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As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger. -- AppleInsider.
In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities. -- AppleInsider.
As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.
Apple Store version 3.3 is now protected by a two-step authentication process, an added layer of security that requires app users to enter both a password and verification code before making a purchase. -- AppleInsider.
We know how many iPhones Apple ships but we don't know exactly how many of each model. We can try to come close in such estimates of "mix" by looking also at the market pricing of the phones and the average price Apple obtains.
Combining what we know with some guesses allows some us to estimate the composition of iPhone models in any given quarter's sales -- Asymco.
The National Security Agency and several of its allies around the world have hijacked connections to multiple Android app stores to plant spyware on hundreds of millions of devices.
According to a top secret document leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the Google Play Store, Samsung's app store, and UC Browser, a web browser that's incredibly popular in China and India, were the main targets. -- Cult of Mac.
The full House has now passed a new America COMPETES Act, which sets funding priorities for scientific research at several government agencies. While ostensibly intended to make US research more globally competitive, the bill would take some budgeting decisions out of the hands of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and instead allow Congress to set its research priorities. -- Ars Technica.
Home automation sounds really intimidating when you hear Kelly talk about hubs and horrible user experiences and compatibility concerns. Luckily there are three easy ways you can try a little bit of automation yourself without having to spend a lot of time learning new tech. Kelly has three examples of easy ways to set up cool automation in your house with a minimum of muss and fuss. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple's new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, unveiled on Tuesday, didn't include a processor upgrade due to Broadwell delays, but it did get a Force Touch trackpad and one other major improvement -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is 2.5 times faster than the flash storage in previous-generation machines, with throughput up to 2GB/s.
In benchmark testing conducted by French site MacGeneration, the entry-level 2.2GHz 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage lived up to Apple's claims, demonstrating impressive read/write speeds that topped out at 2GB/s and 1.25GB/s, respectively, in QuickBench 4.0. -- MacRumors.
On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two new Hotspot devices enabling internet connectivity through a cellular network for devices like the non-Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad or any MacBook that doesn't have built-in wireless connectivity. -- Patently Apple.
In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores. -- Fast Company.
Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There's a solution, but it's a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it. -- TidBITS.
Captive Wi-Fi networks are public Wi-Fi networks that you subscribe to or pay to use. These networks are also called "subscription" or "Wi-Fi Hotspot" networks. You can find captive Wi-Fi networks in coffee shops, Internet cafes, hotels, airports, and other public locations. In some countries, captive networks are sponsored and maintained by wireless carriers (like AT&T wireless hotspots in Starbucks). -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Apple released the newest versions of the suite of apps formerly known as iWork--Pages, Numbers, and Keynote--in late 2013 to exclamations of dismay. The revisions were written from the ground up, rather than extending previous versions, and many features of previous releases were missing and never to return (at least so far) in the 2013 refresh.
Even after 18 months of incremental improvements, questions still abound, and I'll be answering some of them this week, along with a handful of extra advice. -- Macworld.
9to5Mac reported yesterday that Apple may switch out the system font used in OS X and iOS from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco, the font it developed in-house for the Apple Watch. And if you listen very carefully, that faint background noise you can just discern on the edge of your hearing is half the Apple community bellowing denunciations that this is a stupid idea, and half yelling that OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 (when the switch is rumored to happen) can't come soon enough. -- Macworld.
Are You A "Mac Laggard?" I am, unapologetically. "Mac Laggard" is at term coined by Computerworld's Gregg Keizer in reference to those of us who are in no hurry to upgrade to the current version of OS X, whatever it may be.
Keizer cites data from Web analytics firm Net Applications, finding that three OS X versions at least three years old respectively held five or more percentage points of OS X user share last month: namely, 2009's v10.6 Snow Leopard, 2011's v10.7 Lion and 2012's v10.8 Mountain Lion. They cumulatively powered 20% of Macs used online in April. When 2007's v10.5 Leopard was included, the obsolete version use metric rose to 21.3%. -- TechnologyTell.
If you go to a shoe shop during half term next week, you may see lots of children getting their feet measured with iPads. Shoe company Clarks has bet millions on the scheme, hoping it will be rewarded with an invaluable bonanza of digital data. -- BBC.
Devices like the Apple Watch can be convenient, even empowering for many people. For those with accessibility needs, however, they can be life changing. They can let people go where they could never go before, speak with people they could never reach before, and see the world in ways that were once impossible. What's more, by making the Apple Watch accessible and inclusive to people who are blind or have visual impairments, deaf or have auditory impairments, or who have motor skill or learning or other challenges, Apple makes it more accessible and inclusive to everyone.
The Apple Watch is in its first generation, but here's all the accessibility features it already enjoys, along with how to set them up and use them. -- iMore.
Yesterday I noticed a problem on my Mac Pro while trying to use Messages app. For those of you unfamiliar with OS X and Messages, it is an app that allows you to receive and reply to text messages from iPhones in addition to many other features. A friend had offered to pick me up a Subway sandwich on his way over and I was trying to text my complicated order to his iPhone which I thought might be easier to do on my Mac Pro than from my iPhone. -- Global Watchdog.
Some consumers who ordered Apple's top-end, non-Retina 27-inch iMac in advance of Tuesday's iMac lineup shuffle have seen their orders automatically upgraded to the new, less costly Retina 5K base model. -- AppleInsider.
A set of images posted to the Web on Wednesday purportedly show a partially dismantled Apple Watch in-store display with attached Lightning cable, suggesting the device can be charged and fed data via a hidden data port. -- AppleInsider.
A report indicates that the forthcoming releases of iOS and OS X will use the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" as the system typeface, moving away from the Helvetica Neue typeface introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.
The typeface, available for registered Apple developers to download here, is "designed specifically for legibility on small screens." We've included a comparison of the "ultralight" weight of both typefaces above.
Two things are immediately apparent--first, San Francisco is just a shade heavier than Helvetica Neue at the same size and weight. Second, San Francisco is narrower horizontally, which is doubtless helpful when you're working with a screen as small as the one on the Apple Watch. It's harder to say how the typeface would work with the wide variety of screen sizes (and the Retina and non-Retina displays) available across all iOS and OS X product lines, though 9to5Mac has some mockups and other screenshots that give you a rough idea. -- 9to5Mac.
As companies continue to beat the Internet of Things drum, promoting a world when every device is smart, and anything electronic is network connected, we have some news that shows just what a horrible idea this really is. A security firm has found that a Linux kernel driver called NetUSB contains an amateurish error that can be exploited by hackers to remotely compromise any device running the driver. The driver is commonly found in home routers, and while some offer the ability to disable it, others do not appear to do so. -- Ars Technica.
Short on room space? LG has just busted through the thinness limit on massive screened television sets and unveiled its proof of concept HDTV that's as thin as paper.
Sure, it's not in production yet, and will likely cost way too much for the average person to buy at first, but a press-on wallpaper television set is pretty high on our list of wants. -- Cult of Mac.
The researchers at Yahoo labs have just quantified the use of filters on digital photos. Say what you want about the death of the art of photography -- filters will get your photos noticed.
"We find two groups of serious and casual photographers among filter users," write the researchers at Yahoo Labs. "The serious see filters as correction tools and prefer milder effects. Casual photographers, by contrast, use filters to significantly transform their photos with bolder effects." -- Cult of Mac.
Extensions have made a return to your Mac. These aren't the extensions you remember from the olden days of Mac troubleshooting, though. Kelly has the breakdown on what they are and how you can boss them around. -- The Mac Observer.
Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, "If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?" This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive. -- The Mac Observer.
A bug that existed in both Chrome and Safari continues to persist in Safari, and allows a malicious Web site to spoof the browser's address bar to make it appear that you are at one URL when in fact you are at another. -- MacIssues.
On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computing devices, and more specifically to computing devices capable of displaying a spatially interactive, combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional display. Two different users viewing content on this kind of display on a computer, TV (other computing device) or iDevice will be able to see different imagery from different angles. Content seen by one user may not be seen by the other looking at the same display at the same time. -- Patently Apple.
Microsoft has issued version 14.5.1 of its Office 2011 suite, which fixes a major bug with Outlook that was introduced by the recently released version 14.5 update. Version 14.5.1 patches the same security vulnerability included in version 14.5, which could allow remote code execution from maliciously crafted Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files due to how Office 2011 handled files in memory -- TidBITS.
A Redditor awaiting delivery of a non-Retina 27-inch iMac ordered before yesterday's announcement of the new Retina models has reported being given a free upgrade by Apple.
While a free upgrade from the standard display to the Retina one sounds like a no-brainer (with a slightly beefier processor thrown in), there is one difference that is giving the video producer pause for thought. His non-Retina model came with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M graphics card, while the base-model Retina gets the AMD Radeon R9 M290X. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple's plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called "Home," according to sources familiar with the app. Introduced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference, HomeKit is an Apple initiative designed to encourage accessory makers to integrate "connected home" accessories such as Wi-Fi garage door openers, smart thermostats akin to Nest's Learning Thermostat, and wireless door locks with iPhones and iPads. Using Siri or the Home app, users will be able to remotely control parts of their homes directly from iOS devices. -- 9to5Mac.
If an Apple product is released and hundreds of people aren't lined up outside the Apple Store to buy it, is it still an Apple product?
Yes. Yes, it is. The product I have in mind has been downloaded from the App Store and used by over 65,000 people in two months, and the results could impact us over several lifetimes.
I'm talking about ResearchKit, which is Apple's way of letting people use their iOS devices and apps to join medical studies and send data to researchers. -- Re/code.
You've got a Mac and, from what you've heard, there's no evil that can touch you.
A Mac App Store with guaranteed clean applications.
No worries whatsoever.
And then...your favorite web browser suddenly seems to have a mind of its own; taking you places you have no interest in going and warning you of evils on your Mac that don't actually exist. -- Macworld.
Chances are you regularly get fake email claiming to be from companies that you do business with. However, these scam emails are trying to trick you into giving up your passwords and other information. It is important to be skeptical of every email message you receive and to learn to recognize the signs of phishing scams. Even email messages that seem to come from friends and relatives can be scams. -- MacMost.
This is easy. If you're not comfortable changing preferences or configurations for an app on your Mac, move along; there's nothing to see here.
However, if you'd like to get your geek on here's the way to start. It's a useful utility called PrefEdit; as in, 'edit preferences' for various and sundry Mac apps. Changing preferences is not for the faint of heart Mac user, but PrefEdit makes editing easy enough for the common man. -- Mac 360.
Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people -- so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.
Blair Armstrong of the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain and his team recorded the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms -- such as FBI or DVD -- then used computer programs to spot differences between individuals. The participants' responses varied enough that the programs could identify the volunteers with about 94 per cent accuracy when the experiment was repeated. -- New Scientist.
It's hard to say exactly when it happened, but the moment has almost certainly already arrived: It's no longer cool to use a smartphone.
"There are all these apps and wearables, and they're all claiming to give us our life back," Joe Hollier says. "I couldn't help but feel like they were lying." Hollier, a New York City artist and designer, is one half of the team behind the Light, a phone that promises to wean us off our smarter phones. -- Wired.
Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that actually works. -- The Mac Observer.
I've had mixed luck with impulse buys.
