Les actus IPHONE, les app gratuites et les bons plans, c’est avec notre application i-nfo.fr gratuite Promos flash Câble Lightning de 90 cm en nylon tressé, MFI (+ cable micro USB) à 9,99 euros au lieu de 14,99 Mini Enceinte Stéréo Bluetooth Portable étanche 5W à 15,45 euros au lieu de 20,5 A noter IPHONE 6s : grand déballage de pièces détachées Pour ses stylets, IPAD envisage la simulation de texture La nouvelle Apple TV : pour Septembre, avec App Store et télécommande tactile Dossier apps IPHONE : 11 applis gratuites pour trouver et choisir le bon restaurant avec son IPHONE Test du support auto pour IPHONE Smart EX de Oso, avec code promo 16 clés, lecteurs, disques durs, et mémoires flash Wifi pour ajouter de la mémoire à l’IPHONE/IPAD … (Maj le 10/05/2015) Apps découverte Tagawine : l’app des amateurs de vin, permet d’en savoir plus sur une bouteille et les accords mets/vins grâce à la reconnaissance photo des étiquettes ! gratuit ici Tagawine est gratuit ici Audioguide touristique izi.TRAVEL : idéal pour les vacances, des audio-guides gratuits avec étapes pour les musées, attractions touristiques et monuments autour de vous, gratuit ici Baisses de prix temporaires applis IPHONE et iPod touch LEGO Le Seigneur des Anneaux : 4,99 -> 0,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 : 4,99 -> 0,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 : 4,99 -> 0,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD iReveil5 : 5,99 -> 1,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD Voici les applications et jeux passés en gratuit récemment et pour une durée limitée . Pensez à vérifier la gratuité lors du téléchargement ! Les applications IPHONE et iPod Touch gratuites temporairement : toDo+ : joli gestionnaire de tâche à emmener partout et même dans le centre de notifications iPlaniShare : une appli polyvalente pour noter, s’organiser et plus encore, pour IPHONE et IPAD Talk To the World : un recueil de petites phrases pour ceux qui voyagent et ne parlent pas la langue BestSketch : transformez n’importe quelle image en un dessin au crayon iMixPlayer HD : lecteur video et musique qui supporte un grand nombre de formats, pour IPHONE et IPAD Sponsor app Hotels.com : pour les congés et déplacements, un accès rapide à 150 000 hôtels et locations disponibles avec spécificités, photos, avis et plans. Des bons plans de dernière minute sont également proposés. Avec extension Apple Watch. L’application Hotels.com est gratuite ici sur l’App Store Jeux IPHONE et iPod touch gratuits temporairement : Agent Awesome : accompagnez l’agent a dans ses missions les plus folles, pour IPHONE et IPAD Hack RUN : simple mais particulièrement prenant, ce jeu vous met dans la peau d’un hacker de renommée mondiale, pour IPHONE et IPAD Buff Knight : un drole de jeu à mi-chemin entre RPG et runner très bien noté aux US – 5 étoiles sur l’App Store us, pour IPHONE et IPAD BLiP : amusez vous avec le petit carré dans les nombreux niveaux de ce jeu de puzzle, pour IPHONE et IPAD App découverte Storm Age : tout nouveau, une superbe réalisation 3D pour un jeu d’exploration et de combats, en Français, gratuit ici Storm Age IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici Mots entre Amis (Words With Friends) : affrontez les joueurs à coup de mots bien choisis et gagnez vos parties dans ce superbe scrabble amélioré noté 4,5 étoiles, gratuit ici Mots entre Amis (Words With Friends) IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici Heroes & Warlords : dans un univers qui rappelle WoW, jeu d’Action-RPG multi-joueurs dynamique, en Français, noté 4,5 étoiles , gratuit ici Heroes & Warlords IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici Et toujours : Stickman Tennis 2015 : petit jeu de tennis tout simple à essayer d’urgence, pour IPHONE et IPAD Worms 3 : Retrouvez les vers de terre les plus fous dans un grand classique à ne surtout pas manquer, pour IPHONE et IPAD Mais aussi : Rune Gems – Deluxe Victory March Jet Dudes Traffic Master Et pour l’IPAD : Ce sera plus tard sur notre site IPAD VIPAD.fr ici Vous avez manqué un de nos billets quotidiens ? Certaines applis sont peut-être encore proposées gratuitement : Retrouvez tous nos billets des gratuits et promos du soir ici sur iPhon.fr Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Suivez nous sur Twitter Devenez fan sur Facebook Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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Dammit, Jim: I’m a guitarist, not a drummer. Luckily, I have a few Logic automatons to fill in for me. Aside from my guitar, the tool I spend the most time with while writing a Song A Day is Logic, Apple’s pro-level digital audio workstation. I switched to Logic from Reason—there’s a joke here, but honestly I just can’t find it—about a year and a half ago, in part because of Jim Dalrymple and his explanation of a music option called Drummer. Drummer is the kind of feature that I hate to love. I use it ALL THE TIME, but it just feels too… easy. Nothing this easy should sound this good. It’s like cheating. It’s not going to replace a flesh and blood human, but for demos and for making something quickly (like, say, in a day), it’s amazing. See that little matrix? All you need is four variables: Simple/Complex, Loud/Soft. Pretty self-explanatory. To the right of that, you can choose (broadly) which percussion instruments you want the Drummer to play, and adjust sliders for variations on the beats. Click on \ »details,\ » and you can fine tune just about everything in the instruments’ sound. As a result, you get an amazingly powerful and versitile tool for creating great-sounding drums. With some tweaking, I’ve fooled recording engineer friends into thinking that this collection of midi-triggered samples is the real deal. It’s kind of nuts. But I’m not here today to talk about what I hate to love about Drummer. I’m here to tell you what I love to hate.  