Katie's Week in Review: December 27, 2015

It’s a slow news week with the Christmas holiday, so we’ll keep our last Week in Review of the year a short one. Here are the links I found of note for the week ending December 27, 2015:

  • Last Sunday evening 60 Minutes aired an in-depth feature on Apple. Charlie Rose spoke to several Apple executives including Tim Cook, JonyIve, Angela Ahrendts and Phil Schiller. Viewers in the US can watch the segments on the 60 Minutes website, there is also a transcript of the program available.
  • Apple and Ericsson have agreed on a licensing deal to settle a patent dispute that has been going on since 2012 involving patents that Ericsson owns relating to cellular technology. The companies will supposedly also work together on development of the next generation 5G cellular standards. Micah Singleton writing for The Verge has the details.
  • There have been a few notable App additions to the Apple TV App Store. Jordan Kahn writing for 9to5Mac notes that HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel apps have come to the Apple TV. The apps are similar to their iOS counterparts giving users access to a back catalog of content as well as the ability to watch live. Unfortunately, access to much of the content requires authentication with an existing cable or satellite TV account.
  • If you’re tired of waiting for HomeKit support to come to your older home automation devices Brett Terpstra has a workaround using Homebridge and Indigo that may be just what your looking for. The configuration and installation requires some comfort with the terminal and access to a home server.
  • If you’ve noticed the battery life on your iOS device isn’t quite what it should be there’s a good bet the Facebook App may be churning in the background and draining your battery. Dave Hamilton of the Mac Observer has a post on how to limit Facebook’s iPhone background battery usage that’s wroth a read.
  • Finally, it seems that everyone is jumping on board the Star Wars bandwagon with their promotional material this season. However, the award for cutest Star Wars themed ad has to go to Kaufland. Enjoy: