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October 30Friday's News

 

Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content, says Apple TV not for cord-cutters

Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content, says Apple TV not for cord-cutters

In a TV interview posted on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- dodged questions about original programming, while downplaying the possibility of using the new Apple TV as a cord-cutting option. -- AppleInsider.

New Apple TV supports 3DTV content, games already in tvOS App Store

New Apple TV supports 3DTV content, games already in tvOS App Store

It appears Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV is capable of displaying 3DTV content on compatible sets, as a third-party developer on Thursday released one of the first 3DTV-enabled titles to hit the new tvOS App Store. -- AppleInsider.

34 apps to try out on your brand new Apple TV

34 apps to try out on your brand new Apple TV

When Apple TV units finally ship tomorrow, they will bring iOS apps to the big screen for the first time.

Some of the best apps from your iPhone are making the jump, including Periscope, Zillow and Airbnb. And of course all the old Apple TV apps like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and Showtime will still be available. -- Cult of Mac.

How to AirPlay videos from your iPhone to your Apple TV

How to AirPlay videos from your iPhone to your Apple TV

If you've got an Apple TV, you've got a ready way to get any videos from your iPhone or iPad onto your big screen.

While we all wait for the latest version of Apple's famous "hobby," why not watch a video or two on our current Apple TV, right from our iOS device of choice.

Here's how to AirPlay videos from your iPhone to your giant TV. -- Cult of Mac.

Wirelessly Presenting From Mobile Devices On Campus

Wirelessly Presenting From Mobile Devices On Campus

John McNair asks:

So is anyone having success they'd like to share with wirelessly presenting from mobile devices on campus? My superficial attempts to use a fairly recent AppleTV have been for naught what with the Bonjour discovery and wireless VLANs. I thought Bluetooth would let the devices connect, but I'm currently stuck.

Markus Woelfel's reply:

Yeah, AppleTV is fine if all your devices are on the same network, but not so much in an enterprise environment. There was a petition floating around (https://www.change.org/p/from-educause-higher-ed-wireless-networking-admin-group) for Apple to add support for AirPlay across different subnets (maybe allow some direct connection to the device rather than just Bonjour/Zeroconf) but unless this feature has been added to the new version, Apple hasn't done anything. The only solution I've found is to connect the AppleTV and the Airplay client to the same network. This works both over wired or wireless. My solution is generally to create an ad-hoc network on my laptop and connect the AppleTV. That's not really a solution for a conference room though. I think there may be software solutions if you can run something in both the AppleTVs subnet and the subnet of the AirplayClient to relay Bonjour between the two subnets or VLANs, but I haven't tried this. Cisco has something called a Bonjour Gateway, but that would be something for Network Services to consider. I have a Chromecast at home but haven't tried using it in the UT environment yet.

James Remington's reply:

I have been working with Cordova which if free and open source. The apps end up being written in JavaScript with HTML5 and will run on iOS and Android. The latest version of Visual Studio also supports Cordova app building (a friend of mine has used it, I have not). An older technology is Flex which uses ActionScript (similar to JavaScript) to build for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. A commercial option is Xamarin which codes in C#. I haven't used it, but I know of companies who do use it.

For platform specific native apps, the languages are different for iOS (Object C and Swift) while Android uses Java (not JavaScript).

Jason Tyler's reply:

Miracast. It is built in to many devices. However, they do make both transmitter‎s and receivers. It is a single point tool - think of it as a wireless HDMI cable.

Jack Holden's reply:

We've been looking into a solution that can be standardized across the Smart Classrooms but haven't really found something that meets needs yet (the cross subnet issue being one of the biggest hurdles). There is, however, a way to do this using Zoom. Now, it isn't very elegant and very well may be too cumbersome, but you can give it a try. It would require having a laptop or computer in addition to whatever mobile devices were being used.

Start a Zoom call from a computer connected to the display you wish to use. Just start it as an audio call without video since you don't really need any camera video. You can then start the Zoom app on an Android or iOS device and join the Zoom call you started on the computer connected to the display. I have been able to do this using the same account (my UT Zoom Pro account) on both the computer and mobile device. However I have not tested this extensively across multiple platforms, so it may wind up requiring two accounts. Anyway, once the mobile device is connected you can start a screen share and it will be received by computer and subsequently show up on the room display. Like I said, this is fairly inelegant as far as getting it up and running, but it may be worth trying. You don't have the subnet issues, you're just sending the content over plain old IP. You can annotate your content using the Zoom tools. You could open the call up to others in the room with the Zoom app and let them screen share as well. Oh, and you could make a recording of the session if you needed to (say there were extensive annotations or you decided to turn your mic on to get audio).


As I said, I have not tested this too extensively and definitely haven't done it in a live class or meeting. I was mostly just checking it out as a proof of concept. So, your mileage may vary. But I thought I would throw it out there.

Apple Pencil to Ship With Adapter for Charging With Lightning Cable

Apple Pencil to Ship With Adapter for Charging With Lightning Cable

Apple's upcoming iPad Pro accessory, the Apple Pencil, will now ship with an adapter that will allow it to charge using a standard Lightning cable. The Apple Pencil, which has a Lightning connector on the end for charging, was originally designed to charge by plugging into the bottom of the iPad Pro. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.0.2, Downgrading From iOS 9.1 No Longer Possible

Apple Stops Signing iOS 9.0.2, Downgrading From iOS 9.1 No Longer Possible

As of today, Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.0.2 for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models, meaning users can no longer upgrade or downgrade to that version of iOS using iTunes. Apple is now signing iOS 9.1 and later only.

With Apple no longer signing iOS 9.0.2, those who wish to downgrade to jailbreak their devices are not able to do so. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users with jailbroken devices will need to refrain from updating beyond iOS 9.0.2 as the iOS 9.1 update fixes the exploits used for the jailbreak.

The untethered iOS 9 jailbreak was released for iOS devices just two weeks ago on October 14 by Pangu. It works for iOS 9, iOS 9.0.1, and iOS 9.0.2. -- MacRumors.

Apple Invents a Radical Connector-Free Magnetic Charger

Apple Invents a Radical Connector-Free Magnetic Charger

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a radical idea for iDevices, though it's really a twist to an old idea.

Apple has invented a method and key-like device designed to recharge an iDevice based on rotating a magnetically attractable element (key) that charges a device. -- Patently Apple.

Two New Liquid Metal Inventions Published Today Cover Every Current Apple Product and even Complete Car Panels

Two New Liquid Metal Inventions Published Today Cover Every Current Apple Product and even Complete Car Panels

For Apple fans who like to follow Apple's every invention relating to liquid metal, there are two new inventions that surfaced today. Both patents cover the use of liquid metal in every imaginable Apple product and even hints that the process described could produce complete car panels. -- Patently Apple.

Mossberg Gives Apple TV a big Thumbs up due to Siri Remote

Mossberg Gives Apple TV a big Thumbs up due to Siri Remote

Walt Mossberg, Re/code's editor-at-large, shares his review of the new Apple TV. Mossberg thinks that Siri is a great new feature that over time will extend to Apple Music and the App Store. He thinks that the new remote is cool and that it's going to be one of the devices that many will put on their Christmas gift shopping list. I hope to pick mine up this weekend, how about you? -- Re/code.

Not Upgrading Apple Window's Software Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC Security

Not Upgrading Apple Window's Software Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC Security

According to data from Secunia, Apple's software for Windows is now the biggest threat to PC security, surpassing previous long term champion Java. Among U.S. users, some 61 percent of computers detected running QuickTime did not have the latest version. With iTunes, 47 percent of the installations were outdated versions. There were 18 vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime 7 at the time of the study. Oracle has now fallen/risen to 2nd place, followed by Adobe. All three vendors bundle automatic updater utilities with their software, but users seem to be declining new versions. Update fatigue, perhaps? -- The Inquirer.

TarDisk Pear promises to double your MacBook's HD by creating an SD card-based fusion drive

TarDisk Pear promises to double your MacBook's HD by creating an SD card-based fusion drive

TarDisk is launching its new 'Pear' product today, a customized SD card solution for MacBook users that can double the device's storage capacity while using software to create a hybrid drive that works hand in hand with your built-in drive.

There are a lot of SD card products on the market that make adding extra storage to MacBooks easy, but TarDisk Pear is different in that it merges with your built-in drives to create a new logically merged volume managed by OS X, meaning you'll be able to tap into the storage just like a built-in drive -- 9to5Mac.

El Capitan quietly added 10-bit color support for new 5K iMac

El Capitan quietly added 10-bit color support for new 5K iMac

In addition to the plethora of new features Apple added for OS X El Capitan, it also quietly integrated 10 bit color support for the 4K & 5K iMac.

While this may not mean much for your average user, it's absolutely massive news for photographers, video editors, or anyone else who relies on high-end color correction -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's artificial intelligence work is being hurt by its extreme secrecy, says AI academics

Apple's artificial intelligence work is being hurt by its extreme secrecy, says AI academics

Apple's famed obsession with secrecy in its product development process is hampering its work in the field of artificial intelligence, say academics working in the field. Bloomberg reports that AI experts believe that lack of two-way sharing of information slows development. -- Bloomberg.

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

Apple and Cisco's developing corporate love-in -- designed to prise open enterprise customers' wallets as the fruity firm labours to push more of its iStuff into offices -- is becoming clearer, as engineers at both companies have locked arms and channel mapping is happening. -- Channel Register.

How to use the News app on your iPhone or iPad

How to use the News app on your iPhone or iPad

In today's world, we don't just want to read "the news." We want it delivered: Not tossed onto the digital porch like a newspaper, but curated, with articles that fit our interests. Apple's News app isn't the first one to do this--Flipboard has been a high-profile example of this model for quite awhile--but the company's program has an advantage over all those in the App Store: It's part of iOS and available to everyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. -- iMore.

October 29Thursday's News

 

First reviews say 4th-gen Apple TV is evolutionary step forward, has untapped potential

First reviews say 4th-gen Apple TV is evolutionary step forward, has untapped potential

The early reviews are in for Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV, slated to ship to preorder customers on Friday, and the general consensus is that, while not a revolutionary product, the set-top streamer is a step in the right direction.

Apple is touting Apple TV as the "future of TV," but reviewers are not quite on board with that statement. While a nicely designed piece of hardware with a slick user interface, the small black box is lacking a standout feature that would put it beyond competitors. It also comes at a disadvantage, at least for some, without offering support for 4K streaming. -- AppleInsider.

The iPad is Our Vision of the Future - It's Not Going Away - Ever

The iPad is Our Vision of the Future - It's Not Going Away - Ever

For the seventh quarter in a row, iPad sales have declined. Does this mean the iPad is a failed product? Does this mean Apple will give up on it? Is the iPad Pro the last stand? Is beating up on Apple for this decline a productive thing to do? John Martellaro says the answer to all these questions is a resounding "No!" You'll see why in a few minutes. -- The Mac Observer.

How to turn off your monitor without turning off your Mac

How to turn off your monitor without turning off your Mac

Quite often you may have some task running on your Mac that you might wish to keep going while you step away from your system. However, you may wish to save some energy by turning off your display for a while. Of course if you sleep your Mac, then you will clearly interrupt your task, but there are other ways to shut off your monitor while keeping your Mac going. -- MacIssues.

The New Apple TV Invigorates the Set-Top Box

The New Apple TV Invigorates the Set-Top Box

I never imagined I would get hooked on reading comic books on a TV screen. That changed last week after I picked up a new Apple TV.

Its plethora of innovations and apps leads me to conclude that the upgraded box is now the best TV streaming device. -- New York Times.

Apple Invents a New NFC Antenna that Operates through the Display of Devices like an Apple Watch Pendant & Beyond

Apple Invents a New NFC Antenna that Operates through the Display of Devices like an Apple Watch Pendant & Beyond

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to a Near-Field Communications (NFC) antenna operating through the display of devices ranging from a laptop through to the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Pendant. The Apple Watch body may be worn as pendant type device with a pin such as spring clip structure 29 (noted in our cover graphic) that could be pinned to the user's clothing. -- Patently Apple.

OS X Server 5.0.15

OS X Server 5.0.15

Apple has released OS X Server 5.0.15, which has been updated for compatibility with OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan. The update also improves support in the Web service for handling certain custom Apache configurations, adds support for two-factor authentication in the Xcode service, makes enhancements to the OS X Server iOS file sharing service, and improves the Profile Manager. According to this Apple security note, the release also patches multiple vulnerabilities in versions of the BIND DNS server prior to 9.9.7-P3 and a vulnerability related to an HTTP header field reference missing from a configuration file.

Jailbreaking your iPhone: The pros and cons

Jailbreaking your iPhone: The pros and cons

Inside Apple's perfectionism machine

Inside Apple's perfectionism machine

In retrospect, it was easy to miss -- a bit of combined technology never really seen before in a laptop. Everyone missed it, even those who tore down the ultra-portable MacBook, even those who looked right at it. -- Mashable.

How to edit imaging extensions in El Capitan's Photos

How to edit imaging extensions in El Capitan's Photos

With OS X El Capitan, Apple has added Extensions support for Photos, allowing you to add functionality to the photos app. You can apply edits from multiple extensions to one photo -- or use any combination of extensions plus the editing tools built into Photos. -- Apple World Today.

How to Start Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

How to Start Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

The Dictation feature of OS X has let Mac users speak to their computers and have the speech converted accurately into text for quite some time, and now with the newest versions of OS X you can improve Dictation even further by starting the speech to text conversion with a voice command. -- OS X Daily.

Consumer Reports: Apple Laptops Have Lowest Failure Rate, Best Tech Support

Consumer Reports: Apple Laptops Have Lowest Failure Rate, Best Tech Support

If you have an older laptop, prepare for it to stop working and back up your data. Consumer Reports' latest survey finds laptops that are more than three years old are much more likely to break.

And once they're five years old, 25 percent have a serious problem - often catastrophic.

But one brand tops the rest when it comes to reliability. -- KABC.

How to remove old devices from text forwarding on an iPhone

How to remove old devices from text forwarding on an iPhone

You'd think this would be straightforward, no? I started by giving my off-the-top-of-my-head advice: You can remove devices from your Apple ID account in one of three places... -- Macworld.

Why I like the iPod touch 6 better than the iPhone 6s

Why I like the iPod touch 6 better than the iPhone 6s

Apple updated its iPod touch device a few months ago, and I finally got around to getting one yesterday. Since I already own an iPhone 6s, you might be wondering why I bothered to buy an iPod touch 6. It's a fair question and I'll tell you why in this post. And I'll also share why I've found myself liking the iPod touch 6 so much more than the iPhone 6s. -- CIO.

Apple's Secret Weapon: Upward Mobility

Apple's Secret Weapon: Upward Mobility

Despite one noted market analyst who thinks the company's best days are behind it, Apple did it again. Again. More stellar financials from the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Lifestyle gadget maker. Again.

When will this ever end? The stock market's often inaccurate prognosticators of doom and gloom and pie-in-the-sky predictions, have a predilection for companies who value growth at all costs, which, of course, has never, ever, never been Apple. Yet, Apple has a secret weapon which does not seem to be valued by Wall Street at all. -- Mac 360 .

October 28Wednesday's News

 

Apple releases first beta of iOS 9.2 to developers

Apple releases first beta of iOS 9.2 to developers

Apple on Tuesday issued its first pre-release beta of iOS 9.2 to developers for testing, alongside a new beta of Xcode 7.2, as the launch of the forthcoming iPad Pro approaches. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues first OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers

Apple issues first OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers

Hours after releasing the iOS 9.2 beta to developers on Tuesday, Apple seeded a first version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan Mac operating system for testing.

It is not currently known what changes Apple will bring with OS X 10.11.2, though focus areas include Graphics, Mail, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos and Spotlight. The update is also expected to come with the usual performance improvements and a handful of bug fixes. -- AppleInsider.

Well it didn't get any faster on my box. And Word still can't print. And it crashes when you try. -mam

Apple's enterprise business ballooned 40% to reach $25B in fiscal 2015

Apple's enterprise business ballooned 40% to reach $25B in fiscal 2015

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said the company's enterprise operations hit a high-water mark of $25 billion over the past 12 months, up 40 percent compared to last year. -- AppleInsider.

Controversial cybersecurity bill passed with resounding Senate support

Controversial cybersecurity bill passed with resounding Senate support

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act cleared the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday with a 74 to 21 vote in support, moving the controversial bill critics contend will grant the government unfettered access to private data one step closer to the president's desk. -- AppleInsider.

Unpatched browser weaknesses can be exploited to track millions of Web users

Unpatched browser weaknesses can be exploited to track millions of Web users

Over the past decade, there's been a privacy arms race between unscrupulous website operators and browser makers. The former wield an ever-changing lineup of so-called zombie cookies that can't be easily deleted and attacks that sniff thousands of previously visited sites, while browser makers aim to prevent such privacy invasions by closing the design weaknesses that make them possible. Almost as soon as one hole is closed, hackers find a new one. -- Ars Technica.

How to fix the iPhone 6s Plus' frame rate problem

How to fix the iPhone 6s Plus' frame rate problem

The iPhone 6s Plus has a frame rate problem, and the only solution is more cowbell right here!

Although it's not necessarily something your average user is going to get too concerned about, a number of people have noticed that the iOS transition animations on the phablet-sized iPhone 6s Plus look considerably slower and more jerky than those on the smaller iPhone 6s.

Fortunately there's a way to fix it. -- Cult of Mac.

How to manage lost passwords in OS X

How to manage lost passwords in OS X

There are several ways to lock down your Mac, in order to prevent third-parties from either accessing your data, or using your system for purposes you do not intend. Since your Mac consists of several layers of hardware and software, each can be secured with a password; however, there are times when you may have forgotten your password. In these instances, you will likely be locked out; however, in most cases you should be able to recover your system. -- MacIssues.

The best Thunderbolt 2 dock for your Mac

The best Thunderbolt 2 dock for your Mac

Apple and Intel's Thunderbolt 2 standard has given Mac users -- particularly professional Mac users -- a premium, high-speed connector option for situations where bandwidth and speed are necessary: hooking up big, fast hard drives, high-resolution monitors, or even external graphics cards. The latest iMacs, Mac Pros, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs all feature at least one Thunderbolt 2 port, a boon for expandability. -- 9to5Mac.

Student's Pot Sale Foiled by Issed iPad

Student's Pot Sale Foiled by Issed iPad

Officials credit technology for the unraveling of a marijuana deal that was being arranged Monday during school between an Oak Ridge High School junior and his unidentified customer. -- Knoxville New Sentinel.

CodeSwitch for Mac OS X Automatically Converts Objective-C Code to Swift

CodeSwitch for Mac OS X Automatically Converts Objective-C Code to Swift

Nextep has announced the release and immediate availability of CodeSwitch 1.0, their development code converter for Mac OS X. CodeSwitch allows developers to easily convert their legacy Objective-C application code into Apple's new Swift programming language. This allows developers to make use of Swift's improved features and speed, without the need for a manual rewriting of the legacy code. -- prMac.

