Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday, packing in a host of new features and improvements. Chief among them is the official rollout of CarPlay, the company's new automobile interface for iOS devices. Apple also added a way of controlling how long Siri listens to you, and the company added new features to iTunes Radio.
Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.
Rawlemon has an extraordinary project on Indiegogo called Beta.ey, a solar charger that uses a lens to focus sunlight on a solar charger that tracks that focal point within the device. That produces what the company claims is 70 percent more energy than a stationary solar panel of the same size, and Beta.ey stores that energy in a battery to charge your smartphone or tablet.
Apple released Mac Pro SMC Update 2.0 on Wednesday, a firmware update for the company's new Mac Pro (2013) that allows the device to run in Power Nap mode without using the fan for most Power Nap activities.
Apple released iTunes 11.1.5 on Wednesday. The maintenance release fixes a crashing bug and improves support for iBooks for Mac in Mavericks.
Apple released OS X 10.9.2 on Tuesday, a Mavericks update that includes important bug fixes and a couple of new features. More importantly for some users, TMO can confirm that the update includes a fix for the SSL security hole that was patched in iOS on Friday.
Apple released an update to iOS 7 on Friday, bringing the mobile operating system to version 7.0.6. The maintenance release specifically addresses an issue dealing with SSL connection verification.
Adobe has released yet-another emergency Flash update to address yet-another Zero-Day Exploit, a security hole that was not identified before it was exploited by the bad guys. Adobe is recommending Flash Player users to update to version 18.104.22.168 immediately.
Apple released a Boot Camp 5 update that added 64-bit driver support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Tuesday. Instead of a single updater file, Apple has two updaters to choose from depending on which model Mac you own.
Walmart is using the iPad as a loss leader again—the retailing behemoth is selling the iPad 2 for US$299, a discount of $100 off Apple's retail price. Walmart is also offering a minimum of $100 trade-in for your old iPad, meaning you could pick up that iPad 2 for $199.
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