Apple has voluntarily recalled certain two-prong AC wall adapters because some of them could break and potentially give users an electrical shock if touched. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Apple, which lost ground to the Google Chromebook last year in the K-12 market, has acquired the education software company LearnSprout, which develops programs for schools to track student performance. -- Cult of Mac.
If you've got a quick bit of math to figure out on the go, why bother tapping into the Calculator app, which you've probably got stuffed in some sort of folder on your third page or so?
Even though we've been using Spotlight on the Mac for years now to figure out quick mathematical facts, it's also included in the iOS version of Spotlight, making doing quick bits of math super easy. -- Cult of Mac.
HomeKit is Apple's home automation platform for controlling smart home products with iOS apps and Siri voice commands. The platform was announced at WWDC 2014, and the first HomeKit-enabled products were released one year later.
The software framework communicates directly with connected accessories within the home, securely encrypts all data and even works remotely over iCloud remote access with a third-generation Apple TV or later when you are away from home. -- MacRumors.
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another PrimeSense derived projection system for future iDevices that will use 3D mapping for various applications including interpreting in-air gesture recognition. -- Patently Apple.
People who worry that we're on course to invent dangerously intelligent machines are misunderstanding the state of computer science. -- MIT Technology Review.
Anyone who has ever accidentally left behind their iPhone or iPad in a public place like a coffee shop will know the sinking feeling in your stomach the moment you realize you've done it. Even if you rush back just one or two minutes later, you know there's a high chance that the device will be gone.
If the worst happens, and you have another device with you, Find My iPhone lets you track the stolen device -- except thieves tend to know this, and all they have to do to prevent it is to power-down their ill-gotten gains. This can be done while the device is locked, with no Touch ID or passcode access needed … -- 9to5Mac.
With OS X El Capitan, you can install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac and use them alongside the built-in tools in Photos.
Third-party extensions expand your editing options in Photos. You can apply edits from multiple extensions to one photo, or use any combination of extensions plus the editing tools built into Photos.
To get started with extensions, first install and enable them. Then you can find them in Photos and use them to edit your images. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
A one-sided report on Thursday claims Apple's secretive, rigid culture, compounded by a failure to introduce ground-breaking products, is shifting sentiment in Silicon Valley, supposedly prompting developers and engineers to look elsewhere when applying for jobs. -- The Guardian.
The Stingray has become the most widely known and contentious spy tool used by government agencies to track mobile phones, in part due to an Arizona court case that called the legality of its use into question. It's a box-shaped portable device, sometimes described as an "IMSI catcher," that gathers information from phones by sending out a signal that tricks them into connecting to it. -- Ars Technica.
When I last reviewed Numbers for OS X, it was the first release of the "new" Numbers, and it came with a slew of changes--both good and bad--to the interface and feature set.
Now, two years on, Numbers has gained 0.6.1 version numbers, as well as some new features and changes to its interface. It's also a much stronger collaboration tool now, and you can work on spreadsheets on OS X, iOS, and the web. -- Macworld.
Disk Utility can verify your computer's startup disk (volume) without starting up from another volume. This feature is called "Live Verification." If Disk Utility discovers any issues that require a repair, you will need to start up from your Mac OS X Install DVD and use Disk Utility on that disc to make repairs (You can't repair your startup volume while your computer is started from it.). -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
I recommend creating your own bootable El Capitan (OS X 10.11) installer drive on an external hard drive or USB thumb drive. If you need to install El Capitan on multiple Macs, using a bootable installer drive is faster and more convenient than downloading or copying the entire installer to each computer. If you want to erase the drive on a Mac before installing El Capitan, or start over at any time, you can use a dedicated installer drive to boot that Mac, erase its drive, and then install the OS (and subsequently restore whatever data you need from your backups). And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer drive makes a handy emergency disk. -- MacWorld.
Some Mac users may see a notification alert pop-up from OS X in the corner of their display with a message stating "Optimizing Your Mac -- Performance and battery life may be affected until completed." While there aren't any additional details offered in the notification, there is a "Close" button, which will dismiss the alert. Typically this optimizing message appears after a system software update has installed, logging in to a new user account, or if the Mac has been rebooted after a long period of not being restarted. So, if you see this alert message, what's going on and what should you do? -- OS X Daily.
