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Apple Acquires the Digital Magazine Service Texture

It looks like Apple will be getting into digital magazine subscriptions with the acquisition of Texture, which provides its subscribers with access to several hundred magazines for a flat monthly fee. Apple was silent on its plans for the service.

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Apple Promotes HomePod with a Stunning Short Film from Spike Jonze

Apple tapped Oscar-winning director Spike Jonze to produce a four-minute short film — it’s an ad, but so far from the usual dreck that passes for advertising that the term barely applies — to promote the HomePod. Adweek provides some additional background on the piece, which features the English musician and dancer FKA twigs and is a tour de force of choreography, set design, and digital effects. Go watch it.

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Josh Centers Discusses Cord Cutting with Jim Dalrymple

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers has extensive experience with cord cutting — trading traditional cable or satellite TV for an Internet-based service — so The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple invited him onto The Dalrymple Report podcast to talk about the available options. They discuss the complications of getting rid of traditional TV service, Josh’s favorite alternative services, and rural TV technology of yesteryear.

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Apple to End iTunes Store Access for First-Generation Apple TV

If you’re still using a first-generation Apple TV, be aware that Apple will cut off its access to the iTunes Store on 25 May 2018 due to security changes. These security changes will also prevent PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista from accessing the iTunes Store. The hard-drive equipped first-generation Apple TV shipped in January 2007 and was available through September 2010. The second-generation Apple TV and later will continue being able to get content from the iTunes Store.

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Apple Updates Its Operating Systems to Address Telugu Bug

Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.

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YouTube TV Is a Fresh and Clean Alternative to Cable

Interested in ditching cable or satellite in favor of an Internet TV service? We’ve looked at DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue in the past, and Josh Centers now dives into Google’s YouTube TV service, which recently released a native Apple TV app, and comes away impressed.

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HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play

We’ve had the HomePod for a weekend, and for the most part, it has been a success when it comes to music, thanks to excellent audio quality and Siri spinning Apple Music tracks with aplomb. Siri on the HomePod has been less useful as a fount of general knowledge, or perhaps we just don’t have the right questions.

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How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on Your Apple Devices

The Olympics are upon us once again, so here’s how you can watch them on your Apple devices.

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New Ways to Control Your Apple TV in iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3

Apple quietly slipped some new remote control capabilities into iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of them.

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Comparing the HomePod’s Sound Quality to Its Competition

It will be a while before we see in-depth analyses of the HomePod’s audio capabilities, but iMore’s Serenity Caldwell was impressed by its sound quality in her first impressions of Apple’s new smart speaker. She compared it to the Amazon Echo, Google Home Max, and the Sonos One, and “came away from that test both impressed and shocked by the engineering Apple has put into making this tiny 7-inch speaker a musical powerhouse in your living room.” On the downside, she notes that the HomePod currently lacks stereo pairing, multi-room audio, multi-user support, and native support for services other than Apple Music.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5

Another week, another set of Apple operating system updates. Apart from HomePod support in iOS and Siri getting in touch with its inner anchorperson, most of the changes in these updates address security vulnerabilities. You’ll want to install them sooner rather than later.

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HomePod Arrives February 9th, Multi-Room Audio to Follow Later in 2018

Apple has announced a shipping date for the HomePod smart speaker, and you can preorder it now. But should you? Josh Centers expresses some doubts.

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Mickey Mouse’s Debut Film Could Become Public Domain in 2024

Before the 1970s, U.S. copyright terms lasted for only 56 years, but over time Congress has extended that to 95 years — the last extension being in 1998. Those extensions have been pushed primarily by Hollywood, with the joke being that Disney will do whatever it takes to keep “Steamboat Willie” — the first film featuring its signature Mickey Mouse character — from falling into the public domain. According to an article in Ars Technica, it appears that Hollywood is now giving up on further extensions due to greater public awareness of copyright issues. So on 1 January 2019, every work of art published in 1923 will fall into the public domain, something that has been delayed for over 40 years. And unless something changes, “Steamboat Willie” will move into the public domain in 2024, though Disney would still own the trademark to Mickey Mouse.

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Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV

Yes, it’s finally here! The Amazon Prime Video app has finally appeared on the Apple TV! Here’s how to sign in and use it to watch both free video available to Amazon Prime subscribers and any movies or TV shows you’ve purchased from Amazon.

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tvOS 11.2 Adds Sports to the TV App, Advanced Settings for Apple TV 4K

tvOS 11.2 introduces some new features for sports watchers and a few welcome tweaks for the Apple TV 4K.