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I am sorry that I was not here yesterday, but everyone at my house spent an excessive amount of time yesterday in the recycling center. To atone for my absence I give you this piece of advice, you might want to think twice about eating at the IHOP on Chapman Highway. You milage may vary.

And another thing. The iPhone is not a phone, it is a camera, a wallet, a radio, a game console, etc. but it is not a phone. The reason I known this because Apple never improves that part and no one ever writes about it. Just saying.

September 25Wednesday's News

 

Inside iOS 9: Siri brings new smarts to sports, weather, photos, and more in iOS 9

Inside iOS 9: Siri brings new smarts to sports, weather, photos, and more in iOS 9

With Siri replacing Spotlight in iOS 9, Apple's personal digital assistant has received a new brain that lets her retrieve information sports and weather, find photos, look inside apps, and more. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 bug prevents auto-lock for devices using Guided Access accessibility feature

iOS 9 bug prevents auto-lock for devices using Guided Access accessibility feature

iOS 9 contains a bug preventing devices with Guided Access on from auto-locking, which could potentially lead to batteries draining and dying for users who rely on the accessibility feature. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with minor fixes for alarms, video playback, setup assistant, more

Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with minor fixes for alarms, video playback, setup assistant, more

Just a week after iOS 9 launched to the public, Apple has already followed up with a quick security and maintenance update, addressing a handful of issues that affected the new mobile operating system. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.1, tvOS, Xcode 7.1 to developers

Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.1, tvOS, Xcode 7.1 to developers

In conjunction with iOS 9.0.1, Apple on Wednesday also released second betas of iOS 9.1 and tvOS to developers for testing ahead of their public launch.

The new iOS 9.1 beta is listed as build 13B5119e, and can be downloaded as an over-the-air update for existing 9.1 testers, or else through Apple's iOS developer portal. The tvOS code is build 13T5365h, and must be downloaded from a separate tvOS page. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 security flaw grants unrestricted access to Photos and Contacts

iOS 9 security flaw grants unrestricted access to Photos and Contacts

A video making the rounds this week claims to disclose an iOS 9 security flaw that bypasses a passcode protected lock screen to grant unhindered access to a device's stored photos and contacts. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to request a desktop site in Safari

iOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to request a desktop site in Safari

Users beta testing iOS 9 can access a new, somewhat hidden feature in the mobile Safari browser, making it easier than ever to request the desktop version of a site when browsing on an iPhone or iPad. -- AppleInsider.

Apple concept describes optically-based docking mechanism with wearables in mind

Apple concept describes optically-based docking mechanism with wearables in mind

Apple may be exploring the possibility of docking two devices using optical transmitters, rather than plugged-in connectors, a proposed invention from the company reveals. -- AppleInsider.

First iPhone 6s teardown reveals smaller battery, tightly packed

First iPhone 6s teardown reveals smaller battery, tightly packed

Hours after Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale in launch countries New Zealand and Australia, the team at iFixit tore into the new device to reveal an expectedly smaller battery and a slightly reworked internal layout. -- AppleInsider.

Faster Touch ID on iPhone 6s, 6s Plus makes login & Apple Pay virtually instantaneous

Faster Touch ID on iPhone 6s, 6s Plus makes login & Apple Pay virtually instantaneous

While Apple's first-generation Touch ID fingerprint reader was already fast when it debuted two years ago on iPhone 5s, this year's update speeds up the sensor so there's virtually no delay at all. -- AppleInsider.

OS X Server 5.0 out now for El Capitan, free upgrade for Yosemite users

OS X Server 5.0 out now for El Capitan, free upgrade for Yosemite users

With OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" set to hit Macs on September 30, Apple has updated the OS X Server app to version 5.0, and it's a free upgrade for users of the server app for last year's Yosemite operating system. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 9's space-saving "app slicing" disabled for now, will return in future update

iOS 9's space-saving

Back in June, we wrote a bit about App Thinning, a collection of iOS 9 features that are supposed to make iOS 9 apps take up less space on iDevices. Apple has just announced to developers that one of those features, "app slicing," is not available in current iOS 9 versions due to an iCloud bug. It will be re-enabled in a future iOS update after the bug has been resolved. -- Ars Technica.

Meaningful Contribution

Meaningful Contribution

What if Apple did make a car? How significant could their products be? What would it take to influence the industry's architecture?

The global market is forecast to reach 88.6 million vehicles in 2015 and there are many ways to segment it. One could look at geography or at product configurations or the emergence of new powertrain technologies.

One could also look at the participants. -- Asymco.

Magic Number

Magic Number

Here is a smart calculator you will enjoy. Unlike a dumb calculator, it lets you see math as math. Typing is completely "what you think is what you type". Everything is easier. Nothing gets in your way. -- Asymco.

The best reason to upgrade to iPhone 6s Plus: optical image stabilization

The best reason to upgrade to iPhone 6s Plus: optical image stabilization

If you want to record the smoothest 4K video with an iPhone, skip the 6s and go with the 6s Plus.

The two new iPhones appear to be identical in almost every way except screen size, but in a new 4K video comparing the digital stabilization of the iPhone 6s against the optical/digital stabilization on the iPhone 6s Plus, the new camera on Apple's bigger-than-big iPhone is clearly superior. -- Cult of Mac.

5 ways 'Hey Siri' will change your life for the better

5 ways 'Hey Siri' will change your life for the better

iOS 9's new always-listening "Hey Siri" feature promises to be a game-changer for Apple's AI assistant. That goes double for iPhone 6s users, since they won't have to plug in their handsets to to use Siri's new voice activation tech.

So how exactly will "Hey Siri" improve your life? Let us count the ways... -- Cult of Mac.

Chinese talking cybersecurity means security is already lost

Chinese talking cybersecurity means security is already lost

A longtime reader and good friend of mine sent me a link this week to a CNBC story about the loss of fingerprint records in the Office of Personnel Management hack I have written about before. It's just one more nail in the coffin of a doltish bureaucracy that -- you know I'm speaking the truth here -- will probably result in those doltish bureaucrats getting even more power, even more data, and ultimately losing those data, too. -- I, Cringely.

Tom's Guide Rates US Mobile Providers

Tom's Guide Rates US Mobile Providers

Over at Tom's Guide (known as Tom's Hardware in the olden days), there is a report released that "grades" mobile providers in the US. Using factors including network performance, online help, and phone selection, T-Mobile was the provider that won the day overall. Notable items in the report include AT&T getting the highest marks on customer support, and Verizon leading in network performance. This guide also compared five discount providers, or MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators - a company which does not own the infrastructure it uses). Overall even the top discount carrier didn't fare as well as the major carrier in last place. With the new iPhone on the horizon and others with contracts expiring in the near future, this guide is an interesting read. If you're getting a new phone anyway, you might want to take a close look at a new provider as well. You can take a closer look at the overall grades below, but click through to the actual guide to get more detail on the conclusions. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Lists Top 25 Apps Compromised by XcodeGhost Malware

Apple Lists Top 25 Apps Compromised by XcodeGhost Malware

Apple has updated its XcodeGhost FAQ on its Chinese website with a list of the top 25 most popular App Store apps that were compromised by the malware. The list includes some notable apps such as WeChat, Heroes of Order & Chaos and a localized version of Angry Birds 2. -- Apple Support.

How to navigate documents on your Mac like a pro

How to navigate documents on your Mac like a pro

One of the primary purposes of your Mac is likely to compose or view various text-based documents, and in doing so you may find yourself needing to quickly navigate through them. Of course, the primary method for doing this is to use your trackpad or mouse, where Apple's multi-touch input options provide intuitive and quick ways of scrolling and placing your cursor; however, you also have a number of options available with your keyboard, which can be just as quick, especially if you are in the middle of typing. -- MacIssues.

Find Out What Apple's New iPhones and iOS Can Do

Find Out What Apple's New iPhones and iOS Can Do

Apps for the new devices and updated operating system include games, Microsoft's Office suite, the Flipboard news aggregator and "content blockers."

Apple's newest iPhones are hitting store shelves this week. Many millions of older iPhones and iPads are also getting an upgrade, as the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now available.

What apps should you load on your new mobile device -- or your updated iOS device? We have some ideas. -- New York Times.

Apple Invents a New Magnetics-based Docking System with Inductive Charging

Apple Invents a New Magnetics-based Docking System with Inductive Charging

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that generally relates to connectible devices, and more specifically to a new system for magnetic connection and alignment of connectible electronic devices such as when docking an iPhone or other portable device. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents a New Docking System using Optical Data Transfers

Apple Invents a New Docking System using Optical Data Transfers

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple Invents a New Magnetics-based Docking System with Inductive Charging" which marked Apple's fifth patent application this year regarding inductive charging. Apple's sixth related patent has now surfaced and yet it takes a completely different direction using optical data transfers using a unique mating lens docking system. -- Patently Apple.

iOS Ad Blocker 'Crystal' Will Let Companies Pay To Show You Ads

iOS Ad Blocker 'Crystal' Will Let Companies Pay To Show You Ads

Apple's iOS 9 now supports ad blockers. The most popular of these, Peace, was withdrawn after only a couple of days because the developer thought "it just doesn't feel good." Crystal then quickly rose to the top of the heap. But the developer of Crystal has announced that it will allow "acceptable ads" -- for a fee from the advertiser. Crystal is a paid app; so you can now pay for the privilege of seeing ads. -- The Verge.

Will iOS 9 slow down my iPhone 4s or iPhone 5/5s? Perhaps a little

Will iOS 9 slow down my iPhone 4s or iPhone 5/5s? Perhaps a little

When Apple releases a new version of iOS, owners of previous generation devices are always a tad hesitant to upgrade, worried that the added features will bog down their device and make it run slower than it originally did. While iOS 9 has been the quickest adopted version of Apple's operating system yet, there are likely still some holdouts worried about device performance. YouTuber iAppleBytes has this evening shared videos comparing the performance of iOS 9.0.1 to iOS 8.4.1 on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S... -- 9to5Mac.

Investigation shows ad blockers don't just block ads -- they block images, shopping carts & even entire websites

Investigation shows ad blockers don't just block ads -- they block images, shopping carts & even entire websites

An investigation by Fortune into the effects of iOS ad blockers showed that they don't just block ads (and thus prevent sites like ours from paying the bills), they also block images, prevent items from being added to shopping carts and in some cases block entire websites. The problem was first identified by ecommerce specialist Chris Mason. -- Fortune.

Apple updates TestFlight app with support for tvOS internal testing

Apple updates TestFlight app with support for tvOS internal testing

On the eve of this year's iPhone launch, Apple has pushed out an update to the TestFlight application to enable internal testing of apps on tvOS. The Apple TV operating system has is now in its second beta version for users who have access to pre-release hardware. -- 9to5Mac.

If Safari displays a blank page or quits on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If Safari displays a blank page or quits on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you can't load a website or webpage, or Safari quits unexpectedly, follow these steps. -- Apple Support.

3D Touch adds new depth in navigation for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

3D Touch adds new depth in navigation for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

It's been eight years since the original iPhone introduced its fully finger-driven, capacitative multitouch interface, completely erasing the market for button, trackball and stylus-driven phones. This year, Apple is enhancing its iPhone multitouch with the new depth afforded by pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology. -- AppleInsider.

All About Apple's Miracle Update System

All About Apple's Miracle Update System

Most of us know about Apple's long list of technology industry disruptions; dating back to the original Apple computer in the late 1970s, to the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, App Store, iPad, and Watch.

What we tend to ignore, forget, or just don't know about, are all the ways Apple has upended various industries behind the scenes by employing new methods which we now take for granted. Remember what it was like to stand in line for a new version of OS X? And pay money for the privilege? Those days are gone, thanks to Apple's desire to raise the bar. -- Mac360.

iOS 9 Wallet: Using the shortcut, loyalty cards and more

iOS 9 Wallet: Using the shortcut, loyalty cards and more

Alongside the fresh new San Francisco font and the News app that replaces Newsstand, the biggest change to the iOS 9 home screen may be the arrival of Wallet, the rebranded name for the former built-in Passbook. However, the update isn't simply cosmetic: There are a few new features and improvements coming along for the ride, although some of them haven't been enabled quite yet. Let's take a quick look at what's new. (And for even more iOS 9 tips, click here.) -- TechRadar UK.

New iPhone 6s: The straight up pros and cons of upgrading

New iPhone 6s: The straight up pros and cons of upgrading

Many of us are reading about the launch of the newest iPhone tomorrow -- the iPhone 6s -- and wondering if upgrading is a good idea. Most of the early reviews of the phones say it's debatable.

Of course, it depends a lot on the phone you're using now, and whether or not you're under contract. But focusing on the appeal of the new phone itself, let's turn down some of the noise (Live Photos is a parlor trick) and get to the real reasons why you should or shouldn't consider the iPhone 6s. -- VentureBeat.

It's just a phone, people

It's just a phone, people

I'll be buying an iPhone 6s this year but I can't say I'm overly happy about it. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to own a device that I think is the best overall smartphone on the market right now. I just don't happen to think it's a religious experience. It won't change my life forever. And I sure as hell won't stand in line outside the damn Apple Store for hours to buy one. Why? Because at the end of the day, it's just a phone. -- BGR.

September 23Wednesday's News

 

Teardown of Apple TV Siri Remote finds same touch controller as iPhone 5s & iPad Air

Teardown of Apple TV Siri Remote finds same touch controller as iPhone 5s & iPad Air

A teardown of the first Apple TV and its new voice-enabled Siri Remote has discovered the controller sports the same Broadcom-made touchscreen controller the company already uses in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPad Air. -- Appleinsider.

Early reviews of iPhone 6s & 6s Plus praise cameras & 3D Touch, fret over battery life & storage

Early reviews of iPhone 6s & 6s Plus praise cameras & 3D Touch, fret over battery life & storage

Early reviews of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus posted on Tuesday were generally positive, agreeing that they're some of the best smartphones on the market, even if owners of Apple's 2014 models can safely wait until next year. -- AppleInsider.

Microsoft ships subscription-free version of Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft ships subscription-free version of Office 2016 for Mac

Microsoft on Tuesday launched standalone editions of Office 2016 for Mac for people who don't want or need an Office 365 subscription, which costs at least $7 per month or $70 per year. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 tips: Free Notification Center alerts from app groupings

iOS 9 tips: Free Notification Center alerts from app groupings

Apple's iOS 9 introduces a new Notification Center tweak that allows users to display alerts individually in the order they are received rather than compartmentalizing by app, a change that presents an event "firehose" format common with social media services. -- AppleInsider.

Office 2016 review: The same old Office, but now with more collaboration

Office 2016 review: The same old Office, but now with more collaboration

Office is 25 years old this year. Some of the individual components are older, but it was 1990 that Microsoft first released a combined Office bundle, containing Word 1.1, Excel 2, and PowerPoint 2. Through the peculiar quirks of Microsoft's versioning scheme, today marks the 17th release, version number 16.0, branded Office 2016. -- Ars Technica.

Broadband is a "core utility" like electricity, White House report says

Broadband is a

Broadband Internet service "has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility" and is now "taking its place alongside water, sewer, and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities," says a report released by the White House yesterday. -- Ars TEchnica.

Want to use Office on your new iPad Pro? Then you'll need an Office 365 subscription

Want to use Office on your new iPad Pro? Then you'll need an Office 365 subscription

The iPad Pro, with its optional stylus and keyboard-cover, should be a fine machine to run Microsoft's Office apps for iOS.

And it probably will be, but there's a catch. The Office apps on the current iPads offer both viewing and editing documents for free. A handful of features require Office 365 subscriptions, available as in-app purchases, but the core editing capabilities are all zero cost.

Install those same apps on the iPad Pro once it arrives in November, however, and all those editing features will go away. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing. -- Ars Technica.

Apple is aiming for 6 cores in A10 processor

Apple is aiming for 6 cores in A10 processor

The iPhone 6s is the fastest smartphone on the planet, but according to a new rumor, Apple is planning to make a huge leap with its A10 processor in the iPhone 7 that will turn the device into an unbelievable speed machine. -- Cult of Mac.

Psychologist: Giving your kid an iPad is 'child abuse'

Psychologist: Giving your kid an iPad is 'child abuse'

Steve Jobs didn't let his kids use an iPad at home for fear that they would become technology addicts.

According to a leading child psychologist it's a whole lot more serious than that, however -- giving very young children an iPad to play with may be "tantamount to child abuse." -- Cult of Mac.

OS X El Capitan: 3 Steps to Get Ready

OS X El Capitan: 3 Steps to Get Ready

We're counting down the days until OS X El Capitan is released. Hurry up, September 30th! In the meantime, though, we want to make sure your Macs are ready for the transition. Are you sure that your old apps will function under 10.11? Have you backed up recently? (Please say yes.) Come check out our three Quick Tips on how to prepare for Apple's upcoming release. -- The Mac Observer.

Live Photos Called 'Best New Feature,' Composed of Separate JPG and MOV Files

Live Photos Called 'Best New Feature,' Composed of Separate JPG and MOV Files

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus include several new camera features that have been highly popular in reviews thus far, but there's also a fantastic update to the way photos are displayed on the two devices. With Live Photos, exclusive to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a bit of motion is captured alongside each photo, enabling short animations that bring each image to life. -- MacRumors.

