WWDC , Beats Pill XL withdrawn, Thunderbolt 3, NSA surveillance


WWDC (8th June) has a logo that appears to depict an Apple TV
WWDC (8th June in the US, New Zealand’s 9th June)

What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote: iOS 9, OS X 10.11, new Apple TV, more — Apple is gearing up for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off with a keynote presentation next Monday where the company is expected to announce a number of new products, including the next generations of its iOS and OS X platforms, as well as an all-new Apple TV set-top box.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL over fire hazard — Apple has issued a voluntary recall for the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker citing the potential for the device’s battery to overheat and pose a fire hazard. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says that of the 231,000 units sold, there were eight reports of overheating with one saying their fingers were burned and other saying their desk was damaged.

Thunderbolt’s future on the Mac could be saved by the USB-C port — Just when you thought Thunderbolt was dead, it comes back to life. Intel has announced Thunderbolt 3, offering more bandwidth, trademark Thunderbolt versatility, and a page from the old Thunderbolt playbook–plug compatibility with an existing connector. Thunderbolt 3 doubles the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2, to 40Gbps–the original Thunderbolt only supported 10Gbps of bandwidth. Luckily, Thunderbolt and USB-C are now allies.

Senate passes USA Freedom Act, restores some NSA surveillance powers — The US Senate on Tuesday passed the USA Freedom Act, a bill which restores certain surveillance powers to the National Security Agency while curtailing some of its greater excesses. [In other words, the Freedom Act seriously curtails various freedoms. Orwell would love this New Speak.]