Apple TV 4K is almost picture-perfect [Review]

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An Apple TV under the tree is sure to bring a smile.
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Apple TV has finally caught up with the 4K revolution.

It may be late to the game, but Apple’s newest set-top box pulls out all the stops to be the best on the field. It’s packing incredibly powerful new hardware that leaves competitors in the dust, and a much-improved tvOS platform that is years ahead of its rivals.

It may seem pricey starting at $179, but with amazingly sharp videos and great apps and games all rolled into one, Apple TV 4K is well worth the upgrade.

Watch our Apple TV video review:

Today in Apple history: Apple battles Eminem in court

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Will the real rights holder please stand up!
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September 24 Today in Apple history September 24, 2009: Apple lawyers head to court to defend itself against rapper Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple unlawfully sold 93 of Eminem’s songs on the iTunes Music Store. This is the second time Apple finds itself on the opposite side of a courtroom from Eminem. A previous lawsuit involved improper use of Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself” in an iTunes ad.

How to get your iPhone and iPad ready for iOS 11

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Get your iPhone or iPad ready for the new iOS 11 update.
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iOS 11 is available on Tuesday September 19th, and if your device is compatible, you can go ahead and update, by just tapping the button in Settings>General>Software Update. If all goes well (and it should), then you will wait for a while as the update downloads and installs, then your iPhone or iPad will restart into the new version of iOS, with all the cool goodies it brings.

But things sometimes can go wrong, so it pays to take a few precautions. You might also like to take the opportunity to clean up your device a little. Here’s how to prepare your iDevice for iOS 11.

How to find your custom ringtones after iTunes dumped them

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The latest version of iTunes — 12.7 — removes the App Store. That’s bad news for folks who like to keep backups of old iOS apps around, but good news for people who have bloat and clutter. But the update also removes all your custom ringtones, so you can’t manage them from your Mac.

Don’t despair. You can still download purchased ringtones, and copy your own tones across from the Mac. It’s just not obvious how to do it any more.

You can no longer browse the App Store inside iTunes

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The App Store is back in iTunes 12.6.3.
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Apple donates $5 million to hurricane relief effort

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Satellite image of Hurricane Irma.
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We could get brand new movies on-demand in under a year

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It might not be too long before you can get brand new movies on services like iTunes.
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According to the studio head of 20th Century Fox, a deal allowing customers to watch movies in their own home just weeks after they’ve debuted in theaters is likely to be finalized in the next 6-12 months — with prices set at “less than $50.”

Up until now, media companies like Apple have been pushing for some kind of premium on-demand deal, but negotiations have been slow due to studios dragging their feet. However, at this week’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch media conference in Los Angeles, Fox studio boss Stacey Snider says that finally talks, “have started to coalesce around a concept.”

Today in Apple history: iTunes Store hits 10 million music downloads

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Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" becomes the 10 millionth iTunes song download.
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August 8 Today in Apple history September 8, 2003: Apple reveals that it has sold its 10 millionth iTunes song download. The tune in question? Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.”

Come to think of it, “You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get and you turn it into [success]” describes Apple pretty well in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Apple signs cut-rate streaming deal with Warner Music Group

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Apple will pay less for some of the hottest tracks.
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Apple has reportedly signed its first major music streaming deal since launching Apple Music in 2015.

Sources “familiar with the matter” say it has signed a new, cut-rate agreement with Warner Music Group, and is on the verge of reaching a similar deal with Sony Music Entertainment.