Apple updates iTunes with OS X Notification Center widget

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Apple updated iTunes to version 12.1 Thursday, giving it a handy widget in the Notification Center.

The widget lets you see what’s currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you’re listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom.

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Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my!

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As Facebook has matured into a social media platform unrivaled in size and reach in recent years, the persistent question hanging over the company in 2014 has been: what’s next?

To properly answer that question it’s best to look into the company’s recent past to glean a hint at what might be in store for Facebook in 2015.

Messaging

Earlier this year, Facebook recovered from its stinging rebuke from Snapchat by snapping up the messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion in February. The app, which currently claims to have 600 million active monthly users, added a significant amount of heft to the company’s already massive billion-user base. Nevertheless, the acquisition hasn’t appeared to put a dent in Snapchat’s popularity.

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Slingshot allows you to draw on photos. You can control the size of the brush by moving your finger farther away from the color bar.

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