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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.


Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting Touch ID, speaker, power, 3D Touch issues

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 08:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software


There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.

Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.

The problems include the following:


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.