Apple has improved discovery on the Apple TV App Store by introducing two categories, Games and Entertainment. The feature joins Top Charts, which was added on Monday, but discovery remains a soft spot for for the new Apple TV.
Mozilla.org released Firefox version 42.0 on Tuesday, and top of the new features is "Private Browsing with Tracking Protection." The browser specifically, "blocks certain Web elements that could be used to record your behavior across sites."
Many of the big retailers have embraced Apple Pay as a
payment option as the industry moves to more secure mobile payments. However, most small merchants have not upgraded their payment systems because of the cost. Now, Total Merchant Services, in concert with Apple, has developed a solution, the Groovv Terminal One. It's a small, easy to set up Point of Sale device with a low initial cost and can be purchased right in the Apple online store for under US$100. Small businesses everywhere are suddenly able to accept secure mobile payments.
If you plan on getting into multiplayer games with the new Apple TV you just ordered, or aren't into using the included remote as a game controller, Apple has an accessory for you: the SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller. It's available as an add-on option when you buy your Apple TV, and it's a lot cheaper than buying a second Apple Siri Remote.
True to Apple CEO Tim Cook's promise, Apple TV pre-orders started on Monday morning. The new model is available in 32 GB and 64 GB sizes with a redesigned remote control and support for third-party apps. Mr. Cook also said it will ship at the end of the week.
Apple released a minor update to iTunes Wednesday, version 12.3.1. The patch notes specify only that, "This update improves overall stability and performance," but it comes on the same day that iOS, OS X, and watchOS were updated.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. Changes from the June, 2015 update are minimal and simply include references to App Store for Apple TV and tvOS, and caveats for "on-demand download of content based on app usage and resource constraints (which may use cellular data)." Otherwise, everything is business-as-usual.
Apple updated OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan on Wednesday. The update includes fixes for problems with Mail and Audio Unit plug-ins, a bug fix for JPEG preview images, improved support for Microsoft Office 2016, and more. The crown jewel of the update is probably the 150 emoji characters added, because...EMOJI!
Along with iOS 9.1, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1 on Wednesday. The update for Apple's smartwatch includes support for the new emoji in iOS 9.1, improved battery performance, and more.
Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday after offering it as a public beta for several weeks. The official public release includes several new emoji, improvements for Live Photos, and adds Apple News support for UK users.
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