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How to Use iTunes Match [Mac Blog]

For $24.99 per year, or about two dollars per month, iTunes Match keeps all of your music in iCloud so you can access any song at any time from any device instead of picking and downloading your favorite playlists every time you sync your device. Plus, Apple will provide you with high quality playback using 256 Kbps AAC DRM free versions of your music, even if your original copy was lower quality.

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Some users may not be entirely familiar with hoe the service works, so we’ve put together this tutorial that explains the process of how to subscribe to and use iTunes Match on your computer and iOS devices.

How iTunes Match Works

In November 2011, Apple released iTunes Match in the United States, gradually expanding availability over time and now offering the subscription service in over 115 countries. The service is designed to let you store up to 25,000 songs in iCloud that can be accessed from any Apple device at any time. Music you have purchased through the iTunes Store does not count against your maximum capacity.

Every song that you’ve added to your music library in iTunes via CD or digital download, including music from the iTunes Store or another source, can be stored in iTunes Match.

Once you have subscribed to the service, iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store, and those songs are automatically added to iCloud. Songs that don’t exist in the iTunes Store already are uploaded to iCloud from your computer. Once songs are made available via iCloud, you can play back music on any device that your Apple ID is connected to. Up to 10 devices are supported.

On a PC or Mac, music is streamed over the air, although you can download songs to your computer by selecting the iCloud download button. On iOS, songs download to your device as they are played, and you can also manually download music by tapping the iCloud download button. You can only stream songs on Apple TV.
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Easily root your device with Root Master [Review]

One feature that can be enabled on your Android device is obtaining root access – we’ve already discussed the benefits of rooting your device to enable more features on your device, and now that process gets even easier with Root Master.

This fast and secure rooting app will give you one-click root access on your Android device to get super user privileges to enable various addons and enhancements at the system level.

Not only this but Root Master can boost your battery life by optimising the system and performance of your Android device using that root access to give more granular control over your device.


Root Master gives the following features:

– One-click root access

– Unroot ability

– Install root-only apps

– Remove bloatware

– Install custom ROMs

– Backup app & game data

Root Master is constantly updated to include support for the latest devices using up-to-date methods to ensure a high success rate, including manufactures such as HTC, Google, Sony, etc.

We recently discussed how the latest Galaxy S6 comes with the most pre-installed bloatware apps from Samsung than ever, but with Root Master you’re able to fully remove these apps to free up valuable space.

With a simple to use interface and clear instructions, Root Master is a brilliant companion app to root your Android device. To download Root Master for free, simply click this link.

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You can now view your Google+ photos and videos in Google Drive


This news is no surprise since it was recently rumored. It’s also a no-brainer, and I often wondered why Google didn’t implement this sooner.

Starting today, you can now view your Google+ photos and videos in Google Drive. You will find a new Google Photos menu in Drive for the web, Android, and even iOS. You can create a Google Photos folder in your “My Drive” which will give you ability to organize your photos and videos into folders.


The best part of it all is that your photos and videos might be visible in both Google+ and Drive, but it will count only once towards your storage limit.

Google+ Photos will continue to handle your auto uploads, editing needs, and sharing. Drive will just give you a better way to organize everything.

Photos in Drive is rolling out, but it could take some time before everyone sees it. Also to note, you probably won’t see much beyond your newest photos at first, but your entire library should be there within a few weeks.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge ship out, with 177MB OTA update on arrival

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T-Mobile has already begun shipping out pre-orders for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, according to an email sent out to earlier buyers. Smartphones could arrive in consumer hands as early as today and should arrive throughout the week, well ahead of the official April 10th retail launch date in the US.

Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will also arrive with a day one 177MB over the air update ready to download. The change-log for update UVU1AOCG suggests a range of bug fixes, performance improvements and a few minor feature enhancements, but doesn’t appear to make any major changes to the software, from a user’s point of view, or to the interface.

Usually we wouldn’t expect carriers to be so quick with the updates, so it’s nice to see T-Mobile and Samsung teaming up to squash bugs before users even have a chance to complain about them. T-Mobile seems determined to nail this launch, as the carrier has also thrown in a one year free subscription to Netflix when customers order the S6 or S6 Edge before April 12th.

If you haven’t pre-ordered yours yet, T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S6 starting at $679.92 and has contracts ranging from $0 to $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of around $27.50. The Galaxy S6 Edge is a little more expensive, starting at $779.76 for the 32GB model or upping the contract price to around £32 per month.


A Google Now-style facelift is making its way to Chrome OS beta

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If you’re currently running a Chromebook on the Chrome OS beta channel, a revamped interface is making its way to your device soon. The new update, which brings Chrome Launcher 2.0, aims to make it easier to perform tasks like launching applications and performing Google searches.

