MacBook air turns 8, OS 10.11.4, iTunes Radio gone, art lessons, backup software, taxed 8 billion, audio router


Apple has begun and online, and in-Store, Start Something New campaign to promote digital art creation.
Apple has begun and online, and in-Store, Start Something New campaign to promote digital art creation.

The MacBook Air was introduced 8 years ago — Apple used to announce a lot of new products in January, around the time of Macworld Expo. One was the introduction the MacBook Air, which Apple introduced on January 15, 2008 (it wasn’t available in stores until January 29 of that year).

Apple just pushed out the feature-packed public beta of OS X 10.11.4 —  OS X 10.11.4 public beta with Live Photos support are now available to public testers. If you want to test-drive these pre-releases, you can join the Apple Beta Software Program. Being a part of the public beta program will give you access to pre-relase versions of both of Apple’s platforms, iOS and OS X. Here’s how to go back to the shipping version of the software if you want to un-enroll from the Apple Beta Software Program.

Apple drops free iTunes Radio, bundles it into Apple Music — iTunes Radio’s time as a free, ad-supported service is coming to an end. According to BuzzFeed, Apple will discontinue the free version of its Internet radio service and move it behind the Apple Music paywall starting in late January. Beats 1 will remain free to listen to, even without an Apple Music subscription, according to the email.

Apple offering free sketching, photography classes — To get budding artists to use the iPad or iPhone as creative tools, Apple’s Start Something New campaign offers a gallery of artwork created by professionals, but also workshops at Apple Stores around the world[No, not in NZ – we don’t have any Apple-owned Stores, only Licensed reseller.]

Get Backup Pro 3 — Belight Software today released Get Backup Pro 3 (US$19.99, free trial available), the latest iteration of its backup app that does a lot more than just back up your data. [I’d be happy if every Mac user used Time Machine, Apple’s free, built-in and comprehensive backup software already on every Mac.]

Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes as a result of an EC investigation — Apple could owe more than $8 billion in back taxes as a result of a European Commission investigation into its tax policies, according to an analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence. [Plus what years of investigation has cost?]

Loopback audio router — Loopback’s idea is simple, as is its interface: Any time you have an option for a single audio input (for example, Skype’s Audio/Video preferences or GarageBand’s live-recording option), you can use a Loopback virtual audio device instead. Loopback lets you create any number of virtual devices, each of which has a unique set of audio sources.

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