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November 20Friday's News

 

One Man's Opinion: Migration Assistant

One Man's Opinion: Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant is a vacum cleaner!

At my house I have a 2009 iMac. It has been great (as good as a Mac Plus or Mac IIci) and there is nothing bad I can say about it.

About a year ago it got a single (two inch) vertical line of dead pixels. But this did not bother me as we had lived together so long and love overlooks small blemishes.

But then it developed severe arthritis (two hours to boot and load everything and I knew that soon it would freeze solid) so I knew something had to be done. I had to end its suffering. I would NEVER have gotten a new Mac otherwise.

So I ordered a shiny new 21" iMac. And after 10 days it arrived yesterday. Yeah!

So last night when I got home (about 5:00 p.m.) I anticipated having everything transfered and my new iMac and peripherals set up before supper.

I have been working with Apple equipment for 31 years. I have supported it, physically opened (case spreader) and modified it, run networks for it, written software manuals, created software installers for it, tested versions of Mac OS and helped develop software for it. I even ran an alpha version of the threaded OS Copeland (it could not stay up for ten minutes without crashing) Apple tried to build on top of Mac OS before they gave up and adopted NEXT and developed OS X.

So I delude myself into believing that I know what I am doing and how to do things. So this should be easy for me. Right?

I connect both iMacs with my ethernet cable, which I know to be good, and fire up Migration Assistant on the old iMac. Then start up the new iMac which asked me all the usual questions and if I want to import from another Mac. I said yes and it fired up Migration Assistant.

A couple words about iMac connectivity.

My wonderful old iMac has:
USB 4 - 480 MBit/s
FireWire 1 - 800 MBit/s (7 watts)
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)

My shiny new iMac has:
USB 4 - up to 5 Gbps
FireWire None
Thunderbolt 2 - up to 20 Gbps
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)

You can see that I have a limited number of choices as to how I connect.

I have WIFI at my house. Works great. Use it constantly for everything.

This is what my shiny new iMac sees and decides to use to connect to my beautiful old iMac. Migration Assistant does not give me ANY other option, even though the progress screen tells me the WIFI will be slow and for faster transfer I should connect an Ethernet cable between the two iMacs. ??!!??!!

So I say, "What the hell. As long as it gets done I don't care how long. I can wait or let it run overnight." If things only worked like they should.

Remember when there was no Apple software that didn't work correctly, that how it worked was obvious and a restart fixed everything?

I miss those days.

So Migration Assistant is making progress at about 20MBS. Fine by me. Then MBS starts to drop off and when Migration Assistant reaches about 40-45% it stops and tells me it has lost communication with the old iMac.

My WIFI, Router, cable moden and both iMacs are not only visible during this process, they are within reach. The WIFI, and everything else), is up running and working. I know because I can use my phone and my wife in the other room on her iPad has not yelled at me.

Nothing to do but reboot and try again. After all, stuff happens right? And this is OS X not Mac OS.

Only the same thing happens again and again and again... (I am nothing if not persistent.)

During this process I did email Tim the Enchanter (he suggest using FireWire or Thunderbolt to connect [see connectivity above]) but he could not offer a solution or explain why there was no recognition of the Ethernet cable.

I did not figure this out. OS X and the new Macs are so closed (a delebrite Apple decision to require you to come back to them for everything.) There is nothing I can do but retry and cuss.

I did both and gave up and went to bed at midnight.

It is still not done.

If, or when, I find a solution I will be letting you know.

I am not happy. :-(( I have a shiny new iMac I can not use and a beautiful old slow iMac I can use.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Apple Pencil torn apart to find incredibly small logic board, folded in half to maximize space

Apple Pencil torn apart to find incredibly small logic board, folded in half to maximize space

The new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro packs a great deal of advanced technology into a tiny package, including a logic board that's actually folded in half to fit inside the writing tool. -- AppleInsider.

Apple acknowledges iPad Pro screen blackouts, offers no immediate word of upcoming fix

Apple acknowledges iPad Pro screen blackouts, offers no immediate word of upcoming fix

Apple on Thursday posted a new support document on its website, responding to complaints about iPad Pros suddenly going black and refusing to accept touch or button input. -- AppleInsider.

First look: Apple Pencil paired with iPad Pro is no ordinary stylus

First look: Apple Pencil paired with iPad Pro is no ordinary stylus

Still a rare find, with asking prices on eBay double -- or more -- its $99 suggested price, the Apple Pencil is slowly finding its way into the hands of consumers who are early adopters of the jumbo-sized iPad Pro. AppleInsider had the chance to spend an extended period of time with the new stylus, and we offer our initial first look. -- AppleInsider.

Apple 'Investigating' iPad Pros Unresponsive After Charging, Recommends Restart as Interim Fix

Apple 'Investigating' iPad Pros Unresponsive After Charging, Recommends Restart as Interim Fix

Shortly after the launch of the iPad Pro, buyers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has now responded to those complaints with a support document letting customers know it's looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix. -- MacRumors.

How to view system identification at the OS X login window

How to view system identification at the OS X login window

When logging into a Mac you generally see your list of usernames that you can click, followed by a password entry field. While you can enable other features such as a the shutdown and restart buttons, as well as the system's input menu, these are fairly static functions that offer utility but no additional information about the system. However, being able to identify a system at the login window may be useful, and in OS X there are two ways to accomplish this. -- MacIssues.

How To Unlock iPad Pro's full potential w/ iOS 9 features, third-party apps, much more

How To Unlock iPad Pro's full potential w/ iOS 9 features, third-party apps, much more

If you haven't mastered iOS 9 and all its new tricks introduced in September, then it's easy to find yourself using the iPad Pro as just a jumbo iPad Air or iPad mini. But new multitasking features like Picture in Picture, Split View, and Slide Over transform the iPad Pro experience and shine on the larger display if you know how to use them and which apps work. And while the iPad Pro doesn't have 3D Touch like new iPhones, there's a similar keyboard cursor gesture to now about. All that plus much more on unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro. -- 9to5Mac.

OS X Mail: Forwarding Multiple Messages

OS X Mail: Forwarding Multiple Messages

Today's Quick Tip is about forwarding messages in Mail under OS X. If you need to show someone a chain of emails, for example, and you don't want to have to forward them one at a time, then this tip'll make you happy. And you can choose whether to send them all in the body of your message or as attachments! Neato. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's dirty little secret: sucky software

Apple's dirty little secret: sucky software

Oh Apple, what happened to the days when you were the interface of choice because you were easier to understand than any other tech product?

If you have experienced the company's recent products you know that those days are far in the past, sacrificed to thinner, lighter, more beautiful hardware sold with any old software the company can push out. -- Phoenix Business Journal.

What to do when OS X Recovery Mode lets you down

What to do when OS X Recovery Mode lets you down

Despite our undeserved reputation of complacency, every Mac user knows that sometimes things go wrong. When they do we can usually boot up Disk Recovery mode to try to deal with it. In this short guide I'll tell you how to do that and share three other ways to save your Mac life.

When things go wrong try Recovery Mode. All you need to do to access this is Restart your Mac and hold Command-R when you hear the startup sound. You can release these keys once the Apple symbol and grey progress bar appear on your display.

But what can you do if this doesn't work? -- Computerworld.

Discover the Best, and Free, Alternatives to Well-Known Mac Apps

Discover the Best, and Free, Alternatives to Well-Known Mac Apps

It's great to get a new computer. Everything is new and shinny, but a new system has few programs pre-loaded. You look in the App Store and on the web, but many of the popular programs are so expensive.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. I'll show you some free programs that are great, some cheaper for pay programs, and ways to get the more expensive programs for pennies. -- Tuts+.

Siri poses privacy and security risks for iPhone users

Siri poses privacy and security risks for iPhone users

Digital assistants such as Siri are billed as great time-savers, and there's no denying that Apple's voice-activated feature can be a real help. But security experts at Trend Micro warn that it also poses a serious privacy risk for iPhone owners. -- BetaNews.

The iPad Pro Experiment: The Pencil arrives, and it's going to change my life

The iPad Pro Experiment: The Pencil arrives, and it's going to change my life

Hey, folks! It's been a few days, for which I apologize--I managed to get a hold of an Apple Pencil on Wednesday, and all writing time got thrown out the window in favor of some heavy-duty stylus testing. If you're an artist looking forward to hearing more about the iPad Pro, this is the journaling day for you. -- iMore.

I missed you yesterday but I was home being sick. -mam

November 19Tuesday's News

 

Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.11.2 to developers for testing

Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.11.2 to developers for testing

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now access the fourth pre-release beta of OS X 10.11.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for its OS X El Capitan operating system.

Identified as build 15C47a, the new beta was released on Apple's developer website and via the Mac App Store on Tuesday. The forthcoming update is not expected to hold major feature additions, but should bring the usual assortment of backend.

Developers have been asked to focus their testing on Calendar, graphics, Mail, networking, Notes, Photos, Spotlight, USB and Wi-Fi, features under constant refinement. The company has been on a weekly schedule in pushing out OS X betas, the most recent of which contained minor changes to the same focus areas.

Apple markets iPad in arts & science education with new profiles

Apple markets iPad in arts & science education with new profiles

Apple on Tuesday posted two new profiles to its "iPad in Education" subsite as part of an ongoing campaign to promote the tablet's uses in arts and science classrooms. -- AppleInsider.

Apple provides fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to developers, public testers

Apple provides fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to developers, public testers

The fourth beta of iOS 9.2 was released on Wednesday to both registered developers and public beta testers, supporting third-party action extensions within Safari, as well as AT&T's new NumberSync feature.

The fourth beta of iOS 9.2 is identified as build 13C5075. It is available over the air to registered devices through Software Update, via iTunes, or can be downloaded from Apple's developer portal.

The new build arrives eight days after Apple issued the third beta of iOS 9.2 to developers.

The most notable change in iOS 9.2 revealed by Apple is a change to how the Safari Web browser works in third-party apps, enabling user-installed extensions to operate in those conditions. It also supports AT&T's forthcoming NumberSync technology for receiving phone calls across devices.

Users running iOS 9.2 beta to can open the Settings app, choose Phone, then Wi-Fi Calling. From there, tap on Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices, agree to the terms and conditions, and Wi-Fi Calling will be enabled for other devices tied to your iCloud account.

Apple issues third beta of tvOS 9.1 for fourth-gen Apple TV

Apple issues third beta of tvOS 9.1 for fourth-gen Apple TV

Developers testing software on the new fourth-generation Apple TV were given access to a new tvOS 9.1 beta on Wednesday, the third pre-release build issued thus far.

Those with a registered Apple TV can now download the latest beta via the system's software update, or install it over a USB-C cable connected to a Mac.

Testers have found that tvOS 9.1 adds support for Siri searches in the Apple Music service. Apple itself has said that the functionality will be available to users early next year, potentially suggesting that tvOS 9.1 remains far from release.

Digging around in the tvOS code, developers have also found evidence of support for app folders. As of yet, folders are not available in tvOS 9.1. -- AppleInsider.

Drift box reduces blue light emitted by your TV, might help you sleep better

Drift box reduces blue light emitted by your TV, might help you sleep better

A new HDMI box called "Drift TV," priced at around £80/$100, promises to improve your quality of sleep (and reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep) by removing or reducing the amount of blue light emitted by your TV screen. -- Ars Technica.

My review of the Apple Pencil

My review of the Apple Pencil

Horace Dediu uses his actual conversation using the Apple Pencil to demonstrate is attributes. -- Asymco.

High-tech megaphone will translate your speech in real-time

High-tech megaphone will translate your speech in real-time

A blaring megaphone is an effective way to get people's attention. But what if the people in the room speak a multitude of languages?

A Tokyo airport is trying to solve the language gap with international travelers with a megaphone that lets the user communicate in three different languages. A worker speaking one of three languages, Chinese, Korean or English, can have their message broadcast in the other two. -- Cult of Mac.

Mac Startup Modifiers: What They Do and How You Use Them!

Mac Startup Modifiers: What They Do and How You Use Them!

If something's gone wrong with your Mac, it's good to have tricks up your sleeve! In today's Quick Tip, we're gonna talk about some keys you can hold down while your computer's booting up and what symptoms you might try to address by doing so. We'll also give you a bunch of resources to use if you're having trouble, so ya'know you might want to bookmark this tip for when the "stuff" hits the fan, if you know what we mean. -- The Mac Observer.

Having Connection Problems With Your Mac's FaceTime Camera? Here's a Fix

Having Connection Problems With Your Mac's FaceTime Camera? Here's a Fix

From time to time, with some older versions of Skype or even in some sporadic cases with apps in OS X El Capitan, the FaceTime (front facing) camera can fail to work with the message "There is no connected camera." Here's a quick tip on how to bring the camera back to life. -- The Mac Observer.

Tips for iPhone Photographers

Tips for iPhone Photographers

Dr. Mac loves the camera on his new iPhone 6s Plus. Its image stabilization makes videos look more professional, and the new Live Photos feature, which captures 3 seconds of video when you shoot a still photo, is a winner. He's been shooting more photos and videos than usual lately, which led him to think about tips that may help you get better results when shooting photos or videos with your iPhone... -- The Mac Observer.

How to create hidden administrative accounts in OS X

How to create hidden administrative accounts in OS X

If you have a system that is used by other people, you may want to give them managed user accounts and then reserve a separate administrative account for installing apps and changing system settings. This is especially true for situations where many people may be using one computer, such as in classrooms. While you can always create an administrative account, by default such accounts will show up along with others at the login window, in the Fast User Switch menu, and other locations; however, you can set this up to be hidden from most of these locations. -- MacIssues.

Forget Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, Get Ready for Diamond Nanothread

Forget Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, Get Ready for Diamond Nanothread

The discovery of a stable form of one-dimensional diamond has scientists racing to understand its properties. The first signs are that diamond nanothread will be more versatile than anyone expected. -- MIT Technology Review.

iPad Pro's keyboard has an annoying shift key bug, here's how to fix it

iPad Pro's keyboard has an annoying shift key bug, here's how to fix it

If you have a new iPad Pro and have had issues using the new software keyboard, you're probably not alone. Aside from following the iPhone 6/Plus lead and adding new keys in the space around the QWERTY keyboard, iPad Pro includes a full sized shift key and half-height number keys which in theory require fewer taps to access more characters. -- 9to5Mac.

iPad Pro diary: It's day seven, and decision time ...

iPad Pro diary: It's day seven, and decision time ...

Having started out with my first impressions a week ago, highlighted my core questions and decided on Monday that the iPad Pro couldn't replace my iPad Air 2 (only be an additional device), it's time to make my decision. -- 9to5Mac.

In case you were wondering why America is as it is

In case you were wondering why the America is as it is


How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

How to Enable Stealth Mode in Mac OS X Firewall for Added Security

Mac users who want a bit more network security can turn on an optional firewall feature in OS X called Stealth Mode. With Stealth Mode enabled, the Mac will not acknowledge or respond to typical network discovery attempts with ICMP ping requests, and will not answer connections attempts made from closed TCP and UDP networks. Essentially, it makes the Mac appear to these requests as if it doesn't exist at all. -- OS X Daily.

Quicken 2016 for Mac arrives in tandem with Windows version

Quicken 2016 for Mac arrives in tandem with Windows version

Intuit has released the latest version of venerable home and small business accounting package Quicken. The updated Quicken 2016 includes new features for Mac and Windows users that are designed to further help users to track balances, conduct transactions, and manage their money.

In addition to managing multiple financial accounts in one location, customers can now see, track and pay all bills in one place. After users link bills, Quicken automatically tracks due dates and amounts due, eliminating the need to log into multiple accounts.

Quicken users can easily pay tracked bills using Quicken Bill Pay, newly integrated for OS X users. This lets users pay their bills, transfer money between accounts, see what bills have been paid, and which are coming or are past due so they can manage cash flow.

Taking customer complaints to heart, Quicken claims to have expanded customer support in the United States and improved the reliability and accuracy of bank downloads and transactions. Intuit has noted that it has grown the Quicken product development team to build out the next generation of features.

Packages with Quicken for Mac start at $75. Starter editions for Windows begin at $39.

How to enable high-contrast cursor on Apple TV

How to enable high-contrast cursor on Apple TV

Navigating the tvOS interface on the fourth-generation Apple TV using the Siri Remote couldn't be easier--that is, unless your vision is impaired or you simply have difficulty discerning if an on-screen item is selected or not. -- iDownload Blog.

Texas Narrowly Rejects Allowing Academics To Fact-Check Public School Textbooks

Texas Narrowly Rejects Allowing Academics To Fact-Check Public School Textbooks

[Just when you think you have heard it all....] In a 8-7 vote the Texas State Board of Education rejected a plan to create a group of state university professors to fact-check textbooks approved for the state's 5.2 million public-school students. The CS Monitor reports: "The Board of Education approves textbooks in the nation's second-largest state and stood by its vetting process -- despite a Houston-area mother recently complaining that a world geography book used by her son's ninth grade class referred to African slaves as 'workers.' The publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, apologized and moved to make immediate edits. [We don't want them too know the facts. That's dangerous. -mam] -- Texas Tribune.

How Cisco Is Trying To Prove It Can Keep NSA Spies Out of Its Gear

How Cisco Is Trying To Prove It Can Keep NSA Spies Out of Its Gear

A now infamous photo [leaked by Edward Snowden] showed NSA employees around a box labeled Cisco during a so-called 'interdiction' operation, one of the spy agency's most productive programs,' writes Jeremy Kirk. 'Once that genie is out of the bottle, it's a hell of job to put it back in,' said Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum in London. Yet that's just what Cisco is trying to do, and early next year, the company plans to open a facility in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina where customers can test and inspect source code in a secure environment. But, considering that a Cisco router might have 30 million lines of code, proving a product hasn't been tampered with by spy agencies is like trying 'to prove the non-existence of god,' says Joe Skorupa, a networking and communications analyst with Gartner. -- CSO.

November 17Tuesday's News

 

iPhone 6s owners report losing messages, recent calls when restoring from iCloud

iPhone 6s owners report losing messages, recent calls when restoring from iCloud

Some people picking up a replacement iPhone 6s are finding that their Messages and Recent Calls data is missing after restoring from iCloud, according to numerous complaints. -- AppleInsider.

Foursquare joins growing ranks of Apple Maps data suppliers

Foursquare joins growing ranks of Apple Maps data suppliers

Social networking service Foursquare is now an official supplier of business listings for Apple Maps, joining Yelp in giving users ratings and reviews for local businesses. -- AppleInsider.

Paris attack stokes the flames in fight over US data encryption

Paris attack stokes the flames in fight over US data encryption

Last week's terrorist attack on Paris sounded a call to arms for hawkish U.S. officials seeking broad oversight of encrypted digital communications, some of whom used the opportunity to rekindle discussions with Silicon Valley technology companies. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention lets users control time-sensitive notifications with their eyes

Apple invention lets users control time-sensitive notifications with their eyes

An Apple patent published on Tuesday shows continued work into so-called "gaze detection" technology, particularly as a means to control certain user interface events like autocorrect pop-ups, app notifications and more. -- AppleInsider.

This cool touchscreen tech can tell the angle your finger is pointing

This cool touchscreen tech can tell the angle your finger is pointing

Your iPhone can now distinguish between a light tap and a hard press thanks to 3D Touch, but the geniuses at a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff called Qeexo have found a way to one-up the iPhone 6s display with some new software that can determine the exact angle of your finger as you tap. -- Cult of Mac.

Don't Trade Your Privacy for Nothing

Don't Trade Your Privacy for Nothing

We all feel it, the siren call of increased security so we can prevent another horrific terror attack. In France, in Britain, throughout Europe, in the U.S., in every country opposed to extremist Islamists, we feel that call. But we must resist the urge to throw privacy out the window in the name of fighting terrorism because we will get nothing in return. -- The Mac Observer.

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.

Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, clearly see how to select that action, receive unambiguous feedback as to the results of that action, and have the power to reverse that action--to undo it--if the result is not what was intended.

No more. -- Fast Company.

Don't Blame Encryption for ISIS Attacks

Don't Blame Encryption for ISIS Attacks

Suggestions that the attacks in Paris last Friday were helped by easy access to encryption technology are not based in evidence.

Let's start with what we don't know. No firm details have been released about how the perpetrators of the attacks in Paris last Friday communicated. -- MIT Technology Review.

Apple Granted 53 Patents Today Covering their iPhone 5s, iPad Annotation, Gaze and Voice Controls & More

Apple Granted 53 Patents Today Covering their iPhone 5s, iPad Annotation, Gaze and Voice Controls & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 53 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's first patent on annotating on an a tablet with a stylus all the way back to 2001 debunking the myth that Apple was never going to use a stylus with an iDevice. Apple was also granted patents for voice and gaze controls. This would mark Apple's second gaze control patent. Their first granted patent for gaze controls was issued earlier this year that dealt with eye-tracking. Apple was also granted a design patent today for the iPhone 5s. 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.

The problem with iCloud Photo Library and Family Sharing

The problem with iCloud Photo Library and Family Sharing

Steve Gentile writes in with a question that, in similar language, many readers have. He wants to be able to maintain essentially a family iCloud Photo Library. He upgraded to 200GB of iCloud storage and has about 20GB in his own Photos library. He and his wife both sync to their own iCloud accounts, and they have a Mac with Photos on it as well. -- Macworld.

Five lessons learned when switching cloud-hosted backups

Five lessons learned when switching cloud-hosted backups

Using online backups that archive files to the cloud is convenient, but the inertia makes it hard to switch.

I've been using CrashPlan for several years and have accumulated an enormous archive of files, online and in local storage, using their software. But over time, I've had so many troubles keeping CrashPlan running reliably on one of my computers that I was ready to switch that one Mac to a different cloud-storage system.

However, with terabytes archived online and on a local drive, and about 1.3TB of data that I'd ideally like to back up with a new service, that's easier said than done. If you're in a similar situation, or even trying to get started with a comprehensive backup plan, these lessons I've taken away from the transition will help. -- Macworld.

iPad Pro diary day 5: The iPad Pro as a writing tool, and a decision half-made

iPad Pro diary day 5: The iPad Pro as a writing tool, and a decision half-made

Things have moved on rather a lot since I gave my first impressions and highlighted my core questions in choosing between my existing iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro. Further usage of it has made it abundantly clear that the iPad Pro cannot replace a standard iPad. It's ridiculously over-sized for reading or watching Netflix in bed, and there are other times when the smaller version was simply more convenient. -- 9to5Mac.

Undo feature on the iPhone

Undo feature on the iPhone

Apple's iPhone comes with a feature that you may not be using right now: Shake to Undo. As the name suggests, shaking your iPhone can undo text and number input from almost any app.

Insiders reveal what it's really like to work at Apple

Insiders reveal what it's really like to work at Apple

Whereas most high-tech companies like to welcome the world in and show everyone what life is like behind the scenes, Apple, as is typically the case, tends to operate a little bit differently. Much like its products, life at Apple is somewhat shrouded in secrecy. Not only will you have little luck getting current employees to talk about what they're working on or what life at the company is like, convincing former employees to provide any insight as to what life is like inside the mothership is equally as challenging. -- Quora.

Bah humbug: How to spot fake reviews

Bah humbug: How to spot fake reviews

No one wants to find out they've been conned over the holidays. But some consumers may end up finding coal in their stockings, thanks to the season's blizzard of fake reviews. -- CBS News.

How Hollywood's Hedy Helped Heighten Handhelds

How Hollywood's Hedy Helped Heighten Handhelds

Hedy Lamarr is a household name for the wrong reason. Her name is known as a Hollywood actress, but her legacy is in your pocket and reaches far more people than her movies. She was a brilliant thinker who plied her skills during World War II, developing technology that could help to win the war. Her patent wasn't used at the time, but is a foundation of spread-spectrum which is used in the radio modules of your cellphone: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and others. This frequency hopping concept sat unused for decades before being added to the most ubiquitous of wireless connectivity methods. -- Hackaday.

November 16Monday's News

 

The best ways to send money to friends and family instantly with your iPhone

The best ways to send money to friends and family instantly with your iPhone

Apple Pay might soon let you send person-to-person payments, but you don't need to wait on Cupertino to split the cost of a pizza without cash. AppleInsider took a look at some of the most popular money transfer apps available now for iOS. -- AppleInsider.

Apple sneaks a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port into the iPad Pro

Apple sneaks a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port into the iPad Pro

Our full review of the iPad Pro covers a lot of ground, but there is one small item that escaped our notice. When iFixit tore the device apart, it found a USB 3.0 controller, and Apple has confirmed to us that the new iPad Pro will in fact support USB 3.0 transfer speeds over its Lightning port. USB 3.0 supports theoretical transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0's 480Mbps. -- AppleInsider.

The direction of computing is only going in one way--to the cloud

The direction of computing is only going in one way--to the cloud

The cloud is well on its way to becoming the standard model for IT, just sixteen years after it first formed. It couples flexibility, scale, and reliability to user-friendliness and ubiquity. It has created some of the world's largest companies, as well as empowering some of the smallest. The cloud has changed the economics of providing and using services, bringing many new opportunities--and also a few teething problems, of course. -- Ars Technica.

Glance: A Deep Look at Apple Watch

Glance: A Deep Look at Apple Watch

Bernard Desarnauts had a great idea a few weeks ago: the world needs an event to discuss Apple Watch. After recovering from the shock of not thinking of it first and then from the shock that nobody else had either, I immediately agreed and along with Ben Bajarin and Farshad Nayeri, we quickly rallied to organize and anchor this event: Glance: A Deep Look at Apple Watch. -- Asymco.

Give yourself the gift of understanding data ahead of Black Friday [Deals]

Give yourself the gift of understanding data ahead of Black Friday [Deals]

What better reason to stay at home and avoid the holiday throngs than with this pair of early deals on lessons in data analytics? These lessons cover Google Analytics and Excel, and both are going for more than 90% off -- it doesn't take a great grip on numbers to know that's a good deal. -- Cult of Mac.

Trade in your old Apple gadgets. We pay the highest prices

Trade in your old Apple gadgets. We pay the highest prices

If you just got a new iPad or iPhone and are wondering what to do with your old one, you should think about trading it in.

We recently launched a gadget buyback program that promises to pay more for used and broken Apple devices than Gazelle, Walmart and even Apple itself. -- Cult of Mac.

OS X: 5 Force Touch Extras

OS X: 5 Force Touch Extras

Today we're going to talk about Force Touch on the Mac and some interesting (and not obvious) ways you can use it. Want to interact with links, addresses, and phone numbers in Mail? Or see all open windows for an application? Or edit your contacts in a flash? You can do all that and more, and we're here to tell you how. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Use Your iPad Pro as a Second Display with Your Mac

How to Use Your iPad Pro as a Second Display with Your Mac

If you have an iPad Pro and a Mac you have the perfect setup for a dual display system. You'll need to buy the Duet Display app to make the magic happen, and the setup is pretty easy. Watch The Mac Observer's how to video to see an iPad Pro serving double duty as a MacBook Pro display. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Use Your iPad Pro as a Graphics Tablet with your Mac

How to Use Your iPad Pro as a Graphics Tablet with your Mac

You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a professional level graphics tablet for your Mac if you have an iPad Pro or iPad Air. You'll need to buy Astropad from the App Store to get started. Watch The Mac Observer's video showing how you can get up and running. -- The Mac Observer.

How to quickly target shared computers by name in OS X

How to quickly target shared computers by name in OS X

Even though in most cases Apple's Bonjour networking technology allows your Mac to discover relevant services that are broadcast by nearby systems (e.g., shared systems showing in the Finder sidebar), there are times when you may need to enter computer names manually to connect. In these cases, you will have to specify the full name of the system you are targeting, including its domain. For Mac systems, this means append the ".local" suffix to a computer name in order to target it on the local network. However, there is a quick way to avoid having to do this. -- MacIssues.

CNN's Review of the iPad Pro Includes an Incredible Graphic Created with the Apple Pencil

CNN's Review of the iPad Pro Includes an Incredible Graphic Created with the Apple Pencil

Back in 2014 Patently Mobile covered Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in context with the use of their digital pen for art, specifically art by Phil Galloway. While the artwork was very nice, it wasn't the kind of artwork that demanded fine details. Flash forward to the present and CNN's review of the iPad Pro included finite detailed artwork created by Nikolai Lockertsen using the new Apple Pencil. As you can see in our cover graphic it's quite stunning. -- Patently Apple.

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions

Microexpressions reveal your deepest emotions, even when you are trying to hide them. Now a machine vision algorithm has learned to spot them, with wide-ranging applications from law enforcement to psychological analysis.

Most people are good at recognizing the ordinary emotions on other people's faces. But there are another set of facial expression that most people are almost entirely unaware of. In the late 1960s, psychologists discovered that when humans try to hide their emotions, they often display their real feelings in "microexpressions" that appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. -- MIT T.

Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple's Current Designs

Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple's Current Designs

If you've ever found yourself stymied in trying to use Apple's current apps, a Fast Company article by design gurus Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini lays out some of the mistakes Apple is making. -- TidBITS.

iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the two issues that concern me most

iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the two issues that concern me most

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement. -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on: Apple Pencil unboxing with iPad Pro [Gallery]

Hands-on: Apple Pencil unboxing with iPad Pro [Gallery]

Tonight I won the Apple Pencil lottery at my local Apple Store. I made the two-hour drive over to New Orleans to pick up an iPad Pro that I'd ordered online for Personal Pickup in store, half because I wanted avoid shipping delays and half because I want to take a chance on iPad Pro accessories being in stock. That paid off thanks to some dumb luck, and now I've officially had some hands-on time with the iPad Pro's digital stylus.

But first, the story of how I caught one of these rare unicorns in the wild... -- 9to5Mac.

How To Collect, Organize, Cite, And Share Your Research On A Mac

How To Collect, Organize, Cite, And Share Your Research On A Mac

True confession time. I'm an academic; a teacher, a researcher, and a political and scientific current events junkie. with a collaboration disorder (I'm happy to tell you what I learned recently). Oh, I'm also a Mac user.

That means my Mac is the tool of choice for setting up curriculum, doing online research, and keeping up with whatever needs to be kept up with in academia, science, and my all time entertainment favorite, politics. If that sounds a bit like you, then here's a tool you'll love to use and it's free. -- Mac 360.

November 13Friday's News

 

Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled store tables in new filing

Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled store tables in new filing

Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations. -- AppleInsider.

iPad Pro contains USB 3.0 controller, hints at ultra-fast Lightning connector

iPad Pro contains USB 3.0 controller, hints at ultra-fast Lightning connector

A day after iPad Pro launched on Wednesday, tear-downs and reviews of the gigantic tablet reveal Apple quietly included USB controller hardware capable of supporting high-speed USB 3.0 data connections, suggesting a faster Lightning protocol is in the works. -- AppleInsider.

Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music. -- AppleInsider.

Pay or we'll knock your site offline--DDoS-for-ransom attacks surge

Pay or we'll knock your site offline--DDoS-for-ransom attacks surge

A number of sites have been hit by distributed denial-of-service attacks over the past week. Strong enough to knock some of them offline for days at a time, these DDoS attacks have been launched by extortionists demanding thousands of dollars in ransom money. -- Ars Technica.

How to get Hey Siri-style dictation on your Mac

How to get Hey Siri-style dictation on your Mac

If you've called out, "Hey Siri" to your iPhone before, you know the joy of this Star Trek-style technology. You don't even need to hold the Home button down. Sure, your iPhone needs to be plugged in, but it's a pretty neat party trick.

Excitingly, you can do something similar on your Mac: activating dictation with a voice command. The next time you get a great idea and need to document it, you can just call to your Mac and dictate it right then. No pen, no paper, no walking all the way to your keyboard.

Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple Pencil Tracking

iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple Pencil Tracking

Apple launched the iPad Pro yesterday online and in stores, and early adopters are now receiving their deliveries around the world. The trio of videos below provide a closer look at the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Silicone Case accessories and a comparison between Apple Pencil and Surface Pen tracking. -- MacRumors.

Track Your Heart with Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

Track Your Heart with Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

A smartphone may be able to measure your heart and breathing rates, even if you're not directly touching it, researchers say.

If you're tired of wearable fitness trackers fighting for space on your wrist, it might not be a problem in the near future: researchers say they can reliably measure your heart and breathing rates just by looking at data from a smartphone sitting in your pocket or bag -- MIT Technology Review.

iPad Pro diary: Day 1, first impressions

iPad Pro diary: Day 1, first impressions

This could be dangerous to my wallet. The last time I ordered an Apple gadget, confident that I wouldn't be keeping it, I turned out to be wrong. Very wrong.

My view of the iPad Pro before mine arrived was very clear: this was a corporate device. It's going to be great for carrying around lots of A4 documents to view at almost full size. It's going to be a fantastic presentation tool for one-on-one meetings. -- 9to5Mac.

Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a risky upgrade from last model

Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a risky upgrade from last model

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for two weeks now and after using it using it exclusively for all my media consumption, I've gathered a handful of thoughts. When Apple announced the device back in September, I was perhaps more excited for it than I was the iPhone 6s. And rightfully so. Tim Cook touted the new Apple TV as the future of television, using superlatives that seemed extreme even for Apple. The device had been a long time coming, too, which further contributed to the hype in my mind that surrounded the release.

As someone who had incredibly high hopes for the fourth-gen Apple TV, what do I think of it two weeks later? Let's discuss... -- 9to5Mac.

