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Streaming is the future of music, and that future is now

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Streaming is the future of music, and that future is now

Over the past decade Apple has completely changed the way we consume music.

In the span of only 10 years we've gone from ripping CDs onto our iPods to downloading MP3s from iTunes to storing and streaming music from the cloud. With WWDC 2015 right around the corner, it's how Apple plans to tackle streaming music that has my undivided attention.

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FileMaker at 30: A look at one of the Mac's most successful apps

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FileMaker at 30: A look at one of the Mac's most successful apps

FileMaker celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. FileMaker has seen a lot of changes along the way, but it remains one of the Mac's most versatile and powerful database apps.

FileMaker got its start back in the early 1980s as a program for PC-compatible computers running MS-DOS. The software changed hands a few times, including a brief ownership by Microsoft. The powerful database program remains one of the most enduring and successful Mac apps ever released, and it's stronger than ever with its version 14 release.

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Facebook's Instant Articles are tailored to reduce content load times on your iPhone

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Facebook's Instant Articles are tailored to reduce content load times on your iPhone

Facebook is cutting down on the eight-second average wait time for an article to load on mobile devices with a new feature called Instant Articles.

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BitTorrent Bleep brings secure, encrypted messaging to iOS

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BitTorrent Bleep brings secure, encrypted messaging to iOS

BitTorrent has released its secure messaging app, Bleep, on iOS today, while also adding in a new ephemeral "whisper" feature.

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2 weeks ago

Apple Watch and digital unleashed

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Apple Watch and digital unleashed

Update: I've been using the Apple Watch for almost three weeks now and while I knew the killer feature was always going to be convenience, that it would let me quickly handle those brief yet frequent and important interactions without having to go back to my iPhone, but it's turned out to be even more true than I imagine. Instead of reaching for my phone, and potentially getting lost in everything it allows and enables, I glance at my wrist, and then know if I can keep going or if I have to stop and act. Now that I'm learning the tap patterns, I can even understand what something is and know its there and not have to even think about it further.

Not only is all of that better aligned with social norms — my friends and family aren't staring at my phone anymore where my face is supposed to be; they're barely even noticing me glance at my watch — but it's better aligned with the life I want to live. And that's invaluable.

I was having lunch the other day and my iPhone kept buzzing in my pocket.

I wasn't alone, and the gentleman I was having lunch with was telling me a story involving Heineken and Goldfish crackers, so I didn't want to be rude and reach into my pocket and find out why. Because of my job and my settings, however, I know that if my iPhone buzzes, it's probably important. So then I had to decide what I was going to do — ignore the person in front of me or ignore the notification. Then, as I was deciding, his iPhone buzzed too. We looked at each other and laughed — he far louder than I — and both noted that if we had Apple Watches, we wouldn't have this problem.

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2 weeks ago

Google News & Weather now puts the latest headlines to your Apple Watch

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Google News & Weather now puts the latest headlines to your Apple Watch

Google has updated their News & Weather app for iPhone with support for the Apple Watch, bringing the latest headlines right to your wrist.

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Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women

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Apple Watch vs Android Wear: Why most smartwatches still suck for women

Hey, smartwatch manufacturers: Ladies want to wear these things, too.

I like my 38mm Apple Watch a lot. It fits well into my day-to-day activities, it helps keep me fit, and, oh hey — it fits my wrist.

When I first heard about Android Wear last year, I thought the folks behind the OS were doing a lot of things right. And I still do: the approach to notifications is smart, custom watch faces are neat, and Google Now — while creepy — works exceptionally well at providing smart information for your day.

There's only one problem: There's not a single Android Wear device designed to fit a small-wristed person.

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2 weeks ago

Elite: Dangerous takes flight for Mac to let you explore the galaxy

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Elite: Dangerous takes flight for Mac to let you explore the galaxy

Space simulation game Elite: Dangerous is now available for OS X, following a beta release in early April.

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Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

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Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have agreed to settle billing complaint charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission, which will include paying a combined total of $158 million. Most of that money will go towards customer refunds.

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2 weeks ago

Speck's CandyShell Fit offers colorful protection for your Apple Watch

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Speck's CandyShell Fit offers colorful protection for your Apple Watch

Speck's CandyShell Fit will wrap your Apple Watch in a colorful protective cover. The case will be available for purchase later in May.

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2 weeks ago

Best shock-resistant external hard drives for Mac

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Best shock-resistant external hard drives for Mac

If you're using an external hard drive for backup or supplemental storage and want to carry it around, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Especially if you're traveling outdoors or in rough environments, it may be worth it to invest in an external hard drive designed to tolerate abuse. Here are our picks for the best shock-resistant external hard drives you can get for your Mac!

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Apple's clean energy efforts praised in latest Greenpeace report

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Apple's clean energy efforts praised in latest Greenpeace report

Apple has topped Greenpeace's Clean Energy Index, thanks to the company's continuing efforts to use renewable energy to power their data centers and other parts of their business.

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Streaming revenue surpasses download revenue for Warner Music

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Streaming revenue surpasses download revenue for Warner Music

Music label Warner Music has seen revenue for streamed music surpass that of downloaded music for the first time. This shift comes just head of Apple's rumored music service, which is said to be a paid streaming service with very little free selection.

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How to open links in the background with Safari for iPhone and iPad

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How to open links in the background with Safari for iPhone and iPad

Opening Safari links in the background lets you open links without losing your place.

You're reading a lengthy article on Safari for iPhone or iPad and you've found a link that you want to check out later. If you tap it, you'll load it and navigate away from the current page, even if you aren't finished reading. To get around this, you can open a new tab by pressing and holding on the link. You can even set this as a default behavior in Safari's preferences to make it easy for next time. Here's how!

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2 weeks ago

LunaTik's Epik might be the rugged case your Apple Watch needs

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LunaTik's Epik might be the rugged case your Apple Watch needs

LunaTik has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Epik, a rugged aluminum case for the Apple Watch.

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