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Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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In response to a question regarding the Home Sharing situation on iOS 8.4, Cue tweeted out, "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9," suggesting the feature will be at least partially reinstated with Apple's next-generation mobile operating system.Apple quietly removed Home Sharing for music from iOS 8.4, an unfortunate decision given Apple Music's launch that same day. The company has not officially commented on the matter.Home Sharing was carried over from Mac in iOS 4.3 as a way stream content to mobile devices from a central computer connected to a common network. Its removal left iPhone, iPad and iPod owners without an in-house solution for streaming tracks from Mac-based iTunes libraries. Cue's comments are consistent with early iOS 8.4 beta release notes that listed Home Sharing as "not currently available" under known issues. When the OS shipped, the feature's music streaming component was indeed absent from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, though video sharing was still available. Owners of desktops and Apple TV can still share both music and video. For now, Apple Music offers a $14.99 Family Plan with full access to Apple's music catalog for up to six people, in some ways replacing Home Sharing for a cost. As previously noted, however, Apple Music's current offerings, while expansive, are not complete and could pose a problem for certain users.
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Meet the next generation of the GoPro action camera. Called the Hero4 Session, this new camera is the first major redesign of the company’s ubiquitous camera since the original Digital Hero launched in 2007. But it’s not just a pretty new face. This camera is a significant step forward for GoPro. This is the first GoPro that doesn’t need a case to survive extreme activities.

The Hero4 Session is the smallest GoPro yet. It’s a one and a half inch cube and weighs just 2.6 ounces. That’s about half the weight of an iPhone 6. And users will not need to lug around different cases to use the camera. It’s waterproof. This is part of the company’s efforts to reduce the amount of stuff needed to use a GoPro camera.

The smaller size comes with concessions. The camera lacks the 4k recording capability found in GoPro’s high-end models. The battery is also not replaceable or swappable. Yet the camera still hits a sweet spot. The Hero4 Session is the best GoPro yet.

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App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.

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It’s pretty much impossible to talk about apps this week without bringing up Apple Music, arguably the biggest and most anticipated launch for a mobile service in awhile. A rival and a threat to the existing big shots in the streaming business, Apple digs back into the music roots that brought it to prominence—remember how popular the iPod was not that long ago?—and makes it’s play for the king of streaming.

The dirty little secret about most streaming music apps, though, is that they aren’t all that different. Most draw from the same music library, so it’s just interface and little things that set each apart. Luckily for Apple, that’s what it does well. Borrowing heavily from the Beats Music service it absorbed and adding some of the typical Apple polish, Apple Music aims to stand out above the rest with human curation, streaming radio, and some exclusive tunes (hello Taylor Swift). Time will tell if it’ll be enough, but you’ve got three months of free streaming to find out for yourself. To get it, you’ll need to update the software on your iOS device, and iTunes on your computer.

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DARPA's Visual Media Reasoning interface in action

It's easy to find computer vision technology that detect objects in photos, but it's still tough to sift through photos... and that's a big challenge for the military, where finding the right picture could mean taking out a target or spotting a terrorist threat. Thankfully, the US' armed forces may soon have a way to not only spot items in large image libraries, but help human observers find them. DARPA's upcoming, artificial intelligence-backed Visual Media Reasoning system both detects what's in a shot and presents it in a simple interface that bunches photos and videos together based on patterns. If you want to know where a distinctive-looking car has been, for example, you might only need to look in a single group.

As you might suspect, the goal is to turn enemy media campaigns on their head -- all those online propaganda pics and training videos would make it much easier to pinpoint the whereabouts of bases and leaders. There's a chance that it would get creepy given that it could easily power other government surveillance programs, but there's no doubt that soldiers would appreciate this AI-assisted intel.

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The Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i is the most affordable iPhone- and iPad-compatible wireless game controller on the market, and that alone will make it the ideal choice for many mobile gamers, even though its design has a few glaring issues.

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The Bluetooth-enabled Mad Catz controller is compatible with any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later. Mad Catz provided AppleInsider with a blue Micro C.T.R.L.i controller for the purposes of this review, though it's also available in red, white and orange.

With a $50 retail price, and some models selling for as little as $40, the C.T.R.L.i is the cheapest iOS-compatible gaming controller we've tested to date. But the controller cuts one big corner to achieve this low price: It lacks an integrated rechargeable battery, and instead requires users to bring their own AAA batteries to power it.

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Though it has a relatively low price point, the Mad Catz micro controller is well made. It's not nearly as small as the diminutive SteelSeries Stratus we previously reviewed, but in our view, that's a good thing — the Stratus sacrificed too much comfort for its size.

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inventwheel Last month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to MedYear, a consumer health information exchange platform. The vibe was electric. Read More
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At first I thought they might be doing some flavor of Computational RAM [wikipedia.org], but they did something rather different. The system is analog. And it is suggested memristors [hp.com] could provide useful in implementation of similar systems.