British Engineers Create Sonic Tractor Beam

British Engineers Create Sonic Tractor Beam

According to the BBC, engineers in Bristol, England have created a system for remote manipulation of physical objects using sound holograms. The video [You will need to use Chrome if you don't have Flash installed, as i don't.] shows pea-sized objects being dragged around and stacked up in mid-air with no visible means of support.

"In essence, an object sitting in a 'quiet' region of space can be held there if it is surrounded by very high-intensity sound waves. As the pattern of that boundary shifts, the object can be moved around." If the Empire is making a tractor beam, now they only need a Death Star to go with it. -- BBC.

October 27Tuesday's News

 

Bug in Apple's overnight iOS updates turns off iPhone alarms

Bug in Apple's overnight iOS updates turns off iPhone alarms

Users who opt to update their iPhone overnight have discovered that doing so will turn off any alarms they may have set, potentially causing issues waking up the next morning. -- AppleInsider.

Siri limits music chart questions to Apple Music subscribers

Siri limits music chart questions to Apple Music subscribers

Apple's Siri voice assistant in iOS will refuse to answer questions about music charts for people who aren't Apple Music subscribers, users noted on Monday.

"Sorry, [username], I can't look up the music charts for you. You don't seem to be subscribed to Apple Music," reads a canned response to questions about modern or historical chart-toppers. The problem was highlighted by Business Insider and others, and verified by AppleInsider. -- AppleInsider.

Russian Navy's "aggressive" activity near underwater cables worries US

Russian Navy's

A map of the (major) submarine cables connecting the United States and the rest of North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Pacific. Much of global commerce is dependent on this network. -- Ars Technica.

Why Europe's net neutrality plan is more controversial than US rules

Why Europe's net neutrality plan is more controversial than US rules

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote on net neutrality rules on Tuesday, and at first glance the proposed regulations appear very similar to ones already in place in the United States.

Both the European proposal and the US rules prevent Internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, and they impose a ban on "paid prioritization." -- Ars Technica.

Why does Apple TV deserve to exist?

Why does Apple TV deserve to exist?

His data shows how linear TV has fallen by roughly 30% among the young (12-34) in the last five years. The trouble for the TV bundle (and advertisers) is that this is the most culturally influential group. They are also the group which will grow into the highest income group over the next decade. And this group does not love TV. -- Asymco.

How to save web pages to iBooks for offline viewing

How to save web pages to iBooks for offline viewing

I'm a big fan of getting instructions off the internet: recipes, directions on car maintenance, or video game walkthroughs, for example. The problem is that you need to be online to view them. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's semi-creepy patent lets you keep a closer eye on your friends

Apple's semi-creepy patent lets you keep a closer eye on your friends

With its pro-privacy stance, Apple's pretty good at treading the line between usefulness and creepiness, which other tech companies can struggle with.

A newly-published patent, however, may challenge that assertion -- describing a method for monitoring another person's location, via their iPhone, with constant user notifications sent to alert you of any changes in their progress along a route. -- Cult of Mac.

An In-Depth Look at Storage and App Thinning on the New Apple TV

An In-Depth Look at Storage and App Thinning on the New Apple TV

Ahead of the release of the new fourth-generation Apple TV, Polygon has taken an in-depth look at the device, giving an explanation on how storage is used. Apple offers the Apple TV in 32 and 64GB storage configurations, but initial app downloads are restricted to 200MB, which has led to some confusion about how the storage works and what it's used for on the device. -- Polygon.

How to Use Split View in OS X El Capitan

How to Use Split View in OS X El Capitan

With the recent release of OS X El Capitan, Mac users can now take advantage of full-screen apps in a split screen view. That is, a compatible app will zoom to take up an entire half of the screen and you can do the same with a second one, giving you two apps side-by-side in full-screen mode.

While the basics of Split View are simple, there are a few aspects you might want to get familiar with to make the most productive use of the feature. -- MacRumors.

Manipulating Faces From Afar in Realtime

Manipulating Faces From Afar in Realtime

Moviegoers and electronic game players have grown accustomed to digital manipulation of all sorts of still and moving images.

But even the most jaded among them might be surprised by a process that computer scientists in California and Germany have developed to instantaneously transfer facial expressions. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 27 Patents Today Covering Hybrid Force Touch Displays and an Apple Watch Design Patent

Apple Granted 27 Patents Today Covering Hybrid Force Touch Displays and an Apple Watch Design Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 27newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to hybrid force touch devices and an Apple Watch design patent. We also 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.

The best accessories for the new Apple TV: MFi game controllers, keyboards, cables, more

The best accessories for the new Apple TV: MFi game controllers, keyboards, cables, more

The new Apple TV is now available for pre-orders with the first units set to ship on Friday. Apple has introduced a number of features to its new streaming device, including an App Store, a fresh remote with Siri built-in, universal search and support for MFi gaming controllers. However, the fourth generation Apple TV is pretty light on included accessories. It doesn't even come with an HDMI cable.

Head below for all the must-have controllers, add-ons and accessories to take full advantage of Apple's latest release. -- 9to5Mac.

Safari 9 (El Capitan): Manage cookies and website data

Safari 9 (El Capitan): Manage cookies and website data

Websites often store cookies and other data on your Mac. This data may include information that you have provided, such as your name, email address, and preferences. This data helps websites identify you when you return so the site can provide services for you and show information that might be of interest to you. -- Apple Support.

Apple is Testing New Off-Site iPhone Repair Program

Apple is Testing New Off-Site iPhone Repair Program

Apple is testing a new iPhone repair program that would have Apple Stores send devices off-site for repairs.

Rather than completing all repairs in-store, Apple Genius Bars will send away a device for repair if it is unable to connect to iTunes, if it will not power on, or if it does not boot past the Apple logo. The program is being piloted in the United Sates, Europe, and Japan for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus. -- 9to5Mac.

Here's why you don't need a 64GB Apple TV

Here's why you don't need a 64GB Apple TV

The new Apple TV comes in two storage flavors: 32GB at $149 and 64GB at $199. The biggest difference between the two will likely be how many apps you can store on the device before you reach your limit and which kinds of apps you intend to use.

The base-model 32 GB Apple TV should be more than enough for most people. Given the size limitation on Apple TV apps, a person could download well over 100 apps and still have some room to spare. -- VentureBeat.

October 26Monday's News

 

Apple adds Windows PC support for iCloud Photos to its iCloud Drive & Outlook package

Apple adds Windows PC support for iCloud Photos to its iCloud Drive & Outlook package

Apple has released free update to "iCloud for Windows" adding support for iOS-synced Photos to the company's software for accessing iCloud Drive files from Windows PCs, along with support for syncing web browser bookmarks and making iCloud email, contact and calendar data available within Outlook. -- AppleInsider.

Review: Apple's Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2 open new doors for Mac

Review: Apple's Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2 open new doors for Mac

With the introduction of Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2, Apple offers two solid upgrades to its peripheral accessory lineup, but in our estimation only one is worthy of the "magic" moniker. -- AppleInsider.

11-year-old is selling cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

11-year-old is selling cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each

We now live in a world where a New York City sixth grader is making money selling strong passwords. Earlier this month, Mira Modi, 11, began a small business at dicewarepasswords.com, where she generates six-word Diceware passphrases by hand. -- Ars Technica.

Apple's Magic Trackpad 1 v. Magic Trackpad 2: The carpal tunnel smackdown

Apple's Magic Trackpad 1 v. Magic Trackpad 2: The carpal tunnel smackdown

I seized on the moment when Apple released the original Magic Trackpad in 2010. I bought two and have been using them in unison ever since--one for each hand--all in a bid to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, or at least keep it at bay. -- Ars Technica.

Why I'm cheating on my Apple Watch

Why I'm cheating on my Apple Watch

After six months of trying to log my runs with my Apple Watch, I finally gave up and bought a dedicated GPS running watch.

There's a lot to like about Apple's new wearable. The Activity app, for example, is brilliant at helping people lose weight. But the truth is, as a running watch, it sucks. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for New Wi-Fi Assist Feature

Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for New Wi-Fi Assist Feature

Apple was slapped with a $5 million class action lawsuit over iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist feature today, according to AppleInsider. The new feature is turned on by default in iOS 9 and automatically switches a user to cellular data when the local Wi-Fi connection is weak.

The feature is an attempt to create a more smooth user experience, but some users have complained that the feature increases data use, which would take some users near or over their monthly data caps. In October, Apple admitted that users should only see a "small percentage" hike in data usage and attempted to ease concerns over the feature. -- AppleInsider.

How to generally manage app problems after upgrading OS X

How to generally manage app problems after upgrading OS X

Whenever you upgrade OS X, you always chance an application or two not working with the new software changes. Hopefully problems are kept at a minimum, or are insignificant enough to not require any attention; however, there may be times when apps crash, hang, or show other odd behavior that directly impedes your ability to use them. In these cases, there are several general approaches you can do to fix the problem, before having to dive into specifics troubleshooting steps. -- MacIssues.

Apple Continues to Build a New Team that is Focused on 'Deep Learning' Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

Apple Continues to Build a New Team that is Focused on 'Deep Learning' Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

Unless you're currently living in a cave, you're likely well aware that Apple's Project Titan relates to the auto industry in one way or another. In September Apple reportedly gave the green light to triple the size of the Project Titan team to 1,800 employees. -- Patently Apple.

Video demonstrates using 3D touch screen iPhone 6s to weigh objects, opens up new use cases

Video demonstrates using 3D touch screen iPhone 6s to weigh objects, opens up new use cases

Developer Simon Gladman has demonstrated the use of the iPhone 6s display as a way to compare weights of an object, here denoted in a percentage of touch, on Apple's 3D or Force Touch display.

The app called "Plum-O-meter" for obvious reasons is currently a jailbreak option for tinkerers. I think it is unlikely that this will hit the Official App Store because it likely makes private API calls to acquire the data. However, it does show yet another device the iPhone could one day replace.

Verizon joins AT&T in asking FCC permission to fully support WiFi calling feature in iOS 9

Verizon joins AT&T in asking FCC permission to fully support WiFi calling feature in iOS 9

WiFi calling -- the iPhone feature Apple introduced in iOS 9 -- is a really handy feature, routing phone calls over WiFi when the mobile signal is poor or non-existent. There's just one problem: it's illegal for U.S. carriers to support the feature because it breaks the TTY text-chat protocol used by some hearing-impaired users. AT&T asked the FCC to grant it a waiver to switch on the service, and now Verizon has done the same. -- 9to5Mac.

Which Apple TV Should You Buy?

Which Apple TV Should You Buy?

Pre-orders for the new Apple TV begin Monday. Well, technically, the new Apple TVs; the latest model comes in two sizes. Oh, and the previous version remains available too. For the first time in Apple TV history, you've got options. Now it's time to figure out which one's right for you. -- Wired.

Using iCloud Photo Library with a library bigger than the main hard drive

Using iCloud Photo Library with a library bigger than the main hard drive

My 1TB iMac died and I decided I wanted to move 400GB of photos and videos into the iCloud Photo Library and enjoy all the syncing features along with simplified backup protection. I purchased a 128GB SSD MacBook Pro. I cannot figure out any way to take three 100GB+ photo libraries and get them into the cloud library?? -- MacWorld.

How to set up an iTunes library on a network-attached server

How to set up an iTunes library on a network-attached server

If you have a large iTunes library, you may have reached the point where you need to offload some of your media files to another drive. There are several ways you can do this. You can connect an external hard drive to your Mac, and use that to store your iTunes Media folder. If you use an iMac, this is probably the easiest choice. However, if you use a laptop, you may not want the hassle of connecting and disconnecting an external drive whenever you want to use iTunes. -- Macworld.

An Analysis of San Francisco

An Analysis of San Francisco

Nick Keppol of Martian Craft wrote a fantastic two-part series on the legibility and use of San Francisco in watchOS, iOS, and OS X. You should read both part one and part two.

Nick Heer at Pixel Envy has a few issues with the analysis:

Some of the methodology here is a little suspect; for example, though I agree that Helvetica Neue is not a particularly good body typeface, I disagree with the author's use of an upscaled rasterized string of characters to speak to its legibility. I also disagree that San Francisco isn't much more readable on non-Retina displays -- I find it far more legible, with much clearer structure in smaller type.

Apple's New Trackpad Is Magical, But Can't Kill My Mouse

Apple's New Trackpad Is Magical, But Can't Kill My Mouse

The mouse is anathema to Apple's grand utopian touch-based future, in which nothing but the supple pads of your ten digits (and a Pencil?) dictate how you navigate a digital interface. The new Magic Trackpad 2 is the fullest realisation of that future for desktop users. I'm enamored, but mostly just want my mouse back. -- Gizmodo.

You might be holding your iPhone 6s the wrong way -- here's how to fix it

You might be holding your iPhone 6s the wrong way -- here's how to fix it

Remember back when Apple told iPhone 4 users they may be holding the iPhone the wrong way, thus causing cellular signal issues (the "Antennagate" issue)? Well, it's time to revisit that line. It turns out that you might be holding the iPhone 6s the wrong way for one particular purpose -- checking notifications on the lock screen. But don't worry because this isn't a "gate" issue, and it's something that can be easily fixed. -- BGR.

October 23Friday's News

 

iPhone 6s stops listening for 'Hey Siri' when it's in your pocket or face down on a table

iPhone 6s stops listening for 'Hey Siri' when it's in your pocket or face down on a table

Apple's new iPhone 6s utilizes its M9 coprocessor for "Hey Siri" input, allowing it to always listen for voice commands. Well, almost always.

In years past, Apple's motion coprocessor has been used to silently and constantly track steps and activity. But starting with this year's A9 CPU in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the M9 component also listens for voice. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with 4K video support for iPad Air 2, bug fixes

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with 4K video support for iPad Air 2, bug fixes

Apple on Thursday released an update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, bringing 4K support to iPad Air 2 hardware running iOS 9.1 and addressing a number of bugs including an import issue with iCloud Drive. -- AppleInsider.

Facebook addresses severe battery drain issue with updated iOS app

Facebook addresses severe battery drain issue with updated iOS app

Responding to recent complaints that its iOS app excessively drains iPhone battery life, Facebook on Thursday pushed out a partial fix, explaining the problem was in part caused by a background audio bug. -[I don't care what they've done, that app is NOT getting back on my iPhone. -mam] -- AppleInsider.

NSA advisory sparks concern of secret advance ushering in cryptoapocalypse

NSA advisory sparks concern of secret advance ushering in cryptoapocalypse

In August, National Security Agency officials advised US agencies and businesses to prepare for a not-too-distant time when the cryptography protecting virtually all sensitive government and business communications is rendered obsolete by quantum computing. The advisory recommended backing away from plans to deploy elliptic curve cryptography, a form of public key cryptography that the NSA spent the previous 20 years promoting as more secure than the older RSA cryptosystem. -- Ars Technica.

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi made me realize how terrible consumer Wi-Fi gear is

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi made me realize how terrible consumer Wi-Fi gear is

Back in July, Ars ran a syndicated piece from The Wirecutter on the best consumer-grade wireless access point, with the winner being the $100 Netgear EX6200. The result didn't particularly move me--I'd been using an 802.11ac-capable Apple Airport Extreme since late 2013 and Wi-Fi in House Hutchinson seemed pretty much a solved problem. The Apple access point had been more expensive than just about any other consumer wireless gear when I'd picked it up, but it was solidly reliable, quite quick, and covered all 2,600 square feet (about 241 square meters) of the house without any noticeable dead spots. -- Ars Technica.

Is your Mac or iPhone charger an energy vampire?

Is your Mac or iPhone charger an energy vampire?

If you're environmentally conscious at all, or if you're just trying to save a few pennies on your electricity bill, you're probably aware that a lot of gadgets suck up a surprising amount of energy when in standby mode. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 9: Search Your Photos with Siri

iOS 9: Search Your Photos with Siri

Siri is the subject of today's Quick Tip, and boy, has Apple's voice assistant gotten smarter under iOS 9! We'll cover how you can use Siri to search through your photos quickly, so you don't have to go through and scroll past 8,531 images by hand to find the date or place you want to check out. -- The Mac Observer.

Manage lost Mail messages after upgrading to El Capitan

Manage lost Mail messages after upgrading to El Capitan

One substantial issue that has affected users after upgrading to OS X El Capitan is that Mail messages might be missing. In some cases it may be a few messages, while in other cases entire accounts have been emptied with no messages available. Sometimes this type of problem can be fixed by adjusting account settings to re-establish contact with your account servers, after which re-syncing will download your messages again; however, this does not always happen. -- MacIssues.

Apple invents Injection Molded & Multi-Coil Induction Coils

Apple invents Injection Molded & Multi-Coil Induction Coils

Apple has an expanding pool of inventions on the topic of wireless charging / inductive charging (e.g. one, two, three, four, five and six). Today two of Apple's latest inventions have surfaced at the U.S. Patent Office that cover circular-coiled inductive charging systems. -- Patently Apple.

Four of Apple's Liquid Metal Inventions Surfaced today with one covering the Creation of 3D Parts using Atomized Powder

Four of Apple's Liquid Metal Inventions Surfaced today with one covering the Creation of 3D Parts using Atomized Powder

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple relating to their potential use of liquid metal, a metallic glass alloy. One of the patents published today covers the creation of 3D parts using an atomized powder. -- Patently Apple.

Now that iOS 9.1 is out the door, Apple turns its attention to 9.2 internally

Now that iOS 9.1 is out the door, Apple turns its attention to 9.2 internally

With yesterday's release of iOS 9.1, Apple has finally pushed out the last bit of iPhone and iPad software that it was publicly testing. With that out of the way, the company has internally shifted its focus to the next mobile OS release on its roadmap: iOS 9.2. -- 9to5Mac.

How to get iOS 9's "picture in picture" video mode on your Mac

How to get iOS 9's 'picture in picture' video mode on your Mac

One of my favorite things about iOS 9 is picture in picture mode, which keeps a small window of a movie visible on screen at all times. Unfortunately, OS X El Capitan doesn't have an equivalent: you can watch a movie while multitasking, sure, but it doesn't stay on top of your window stack no matter what, which is the genius of iOS 9's interpretation. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's assault on the smart home

Apple's assault on the smart home

Does HomeKit have what it takes to win the market? With the first devices that work with Apple's HomeKit now hitting the market, can Apple dominate the smart home as it did the smartphone? -- ZDNet.

6 Disk Utility changes in El Capitan: It looks prettier but some decisions are upsetting to some

6 Disk Utility changes in El Capitan: It looks prettier but some decisions are upsetting to some

Disk Utility has stayed more or less the same for years, but Apple has given the Mac power user's much-loved maintenance tool a big overhaul in El Capitan, making it look difference and removing familiar tools, including the popular 'Repair Permissions' command. -- Computerworld.