How to create a custom calendar in Photos for Mac

How to create a custom calendar in Photos for Mac

There's nothing like printing your own photography, though adorning your walls with your own art can be intimidating. A safe way to print--and thus enjoy--your digital memories is to create a calendar in Photos for OS X. At 13 by 10.4 inches, Apple's calendars are big and printed on thick, high-quality paper so they look better than the ones you get anywhere else. They're stunning and they make great gifts. -- MacWorld.

Apple's iOS just became a secure SharePoint client for enterprise IT

Apple's iOS just became a secure SharePoint client for enterprise IT

Regular readers will know I'm keeping an eye on Apple's growing enterprise credentials, and it looks like iPad Pro has taken these a few steps higher with the serendipitous introduction of a third party solution that brings better SharePoint support for iOS. -- Computerworld.

Why You Should Set up Medical ID on Your iPhone

Why You Should Set up Medical ID on Your iPhone

Did you know that you can set up something called a "Medical ID" on your iPhone?

This can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it can display things like name, date of birth (DOB), emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even blood type! -- Intego.

Can An iPad Pro Replace A MacBook Pro? Or, Could It Replace A MacBook?

Can An iPad Pro Replace A MacBook Pro? Or, Could It Replace A MacBook?

Veteran Mac users, even those who love the iPad Air 2 as the best iPad ever made, probably would answer 'no' to each question. An iPad Pro, while packed with power, great battery life, and a screen and pencil combination as good as the technology gets, is not a MacBook Pro, which is capable of all kinds of heavy lifting, but very little traditional pencil-like drawing capability. -- PixoBebo.

Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer Payment Service

Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer Payment Service

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning peer-to-peer services (paywalled) as an adjunct to its Apple Pay system. The company is said to be in talks with major banks including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo to develop a new framework that could be in place as early as 2016, and which would facilitate payment transfers directly between Apple devices such as the iPhone and the Apple Watch. -- thestack.

November 12Thursday's News

 

iPad Pro reviews: great hardware, but potential is limited thanks to iOS

iPad Pro reviews: great hardware, but potential is limited thanks to iOS

Early looks at Apple's gargantuan new tablet have begun to trickle in, with most reviewers coming to relatively similar conclusions: the iPad Pro is an excellent machine and the best iPad yet, but iOS means it won't be a laptop replacement anytime soon. -- AppleInsider.

First look: Apple's iPad Pro with 12.9-inch Retina display

First look: Apple's iPad Pro with 12.9-inch Retina display

Apple's new iPad Pro is here, boasting 5.6 million pixels packed into its 12.9-inch Retina display, along with a powerful A9X processor that actually outclasses the new 12-inch MacBook. AppleInsider offers a first look at the jumbo-sized, top-of-the-line iPad. -- AppleInsider.

iPad Pro has M9 motion coprocessor, but lacks always-on 'Hey Siri' support

iPad Pro has M9 motion coprocessor, but lacks always-on 'Hey Siri' support

Though it includes the same M9 motion coprocessor as the new iPhone 6s series, Apple's iPad Pro does not offer support for always-on "Hey Siri" voice controls when operating on battery power. -- AppleInsider.

Teardown of iPad Pro reveals revamped component layout

Teardown of iPad Pro reveals revamped component layout

Repair firm iFixit performed its usual launch day Apple device teardown on the iPad Pro on Wednesday, revealing a reworked internal design dominated by massive batteries and bespoke audio components. -- iFixit.

Apple issues third OS X 10.11.2 beta to public testers

Apple issues third OS X 10.11.2 beta to public testers

Apple late in the day on Wednesday released a third beta version of the upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to registered public beta program testers. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention uses electrodes to dry out wet iPhone innards

Apple invention uses electrodes to dry out wet iPhone innards

An Apple invention published on Thursday points to work on water resistant portable devices capable of expelling water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics. -- AppleInsider.

House Republicans urge court to throw out net neutrality rules

House Republicans urge court to throw out net neutrality rules

Republican members of Congress urged a federal appeals court to vacate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, saying any such rules should be written by lawmakers instead of the commission. -- Ars Technica.

Man-in-the-middle attack on Vizio TVs coughs up owners' viewing habits

Man-in-the-middle attack on Vizio TVs coughs up owners' viewing habits

The cautionary tales just keep coming for Internet-connected TVs, thermostats, and other so-called "Internet-of-Things" devices. Today's lesson comes courtesy of a smart TV from Vizio that was subjected to a man-in-the-middle attack because it couldn't be bothered to validate the HTTPS certificates of servers it connected to. -- Ars Technica.

The new iPad is like nothing we've ever seen before [Video]

Asymco's Horace Dediu "I think the iPad Pro is the clearest indication yet that the stylistic convergence of MacOS and iOS is all about Apple migrating to dual OSes on a single platform."

Apple-approved piano teaches you to play the smart way

Apple-approved piano teaches you to play the smart way

Ben Ye knew what could happen as he watched his son chafe and grow bored during private piano lessons. But to keep his son's interest in music, Ye felt he'd have to do the seemingly impossible: build a new kind of piano and reinvent the way it is taught. Ye did both. -- Cult of Mac.

Jony Ive explains why Apple Pencil is unlike any other stylus

Jony Ive explains why Apple Pencil is unlike any other stylus

In what seems to be less of a rare occurrence these days, Chief Design Officer of Apple Jony Ive gave an interview about the iPad Pro for launch day. Specifically, he talks about the infamous optional accessory called the Apple Pencil. Being that most people at first glance will see this as an overpriced, $100 stylus, it's fair that Ive wanted to state his case. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Navigate Apple TV with Siri Remote Taps

How to Navigate Apple TV with Siri Remote Taps

You can navigate your fourth generation Apple TV with taps instead of swipes, which can be more precise than zipping your thumb around your Siri Remote. Check out The Mac Observer's video to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

How to quickly combine multiple Photos libraries in OS X

How to quickly combine multiple Photos libraries in OS X

As of OS X Yosemite, Apple is encouraging everyone to use its new Photos program for managing pictures in OS X. While Photos has a number of pros and cons, it does share a limitation of its "iPhoto" predecessor, in that while it uses a library system for managing photos and offers an option to create multiple libraries, it can only have one open at a time. This means that if you wish to consolidate libraries, you might find yourself jumping through hoops; however, there is a relatively simple way to get this done. -- MacIssues.

Playing to the Strengths of the New Apple TV

Playing to the Strengths of the New Apple TV

Gaming, shopping, video and utility apps that have the potential to make your television truly "smart."

The new Apple TV has been out for only about two weeks, but there are already hundreds of apps available for downloading to the set-top box. The apps have the potential to make your television truly "smart," so it's time to experiment with the best gaming, shopping, video and utility apps and see how they transform the set in your living room. -- New York Times.

Track Your Heart with Your Phone

Track Your Heart with Your Phone

A smartphone may be able to measure your heart and breathing rates, even if you're not directly touching it, researchers say.

If you're tired of wearable fitness trackers fighting for space on your wrist, it might not be a problem in the near future: researchers say they can reliably measure your heart and breathing rates just by looking at data from a smartphone sitting in your pocket or bag. -- MIT Technology Review.

Opinion: The humble MacBook Air is a secret workhorse

Opinion: The humble MacBook Air is a secret workhorse

I've long recommended the MacBook Air to friends who want something a little more capable than an iPad but don't need their machine to do any heavy lifting. But recent experience has now led me to go rather further... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple devices will benefit from Bluetooth improvements for range, speed, & smart apps next year

Apple devices will benefit from Bluetooth improvements for range, speed, & smart apps next year

So many of Apple's products either rely on or benefit from wireless Bluetooth connectivity these days that viewing Bluetooth's roadmap is almost like viewing features for future Apple devices and accessories. Today the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shared details on updates planned for the wireless connectivity technology in 2016 including improvements to range, transfer speed, and smart applications. Future and potentially even current Apple devices will certainly benefit as a result. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple updates iWork for Mac and iOS with Office compatibility fixes and more

Apple updates iWork for Mac and iOS with Office compatibility fixes and more

Apple has released updates for its entire suite of iWork apps today on both iOS and OS X. The updates include bug fixes for issues with some Microsoft Office documents and stability fixes across both platforms.

Other fixes on the Mac side include an issue that affected exporting presentations as images and master slides that included links in Keynote, and a problem that prevented users from being able to look up the definition of words in lists while using Pages. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple offers new accessory bundles w/ deep discounts for the creative artist

Apple offers new accessory bundles w/ deep discounts for the creative artist

New for the holiday season, Apple is offering some bundles for the photographer and videographer. The iPhones have a great camera, as demonstrated by the Shot on iPhone 6 campaign and Apple is certainly looking to capitalize on these capabilities. With these bundles, they are making it easier for a hobbyist or a professional to get started with accessories. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple acquired 15 companies this year, but the identity of 6 remain a mystery

Apple acquired 15 companies this year, but the identity of 6 remain a mystery

Over the past 12 months of Apple's fiscal 2015 (ending in September), the company "completed 15 acquisitions to enhance and accelerate our roadmap for products and services," noted its chief executive Tim Cook in the company's quarterly earnings call. However, the identity of only nine of these are known, and some of those haven't been confirmed. -- AppleInsider.

What to do when El Capitan sidebar's favorites disappear

What to do when El Capitan sidebar's favorites disappear

Did you suddenly notice that the items you added to the Finder sidebar are suddenly missing either in the Finder or Open/Save dialogs or both? It's not you: It's a bug.

It's a subtle thing, because nothing fails; rather, it dawns on you that when you're clicking to navigate to a folder via your sidebar's Favorites list, there's nothing there. This happened to me recently, and I discovered it's a routine problem people are experiencing. -- Macworld.

Revisiting Quicken 2015 For Mac

Revisiting Quicken 2015 For Mac

Way back in 2007, back when Apple was transitioning from PowerPC chips to Intel Inside for the Mac, Quicken maker Intuit decided that Quicken on the Mac was more of a bother than a profit center and the much maligned money management app was discontinued. -- TeraTalks.

Microsoft Office for Mac 14.5.8 Patches Mac Spoofing Vulnerability

Microsoft Office for Mac 14.5.8 Patches Mac Spoofing Vulnerability

Microsoft has released Office for Mac 14.5.8 with security patches for two memory corruption flaws and a Mac spoofing vulnerability. The most severe of the vulnerabilities "could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file," said Microsoft in its security bulletin (MS15-116). -- Intego.

Microsoft Office for Mac 15.16 Update

Microsoft Office for Mac 15.16 Update

In addition to some new features this update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. -- AppKed.

About iPad keyboard

About iPad keyboard

Learn about new keyboard features for iPad. These features make it easier to cursor and select and edit text--much like a trackpad. -- Apple Support.

New algorithm identifies lockstep reputation attacks

New algorithm identifies lockstep reputation attacks

Researchers from the University of Sao Paolo have created an algorithm which they claim demonstrates 95% effectiveness in identifying fake reviews intended to damage the reputation of new companies, and which are likely to have been originated by the companies' competitors. -- .

November 11Wednesday's News

 

Apple issues third betas of iOS 9.2 & OS X 10.11.2, second tvOS 9.2 beta to developers

Apple issues third betas of iOS 9.2 & OS X 10.11.2, second tvOS 9.2 beta to developers

Registered Apple developers can now access third pre-release beta of iOS 9.2, bringing new features like AT&T NumberSync as well as fixes for iCloud Keychain and Apple Watch pairing, among other improvements. The third beta for OS X 10.11.2 and the second for tvOS 9.2 are also available. -- AppleInsider.

Chrome support to be discontinued for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion & Mountain Lion in April 2016

Chrome support to be discontinue for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion & Mountain Lion in April 2016

Google on Tuesday announced that it will phase out support for its popular Chrome browser on OS X versions 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, come April 2016. -- AppleInsider.

Apple increases TestFlight beta groups to 2,000 users, 60-day evaluation periods

Apple increases TestFlight beta groups to 2,000 users, 60-day evaluation periods

Apple announced Tuesday that developers can now invite up to 2,000 users to help beta test apps for both iOS and the recently-released tvOS through its TestFlight evaluation tool. -- AppleInsider.

How extorted e-mail provider got back online after crippling DDoS attack

How extorted e-mail provider got back online after crippling DDoS attack

ProtonMail, the encrypted e-mail provider that buckled under crippling denial-of-service attacks even after it paid a $6,000 ransom, said it has finally recovered from the massive assaults seven days after they began. -- Ars Technica.

US tries, and fails, to block "import" of digital data that violates patents

US tries, and fails, to block

A federal appeals court panel today struck down an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling in a patent case that attempted to block electronic transmissions of digital data from overseas. -- Ars Technica.

iPad Pro review: Mac-like speed with all the virtues and restrictions of iOS

iPad Pro review: Mac-like speed with all the virtues and restrictions of iOS

This year, Apple seems to want to push the iPad and the Mac as close together as it can without actually combining them into a single product. Earlier this spring, the new MacBook brought a super slim profile, a Retina display, and a simple-to-a-fault one-port-for-everything design to a fanless computer that still runs OS X. And now, the iPad Pro is bringing a MacBook Air-level processor, more memory, a larger screen, and a first-party keyboard accessory to a big tablet that still runs iOS 9. -- Ars Technica.

This cute, colorful cartoon was animated entirely in Keynote

This cute, colorful cartoon was animated entirely in Keynote

I'll be honest: I doubt I know how to use Keynote, Apple's presentation software, even to put together a few simple slides. But Linda Dong is such a Keynote master, she can put together whole animated movies using the iWork app! -- Cult of Mac.

How to keep kids from checking out bad stuff on Apple TV

How to keep kids from checking out bad stuff on Apple TV

Not every Apple TV is in a household full of self-realized adults. Apple knows this and has set up some restrictions, similar to the parental controls on iOS.

That way, you can make sure that your kids aren't purchasing anything (or playing/watching anything) without your consent.

Here's how to set it all up on your Apple TV. -- Cult of Mac.

There's a New Apple ID Phishing Scam, But You Don't Have to Fall For It

There's a New Apple ID Phishing Scam, But You Don't Have to Fall For It

There's a new phishing scam making the rounds that tries to trick victims into giving up their Apple ID, account password, and credit card information. The looks more legit than many others The Mac Observer has seen, but it's still fake, and fairly easy to spot. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant

How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac Using Boot Camp Assistant

Following the launch of Windows 10, Apple updated Boot Camp to support the latest Windows operating system on select Mac computers from 2012 and newer. If you've always wanted to try Windows on your Mac and think that now is the time to finally take the plunge, we can help you get through the basics with our how-to guide for installing Windows 10 on your Mac using Apple's Boot Camp Assistant.

This guide assumes you are installing Windows on your computer for the first time. -- MacRumors.

Early iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 'Fuji' internal testing ramps up ahead of 2016 launches

Early iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 'Fuji' internal testing ramps up ahead of 2016 launches

A few months following the launches of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has shifted a large portion of its software engineering resources over to development of the upcoming iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. While iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 remain under development, 2016's mobile and desktop Apple operating systems are now moving forward at full speed, sources indicate. -- 9to5Mac.

Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases will arrive early next year

Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases will arrive early next year

If you were hoping Ultra HD Blu-ray discs would be here in time for the holidays, you're going to have to wait a bit longer. Well, as far as Sony Pictures content is concerned anyway. The company announced today that its 4K Ultra HD discs will go on sale "in early 2016," missing the end-of-the-year estimate the Blu-ray Disc Association revealed back in August. -- Engadget.

About iPad keyboard

About iPad keyboard

Learn about new keyboard features for iPad. These features make it easier to cursor and select and edit text--much like a trackpad. -- Apple Support.

Is Apple Losing Interest in OS X?

Is Apple Losing Interest in OS X?

The launch of Mac OS X as a Public Beta in the fall of 2000 signified a sea change for Mac users. Coming four years after the purchase of NeXT, it represented the vindication of that deal, which also meant the return of Steve Jobs to Apple. Here it was, the long-delayed industrial strength replacement for the original Mac OS. -- The Tech Night Owl.

iOS 9: How to take Live Photos and use them as Lock Screen wallpaper

iOS 9: How to take Live Photos and use them as Lock Screen wallpaper

iOS 9 comes with some great new features, but it's even better if you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The new iPhones let you take Live Photos, which are photos that have a couple of seconds of video automatically taken before and after the photo. So when you press down on a Live Photo via 3D Touch, you'll see it animate.

In this tip I'll show you how to take a Live Photo, and also use it as your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus' Lock Screen wallpaper. -- CIO.

20 must-know secrets and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

20 must-know secrets and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

After installing your favorite streaming apps and playing some of the new games designed just for tvOS on your brand new Apple TV, you're probably wondering what else this set-top box can do. There are tons of under-the-radar features that let you customize your TV to your heart's content, and make it much easier to use. Here are 20 tips and tricks to make the most out of your brand new, fourth-generation Apple TV.-- Macworld.

How Computers Broke Science--and What We Can Do to Fix It

How Computers Broke Science--and What We Can Do to Fix It

Statistician Victoria Stodden has described the unique place personal computers hold in the history of science. They're not just an instrument -- like a telescope or microscope -- that enables new research. The computer is revolutionary in a different way; it's a tiny factory for producing all kinds of new "scopes" to see new patterns in scientific data. -- Gizmodo.

Unhashable: Why Fingerprints Are Weaker Security Than Passwords

Unhashable: Why Fingerprints Are Weaker Security Than Passwords

Fingerprints aren't terribly secure; you leave them on almost everything you touch. Many people won't realize that fingerprints can be captured and reproduced from casual photographs. It's actually worse than that. The very method with which fingerprints are stored is much weaker than passwords. Fingerprints cannot be hashed. By their very nature, each read of your fingerprint will be a little different, which breaks the hashing method. They can only be stored using encryption, which requires the same master password each time a new print read is compared to the stored key -- a much weaker method than salted hashes. This more easily opens fingerprint credentials up to theft and brute forcing. -- Hackaday.

November 10Tuesday's News

 

First software update for the new 4th-gen Apple TV brings tvOS 9.0.1

First software update for the new 4th-gen Apple TV brings tvOS 9.0.1

Apple on Monday pushed its first software update for tvOS, bumping the operating system which sits at the heart of the 4th-generation Apple TV to version 9.0.1. -- AppleInsider.

Latest Xcode update fixes critical Interface Builder, debugging, UI testing issues

Latest Xcode update fixes critical Interface Builder, debugging, UI testing issues

Apple pushed out a batch of bug fixes with the latest version of its Xcode development software on Monday, addressing critical issues discovered in Interface Builder, debugging and user interface testing. -- AppleInsider.

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It's watching you

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It's watching you

TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do. But one of the most popular brands has a feature that it's not advertising: Vizio's Smart TVs track your viewing habits and share it with advertisers, who can then find you on your phone and other devices.

The tracking--which Vizio calls "Smart Interactivity"--is turned on by default for the more than 10 million Smart TVs that the company has sold. Customers who want to escape it have to opt-out.-- Ars Technica.

Incredible hack could give Apple Watch ability to detect objects you touch

Incredible hack could give Apple Watch ability to detect objects you touch

Apple Watch is great at interacting with other smart devices, but a cheap hack allows it to recognize everyday (dumb) objects based on their invisible electromagnetic signals.

All it takes is a $10 chip that can be installed on any smartwatch. Check out this demo. -- Cult of Mac.

Pro Tip: The secret meaning of Apple Watch notifications shapes

Pro Tip: The secret meaning of Apple Watch notifications shapes

If you've not paying really close attention to your Apple Watch notifications, you might have missed out on a really subtle and clever design decision the company built into them. It turns out that Apple uses two different shapes for its watch Apple Watch notification badges. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple TV: How to Type Uppercase Letters the Easy Way

Apple TV: How to Type Uppercase Letters the Easy Way

Need to enter uppercase letters for passwords or to change the name of your fourth generation Apple TV? It's kind of a pain unless you know the shortcut. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering the Glass iPhone, the Original iPad Crediting Steve Jobs as Inventor & More

Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering the Glass iPhone, the Original iPad Crediting Steve Jobs as Inventor & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patents covering their iPhone models with front and back glass surfaces, the gesture for pinch and rotate and a design patent for the original iPad which gives credit to the industrial design team including the late CEO Steve Jobs. 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.

Adobe creative professionals offer first hands-on impressions using iPad Pro [Video]

Adobe creative professionals offer first hands-on impressions using iPad Pro [Video]

Adobe is one company patiently waiting for the launch of the new iPad Pro as the firm in recent months has prepared for what it expects to be a big user base of professionals interested in its various creative mobile apps on the device. Sharing in the excitement for the launch scheduled for later this week, Adobe just released the video above showing off some of the possibilities of its apps on the new iPad and giving us one our first looks at hands-on impressions with the iPad ahead of product reviews going live. -- 9to5Mac.

Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week

Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week

Apple today announced iPad Pro is available to order online on Wednesday, November 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple's retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. Apple Pencil and Apple's new Smart Keyboard, also available to order on Wednesday, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. -- Apple PR.

Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of the PC and hints at new medical product

Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of the PC and hints at new medical product

Apple's chief executive explains how new iPad Pro could replace PCs, why the iPhone's cannibalization of the iPad mini doesn't matter, and warns against backdoors in encryption.

But time may finally be running out for the traditional computer. Looking at the shiny new super-sized iPad Pros tucked away in a special room on the third floor of Apple's flagship Covent Garden store, complete with detachable keyboards, split view functionality and Apple Pencil stylus, it is clear that the world's largest company has radical plans to change the way we work. -- Telegraph.

November 09Monday's News

 

MacVolPlace Updates

MacVolPlace Updated

I am sorry to say that I have been a bad boy and, except for the news of course, I have not updated some of the pages on MacVolPlace in a some time. Mea Culpa!

Today if you look you will find that the OS X page and the Useful Links section in the right-hand column have been cleaned up and content removed/added.

I verified all the links and the section "Update Procedure for the Paranoid" has been changed to reflect the current version of OS X.

Enjoy.

p.s. I will try to get through the other pages before the new year.

Pro tip: Tap, don't swipe, with your Siri Remote

Pro tip: Tap, don't swipe, with your Siri Remote

If you've tried to type in any sort of long password or search terms into your new Apple TV using the fancy Siri Remote, you know you've had a tough time.

Even if you adjust the tracking to make it a little more accurate, scrolling through letters and clicking on the touch surface can be a nightmare of inaccurate clicks and missed targets.