As a kid, I impulse-bought Marble Madness for my Sega Genesis. I saw it in Electronics Boutique, the box looked really cool, and it was only $40. Without having read any magazine reviews, I took the chance. It ended up being the worst Genesis game I owned.
I also impulse-bought the first Retina MacBook Pro. I didn't want to wait weeks for a custom build, so I drove to the Apple Store and bought the base model. -- Marco Arment.
Microsoft's new Outlook for iOS app boasts an impressive amount of functionality, plus a cool design language. Could this be the app to finally replace Apple's own Mail app? -- Macworld UK.
Apple on Tuesday issued an update to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, adding faster Intel processors, as well as the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new entry-level $1,999 configuration for its ultra high-resolution 5K iMac while dropping the price of the top-end model to just $2,299, making it easier for consumers to get their hands on Retina-quality displays for the desktop. -- AppleInsider.
Alongside updates to its MacBook Pro and Retina iMac lines, Apple on Tuesday released a small but long-anticipated accessory for iPhone owners with an all-new Lightning dock designed to work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday released Watch OS 1.0.1, its first-ever software update for the newly released Apple Watch, addressing a myriad of bugs and issues, including improved performance for Siri, measuring standing activities, counting calories for indoor cycling and rowing, and more. -- AppleInsider.
Apple updated its online storefront on Tuesday with fresh imagery and text touting so-called Continuity features that interconnect iOS, Mac and now Apple Watch devices. -- AppleInsider.
This is Sadie the Dog wearing her new Apple Watch. The watch actually belongs to my young and lovely wife, Mary Alyce, but she was unwilling to be photographed this morning while Sadie will pose anytime, anywhere. This is the Sport model of the Apple Watch in space gray with a black band. What makes this picture interesting is the watch was delivered last Friday two weeks early. -- I, Cringely.
Apple has always maintained that Apple TV is a "resident device" for HomeKit, not an automation hub. What's that mean? Kelly has more information on the difference and what it means for the smartness of your house. -- The Mac Observer.
One of the more controversial pieces of software available for OS X is a package called MacKeeper, which by fairly aggressive and widespread scare-tactic advertising has many Mac users convinced it is required software for keeping their systems safe, clean, and in proper working order. Any claims that this or similar software are requirements are false, but unfortunately many who have tried the software may find that even after removing it, they still have remnants of it on their systems that issue various notices about how their systems are critically unsafe, with recommendations to re-activate and re-install the software. -- MacIssues.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents related to the Mac Pro tower, liquid metal used to create a major component of the iPhone and more. -- Patently Apple.
The Apple Watch received its first official software update today, giving lucky early adopters their first opportunity to see how the Watch OS updating process works. Unlike the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which can update themselves using iOS's Software Update feature, the Apple Watch depends upon an iPhone to download the update from Apple's servers and install it on the Watch. You'll also need a Wi-Fi network, your Apple Watch charger, and at least 50% battery life in order to do the update. -- 9to5Mac.
Although Apple has done a better job of moving its Mac users along with each new operating system than has rival Microsoft, the Cupertino, Calif. company has been unable to eradicate fragmentation as it accelerated upgrades to an annual cadence. -- Computerworld.
Our last look at Apple's professional video editor, Final Cut Pro X, was not quite a year ago (turn to the next page to see what we had to say about that version) and yet there have been five (yes, count 'em, five) separate updates since then. Many of these updates have been bug fixes but there have been some notable enhancements, including a major version update. -- Macworld UK.
Many years ago, I was in an office of desktop-publishing authors, and the running joke was how a program needed a Make Better button. Very amusing, until software like Apple's iOS Photos app added an Enhance button that often just made things better. Using a reasonably sophisticated analysis of an image, a single click could reshape an image's tones to make it an objectively more fuller-toned version of itself.
But "better" is often not good enough, and if you're willing roll your sleeves up a tiny bit, the new Photos for OS X app includes substantially more refined, more granular, and easier-to-use tools than iPhoto. They're also quite speedy to preview and apply in comparison. -- Macworld.
The Apple TV is capable of streaming video content over the Internet or content that's stored locally on host Macs or Windows PCs connected to the same Wi-Fi network. But what if there is no local Wi-Fi network? Well, this week, I'm actually coming to you with a question, because I'm stumped. -- iMore.
These are instructions on how to display additional screen resolution options when setting the resolution of your monitor in Mac OS X Yosemite. These steps will likely work for other versions of OS X as well, including Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion. -- iClarified.
My personal, unscientific, informal survey of family, friends, and co-workers reveals the obvious. Most of us hate email.
With all the hatred for email why don't we Mac users rise up in revolt and switch to different email apps more frequently? Because once you get a few thousand email messages archived, you're not inclined to try something different. There's pain involved with switching. Here's a way to ease the pain for 99-cents. -- Mac 360.
Apple's recent acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a California firm that worked on high-precision satellite navigation projects for the likes of the U.S. Navy, might at first seem a bit outside of the iPhone maker's wheelhouse.?But a closer look reveals what could, in fact, be an excellent match. -- AppleInsider.
From the department of things that aren't what they seem, researchers have demonstrated a new address-spoofing exploit that tricks Safari users into thinking they're visiting one site when in fact the Apple-made browser is connected to an entirely different address. -- Ars Technica.
There have been predictions about an Apple television set so often and for so long that it's become a sort of running gag among Apple watchers, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal has poured yet more cold water on those forecasts. The typical "people familiar with the matter" tell the WSJ that Apple had "a small team" working on a TV set for a few years, but that the team had been disbanded and its members reassigned to other projects "more than a year ago." -- Ars Technica.
Siri is a workhorse of a virtual assistant for iOS, but I rarely see anyone actually using the feature on the iPhone. Maybe it is because most people don't know all of the amazing things she (or he) can do. Siri's improved a lot over the past several years and there's now a long list of tasks she can accomplish, so if you haven't been using Siri it might be time to give it another look. -- MacRumors.
When you enable services like screen sharing, file sharing, or printer sharing, OS X will broadcast your Mac's name on the local network so it can be discovered and made available to other systems. However, when you do so you may run into an issue where a number is appended to your Mac's name. For example, if your iMac is named "My iMac," you might expect to see just this name appear in the Finder of other Macs on the network; however, with this naming issue you will see "My iMac (2)." -- MacIssues.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent covering a pattern projector. -- Patently Apple.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a second PrimeSense 3D user interface control system published today that could be used to perform in-air gestures to control actions on a computer display and/or a future TV system. -- Patently Apple.
Safari is the web browser included with OS X Mavericks. Learn about using Safari, as well as ways to personalize your browsing experience. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The materials used to make Apple products vary; in some cases each product might have specific cleaning requirements, which might vary by the part you are cleaning.
Read recommendations and guidelines for cleaning your Apple computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod, display, or peripheral device. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover Apple's famed Concert Ticket patent that we covered back in 2010 titled "Apple Introduces us to a New iTunes "Concert Ticket +" System." Apple's NFC related patent was one of the original patents that would go on to form Apple's Passbook application. Passbook is an application in iOS that allows users to store coupons, boarding passes, event tickets, store cards, credit cards and is now directly related to the use of Apple Pay. -- Patently Apple.
I've made a decent to large part of my living for more than 20 years learning about how to fix problems and then trying to tell others how to follow suit. And the last couple of weeks have been among my highest in terms of frustration in using computers in my entire life. But, per my modus operandi, I have truth born from a bloody fight to share with you. -- Macworld.
Modern technology gets a bad rap for creating distance between people (how many tiresome memes have we all seen depicting people playing on their iPhones instead of talking to each other?)
For the Caolo family -- which began in 1970's Scranton, Pennsylvania and today is spread across Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida -- Apple's computers and software are literally, part of the family. The part that keeps us together. -- Apple World Today.
If you want to get an idea of just how huge Apple's iPhone 6 is going to be globally, then the latest investor note from Citi Research analyst Jim Suva is a must-read.
It provides more evidence that the iPhone 6 is fundamentally different from previous iPhones because repeat Apple customers are NOT the main buyers of iPhone 6.
Rather, everyone else is. -- Business Insider.
Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom, according to Lia De Cicco Remu, director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada. "When was the last time you used a piece of chalk to express yourself?" De Cicco Remu, a former teacher, asked the Georgia Straight by phone from Toronto. "Kids don't express themselves with chalk or in cursive. Kids text."
Given the Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans story posted to Slashdot in the last few days it would seem that Redmond's Marketing and R&D people are at cross-purposes. -- The Georgia Straight.
In the midst of a major overhaul for its Maps service, Apple seems to have made another under-the-radar acquisition as the company apparently snapped up Coherent Navigation, makers of high-accuracy GPS devices and software. -- AppleInsider.
Who knew that George Lucas and constitutional law had so much in common?
Evidently Cass R. Sunstein did. The Harvard Law School constitutional scholar and former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for President Obama makes such an argument in his forthcoming Michigan Law Review article titled How Star Wars Illuminates Constitutional Law. -- Ars Technica.
What happens when you try to get a broken Apple Watch repaired? Not much of anything!
I know this because my Apple Watch broke last week and I have a repair order pending.
Luckily, the watch is covered by Apple's AppleCare+ extended warranty, which covers accidental damage. It also offers two-day express replacement. No downtime without your new precious. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple has released a list of devices that will stop receiving repair and parts service in Apple Stores on June 9.
The full list includes a few gadgets that we were frankly a little surprised were still receiving support. Devices like the 11 year-old Xserve RAID mass-storage device (the one that supported Small Form-factor Pluggables, if you're curious) and the mid-2007 model iMac.
Apple considers devices that have been out of production for seven years "obsolete," which means that they will neither fix them themselves nor will they send out parts. A middle ground of "vintage" exists for products discontinued between five and seven years ago. No hardware service exists for vintage items unless you bought them in California or Turkey. In those two places, AppleCare will still take your call, and you can get both parts and service for those last two years. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug (it doesn't) it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal. -- The Mac Observer.
With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that iCloud now has a limit of 50,000 contacts, double the previous limit of 25,000 contacts (via iFun.de). iPhone, iPad and Mac users can now store up to 50,000 contacts between their iCloud-enabled devices, while all other limits for calendars, reminders and bookmarks have not been changed. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows 10, review sites have been performing all sorts of benchmarks on the tech preview to evaluate how well the operating system will run. But now a computer science student named Alex King has made the most logical performance evaluation of all: testing Windows 10's performance on a 2015 MacBook.
He says, "Here's the real kicker: it's fast. It's smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It's unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done.
Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn't completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth.
It's remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before. So maybe it's ironic that in some regards, the new MacBook runs Windows 10 (a prerelease version, at that) better than it runs OS X. -- Alex King.
As a serious photographer, I do as much as I can to make my daily shots excellent, using cameras with low-noise sensors and fast lenses -- then trying to keep them as steady as possible in low light. But even the latest and best cameras can't snap perfectly clean images in dark surroundings. Grainy noise is basically inevitable in darkness, and the more basic the camera you're using, the more likely it is to appear in a wider variety of pictures. To reduce noise, you can either shell out thousands of dollars for new camera gear, or try to fix your noisy photos with software. -- 9to5Mac.