Just a couple sections I found interesting FTA:

As we discuss in the following paragraphs, the machine we built is analog and hence would be scalable to very large numbers of memprocessors only in the absence of noise or using some error-correcting codes. This problem derives from the fact that in the present realization, we use the frequencies of the collective state to encode information, and to maintain the energy of the system bounded, the amplitudes of the frequencies are dampened exponentially with the number of memprocessors involved. However, this latter limitation is due to the particular choice of encoding the information in the collective state and could be overcome by using other realizations of digital memcomputing machines and using error-correcting codes. For example in (8), two of the authors (F.T. and M.D.) proposed a different way to encode a quadratic information overhead in a network of memristors that is not subject to this energy bound.

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Will Gerry might look the part of a fourth-generation farmer — dirty denim jeans, shirt sleeves rolled up and a gray beard that wraps from brim to brim on his leather hat. But once Gerry whips the smartphone out of his pocket, he starts rattling off tech jargon and analyzing data points across his farm like a 20-something whiz kid from Silicon Valley.

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Holidays can be exhausting, but it's nothing an underwater garden can't solve. This is Nemo's Garden, an underwater greenhouse anchored off Italy's Ligurian coast, recently detailed in The Washington Post. Stationed 20 feet underwater, Nemo's garden is able to take advantage of high humidity, even temperatures and exceptionally high CO2 concentrations to grow herbs and fruits significantly faster than you could on land. Luckily for us, they've also set up a public livestream, in case you'd like to spend a few minutes losing yourself in the paradise of aquatic agriculture.

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reddit-iama-landing-page.jpgReddit users are facing online walls after a number of subreddits were made private. Screenshot by Claire Reilly/CNET

Entire sections of Reddit are going dark as key subreddits are being made private in protest of the alleged firing of Victoria Taylor, one of the social news site's highest profile administrators.

Reddit users are reporting Taylor, the site's director of talent and a key administrator (known by the user handle /u/chooter), was fired without notice, leaving one of the site's most popular subreddits in turmoil. Reddit itself is underpinned by these subreddits -- user-moderated sections of the site labelled for discussion of particular interests and topics, such as /r/art and /r/movies.

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The rise and fall of Google Glass from cool edge tech to bar room punchline may be about to take another turn.

A new set of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents filed by Google offers a peek at an upcoming device that is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality, just like the first version of Google Glass.

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Make Creamier Ice Cream with Powdered Skim Milk

Making good homemade ice cream is about finding the perfect balance of ice crystals and creaminess. To give your frosty treat a creamy boost, add in a little powdered skim milk.

If you find the base for you ice cream is too watery, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna, the authors of Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop, have a tip that the pros use:

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Five Years Ago

Last week, we recalled on ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons. This week in 2010, its own members lashed out at it in response. EFF, Public Knowledge and Creative Commons itself all politely responded to the attack, while we noted that the music publishing industry in general has a bad habit of aggression towards consumer's groups and those who respect individual rights.

The Swedish Pirate Party was seeking to host The Pirate Bay from inside the Swedish parliament, while Dutch ISPs were fighting against demands that they block the site entirely, even as Dutch public television was experimenting with BitTorrent distribution. Meanwhile, the pilot of TV show Pioneer One was released on BitTorrent and quickly raised $20,000 do create more episodes.

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Maybe you read my "How To" this morning on "How To Uninstall The Windows 10 Free Update Icon" but when you restarted your computer or when Windows updates ran again you were presented with an important update for installing the Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583) which again is the Windows 10 free installation icon for their new operating system Windows 10, which is happening on July 29th, 2015.

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Giving face takes on a whole new meaning with the credit card company's plans to authorize mobile payments using facial recognition technology.
Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same

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Will selfies replace fingerprints and passwords for authentication? One of the nation's largest credit card providers is taking the leap into facial recognition technology for mobile payments.

MasterCard plans to begin experimenting this fall with facial scans as an added security measure for consumers paying for purchases with a smartphone. "The new generation, which is into selfies ... I think they'll find it cool. They'll embrace it," said Ajay Bhalla, MasterCard's president of enterprise security solutions, in an interview with CNN Money.

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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article below at TheWirecutter.com.

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Enlarge / The winning EX6200 is much bigger than most of the other extenders we tested. The performance is worth it, but the EX6200’s size could affect where you place it in your home or apartment.

After spending a total of 110 hours researching 25 different Wi-Fi extenders (and testing 10 of them), plus analyzing reviews and owner feedback, we found that the $100 Netgear EX6200 is the best Wi-Fi extender for most people right now.  It costs as much as a great router and it shouldn't be the first thing you try to fix your Wi-Fi range, but it has the best combination of range, speed, flexibility, and physical connections of any extender we tested.

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Massive Bee Attack Kills Texas Man

A Texas man died last week when he was attacked by a massive swarm of bees when he hit a pipe containing their hive. According to ABC News, the man fled nearly a hundred meters before being overwhelmed.

54 year old Raul Zuniga had been operating a tractor in his field when he struck an irrigation pipe. The pipe, contained “15 to 20 feet of honeycomb”, and its inhabitants swarmed and attacked him. It took exterminators hours to contain the hive and neighboring ones after the incident.

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