How to Send Apps as Gifts from the iOS App Store or iTunes

Sending an app gift to friends and family who use iOS has never been easier. When it comes to the holiday season, sending someone an app is convenient and doesn't waste a lick of wrapping paper. Apps can be gifted using the App Store on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or directly from iTunes on a computer.

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To gift an app from the App Store, find the app you wish to deliver as a gift using the browse or search functions. Once on the app details screen, tap the share box in the upper right corner. When the menu pops up at the bottom of the screen, touch the Gift button.

Play Your iTunes Library from iOS With Home Sharing

The Home Sharing feature in iTunes makes it possible to stream an iTunes library directly from a computer to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. As long as the iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer, large iTunes collections can be accessed directly from iOS, without syncing or taking up storage space. It only takes a few steps to set up Home Sharing and start streaming music and video.

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First, open iTunes on the computer and navigate to File -> Home Sharing -> Turn on Home Sharing. Older versions of iTunes (10.2 to 10.7) have the Turn on Home Sharing option under the Advanced menu. Enter your Apple ID and password to start sharing the iTunes library. iTunes media on multiple computers can be shared over the same Wi-Fi network.

Doctor Who Lost Episodes Enemy of the World and Web of Fear Now Available on iTunes

Nine Doctor Who episodes which were previously thought destroyed are now exclusively available on iTunes. The episodes "Web of Fear" and Patrick Troughton's six-part story "The Enemy of the World" were recently discovered at a TV station in Nigeria, and have been digitally remastered by the BBC.

Doctor Who Lost Episodes

iTunes users can now download all six episodes of "The Web of Fear" (episode three is still missing, but has been reconstructed using still image ‘telesnaps’ and original audio) and "The Enemy of the World" for $10, or for $2 per episode. Doctor Who fans can also pre-order the missing episodes on DVD for £13.99 from the BBC's online store. The limited edition DVDs will be available in early 2014.

This is the first time these episodes have been available to view in over 40 years.

How to share my iTunes library with iPhone?

The iTunes library on your computer can be shared with an iOS device such as the iPhone. Both the computer and iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To enable Home Sharing on iTunes 11 and later navigate to:
File -> Home Sharing -> Turn On Home Sharing

To enable Home Sharing on iTunes 10.2 to 10.7 use:
Advanced -> Turn On Home Sharing

Once Home Sharing is enabled on your computer you can access the shared library on an iOS device by following the instructions here.

Apple Apologizes to Breaking Bad Season Pass Buyers, Offers Refunds

After much confusion surrounding the final season of Breaking Bad, Apple began sending out emails offering Season Pass buyers a refund. Here's the email:

Dear Customer

We apologize for any confusion the naming of “Season 5″ and “The Final Season” of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you “The Final Season” on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.

Breaking Bad Season Pass

The confusion began when AMC split the final season into two parts, and Apple titled the first 8 episodes as "Season 5″. This led iTunes users to believe they were buying a Season Pass to all 16 episodes for $21.99, when it reality it only included the first half of the final season. Apple's second mistake was not removing their boilerplate text that promised: “This Season Pass includes all current and future episodes of Breaking Bad, Season 5.”


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