Thursday Morning News

twist-bundle-100593151-largeThe Washington Post reports on Lisa Jackson’s promotion to Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, making her the lead on issues such as environmental sustainability, education, and accessibility within the company. The Post also has Apple CEO Tim Cook’s letter to employees, which says that although Apple has made good progress in a number of areas, there’s still so much more to do with regards to human rights, education, and accessibility of Apple products to those with disabilities.

After Taylor Swift happened earlier this week, a number of indie labels have jumped on the Apple Music bandwagon, now that Apple will be paying labels and artists during the three-month trial period. Not only that, but Pharrell’s latest single, “Freedom”, will be an Apple Music exclusive when the service launches next week.

Apple are expanding user privacy by not allowing third-party apps to see what other apps have been installed on iPhones and iPads. It’s unknown how this change might affected certain workflows that rely on apps knowing about other apps, but perhaps the introduction of action extensions will mean this feature isn’t required any longer.

When the UK gets Apple Pay next month, transactions will be limited to £20, with the limit being increased to £30 in September. It’s due to the way terminals don’t support the Touch ID verification used by Apple Pay for transactions that require authentication, and while this issue may also affect Australians, our limit is a much more sensible $100. Presumably, we’ll also be hit with the Apple Pay limit when the service arrives Down Under.

Kenwood are now shipping CarPlay-compatible head units, with prices starting US $900. The upper-market models support both CarPlay and Android Auto without requiring a reboot or any settings change.

Time to start your update engines (again), as Flash’s latest vulnerability allows an attacker to potentially take control of your system.

Macworld shows off the Twist, a lightbulb and speaker in one that is also compatible with AirPlay. Starting today, you’ll be able to pre-order a three-bulb kit designed to provide lighting for a room – with one of those lightbulbs also being a wireless speaker.

MacRumors says Apple’s emphasis on chart positioning in the App Store is hurting more than it helps — while the current charts are a good way to see what’s been doing well, that’s about all they’re good for. The App Store is a different playing field than it was was when it launched in 2008, but Apple hasn’t improved App Store charts beyond infrequent curated sections.

Over at MacStories, Federico Vittici tells us about the advantages of the new Safari View Controller in iOS 9, and how developers switching to it will get all the benefits of an integrated web-view in their apps, along with the performance and user experience advantages of the native Mobile Safari experience.

Jason Snell’s list of reasons to get excited about OS X El Capitan sadly doesn’t include mocking people who pronounce it wrongly, but eh, we’ll take what we can get. (Not that we’d condone such action, anyway.)

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