Mac users have many, many backup plan options. These range from Time Machine to iCloud, from synchronizing files and folders between Macs, to creating a bootable backup clone. Far more important than a particular backup scheme is, well, a backup plan that gets used. Why is a backup important? -- McSolo.
Learn how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup in iCloud or iTunes. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
This page has everything you need to know so you can make an iPhone backup from start to finish. You'll also find out how to restore your data from a backup if you already have one. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
It's happened many times to me before, and I can relate to those that it happens to -- you're trying to be quiet in the middle of class or in the middle of a meeting for work, and all of a sudden you hear a random noise and then Siri starts blabbering.
Siri says "I didn't quite get that," or "Sorry, I missed that."
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to solve this problem once and for all. -- iDownload Blog.
Users are still reporting issues with Apple (LSE: 0R2V.L - news) 's Safari (Other OTC: SFRI - news) browser - a day after the firm said it was fixed.
The default Apple browser crashed for users around the world on Wednesday, and by the afternoon the company said it had solved the problem. -- Sky New.
Missed you yesterday. Not at my best so I stayed home.
The 2015 holiday shopping season was the biggest quarter in Apple's history, with profits of $18.4 billion earned thanks to yet another record performance for the iPhone. -- AppleInsider.
A number of Mac and iOS users reported Safari crashing on Wednesday, in what appears to be a glitch related to the browser's search suggestions feature. -- AppleInsider.
Members of Apple's public beta tester program can now download and sample the second beta release of iOS 9.3, with a new Control Center switch for Night Shift. -- AppleInsider.
The second pre-release beta of OS X 10.11.4, a forthcoming minor update for the El Capitan Mac operating system, is now available to test for members of Apple's public beta program. -- AppleInsider.
To get a detailed work up on your health, soon all you might have to do is work up a little sweat. A new wearable device that soaks in tiny volumes of perspiration from your brow or wrist can track multiple molecules leaking out of you in real-time, researchers report in Nature. The device could one day provide up-to-the-moment health reports, helping to spot conditions such as dehydration, chemical exposures, muscle fatigue, and chronic stress, and help manage diseases, such as diabetes, the authors suggest. -- Ars Technica.
Snow Leopard is fondly remembered by many longtime Mac users, both because it was a remarkably refined release and because it was the last version produced before Apple really started porting iOS features over to the Mac. Five new versions of OS X have been released since then, but NetApplications data says that some five percent of the total Mac userbase continues to soldier on with version 10.6. -- Ars Technica.
The much-maligned Java browser plugin, source of so many security flaws over the years, is to be killed off by Oracle. It will not be mourned. -- Ars Technica.
I don't like spending a lot of time inside weather apps. Instead, I'd rather just swipe down and view current and impending conditions within the Today view section of Notification Center.
That's why, when looking at weather apps to try, one of my criteria is that whatever one I choose, it comes complete with widget support. Depending on what kind of weather data you need, these weather apps currently have the best weather widgets for iPhone. -- Cult of Mac.
You know how it is -- you get invited to a multi-person chat via iMessage with people you sort of know and it gets all kinds of awkward and annoying as the group blows up your iPhone with a ton of messages you really don't want to pay attention to.
What's a popular girl or guy like you to do? There are a couple of ways to get out of those iMessage group conversations so you can finally relax. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple Store retail guru Angela Ahrendts says that the secret behind Apple's success is its culture, telling an interviewer that, "The company was built to change people's lives." [DUH! Is she just finding that out? Perhaps she has forgotten...] -- Cult of Mac
There's an awesome new feature in the beta of 10.11.4: the ability to password-protect notes. So if you need to keep a gift list (or what have you) private, it's now easy to do with the built-in Notes program. We've got the lowdown in this Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.
Dr. Mac has been testing a decked out 128GB iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for a couple of months and says it's cool, but not a laptop replacement for him. You'll only find out why if you read this week's episode (#160 in the long-running series) of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple released a slew of printer drivers for OS X on Wednesday. The company added support for new printers from Xerox, NRG, Gestetner, Lanier, and Savin. The last four printer brands are all owned by parent company Ricoh.
OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Lion.
You can download the drivers through the Mac App Store if you have one of these printers, or you can download directly from Apple's support site.
I know to many of you reading this post that it might sound like I'm splitting hairs but I always like to differentiate between these terms:
I like to think of close-up photography as getting as close as you can (with your iPhone camera) to the subject you are shooting without using any special 3rd party lens attachments or special shooting apps.
