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Next week is that most sacred of days "Gobble, Gobble, Gobble." As a long time practitioner of the faith I will be taking next week off for the annual pilgrimage, ritual sacrifice, celebration and to show my dutiful respect. Therefore in observance of this high holy day, it has been decreed that MacVolPlace with not be published next week but will return on November 27. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And may the leftovers be with you, always.


November 17Friday's News


Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry talks face detection, Vision framework

Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry talks face detection, Vision framework

Apple on Thursday published a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal for researchers and developers, discussing face detection and the related Vision framework, which developers can use for apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS. -- AppleInsider.


Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X

Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button, other tech in interview about iPhone X

In an interview published on Thursday, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company's sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies -- in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favor of touchscreen gestures. -- AppleInsider.


Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

The code comes just three days after the third beta. In its finished form 10.13.2 is largely expected to be a maintenance release, the main exception being support for introductory pricing with auto-renewable subscriptions.


Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather & video distortion trouble on iPhone X

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather & video distortion trouble on iPhone X

Apple on Thursday issued an incremental iOS 11.1.2 update, mainly intended to solve complaints about the iPhone X temporarily failing to respond to touch in cold weather.

Also solved is a problem with distortions in videos and Live Photos shot on the phone, Apple said in release notes. The update should be available over-the-air through the Software Update menu in the iOS Settings app, or else by connecting a device to iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC.

How to create long-exposure effects with iPhone

How to create long-exposure effects with iPhone

Adding long-exposure-style blurs and light streaks to your photos is easy, thanks to iOS 11's built-in Long Exposure effect.

One of the neatest tricks you can do with a standalone camera is the long exposure trick. You may have seen it used to turn the tail-lights of a car into long streaks of red curving through the dark behind a ghostly car, or to blur turbulent waters into a peaceful, misty-looking lake. In a regular camera, you have to finagle the shutter speed to get the level of blur just right, and there's no second chance. On the iPhone, it's way easier. -- Cult of Mac.

Use Reminders on Macs, iPhones, and iPads to Remember Anything

Use Reminders on Macs, iPhones, and iPads to Remember Anything

When Dr. Mac needs to remember something, he merely asks Siri (on his Mac, iPhone, or Apple Watch) to remind him of that thing at a specific time and date or place. He says he rarely forgets stuff anymore with this almost foolproof system. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 11: How to Remove Photo Metadata for Anonymous Images

iOS 11: How to Remove Photo Metadata for Anonymous Images

Image metadata is typically called Exif data, and it can include date/time of capture, GPS information, type of camera used, and type of software used to edit the photo. If you share images on social media, anyone can potentially download it and view the exif data. Here's how to remove photo metadata on iOS. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Needs a Smarter Way to Encourage macOS Upgrades

Apple Needs a Smarter Way to Encourage macOS Upgrades

Currently, it's a just a simple notification out of the blue and strong nudge for the user to upgrade macOS, but the OS needs to be smarter in its approach.

The issue here is that Apple has started the process of downloading High Sierra in the background and then inviting the user in a notification offering to start the install. -- The Mac Observer.

Tim Berners-Lee Wants Your Help in Protecting Net Neutrality from The FCC

Tim Berners-Lee Wants Your Help in Protecting Net Neutrality from Ajit Pai's FCC

Treating all content equally online is key to individual empowerment, democracy and economic growth. But the FCC is threatening to take that away.

Internet-inventor Tim Berners-Lee has written an editorial for USA Today asking Americans to help save the Internet from an irresponsible vote on Net Neutrality expected from the FCC. -- USA Today.


Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds

Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as the best truly-wireless earbuds

Even a year on, Apple's AirPods are largely unrivaled. They may look a bit funny to wear, and only come in one colour, but it's hard to argue anyone else is close to matching Apple in the truly-wireless headphone space.

AirPods are dead simple to use and intelligent enough to be helpful, without being annoying. They aren't even expensive compared to the competition. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's laptop designs are cornering Mac users

Apple's laptop designs are cornering Mac users

It's funny, Apple crowing about its biggest Mac revenue year ever at a time when there seems to be quite a bit of unrest about the Mac out there on the internet. Is the Mac doing well or is the Mac user base frustrated at the last few years of Apple's stewardship of the platform? It might be a little bit of both. -- Macworld.

Nokia Threat Intelligence Report: iOS remains the most secure mobile operating system

Nokia Threat Intelligence Report: iOS remains the most secure mobile operating system

In its Threat Intelligence Report for 2017, Nokia has reported the rates of malware infection for mobile devices for the first three quarters of 2017. The report contains a wealth of information that helps to describe the security of the mobile operating system landscape. This information was gathered using networks utilizing Nokia's NetGuard Endpont Security service. -- iDownload Blog.

