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Wed, Dec 9, 2015The Remote-App Edition

Mega-Apple Update Day Brings Upgrades To OS X, iOS, WatchOS, And tvOS, by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Available for devices going back to the iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th generation, and iPad 2, this iOS update includes a few minor improvements for Apple Music. [...] The Mac software update is about stability rather than new features.


Available only for the fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 9.1 lets users control Apple Music with Siri, and use Apple's iOS Remote app to control the device.

Apple Says iOS 9.2 Fixes Unresponsive iPad Pro Issues, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple acknowledged the problem in a support document on its website, stating that it was "investigating" the issue, and has now updated that support document to reflect that "iOS 9.2 or later" should prevent the issue from occurring again.

Security Update 2015-008 (Mavericks) And 2015-005 (Yosemite), by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

In particular, the two Security Updates address multiple memory corruption issues in ImageIO, OpenGL, CoreGraphics, and CoreMedia Playback, as well as a memory corruption issue related to the handling of iWork files — all of which could lead to arbitrary code execution.

Apple Updates Its News App To Make It More Like A … Newspaper, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

Apple’s update for its iOS app, which begins rolling out today, has two components. Only one of them will be visible to regular users: Apple’s editors will curate a list of “top stories” they’ll display for all of the apps’ users, at least a couple of times a day.

That’s a change in philosophy from this fall’s launch, when the app was supposed to highlight stories based on each of its users’ tastes and reading behaviors.

TV Plans

Apple Says These Are The Best Apple TV Apps Of 2015, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

“What we’re seeing with the new Apple TV is to me very similar to what happened with gaming on the iPhone,” Cue said. “When we first announced the iPhone, we didn’t tout it as a gaming device. But games became a huge part of iPhone, because it turns out that a lot more people than just hardcore gamers love games. We expanded the market. I think the vast majority of people around the world probably aren’t looking to buy an Xbox or PlayStation. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy playing games. I think Apple TV expands the gaming market to those people.”


“We’re working on a new Apple TV remote app that will give you the full functionality of the Siri Remote on your iPhone,” Cue said. “We’re hoping to ship that in the first half of next year.”

Apple Shares New 'The Future Of Television' Apple TV Ad, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple TV Billboard Campaign Begins Featuring Content Including 'The Simpsons', by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Leslie Moonves Talks Apple TV, Ad-Free Version Of CBS All Access, by Cynthia Littleton, Variety

Referring to Apple’s hotly anticipated, but long-delayed, plans to offer a tier of channels subscribers could stream for a monthly fee, Moonves said, “They’ve had conversations on it, and I think they pressed the hold button.” His comments were the most definitive indication in quite some time that Apple’s bid to compete with pay-TV companies has stalled; the Cupertino, Calif.-company has yet to comment on the venture beyond indications from CEO Tim Cook that the TV business is “broken.”


Apple Releases Lightning To SD Camera Reader With USB 3.0 Speeds On iPad Pro, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has released a new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader with support for up to USB 3.0 speeds on iPad Pro, and USB 2.0 speeds on all other iPad and iPhone models.

Apple Publishes Best Of 2015 App Store Lists For iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, And Apple TV, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Early this morning, Apple unveiled the 2015 edition of their annual Best of App Store lists – a collection of the best apps and games released on the App Store over the past 12 months. This year, in addition to iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, Apple has added editorial picks for the newly launched watchOS and tvOS platforms, highlighting the best apps and games released by third-party developers on Apple Watch and Apple TV.

Apple’s New $99 iPhone Battery Case Doesn’t Measure Up, by Lauren Goode, The Verge

From a purely technical standpoint, the Smart Battery Case doesn’t offer as much extra battery life as competitors do. So in order to justify its $99 price point, it has to be “smart” in other ways. It has to build upon on existing Apple designs, and it has to utilize the iPhone's software. It does all of this. But I'm not convinced this is the best case. [...] The case works just fine with Apple’s EarPods, but most other headphones I tried didn’t fit with the case on. They’d probably work with an extender, but Apple doesn’t supply one with the case.

Duet Turns Your iPad Into A Monitor Running iOS And Mac Apps Together, by Thomas Ricker, The Verge

Version 1.2 lets you dedicate any iPad or iPhone display for use as a second monitor. Or you can allocate two-thirds of the display for Mac apps if you own an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro, while the other third can be used for your favorite split-screen iOS apps.

Alien Skin Introduces Exposure X For Mac OS X, by MacTech

It’s a digital imaging app designed to helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a set of software tools for developing photos.

Do You Learn Something New Every Day? With Know Fast You Can, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

Almost everyone can spare just a few minutes each day to watch a short video. And, that is how Know Fast works. Every day you will be notified that your video is ready. So, pick a category, watch your video, and learn something you did not know yesterday.

Focus By Firefox Wants To Give Privacy Control Back To iPhone And iPad Users, by Charlotte Banks, GeekSnack

In a move to secure a better spot for itself in the mobile ecosystem, Mozilla has just released an ad-blocker for the iPhone and iPad called Focus by Firefox.

Aldiko E-Reading App Is Now Available For The iPhone, by Michael Kozlowski, Good e-Reader

Aldiko for iPhone allows you to download thousands of open sourced e-books for free and allows you to import in your own EPUB and PDF files. The app is compatible with Adobe DRM, so you can import in your purchases from other online bookstores.

Spice Up Your Shared Events With GIFs And Photos Using Raft, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


Tim Cook Joins The Cerebral Palsy Foundation For 'Just Say Hi' Campaign, by Joseph Keller, iMore

The campaign encourages people to interact with those with disabilities in the same manner they would with anyone else. Cook appears in a short video for the campaign, speaking once again about the importance of inclusion.

Apple Executive Seeks A Touch Of Chic At Retail Stores, by Katie Benner, New York Times

Ms. Ahrendts “is shaving off some rough edges and completing our sense that the Apple Store is a premium experience,” said Jan Dawson, an analyst at Jackdaw Research.

Her role in bringing in the Phantom also gives a glimpse into how Ms. Ahrendts has been operating within the world’s biggest company. Since joining Apple, the 55-year-old executive has been relatively quiet publicly. But she moved swiftly and nearly unilaterally on the Phantom, showing how she can push for the products that will shape the store experience.

Apple Plans March Apple Watch 2 Event, 4-Inch ‘iPhone 6c’ Possible, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Spotify Considers Allowing Some Artists To Withhold Music From Free Service, by Hannah Karp, Wall Street Journal

A Bookshop Where Everything Is Recommended, by Mimi Vu, New York Times

His concept was to present collections of volumes handpicked by various creatives — including Tilda Swinton, Michael Stipe, Lena Dunham and Edmund White — in response to the question, “If you were stranded on a desert island, which ten books could you not do without?”

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