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On Monday, Apple released third betas of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 to developers, with changes -- if any -- from the previous betas largely unknown, except for an update in the new tvOS beta (for the fourth-generation Apple TV) that adds dictation support for searches using the Siri remote. OS X 10.11.3 continues to build on the previous beta's support for Live Photos in Messages, also seen in iOS 9.3 along with new feature Night Shift. The previous beta of watchOS brought a revamped Maps interface and the ability to pair more than one Apple Watch to a single iPhone.
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only.https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=02042016a
Late on Thursday, Apple quietly updated its Mac App Store listings for Final Cut Pro X and its subsidiary programs -- Motion and Compressor -- to add support for 4K exporting to Apple's own devices that can display UHD files, such as the iMac line. The update also introduces new sharing options along the same lines, adding the fourth-generation Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and support for multiple YouTube accounts to the Sharing window's options. The update also adds a new AVC import option, and offers numerous bug fixes.
At a "Town Hall" meeting with employees following the company's Q1 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly rejected the notion -- long favored by analysts -- that Apple needs a "pared down" and inexpensive iPhone model in order to attract buyers in developing or "emerging" markets like India. While most of the meeting dealt with a rehash of information given during the analyst call, some was concerned with employee matters like retention incentives, as well as saying the Apple TV and tvOS both have "bright" futures.
An outage earlier today has since been corrected, but affected users around the world with a roughly two-hour disruption of the various App Stores, some iCloud services, and related features such as Apple Maps. As of 11AM ET, the problem has been fixed and all services are reporting operational again, but no explanation of the nature of the outage or the percentage of users affected has been reported by Apple. The downtime struck for about two hours from around 10AM Eastern Time until noon.
ObjCConverter for Swift offers automatic as-you-type conversion of Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. ObjCConverter for Swift 2.4 is available for $15 from the Mac App Store.
Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the staff of MacNN finds offers deserving enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today's bargain comes from BundleHunt, with the site's Create Your Design Bundle giving you the opportunity to compile a super-sized package for your design needs from a collection of 100 separate elements, with your very own 15-item bundle priced at $28 regardless of the products chosen.
On Tuesday, Apple issued a minor upgrade to its Xcode development software, releasing version 7.2.1 specifically to fix some bugs and issues discovered since the release of v7.2 late last year. Among the most important of changes was that the certificate used by Safari Extensions and Push Notifications, along with certain kinds of Wallet passes, has been updated. Other issues resolved include a debugger crash and a command line tool that could time out.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection of offers are all online courses to teach you how to code, with tuition covering mobile apps and games that you can start learning from this weekend, if you have any free time.
It all sounded so easy one week ago when we revealed that we were going to make a Job Book database in FileMaker Pro and for the most part, it has been very easy. We took a deep dive into fields on Wednesday which meant absorbing terms that might be new and using database calculations that –– to us anyway –– felt like Sudoku puzzles to be solved. Otherwise, though, it was a pretty smooth ride from idea to final working database. That's the key thing here: the database is working. It's a real database that we truly are using every day and as we keep saying, the way to learn something is to have a real project to do.
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Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t