On the other hand, macro photography is when the size of the photograph (projected on the sensor via the lens) is equal to or greater than the actual subject, -- Snap Snap Snap.
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the haptic vibration alert system for the Apple Watch, Sports bands and possible future biometric monitors. -- Patently Apple.
Carmakers are already struggling to make regular cars secure against hacks--self-driving technology will bring new problems, says a leading researcher. -- MIT Technology Review.
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a stereo speaker system that measures the impulse response of a listening area so as to provide listeners with exceptional quality audio depending on the room's configuration and the furniture within. It ensures the listener is delivered the 'sweet spot' of the audio every time. The sounds are sensed by a listening device (such as an iPhone or other device) proximate to a listener and transmitted to the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker includes an adaptive filter that estimates the impulse response of the listening area based on the signal segment. It's interesting to note that the Apple engineer that's listed as the sole inventor on this patent filing once worked for Bose Corporation. -- Patently Apple.
The iPad Pro quietly gained a new capability in iOS 9.3 beta 2: German developer Stefan Wolfrum tweeted that the device can now update the firmware in devices attached to the Smart Connector. He was offered, and able to complete, a firmware update to his Logitech Create keyboard. -- 9to5Mac.
If, tomorrow, something goes wrong with your Mac or if it gets stolen or damaged, replacing the hardware itself is technically very easy to do; it just takes money. But the data that was on its hard disk or SSD--those precious photos, that carefully amassed iTunes library, that work, that novel? The best case scenario is that you pay hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars to a data recovery specialist to try to get some back, and the worst case is that it's gone for good.
You know about Time Machine, but there are other ways to back up your Mac. Here's how to pick the best backup method for you. -- Macworld.
How many ways can you run Windows or Linux or other operating systems on your Mac? Some Mac users might reply with a terse, 'Too many ways.' I understand the sentiment. Windows isn't free. Linux isn't easy. But both can run just fine on the Mac. -- Mac360.
Reader Jeremy Saklad reports a problem many have experienced over many years, including yours truly:
My Retina MacBook Pro has recently stopped detecting headphones properly when they are plugged in. It will act as if nothing is connected and just continue using the speakers. Restarting will cause it to work again, but only until close it. The problem will then return. -- Macworld.
All the so-called Frightful Five tech behemoths -- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google, now part of Alphabet -- now offer virtual assistants, which handle tedious tasks in response to voice commands or keystrokes, on various devices. Apple's Siri is the best known, having been available since 2011, but Microsoft now has Cortana, Facebook is testing one called M, and Google builds its voice assistant into its search apps. -- New York Times.
Sometimes when you use the dictation feature on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad--or just converse with Siri and it misunderstands you--you might be in for a surprise seeing explicit language that you don't really want others to see, especially if you talk to Siri on your new Apple TV and kids are present.
Fortunately, both iOS and tvOS give you all the controls you need to prevent profanities from showing up when you use speech-to-text or Siri. In this post, you'll learn how to disable explicit language for Siri and Dictation on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and filter out explicit language for Siri on your Apple TV. -- iDownload Blog.
A website in circulation as a prank on Safari users is causing the Mac edition of the browser to crash, and iPhones and iPads to reboot, reports said on Monday. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Monday released tvOS 9.1.1, the third iteration of the Apple TV operating system that brings with it bug fixes, performance tweaks and a new Podcasts app. -- AppleInsider.
Following the public release of tvOS 9.1.1, Apple on Monday pushed out a second beta version of iOS 9.3 with new features including a Night Shift control button in Control Center. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Monday issued a second beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11.4 software update to developers, continuing a two-week release pattern established earlier in January. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Monday issued second betas of tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 to developers, cleaning up some of the bugs in the updates on the way towards finished releases. -- AppleInsider.
In its quest for high-performing, flexible and -- most importantly -- small imaging systems, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a spherical photosensor and lens array that provides high-resolution capture in an incredibly compact package. -- AppleInsider.
The Dock in OS X can be set to always be visible, or it can be set to appear only when you mouse over its location on the edge of your screen. There's a delay, however, between when you mouse over the edge and when the Dock actually appears, and some folks don't care for that. It turns out you can change this behavior. -- The Mac Observer.