The fine folks over at The Loop found a different way to navigate single items like this, and it's totally amazing. -- Cult of Mac.

World's longest iPhone passcode video goes viral

World's longest iPhone passcode video goes viral

There's being careful about iPhone security and then there's this.

Over the weekend, Japanese Twitter user yossy1999116 posted a video clip shot on the subway, showing a user with an historically long and complex passcode unlocking their iPhone. If you've ever wanted an advert for how Touch ID can improve your life, this is almost certainly it.

It does raise the question of why yossy1999116 was going around filming people unlocking their phones?

OS X and iOS: Get Rid of Safari Scam Pop-Ups

OS X and iOS: Get Rid of Safari Scam Pop-Ups

If you've seen any of the nefarious Safari pop-ups that have been going around lately, you know how frightening they can be, especially for users who don't know how to stop programs from resuming where they left off the last time they were closed. It's pretty scary to think your Mac has been hijacked! In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover how to force those sinister pop-ups to go away under both OS X and iOS. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Rename Your Apple TV

How to Rename Your Apple TV

If "Apple TV" isn't a cool enough or descriptive enough name for your brand new fourth generation Apple TV, you can always rename it. If you aren't sure how, don't worry because The Mac Observer has you covered. Watch our video tip showing how to quickly rename your Apple TV. -- The Mac Observer.

7 Tips for iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

7 Tips for iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

You know, it is getting hard to keep up with all the new options available on our iOS devices. My advice to beginners is to just learn the ones you want or need and learn additional ones as desired. Of course, to do that you have to know which ones you want. I've gathered a few that readers might find helpful or just fun. -- The Mac Observer.

New Apple TV Hacked to Run Native tvOS Web Browser

New Apple TV Hacked to Run Native tvOS Web Browser

Dutch developer jvanakker has hacked the new Apple TV to run a native tvOS web browser using a private API based on Apple's UIWebView class, sharing the code on >GitHubtvOSBrowser project. The demo video below shows Apple's website running on the fourth-generation box. -- MacRumors.

How to verify app signatures in OS X

How to verify app signatures in OS X

One potential route by which an attacker can compromise your Mac is to modify a legitimate software package to contain malware. While this is difficult to do through official software distribution channels (e.g., the Mac App Store), it can be done through popular alternative approaches like peer-to-peer networking and third-party software distribution Web sites. -- MacIssues.

Web Poets' Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral

Web Poets' Society: New Breed Succeeds in Taking Verse Viral

On a recent Friday night, Tyler Knott Gregson, a blond, tattooed poet from Montana, took the stage at a Manhattan bookstore and beamed at the crowd that had come to celebrate his new haiku collection.

Young, digitally astute poets with loyal online followings have catapulted onto the best-seller lists, where poetry books are scarce. [I know it's not tech but I love poetry, and you should too. -mam] -- New York Times.

How a mobile app firm found the XcodeGhost in the machine

How a mobile app firm found the XcodeGhost in the machine

A Denver-based mobile app development company, Possible Mobile, had a tough time figuring out why Apple recently rejected its app from the App Store. After a lot of head scratching, it eventually found the XcodeGhost malware hidden in an unlikely place -- a third-party framework that it had wrapped into its own app. Their experience shows that the efforts of malware writers can have far-ranging effects on the mobile app component supply chain. -- CompterWorld.

Preparing for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Preparing for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

With the emergence of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, the world has changed since 2005's "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." If you're eager to scratch your Star Wars itch, then Apple's ecosystem offers many ways to do so.

Of course, you don't necessarily need any of the following to enjoy the movie, but (to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson) once you get locked into a serious Star Wars obsession, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. -- Cult of Mac.

Opinion: With Apple TV 4's open app platform, some classic channels offer worse user experiences

Opinion: With Apple TV 4's open app platform, some classic channels offer worse user experiences

While the new fourth-generation Apple TV advances Apple's entertainment box in many areas including universal search, Siri input and a whole App Store for the first time, much of week one with Apple TV 4 has been about what you lose when moving from Apple TV 2 or 3. -- 9to5Mac.

How to move an Apple Photos for OS X library to an external drive

How to move an Apple Photos for OS X library to an external drive

If you want to move your Photos Library from the boot drive to a larger external drive it is pretty much just moving it in the Finder and then designate the library on the new drive as the system library. -- Macworld.

The FCC won't force websites to honor 'Do Not Track' requests

The FCC won't force websites to honor 'Do Not Track' requests

In a spot of bad news for privacy advocates, the FCC explained today that it will not force websites to accept "Do Not Track" requests, which are used to ask websites to not follow visitors around the web through advertising networks and analytics services. -- The Verge.

Apple's iBackDoor: Dodgy ad network code menaces iOS apps

Apple's iBackDoor: Dodgy ad network code menaces iOS apps

Security researchers have discovered "backdoored" versions of an ad library embedded in thousands of iOS apps originally published in the Apple App Store.

The affected versions of this library embedded backdoors in iOS apps that used the library to display ads, opening the door for hackers to access sensitive user data and device functionality. Mobile security researchers at FireEye have identified 2,846 iOS apps containing backdoored versions of mobiSage SDK. -- The Register.

I was skeptical about the new Apple TV at first -- then I used it

I was skeptical about the new Apple TV at first -- then I used it

I was skeptical at first.

After spending over a week with the new Apple TV, which is on sale now starting at $149, I see the potential. It's clear that we're early in the app-centric world of TV watching, but the first crop of apps to hit the Apple TV App Store hint that we're not far off from the reality that we won't have to pay for pricey cable packages stuffed with content we don't want to watch.

Even better, the TV apps I've used so far show that TV doesn't have to be a passive experience. It can also be interactive. -- Tech Insider.

15 Tricks for Mastering Your New Apple TV

15 Tricks for Mastering Your New Apple TV

It's taken years, but the new and improved Apple TV is finally here.

It's much different than the set-top boxes Apple has released in years past. There's an all-new App Store, a redesigned remote, Siri integration, and a revamped interface.

All of these new additions have been tailored to make the viewing experience better than ever, according to Apple. But it could take some getting used to.

Here's a guide to help you get started. -- Time.

The Apple Music bugs are piling up and it's infuriating

The Apple Music bugs are piling up and it's infuriating

Apple Music is almost five months old. And the streaming service still riddled with bugs.

I have a Spotify Premium subscription -- and much prefer it to Apple's offering, for many reasons -- but I keep returning to Apple Music. There are a few Apple Music exclusives I can't get anywhere else, and I like to be able to control music from the Apple Watch.

But lately, the negatives of Apple Music have largely outweighed the positives. And personally, I've had it. -- Tech Insider.

Beware: 3 Headlines Designed To Scare

Beware: 3 Headlines Designed To Scare

If you're a current events major with a technology minor then you're probably like me and track a few dozen websites a day using the RSS reader of your choice.

If you just point and click around (the 'browse' in web browser) or use bookmarks to find news, then you don't have a technology minor and you're likely to be intimidated and influenced by the headlines of traditional digerati and technorati who do such things to drum up eyeballs, increase FUD levels, and treat Apple as anything but the largest and most powerful technology gadget maker on earth. -- Mac 360 .

WordPress Now Powers 25% of the Web

WordPress Now Powers 25% of the Web

According to data from W3Techs one in four websites is now powered by WordPress. According to the report: "WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.0% of all websites." Venturebeat reports: "Today is a big day for the free and open-source content management system (CMS). To be perfectly clear, the milestone figure doesn't represent a fraction of all websites that have a CMS: WordPress now powers 25 percent of the Web. -- Venture Beat.

November 06Friday's News

 

Rumor claims Apple ordering Synaptics LCD parts amid delays in ditching iPhone's home button

Rumor claims Apple ordering Synaptics LCD parts amid delays in ditching iPhone's home button

For its 2016 iPhone models, Apple is reportedly placing LCD driver orders with Synpatics because of delays with in-house work on merging touch and display components. -- AppleInsider.

Apple again breaks Touch ID for some iPhone and iPad users with iOS 9.1

Apple again breaks Touch ID for some iPhone and iPad users with iOS 9.1

A number of iPhone and iPad owners are reporting Touch ID fingerprint recognition and stability issues after updating to the latest version of iOS 9, problems similar to those that cropped up in iOS 8. -- AppleInsider.

Mini-review: Test driving a fully loaded, $4,000 27-inch 5K iMac

Mini-review: Test driving a fully loaded, $4,000 27-inch 5K iMac

A couple of weeks back, we took a look at the new 21.5-inch 4K iMac. It's a solid desktop with a great screen, though its default configuration leaves something to be desired (particularly its slow 5400RPM hard drive).

If you really ask a lot of your computing equipment, though, there's still no substitute for the 27-inch 5K version. More divides the small and large iMacs than ever before: the 27-inch versions include new Skylake processors from Intel, while the 21-inch versions use the older Broadwell architecture. You can only get dedicated GPUs in the 5K iMacs. The Mac Pro is still Apple's fastest Mac if your workloads routinely max out multiple CPU cores and GPUs, but for other power users and pros the 27-inch iMac is the one to get. -- Ars Technica.

How to master the Apple TV remote's new buttons

How to master the Apple TV remote's new buttons

Like all well-designed products from the Apple mothership, the new Apple TV's remote, also known as the Siri remote, looks simple but contains a surprising amount of depth.

Sure, you might know that one press on the Menu button will take you back one screen, but what about all the other secret moves (like how to restart your Apple TV with the buttons?)

Luckily, we're here to help you discover all the secrets of the Siri remote. Today, let's look at the buttons and their hidden features. -- Cult of Mac.

The inside story on Jobs and Woz's illegal phone phreaking

The inside story on Jobs and Woz's illegal phone phreaking

Prior to founding a tiny little company called Apple, Steves Jobs and Wozniak were "phone phreakers" -- selling illegal blue boxes to help people make free long-distance phone calls.

While both quickly turned their back on their law-breaking ways, Jobs noted that, "If we hadn't made those little blue boxes, there might never have been an Apple computer." -- FiveThirtyEight.

Apple TV: How to Quit Apps

Apple TV: How to Quit Apps

You can download apps to your fourth generation Apple TV, which is cool, but what do you do when you want to stop an app from running? It's easy to do with your Apple Remote, and we show you how. -- The Mac Observer.

How to create a quick ASCII banner in the OS X Terminal

How to create a quick ASCII banner in the OS X Terminal

Even if you are not a Terminal wizard, there are some fun tools and features of it that can be amusing. For instance, some online services are available for you to log into with Telnet and watch a text-based version of Star Wars, or you can play odd games that folks have coded into the "emacs" editor, among others. If you are ever sitting at your Mac and suddenly have the urge to print out a massive banner of a text phrase, then you can do that to. -- MacIssues.

Apple Invents a Sophisticated Positioning Accuracy System to Assist Users Navigating through Urban Canyons

Apple Invents a Sophisticated Positioning Accuracy System to Assist Users Navigating through Urban Canyons

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on a sophisticated 3D mapping and positioning technology. Apple notes that in urban environments where tall buildings surround a mobile device, the signals that the mobile device detects from various satellites might not be direct line-of-sight signals. -- Patently Apple.

