Apple has updated OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8, and Apple TV in one fell swoop — Josh Centers has a detailed list of what changed. In other Apple news, the company is offering a new Apple Rewards Visa card, along with a long-awaited tool that enables iPhone switchers to decouple their phone numbers from iMessage. President Obama delivered a strong message on net neutrality last week, and Geoff Duncan explains what that means for the FCC. Josh also takes a look at the Neato note-taking widget for iOS 8, and Adam Engst explains the thinking behind the significant changes in our new Take Control Crash Course series. Finally, in FunBITS, we cover the Internet Arcade, which lets you play the games of yesteryear for free in your Web browser. Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5, Firefox 33.1, and LaunchBar 6.1.5.
Apple has updated all three of its major platforms for increased reliability and security.
Barclaycard has partnered with Apple for a new credit card that offers Apple Store and iTunes Store gift card rewards, limited-time free financing at the Apple Store, and an EMV chip.
Apple has finally made it easy to disconnect a phone number from iMessage. Josh Centers explains how.
In a move to protect the open Internet, President Obama has called for the FCC to regulate ISPs as common carriers like phone companies. Can that happen, given America’s ever-more-polarized political climate? And would it actually help?
Neato pushes the limits of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets to create an innovative way to take notes. It’s a little clumsy, but its limitations may be outweighed by how easy it is to access in Notification Center.
Our last few books were in our new Take Control Crash Course series, which we developed in response to recent trends surrounding how people interact with tech books. Read on to learn what changes we’ve made, and why.
The Internet Arcade is a new initiative from the Internet Archive that brings classic arcade games to your Web browser.
Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5, Firefox 33.1, and LaunchBar 6.1.5.
This week in ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers discussed net neutrality on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Kirk McElhearn investigated iOS storage space, Apple eased fears about the iOS Masque Attack vulnerability, Apple Pay made a mark at Whole Foods, and Amazon buried the hatchet with Hachette.