AirPort Express now supports AirPlay 2

Today Apple pushed out a firmware update for the 2012 AirPort Express. The current version is 7.8. This firmware adds support for AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 was added with iOS 11.4.1 and will allow you to stream the same audio to multiple rooms, or stream multiple items to different speakers. The latest firmware allows you to use the AirPort Express as an AirPlay 2 destination.

It is important to note that this only applies to the 2012 AirPort Express, which supports 802.11n networking. This does not apply to the original AirPort Express. If the back of your AirPort Express looks like the one below, it will be able to support AirPlay 2.

In order to update, you will need to use the AirPort Utility to perform the update on your AirPort Express.

Even though Apple discontinued the AirPort line as of April, they are still supporting it for a few more years. It may not get many updates, but it is nice to see it getting some additional features.

Source: MacObserver via David Chartier.

wwrite and wwriteFree 3.2.1

After the update of wwrite and wwriteFree to 3.2.0, I noticed a couple of things that needed to be changed. Here is what has changed:

  • Fixed Privacy Policy button accessibility text
  • Added accessibility text for each file
  • The header on top of the files now automatically adjusts.
  • Added accessibility text for the advertisements in wwriteFree.

The changes are minor, but they should help those who need accessibility messages to be able to use wwrite and wwriteFree a bit more easily. If you use voice over, or any other accessibility options, and find any issues, definitely let me know.

Per usual, the updates are free. You can download wwrite, or wwriteFree now.

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iOS 8.0.2 is out

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2. This comes one day after the release of its buggy iOS 8.0.1 update.

The list of items fixed in this release are:

    fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

iOS 8.0.2 is recommended for all users of iOS 8. You can download iOS 8 through iTunes or directly on your iOS device by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update and once the update is detected, click on “Install”.

wwrite 2.1.2 and wwriteFree 2.1.2

Both wwrite 2.1.2 and wwriteFree 2.1.2 have been released.

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wwrite 2.1.2 has a couple of minor changes. The new features include the addition of support via twitter and implementation of auto layout. The bug fixes include some text within the “About” section of the app. The full change log is here.

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wwriteFree 2.1.2 has feature parity with wwrite 2.1.2. These items include iOS 7 features like Dynamic Text, support for retina iPads, 64-bit support, a new file format and more archive types. The full change log is here.

Book Update-palooza

I have updated two of my books, Xbox One: From the Original Xbox Until and Playstation 4: What We Know thus far.

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Xbox One: From the Original Xbox Until Now is now at version 1.4.

Version 1.4 contains updates from Microsoft’s E3 Presentation including price, availability date and more updates regarding used game policies.

If you have already purchased this, you should be able to receive an update. You may have to delete the book and re-download it to receive the update. If you have not yet purchased the title, you can do so from Amazon, iTunes (ePub) or iBooks.

Playstation 4: What We Know Thus Far
The other title that was updated is PlayStation 4: What we know thus far. This is now at version 1.2.

Version 1.2 include additional social features, PlayStation Plus pricing, availability date, memory dispersion, additional sharing options, and PlayStation Vita TV.

As with the Xbox One title, if you have already purchased this, you should be able to receive an update. You may have to delete the book and re-download it to receive the update. If you have not yet purchased the book, you can do so from Amazon, iTunes (ePub) or Google Play