Apple wages battle to keep App Store malware-free

Apple wages battle to keep App Store malware-free

Apple is facing growing challenges keeping suspicious mobile applications out of its App Store marketplace. Over the last two months, researchers have found thousands of apps that could have potentially stolen data from iOS devices. Apple has removed some of affected apps since it was alerted by security companies. But the problems threaten to taint the App Store's years-long reputation as being high quality and malware free. -- Network World.

How To Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures (Part 4)

How To Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures

Several months ago, I wrote a three-part guide to making amazing wall art from your Mac's photos (part 1, part 2, part 3) -- a popular series that readers told me they'd really enjoyed. The premise: as photography has gone digital, most of the pictures we take have become trapped on our computers, rarely seeing the light of day. Turning your favorite photos into large-format wall art is a great way to decorate your home or office, and with the recent introduction of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, higher-resolution photos and ultra-high-res panoramas are possible, increasing the image quality of even your everyday snaps.

This brand new part 4 explores three additional services, looking for the first time at photo prints on wood, as well as spotlighting several nice variations on prior themes.HERE -- 9to5Mac.

Parallels 11, Fusion 8 and VirtualBox 5 -- oh my!

Parallels 11, Fusion 8 and VirtualBox 5 -- oh my!

Time for another look at virtualization software, letting Macintosh users run PC operating system such as Windows or Ubuntu on their Macs. There are three competitors in the Mac emulation market -- Parallels Desktop (US$79 or as an annual $99-subscription Pro version), VMware Fusion (also US$79), and Oracle's (free and open source) VirtualBox. -- Low End Mac.

Gaming tweak: Change your Apple TV remote tracking speed

Gaming tweak: Change your Apple TV remote tracking speed

I've been playing around with some Apple TV games and I am impressed with the efforts I've encountered so far. If there's one thing I'd change, it's the remote itself. -- The Loop.

November 05Thursday's News

 

Apple releases second public beta of iOS 9.2 with support for AT&T NumberSync

Apple releases second public beta of iOS 9.2 with support for AT&T NumberSync

Members of Apple's public beta program were issued a second pre-release build of iOS 9.2 on Wednesday, giving users the ability to test AT&T's forthcoming NumberSync technology for receiving phone calls across devices. -- AppleInsider.

ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn't protecting vulnerable users like Apple's iOS

ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn't protecting vulnerable users like Apple's iOS

A leading privacy activist says Google's lack of support for strong encryption makes second-class citizens out of people who can't afford Apple devices.

A new iPhone without a cellular contract costs at least $650, while a new smartphone powered by Google's Android software can be as little as $50.

According to the ACLU's principal technologist, Chris Soghioan, another gulf between the two is that Apple devices also better protect people's data against criminals and surveillance. At MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, he warned that the combination of those differences has created a looming civil rights problem. -- MIT Technology Review.

User data plundering by Android and iOS apps is as rampant as you suspected

User data plundering by Android and iOS apps is as rampant as you suspected

Apps in both Google Play and the Apple App Store frequently send users' highly personal information to third parties, often with little or no notice, according to recently published research that studied 110 apps. -- Ars Technica.

New Apple TV wants to be more than just a streaming box (but it isn't yet)

New Apple TV wants to be more than just a streaming box (but it isn't yet)

When you update a piece of technology after leaving it essentially untouched for three years, the changes are bound to be big.

That's certainly true for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the first significant update to Apple's "hobby" project since early 2012. Where the old box was more limited and appliance-like, the new one runs its own distinct (albeit iOS-based) operating system and includes its own App Store for consumers and SDK for developers. -- Ars Technica.

OS X El Capitan: Turning Off Contact Info from Mail

OS X El Capitan: Turning Off Contact Info from Mail

In today's Quick Tip, we'll talk about how OS X El Capitan is scanning your email for potential contact data and adding what it finds to your Contacts program. If you're like Melissa Holt and don't like it doing so, we'll tell you how to turn it off! -- The Mac Observer.

HELP! MacGuru's Mac doesn't sleep or wake when expected [UPDATE]

HELP! MacGuru's Mac doesn't sleep or wake when expected [UPDATE]

You may remember that Tuesday I reported on MacGuru John Droz's problem awaking his MacBook fater it was put to sleep.

Well John has sent an update:

Again, my MacBook Pro woke up from Sleep this morning, with no problem!
Additionally, there were no problems (Sleep, fan or otherwise) with it yesterday, during a day of busy use.
It's beginning to look like one of the changes I made did fix the problem -- although not sure which one.
As before, I'll continue to monitor the situation, and keep you posted.

Four methods for accessing recovery mode in OS X

Four methods for accessing recovery mode in OS X

Accessing Recovery Mode in OS X may be necessary for restoring from a backup, and reinstalling OS X, among other low-level administrative tasks. In most cases, your Mac will have a local recovery partition based on the current OS X installation, that you can access; however, there may be instances where this will not work. For those who need to access Recovery Mode for a particular Mac, here are all of the way to go about doing this. -- MacIssues.

How Apple Is Preventing the Apple TV From Becoming a Console Rival

How Apple Is Preventing the Apple TV From Becoming a Console Rival

Apple's new set top box is on sale now, and has launched with several high profile games in the new tvOS App Store, including Guitar Hero Live and PS4 hit Transistor. However, as one writer points out, the Apple TV is still not an adequate console replacement, and it's not because of the graphics. Instead, several software issues and restrictions issued by Apple itself prevent developers from creating blockbuster exclusives for the platform, including the requirement that all games be playable using the bundled remote, lack of support for four players, and the 200MB initial app download limit. If these remain in place, can the Apple TV become a viable games platform, where the Ouya and PlayStation TV have failed before? -- Red Bull.

Turn Live Photos into GIFs for Wider Sharing

Turn Live Photos into GIFs for Wider Sharing

The new Live Photos feature in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus transforms pictures into mini-videos, but these creations can be shared only with other iOS and Mac users (and not even always then). Turning Live Photos into animated GIFs allows for a wider audience. -- TidBITS.

New Apple TV tvOS hacked to show iOS-like app folders

New Apple TV tvOS hacked to show iOS-like app folders

Apple released the first tvOS 9.1 beta to developers earlier this week, but it lacked the addition of one major feature many have been calling for: folder support on the homepage. Now, well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that out of the box, the tvOS user interface features "pretty complete" folder support... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple patents 'panic mode' tweak for Touch ID

Apple patents 'panic mode' tweak for Touch ID

Thanks to innovations like Apple Pay, Touch ID has become increasingly useful as of late. But Apple's got another idea it's been toying with also -- in the form of a "panic mode," which can be entered by unlocking your iPhone with a certain finger. -- Cult of Mac.

November 04Wednesday's News

 

Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is great, but skip the slow HDD model

Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display is great, but skip the slow HDD model

Apple's marketing team didn't need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display -- its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple's chosen internals, but it would have been best if the company didn't cheap out with the slow base HDD model. -- AppleInsider.

Simplify Apple TV app & content purchases with a 4-digit passcode, or disable password entry entirely

Simplify Apple TV app & content purchases with a 4-digit passcode, or disable password entry entirely

Entering text, particularly a complex alphanumeric password, on the new Apple TV's Siri Remote is, frankly, a pain. Thankfully Apple has included a few convenient workarounds offering both flexibility and security when purchasing content. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 to developers

Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 to developers

Testing of both iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 continues, with the second pre-release builds of both platforms issued to registered developers on Tuesday.

The latest build of iOS 9.2 is identified as build 13C5060d. Apple has once again warned developers that devices running iOS 9.2 cannot be restored to earlier versions of iOS.

As for OS X 10.11.2 beta 2, it is identified as build 15C31f. -- AppleInsider.

How to use your old TV remote with your new Apple TV

How to use your old TV remote with your new Apple TV

The new Apple TV remote is a wondrous touch- and motion-enabled trackpad with a few simple buttons that lets you do everything on your new black hockey puck of joy, including playing games, swiping through apps, and, well, playing and pausing your movies and TV shows.

What happens when you lose it somewhere in the depths of your couch, though? The iPhone Remote app no longer works with the new Apple TV, and unless you have an Apple Store nearby, you're gonna want to have a backup plan in place.

Might as well take a couple of minutes and set up your regular old TV remote to work with Apple TV, right?

Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Sharing your Touch ID is a big no-no, say banks

Sharing your Touch ID is a big no-no, say banks

Banks may refuse to refund disputed transactions, or help customers who are victims of fraud, if the person in question has their fingerprints stored on a phone or tablet that does not belong to them. -- Cult of Mac.

The first tvOS 9.1 beta for Apple TV is now available

The first tvOS 9.1 beta for Apple TV is now available

Apple has released its first beta for tvOS 9.1 to developers this morning, marking the first big software update in the pipeline for the fourth generation Apple TV that launched last Friday. -- Cult of Mac.

Firefox Version 42 Blocks Some Web Tracking Elements

Firefox Version 42 Blocks Some Web Tracking Elements

Mozilla.org released Firefox version 42.0 on Tuesday, and top of the new features is "Private Browsing with Tracking Protection." The browser specifically, "blocks certain Web elements that could be used to record your behavior across sites." -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Patents Switch-Less Force Touch Keyboard, Could Lead to Thinner Macs

Apple Patents Switch-Less Force Touch Keyboard, Could Lead to Thinner Macs

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a low-travel keyboard design with Force Touch-like sensors that measure the pressure placed on a key when a user presses or rests a finger on it. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering an Advanced Smart Bracelet and Possibly the foundation for their Speaktenna

Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering an Advanced Smart Bracelet and Possibly the foundation for their Speaktenna

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that envisions a future smart bracelet and other devices that use curved, flexible OLED displays and much more. -- Patently Apple.

Aquion Founder Jay Whitacre on the "Miracle Technology" in Batteries

Aquion Founder Jay Whitacre on the

The award-winning battery pioneer talks about the future of energy storage and the path to scaling low-cost, nontoxic batteries.

Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder of Aquion Energy, is the winner of the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize. -- MIT Technology Review.

The Million Dollar iOS Hack (Isn't)

The Million Dollar iOS Hack (Isn't)

Although a security exploit broker paid out a million dollars for an iOS 9 attack, most users are safe, and the exploit's days are already numbered.

As is typical with Apple security stories these days, you shouldn't be overly concerned, but it should raise a few hairs on the back of your neck. -- TidBITS.

Put your Apple TV in sleep mode

Put your Apple TV in sleep mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV, because it sleeps or enters standby mode after a period of inactivity. You can also turn on sleep or standby mode manually. -- Apple Support.

Wikipedia's founder thinks Apple should stop selling iPhones in the U.K.

Wikipedia's founder thinks Apple should stop selling iPhones in the U.K.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has branded a new proposed law banning encrypted communications in the U.K. as "stupid," and says that if it is passed, Apple should stop selling iPhones in the country out of principle. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Manage Disks and Volumes with OS X's Disk Utility

How to Manage Disks and Volumes with OS X's Disk Utility

If you need to format, partition, or otherwise work with hard drives on a Mac, Apple's Disk Utility is the tool you use. Found in the Utilities folder, inside your Applications folder, Disk Utility is a powerful tool that offers a full range of features to manage disks and volumes, encrypt and decrypt them, work with disk images, and much more. -- Intego.

