Apple launches iTunes Pass in the U.S., UK, Australia and more

Following the initial launch in Japan, Apple has now begun to push its new iTunes Pass out to a more global audience. Initially we’ve been able to verify that the U.S. and the UK are now seeing it, but there are reports from all around the world such as Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands that are also seeing iTunes Pass availability.


Now you can add money directly to your iTunes or App Store account with iTunes Pass. To get iTunes Pass, go to the iTunes Store on your iOS device, scroll down, and tap the Redeem button. Then go in to any Apple Retail Store and let a Specialist know you want to add credit to your account. Open iTunes Pass in Passbook, and have the Specialist scan it and accept your payment. Your balance will be updated and can be used immediately.

Adding funds via iTunes Pass is faster than buying a physical gift card, and should be a useful feature for those who are looking to quickly add funds to their App Store account. The service is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch and while the official Apple page hasn’t yet been updated with a definitive list, it does note at this point that Brazil, Turkey and China won’t be getting it.

Do you normally buy gift cards? If so, would you be interested in using iTunes Pass instead?

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The Fake Places Cartographers Used to Trap Copyright Thieves

The Fake Places Cartographers Used to Trap Copyright Thieves

People will go to some insane lengths to hunt down the bandits of their precious brainchildren. And for good reason! Some cartographers, though, have figured out an easier way of doing things. By including fake river bends, shortcuts, and even entire streets, the mapmakers of the world can beat thieves at their own game.

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DirecTV NFL SundayTicket.TV on iPhone, iPad, Mac requires no satellite dish

In a bold move supporting cord cutters, satellite provider DirecTV is allowing users to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games to their personal devices without requiring a satellite dish in the process. Streaming will work on compatible Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Macs and PCs, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console depending on the package you sign up for.

On its site, DirecTV lists its Max package for $329.99, which brings streaming to all the mentioned devices so you’ll have robust access to Red Zone Channel, Fantasy Zone, and access to all your out of market games.

There are cheaper packages like the entry level $199.99 Digital only that works with Macs and PCs, iPhone, and iPad devices. That package doesn’t include Fantasy Zone package or Red Zone Channel though. There is also a similar Console package that works only with the Xbox and is priced at $239.99.

Before attempting to subscribe to these digital-only packages, be sure to visit the DirecTV site in the source link below to see if your device will be compatible.

Are you ready to ditch the dish this NFL season and tailgate in the backyard with your favorite tablet or phone?

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Amazon’s Prepping a “Kindle Unlimited” Subscription Service For Books

Amazon's Prepping a "Kindle Unlimited" Subscription Service For Books

Amazon is testing an ebook rental service called "Kindle Unlimited," as GigaOm pointed out today. The e-commerce company put up test pages for the service, which will offer "unlimited access to 600,000 titles." Users would pay $10 a month for access to the online lending library. The question is: Will they?

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The Mattress Gets Reinvented (and Stuffed In the Trunk of Your Car)

The Mattress Gets Reinvented (and Stuffed In the Trunk of Your Car)

Mattress shopping can be a major pain in the ass. Something that Casper, a newly launched sleep startup, wants to remedy. The supposed solution? One single, painstakingly engineered mattress for the masses.

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Switching Fonts May Not Save the Government Millions After All

Switching Fonts May Not Save the Government Millions After All

We all love stories about teenagers schooling the government, but sometimes we get schooled, too. Last week, we wrote about 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani’s research project that suggested the government would save $400 million by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. Turns out, it’s a little more complicated than that.

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Netflix saves The Killing one more time, six-episode final season will be a streaming exclusive

Netflix saves The Killing one more time, sixepisode final season will be a streaming exclusive

Netflix already pulled whodunnit The Killing from the scrap pile once, working out a deal with AMC to produce a third season for airing and subsequent streaming, and now it’s done it again. The Killing will see a fourth and final six-episode season (when is still up in the air), produced by Fox, which Netflix will stream exclusively in the areas where it provides service. This, along with continued hints of more Arrested Development in the works will probably get fans of other canceled/about-to-be canceled series excited, although we’ll have to wait and see how many refurb projects Netflix is ready to put next to its original content.

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Pop Music Makes Experimental Solar Panels Work 50% Harder

Pop Music Makes Experimental Solar Panels Work 50% Harder

Ever notice how you feel more productive while listening to a great song? It’s not just you. Researchers just discovered that a certain type of solar panel works most efficiently when exposed to the acoustic vibrations of pop music. Crank it up!

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EX1 prints circuits on paper, cloth, almost anything you can imagine

EX1 prints circuits on paper, cloth, almost anything you can imagine

Printing a circuit isn’t exactly a new idea. In fact, researchers have been putting down silver nano particles using a process similar to ink-jet printing for years. Heck, you can even hack your existing desktop unit to do the same thing with about $300 in components. Still, a retail-ready circuit printing machine has so far managed to elude us. That’s where the EX¹ hopes to make its mark. With most of the early bird specials already gone, you’ll have to pledge at least $1,499 to its Kickstarter campaign to get one, which puts it firmly in prosumer territory. (And that’s just for the version that requires some assembly.) But there’s no denying the allure. The EX¹ uses two different “ink” cartridges to lay down layers of material that will form lines of silver nano particles. And, thanks to its flatbed design, you can print your customized circuits on anything from standard PCBs, to cloth, wood or even paper.

The company has even built a custom software suite that simplifies the printing process. You can simply import an image of a circuit and hit print (they’re pretty easy to find with a Google Image Search). Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can sketch out the circuit yourself and take control of all the printing variables. The EX¹ has already doubled its funding goal with four weeks left in its campaign. If you’re interested and have the cash hit up the source to pledge your support. But be advised, you’ll need to be patient — the estimated shipping date is currently July of 2014. (And we all know how good a track record Kickstarter campaigns have at meeting shipping targets.) Before you go, make sure to check out the video after the break.

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Apple promises to restore some iWork features within six months

November 07, 2013

If you’ve been disappointed in the lack of certain features in the newly released iWork ’13, don’t worry: Apple is not sticking its fingers in its ears and humming as loudly as possible.

On Wednesday, the company posted a support document listing features that would return to the productivity suite within the next six months.

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“In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release,” says Apple’s support document. “We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.”

Many of the most common complaints from users of iWork ’09 are addressed in the document, including improvements to AppleScript support for Numbers and Keynote, more presenter display options in Keynote, keyboard shortcuts for styles in Pages, and many more.

If you’ve been holding off upgrading to iWork ’13, remember that the installers do not replace your current iWork ’09 versions, so you can continue to rely upon those for any features that Apple hasn’t yet integrated. As to whether subsequent upgrades will return all the missing features, it’s too early to say, but it seems likely that Apple is looking to make sure that its productivity suite helps make its customers, well, productive.

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