Continuing a recent surge in HomePod-related tutorial videos, Apple on Friday posted a fresh explainer to its official YouTube support channel covering general device features, from music playback to Siri commands. -- AppleInsider.
When you're scoping out possible futures, it's useful to ask a lot of "what if?" questions. For example, what if we could install solar panels on every suitable roof in the United States? How much electricity would they generate? -- Ars Technica.
Google developers this week debuted a long-anticipated feature in Chrome that automatically blocks one of the Internet's biggest annoyances--intrusive ads.
Starting on Thursday, Chrome started filtering ads that fail to meet a set of criteria laid out by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group. The organization is made up of Google and others, and it aims to improve people's experiences with online ads. In a post published Wednesday, Chrome Engineering Manager Chris Bentzel said the filtering will focus on ad types that were ranked the most intrusive by 40,000 Internet uses who participated in a survey. -- Ars Technica.
There's a new Marvel superhero series on Fox called The Gifted that this week inspired my son Fallon, age 11, to predict the first Alexa virus, coming soon to an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show cloud device near you. Or maybe it will be a Google Home virus. Fallon's point is that such a contagion is coming and there probably isn't much any of us -- including both Amazon and Google -- can do to stop it. -- I, Cringely.
Apple's native Camera app in iOS 11 has plenty of tools for helping you get the right shot, but some are more hidden than others. The camera level is the perfect example of a really handy tool that many users don't even know exists, mainly because it's part of a feature that's turned off by default. -- MacRumors.
Apple's APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner. -- MacRumors.
Yesterday we found out that Apple made a web page dedicated to AR, and now there's a new one, this time dedicated to fitness with the Apple Watch called Close Your Rings. It gives examples of things Watch users can do to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
The page is an attractive, rich demonstration of the Apple Watch and how it's a good fitness wearable. It breaks down into each ring. The Move ring tracks burned calories, the Exercise ring tracks your activities, and the Stand ring reminds you to stand once an hour to keep your blood moving. -- Apple Support.
YouTube TV is widely available now, about 100 markets. What's notable is that the app for Apple TV has recently been released which makes it especially appealing for those Apple customers. (No more need for AirPlay.) I've seen several reviews lately that go into good detail on this interesting TV subscription service. -- The Mac Observer.
Well, almost. With the Apple Watch, I was pretty sure it was a pointless device, and was wrong. With HomePod, I did think it was going to find a role as a HomeKit hub and a device to allow my partner to control lighting when her phone was in another room. But I wasn't expecting much from it as a speaker.
And yet it's the speaker which is winning me over. -- 9to5Mac.
If you hate looking at your smartphone all day, you should consider getting a smartwatch. While it may seem counter-intuitive to get a new gadget to lessen your dependency on another, it's more effective than you think. Smartwatches take the most crucial parts of a smartphone--call and text alerts, app notifications, and quick controls--and put them on your wrist. -- Ars Technica.
As many of you know, in spite of the fact that I write this column and have worked in IT for over 30 years, I am an old fashioned guy. I don't Tweet or Instagram and I still use my iPhone to make calls. I have a 6s and Karen has a 6.
James calls us about once a week and this week he called and told us he had just sold his iPhone 6 Plus. It seems that Verizon (his carrier) was letting you buy iPhones over time through your Verizon bill. Price difference between owning the 6s Plus and getting a new 8 Plus was too good to pass up. Apple also allows monthly payments but Verizon's is a little cheaper and James would only get one bill.
The iPhone 8 Plus has many great features which James told us all about, but what impressed his mother and I most was the phone call voice quality. It was MARKEDLY better than it had ever been when he was using the 6s Plus. And it improved what he heard on his end as well.
So if you are an old fart like me, still talk to people on your iPhone (I won't tell) and want voice clarity I can recommend the 8 Plus.
Anyway, that's one man's opinion.
Photos for Mac brings it into the modern age of picture and video management, tying it into both the operating system and the cloud.
With Photos for Mac, all the pictures and videos you've taken on your iPhone or iPad, or imported into iPhoto or Aperture, will always be available to you on any of your Macs, as will any future pictures and videos you take or import, including your DSLR images, even in RAW!
Add to that automatic, intelligent grouping based on time and place, and face detection, non-destructive editing, and the ability to order prints, books, and more, and Photos for Mac makes for the ultimate picture and video app for the mainstream.
Here's your ultimate guide to setting up and using it! -- iMore.
The current Mac Pro received a lukewarm reception when it began shipping in 2013, and it has been preserved in amber ever since. The MacBook Pro went with few substantial updates for a long period of time after 2012. And when Apple overhauled its video editing software and released Final Cut Pro X in 2011, many editors were turned off by its compromises. -- Ars Technica.
Iconic machines from past seven decades do battle/The race will pit seven computers against each other, one from every decade going back to the dawn of computing.
Who would win in a race between an iPhone, a Windows 95 PC and the world's oldest working computer?
The answer might seem obvious, but as unlikely as it seems, the outcome is not a foregone conclusion. -- TechRepublic.
Use these steps to remove your personal information from a device, even if you don't have it anymore.
Before you sell or give away your device, you should remove your personal information. You shouldn't manually delete your contacts, calendars, reminders, documents, photos, or any other iCloud information while you're signed in to iCloud with your Apple ID. This would delete your content from the iCloud servers and any of your devices signed in to iCloud. -- Apple Support.
If you make video then the BBC Academy is a mine of useful information, and that's why I thought more people should know about this collection of iPhone movie-making tips from one of the trainers there. -- Apple Must.
A few weeks ago, I started to take a cursory look at some online sale sites to see what an 11-inch MacBook Air was selling for. When Apple released the 12-inch MacBook, the smaller Air was shunted aside and discontinued.
I purchased one back when it was first released and it was a great machine. But, I'm pretty restless and soon wondered if a larger machine, or some other device might better suit my needs. So, I sold that computer and moved on to other systems. These days, my main computer is a three year old Mac mini. -- MacWorld Australian.
Apple is running a commercial in which a kid with an iPad asks, "What's a computer?"
The ad is meant to portray a world where computers no longer exist and kids don't even know what they are.
Many who have watched the ad say it rubs them the wrong way, and parodies have sprung up on YouTube. -- Business Insider.