Tuesday Morning News

iPhone-6c-Concept-1-800x480A press release from Apple says they’re planning to build even more data centers. Located in Europe this time instead of the US, Apple will spend $2 billion on two European data centers running on 100% renewable energy, although it’s not specified whether this will be purely solar or a combination of sustainable energy models. The Verge reports both data centers will be used to power Apple’s vast array of online services.

Apple has released the second build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and members of Apple’s public beta program for OS X. The release brings along a new version of Apple’s Photos for OS X preview, as well as a bunch of new emoji that have a wider range of skin tones for greater emoji diversity.

IOS 8.3 beta 2 has also been released to developers, bringing the same emoji diversity changes as seen in the related desktop update. There’s also a new beta version of software for the Apple TV.

I can’t imagine many Australians logging into to iTunes via AOL, but on the off chance that you still login to iTunes with your AOL account, you may want to consider converting it to an Apple ID. Apple is shutting down AOL logins to iTunes at the end of March, and if you haven’t migrated by then, you’ll lose access to your purchased content with no possible recourse.

An iPhone 6c concept shows it what it a lower-cost alternative to Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus might look like. The concept draws inspiration from the plastic back of the iPhone 5c, but it’s hard to imagine Apple releasing an iPhone 6c given the poor reception of the former.

Macworld lists Safari plugins for a better browsing experience (although I think they’re called extensions now), and once again I’m guilted by running adblock on all the websites I visit with very few exceptions. On the one hand I want to support the websites I visit, on the other, the vast majority just display extraneous content I don’t want to see.

Over on Twitter, Telegram was recently pointed out as a great solution to the problem of cross-platform messaging. On the surface, it looks the goods: it works on desktops (Mac, PC, the web), and also has native apps for Android and iOS. But its “encryption” leaves something to be desired, as uncovered by Zimperium.

Both Wearable and Wired check out upcoming apps that will run on your Apple Watch. I guess one good thing about releasing the Watch SDK before actual devices is that developers can start working on apps right away.

The problem with an Apple Watch that costs upwards of $5,000 is that upgrades will be a tricky thing: in a couple of year’s time, when your Apple Watch doesn’t run the latest version of the software and later models have vastly better battery life and other improvements, what do you do with the $10,000 gold bracelet?

Apple’s Oscars ad features excepts from Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts class 2014, and the cool thing was, it was all filmed on an iPad. You can watch it over at Apple’s website.

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