And OH do I love to hate it. Drummer comes with a collection of 28 \ »Drummers\ », split into categories, each with their own distinct style of playing. Each \ »Drummer\ » is also accopanied by a description of what they and their drum kit sound like.  THESE DESCRIPTIONS ARE AMAZING.  WHOEVER WROTE THEM DESERVES A RAISE. So, without further adieu, I present my top five and bottom five Logic Drummers—based both on how much I employ their services and also the ridiculousness of their descriptions. The bottom five #5: Graham the Hipster Look at this hipster. Just LOOK at him. He’s \ »experimental\ » AND \ »viruosic\ ». Well excuuuuuuse me Mr. Graham! Take your processed sounding kit and go home. I run a tight 3 chord ship around here. No bending of genres allowed. Your kind is not welcome. #4: Anders the Hair Metal shredder Oh, grind me some of those massive beats, Anders. MMMMMMHMMMM. I just love the way your massive kit grinds out all those beats. Hot damn! #3: Gavin and his \ »street cred\ » Don’t worry Gavin, I am thrilled that you went to music school. That makes one of us, at least. NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE can doubt your street cred as long as you keep that handlebar-mustache-soul-patch-with-aviator-glasses thing you’ve got going on. Your cred is secure, man, your cred is secure. #2: Ian the disappointment Ian, you just disappoint me. I’m always trying to get you grooving your intricate beats all over my songs but it just never works. Maybe they’re just a little too grooving and a little too intricate. Maybe I need to be on drugs to apprecaite your playing. Whatever the case, I always feel like it’s somehow my fault when it doesn’t work out. Which is just ridiculous.  #1: Kyle the Bland Kyle. Kyle Kyle Kyle. You are the default drummer in Logic and you really, truely live up to that title. Bland. Unassuming. Comfortable with most genres — of course you are. You’re straightforward, you’re versatile — which is just another way of saying that no one will ever be offended by you. You’re boring. Sorry, dude. Someone had to say it.  The top five #5: Boom Bap Maurice In a recent update to Logic, Apple added a few new drummer categories. One of them was rap, and Maurice is my favorite drummer from that category. I’m not sure I totally 100% know what \ »boom bap\ » means, (Boom! Bap! Batman!!!) but I’ve been using Maurice’s beats a lot lately. You’re super solid, Maurice.  #4: Maya (my Drummer crush) When I was scrolling through the new drummers in that update, one of the first to catch my eye was Maya. It was the \ »flashback to the ’80s\ » that really made me stop, and her beats definitely live up to that description. It’s a nostalgic thing for me. Maybe Maya and I have that in common. Mabye I’ve created a whole personality for Maya in my head. Maybe I have a little crush on Maya and her reverb-soaked beats. Maybe I’m taking this a little too far. Maybe. #3: Nikki and her On the Floor beats There’s a term in pop music, made popular (I believe) in the disco era called \ »Four on the floor\ ». This just means the kick drum plays every quarter-note beat of a measure. Think of any disco beat and you’ll hear it: \ »Boom boom boom boom\ ». That’s the kind of beat Nikki plays, and I like it. #2: No-Nonsense Zak Leave your nonsense at the door! No nonsense allowed! These adjectives, though? They make a TON of sense. Zak’s beats? They’re driving. His kit? It’s raw. What about his style? It’s EXPLOSIVE. I wouldn’t necessarily think it, but put all those stuff together, and the scruffy kid in the baseball cap kicks out some really useful beats. Way to go Zak! #1: Darcy the Best The funny thing about this description of Darcy is that phrases like \ »tasteful\ » and \ »restrained\ » (two qualities that can be, ahem, kinda hard to find in a drummer) are the EXACT PHRASES I would use to describe my ideal drummer. True to her word, Darcy is the drummer I use the most. I can always count on you, Darcy!  Furthering the drumming revolution Because Logic Pro X has become such a huge part of my daily music creation, I look forward to the announcement of updates with an excitement that previously was reserved for the newest version of the IPHONE. And with that excitement comes hope that Apple will keep expanding their list of drummers. Both Reggae and country—two genres of music that have super specific drumming styles—are difficult to approximate with the current lineup of virtual virtuosos. As far as drum kits go, I’d love to see a kit focused on \ »junk\ » (some of my favorite percussion sounds are from things that aren’t \ »drums\ » at all, but bits like bottles and cans and hubcaps) and chiptunes. There is a kit in Logic called \ »8-bit,\ » but it’s just a processed version of non-8-bit samples. It’d be cool if they made one with real 8-bit sounds. I’d also love the ability to bring two AI drummers into the same session, if nothing else than to imagine the virtual disappointment on any of my top five’s faces when I make them play with Kyle. Oh, Kyle.

