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iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-gen Apple TV teardown

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:36
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Legal, News


This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.

Or at least its legal department.

The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.

As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.


Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:38
Category: iOS, News, Software


OS X 10.11 El Capitan hit yesterday and users are making up their minds about it.

The updated operating system, available as a free upgrade, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Spotlight now lets users search for files and other content in natural language, and access new kinds of information such as weather, stocks, and public transit schedules. Some other system-wide feature additions include a Split View fullscreen mode, a more streamlined Mission Control, and a series of upgrades to Chinese and Japanese language support, such as new fonts and better keyboard and trackpad input.

– Safari now supports pinned tabs, pushing Web video via AirPlay, and muting tabs via the Smart Search field. Maps users can search for the aforementioned public transit info, and also push directions to an iPhone, much like Google Maps.


Apple releases iOS 9.0.2 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 14:23
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


It’s not the biggest iOS update in the world, but it might make a difference.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.2. The update, a 71.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage.

– Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users.


Initial Apple Music trial subscriptions coming to an end, how to check your own payment status

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 08:30
Category: Apple Music, How-To, News


It’s time to check in on your free trial of Apple Music, especially if you’re not sure exactly when the free trial ends and billing kicks in.

As of today, it’s been three months since the Apple Music rollout. If you’re looking to check your specific status, follow these instructions:

– On your iOS device, fire up the Music app.

– Tap the user silhouette icon in the upper left corner (left side of the title bar) to load the Account page.


Google Maps updated to 4.11.0, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables


You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.

Which is both nifty and useful.

Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.


OS X El Capitan to be released Wednesday, September 30th

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:24
Category: News, Software


OS X 10.11 El Capitan hits tomorrow.

That’s the official word from Apple via a press release issued on Tuesday.

The new operating system will become available tomorrow (September 30th) on the Mac App Store as a free update. The information has been available since Apple’s September 9th event, which included the Wednesday release date as an easter egg during the new iPhone’s 3D Touch demo.


Video tests show iPhone 6s, 6s Plus relatively water resistant, not waterproof

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are pretty water resistant.

The bad news is that they’re not waterproof and it’s a bad idea to go swimming with them.

A group of YouTube users have put together some videos showcasing the results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, although the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.

The first video has both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge being submerged in a few inches of water. The two handsets survived being submerged for 30 minutes and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.


Apple updates privacy policy web site, looks to distinguish data collection habits from Google and Facebook

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, News, Software


Following up a bit more on this, Apple on Tuesday updated its privacy policy web site, detailing items like its policy on encryption and changes related to iOS 9, such as the way it targets stories and advertising in its News app.

“We knew coming in that building a personalized news product could be very sensitive — and the first thing we thought about was we really don’t want to associate news with your personal Apple account,” Apple’s senior director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, said in an interview with the Washington Post.


Apple announces sales of more than 13 million iPhone 6s, 6s Plus units in opening weekend

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Date: Monday, September 28th, 2015, 09:33
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It was a good weekend for the iPhone 6s launch.

Apple on Monday announced that the company had sold over 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets in the opening three days of the device’s availability.

The company had previously stated it was on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit sales record and has cleanly done so, topping its previous record by 3 million units. Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in an additional 40 countries beginning October 9th, albeit China will not be part of the initial rollout.


Google launches Google Keep note-taking app for iOS

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Date: Monday, September 28th, 2015, 08:21
Category: iOS, News, Software


If you were looking for Google to create a note-taking service and launch it for iOS, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.

More than two years after launching Google Keep for Android and the Web in March of 2013 and Android Wear in June of 2014, Google Keep has now launched on iOS.

The software allows the following bits of niftiness:
– Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.

– Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.