Reasons Your MacBook Has Slow Internet Speed

Reasons Your MacBook Has Slow Internet Speed

But even as connection speeds have increased, some people feel a bit stuck in the past. It's hard to enjoy the modern technological world when you're browsing at speeds comparable to the ones people had ten years ago. If you find yourself in this category, never fear! There are a few reasons why your MacBook might have slow internet speed. Let's take a look at a few. -- Apple Gazette.

October 22Wednesday's News

 

Apple updates Siri with quips about 'Back to the Future Day'

Apple updates Siri with quips about 'Back to the Future Day'

Playing into social media trends, Apple on Wednesday updated its Siri voice assistant with a variety of responses to people wishing it "Happy Back to the Future Day." -- AppleInsider.

Stop force closing apps on your iPhone, it's not making it run faster or last longer

Stop force closing apps on your iPhone, it's not making it run faster or last longer

Yes, you can force close iOS apps by double pressing the home button and sliding the app window up, but you shouldn't make a habit out of regularly doing it. Here's why. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases OS X 10.11.1 with more than 150 new emoji, improved Office 2016 compatibility

Apple releases OS X 10.11.1 with more than 150 new emoji, improved Office 2016 compatibility

Apple on Wednesday issued its first incremental update for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, offering a number of bug fixes and improvements related to Office 2016, Mail, VoiceOver and more, as well as more than 150 new emoji characters. -- AppleInsider.

Personal OS X El Captain 10.11.1 (15A279b) Benchmarks

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 benchmars vist Geekbench Browser. Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.10.4 10.11.1 (15B42)
Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core
Over All 2756 9193 3212 10041
Processor integer performance 2758 10544 3048 11127
Processor floating point performance 2766 10951 3395 12196
Memory performance 2732 2977 3174 3561

Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 with fixes for battery life, app installs, calendar syncing

Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 with fixes for battery life, app installs, calendar syncing

Apple Watch owners have a new update available that will fix a number of bugs with the device, including various issues that could affect the battery life and performance of the first-generation wearable. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds tvOS gold master to developers as launch of fourth-gen Apple TV nears

Apple seeds tvOS gold master to developers as launch of fourth-gen Apple TV nears

Apple on Wednesday released the golden master of tvOS to developers, paving the way for the launch of the fourth-generation Apple TV next week, with orders officially beginning Oct. 26. -- AppleInsider.

Find My Friends comes to the Web via Apple's iCloud.com

Find My Friends comes to the Web via Apple's iCloud.com

Apple's Find My Friends service can now be accessed from any mobile device, including a Windows PC, thanks to its debut on the iCloud.com portal. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invents retractable motorized iPhone screen protector

Apple invents retractable motorized iPhone screen protector

In continued attempts to prevent costly display damage due to accidental drops, Apple has devised a system that automatically extends retractable tabs above an iPhone's screen when a drop event is sensed, thereby creating a buffer zone between delicate glass and the ground. -- AppleInsider.

Today's OS X El Capitan update should fix Microsoft Office crashes

Today's OS X El Capitan update should fix Microsoft Office crashes

An update to OS X El Capitan released by Apple today promises to improve compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016. [Word still hangs and quits responding when I try to print. So it ain't fixed yet. -mam]

Office 2016 has been crashing a lot on the latest Mac operating system, which was released on September 30. Although Microsoft released an Office update on October 13 that contained "stability improvements," Microsoft told Ars at the time that the update "doesn't address the issues experienced by Office customers with OS X 10.11 El Capitan."

Microsoft said it was working with Apple to fix the problems, and that work resulted in today's release of OS X 10.11.1. -- Ars Technica.

New attacks on Network Time Protocol can defeat HTTPS and create chaos

New attacks on Network Time Protocol can defeat HTTPS and create chaos

Serious weaknesses in the Internet's time-synchronization mechanism can be exploited to cause debilitating outages, snoop on encrypted communications, or tamper with Bitcoin transactions, computer scientists warned Wednesday. -- Ars Technica.

Facebook is a Background Resource Hog on Your Mac, Too

Facebook is a Background Resource Hog on Your Mac, Too

After years of being overlooked, there's recently been a lot of attention paid to Facebook's iOS app and it's over-use of background resources. Facebook has indicated they're aware of - and working on - the problem. Let's all say a hopeful word of thanks for that. Unfortunately, it's not just your iPhone that's being overworked by Facebook. Facebook runs rampant when its website is loaded in your Mac desktop's web browser, too, using more RAM than just about every other app - and definitely every other web page - you have open. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's new iTunes Terms & Conditions add Apple TV, tvOS & Downloadable Content References

Apple's new iTunes Terms & Conditions add Apple TV, tvOS & Downloadable Content References

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. Changes from the June, 2015 update are minimal and simply include references to App Store for Apple TV and tvOS, and caveats for "on-demand download of content based on app usage and resource constraints (which may use cellular data)." Otherwise, everything is business-as-usual. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 9: How to Use Slide Over on Your Modern iPad

iOS 9: How to Use Slide Over on Your Modern iPad

iOS 9 introduces a handy feature called Slide Over for modern iPads. It allows you to slide in a secondary app from the right side and interact with it, perhaps to quickly check on something or grab some data. In this Quick Tip, John Martellaro explains how to use Slide Over. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Invites Developers to Begin Submitting tvOS Apps for Review

Apple Invites Developers to Begin Submitting tvOS Apps for Review

Following today's slew of software updates, including a golden master of tvOS for developers and a release of Xcode 7.1, Apple is now inviting developers to begin submitting their tvOS apps for App Store review. Apple will begin taking orders for the new Apple TV next Monday with shipping beginning later in the week, allowing a week or so of lead time for Apple to begin reviewing and approving apps for the new platform before customers begin receiving their set-top boxes. -- MacRumors.

Fix problems with internet accounts after upgrading OS X

Fix problems with internet accounts after upgrading OS X

When you upgrade OS X, the accounts you have configured in the Internet Accounts system preferences should migrate and be just as usable as they were before upgrading. However, there may be times when calendars won't load, e-mail messages may be missing, or you otherwise cannot access your accounts. While specific problems can be individually investigated, if they are nondescript and affect multiple accounts, you can try re-migrating your user account from a backup. -- MacIssues.

Lease a Smartphone or Buy It? The Pros and Cons

Lease a Smartphone or Buy It? The Pros and Cons

It's cheaper to own your smartphone outright, but early-upgrade plans from Apple and wireless carriers offer some other advantages.

For at least $600 a handset, popular smartphones like Apple's iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy are expensive. So why not lease one for a low monthly rate, and while you're at it, get a new phone every year? -- New York Times.

Mossberg says movie doesn't show the Steve Jobs he knew [video], as leaked emails take us behind the scenes

Mossberg says movie doesn't show the Steve Jobs he knew [video], as leaked emails take us behind the scenes

Writing in his column in The Verge, Walt Mossberg -- who says he spent "scores of hours" in conversation with Steve Jobs across 14 years -- says that the man depicted in the Sorkin/Boyle movie is not the Steve Jobs he knew.

"Steve Jobs wasn't perfect. He was difficult. He was unnecessarily rude and brusque at times. He lied. But he also mellowed and grew as a person, and that mellowing coincided with the best part of his career. Mr. Sorkin opts to hide all of that from his audience. The best of the real Steve Jobs begins to unfold just as Steve Jobs ends."

Apple Invents Next-Gen iPhone Dock that Works with Sound Sensory Commands to Activate Functions or Apps

Apple Invents Next-Gen iPhone Dock that Works with Sound Sensory Commands to Activate Functions or Apps

In 2010 we wrote a series called the Tablet Prophecies. In the third and final chapter of that series we pointed out future twists that could be coming to iDevices that included the use of sound sensory commands using knocks and scratch sounds to activate phone functionalities or to open an app. Today, Apple introduces an application for this very technology to be used with a next-gen iPhone docking system. -- Patently Apple.

Pixelmator is a powerful, affordable Photoshop alternative

Pixelmator is a powerful, affordable Photoshop alternative

It's highly unlikely that the average user of Apple's proprietary Photo app is going to shell out on the kind of editing software used mostly by the pros (with a price tag to match), such as Adobe Photoshop, but sometimes it's nice to be able to do something with your pics beyond cropping, retouching and adding filters.

Pixelmator for Mac is a worthy solution. For $29.99 on the Mac App Store you get a powerful image-editing app packed with features you'll recognize if you've used Photoshop: crop, slice, magic wand, lasso, warp, dodge, clone and many more. You can also do things like add shadows and reflections and work with layers (including adding them straight from FaceTime.)

Included in the download is a plug-in for Apple's Photos that adds a bunch of fun distort tools (as long as you're running El Capitan) and it's optimized for the new Force Touch trackpad.

How to print a web page as a PDF with links that work

How to print a web page as a PDF with links that work

My friend Swoozy got in touch: She needed to print some articles she'd written for the web as PDFs, but wanted to keep the links intact, so that those receiving them could follow them. It's an easy proposition with a few options. -- Macworld.

Fingerprint readers are now essential: What once seemed like a gimmick is now the key to mobile innovation

Fingerprint readers are now essential: What once seemed like a gimmick is now the key to mobile innovation

It's been a long time since you could point to a single item on a spec sheet and say that it distinguishes the latest smartphones from their predecessors. The must-have features in phones are usually more ephemeral, such as a camera that's easy to use and a design that appeals to one's senses as well as sensibilities. Fingerprint readers are today's exception to that rule: they draw a clear line of hardware distinction between the phones of the past and those that we'll be using in the future. -- The Verge.

How Apple ditched iPad-based sales information

Hands On: Pricing (only in Apple Stores

One of Apple's biggest customers for the iPad has abandoned it. Where every iPhone, every Mac, every Apple TV in the Apple Store used to have an iPad next to it listing prices and information, now none of them do. Instead, Apple has an app that puts all the same information onto the device itself. You're not thrilled, yet you have to admit it: you're curious to know how they work. We were recently in an Apple Store, trying not to look at the UK prices for iMacs. So we investigated a bit and -- cough -- took screengrabs that we may or may not have then AirDropped over to our iPhones. -- MacNN.

2 More Industry Disruptions From Apple, 2 More To Come Soon

2 More Industry Disruptions From Apple, 2 More To Come Soon

Can you name a modern technology company that disrupts and displaces industries and business segments as frequently as Apple? From Mac to iPhone to iPad, Apple has been at the forefront of dramatic upheavals which change the technology landscape. -- TeraTalks.

October 21Wednesday's News

 

One Man's Opinion: Apps That Suck; Literally

One Man's Opinion: Apps That Suck

I am sure I am the last person to have found this out, but it seems that some iOS Apps can suck the life out of your battery worse than a starving Dracula. Even if the App is not being used!

This happened to me yesterday.

When I first got my iPhone the battery lasted for days without needing a recharge. (I don't run any high usage Apps; Safari, Mail, iBooks, Messages, Google Maps, Phone.) Wonderful!

A few months ago I installed the Facebook App (Caveat Emptor.)

I didn't really think anything about the fact that after installing it my battery was only lasting a couple of days. No problem, just normal age, etc.

But yesterday morning when I picked up my phone after an overnight charge the phone was HOT. When I got to work the battery was almost gone and it was hotter.

I am sure that all of you know that OS X has an application, Activity Monitor, which allows you to look at all the applications and processes running on your Mac and how much of your CPU and memory they are using. It allows you to kill those processes.

I did know, so sue me, that iOS has a way to do the same thing. Go to Settings > Battery and check the usage shown on a per-app or per-service basis in the last 24 hours. In my case Facebook was using 90%.

I deleted the Facebook App and rebooted my iPhone. The sun came out and the birds sang.

My iPhone is now as cool as a cucumber and has only use 3% since yesterday.

An article I referenced yesterday on MacIssues has a very good explanation of all things iOS battery usage. I recommend it.

So after you install a new iOS App check to see how much of your battery is using. I will, from now on. The Facebook App doesn't have a chance of a snowball in hell of being installed on my iPhone again; ever.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Unlocking an iPhone for investigators impossible in 'in most cases,' Apple tells court

Unlocking an iPhone for investigators impossible in 'in most cases,' Apple tells court

Apple cannot unlock an iPhone for government investigators "in most cases now and in the future," lawyers for the company said in a brief submitted to a U.S. District Court, while acknowledging it had some access to the phone at the heart of a Justice Department case. -- AppleInsider.

Apple blocks old, unsafe Adobe Flash plug-in versions in OS X Safari

Apple blocks old, unsafe Adobe Flash plug-in versions in OS X Safari

Following the discovery -- and subsequent fix -- of yet another critical Adobe Flash vulnerability last week, Apple activated its Web plug-in blocking capability for OS X Safari to protect Mac users from what Adobe describes as "limited, targeted attacks." -- AppleInsider.

How a criminal ring defeated the secure chip-and-PIN credit cards

How a criminal ring defeated the secure chip-and-PIN credit cards

Four years ago, about a dozen credit cards equipped with chip-and-PIN technology were stolen in France. In May 2011, a banking group noticed that those stolen cards were being used in Belgium, something that should have been impossible without the card holders inputting their PINs. That's when the police got involved. -- Ars Technica.

Apple CEO Tim Cook blasts encryption backdoors

Apple CEO Tim Cook blasts encryption backdoors

Apple chief Tim Cook took to the WSJDLive stage Monday night to again declare that Apple would not bake encryption backdoors into its products.

"We said no backdoor is a must," Cook said at the Laguna Beach, California conference. "Do we want our nation to be secure? Of course. No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both. Both of these things are essentially part of the Constitution." -- Ars Technica.

Support scams that plagued Windows users for years now target Mac customers

Support scams that plagued Windows users for years now target Mac customers

For years, scammers claiming that they're "calling from Windows" have dialed up Microsoft customers and done their best to trick them into parting with their money or installing malicious wares. Now, the swindlers are turning their sights on Mac users. -- Ars Technica.

Does jailbreaking your iPhone really slow it down? Yes!

Does jailbreaking your iPhone really slow it down? Yes.

One of the reasons Apple says you shouldn't jailbreak your iPhone is because it will impact performance. But is that actually true, or is that just what Apple wants you to believe? This video holds the answers.

In the video, created by iAppleBytes, two 16GB iPhone 5's running iOS 9.0.2 are compared. The only difference? One is jailbroken using the latest Pangu exploit, the other isn't. -- Cult of Mac.

Siri will win you over as a trusted assistant

Siri will win you over as a trusted assistant

Maybe there aren't a ton of new features in iOS 9, but you may find yourself getting tighter with Siri.

Siri is out to earn the title of "Best Assistant" with a series of new tricks aimed at making your life easier.

You no longer have to set a time for Siri to remind you to do tasks. You will automatically get reminders once you arrive or leave a location. No time to read an email or an interesting article? Ask her to remind you later and she will do so. -- Cult of Mac.

Opinion: Apple's fourth-gen Apple TV will be worth the $149 gamble

Opinion: Apple's fourth-gen Apple TV will be worth the $149 gamble

Next week, pre-orders will start for the fourth-generation Apple TV, and it would be easy to say "pass:" none of the prior versions has been fantastic, and once again, Apple deliberately left out an arguably major feature -- 4K Ultra HD support -- that competitors jumped on, and will probably top line the inevitable fifth-generation Apple TV. But I'd personally suggest that you consider ordering the new $149 Apple TV anyway. Even though its potential won't really be tapped until (at least) next year, early adopters are about to have a fun ride as it develops into an amazing new living room entertainment platform... -- 9to5Mac.

How to move your Photos library to an external drive

How to move your Photos library to an external drive

With many Macs sporting a limited amount of storage -- the entry level 11-inch MacBook Air only has 128MB of flash storage, for example -- it doesn't take long to fill up your drive -- especially if you take a million photos a week as my wife does. One solution is to move your Photos library to an external drive.

Before doing so, make sure you've backed up your library of pics (something you should be doing anyway). Then follow these steps. -- Apple World Today.

Apple's Pages upgrade for Mac OS X is even better than I had hoped

Apple's Pages upgrade for Mac OS X is even better than I had hoped

Apple did a fine job in upgrading its iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- for Mac OS X. I was beginning to fear the utilities were suffering from neglect, but, thankfully, I've been proven wrong. The Pages upgrade is especially sweet (of course, it is the iWork app I use the most.) -- Apple World Today.

Apple pulls hundreds of iOS apps from its store for privacy violations

Apple pulls hundreds of iOS apps from its store for privacy violations

More than 250 apps have been pulled from the Apple App Store for secretly gathering users' information including email addresses, device serial numbers and details of other installed apps. -- BetaNews.

New 2015 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display review

New 2015 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display review

We take a look at the three new 27in iMacs, all of which now have a 5K Retina display, along with better Skylake processors.

Unlike the 21in iMac range, where only the top of the range model gains a 4K Retina display, Apple's range of 27in iMacs are all now furnished with a 5K Retina display. Prior to the October range update only two of the 27in iMacs had the higher resolution display.

All three Macs offer a resolution of 5120 x 2880 - that's 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. -- Macworld UK.

Using Content Reminders in iOS 9

Using Content Reminders in iOS 9

You're probably familiar with Siri's extremely useful reminder functionality, which integrates with the built-in Reminders app for iOS. Siri can remind you to do things based on time or location, so you can say, "Remind me to drop off the package tomorrow at 9 AM," or "Remind me to grab the package when I leave home." It's especially useful when triggered from an Apple Watch, since you don't even have to find your iPhone.

But you may not have known that in iOS 9, Siri can remind you to act upon content in certain apps, if you use the magic word "this" to indicate "what I'm looking at right now." I wrote about this capability in "iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course," but it wasn't until I went on vacation recently that I appreciated just how helpful this feature is. -- TidBITS.

How to Use Ad Blockers in iOS 9

How to Use Ad Blockers in iOS 9

If you follow tech news, you're probably aware of the controversy over ad blockers. iOS 9 allows users to install and implement "content blockers." These apps, which hook into the Safari web browser, can block ads and other types of content. As such, many web publishers who depend on ads are crying foul. They are saying that people using these ad blockers are freeloaders, and that ad blockers will harm their bottom line. -- Intego.

October 20Tuesday's News

 

Electric motorcycle startup shutters after losing top talent to Apple

Electric motorcycle startup shutters after losing top talent to Apple

Apple's anticipated automotive project has led the company to recruit talent from competing companies both big and small. But its wooing of top-level engineers from a San Francisco-based electric vehicle startup is said to have been so significant, it caused that company to close its doors earlier this year. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Maps integrates select Amtrak routes, Boston area transit directions

Apple Maps integrates select Amtrak routes, Boston area transit directions

One month after Apple debuted transit directions in its Apple Maps service, the company on Monday added train arrival and departure data for select Amtrak routes, as well as local support for Boston. -- AppleInsider.