This is where your old technology goes to die

This is where your old technology goes to die

The Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn houses pretty much every single type of retro tech gadget you can think of, and walking through the aisles is the ultimate TBT. The warehouse processes and recycles 1 million pounds of E-waste each year, while refurbishing as many of the items as possible to give old tech new life. -- Mashable.

'Bit Rot' Explains Why Your iPhone Gets Slower Over Time

'Bit Rot' Explains Why Your iPhone Gets Slower Over Time

Smartphones get slower as they get older. That's a fact most of us have experienced. And, as we've previously reported, it's not a symptom of intentional sabotage by phone makers.

Two reasons why phones get slower include the physical aging of a device's RAM, and what's known as "feature creep" -- what happens when future software updates add functionality and features that phone wasn't specifically designed for. But, other than newer software running on older devices, there's another aspect at play. It's called bit rot, and it's an inevitable condition of basically any smartphone. Here's what it is, and how it works. -- iDrop News.

What are offloaded apps in iOS 11 and how do they work?

What are offloaded apps in iOS 11 and how do they work?

Prior to iOS 11, once an app was installed on an iOS device, you either kept it or removed it. Removing it would cause iOS to prompt you first with a warning that all associated data on your device would also be removed. Some iOS apps get around this by using web-based or app-based accounts or other associations, so if you later reinstall the app, you can relink your data.

iOS 11 introduced a wrinkle that Macworld reader Audrey unintentionally asked a question about, because it came up in a different context when she was restoring an iCloud backup from an older phone to her iPhone 8 Plus, and she was prompted to enter the password of an Apple ID she hasn't used in six years. -- Macworld.

It's amazing what you can blame on Apple when you really, really try

It's amazing what you can blame on Apple when you really, really try.

Rejoice, dear readers! The Macalope brings you good tidings, for a noted technologamagonist has a solution to the problems of modern society that are all caused by Apple! -- Macworld.

November 16Thursday's News


Video: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac

Video: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on the Mac

Mozilla just released their new Firefox "Quantum" browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google's Chrome. -- AppleInsider.

Animoji may not require iPhone X's TrueDepth sensor

Animoji may not require iPhone X's TrueDepth sensor

You can't enjoy Animoji unless you buy an iPhone X, but it's apparently not because you need the device's fancy hardware. It looks like Apple's latest gimmick is powered by the handset's front-facing camera rather than its advanced TrueDepth sensor.

iPhone X utilizes the special 3D sensor for Face ID, the facial recognition security system that replaced Touch ID. Coupled with an incredible biometric engine, TrueDepth's 3-D mapping makes the system more sophisticated (and more secure) than rival platforms from the likes of Samsung. -- Cult of Mac.

How to add an on-screen home button to your iPhone X

How to add an on-screen home button to your iPhone X

Adding an on-screen AssistiveTouch home button to the iPhone X is easy -- and it's a whole lot more powerful than the old physical home button.

Do you miss the home button on your from-the-future iPhone X? Then we have good news! You can either sell it on eBay for a ridiculous sum, or you can add a home button back using a long-time feature built into iOS's accessibility settings. Let's take a look. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple at UTK LANMAN Today

Apple at UTK LANMAN

UTK LAN Managers and LAN Users will meet this morning at 10:30am in the Hodges Library Auditorium. UT's Apple reps have asked to come by and talk about a few things so they will be part of the meeting.

Here's the agenda:

  • Microsoft Licensing changes
  • Web survey software
  • Apple Technical Update
    • Topics will include, time permitting:
      • Making Macs play well with Active Directory
      • System imaging and the new Apple File System
      • Mobile Device Management and Apple Deployment Programs
      • Cisco networking updates with new operating systems

iPhone X Review: Here's What Apple Gets Right, And Wrong

iPhone X Review: Here's What Apple Gets Right, And Wrong

We've been putting the iPhone X through its paces since it came out and are ready to tell you what we think. Best iPhone ever, or just an expensive toy?

Apple's newest flagship smartphone, the iPhone X, is loaded with new features like an OLED screen, Face ID, and wireless charging. Is it worth the US$999 price tag? -- The Mac Observer.

More Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install

More Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install

Continued use and testing has revealed a few oddities in macOS High Sierra.

My last report on High Sierra was just over a week ago.

Since then, I have some items to report on. -- The Mac Observer.


Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac Users

Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac Users

Many Mac users are suddenly being prompted to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you don't want to tie up your Mac for an hour or more -- and up with High Sierra! -- read on to learn how to stop the upgrade process.