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Incipio DualPro Cases for iPhone 6 are only $17.95 today

Posted by phil under The IPhone Blog on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

Start protecting your IPHONE 6 from harsh impacts with this dual-layer hard case from Incipio. The smooth exterior enhances grip while the shock absorbing TPU core provides a safe buffer between your device and the ground.

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If you are having trouble syncing your IPHONE, iPod, or IPAD after the Windows 10 update, don’t worry. With just a few clicks you will be back up and running, and able to sync your device with your computer again. It appears as though the Windows 10 update is marking the iTunes folder as Read Only, meaning that your computer won’t allow it to sync with the device you have plugged in. So, how do you fix this -54 error? Simple. Open Windows Explorer Head to the Music folder Right click on your iTunes folder Go to Properties Uncheck the Read Only option under Atrributes You will notice another pop up window as it applies the changes to all the sub-folders. If the problem still persists, verify that you have full control over the iTunes folder. To do this, right click the folder again, go to properties, then security, and finally click edit and then full control and apply. Once this is done, you should be able to head back into iTunes and sync your device again without an issue. Thanks for the tip, Darran!

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Android : faille de sécurité et absence de mises à jour inquiètent

Posted by phil under IPhon on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

Un seul message reçu, sans même l’avoir ouvert … Et le smartphone est infecté par un malware, un pirate peut en prendre le contrôle et récupérer les données. Voici « Stagefright », la dernière vulnérabilité en date qui concernerait la quasi totalité des smartphones et tablettes sous Android actuellement en circulation. Ce n’est pas forcément un problème si l’origine peut être corrigée rapidement et efficacement. D’ailleurs, Google a d’ores et déjà publié le correctif et l’a transmis aux fabricants. Mais il y a un « Mais », un gros ! C’est ce qui fait la différence entre iOS et Android. On ne s’en rend pas compte au quotidien, mais l’arrivée de Stagefright est une excellente occasion de mesurer un confort apporté par iOS. Ainsi, alors que la vulnérabilité a été détectée, communiquée et que le correctif est connu, aucun des smartphones sous Android n’a encore reçu la mise à jour nécessaire. Même les Nexus, pourtant les plus purs des smartphones Android, n’ont pas été patchés. Pire, des millions de machines ne verront jamais arriver la mise à jour car celle-ci doit passer par chaque opérateur qui va décider, ou pas, d’investir dans les tests et la diffusion d’un patch. Sans parler des machines qui ne sont plus supportées. Le même souci chez Apple est traité différemment, une mise à jour iOS serait publiée au moins pour toutes les machines encore supportées (actuellement IPHONE 4s de 2011 et plus récents) et rapidement une grande partie des utilisateurs serait protégés. iOS 8 est par exemple installé sur plus de 80 % des machines utilisées. C’est ainsi que vous pourrez lire (en Anglais), un article de Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, spécialiste de la sécurité, mais aussi fervent supporter d’Android et de longue date réfractaire à Apple, iOS et à l’IPHONE. A cause de ce problème, il va a contrecœur quitter son monde Android dans lequel il baigne depuis des années pour passer chez Apple, lui qui avait pourtant juré ne jamais acheter d’IPHONE. Un post intéressant qui permet de mesurer et rappeler le confort apporté par la centralisation et l’indépendance d’Apple vis à vis des opérateurs. Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Suivez nous sur Twitter Devenez fan sur Facebook Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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L’IPHONE 6s devrait être une version améliorée de l’IPHONE 6, esthétiquement très comparable. Même à l’intérieur, les composants évoluent peu comme on a pu le voir ce matin. Mais néanmoins, des nouveautés sont bien prévues par Apple. Parmi celles-ci, il devrait y avoir des emprunts à l’Apple Watch. Il s’agit notamment de l’apparition d’un écran tactile sensible à la pression exercée par le doigt : le "Force Touch". La production de cet écran a démarré en Juin dernier selon Bloomberg et pourrait constituer le principal écueil technique cette année pour la production de masse du nouvel IPHONE. Le site Digitimes, fort de ses contacts asiatiques, confirme que la production a débuté par petits lots en Juin dernier mais qu’elle est montée fortement en puissance durant le mois de Juillet. C’est le fabricant d’écrans Force Touch "TPK" qui l’a indiqué, sans pour autant nommer son client. Mais comme il n’y a qu’Apple qui utilise cette technologie d’écrans à priori pour le moment, cela ne laisse pas vraiment de doute sur la destination de la production. Le chiffre d’affaire de TPK devrait du coup augmenter de 50 % au troisième trimestre. A terme, ce sont entre 36 et 40 millions d’écrans (et donc d’IPHONE) qui devraient être assemblés jusqu’à fin Septembre, pour le lancement. Puis 50 millions pour le dernier trimestre de l’année. C’est beaucoup plus que ce qui avait été fabriqué l’an dernier. Au total, les sources du site estiment qu’Apple devrait avoir fabriqué en 2015 pas moins de 230 millions de machines au total ! Ces nouvelles semblent indiquer que la production ne rencontre pas de problème majeur et que l’IPHONE 6s, attendu pour Septembre, devrait être au rendez-vous, peut-être même en quantité suffisante ? Une première si c’est le cas ! Retrouvez les précédentes rumeurs et fuites concernant l’IPHONE 6s ici Source Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Suivez nous sur Twitter Devenez fan sur Facebook Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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4G : Orange et SFR vont pouvoir recycler leurs fréquences Edge

Posted by phil under IPhon on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

On le sait, nos chers opérateurs téléphoniques sont constamment à la recherche de nouveaux moyens pour améliorer la couverture de leur réseau et la récente décision de l’Arcep devrait grandement les satisfaire. En effet, on apprend aujourd’hui que les trois opérateurs historiques auront le droit, dès la fin du mois de mai 2016, de déployer la 4G sur d’anciennes fréquences autrefois utilisées pour la 2G. Cette décision n’est pas sans conséquence notamment pour Free qui récupère une partie de ces fréquences : Pour pouvoir utiliser la fréquence 1800 Mhz pour la 4G, les opérateurs français ont besoin d’une modification de leurs autorisations. C’est ce que vient de leur accorder l’Arcep, à compter du 26 mai 2016. Cette date d’échéance n’est pas nouvelle et avait déjà été évoquée dans un document datant de mars 2013 et qui fixait les modalités de transitions. Il y était indiqué qu’en échange de cette modification d’autorisation, les 3 opérateurs historiques devaient céder une partie de leurs fréquence à un quatrième, en l’occurrence Free. Si la transition était déjà prévue pour Mai 2016, les opérateurs pouvaient faire la demande à l’Arcep pour accélérer la transition. C’est ce qu’a fait Bouygues et c’est notamment grâce à cela que son réseau est le seul à être compatible avec l’IPHONE 5. Bouygues avait alors, comme il se doit, cédé une petite partie de ses fréquences à Free. Voici donc comment s’organiseront les choses au mois de Mai prochain : Grâce à cela, la couverture 4G devrait être meilleure quelque soit l’opérateur. Voilà qui devrait plaire également aux clients que nous sommes. source Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Suivez nous sur Twitter Devenez fan sur Facebook Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !

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How to make Apple Music’s Connect not suck

Posted by phil under IPAD, The IPhone Blog on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

Can’t figure out how to use Connect? Don’t panic: We’re here to help. In theory, Apple Music’s Connect is a wonderful part of the service: It lets you view and hear new images, videos, songs, playlists, interviews, and blogs from your favorite musicians, DJs, and Apple Music curators. \ »But…\ » I’ve had some people say. \ »I’m not following anyone I want to. How do I follow Imogen Heap? How do I hear the St Vincent’s show form Beats 1 everyone’s talking about?\ » Good news: Apple may not have made it obvious, but following people on Connect (and unfollowing them) is easy: All you have to do is search for the artist, DJ, or show you want to listen to. How to find artists and Beats 1 DJs on Connect On your IPHONE or IPAD Open the Music app. Tap the Search icon in the upper right corner and type in the artist, DJ, or show you’re looking for. Scroll to Curators/Artists and select the person or show in question. Tap the Follow button to start following them on Connect. On your Mac Open iTunes and click the New tab. Click on the Search bar in the upper right corner and type in the artist, DJ, or show you’re looking for. Scroll to Curators/Artists and select the person or show in question. Tap the Follow button to start following them on Connect. How to view your Connect stream In iTunes on your Mac or the Music app on your IPHONE, click or tap the Connect tab. This tab displays recent posts from all the artists, curators, DJs, and shows you’re following, from newest to oldest. How to view a specific artist, curator, DJ, or show on Connect If you want to see a specific artist’s page, all you need to do is tap on their name from your Connect stream, or search for them by name. Once you’ve found the page you want, you have a few options for interacting with the page. You can: – choose to follow or unfollow the artist, curator, DJ, or show – share a link via email, messages, Twitter, or Facebook – Check out the page’s Featured music (which can contain Connect-only music and playlists), Playlists, or Connect-only content. How to share a post from Connect If you see a post on Connect you want to share with the world, all you need to do is tap or click the Share button. From there, you can copy the link or share it via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Messages. How to download a Connect track to your iCloud Music Library You may not have known this, but you can download any content on Connect labeled a \ »Song\ »: This includes actual songs, interviews, or even full Beats 1 shows. The option is slightly hidden, but here’s how to find it. On your IPHONE, IPAD, or iPod touch Open the Music app and tap the Connect tab. Tap the song in question you want to download to start playing it. Tap on the More ellipses icon, then tap Add to My Music. On your Mac Open iTunes and select the Connect tab. Click on the song in question that you want to download to start playing it. Tap on the More ellipses icon, then tap Add to My Music. Questions? Still have questions on Connect? Let us know in the comments and we’ll try our best to answer them.

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Apple Music: One month later

Posted by phil under IPAD, The IPhone Blog on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