Learn how to improve face recognition results in iPhoto '09 and iPhoto '11.
Follow the guidelines here to improve the face recognition capabilities of iPhoto '09 and iPhoto '11.
Note: Only faces that have been automatically detected in your photo library will help iPhoto match faces. Manually identified faces will not aid iPhoto's face-matching ability. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.
Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) is a two meter long cable that has a Thunderbolt connection on both ends and can be used for connecting Thunderbolt devices and peripherals to a Mac which has at least one Thunderbolt port. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Apple said the first HomeKit-enabled smart-home devices are coming out next month, refuting a report that said delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September. -- Wall Street Journal.
Since upgrading to Yosemite, there has been an issue with the mouse cursor and it's behavior. Depending on the use, the cursor blinks, jitters, and switch between the cursor and the hand. It also jumps when trying to draw lines in Photoshop to a point that it's unusable. How can I fix this? -- Mac|Life.
This is one of a series of articles looking at elements of iTunes that I think need fixing. I'll choose one element for each article, and offer a solution. See all articles in this series.
Remember, back in the day, when you clicked the Shuffle button on a playlist, iTunes would re-order the songs, showing you the order in which they'd be played? If you didn't like it, you could move some of the songs around, or re-shuffle the list. -- Kirkville.
Apple is reportedly facing technological issues with HomeKit, the company's forthcoming smart home platform designed to act a central hub for iOS-connected products like light bulbs and door locks, that have forced a re-evaluation of the platform's launch timeline. -- AppleInsider.
When you first set up the Apple Watch, it asks you to assign the device a security passcode to stop just anyone from picking up your watch and looking at all the stuff on it. While that passcode is an effective tool to protect your data, it does nothing to stop someone from lifting your watch, resetting it, and using it themselves or selling it. -- Ars Technica.
You can add all the high-tech features you want, but ultimately one of the best ways to make people buy gadgets is to ensure that the devices are the same ones already used by their friends.
That's the concept behind a newly-published patent application, titled, "Collaborative Location-Based Search Results." It describes a way in which multiple iPhone users in different locations can search for shared information -- say, finding a restaurant or movie theater that's equally convenient for every member of a group of friends to reach. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple filed a patent application today that could someday help you use Touch ID to run everything on your iPhone or iPad without covering the screen with your fat digits. -- Cult of Mac.
Your Apple Watch doesn't need an iPhone to make it whole.
The new wearable is capable of performing a variety of tasks without a tether to your phone. All it needs is a connection to a familiar Wi-Fi network, and you can start putting it to use even if its iPhone buddy isn't around. -- Cult of Mac.
You probably have enough internet enabled devices in your house that you should know a bit about how to fix things if they aren't working like they should. Kelly helps you break down how to find the break down and get things on track. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple Watch depends on the iPhone for almost all of its functionality, connecting to and communicating with the iPhone using two methods: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected to the same Wi-Fi network (an Apple Watch connection to a known Wi-Fi network is established through the iPhone), they can be as far apart from each other as the Wi-Fi signal will allow.
The two devices are also connected to each other through Bluetooth. Bluetooth requires the two devices to be within 30 feet of each other or they will disconnect. -- MacRumors.
When using your Mac running OS X Yosemite, you may find that at certain times during the day your Mac will begin to pause, showing the spinning color wheel repeatedly and quite frequently. When this happens, it interrupts all ability to type and interact with other applications, leaving you with the only options of waiting or attempting to restart your system to clear the problem. -- MacIssues.
Our first patent report this morning was titled "Apple Advances their OS X "Quick Look" Feature for iOS iDevices using an Intense Touch Gesture." In this second report, we see Apple extending their thinking from the first patent that we covered. In this patent filing Apple delivers a mind boggling overview of where fingerprint technology may go as Touch ID was just the tip of the iceberg. -- Patently Apple.
Many gadgets will be able to understand images and video thanks to chips designed to run powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms.
Many of the devices around us may soon acquire powerful new abilities to understand images and video, thanks to hardware designed for the machine-learning technique called deep learning. -- MIT Technology Review.
You may have seen the car insurance company add where they say if you will let them put a dongel in your car to track how you drive they will give you lower rates.
Well now there is one that reports to an App (yes there is an App for that) on your iPhone instead of the insurance company.
The app helps track your driving habits, alerting you of potential pitfalls, and provides a host of other neat features.-- TidBITS.
Over the course of writing guides to boosting Mac and hard drive speeds, I've discussed the incredible performance improvements Macs can get from simple upgrades -- adding RAM, choosing a fast solid state drive (SSD) as an internal or external drive, and even running a simple disk optimizer tool. But there's a common question that comes up when considering upgrades: how can you tell in advance how big of an improvement you'll actually see?
The answer: benchmarking tools. Many apps help you measure the speed of various components of your Mac, and with a little help, you can estimate the performance jumps you'll see after an upgrade. Below, I'll introduce three of the best free Mac benchmarking tools, and explain how they work -- 9to5Mac.
A bug appearing for a small number users on iCloud.com may allow them to temporarily track and make changes to Macs belonging to other users, according to reports appearing on Twitter. Users have noted that Macs with names they don't recognize recently started appearing in the device list on the Find My iPhone web service, allowing them to remotely lock or erase the computers in some cases, or just play a sound in others. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2.1 with bug fixes and improvements. Apple's release notes say that this update fixes a bug that would cause Final Cut Pro to quit at launch on some Macs. Support for Panasonic AVCAAM video at 25P and 30P rates has been restored, while Apple also says that dragging through the Timeline view is now more accurate. This 10.2.1 update follows up on the significant 10.2 update from April, which added 3D title support, new editing features, and support for several new cameras and video formats.
When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to a larger storage plan.
You can upgrade your iCloud storage from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, and you can choose a total of 20 GB, 200 GB, 500 GB, or 1 TB. After you upgrade, we'll bill you monthly.1 If you purchased an annual plan before September 10, 2014, your account was upgraded to a new annual plan. If you need to change your storage plan, you must choose a monthly plan. See the monthly pricing per country here. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Graham K. Rogers over at eXtensions has written a small series of articles on his search for Aperture replacements. It is almost certain that Apple will remove the ability to use Aperture either with the next update to OS X or not long after. While most will shift to Adobe Lightroom, there may be alternatives.
Surprisingly, for those new to the iPhone or iPad, this setting can be a handful to find, given its rather insignificant placement in the Settings app. If you're not inquisitive enough, chances are you haven't found it yet. -- Redmond Pie.
iCloud Photo Library can help you save tremendous amounts of storage across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. For most of us, we have thousands of photos stored on our computers. When we first sync these to iCloud Photo Library, they'll also come down to all our iPhones and iPads. Depending on how you have iCloud Photo Library set up on your iPhone or iPad, you may start receiving out of storage messages. -- iMore.
If you've recently bought a new iPhone, or if you've got an iPod touch that you're not using any more, it'd be a shame for it to just sit in a cold, dark drawer, waiting for someone to come along and borrow it. That iPhone or iPod is still useful, unless you've broken it (though even if the screen is cracked, there is a lot you can do with it).
You could hand the iPhone down to a child, use it as a home surveillance camera, dedicate it as an in-car music repository, and much more. Here are 8 clever ways you can put your old mobile device to good use. -- Intego.
One thing we didn't manage to touch on in our otherwise comprehensive Apple Watch and Watch OS review is the backup and restore process--what you'll need to do if you ever switch watches or iPhones. Yesterday, Apple released a new support document outlining just how the backup process works, what gets backed up, what doesn't get backed up, and when it gets backed up. -- Ars Technica.
Searching for "iPhone killer" returns millions of hits. It's hard to remember any phone/product/service/platform/initiative/merger/startup which was not at some point considered an iPhone killer. A sampling is offered here. -- Asymco.
Drawing an entire new movie by hand is a long, hard, tedious process, but the animators at Disney have a hidden trick up their sleeves: they recycle footage from older animated films into new ones. -- Cult of Mac.
Among the great business innovations of the Internet era are KickStarter and the many similar crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo. You know how these work: someone wants to introduce a new gizmo or make a film but can only do so if you and I pay in advance with our only rewards being a possible discount on the gizmo or DVD. -- I, Cringely.
The Apple Watch defaults to installing and activating every App and Glance available. This can be a problematic scenario because proper management of the Watch requires ruthless gatekeeping of both of these types of add-ons. -- The Mac Observer.
In addition to using the 645 Pro Mk III camera app he told you about last week for most of his photos, Dr. Mac also uses a handful of third-party accessories to help him take better pictures and videos with his iPhone. Check out his inexpensive yet effective toolkit in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves (Episode 122). -- The Mac Observer.
Kelly discovered -- the hard way -- you can be sign in to iTunes but not have authorized the machine. Apple's help pages were not helpful so she shares her tips for how to sort this out. -- The Mac Observer.
"Moore's law" is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. The observation is named after Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corporation and Fairchild Semiconductor, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit.
At 86, the man himself looks back at some of the predictions he made and how they have held up. -- New York Times.
Cyclists have been saying it for ages: Two wheels are better than four, for the health of the rider and the environment alike. And with cycling's popularity on the rise, numerous apps have appeared to support the activity.
Route tracking, speed and distance monitoring, social-media updating and more. -- New York Times.
In April we reported that Apple was already testing Force Touch Display Panels for their next iPhone and on Monday we were first to report that Apple's 2016 iPad Display may use Next-Gen Touch Panel Technology using Nano Silver Wire Materials that would bring more sensitivity to iPad displays. In practice, Apple notes that with their new MacBook's "Force Touch" trackpad you can now use a Force click to enable new capabilities, like quickly looking up the definition of a word or previewing a file just by clicking and continuing to press on the trackpad. Today, we learn in a newly published patent application that Apple intends to bring their OS X "Quick Look" feature to iOS using a new "Intense" touch gesture based on integrating new intensity sensors into the display. -- Patently Apple.
Steve McCabe tries to Apple Pay his way around the world, and turns up some interesting challenges along the way.
Apple Pay is currently offered only to holders of some American debit and credit cards, but the system can be used far beyond the borders of the United States. I recently took a round-the-world trip, and used the opportunity to research Apple Pay globally for TidBITS.
Wolfram Research, the company behind the Wolfram Alpha knowledge base that Apple's Siri taps into, is today releasing new artificial intelligence tech to answer the question, "What is this a picture of?" -- 9to5Mac.
You can turn on Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on your iOS device to prevent access to specific apps and features. Learn about the types of Restrictions and how to turn them on and off on your device. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn what to do if you have two-step verification turned on for your Apple ID and can't sign in. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
With Apple placing a high priority on accessibility features, it's no surprise that iOS caters not just for people who have difficulty performing on-screen gestures, but also those who cannot easily press the home button. One of the AssistiveTouch features allows them instead to simply tap an on-screen home button. -- 9to5Mac.
John Lasseter remembers the years before he was considered a visionary. He told people he wanted to make a full length computer animated film. They told him it would never work.
Approaching the 20th anniversary of seminal animated hit "Toy Story," in November, Lasseter told an audience at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday that he sees a day when a winning full-length film will be produced by a filmmaker armed only with an iPhone or a GoPro. -- Variety.