If you're running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, and do not want to upgrade to 10.13 High Sierra right now, be careful because Apple has started pushing High Sierra to older Macs and making it all too easy to upgrade inadvertently. In short, if you get a macOS notification asking you to install High Sierra, click the Details button to launch the App Store app, and then quit it. -- TidBITS.


15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

In this hands-on video walkthrough we highlight more than 15 handy tips and tricks for new iPhone X owners. Included in the video are easier methods for invoking Control Center and Notifications, a method for recording Animoji without a time limit, and the best way to quickly switch between two apps. Have a look at our hands-on video for the details. -- 9to5Mac.


How to keep media keys fixed to iTunes with macOS High Sierra

How to keep media keys fixed to iTunes with macOS High Sierra

Apple released macOS High Sierra to the public back in September, bringing notable changes such as Apple File System, Safari 11, and more. One change that's proved to be more of an annoyance, however, relates to the media keys. No longer do they control just media apps like iTunes and Spotify, but rather they control any sort of video and audio playback.

If you're like me, that's come as more of a bother than a real feature, but a new third-party tool aims to restore media keys to their previous glory. -- 9to5Mac.

Can smartphones die in the bitter cold?

Can smartphones die in the bitter cold?

Some of Apple's iPhone X's didn't work immediately when the temperature dropped. Sounds alarming, right? Apple's promise of a software update to its latest phone, to fix a problem reported by some users that they don't respond when suddenly exposed to frigid weather, raises the question of whether these increasingly sophisticated devices are rugged enough for extreme temperatures. It turns out most major manufacturers, including Apple, suggest their devices work best in the climate our bodies also prefer - and when it gets frigid, to turn the phone off (and head inside.) -- MCT.

How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad

How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad

Whether you're a frequent traveler, simply learning a new language, or interacting with someone who speaks in a different language, Siri for iOS now has the fantastic ability to translate between languages on the fly. For example, you can ask Siri to say "I need a taxi ride to the airport" in French, and Siri will not only instantly translate that for you in written text, but also say it aloud. -- OS X Daily.

November 15Wednesday's News


Firefox 57 'Quantum' for macOS released, iOS version user interface refresh coming

Firefox 57 'Quantum' for macOS released, iOS version user interface refresh coming

Mozilla has wrapped up its "biggest update of code in over ten years with the release of Firefox 57 --once called "Quantum" --for macOS, and other platforms.

Mozilla claims that the new Firefox runs faster mostly because of the overhaul of the code base, and resultant performance improvements. The organization claims that the browser is twice as fast and uses 30 percent less memory than Chrome. -- AppleInsider.

Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta

Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta

Unbeknownst to many, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center in iOS 11 don't do what you expect. Rather than completely disabling those features, they only partially disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To clear up any confusion, Apple appears to have added explainer pop-up messages when either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is toggled off, as first detailed in a report by MacRumors. The messages appear in the newest iOS 11.2 beta, and they explain that both features will only be temporarily disabled when turned off from their Control Center toggles. -- Ars Technica.

Kid unlocks mom's iPhone X with Face ID

Kid unlocks mom's iPhone X with Face ID

Another way to circumvent the iPhone X's Face ID security system has been discovered -- but, don't worry, it's not going to be one that affects the overwhelming majority of users.

The lesson, it seems, is that despite Apple making clear that Face ID works even in the dark, for the most secure results you should set it up under bright lighting conditions. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's Silicon Chief Talks About iPhone Chips, Face ID, and More in Israeli Interview

Apple's Silicon Chief Talks About iPhone Chips, Face ID, and More in Israeli Interview

Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple, recently talked about iPhone chipmaking, Face ID security, augmented reality, and more in a wide-ranging interview.

In an exclusive interview with Calcalist, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies discussed Apple's ascent up the supply chain ladder, and the fine balance between what the company plans to buy from vendors and what it plans to develop in-house in the future. -- CTech by Calcalist.

Get help with Face ID on your iPhone X

Get help with Face ID on your iPhone X

The iPhone X's Face ID feature is awesome. Unless it's not. If you're having trouble getting yours to work properly and consistently, you can try a reset.

If you need help using Face ID to unlock your iPhone X, authenticate purchases, sign in to apps, or if you're asked to enter your passcode, learn what to do. -- Apple Support.

HomePod: Everything we know about the Apple smart speaker so far

HomePod: Everything we know about the Apple smart speaker so far

With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3 and iPhone X behind us, there's still one more new Apple product on my shopping list this year: HomePod. Apple previewed its new smart speaker back in June at WWDC, and now it's almost time for HomePod to hit the market. Here's what we know about HomePod so far. -- 9to5Mac.