Five Days With Apple TV: First Impressions

Five Days With Apple TV: First Impressions

It has been my fifth day with the all-new Apple TV, and while the interface is certainly fast, (by the way 1080p is a welcome upgrade from my previous 720p Apple TV) there are a few areas that are in need of help. Some areas of complaint have already been mentioned by others, but there are a few omitted nuggets which could really make the system a lot more powerful, and frankly, amazingly better. -- Two Guys And A Podcast.

How to use split view multitasking on your iPad

How to use split view multitasking on your iPad

Want to use two apps on your iPad, side-by-side, at the same time? With split view, you can!

Split view lets you keep two apps visible and active, side-by-side, at the same time. It's not full-on multi-window multitasking like the Mac, but it's twice what was possible previously with full-screen apps. It's a huge boost to productivity, and it's easy to use. -- iMore.

How to Save & Share Voicemail on iPhone

How to Save & Share Voicemail on iPhone

The latest versions of iOS allow iPhone users to save, share, and forward voicemails. This means you can easily share an important voicemail message with a colleague or friend, or save a specific voicemail to the iPhone to store it locally for later access and listening. -- OS X Daily.

How to hook up the fourth-generation Apple TV to optical audio speakers

How to hook up the fourth-generation Apple TV to optical audio speakers

Missing the old Apple TV's optical audio port? Here's how to make do on the fourth-generation Apple TV.

The fourth-generation Apple TV comes with many new features, but it's lost a few, too--namely, an optical audio port. If you relied on the optical audio port to hook up your AV system, here are a few solutions you may want to consider. -- iMore.

How to set restrictions on the new Apple TV

How to set restrictions on the new Apple TV

Apple provides granular controls for keeping unwanted content off your TV, but inconsistent reach across all media makes it a poor substitute for real time parental control. -- Macworld.

Apple TV tips and tricks: Getting the most out of Apple's new set-top-box

Apple TV tips and tricks: Getting the most out of Apple's new set-top-box

The recently released fourth-gen Apple TV may very well become a sleeper hit for Apple this holiday shopping season. Though the device isn't being backed by a big marketing campaign (not yet at least), the device has received favorable reviews and represents Apple's most compelling effort to transform its tried and true hobby into a more important and lucrative part of its product lineup.

With most people set to receive the latest and greatest Apple TV sometime this week, it's as good a time as any to run through some of the more essential tips and tricks new Apple TV owners should be aware of. -- BGR.

November 03Tuesday's News

 

Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners, limited to high-traffic spots

Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners, limited to high-traffic spots

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates. -- AppleInsider.

Potential reference to new Mac Pro (a.k.a. 'The Orphan') found in OS X El Capitan code

Potential reference to new Mac Pro found in OS X El Capitan code

Apple could be nearing release of an expected Mac Pro refresh, as code buried in the latest version of Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan references an unknown Mac model with boosted specs and hardware not found in shipping machines. -- AppleInsider.

Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media server

Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media server

Adding to the quickly growing list of new Apple TV apps, media server solution Plex issued its hotly anticipated tvOS app on Monday with support for local content playback, Internet channels and more. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for Mac

Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for Mac

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility. -- AppleInsider.

Yes, your glass Apple TV remote will break if you drop it

Yes, your glass Apple TV remote will break if you drop it

The tech accessories industry had better get to work on coming up with a protective case for a new Apple product that appears to be fragile -- the remote control for Apple TV.

The above remote fell onto a tiled floor from a person's lap and shattered. It does not work, costing the owner an extra $79 to replace it (nope, he did not purchase Apple Care). -- Cult of Mac.

How to set up your Apple TV the right way

How to set up your Apple TV the right way

The new Apple TV is out and it's pretty fantastic.

Running through setup is fairly simple, but we all could use a little advice on how best to make our choices along the way.

With that in mind, then, let's run through the Apple TV arrangements in order. -- Cult of Mac.

HELP! MacGuru's Mac doesn't sleep or wake when expected

If your Mac doesn't sleep or wake when expected

The sleep behavior of your Mac is affected by its settings and activity from your apps, network, and connected devices. -- Apple Support.

The above is Apple's solution to the problem but MacGuru John Droz is having the problem with a new MacBook and El Capitan and the above does not work. Along with other things he has tried. So if you have a solution, please share.

How to certify and encrypt your e-mail in OS X

How to certify and encrypt your e-mail in OS X

Even though we have modern messaging technologies like Apple's Messages that default to encrypted communications, we still primarily use e-mail, even for sensitive business transactions. If you have several partners that you would like to communicate privately with, then while you can resort to an encrypted collaboration platform, you can also do so via classic e-mail, with only a few steps taken for each person. -- MacIssues.

Apple Granted a Patent for a Smartphone with a Convex Display

Apple Granted a Patent for a Smartphone with a Convex Display

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that generally relates to convex displays. The design may include one or more flexible display layers and may be mounted on top of or under a cover layer with a curved shape. Apple notes that they may use an OLED display for this kind of flexible display. -- Patently Apple.

Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the iPhone

Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the iPhone

Apple devices are widely considered extremely secure and hard to hack. But as the internet adage says, everything can be hacked--even the new iPhone.

Over the weekend, somebody claimed the $1 million bounty set by the new startup Zerodium, according to its founder Chaouki Bekrar, a notorious merchant of unknown, or zero-day, vulnerabilities. [The validity of the claim has not been confirmed. If it is you can expect an update from Apple.] -- Motherboard.

The Hundred Year Old Computer Below the Grand Central Apple Store

The Hundred Year Old Computer Below the Grand Central Apple Store

Did you hear the one about the 102 year old computer below the Grand Central Apple Store? Neither had I, but The Gothamist published a story about tours that are being given of the alert system for broken trains in the years before radio communications. According to the Westinghouse tour guide, that system was the "first ever, ever, ever" electronic computer. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Granted Patents for a Hybrid Notebook with Detachable Display and Future Magic Keyboard with 3D Touch

Apple Granted Patents for a Hybrid Notebook with Detachable Display and Future Magic Keyboard with 3D Touch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's possible future hybrid notebook that at present they've decided to shelf until needed. A second published granted patent today covers Apple's chicklet styled Magic Keyboard that reveals a future capability of adding 3D Touch that was first revealed earlier this year with the new iPhone 6s. -- Patently Apple.

Who Are All These People At The Apple Store And Why Do They Need Help?

Who Are All These People At The Apple Store And Why Do They Need Help?

You know what they say, right? 'Time flies when you're having fun.' Also, in the words of Kermit the Frog, 'Time's fun when you're having flies.' I'm trying to soften you up with a bit of humor before the irritation and pet peeve segment begins.

Have you been to an Apple Store recently? You know the ones. The stores that have the highest foot traffic in the mall (except maybe for the food court at noon). The stores that sell the most technology per square foot on the planet. What has gone wrong? -- Mac 360.

November 02Monday's News

 

First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote

First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote

After being unveiled in September, the revamped Apple TV today made its way into consumers' living rooms, along with the all-new Siri Remote with voice input and touchpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the brand new set-top box. -- AppleInsider.

Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in bid to encourage more security

Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in bid to encourage more security

Apple has opened its Security Framework and Common Crypto libraries to developers, hoping to foster tighter levels of security in third-party apps. -- AppleInsider.

How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV Siri Remote

How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV Siri Remote

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight. -- AppleInsider.

New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own Remote app for iOS and watchOS

New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own Remote app for iOS and watchOS

As shipments of Apple's latest and greatest Apple TV reach eager customers, some may be disappointed to find Apple's Remote app for iOS and watchOS incompatible with the new model, meaning all tvOS navigation and text entry must be conducted via the included Siri Remote and onscreen keyboard. -- AppleInsider.

Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in "Spectre" because 'James Bond only uses the best'

Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in 'Spectre' because 'James Bond only uses the best'

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond. -- AppleInsider.

How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service

How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service

When you live somewhere with slow and unreliable Internet access, it usually seems like there's nothing to do but complain. And that's exactly what residents of Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, were doing in late 2013. Faced with CenturyLink service that was slow and outage-prone, residents gathered at a community potluck and lamented their current connectivity.

"Everyone was asking, 'what can we do?'" resident Chris Brems recalls. "Then [Chris] Sutton stands up and says, 'Well, we can do it ourselves.'" -- Ars Technica.

Apple says 'screw you' to Europe's largest hacker conference

Apple says 'screw you' to Europe's largest hacker conference

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest collective of hackers, claims that Apple rejected the group's streaming video app -- which would allow users to watch talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event.

Why? Because members of the conference had previously hacked iOS, and Apple doesn't want to help spread the hacking word. -- Cult of Mac.

Bloomberg Suggests Apple's Secrecy Hurting AI Software Development

Bloomberg Suggests Apple's Secrecy Hurting AI Software Development

Bloomberg has an interesting piece out arguing that Apple's penchant for secrecy is inhibiting the company's efforts to develop artificial intelligence. While Apple has invested heavily in AI technologies and AI acquisitions, it has published no papers, doesn't let its employees announce their positions at Apple, and participates as a lurker at AI conferences. Its competitors, in the meanwhile, have fully embraced the academic culture of AI development and does all of the things Apple doesn't. Secrecy is Apple's modus operandi. The question is whether that approach will affect the company's ability to recruit and the work those people are doing once they get to Apple. As Bloomberg's Jack Clark wrote, "Apple is ramping up AI efforts, but the company's reticence to publish its research is limiting its effectiveness and hiring." -- Bloomberg.

MacRumors: Hands-On With the New Apple TV

MacRumors: Hands-On With the New Apple TV

  • A Closer Look at the Hardware and tvOS -- The new Apple TV officially became available for purchase today, with Apple selling the fourth-generation set-top box in retail stores around the world. We went hands-on with the Apple TV to give MacRumors readers who want to know more about the device a chance to get an overview of the hardware and the software.
  • A Look at the tvOS App Store -- One of the key features of the new Apple TV is the full App Store, which mirrors the iOS App Store and allows third-party developers to create a range of apps and games for the device. We went hands-on with the new Apple TV and took a look at the App Store to give MacRumors readers a better idea of how it works.
  • An Overview of Siri and Search -- Along with an App Store, Siri voice integration and universal search are important software-based features available on the new Apple TV. With Siri voice integration, it's possible to search for content and control video playback, while universal search allows users to look for movies and TV shows across a range of different apps.
  • Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts and Useful Settings -- The new Apple TV launched on Friday in several countries around the world, giving early adopters a chance to try out the fourth-generation device for a few days now. The consensus opinion is that the new Apple TV is a worthwhile upgrade, particularly because of new features such as the App Store, Siri, and tvOS user interface, with lots of potential to get even better in the months and years ahead.

How Seattle Police and Social Media Solved Mystery of Stolen Camera

How Seattle Police and Social Media Solved Mystery of Stolen Camera

When a vacationer's camera was stolen in Seattle's library, he wrote it off as lost forever. But the police weren't ready to give up without trying some new tools at their disposal. -- New York Times.

How To Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures without using Xcode

How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures without using Xcode

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn't require the use of Apple's Xcode or another developer tool -- all you'll need is OS X's built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple has a hidden 'indoor GPS' app in the App Store, likely for Apple Maps Connect

Apple has a hidden 'indoor GPS' app in the App Store, likely for Apple Maps Connect

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business -- but it doesn't show up in a search, and you can't download it unless your Apple ID has been authorized by Apple. -- 9to5Mac.