The problem of identity is a deep one: how do we know who we are? Apple's problems with identity stem from its superannuated Apple ID system, which carries with it the detritus of generations of past technological choices that it wears around its figurative neck like an albatross.This week I look into two people sharing one Apple ID, one person wanting two, and two people splitting their one account in twain. Also, something's up with an over-alert Mac on a couple's network--what could it be? -- Macworld.
There are times when curiosity gets the best of me. Just the other night my feline side asked me a couple of questions. Self, I said, "Is it possible to connect an iPhone to your Mac and browse around all those iPhone files, apps, songs, movies, and photos?" And, "Can the iPhone be used as extra storage for the Mac?" I answered the questions myself. yes. -- TeraTalks.
I am no longer an Administrator on my Mac. Given the recent round of threats targeted at OS X users logged into their Macs as admin, I relinquished my administrative rights. Doing so is easy:
When you log back in you will be an administrator no more. You can supplement your new reduced rights by editing you sudoers file, but as always you want to be careful where you enter your computer's password. -- Egg Freckles.
Wondering what time a movie starts? Or maybe you want to see a movie tonight and you aren't sure which one? Maybe you just want to see any movie at a specific time? As long as you have your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch handy, you can get all sorts of movie showtime details by simply asking Siri. -- OS X Daily.
After Blu-ray and HD DVD ushered in the age of HD and 1080p movies for the masses, discs were beaten to 4K by streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. While the internet is still doing most of the heavy lifting for 4K, the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification is finally complete which means we should see movies and players arriving later this year. -- Engadget.
Apple-owned FileMaker on Tuesday launched FileMaker 14, a major update of its database software for Mac, Windows, and iOS devices, focusing on speed improvements but adding a variety of other new features as well. -- AppleInsider.
For many years Apple has been a great company when it comes to pushing the accessibility of its products for disabled users -- from features like VoiceOver, which allow for descriptions of apps to be read aloud for the blind, to FaceTime which represented a breakthrough in allowing deaf people to communicate with one another using a mobile device. -- Cult of Mac.
Early adopters of the Apple Watch have had a few weeks with their new gadgets, and they're having experiences that may not be worthy of one of Apple's austere presentations. But that doesn't mean people aren't getting a lot of use out of the things and finding occasionally odd ways to integrate them into their lives.
A bunch of reddit users have been sharing their stories, and here are some of the more peculiar things Apple's new wearable can do. -- Cult of Mac.
What can he say? Kermit is attracted to pigs.
In the one-camera mockumentary style made popular by both versions of The Office, The Muppets are poised to take over ABC this year as they star in their first TV series since their original show back in the mid-1970s. -- Cult of Mac.
When things that should be syncing have given up, finding the bump in the road can be tricky. With iCloud, doubly so. Kelly has some tips to help you figure out where it went wrong and help you get things working again. -- The Mac Observer.
The Apple TV and similar set-top boxes like the Roku and Chromecast are doing much better than had been expected in the past. The reason has to do with the content strategies used. IHS, which tracks shipments, explains. -- The Mac Observer.
When you use programs in OS X that accept incoming connections from the internet or other network resources, if you have the system's firewall enabled then you may see a warning that requests you either allow or deny network access to the program. By clicking the Always Allow option in this window, OS X should remember your decision for the given program and never ask you again; however, there may be times when this window will repeatedly display for a given program. -- MacIssues.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's four design patents. For the first time in years, Apple surprises us with a winning design for a light fixture that has yet to come to market. Being that there's no information as to what this light is used for it's hard to know if it's an internal device at Apple or one that could come to market. Another strange win covers a speaker stand that they inherited from Beats Music. -- Patently Apple.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Beyond covering Apple's granted patents earlier today for a 3D sensing device, Liquid Metal Screws and unique design patents, this report points you to three camera patent wins along with one covering the EarPod's electroformed housing. As usual, 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.
When Apple was designing the Mac app iDVD, then-CEO Steve Jobs directed his development team to build a dead-simple DVD-burning application: instead of a mess of options and windows, Jobs wanted one window with one button marked "Burn," which would be pressed once the desired video file was dragged-and-dropped into the window. Years later, when Jobs wanted Apple's iOS devices to be even simpler, he dumped the Mac's windows and drag-and-drop file system in favor of a grid of icons. There wasn't even a trash can to worry about -- instead, iOS would automatically discard unused files as needed. -- 9to5Mac.
Your device might have a frozen screen that doesn't respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your device begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. These steps can help. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Sometimes you just need a pencil. BBEdit is not that. BBEdit is more like a lifetime of writing and editing tools compiled into one veteran application, and regularly updated with more. It got a shakeup with version 11, but now the new BBEdit 11.1 introduces still more features -- seriously, where do they keep finding features to put into this text editor? -- MacNN.
On Tuesday, the city council of Berkeley, California, will vote on a cellphone "right to know" law that would be the first safety ordinance of its kind in the country. It would require cellphone retailers to include a city-prepared notice along with the purchase of a cellphone, informing consumers of the minimum separation distance a cellphone should be held from the body. -- CBS News.
Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
There are things your iPhone can do that you probably didn't know. We've uncovered five of these. -- AppAdvice.
Years ago, the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, proudly proclaimed that people wanted to own their music. In touting the iTunes Music Store, he said it was the best way to get the music you want at affordable prices. For the music industry, the iPod and iTunes were salvation for a time. Stung by loads of people downloading pirated music, this was a way to rebuild the industry's income stream.
Of course things change. -- The Tech Night Owl.
A ruling in U.S. District Court that the seizure and search of a man's laptop without a warrant while he was in an airport during an international border crossing was not justified. According to Judge Amy Jackson's ruling , the defendant was already the subject of an investigation when officials used his international flight as a pretext for rifling through his laptop. The government argued that a laptop was simply a "container," and thus subject to warrantless searches to protect the homeland. But the judge said the search "was supported by so little suspicion of ongoing or imminent criminal activity, and was so invasive of Kim's privacy and so disconnected from not only the considerations underlying the breadth of the government's authority to search at the border, but also the border itself, that it was unreasonable. -- Ars Technica.
With less than a month to go before its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple on Monday issued third betas of iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and second public betas to people in the AppleSeed testing program. -- AppleInsider.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a headphone design patent originally assigned to Beats Electronics, the audio hardware maker Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014. -- AppleInsider.
A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone--an app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. -- Ars Technica.
We often talk about the lost magic of owning a physical thing, whether that's books, CDs, or the wondrous black slab of plastic that is the vinyl record. Holding that object in your hand, flicking through its dog-eared pages and admiring its intricately crafted artwork, imparts a sense of ownership that you just can't replicate with a Kindle or a convenient subscription to Spotify. The trouble is, making physical objects is hard, not to mention expensive. That's especially true of the vinyl record, where pressing plants aren't exactly ten a penny. And yet, despite the high cost of manufacturing and end price to the consumer, vinyl sales are very much on the up. -- Ars Technica.
Apple continues to improve its redesigned Music app, as evidenced by today's release of iOS 8.4 beta 3.
The new beta is available now in the iOS Dev Center and includes plenty of bug fixes for the Music app, which was updated with new features like a new MiniPlayer, global search, Up Next, personalized playlists and more in iOS 8.4 beta 1. -- Cult of Mac.
It's completely useless, yet utterly cool: Corbin Davenport is emulating a Macintosh II on an Android Wear device using Mini vMac II. That's an Android app available on Google Play, but young Mr. Davenport figured out how to make it work on an Android Wear device, more specifically a Samsung Gear Live. Awkward and pointless, running Mac OS on a smartwatch does nothing to better mankind, but knowing there are folks out there who can do this sort of thing makes me feel better about mankind. Check it out (via AndroidPolice), and cheers to Mr. Davenport. -- The Mac Observer.
A security issue exists in OS X where if you are logged into your Mac, any individual may sit down at your system and gain access to the passwords in your keychain. -- MacIssues.
We want photos on the Mac and on iOS devices to seamlessly find their ways into our photo libraries, but until recently that was essentially impossible. Apple's Photos for OS X and Adobe's Lightroom CC include cloud-based options for synchronizing photos among devices, but take different paths to reach that goal. -- TidBITS.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Liquid Metal based patent covering the making of superior strength and fitting screws. -- Patently Apple.
Apple's iCloud storage service has been around for years, but it's never been incredibly easy to access the data and documents stored in iCloud. Apps that sync with iCloud could each get to the data they needed, but it is not possible to browse files stored in iCloud the way they you can with Dropbox or Google Drive. There was no dedicated iCloud folder in OS X, and even logging into the iCloud website didn't give you direct access to synced documents.
The advent of iCloud Drive has changed the way users interact with Apple's storage service. iCloud Drive can now handle a broader range of documents and makes it easier for you to get at them. Better iCloud integration between OS X and iOS 8 means that you can quickly pick up on an iPhone or iPad where you left off on a Mac.
I'll show you how to get started with iCloud Drive and show you how to quickly access synced documents, giving you control over what gets synced. -- Tuts+.
The recent rounds of speculation about OS 10.11 suggest it'll be a catchup release, in the spirit of OS 10.6 Snow Leopard back in 2009. Instead of packing in loads of new features, some seemingly barely tested, Apple may focus mainly on stability, performance, and some improved under-the-hood tools for developers. OS 10.6 was considered to be the true reference release of OS X and a true successor is overdue. -- The Tech Night Owl.
The single-port MacBook provoked fear and loathing ahead of shipment. Apple had lost its mind. It was shipping a chiclet keyboard. One port? A new standard? What in goodness' name had gotten into Cupertino's water supply? (No word on whether Apple is pumping its own water for its new headquarters.) -- Macworld.
I have a problem in iOS Numbers when trying to import spreadsheets from Dropbox. When I tap on the + icon, I get options such as iCloud drive, OneDrive and the More option. When I tap on the more option, it then shows Manage locations for Dropbox and OneDrive with an on/off switch however with Dropbox switched on it still won't display in the + options list. This seems to be a bug. -- MacMost.
Third party calendars don't have access to everything on your phone - the default iOS calendar does. With just a few hacks, you can use the iOS calendar to organize your entire life. -- Business Insider.
Following up on your answer to "How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?", is there a way to keep the phone calls coming into my Macbook Pro without making that annoying ringing noise? Short of muting my computer all the time, can I shut it up? -- iLounge.
Programming languages don't die easily, but development shops that cling to fading paradigms do. If you're developing apps for mobile devices and you haven't investigated Swift, take note: Swift will not only supplant Objective-C when it comes to developing apps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and devices to come, but it will also replace C for embedded programming on Apple platforms.
Thanks to several key features, Swift has the potential to become the de-facto programming language for creating immersive, responsive, consumer-facing applications for years to come. -- InfoWorld.
I have wanted to set up a media server on my home iMac for a long time. In my research I could never find anything that seem to fit my situation. Well I am here to tell you, it can be done! And I will tell you how I did it. [Caveat Emptor! Your results my vary.]
I have over 500 DVD's and a few home movies and 100's of vinyl albums and music CDs (several packing boxes full) which I have accumulated over the decades. They take up and entire corner of my living room, and more.*
I use to live by myself and later we had a downstairs, where I could listen to my music properly (this means at concert levels) or listen to it at all. Now there is no such place. It may surprise you to know that some people do not like to just sit an listen to music with their hair being blown back. I know, it is strange.
