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T-Mobile has announced yet another revolutionary feature that comes free with their service. As part of “Un-carrier” 2.0, they are now giving you free unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data in Canada and Mexico. They’re calling it “Mobile Without Borders”. Before, T-Mobile offered free unlimited texting and data international, however the data speeds were capped and you had to pay for phone calls. Now, if you traveling to Mexico or Canada you have free unlimited calls and LTE data, with no speed caps. Their Music Unlimited service also works in those countries.
This is available to those who are on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan. It’s completely free and will be available starting July 15. Unlike other services, you do have to opt-in online, which can be done when it comes out. Those who sign up after next Wednesday will automatically be enrolled. You can learn more about it here. According to CEO John Legere, there could be even more coming in the weeks to follow. In fact, we may see even more coming next week.
Following four months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally released a new version of Office for Mac. This comes five years after the release of Office 2011 back in 2010. This update includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote.
Office 2016 brings the flat look of OS X Yosemite and Windows 8. It looks very similar to the 2013 update for Windows. There are some new animations and colors. If you’ve ever used it for Windows within the past few years, it’ll look very similar. This new design change is reflected throughout all of the app included in this update.
We made a hands-on video back when the first beta was released. You can view that below. We take a look at Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote, see what’s new, and how it looks.
This is available for download starting today. However, it’s only accessible to Office 365 subscribers. You have to have a subscription to be able to access the download link. If you’re not a subscriber and just want to purchase it, you’ll have to wait until September when it’s available for purchase. Until then, you have to be an Office 365 member.
Apple has just seeded the third beta of OS X El Capitan to developers. This comes two weeks after the second seed to developers. Unlike the third beta of iOS 9, there aren’t many new features. There’s just mainly bug fixes and improvements. We do see a few new things. These come from the latest beta of iOS 9, with new folders in the Photos app called Selfies and Screenshots. These are where your images that fit those categories will live. We also see better two-factor authentication support system-wide.
Developers can update to beta 3 in the Mac App Store > Updates > Software updates > OS X El Capitan beta 3. If you don’t have it yet you can download it for the first time from the Mac Developer Center.
Alongside iOS 9 beta 3, Apple has also seeded the third beta of watchOS 2. This comes two weeks after the second seed to developers. There’s not a lot that new with this beta. It mainly consists of bug fixes, improving on previous betas of the upcoming software. Those interested can update to the third beta in the Watch app > General > Software update > watchOS 2 beta 3.
Apple has today seeded the third beta of iOS 9. This version comes two weeks after the second release to developers. This version adds many new improvements, including Apple Music and Beats 1.
We also see the new News app, which Apple introduced back at WWDC. This allows you to read news stories based on your interests. This rivals popular app Flipboard, which is basically the same thing. Upon first impressions, the app seems very plain. Flipboard has a much better design and will likely stay our favorite.
There are other things that have been changed, like folders on iPads now showing a 4x4 layout, rather than 3x3. There’s also new folders in the Photos app. It will group your images under Selfies or Screenshots, if you have any of those in your library. On top of that, there are search improvements, ability to enable high quality music while on cellular data, and more.
Developers can update to beta 3 in Settings > General > Software update > iOS 9 beta 3. If you have not downloaded it yet you can do so from the iOS Developer Center.
There have been a few rumors that the iPhone 6s could eliminate a home button, adding more screen where it used to be. To get home would be a virtual, on-screen button would take its place. However, a new schematic obtained by Engadget suggests that there will be a real home button. On top of that it also seems like the phone will be thicker.
We’re not sure why it’s thicker, but have a good guess. With the Apple Watch and MacBook, Apple introduced a new technology called Force Touch. This senses how hard you press and completes different actions. For example, if you press harder on the watch face on the Apple Watch is shows you the other faces, where a tap and hold like you would do on an iPhone does nothing. There’s also several different actions that can be done with the Force Touch trackpad, as seen in a video we made a while back below.
This could open a whole lot of possibilities for developers. An example is a drawing app. The harder you press the thicker and darker the line will be drawn. For an extra .2mm, to us it seems totally worth it. I find myself using Force Touch on my iPhone 6 in apps, being disappointed when nothing happens. This is something that I’m really looking forward to.
It could also be a little thicker because the phone’s rumored to spot 7000 series aluminum, which is what the Apple Watch Sport wears. This is a slightly better material than what’s on the iPhone right now and will last a little longer. Other than the thicker phone, nothing seems to have changed. All of the buttons and ports are the same with no overall design change. This is not surprising, however. Every other year Apple makes a big design change, but this year won’t be one of those. This new phone will adopt the “s”, which means that there’s a few “special” changes.
Apple is planning launching Apple Pay in the U.K. on July 14th, according to 9to5Mac. According to many sources, Apple is planning on having the payment method go live Tuesday, July 14. Apple is also planning on training their employees on July 12th.
This is Apple’s first country that Apple Pay will be coming to after the United States. They currently only support one country. A while back we reported that Apple could launch it in Canada at the launch of the Apple Watch. However, that didn’t happen and there’s still no Apple Pay there.
New iPod colors have been spotted in iTunes 12.2. This image shows a darker blue iPod touch, light gold iPod nano, and a brighter pink iPod shuffle. This image is found when connecting a new iPod to iTunes for the first time. We’re not sure why this image is here. Apple hasn’t updated the iPod colors in a few years. If these are new colors we’d see them later this year at the next media event, likely in September.
Apple has just released iTunes 12.2. They were suppose to launch it this morning before the launch of Apple Music. However, they didn’t make that launch time. This update brings Apple Music and Beats 1. It also includes a few minor changes, including a new icon and other UI tweaks.
You can update to the latest version of iTunes in the Mac App Store > Updates > Software updates > iTunes 12.2. Those on Windows can download the new version at itunes.com.
Following iOS 8.4, Apple has also released OS X 10.10.4. This version does not include Apple Music or Beats 1. Rather, it just has fixes. There’s not a lot that new. The most notable thing that is changed is the removal of Discoveryd. This was a network process that caused multiple issues for users. That is now fixed and removed. 10.10.4 also includes smaller things, like better Migration Assistant reliability, Mail fixes, and more.
- Improves networking reliability
- Improves Migration Assistant reliability
- Addresses an issue that prevented some external displays from functioning properly
- Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos
- Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to iCloud Photo Library
- Addresses an issue that could cause Photos to unexpectedly quit after importing some Lecia DNG files
- Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail
This update is available from the Mac App Store > Updates > Software update > OS X 10.10.4.