No charger? How to save your battery in iOS 9

No charger? How to save your battery in iOS 9

Besides the current time, your iPhone or iPad's battery level is perhaps one of the more monitored details of your device. This may especially be true if you regularly find yourself in locations without a charger. At first you may not care too much when the little battery indicator is green, but as you progress through the day you might find yourself watching the indicator a bit more. Here are some tips that can help you better manage and optimize your battery life. -- MacIssues.

iPhone 6S's Hands-Free Siri Is an Omen of the Future

iPhone 6S's Hands-Free Siri Is an Omen of the Future

Voice recognition and artificial intelligence have improved so fast that we are nearing "ambient computing," or robotic assistants that are always on hand.

The headline feature in Apple's latest smartphones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, is something called 3D Touch, which lets you activate shortcuts on the phone by pressing a bit harder on the screen. For now, though, I found a less novel, but far handier feature in the new iPhone -- one that has long been the butt of jokes but is now becoming a necessary part of modern computing. -- New York Times.

A New iPhone for the Slow Upgrade Crowd

A New iPhone for the Slow Upgrade Crowd

The latest generation of iPhones has several important new features and improvements upon screens and processors. Are they enough to justify getting a new phone? Depends on how long you've held on to the last one. -- New YorkTimes.

iOS 9 'Slide to Upgrade' issue: How to fix a frozen iPhone or iPad

iOS 9 'Slide to Upgrade' issue: How to fix a frozen iPhone or iPad

Apple last week released iOS 9, a mobile OS upgrade that focuses on performance improvements and stability, though Apple included plenty of interesting new features in its latest OS as well. However, just like with previous iOS releases, there are some issues certain iPhone and iPad users might be dealing with, and the "Slide to Upgrade" bug is easily one of the most frustrating. -- Apple Care Support.

iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

iOS 9 privacy settings you should change immediately

Whether you just purchased a new iPhone or you selected "set up as new phone" while restoring you've essentially got a clean or "new" iOS install, just as Apple intended.

In its default configuration iOS 9 will share your device's location and other data when you might not want it to. Luckily it's easy to turn off may settings that control the flow of your personal information on the Internet.

Here's our list of the most important iOS 9 privacy settings that you should check right now, especially if you are using a new or restored device. -- O'Grady's PowerPage.

10 Tricks to Master Apple Mail on iOS

10 Tricks to Master Apple Mail on iOS

Apple's mobile email client has been designed with simplicity in mind, but that doesn't mean there aren't some useful tips and tricks to be found if you look closely enough.

A few of the tips we've mentioned here only apply to the new iOS 9 software Apple rolled out last week, but some of them can be used in Mail in iOS 8 as well. -- Gizmodo.

September 22Tuesday's News

 

Apple issues first OS X 10.11.1 public beta ahead of El Capitan launch

Apple issues first OS X 10.11.1 public beta ahead of El Capitan launch

Days before Apple is scheduled to debut OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company on Monday issued the first public beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan maintenance update to those participating in the program. -- AppleInsider.

Apple prepares for thinner iPhones with slim headphone plug patent

Apple prepares for thinner iPhones with slim headphone plug patent

Apple has patented a shrunken-down headphone connector that shaves precious volume off existing 3.5mm and 2.5mm jack standards by reshaping the plug, thereby removing -- albeit temporarily -- an inevitable limiting factor in its quest for perpetually thin smartphones. -- AppleInsider.

Apple scrambles after 40 malicious 'XcodeGhost' apps haunt App Store

Apple scrambles after 40 malicious 'XcodeGhost' apps haunt App Store

Apple officials are cleaning up the company's App Store after a security firm reported that almost 40 iOS apps contained malicious code that made iPhones and iPads part of a botnet that stole potentially sensitive user information. -- Ars Technica.

Tennessee explains why it should be able to limit city-run ISPs

Tennessee explains why it should be able to limit city-run ISPs

Tennessee has continued its fight against a city that wants to expand municipal broadband service, arguing in a legal brief that the Federal Communications Commission can't preempt state laws that limit the rights of cities and towns to offer Internet access. -- Ars Technica.

After delay, Apple releases WatchOS 2.0 to the public

After delay, Apple releases WatchOS 2.0 to the public

WatchOS 2.0 was supposed to be released last week alongside iOS 9, but a showstopping "bug" held the release up. Apple has apparently fixed it because the final version of WatchOS 2.0 is beginning to roll out to all editions of the Apple Watch today. To install the update, open the Apple Watch app, go to General, go to Software Update, and then follow the instructions. -- Ars Technica.

Security firm pledges $1 million bounty for iOS jailbreak exploits

Security firm pledges $1 million bounty for iOS jailbreak exploits

A broker of software attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in widely used software is placing a $1 million bounty on critical iOS bugs that allow hackers to remotely commandeer iPhones and iPads. -- Ars Technica.

Protect yourself from massive iOS security breach

Protect yourself from massive iOS security breach

Apple has now been affected by the worst security snafu in iOS history when it found that hundreds of apps, mostly in the Chinese App Store, have malicious code in them, called "XcodeGhost."

Apple's pulled the affected apps from the App Store to contain the security breach, but you'll still need to take a few more steps to make sure your iOS devices aren't affected. Here's what you need to do. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 9 Content Blocker FAQ

iOS 9 Content Blocker FAQ

Apple's Content Blocker feature is probably the most controversial addition to to iOS 9, and it also has the potential to be a great asset for mobile Web browsing if it's used responsibly. What are content blockers, and what's the right way to use them, you ask? Read on to find out. -- The Mac Observer.

iPad Mini 4 Display Has Improved Color Gamut and Lower Reflectance

iPad Mini 4 Display Has Improved Color Gamut and Lower Reflectance

DisplayMate has tested the iPad mini 4 display and found that its colors and color accuracy are on par with the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with an improved 101% color gamut. All previous iPad mini models had 62% color gamut with poorer color saturation, according to the company's analysis. -- MacRumors.

How to Save Battery Life in iOS 9 With Low Power Mode

How to Save Battery Life in iOS 9 With Low Power Mode

One frequent complaint of smartphone users is the limited amount of battery life our tech devices have. With the constant trend toward making devices thinner and lighter, battery life is a key tradeoff to be considered, and some users find their devices not lasting as long as they'd prefer. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted 26 Patents Today Covering the Apple Watch Magnetic Mechanism for the Link Bracelet & More

Apple Granted 26 Patents Today Covering the Apple Watch Magnetic Mechanism for the Link Bracelet & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple Watch magnetic mechanism and the Mac Pro design patent. 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.

Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs

Apple's iOS 9 Breaks VPNs

Researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in the latest version of iOS 9: it breaks VPN connections to corporate servers. According to the report, "The flaw was first detected in the iOS 9 beta, and has not been fixed in the released version. Neither has the bug been removed in the current iOS 9.1 beta." The workaround might not be what you want to hear, either, if you've happily upgraded to the latest version: it's to downgrade to iOS 8.4.1. -- The Stack.

Apple TV (4th Gen) unboxing + exclusive in-depth hands-on guide

Apple TV (4th Gen) unboxing + exclusive in-depth hands-on guide

Today we're taking the first really deep look at Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV, which will hit stores next month. In our exclusive video, we explore the upgraded hardware, the Siri Remote, and dig down into tvOS, the new UI that brings the entire experience to life.

Are there surprises? Oh yes. The new Apple TV actually supports Bluetooth headphones and Bluetooth speakers, a special Night Mode, and radically improved accessibility options inspired by iOS. You can learn about all of the great new features here... -- 9to5Mac.

Rose Gold iPhone 6s shows up at customer's home early, she benchmarks it

Rose Gold iPhone 6s shows up at customer's home early, she benchmarks it

While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren't supposed to start arriving to pre-order customers until this Friday, at least one lucky AT&T customer got a surprise today. A Twitter user by the name of @MoonshineDesign based in San Diego today received her iPhone 6s in the new Rose Gold color variant. According to her tweets, she ordered the device through AT&T. -- 9to5Mac.

The Pixar iPhone

The Pixar iPhone

t is time to start questioning the iPhone 'S' cycle, the often referred to development cycle theory in which a significant iPhone update is followed by a more minor, evolutionary update the following year. Instead, the best way to understand how Apple thinks about iPhone development is to look at Pixar. -- Above Avalon.

Cisco AnyConnect and other VPNs may or may not work for your servers, as Apple breaks split-tunnel compatibility

Cisco AnyConnect and other VPNs may or may not work for your servers, as Apple breaks split-tunnel compatibility

Apple's iOS 9 has several features meant to increase its strong enterprise-grade security. But it also breaks a key security method: VPN connections to some corporate servers. As a result, users won't be able to access some servers over some VPN connections -- but they'll be able to access other servers with no problem. -- ITworld.

Why iOS 9's Facedown detection doesn't work on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad and iPod touch

Why iOS 9's Facedown detection doesn't work on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad and iPod touch

Facedown detection stands as one of the underrated features in iOS 9's rich arsenal of power-saving tactics designed to help extend your run time by up to an additional hour.

Facedown detection avoids turning the display on when a notification comes in and your phone is put facedown. But as it turns out, Facedown detection doesn't work on all devices compatible with iOS 9 and there is a good explanation for that why. -- iDownload Blog.

Apple Acquires Mapsense To Boost Location Visualization Offerings

Apple Acquires Mapsense To Boost Location Visualization Offerings

Apple has acquired location-based analytics and visualization developer Mapsense. The deal is only the most recent by Apple and other companies looking to scoop up location data visualization startups. -- InformationWeek.

Why You May Want to Disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9

Why You May Want to Disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9

Wi-Fi Assist is one of many new features in iOS 9, and for most users it's a great addition to Apple's mobile operating system. But since the feature is enabled by default when you upgrade to iOS 9, it may cause headaches for some users depending on their specific data plans or application requirements. Here's some more information on exactly what Wi-Fi Assist is, and why you may actually want to turn it off on your iPhone -- TekRevue.

Smelling blood, HP pounces on Apple's Pro Mac Market

Smelling blood, HP pounces on Apple's Pro Mac Market

While HP's name has been coming up in all the media concerning GOP presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO, the famed Silicon Valley tech company has come out swinging in a bold attack on Apple's professional Mac market--directly targeting the controversial Mac Pro introduced in 2013. -- Architosh.

Why the iPad Pro will be my laptop of choice: Accessibility

Why the iPad Pro will be my laptop of choice: Accessibility

My friend and fellow Macworld contributor, Glenn Fleishman, recently wrote a column in which he argues that the iPad Pro is really Apple's "pilot fish" for a future ARM-based MacBook. Glenn's argument is convincing, but as I was reading his piece, I started thinking about the iPad and MacBook in terms of accessibility. Specifically, why I choose a tablet over a laptop for productivity, and where the iPad Pro fits into the equation. -- Macworld.

September 21Monday's News

 

One Man's Opinion: iOS Recovery Mode and iOS 9

One Man's Opinion: iOS Recovery Mode and iOS 9

If for some reason after installing the lastest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad you may find yourself locked out for some reason or the install had an error. If you don't have a local or synced copy of your iOS you can put your iOS device into Recovery Mode, and restore it using iTunes.

I had reason to use Recovery Mode this weekend when my wife ran the iOS 9 update on her iPad Air and got locked out when it rebooted and asked for her passcode. For whatever reason it did not recognize what she thought it was and eventually locked her out, and disabled the iPad.

She was VERY upset.

Being her built-in consultant, I searched the Internet and finally found out about Recovery Mode in Apple's Support pages and started the process. Recovery Mode erases and then reinstalls your iOS backup.

However, there is much the support document does not tell you. (I know, you're shocked.)

The document tells you that it will stop after 15 minutes and if it does to repeat certain steps. It does not tell that this is required because your backup is so large or the process has a size limit and it will be downloaded in pieces which iOS will stich together. I repeated the process 4 times before the rebuild started. It is much like downloading the installer and then running it. (It does not tell you that either.)

I had to enter my Apple ID and reboot many times after the download succeeded until I got a progress bar in iTunes telling me that the process was finally starting.

This was a very confusing and difficult process, even though it worked (YEAH!) because my wife had backed up her iPad during the OS 9 upgrade, which is an option I strongly recommend. I don't see how someone without extensive geekness could ever do it. It took me about four hours of work to finally succeed. And this is not my first rodeo.

I am sorry I can not document for you the number of steps, issues and how they were resolved. It was much too confusing. I got stuck on the pinwheel of death while the installer said it was reloading iCloud preferences. I had to reboot and started over so many times that if it had been for anyone else they would have given up. I recommend you do NOT download the iCloud settings. It can be skipped.

Which gets me to my point. While I greatly appreciate that recover mode existed and that it worked for me, the process and how it worked is so poorly documented and implemented that I don't know how "anyone" can accomplish it successfully.

Now lets move on the iOS 9.

I have been working on Apple OS's for over 30 years. Over that time I have watched the operating system evolve into what it is today.

Moving from Mac OS to OS X was somewhat traumatic but Apple tried to keep a basic tenet, that its software and using it was something you should not need to read a manual to be able to use it.

This is so not true for iOS in general and iOS 9 in particular.

With the reload of my of my iPad we had to reset all the iPad's settings, which was a nightmare, because nothing is where you think think it is and some things you can't even guess where they might be!

I spent a lot of time online finding out what to change and its location that should have been easy and obvious. After of full weekend of tweaking and searching I think we have gotten her iPad correctly setup and usable.

When Steve Jobs introduced OS X he said that it was "so beautiful you wanted to it lick it." In the case of iOS I want to throw up. I can find no logic in it. I want to be clear that this about the settings/support interface not the features. What it can do is wonderful! How you make it do that is a nightmare!

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

iOS 9 power-saving tactics include cutting display power for face-down devices

iOS 9 power-saving tactics include cutting display power for face-down devices

Better battery life is an Apple priority for iOS 9, and to that end the company has adopted extreme attention to detail, implementing things like face-down power restrictions, a Low Power mode, and a dedicated menu in the Settings app with more granular detail. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 includes new iCloud Drive app, 6-digit passcode, shift button fix and more

iOS 9 includes new iCloud Drive app, 6-digit passcode, shift button fix and more

This week's launch of iOS 9 brings a slew of small but important new features for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. They include an all-new app for viewing iCloud Drive content, support for more complex six-digit passcodes, and a series of tweaks and improvements. -- AppleInsider.

How to fix the iOS 9 'Slide to Upgrade' bug using iTunes

How to fix the iOS 9 'Slide to Upgrade' bug using iTunes

Since the release of iOS 9 this week, a number of users have reported an issue in which their devices are rendered useless by an unresponsive "Slide to Upgrade" screen that appears after installing the new operating system. -- AppleInsider.

Comparing Apple's 4th-gen Apple TV with the competition

Comparing Apple's 4th-gen Apple TV with the competition

There's a new Apple TV coming in October, but before plunking down any hard-earned money, it's worth comparing it with other options out there like Amazon, Google, and Roku -- and even the older third-gen Apple TV. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 tips: Use Text Replacement to type faster

iOS 9 tips: Use Text Replacement to type faster

Using iOS 9's Text Replacement feature, formerly called keyboard shortcuts, can greatly speed up input of commonly used phrases, sentences, or text that is challenging to punch in on the iPhone keyboard. -- AppleInsider.

The iPad and your kid--digital daycare, empowering educator, or something bad?

The iPad and your kid--digital daycare, empowering educator, or something bad?

It was love at first sight--the infatuated gaze, the flirtatious giggles. He just couldn't keep his eyes or hands off her. I can still hear the cry of agony when I, his mom, mercilessly tore her away from his small chubby hands... -- Ars Technica.

How to fix iOS 9's Slide to Upgrade bug

How to fix iOS 9's Slide to Upgrade bug

Some users trying to upgrade to iOS 9 this week have run into a serious problem: After the download happens, they find themselves stuck on the "Slide to Upgrade" screen upon restart. This bug renders their iPhones unusable, which is about the least useful state for an iPhone to be in. -- Cult of Mac.

Make iOS 9 keyboard all caps again

Make iOS 9 keyboard all caps again

I can't stand the new lowercase keyboard in iOS 9. It's a fairly useless change to begin with, as it doesn't make anything easier.

Sure, it shows whether you've pressed the Shift key or not, but the new Shift key is also improved, making the lower-case option aesthetic rather than functional.

So, if you're like me, here's how to put that keyboard back to the way it "should" be. -- .

How iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist frees users from slow connections

How iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist frees users from slow connections

A new, slightly hidden feature in iOS 9 hopes to help keep your connection as strong as possible.

Apple's latest version of its mobile firmware contains a lot of obvious changes (Passbook is now called Wallet, for example), but a lot of the biggest and best changes are buried away just waiting for you to discover them. One of these hidden gems is the Wi-Fi Assist feature, which might just solve one of the most annoying issues we saw in earlier versions of the operating system. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple cleans up the App Store after biggest security lapse in history

Apple cleans up the App Store after biggest security lapse in history

Apple is removing hundreds of apps from the App Store after discovering that they contain a malicious program called XcodeGhost.

