Katie's Week in Review: February 14, 2016

It was a surprisingly busy week for Apple news, here’s a recap of links of note for the week ending February 14, 2016

  • John Gruber hosted special guests Eddie Cue and Craig Federighi on an episode of his podcast The Talk Show this week. It was an interesting discussion and the two even dropped a few hints at what’s to come from Apple, including an all new Remote.app for the Apple TV.
  • Rumors of he new iPhone 5se and iPad Air are going strong. Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac says the devices will go on sale March 18th following an event on Tuesday, March 15th.
  • There’s a preview of tvOS Beta 9.2 which shows several significant new features including dictation support and Siri App Store search. Juli Clover at MacRumors has a video showing off the new features.
  • Mickey Campbell of Apple Insider reports that the latest beta of Notes for Mac will support Evernote file imports in OS 10.11.4. While I don’t think Notes could ever serve as an Evernote replacement for me, I will admit I have been seriously reconsidering how heavily I rely on the Evernote service and reevaluating some of my own uses.
  • There are a couple of problems to be aware of this week. First, a vulnerability in the Sparkle updater put many applications that use the framework for automatic updates at risk of “man in the middle” attacks. Rene Ritchie at iMore shares what you need to know. The bottom line is there’s a risk this vulnerability could lead to malicious code being installed on your Mac, but right now the risk seems pretty low. Something to keep an eye on.
  • A problem with a recent Adobe Creative Cloud update could delete files without any warning. Although Adobe has pulled the update, some Mac users are reporting lost files. Jeff Gamet from the Mac Observer has more information. Likewise, Backblaze is warning their users that the update breaks the Backblaze service and provides a workaround.
  • As suspected, Twitter has released an update to their timeline that allows you to see “tweets you’re most likely to care about” at the top of your timeline. The feature currently only works with the native Twitter apps and is opt-in. Shockingly, the world hasn’t ended.