When you get a new computer, you can move your iTunes library so that you can play your media on and sync with your new computer.
Before you begin make a new backup of your iTunes library or update your existing backup before you move it. Even if you already have a backup of your iTunes library, this step makes sure you capture any changes and makes the process easier. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
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 inventions for a small form factor spherically curved high-resolution camera and a docking station supporting audio and much more. 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.
Leo Laporte and Mike Elgan of popular podcasting networking TWiT today conducted an interview with Bill Fernandez, the fourth employee to work at Apple. At Apple, Fernandez was a user interface architect and inventor. He worked on both the Apple I and Apple II and contributed to the user interface of Mac OS, QuickTime, and HyperCard. Fernandez is widely credited as being the person who introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to each other. -- 9to5Mac.
Henry Albert writes in with a puzzle related to using AirPort Utility to configure his network's Apple base stations:
On my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, the access points appear correctly, just not on [my wired] iMac. What's different on the iMac? It's wired to the network. Its Wi-Fi is just lurking--on but not connected to any access point. The other gadgets are using Wi-Fi. -- Macworld.
At nearly $560 billion, Apple is the world's largest company by market capitalization, but The Street's digging deeper shows just how huge the company truly is.
GarageBand version 2.1, which dropped during the past week, is one of the biggest point updates to hit this outstanding mobile app for iPad and iPhone. -- MacNN.
Notes app includes a variety of enhanced features for iOS and OS X users, but one that is particularly useful is the ability to make checklists easily in the app. As you probably guessed, the checklists are interactive, so you can check things off your own created lists or notes easily to help you keep track of progress or tallies, essentially turning a regular note into a To Do list. -- OS X Daily.
iCloud Drive is a feature that comes with iOS 9 and allows you to view and edit files in iCloud that have been saved there via your apps, whether they're native apps or third-party App Store apps.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to hide or show the iCloud Drive app from your iOS device's Home screen. -- iDownload Blog.
The advantages to presenting from an iPad Pro are obvious -- you have a flat surface on the table or the lectern rather than a laptop lid in the way -- but the disadvantages are less clear. We will now never go back to presenting from MacBooks, but we also won't do it from iPads without taking extra steps to be sure we won't stumble in front of our audience. We take the steps not just to protect from technical issues, but also from confusion, as the iPad Pro has potential issues in both cases. -- MacNN.
Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team responsible for the company's nascent automotive ambitions after executives became unhappy with the project's direction and progress, AppleInsider has learned. -- AppleInsider.
So you want to move it all into the cloud? Then learn from these tips from someone who has already done it.
While some IT leaders remain cautious about a move on demand, other executives are embracing the cloud to the fullest possible extent. One such technology chief is Chris Hewertson, CTO at hotel group glh, who has pushed a cloud-led business transformation in his organisation. -- ZDNet.
Lifelogging is nothing more than the automatic capture and retention of what happens in one's life. This can be accomplished by wearing body cameras to automatically shoot pictures, using sensors to capture biometric data to monitor your location, activity and physical state, or saving every communication you send or receive.
Lifelogging used to be an obscure area of geek research. Now you're doing it every day. Here's how to lifelog even better. -- Computerworld.
From the we'll-let-you-know-when-you-have-an-expectation-of-privacy dept.
Up in Baltimore, where law enforcement Stingray device use hit critical mass faster and more furiously than anywhere else in the country (to date...) with the exposure of 4,300 deployments in seven years, the government is still arguing there's no reason to bring search warrants into this. -- Techdirt.
This is from MacGuru Tim The Enchanter. Anyone who has worked in IT and been in, or worked in, any IT machine room will sigh or stand in awe while looking at these pictures. It also may give some of you something to shoot for. I confess I was damned impressed. No cable run I have made looked that good.
Apple veteran Steve Zadesky, thought to be heading up the company's "Project Titan" automotive initiative, has informed colleagues that he plans to leave the company, according to a report published Friday. -- AppleInsider.
Microsoft Surface Pro tablets stopped working on the sidelines of a major U.S. football game today, causing a spectacular black eye for the struggling product just as its maker was performing an advertising blitz for the hybrid tablet device integrated into the game itself. -- AppleInsider.
In the past decade, mobile computing has gone from a niche market for well-heeled enterprises with large field organisations to the fastest growing, and often most popular, way for employees of organisations of all sizes to do business computing. The near-universal adoption of mobile devices by consumers--who are also employees--has forced one of the most major shifts that corporate IT has ever seen. -- Ars Technica.