In the entire lifespan of the App Store, Apple has only previously found five malicious apps -- making this easily the single biggest security lapse in App Store history. -- Cult of Mac.

How My App Ended Up in An Apple Ad, And What Happened Next

How My App Ended Up in An Apple Ad, And What Happened Next

We've all watched Apple's commercials, but have you ever wondered what it's like to have an app featured in one of those spots? Robleh Jama of Tiny Hearts had just that happen with his company's app, Quick Fit: 7 Minute Workout.

Landing a few seconds of airtime in an international Apple spot, it turns out, isn't simply a matter of luck. -- Growth Supply.

How to centralize your Time Machine backups

How to centralize your Time Machine backups

Time Machine in OS X offers a quick way to back up your entire system, but one requirement for this is you need to plug in your backup drive in order to keep the system backed up. For desktop systems this is a matter of simply keeping the drive attached and tucked away behind your iMac, Mac Mini, or Mac Pro; however, if you are a MacBook owner, then you might find yourself periodically misplacing your drive, or not having it with you, and then getting messages that you haven't backed up in a number of days. There are two easy approaches to help prevent this, especially if you have multiple Macs available. -- MacIssues.

Clever, a Software Service, Gives Schools a Way to Manage Data Flow to Apps

Clever, a Software Service, Gives Schools a Way to Manage Data Flow to Apps

For years, Mark Racine, the technology director of the Boston Public Schools, and his team plodded through a cumbersome exercise at the start of each school year: transferring student roster information from school databases to the various learning apps that teachers wanted to use in the classroom.

A new company, Clever, is addressing questions raised by politicians and parents about the data on students, and how it is secured and used. -- New York Times.

Why Ad Blocking iPhone Apps May Have Little Impact

Why Ad Blocking iPhone Apps May Have Little Impact

It's doubtful that ad blocking apps for Apple's iPhones and iPads will harm publishers much.

An upgrade to Apple's mobile operating system released Wednesday brought with it apps that can block ads inside the company's default Web browser, Safari. It also brought a storm of debate about the ethics of ad blocking and the future of online publishing. -- MIT Technology Review.

Some users reporting sluggishness and crashes with iOS 9 -- is your iPhone slower after the update?

Some users reporting sluggishness and crashes with iOS 9 -- is your iPhone slower after the update?

Along with the new features, iOS 9 promised an improvement to the 'foundation' of iOS with performance boosts and battery usage improvements across the system. However, as always seems to happen with new versions of iOS, not all users are satisfied. There have been many reports that iOS 9 is causing lagginess, especially on older hardware such as the iPhone 5. Some phones are getting stuck on the 'slide to upgrade' screen and users are frozen out of their devices completely. -- 9to5Mac.

Managing iTunes libraries, and the case of the haywire music volume

Managing iTunes libraries, and the case of the haywire music volume

You'll probably have updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9 by now, and I expect to have a flurry of questions about using iTunes and the iOS Music app with the new operating system. In the meantime, I explore three questions related to managing iTunes libraries and content in this week's column. And I end the column with an intriguing question about unexpected volume changes on an iPhone, whose resolution was surprising. -- Macworld.

Database Apps On The Mac Are Dead, Right? Not This One

Database Apps On The Mac Are Dead, Right? Not This One

Over the years I've penned more than my share of missives on the death of the personal Mac database app. Even Apple's own company, FileMaker, decided to ditch what was arguably one of the more popular Mac database apps, Bento. -- BohemianBoomer.

Apple customers report devices crashing on iOS 9 update

Apple customers report devices crashing on iOS 9 update

A significant number of Apple Inc customers are reporting their mobile devices have crashed after attempting to upload the new iOS 9 operating system, the latest in a line of launch glitches for the tech giant.

Twitter and other social media were awash with disgruntled customers reporting two distinct faults, with one appearing to be linked specifically to older models of Apple iPhones and iPads. -- Reuters.

iOS 9 v. iOS 8.4.1 In Speed Test

iOS 9 v. iOS 8.4.1 In Speed Test

A couple of days ago, iOS 9 was officially released and based on the initial adoption rate, it would seem that many users are quick to flock to Apple's latest mobile operating system. That being said for those who are wondering how the latest iOS fares in terms of speed, then our video above might be worth watching. -- UberGizmo.

The best content and ad blockers for iPhone and iPad

The best content and ad blockers for iPhone and iPad

Content blocking has become a big buzzword for iOS 9 going into its launch: Not only do content blocker app extensions let you remove offending elements from webpages and remove them, but certain apps can block ads and Javascript, too.

Web ads are a challenge for everybody. That's why one of the most hyped features of iOS 9 is content and ad blocking, which aims to provide buttery smooth browsing in Safari by cutting out the extras. Here are the best ad blockers for iPhone and iPad available right now! -- iMore.

Why And How To Enable iOS 9 WiFi Assist Feature On iPhone

Why And How To Enable iOS 9 WiFi Assist Feature On iPhone

It may be one of the least well-publicized additions in iOS 9, but WiFi Assist has the ability to be one of the most useful, yet almost invisible features to ever find its way into an iOS update. You may have already benefited from its presence, but the chances are you don't even know it. -- Redmond Pie.

How to quickly locate a specific setting on iPhone and iPad with iOS 9

How to quickly locate a specific setting on iPhone and iPad with iOS 9

As Apple continues cramming new features into iOS, the Settings app has slowly but surely gotten populated with a bunch of toggles for customizing different aspects of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, so much so that it can feel a little overwhelming to normals and non-techies. -- iDownload Blog.

Can't enable content blockers on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 9? Here's the fix

Can't enable content blockers on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 9? Here's the fix

Let me guess: You downloaded iOS 9, intent on installing a content blocker--but you hit a snag. Whether you can't find the Content Blocker setting in Safari at all or you've found it and it's greyed out, here's how to troubleshoot and get you on your merry content-blocking way. -- iMore.

The essential iOS 9 installation problem solving guide

The essential iOS 9 installation problem solving guide

If you are one of those among 160 million iOS 9 upgraders who has problems installing the new iOS on your device, you'll take no joy being told you're one of a small minority. So I'm going to try to reassure you with some simple problem solving tips to help you through. -- Computerworld.

Why you'll want to install that new iPhone operating system ASAP

Why you'll want to install that new iPhone operating system ASAP

Protection from hackers/Though smartphones have yet to become a major target for hackers, even the iPhone has known security flaws. Updating your software is one of the best ways to stay safe. - CNET.

Your iPhone 6S Costs $100 More, Anger Over iOS 9, Measuring The Reality Distortion Field

Your iPhone 6S Costs $100 More, Anger Over iOS 9, Measuring The Reality Distortion Field

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes reactions and frustrations around the iOS 9 release, the pricing strategy of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple's financial leverage of its iPhone Upgrade Program, the definitive iOS 9 review, the secrets behind 3D Touch, the delay to the Apple Watch WatchOS 2 update, how Microsoft will save the iPad Pro, how to measure the Reality Distortion Field, and Tim Cook's appearance on The Late Show. -- Forbes.

Sorry about yesterday but I had some personal business I had to take care of. -mam

September 18Friday's News

 

Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps gains transit directions for buses, trains, subways, more

Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps gains transit directions for buses, trains, subways, more

For years, the biggest omission in Apple Maps has been the lack of transit directions. But that all has changed with this year's iOS 9 update, which includes built-in support for buses, subways, trains, and more in select major cities. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9, OS X El Capitan close serious AirDrop vulnerability allowing malware infections

iOS 9, OS X El Capitan close serious AirDrop vulnerability allowing malware infections

iOS 9 and the forthcoming OS X El Capitan address a vulnerability in Apple's AirDrop feature that could allow malware infections and the theft of sensitive data, according to a security researcher. -- AppleInsider.

Apple begins testing OS X 10.11.1 with focus on stability, compatibility and security

Apple begins testing OS X 10.11.1 with focus on stability, compatibility and security

Before OS X 10.11 El Capitan launches to the public, its first forthcoming maintenance and security update is already available in beta form for developers to test.

The first beta release of OS X 10.11.1 was supplied to developers on Thursday. It is identified as build "15B17c." -- AppleInsider.

Teardown of Apple's iPad mini 4 reveals 5,124mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, refined layout

Teardown of Apple's iPad mini 4 reveals 5,124mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, refined layout

A teardown of Apple's new iPad mini 4 shows the tablet is indeed a shrunken hybrid version of last year's iPad Air 2, but comes with a few surprises like a slightly tweaked component layout. -- AppleInsider.

Just like Ahmed: Woz got arrested for building gadgets in school

Just like Ahmed: Woz got arrested for building gadgets in school

Ahmed Mohamed can count Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among his many supporters in the tech world. According to Woz's most recent Facebook post, he sees a lot of himself in the 14 year old Texas boy who was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school. -- Cult of Mac.

Old iOS device? These iOS 9 features will work just fine

Old iOS device? These iOS 9 features will work just fine

If you want to use the new gee-whiz features of iOS 9, like Picture in Picture to FaceTime with your significant other while you write a paper in Pages, or you want to Slide Over a Twitter app to keep track of all the goings on while you surf the web, you're going to need a newer device.

However, all is not lost if you have an older device. Most of the power of iOS 9 is under the hood, making even older devices just a little more battery efficient, just a bit more useful. -- Cult of Mac.

What Will It Take For You To Disable Your Ad/Content Blocker?

What Will It Take For You To Disable Your Ad/Content Blocker?

With yesterday's release of iOS 9 to the masses, Content Blockers (a.k.a. ad blockers) have made their way into the iOS mainstream. As I recently said, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it. But now that you have the ability to easily run ad/content blockers on both your desktop and mobile browsers, what will it take for you to stop using them? -- The Mac Observer.

How to Prevent iOS 9 From Rummaging Through Your Email Looking for Events and Contacts

How to Prevent iOS 9 From Rummaging Through Your Email Looking for Events and Contacts

One of the flagship features of iOS 9 is its proactivity. This new OS can scan through your email looking for phone numbers and invitations. If you're not expecting this functionality, it can seem slightly creepy at first. Here's how to manage this feature, turned on by default in iOS 9 after installation. -- The Mac Observer.

Fix the News app missing from iOS 9 after upgrading

Fix the News app missing from iOS 9 after upgrading

One of the new features of iOS 9 is Apple's News app, which offers a new way to subscribe to sources and interact with the latest headlines. The app is a replacement for Newsstand, and instead of featuring individual subscriptions to news sources, offers collections of them in groups based on categories like Politics, Science, Finance, and others. You may be eager to try this new option, but after upgrading, many people are finding this app missing from their home screens. -- MacIssues.

Apple Invents Retroactive Check-In Service for Social Media Apps

Apple Invents Retroactive Check-In Service for Social Media Apps

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention that generally pertains to the field of social media and more specifically to the use of global positioning system coordinates to share locations through social media. -- Patently Apple.

iOS 9 How-To: Access your iTunes library using Home Sharing

iOS 9 How-To: Access your iTunes library using Home Sharing

With the launch of iOS 8.4 earlier this summer, Apple removed support for Home Sharing, prompting the users to voice their dissatisfaction with the company's decision. Eddy Cue then revealed that Home Sharing support would return with iOS 9, and sure enough, it did. The process for using it is similar to what it has always been, but let's go through the steps... -- 9to5Mac.

All hail Apple's new iOS 9 font, San Francisco

All hail Apple's new iOS 9 font, San Francisco

As Apple endeavors to make its operating system environments ever more frictionless, yet another change in iOS 9 has taken a few observers by surprise: a new font.

Apple introduced the new San Francisco font earlier this year at WWDC, but today the public finally got a look at the new font treatment in the latest, non-beta update to iOS. -- Mashable.

September 17Thursday's News

 

iPhone Upgrade Program expected to boost Apple's margins, force carriers to more aggressive pricing

iPhone Upgrade Program expected to boost Apple's margins, force carriers to more aggressive pricing

The new official iPhone financing plan is seen by investment firm RBC Capital Markets as a benefit not only to Apple, but also to its customers, both of whom should gain leverage over wireless carriers. -- AppleInsider.

Bug forces Apple to delay watchOS 2 launch at last minute

Bug forces Apple to delay watchOS 2 launch at last minute

Originally scheduled to launch to the public today, watchOS 2 will arrive later than intended, due to the discovery of a bug in the software, Apple has confirmed. -- AppleInsider.

Apple launches iOS 9 with iPad multitasking, 'proactive' Siri, better battery life & more

Apple launches iOS 9 with iPad multitasking, 'proactive' Siri, better battery life & more

Apple on Wednesday officially launched iOS 9, a major update for iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch that brings features such as more advanced iPad multitasking, a News app, search and Siri enhancements, and a variety of technical changes including better battery life. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iTunes 12.3 with support for iOS 9, designed for OS X El Capitan

Apple releases iTunes 12.3 with support for iOS 9, designed for OS X El Capitan

Apple on Wednesday issued an update for iTunes, bringing it to version 12.3, which adds support for the newly released iOS 9 mobile operating system.

Apple has said that the latest version of iTunes is also designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which is scheduled to arrive later this month. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 9: Siri Suggestions, news, apps & more on Apple's revamped search screen

Inside iOS 9: Siri Suggestions, news, apps & more on Apple's revamped search screen

Apple has introduced an entirely new home screen in iOS 9 that presents users with intelligent, contextually aware information, including frequently opened apps based on time of day and location, or potential destinations in Maps that a user might seek out. -- AppleInsider.

Apple drops Helvetica for San Francisco in iOS 9

Apple drops Helvetica for San Francisco in iOS 9

The launch of Apple's iOS 9 mobile operating system officially brings its bespoke San Francisco typeface to the rest of its product lineup, as Helvetica's short run has come to a close. -- AppleInsider.

Apple buys mapping data analytics and visualization firm Mapsense for between $25M to $30M

Apple buys mapping data analytics and visualization firm Mapsense for between $25M to $30M

Apple quietly acquired San Francisco startup Mapsense last week for a reported $25 million to $30 million, adding yet another firm to a growing arsenal of mapping data IP and personnel assets. -- AppleInsider.

Apple launches Move to iOS content migration tool for Android

Apple launches Move to iOS content migration tool for Android

In conjunction with iOS 9, Apple on Wednesday released Move to iOS, a tool for switching away from Android that is also its first-ever app custom-developed for Google's rival operating system. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates iMovie with support for 4K video, 3D Touch and more

Apple updates iMovie with support for 4K video, 3D Touch and more

As part of Wednesday's iOS 9 release, Apple updated its portable version of iMovie with support for editing 4K video and new UI gestures to be introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iPad Pro. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-exclusive split-screen multitasking will enhance productivity

Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-exclusive split-screen multitasking will enhance productivity

With Apple's iOS 9 upgrade, the iPad lineup -- and the upcoming iPad Pro -- gets special attention to enhance productivity on the big-screen tablets, including an all-new split-screen multitasking mode that will allow users to more easily accomplish two tasks at once. -- AppleInsider.

Apple switches on revamped iCloud subscription options, pushes 500GB users to 1TB

Apple switches on revamped iCloud subscription options, pushes 500GB users to 1TB

Apple on Wednesday made its updated iCloud storage plans active, improving some tiers while eliminating another and leaving the free default plan unchanged.

The free tier remains locked at 5 gigabytes, but the $0.99 option has been upgraded from 20 gigabytes to 50, and the 200 gigabyte tier is now a dollar less per month at $2.99. A 500-gigabyte plan has been eliminated, although the cost of the 1 terabyte tier is down $10 to $9.99. -- AppleInsider.

Apple researching earphones with embedded pressure sensors for better sound

Apple researching earphones with embedded pressure sensors for better sound

An updated patent filing published Wednesday suggests Apple is revisiting a pressure-sensing earphone design that promises to deliver higher quality sound by customizing output based on a user's ear size. -- AppleInsider.

Malicious Cisco router backdoor found on 79 more devices, 25 in the US

Malicious Cisco router backdoor found on 79 more devices, 25 in the US

The highly clandestine attacks hitting Cisco Systems routers are much more active than previously reported. Infections have hit at least 79 devices in 19 countries, including an ISP in the US that's hosting 25 boxes running the malicious backdoor. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 9 on the iPad 2: Not worse than iOS 8, but missing many features

iOS 9 on the iPad 2: Not worse than iOS 8, but missing many features

iOS 9 on the iPad 2 is so different from iOS 9 on the iPad Air 2 that they might as well be two different versions of the operating system. That's not really intended as a criticism--the iPad Air 2 is also somewhere around eight or nine times faster than the iPad 2, depending on the benchmark--just a statement of fact. -- Ars Technica.

Apple mitigates but doesn't fully fix critical iOS Airdrop vulnerability

Apple mitigates but doesn't fully fix critical iOS Airdrop vulnerability

Apple has mitigated a critical iOS vulnerability that allows attackers within Bluetooth range of an iPhone to install malicious apps using the Airdrop filesharing feature. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 9 on the iPhone 4S: A stay of execution, nothing more

iOS 9 on the iPhone 4S: A stay of execution, nothing more

The S in iPhone 4S used to stand for "speed," but it's been a couple of years since that was true. iOS 8 wasn't kind to Apple's oldest supported iPhone, which made it even more of a surprise when the company announced in June that the 4S would be hanging around for another year. -- Ars Technica.

