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Turn Off Automatic iOS App Updates

With vast numbers of apps being updated for iOS 8 in the next few weeks, it’s safer to turn off automatic updates so you control which apps are updated and when. If it ain’t broke… don’t let it update so it doesn’t possibly break.Show full article

iOS 8 Users: Do Not Upgrade to iCloud Drive

Since upgrading an iOS 8 device to iCloud Drive prevents Macs running Mavericks from accessing documents and data stored in iCloud, refrain from enabling iCloud Drive until Yosemite ships.Show full article

iOS 8: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Have iOS 8 questions? We’ve got answers! And if you have more questions yet, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know.Show full article

Apple TV Updated to 7.0, Includes Beats Music

The third-generation Apple TV has been updated with a sleek new look and the introduction of Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music service.Show full article

U2 Giveaway Shows We’ve Entered the Age of Digital Consent

When is a gift not really a gift? Who really owns your phone? What makes music so important to us? Josh Centers ponders the backlash against Apple’s free gift of a U2 album and concludes that it could have been handled far better, though perhaps that wouldn’t have served the promotional needs of either U2 or Apple.Show full article

FunBITS: A Minecraft Crash Course

Microsoft just paid $2.5 billion to acquire a single game. Read on to find out what makes Minecraft sufficiently special to warrant such a high price, along with a “brief” primer on how to survive your first day in Minecraft.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22 September 2014

Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9, Security Update 2014-004 (Lion and Mountain Lion), Safari 6.2 and 7.1, BusyCal 2.6, and TunnelBear 2.4.2.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 22 September 2014

Tim Cook features heavily in ExtraBITS this week, with the second part of his interview with Charlie Rose along with another interview in Bloomberg Businessweek. Also, some bad news for tinkerers: the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 is only for Apple Pay, at least for now.Show full article

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