Apple paid Japanese suppliers more than $30 billion in 2015 — Apple says it paid Japanese suppliers more than $30 billion in 2015, “highlighting its economic contributions to the country in an effort to drum up support in tough times,” according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Some 865 Japanese companies furnished Apple with parts, materials and services during the year, the company’s Japanese unit reported. Apple Japan currently employs 2,900 people, and claims to have created or helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Apple releases third public beta of macOS Sierra — Apple has released the second public beta of macOS Sierra to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.
Judge tosses out VirnetX’s $625M patent infringement win against Apple — VirnetX’s big US$625 million patent infringement win against Apple just became a big loss. Federal Appeals Court Judge Robert Schroeder tossed out the judgement and set a retrial saying VirnetX acted inappropriately during the trial and very likely prejudiced the jury.
OmniFocus 2 beefs up server encryption — OmniFocus already encrypts your tasks database, but your files stored on the sync server were susceptible to hackers. That changes with OmniFocus 2.6.1 for the Mac and 2.15 for the iPhone and iPad. The update ensures your OmniFocus files are now securely encrypted when they’re at rest on the server, protecting you from nosey hackers interested in how you spend your day. OmniFocus 2 is priced starting at US$39.99 and is available on the Mac App Store and in the App Store.