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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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Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple updates iTunes, Apple TV; adds media extras

Apple has updated iTunes today, bringing the software to version 11.3. The goal this time is to get you consuming more media. How do we know that? The extensive list of tweaks to media playback, and a synchronized update to Apple TV.

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Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

There’s an app out there this Summer called "Yo." This app has been released to the iTunes App store, originally getting rejected by Apple because of its super-simplicity - they thought it wasn’t finished, or that it was a joke based on its April 1st submission date. Now that the app is out and gaining steam - 50,000 users strong in just a few months - it’s also earning investment dollars.

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Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Qplay 2.0 acts as personalized iPad Chromecast home base

Supposing you’ve got a Chromecast and you’ve never heard of Qplay before, you’re in for a treat. This week the folks at Qplay - previously working with their own Chromecast-like hardware - have updated their app to work with Chromecast natively. Coming from the people that created TiVo, this app allows you to collect all of your favorite networks for video, photos, and music, in one place for casting to Chromecast.

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Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.

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