Before when I wanted to listen to something I had to get down, find the album, vinyl or CD I wanted, place it on the turntable, or in the DVD player and be by myself. And back in the day, with vinyl, I cleaned it and the needle before I played it. All of which was part of the ritual. So me and my music became more and more estranged. It was very sad.
After much research I finally took the plunge a few summers ago. I bought a Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive USB Turntable. (It worked very well and I recommend it.) If you have a USB turntable already then you are set. I tried using my old turntable with RCA connectors and a converter to connect it but that did not work at all.
Next I needed software to get the music off the vinyl and onto my Mac. Specifically Audio Hijack Pro and Fission by Rogue Amoeba. Audio Hijack Pro allows you to record anything playing on, or from any port on your Mac. Fission allows you to cut and edit the audio you just recorded. With Fission you can let one whole side of an album play and come back later and cut it into tracks.
So with all of that in place I spent a summer in my office with my computer ripping all my music to digital. It was a lot of fun actually. I got to meet my old friends, some of which I had not heard in over a decade. It was nice. Now with all my music on my Mac I could, when I am in my office, listen to my music. Very nice.
But, there was another issue which vexed me sorely. What about those very nice speakers in the living room which have no music running through them, just the TV and DVDs? They are feeling very under utilized. I wanted the hear my new music library through them. And there was one additional thing...
I am a HUGE movie fan, no cracks, which is why I have all those movies I mentioned above. But of course with VHS or DVD there is searching, making a paper catalog, keeping them in alphabetical order, finding them when they out of order, taking it out, turn on the DVD or VCR, switch the receiver to DVD, etc. As you can tell I am a very lazy fellow.
I have been doing research to turn my Mac into media server so I could listen and watch all my media anywhere in the house. And save a lot of space too. I tried different shareware that claimed to do it, but they lied.
The last few years I had been reading how people were using Apple TV to this but it never sounded like what I wanted to do or how I wanted it to work. They were always emphasizing watching NETFLIX or HBO, etc. I was reluctant to spend money on an Apple TV that might not work. (I know it was only $99.) Boy was I wrong.
When the price dropped to $69 dollars recently I took the plunge. I know that means a new model will be out in three months but what the hell.
Setting up the Apple TV was easy, except for finding and entering my network password. Have you ever tried to type a password with an Apple remote? I had a spare HDMI port on my receiver which is now the Apple TV's home port. [Couldn't resist.]
iTunes is the media server application. It is what talks to the Apple TV and presents you with your media catalog (everything in your iTunes media folder.) However, iTunes will not stream DVDs, CDs or their contents. You have to convert your CDs and LPs to .mp3 and your movies to .m4v format. The software needed for your music I mentioned above. To make it happen for your movies you need two additional pieces of software.
The first is Mac DVDRipper PRO which will rip you movies from your DVDs and convert them into DVD Player Media Document format. The second piece of software is HandBreak. It is an open source video transcoder which will convert your ripped DVD Player Media Documents into .m4v format, which is what iTunes requires. Believe me it takes both pieces of software to do it right.
Ripping does not take much time (20-30 minutes) but conversion does (60-120 minutes) depending on movie size. If my Mac was faster (21.5-inch, Late 2009, 3.08 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of memory) the processing would go faster. But the results are stunning. With this format streaming from iTunes I hear things, background conversations, sound effects etc., I had never heard when playing from the DVD.
The other benefit is size, a 7GB movie is reduced to 1.3GB. Which of course means you need less disk space. Even with that, given that my iMac has only a 500GB drive, it was not going to cut it.
I first thought I was going to have to buy some monster disk array to hold my media. But because of the reduction in file size, I could get by with my external 5TB LaCie which I had bought to give my small internal HD a break. The amazing thing is that because of the file size reduction done by the conversion software, all my movies and music fit with room to spare.
I not only needed more storage space but in order to take advantage of it I would have to move my iTunes library to the external drive. I want to tell you that moving my iTunes Media folder and then moving the old one to the trash was a very scary proposition, but Apple's directions work. The instructions for moving your iTunes Media folder are on Apple's Support site. Make sure read through all of them before starting.
The first is Mac DVDRipper PRO which will rip you movies from your DVDs and convert them into DVD Player Media Document format. The second piece of software is HandBreak. It is an open source video transcoder which will convert your ripped DVD Player Media Documents into .m4v format, which is what iTunes requires. Believe me it takes both pieces of software to do it right.
The first time you bring up Apple TV and point it at your media sever you may not see everything. That is because Apple TV has to catalog your media before it can display it and play it, and that may take a while. For me I think that was overnight.
As to performance, it's great! The movie might come up sooner with a faster Mac (4-10 seconds) but once it is playing it is no different than if the DVD was playing, except it's better. And because I ripped only the movie I don't have to sit thought previews, commercials, etc. I am watching the movie as soon as it is loaded.
See you at the movies.
*Every DVD, album and CD was one that I bought and own. Some for over 50 years.
Apple on Friday released a golden master candidate for Xcode 6.3.2, brings a number of bug fixes and backend improvements to its coding tool for Mac and iOS developers.
A gold master is effectively the finished version of a piece of software, but still in pre-release. The final version should become available in the near future, barring any last-minute bug discoveries.
In all, version 6.3.2 solves six different bugs, according to release notes, such as trouble with canceling a build, and crashes or damage caused by renaming a project. Apple has also solved delays in testing and the Swift Compiler, plus a glitch that would cause Xcode to revoke and request a new certificate when the latest signature was already in the keychain.
Welcome to a supplemental edition of our "Web Served" series, a DIY guide on tackling the challenges of setting up and running a Web server for fun. It's been a while since we last published an entry_so long in fact, that at some point very soon, I'll be going back through the series and bringing everything up to date with current versions and commands. But after spending the last weekend tinkering with shifting my personal site over to all-HTTPS, it was just too much fun not to share.
Note that if you're not the kind of person who thinks screwing around with the command line is fun, this probably isn't a guide you're going to be interested in. _ Ars Technica.
We've all heard (or expressed) the concern that the Internet allows us to choose only those sources that agree with our ideology. The same "echo chamber" concern applies to social media, with an added twist_platforms like Facebook filter the content we're shown based on what an algorithm thinks we'll want to see. Is Facebook going to make sure we don't have to see articles shared by the few friends we have that might challenge our views? _ Ars Technica.
When we think about how great theories are built, one pattern seems to pop up repeatedly: breakthroughs are preceded by the insight into one (n=1) insight. The key observation of an anomaly that disabused us of a false assumption leads us to a far deeper causal understanding. _ Asymco.
As the largest crowdsourced medical data-gathering app ever, ResearchKit is arguably one of the most important inventions of recent times. And according to LifeMap Solutions, the company behind inaugural ResearchKit app Asthma Health, it's more than living up to its promise. _ Cult of Mac.
As an iOS developer, I'm frequently asked, "When are you going to do an Android version?" Like it is just a matter of time.
But the truth is, we'll probably never support Android. While there are sound business rationales for this, my motives are rooted in design philosophy. _ Cult of Mac.
You might remember hearing something about Mail Drop last summer, but what was the deal with it again? It's one of those really useful things that doesn't seem to get enough attention for what it does. Kelly explains the finer points of Mail Drop and how to make it work harder for you. _ The Mac Observer.
Ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's upcoming streaming music service, Re/code has shared several details on the initiative, sourced from industry insiders. As we've learned previously, Apple will charge $9.99 per month for the service and will not offer a freemium streaming tier as other music services like Spotify do, but the company is aiming to introduce ways to let people listen to some content for free. _ MacRumors.
Late yesterday Apple was granted a series of twelve display stand design patents in Hong Kong China numbered from 4M001 to 4M012. It's unknown at this time as to whether the stands are destined for Apple Stores or for "store-within-stores" set-ups like Best Buy stores or new Apple Watch Boutiques. There are two basic glass display styles along with three structural design styles (tall, medium and table-top). Each of the design show interactive forward and backward page buttons. _ Patently Apple.
TechCrunch reports that the Apple Watch now evidently has an tantalizing, but unofficial, feature: a browser, created by the jailbreak developer known as Comex. "Not great" is their headline-level assessment of what it looks like to use, which can't be too surprising: even a large watch face is still a small screen, by comparison to a laptop, a tablet, or even a phone. Venture Beat's assessment is similar: "As you'd expect, it's an awkward mess." Making hardware do things it wasn't intended to is still a worthy pursuit, though, and TechCrunch notes: Out of the box, running arbitrary code like this shouldn't be possible _ while a native SDK is inbound, only stuff built with Apple's somewhat limited WatchKit framework is supposed to run on the device for now. Is this a subtle demonstration of the world's first jailbroken Apple Watch? _ TechCrunch.
It's not a big secret among Mac users that the Mac App Store hasn't lived up to its promise, but developer Sam Soffes has revealed just how bad the problem is. He launched a new app, Redacted for Mac, on 6 May 2015, and it quickly shot to the eighth spot on the U.S. Top Paid list. But the app wasn't as successful as you might think: on the first day, it only sold 94 total copies, for a total of $452. _ Sam Soffes.
If you were wondering whether the sophisticated heart-rate monitor in the Apple Watch does actually generate more accurate results, the answer appears to be a pretty resounding 'yes.' Software engineer and SonoPlot founder Brad Larson extracted the raw data from his Apple Watch and compared it to that generated by a dedicated heart-rate monitor. The results can be seen above. _ 9to5Mac.
iTunes Match is a paid service from Apple that allows you to store all your music in iCloud, regardless of where it originated from. For example, it could be music imported from CDs, downloaded from online music stores, or even music that was downloaded in ways that go against copyright laws. In short, iTunes Match matches or uploads all your music to iCloud so you can stream or download it from any of your Apple devices, including Mac, iPhone, and Apple TV. _ iDownload Blog.
When you get a new computer, you can move your iTunes library so that you can play your media on and sync with your new computer. _ AppleCare Knowledge Base.
If you have bluetooth devices paired with your Mac, then they ought to automatically re-establish their connection when you restart your Mac or wake it from sleep. However, there may be times when this does not occur, and furthermore, you may find yourself unable to maintain the connection once woken from sleep. As a result, your connected devices may continually drop, or refuse to pair after sleeping. -- MacIssues.
Many Apple users have experienced networking problems, and developer Craig Hockenberry explains the cause in a profanity-laced tirade (R). The discovered service, introduced in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, is the root of the problems. Unfortunately, the more Apple devices you have on a network, the more likely it is that you will have networking issues. So far, the only fix seems to be to reboot all of your Apple devices. If you have both an AirPort router and an Apple TV, then you should turn off the Apple TV, reboot the router, and then turn the Apple TV back on.
One of the things I find most inspiring about the iPhone is the way it can be adapted to create very low-cost versions of what would otherwise be very expensive medical equipment, unaffordable in many parts of the world. We've previously seen this approach taken for things as diverse as HIV tests, skin cancer detection and eye injury diagnosis.
The UC Berkeley has just added blood parasite detection to the list, using a 3D-printed case, Arduini board with Bluetooth module and LED lighting... -- 9to5Mac.
