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Get your first look at iOS 8.4 beta 3 and its new Music app

Apple has released a third beta version of iOS 8.4, including a revamped Music app, as well as a new beta build of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4.

Top 3 biggest Facebook changes from F8

Here are 3 of the biggest changes to Facebook from the F8 conference.

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Outages plague App Store, iTunes, and other Apple services

If you're trying to buy music, apps, or games this morning, good luck.

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Installing Java on a Mac? Beware the now-bundled Ask.com toolbar

Oracle's shady adware bundling is no longer a Windows exclusive.

PDF: What it is, when it’s used, how to convert and edit it

PDFs are everywhere, despite being notoriously difficult to edit. Ever wonder why?

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Apple is reportedly opening future iOS betas to the public

The move would signal a more open Apple, after the company began allowing the public early access to Yosemite last year.

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Apple promises developers better stability, performance for Swift

The company has been on a bug-killing mission with the latest version of the language.

Time to update: Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 are here

From Wi-Fi issues to FaceTime fixes, Apple is ironing out some bugs.

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The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac

Just unwrapped a shiny new Mac? Seek out these essentials first, and thank us later.

Bankable Backup and Recovery options for Your iPhone or iPad

Take a look at these useful tools for backing up and restoring your iOS device.

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Forensic software gets around Apple's iCloud security features

Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker can pull data from iCloud accounts with a person's knowledge

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Amazon, Apple updates let families share apps and media across devices

Families can share their apps, books and more across devices, as long as everyone can agree on an operating system.

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The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

Apple is the first smartphone maker to abide by a new California anti-theft law by inserting a "kill switch" into iOS 8, which powers the iPhone 6.

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WWDC: Apple Design Awards winners for 2014

Apple describes the recipients as apps that “raise the bar in design, technology and innovation.” Here are this year’s winners.