Hands-on: Jump the fence with Apple's 'Move to iOS' Android app

Hands-on: Jump the fence with Apple's 'Move to iOS' Android app

Apple likes to boast about winning switchers from Android on its earnings calls and in is presentations, and today it did something to help facilitate those switches. The Move to iOS app in the Google Play store will transfer some data from Android phones running version 4.0 and up to newer iPhones, iPods, and iPads running iOS 9. -- Ars Technica.

The ultimate Apple infographic is back, and better than ever

The ultimate Apple infographic is back, and better than ever

For years, Pop Chart Lab's Insanely Great History of Apple has been one of our go-to Christmas recommendations for the Mac fan in your life. Now those devious bastards have updated it with all of Apple's latest and greatest products, right before the holiday. -- Cult of Mac.

How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch the right way

How to install watchOS 2 on your Apple Watch the right way

Apple has delayed deployment of watchOS 2, possibly for a day or more, after discovering a bug that's taking longer to fix than expected.

Are you ready? It's finally time to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 2. The software upgrade will let you run third-party apps right on the Watch without your iPhone, add nightstand mode and new watch faces (including your own photos), and much more. -- Cult of Mac.

Pro Tip: iTunes is your best bet for iOS 9 backup and upgrade

Pro Tip: iTunes is your best bet for iOS 9 backup and upgrade

When you back up your iPhone before upgrading to iOS 9, you have a couple of choices. You can use iCloud or iTunes.

For your best, most comprehensive backup, connect your iPhone (or iPad) to iTunes. Seriously, iTunes backs up almost everything -- and it's your best bet for downloading iOS 9 when the upgrade becomes available today. -- Cult of Mac.

How to master iOS 9's killer new features

How to master iOS 9's killer new features

We're all going to be diving into the deep end with iOS 9. While many of the changes are subtle, there are a fair number of differences in both the visual style and the under-the-hood workings of Apple's new mobile OS. -- Cult of Mac.

17 secret iOS 9 tricks everyone should know

17 secret iOS 9 tricks everyone should know

Once you get your iPhone upgraded to iOS 9, you might be overwhelmed. While iOS 9 doesn't pack a lot of grand new visual features, the update does include tons of little tricks that make using your iPhone and iPad even more ridiculously easy to use. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 9: Use Two Fingers to Manipulate Text

iOS 9: Use Two Fingers to Manipulate Text

There are a few special features within iOS 9 that are specifically for use on your iPad, and in today's Quick Tip, we're going to go over one of our favorites. If you place two fingers on your screen, you can select text more easily and move your cursor around. Plus, there's a handy new set of shortcuts to use when you need to, say, copy or format text. Neat! -- The Mac Observer.

iTunes 12 gets Two-Factor Authentication

iTunes 12 gets Two-Factor Authentication

Along with iOS 9, Apple released iTunes 12.3 on Wednesday. The update for the media management and streaming music app added two-factor authentication support for Apple IDs, along with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan support. -- The Mac Observer.

Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps Gains Transit Mode and Nearby Search

Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps Gains Transit Mode and Nearby Search

Apple Maps launched in September 2012 as the default mapping app on iPhone, but soon faced widespread criticism for having incomplete data, providing incorrect directions and lacking features over Google Maps. The controversial launch resulted in Apple CEO Tim Cook issuing a rare public apology, while former iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted from Apple just one month later. -- MacRumors.

iOS 9 Hidden Features: Settings Search, Selfie Folder, Home Sharing for Music, Go Back to App, and More

iOS 9 Hidden Features: Settings Search, Selfie Folder, Home Sharing for Music, Go Back to App, and More

There are quite a few major changes in iOS 9, like split-screen multitasking for the iPad, improvements to search and Siri, under-the-hood performance boosts, and revamped apps, but there are also dozens if not hundreds of lesser-known tweaks and refinements that make the iOS 9 experience better than ever before. -- MacRumor.

An Apple Patent Comes to Light Covering a Dual-Axis Scanning Mirror for an Advanced 3D Optical System

An Apple Patent Comes to Light Covering a Dual-Axis Scanning Mirror for an Advanced 3D Optical System

Another Apple/PrimeSense 3D Scanner related patent has come to light today. A number of patent filings and granted patents have surfaced on this very complex technology in recent months that could be reviewed here: One, Two, Three, Four and Five. Today's high-end 3D optical scanning mapping system describes depth engines that generate 3D mapping data. This particular patent is not warm and fuzzy patent talking about applications but rather a patent steep in technical details that only engineers could love. If you're daring, then you check it out here. -- Patently Apple.

Apple's 16GB iPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake

Apple's 16GB IPhone 6S Is a Serious Strategic Mistake

Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage -- an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features -- like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video -- that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye.

[Of course if you DON'T shoot ultra-HD video... I think if some one buys the iPhone 6s to be able to shoot ultra-HD video they will be smart enough to buy one with more storage. -mam] -- Vox.

Explaining Siri Suggestions and Spotlight Search in iOS 9

Explaining Siri Suggestions and Spotlight Search in iOS 9

Siri Suggestions add a new dimension to Spotlight searches in iOS 9, but controlling what you get when you search has gotten more complex.

iOS 9 is out, and when you upgrade to it, you will find that Spotlight Search, Apple's name for its amalgam of search technologies, offers you more than ever before when you perform a search. But with broader, deeper searches comes some complexity, especially when you want to control the look and type of search results that you get. To help you understand how the various pieces that make up Spotlight Search work together today, let's look back a few iOS versions ago. -- TidBITS.

The new Apple TV might not do 4K but iMovie for iOS can with latest update

The new Apple TV might not do 4K but iMovie for iOS can with latest update

In the lead-up to the release of the iPhone 6s, with its new 4K video camera, Apple has released an updated version of iMovie for iOS that enables editing of 4K video on the latest devices. The update also adds 3D Touch support to help users start a new project more quickly from the home screen. -- 9to5Mac.

How To Downgrade iOS 9.1 public beta to current iOS 9.0 release

How To Downgrade iOS 9.1 public beta to current iOS 9.0 release

iOS 9 marked the first major version of the iPhone and iPad software that Apple opened up for public beta testing after a similar trial run with iOS 8.3 last year. As many users have noticed, Apple's public beta program is continuing with the upcoming iOS 9.1 release available as an OTA (over-the-air) update for non-developer testers, but many users will surely want to hop off the beta train and onto the stable release cycle with today's iOS 9.0 release. -- 9to5Mac.

How to transfer a photo album from your iPhone to your Mac

How to transfer a photo album from your iPhone to your Mac

Miranda wants to transfer photos from iOS to OS X. She asks, "I have an album of pictures I want to upload. Is there a way I can just upload the album?"

You'd think, right? And you'd be sadly wrong. If you're using iCloud Photo Library, all your albums and related settings are synced among devices logged into the same iCloud account that have the library feature enabled. -- Macworld.

How to improve network performance on your iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi Assist on iOS 9

How to improve network performance on your iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi Assist on iOS 9

There's nothing more annoying than seeing your iPhone getting stuck on weak Wi-Fi signal. We've all been there before: the iPhone latches onto a poor Wi-Fi connection and forces you to waste time manually switching to cellular data in Setting. -- iDownload Blog.

Using Your Keyboard as a Trackpad in iOS 9

Using Your Keyboard as a Trackpad in iOS 9

A new feature in iOS 9 is the ability to use the onscreen keyboard as a trackpad. If you tap the keyboard with two fingers you can drag the cursor around the screen to easily place it in text. You can also tap, wait, and then drag to select text. Other similar gestures allow you to select a word, sentence or paragraph. Using this feature is tricky and can take some practice. -- MacMost.

September 16Wednesday's News

 

iOS users may eventually be able to remove unwanted default apps, says Apple's Tim Cook

iOS users may eventually be able to remove unwanted default apps, says Apple's Tim Cook

The Apple CEO addresses new iPhone features, privacy concerns, the iPad Pro as a desktop replacement, and why you can't delete that pesky Stocks app, in a car ride across Manhattan. -- buzzfeed.

Apple working to boost cloud services with new, consolidated platform - report

Apple working to boost cloud services with new, consolidated platform - report

Apple has reportedly embarked upon a long-term internal project to unify the infrastructure that powers cloud offerings like Siri and Apple Maps, a sign that the company has begun to view services as a strategic lynchpin moving forward. -- AppleInsider.

Developers receive first Apple TV dev kits, promptly post pictures online

Developers receive first Apple TV dev kits, promptly post pictures online

Apple made good on a promise to ship out Apple TV development kits to select developers this week, as some who were selected to take part in the early access program received their kits on Tuesday. -- AppleInsider.

Cisco routers in at least 4 countries infected by highly stealthy backdoor

Cisco routers in at least 4 countries infected by highly stealthy backdoor

Researchers have uncovered active and highly clandestine attacks that have infected more than a dozen Cisco routers with a backdoor that can be used to gain a permanent foothold inside a targeted network. -- Ars Technica.

iPad Mini 4 performance preview: A 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM

iPad Mini 4 performance preview: A 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM

We've just gotten our hands on the iPad Mini 4, the new version of the tablet that Apple quietly introduced at its product event last week. Though we knew that the new tablet uses a dual-core Apple A8 chip rather than the faster tri-core A8X in the iPad Air 2, and we knew that the new tablet supported iOS 9's new Split View multitasking mode, Apple didn't get any more specific about the tablet's specifications. -- Ars Technica.

ISPs don't have 1st Amendment right to edit Internet, FCC tells court

ISPs don't have 1st Amendment right to edit Internet, FCC tells court

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday said it did not violate the First Amendment rights of Internet service providers when it voted to implement net neutrality rules.

Broadband providers who sued to overturn the rules claim their constitutional rights are being violated, but the FCC disputed that and other arguments in a filing in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. -- Ars Technica.

iPad mini 2 still packs the most value into a tiny tablet

iPad mini 2 still packs the most value into a tiny tablet

The new iPad mini 4, just announced last week, is good but probably not as good as it should be. In recent benchmark tests, it performs only slightly better than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus of 2014. It's still nowhere near as fast as the current-generation iPad Air 2 and it's only a tad faster than the iPad mini 2, which Apple is still selling for $269. Believe it or not, you're still probably better off getting the two-year-old iPad mini instead. -- Cult of Mac.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Alex Gibney's Steve Jobs documentary is available now in some theaters, on Amazon Instant Video and, ironically, on iTunes. It's a film that purports to figure out what made Steve Jobs tick. And it does a lot, just not that. -- I, Cringely.

Dr. Mac says: 'The Coolest Thing Apple Announced Last Week Was...'

Dr. Mac says: 'The Coolest Thing Apple Announced Last Week Was...'

The theme for Apple's event in San Francisco last week was, "The only thing that has changed is everything." It sounds like marketing hype, but by the end of the event most of the audience (including me) seemed to agree. -- The Mac Observer.

Prepping for iOS 9: Backing Up Health, Activity, Keychain Data Requires Encrypted Backup

Prepping for iOS 9: Backing Up Health, Activity, Keychain Data Requires Encrypted Backup

Before updating to iOS 9-which will be released Wednesday, September 16th-you should back up your device. We recommend doing an encrypted backup. Not only does this protect your data, it's the only way to back up your Health, Activity, and Keychain data from your iOS device. -- The Mac Observer.

iPad Mini 4 Uses Speed-Bumped 1.5 GHz A8 Chip With 2 GB of RAM

iPad Mini 4 Uses Speed-Bumped 1.5 GHz A8 Chip With 2 GB of RAM

Apple last week introduced the iPad mini 4, advertising the device as essentially a scaled down version of the iPad Air 2, although the device uses a A8 chip rather than the A8X found in the iPad Air 2. Ars Technica has now taken an early look at the iPad mini 4, finding that the A8 runs at 1.5 GHz, slightly faster than the 1.4 GHz A8 used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 4 also carries 2 GB of RAM. -- MacRumors.

How to overcome Apps crashing or hanging in iOS

How to overcome Apps crashing or hanging in iOS

Apple's iOS is developed to be relatively simple and straightforward, where you download an app and run it with one tap, and it should then give you new functionality. However, there may be times when apps you download will either crash, hang, or otherwise not run properly. If this happens, iOS's simplicity limits what you can do to troubleshoot the issue, but there are some steps you can take to help overcome the problem. -- MacIssues.

Fixing Garbled Fonts on Apple Support Pages

Fixing Garbled Fonts on Apple Support Pages

Several people in the TidBITS crew had been seeing garbled, overlapping fonts and weirdly rendered pages while browsing Apple support articles. Although we don't know what causes the problem, solving it is easy in Safari and Firefox, and not terribly hard in Chrome. -- TidBITS.

Apple is quietly expanding its stealthy R&D center in Lund (Sweden) to work on 'advanced mapping technology': report

Apple is quietly expanding its stealthy R&D center in Lund (Sweden) to work on 'advanced mapping technology': report

Approximately four years ago, Apple acquired a Swedish outfit called C3 Technologies, a highly regarded company that specialized in three-dimensional mapping technology, about a year before the American technology giant announced that it was replacing Google Maps with a mapping service of its own on all Apple iOS and OS X products. -- tech.eu.

Apple reverses stance, says that all Apple TV games must be compatible with Siri Remote

Apple reverses stance, says that all Apple TV games must be compatible with Siri Remote

One of the standout features of the new Apple TV is its support for gaming, but now Apple has reversed its stance and placed a new limitation on that capability. Apple has said from the beginning that third-party controllers will be supported on the new Apple TV. The SDK for the device carries Game Controller support and the company mentioned it on stage at its unveil event. Apple also mentioned that games that worked only with third-party controllers were okay, meaning the games wouldn't necessarily have to be compatible with the company's bundled Siri Remote. Now, however, Apple says that games can not require the use of third-party controllers. -- 9to5Mac.

Set up and use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Set up and use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more. -- AppleCare User Support.

Stop Pushing The Web Forward

Stop Pushing The Web Forward

I don't think this is a particularly good place to push the web forward to. Native apps will always be much better at native than a browser. Instead, we should focus on the web's strengths: simplicity, URLs and reach. -- Daring Fireball.

Laurene Powell Jobs is trying to create a new model for America's high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs is trying to create a new model for America's high schools

Laurene Powell Jobs has started a $50 million project to rethink America's high schools.

Powell Jobs is calling the initiative XQ: The Super School Project, and it's described as a movement to create a new schooling model in America. -- New York Times.

Report: Computers 'Do Not Improve' Pupil Results

Report: Computers 'Do Not Improve' Pupil Results

A report issued by the UK's Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has evaluated how technology in classrooms affects test results, and found that the availability of computers provides "no noticeable improvement" to students' test scores. According to the report, "Students who use computers very frequently at school get worse results." Also, "high achieving school systems such as South Korea and Shanghai in China have lower levels of computer use in school." The organization warns that classroom technology can be a distraction if implemented unwisely, and it also opens the door to easy ways of cheating. -- BBC.

September 15Tuesday's News

 

Apple pictures the future with new cameras in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

Apple pictures the future with new cameras in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

The iPhone has long been the most popular camera on the planet, and Apple has worked to make the lives of point-and-shoot manufacturers even worse -- ? and the lives of selfie hounds even better -- ? with the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. AppleInsider took a look at the glass and silicon inside Apple's latest shooters. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's 3D Touch displays make iPhone 6s, 6s Plus almost 11% heavier than previous models

Apple's 3D Touch displays make iPhone 6s, 6s Plus almost 11% heavier than previous models

According to Apple, 3D Touch display technology integrated into the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus accounts for the bulk of an 11 percent increase in weight over last year's models, not the use of 7000 series aluminum as some have speculated. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issued reassigned Topsy patent for reputation-based search engine

Apple issued reassigned Topsy patent for reputation-based search engine

Apple on Tuesday was reassigned a patent from Topsy Labs, the social analytics firm it purchased in 2013, covering a computer search system that cuts through the noise often found in crowdsourced recommendation services by surfacing search results based on user ranking and influence. -- AppleInsider.

New iPhone Upgrade Program seen driving upgrades, giving Apple more control of customer relationship

New iPhone Upgrade Program seen driving upgrades, giving Apple more control of customer relationship

Apple's new interest-free iPhone Upgrade Program is likely to make more customers buy a new handset every year, investment firm UBS believes, calling it a "smart move" that could make the iPhone more of an annuity business. -- AppleInsider.

'Empty' Epson ink cartridges are still 20 percent full

'Empty' Epson ink cartridges are still 20 percent full

The high-end Epson 9900 printer, which retails for around £3,000 ($5,000), reports that ink cartridges are empty even when they are still about 15-20 percent full. This behaviour is particularly egregious as a set of 700ml ink cartridges for the Epson 9900 printer comes in at around £2,500--so, users are being forced to replace the cartridges when there's still about £500 of ink available. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Assurance

Apple Assurance

Apple is categorized as a vendor of consumer electronics. More specifically, a member of the "Electronic Equipment" Industry in the "Consumer Goods" Sector. If indeed this is what it's thought to be selling, there is a problem because it isn't what its customers are buying. -- Asymco.