I've focused a lot over the last few months on helping readers to speed up and optimize Apple's Macs -- everything from adding RAM to recovering hard drive space and upgrading old hard drives to faster SSDs. Today's How-To is focused on something very specific but with a lot of optimization potential: trimming down your Mac's photo library. -- 9to5Mac.
Learn how to print from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to an AirPrint-enabled printer. [If it is not an AirPrint-enabled printer you are out of luck.] -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
FileVault helps prevent unauthorized access to documents and other important data stored on your startup disk.
You can use FileVault full disk encryption (FileVault 2) to help prevent access to documents and other data stored on your startup disk. FileVault uses XTS-AES 128 encryption. To use this feature, you need OS X Lion or later, and a working OS X Recovery volume on your startup disk. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
A prominent Apple developers suggests the company's OS X software is so buggy it should be named after Microsoft's hometown. Apple acts as if it doesn't need to respond to the media, to developers, or to customers. For a company that wants a more substantial enterprise presence, that's a self-defeating strategy. -- InformationWeek.
Yet another lucrative new sector of the enterprise market is being opened up for Apple thanks to Redpark's latest innovation.
The Redpark Ethernet Cable ($89) for iPad and iPhone enables field service technicians to use iOS devices in their work -- it means they won't need to carry laptops, netbooks or single use proprietary terminals to get things done. -- Computerworld.
One of our Twitter followers recently asked us if there was a way to use HTML signatures in the Mail app on iOS, so instead of replying to his tweet and giving him instructions, I thought it could benefit a larger audience if I posted the solution here. With that said, I'm going to show you how to create an HTML signature to be used in the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. -- iDownload Blog.
The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver. -- AppleInsider.
Patients at one Louisiana healthcare provider are combining two of Apple's newest technologies, HealthKit and the pulse-sensing Apple Watch, to enhance monitoring and treatment of hypertension. -- AppleInsider.
In a bid to reinvigorate waning iPad sales, Apple on Wednesday launched "Everything changes with iPad," a new ad campaign that offers a comprehensive look at how the tablet fits into and enriches the life of its user.
Realized as a colorful mini-site on Apple.com, "Everything changes" serves as a portal to six categories -- Cooking, Learning, Small Business, Traveling, Redecorating and a catchall "Why iPad" section -- featuring third-party apps, and sometimes accessories, handpicked to help users complete a variety of tasks. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Wednesday released Safari 8.0.6, a minor update of the Mac browser, concentrating primarily on fixing security holes discovered in the software.
The v8.0.6 release requires OS X Yosemite. Apple has simultaneously released Safari 7.1.6 for OS X Mavericks, and v6.2.6 for Mountain Lion, both of which share the same focus.
Release notes for the updates indicate that the vulnerabilities are all found in WebKit, the rendering engine underlying Safari. One would allow a malicious website to cause a crash or hijack a system, while another would let a site access filesystem contents. A third would let a site spoof the user interface.
Millions of websites running WordPress are at risk of hijacking attacks thanks to a vulnerability that is actively being exploited in the wild and is present in the default installation of the widely used content management system, security researchers warned Wednesday. -- Ars Technica.
Memristors have relatively simple behavior: they're a type of circuitry where the present resistance to current is a product of the currents that have flowed through them in the past. The more current that goes through, the easier it will travel through in the future. Interest in memristors comes in part from the fact that the resistance persists even after current is turned off, making them a possible option for non-volatile memory. -- Ars Technica.
From the dystopian "1984" Macintosh commercial to its disastrous "Lemmings" follow-up, Apple ads haven't always been full of jokes, tinkly music and Jony Ive saying "aluminum" in a soothing voice.
Nothing Apple has ever created, however, has been quite as weirdly disturbing as this iPhone ad parody from the folks at Noka Films. -- Cult of Mac.
Now the iPhone camera is good, but I use a handful of third-party apps and accessories to make it even better by adding SLR-like functionality and features not found in the iOS Camera app. -- The Mac Observer.
There are indications that Apple will release a 4th generation Apple TV and a new remote control at WWDC in June. The question John Martellaro has (as always) is whether that new Apple TV will include 4K capability. He thinks it must. -- The Mac Observer.
In the latest 10.10.3 update for Yosemite, Apple has introduced a small enhancement that may be helpful to some people, where instead of opening a Web link directly, you can now preview it in a small popup window. This can be a quick way to see what might be linked to in an e-mail, or text document, or any other location in OS X where a link may be shown, without needing to launch Safari or any other Web browser. -- MacIssues.
Apps from FEMA and the American Red Cross can aid in preparedness and in dealing with the aftermath of disaster.
The deadly earthquake in Nepal serves as a reminder that natural disasters can strike at any time. But being prepared and informed can help, and a smartphone can be a vital tool for that. -- New York Times.
On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new kind of social network for lifestyle-based groups. While all of the technical aspects for this new lifestyle-based social groups network are presented, I think it may take a series of Apple videos to help us better understand why we'd want to use such a new social network in the future. -- Patently Apple.
Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists.
Spider silk is one of the more extraordinary materials known to science. The protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can make. -- MIT Technology Review.
Before you can stream content from your iOS device to your Apple TV, you might need to check a few settings. These steps can help. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Ad-injection software is advertising-supported software that can come from third-party download sites. Software that you download from such sites may have been customized to install both the software you want and the ad-injection software. If your Mac has ad-injection software installed, you might see pop-up windows, ads, and graphics while surfing the web, even if "Block pop-up windows" is selected in Safari preferences. Ad-injection software might also change your homepage and preferred search engine.
Use these instructions to uninstall or remove ad-injection software--sometimes called adware. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
When you use your Apple ID to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store for the first time, you're asked to enter a payment method so that you can purchase items from the store. Follow these steps if you don't want to associate a payment method with your account. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Use the links below if you have issues with the speakers, microphones, buttons, display, cellular connectivity, or other physical aspects of your device.
First, make sure you're using the latest version of iOS. If you still have an issue after you update, find your symptom here and follow the link for help. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn what you can do about your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
If you have lost or found an Apple product, please contact your local law enforcement agency to report it.
You can take steps to find your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac if you've enabled Find My Mac and Find My iPhone apps. Using your Find My apps allows you to put your missing device in Lost Mode, see its location, or erase its data. Other than the Find My iPhone and Find My Mac apps, there is no other Apple service that finds, tracks, or otherwise flags your device for you. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn what to do if you have forgotten your iOS device passcode, or if your device displays a message saying that it's disabled.
If you enter the wrong passcode into an iOS device six times in a row, you'll be locked out. You'll also see a message that says your device is disabled. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
You can send a message to two or more people at a time using SMS, MMS, and iMessage. You can send messages to multiple people with group messaging and have any responses delivered to everyone in the group. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
With Dictation, you can use your voice instead of typing text. No setup or special training is required. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
You can manage your storage by upgrading your iCloud storage plan or reducing the amount of storage that you're using. You can reduce your iCloud storage by choosing which apps and backups to store, and you can move or delete documents, photos, and email messages that you no longer need. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for reducing the weight of a device housing without adversely affecting its structural integrity. We've all recently seen the new bend testing equipment from Square Trade used in testing smartphones from Apple, Samsung and others. As devices become thinner over time, it's necessary that they retain their structural integrity and Apple's invention demonstrates that they're ahead of the curve on this front. Whether this was used in any of the new Apple products such as the iPhone 6 and MacBook, or is something to be implanted in the future is unknown at this time. -- Patently Apple.
Once upon a time, Bluetooth was a quaint low-speed, low-bandwidth networking technology that appeared to be destined for the obsolescence pile. Several competing standards with broadcast industry support arose to challenge it with lower-power requirements, higher throughput, or both.
Bluetooth took heed of the motto of the Round Table (no, not that round table): "adopt, adapt, improve," and won out by extending what it does and co-opting what others attempted to provide (and failed to do).
But this may be confusing when you're not using a Bluetooth peripheral, like a headset, headphones, or mouse, and wonder why iOS, your Mac, or your Apple Watch is complaining about its absence or not functioning as expected.
Answers to that and other networking questions in this week's Mac 911. -- Macworld.
OS X and iOS are very wise. They know full well that you'll encounter files you want to import into Photos in several places on your Mac and iOS devices, including from within other apps. In this column, you'll discover several convenient side-doors into Photos that work whether the program is running or not. -- Macworld.
One of the best aspects of the ubiquity of technology in our lives is the ability to share content with one another. We share our location to meet with friends, notes we've taken on our device, and photos from parties and family functions.
Unfortunately, this process is typically pretty clunky. You select the content you wish to share and email it or send it via text message. The receiving user then has to open the content and save it to his or her own device.
Apple users, however, have another option in using AirDrop, which allows users to transfer photos, videos, locations, voice memos, or notes from one device to another over the "air." Initially available with OS X Lion (10.7) for Mac to Mac transfers, AirDrop was later made available for mobile devices starting on iOS 7. -- TechRepublic.
Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research. -- MIT Technology Review.
Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --?and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.
According to Apple, AppleBot is a crawler that primarily serves Siri and Spotlight. Both services offer web search capabilities, though until now it was thought that Apple routed queries through an existing search engine such as Google or Bing. -- AppleInsider.
Of the $42.5 billion Apple spent buying capital assets more than half was acquired in the last three years. Net of depreciation these assets are currently worth $20.1 billion and the spending rate is about $12 billion per year.
This strategy of spending on capital assets is primarily in support of its particularly integrated approach to its product strategy. The purchasing of tooling for product manufacturing gives many benefits, including ability to deliver uniquely differentiated hardware, a predictable ramp and availability of parts thorough the product lifecycle. -- Asymco.
The high-tech "magic wand"-style controller rumored to ship with the refreshed Apple TV this summer may be the culmination of close to a decade's R&D on the part of Apple.
Is this the "simplest user interface you could imagine" that Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson about when he claimed he had "finally cracked" the way to build a perfect TV?
If so, we've combed through the patents to reveal how it might work. -- Cult of Mac.
When a company is struggling for acceptance, it has to maintain an aura of coolness. But when a company like Apple is on top, the priorities shift in subtle ways. Cool, yes. But also practically minded. John Martellaro ponders some fundamental changes he sees at Apple. -- The Mac Observer.
One of the handy features of iPhoto was Batch Change, allowing you to change metadata for a, well, for a batch of items. It's missing from the Photos app, but a clever Automator workflow can help bring it back. -- The Mac Observer.
Does OS X sometimes crash when you open a particular folder? While such occurrences are fairly rare, there may be instances where the Finder runs run into problems when handling a specific folder, and then either hang and display the spinning color wheel, or have the Finder crash and re-launch. If such problems are happening, then after ensuring you have a full and restorable backup of your system up to date, there are a couple of fixes you can try. -- MacIssues.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a retail store portable point of purchase (POP) system, iDevice in-cell displays, a new Apple Watch design patent and more. -- Patently Apple.
It was noted today in Consumer Reports smartwatch ratings video, that their top-rated smartwatch after rigorous testing was the stainless-steel Apple Watch with its sapphire cover glass. Its performance on the scratch-resistance test and excellent scores for ease of pairing and ease of interaction made it their top choice. The Apple Watch beat out the Samsung Gear and others from Pebble, Asus, Sony, LG, Motorola and more. -- Patently Apple.