Why you should not rely on iCloud Photo Library as your only media backup

Why you should not rely on iCloud Photo Library as your only media backup

iCloud Photo Library, when it fits your needs, is a great way to avoid having to manage where your images and videos wind up. You capture video on your iPhone or drag an image into Photos in macOS, and it just syncs everywhere while making a central copy at iCloud. While I hear regularly from people having difficulty with aspects of it, it's a way to reduce the stress about how much storage you have on any given device, especially iOS devices. -- Macworld.

Comment: After using Face ID on the iPhone X, I can't wait for it to come to the Mac

Comment: After using Face ID on the iPhone X, I can't wait for it to come to the Mac

What I love most about Face ID is that it's passive. It works without me needing to do anything, such as place my finger on a fingerprint reader. Need to view my Safari Keychain? Face ID authenticates me. Opening a secure app such as a banking app? Face ID to the rescue. On the Mac, Face ID would be able to do all of this in an even more seamless fashion. -- 9to5Mac.

Face ID on the Mac

Face ID on the Mac

I use my Apple Watch to unlock my Mac and, once it's unlocked, it tends to stay unlocked for long stretches. I unlock my Mac from 2-10 times a day, at most. My phone on the other hand, can require an unlock as many as 100 times a day.

My point is that I don't think the cost of adding Face ID to a Mac, purely for unlock, would be worth the expense to me, given that I have an Apple Watch. -- The Loop.

How criminals clear your stolen iPhone for resale

How criminals clear your stolen iPhone for resale

On most major platforms, you can find apps and services to remotely track and wipe devices if they are stolen or go missing -- such as Apple's Find my iPhone service in the cloud and Google's Find my Phone service, which can track your device through GPS, lock the screen, or brick the device remotely.

However, not everyone knows of or uses these systems and there is still a vast market out there for stolen goods. But what happens when your iPhone is stolen? Where does it end up -- and how is it cleared for resale? -- ZDNET.

How to Take Awesome Depth Effect 'Portrait mode' Selfies on iPhone X

How to Take Awesome Depth Effect 'Portrait mode' Selfies on iPhone X

The iPhone X is one hell of a selfie camera. And most of what makes it so great is not the 7 MP camera module itself but the TrueDepth sensors housed in the now infamous notch. Using all the sensors and some software smarts, iPhone X is able to blur the background in a sophisticated manner. And then there's the new Portrait Lighting effect feature which brings professional level lighting effects to the iPhone.

When done right, the results are amazing. No blurry photos, no loss in detail. No weird lighting effects. Here's how to take awesome depth effect selfies on iPhone X. -- iPhone Hacks.

iPhone Medical Emergency and SOS Modes

iPhone Medical Emergency and SOS Modes

There are two emergency modes that can help you when you are in trouble. The first allows anyone to make an emergency phone call to the local authorities or to one of your emergency contacts. It also shows critical medical information that can help someone help you. Another mode can be triggered by you to call for help. -- Apple Support.


Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone

Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone

Use Medical ID to save your important health information. Medical ID helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode.

Your Medical ID provides medical information about you that may be important in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. You can create your Medical ID in the Health app that can be accessed without unlocking your iPhone. -- Apple Support.

The best laptop ever made

The best laptop ever made

Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012--2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn't been (and may never be) surpassed. -- Marco Arment.

How to access and customize the Control Center on the iPhone X

How to access and customize the Control Center on the iPhone X

There are some changes in the user interface of the iPhone X from previous versions of the Apple smartphone. However, they're not hard to adjust, too, if you have a little patience.

One change is how you open the control center. On the iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the screen to close the control center.

You can customize Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. -- Apple World Today.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone is going to get more cumbersome and overly complicated

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone is going to get more cumbersome and overly complicated

Apple, a company once lauded for making the complex simple and easy to use, is making Wi-Fi and Bluetooth far more complicated than it needs to be.

Remember when Microsoft made radical user interface changes in Windows 8, only to have to make more tweaks and backtracking in response to criticism, causing unnecessary hassles for end users?

Looks like Apple is having a similar problem with iOS. -- ZDNet.

What I learned after downloading every iPhone App of the Day for a month

What I learned after downloading every iPhone App of the Day for a month

Apple has rebuilt the App Store from the ground up.

Gone is the focus on lists of top sellers, replaced with the new App (and Game) of the Day.

The apps aren't freebies -- Apple expects you to be enthused enough to drop real money on the downloads.

So I did. For a month. -- The Guardian.

Facebook creeps people out by watching them. But it's not the only one

Facebook creeps people out by watching them. But it's not the only one

There are SDKs such as UXCam that can record your screen while you're using a certain app. The video gets sent to the server, and then the app makers can see how you use the app in real-time. This means someone could be watching -- Mashable.


