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iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

As Apple Music, Apple's new streaming audio service, is about to debut tomorrow with the launch of iOS 8.4, Senior VP Eddy Cue has answered a few question on Twitter about existing features will integrate with Music, namely iTunes Match. In its existing form, iTunes Match lets users upload up to 25,000 of their own songs that aren't available in the company's library to the cloud for streaming at any time. Cue has confirmed that this feature will continue to exist in Apple Music, and upon iOS 9's release this fall, the limit will be raised to 100,000 songs.

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Apple starts production of Force Touch enabled iPhones

Apple starts production of Force Touch enabled iPhones

It seems that Apple has decided to start the production of its expected new smartphones early. Insider sources have revealed that the company has just gotten the ball rolling in making the next iPhones and have also revealed the one major feature that will set it apart from its predecessors. Confirming earlier rumors, these iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, as they are believed to be called, will feature Apple's fancy new Force Touch feature, bringing pressure sensitivity to a larger screen and to a larger scale of devices.

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Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

In less than 48 hours, the world, or at least the Apple world, will finally be treated to the company's biggest music push since the iPod and iTunes. Taking to his personal blog, Apple Music senior director and Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers announced that, yes, on Tuesday morning, 30th of June, Apple Music will formally launch as part of an iOS update. This will also mark the maiden broadcast of Beats 1, Apple's ambitious 24/7 worldwide radio station. And yes, Taylor Swift will also be on board. For now.

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Apple says oops, starts returning games with confederate flag

Apple says oops, starts returning games with confederate flag

Apple upset many when it began pulling games from the App Store that included depictions of confederate flags, a move that appeared to be an overreaction to the current movement by businesses and state governments to nix the flag. Apps were removed that included the flag for educational or historical reasons, such as historical games that included confederate flags as a necessary part of being accurate. Fortunately this nonsense was short lived, and Apple has reversed some of its bans.

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UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

The PRIDE Study app has been launched by the University of California, San Francisco to begin early research for their ambition project on LGBTQ health issues. The PRIDE Study app works with ResearchKit to provide LGBTQ users to contribute to the study before it begins. There, users will be able to answer questions to help the researchers do their job, aiming in the end "to better understand the health of the underserved LGBTQ community." This app has been in the works for weeks and launches for the first time this week.

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Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Apple Watch launches in seven new countries

Today the Apple Watch launches in seven new countries around the world. These countries include South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Mexico, and Singapore. Starting today, Apple Stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers will be able to sell the Apple Watch in these countries. This update is in addition to the countries already able to sell the Apple Watch including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the USA. This includes in-store availability as well as online sales.

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Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

This morning the United States Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage would be legalized across the USA. According to the official decision document, "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." In response, just about every tech company and brand associate have taken the opportunity to celebrate the decision with rainbow flags, jumps for joy, and everything in-between. Companies like Google, Motorola, and Twitter as well as high-profile leaders in tech like Apple's Tim Cook are amongst those joining in on the revels.

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AppleCare+ updated to cover devices with less than 80% original battery capacity

AppleCare+ updated to cover devices with less than 80% original battery capacity

Apple has made a small but important change to the terms of it AppleCare+ Protection Plan for its various devices. Now more users who experience a decrease in battery capacity within their warranty period will be able to have their repairs covered. The updated terms now applies to batteries that have less than 80% of the capacity they shipped with. This covers devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models.

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Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Reserve Strap for Apple Watch ships 3rd November

Apple Watch accessories, particularly chargers, aren't that varied. Apple has somewhat constrained the design of chargers to its own specific design. One startup, however, has dared to go against the flow and do something rather differently, and now it's close to seeing its completion. Reserve Strap has hunkered down on the final design of its strap-cum-charger for the Apple Watch. And with that part finally crossed out, it can say somewhat with finality when pre-orders will finally start shipping, which is scheduled for November 3.

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Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Following tragic recent events, stores across the nation have rapidly moved to pull Confederate flags and products featuring them from their shelves, and it seems Apple can be included among them. Yesterday it was noticed that games featuring the flag were pulled from the App Store, leaving behind only apps have an educational slant, and soon after things changed again and it seems any app containing the Confederate flag is being pulled regardless of its context.

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