Apple China’s ‘dishonesty’, iTunes 12.4.1, Alien Hunters, CopyLess, hires and fires, Aussie bonds

There are four new weapons in the new Xcom DLC
There are four new weapons in the new Xcom DLC

Apple’s China branch fined for ‘serious dishonest acts’ — Apple’s China branch has been fined 50,000 yuan (US$7595/NZ$10917) for ‘serious dishonest acts’ such as suspected tax evasion, according to media reports.
According to the 21st Century Business Herald, it was listed as “seriously dishonest” by the Bureau of Statistics of Beijing in December 2015 along with three other companies. The bureau said on its website that Apple’s branch company has made “relatively big mistakes” in its reports on its financial situation, as well as on commodity purchases, sales and storage in 2014. [So, do we launch a Kickstarter to help Apple pay this staggering sum?]

iTunes 12.4.1 for OS X fixes VoiceOver glitch and more — Apple has released iTunes 12.4.1 for Mac OS X. It fixes, among other things, compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature. You can obtain the new version via the UpDates tab of the Mac App Store. [Not yet in the NZ Mac App Store under updates when I checked at 8am this morning.]

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is now available — Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now. Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new Ruler alien units to combat. Alien Hunters is available from Steam and the Feral Store for US$9.99 (NZ$14.36). It requires XCOM 2 and Mac OS X 10.11.2 or higher to play. If you already own the Reinforcement Pack or the XCOM 2: Digital Deluxe Edition, don’t purchase this DLC separately as you will be charged for it.

With CopyLess for OS X, you may not copy less — but you’ll be less frustrated while you do — If you need more power than the built-in Mac OS X clipboard offers, but not as many bells and whistles as ClipBuddy, check out CopyLess. It offers plenty of clipping/pasting power for most Mac users. It’s a no-brainer to use: just copy text, images, files or other data formats and you can access, preview and paste whenever and wherever you wish. CopyLess is available for NZ$7.49/US$6.99 at the Mac App Store. CopyLess requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.

Apple hires — Apple has hired Sinisa Durekovic, a software engineer who led the development of satellite navigation systems used by luxury carmakers including BMW AG, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen AG’s Audi, reports Bloomberg. Apple also ‘recently poached‘ Dr Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric specialist whose diabetes ResearchKit study made headlines in 2014, away from Stanford Children’s Health. Meanwhile, former Apple iPod ‘father’ Tony Fadell has stepped down from the CEO post at Google’s Nest.

Apple issues $1.04 billion in second round of Australian bonds — Apple reportedly sold A$1.425 billion ($1.04 billion US) in Australian bonds on Friday, looking to raise more funding without tapping into its $233 billion US in cash reserves.