New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Apple Music and more

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Apple released iOS 8.4 and its new music streaming service on Tuesday. Apple Music has been met with mixed reviews, and much confusion. Apple is forcing users to pick a monthly subscription plan before they can access the music service for free. iOS users must pick a $10 or $14 monthly plan, then disable the automatic renewal option in their Settings if they don't want to be charge in 3-months when their free trial ends. There is also some confusion about the difference between "Apple Music" and "Beats 1", and why Apple Music is part of the stock Music app. You can check out our Apple Music Guide for the answer to all of these questions.

iOS App of the Week: Lifetime Movie Club

Lifetime Movie Club

Lifetime has always been known for its over-the-top made for TV movies, but recently the basic cable channel has been hitting a lot of home runs. Not only is Lifetime giving the king of B-movies, the Syfy network, a run for its money by releasing internet fodder such as The Choking Game, but it has also found ratings success with its adaptations of V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic novels. The network also got the internet talking thanks to its controversial biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and by nabbing big name talent such as Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Bella Thorne.

Apple Music Guide: Learn how to navigate Apple's new music streaming service

Apple Music Icon

Apple Music was not only met with mixed reviews, but it also has iPhone and iPad owners asking a lot of questions. For starters, there is no "Apple Music" app added to your device when you install iOS 8.4. Instead you can find all the Apple Music services, such as the Beats 1 radio station, in your existing Music app, which is now white. Apple Music does not replace your music library. You can still access all the albums and songs you purchased from iTunes or added to your device in the My Music section in the Music app.

Jailbreak iOS 8.4 with TaiG 2 (Not PPGhost)

TaiG the original iOS 8.4 jailbreak

Recently there has been much excitement and drama in the iOS jailbreak community. Last week's release of TaiG 2 for iOS 8.3 sent developers scrambling to update their packages for the latest firmware. The moment Cydia and countless tweaks were 8.3 ready, Apple Music launched on July 30 as part of the iOS 8.4 update. It was only hours until the first iOS 8.4 jailbreak entered the scene, however issues with the PP jailbreak tool have since come to light. TaiG immediately updated to version 2.2.0 for jailbreaking iOS 8.4, which is now recommended for all users over PPGhost.

PP jailbreak tool updated for iOS 8.4

PP iOS 8.4 logo

The iOS 8.4 jailbreak has arrived. Just hours after the launch of Apple Music the PP jailbreak tool has been updated to version 2.3.0. The latest PP jailbreaks devices running iOS 8.1.3-8.4. This news comes hot on the heels of last week's iOS 8.3 jailbreak from TaiG team. While the PP tool is currently Windows-only, previous releases from PP have supported OS X. Those with jailbroken devices can now update to iOS 8.4 without losing their tweaks and customizations.

How to disable the automatic renewal of your free Apple Music trial

Apple Music Automatic Renewal

As promised, Apple launched its new music streaming service on June 30, 2015. The service offers both a free and paid option for all iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 8.4, but using the free tier can be a bit confusing. Users must sign up for the free 3 month trial period to access any of the Apple Music features. This means you must disable the free trial option if you do not want to pay $9.99 a month once it expires. Here's how:

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Insider selling, Apple Music, and Apple Watch

Apple Watch South Korea

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made news this week on several fronts, including a change to the royalty structure in its upcoming Apple Music service. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue stated that Apple would pay artists 0.2 cents per song during the 3-month free trial. While AAPL peaked mid-week at $129.70 after news of the change, the stock closed at $126.79 on Friday. This means AAPL longs were down 70 cents per share from Monday's open.

iOS App of the Week: Disney Gif

Disney Gif app of the week

Sending animated pictures directly from the iOS keyboard is magical. Just ask anyone with RuPaul's Drag Race Keyboard installed on their iPhone. The Walt Disney Company has now jumped into the game, offering the free app Disney Gif to anyone running iOS 8.0 or later. Once installed, Disney Gif provides access to hundreds of categorized gifs from a custom keyboard. Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and ABC themed animated gifs can be pasted into Messages, Mail, or any other app.

Add guest mode to iPhone with security tweak Blocked


Blocked makes it possible to enforce more robust security and privacy on iOS devices. Once installed, Activator actions can be configured to enter two different secure modes: Sleep mode and Guest mode. Both modes function in a similar manner, by blocking access to certain apps or settings when enabled. This means you can be sure exactly what's happening on your iOS device when lending it to someone, or when it's time to sleep.

RippleBoard adds flair to the iOS home screen


Looking to switch up the iOS home screen with one free jailbreak tweak? RippleBoard has a variety of functions that can be installed in one easy swoop. First of all, there's an option to make all icons and folders round on the home screen. This alone is an interesting enough feature. Dig deeper, and there are more options.


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