The first state bills of the year that would interfere with science education have appeared in Oklahoma. There, both the House and Senate have seen bills that would prevent school officials and administrators from disciplining any teachers who introduce spurious information to science classes. -- Ars Technica.
Okay, this is the best thing I've ever seen Siri do: multiply one trillion to the tenth power to lay down a hypnotic background beat for a bunch of cool kids to rap to. -- Cult of Mac.
Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that. -- The Mac Observer.
In 2015, Apple released the new MacBook, the Apple Watch and the much anticipated iPad Pro. What will 2016 be like? Will there be unexpected, new products? John Martellaro thinks this will be a year of hardware and software consolidation and refinement. -- The Mac Observer.
Microsoft has opened up its Office Insider program to users on Macs, following the launch of the service on Windows Desktop, Windows Mobile, and Android devices last November. The program lets users who are signed up as Office 365 subscribers gain early access to new features and innovations within the suite of Microsoft Office applications. -- ZDNet.
Apple's Thunderbolt Display, for myriad reasons, may not display an image from your Mac, recognize USB peripherals, connect to Ethernet, or power on whatsoever.
In many cases, the display is not broken. Before contacting Apple, follow these troubleshooting steps to see if you can reset your Thunderbolt Display. -- MacRumors.
If you have multiple monitors and are using OS X Yosemite or later, you will have Apple's latest multi-screen implementations available for use, where unlike classic extended desktop setups, each screen can be treated as a separate space, or "virtual desktop", upon which you are doing work and organizing your windows. -- MacIssues.
President Obama has an affinity for cutting-edge personal technology, but security concerns mean his devices must have certain features disabled. -- New York Times.
The TCP standard at the heart of the Internet dates from 1974. A proposed replacement could make our connections much faster.One of the world's largest operators of Internet plumbing says it has a plan to give our data a major speed boost. It could lead to faster downloads and more reliable, higher-quality video streams. -- MIT Technology Review.
We haven't stopped huge breaches. The focus now is on resilience, with smarter ways to detect attacks and faster ways to respond to them.
In November 2014, an especially chilling cyberattack shook the corporate world--something that went far beyond garden-variety theft of credit card numbers from a big-box store. Hackers, having explored the internal servers of Sony Pictures Entertainment, captured internal financial reports, top executives' embarrassing e-mails, private employee health data, and even unreleased movies and scripts and dumped them on the open Web. The offenders were said by U.S. law enforcement to be working at the behest of the North Korean regime, offended by a farcical movie the company had made in which a TV producer is caught up in a scheme to kill the country's dictator. -- MIT Technology Review.
The world of connected devices is growing fast, but how secure is it?
As we connect everything from Barbie dolls to front-door locks and cars to the Internet, we're creating more--and possibly more dangerous--potential ways for cyberattackers to wreak havoc. -- MIT Technology Review.
An expert in U.S. national cybersecurity research and policy says the next generation of technology must have security built in from the very start.
In an age of continuing electronic breaches and rising geopolitical tensions over cyber-espionage, the White House is working on a national cybersecurity strategy that's expected in early 2016. Helping to draft that strategy is Greg Shannon. He was until recently chief scientist at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute and is now on leave to serve as assistant director for cybersecurity strategy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. -- MIT Technology Review.
Three days ago Apple released an iOS 9.2.1 update with seemingly arbitrary 'security updates and bug fixes' listed in the release notes. As we've seen time and time again with these type of software updates, most often these small updates seem to go ignored by the general public. We stress how important it is to keep your device up to date, even with small security updates like this. -- 9to5Mac.
Don't you wish there was a hassle-free way to bring your Mac apps, documents, media, games and more to the big screen--and control them? Enter Remote Buddy, a sweet little app by Roth, Germany based developer Felix Schwarz.
Remote Buddy requires an Intel-based Mac and is fully compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Remote Buddy can be purchased through the official website for €24.99, which works out to about thirty bucks. A free 30-day trial is available. -- iDownload Blog.
You'll get the best viewing experience from your monitor if you calibrate it. Mac OS X's calibrating tool takes just minutes to use and will ensure colors are accurate when you're working with photos, watching videos, and even playing games.