Decades ago, every electronic device was sealed with one of two types of screws: a minus-shaped Flat/Slot head, or a plus-shaped Phillips head. There was no concept -- at least, for common consumer electronics -- that average people shouldn't be able to unscrew their gadgets and take them apart. And the only reason to have multiple Flat or Phillips head screwdrivers was to handle bigger or smaller screws. -- 9to5Mac.
Setting a firmware password in OS X prevents your Mac from starting up from any device other than the built in hard drive. Locking your Mac from Find My Mac also sets a firmware password that you'll then need to enter in order to use your Mac. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
If the Apple Remote doesn't seem to be working as expected, here are some things you can check for to determine if the remote is working properly. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
To ensure their integrity, Apple uses a certificate to sign both automatic and manually downloadable software updates.
When an Apple software update (automatic or manual) is installing, it must be signed by Apple's certificate. This ensures that the update has not been altered in any way. Any alterations to the software update will invalidate the certificate signature. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch might appear to be stuck in portrait or landscape mode. These steps can help. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Your iTunes library is made up of all the music and other media you've added to iTunes. iTunes uses two iTunes library files and your iTunes Media folder to organize and store your music and other media.
The iTunes library is a database iTunes uses to organize your music. The iTunes Media Folder is the place where all of your media, including songs and movies, is stored.
If you think you've lost some or all of your iTunes music or media, use these steps to find your lost media and downloads. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn how to erase all of the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and set it up as a new device or restore it from iCloud or iTunes backups. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Your computer does not recognize an attached iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a camera, preventing you from importing photos to your computer. The steps below may resolve the issue. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Learn what you need to use iBooks, how to get books from the iBooks Store, how to organize your library, how to change your settings, and more. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or use them together.
Continuity features include Handoff, Phone Calling, Instant Hotspot, and SMS. You can start an email or document on iPhone, for example, and then pick up where you left off on your iPad. You can use your iPad or Mac to make and receive phone calls through your iPhone. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Location Services allows applications and websites to gather and use information based on the current location of your computer. You have to give your permission before an app or website can use your location data. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Ron Johnson, a.k.a. the former Apple retail guru who played a key role in launching the Apple Store, has officially launched his new startup.
Called Enjoy Technology, Johnson's website sells dozens of high-end tech gadgets, including smartphones, laptops, speakers, tablets, and drones -- only with the added twist that customers get free home setup from an expert at no extra cost. -- Cult of Mac.
After beginning to invite developers to test an app analytics beta last week, giving devs that signed up access to new analytic data for their apps through iTunes Connect, today we get our first look at the feature.
These screenshots were shared by 9to5Mac reader and developer Patrick Heinrich von den Driesch. -- Cult of Mac.
All you need is your Mac and the right kind of speakers. Thanks to AirPlay, you can make music wherever you have Wi-Fi. There's a bonus tip in here too, to help you control your Mac from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. -- iMore.
If you run a Mac server, what's the best way to back up data using Time Machine?
That's the question posed to me in this week's Mac Help. Now, I'll extol the virtues of the Mac mini as a home and small business server until my dying day. Sometimes I think I'm the only one, then a question comes in that reminds me I'm not. This one focuses on storage for OS X Server, Time Machine and more. -- iMore.
Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line. -- AppleInsider.
General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system. -- AppleInsider.
Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday. -- AppleInsider.
Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's big Beats Music relaunch might be revealed next month at WWDC, and Apple is trying to clear a path through Spotify and YouTube by strong-arming labels into killing freemium music services.
The aggressive tactics have triggered the Department of Justice to look into Apple's business practices for its upcoming music streaming service, according to a report from the Verge, claiming high-ranking music industry execs have already been interviewed. -- The Verge.
If you've been continuously upgrading OS X instead of doing a clean install at each release, you may be wondering what kernel extensions are still lingering in place. John Martellaro went on a hunting expedition, and here's what he learned. -- The Mac Observer.
Google announced an acquisition of iOS-based time management app Timeful, which first launched last year. When it was released, Timeful was described as "the first intelligent time manager" for mobile devices, aiming to help users manage their lives by combining a time management app with a calendar, a to-do list, and reminders designed to reinforce positive habits. -- MacRumors.
One of the interface features of the Apple Watch that Apple has been proud of is its digital crown, which as a jog-dial acts somewhat similarly to the crown on traditional watches (though winding it will not charge your watch). Given that it is central to operating your watch, you may find yourself a bit frustrated if the crown becomes a bit rough to rotate, or has trouble registering button presses. If these happen to you, then you may be surprised at the suggestions Apple offers for fixing your watch. -- MacIssues.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of using invisible optical labels to pair devices like an iPhone to Apple Watch without the need of using a cloud or "particle cloud" as some have suggested. -- Patently Apple.
Precision. That's the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I've used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the Watch is the first totally new product to come out of Apple since the introduction of the iPad, which feels like so many years ago. On the other hand, I knew from the onset that I planned on buying the Apple Watch mostly for its design. I wasn't so much interested in all of the software features it could offer me, I just couldn't imagine not having this shiny little box on my wrist. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the Apple Watch strictly as a design piece. -- 9to5Mac.
With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
You can use Activity Monitor to see whether a Mac app is using more of the CPU than it should.
When an app isn't responding or working correctly, it might use more of the processor (CPU) than it should, even when the app doesn't seem to be doing anything. As the CPU gets busier, it uses more energy, which reduces the length of time that your Mac can run on battery power. It also generates heat, which can cause the fans in your Mac to spin faster. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
The Apple Watch is the first product category to launch under the tenure of Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's newest since 2010 when it introduced the iPad.
Apple's first wearable offers the best smartwatch experience, but third-party apps need a speed boost. -- Fortune.
Apple has long ridiculed remote controls for being too complex. Now after eight years of a minimalist design for its Apple TV remote, the company is revising the device's design. -- New York Times.
Last week, I compiled a list of 28 things you should know about your Watch. Now that you've spent a few days with your Apple Watch, it's time to look at some power user tips that can speed up your interactions and personalize your experience.
Here are 15 of our favorite power user tips for being productive. -- iMore.
If you looked closely at Guy Kawasaki's wrist at the CeBIT technology conference in Sydney on Tuesday, he was wearing a very nice watch. But it definitely wasn't an Apple Watch.
The former chief evangelist for Apple -- a title that meant Kawasaki had to "maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult", in his words -- and chief evangelist for Australian graphic design website, Canva, told the media he was wearing a Breitling watch. "This is a real man's watch, not an Apple," he said. -- Mashable.
In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box. -- AppleInsider.
From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe. -- Appleinsider.
Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut. -- AppleInsider.
Over the past three days, Microsoft dropped a variety of mind-bombs on developers here at Build 2015, with reveals of projects that promise to make it easier for them to run applications on practically anything, even if they were originally written to run on non-Microsoft platforms. But perhaps the most buzz-worthy sessions and demos outside the keynote addresses were around Microsoft's efforts for the Internet of Things (both with Windows 10 and the Azure cloud) and the "Holographic Academy" sessions some developers attended to get a first hands-on experience with Microsoft's HoloLens. Here's a photographic diary of some of the highlights of Build. -- Ars Technica.
If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:
At the bottom sits your must have device--a computer, tablet, or phone--capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can't do much without it. -- Ars Technica.
Whichever side of the political equation you fall, there's no denying that complaints about police brutality are all over the news at the moment.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California thinks its got the solution, however: a new Mobile Justice CA app, designed to help individuals track and record misconduct among law enforcement officers. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple still hasn't owned up to inventing USB-C, the brand new connector featured on its 12-inch MacBook -- but Apple patents have all but tied the technology to Cupertino. The latest describes how a do-it-all connector that fits USB-C's description is going to make every other port you're using obsolete. -- Cult of Mac.
The Apple Watch is one of the most impressive feats of engineering to come out of Cupertino. When it comes to repairing Jony Ive's wearable yourself, you're not going to get much help though, so the brilliant minds at iFixit have already come up with a few repair guides. -- Cult of Mac.
I have three sons, Channing, Cole, and Fallon, who as of this week are 13, 11, and 9, respectively. They are all bright boys, full of energy, and completely different from each other. You can see this even in their approach to voicemail. -- I, Cringely.
This past week a very large corporation on the east coast was hacked in what seems to naive old me to be a new way -- through their corporate phone system. Then one night during the same week I got a call from my bank saying my account had been compromised and to press #4 to talk to their security department. My account was fine: it was a telephone-based phishing expedition. Our phone network has been compromised, folks, and nobody with a phone is safe. -- I, Cringely.
Smart home/Internet of Things devices sound great, and they are. But what happens if something goes wrong and it's outside of your control? Are you worse off than you were before your house got "smart"? Kelly had an incident this week that got her thinking about it. -- The Mac Observer.
Big data mining allows cities to be ranked according to their "attractiveness," say researchers developing a new science of cities. -- MIT Technology Review.
Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites.
There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apple's app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. -- MIT Technology Review.
Intuit has released version 2.5 of Quicken 2015 for Mac with changes to investment reporting on the Calendar and improved Download/Financial Institution settings on the Account settings sheet. The Account settings sheet now has an option for showing the total percent day change (gain or loss) for the investing accounts included in a Calendar report. It also eliminates duplicate options, streamlines user flows, and simplifies the functionality of managing the connectivity status for either Direct Connect or Quicken Connect accounts, and enables you to explicitly set the date range of transactions to download for Direct Connect accounts. Version 2.5 also puts paid to a number of bugs, fixing a hang when updating all accounts, resolving an issue where the sidebar would not remember the account expand/collapse state after restarting, fixing multiple issues related to QIF import from other personal finance applications, dealing with multiple display issues in the Calendar report, and fixing multiple Mobile Sync issues. Note that as of this writing, Quicken 2015 for Mac was still stuck at version 2.4.2 in the Mac App Store. ($74.99 new, free update, release notes, 10.7+)
Bombich Software released Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1 (CCC) with a new task progress window added to the User Agent menubar application, enabling you to see detailed progress for all tasks. The backup utility also adds a Simple Mode that only displays the source and destination selectors plus the Clone button, ensures all interface elements can be accessed via keyboard navigation and with VoiceOver, adds a contextual menu to the task list, enables you to disable tasks globally from CCC menubar icon, and improves the task configuration portion of the CCC window so that it can be resized for easier file selection. ($39.99 new, 12.0 MB, release notes, 10.8+)
At the height of my Apple fandom, I purchased one of the company's most iconic and quixotic designs: a used Power Mac G4 Cube, the beautiful floating computer Apple initially described as "revolutionary" before putting it on ice -- Apple's words -- less than a year later. Like many other people, I had fallen in love with the Cube's design the first time I saw it, but wouldn't spend $1,800-$2,300 to own one. So I waited until the price fell significantly and bought it used on eBay. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.
By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch's Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.
By following these steps, you'll start calibrating the device's accelerometer and improve Apple Watch's accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
A long-running Apple Support Communities thread with 257 posts complaining of audio issues when using a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite reports that the issue is still present in OS X 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 Beta . The issue reportedly affects a number of machines up to and including late-2011 Macs. -- 9to5Mac.
