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Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 update

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 14:05
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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If you were waiting for the OS X 10.10.5 update, it’s here.

On Thursday, Apple released OS X 10.10.5. The update, an 815 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail.

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Apple releases standalone firmware update for seventh-gen iPod nano, remains quiet about specific changes

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 09:54
Category: iPod Nano, News, Software

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It was a weird and quiet update, but maybe it’s critical.

Apple on Wednesday quietly released a standalone update for the recently-released seventh-generation iPod nano, the update offering a set of unspecified changes to the operating system.

The update is listed as v1.0.4, and unlike iOS releases it can only be downloaded and installed via iTunes. The last separate Nano firmware update dates back to 2011, when the watch-like sixth-generation model was still available.

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Apple releases Boot Camp 6 drivers, offers boosted Windows 10 compatibility

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:30
Category: BootCamp, News, Software

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If you’re using Boot Camp and just installed Windows 10, you might want to snag this.

Apple on Wednesday released its Boot Camp 6 update to add drivers for Windows 10. The update is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X, although it’s been noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

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Apple quietly recalling some Apple TV units, cites Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

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This is why recall programs exist.

Apparently, a few Apple TV units have been quietly recalled due to Wi-Fi-related problems. In one case, a user received an email from Apple Apple informing him that his device has a faulty part.

Apple is offering affected customers the opportunity to exchange their faulty Apple TV unit for a functional one. The company is reaching out to each affected customer individually and has not updated its website to acknowledge the recall, suggesting that only a few users received Apple TVs with the faulty part.

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Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay beginning Saturday, August 15th

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News, retail, Uncategorized

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Rite Aid has apparently gone for both CurrentC and Apple Pay.

Last year, when a group of retailers disabled their Merchant Customer Exchange devices in favor of the upcoming CurrentC payment system, it was unknown as to whether they’d opt for Apple Pay. Drug store chains CVS and Rite Aid were among the first to block Apple Pay support after initially accepting it. Now, drug store chain Rite Aid is ending that blockade as it announced today that it will officially accept Apple Pay starting this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, August 15th, Rite Aid will turn on support for Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay at almost 4,600 locations around the country. Competing drug store chain Walgreens has officially accepted Apple Pay since launch while CVS remains a hold out.

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This is Nifty: App in the Air

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Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 07:12
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software

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This could prove useful.

AITA Limited’s App in the Air allows you to keep tabs on your flight and offers real time status updates, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged. The app can also work offline, tracking gate changes and flight status updates and delivering them via SMS.

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MacKeeper customers now eligible to receive full refund due to class-action lawsuit

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Date: Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, 07:39
Category: Legal, News, Software

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Call it karma.

Customers of the MacKeeper have until November 30th to file a claim for a full refund as a result of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement. Given the terms of the deal, only customers who bought the software for July 8th are eligible.

The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix. It was filed in May 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

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iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:40
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.

Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.

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Sprig to reclassify large numbers of workers from contract to full employee status

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:13
Category: Legal, News, retail

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There’s only so long that people will be content to work as “contractors”.

Health food delivery startup Sprig seems to be acknowledging this, as the company will soon offer its hundreds of contract workers employment at the company.

Over the past few months, startups like Instacart, Shyp and Luxe have all switched their workers to W-2 employees rather than independent contractors. The main difference between the two is that with W-2 employees, employers have to “withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee,” according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Apple Music hits 11 million trial users in five weeks

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Date: Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 08:09
Category: Apple Music, News

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It’s been five weeks and there’s 11 million trial users on board so far.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated that Apple Music has garnered 11 million trial users, with two million of these users opting in to the multi-user family plan.

To compare it to its competitors, streaming music heavyweight Spotify boasts about 80 million users worldwide, 20 million of whom pay regular monthly fees for access to ad-free, on-demand content. That would put Apple Music at half the capacity of an industry leader if each existing trial member converts their single-user or family plan to a full paying membership. After a free three-month trial, users can continue to use Apple Music for US$9.99 per month, or US$14.99 per month for access on up to six devices.

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