The Display Calibrator Assistant walks you through the calibration process. Before you begin, make sure your monitor has been turned on for at least half an hour (so it's properly warmed up) and clean. -- LAPTOP Magazine.
For any Mac-owning model railroader knows the value of good track design and as far as I know there's only one Mac app that does the deed. RailModeller Pro. This not inexpensive (relative to apps, not to model trains) Mac app comes with libraries for well beyond 200 different track systems which guide you to creating the track of your dreams without actually having to build said track (that's when the app becomes inexpensive). -- BohemianBoomer.
It's tough work just to keep up with Apple. Developers are three years into a radical visual change for iOS and two years into similar changes on Mac.
If these visual changes were not enough, consider the four iPhone sizes: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. Not to be outdone, iPad piled on in 2015 when iOS 9 introduced split-screen multitasking1.
In barely three years, design consideration for iOS has gone from two sizes to twelve. When accounting for orientation, twenty-four distinct layouts are required. Twenty-four to account for devices which support iOS 9. Madness. -- Rob Rhyne.
We are back with a great user story. David Tillman describes his journey from being put off by FCPX from the initial scare stories to how he embraced Apple's new generation NLE cutting two high profile documentaries. A great read, we think his story will echo a lot of other editor's experiences. -- fcp.co.
Sometimes, slow internet is the universe's way of telling you to go play outside. Other times, it's the universe's cruel joke to destroy your productivity. Here are 10 ways to troubleshoot, fix, or just survive a slow internet connection. -- Lifehacker.
In about a month, Mailbox, the popular email app, will be shut down.
This means that many people who rely on Mailbox, including me, will have to find another email app.
I love Mailbox because you can "snooze" emails so they disappear from your inbox until later, and quickly archive and delete messages to empty your inbox.
Fortunately, there are a handful of other good email apps to use when Mailbox is officially shuttered next month. -- Tech Insider.
Here's how to rescue a waterlogged iPhone, whether you dropped your iPhone in the bath, the sea or the toilet. We show how to fix the wet iPhone, dry it out, and recover the data inside -- Macworld UK.
You can make your iOS life a little better using some or all of these tools.
Apple's operating systems always offer a range of useful accessibility features, but many of these tools are useful to everybody -- here are just a few features I think most iOS users should explore. -- Computerworld.
It's been thought for a while that a four-digit passcode on an iPhone (and other devices) was too weak. While Apple had safeguards in place to prevent repeated failed attempts, a proof of concept in March 2015 showed how that could be bypassed by disassembling a phone and carefully cutting power at the right instant after a failure. As noted in the post, this "IP Box" cracker works even with the option set to erase a phone after 10 failed PIN attempts--iOS never counts the failed attempts because power is cut. -- Macworld.
As if it isn't crazy enough that a 14-year old set the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube in under five seconds last November, a couple of software engineers have now built a robot that can crack it in just over one second. -- The Next Web.
Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, following up on developer betas released earlier in the week.
The software should be available to anyone registered in Apple's Beta Software Program. Functionally, both betas should be identical to the developer code released on Monday. -- AppleInsider.
Developers behind popular screen brightness and color control software f.lux issued a formal statement in response to Apple's debut of "Night Shift" in the latest iOS 9.3 beta, calling on the tech giant to allow a proper version of f.lux into the iOS App Store and open API access to Night Shift's display management tools. -- AppleInsider.
Standing desks--most often installed in efforts to improve physical activity and health--may help get your noggin in shape, too, according to a pilot study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. -- Ars Technica.
So how much will your performance suffer if you upgrade from iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3 Beta 1? Not too much, as long as you're on an iPhone 6. -- Cult of Mac.
If there's one thing we know, it's that technology is continually evolving. This is what we love about it. The excitement of the next Apple product, the newest TV or car. Innumerable websites keep up with rumors and changes, and companies show off their latest and greatest technology and electronics at countless conventions.
But there's one big problem with this. What happens to our old stuff when we move on to the next thing? -- Cult of Mac.
Apple is increasing transparency on its Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9.3, which is currently available in public beta. And it's not just doing it for your sake.
The occasionally controversial iPhone setting is getting a minor but potentially super-useful upgrade that will not only make it more user-friendly, but could also save the company a ton of money in legal costs. -- Cult of Mac.
