Not so long ago, it became apparent that Apple would be rolling out a Family Sharing feature for its customers, allowing families and groups of people to share certain apps even if they’re operating under different Apple IDs. It makes a great deal of practical sense, as well as saving money on the part of the consumer, and although it won’t apply to every single app residing over at the Cupertino’s Store, Apple has divulged a few more details on the subject.

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Apple has just made available a new version of iTunes for Mac OS X and Windows, with bug fixes the order of the day. More details on what’s new and where to download it from can be found right here.

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The touch-based environment has risen to prominence over the past few years, with many skeptics and naysayers having been won over in the process. As well as the increase in the number of smartphones, tablets and other touch-enabled gadgets sold every year, we’ve also seen efforts to bring gestures to our regular computers and notebooks. Some have focused on air gestures, allowing users to swipe using simple hand signals, while others, like the $75 offering seen below, have sought to turn everyday surfaces into touch panels.

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After a handful of Developer Previews, Apple recently unleashed the first Beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. In a change from the usual schedule, though, the beta was open to the general public, allowing anybody with an Apple ID to indulge, and as we close in on that eventual end user release scheduled for the fall, the Cupertino tech giant has just rolled out the 5th Developer Preview of Yosemite. Details, as ever, can be seen after the leap.

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The owners and developers behind the popular XBMC software have announced a name change that will see the software rebranded as ‘Kodi’. The name change has been a long time coming in fairness, with the outgoing title suggesting to users that the powerful software is capable of being installed and invoked on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles. That may have been true once upon a time, but XBMC hasn’t been capable of running on an Xbox since the original hardware release, with no compatibility being offered with Microsoft’s 360 or One offerings. The rebrand will see the software welcome in its third name change in the last 12 years and should also provide some much-needed clarity on the Xbox compatibility issues.

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According to reports, Apple has just rolled out its upgraded Content Delivery Network, or CDN, and to us, this equates to faster and more efficient downloads from the company’s servers. With speeds into the terabits per second, it’s quite a substantial bump, and although we tend to focus mainly on the products and software that Apple churns out, this is a more than welcome improvement to the back-end.

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Shazam is just a great service. The days of sitting there for hours trying to remember a song your heard earlier, or pestering a friend to see if they know the title / artist, or even Googling fragments of the lyrics – yes, we’ve all been there – are long gone. The music recognition app works its magic in seconds, retaining information on tracks that it tags, and more recently, has broadened its horizons to incorporate TV shows and advertisements. Today, after having had the iOS / Android apps out for a good couple of years now, a Mac version has just been released, and the inconspicuous app is not only useful for those occasions when you don’t want to have to reach for your mobile device, but its always-on nature means you certainly won’t miss a thing.

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Sometimes you read something and then have to make sure that it’s not April 1st, but alas, today is not April Fools Day and unfortunately, this report from Reuters appears to be far from a joke. If it is indeed accurate, the Russian government has apparently asked Apple to hand over the source code for both iOS and the OS X in a bid to try and make sure that neither can be used to spy on it.

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In the coming weeks, some parts of the United States will be offering what has become known as a ‘tax-free weekend’ during which select products can be bought without having to pay tax on them. That sounds like the kind of thing that we could get behind, and Apple is trying to make sure that those living in the right state are able to take advantage of the situation by, you guessed it, buying some shiny new Apple gear.

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Does that iPad Air just not cut it for you? Do you really, and we mean really need more power than an iPad can afford or simply need to use so-called real apps? Is money no object in the pursuit of something that Apple is unwilling to offer?

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Keeping in line with a number of rumors that surfaced over the weekend, Apple has today announced a relatively important refresh to its MacBook Pro range of computers. The update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display line of machines had been widely anticipated, and although the amendments don’t come as a great surprise, they do mean that those looking to purchase one of Apple’s portable Mac computers will ultimately benefit from a more powerful experience along with a reduced financial outlay.

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When it was announced that Intel was giving its Haswell line of CPUs a speed bump very recently, the smart money immediately went on those chips finding their way into Apple’s MacBook Pro and, if this leaked photograph is to be believed, that’s exactly what is going to happen.

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Apple flipped the switch today and made the OS X Yosemite beta available for free to those who aren’t enrolled in the company’s Developer Program. And like any other beta release, things didn’t go as smoothly for some users.

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As promised, Apple has just taken the wraps off the OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta, allowing non-developers to try out the as-yet unfinished Mac software. Details on how you can get involved in this limited beta trial are below.

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When the rumor mill around any Apple product grows, you get confused as to what to believe and what not. In all such cases, there are always some sources that remain more credible than others. And a latest report from a very credible source suggests that Apple’s fall plans might include not just OS X Yosemite, the iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6, but also a new Mac lineup, including the rumored 12-inch MacBook.

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Those looking to catch an early glimpse of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next major installment of Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system, have been able to check out some of the changes by means of the Developer Preview releases. Since WWDC, the Developer Previews have enabled registered devs to test the new software for bugs, compatibility and new features, but even in the run-up to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we knew that Apple would be allowing anybody with an Apple ID to try out Yosemite before the end user release this fall. The OS X Beta Seed program, which Apple introduced to allow ordinary folk to get a flavor of what’s next, is about to come into effect thanks to the first Yosemite beta, which will land tomorrow.

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Traditionally speaking, Apple has generally favored releasing new versions of iOS and OS X on a staggered basis rather than bombarding users with upgrades at the same time. The inclusion of the impressive Continuity features that were unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference had led some corners to believe that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite would be made available to the public at the same time this fall, but according to those familiar with Apple’s plans, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Apple has launched a new ad for its ever-popular MacBook Air, but it’s not quite like the ads that came before it.

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Apple has posted its Q3 2014 earnings results, and as ever, the Cupertino giant has raked in revenues in billions, and has also revealed how many iPhone, iPads, iPods and Macs it has sold in the last quarter. Full details and breakdown of the earnings results can be found right here.

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With its MacBook Pro lineup tightly tied to Intel’s chip release schedule, Apple will be pleased to learn that the chip maker has launched an update to its Haswell line of CPUs.

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