Simply drag and drop music, videos and photos onto your iPhone with Waltr 2 [Deals]

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Easily transfer all your media between all your Apple devices without wires, converters, and other headaches.
Easily move files among all your Apple devices without wires, converters or other headaches.
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When you want to move files among your Mac and iOS devices, you probably use iTunes. But Apple’s software isn’t always cooperative, especially if your files need converting. Luckily, there’s another option that skips all the fuss.

Apple removes InfoWars and Alex Jones podcasts

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Alex Jones is a prominent online conspiracy theorist.
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Apple has removed the entire back catalog for five of far-right conspiracy theory website InfoWars’ six podcasts on iTunes and its Podcasts app. One of these shows is the daily “War Room” show hosted by owner and radio host Alex Jones.

The podcasts were removed due to their breaking of Apple’s hate speech guidelines. It comes as part of a concerted effort by Silicon Valley to cut down on the spread of so-called “fake news” online.

Apple earnings: Can Cupertino’s latest surprise save the Street? [Live blog]

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Will Apple reach its own targets for Q2?
Apple's Q3 2018 earnings are expected to be the weakest of the year.
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Apple investigates fraudulent iTunes charges worth thousands of dollars

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Scam affected users in Singapore.
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Apple is investigating complaints from dozens of customers in Singapore, who claim to have had hundreds of dollars taken from their accounts, supposedly for iTunes payments.

Some of the victims lost up to $7,000. Others lost less than this, but nonetheless had their available balance “completely wiped out” by the fraudulent charges.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 to iTunes

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MacOS High Sierra is still being updated. In fact, there's a new version out now.
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Apple isn’t quite done with macOS High Sierra, even though most people’s attention is on the replacement, macOS Mojave. What’s likely the final update to the old version, macOS 10.13.6, is now available for download.

The main purpose of this release seems to be bug fixes, but the release notes do mention one new feature.

Microsoft may be building a ‘Movies & TV’ app for Android and iOS

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Microsoft hopes it will boost Microsoft Store downloads.
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Microsoft is developing a “Movies & TV” app for Android and iOS in an effort to boost downloads from the Microsoft Store, according to a new report.

Customers can enjoy content purchased from Microsoft only on Windows platforms for now. The company hopes that by supporting new platforms, it will encourage more people to use its store over competitors like iTunes.

Apple blocks iTunes payment changes on old versions of iOS, OS X

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You may need to upgrade your device if you can’t update your software.
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How to make automatic, local, Time-Machine-style backups of your iPhone

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Set and forget.
Set and forget.
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iCloud backups are just about the best thing ever. Not only is all your data safe if your iPhone is lost, or dies, but you can also use it to setup a new iPhone with minimal fuss. But iCloud is in the cloud, and local backups also have their uses. For instance, maybe you don’t like the idea of all your data on someone else’s computer? Or perhaps you just want double-protection in case you can’t access iCloud some time.

Or maybe you just have slow internet, or you’re on a long trip away and there’s no Wi-Fi, only data-capped cellular?

For the Mac there’s Time Machine, which automatically makes incremental backups. For iOS, you can use iMazing, a multi-purpose Mac app which can backup your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, and do it automatically, and wirelessly, so it should be as seamless as Time Machine or iCloud Backups. Let’s see it in action.

Today in Apple history: iTunes ditches movie trailer downloads

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Apple's iTunes movie trailers go dark as streaming supplants downloads.
iTunes movie trailers go dark.
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May 24: Today in Apple history: iTunes ditches movie trailer downloads May 24, 2013: Apple begins phasing out the option for users to download movie trailers from its once enormously popular trailers.apple.com website.

The move signifies a major change taking place in the way customers consume digital content. Downloads will continue to decline as streaming services like YouTube and Netflix pick up steam.

Apple now lets you download a copy of all the data it has on you

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Apple’s new Data and Privacy website has all the tools you need.
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