31 days into Apple Music, Beats 1, and Connect, how’s it working for us? Apple Music launched one month ago and in that time it’s bounced from revolutionary new service to internet enemy number one—then back and forth again and again. In part, this is due to how big a job the service is attempting to tackle: providing a unified music experience to everyone who uses the IPHONE, IPAD, iPod touch, or Mac. That includes people who have tens of thousands of painstakingly ripped and cataloged songs in iTunes, and people with nothing but Siri and on-demand streams. Like many others, we’ve been using Apple Music since its launch one month ago; 31 days in, here’s what we love, loathe, and wish Apple Music could do better. Roundtable-style! Before you started Apple Music, what were your hopes? Ren: As a Beats Music subscriber from pretty much the beginning, I was crossing my fingers that they’d keep the personalized playlists angle and custom curation. I also had a devil of a time finding new music on any streaming service, so I wanted Apple Music to have better options. And Beats 1 was a crazy promise: I secretly love live radio—maybe it’s the performance nerd in me—and I really hoped Apple could pull it off. Peter: I can’t say I went into it with a lot of expectations or preconceived ideas about how it should work. All I knew is that with Apple’s name on it, it had to integrate with the music experience I’d already grown accustomed to with other Apple products. Rene: Exactly what Jimmy Iovine said on stage: One complete thought about music. I wanted to not have to care if I owned a song or not, and simply have the ability to play whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. I didn’t even really care about Beats 1 or Connect. I just wanted a special music delivery service. Were you using any other streaming services? If so, what? Ren: Beats Music, Spotify, Google Music, Soundcloud… Beats Music was my mainstay, but I was also testing a bunch of services so that I could get a feel for the market Apple was entering here. Peter: I have a free Spotify subscription and listen to music regularly on Soundcloud. I hadn’t actually paid a subscription fee to any streaming service prior to Apple Music (technically I still haven’t, but I plan to once my 90 days is up). Rene: No. I used iTunes to buy music and iTunes Match to sync everything I had everywhere I had. I’d tried the few services that came to Canada when they came to Canada, but none of them stuck because they were all separate apps I had to switch to. I’m not sure why that made a difference when, for example, switching from Videos.app to Netflix.app never felt like a big deal, but it made a difference. Beats 1: Always on? Or kind of off? Ren: If Beats 1 was actually 100 percent great for me 100 percent of the time, I’d be a little disappointed. It’d just be catering to my taste, in that respect—and for a radio station to truly be worldwide, it needs that flexibility. That said, I listen to Beats 1 almost every day. There’s a lot of music on there I’m not particularly fond of—some rap and hip-hop just doesn’t do it for me—but I love the passion the DJs have for it. Zane Lowe’s show is a highlight of my day, playing a huge eclectic mix of fun, while Julie Adenuga introduces me to something new that I love (and usually can’t download off iTunes or Apple Music, darn it) almost every day. I’m also starting to really dig the NYC and LA \ »local\ » station programming—there are a few DJs on there who play really smart stuff and really good transitions. Where Beats 1 truly shines, however, is its specialty programming. Elton John’s Rocket Hour. St Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service. Joshua Homme’s Alligator Hour. Ellie Goulding. Abstract Radio. If you’re finding the DJ sets a little too hip-hop for you, listen to the specialty shows: They’re far and away my favorites on the network in part because of their variety and versatility. I may not love every song on one of St Vincent’s mixtapes, but Annie Clark and her guest sell me on the show every week. Peter: Beats 1 irritated me from the outset. The incessant DJ chatter, the constant promotion, the absence of format. Some of the specialty stuff has been great, but there isn’t enough there there to keep me tuned in all the time. I admit I haven’t given it a fair shake, but first impressions mean a lot. Rene: Beats 1 is kind of like broadcast TV for me. Often when I go through a list of content I find myself saying \ »nope, nope, nope, nope, …, nope.\ » But when something is already playing, even if it’s something I said \ »nope\ » to even a few minutes before, I’ll listen. I think there’s some mental overhead to to choice that we, as humans, don’t always benefit from. We’re better at find reasons not to do things than reasons to do them. When we don’t have to decide, it takes a burden away and we can just enjoy. And no, I’m totally not taking Loki’s side from Avengers 1! Let’s talk music libraries. Were you using iTunes Match before Apple Music? What did your personal library look like? Ren: I have something like 17,000 songs—a third purchased, two-thirds ripped, and a couple dozen home recordings—and all of them are on iTunes Match. My library is eclectic, but not complicated: I’ve got a lot of variety but very few tracks that I’d classify as rare or super-weird beyond the occasional weird musical. I’m one of the lucky souls who’s never really run into an iTunes Match problem, and the service always worked well for me. Sorry, guys. Peter: My