"We have discovered and registered more than 48 million new unique malware samples this year alone, but more than 98% have been written for the Windows platform," says Andreas Marx, AV-Test CEO, "Less than 5,000 new viruses were written for Mac OS X, but these kinds of malicious software do exist." [In my pesonal experice with Mac OS and OS X I can not remember the last time I ran anti-virus software. And I have never been hacked, at home or at work. Your mileage may vary. --mam] -- Digital Trends.
As much as I hate to admit it, I remember pinball games. No, not those for the iPad or iPhone, though they're great for what they are. Cheap fun. No, I remember real pinball games with real pinballs, real bumpers, and the penalty for a bit too much tilt. -- BohemianBoomer.
If the Apple Watch has kindled your interest in smartwatches, but you don't use an iPhone or don't want to spend $350 or more, you still have several good options.
There are highly-rated Android Wear smartwatches brimming with features compatible with Android devices, and there are smartwatches compatible with both iOS and Android ecosystems. Some don't even need to be tethered to a smartphone to work. -- Business Insider.
More than half of Americans now stream movies or television programs using the Internet, according to various surveys.
The vast majority of American households subscribe to cable or satellite services which offer "bundles" of dozens or hundreds of channels in addition to free over-the-air broadcasts.
But increasingly consumers are using Internet TV services, both free and paid, viewing on a computer or delivered to a large-screen television display. -- AFP.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke with MassLive before his talk at the MassMutual Center Friday night, touching on subjects like technology startups and improving the nation's education system. -- MassLive.
A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3.
In the one month between the release of iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, Apple fixed 37 iOS security bugs, one of which also allowed denial of service attacks over the air," he told TechNewsWorld. -- TechNewsWorld.
Ever since I got my iPhone back in 2008, I've been using my wife's email address as my Apple ID. Now my wife has her own iPhone and naturally wants her own account using her email address. How can I fix this so that all of my data is under my email account, and then set her up with a new Apple ID? -- Mac|Life.
It was a crafty strategy, Mike Wehrs, head of U.S. operations and Global CMO at Appster, tells me.
"Essentially the watch is a tethered device and we haven't see a tremendous amount of success among tethered devices," he says. Also, the watch is a different form function, obviously, than a tablet or phone and chances are good that not all users will understand all of the functions all of the time. By getting users acquainted with the product beforehand there will be less frustration and, perhaps more importantly, Wehrs says -- the greater likelihood that users will want to show off the device to their friends.
"This is Apple's way of creating an unofficial sales force that can spread the word about the device," he concludes. "Think of them as unofficial Watch evangelists."
In June 1997, tech magazine Wired published a legendary issue about Apple, and the problems facing the then-struggling Cupertino technology company.
Founder Steve Jobs had just rejoined after being kicked out years earlier -- but wasn't in a position of any real authority. Microsoft was easily dominating the PC industry, and Apple's long-term prospects were looking bleak. The article was one of the best-read stories in tech at the time and came packaged in a cover that remains a classic. -- Business Insider.
Hey Apple fans, wouldn't it be awesome if just about everything was designed Jony Ive and his team at the Cupertino company? Stuff like vacuum cleaners, kitchen appliances, and even toilet seats would sleek, aluminum-covered products of precision and beauty. Okay, maybe that wouldn't be so great. But there are definitely some things we can agree would be pretty cool looking if they came Apple. Take BB-8, that cute new spherical droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example. -- SlashGear.
Populations of some of the world's largest wild animals are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape", say scientists.
About 60% of giant herbivores - plant-eaters - including rhinos, elephants and gorillas, are at risk of extinction, according to research. Analysis of 74 herbivore species, published in Science Advances, blamed poaching and habitat loss. A previous study of large carnivores showed similar declines.
Prof William Ripple, of Oregon State University, led the research looking at herbivores weighing over 100kg, from the reindeer up to the African elephant. "This is the first time anyone has analyzed all of these species as a whole," he said. "The process of declining animals is causing an empty landscape in the forest, savannah, grasslands and desert." -- BBC.
Apple's spending on research and development surged year over year by another $500 million last quarter, reaching $1.9 billion and growing to 3.3 percent of the company's total net sales. -- AppleInsider.
The first complete teardown of the S1 system-on-chip in the Apple Watch shows parts from a number of different manufacturers, including a Broadcom wireless chip, and memory from Elpida, Toshiba, and SanDisk, a detailed look inside the custom chip revealed on Thursday. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly. -- AppleInsider.
Looking to reduce "over-policing" and surface instances of excessive force, the American Civil Liberties Union of California on Thursday launched a smartphone app that lets users securely document law enforcement encounters. -- AppleInsider.
Houston-based SnapStream has the ultimate toys for serious TV junkies: monstrous 30TB DVRs that can record 30 channels at the same time, with a Web-based interface that combines the best damn TV-guide grid we've ever laid eyes on with fast searching, clipping, and collaboration tools. The problem is that the entry-level price tag of $10,000 means they're not really consumer-based products--they're intended for use in media production, where shows like The Colbert Report and The Soup need to collect thousands of hours of TV every week and clip out the bits they need to highlight in their broadcasts. -- Ars Technica.
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider.
Comcast claimed that EPB illegally subsidized the buildout with ratepayer funds, but it quickly lost in court, and EPB built its fiber network and began offering Internet, TV, and phone service. After EPB launched in 2009, incumbents Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services, EPB officials told Ars when we interviewed them in 2013.
But not until this year has Comcast had an Internet offering that can match or beat EPB's $70 gigabit service. Comcast announced its 2Gbps fiber-to-the-home service on April 2, launching first in Atlanta, then in cities in Florida and California, and now in Chattanooga, Tennessee. -- Ars Technica.
Less than 24 hours after Google unveiled a Chrome extension that warns when user account passwords get phished, a security researcher has devised a drop-dead simple exploit that bypasses it. -- Ars Technica.
Far from being a superfluous device strictly for hard-core Apple fans, the Apple Watch is a surprisingly delightful and useful device.
Now that we've spent enough time with the latest gadget from the mothership, we're noticing quite a few sweet little positives (and a couple negatives) about Apple Watch.
Bottom line: The more you use this thing, the better it is. -- Ars Technica.
Glide helped Jim Dalrymple reboot his The Loop magazine into a gorgeous digital magazine way back in October of 2013; we're excited to see how much progress the Glide publishing app, invented by Chris Harris, has made during the time between then and now.
We're not the only ones, either: with 15 days left to go on their Kickstarter funding page, iPad publishing app Glide has already garnered an additional $12,000 over its goal. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan's postal service to help monitor the welfare of elderly people in the country by using iPads. The partnership will enhance Japan's service where postal workers check in on elderly people along their routes by using iPads running IBM software. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple has gone through several stages in its approach to advancing the state of the art in TV viewing. The latest one is leveraging the quickly splintering industry as content providers seek, more and more, to work directly with customers. -- The Mac Observer.
Perhaps one of the more ubiquitous problems that OS X users encounter is a periodic inability to maintain a steady Wi-Fi connection. While for many people Wi-Fi is relatively stable, for others there may be times (sometimes quite frequent), where the connection will drop, give an error, and otherwise refuse to join. There are many reasons why Wi-Fi connections may do this, including everything from electromagnetic interference to faulty configurations, so troubleshooting it may be daunting. However, if you find yourself running into this issue regularly, then there are a few quick fixes that should get you up and running again. -- MacIssues.
Companies are developing ways to make night driving safer. By combining LED lights with cameras, headlamps can alter their light patterns to fit road conditions.
Automotive lighting is undergoing a quiet revolution, leading to new vehicle designs and providing enhanced nighttime safety. But while many of the innovations have become common in Europe and Asia, they have been slower to arrive in the United States.
The changes are made possible primarily through the increased use of LED lamps, the same technology used in the newest generation of home lighting. LED lamps are smaller, run cooler and use less energy than standard automotive lamps.-- New York Test.
In 2011 we posted a report titled "Apple Invents Crack Resistant Glass Solutions for Portables," which covered a form of shock absorber system built into devices that would know that a "fall event" was occurring via its accelerometer and immediately inflate a bladder between the device and display with a fluid to help the glass stay intact. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published an updated patent application from Apple wherein Apple has advanced the design as noted by their new patent claims. -- Patently Apple.
Apple worked hard on the Force Sensor solutions that went into the new MacBook and Apple Watch. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple regarding force sensors using strain and bending beam sensors. -- Patently Apple.
"My Mac used to be fast, but now it's running so slow." I've heard many versions of this complaint, and they're always factually true, not just opinions: Macs do become sluggish over time, even if all of their chips and hard drives are working like new. -- 9to5Mac.
There's no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple's HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we're taking a look at some of the essential options that have been around for a little while, but are definitely must-haves if you're into the smart home scene. These devices may not be necessary, but they make things around the house more convenient. -- 9to5Mac.
Learn what to do if you don't see your camera displayed in iMovie, or if it unexpectedly stops importing, exporting, or responding. -- Apple Care Knowledge Base.
Apple recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified and that come with the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" logo. Learn about the issues that counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories can cause and how to identify these accessories. -- Apple Care Knowledge Base.
Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch. -- Apple Care Knowledge Base.
In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone. -- Apple Care Knowledge Base.
While mobile app developers have been abuzz about the launch of Apple's smallest screen, the Watch, Flurry Analytics has seen increasing interest in one of its largest screens - the iPhone 6 Plus. Once upon a time, Steve Jobs said 'no one is going to buy' a big phone, and we theorized that phablets were just a fad. Six months since the iPhone 6 Plus debut, we see the new iOS form factor has had significant impact on the global market.
To better understand the impact of the iPhone 6 Plus, Flurry from Yahoo examined the 1.6 billion devices it tracks every month to explore usage by screen size. -- Flurry Insights.
Okay, that may not be exactly what Tim Cook said at the end of Apple's quarterly financial conference call this past Monday, but the sentiment of the CEO's closing comments on the future of media seemed pretty clear:
... I think HBO in particular has some incredibly great content, and so we're marrying their great content, our great product and ecosystem. And it's clear from looking at the early returns, we've only been at this for a couple weeks or so, that there's a lot of traction in there. And so where could it go? I don't want to speculate. But you can speculate probably as good as I can about where that can go. I think we're on the early stages of just major, major changes in media that are going to be really great for consumers, and I think Apple could be a part of that.
Still, we've heard this song and dance before many a time. What's so different now? -- Macworld.
You've heard of the Peter Principle, which suggests that all employees manage to rise to the level of their incompetence. (That is to say, everybody is promoted until their skills and strengths no longer align with their current position.)
While the Peter Principle is often treated as a truism, a recent Gallup study (registration required)--the result of four decades' worth of research, involving 2.5 million manager-led teams--suggests that it holds a significant degree of real-world truth.
"Gallup has found that only 10 percent of working people possess the talent to be a great manager," the study mentions in its introduction. "Companies use outdated notions of succession to put people in these roles." In Gallup's estimation, there are so many bad managers out there that one out of every two employees have "left their job to get away," according to the study. "Managers who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged cost the U.S. economy $319 billion to $398 billion annually." In other words, there are a lot of pointy-haired managers out there. -- Dice.