Jony Ive soundboard 'personally offended' Apple's design guru

Jony Ive soundboard 'personally offended' Apple's design guru

With his soothing British accent, love of flowery design terms, and immediately recognizable pronunciation of "aluminium," few people in tech are as widely parodied as Jony Ive.

Impressions of Ive have become a tech industry trope in their own right, but last week an Ive-centric joke debuted online, which Apple's design guru apparently found so offensive that he had Apple's legal team contact the creators to take it down. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple released a new product last week that nobody noticed

Apple released a new product last week that nobody noticed

It's hard to believe, but there's one new Apple product that seems to have slipped past media scrutiny during last week's September "Hey Siri" event: a totally new case for the iPad mini 4. -- Cult of Mac.

Steve Wozniak Still Keeps it Real with Apple ][, Apple ///, and NeXT

Steve Wozniak Still Keeps it Real with Apple ][, Apple ///, and NeXT

Steve Wozniak is still keeping it real after all these years, at least when it comes to nomenclature of computer hardware. In a Facebook post about Aaron Sorkin's and Danny Boyle's biopic Steve Jobs-based on the Walter Isaacson biography of the same name-Mr. Wozniak mentioned Apple ][, Apple ///, LISA, and NeXT, and in all three cases, he took the time to do it right. -- The Mac Observer.

VLC and Plex Apps Coming to New Apple TV

VLC and Plex Apps Coming to New Apple TV

Apple's latest fourth-generation Apple TV includes a dedicated App Store, which will allow users to access many apps and features that were not previously available on the older Apple TV. Popular media streaming apps Plex and VLC, for example, are both coming to the Apple TV, with tvOS versions already in the works. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted Patent 54 Patents Today covering Advanced Technology behind Siri, a Special Display for Apple Pencil & More

Apple Granted Patent 54 Patents Today covering Advanced Technology behind Siri, a Special Display for Apple Pencil & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent originally from Topsy that's likely responsible for the advances made to Siri in iOS 9 and tvOS. A second granted patent may have made a contribution to some of the technology that's behind the new iPad Pro's display sub-system that provides more accuracy to the Apple Pencil as noted in Apple short introductory video narrated by Jony Ive. Apple was also granted a patent for the Mac mini which you could find here and granted a design patent related to Siri. 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.

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

In a world first, an artificial intelligence machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move.

It's been almost 20 years since IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer beat the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, for the first time under standard tournament rules. Since then, chess-playing computers have become significantly stronger, leaving the best humans little chance even against a modern chess engine running on a smartphone. -- .

Feds Battle Tech Companies Over Encryption

Feds Battle Tech Companies Over Encryption

Paranoid iMessage users, take heart: Apple refused a court order to hand over real-time iMessage conversations to the Justice Department. The reason? Because not even Apple could decrypt them, so the company could not comply. However, Apple did hand over some messages stored in iCloud. Meanwhile, Microsoft is battling the Justice Department in court in a case that could determine just how much data tech companies are required to provide to law enforcement. -- New York Times.

Apple discontinues combined Apple Watch + iPhone AppleCare packages

Apple discontinues combined Apple Watch + iPhone AppleCare packages

On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announcement day, Apple increased the pricing of its AppleCare+ protection plan from $99 to $129. We've since discovered that Apple has additionally discontinued its combined plans for the Apple Watch and iPhone. -- 9to5Mac.

How To Quickly transfer your old iPhone's files to a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus

How To  Quickly transfer your old iPhone's files to a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus

Transferring files from your old iPhone to a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus isn't difficult, but after a reader emailed about the many, many hours he expected to wait for the old-to-new iPhone transfer process to complete, I realized that his experience has become more common -- even though it's not necessary. Years ago, iTunes was the only (and fairly straightforward) way to transfer one iPhone's contents to another. But now, between iCloud, larger device capacity sizes, and iTunes encryption options, there are certainly ways to turn a simple process into a day-long ordeal. -- 9to5MaC.

How to start up your Mac from a bootable CD/DVD, USB thumb drive or external storage device

How to start up your Mac from a bootable CD/DVD, USB thumb drive or external storage device

OS X can start up your Mac in a myriad of ways, some of which our ongoing tutorial series has discussed already in detail such as using built-in Startup Manager to pick a disk to startup your Mac from and booting into Safe, Verbose and Target Disk modes.

Today we get to talk about starting your Mac up from external storage like optical media or an external USB-based hard drive or flash storage. -- iDownload Blog.

How To Backup And Restore Apple Watch [Guide]

How To Backup And Restore Apple Watch [Guide]

By default, whenever you make a full backup of your iPhone to either iTunes or iCloud, it automatically includes Apple Watch data as well if you have one paired with your iOS device. But what if you want to manually force a backup of your Apple Watch? -- Redmond Pie.

How to Prepare for iOS 9 Update the Proper Way

How to Prepare for iOS 9 Update the Proper Way

iOS 9 is the next major update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, bringing a variety of helpful refinements to iOS, some new features, a new system font, a handful of new wallpapers, and a bit more. While many users want to just tap on the update button without doing much else as soon as they see the new version available, we'll cover a more thorough approach here. -- OS X Daily .

What to Expect During Your In-Store Apple iPhone Upgrade Experience

What to Expect During Your In-Store Apple iPhone Upgrade Experience

For the first time, Apple is offering customers a chance to upgrade their iPhone directly with Apple and make monthly installment payments. The program features the ability to have a new iPhone every year. Here's what you can expect when you go to the Apple store on September 25 at the time you reserved. -- The Mac Observer.

The complete iPhone 6S camera improvements guide

The complete iPhone 6S camera improvements guide

While the device still appears to be widely available across most markets, Apple this morning confirmed that first weekend iPhone pre-sales should break 10 million. I've been exploring the camera technology improvements inside the new iPhones, which arrive Sept. 25.

Equipped with more memory (2GB) and a 70 percent faster processor, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus also have new cameras that promise better detail and image accuracy than any previous iPhone. -- Computerworld.

7 interesting iPad Pro tidbits Apple didn't have time to talk about

7 interesting iPad Pro tidbits Apple didn't have time to talk about

Apple last week finally took the wraps off of its long-rumored iPad Pro, a gargantuan tablet with a 12.9-inch display. Because Apple's special event was jam-packed with new product announcements, from new iPhones to an impressive new Apple TV, a number of notable iPad Pro tidbits and features didn't manage to make it into Apple's presentation.

Not to worry, we've compiled a number of details about the iPad Pro that you may find of interest. -- BGR.

Your Mac Charger, Explained

Your Mac Charger, Explained

Not pictured: the $80 you have to spend when you leave one behind in a coffee shop. -- Gizmodo.

What 3D Touch could mean for accessibility

What 3D Touch could mean for accessibility

When it's hard to tell a button from a link, the iPhone 6s and its 3D Touch feature could put more power into the hands of the visually and motor impaired. -- Macworld.

September 14Monday's News

 

MacVolPol: What Will Be on Your Christmas List?

MacVolPol: New Christmas List

Apple has once again pushed out a new batch of upgrades to add to our Christmas list this year.

The previous Apple announcements were the Apple Watch, New MacBook, Updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, Updated MacBook Air, ResearchKit and AppleTV .

The MacVolPol on that those items was pretty much what happend in the market place except for the Apple Watch, (you folks are so smart.)

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The new list is Apple Watch 2.0, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2 and AppleTV 2. Seems like a few old friends keep cropping up. hmmm. I think I detect a trend.

Anyhow, the new MacVolPol asks you about what will be on your Christmas list?

iPhone 6s will have smaller 1,715 mAh battery, but Apple advertises identical battery life

iPhone 6s will have smaller 1,715 mAh battery, but Apple advertises identical battery life

Despite sporting a more powerful processor and other new technologies, the iPhone 6s will actually use a smaller battery than the one found in the iPhone 6, apparently squeezing out the same amount of uptime with new efficiencies in the handset. -- AppleInsider.

If you buy AppleCare+, Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program is a great deal

If you buy AppleCare+, Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program is a great deal

While it lacks the fanfare of new hardware or software, one of the biggest announcements from Apple this week was its competitive iPhone Upgrade Program. It's actually an interest-free way to pay off your new iPhone and AppleCare+ warranty over a two-year period, with the added option to upgrade your iPhone to the latest model every year. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone trade-in deals: How and where to get the most cash for your old iPhone

iPhone trade-in deals: How and where to get the most cash for your old iPhone

Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now officially announced for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make 'Hey Siri' always on

Apple's efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make 'Hey Siri' always on

Inside the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is an upgraded M9 motion coprocessor that borrows new fitness capabilities from the Apple Watch, by estimating your walking or running pace. -- AppleInsider.


Apple issues first public beta of iOS 9.1 in run-up to official 9.0 release

Apple issues first public beta of iOS 9.1 in run-up to official 9.0 release

Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of iOS 9.1, allowing the public to get an early peek at features like expanded Unicode support. -- AppleInsider.

Hands on: iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

Hands on: iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

Apple new big screen iPad Pro has been anticipated for some time, and bears some similarities to existing products on the market. However, Apple's implementation of a large tablet--along with its new "Apple Pencil" for precision drawing input--incorporate a series of unique features, too. -- AppleInsider.

Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil double down on proprietary port

Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil double down on proprietary port

The announcement of the new reversible USB-C port, and its subsequent embrace by Apple in the 12-inch MacBook, led to speculation that the Lightning connector could be on the way out. But the company signaled otherwise this week, when it made Lightning a key component of the new Apple Pencil, as well as the Apple TV's Siri Remote. -- AppleInsider.

With iOS 9, 'Hey Siri' gains a new setup process tailored to your voice

With iOS 9, 'Hey Siri' gains a new setup process tailored to your voice

Starting with next week's launch of iOS 9, users will be prompted to speak a series of commands once enabling "Hey Siri," making the intelligent personal assistant more adept at understanding a person's unique voice. [Does this sound like voice-print recognition from a favorite TV show?] -- AppleInsider.

Hands On: Apple's latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with Live Photos and 3D Touch

Hands On: Apple's latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with Live Photos and 3D Touch

Apple latest "s" iPhone revamp--as it has every odd-numbered year since 2009's iPhone 3Gs--introduces a variety of significant changes under the hood without the device being readily discernibly different on the outside. iPhone 6s is faster, takes better pictures (including animated Live Photos), and delivers a deep new "3D Touch" interaction layer. -- AppleInsider.

Always-on 'Hey Siri' does not offload audio, Live Photo buffering stays on device, Apple says

Always-on 'Hey Siri' does not offload audio, Live Photo buffering stays on device, Apple says

Two iPhone 6s features revealed this week, always-on "Hey Siri" voice monitoring and pre-buffered Live Photo camera functionality, raised concerns that Apple might be surreptitiously monitoring users, but the company allayed those fears in a statement on Friday. -- AppleInsider.


Hands On: Apple TV 2015 with tvOS apps, Remote featuring touch, motion & Siri

Hands On: Apple TV 2015 with tvOS apps, Remote featuring touch, motion & Siri

Apple has been selling its Apple TV as long as iPhone, but the set top box has neither sold in similar quantities nor earned even a significant fraction as much money for the company. While neither of those facts are likely to change, the new 2015 Apple TV is poised to radically change the TV and game console industries. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Xcode iOS simulator shows 2GB RAM for iPhone 6s & 6s Plus, 4GB for iPad Pro

Apple's Xcode iOS simulator shows 2GB RAM for iPhone 6s & 6s Plus, 4GB for iPad Pro

As expected, Apple appears to have bumped the available RAM in its latest handsets from 1 to 2 gigabytes while doubling that for the new jumbo iPad Pro, the numbers seemingly confirmed by a clever application of Xcode's iOS simulator. -- AppleInsider.

Steve Jobs left Apple on his own, wasn't forced out, Wozniak says

Steve Jobs left Apple on his own, wasn't forced out, Wozniak says

The popular narrative that Steve Jobs was removed from Apple by board fiat after losing a war for control with then-CEO John Sculley is not entirely accurate, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. -- AppleInsider.

MIT ranks high in bad security at major universities

MIT ranks high in bad security at major universities

One of the most prestigious schools in information technology also ranks first among its peers in information security in a new study--first among the worst, that is. In a recent security survey of 485 colleges and universities around the world with 1,000 or more public Internet Protocol addresses, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked at the bottom, earning just above an overall failing grade. The assessment, performed by the information security assessment company SecurityScorecard, gave MIT a nearly failing grade, putting the school in the basement below New Mexico State University and Cambridge University. -- Ars Technica.

Is iPhone 6s really worth the upgrade?

Is iPhone 6s really worth the upgrade?

With Apple's next-generation iPhones going on sale, it's time to decide whether you're going to upgrade.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are by far the biggest 'S' upgrades so far, with new 3D Touch displays, faster A9 processors, improved Touch ID, and the best iSight cameras yet. But are those things worth the upgrade fee? -- Cult of Mac.

The New Office for Mac is Here!

The New Office for Mac is Here!

For the first time since 2011, Microsoft has released a new version of Office for the Mac! The new version includes updated Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote applications. Office 2016 for Mac has been updated to look and feel like Office for Windows, including updates to the ribbon interface and task panes. Other features include support for native Mac capabilities - Retina high-resolution compatibility, Apple's Full Screen view, Multi-Touch gestures, integrated cloud support, and new collaboration features. Application specific information is available in the Quick Start Guides. [I have installed it and am running it on OS X 10.11 and so far no problems. One benefit is that after installing the new Office, Safari now displays PDF's in the browser window. I don't explain this stuff, I just report. I think its Nargles.]

4 Ways to Upgrade to Apple's New iPhone 6s

4 Ways to Upgrade to Apple's New iPhone 6s

Now that Apple has launched its own iPhone Upgrade Program, Apple customers have several different options when it comes to upgrading to a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. It can get confusing, so John Martellaro sorts out four scenarios. -- The Mac Observer.

Comparing Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

Comparing Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

In addition to all the new devices yesterday, Apple also introduced their iPhone Upgrade Program. This joins the ranks of the cell carriers relatively new programs that allow customers to finance the purchase of a phone over time. There are, however, some important differences buried in the details. Let's take a look. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Upgrade to a New iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on Verizon

How to Upgrade to a New iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on Verizon

If you're a Verizon customer, your options for obtaining the new iPhone are different than they were two years ago, when it was subsidy or nothing. Now there are few different options available, and Kelly shows you what they are. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Pencil Offers High Precision and Low Latency, Gains 30 Minutes of Use From 15-Second Charge

Apple Pencil Offers High Precision and Low Latency, Gains 30 Minutes of Use From 15-Second Charge

Apple Pencil features a pointed tip with highly responsive sensors that allow for precise input down to a single pixel. To achieve this, Apple engineered the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro display to work together to detect position, force and tilt. -- MacRumors.

Fix persistent invalid certificate errors in OS X

Fix persistent invalid certificate errors in OS X

When connecting to various online services, your Mac will use certificates to validate a connection. If a certificate being used for a connection is expired or invalid, then OS X will notify you of this when attempting to use it, and offer you the choice of continuing with the connection, inspecting the certificate, or canceling the connection. Such warnings are convenient for detecting an invalid connection, such as one that might be malicious, so if they happen then consider looking into them; however, there may be times when practically every connection you attempt gives you a certificate warning. -- MacIssues.

Buying decisions: iPad Pro or MacBook Air?

Buying decisions: iPad Pro or MacBook Air?

Apple's iPad line is getting bigger and more powerful with every new release, and while tablets have some distinct differences from classic laptops, their capabilities are progressing to overlap with or in some cases extend beyond those of laptops. With the release of Apple's new iPad Pro and upcoming iOS 9, the distinctions are becoming even less, so if you are in the market for a new system, you might find yourself wondering whether to go for an iPad or a comparably priced OS X system such as a MacBook Air, especially if it will be your only computer. -- MacIssues.

TV Bundles Challenge Apple to Make a Deal

TV Bundles Challenge Apple to Make a Deal

A new version of the Apple TV device has a lot more capabilities than earlier versions. But getting television shows on the device is a challenge.

Apple has introduced a new, beefed-up version of the Apple TV device, which not all that long ago was deemed a hobby by company executives, received much of the pre- and post-event attention.

Yet, for all the changes to Apple TV, one thing still missing was a hoped-for bundle of television programs. So what happened? -- New York Times.

Comparing U.S. iPhone Plan Costs in a Contract-Free World

Comparing U.S. iPhone Plan Costs in a Contract-Free World

Cellular contracts are going away in the United States, and you might have to bear the full retail price of your next iPhone, or sign up for an installment plan. Josh Centers and Adam Engst dig through the maze of numbers to tell you what that means for your next iPhone purchase and mobile phone plan. -- TidBITS.

El Capitan FAQ: Everything you need to know about OS X 10.11

El Capitan FAQ: Everything you need to know about OS X 10.11

This fall, Apple will release OS X El Capitan, which is version 10.11 of the Mac operating system. In this FAQ, we'll answer some of the more general questions about El Capitan to help you decide about installing it on your Mac. -- Macworld.