Tech innovator Tim O'Reilly: Don't fear technology, robots or the future

Tech innovator Tim O'Reilly: Don't fear technology, robots or the future

Tim O'Reilly, evangelist for the digital era, has been described as a web guru and an internet pioneer.

In an interview at his Oakland home, O'Reilly covered a wide range of topics: his business, weaning ourselves from Wall Street's influence on our economy, sexism in the tech culture, and why he thinks ride-hailing business Uber has been over-hyped. The transcript has been edited for clarity and brevity. -- The Press Democrat.

Liberal Arts and Tech

Liberal Arts and Tech

The tech industry's lack of diversity and mind-numbing sea of sameness when it comes to opinions are, unfortunately, now widely recognized. But there is a subtler, and lesser-known limitation in tech that, I believe, is also having a devastating influence on the industry: the lack of liberal arts graduates. -- Tech.pinions.

Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid

Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid

Artificial intelligence is so limited, yet such a lucrative buzzword, that companies are selling the work of hundreds of thousands of people as AI, writes the WSJ's Christopher Mims.

Why it matters: Humans have long feared AI as a jobs killer but AI's reliance on human brainpower suggests that new technology could be a boom, not a bust, for jobs.

The numbers:

  • While AI can automatically act on 83% of inappropriate content on YouTube, the remaining 17% needs human eyes, Mims writes.
  • Facebook recently announced it will double its content moderation team to 20,000 employees.
  • But the largest workforce of humans working in conjunction in AI is in China -- where the government alone employs 100,000 censors.
  • If Facebook operated in China, it would need 20,000 moderators to review video content alone, a Chinese internet executive told the Journal.

How to Build Your Own Supercomputer

How to Build Your Own Supercomputer

Are you in need of a machine that can deliver hundreds of trillions of floating-point calculations per second? Or are you in need of a bar story about how the supercomputer in your basement flipped a breaker? Building your own High Performance Compute cluster, a.k.a. supercomputer, is a challenge any expert geek with a weekend of free time and some cash to burn can tackle. Technically speaking, a modern, multi-processor supercomputer is a network of computers working together in parallel to solve a problem. This article will briefly describe each step in the process, focusing on hardware and software. -- wikiHow.

November 14Tuesday's News


YouTube promises fix for severe battery drain on iPhones & iPads

YouTube promises fix for severe battery drain on iPhones & iPads

Google's YouTube said it's working to solve a bug in its iOS app causing heavy battery drain on iPhones and iPads, even when running in the background.

The company made the announcement on Twitter in response to complaints. People have also reported the issue on sites like Reddit, and AppleInsider was able to confirm it on a test iPhone. In some instances devices may run unusually hot while playing videos, but this isn't universal. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, watchOS 4.2, tvOS 11.2

Apple on Monday supplied developers with a third pre-release beta of its four major platforms, all of which are due to receive point-two releases in the coming weeks.


Latest iOS 11.2 beta clarifies that Control Center doesn't fully disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Latest iOS 11.2 beta clarifies that Control Center doesn't fully disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

A somewhat controversial change in iOS 11 will come with a little more clarity in the forthcoming iOS 11.2 update, with the latest beta adding a prompt informing users that turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via Control Center doesn't fully disable them. -- AppleInsider.


Tip: Autofill passwords and credit card entry in Safari with Face ID on the iPhone X

Tip: Autofill passwords and credit card entry in Safari with Face ID on the iPhone X

The iPhone X can auto-fill crucial data in Safari, using Face ID to authenticate the user, and securely enter credit card information with Apple's iCloud Keychain and Safari Autofill at the crux of the feature. AppleInsider shows you how to set it up. -- AppleInsider.


Video: The fastest way to unlock your iPhone X with Face ID

Video: The fastest way to unlock your iPhone X with Face ID

There is a lot of chatter about people disappointed with the speed of unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID versus just about anything else with Touch ID. AppleInsider talks about it, and how to speed it up.

Face ID is slow for some people is because they're waiting until they see the unlock icon pop up before swiping. But, we've been using the iPhone X since before it shipped and have noticed that you don't have to wait at all before swiping up. -- AppleInsider.

The Ivory Tower Can't Keep Ignoring Tech

The Ivory Tower Can't Keep Ignoring Tech

Algorithms are shaping our lives. Where's academia when it comes to helping us make sense of this?

These days, big data, artificial intelligence and the tech platforms that put them to work have huge influence and power. Algorithms choose the information we see when we go online, the jobs we get, the colleges to which we're admitted and the credit cards and insurance we are issued. It goes without saying that when computers are making decisions, a lot can go wrong. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 54 Patents Covering Depth Cameras for Facial Recognition, Texture Detection with Apple Pencil and more

Apple Granted 54 Patents Covering Depth Cameras for Facial Recognition, Texture Detection with Apple Pencil and more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover two inventions. The first relates to enhanced facial recognition while the second relates to future texture detection for Apple Pencil. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

TMO Background Mode Interview With Mac Observer's Editor-in-Chief Bryan Chaffin

TMO Background Mode Interview With Mac Observer's Editor-in-Chief Bryan Chaffin

Bryan Chaffin is the Editor-in-Chief of The Mac Observer. He was born and raised in Texas, and it was in Austin where he met Dave Hamilton. In 1997, Bryan was writing for a website named Webintosh. Later, Bryan bought a half-intest in the publication. Soon he realized he needed someone to run the business side of the website, so he sold his half to Dave Hamilton and they rebranded it as The Mac Observer, launching on December 28, 1998. We reminisced about how an invitation from Bryan led to my first article at the Mac Observer in October, 1999. In the second segment, we chatted about two of Bryan's notable, recent articles, iPhone encryption and Apple's tax situation. We finished with a discussion of Bryan's books, both technical and science fiction. Great stuff. -- The Mac Observer.

Opinion: Breadcrumb back button navigation on iPhone X is strangely 'undesigned'

Opinion: Breadcrumb back button navigation on iPhone X is strangely 'undesigned'

With the iPhone X, Apple had to redesign the top of the iOS user interface significantly to accommodate the notch in the display.

Rather than just dividing the status bar in two, Apple designed and engineered a significant overhaul to status items. New icons, new animations, new transitions ... with one strange exception that was seemingly left unchanged. -- 9to5Mac.

New study shows how Apple Watch can be used to detect sleep apnea & hypertension

New study shows how Apple Watch can be used to detect sleep apnea & hypertension

The University of California San Francisco and Health startup Cardiogram have partnered together on another study aiming to provide details on just how well the Apple Watch is able to detect common health problems. This time around, the study focusses on sleep apnea and hypertension... -- 9to5Mac.

10 days with the iPhone X: My joy of smartphones restored

10 days with the iPhone X: My joy of smartphones restore

I've used hundreds of handheld devices over the past 20 years and a select few have brought me sheer joy. The iPhone X arrived on November 3 and it has me as excited as I was 10 years ago when the first iPhone launched. -- ZDNet.


How to move from an individual iCloud Account to Family Sharing

How to move from an individual iCloud Account to Family Sharing

Beginning with the days of the original iTunes Music Store, Apple has made it a priority to get all of its users to create an Apple ID -- one account to use for all the services Apple has to offer, from support to buying the latest and greatest gear to content. It's become a part of the set-up process for every new Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Thanks to Family Sharing, families can each have a separate Apple ID, but also share content purchased with each individual account.

Apple recently added iCloud Family Sharing, which allows users to, not only share content purchased and downloaded using each other's Apple ID, but also allows everyone in the Family Sharing circle to use the same iCloud account. Here's everything you need to know about iCloud Family Sharing. -- iMore.

How to Disable Auto HDR in iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

How to Disable Auto HDR in iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

Auto HDR is Turned on By Default on iPhone X & iPhone 8.

There's no doubt in the fact that the iPhone X, along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are packed with phenomenal cameras. In fact, these cameras are so good that Apple believes that HDR (High Dynamic Range) should be enabled at all times so that you are treated with a perfectly balanced photo every single time you press that shutter button. Of course, every photographer might not agree with that as HDR tends to add a little bit of 'artificialness' into the mix under certain lighting conditions. If you are one of those who believe that automatic HDR should be turned off, then we will show you how you can disable the feature. And no, you can not do it straight from the Camera app if you want to. Pick up your iPhone and follow suit. -- WCCFTech.

I only needed a minute to ruin my iPhone X, and you probably ruined yours too

I only needed a minute to ruin my iPhone X, and you probably ruined yours too

I was able to get my hands on an iPhone X a lot sooner than I expected after I faced the harsh reality of not being able to preorder one for launch-day delivery. Plus no retail stores that sold the iPhone X had stock for walk-in customers last week in my area, with reports saying the measure was meant to prevent people from lining up in front of retail locations in a country that's still on high alert when it comes to terrorism threat. -- BGR.

NSA's Hackers Were Themselves Hacked In Major Cybersecurity Breach

NSA's Hackers Were Themselves Hacked In Major Cybersecurity Breach

David Greene talks to Matthew Olsen, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Center, for an assessment after hackers at the National Security Agency were hacked. -- NPR.


November 13Monday's News


The Eight-day guide to a better digital life

The Eight-day guide to a better digital life

Thanks to MacGuru Jeff Mellor for tipping us off to this article.

Your apps, search engines and social networks know hidden things about you that even your closest friends might not. To find out just how much, Sophia Smith Galer tries a programme called the Data Detox.

I was dubious at first when I read about the Data Detox. It sounds like a guide to logging off, but as somebody whose job requires me to be online almost all of the time, that could be professional suicide. But that is not the aim of this eight-day programme; it's more about exploring and tidying up your digital life. -- BBC.

Extreme test shows OLED iPhone X with 'dark mode' saves nearly 60% battery over 3 hours

Extreme test shows OLED iPhone X with 'dark mode' saves nearly 60% battery over 3 hours

After publicizing ways to reduce power consumption on the iPhone X OLED display, AppleInsider has begun to put the methods to the test to get a feel for exactly how much power can be saved. The answer: a lot. -- AppleInsider.


Video: One week using Apple's iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus

Video: One week using Apple's iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus

There are benchmarks and specs -- and then there are actual use cases that may differ between the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. AppleInsider has spent over a week with the iPhone X now, and here's what we think about it, versus the iPhone 8 Plus. -- AppleInsider.

Next time your iPhone X claims it doesn't recognize you, take control of the situation instead of letting the iPhone be the boss of you.

Next time your iPhone X claims it doesn't recognize you, take control of the situation instead of letting the iPhone be the boss of you.

What do you do when Face ID doesn't recognize your face? Do you reposition your face? Reposition the iPhone? Stare a little harder at the camera, to tell it you really mean business?

Stop! Instead of acquiescing to your iPhone X's silent demands, you should use this as a teaching moment (and show your phone who's boss at the same time). Face ID learns how your face changes over time, but you can also teach it to recognize you better. Here's how. -- The Mac Observer.

iPhone X Owners Encountering Green Line on Display Due to Potential Hardware Defect

iPhone X Owners Encountering Green Line on Display Due to Potential Hardware Defect

A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners have encountered a green line appearing on the smartphone's display.

At least 25 customers have shared photos of the potential hardware defect across the Apple Support Communities, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and the MacRumors forums since the iPhone X launched a week ago. Of course, in a production run of millions of iPhone X units, it is a small percentage of devices affected so far. -- MacRumors.

Several iPhone X Owners Experiencing 'Crackling' or 'Buzzing' Sounds From Earpiece Speaker

Several iPhone X Owners Experiencing 'Crackling' or 'Buzzing' Sounds From Earpiece Speaker

A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called "crackling" or "buzzing" sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes.

Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a MacRumors discussion topic about the matter, while similar reports have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit since the iPhone X launched just over a week ago. -- MacRumors.

YouTube iOS App Causing Battery Drain, Overheating Issues for Some Users

YouTube iOS App Causing Battery Drain, Overheating Issues for Some Users

YouTube has confirmed it is working to resolve a bug in its mobile app that causes significant battery drain on Apple devices, even when the app is running in the background.

First covered by tech blog PiunikaWeb, the issue has been noted by several MacRumors forum members, as well as on Reddit and Twitter, and appears to be mainly affecting devices running iOS 11.1.1. -- MacRumors.


Apple Approves 'Notch Remover' App for iPhone X

Apple Approves 'Notch Remover' App for iPhone X

Apple appears to have made an exception to its rule that developers "embrace the notch" on the iPhone X, by approving an app called Notch Remover for the App Store.

Essentially, all the app does is add a black bar across the top of selected images that the user can then manually assign as a wallpaper in iOS Settings. -- MacRumors.


Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

The new wave of artificial intelligence will reduce jobs, but will also improve your health and products like your smartphone. Here are five areas where tech companies, large and small, will change the way we live. -- New York Times.

Apple Retail has been a Tour de Force in 2017 and with it comes Growing Pains

Apple Retail has been a Tour de Force in 2017 and with it comes Growing Pains

Probably the second biggest story of the year for Apple beyond iPhone X has been their massive moves in retail. Apple opened their first store in Singapore, first in Taiwan and others like the one in Ningbo China and the incredible store in Dubai with massive solar winged panels acting as gigantic doors leading to a balcony with a breath taking view of Dubai's Fountain area. The scale of Apple's moves in retail, the sophistication of store designs all while Apple Park and The Steve Jobs Theater was being finished has been nothing short of spectacular excellence and along with some growing pains are bound to arise. In the big picture, Apple's competition would die to have Apple's roaring retail success. -- Patently Apple.