New Apple TV sales start on Oct. 26, ships next week, Cook says

New Apple TV sales start on Oct. 26, ships next week, Cook says

During an interview at this year's WSJD Live conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple TV will be available for purchase next Monday and should start shipping out to buyers at the end of the week. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents multi-use magnetic iPad stand, embedded environmental sensor tech

Apple patents multi-use magnetic iPad stand, embedded environmental sensor tech

Apple on Tuesday was granted patent rights to an all-purpose docking solution for iPad and embedded sensor technology that could one day lead to an iPhone capable of informing its user of changes in temperature and humidity. -- AppleInsider.

Facebook now notifies you if you're the target of a state-sponsored attack

Facebook now notifies you if you're the target of a state-sponsored attack

Facebook is now issuing warning messages to users if it strongly suspects that an account is being targeted by a hacker working for a nation state. The message (pictured above) also recommends that users turn on "Login Approvals," which means accounts can only be accessed using stronger two-factor authentication. -- AppleInsider.

'El Crapitan': The biggest problems plaguing early OS X upgraders

'El Crapitan': The biggest problems plaguing early OS X upgraders

El Capitan has a ton of neat new features, but no OS ever arrives completely error-free. This year's OS X update is no different -- leading some impatient online types to go so far as to label it "El Crapitan."

Some of these problems have been solved. Others haven't. But we've compiled a list of some of the most widespread complaints. Check out the hall of shame below. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone 6s: How to Enable Live Photos

iPhone 6s: How to Enable Live Photos

The Harry Potter-style Live Photos you can take with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are really cool, fun to share, and easy to take. That doesn't, however, mean it's obvious how to enable Live Photos-something I realized after being asked just that several times in the past few days. Read on to learn how to enable and disable Live Photos with a tap. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps for Snooping after They Got Past App Store Review Process

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps for Snooping after They Got Past App Store Review Process

Apple allowed hundreds of apps into the App Store even though they were scraping personal information directly in violation of Apple's developer guidelines. The company has since pulled the apps and banned the compromised third party advertising SDK responsible for the snooping, but it shows Apple's walled garden can't keep the bad guys out with 100 percent accuracy. -- The Mac Observer.

How to access Expert Mode when calibrating your Displays in El Capitan

How to access Expert Mode when calibrating your Displays in El Capitan

Calibrating your Mac's display will ensure the digital values in images are translated to display properly on the display devices you use, and is an important step anyone doing image editing and graphic design. To help with this, OS X has a built-in display calibration tool which supports both basic and expert modes for calibrating your display. These options are nothing new for OS X; however, in El Capitan Apple has made the calibrator's expert mode hidden by default. -- MacIssues.

Hackers Prove They Can 'Pwn' the Lives of Those Not Hyperconnected

Hackers Prove They Can 'Pwn' the Lives of Those Not Hyperconnected

Patty Walsh invited two pro hackers to try to get access to her life, which is not heavily wired. In two hours, they'd hacked her garage door, learned her Social Security number, and more. -- New York Times.

You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password

You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password

Common advice on how to make a strong password is misleading, according to a new study of password-guessing techniques.

"Password must include upper and lowercase letters, and at least one numeric character." A common scold dished out by websites or software when you open an account or change a password--and one that new research suggests is misleading. -- MIT Technology Review.

Artificial Creativity

Artificial Creativity

Why computers aren't close to being ready to supplant human artists.

Artificial intelligence has an Achilles' heel. It can't decide what's relevant.

It just so happens that this is a crucial skill where creativity is concerned. -- MIT Technology Review.

From 1976: The Case for the Cab

From 1976: The Case for the Cab

Decades before Lyft and Uber, a scholar of transportation argued that the most efficient public transport system might be an army of less-regulated taxis.

"The urban traveler wants good door-to-door service which is free from waiting, walking, transferring, and crowding and which provides comfort, privacy, and convenience. And the urban traveler has made it clear that he will use a private automobile when he can afford it because it comes closer to providing what he wants than any other available mode of travel. -- MIT Technology Review.

What OS X El Capitan's license really says, according to a programmer/lawyer

What OS X El Capitan's license really says, according to a programmer/lawyer

We all know the features of OS X El Capitan pretty well by now: Split View multitasking, new San Francisco system font, overhauled Notes app, and smaller changes throughout. Before anyone upgrades to El Cap, however, we're all faced with the usual scrolling wall of text that we're asked to read and agree to before ever using OS X: the licensing agreement. -- 9to5Mac.

Opinion: Is Apple getting too greedy, and could that again backfire on the company?

Opinion: Is Apple getting too greedy, and could that again backfire on the company?

In 1995, two years before his return to the company, Steve Jobs gave a characteristically blunt answer when asked why Apple found itself struggling in the early to mid 1990s. The issue, he said, was that Apple had gotten greedy. -- 9to5Mac.

Review: Apple's Magic Keyboard + Magic Trackpad 2 add precision and power, lose compatibility

Review: Apple's Magic Keyboard + Magic Trackpad 2 add precision and power, lose compatibility

I've been waiting for Apple to update the 2007-vintage Apple Wireless Keyboard and 2010 Magic Trackpad since the first time OS X displayed a "low battery" notification -- since then, I've had years of near-daily pop-up reminders that either my keyboard or my trackpad (both fueled by Apple's official Battery Charger, no less) were supposedly running low on power. Although I preferred the minimalism of a wire-free desk, I reluctantly switched back to Apple's old but still excellent Wired Keyboard to cut "low battery" notices in half, hoping that Apple would leverage 5+ years of Bluetooth and battery improvements to produce better wireless input accessories. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Granted 36 Patents Today Covering a Second Generation Kinect-Like Projection System for Gaming & Beyond

Apple Granted 36 Patents Today Covering a Second Generation Kinect-Like Projection System for Gaming & Beyond

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent titled "Pattern projection and imaging using lens arrays." -- Patently Apple.

High battery usage by iOS Facebook app may be due to background audio usage; company promising a fix

High battery usage by iOS Facebook app may be due to background audio usage; company promising a fix

Facebook has told Gizmodo that it is working on a fix after complaints that its iOS app is continuing to account for high battery usage even when the app is supposed to be sleeping. [This is exactly what happened to me. I lost almost all my batter power in 2 hours and my iPhone was hot as hell. I deleted the Facebook app and rebooted. Much better. -mam] -- 9to5Mac.

Now we know why IT support hate Macs

Now we know why IT support hate Macs

You can't blame them I suppose. They don't really know any better, but the latest IBM report is attracting attention because, well, it pretty much tells any open-minded person that Macs are a better deal, even in the enterprise. -- Computerworld.

Privacy and usability problems with the iPhone 6s? You're using it wrong

Privacy and usability problems with the iPhone 6s? You're using it wrong

Over the past couple of days I've read two interesting iPhone 6s stories from my colleagues. Brian Fagioli says Apple's Live Photos has a big privacy issue, while Joe Wilcox says the way the Nexus 6P's fingerprint scanner works is superior to that of the Touch ID scanner on the iPhone 6s.

With respect to both writers, they are wrong. The problems they refer to with the iPhone 6s aren't problems of Apple's making, they are user errors, pure and simple. -- BetaNews.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Router Right Away

5 Reasons to Replace Your Router Right Away

Replacing your aging Internet router could be the secret to unlocking faster wi-fi.

When emails don't send, websites won't load, or videos stutter, people are first to point their finger at their Internet provider. If a lengthy call to tech support doesn't fix things, their poor computer catches the blame next. But in many cases, their wireless router may have been the offending device all along. -- Time.

What does that mean? A jargon-buster dictionary of tech terms for Apple fans

What does that mean? A jargon-buster dictionary of tech terms for Apple fans

Wondering what the latest tech buzzword means? Confused by tech jargon? You've come to the right place. Welcome to the Apple user's tech dictionary, a jargon-buster guide to all the latest tech terms an Apple fan is likely to encounter. -- Macworld UK.

Use iOS's Guided Access to disable Photos delete and other app features

Use iOS's Guided Access to disable Photos delete and other app features

I recently answered a reader's question about whether deleting an image or video in Photos for OS X and iOS with iCloud Photo Library meant the photo was gone forever. (The answer is: Not immediately unless someone then also deletes it from the Recently Deleted special album.)

I said there was no way to prevent someone using your iOS or OS X device from using the delete feature, but Ralph van Doorn wrote in with an excellent suggestion! -- Macworld.

October 19Monday's News

 

Teardown finds shared chips among Apple's Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard

Teardown finds shared chips among Apple's Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard

A teardown of Apple's latest Mac peripherals shows that the devices have many things in common with each other -- including difficulty of repair -- while borrowing some technologies from other Apple products. -- Appleinsider.

Is Apple's new 4K iMac a total ripoff?

Is Apple's new 4K iMac a total ripoff?

Apple delivered the 4K iMac many fans have been waiting for this week, but it's not quite the all-in-one powerhouse some were expecting. Look past its beautiful design and you'll find a lot of drawbacks you probably wouldn't (and shouldn't) expect to get with a $1,500 computer. -- Cult of Mac.

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Pass FCC, Smart Keyboard Limited to U.S. Layout at Launch

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Pass FCC, Smart Keyboard Limited to U.S. Layout at Launch

Apple received final approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on October 15 for the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil ahead of their November launch. FCC regulatory documents show that Apple filed applications for both LTE and Wi-Fi models of the upcoming 12.9-inch tablet. -- G4Games.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Public Release Coming Soon With Fixes for Office 2016, Mail, and More

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Public Release Coming Soon With Fixes for Office 2016, Mail, and More

The upcoming OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan release, which is expected to be released in the very near future, will include a compatibility update for Microsoft Office 2016 to fix ongoing crashing issues, MacRumors has learned. Since OS X El Capitan was released in late September, some Office 2016 users have found the software to be nearly unusable due to frequent crashes or an inability to open the Office apps at all. -- MacRumors.

Apple Launches Quality Program for MacBook Pro Anti-Reflective Coating Issues

Apple Launches Quality Program for MacBook Pro Anti-Reflective Coating Issues

Apple has issued an internal notice about a new Quality Program that addresses anti-reflective coating issues on MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, as confirmed by multiple sources. These issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating under certain circumstances. -- MacRumors.

Troubleshoot and manage high battery usage in iOS 9

Troubleshoot and manage high battery usage in iOS 9

Having long battery life is important for your iPhone, so it may be frustrating if you are seeing your battery levels dropping rapidly instead of giving you the 10+ hours usage you expect. In these cases, there are several things you can do to help and troubleshoot the problem, especially true if you have upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9, where new services can help you track possible battery drains. -- MacIssues.

Consumer Reports Finds No 'Chipgate' Problems with iPhone 6s

Consumer Reports Finds No 'Chipgate' Problems with iPhone 6s

There's been a lot of confusion in the blogosphere of late over whether or not one of Apple's iPhone 6s models is better than another based on which A9 processor it happens to have. The issue was being debated in a MacRumors Forum as we noted in our report last week. Apple tried to diffuse the issue by stating that variables would only cause a 2 to 3% difference which is negligible. The debate spread like wild fire and it's now even forcing the Taiwan Government to investigate the matter. Just hours ago, ConsumerReports revealed their extensive testing and found that there was no 'Chipgate' to be found on the iPhone 6s having different processors. More specifically the report noted that "Despite varying chips, the iPhone 6s models we tested showed no significant differences in battery life or temperature." -- Patently Apple.

Apple Files a Patent in Europe for a Futuristic Home Automation System that's Really Cool

Apple Files a Patent in Europe for a Futuristic Home Automation System that's Really Cool

Every once in a while a breakthrough invention surfaces in the patent system that provides us with a glimpse into Tomorrowland. While many are still buzzing that Project Titan may take Apple into completely new technological frontiers, it's not the only possible area of technology that Apple is considering that's far from traditional internet devices. Today, Patently Apple discovered an Apple patent application in Europe that introduces us to an invention that could one day be a common Home Automation System in our homes and businesses. -- Patently Apple.

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes

The Wi-Fi routers in offices and malls could be used as a super-accurate indoor location system.

The Wi-Fi equipment serving offices, airports, and other large buildings could be easily upgraded to allow mobile devices to get indoor location fixes to an accuracy of less than half a meter, Stanford researchers have shown. The technology, dubbed SpotFi, could lead to GPS-style maps for indoor spaces. -- MIT Technology Review.c.

A Not So Short List of People to Blame for Internet Content Woes

A Not So Short List of People to Blame for Internet Content Woes

By now, you're likely aware of the kerfuffle surrounding ad-blockers for iOS. If not, here's the short version. In iOS 9, Apple made it possible for developers to create content-blockers that would prevent ads from appearing in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. So they did, and when I last looked, Purify Blocker was the top-selling paid app in the Productivity category -- clearly people want the faster and less intrusive browsing experience provided by an ad-blocker, and some developers aren't above profiting from tools designed to hurt other businesses. Others have trouble with that -- developer Marco Arment's Peace ad-blocker became the top-selling iOS app overall briefly before he suffered a crisis of conscience and pulled it from sale several days later.

The fuss over Apple allowing ad-blockers in iOS 9 made Adam Engst think about who to blame for the mess. It's a long list, and you're probably on it. -- TidBITS.

How To Make your Mac run silent, cool and fast under OS X El Capitan

How To Make your Mac run silent, cool and fast under OS X El Capitan

As expected, Apple's release of OS X El Capitan for Macs was less about adding major new features than "refining the experience and improving performance" from Yosemite -- in other words, under-the-hood optimizations to make any Mac run more reliably than before. Thanks to El Capitan, my older (mid-2011) 27″ iMac is running better than it has in years: fast, quiet, and cool enough that it might as well be fan-less. Rarely does the volume level in my office climb above a whisper, an experience I've come to love so much that I'd never want to return to a loud computer.

"WAIT!," you might be saying. "My Mac's fan is on all the time. Apple didn't start selling iMacs with silent solid state drives (SSDs) or hybrid Fusion Drives until late 2012. How could your older Mac be that quiet?"

Below, I'll walk you through seven steps that will help you bring your older Mac to a hushed, zen-like state. The first four involve mostly free software, and the last three are small hardware upgrades... -- 9to5Mac.

Fixing Wi-Fi Issues in OS X El Capitan

Fixing Wi-Fi Issues in OS X El Capitan

Though Apple has largely resolved the wi-fi issues that persisted in some Macs with prior OS X releases, some users with OS X El Capitan may encounter wireless networking issues after updating to the latest OS X release. Typically the wi-fi problems are in the form of dropping connections or strangely slow speeds, and the good news is they're usually an easy fix. -- OS X Daily.

How to add and edit location info in El Capitan's Photos app

How to add and edit location info in El Capitan's Photos app

Photos in Mac OS X El Capitan has gotten some solid improvements. My favorite is -- no, wait, I'll save that for tomorrow -- but I do like that fact that you can now add and edit location information (something iPhotos, the app Photos replaces, was able to do for a long time).

Here's how to geotag a pic in El Capitan's Photos. -- Apple World Today.

Mac Anti-Virus: Why I Don't Use Any!

Mac Anti-Virus: Why I Don't Use Any!

Mac anti-virus has always been a talking point amongst Mac users. We sit smug behind our 'secure' Apple computers, poking fun at Windows users and their constant battle with anti-virus suites and malware protection.

I can not remember the last time I had any antivirus software on my Mac, at home or at work. It must have been with MacOS 9. And I have never been hit. Your mileage may vary. -mam] -- Low End Mac.

Inside the iPhone 6S... How much does it cost Apple to make?

Inside the iPhone 6S... How much does it cost Apple to make?

With each generation the company makes measured, incremental technology improvements to its iPhone line, and this time around those changes are increasing Apple's per-unit material cost. -- New Zealand Reseller News.

How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Apple TV

How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Apple TV

The Apple TV supports pairing with any standard Bluetooth keyboard, and that includes the new Magic Keyboard. -- iMore.

Getting Around the Facebook App's Battery Sucking Ways

Getting Around the Facebook App's Battery Sucking Ways

iOS 9 has better battery management than any previous version, sometimes adding hours to the life of an iPhone's battery. Unfortunately, the current version of the Facebook app can more than offset the extra battery life iOS 9 give you. -- Low End Mac.

Why Apple made a computer with a screen sharper than most people need

Why Apple made a computer with a screen sharper than most people need

Last year, Apple introduced a new iMac that upped the ante. The screen has a 5K resolution, which means it has more pixels than necessary for even the highest quality video shot today.

Last week, Apple raised the resolution on the smaller, 21.5-inch iMac, giving it the standard 4K display.

So, why does the larger iMac need a higher resolution? Surely 4K is enough, right?

5K is mostly for video or photo editors who like to edit 4K video in full resolution. -- Tech Insider.

Radio Waves Can Be Used To Hijack Androids and iPhones Via Siri and Google Now

Radio Waves Can Be Used To Hijack Androids and iPhones Via Siri and Google Now

Two French researchers have discovered a way to use the Siri and Google Now voice assistant software to relay malicious commands to smartphones without the user's consent or knowledge. This method relies on a special hardware rig that can send radio waves to smartphones with earphones plugged into them. The radio waves get picked up by the earphone cable, get transformed into electrical signals and then to software commands. The research is accompanied by a YouTube video as well.

Note that this attack, as the article explains, so far relies on some bulky dedicated equipment, and on the attacker being close to the system he wants to disrupt. -- Softpedia.

October 16Wednesday's News

 

Apple partners with hospitals for new ResearchKit studies on autism, epilepsy, melanoma

Apple partners with hospitals for new ResearchKit studies on autism, epilepsy, melanoma

Some of the world's most renowned medical research facilities are turning to Apple's ResearchKit for iPhone and Apple Watch, it was announced on Thursday, in an effort to help cure autism, epilepsy, and melanoma. -- AppleInsider.

Teardown of Apple's refreshed 21.5" iMac finds LG-built display, soldered & non-upgradeable RAM

Teardown of Apple's refreshed 21.5

Apple's refreshed, entry-evel 21.5-inch iMac desktop has been given the teardown treatment, revealing that its standard-resolution display was manufactured by LG Display, while the Wi-Fi antenna design has been slightly tweaked. -- AppleInsider.

Patent on Velcro-like Liquidmetal fastener could be used to prevent Apple device tampering

Patent on Velcro-like Liquidmetal fastener could be used to prevent Apple device tampering

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday illustrates a Velcro-like fastener concept, but using the amorphous alloy technology Apple picked up through a licensing deal with Liquidmetal. -- AppleInsider.

Adobe identifies major Flash Player vulnerability, says exploit being used in real-world attacks

Adobe identifies major Flash Player vulnerability, says exploit being used in real-world attacks

Adobe has discovered a "critical" vulnerability affecting many recent versions of Flash Player, according to a new security bulletin, which warns that the exploit is already in use by hackers. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates iWork for iOS and OS X El Capitan with support for multitasking, 3D Touch, VoiceOver, more

Apple updates iWork for iOS and OS X El Capitan with support for multitasking, 3D Touch, VoiceOver, more

Apple on Thursday updated its iWork suite of apps for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, bringing new hardware support for iPhone 6s and iPad, including 3D Touch, tablet multitasking options, keyboard shortcuts for wireless accessories and more. -- AppleInsider.

Apple takes iWork for iCloud out of beta, adds features

Apple takes iWork for iCloud out of beta, adds features

In conjunction with Thursday's iWork app updates for iOS and Mac, Apple has removed the beta tag previously adorning the icons of Pages, Numbers and Keynote in iCloud, while adding a number of new features like the ability to preview documents in mobile Safari and Android. -- AppleInsider.

How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

For years, privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, virtual private network apps, and other cryptographic software to adopt the Diffie-Hellman cryptographic key exchange as a defense against surveillance from the US National Security Agency and other state-sponsored spies. Now, researchers are renewing their warning that a serious flaw in the way the key exchange is implemented is allowing the NSA to break and eavesdrop on trillions of encrypted connections. -- Ars Technica.

Standing desks are no replacement for a workout

Standing desks are no replacement for a workout

Planting your behind in a seat for hours at a time has been squarely linked to an increase in health problems, from shorter lifespans to a slew of diseases, including cancer. Concerned office workers have leapt to standing desks as healthier alternatives. But prolonged sitting may be getting a bum rap, a new study suggests. -- Ars Technica.

Macs make life easier at IBM

Macs make life easier at IBM

IBM's internal deployment of Mac hardware has been a resounding success, the company announced this week, with rapid adoption and very little need for employee technical support.

Only 5% of Mac users at IBM need help desk support, compared to 40% of PC users. -- AppleInsider.

OS X: Encrypting Time Machine Backups

OS X: Encrypting Time Machine Backups

If you've got a backup drive (and you should), have you ever given any thought to what might happen if someone stole it? Is the data accessible to a thief? In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover how to encrypt a new Time Machine backup and some caveats for encrypting existing ones (you may have to erase the disk first!). -- The Mac Observer.

How to rotate your Mac's display

How to rotate your Mac's display

For the most part you will likely set up your Mac's display in its default landscape orientation; however, there may be times when you might find it could be more convenient to have your Mac oriented such that its display is at a 90 or 180 degree orientation. -- MacIssues.

Fear and Loathing in the Tech Industry

Fear and Loathing in the Tech Industry

It turns out that offering luxury when all you need is a ride to work isn't a great idea. But a few tech companies do have a great idea: Fix the programming flaws that leave the door open for hackers.

There are two emotional threads in tech news these days: The public's loathing of pretentious tech start-ups and the fear of hackers. -- New York Times.

Apple shares new iPhone 6s ad showing off 3D Touch

Apple shares new iPhone 6s ad showing off 3D Touch

Apple today has shared a new ad for the recently released iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The ad focuses on arguably the standout new feature of the device: 3D Touch. In the ad, Apple highlights a variety of the use cases of 3D Touch and offers a brief explanation as to how it works. -- 9to5Mac.

How the Modern Workplace Has Become More Like Preschool

How the Modern Workplace Has Become More Like Preschool

The only jobs showing consistent wage growth in recent years are those requiring both cognitive and social skills.

For all the jobs that machines can now do -- whether performing surgery, driving cars or serving food -- they still lack one distinctly human trait. They have no social skills. -- New York Times.

How to uninstall Flash Player from your Mac: The only winning move is not to play

How to uninstall Flash Player from your Mac: The only winning move is not to play

Ugh, another Flash exploit?! BGR reported Thursday that Adobe has confirmed "a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac, and Linux." Adobe says this vulnerability is being used by hackers, although for very targeted attacks--phishing, in other words. -- Macworld.

Unenrolling from Apple's beta programs: back up or back out

Unenrolling from Apple's beta programs: back up or back out

After a recent article on how to stop receiving notifications from the App Store about freshly baked OS X betas if you're enrolled in the public beta program, I received a few related questions: How to install the production release of El Capitan, not the final golden master version? And how to get out of the iOS beta.

These answers are less pretty than unchecking a box and clicking a button. Apple has relatively detailed instructions at its Unenroll page, but I'll be a little more blunt than it is. -- Macworld.

How to Change the Default System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande

How to Change the Default System Font in OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande

The Lucida Grande font is known for its crisp and obvious readability which makes it a great user interface font, and it rightfully served as the Mac OS X default system font for many years. Then along came Yosemite, where the Mac system font was changed to the generally unpopular Helvetica Neue. Apple has since improved font readability considerably by changing the default system font yet again in OS X El Capitan, this time to a new font called San Francisco. While the San Francisco font is considerably better as a display font than Helvetica Neue, it's still not quite as readable for some Mac users and on some non-retina displays as Lucida Grande. Fortunately, with a little effort you can change the default system font on a Mac with OS X El Capitan to Lucida Grande again, and return to the classic user interface font. -- OS X Daily.

El Capitan Fear Mongering

El Capitan Fear Mongering

The other day I read an article from someone who was basically warning us off OS X El Capitan. While he hadn't actually installed the new OS, he cited threads on Apple's discussions forums describing a litany of problems that included incompatible apps and the inability to access external drives. -- The Tech Night Owl.

Advertisers admit it: 'We messed up' the Web

Advertisers admit it: 'We messed up' the Web

As countless iPhone users have flocked to ad-blocking technology to try to escape from slow-loading, insecure online advertisements, a top trade group for advertisers is apologizing for having 'messed up' the Web. -- Washington Post.

How to enable voice ID for 'Hey Siri' on iPhone

How to enable voice ID for 'Hey Siri' on iPhone

'Hey Siri' lets you activate your iPhone with just your voice, but if you updated to iOS 9, you'll want to make sure it's only your voice.

When you set up a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus it'll ask you if you want to use "Hey Siri" voice activation, and then walk you through personalizing it for your voice. If you update your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 9, however, you can set up similar personalization. Here's how! -- iMore.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone

These are instructions on how to enable Wi-Fi Calling on the iPhone.

Wi-Fi Calling lets you place a phone call in an area with little or no cellular coverage using your Internet connection. -- iClarified.

5 Tricks You Didn't Know Siri Could Do

5 Tricks You Didn't Know Siri Could Do

Siri's getting smarter all the time.

Apple's latest iPhone update, iOS 9, brought a bunch of new features to the voice-activated digital assistant. The biggie is that Siri is now more context-aware. For example, if you're surfing a car dealership's website, you can ask Siri "what time does it open?," and Siri will understand "it" means the dealership. -- Time.

When You Cannot Live Without A New iPhone Feature

When You Cannot Live Without A New iPhone Feature

Apple has this almost uncanny ability to raise the bar of expectations to a level where looking back on or using older products is almost painful and difficult to bear. Such was the case with every iPhone and iPad to date, and it's often the case for the Mac, too. -- PixoBebo.

New iOS 9 Features Mean System-Wide Tor Is In the Works For the First Time

New iOS 9 Features Mean System-Wide Tor Is In the Works For the First Time

At a time when privacy and encryption on mobile devices are the subject of political storm, last month's iOS 9 release means that Apple devices will finally get what Android has had for years: System-wide Tor anonymity. A handful of security experts recently set to work on projects to bring more powerful anonymity to iOS. "There are a bunch of pieces in the works," Tor developer and Guardian Project leader Nathan Freitas told the Daily Dot. "We just started to work on it and think about it. Tor knows we can't ignore all the iOS 9 users in the world. -- Dailydot.

How Is the NSA Breaking So Much Crypto?

How Is the NSA Breaking So Much Crypto?

There have been rumors for years that the NSA can decrypt a significant fraction of encrypted Internet traffic. In 2012, James Bamford published an article quoting anonymous former NSA officials stating that the agency had achieved a "computing breakthrough" that gave them "the ability to crack current public encryption." The Snowden documents also hint at some extraordinary capabilities: they show that NSA has built extensive infrastructure to intercept and decrypt VPN traffic and suggest that the agency can decrypt at least some HTTPS and SSH connections on demand. -- Wired.

October 15Wednesday's News

 

Hackers use radio waves to silently control Apple's Siri, Android's Google Now

Hackers use radio waves to silently control Apple's Siri, Android's Google Now

A newly spotlighted hack utilizes an iPhone or Android handset -- with headphones plugged in -- to remotely and silently access the smartphone's built-in voice controls, potentially unbeknownst to the user. -- AppleInsider.

Apple posts iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist guide in wake of complaints about excessive data use

Apple posts iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist guide in wake of complaints about excessive data use

A new Apple support document about Wi-Fi Assist, attempts to address complaints about the iOS 9 feature, which some user have said can cause monthly cellular data use to grow dramatically. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds fourth OS X 10.11.1 beta with potential Microsoft Office 2016 fix

Apple seeds fourth OS X 10.11.1 beta with potential Microsoft Office 2016 fix

Apple on Wednesday released the fourth pre-release version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.1 maintenance update to developers and public beta testers, bringing with it the usual stability, compatibility and security enhancements. -- AppleInsider.

How to create location based reminders with Siri in iOS 9

How to create location based reminders with Siri in iOS 9

With Apple's addition of proactive Siri features in iOS 9, users have an even more intuitive and flexible interface from which to quickly create location based reminders.

Some of the most useful reminders are those set to trigger an alert when a user enters into or exits out of a regularly visited area, like home or work. To take full advantage of location based Siri reminders, you first need to grant Siri access to iPhone's positioning sensors. -- AppleInsider.

'USB Killer' flash drive can fry your computer's innards in seconds

'USB Killer' flash drive can fry your computer's innards in seconds

USB sticks have long been a mechanism for delivering malware to unsuspecting computer users. A booby-trapped flash drive, for instance, was the means by which the US and Israel reportedly infected Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility with the Stuxnet worm. And, in case anyone thought USB stick attacks had lost their novelty, last year's Bad USB proof-of-concept exploit delivered a highly programmable attack platform that can't be detected by today's defenses. -- Ars Technica.

New zero-day exploit hits fully patched Adobe Flash

New zero-day exploit hits fully patched Adobe Flash

Adobe officials have confirmed this vulnerability affects Flash version 19.0.0.207, which was released on Tuesday. The vulnerability has been cataloged as CVE-2015-7645. The company expects to release a fix next week. -- Ars Tecnica.

Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

Where do you store all the little bits of information that don't fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean-all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer. -- The Mac Observer.

Camera Lab Test Scores iPhone 6s on Same Level as iPhone 6

Camera Lab Test Scores iPhone 6s on Same Level as iPhone 6

In a new review for the iPhone 6s, DxOMark concluded that the camera on the 2015 iPhone line deserved a score of 82, equal to that of the score it gave for the iPhone 6 one year ago. The website measured seven factors (exposure and contrast, color, autofocus, texture, noise, artifacts, and flash) to determine an overall score for the camera on the iPhone 6s, giving the lowest marks to texture and noise. -- DxOMark.

Apple Introduces New Dedicated Twitter Account for 'Apple Music Help'

Apple Introduces New Dedicated Twitter Account for 'Apple Music Help'

Apple today introduced a new Twitter account dedicated to assisting Apple Music users with questions and inquiries and who may not be finding the answers they need in the troubleshooting section of the company's main website. According to the account's bio, users can expect to get support for their Apple Music-related inquiries between 6AM and 8PM PDT on every day of the week, including weekends. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's New iMacs Up to 20% Faster Than Previous Models in Geekbench Testing

Apple's New iMacs Up to 20% Faster Than Previous Models in Geekbench Testing

Apple's new 21.5-inch 4K and 27-inch 5K iMacs released yesterday have been subjected to early Geekbench 3 benchmarking, and the results show the late 2015 models are expectedly faster, with improved single-core and multi-core scores compared to previous-generation models. -- MacRumors.

Preparing for Disaster: When Your Phone Is Gone

Preparing for Disaster: When Your Phone Is Gone

A primer on how to track and disable iPhones or Androids that go missing.

Smartphones increasingly hold our lives -- our contacts, messages, credit card data, health care information and the controls to our smart homes -- within their sleek metallic finishes. So when we lose the devices, it's a problem. -- New York Times.

Apple Focused on Making Thinner Devices by Using an All-New Interconnected Circuit Board Design

Apple Focused on Making Thinner Devices by Using an All-New Interconnected Circuit Board Design

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention focused on reducing or eliminating board-to-board connectors on printed circuit boards of devices such as the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iPod touch, televisions, TV remote controllers and beyond in order to make the devices thinner or to be able to add more components within the same space. -- Patently Apple.

Video: Apple's Lightning-equipped Magic Mouse 2 gets unboxed and reviewed

Video: Apple's Lightning-equipped Magic Mouse 2 gets unboxed and reviewed

As expected, Apple unveiled a new family of Mac accessories yesterday including the new Magic Mouse 2 alongside updated 5K 27″ iMacs and the first 4K 21.5″ iMacs. YouTuber DetroitBORG managed to pick up Apple's latest Bluetooth mouse on day one, giving it the full unboxing and review treatment. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Files for Patents Covering a Miniature Optical Projector and Biometrics for Online Commerce

Apple Files for Patents Covering a Miniature Optical Projector and Biometrics for Online Commerce

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent application from Apple revealing various inventions worth noting. Two of the inventions relate to 3D depth mapping that stems from their acquisition of Israel's PrimeSense. The first invention touches on their continuing work on a miniature optical projector with integrated photonics while the second invention relates to projection and capture of optical radiation. A third invention covers Apple's biometrics in context with online commerce in-depth. -- Patently Apple.

Can't assign apps to specific Spaces on a multi-display Mac? Here's the fix

Can't assign apps to specific Spaces on a multi-display Mac? Here's the fix

A single click solves this long-running problem related to multiple displays and Mission Control desktops.

For years, I had trouble with what was once separately managed as Spaces and now is an incorporated part of Mission Control. I use two displays on my Mac mini, and at some point, something broke. Yes, I could do a clean OS X installation, but we all know what a pain that is in restoring yourself back to where you were. -- Macworld.

A quick guide to fixing El Capitan Mail problems

A quick guide to fixing El Capitan Mail problems

Mail is great when it works, but if you've been having problems with your Mail app, try these tips. -- Computerworld.

Accessing 'Expert Mode' Screen Color Calibrator in OS X El Capitan

Accessing 'Expert Mode' Screen Color Calibrator in OS X El Capitan

Mac users are likely familiar with the process of using display calibration to get the best color and picture quality for a specific monitor or screen used with a computer, and to get the most out of the calibrator tool you'll want to run the utility in Expert Mode. While Expert Mode used to be immediately visible in the Display Calibrator Assistant, it's now hidden by default in the newest versions of OS X. This has led some Mac users to think the Expert Mode advanced color calibration options are missing in OS X now, but in fact it just requires an additional step to access. -- OS X Daily.

How to kill or force quit apps on iOS 9

How to kill or force quit apps on iOS 9

orce-quitting shouldn't be an all-the-time thing, but can occasionally help when something goes wrong.

Some apps--especially the Facebook, Skypes, and big media apps of the world--don't always behave well on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. When and if that happens, you can try "force quitting" them. iOS 9 almost always handles pausing and shutting down apps just fine. So, force quitting isn't something you should do often, because re-launching it again from scratch will consume more power and take more time as it updates in the foreground, but it is something you should know how to do for when you need it. -- iMore.

Handy iOS and OS X accessibility features everyone should know

Handy iOS and OS X accessibility features everyone should know

If you're non-disabled, though, you may never have clicked the Accessibility pane in System Preferences on your Mac or tapped the Accessibility submenu on your iPhone. But here's the thing: these sections are stuffed full of useful features that everyone should know about, and happily, by the time you've finished reading this, you will. -- Macworld.

If You're Not Paranoid About Your Privacy, You're Crazy

If You're Not Paranoid About Your Privacy, You're Crazy

Here's an interesting article at The Atlantic about the prevalence of surveillance and the recent uptick in 'deja-vu' moments where devices seemingly hear your conversations and then attempt to market to you. -- The Atlantic.

October 14Wednesday's News

 

2-3 second hesitation on 6S/6S Plus when unlocking?

2-3 second hesitation on 6S/6S Plus when unlocking?

MacGru Mike Stanly has a question:

I see this several times a day but nowhere near every time. I am so used to TouchID unlocks being near instant that the delay is both noticeable and painful.
What happens is I touch the TouchID sensor with my thumb and it is recognized, but unlike the typical superfast jump to my home screen with just a flash of my lock screen image, I see a black screen, usually with the time from the lock screen in its usual place, for 2-3 seconds during which nothing I do is recognized, and then the interface appears and is usable.
If that description isn't making sense, think of a Mac or PC waking from sleep -- you might see some of the interface but not really be able to do anything for a few seconds. It's like that and completely unlike the normal experience I get most of the time and that my wife gets all the time on her 6S.
I'm still within my 14 day return window, so I'm thinking of swinging by the Apple Store to ask/complain about the issue in the hopes of just getting it swapped out (or resolved definitively) but that may not work for 2 reasons:

  1. I can't make this happen on command, and it doesn't appear to be predictable. I can lock the phone and have it happen 2 minutes later, but I can lock it for an hour and have it not happen. I can unlock it 10 times in a row and not see it.
  2. No idea if they have 6S Plus 128GB on Verizon now. I got the only one in the store Saturday before last.

OS X El Capitan at UT

OS X El Capitan and Microsoft Office AT UT

Apple just released its latest OS X upgrade, El Capitan. Several users have already reported issues with various applications such as Office 2016 for Mac. While some users may be reporting no issues, not everyone has the same machine setup, nor are they running the same applications. As with most system upgrades, OIT does NOT recommend upgrading production machines until Apple releases at least one update past the release.

Apple typically releases their first patch within a month (10.11.1 is currently in beta) and the second patch within three months, and by that time, most major bugs have been fixed. Our recommendation is that users wait for at least a month to let those early adopters find the bugs, and, give Apple time to find the fixes. If you do decide to forge ahead with the upgrade, please make sure you have a current backup of all of your data. -- UTWORKS

Apple launches 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, starting at $1,499

Apple launches 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, starting at $1,499

Apple on Tuesday updated its smaller all-in-one iMac desktop with a high-resolution Retina 4K display, packing 9.4 million pixels into its 21.5-inch screen.

The new 21.5-inch iMac features a 4,096-by-2,304-pixels display, 4.5 times more pixels than the standard 21.5-inch iMac. Apple says the new sRGB-based panel displays more lifelike colors, and features a P3-based color gamut with a 25 percent larger color space. -- AppleInsider.

Apple brings Force Touch to the desktop with new $129 Magic Trackpad 2

Apple brings Force Touch to the desktop with new $129 Magic Trackpad 2

Apple's updated iMacs have the option of shipping with the all-new Magic Trackpad 2, which features a larger surface and features Force Touch input, bringing it in line with Apple's latest MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook with Retina display models. -- AppleInsider.

