Katie's Week in Review December 13, 2015

I have an extended edition “week in review” this week as I’m covering two weeks worth of news since taking last week off for exams. Here’s a few links of note for the two weeks ending December 13, 2015:

  • Apple released a slew of software updates including El Capitan v. 10,11.2, iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tv OS 9.1. Perhaps the most notable of the updates was the update to TV OS 9.1 which brought compatibility with the Remote.app and the ability for Siri to search Apple music. Jason Snell of Six Colors goes Hands on with tvOS 9.1 update.
  • In other Apple news, as has been rumored for some time, MacRumors reports that Apple raised the iTunes Match and Apple Music Library Matching limits to 100,000 tracks. I am not an Apple Music Subscriber, I said goodbye early in the trial after having some difficulty with playlist syncing and just not being a big enough music buff to care to pay for Apple Music. I’ve been an on and off iTunes Match subscriber and have been thinking about reactivating my subscription. This may be enough to encourage me to do so.
  • Apple Unveiled its Own iPhone 6s Battery Case last week Writing for The Mac Observer, Jeff Gamet provides the details. I’ve written up my thoughts on the battery case on this site. The more I find out about Apple’s case the more it grows on me. I personally wouldn’t buy a battery case, but I’m sure Apple will sell a ton of them.
  • Amazon has announced a new add-on benefit to it’s Prime subscription whereby subscribers can gain discounted access to Showtime, Starz and other streaming services when bundled with Prime. Joseph Keller writing for iMore has the details. As a cord-cutter this is something that intrigues me, especially when coupled with the rumors that Amazon may soon be coming to the Apple TV. Amazon offers discounted pricing compared to buying these premium channels directly as well as streamlined billing.
  • Ford announced that it is bringing Siri Eyes-Free support to Ford vehicles with Sync. The update will be available for vehicles dating back to 2011. My dad was just complaining this weekend how bad Sync is in his 2015 F150 and I told him about this update. I have a feeling I’ll be installing this for him very soon.
  • Sonos fans rejoice, as reported by Catilin McGarry at Macworld, Apple music will play nice with Sonos beginning December 15th. I’ve come so close to pulling the trigger on a Sonos system for my home more times that I can count. Everyone I know with a Sonos system loves them. It’s just awfully expensive to justify if you’re not a die-hard music fan. Maybe one day.
  • Like the idea of USB-C but wanting more? As reported by Ben Lovejoy at 9to5 mac, the new integrated USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port makes it into the first laptop. Sadly, it’s not a Mac. But, this gives me hope that the USB-C and Thunderbolt specs can live in harmony and perhaps we can get one port that really does rule it all, and maybe have a new notebook in the future from Apple with a couple of these ports to provide power, support for dual 4k displays, up to 40 Gbps and more.
  • Jason Snell has been using the iPad Pro for a while and has come up with a Wish List for Macworld of features he’d like to see to improve the device.
  • Speaking of the iPad, Fraser Spiers wrote a piece on if the MacBook Pro can replace your iPad. It’s something you’re going to just have to read for yourself.
  • As previewed on Mac Power Users, Dragon has released "Dragon Anywhere for iOS with continuous Diction. David Sparks has some initial impressions.
  • I love shopping on Amazon. A great majority of my holiday shopping was done on Amazon this year and I get quite a bit of benefit from my Amazon Prime membership. Unfortunately my city isn’t big enough to have access to Amazon Prime Now, but if you are lucky enough to have the service in your area, Casey Liss has a nice review.
  • Earlier this month Aleen Simms brought her podcast, Less Than or Equal, to the Relay.fm podcast network. Less Than or Equal is a podcast dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of geeks facing inequality in their industries. Welcome, Aleen!
  • Steven Hackett speaking at Ignite Memphis shared his thoughts about podcasting, what it is and why it’s show special. Here's the video from the event: