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Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update, allows for device-specific resources to be downloaded as needed

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS


Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.


Microsoft acknowledges crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan, can’t offer timeline for a fix

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:42
Category: News, Software


The good news is that Microsoft has acknowledged the massive crashes between Office for Mac 2016 and the newly-released OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

The bad news is that they don’t have an estimated timeline for a fix.

In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem.

“We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan,” the statement read. “We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released on September 30th. Since then, reports of bugs and crashes between it and Office for Mac 2016 have skyrocketed on support threads.


Apple purchases VocalIQ, may use APIs to boost Siri, rumored car project

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 12:32
Category: News, Siri, Software


Add this to the other cool things Apple has bought over the years and may or may not do something with.

Apple has apparently purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the UK that has “developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.”

Albeit no one has said how Apple plans to use VocalIQ’s assets, it’s thought that VocalIQ’s API can help improve Siri. It’s also thought that Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things, as the company has collaborated with General Motors in the past. .


Microsoft Office 2016 users complain about bugs, crashes under OS X 10.11 El Capitan update

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 08:02
Category: Microsoft, News, Software


Well, this is a giant mess.

Following the release of Apple’s new OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Wednesday, a number of users have complained of crashes with Office 2016 and the new operating system.

“This is beyond the Pale. We basically can’t use Office on our computers,” wrote one user on the longest thread related to the crash problem.

Users have complained of apparently random crashes since the update, the discussion thread regarding the issues currently running for more than 140 pages.


Apple leases additional office space, expands to Sunnyvale, San Jose

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Date: Monday, October 5th, 2015, 08:22
Category: News


The Apple expansion continues.

In recent weeks, it’s been discovered that Apple has leased another major project in Sunnyvale — a two-building, 215,000-square foot office park that’s wrapping up construction at North Mathilda Ave. and W. Maude Ave. The project, from Christensen Holdings, is in a business district that’s already thick with Apple outposts.

This is not a completely new change, as the Mathilda Tech Center in Sunnyvale is located in a thick of office buildings already occupied by Apple.

It’s expected that Apple will continue to lease buildings in this segment of Sunnyvale, known as “Peery Park”.


iFixit digs into iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, finds reason for nearly waterproof test results

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 15:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


The reports have come in praising the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ nigh-waterproof nature and while the handsets aren’t completely waterproof, they appear to be a huge step in the right direction.

With that in mind, the cool cats at iFixit began looking at the construction used in the units. The engineers found that while Apple hadn’t surrounded the iPhone’s logic board in water-resistant materials, but had essentially made the logic board itself more waterproof.


Target to begin selling Apple Watch starting October 25th

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 09:56
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


If you’re looking for an Apple Watch, you can now buy one at most Target locations.

The Apple Watch will be available in all 1,800+ locations across the United States, greatly expanding the points-of-sale for Apple Watch going into the holiday quarter. Aside from the couple hundred Apple Stores in the US, Apple Watch has been sold in a few premium vendors plus Best Buy, T-Mobile, and Sprint…

Target has also stated that it will begin selling the Apple Watch at target.com and through its iPhone app.


Amazon to stop selling Apple TV, other streaming devices after October 29th

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 09:41
Category: Apple TV, News, retail


Well, this is a bit awkward.

On Thursday, Amazon distributed an email to marketplace sellers informing them that the company plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The company will no longer offer Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Apple TV for sale in its online store.

The email stated that Amazon plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple.


Apple elects Boeing’s James A. Bell to board of directors

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 08:51
Category: News


When in doubt, add the former CFO and corporate president of Boeing to your board of directors.

On Thursday, Apple announced that it had added James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, to Apple’s board of directors. Bell arrives with more than four decades of experience in finance, strategic planning and leadership in complex organizations. During his 38-year career at Boeing, he also oversaw Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services, and was interim CEO of The Boeing Company in 2005.


Apple to build additional “spaceship” campus in Sunnyvale, house up to 3,000 workers via new structure

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 15:42
Category: News


It looks like Apple will be snapping up yet another spaceship campus, this time in Sunnyvale.

Word on the ground is that Apple has sealed a deal for Landbank Investments LLC’s planned Central & Wolfe campus. The headquarters will be a curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project at Central Expressway and Wolfe Road that’s expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley. The current marketing web address has been designated as “Notanotherbox.com”.

The campus will be brokered by Landbank Investments and designed by architecture firm HOK and will consist of three, four-story buildings over two levels of parking connected by an undulating skin. The effect is a cloverleaf, or flower-petal-like design that draws comparisons to Apple Campus 2 but is unique in its own right.