Apple upgrades all 27-inch iMacs to 5K Retina displays & Intel Skylake CPUs, starting at $1,799

Apple upgrades all 27-inch iMacs to 5K Retina displays & Intel Skylake CPUs, starting at $1,799

As part of a host of updates to the iMac lineup on Tuesday, Apple upgraded all of its 27-inch iMac models to not only high-resolution 5K Retina displays, but also Intel's latest-generation Skylake processors, priced starting at $1,799. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's redesigned Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard gain integrated batteries, Lightning ports

Apple's redesigned Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard gain integrated batteries, Lightning ports

Apple's second-generation Magic Mouse and rebranded Magic Keyboard both feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and are recharged by Lightning cables, as part of a fall 2015 redesign of both Mac desktop accessories. -- AppleInsider.

iMovie update adds support for 4K video, 1080p 60fps, importing projects from iOS

iMovie update adds support for 4K video, 1080p 60fps, importing projects from iOS

Apple continues to embrace ultra-high-resolution 4K video, with a new iMovie for Mac update taking advantage of both the 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display and the 4K-capable cameras on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's 'Then and Now' page compares original 1998 iMac with 2015 models

Apple's 'Then and Now' page compares original 1998 iMac with 2015 models

To help market its latest iMacs, Apple on Tuesday posted a "Then and Now" page on its website, showcasing how far the product has come from 1998's original "gumdrop" iMac.

In 1998, iMac reinvented the computer for the Internet age. It was fun and simple to use, yet powerful and full of advanced technology. And just as the world has evolved in ways no one could have imagined, so has iMac. The proof? The latest iMac, with its impossibly thin enclosure and brilliant display, which together create the most immersive desktop experience there is. See how today's iMac compares with the original. -- Apple.

Report confirms new 27' 5K iMac supports up to 64GB of RAM, 21.5' 4K iMac limited to soldered-on RAM

Report confirms new 27' 5K iMac supports up to 64GB of RAM, 21.5' 4K iMac limited to soldered-on RAM

Aftermarket Mac solutions specialist Other World Computing on Tuesday confirmed the recently released 27-inch iMac models support a maximum 64GB of RAM, double that of previous generation models, while the new 21.5-inch 4K iMac comes with soldered-on RAM. -- Appleinsider.

Same design, new insides, better screen: 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac reviewed

Same design, new insides, better screen: 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac reviewed

It's been over three years since the very first Mac went Retina, and we're still waiting for every model to get the upgrade. But this year, the scales started to tip in Retina's favor. We got an all-new Retina MacBook in the spring, and today Apple is killing the 27-inch non-Retina iMac and introducing a new 4K model at the top of the 21.5-inch lineup. -- Ars Technica.

Mini-review: Apple's new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2

Mini-review: Apple's new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2

Enter the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2, the trio of input accessories that ship with Apple's refreshed 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs. All three pull Apple's input devices into the modern era: their internal li-ion batteries are rechargeable, and they've all been tweaked and upgraded to bring them more in line with other changes Apple has made since the turn of the decade. All three are fairly straightforward, but we'll give our impressions here separate from the main 4K iMac review for the benefit of anyone who is thinking about upgrading. -- Ars Technica.

Apple still has no intention of merging OS X with iOS

Apple still has no intention of merging OS X with iOS

The new Magic Trackpad 2 introduced Force Touch to the iMac, but Apple's not ready to embrace the concept of a Mac touchscreen -- and according to Phil Schiller, it's unlikely to do so anytime soon.

We'll take that as a "no" for anyone dreaming of an iOS/OS X hybrid. -- Cult of Mac.

How to turn off El Capitan's 'shake to find' mouse cursor feature

How to turn off El Capitan's 'shake to find' mouse cursor feature

When I lose track of my mouse cursor, I've always just wiggled it a bit to find it on the screen. It's a natural gesture, and Apple's capitalized on it with its new "shake to find" feature in El Capitan.

If you're constantly shaking your mouse or swiping quickly on your mousepad, maybe while gaming or editing, the new feature might bug you.

Here's how to turn it off (and turn it back on again if you want to). -- Cult of Mac.

Photos capture just how much our phones disconnect us

Photos capture just how much our phones disconnect us

Quick -- how often do you check your iPhone when you're around other people? When you're out dining? At home on the couch, maybe watching TV? At the bar? At parties?

If you're anything like the rest of us, the answer is somewhere between "often" and "far too often."

Photographer Eric Pickersgill noticed this phenomenon while sitting at a cafe one morning and decided to make some art about it. He calls the project Removed.

iOS 9: New Ways to Add Email Attachments

iOS 9: New Ways to Add Email Attachments

Today's Quick Tip is about attaching files in iOS 9. Did you know that you can now navigate to your iCloud Drive right from within the Mail app? Or that you can also enable attaching files from, say, Dropbox, without having to visit that app to do so? Well, now you know, so come in and find out all about it! -- The Mac Observer.

Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Apps With Security Fixes, Feature Improvements

Microsoft Updates Office 2016 Apps With Security Fixes, Feature Improvements

Microsoft today released updates for each of its Office 2016 apps, introducing feature improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes to Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. All apps have been updated with a security fix for vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution should a user open a specially crafted Office file. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted 42 Patents Today Covering a Camera with an Artificial Muscle and More

Apple Granted 42 Patents Today Covering a Camera with an Artificial Muscle and More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 42 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we covered Apple being granted patents for multitouch gestures for security, for Touch ID on MacBooks (& desktops), for Augmented Reality and Adaptive Projectors and waterproofing iDevices with silicon seals. In this wrap-up patent report we cover Apple's iDevice patent relating to a camera module using an artificial muscle actuator and list out all of the other patents that were granted to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

Objective-C Use Falls Hard, Apple's Swift On the Rise

Objective-C Use Falls Hard, Apple's Swift On the Rise

When Apple rolled out Swift last summer, it expected its new programming language to eventually replace Objective-C, which developers have used for years to build iOS and Mac OS X apps. Thanks to Apple's huge developer ecosystem (and equally massive footprint in the world of consumer devices), Swift quickly became one of the most buzzed-about programming languages. -- Insights.

How Your Smartphone Can Detect Bipolar Disorder

How Your Smartphone Can Detect Bipolar Disorder

The sensors in smartphones can accurately detect the changes in mood that are indicative of bipolar disorder, according to a new study. That could lead to faster treatment and better outcomes for sufferers. -- MIT Technology Review.

How to Further Dim Your iPhone or iPad's Screen

How to Further Dim Your iPhone or iPad's Screen

For many of us, the dimmest brightness setting on the iPhone and iPad is still too bright, especially in dark rooms. Fortunately, Justin Searls has a tip on how to set up the Zoom accessibility setting to lower the brightness below the lowest setting. After setting it up, you can dim the screen with a triple-press of the Home button. -- Justin Searls.

Apple slims 1 TB Fusion Drive down to a measly 24 GB of flash storage

Apple slims 1 TB Fusion Drive down to a measly 24 GB of flash storage

If you're one of the many excited buyers chomping at the bit to get one of Apple's latest-gen Retina iMacs, you might want to take a second to consider the specs on the new models. According to Apple's website, the 1 TB Fusion Drives used in the new all-in-ones have seen a significant decrease in the amount of included flash storage. -- 9to5Mac.

Turns out Apple offers prorated AppleCare refunds

Turns out Apple offers prorated AppleCare refunds

Did you know you can get a partial refund from unused portions of AppleCare and AppleCare+? Neither did we.

It's important to admit ignorance; otherwise, you're arrogant. I had no idea that the extended-warranty plans, AppleCare and AppleCare+, could be refunded on a pro-rata basis for the unused remaining portion, despite ostensibly being a veteran reporter of things Apple. -- Macworld.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan: Bugs, bugs, and more bugs

OS X 10.11 El Capitan: Bugs, bugs, and more bugs

Apple unleashed OS X 10.11 El Capitan just under two weeks ago, and if you've not already pulled the trigger on the upgrade then I suggest you put your upgrade plans on hold until the first update is out unless you like dealing with bugs. -- ZDNet.

How To Master 3D Touch In iOS 9 (Or Disable It Completely)

How To Master 3D Touch In iOS 9 (Or Disable It Completely)

Wondering why you should care about 3D Touch on your new iPhone 6s? Have you tried to make it work and been unsuccessful? Or are you just looking for a way to disable it completely? I've got the answers you're looking for. -- Forbes.

October 13Tuesday's News

 

Facebook adds support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s, Office for iOS gets automatic font downloads

Facebook adds support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s, Office for iOS gets automatic font downloads

Facebook on Monday added basic 3D Touch commands to its iPhone app, while Microsoft updated the iOS version of its Office suite with features like automatic font downloads, and quicker document navigation in Word. -- AppleInsider.

Developers, public beta testers receive fifth iOS 9.1 beta

Developers, public beta testers receive fifth iOS 9.1 beta

Apple on Monday released the fifth preview of its next iOS point release, making a new beta of iOS 9.1 available to developers and end users enrolled in the iOS public beta program. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone 6s display teardown offers close-up look at 3D Touch sensor

iPhone 6s display teardown offers close-up look at 3D Touch sensor

A teardown published on Monday suggests that the 3D Touch sensor in the iPhone 6s is relatively easy to remove from the rest of the display, and that an accompanying change may actually make it simpler to fix iPhones. -- AppleInsider.

How to create interactive checklists in Notes for iOS 9

How to create interactive checklists in Notes for iOS 9

With Notes for iOS 9, Apple packs in a slew of powerful new features like deeper share sheet integration and drawing tools, but one of the most useful additions is the ability to create interactive checklists on the fly. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus get Bluetooth 4.2, Boost Apple's Smarthome Plans

iPhone 6, 6 Plus get Bluetooth 4.2, Boost Apple's Smarthome Plans

Pop quiz: What Bluetooth version is included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? It's a trick question because when they shipped a year ago the answer was Bluetooth 4.0, but now that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are out, it's Bluetooth 4.2. Apple changed out the Bluetooth hardware in last year's iPhones, and it's all about home automation. -- The Mac Observer.

How to overcome your Mac not booting after upgrading OS X

How to overcome your Mac not booting after upgrading OS X

When you upgrade your installation of OS X, the OS X installer will attempt to detect and remove any incompatible software that may destabilize your system. However, there are times when such software may slip past Apple's detection routines and affect your system. While often you can use troubleshooting routines after installation to manage such problems, on rare occasion these issues may prevent your Mac from booting altogether, leaving you with no ability to use your machine. -- MacIssues.

Apple Granted Patent for Waterproof Silicon Seals on Board-to-Board Connectors

Apple Granted Patent for Waterproof Silicon Seals on Board-to-Board Connectors

This past March we reported on a patent application from Apple titled "Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future iDevices using Hydrophobic Conformal Coatings and Silicon Seals." It was a patent recently pointed to in the iFixit teardown of the iPhone 6s. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Granted Patent based on PrimeSense Invention relating to Augmented Reality and Adaptive Projectors

Apple Granted Patent based on PrimeSense Invention relating to Augmented Reality and Adaptive Projectors

In December 2013 we posted a report titled "Take a Peek at a Few Key PrimeSense Patents that Apple Gained," which showed some advanced inventions regarding Augmented Reality, Gaze Control for a 3D interface .... -- Patently Apple.

Apple Granted a Patent for Biometric Sensing (Touch ID) for a Future MacBook

Apple Granted a Patent for Biometric Sensing (Touch ID) for a Future MacBook

Today, Apple was granted a patent regarding biometric sensing (Touch ID) that could be incorporated into a future MacBook ... -- Patently Apple.

How to use Mission Control in OS X El Capitan

How to use Mission Control in OS X El Capitan

Mac OS X El Capitan's Mission Control has been streamlined to make it even easier to see and organize everything you have open on your Mac. /

With a single swipe, Mission Control arranges all your windows in a single layer so you can find the window you need even faster. If you're not familiar with the feature, Mission Control lets you manage windows across multiple monitors or virtual desktops. -- Apple World Today.

On Zapping Mac Scams

On Zapping Mac Scams

A few months ago I read about a popup warning scam that was infecting Macs. The way it worked was simple, didn't cause any real problems, but was amazingly annoying. -- TeraTalks.

We may soon see the first Oscar-worthy movie shot on an iPhone

We may soon see the first Oscar-worthy movie shot on an iPhone

Whether it's done for publicity to raise awareness or to save money during production, the iPhone can be used to replace professional cameras and even to shoot entire movies. That's a point Apple made a while ago by using iOS devices to record entire commercials. Filmmakers listened, and earlier this year news broke that Sundance hit Tangerine was filmed using only iPhones and some key camera accessories. -- BGR.

How to get text messages for two-factor authentication without a phone number

How to get text messages for two-factor authentication without a phone number

It's easy to forget that everyone else isn't like you, even when you make an effort to be inclusive of others when you find yourself in the majority. That's true for so many things, and "ableism" is among them. As someone with good vision, hearing, and mobility, I overlook elements of technology that are daily annoyances for people with certain disabilities. -- Macworld.

How to Access Apple Pay From the Lockscreen in iOS 9

How to Access Apple Pay From the Lockscreen in iOS 9

With support for Apple Pay rolling out to more and more locations, as well as improved integration bundled into the latest version of iOS, it's way easier to use Apple's mobile payments platform. Update-to-date iPhones can now pay for things right from the lockscreen. -- Gizmodo.

iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist, fully explained and demystified

iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist, fully explained and demystified

Wi-Fi Assist, a new feature in iOS 9, was initially met with some skepticism as Apple did a lousy job detailing how it works beyond stating that Wi-Fi Assist automatically uses cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor. -- iDownload Blog.

How to troubleshoot your iPhone and iPad by restarting, resetting, recovering, or restoring

How to troubleshoot your iPhone and iPad by restarting, resetting, recovering, or restoring

Sometimes your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad just isn't working the way you need it to. It could be sluggish. It could be freezing. It could be hot. It could be crashing. It could be, well, a lot of things. While there are specific ways to troubleshoot specific problems, there are a few ways to troubleshoot most things. And yes, while incredibly basic, going all the way back to the original iPod, that's included restarting, reseting, recovering, and restoring. -- iMore.

How to swap an iPhone 6 for a 6s: Doing the math on an early upgrade

How to swap an iPhone 6 for a 6s: Doing the math on an early upgrade

I wasn't planning to get an iPhone 6s. I have an iPhone 6, which is more than adequate to all my needs and means. I only upgraded from a 5s, one of my favorite iPhone models, in order to effectively write about Apple Pay. But I admit I loved the 6's bigger, brighter screen and its improved performance. -- Macworld.

October 12Monday's News

 

Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 9.1, third tvOS beta for new Apple TV

Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 9.1, third tvOS beta for new Apple TV

Apple has issued a trio of new beta software releases to developers for testing: iOS 9.1 beta 4, tvOS beta 3, and Xcode 7.1 beta 3. -- AppleInsider.



Disney animators test Apple's iPad Pro, reveal screen has roughed surface for drawing

Disney animators test Apple's iPad Pro, reveal screen has roughed surface for drawing

A week after Apple offered Pixar staff an early look at the new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, the company let animators at Walt Disney's Feature Animation studio take its upcoming tablet for a spin. Interestingly, the artists commented that the device's screen surface has "tooth," or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel. -- AppleInsider.

Third beta of Apple's OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan released to developers, public testers

Third beta of Apple's OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan released to developers, public testers

Apple has issued its latest beta of OS X 10.11.1 to both developers and members of its public beta program, arriving less than a week after the second pre-release build. -- AppleInsider.



How to back up your Apple Watch and pair it with a new iPhone 6s

How to back up your Apple Watch and pair it with a new iPhone 6s

Before you reset your old iPhone, remember to unpair and back up your Apple Watch to ensure a seamless transition to the new iPhone 6s. Here's how to successfully transfer your Apple Watch from your old iPhone to a new one. -- AppleInsider.

Verizon plans to share 'supercookie' tracking data with AOL ad network

Verizon plans to share 'supercookie' tracking data with AOL ad network

Beginning in November, Verizon will start sharing the data gathered by its so-called "supercookie" identifier with AOL's ad network -- potentially raising privacy and security concerns, a report noted. -- AppleInsider.


New Office for Mac 2011 update fixes Outlook sync bug with OS X El Capitan

New Office for Mac 2011 update fixes Outlook sync bug with OS X El Capitan

Microsoft has released an Office for Mac 2011 update to fix a major bug with OS X El Capitan, which previously prevented users from reading email in Outlook. -- AppleInsider.


Jimmy Iovine rails against 'freemium' price model, says most tech companies are 'culturally inept'

Jimmy Iovine rails against 'freemium' price model, says most tech companies are 'culturally inept'

At the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine said free-to-stream and so-called "freemium" pricing models are killing the music industry, saying tech companies that offer such services are profiting on the backs of artists. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware

Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware

According to a patent application, Apple is actively investigating the integration of inductive charging technology into its devices using multi-mode versions of electrical coils already found in speakers, microphones and haptic engines. -- AppleInsider.

Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free, drops license & Creative Cloud requirements

Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free, drops license & Creative Cloud requirements

The Lightroom photo workflow apps for iPhone and iPad are now completely free to use, ditching a former requirement to sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription or own the desktop software. -- AppleInsider.

Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard revealed in Apple's OS X 10.11.1 beta

Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard revealed in Apple's OS X 10.11.1 beta

Configuration files in Apple's latest beta of OS X 10.11.1 reveal a trio of new hardware updates likely to arrive soon: a new Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2, plus a Magic Keyboard. -- AppleInsider.

Apple removes certain content blockers from iOS App Store over security concerns

Apple removes certain content blockers from iOS App Store over security concerns

In a bid to protect users against potential man-in-the-middle attacks, Apple has confirmed the removal of multiple iOS content blockers, also referred to as ad blockers, that relied on the installation of root certificates to operate. -- AppleInsider.

Obama administration opts to avoid mandatory decryption for law enforcement requests

Obama administration opts to avoid mandatory decryption for law enforcement requests

The Obama administration will not force corporations to decrypt communications for law enforcement, FBI director James Comey announced at a U.S. Senate hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. -- New York Times.

How to use the new back button in iOS 9

How to use the new back button in iOS 9

One of the most notable -- albeit least trumpeted -- user-facing enhancements in iOS 9 is the new back button, which lets you quickly return to where you were when following links between apps. Confused how it works? Here's a concise explainer. -- AppleInsider.

How to use iOS 9's keyboard as a trackpad with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

How to use iOS 9's keyboard as a trackpad with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Apple's new pressure-sensing 3D Touch technology, introduced with iPhone 6s, lets users swiftly navigate iOS 9 with Quick Actions and "Peek and Pop" previews. A lesser known -- but equally functional -- feature turns iPhone's soft keyboard into a trackpad for granular cursor control, making text entry and navigation a snap. -- AppleInsider.

