AWT News Update: August 18, 2015

Google OnHub. Image via Google

Google OnHub. Image via Google

Today on this special quick episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Google intros a nice looking and fast wireless router for the home
  • Paper for iPhone will be coming soon, according to developer FiftyThree
  • Fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan is available
  • Apple Pay has added 18 more banks and credit unions in the USA

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 18, 2015.

Apple’s AirPort wireless router had better watch out - Google today announced the OnHub wireless router they’ve developed in coordination with router manufacturer TP-Link. The $200 router looks like a minimalist black cylinder with no antennas, and uses a smart design to look for the best channel to deliver data to your devices as fast and interference-free as possible. It’s available for pre-order now, and will be available in retail stores in a few weeks.

If you love the Paper app from developer FiftyThree, you’re going to really love this news. The developer says that Paper for iPhone will be available soon. What’s interesting is that while the iPad app doesn’t support import of photos, the iPhone app apparently will, letting you mark up images or even use them as a source for drawings. Text input, checklists, and support for the Pencil stylus all appear to be in the works, too.

The fifth beta of OS X El Capitan is available to public beta testers today. There don’t appear to be any big external changes, meaning that this could be a performance improvement beta.

And our last news item for the day - Apple Pay has added another 18 banks and credit unions to the list of financial institutions supplying members with debit or credit cards that support the touchless pay solution. That comes the same day that an Apple Watch version of Square Cash appeared — a great way to send money to friends and others with a few taps.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.