The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold

The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold

Apple is working on a fix for the newly release iPhone X. It appears that the touch screen can become unresponsive when the iPhone is subjected to cold weather. Users are reporting that locking and unlocking the phone resolves the issue. Apple stated that it is aware of the issue and it will be addressed in a future update. -- ZDNET.


Apple Pay Cash In the Store: It Ain't Perfect (Yet)

Apple Pay Cash In the Store: It Ain't Perfect (Yet)

I hate to say that there's a chink in Apple Pay Cash's armor, but there is. I'm all about exploring new technology, in all aspects of my life. That's why I leaped at the chance to try out Apple Pay Cash as soon as it hit the iOS 11.2 beta. After a few days of using it, I can say that it's definitely got potential. When it comes to Apple Pay Cash in the store, though, there are some ways it could be better. -- The Mac Observer.

How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with GarageBand on iOS

How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with GarageBand on iOS

With the latest version of iTunes, Apple buried the interface for making ringtones on the Mac. It's still possible but a lot more cumbersome to manage.

A little-known secret is that you can actually make custom alert ringtones for iOS on your iPhone itself, using GarageBand. Here's how. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone X: 8 first impressions after a week with Apple's new flagship

iPhone X: 8 first impressions after a week with Apple's new flagship

The iPhone X is entirely new and entirely different. It marks a complete departure from iPhones of previous years. The release of the iPhone X is also the most excited I've been about a new iPhone since the iPhone 4.

Since the iPhone 6, iPhone refreshes have been largely iterative. Sure, we've added some notable features along the way, but the iPhone X changes just about everything, from how we navigate iOS to the design and so much more.

I've been using the iPhone X for a week now, and like others at 9to5Mac, I'm wildly impressed with the device. Read on for 9 initial impressions from my first week with the iPhone X… -- 9to5Mac.

Calling in an airstrike on my own position (iOS 11 and refusal to leave Photos in iCloud)

Calling in an airstrike on my own position (iOS 11 and refusal to leave Photos in iCloud)

Background: The "pocket camera" feature of a typical smartphone represents roughly half of the value of the device to me. Thus when Apple silently changed the format of photos to HEIC, which few Windows applications can understand, half of the value of my iPhone 7 Plus was destroyed. -- Philip Greenspun's Weblog.

Google: Our hunt for hackers reveals phishing is far deadlier than data breaches

Google: Our hunt for hackers reveals phishing is far deadlier than data breaches

Google has released the results of a year-long investigation into Gmail account hijacking, which finds that phishing is far riskier for users than data breaches, because of the additional information phishers collect.

Hardly a week goes by without a new data breach being discovered, exposing victims to account hijacking if they used the same username and password on multiple online accounts. -- Google.

How to use multitasking and fast app switching on iPhone X

How to use multitasking and fast app switching on iPhone X

The iPhone X introduces a new way to use multitasking that nevertheless feels a bit familiar. Without a Home button, you no longer double-tap, but you do still rely on the bottom section of the device. Apple has also introduced a feature to the iPhone X that's been present on iPads for a while: fast app switching, allowing you to swipe your finger along the bottom of your iPhone X and quickly switch between apps. -- iMore.


Can You Use iPhone X Without Face ID? Yes! Face ID Questions, Answered

Can You Use iPhone X Without Face ID? Yes! Face ID Questions, Answered

There are a lot of questions out there about using iPhone X and the new Face ID feature, which scans your face to unlock your iPhone X. Some people want to know if they can use iPhone X without Face ID, and without the iPhone X ever using facial recognition for unlocking the iPhone and performing other verification tasks, like paying with Apple Pay or authenticating other logins. Or perhaps you're wondering what you do instead if you choose not to setup Face ID. -- OS X Daily.

Why I've given my children a year-long ban from using the iPad

Why I've given my children a year-long ban from using the iPad

The UK's Toy Retailers Association has released its annual list of "must-have" Christmas presents, and this year it's all about prising children away from technology. All the biggest sellers are expected to be games or toys that must be played with in real life (or IRL, as the young folks say). Sales of board games are already up by 30 per cent: these include Toilet Trouble, which squirts water at players if they flush the plastic loo at the wrong time, but also traditional games such as Cluedo. -- Western Australia Today.

Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?

Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?

Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology is going to be indistinguishable from magic. If you dropped in on a bunch of Paleolithic farmers with your iPhone and a pair of sneakers, you'd undoubtedly seem pretty magical. But the contrast is only middling: The farmers would still recognize you as basically like them, and before long they'd be taking selfies. But what if life has moved so far on that it doesn't just appear magical, but appears like physics? -- Nautilus.