As Apple plans major AirPlay overhaul for iOS 9 & new Apple TV, mirroring apps must implement workarounds

As Apple plans major AirPlay overhaul for iOS 9 & new Apple TV, mirroring apps must implement workarounds

While Apple hasn't detailed the changes publicly, the company is planning what appears to be a major, undocumented overhaul of its AirPlay protocol with iOS 9 that should make the framework for streaming video and audio content between devices a much smoother experience for both users and developers. It is, however, breaking many screen mirroring apps in the process and forcing developers to scramble to implement workarounds ahead of the launch of iOS 9 on Wednesday and the new Apple TV in the coming weeks. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple TV: how does it measure up to the competition?

Apple TV: how does it measure up to the competition?

If you're looking to buy a new digital set top box for your TV, you essentially have four options: Google's Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. The four companies accounted for 86pc of sales in their market in 2014.

With Apple's recent launch of its next-generation Apple TV, it's upped the game in terms in terms of remote control design and intelligent voice-based search, but it's also pricey.

Here's a look at the top products in this category and how they compare to the new Apple TV. -- Telegraph.

iPhone 6s survival guide: How to live with a 16GB iPhone

iPhone 6s survival guide: How to live with a 16GB iPhone

Apple has done it again: 16GB is still the amount of storage in the cheapest iPhone 6s. With preorders now live, many of you will be wondering whether you can survive for at least a year with a 16GB device, or whether they should simply spend an extra $100 for the 64GB version that offers four times more storage. -- BGR.

Researchers Use Smartwatch To Spy What Users Are Typing On a Keyboard

Researchers Use Smartwatch To Spy What Users Are Typing On a Keyboard

Researchers have created an app that follows the micro-movements of your smartwatch and is able to detect what keys you're pressing with your left hand, and guess what words you may be typing on a keyboard. The app developed for the Motion Leaks (MoLe) project only works on a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch, but researchers say that in theory, a similar app could be developed for other smartwatch makes and models. -- softpedia.

September 10Thursday's News

 

Apple announces new Apple Watch Sport colors, accessories, Hermes partnership; watchOS 2 to ship Sept. 16

Apple announces new Apple Watch Sport colors, accessories, Hermes partnership; watchOS 2 to ship Sept. 16

At its special event on Wednesday, Apple introduced a new lineup of Apple Watch Sport colors, a fall collection of Sport Band colors including a Product Red version, leather band accessories created by Hermes, while announcing a Sept. 16 release date for watchOS 2. -- AppleInsider.

Apple unveils $799 12.9 inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories

Apple unveils $799 12.9 inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories

After years of rumors and speculation, Apple on Wednesday finally unveiled its jumbo-sized iPad Pro, boasting a 12.9-inch display, a new A9X processor, a four-speaker audio system, a stylus dubbed the Apple Pencil, and a Smart Keyboard that connects via a new docking port. -- AppleInsider.

Apple announces new iPad mini 4 with iPad Air 2 internals

Apple announces new iPad mini 4 with iPad Air 2 internals

At the tail end of the iPad Pro presentation on Wednesday, Apple announced an updated iPad mini with a slimmer profile, lighter weight, and higher-performance internal components. -- AppleInsider.

Overhauled $149 Apple TV features App Store, Siri remote and cross-service content search

Overhauled $149 Apple TV features App Store, Siri remote and cross-service content search

Simplified Siri voice search and downloadable third-party apps are the centerpieces of the brand new Apple TV, which also boasts a Bluetooth touchpad remote and an overhauled, colorful user interface. -- AppleInsider.

Apple announces $199 iPhone 6s & $299 6s Plus with 3D Touch, A9 CPU, rose gold color, coming Sept. 25

Apple announces $199 iPhone 6s & $299 6s Plus with 3D Touch, A9 CPU, rose gold color, coming Sept. 25

Apple's new iPhone 6s series will offer users an entirely new way to interact with their handset, sensing pressure from fingertips to enable entirely new shortcuts in iOS 9. It also boasts an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, a souped-up A9 processor that nearly doubles performance over the iPhone 6, and a new rose gold color option. -- AppleInsider.

Apple unveils annual iPhone Upgrade Program, updates standard iPhone price structures

Apple unveils annual iPhone Upgrade Program, updates standard iPhone price structures

Apple on Wednesday announced a revised pricing structure for iPhones, including the all-new iPhone Upgrade Program, a first-party retail plan that will let shoppers get a new iPhone every year. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iOS 9 GM to developers ahead of Sept. 16 release

Apple releases iOS 9 GM to developers ahead of Sept. 16 release

Following a huge special event on Wednesday, Apple released the golden master build of iOS 9 for developer testing ahead of an announced public launch date on Sept. 16. -- AppleInsder.

Siri on Apple TV will be restricted to just 8 of 80 launch countries, apps limited to 200MB

Siri on Apple TV will be restricted to just 8 of 80 launch countries, apps limited to 200MB

When Apple announced its fourth-generation set-top box on Wednesday, the company put Siri front and center while proudly proclaiming that the new Apple TV would launch in 80 countries --?but the erstwhile voice recognition system will come to just eight. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds first iOS 9.1 beta to developers, adds new taco, burrito & unicorn emojis

Apple seeds first iOS 9.1 beta to developers, adds new taco, burrito & unicorn emojis

In tandem with the GM releases of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, Apple also issued the first-ever beta of iOS 9.1. -- AppleInsider.

New Apple TV uses USB-C for service, ditches optical audio out port

New Apple TV uses USB-C for service, ditches optical audio out port

The new Apple TV looks largely the same as its predecessors, but its ports around back have been revised, removing optical audio output, and using USB-C for restoring the device through its service port. -- AppleInsider.

New iPhones' 3D Touch a complicated effort that took 'multi, multi, multi' years, Apple says

New iPhones' 3D Touch a complicated effort that took 'multi, multi, multi' years, Apple says

One of the central features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch, was long in development and an extremely difficult technologically to get right, according to an interview with key Apple executives published on Wednesday. -- AppleInsider.

First look: Apple's iPhone 6s, iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, Apple TV & more

First look: Apple's iPhone 6s, iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, Apple TV & more

Apple unloaded a bevy of new hardware at its special media event on Wednesday, including new iPhones, a jumbo size iPad with Apple Pencil stylus, a refreshed Apple TV and additions to the Apple Watch collection. AppleInsider was on the scene to spend some hands on time with each device. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues OS X 10.11 El Capitan GM Candidate to developers and public beta testers

Apple issues OS X 10.11 El Capitan GM Candidate to developers and public beta testers

Apple on Wednesday released a golden master candidate for its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan Mac operating system to both developers and members of its public beta program, foreshadowing a wide launch expected at the end of September. -- AppleInsider.

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple's 'Hey Siri' event from show floor

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple's 'Hey Siri' event from show floor

In this special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger reports from the floor of Apple's 2015 iPhone event where he went hands on with iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple TV and new Apple Watch products. -- AppleInsider.

Apple ups AppleCare+ pricing for iPhone 6s, launches preorder preparation guide

Apple ups AppleCare+ pricing for iPhone 6s, launches preorder preparation guide

In a pair of updates to its website on Wednesday, Apple revealed new, more expensive AppleCare+ rates for the soon-to-launch iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, as well as a preparation guide and preorder tool for those looking to pick up one of the new models this weekend. -- AppleInsider.

Why high-end game consoles have little to fear from the new Apple TV

Why high-end game consoles have little to fear from the new Apple TV

When Microsoft first introduced the Xbox One in May of 2013, it focused on the $499 box's non-gaming functions, such as TV streaming, Skype phone calls, and the voice-activated Kinect. The audience of gamers was largely confused--a video mocking that "TV and sports"-focused event is now approaching 8 million views on YouTube. By the time Microsoft got around to really talking about games at E3 months later, it was too mired in controversy surrounding the online check-ins and DRM on the system for many people to notice. -- Ars Technica.

Hands-on with the iPad Pro, its keyboard, and its pencil

Hands-on with the iPad Pro, its keyboard, and its pencil

Apple's iPad Pro is pretty much what you'd expect: an iPad Air grabbed by the corners and stretched.

The new tablet uses the same basic design cues as the iPad Mini and iPad Air before it--chamfered metal edge, thin but not exceptionally narrow bezels, volume buttons with no mute switch, Home button with TouchID. Everything is just expanded. -- Ars Technica.

Hands-on with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and why the 16GB model needs to die

Hands-on with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and why the 16GB model needs to die

The iPhone accounts for something like two-thirds of Apple's revenue, but you wouldn't know it from the way Apple introduced the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at its product event today. The phones were fourth on a long list of announcements, after new Apple Watch colors and bands, the iPad Pro, and the new Apple TV and tvOS.

The 6S and 6S Plus (hereafter simply the "6Ses") build on the foundation laid by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but no matter how interesting the internal changes are they can't really replicate the usefulness and obviousness of bigger screens. Apple is going to sell a lot of these phones, but it's fitting that they had such a low-key introduction--they're mostly subtle improvements, welcome but not really mind-blowing. -- Ars Technica.

How iPhone 6s stacks up against Android rivals

How iPhone 6s stacks up against Android rivals

Despite being identical to their predecessors, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are much-improved in almost every way. But do they have the specifications they need to take on the latest Android-powered smartphones we've already seen this year?

Find out in our comparison below, which compares Apple's next-generation iPhones with rivals like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the Moto X Style and Moto X Play, Sony's new Xperia Z5, and more. -- Cult of Mac.

First blush not exactly first gush for new Apple products

First blush not exactly first gush for new Apple products

After a little playtime with Apple's new products Wednesday, the bloggers and tech reporters who cover Cupertino wrote positive reviews, but nothing seemed to make anyone pause and say wow. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's Quest for Machine Learning Services Bumps up against Privacy Protection

Apple's Quest for Machine Learning Services Bumps up against Privacy Protection

Apple is committed to privacy, and that's a problem if you want to offer best-in-class artificial intelligence (AI) powered by machine learning. According to Reuters, Apple is beefing up its stable of a AI experts with an emphasis on machine learning, but their task is hampered by Apple's commitment to protecting our data. -- Reuters.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Finding Web Videos with Spotlight

OS X El Capitan Beta: Finding Web Videos with Spotlight

This El Capitan Quick Tip is about one of the niftiest new Spotlight features: Finding videos on the Internet without having to open your browser first. Melissa Holt will cover that new ability (and how you'll turn it off if you hate it!). -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Seeds WatchOS 2 Golden Master to Developers

Apple Seeds WatchOS 2 Golden Master to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master (GM) version of watchOS 2 to developers, which is the version of watchOS 2 that will be released to the public on September 16 alongside iOS 9. -- MacRumors.

iPhone 6s First Impressions: 'Familiar and Yet Different' for an 'S' Generation Device

iPhone 6s First Impressions: 'Familiar and Yet Different' for an 'S' Generation Device

Perhaps the biggest announcement out of the "Hey Siri" event today was Apple's confirmation of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, two new smartphones that will bring new features to Apple's smartphone line, including faster Touch ID, 3D Touch, and improved cameras. Following the event, Apple let a handful of media have closer looks at the new line of iPhones, all of whom came away with nearly universal positives regarding the small "S" generation design changes and its beefier upgrades under the hood. -- MacRumors.

Apple Reduces Prices of iCloud Storage Plans

Apple Reduces Prices of iCloud Storage Plans

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller today announced that iCloud storage plans have been reduced in price. 5GB of iCloud storage remains free, while paid upgrades include 50GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month and 1TB for $9.99 per month. Prices in other countries may vary based on currency exchange rates. -- MacRumors.

iPad Pro First Impressions: Surprisingly Light, But Screen Size May Be Unnecessary for Most

iPad Pro First Impressions: Surprisingly Light, But Screen Size May Be Unnecessary for Most

As journalists and bloggers leave the Apple media event in San Francisco, the first impressions of the brand-new iPad Pro have begun trickling out onto the Internet. Sites like Wired, Engadget, SlashGear, and TechnoBuffalo all got to go hands-on with the new tablet and came away with largely positive impressions of the device, with one of the only negatives being the large size of the device. At an unwieldy 12.9-inches, the consensus is that the iPad Pro may be too big for many users. -- MacRumors.

New Apple TV First Impressions: Not a 'Revolution,' But Siri and tvOS Shine

New Apple TV First Impressions: Not a 'Revolution,' But Siri and tvOS Shine

One of the big announcements coming out of Apple's "Hey Siri" event in San Francisco today was the new and improved Apple TV, which aims to provide users with a far more robust and unified experience than its predecessor. As it did with the iPad Pro and iPhone 6s, Apple has allowed some journalists hands-on time with the new Apple TV after today's event and subsequently the first impressions of the device have been shared online. -- MacRumors.

Quickly recover deleted photos from your iOS device

Quickly recover deleted photos from your iOS device

Apple's iPhone and iPad are great to use for snapping a quick photo, and with the ever-increasing number of features at your disposal, such as time-lapse, panorama, and video options, it is easy to end up with thousands of photos on your device. When managing your photos, you may inadvertently delete some and wish to get them back. If the photo was not deleted too long ago, then you may be in luck and have a quick recovery option right at your fingertips. -- MacIssues.

Test Driving Apple's iOS 9

Test Driving Apple's iOS 9

The company is about to release its next mobile operating system, offering better battery life and a smarter Siri.

Apple introduced new iPhones on Wednesday and will follow a week later by releasing iOS 9, its next mobile operating system. That may bring back some bad memories for consumers who felt chagrined by the last iOS rollout. -- New York Times.

Analysis From Wednesday's Apple Event

Analysis From Wednesday's Apple Event

The company unveiled the iPhone 6S with 3D Touch technology; the iPad Pro, which features a smart keyboard and stylus; and a revamped Apple TV with voice commands and games. -- New York Times.

Eight Years After the First iPhone, Apple Keeps Going Its Own Way

Eight Years After the First iPhone, Apple Keeps Going Its Own Way

Unlike other tech devices that have become commodities, Apple's iPhone remains in demand as both a highly useful item and a status symbol. -- New York Times.

Hands-On Experience With Apple's New Devices

Hands-On Experience With Apple's New Devices

A reporter offers first impressions of the coming iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Just in time for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, Apple on Wednesday announced a series of hardware upgrades for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. -- New York Times.

The New iPhone 6S Breaks Apple's Own Taboos

The New iPhone 6S Breaks Apple's Own Taboos

The smartphone, and the larger 6S Plus variant, took center stage at Apple's product announcement event, but a bigger iPad and a beefed-up Apple TV had turns in the spotlight. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 55 Patents Covering 3D Map Tiling, the iPod Touch & Much More

Apple Granted 55 Patents Covering 3D Map Tiling, the iPod Touch & Much More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's 3D mapping inventions as well as a design patent for the iPod touch and more. -- Patently Apple.

Apple To FBI: Encryption Rules Out Handing Over iMessage Data In Real Time

Apple To FBI: Encryption Rules Out Handing Over iMessage Data In Real Time

Mark Wilson writes that Apple has balked at a court order to provide the FBI with the contents of text messages among users of its iMessage service, claiming that the encryption it uses to protect these messages makes handing over the messages themselves impossible. From the article: The Justice Department obtained a court order that required Apple to provide real time access to text messages sent between suspects in an investigation involving guns and drugs. Apple has responded by saying that the fact iMessage is encrypted means that it is simply not able to comply with the order. The stand-off between the US government and Apple could last for some time as neither side is willing -- or possibly able -- to back down. -- betanews.

The Website That Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World

The Website That Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World

Mobile phone data reveals large-scale human activity that is otherwise hidden from view. Now one website visualizes and compares the activity in different cities.

The data from mobile phones is revolutionizing our understanding of human activity. In recent years, it has revealed commuting patterns in major cities, wealth distribution in African countries, and even reproductive strategies in western societies. That has provided unprecedented insight for economists, sociologists, and city planners among others. -- MIT Technology Review.

The Rise and Fall of Mac User Groups

The Rise and Fall of Mac User Groups

We love and have long supported Mac user groups, but this New York Times article does a good job of describing the fading state of many MUGs. Despite (or perhaps in part due to) the vastly larger size of the Apple user base, most groups are suffering falling attendance, though they still succeed at meeting the needs of their aging members. In a statement, Apple told the Times that the company was "honored to have the support of loyal customers like the members of Mac user groups, many of whom have been part of the Apple community for decades." -- New York Times.

Hands-on with the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro

Hands-on with the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro

Apple earlier today took the wraps off of a handful of new products, including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, a new Apple TV, and several new accessories. Members of the press who were in attendance of the event at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco got the opportunity to try out many of Apple's new products and as you'd expect, they all shared their thoughts. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 6s gets a reduction where it really hurts

iPhone 6s gets a reduction where it really hurts

Apple announced a slew of iPhone upgrades yesterday, but battery life sure wasn't among them!

As we had suspected ahead of time, Apple's official iPhone 6s video shows that it boasts just 1,715 mAh capacity battery -- down from the 1,810 mAh of its iPhone 6 predecessor. -- Cult of Mac.

Why Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program Is a Bad Deal For Most

Why Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program Is a Bad Deal For Most

Mark Wilson writes: You may have heard that Apple had a little get together today. There were lots of big launches -- the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, and the iPad Pro. Those waiting for an iPhone fix were given quite a lot of get excited about, but like your friendly local drug dealer, Apple has a 'sweetener' to help ensure its customers just keep on coming back for more: the iPhone Upgrade Program which lets you upgrade to a new iPhone every year as long as you keep paying each month.

