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Apple releases OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:20
Category: News, OS X, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for a heft update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, it just came out.

On Tuesday, Apple released OS X 10.11.2, the latest update to its OS X operating system. The update, a 1.87 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Improves Wi-Fi reliability

– Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop

– Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect

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Apple confirms iOS 9.2 update could fix iPad Pro freezing issue

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 11:41
Category: iOS, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Hopefully this helps.

Following up on yesterday’s release of its iOS 9.2 operating system, Apple has confirmed that the update should prevent an issue that caused some iPad Pros to become unresponsive after charging from continuing in the future.

A number of iPad Pro early adopters had complained about an issue that caused the 12.9-inch tablet to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

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iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case arrives to mixed reviews

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 09:17
Category: Accessory, battery, News

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The first iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case reviews are in and the results are mixed.

While the accessory adds a good amount of battery life to your iPhone 6 and 6s models and integrates with iOS to show a battery status icon, a number of complaints have surfaced about its “hunchback” design, complete with a protruding battery on the back.

“The battery juts out as if your phone will soon give birth to a rectangular alien,” says Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal in her review, which may just be accurate.

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Apple quietly releases iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, cites 25 hours of talk time

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 07:36
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, News

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Apple on Tuesday quietly launched its new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, which the company says will extend the handset’s talk time and internet use by up to 25 and 18 hours, respectively. The case’s outside material compares similarly to the company’s previous line of silicone accessories, with an added hump sitting in the middle of the backside where the extra battery rests.

The company offered the following product description:

Charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback. With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.

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Apple investing $13 million in Sacramento campus extension

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 06:31
Category: Finance, News

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The Apple real estate expansion journey headed north with Apple apparently preparing to transform a large warehouse at its Elk Grove campus in Sacramento, California into a logistics center, a move that city officials estimate could generate several thousand new jobs.

The current word is that Apple will invest $13 million in the project, thereby turning a 134,000 square foot space into a logistics center.

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CarPlay now available for 2016 Volvo XC90

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 17:58
Category: CarPlay, News, Software

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If you bought a super-hip 2016 Volvo XC90, it’s now eligible to run Apple’s CarPlay system.

The car maker announced that CarPlay is available to both current and future XC90 crossover owners. Starting today, when you plug your iPhone into the car’s USB Port, part of the Senus touchscreen will transform into CarPlay. Since the XC90 features a large 9.0-inch display, CarPlay only occupies the bottom half of the display. The top half remains the same as to allow users to access required vehicle functions.

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Apple bumps iTunes Match practical limit up to 100,000 songs

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 08:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

A number of users have reported that Apple has raised the song upload/matching limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries over 25,000, as promised in June by SVP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

It’s presently unknown what the new practical limit is, and official iTunes Match documentation still refers to a 25,000-song cap. Apple could conceivably be doing a slow rollout.

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Apple leases additional campus space in Sunnyvale, Jay Paul Co. credited with the deal

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 09:04
Category: Finance, News

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The process of Apple pretty much buying out the entire South Bay real estate market continues.

Today, it was revealed that the Jay Paul Co. is in advanced discussions to acquire Landbank Investments LLC’s massive “Central & Wolfe” development site in Sunnyvale, where Apple Inc. has leased a huge, Space Age-style office complex planned to be built there, according to industry sources.

Three sources outside the deal have stated that San Francisco-based Jay Paul has been picked as the buyer. The deal isn’t complete, and it’s unclear whether or not the transaction has gone nonrefundable. Scott Jacobs, CEO of Landbank, declined to comment on Wednesday. Jay Paul Co.’s chief investment officer, Matt Lituchy, declined to comment Thursday.

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IDC estimates Apple Watch sales numbers around 3.9 million worldwide

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has yet announce hard sales numbers for the Apple Watch, but the current intelligent guess is that the company has sold 3.9 million units worldwide since the wearable’s launch in April.

The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.9 million worldwide in the third quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device behind Fitbit fitness trackers during the three-month period ending September 30.

Apple posted a slight increase from the previous quarter, mostly the result of additional markets and channels coming on line. End-user attention has been going toward its entry-level and least expensive Sport line, to which Apple responded by introducing gold and rose gold models. In addition, Apple released watchOS 2, bringing native third-party applications to the device.

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Apple makes Swift programming language open source

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:27
Category: Developer, News, Software

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Apple’s Swift programming language just went open source.

And that can’t help but be awesome for the developer community.

Apple has announced that Swift has gone open source, Apple releasing two additional projects for Swift in open source: the Core Libraries project, and a new Swift Package Manager project.

The Swift Package Manager is a brand new project that strives to create a powerful, user-friendly tool to build and share Swift code. We are focused on ensuring the package manager is great at sharing source code, rather than compiled binary libraries. This project is very early in development, and will be designed and developed using Swift’s open, collaborative process.

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