4th El Capitan, Apple land, classical music, Maps, Thunderstrike, developer ecosystem, Taylor Swift surprised, Cobalt gaming


Thunderstrike could one day use Thunderbolt accessories to infect your Mac's firmware
Thunderstrike could one day use Thunderbolt accessories to infect your Mac’s firmware

Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan — Apple has provided public OS X beta testers with the fourth pre-release build of El Capitan, its forthcoming free Mac operating system update set to launch this fall.

Apple Buys 43 acres in San Jose, enough to tturn Spaceship HQ into a fleet — Apple has purchased 43 acres (174,014.83 square metres) in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it’s right next door to 27871 square metres of office space recently leased by the company.

Manage classical music in iTunes 12 — iTunes has always been designed for “songs,” and, for the most part, classical music isn’t a song-based genre. Because of this, organising classical music in iTunes can be a bit complicated. But with a few workarounds, it’s possible to maintain a large classical music library in iTunes.

Apple Maps needs the ability to edit and save location names — Google Maps for Android devices recently added the ability to edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. This is something that Apple’s Maps app should have already featured. [Yes! Yes!]

Thunderstrike 2 could attack your Mac … but not today — Prepare for doomsday because there’s a new Mac security threat that targets Thunderbolt to deliver its payload to destroy your computer — or so some medial outlets would have you believe. The threat, dubbed Thunderstrike was first revealed at the beginning of the year as a proof of concept, and now the developers have a new version called Thunderstrike 2 that can target computers through malicious websites.

Apple’s ‘Ecosystem’ developer video — Apple has a cool video on its developer siste called Ecosystem, as noted by Redditor hollowgram. Whenever it was made, it focuses on how developers and end-users are able to make more out of Apple’s ecosystem because it’s just that, a true ecosystem. Apple doesn’t haven’t a sharing feature built into the videos posted to its developer site, but you can click through and watch it.

Taylor Swift says she was surprised by positive response to Apple Music letter — Pop musician Taylor Swift was surprised by the positive response to an open letter criticizing Apple Music royalties, including Apple’s quick decision to reverse course, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

Oxeye, Minecraft’s Mojang to release new Cobalt multiplayer — Cobalt, a long-gestating multiplayer action platformer jointly developed by indie studio Oxeye and Minecraft creators Mojang, is set to drop on the Mac this October alongside the Xbox and PC.