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ExtraBITS for 28 September 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam and Josh share details about how to buy an iPhone on the MacJury, Josh discusses iOS 9 on MacVoices, the Apple Watch saves a teenager’s life, and the Oyster ebook subscription service announces it will be shutting down.

Adam and Josh Discuss Buying an iPhone on the MacJury -- Confused about how to buy an iPhone 6s with all the new no-contract plans? TidBITS publisher Adam Engst and Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacJury to discuss the options. While there isn’t a clear answer that works for everyone, they offer some guidelines based on your needs.

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Josh Centers Discusses iOS 9 on MacVoices -- Managing Editor Josh Centers, author of “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” joined host Chuck Joiner on MacVoices to discuss his new book and some of the exciting new features in iOS 9. Along with iOS 9 itself, Josh also discusses some of the challenges of documenting iOS (and they aren’t necessarily a bad thing for users).

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Teen’s Life Saved by His Apple Watch -- Paul Houle Jr., a 17-year-old football player from Massachusetts, experienced a rapid heartbeat, along with back and chest pains, after a practice. Houle took a nap, and woke up to discover that his Apple Watch was still reporting a heart rate of 145 beats per minute. Houle went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which had caused heart, liver, and kidney failure. Houle credits the Apple Watch with saving his life, and his father, who was skeptical of the watch, has now purchased watches for his wife and himself. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to Houle to offer him a new iPhone and a summer internship.

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Oyster Ebook Service to Shut Down -- The Oyster ebook subscription service is shutting down operations over the next several months. Current subscribers will soon receive email with details of the shutdown and what it means in terms of their subscriptions. There have been reports that the company owning Oyster has been sold and that the new owners elected to close down the subscription service. The move leaves competitor Scribd as the primary ebook subscription service.

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