We got a demonstration of Tap Systems' self-titled product, Tap, last night at Pepcom in San Francisco. It's a gesture-based one-handed virtual keyboard, and Bryan Chaffin thinks this may be the first one that makes sense.
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 squashed scores of security flaws in updates to OS X (10.11.5), iOS (9.3.2), and watchOS (2.2.1) on Monday, and TMO recommends that you run those updates ASAP—unless you're on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple updated the MacBook on Tuesday with faster processors, longer battery life, and a new Rose Gold finish. The company also said the Macbook is "the future of the notebook," hinting at what we can expect from the next major MacBook Pro refresh.
Symply, Inc., a new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, has unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Packed into a cylinder, reminiscent of the Mac Pro, the entry level SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 and 3, has a capacity of up to 64 TB, and can be managed with OS X, Windows, iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS.
Amazon announced a new member of the Kindle ebook reader family, Kindle Oasis. The company claims the device has been physically designed to get close to the goal of having it disappear while you're reading, and it features "months" of battery life, but it comes with something we aren't used to seeing from Amazon, a higher price.
Apple released iOS 9.3.1 Thursday, a release that corrected a problem some users had when tapping links. It was an issue many noticed with iOS 9.3, but was likely present in earlier versions of iOS, too.
Apple re-released iOS 9.3 Monday for owners of older devices. The company pulled iOS 9.3 for those devices last week after many experienced significant problems, including a problem with activating the device after the update completed. The new build is 13E237.
Apple rolled out an updated version of iOS 9.3 for the iPad 2 Thursday afternoon to address a problem where users couldn't activate their tablet after installing. The revised iOS 9.3 installer is build 13E236.
On Thursday Synology announced the official release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 for their DiskStation network-attached storage devices. DSM6 is a major update for most Synology units released since 2011, and includes some features targeted specifically at Mac and iOS users, as well.
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