’s iTunes Remote App Just Got a Big Update