Apple removes several apps that could spy on encrypted traffic

Apple removes several apps that could spy on encrypted traffic

Apple has purged its iOS App Store of several titles that it said had the ability to compromise encrypted connections between end users and the servers they connect to. The company advised users to uninstall the apps from their iPhones and iPads to prevent potentially harmful monitoring, but it has yet to name any of the offending titles. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect (Video)

Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect (Video)

Connect is one of the coolest features of Apple Music to me. It allows artists to upload exclusive content for their fans-remixes, outtakes, videos, photos, and other posts-a direct connection between both sides. Apple posted a guided tour video for this element of Apple Music this week called Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect. If you aren't familiar with Connect, or if you have questions about it, check out this video. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Buys AI Company Perceptio

Apple Buys AI Company Perceptio

Apple snatched up another company to help make our iPhones smarter. This time it's Perceptio, a company that's been working on advanced artificial intelligence systems capable of running on smartphones without relying as much on remote servers for data processing. -- The Mac Observer.

LEGO Doctor Who

LEGO Doctor Who

If you've ever asked "Why can't I buy a LEGO Doctor Who TARDIS," now you have the answer: Because it isn't December yet. LEGO's first ever Doctor Who set, spawned from a LEGO Ideas submission, goes on sale December 1st. The US$59.99 kit includes the TARDIS exterior and control room, 11th and 12th Doctor minifigures, Clara minifigure, a weeping angel, and two Daleks. LEGO has licensing rights for Doctor Who, so it's a safe bet we'll see more kits with other Doctors in the future. Or maybe the past. Time is so wibbly wobbly. -- The Mac Observer.

The New Apple TV Turns its Back on 4K UHD, But the Industry Moves Forward with Vidity

The New Apple TV Turns its Back on 4K UHD, But the Industry Moves Forward with Vidity

The new, 4th generation Apple TV is due this month, and it won't support 4K UHD video. Yet the entire TV industry is laser focused on 4K UHD video. A technology called Vidity is part of that evolution and promises to return the customer to a simpler way to acquire and view content. How Apple will play in the process is still unfolding. -- The Mac Observer.

El Capitan: Seeing "Find My Friends" on Your Mac

El Capitan: Seeing

Today's Quick Tip is all about getting your Find My Friends info to show up on your Mac within Notification Center, which is a neat new ability under El Capitan. So if you're accustomed to using that app to see the locations of your chosen friends, then this article's for you! -- The Mac Observer.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on. -- The Mac Observer.

Read This Before You Install El Capitan

Read This Before You Install El Capitan

El Capitan (aka Mac OS X version 10.11) came out last week, but I've been working on OS X El Capitan For Dummies all summer, so I've been using it daily for months. I upgraded both of my Macs to the release version last week and I'm happy to report that both upgrades were as smooth as silk; in less than an hour I had both machines back at work without a single hiccup. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You're Measuring It Wrong

Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You're Measuring It Wrong

Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 9 Users Having Issues With POP Email Accounts and Attachments

iOS 9 Users Having Issues With POP Email Accounts and Attachments

Since iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16, some users with POP email accounts have been having trouble opening emails with attachments. There's a 22 page thread on the Apple discussion forums covering the issue, which currently has more than 200 replies from users who are all experiencing the same problem. -- MacRumors.

Oversight in GateKeeper allows for an easy bypass

Oversight in GateKeeper allows for an easy bypass

Apple's GateKeeper is a background technology in OS X that helps thwart malware. It does so by assessing three levels of identification for an app (Unsigned, Signed, and Signed with App Store distribution), and then imposing options to block execution of apps that are either unsigned, or not distributed through the App Store. However, a simple workaround exists that can allow malware to overcome Gatekeeper's blocks and run. -- MacIssues.

Reasons to both install and avoid OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Reasons to both install and avoid OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan upgrade is available for download, bringing a number of nuance improvements to the OS X experience, including split screen views for full-screen apps, a moveable Spotlight window, and tweaks to the Notes app, among others. However, the OS release is going to be quite similar to the release of Snow Leopard in comparison to Leopard, or Mountain Lion in comparison to Lion, where the OS brings more tweaks than any new features or re-designs. -- MacIssues.

How to overcome OS X 10.11 El Capitan not installing

How to overcome OS X 10.11 El Capitan not installing

As with prior versions of OS X, the new version 10.11 "El Capitan" is available as a free purchase from the App Store, and should then download and run to allow you to upgrade your system. If all goes well, you should see the OS X installation window that instructs you to begin the upgrade process, but there may be instances where this does not appear, or does not work when you attempt the install. -- MacIssues.

Fix package managers not working after installing El Capitan

Fix package managers not working after installing El Capitan

If you're a power user or have special software needs, then there are several package managers like Fink, MacPorts, and HomeBrew that can be used for accessing open-source software programs and services. If you have installed these a while ago on Yosemite, then you might find after upgrading to El Capitan that they no longer work, and give error outputs instead of updating or installing new programs you specify. -- MacIssues.

About OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' and Permissions Fixes

About OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' and Permissions Fixes

One of the common routines taken after installing software, upgrading the system, or otherwise heavily modifying an OS X installation, is to run a permissions fix on the boot drive. This is generally done with Disk Utility or Terminal commands. However, if you have installed El Capitan, you will notice permissions fix routines are now missing. -- MacIssues.

How to securely delete files in OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

How to securely delete files in OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

When you delete a file on your Mac, OS X only removes the index entry for the file, which tells the system the file's contents are free to be overwritten; however, the data still technically remains and may be recovered using specialty software. To prevent this, you can use a secure-erase option that overwrites files you delete, but while this has been a built-in option in OS X, Apple has removed this in at least the initial release of El Capitan. -- MacIssues.

Split View not working in El Capitan? Its an easy fix

Split View not working in El Capitan? Its an easy fix

One of El Capitan's new features is Split View, which similar to features introduced in Windows 7 allows you to quickly set an app to full screen in half your display's viewing area. With this approach, you can utilize maximal screen real estate to quickly work on two separate windows from different apps. This mode should be easy to access, but after installing El Capitan you may find Split View will not work. -- MacIssues.

How to see software disabled by OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

How to see software disabled by OS X 10.11 'El Capitan'

As with previous versions of OS X, when you install OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' the installer will detect any incompatible software you have on your system, and then disable it. However, by doing so OS X will not fully uninstall incompatible products, but instead only remove components that do not meet new requirements and which may cause instability if you run those programs. -- MacIssues.

Fix iBooks missing after upgrading to OS X El Capitan

Fix iBooks missing after upgrading to OS X El Capitan

After installing OS X El Capitan, you may find that iBooks will not access your book library. When you open the program, it will either show a blank window with no content, or display an error that states iBooks cannot access your library, and claim that the disk on which the library is stored cannot be located. If these happen to you, there is a relatively easy fix for the situation. -- MacIssues.

iOS 9 'Wi-Fi Assist' Could Lead To Huge Wireless Bills

iOS 9 'Wi-Fi Assist' Could Lead To Huge Wireless Bills

One of the new features introduced in iOS9 is "Wi-Fi Assist." This enables your phone to automatically switch from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That's helpful if you're in the middle of watching a video or some other task on the internet that you don't want interrupted by spotty Wi-Fi service. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi Assist is enabled by default, which means that users may exceed their data cap without knowing it because their phone is silently switching their data connection from Wi-Fi to cellular. -- CBCNEWS.

Office 2016 Proving Unstable With Apple's El Capitan

Office 2016 Proving Unstable With Apple's El Capitan

Users of Microsoft Office on the Mac are reporting widespread instabilities and conflicts after upgrading to the latest version of the Apple desktop operating system, El Capitan. The first indications that El Capitan and Office 2016 were not working well together came in a now epic thread at Microsoft Community. Many users have surmised that new restrictions in file permissions in El Capitan caused the problems initially, though nearly all agree that Office's Outlook email client is the critical point of failure in the current round of application crashes and loss of functionality. -- THE STACK.

About Wi-Fi Assist

About Wi-Fi Assist

With iOS 9, you can use Wi-Fi Assist to automatically switch to cellular when you have poor a Wi-Fi connection.<\p>

With Wi-Fi Assist, you can stay connected to the Internet even if you have a poor Wi-Fi connection. For example, if you're using Safari with a poor Wi-Fi connection and a webpage doesn't load, Wi-Fi Assist will activate and automatically switch to cellular so that the webpage continues to load. You can use Wi-Fi Assist with most apps like Safari, Apple Music, Mail, Maps, and more. -- Apple Support.

How to format a startup drive in El Capitan

How to format a startup drive in El Capitan

With the release of El Capitan, Apple took the opportunity to give Disk Utility a facelift. You can still use the software to format a startup drive--it's similar to the steps in the previous version.

This how-to goes through the steps of formatting a startup drive using Disk Utility 15 in El Capitan. If you're using an older version of Disk Utility, the steps are here. -- Macworld.

What happened to the first 10 Apple employees

What happened to the first 10 Apple employees

Apple, unlike any other company in the world, has its identity tied to one individual: Steve Jobs.

And without question, Jobs was the driving force that turned Apple into the world's most valuable tech company.

That's why there have been two new movies on Jobs this year -- a documentary and a biopic. That's why there was another best-selling book on Jobs released this year.

But Jobs didn't do it alone. -- Business Insider.

How to save email attachments in Mail for iPhone and iPad

How to save email attachments in Mail for iPhone and iPad

With iOS 9 you can now save email attachments to iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more!

You receive an email with a file attached to it, maybe a spreadsheet or presentation, a PDF or plain text. You don't just want to open it in an app, though. You want to save it somewhere you can remember and get to whenever you need to, and from any of your devices. That's where attachment saving comes in. With it, you can save any attachment you receive to any online storage service you use, including iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Then, you can access whenever you want, from wherever you want. -- iMore.

How to use email attachments in Mail for iPhone and iPad

How to use email attachments in Mail for iPhone and iPad

With iOS 9 you can attach files to your emails. At last, the productivity circle is complete!

You're writing an email and need to attach a file to it, perhaps an office or iWork document, or maybe a PDF or text file. Previously you would have need to go to an app, find the file, and send from there. No longer. With iOS 9, Apple has delivered. For security reasons, you still can't go wandering through the file system, but now you attach any file into any email from any storage provider app, including iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more. Here's how! -- iMore.

How to view iCloud Drive files on your iPhone and iPad

How to view iCloud Drive files on your iPhone and iPad

You can finally see iCloud Drive files right on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Here's how!

New with iOS 9 is the iCloud Drive app. It lets you see everything and anything stored in your iCloud Drive on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and even Mac. (It basically turns the DocumentPicker interface into its own app.) For some inexplicable reason, though, the iCloud Drive app starts off hidden by default. You're given a chance to show it when you first update, but if you miss it, you can still turn it back on at any time in Settings. And most people should! -- iMore.

10 more iOS 9 tips you need to know

10 more iOS 9 tips you need to know

I've been kicking iOS 9 around a little longer to unearth a few more ways to get more out of the OS -- Computerworld.

Updates to news will be random or non-existent for the next ten days, because I have some personal business I must take care of. I will be back here on a regular basis Oct. 12.

September 29Monday's News

 

Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality to HomeKit with Event Triggers

Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality to HomeKit with Event Triggers

With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple has added new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful --?including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory without making your iPhone forget it

iOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory without making your iPhone forget it

Starting with iOS 9, Apple has made it possible to disconnect an iPhone from a Bluetooth device without the need to "forget" the wireless accessory, making it easier to reconnect without going through the pairing process again. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases Xcode 7.0.1 with fixes for app thinning bugs

Apple releases Xcode 7.0.1 with fixes for app thinning bugs

Apple issued a minor update to Xcode on Monday, fixing several bugs related to the development suite's support for iOS 9 app thinning. -- AppleInsider.

Apple imagines animated 3D Maps with rippling water, realtime reflections

Apple imagines animated 3D Maps with rippling water, realtime reflections

Apple Maps might reach a new level of immersion if Apple opts to integrate newly patented technology that animates water, foliage and other dynamic objects based on touch, motion and sound. -- AppleInsider.

As crucial deadline approaches, Apple finally explains how Apple Music works

As crucial deadline approaches, Apple finally explains how Apple Music works

With just days to go before free Apple Music trials start to expire, Cupertino is finally getting serious about explaining exactly how its streaming music service works.

A new wave of "guided tour” videos demystifies Apple Music's functionality and features -- but will this marketing and educational push be too little, too late to stop a wave of defectors from leaving the fledgeling service at a critical time? -- Cult of Mac.

Avoid data overage charges with this hidden iOS 9 setting

Avoid data overage charges with this hidden iOS 9 setting

iOS 9's Wi-Fi Assist feature helps when you're connected to a slow Wi-Fi connection by kicking in your cellular data network to help things seem a bit snappier.

The problem is that it can also rack up some data charges if you end up going over your data cap. If you've got a limited data plan with your wireless carrier, you'll want to find this iOS 9 setting, which is on by default, and kind of buried in the Settings. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple reveals just how seriously it takes your privacy

Apple reveals just how seriously it takes your privacy

Apple has updated its website with new details about about its privacy policy and how it uses customer data.

Under the heading "The most personal technology must also be the most private,” the site runs down all of Apple's core services, and explains how Apple protects user data in each case. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Explains 3D Touch with a Cool Video

Apple Explains 3D Touch with a Cool Video

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus doesn't let your reach inside your smartphone's display. It's actually a really cool way to make things happen without needing to drill down through lots of menus, or in some cases, even opening an app. Think of 3D Touch sort of like a hyper-contextual menu. Apple figured that might be easier to explain with a demonstration, so the company put together an awesome video showing some of the ways 3D Touch can help you out.

iOS 9: The Difference Between Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Assist Explained

iOS 9: The Difference Between Wi-Fi Calling & Wi-Fi Assist Explained

iOS 8 Introduced Wi-Fi Calling and iOS 9 introduced what's called Wi-Fi Assist. They're two distinctly different features. The first has no downside, but the second could, and it's turned on by default in iOS 9. John Martellaro explains. -- The Mac Observer.

Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements From Original iPhone to iPhone 6s

Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements From Original iPhone to iPhone 6s

Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany has taken a series of comparison shots that demonstrate how the iPhone has improved over the years, with photographs taken with every model of iPhone beginning with the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s. -- snapsnapsnap.

Quick fixes for static and other audio problems on your Mac

Quick fixes for static and other audio problems on your Mac

The basic audio setup in OS X systems has very few options for customization, and therefore should conform to standards that are used by most applications and audio hardware. However, there may be times when a configuration error or two results in odd problems with your Mac's audio. These can include static in your audio output, lack of ample volume, inability to change volume, lack of stereo output, or no output at all. -- MacIssues.

Stop Googling. Let's Talk.

Stop Googling. Let's Talk.

College students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected. They say it's a skill they mastered in middle school when they wanted to text in class without getting caught. Now they use it when they want to be both with their friends and, as some put it, "elsewhere.” -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 28 Patents Today Covering an iPhone with a Glass Wraparound Design, Gesture Password UI & more

Apple Granted 28 Patents Today Covering an iPhone with a Glass Wraparound Design, Gesture Password UI & more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an iPhone invention that covers an advanced glass wraparound display design, a new password entry user interface based on gestures instead of alpha-numeric or biometrics alone a new design patent win for Apple Watch. 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.

iPhone 6s's A9 Processor Racks Up Impressive Benchmarks

iPhone 6s's A9 Processor Racks Up Impressive Benchmarks

Underneath the hood of Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models is a new custom designed System-on-Chip (SoC) that Apple has dubbed its A9 processor. It's a 64-bit chip that, according to Apple, is the most advanced ever built for any smartphone, and that's just one of many claims coming out of Cupertino. Apple is also claiming a level of gaming performance on par with dedicated game consoles and with a graphics engine that's 90 percent faster than the previous generation. For compute chores, Apple says the A9 chip improves overall CPU performance by up to 70 percent. -- HotHardWare.

Bad low-light photos on iPhone 6s? Try turning off Live Photos for a better picture

Bad low-light photos on iPhone 6s? Try turning off Live Photos for a better picture

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have new cameras on the front and rear as well as featuring the new Live Photos mode, a combination of photo and short 3 second video, which is enabled by default. The quality of both cameras has been considerably improved, beyond the raw increase to 12-megapixel back camera and 5 megapixel front camera. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 6s diary: Putting the camera to the test, with interesting results

iPhone 6s diary: Putting the camera to the test, with interesting results

I should open by saying I'm a tough sell where cameraphones are concerned. My primary camera is a Nikon D3 full-frame 35mm DSLR with a set of lenses that takes the total cost well into 'let's never do the sums' territory, so the bar is set rather high. -- 9to5Mac.

How to repair/replace iPhone 6s/6s Plus battery and display (Guides)

How to repair/replace iPhone 6s/6s Plus battery and display (Guides)

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus officially going on sale and delivering to pre-order customers over the weekend, it's just a matter of time before you smash your display to pieces and drain your battery's capacity. While some screen breaking and defective batteries might be covered under AppleCare and the 1 year hardware warranty included with all iPhones, otherwise you'll need to refer to one of these handy guides from our friends at iFixit. -- 9to5Mac.

Pixar development team tests iPad Pro & Apple Pencil, says palm-rejection is perfect

Pixar development team tests iPad Pro & Apple Pencil, says palm-rejection is perfect

When the launch presentation failed to show a hand resting on the iPad screen, some had wondered about the ability of the device to handle palm-rejection -- ignore the touches the screen would detect simply from the palm, heel or side of the hand resting on it while drawing. From the comment made by Johnson in response to a question, it appears there is nothing to worry about. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone app may push New York Powerball lottery jackpot to new record

iPhone app may push New York Powerball lottery jackpot to new record

If you want to play New York's Powerball lottery without having to queue at a grocery store for a ticket, there's now an app for that. Jackpot allows you to use your iPhone to buy tickets -- and the developer says it expects take-up to "significantly increase” jackpots. This week's jackpot is currently sitting at a near-record $301M. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's 'hella ugly' new font backlash: From cool standard to the new Comic Sans in one iOS update

Apple's 'hella ugly' new font backlash: From cool standard to the new Comic Sans in one iOS update

Apple's world domination has just taken another step forward: The company with the world's largest market recently decided that the letters and numbers we look at when we use their devices would undergo a change. The Cupertino-based corporation rolled the new font out gradually and quietly -- one of the first appearances was on jackets Apple gave out -- but it's landed now and starting to provoke responses, some of them quite sharp. "The world's most beloved typeface has been dumped,” -- Wired.

iPhone 6s -3D Touch is more than a gimmick

iPhone 6s -3D Touch is more than a gimmick

On Friday, Apple launched the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. What I was particularly interested in though, was not the new aluminum, new color, extra memory or faster processor. What piqued my interest was 3D Touch. Over the weekend I visited the Fashion Island Apple Store in Irvine, CA to give the new iPhones a spin. What I experienced was impressive. 3D Touch is more than a gimmick, it is something that is quite useful, and I wish my iPhone 6 could take advantage. -- Two Guys And A Podcast.

