Apple moments of 2015 — New products, announced,ends, services, and then there were the head-scratching rumours, the indecipherable product decisions, and more moments that made us go, “Wait, what?” Macworld recaps Apple’s big year.
Apple shutters Topsy Labs, which it acquired in 2013 — Apple has closed Topsy Labs, which it acquired two years ago, reports AppleInsider, on its official Twitter page, saying, “We’ve searched our last tweet.” The company’s website is no longer active and now forwards to an Apple Support Document explaining iOS 9 search capabilities, including new features like proactive Siri Suggestions.
Massive breach exposes info in 13 million MacKeeper accounts — MacKeeper, an antivirus tool for Mac OS X, is the latest victim of a massive breach that exposed information contained in 13 million accounts, reports Forbes. Researcher Chris Vickery says he uncovered four IP addresses that took him straight to a MongoDB database, containing a range of personal information, including names, email addresses, usernames, password hashes, phone numbers, IP addresses, system information, as well as software licenses and activation codes.
Apple Maps gains Los Angeles public transit data integration — Apple Maps received a quiet upgrade this week with the addition of public transportation data for Los Angeles, California, including rail line schedules, dynamic advisories and integration with directions.
How Netflix is delivering better video with less bandwidth — In the Netflix Tech Blog, the new per-title encoding optimisation has been explained in some technical detail. What Netflix is doing is very smart, and doesn’t involve any new compression standards. Rather it’s an adaptive bitrate that optimises the video stream based on the kind of content and the customer’s available bandwith.