personal library includes more than 20,000 songs. Much of the library is ripped from audio CDs I still own, though I’ve collected a lot over the years from iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and other (legitimate) sources. Rene: I was and still am, but I never had a particularly large library. The amount of CDs I’ve bought in my life is likely in the dozens, and certainly less than the amount of tapes, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. A lot less. I’m more a video person than a music person, so streaming was always the most attractive option for me. Are you still using iTunes Match with Apple Music? Ren: Yep. I have a full backup of my music library on one of my Macs, but I like knowing that matched tracks from my Mac that I download on an IPHONE (or my laptop) will be DRM-free. $25/year isn’t that much for the privilege. Peter: Yes. I’ve subscribed to iTunes Match since it came out and it’s made keeping my music in the cloud much easier. I plan to continue to use it as well. Like Ren, I keep a full backup of my music library, though I keep it offline most of the time — I prefer to let iTunes Match, or perhaps I should say iTunes Music Cloud, keep everything in the cloud for when I want to hear it. Rene: Absolutely. I just love the idea that the music I do have is easy to get everyone without a USB cable, sync, or anything else to worry about. At $25 a year, even for my relatively small library, it’s a no-brainer. Apple Music’s streaming catalog: Does it suit your needs? Are you saving songs from it to My Music? Ren: I really haven’t found major beef with the streaming catalog beyond its lack of brand-new songs—but that’s more of a \ »Darn, Beats 1 DJs, stop playing songs I can’t buy or add!\ » thing. In general, I wish it was easier to buy or make a wish-list of songs not on the service so that I could either hop into iTunes or know when a tune was available for download. Definitely saving a ton of songs and playlists to my IPHONE from Apple Music. Peter: I am saving lots of songs to My Music. I find new playlists almost every day that give me something fresh to listen to which I haven’t heard before. And despite having as much music as I started with, there’s still a huge amount of back catalog from my favorite artists that I want, too. Rene: I’m not really caching stuff (I feel more authentic calling it that, or bookmarking, then downloading, because I don’t really own it). I use Siri almost all the time to find and play music and that means I don’t have worry about lists or libraries. I just need to think about what I want to listen to, speak the words, and it plays. Like magic. How’s For you working… for you? Ren: My favorite feature of Beats Music carried over and made even better on Apple Music. Though it bums me out that my favorite Beats editors have been masked under faceless curator titles like \ »Apple Indie,\ » the playlists are still great, and I find myself saving one to my music library on my IPHONE almost every day. I wouldn’t mind a \ »bookmark this playlist for later\ » option that didn’t involve adding it to my library, though. Some days I’ll wake up and want to listen to every playlist and Beats 1—not enough hours in the day! Peter: For You is fantastic. I admit that it took me a few days of tuning, but we’re at a pretty good pace now. Almost every day For You turns up something I want to hear, whether it’s a human-curated playlist or an album by a favorite artist. Rene: It’s really good! As much as I don’t use My Music, I do use For You. My Music is stuff I already know about, so I can just ask Siri to play it. For You is stuff I would probably never have thought of. So, any time I don’t know what I want to listen to, and Beats 1 isn’t doing it for me, I head right on over to For You and almost always discover some enjoyable. The New tab: do you use it? Ren: Occasionally! I actually like browsing it now and again because songs and albums will pop up that I didn’t realize existed but absolutely want to listen to. (Florence + The Machine’s new album, for example.) Most of the time I spend in Beats 1, For You, and My Music, though. Peter: I check it periodically. I scan it for artists I’m already familiar with, then look for new stuff that catches my eye. Occasionally I’ll load up something just because it looks interesting, to see if it’ll sound interesting. It often doesn’t. Rene: Not really. I tend to forget it’s there. Connect or disconnect: How’s the social stuff? Ren: Artists, not so much. BUT. You can also follow the curators that make the For You playlists, the DJs from Beats 1, and the specialty shows. This is largely how I use it (and love it)—I add all those folks, and that lets me see when a new \ »Classic Rock\ » playlist is out, or a new episode of Josh Homme’s Alligator Hour. Peter: Where it works, as Ren points out, it’s fabulous. Otherwise it’s largely a waste of time. I hope this isn’t another Ping. Apple’s track record on social networking stuff is pretty abysmal. Rene: I like the theory of Connect but so far it hasn’t rocked my world. Ren pointing out how to get the Beats 1 playlists is awesome, because I do miss things I want to catch up on, but other than that, I’ve not found much else of interest. I hope that changes. I love iTunes Extras and DVD/Blu-Ray extras, and the creative process, so if Connect became a regular, reliable behind-the-scenes content area, I’d be all over it. The Music app: What’s working—and what’s not? Ren: Mostly, the Music app is great. It’s a lot easier