TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 7/9-07/15

Apple expanding Solar Farm


Apple has acquired land in Claremont North Carolina to construct a 17.5 megawatt farm. This will be Apple's second farm in the state. There are no specific plans as to what Apple is going to pose with this land but renewable energy is a great thing for the environment.  


Apple keeps adding to iWatch team

Lately it seems as Apple is adding more top end people to the iWatch team on a weekly basis.  This week they have added 2 top Nike FuelBand engineers;  Ryan Bailey a hardware engineer and Jon Bale a sensor engineer. Apple has been racking up a giant team of people with a lot of experience in health and wearable devices.  

Not sure if I mentioned this before, but I REALLY WANT THIS THING NOW!!!  


Apple bring Maps to the web

Apple has replaced Google Maps in the web version of Find My iPhone with their own Maps service. 9to5Mac states the roll out is happening slowly as many of their readers are reporting they still get Google Maps.  

Apple loses senior Maps engineer to Uber

Chris Blumenberg has left the Maps team at Apple for a role at Uber. Blumenberg has been with Apple for 14 years and worked on the original Maps app for the first iPhone.  

It's always hard losing a senior member of any team.  The Maps have been improving lately so I wonder what the root cause of his departure is.  


Apple releases environmental report

Here are a few highlights:

  • We’re now powering 145 of our U.S. retail stores and all of our retail stores in Australia with 100 percent renewable energy.
  • Thanks to our clean-power investments, our carbon footprint from energy use dropped by 31 percent from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013 — even though our overall energy consumption increased by 42 percent during that time..
  • The commute alternatives program for our employees provided more than 1 million trips and helped avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 15,000 vehicles off the road.
  • Apple powers all its data centers, including a new facility in Reno, Nevada, with 100 percent renewable energy and reaches 94 percent renewable energy usage across its corporate campuses and data centers.

  • Apple launches the Clean Water Program pilot to increase water reuse and recycling at 13 water‑intensive supplier sites.


iTunes Extras come to Apple TV

Previously only available in iTunes on Mac or PC, iTunes Extras is now available on Apple TV and will be coming to iOS 8 this fall. iTunes extras contains bonus scenes, director commentary, and other items normally found on a DVD.  

I got to experience this today (Saturday) with The Lego Movie. My 3 year old loves it and he was so excited to see we could play just the "everything is Awesome" video.  


Adobe Flash has major security hole, update now

Related to the security risk, Apple is blocking older versions of Flash in Safari. "Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player and"


Maps team calling businesses to verify information

Its being reported that members of the Maps team is calling business owners to verify user submitted data accuracy. It was previously reported a few week ago that Apple was pushing updates on a nightly basis.  


That's it for the week.  Stay tuned as rumors about the next iPhone, iWatch, Apple TV are sure to heat up in the coming weeks. 

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