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Apple support article offers workaround for recent issues with Setup Assistant on 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Category: MacBook, News, Software

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As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

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Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to include public transit data within Apple Maps

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

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31 additional banks and credit unions adopt Apple Pay, bringing total list to over 200 institutions

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 12:58
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Wearables

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Apple Pay is growing.

There’s no denying that.

The payment method is now supported by an additional 31 banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of institutions now exceeds 200 banks and credit unions with active support, and some 2,000 banks have signed on to support the mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in the future.

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PowerPoint for iOS updated to 1.8, allows Apple Watch to be used as a remote control

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 06:12
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is actually pretty interesting.

The newest version of Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS includes a feature that allows you to manage your live presentation on your Apple Watch, progressing through each slide without having to pick up your smartphone, tablet or Mac or Windows PC.

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Yelp app for iOS updated, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 05:49
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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The Yelp app just became compatible with the Apple Watch.

On Thursday, Yelp announced that its iOS app is now compatible with the Apple Watch. As expected, the app provides the majority of the information and reviews found in the standard iOS app.

The main interface of the app shows four options for restaurants, bars, coffee & tea, and hot & new locations. Tapping on one will bring you to another screen with nearby results that fit your selected criteria.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

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Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 04:18
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Late Thursday, Apple released its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update. The update, which can be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s App Store feature, fixes a video driver issue that might prevent your Mac from booting when running certain apps that capture video.

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DataMan apps add Apple Watch support, allow quick checks on data usage

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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This could come in handy.

XVision has announced that its DataMan apps are now ready for the Apple Watch. With DataMan, you can quickly glance at your wrist to see just how much data is left on your calling plan as well as your overall usage. Users can be notified if they’re about to go over their data cap as well as check used and remaining amounts of data.

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Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac preview

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Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 09:38
Category: News, Software

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It’s interesting when a company updates the preview version of its application.

In short, it means they really hope you buy it once it’s officially released.

Microsoft has updated its preview version of Office 2016 for Mac as well as launched two companion apps for iOS, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

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1Password 5.4 for iOS includes Apple Watch support, other fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 12:33
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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This could come in handy.

A recent update shows that the mighty 1Password application now includes support for the Apple Watch. Version 5.4 of the app will let you access important information like credit card numbers and one-time passwords directly from your wrist.

While the Apple Watch presently lacks a true keyboard or Touch ID scanner, it’s thought that the app will rely on the iPhone it’s paired with to work with the new version of 1Password to communicate with the Apple Watch.

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First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks into iBooks app, add new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 07:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been pointed out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as “track numbers”.

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