to navigate than the old app, and once I learned where everything was, I could get around pretty quickly. But it does have a bit of a steep learning curve for beginners, and there are really weird UI choices (I’m looking at you, More button). There may be some relief for this coming in iOS 9, and I’m hopeful, but it is a bit of a mess at times—especially if you’re not an Apple Music user. Peter: Is my eyesight failing, or is the type on everything getting a lot smaller and less distinct? Maybe this is just a cranky old man yelling at a cloud, but I feel a bit bewildered by the Music app at times, simply because I’m so accustomed still to the way it was. Rene: The Music app has a tough job. Making one complete thought around music is easy to say, not so easy to do. There’s a lot of ways people enjoy music these days, from buying to streaming, internet radio to online lockers, social interaction to recommendations. Music has to manage all of that, and all of the playback functions from playlists to stations to up next, all in one place. It’s why we get ••• buttons all over the place. So, yeah, it’s cramped and overflowing and, right now, the convenience is hurting the usability. iOS 9 looks like it makes things better, however, and if Apple can keep iterating and improving it, we could have the best of both worlds eventually. iTunes and Apple Music: Dare we ask? Ren: Kill it with fire, please. iTunes has 10x the bugs that Music.app had when Apple Music was introduced, and combined that with already-existing iTunes Match errors to make for a truly terrible experience. I know Apple is short-handed in their software and services department, and that’s the only thing keeping me from going on an all-out tear about the app. But seriously: Music.app for Mac can’t come soon enough, folks. Maybe in the final version of OS X El Capitan? Can we dream? Peter: iTunes is the foundation of Apple’s modern music legacy — without it, there’d have been no iPod, no iTunes Store either. But that foundation seems badly eroded when you look at iTunes in its current state: It’s a mishmosh of different interface ideas and disparate functionality that just doesn’t make sense anymore. Apple Music complicates an already complicated interface. It’s time for Apple to look at how to deliver music on the Mac with a fresh set of eyes. Rene: If Music has a tough job then iTunes has an impossible one. It has to play and manage everything that can possibly be synced to an iPod, IPHONE, or IPAD, and do it all in a single package that can be wrapped up and ported to Windows. One day Apple will decide it no longer wants or needs to support Windows, traditional iPods, and USB syncing to iOS. One day, iTunes will go to the cloud and the Mac will get the modern apps it deserves. (Mac App Store doesn’t sync to iPod or iOS, doesn’t port to Windows, so it gets a standalone app… which also doesn’t get updated—all problems are relative!) Until then, we’re stuck with iTunes. And the only real—and huge—complaint I have here is that Apple isn’t archiving existing libraries and then applying Apple Music as a separate silo that gets unified in the presentation. When it comes to important user data—which music libraries certainly are—protecting the data has to come first. Apple Music bottom line (for now): Ren: Apple Music is buggy, yes. It’s barely a month old, trying to do a lot, and (mostly) succeeding. It has a huge userbase already, and I imagine that will only increase with the release of the next IPHONE—people may gripe about being \ »test subjects\ », but when it comes to cloud services, it’s incredibly difficult to stress-test these kinds of things in a closed lab. Should the company have called Apple Music a \ »beta\ » for its first three months? Probably. But it’s doing a lot of the right stuff, and I know I’m listening to a ton more music than I was a month ago. For me, the combination of For You and Beats 1 blow the other music services out of the water when it comes to discovery. Peter: Apple Music is off to a rousing start. There are and will continue to be growing pains, of course: Interface issues to work through, service uptime, content that works and content that doesn’t work. Apple piqued my curiosity with the launch of Apple Music, but it’s delivering content that’s going to keep me subscribing long into the future. Rene: There’s a lot that needs to be fixed about Apple Music. Making it work with separate iTunes accounts and Family Sharing shouldn’t be so hard. Canceling the free trial should be easy to do. iTunes Match vs. Apple Music should be crystal clear. No one’s music libraries should be touched. No song should ever not add when you want to add it. And the list goes on and on. Growing pains, all of that. No plan, no matter how well thought out or how well intentioned, can survive impact with millions of customers and their edge cases. Problems happen. It’s how well and quickly they’re dealt with that matters. That’s said, I’m digging Apple Music. I don’t have much of an existing library to worry about and I don’t go to the apps anywhere nearly as much as I go to Siri, so it’s been borderline miraculous for me so far. The ability to just Power Word Music up whatever I want to listen to, whenever I want to listen to it, feels like the future to me. And Apple Music has delivered that today. How is Apple Music working for you, one month later? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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The best word games for iPhone and iPad