On the face of it, it might seem like a good deal -- particularly as the price includes Apple Care -- but is that really the case? What Apple's actually doing is feeding the habit of iPhone junkies, keeping their addiction going a little bit longer, and a little bit longer, and a little bit longer. In reality, Apple would like you to perma-rent your iPhone and keep paying through the nose for it. Ideally forever. -- betanews.

Here's how to get ready to press the button on your iPhone 6S/Plus with new pre-pre-order function

Here's how to get ready to press the button on your iPhone 6S/Plus with new pre-pre-order function

Not content with its usual opening up of pre-orders before the new iPhones go on sale, Apple has this year added pre-pre-order functionality to both website and Apple Store app in the US.

Under a link labelled 'Get ready for pre-order,' Apple allows you to enter your account details (phone number, zip code and last four digits of social security number) to find out exactly what your upgrade will cost you. Once pre-orders go live, you should then be able to simply select your model, color, storage and any accessories before completing check-out. -- Cult of Mac.

Microsoft announces Office updates to support iOS 9 multi-tasking and Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

xxMicrosoft announces Office updates to support iOS 9 multi-tasking and Apple Pencil on iPad Proxxx

Microsoft has announced that its Office apps will be all set for the launch of iOS 9 and the iPad Pro, with support for multi-tasking and marking up documents using the Apple Pencil. The company highlighted five features on its blog, the first two of particular note. -- 9to5Mac.

How to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive

How to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive

When OS X shipped on a DVD a good number of years ago, you always had the convenience of a bootable installer--an OS X installer that could be used to boot your Mac if its own drive was having problems. But to install or reinstall a recent version of OS X, you must either download a non-bootable installer from the Mac App Store or (via OS X's invisible, bootable recovery partition) download 6GB of installer data from Apple's servers during the installation process. In other words, you no longer have the same safety net or convenience. -- Macworld.

When 'Save As' says you don't have permission

When 'Save As' says you don't have permission

When using Save As, a reader keeps getting a message that they lack permission to save files. There's an answer, though a slightly irritating one.

This is very likely a problem that I've heard a lot about lately and never previously, which might indicate that a Yosemite update tripped a permission lever unintentionally for some people. -- Macworld.

Your First Look At The Souped-Up, Siri-Powered Apple TV

Your First Look At The Souped-Up, Siri-Powered Apple TV

The apple tv isn't really about TV. It's not even really about what it can do right now, or what it'll be able to do when it launches in October (which is, to be honest, not that much). But Tim Cook nailed it: It's about the future of TV. -- Wired.

Here's our first look at the new, supersized iPad Pro

Here's our first look at the new, supersized iPad Pro

As the name would suggest (and as leaks already told us), this is a supersized tablet meant, with a 12.9-inch screen, an optional pen (excuse me: Pencil) and a click-in keyboard. -- Engadget.

September 08Monday's News

 

Many iPhone fitness apps ignore comprehensive workout guidelines, study finds

Many iPhone fitness apps ignore comprehensive workout guidelines, study finds

Many workout apps for the iPhone are too narrow in focus and omit important guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine, according to a recent study. -- AppleInsider.

Argument over strong encryption reaches boiling point as Apple, Microsoft rebuff court orders for data access

Argument over strong encryption reaches boiling point as Apple, Microsoft rebuff court orders for data access

A long-running debate concerning recent advances in consumer data encryption came to a head this summer when Apple rebuffed a Justice Department court order demanding access to iMessage transcripts, causing some in the law enforcement community to call for legal action against the company. -- AppleInsider.

I watched Star Trek: The Original Series in order, and so can you

I watched Star Trek: The Original Series in order, and so can you

Here at Ars Technica, we have Star Trek on the brain. A lot. It's a thing most of us have strong opinions about, and without a physical office, sometimes the IRC watercooler chat devolves into half-hour-long discussions about the relative merits of such and such a character. That is, until a senior editor implores us to write up our thoughts instead of wasting time arguing idly over chat; we are writers, after all, and writing is what we ought to be doing during the work day. -- Ars Technica.

BBC to open up iPlayer to third parties, double down on high-quality dramas

BBC to open up iPlayer to third parties, double down on high-quality dramas

The BBC is fighting back against the government's aggressive TV licence fee budget by promising to open up several of its services, including its much admired iPlayer streaming platform, to third-party content creators. The broadcaster also wants to introduce new Internet-led streaming services such as BBC Newstream, a video-led mobile news channel, and iPlay, a version of iPlayer designed for children. -- Arts Technica.

Help! There is a seething mass of snakes under my desk

Help! There is a seething mass of snakes under my desk

I have a problem. It is a problem I try to hide out of sight and out of mind, one I try to pretend doesn't exist. But it does, and every so often it raises its ugly head to bite me. Most recently, I needed to replace an Ethernet switch as I needed more ports. As I unplugged the old switch, my monitor turned off. Why? Because under my desk I have a cable catastrophe. The mere act of unplugging the old switch had so disturbed and enraged the rat's nest of cables under my desk that in retaliation it decided to turn off my monitor. -- Ars Technica.

Woz wowed by accuracy of new Steve Jobs movie

Woz wowed by accuracy of new Steve Jobs movie

According to Jobs' Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the film is pretty darned accurate. In fact, Woz says that there were times watching the movie when he just about forgot he was watching actors on-screen rather than the real people involved. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple is willing to bet big on artificial intelligence

Apple is willing to bet big on artificial intelligence

Apple is ramping up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts in an attempt to compete with companies like Google.

According to a new report, Apple's number of machine learning gurus has tripled or quadrupled in the past few years, and Cupertino is currently in the middle of a hiring spree for even more. -- Cult of Mac.

Here's what people use their Apple Watch for

Here's what people use their Apple Watch for

Unlike many previous must-have tech gadgets, the Apple Watch doesn't just have one killer app -- but many. So what exactly do owners use their Watch for then, and how does this stack up against Apple's stated goals for the device?

A new survey released by analysts at Wristly charts the usage of around 2,000 Apple Watch owners, and reveals a few intriguing insights into the most and least popular uses for Apple's debut wearable device. -- Cult of Mac.

Evil Google waiting on line one

Evil Google waiting on line one

Lately I have been getting telephone calls from Google. Do you get them, too? The numbers they come from are in many different cities but the callers always ask to speak to the business owner (that's me) so I can claim my business listing and my free web site from Google. But I don't want a business listing and I don't need a free web site, I explain. Please take my name off your list. Then they tell me the first of many lies: "We can't take you off our list." -- I, Cringely.

iOS 9 Beta: Sharing and Saving Voicemails

iOS 9 Beta: Sharing and Saving Voicemails

We're getting ready for Apple's big event next week, but in the meantime, Melissa Holt's got a brand-new iOS 9 trick for us! In this Quick Tip, she's going to discuss her very favorite new feature, which is the ability to share voicemails with other people and save 'em out into other apps. -- The Mac Observer.

How Apple Succeeds in an Amazon World

How Apple Succeeds in an Amazon World

In a world that seems relentlessly focused on buying things, with Amazon's help, Apple not only succeeds outside of Amazon's sphere, it thrives. Just exactly how does Apple do that and what does it mean for the future of both companies? John Martellaro has some thoughts. -- The Mac Observer.

How to add system user accounts to a folder's permissions in OS X

How to add system user accounts to a folder's permissions in OS X

OS X is a user-based operating system where each user that access the system has a separate account that holds preferences and other settings for the user account to run, and also allows the system to implement security by using permissions to restrict filesystem access. While by default you might think of a user account as a human user, many background services like Web servers or database servers, run under special user accounts. These might be called "www," "http," or similar, and you can see some of these if you open Activity Monitor. -- MacIssues.

With a Revamped Apple TV, Company Hopes to Camp in Your Home

With a Revamped Apple TV, Company Hopes to Camp in Your Home

At Apple's product event on Wednesday, it is expected to introduce a TV device with more capabilities as the company seeks a bigger presence in homes. -- New York Times.

This Week Apple Unveils New Products, and Stephen Colbert Returns to Late Night

This Week Apple Unveils New Products, and Stephen Colbert Returns to Late Night

This week, China will report on its economy, Puerto Rico may strike a deal to restructure its debt, and Stephen Colbert will start on CBS's "The Late Show." -- New York Times.

Apple's Reported 3D Force Touch is Fully Supported by a Patent

Apple's Reported 3D Force Touch is Fully Supported by a Patent

Yesterday Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac posted a report regarding a 3-level next gen Force Touch interface. I was curious as to whether Apple had ever filed a patent regarding the 3-level aspect of Force Touch before. Our last report on Force Touch titled "Apple's Force Touch for iPhone Invention was Published Today" was derived from a patent discovered in Europe. -- Patently Apple.

Steve Wozniak 'Steve Jobs Played No Role In My Designs For the Apple I & II'

Steve Wozniak 'Steve Jobs Played No Role In My Designs For the Apple I & II'

In a recent interview with very lucky 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani for her website, ReachAStudent, Steve Wozniak was more than precise about the role of Steve Jobs.

"Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He'd never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn't know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that's what he wanted to do.

The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed."

He also says a lot of interesting things in the three ten minute videos about life, electronics and education. -- ReachAStudent.

How to Mute Unwanted Tweets in Tweetbot

How to Mute Unwanted Tweets in Tweetbot

Tired of your Twitter feed being full of junk you don't care to see? Before you unfollow, read Josh Centers's guide to muting unwanted topics using the independent Twitter client Tweetbot. -- TidBITS.

Why You Should Upgrade (On Your Own Terms)

Why You Should Upgrade (On Your Own Terms)

There's an increasing backlash against the constant drumbeat to upgrade to the latest and greatest, and we understand why these nonstop upgrades might make you frustrated or even angry. However, even though many upgrades are a pointless waste of pixels, Adam Engst argues that keeping up is necessary. -- TidBITS.

Get the best trade-in price for your old iPad before Apple's iPad Pro announcement

Get the best trade-in price for your old iPad before Apple's iPad Pro announcement

With Apple's introduction of the much anticipated 12-inch "iPad Pro" and a new iPad mini 4 planned for Wednesday's press event, now is your last chance to trade-in your old iPad for its maximum value before resale prices inevitably fall following the official launch of the new device. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Granted a Major Gaming Related Patent that Captures Air-Gestures through an Advanced 3D Imaging Device

Apple Granted a Major Gaming Related Patent that Captures Air-Gestures through an Advanced 3D Imaging Device

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Apple patent that was gained when acquiring the Israeli firm PrimeSense. -- Patently Apple.

Law Professor: Tech Companies Are Our Best Hope At Resisting Surveillance

Law Professor: Tech Companies Are Our Best Hope At Resisting Surveillance

Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington, argues Google, Apple, and Microsoft pushing back against government surveillance may be our only real hope for privacy.

"Both Google and Yahoo have announced that they are working on end-to-end encryption in email. Facebook established its service on a Tor hidden services site, so that users can access the social network without being monitored by those with access to network traffic. Outside of product design, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft have sent their formidable legal teams to court to block or narrow requests for user information.

Encryption tools have traditionally been unwieldy and difficult to use; massive companies turning their attention to better and simpler design, and use by default, could be a game changer.

Privacy will no longer be accessible only to tech-savvy users, and it will mean that those who do use encryption will no longer stick out like sore thumbs, their rare use of hard-to-use tools making them a target." -- Fusion.

How to breathe life into an old Mac: Here are a few things you can do before you put that old Mac out to pasture

How to breathe life into an old Mac: Here are a few things you can do before you put that old Mac out to pasture

Your Mac gets a bit slow and creaky as it gets older, and we can probably all identify with that. Unlike with our stupid, weak-willed bodies, though, we don't have to accept our Macs' slowing down and eventual obsolescence as a crashing inevitability. There is a lot you can do to breathe new life into your aging computer to extend its useful life, and though some cost money--albeit vastly less money than it would take to buy a new Mac--many are free. -- Macworld.

What to Do if Your Hard Drive Is Filling Up Rapidly and You Use Apple Music

What to Do if Your Hard Drive Is Filling Up Rapidly and You Use Apple Music

If you use Apple Music on your computer, you'll find that the more you listen to music, the more your hard drive's free space dwindles. Even if you don't save music for offline listening, iTunes stores what you listen to in a cache. There's a good reason for this: when you listen to something again, you don't have to re-download it. -- Kirkville.

Give OS X Notification Center a Chance

Give OS X Notification Center a Chance

It's not exactly hidden in plain sight but OS X's Notification Center is only just out of view and if you're like us, that's still enough that it means you forget it's even there. Maybe we just have a mental block on the name because we're rubbish at remembering Notification Center on our iPhones too. Yet if we just talk about this like mature, responsible adults, we'll find that there is a lot you can do with this feature that is useful or at least a bit handy. -- MacNN.

How to set new Finder windows on OS X Yosemite to open the size you want

How to set new Finder windows on OS X Yosemite to open the size you want

Perhaps more than any other OS X feature, the Finder is universally hated by Mac owners for its inconsistencies, bugs, missing features and overly flaky behavior.

Finder in OS X 10.10 Yosemite is plagued with the bafflingly inability to remember window sizes and positions, which is odd considering that past OS X versions allowed a window to be opened exactly how it was left. -- iDownload Blog.

Nurse designs arrhythmia app

Nurse designs arrhythmia app

When the Apple iPad was just a rumor, Andrew Barr of Iowa City got really interested in the concept of being able to carry a computer around.

"I thought maybe it can even fit in a doctor's coat pocket," he said. "That's how I got into programming." -- Des Moines Register.

How to close apps on your iPhone or iPad: Sometimes, stuff goes wrong. Here's how to shut down a misbehaving app

How to close apps on your iPhone or iPad: Sometimes, stuff goes wrong. Here's how to shut down a misbehaving app

iOS is generally smart enough to keep a background app from needlessly eating up battery life or system resources. But sometimes, stuff goes wrong. An app may glitch out and stop responding, or it may eat up absurd amounts of data in the background. If that happens, closing a troublesome app is as easy as flicking it away. -- Macworld.

Don't forget that Monday is Labor Day, so news will resume on Tuesday. Have a safe and happy one.

September 04Friday's News

 

New adware scripts mouse clicks to access OS X Keychain, could lead to password theft

New adware scripts mouse clicks to access OS X Keychain, could lead to password theft

A new version of the long-running Genieo adware has brought with it a new technique for accessing the OS X Keychain without user intervention, a security gray area that could be used by other malicious actors to make off with sensitive data stored in the Mac credential manager. -- AppleInsider.

Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life

Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life

Apple has showed continued interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices, echoing a functional iPhone 6 powered by hydrogen that was showcased just last week. -- AppleInsider.

Oooh... curvy. Samsung's new UBS-K8500 UHD Blu-ray disc player

Oooh... curvy. Samsung's new UBS-K8500 UHD Blu-ray disc player

Samsung has debuted the world's first ultra high-definition (UHD) Blu-ray player at IFA, the catchily titled UBS-K8500. Sporting a curved design to go along with the company's many curved TVs, the UBS-K8500 promises to play back movies at four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray discs, and with a colour palette that's 64 times larger (10-bit vs. 8-bit colour). Samsung's new UHD Blu-ray player will also support the new high dynamic range (HDR) standard via its HDMI 2.0a port. -- Ars Technica.

Apple TV Needs Universal Search

Apple TV Needs Universal Search

Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Committed to 'Cleaning Up' Apple Music

Apple Committed to 'Cleaning Up' Apple Music

Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around the world, and was focused on improving the Apple Music experience. -- The Mac Observer.

Joy of Tech Comic Nails the Difference Between Cable Providers and Customers on Apple TV

Joy of Tech Comic Nails the Difference Between Cable Providers and Customers on Apple TV

This is so poignant, so spot on. So there is a new cartoon for The Joy of Tech called Apple TV: us and them! that utterly encapsulates the reality of the cable TV industry, Apple, and Apple customers, too. Not bad for two frames. Snaggy gave me permission to republish it, so check it out and tell me what you think. -- The Mac Observer.

Final Cut Pro X Receives Minor Update With Performance Improvements, Bug Fixes

Final Cut Pro X Receives Minor Update With Performance Improvements, Bug Fixes

Apple's professional video editing software Final Cut Pro X received its first update in months this afternoon, adding a handful of new features, fixing several bugs, and improving performance and stability.

The update adds native support for the Sony XAVC-L and Panasonic AVC-Intra 4:4:4 files, introduces exporting of interlaced H.264 video, and allows users to import Canon XF-AVC 8-bit video files using the Canon plug-in. -- Mac Rumors.

How to manage multiple Photos libraries on your Mac

How to manage multiple Photos libraries on your Mac

As an OS X user you likely have at least some of your photos stored in Apple's provided Photos application, and by doing so, you can use them with iCloud services, and in applications that interface with OS X's media sharing services. However, there might be times where you want to keep some photos separate from others, and manage them in more private ways than having them accessible by other applications and services. -- Mac Issues.