In past beta releases and in the current stable build of Chrome OS, the interface sort of resembled a Windows-like UI, allowing users to select which apps to launch from the app drawer in the bottom-left corner of the screen. But in Chrome Launcher 2.0, pressing that button will now pull up a big card complete with a Google Search bar, Google Now cards and recently used applications. As you can see from the images below, the new launcher will show you apps that you use most often right under the Search bar. Of course, you can still access the full list of apps if you’d like.

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User interface tweaks aren’t the only changes Chrome OS beta is getting, though. Google has made unzipping password-protected ZIP files much easier. If you’ve ever tried to do this on a Chromebook in the past, you’d know it’s pretty difficult. Also, your Chromebook will now automatically detect timezone changes, a simple feature that has somehow just made its way to Chrome OS. Google is working to bring its Material Design guidelines to the platform, though the only app that’s getting it in the new update is the Files App.

If you’re running Chrome OS stable right now, you can easily switch to the beta channel to test out the new features. Just be aware that switching back from beta to stable will delete all of your local data on your Chromebook. Be on the lookout for the update sometime this week.



Amazon taking pre-orders for some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for some units of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. They include factory unlocked versions of both smartphones from resellers.

Many US carriers have already started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge but Amazon is also offering many unlocked versions from resellers with prices beginning at $999.99 for the 32GB Galaxy S6 all the way to $1,356 for a 128GB Galaxy S6 ddge.


The (damn cute) winners of 11th Annual Engadget Awards: People’s Choice

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The 11th Annual Engadget AwardsThe votes for the 11th Annual Engadget People’s Choice Awards have been tallied and the winners are in. As is always the case, there were some very polarizing products on the ballot and many of the honorees won by a very small margin. But the real winners this year were the cute and adoptable puppies at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) shelter. The only thing we love here at Engadget more than true innovation is man’s best friend, so we teamed up with the SFACC for a special awards ceremony. Early last week, a set of the most eligible animals in San Francisco accepted “trophies” on behalf of the companies that created your favorite gadgets and software of 2014. To find out who took top honors check out the video above, and to take home one of our special guests, please visit the SFACC for more information.
And check back this afternoon to find out what won this year’s Editors’ Choice awards.

Filed under: Cellphones, Gaming, Home Entertainment, Household, Laptops, Tablets, Transportation, Wearables, Software, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Google



Worldwide Android Lollipop rollout announced for Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet

Sony is on a push to update their flagship line across the globe. The company made an announcement this morning that a number of devices worldwide would be seeing Android Lollipop updates today. According to the tweet the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet will be seeing Lollipop updates appearing today […]

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Review: The BrydgeAir Keyboard Turns Your iPad Air 2 Into a Mini MacBook [iOS Blog]

After we published our review of the ClamCase Pro keyboard for the iPad Air 2, some of our readers suggested that we take a look at other iPad keyboards available on the market. We decided to take MacRumors readers up on that suggestion, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at several keyboards designed for Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Air 2.

We’re kicking things off with a review of the BrydgeAir keyboard, which is able to work with both the original iPad Air and the iPad Air 2. Much like the ClamCase Pro we previously looked at, the all-aluminum BrydgeAir is designed to turn the iPad into a miniature MacBook.

At $169, the BrydgeAir is one of the more expensive iPad keyboards on the market, but that price point comes with some perks not found in many cheaper options — quality aluminum construction, a fluid 180 degree hinge, built-in dual stereo speakers, and backlit keys.
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MediaTek unveils new 64-bit octa-core Helio X and P chips, due out Q2 2015

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Although the mobile processing market has been dominated by Qualcomm thus far, the company may soon have some competition in the high-end space. MediaTek has just unveiled two new series of chips, dubbed the Helio X and P, that are aimed at high-end devices and should make their way to market in Q2 2015.

The Helio X series stands for “extreme performance”, and will carry the company’s most top-notch processors. Launching around mid-April, the Helio X10, also known as the MT6795W, is the first chip in the series that will come to market. It will be an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with clock speeds up to 2.2GHz and a 28nm process.

Unfortunately no details were given on the first Helio P chipset in the series, which apparently stands for “premium performance”. Even so, MediaTek says both of the new Helio series will support 120Hz screen refresh rates, 4K, and support for cameras that can capture 1080p video and slow-motion video at 480fps. The company also says that future Helio chips will involve 20nm models with ARM Cortex-A72 architecture.

MediaTek has been a big name in the low-end chip processing market for some time, and it’s now clear that the company wants to give Qualcomm a run for its money in the high-end. Perhaps with the mostly negative media coverage Qualcomm’s latest chip has been given, now is a good time for MediaTek to make its move.

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