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

iTunes Finally Launches via the Microsoft Store in Windows 10

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After promising it last May, Apple finally launched iTunes via the Microsoft Store Thursday. The app looks and works just like its manually installed counterpart, but it allows Windows 10 users with “S Mode” devices to install and run Apple’s media playback and management software for the first time.

Apple Celebrates Superman's 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

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Superman just turned 80, and he’s aged pretty well. To celebrate the son of Krypton’s birthday, Apple has an iTunes Store movie bundle loaded with some pretty fantastic animated features. This bundle includes Doomsday, Public Enemies, Apocalypse, The Return of Black Adam, and more. The eight movie bundle is priced at US$49.99, which is a significant drop from its regular $84.82. DC may stumble with their live-action superhero movies, but they nail it with their animated stories.

Apple Celebrates Superman’s 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

iTunes Launches 'Build Your Collection' Movie Promo Under $8

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Apple launched a new movie promo on iTunes called Build Your Collection. It features hundreds of movies, all under US$8 and many at $4.99. Bullitt, Battle Royale, The Goonies, Empire Records, Risky Business, Beetlejuice, The Matrix, and newer movies like Black Swan, The Revenant, plus many more. They’re broken down into categories, including: Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy, Horror, and Romance. Unfortunately, the prices are only listed once you click through to an individual movie, but they’re all under $8 and I can’t wait to rewatch Bullitt.

iTunes Launches ‘Build Your Collection’ Movie Promo Under $8