A Quick Look at 5 Apple Inventions Covering Fuel Cells, Magnetic Assemblies, In-Air Gesturing & more

A Quick Look at 5 Apple Inventions Covering Fuel Cells, Magnetic Assemblies, In-Air Gesturing & more

While it was a rather slow day at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for Apple patents, there were a few worth noting that cover such things as iPhone fuel cell technology, MacBook magnets, advanced in-air gesturing, biometric sensing and a financial payment system. -- Patently Apple.

How to protect your data, part one

How to protect your data, part one

By most accounts Mac OS X and iOS are safer operating systems than Windows or Android. However, there was a dubious report from GFI (a company that makes "IT solutions that enable businesses to discover, manage and secure their networks" ) in April that claimed that OS X and iOS are the "most vulnerable" operating systems. -- Apple World Today.

Teens aren't interested in your big TV

Teens aren't interested in your big TV

On-demand viewing has soared in recent years, according to a new report from Ericsson, with consumers spending an average of six hours per week watching on-demand movies and TV shows. That figure has more than doubled since 2011, when viewers devoted 2.9 hours per week to on-demand content. More than 50 percent say they stream on-demand content at least once a day, up from 30 percent in 2010. -- The Verge.

How to print a single page of a document in iOS

How to print a single page of a document in iOS

The standard AirPrint dialog does not include an option to specify the page range, so in apps you may use commonly you may not have the ability to pick a page or pages. There's no particular reason range is omitted, as Apple includes support in its AirPrint libraries to let app developers choose to include page range and many other options. While you can't specify a page range in Safari, for instance, Google's Chrome web browser allows it. -- Macworld.

September 03Thursday's News

 

9 baby monitors wide open to hacks that expose users' most private moments

9 baby monitors wide open to hacks that expose users' most private moments

The security of Internet-connected baby monitors got a failing grade from researchers who found critical vulnerabilities in all nine of the models they reviewed. -- Ars Technica.

Attacks accessing Mac keychain without permission date back to 2011

Attacks accessing Mac keychain without permission date back to 2011

On Tuesday, Ars chronicled an OS X technique that's being actively used by an underhanded piece of adware to access people's Mac keychain without permission. Now there's evidence the underlying weakness has been exploited for four years. -- Ars Technica.

There are few surprises among the top iOS apps of all-time

There are few surprises among the top iOS apps of all-time

There are more than 1.6 million iOS apps, but if you had to guess the top downloaded games and apps of all time worldwide, chances are good you would get a near-perfect score just by looking at your iPhone. -- Cult of Mac.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Using Mail Gestures

OS X El Capitan Beta: Using Mail Gestures

Melissa Holt's got another El Capitan trick for us, and this one's a doozy. You know how you can swipe on a message within iOS to trash it, mark it as read, and so on? Well, the beta version of El Cap offers that feature too! We'll discuss just how you'll do it (and what customization options you have) in today's Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.

Smart Option Key Tricks

Smart Option Key Tricks

Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if you're not already using them all the time, you're missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key aren't the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden Option-key shortcuts that can save your bacon (or at least save you a little time). -- The Mac Observer.

How to Get the Best Resale Price for Your iPhone 6, 6 Plus or 5s

How to Get the Best Resale Price for Your iPhone 6, 6 Plus or 5s

With the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" expected to be announced at Apple's September 9th media event, and released a few weeks later, now is the time for prospective upgraders to begin exploring trade-in and resale options for their current iPhone or Android-based smartphone. -- MacRumors.

How to Move Your Data From Android to iOS

How to Move Your Data From Android to iOS

In just a couple of weeks, Apple is going to make it ridiculously easy for Android users to switch to iOS with an upcoming app alongside iOS 9 called "Move to iOS." It will give Android users the ability to wirelessly migrate contacts, message history, photos and videos, web browser saves, mail, calendars, and more. Until then, we have to do these things manually. -- MacRumors.

Understanding Mac OS X Disk Permissions, and How to Repair Them

Understanding Mac OS X Disk Permissions, and How to Repair Them

With time and use, actions like installing or uninstalling programs may inadvertently alter these permissions from their initial state, but there's a fix to restore them. -- New York Times.

Choosing the Best Smartphone Plan for You

Choosing the Best Smartphone Plan for You

The end of the two-year contract has spawned something perhaps more nefarious -- endlessly bewildering options. We waded through it and found the best bets. -- New York Times.

Bluetooth Alternative Communicates through Your Body

Bluetooth Alternative Communicates through Your Body

Researchers say magnetic signals sent through your body may be helpful to communicate data between wearable gadgets.

You communicate with your body all the time, but it may take on a very different meaning soon. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, are in the early stages of developing technology that uses your body as a communication medium, which they say could eventually work as a lower power, more secure alternative to Bluetooth for wearable gadgets like smart watches and fitness and health trackers. -- MIT Technology Review.

The Headphone Port: The Mac's Achilles Heel

The Headphone Port: The Mac's Achilles Heel

The Mac may be mighty, but one tiny, common part can be its undoing: the headphone port. Josh Centers explains why it's such a problem and begs Apple to fix it. -- TidBITS.

Review: Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10, OS X El Capitan to life

Review: Parallels Desktop 11 brings Windows 10, OS X El Capitan to life

A few weeks ago AWT announced the arrival of the latest version of Parallels Desktop, a well-known virtual machine application that makes it simple to run other operating systems as "guests" on Mac OS X. After a few weeks of working with Parallels Desktop 11 (US$79.99, $49.99 upgrade, Pro/Business $99.99 per year), it's time to see how well the app works. -- Apple World Today.

How to fix battery drain issues on your iPhone following a software update

How to fix battery drain issues on your iPhone following a software update

Battery drain can happen after software updates, due to out-of-date settings or holdovers from previous versions. Cory Bohon explains how to fix these battery drains after performing a software update. -- TechRepublic.

September 02Wednesday's News

 

Apple's latest Project Titan hires include staff from diverse automotive backgrounds

Apple's latest Project Titan hires include staff from diverse automotive backgrounds

In recent weeks Apple has continued to hire more people likely working on Project Titan, its secretive automotive effort, profiles discovered on LinkedIn suggest. -- AppleInsider.

Gazelle paying up to $450 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

Gazelle paying up to $450 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $450 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners. -- AppleInsider.

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, others, aim for royalty-free video codecs

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, others, aim for royalty-free video codecs

Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Cisco, Intel, Netflix, and Amazon today launched a new consortium, the Alliance for Open Media. The group plans to develop next-generation media formats--including audio and still images, but with video as the top priority--and deliver them as royalty-free open source, suitable for both commercial and noncommercial content. -- Ars Technica.

Sneaky adware caught accessing users' Mac Keychain without permission

Last month, Ars chronicled a Mac app that brazenly exploited a then unpatched OS X vulnerability so the app could install itself without requiring people to enter system passwords. Now, researchers have found the same highly questionable installer is accessing people's Mac keychain without permission. -- Ars Technica.

How to disconnect from Bluetooth in iOS 9

How to disconnect from Bluetooth in iOS 9

Finally! Apple has added a small yet incredibly useful feature to the way iOS 9 handles Bluetooth devices. In the past, you'd have to drop into the Bluetooth settings, tap on an offending Bluetooth device, and tell your iPhone or iPad to Forget the device, just to re-pair it or use the built in speakers. -- Cult of Mac.

Vidity: A Potential UHD/4KTV Game Changer - Will Apple Play?

Vidity: A Potential UHD/4KTV Game Changer - Will Apple Play?

Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in? -- The Mac Observer.

VMware Fusion 8 Benchmarks vs. Fusion 7 and Boot Camp

VMware Fusion 8 Benchmarks vs. Fusion 7 and Boot Camp

TMO contributor Jim Tanous has produced another exhaustive benchmark piece over at his own site, TekRevue. This one pits VMware Fusion 8 against Fusion 7 and Boot Camp, and Jim put together 15 pages looking at a series of performance areas, including methodology and a conclusion. This is a must-read if virtualization matters to you. -- The Mac Observer.

With Technology, Avoiding Both Ads and the Blockers

With Technology, Avoiding Both Ads and the Blockers

Some predict that ad blockers will lead to an arms race among publishers, advertisers and consumers on how to outdo each other. -- New York Times.

Take a Deep Breath, Then Check Your Smartphone

Take a Deep Breath, Then Check Your Smartphone

A tech start-up called Eko Designs is introducing a device that allows a stethoscope to record, amplify and wirelessly send audio and sound wave images to an iPhone app. -- New York Times.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Bored

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Bored

A group of researchers looked at how people used their phones to figure out when they were bored, then suggested they go read a BuzzFeed article.

Add "boredom detector" to the seemingly endless list of things your smartphone can do. A group of researchers say they've developed an algorithm that can suss this out by looking at your mobile activity, considering factors like the time since you last had a call or text, the time of day, and how intensely you're using the phone. -- MIT Technology Review.

Here are all the iPhones and iPads compatible with iOS 9 content blockers

Here are all the iPhones and iPads compatible with iOS 9 content blockers

We've done a deep dive into iOS 9 content blocker extensions but if all you're really interested in is whether or not they'll work on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, here's the complete list! -- iMore.

Back to school with a repurposed MacBook

Back to school with a repurposed MacBook

Back to school means much more than getting new clothes, notebooks, and a box full of unused Crayola crayons. For a lot of students, it's time to get a computer of some sort, and what better computer than a MacBook? But for parents on a budget, dropping at least a thousand bucks on a new MacBook is out of the question. Never fear, since it's pretty easy to take even an old MacBook and update it so it's a perfect school computer. -- Apple World Today.

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will deserve another look

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will deserve another look

OK, that might be a little extreme, but for the many users who were burned by Apple Maps with its introduction alongside iOS 6 back in 2012, the app doesn't exactly bring up fond memories. -- Mashable.

All the rah-rah over new iPhone launches is starting to feel pathetic

All the rah-rah over new iPhone launches is starting to feel pathetic

In a little over a week Apple will kick off a massive marketing campaign for the new iPhone by hosting an unveiling event that will not only be streamed live but will also be subjected to in-depth scrutiny by the media. But as someone who has been watching iPhone launch events since the iPhone first debuted, all the rah-rah is starting to feel, well, a little pathetic. -- ZDNet.

Primal scream therapy: When you're so mad at Apple

Primal scream therapy: When you're so mad at Apple

The Macalope loves it when writers from other disciplines decide we need to know why they hate Apple. It's exactly why the horny one so often pontificates about pre-Columbian South American art (don't even talk to him about the post-classic period). -- Macworld.

Tales of the Genius Bar: 12-inch MacBook display etching issue

Tales of the Genius Bar: 12-inch MacBook display etching issue

Every now and then, even we have to make a trip to the Apple Genius Bar. For those new to the Apple family, the Genius Bar is embedded deep in an Apple retail store, and its the prime destination for Apple tech support for consumers, regardless if hardware or software related. As my 12-inch MacBook is covered under warranty, I recently took it in for inspection at the Genius Bar for an issue where it appears that the trackpad has made contact with the display surface and left permanent marks. -- MacNN.

Chrome 45 Launches, Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content, Like Ads

hrome 45 Launches, Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content, Like Ads

Google today launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android with some expected changes and new developer tools. First and foremost, Chrome now automatically pauses less important Flash content (rolling out gradually, so be patient). This has been a longtime coming from both Google and Adobe, with the goal to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome: In March, a setting was introduced to play less Flash content on the page, but it wasn't turned on by default, and in June, the option was enabled in the browser's beta channel. Now it's being turned on for everyone. -- Venture Beat.

September 01Tuesday's News

 

Apple releases 8th developer, 6th public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple releases 8th developer, 6th public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Developers and members of the public who are beta testing OS X 10.11 El Capitan can now download the latest pre-release builds of the forthcoming software update on the Mac App Store. -- AppleInsider.

OS X El Captain 10.11 (15A279b) Benchmarks

I have changed benchmark software again. The others were not being updated or no longer worked. In order to give you the best information I can it will be GeekBench from now on.

GeekBench 3.3.2(711) benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive). To see more benchmarks vist Geekbench Browser. Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.10.4 10.11 (15A279b)
Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core
Over All 2756 9193 3297 10147
Processor integer performance 2758 10544 3251 11371
Processor floating point performance 2766 10951 3391 12222
Memory performance 2732 2977 3204 3549

Apple continues enterprise push with new Cisco partnership, will optimize networks for iOS

Apple continues enterprise push with new Cisco partnership, will optimize networks for iOS

Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone® with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.

Corporate users will soon have one more reason to choose Apple's mobile devices over those from other firms, as networking behemoth Cisco is set to team up with the Cupertino company to optimize enterprise networks for iPhones, iPads, and iOS apps. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone

Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone

According to a patent granted to Apple on Tuesday, iPhones, iPads and other branded equipment could one day sport onboard smoke detection hardware to alert users, and interested parties, of a potentially dangerous situation. -- AppleInsider.

Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8

Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8

Windows' network activity continues to be scrutinized amid privacy concerns. Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. With its Cortana digital personal assistant, Windows 10 represents a new breed of operating system that incorporates extensive online services as an integral part of the platform. But its older predecessors haven't escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8's online connectivity. -- Ars Technica.

Apple hires HoloLens engineer for its own AR project

Apple hires HoloLens engineer for its own AR project

Microsoft's new HoloLens project has shown the tech world where the future of augmented reality might lead, and according to a Wall Street analyst, Apple is making moves to catch up with its own AR product. -- Cult of Mac.

Some iPhone jailbreakers are in for a nasty surprise

Some iPhone jailbreakers are in for a nasty surprise

More than a quarter-million Apple users from 18 different countries had accounts stolen after they made themselves vulnerable by jailbreaking their devices, researchers announced today. -- Cult of Mac.

How to find the exact setting you need in iOS 9

How to find the exact setting you need in iOS 9

iOS has so many settings in one app, it's kind of ridiculous.

Whether you want to change preferences for an app or the operating system itself, a trip to the crowded Settings app can often be a frustrating experience.

iOS 9 -- still in beta -- has a solution for that information overload though: Search.

Here's how to access it. -- Cult of Mac.

How to get YouTube back on your Apple TV (second gen)

How to get YouTube back on your Apple TV (second gen)

Although Apple's September 9th event looks like it will super charge the Apple TV into a PlayStation-killing video game console, it's not the indisputable king-of-the-hill of streaming media boxes right now. Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast… all have their advantages over the Apple TV except for one killer feature: AirPlay Mirroring, which allows the Apple TV to stream anything running on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Manage the Secret Software That Google Chrome Installs on Your Mac

How to Manage the Secret Software That Google Chrome Installs on Your Mac

When you install Google Chrome, you're not just getting a browser. Google's automatic update software gets installed behind the scenes on your Mac, without your consent. John Martellaro explains why it's there, how to manage it and how to delete it if you don't need it. -- The Mac Observer.

Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware

Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised. -- Net Security.

Google's OnHub Router Gets Rough Treatment in Early Reviews

Google's OnHub Router Gets Rough Treatment in Early Reviews

Several news outlets received review units of Google's new Wi-Fi router, the OnHub. On the whole, they say that it has inconsistent signal coverage issues, a touted interference-avoidance feature isn't reliable, and some hardware elements aren't yet activated. -- TidBITS.

Video producer hooks up six (!!) 4K monitors to Mac Pro at 60Hz using only built-in graphics cards [Video]

Video producer hooks up six (!!) 4K monitors to Mac Pro at 60Hz using only built-in graphics cards [Video]

Video producer Adam Matthews wanted to double the number of 4K monitors hooked up to his Mac Pro, so he built an external GPU to do it. He used a Sonnet Thunderbolt chassis with an AMD 7970 GPU -- before discovering that the machine could actually drive all six monitors without it. -- 9to5Mac.

Glass-backed iMacs a future possibility as Apple granted a patent for fused-glass housings

Glass-backed iMacs a future possibility as Apple granted a patent for fused-glass housings

Apple could be considering not just a return to glass-backed iPhones, but even replacing the aluminum backs of iMacs and monitors with glass at some stage, reveals a newly-granted patent published today. One of the illustrations appears to show an iMac-style device, while others show something looking like an iPhone. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering Advanced FaceTime, Smoke Detector Systems & Street View Mapping

Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering Advanced FaceTime, Smoke Detector Systems & Street View Mapping

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Yesterday we reported on the new Apple-Cisco Partnership for the enterprise that includes Cisco's famous tools such as Cisco Telepresence and WebEx video conferencing for meetings. Apple was granted a high level patent on enterprise level video conferencing. -- Patently Apple.

Removing Adware From Your Mac

Removing Adware From Your Mac

If you have adware on your Mac, it is fairly easy to remove. In fact, Apple provides a handy page with clear steps at http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203987. In this episode, follow along as I go through the steps to check my Mac for adware. -- MacMost.

A quick iPhone camera science experiment

A quick iPhone camera science experiment

I stumbled on this yesterday, as my wife and I were working on a project involving infrared light. This is very simple, will take about a minute, and if you are even mildly into science, you might find it interesting. -- The Loop.

Everything Siri can do for you in Apple Music

Everything Siri can do for you in Apple Music

One huge advantage Apple Music has over other streaming services is integration. That means you can play songs from your iTunes library alongside your streaming selections without ever leaving the app. That also means you get a little help from Siri. -- Macworld.