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Media picks of the week: Guardians of the Galaxy Mix Tape, Finding Vivian Maier, Psycho Pass and more!

Every week Apple adds tons of new media content on iTunes — music, books, movies and more. It's impossible to keep up with all of it, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! This week we've got a pre-order album from British electropop band Fenech-Soler, a documentary about a mysterious urban photographer, David Lynch's cult TV show phenomenon Twin Peaks and more!

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NSFW: Apple, iOS 8 Health, and the Gordian Knot of healthcare bureaucracy

This year I've spent a lot of time in doctor's offices and I see what a giant mess the electronic health records (EHR) industry really is. And I don't think Apple's going to solve the problems facing the American healthcare industry. Apple's telling us that iOS 8's Health feature will give us a way of sharing important diagnostic information with our doctors. But it's predicated on a huge assumption: That our medical providers are affiliated with an institution that's willing to buy in to this particular data stream.

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Kids projects: Make rookie cards for your team on your iPhone or iPad

While school might take a break for the summer, sports do anything but. From little league to soccer practice, gymnastics to judo, tennis to skating — we have indoor rinks! — there are all sorts of sports, team and solo, for kids to have fun with, get healthy doing, and learn valuable skills from. And what better way to keep hold of those memories and share them with teammates and classmates alike than with rookie cards of their very own? If you're looking for a great summer project for the kids — or the kids of all ages, adult-leaguers — then get your iPhone and iPad ready. Here come the cards!

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Just deleted Foursquare. Come at me Facebook!

App sprawl is becoming a thing. This evening I opened Foursquare to check into a great new local restaurant I went to, hit the big, honking check it button, and was told to download Swarm. It wasn't an ad. It wasn't something I could dismiss or get around and go on about my check-in business. It was an eviction notice telling me my check-ins within the Foursquare app proper were no longer welcome. I'm sure it's been like that for a while. I almost exclusively use Foursquare when I travel and I haven't traveled since June. Rather than download Swarm, however, I deleted Foursquare. So, now that Facebook is evicting instant message, will that be next?

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Hardware: The often overlooked aspect of accessibility

Steve Jobs was fond of saying often that if hardware is the brains of a device, then software is its soul. This statement is true insofar that software is what really makes a device and its ecosystem — one needn't look any further than iOS to see that — and is what designers, developers, and consumers care about most. In terms of accessibility, the fact that software gets so much (rightful) attention means that one crucial and, I would argue, just as important aspect gets overlooked in the discussion.

The hardware.

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Retina MacBook Pros get mild processor bump and pricing change; will Mac users keep buying?

A bit more than a week ago, Intel offered new Core i5 and Core i7 chips to augment its line of "Haswell"-era microprocessors. Apple wasted no time getting the new chips into its own production; on Tuesday the company introduced refreshed Retina MacBook Pros containing the new processors. Are Apple's tweaks to the MacBook Pro line enough to keep people buying them?

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Editor's desk: Inclusivity includes you

There's been a lot of attention paid to inclusivity lately, whether it's in the mobile community thanks to features like accessibility or in the media thanks to lead up to the San Diego Comic Convention. That's great, because while it can sometimes feel that time and effort spent on inclusivity goes to help others, it really goes to help us. There's always some element of life, there's always some occasion, where, be it based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, education, income, athleticism, area of interest, abilities, talents, or tastes, where we feel like we're excluded, we don't fit in, we can't get in. Inclusivity, in all of that, includes all of us.

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NSFW: Naysayers, Yosemite Public Beta and You

Editor's note: NSFW is a new weekly feature we're trying on iMore starting today. It's an editorial soapbox; I'll be sharing thoughts that may or may not have anything to do with the technology you read about the rest of the week here on iMore. Hope you enjoy!

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Kids projects: Make a nature journal with your iPhone or iPad and iPhoto!

Summer vacations are just made for the great outdoors. Whether you're in your backyard, at the local park, at a national park, or hiking halfway around the world, there's an amazing amount of plants and flowers, bugs and birds, rocks and streams to see and enjoy. Best of all, if you have your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, the Camera app means you really can bring it all home with you. What's more, if you have iPhoto on your Mac, you can have even more fun. You can have a real book printed and bound on real paper so you can share it with your family and friends. For kids — or kids of all ages — it's a great project that not only lets you relive your adventures but record them for everyone!

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On iOS, 'backdoors', and the eternal war between security and convenience

Earlier this week forensic researcher Jonathan Zdziarski's work on security exploits in iOS pairing records and potential data leaks in diagnostic services went viral. Unfortunately, it was his slides, which used more provocative language and lacked the context of his talk, and not his pay-walled yet far more understandable journal article, that made the rounds. Tragically, many in the media pounced on the attention-getting potential, posting alarming articles that did nothing but spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to a mainstream customer-base that deserves much, much better. Apple responded with comments to iMore on Monday, and with a Knowledge Base (KB) article on Tuesday. However, there's been no word yet on whether or not the exploits and potential data leaks will be closed and, if they will be, how soon. So, what does it all mean?

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