My apologies for being a day late with my week in review post. I was out of town yesterday on important bridesmaid business and didn’t get home in time to post it. Nevertheless, here are the links of note for the week ending January 17, 2016:
- The big news in the Apple world is that we we got a preview of the upcoming features in iOS 9.3. This includes major new features including Night Shift as well as new features for education and improvements for Health and News. Federico Viticci of MacStories has a nice roundup. You can also find the official information on Apple’s site. There’s also a nice recap on last week’s Connected podcast on Relay.fm with special guest Fraser Speirs joining to explain what this release means for education.
- tvOS 9.2 was also released in beta. Zac Hall of 9to5Mac has released a video showing some of the new features including Apple’s new Podcasts, support for folders, bluetooth keyboard and more.
- Apple wasn’t the only company with big software release this week AgileBits released 1Password 6.2 for iOS and 1Password 6 for Mac. 1Password 6 is a major new released that includes a new vaults view, improved password generator, iCloud sync compatibility for non-Mac App Store purchases and access to Team Vaults. best of all, its a free upgrade for owners of iPassword for Mac version 4 of 5. Catlin McGarry of Macworld has a review. (Disclosure: 1Password is a sponsor of Mac Power Users)
- Another new App release is from Rogue Amoeba which released Loopback, an audio utility that will allow Mac users to group and re-route their Mac’s audio from specific Apps and inputs into others. While this may not be a general purpose utility, for people who regularly work with audio, including Podcasters, it will be invaluable. For example, in order to record MPU Live each week with two hosts, a guest, various saved audio comments and a live stream it requires a very complicated setup involving a second Mac mini and prone to lots of error and failure. Loopback eliminates all that with a single Apple. Jason Snell of Six Colors has a review.
- Don McAllister of ScreenCastsOnline released an App for members of his service for the Apple TV. Members who subscribe to ScreenCastsOnline can now view his weekly tutorials directly on the Apple TV. Congratulations, Don!
- Although the Steve Jobs movie may have been a bust in the box office, it has had some success at the awards shows. As noted by Zac Hall at 9to5 Mac, It won two of four Golden Globes Awards for which it was nominated. Aaron Sorkin won for Best Screenplay while Kate Winslet won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Michael Fassbneder has been nominated for an Oscar for his title role and Kate Winslet has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Joanna Hoffman.