In our first patent report of the day we covered a new magnetic based Apple Watch band. In this report we cover another Apple invention relating to attachment apparatuses, and more particularly, to attachment apparatuses for future purse straps, a locking mechanism for an iPad cover and beyond. -- Patently Apple.
Apple first delved into developing a user friendly connector system way back in 2011 with somewhat of a master overview that covered a wide scope of possible methods of achieving such a system. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published one of Apple's latest inventions on this very same system in a patent application titled "Electronic Devices with Connector Alignment Assistance." -- Patently Apple.
Hardware based haptics are common on your iPhone to alert you of an event like a new message or an alarm to wake you up. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they may extend their haptic alert system through to future MacBooks and/or other devices (iMac, Kitchen appliances etc.) -- Patently Apple.
Researchers are exploring how the camera on your smartphone could make it quick and simple to connect to smart gadgets like printers and projectors.
What if you could connect your smartphone to all kinds of "smart" appliances around you just by taking photos of them? -- MIT Technology Review.
Many iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match users are finding that their iOS devices are downloading music without their knowledge. Kirk McElhearn explains how to prevent this before it could leave you with an enormous data bill. -- TidBITS.
Has your Touch ID experience been a little flaky lately? There are various reasons that you might not be having the best of luck unlocking your iPhone or iPad with your Touch ID fingerprint sensor. -- iDownload Blog.
Since its inception the iPhone has supported Visual Voicemail, a feature that lets you see a list of your voicemails and choose which one to interact with without having to wade through all of them.
If you're in the market for a new Mac - whether it be your first one, or you're upgrading or buying another machine - it's important that you get the right Mac for you. After all, it's a pretty big purchase.
Here I'm going to cover at the six different Macs that Apple has to offer, and look at their technical spec, prices, and what they are best suited for. -- ZDNet.
Microsoft on Wednesday updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint. -- AppleInsider.
Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's newly released tvOS 9.2 beta for the fourth-generation Apple TV has revamped the platform's app switcher, bringing visual consistency with iPhones and iPads running iOS 9. -- AppleInsider.
Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps. -- AppleInsider.
With its latest iOS 9.3 beta, Apple is for the first time allowing users to access and control display temperature on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in limited fashion, through a feature called Night Shift. -- AppleInsiders.
Apple is reportedly watching the potential Time Warner sale very closely, with a possible deal in the making that would see Cupertino secure the entertainment company's impressive assets to help build up its Apple TV service. -- Cult of Mac.
iOS ships with a few dozen default system apps, all of which take up valuable room on your homescreen since Apple won't let users delete them. Until now, the best you could do is squirrel them away into a folder, or jailbreak.
But with iOS 9.3 Beta 1, it looks like Apple is finally making it possible to hide unwanted system apps. Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.
So you've got a fourth-generation Apple TV (the one with Siri Remote and all the apps) and you've just downloaded VLC, the "play everything" video app that was just ported to tvOS.
If you're dreaming about being a software engineer at either Google or Apple, you should brace yourself for an ordeal.
A new report comparing the difficulty, experiences, and lengths of interview processes from a variety of tech companies says that a Google interview is the hardest one you can undertake. Apple did slightly better in that regard; it was the fourth toughest. But the data suggest that one of those two processes is considerably more pleasant. -- Cult of Android.
It's no secret that I don't care for recent versions of iTunes. To understand why I think it must die, at least in its current form, let's start with a peek at what iTunes used to be, you know, back in the good old days… -- The Mac Observer.
Sharing and viewing Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on the Mac has been tricky if not impossible until now. Previously the enhanced photos could only be viewed in Apple's Photos app on the Mac, which limited sharing to iCloud Photo Sharing. Starting with the new OS X 10.11.4 beta released earlier this week, Live Photos can now be shared and viewed over iMessage using Messages on the Mac for the first time. -- 9to5Mac.
Whenever you're configuring a computer for someone who's new to the Mac (or someone who's coming from an older version of OS X), you might need to tweak a few things to make the transition easier for him or her. Below, I've outlined a few of the changes I usually make. Now, while I've found that these settings in particular can often confuse people, this doesn't mean that I'm implying that I know better than Apple how things should be configured. Nope. What I am saying, though, is that avoiding late-night phone calls from your Uncle Eugene is ideal, and I want to help with that.
No offense to Apple, of course. -- The Mac Observer.
