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iTunesApple have today released iTunes 12.2.1, the latest in a recent flurry of updates to their desktop media management software. Version 12.2.1, which is a 226 MB download (on OS X Yosemite) promises to deliver a couple of improvements around both match and Beats 1.

The official release notes outline the following changes and improvements:

  • Fixes an issue for iTunes Match users where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music
  • Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting formed iTunes match subscribers
  • Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1

iTunes 12.2.1 is available to download now using the build in App Store update method. Alternatively by selecting iTunes > Check for updates, from the menu bar once iTunes is launched.

Apple have also released a support document for users who have been affected by the Matched music switching to Apple Music issue.

Many users have posted concerns over the performance of iTunes 12.2 and Beats 1, some finding there ability to access the station and iTunes 12.2’s new streaming media services as a whole intermittent. This should now be resolved in the latest software update.

There are also posts starting to circulate the forums, suggesting that the issues first discovered in 12.1 with Matched music showing as Apple Music has not yet been resolved for some users. Also users who noticed issues with metadata on some of their matched tracks are reporting the issue does not intact clear. If you apply the update, and it doesn’t work for you – let us know using the comments section below.


FrustrationBack in July 2006 I decided to set up my website, a purchased a domain name and some hosting from Free Virtual Servers. I soon started to work my way up through their hosting packages, as I published more and more content and attracted more and more hits. Through nothing but organic growth my website soon started attracted more than 1000 unique hits every day. This meant shared hosting was not really an option, so I upgraded to my very own VPS!

VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers) are not cheap, and as the site is more of a hobby then I business I needed help to balance the costs. I reached out to Google, and signed up for advertising for my site.. I dislike adverts on websites as much as the next guy, however on impression adds helped me carry on with my hobby for a good two years!

Then out of the blue, my hit count fell through the floor, my ads where no longer bringing me much if any revenue. So I started to investigate it and soon realise Google had introduced a service called “Google Direct Answer”. This essentially tries to answer your googled question without you having to browse to any sites. Now, the premise is great. It’s a great time saver, and it does make Google stand out from the rest. However as a blog poster, I rely heavily on the traffic to help pay the bills! Seeing the hit count drop lower and lower meant a call for action…

Even though the site was already costing money, I decided the best thing I could do was reach out to SEO experts, and try to bring in some more much-needed traffic. I decided to get in touch with Free Virtual Servers sister company 123-Ranking we are now working together to help me help more people with my posts, and hopefully reverse some of the damage Direct Answer has caused. 123-Ranking have written a post which you can find here on Direct Answer and how it’s hurting many other sites just like mine.

iPhone ProvisionApple have just released the public beta of iOS 9 for those of you who just can’t wait until the official release. Unlike the developer beta of iOS 9, the public beta means you do not have to have an Apple developer account.. What’s more, you get the update over the air, and all future updates in the same way going forward. Signing up to the public beta program is pretty straight forward, once you’ve signed up all you have to do is download a provisioning profile on your iPhone, reboot then check for updates!

Obviously as this is a beta, is wise to try and avoid installing it on your primary hand set. Before you do so, its also wise to take a full backup of your device and it’s contents. Just incase you decide to roll back from the installation.

Once you’ve got your full backup, head over to on your iPhone. Once signed in with your iCloud credentials you’ll be presented with a ‘Download Profile’ button. Tap on this, accept the terms and conditions, and then follow the on screen instructions.

If you decide to roll back from iOS 9 all you need to do is connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or, put it in recovery mode, and restore it to the backup you made before biting the bullet… You made a backup.. Right?? If not, you can use an iPSW from iOS 8 you can grab the relevant files from

OS X has included the ability to remotely screen share using a VNC style server for some time now. However, a new feature ‘hidden’ in Yosemite iMessage application is the ability to request a screen share via an iMessage conversation! If you initiate an iMessage conversation with another Yosemite user who is also using iMessage, you can use a built it request facility to view to recipients screen. The ability to share your screen originally appeared within iChat, though required an AIM, Gmail, Jabber or Yahoo account.

Once your recipient has responded to your iMessage request, click on the details link in the top right hand corner of the chat window. This will expand a second box, with the option to FaceTime, Video Call or screen share. Clicking on the Screen Share option will then pop up an additional menu offering to send a request to screen share. The recipient will then receive a popup “Allow [your name] to control my screen”. Should the recipient accept your request the screen share should commence.

iMessage Screen Share


This does come with some caveats:

  1. Both users must be using Yosemite or above.
  2. Both users must have an Apple ID
  3. Both users must be signed into Apple ID in the iCloud preferences pain in System Preferences


Pro Gaming League (PRNewsFoto/Pro Gaming League)Pro Gaming League (PGL) Indianapolis Halo 2 Anniversary tournament concluded last weekend at the Indy Popcon with Team Evil Geniuses taking home the top prize of $20,000, and the chance to compete in the Grand Final of Season 2 later this month.

The event featured some of the best Halo players in the world competing for $50,000. PGL partnered with 343 Industries (343i) and to host one of the most successful Halo Championship Series (HCS) tournaments to date.

The tournament was attended by hundreds of fans and was broadcast live via Twitch with more than 14,000 concurrent people tuning in and thousands more following the event on social media.

The HCS, which is centered around Halo, the Xbox hit franchise, featured a mix of online and in-person LAN tournaments. The Pro Gaming League HCS event consisted of a 48 team bracket of competitive video gamers including the top eight Halo Pro Teams in the world.

“The event was extremely well received from the Halo community and establishes PGL as a premier eSports organization,” said PGL President Chad Larsson.

Pro Player Ninja tweeted: Can confirm that this was the best run event yet and best atmosphere! Huge shoutout to @ProGamingLeague for hosting an incredible event.

Richard Simms (Halo caster) tweeted: @ProGamingLeague you guys and the team raised the bar!


The finals are scheduled for July 24-26 at the ESL Studios in Burbank, California, with a prize pool of $150,000 dollars.

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