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Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.
Check out this Mac app deal we have called Supercharge Your Mac Bundle. It includes 9 apps—Flux V5.5, Pagico, DeltaWalker Pro, Emulsion, SpotDox Pro, HydraPro, MotionComposer, PulpMotion, DiscLabel—all for $39.99. These productivity apps do everything from Web design, organizing, file management, animation, and moviemaking. The retail price for all of them would be $554, making our deal a bargain. Check out details on the deal listing.
The Guardian has uncovered documented proof of the existence of Apple's Car project. According to those documents, Apple has been in touch with GoMentum Station, a testing and research facility built on the bones of the Concord naval weapons station that specializes in autonomous vehicles.
Check out the Tab LapDesk from iSkelter. It's a wooden desk for your lap that has a slot designed to hold your iPad, iPhone, or both devices at the same time. I suppose it would hold Android devices, too, if that's your thing. In any event, it gives you a nice writing surface while holding your devices. Simple and elegant. It's priced at $49. Oh, and there's an optional built-in white board—one for lefties and one for right-handed folks! That's just clever.
Apple rolled out a 42mm Link Bracelet Kit for Apple Watch on Friday. The $49 kit has six additional links the for the Link Bracelet strap for Apple Watch—despite the name of the kit, those additional links add up to 40mm to the Link Bracelet for wrists more than 205mm in diameter. The Link Bracelet is designed so that individual links can be removed or added without special tools. This kit's links are the same as the links that come in the Link Bracelet itself so that they match. The kit currently lists a shipping time of 5-7 days.
Ron Cervi of KCBS posted two more aerial views of Apple Campus 2—the Spaceship HQ—on Thursday, giving us another bird's eye view of the building taking shape. Five of what appear to be ten major sections of the buildings have risen from the Cupertino soil, including one of the sections that will have glass walls for the exterior.
We have a deal today on five apps from software maker Koingo: AirRadar 3, MacPilot 7, MacCleanse 5, Data Guardian 3, and Alarm Clock Pro 10. These utilities will help you find free and open Wi-Fi networks, tweak your Mac's UI, keep your Mac clean and organized, protect and encrypt files, and more. They retail individually for $110, but through our deal they're $24.99. Check out details on each app on the deal listing.
Apple released iTunes 12.2.2 on Thursday. Like iOS 8.4.1, this update focuses almost exclusively on Apple Music, and the top new feature is the ability to view a schedule in Beats 1 radio, as shown in the screenshot in the full story.
Apple released OS X 10.10.5 on Thursday, an update with fixes for Mail.app, as well as a fix for a problem with Photos.app and GoPro cameras. The release also addresses a problem with QuickTime Player and Windows Media files.
Apple released iOS 8.4.1 Thursday, an update with a major focus on Apple Music. The patch notes list fixes for iCloud Music Library, interface issues, playlist improvements, artwork fixes, improvements to Connect, and a fix for tapping Love when listening to Beats 1.