Posted by phil under IPAD, The IPhone Blog on Vendredi juil 31, 2015

Hone your grammar and spelling skills in this collection of iOS word games. Whether you’re an anagram master, a spelling sensation, or a grammar wizard, you’ll find something to pique your curiosity in these iOS games that reward those gifted at language arts. Many of these games even include support for the Apple Watch, in case you want to play with words on the go. 1. Alphabear You’ve probably seen the adorable fuzzy faces of Alphabear splashed across all of your social media platforms lately, but you may not know that the game itself is actually a tricky Boggle-like word game. It’s free, but you can kick the developer $5 for \ »infinite honey\ » if you don’t want to wait around to unlock more levels. Free – Download now 2. Sleep Furiously Sleep Furiously game generates a cloud of words that the player must connect into a grammatical sentence, no matter how nonsensical; the resultant word strings are even better than my favorite dream memories. The screenshot above features my own favorite in-game creation. $2.99 – Order now 3. Words With Friends This old standard is pretty much Scrabble, but without the price tag that comes with the official branding. Every word game aficionado already knows about this game, but it’s been a while since we all got Words With Friends fever, so you may not know that the game now has Apple Watch support. Free- Download now 4. Letterpad Anagram games abound in the iOS space, but Letterpad is one of the best, featuring a clean design, user-created puzzles, and even Apple Watch support. Free – Download now 5. Moxie You’ll want to watch Moxie’s short tutorial video before you play, given that it’s a completely original word game — unlike the plethora of copy-cats and knock-offs in the word gaming world. This game encourages you to fine-tune your memory skills when it comes to spelling and word recognition; it requires you to place one letter per round to build up words or modify existing words, piece by piece. Free – Download now Your favorites? Which word games are your favorites, be they old standards like Crosswords or new indie sensations? Share your picks with us.

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