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Facebook iOS app update resolves battery drain, reasons for the bug explored

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 08:12
Category: iOS, News, Software


With any luck, this nipped the Facebook app’s battery drain issue.

Facebook on Thursday released a new version that it states will fix a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the app’s release note don’t specifically reference the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.


iOS 9.1 update grants Continuity-style calling to Sprint customers

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software


This could come in handy.

Following the release of iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, Sprint announced that iPhone users updating their firmware will be able to take advantage of improved Wi-Fi Calling, expanding on Apple’s Continuity feature.

These calls can now be set to ring on any Apple device signed into the iCloud with the same Apple ID.


Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.


Apple releases iOS 9.1 update, includes bug fixes, more than 150 new emoji symbols

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 17:54
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software


Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday, adding a slew of new features including the following:

– Improved Live Photos on the iPhone 6s with motion sensing capabilities to identify when a user raises and lowers their phone.

– Access to more than 150 new emoji characters.


Apple releases OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan update

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 13:22
Category: News, Software


If you were looking for fixes for Apple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system, they just came in.

Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.11.1, the first major update to its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system.

The update, approximately a 1GB download, offers the following fixes and changes:
– Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016.

– Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail.


More than 70 U.S. banks and credit unions added to Apple Pay

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 08:28
Category: Finance, News, retail


The good news is that Apple picked up yet another huge wave of newly added banks and credit unions in the United States that now officially support Apple Pay. Apple has added over 70 additional participating banks to its list of active partners including HSBC in the US.

Here’s the list and it is mighty:

Achieva Credit Union

Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union

Alliance Credit Union

AmeriServ Financial Bank

APCO Employees Credit Union

Bank of American Fork

Bridgewater Savings Bank


Apple programs Siri with quips for “Back to the Future” Day

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Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, 08:25
Category: Fun, News, Siri, Software


It’s officially “Back to the Future” Day.

And Siri has something to say about it.

Today, October 21st, 2015, is the date Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in “Back to the Future Part II”, the movie depicting the future as featuring holograms, weather control, hover boards, flying cars and movie signs that would happily attack you.


Apple reportedly blocking News app content in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:09
Category: iOS, News


The good news is the Apple News app is out and doing well.

The bad news is that Apple has apparently chosen to block it in the Chinese marketplace.

A source has confirmed that Apple the company has blocked users in China from accessing Apple News, which offers an iOS-optimized way to read stories from around the web.

This is not completely new, as tech companies are typically required to censor the media available in their apps to hew to China’s demands. If not, they risk being cut off by the so-called “Great Firewall of China”, like Facebook and Twitter. In this case, Apple, which sees China as a massive market for new iPhone sales, is itself blocking people in the country from accessing Apple News.


Apple releases 27-inch 5K iMac, high-res iMac screens becoming the standard

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


Ultra high-res screens are pretty much becoming standard across the iMac line.

Apple recently released a 27-inch iMac, complete with a 5K screen, leaving only the two lower-cost 21.5-inch iMacs as the only models available with 1920×1080 screens


iPhone 6s, 6s Plus rolls out in India

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:24
Category: iPhone, News, retail


It never hurts to release the new iPhone into one of the largest target markets on the planet.

Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available for purchase in India. The rollout, the fastest to date for India, prices the new iPhone at ₹62,000 (US$960) for the 16GB entry model, or ₹72,000 (US$1,100) and ₹82,000 (US$1,300) for the 64GB and 128GB variants. As for the iPhone 6s Plus, prices for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models are ₹72,000 (US$1,100), ₹82,000 (US$1,300) and ₹92,000 (US$1,400) respectively.