CurrentC is delayed yet again, and it's looking more and more like the alternative contactless payment system will never officially launch. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the eminent demise of CurrentC and the companies defecting from the platform for alternative systems.
Don't miss this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves — Part II of his annual gift guide for dads & grads.
The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.
Apple has been quietly adding engineers with experience in wireless charging, according to some LinkedIn sleuthing by The Verge. Over the course of the last two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen people in this field, including two from wireless charging startup uBeam in just the last four months. There's no telling what they're working on, but Apple already offers inductive wireless charging on Apple Watch, and Bloomberg reported in January that Apple wanted to do some kind of wireless charging solution for iPhone in 2017. Check out the full report at The Verge for additional information—the takeaway is that Apple is working on something in the field of wireless charging, and that's exciting, and it will probably be less dramatic, yet far cooler, than Nikola Tesla's wireless electricity transmission experiments more than a century ago.
Apple continued beefing up its offerings for the Chinese market this week with an update to GarageBand dedicated to Chinese content. The company added several Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the erhu and unspecified "Chinese percussion." Apple also added "300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops," the first new loops we've seen in some time.
Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable.
Check out TarDisk, a cleverly named flash memory storage device for your MacBook. It fits in the SD slot on your MacBook, and is seen as a hard drive. If you use the included Pear 2.0 utility, that 64GB will virtually integrate with your internal hard drive so that your MacBook sees them both as one drive. Pretty cool! You can get this device through us for $99.99, some 32 percent off retail.
The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about social media services tonight, May 17, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be talking about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more, plus he'll have some tips for staying safe online.
iTunes 12.4 is out with some new interface changes. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their first impressions with the iTunes update, plus they offer up some thoughts on the System and Security Info app getting bumped from the App Store.
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