September 28Monday's News

 

AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone 6s, answers questions about watchOS 2 & much more

AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone 6s, answers questions about watchOS 2 & much more

On this week's AppleInsider podcast, Dan and Victor talk hands-on wit the new Phone 6s, Mikey and Neil discuss iOS 9 adoption, Neil's favorite features of watchOS 2, and content blockers. We also discuss some of the ways the iPhone and now the Apple Watch act as assistive devices, and Mikey's appearance on MSNBC. -- 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 iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now officially on sale, 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. -- AppleInsider.

Tips: How to adjust 3D Touch sensitivity on your new iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Tips: How to adjust 3D Touch sensitivity on your new iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Apple's new pressure sensitive 3D Touch can be adjusted for sensitivity, allowing users to require more or less force to invoke the input method. Here's how you can customize it to your liking. -- AppleInsider.

The best 3D Touch-enabled apps available for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

The best 3D Touch-enabled apps available for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple released its latest and greatest iPhone on Friday with an all-new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch input system that introduces novel user interactions like "peek and pop," Quick Actions, added gesture control and more. To help get new iPhone 6s owners started, we put together a list of the best apps that take advantage of the handset's unique capabilities. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 9: Apple makes it easier to upgrade with automatic overnight updates, smaller files

Inside iOS 9: Apple makes it easier to upgrade with automatic overnight updates, smaller files

In a bid to drive the already-impressive iOS upgrade rate even higher, Apple has brought a bit of OS X to iOS 9 with a new automatic installation option that will let iPhones and iPads update themselves -- at a convenient time for the user. -- AppleInsider.

Reported iOS 9 compass/gyroscope bug affects iPhone 6s augmented reality apps

Reported iOS 9 compass/gyroscope bug affects iPhone 6s augmented reality apps

A potential bug discovered in Apple's latest iOS 9 release appears to be impacting certain apps running on iPhone 6s that tap into compass and gyroscope data, in some cases affecting key assets that render some features unusable. -- AppleInsider.

How hackers can access iPhone contacts and photos without a password

How hackers can access iPhone contacts and photos without a password

iPhone users have yet another screenlock bypass vulnerability to watch out for, according to a new video demonstration that shows how the bug can be exploited to gain unauthorized access to photos and contacts. -- Ars Technica.

11 killer iPhone 6s tips everyone needs to know

11 killer iPhone 6s tips everyone needs to know

Even though the iPhone 6s look identical to its predecessor, using the new smartphone is actually way different thanks to 3D Touch and the new Peek and Pop gestures that essentially provide wormholes to other apps. Getting up to speed with the new input method can take some time, so we've compiled a list of all the sweet little features you probably didn't know about. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone 6s Super Guide

Cult of Mac Magazine Special Edition: iPhone 6s Super Guide

We're excited! This week marks the launch of our brand-new Cult of Mac Magazine app, version 2.0!

We've redesigned it to make it even easier to get all of the best Cult of Mac content in a version that's optimized for touchscreen displays. Just zoom in with your finger and thumb to pull up a story. When you get to the end, it will automatically bring up the next one.

We've created a special issue for you this week, as well, as we bring you our iPhone 6s Super Guide, chock-full of handy info on setting up that brand new shiny iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, along with a ton of great tips on using Apple's latest iOS 9 like a crazy bossman. -- Cult of Mac.

Cult of Mac will pay top dollar for your used iPhone

Cult of Mac will pay top dollar for your used iPhone

Every year, millions of older smartphones get dumped. Cult of Mac hopes to change that with a new buyback service that pays more than similar programs. -- Cult of Mac.

Upgrading to an iPhone 6s? Don't Forget to Backup First

Upgrading to an iPhone 6s? Don't Forget to Backup First

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders are arriving today, and you can buy Apple's latest smartphone in stores now, too. Before you activate your shiny new iPhone, however, you need to back up your old one. That'll ensure you see everything you expect on your new phone after you finish the setup process. [You may remember my little desister last week. -mam ] -- The Mac Observer.

iPhone 6s First Impressions: Touch ID is Super Fast, Live Photos Are a Gimmick and Rose Gold is Not Too Pink

iPhone 6s First Impressions: Touch ID is Super Fast, Live Photos Are a Gimmick and Rose Gold is Not Too Pink

We're well into the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch day, which means people all over the world are receiving their devices either via delivery or from Apple retail locations. On the MacRumors forums, customers who have an iPhone in hand have started sharing their first impressions of the device, giving us a look at release reactions from the general public. -- MacRumors.

iPhone Upgrade Program Causing Headaches for Some Launch Day Customers

iPhone Upgrade Program Causing Headaches for Some Launch Day Customers

Apple launched its iPhone Upgrade Program today in the U.S., enabling customers to purchase the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with AppleCare+ coverage included for 24 equal payments of between around $30 and $45 per month depending on the model. After at least 12 monthly payments, the customer can upgrade to a new iPhone and restart the 24-month payment cycle. -- MacRumors.

Live Photos Shown Off In New Hands-On Video

Live Photos Shown Off In New Hands-On Video

One of the brand new features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is Live Photos, which captures an additional 3 seconds of video around a still image and plays it through when a user 3D Touches the photo. We went hands on with the new feature and experimented with it. -- MacRumors.

Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood

Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood

For all the sophistication of modern cars, recent hacking episodes and the Volkswagen scandal show the risks that come with advances.

New high-end cars are among the most sophisticated machines on the planet, containing 100 million or more lines of code. Compare that with about 60 million lines of code in all of Facebook or 50 million in the Large Hadron Collider. -- New York Times.

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips

Fifty years after Gordon Moore made the galvanizing prediction known as Moore's Law, growth in computing power is slowing.

At the inaugural International Solid-State Circuits Conference held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1960, a young computer engineer named Douglas Engelbart introduced the electronics industry to the remarkably simple but groundbreaking concept of "scaling." -- New York Times.

Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

Apple has opened the iPhone 6s spigot. If you are one of those getting a new iPhone, but you have an Apple Watch paired with your old phone, there are a few steps you need to take to make your Apple Watch and your new iPhone happy together. -- TidBITS.

This documentary film was shot entirely in 4K on the new iPhone 6s Plus

This documentary film was shot entirely in 4K on the new iPhone 6s Plus

We've seen some great photo galleries from professional photographers using the new iPhone 6s ahead of its retail launch today, but now we get our best look yet at the upgraded camera's new 4K video ability courtesy of ryot.org.

'The Painter of Jalouzi' is a short documentary (embedded below) following one man's mission to transform a slum in Haiti by painting the drab surroundings on the town's hillside buildings in bright colors. The film was done by David Darg & Bryn Mooser for Ryot and shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. The team shared some thoughts on the experience filming with iPhone 6s Plus. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 6s diary: Day one first impressions -- forget the similarities, this is a whole new phone

iPhone 6s diary: Day one first impressions -- forget the similarities, this is a whole new phone

Put the iPhone 6s next to its predecessor, and I'd challenge anyone to tell them apart. You start to notice the difference as soon as you put your thumb on the Touch ID sensor. Apple says that the new sensor is faster, and I was surprised to find that the difference -- while small -- is definitely noticeable. I had to use both a number of times to persuade myself that it wasn't just a placebo effect, but I did end up convinced. -- 9to5Mac.

New videos compare Touch ID speeds on iPhone 5s, 6, and 6s

New videos compare Touch ID speeds on iPhone 5s, 6, and 6s

Apple announced during the iPhone 6s keynote earlier this month that the phone would include a second-generation Touch ID system that was much faster than its predecessor. Now that iPhone buyers are starting to get their handsets delivered, it's possible to test just how much faster. -- 9to5Mac.

Touch ID on the iPhone 6s is fast, but not so fast you can't access the lockscreen

Touch ID on the iPhone 6s is fast, but not so fast you can't access the lockscreen

There have been some reports that Touch ID on the iPhone 6s is now so fast that you can no longer access the lockscreen, as it unlocks as soon as you touch the home button.

This is a slight exaggeration: Touch ID is indeed much faster than older models, but not quite instant, as the above video shows. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone 6s review: Pretty on the outside, a beast on the inside

iPhone 6s review: Pretty on the outside, a beast on the inside

The iPhone 6s looks just like its predecessor, but new features make this year's model much, much more than just an "incremental" upgrade. An iPhone 6s review. -- Macworld.

Changes in OS X 5.0 that will impact the enterprise

Changes in OS X 5.0 that will impact the enterprise

It seems like only yesterday that we discussed the change log for OS X Server 4.1 (Yosemite) and how it addressed certain issues and fixes. And yet, here we are, only a week out from the imminent release of 10.11--"El Capitan"--that Apple has gifted us with Server 5.0.

Jesus Vigo reviews some of the higher profile changes made to Apple's OS X Server in the recent 5.0.4 release and how they'll impact SMB and enterprise users. -- TechRepublic.

Apple buys 11 map startups -- but still trails Google

Apple buys 11 map startups -- but still trails Google

Apple bought HopStop in 2013, and come October it will shut it down.

But HopStop's technology is already fueling Apple's plan to overhaul its maps, which severely lag behind the competition. Analysts say mapping is a priority the company must get right to successfully develop autonomous cars. -- CNNMoney.

One Man's Opinion: iPhone 6S Purchase Experience

One Man's Opinion: iPhone 6S Purchase Experience

This past Friday I, like millions of others, made the journey to my local Chicago Apple Store to pick up the new iPhone 6S. But unlike most of those millions, this was my first launch... as a non-Apple Employee.

I worked for Apple for just under 4 years and haven't been with them for about 1.75 years. I quit for a lot of reasons and got a different job with more flexibility. To make a long story short, I just got ANOTHER brand new job that offered to compensate me for not only the purchase of a smart phone, but my plan for one as well (since I'll be using it for work, etc). In anticipation of this wonderful news I had already RESERVED my new iPhone at the Apple Store of my choosing the day that they went on Pre-Order. Meaning that on launch day I could walk in, give my name, and there would be the phone I'd selected waiting for me. No nail biting tension of waiting at midnight, in a sleeping bag, to hope they had my color, carrier, and capacity. I currently had the iPhone 5S, which I had been using for nearly 2 years. It was a good phone that whole time, but it was starting, to the trained eye at least, to be a little sluggish and not hold a charge as well as it used to.

Launch day came! When I was Reserving the phone online, it asked me to select a time frame for pick up. Since this was the first time I'd ever seen Apple do this, knowing what I know about launch days at an Apple Store, and it also falling on the day after my Birthday, I opted for a 1:00PM-1:30PM time slot. My girlfriend was getting out of her rehearsal in the area of the Store around 12ish so we choose to just meet at the store and get my phone.

I got to the store just a few minutes after 12PM, just in case there was an enormous line, even for people with Reserved phones, and to my surprise, there wasn't! There was a 10-12 person line for people with Reserved phones, and a second line of around 20 people PRAYING someone didn't show up for their reservation and they could scoop up whatever phones were left. When I got in the back of the line, the young lady managing the outside queue went down the row and asked us each what time our reservation was for. Most said either 12PM or 12:30PM, and when she got to me, I said, "1PM." She said, "Great, you're earlier. Just gotta get the 12 o'clockers taken care of first." After about 10 minutes my girlfriend arrived and joined me in line, and only another 5-10 minutes later, I was at the front. The line had grown behind me to about 30-40 people at this point, but I didn't care, I was in front. I gave the young lady my name and she said, "Oh, yea. You have a 1PM time. I'm going to have to take all the people that have 12 or 12:30 reservations before you." (of which the line solely consisted). I asked her, "So I've been waiting this whole time, and there's no possibility, even though I'm already here, of being seen and getting my phone right now??" As I said this she paired up a Specialist with a customer waiting directly behind me in line, so clearly she was going to help the other 40 people before myself. She apologized for not being more clear and offered to let me wait at the front of the line until 1PM. This was not appealing to either myself, or my girlfriend who had not yet had lunch.

First let me say, that I've done the job of outside queue management on Launch Days at an Apple Store, and it is, by far, one of the worst and most difficult tasks I've ever done. I'd rather clean the bathrooms (seriously) than have to do that job. So I get it, she's been there since the crack of dawn, probably had several people already yell at her or lose their @#*& because they didn't have the right phone, so I was prepared to cut a lot of slack here. I asked her, after seeing two other people be taken in front of me, "Any chance of my being seen before 1PM?" She said there wasn't. I told her, calmly and quietly, "Hey, I get it. I used to work here and I've done this job, it sucks. But if I can offer any feedback (Apple internal lingo) to you, just let people know the expectations before they wait in line."

My girlfriend and I went to grab a bite to eat around the corner and came back around 1:10PM. While at lunch my girlfriend did make the keen observation that she had never heard of ANY place where you could not be seen early if you arrived ahead of time and were obviously next in line. We both shrugged it off and waited again. This time the line moved even faster! We waited for less than 10 minutes and were paired up with a Specialist who walked us through the rather crowded store to a place a table in the back to get the ball rolling. My specialist was a lady in her mid to late 60's who seemed happy and eager enough to help me, especially when I told her I used to work here and knew the in's and out's of what a day like this was to work. Well she went to punch in my name to get my reserved phone brought out from the back only to find that her AppleConnect password, which resets itself every 90 days for security reasons, had chosen right now to do so. Meaning she was going to have to go downstairs, spend 15 minutes at a computer to reset it and then come back up and get my phone brought out to get sell it to me. Again, I get it, things like that used to happen to me too. I assured it that I knew it wasn't her fault and my phone wasn't going anywhere, but she was very thoughtful went to go grab another Specialist to help me faster.

While she was away, about 10 minutes, I looked around the store and took stock of what this launch day felt like, and if I may be honest; it felt completely joyless. I didn't feel any of the excitement, electricity or energy that you would normally expect on a new product day. First, I could barely tell who the employees were, thanks to those horrendous new grey shirts they were all given, and second I think less then 20% of the employees I did see had a smile or pleasant look on their face. Launch days used to be great! Management didn't care about overtime, the store always brought in tons of food for the day, and customers were usually just as happy to get their new iProduct. But I didn't feel any of that from this store. Maybe it was just this particular location (Lincoln Park, Chicago) or maybe it was like that all morning and this was the mid-day slump. Who knows?

The very nice lady found another specialist, a man I'd met before at this store, and the process continued as normal. He brought out the phone, I traded my old one for value towards the new one, and since all I needed to do was swap SIM cards and not have to activate it, I was a supremely easy customer (I've literally activated thousands of phones in my time, I know the drill). I had a nice chat with the man, who was also in his late 60's, and it was time to open up my phone. I admit to always being a little excited at this point, I can't help it, I'm a geek. But then, to my amazement, the man opened the packaging, removed the phone, swapped my SIM cards, took the plastic off the phone, and proceeded to start it up, without so much as letting me look at it first. Again, I've done that process a thousand times, but each time (and we're taught to) I always asked the customer if they would like to open it up and do it themselves. At that point it's theirs. They've paid for it, I've swiped their card and taken their money. Apple no longer owns that phone. I didn't let it get to me, but still I would have been nice to unwrap my own Birthday present.

So he eventually handed me my phone, I did the rest of the setup myself and we went about our day, and so far I'm loving my iPhone 6S Plus (oh yes... I got the big one)!

To sum up, I can't say that I had a bad experience at the store yet I also can't say that I had a "great" one either. The entire process felt very robotic, lack luster and somewhat run-of-the-mill. As I said, this was my first experience of a launch day from the customer's point of view, and I did take a lot away from the trip. Apple Retail is not, in almost any way, the same beast that it was when I started working for them almost 5 years ago. It has become a gigantic robot that churns out immense levels of product and money and fortunately does still employee some very good people. I'm not deterred by my experience, and I'll still continue to buy Apple products. Always owned them and probably always will. Some people say that Apple is starting to lose it's soul and that it's beginning to get so big that it's losing sight of what it was all about in the first place, "Thinking Different," and in small ways, I agree with them.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

How to enable 1080p Slo-mo videos on iPhone 6s

How to enable 1080p Slo-mo videos on iPhone 6s

The iPhone 6s iSight camera received several remarkable improvements this year, headlined by its ability to shoot 4K video. Another big feature is its ability to shoot slow motion videos in 1080p. Older iPhones, like the iPhone 6, were only capable of shooting "Slo-mo" videos in 720p resolution. With the new iPhone 6s, you can now enjoy slow motion videos in full HD glory. -- iDownload Blog.

Here's how to stop iOS 9 using up all your data

Here's how to stop iOS 9 using up all your data

Alongside split-screen apps, Apple News, better Maps, and improved battery life, iOS 9 has a new feature: WiFi Assist. When your wireless internet connection is poor, your iPhone will compensate by switching back and forth between cellular and Wi-Fi, improving the experience of using the internet.

In Settings, Apple describes WiFi Assist as letting users "automatically use mobile data when WiFi connectivity is poor."

While this is fine in theory, some users are seeing dramatic increases in data use without changing their browsing habits. While many users have seen a small increase in use -- around a gigabyte -- others have seen a jump from 1GB to 7GB since updating to iOS 9. The issue was first spotted by Quartz. -- Business Insider.

How to enable Safari ad-blockers in iOS 9

How to enable Safari ad-blockers in iOS 9

As soon as Apple allowed ad-blocking extensions to work in Safari in iOS 9, a slew of apps popped up in the App Store promising iOS users a far more pleasant mobile browsing experience--one without pesky ads. -- Macworld.

How to stop Apple Music from automatically renewing your membership

How to stop Apple Music from automatically renewing your membership

You've given Apple Music a try, but it's not for you. Here's how to prevent Apple from charging your account now that the three-month trial is just about over. -- Macworld.

Stupid iOS 9 bug makes me regret buying an iPhone 6s

Stupid iOS 9 bug makes me regret buying an iPhone 6s

The bug I'm referring to affects the Mobile Data settings. The iPhone lets you choose which apps can use your cellular connection. A handy feature which stops unnecessary data consumption and helps keep costs down. Except the bug in iOS 9 prevents certain apps from using mobile data -- at all, ever. -- BetaNews.

Jeff Atwood NY Daily News Op-Ed: Learning To Code Is Overrated

Jeff Atwood NY Daily News Op-Ed: Learning To Code Is Overrated

Responding to New York City's much-ballyhooed $81 million initiative to require all of the city's public schools to offer CS to all students, Coding Horror's Jeff Atwood has penned a guest column for the NY Daily News which cautions that learning to code isn't all it's cracked up to be. -- New York Daily News.

Stop Taking All the Fun Out of Science

Stop Taking All the Fun Out of Science

Heidi Stevens writes in the Chicago Tribune that according to NASA astronaut Mae Jemison schools treat science like the class where fun goes to die. "Kids come out of the chute liking science. They ask, 'How come? Why? What's this?' They pick up stuff to examine it. We might not call that science, but it's discovering the world around us," says Jemison. "Once we get them in school, we turn science from discovery and hands-on to something you're supposed to do through rote memorization." But science doesn't have to be that way says Jemison. -- Chicago Tribune.