System updates, iTunes 12.4, Divya Nag, Cook meets Indian PM, MacFamilyTree 8, Buffet buys stock


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Apple updates OS X (and iOS, watchOS, and tvOS) — Mac OS X 10.11.5 offers bug fixes and security enhancements. It will be available via the Mac App Store as a free update [although it wasn’t in the NZ App Store when I checked at 7:15am].

iTunes 12.4 for OS X — This sports a redesigned, simplified interface that’s designed to be simpler. It also hopefully resolves an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. iTunes 12.4 can be downloaded free via the Mac App Store. Macworld has a detailed rundown. [It’s not the full-on splitting of iTunes into components a là iOS apps that many, including me, crave; if that happens it will be at WWDC on NZ’s June 14th.]

Apple’s Divya Nag among the ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ — Divya Nag, health tech lead at Apple, has placed second in the annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, the annual ranking by Fast Company. Nag was named “for moving Apple into the doctor’s office.” Nag leads the team at Apple that created ResearchKit, an open-source developer toolbox that piggybacked on the company’s HealthKit framework.

Apple’s Tim Cook to meet with Indian PM Narendra Modi this week — After this week’s short stop in China, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly due to visit India later in the week, the highlight being a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

MacFamilyTree 8 grows on you (in a good way) — MacFamilyTree, the genealogy software for OS X, has grown to version 8.0. A good app continues to get better, write Dennis Sellers: “MacFamilyTree lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.”

Micromat TechTool Pro for Mac, 60% off — Whether you have just one Mac or you’re the administrator of an office full of Apple’s finest desktops and laptops, you want to make sure those machines are running at their best. For a limited time only, the Apple World Today Deal Shop has a deal on the tool that the pros use: Micromat TechTool Pro for Mac [a very good tool]. You can get this powerful app for just US$39.99 [cNZ$59] , 60% off the usual US$99.99 [NZ$147] price.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway buys $1B of Apple stock — Investor Warren Buffett has taken advantage of Apple’s lowest share price in years, as new filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission reveal Berkshire Hathaway now owns 9.81 million shares of Apple Inc.

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