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Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Bono says sorry about that automatic iTunes album

Last month Apple surprised its users with U2's newest album for free, something that resulted in a huge number of downloads...not all of them intentional. Some users expressed frustration with the automatic downloads and the inability to reverse them, which eventually prompted Apple to release instructions on how to nuke the album. Fast-forward a bit and Bono has addressed the mini snafu in response to a fan's question, saying that he is sorry for the forced download and explaining what went awry with their "beautiful idea".

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New iTunes rolling out, looks just like OS X Yosemite

New iTunes rolling out, looks just like OS X Yosemite

If you’re currently running iTunes 12 on your desktop, open it up right now. See anything different? It might be everything! Apple has started rolling a new-look iTunes out to those running iTunes 12, with an aesthetic change that mimics OS X and new functionality. Visually, iTunes is flatter, with the top carousel getting away from the “pop-out” look. Much like OS X Yosemite, the desktop iTunes looks to offer a bit more of a mobile look and feel.

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iOS 8.0.1 broken? Here’s how to go back to iOS 8

iOS 8.0.1 broken? Here’s how to go back to iOS 8

Did you download the iOS 8.0.1 update, only to find yourself without connectivity. Apple has since pulled the update to investigate what went wrong, but if you were one of the unlucky ones, there’s a quick-fix for you. All you need is a lightning cable and a computer.

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No, U2, your Apple album release wasn’t “punk rock”

No, U2, your Apple album release wasn’t “punk rock”

In an interview set to be published in full in Time Magazine on the 29th of this month, Bono and U2 have spoken up on the "punk rock" nature of their deal with Apple. He suggests that Apple’s relationship with U2 is like "the Medicis’ patronage of Michelangelo." The full interview also includes the rest of the band: The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.

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Apple spent over $100 million on your new U2 album

Apple spent over $100 million on your new U2 album

On stage at Apple’s event earlier this week, Bono and Tim Cook shared a moment — or got stuck in a moment, maybe. With their magical finger-touch, 500 million iTunes users got the new U2 album for free. At the same time Apple pushed the album, they may have also transferred a massive lump of cash U2’s way.

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Apple gifts U2’s new album to all iTunes users

Apple gifts U2’s new album to all iTunes users

Do you like U2? Have iTunes? Guess what, you now have U2’s new album! Tim Cook pressed a “magic Apple send button”, and now we all have the new U2 album! Huzzah!

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Apple may be working on rewards system for mobile payments

Apple may be working on rewards system for mobile payments

Here’s something different: it seems Apple is working on a real motivating factor to have merchants sign on for their mobile payment platform. It’s believed Apple is working on a rewards program for users who use their payment processing system, which could utilize NFC.

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Swing Copters app store downloads live for iOS and Android

Swing Copters app store downloads live for iOS and Android

Tonight the original creator of Flappy Bird has released his next game, the vertically-situated Swing Copters. This game takes the spirit of Flappy Bird and turns it on its side, literally.

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Hanx Writer is the iPad app every modern hipster needs

Hanx Writer is the iPad app every modern hipster needs

If going 100% old-school and getting a typewriter sounds cool, that’s because it’s a neat idea. If actually typing on an old typewriter and having to deal with things like ink and paper sound terrible, that’s because they are. A new app from an unlikely source bridges that gap nicely, though.

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iTunes Pass available in US, UK without good reason to use it

iTunes Pass available in US, UK without good reason to use it

Apple has made iTunes Pass available to a wider audience. The service, previously only available in Japan, has come to the US, Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. The US and Australia are the only countries officially listed, but users are reporting they’re available in other territories as well.

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iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

iTunes Pass lets you skip the card, go straight to the credit

Technology has alleviated our need for many physical products, like DVDs or CDs. Apple may be trying to do away with more plastic, as a recently launched service in Japan allows users to get iTunes Store credit without even snatching a gift card. Called iTunes Pass, the program uses a familiar app to hold onto the credit.

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Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

Child trafficking and lawsuits; our troubled in-app purchase system

In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.

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