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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Satechi external batteries are like lightning in your pocket

The Satechi SX20 portable power station can charge up to four devices.

The Satechi SX20 portable power station can charge up to four devices.

If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve got enough juice to go.

The electronics accessory company Satechi has made it easier to stay charged on the go with three new portable energy stations for pretty much anything with a USB port.

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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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CSR2’s hyperrealistic super cars leave other iOS racing games in the dust

So real it hurts.

So real it hurts.

If you’ve ever wanted to own a garage full of incredible super cars from the likes of Ferrari and McLaren, then you’re in luck. Virtually, at least.

NaturalMotion’s CSR Racing 2, the sequel to 2012’s hit drag racing game CSR Racing (an iTunes App Store Essential game), is headed to iOS devices soon and wow is it a tour de force of graphical fidelity. The light in the game’s garage caresses every curve of these hot automobiles, shining back the deviotion the development team obviously put into each and every loving shot.

CSR2 lets players experience the thrill of attaining not just one, but a whole garage of the most desirable cars on the planet,” writes Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion, “and it feels as close as possible to the real thing. That’s because each car, down the stitching on the seats, is built without compromise to its real-world beauty, integrity and authenticity.”

Check out the gorgeous teaser trailer below.

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BlueStacks lets you run almost any Android app on your Mac

BlueStacks puts Android apps your Mac. Photo: Tensickers

BlueStacks puts Android apps your Mac. Photo: Tenstickers

Android apps and games are great on pocket-sized smartphones, but they’re even better on big screens — like the 24-inch monitor sitting on your desk. Don’t believe me? Check out the BlueStacks player, which lets you run almost any title built for Android on your Mac.

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App Camp for Girls raises $100K with two days left

Making tech careers for girls attainable.

Making tech careers for girls attainable.

Head to any technology conference and you’ll wonder where all the women are. We live in an age where women are routinely underrepresented at best, harassed and threatened at worst.

Technology classes in schools are just as bad, with less opportunity for girls to explore potential careers in high-tech fields.

To combat this, a group of women in Portland started App Camp for Girls in 2013, and they’ve now expanded to camps in Seattle and Vancouver.

“Apps are rapidly becoming an important part the world’s economy and culture,” writes the team on their website. “If women are left on the sidelines of this phenomenon, everyone suffers.”

They’ve also just raised their goal of $100,000 with two days left in their IndieGoGo campaign.

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The flawless backup solution: lifetime of wireless local storage, 1-yr of cloud backup from IDrive for 46% off

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Cloud storage is crazy convenient, but it has its drawbacks. You can find yourself shaking your fist at the sky if  your wireless connection drops out, not to mention the concerns offboard storage often raises about data privacy. Of course it beats having to lug around a brick in your bag, and avoids the risk of a power surge or accidental fall that suddenly turns all your critical data into nothing but a memory. Luckily we’ve found a deal that offers the best of both worlds by giving you both: the IDrive 1TB Wi-Fi Drive and 1TB Cloud Backup Bundle.

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Steve Jobs gets dramatic in first full-length trailer

"If you send me back the iPhone prototype, that'll be the end of it. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

“If you send me back the iPhone prototype, that’ll be the end of it. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

Six weeks after we saw our first teaser trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Universal has released the first full-length trailer for the movie, showing Michael Fassbender as Apple’s co-founder and former CEO. And boy is it dramatic!

Check it out below.

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Upcoming iPhone 6c could have fancy metal design

An iPhone 6c concept.

An iPhone 6c concept.

It will be two years this September since Apple introduced its last iPhone “c” model, but if you believe a new report coming out of Asia, Apple’s planning on reintroducing its lower-cost colorful iPhone line early next year — with the launch of a brand new iPhone 6c.

But learning from lessons of the past, this one will be a little bit different.

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How to listen to Beats 1 on Android and iOS 6 devices right now

Beats 1 is already available on Android... kind of. Photo: Apple

Beats 1 is already available on Android… kind of. Photo: Apple

Apple Music isn’t available on Android yet — though it is coming — but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Beats 1 radio. Thanks to a new web app, you can tune into the 24/7 worldwide broadcast on Android and other unsupported devices right away.

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