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iCloud Music Library adds DRM without buying you dinner first


iCloud Music Library is almost identical to iTunes Match with one glaring issue.

Well iCloud Music Library is pissing people off already. The new service almost identical to iTunes Match has a DRM problem. Turned on, iCloud Music Library is taking the music you rightfully own and place in your iTunes library and automatically adding DRM protection to it. In essence, it’s placing a lock on music that’s already yours.

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Apple hit with slowdowns in iCloud Backup, iMessage, Photos, and more

There's some slowing down happening here.

There’s some slowing down happening here.

According to Apple’s own Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud status page, several important services are experiencing slow downs and possible outages.

iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, iMessage, and Photos are all showing yellow, as are Mail Drop, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud beta.

If you’re experiencing issues in these areas, it’s not you; it’s Apple.

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Did iCloud Music Library break your collection? Here’s a fix

Maybe wait until you try this on your own Mac.

Maybe wait until you try this on your own Mac.

Several iTunes users have taken to the Apple Discussion forums to complain about iCloud Music Library — part of the iTunes 12.2 update — has destroyed their music libraries.

Discussions user Tuff Ghost explains that everything was fine with his 13,000 song iTunes library, until he installed iTunes 12.2 on his Mac and allowed it to enable iCloud Music Library.

“All of the (sic) sudden it starts overwriting my album art with completely wrong art (example: Weezer showed art for a Radiohead album) on both my iMac AND my iPhone, screwing up metadata by putting random songs in albums where they didn’t belong (there was a Cursive album where the first track was listed as a Foo Fighters song).”

When he clicked to listen to a song, it would play a completely different one, like the metadata for the files was completely incorrect.

If this is happening to you, another Discussions user may have found a solution.

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iOS and OS X bug lets attackers steal passwords from iCloud Keychain


Researchers cracked iCloud Keychain and bypassed App Store approval processes.

A group of six university researchers claim to have successfully bypassed Apple’s tight App Store approval processes to publish Mac and iOS malware apps. According to the report, the team presented the zero-day vulnerability to Apple back in October 2014 and were told to keep quiet about it for at least six months.

Luyi Xing, a security researcher who helped expose the zero day vulnerability, still has yet to hear back from Apple on a possible fix.

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Google vs. iCloud: Which wins the pick for your pics?


Picture this! Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

One of the best things to come out of Google’s I/O keynote on Thursday was Google Photos, a brand new service for storing, sharing, and organizing your images and videos.

It’s totally free — no matter howFriday-Night-Fights-bug-2 many items you upload — but is it better than the competition?

In this week’s Friday Night Fight with Cult of Android versus Cult of Mac, we pit it against Apple’s iCloud Photo Library service to find out which is the best pick for your pics.

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Apple website confirms iCloud services experiencing problems

Apple cloud

It’s a cloudy day for many Apple services.

If you’re having problems with Apple’s iCloud services, don’t worry — you’re not alone!

On its status page, Apple is currently showing yellow alerts for Back to My Mac, Find My iPhone, iCloud Account & Sign-In, iCloud Backup, Drive, Keychain, Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork, and Photos — meaning that services are either running slowly or are down. While not all users are experiences these problems, Apple acknowledges that many are.

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Apple acquires big data company to help improve iCloud

What is happening with iCloud within Apple? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple is trying to improve its iCloud services. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Rightly or wrongly, iCloud is one of Apple’s most regularly criticized products (speaking personally, I’ve never had any major problems with it, but I use Google’s rival service far more.) It seems that Apple is more than aware of the negative feedback, however, because it’s in the process of improving the back-end infrastructure needed to support its cloud-based services.

Firstly, the company bought FoundationDB, a Virginia-based startup, which specializes in handling large chunks of data very quickly. Now a separate report claims that Apple acquired U.K.-based big data analytics firm Acunu sometime in late 2013, with the likely effort of using its database technology for providing analytics related to iCloud services.

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Apple launches web-only iCloud apps for everyone

iCloud apps are now open to everyone. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iCloud web-apps are now open to everyone. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

You no longer need a Mac or iOS device to access Apple’s web-only version of iCloud apps.

Apple announced that starting today, anyone — even PC-users — can access its suite of iCloud web-based productivity apps, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for free.

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iWork for all! Apple opens up iCloud website to everyone

iWork for everyone! Photo: Cult of Mac

iWork for everyone! Photo: Cult of Mac

If you’ve been interested in trying out Apple’s iWork suite of productivity apps for yourself, but don’t have an Apple device to try them on, you’re in luck: Anyone can now create an Apple ID and sign into the iCloud Beta website to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free.

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Patent troll threatens Apple with legal action over iCloud violation

The lesser-spotted patent troll. Photo: Andrew Becraft/Flickr CC

The lesser-spotted patent troll. Photo: Andrew Becraft/Flickr CC

Imagine a lifetime job with Apple, that doesn’t require you going into the office every day, from which you can never be fired, but which still gives you a sizeable guaranteed paycheck at the end of each month.

If that sounds like a dream come true, apparently you share the same utopian vision as a little company called Hall Data Sync Technologies: a non-practicing patent troll company which just filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple.

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