Katie's Week in Review: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year! While I’ve enjoyed the holidays and a little break, I must admit I am looking forward to things getting back into a normal routine. With the holidays there is again a lighter than usual news week, but here are a few links of note for the week ending January 3, 2016:

  • I’m enjoying my Apple TV more and more, in fact I received a second one for Christmas. It looks like Apple is holding true to their promise and expanding their universal search integration. As reported by Mikey Campbell at Apple Insider, Apple TV universal search integration expands to PBS and PBS Kids, suggesting the API now open. (Dear Plex and other developers - if the API is in fact open, please implement this ASAP!)
  • As may come to little surprise, Apple was king this holiday season. Of all new devices activated the week of Christmas, Apple devices accounted for 49.1% of them. Chance Miller of 9to5 Mac has the details. In my extended family we activated 2 Apple Watches, 1 Apple TV, 1 iPhone, 2 Fire TV Sticks and 1 Fire Tablet this year. (The Last three were due in large part to Amazon’s Black Friday sales.)
  • If you received a new Apple TV for Christmas you might be interested in installing the Plex App, which means you’ll need a Plex Server in your house. Kick McElhearn, writing for Macworld, has a great tutorial explaining how to turn a Mac mini into a media server with Plex.
  • If there was a new iPhone under your tree David Pogue has an excellent tutorial on how to setup your new iPhone and 13 settings you should change right now. You may recall earlier this year David Sparks and I did a similar episode of Mac Power Users #275 Optimize Your iPhone and iPad.
  • Apple Notes saw a significant update in iOS 9 and El Capitan. If you’ve been thinking about using the Notes.app for more, you may want to check out David Sparks notes on using Apple Notes.
  • Turning to the new year, if you have an Apple Watch you knew exactly when the new year began. Lance Ulanoff of Mashable explains how Apple synchronized all your Apple Watches and how they became some of the most precise time pieces.
  • If you’re like most people you probably have set a few resolutions for 2016. If you’re looking for technology resolutions for 2016, Bradley Chambers writing for The Sweet Setup has a few good ideas. I particularly liked his ideas of auditing your web subscriptions and cleaning up connected accounts. Get to it.
  • Every year David Pogue gives out "The Pogie Awards" for the years’s most brilliant ideas in tech. Some ideas ultimately crash and burn, some are gimmicky, and some are really great. I found a few gems in this year’s batch.