We polled our AppleInsider audience to vote for their favorite email application for the Mac. The winner is Airmail, with Outlook coming in as a close second. -- AppleInsider.
One of the best things to hit iTunes since it launched way back when is song lyrics. Mac users can choose from a variety of apps which get song lyrics and bring them into iTunes or dump them into a popup on the screen or even set them as an overlay on wallpaper.
Of the many Mac iTunes lyrics apps one of the best is Singer Song Reader which lets you search online for lyrics and save them automatically to your Mac. Even better, it's free (well, actually, donationware). -- Tera Talks.
What comes after the Apple Watch? The Apple Watch 2? A new fitness- and health-focused wearable? Something else entirely? That's not yet clear, but Apple is hard at work on whatever it is, as a handful of new hires and job postings suggest.
Apple is increasing its medical technology workforce.
The company has been rapidly hiring new members, many with doctorates, to work on various projects within the company related to both medical hardware and software. -- Business Insider.
The Power Mac G5 is Apple Inc.'s marketing name for models of the Power Macintosh that contained the IBM PowerPC G5 CPU inside an anodized aluminium chassis. The professional-grade computer was the most powerful in Apple's lineup when it was introduced, widely hailed as the first 64-bit personal computer, and was touted by Apple as the fastest personal computer ever built.
Dan Knight provides a history of the Power Mac G5 and for those that still have a G5 he offers upgrade options. -- Low End Mac.
Siri, the iPhone's voice command software, can call people, search for things on the internet and set dates in your diary.
But did you know it could beat box?
According to Siri, it has been practicing a 'beat' for a while. -- Telegraph.
Every time a stolen laptop leads to a data breach, you wonder why the business involved hadn't set up any safeguards. When the unencrypted laptop was stolen from a former physician at the University of Oklahoma, for instance, or when a laptop was stolen from insurance provider Oregon Health Co-op containing data on 15,000 members. -- PCWorld.
Apple on Monday dropped a deluge of new software updates for testers, with new beta releases for its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Mac OS X platforms now available to download. -- AppleInsider.
In a potential sign that new Apple Watch hardware could be around the corner, Apple's newly released iOS 9.3 beta gives developers the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone. -- AppleInsider.
The forthcoming release of iOS 9.3 will add a number of new iPad features focused on the education market, including multi-user support and a new dedicated Classroom app. -- AppleInsider.
The next point release of Apple's mobile operating system is shaping up to be one of the most important yet, with a slew of new features that help users sleep, keep their sensitive data under wraps, and get a better overview of their health coming in iOS 9.3. -- AppleInsider.
The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV adds a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry. -- AppleInsider.
The upcoming release of iOS 9.3 will bring new 3D Touch shortcuts to Apple's built-in apps on the iPhone 6s, most notably giving users the ability to quickly update App Store installs, or access battery or Wi-Fi settings. -- AppleInsider.
User-facing features -- like the new Night Shift mode -- stole the spotlight during Monday's surprise preview of Apple's next iOS release, but web developers have a few things of their own to smile about in Safari 9.1. -- AppleInsider.
VideoLAN on Tuesday released a tvOS version of VLC, making the video playback app native to the Apple TV for the first time.
As on desktop and mobile devices, the new app lets users play formats that aren't natively supported by Apple. It also enables things like chapter selection, and choosing between multiple audio and subtitle tracks where available. Subtitles can be rendered in text or bitmap format, and downloaded on the fly if they're not present locally. -- AppleInsider.
Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Tuesday announced the FileMaker iOS App SDK, a set of coding tools that offer developers the means to build native iPhone and iPad apps. -- AppleInsider.
As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly. -- AppleInsider.
We think Siri's been holding out on us. It turns out that Apple's digital assistant has been quietly working on a skill that we only recently discovered. It's not very useful, but it should give you a smile: A simple request will make Siri beatbox for you. -- Cult of Mac.
Having Bluetooth problems? We've got a fix for you. The Bluetooth icon in your menu bar is hiding a special option that'll help you with a whole mess of troubleshooting steps, including doing factory resets on your connected Apple devices either all at once or one at a time. Melissa Holt's gonna talk about that in today's Quick Tip. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple's latest beta, iOS 9.3, brings quite a few changes to iOS 9, including a new "Night Shift" feature. Night Shift is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours, based on studies that have demonstrated that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm. -- MacRumors.
With iOS 9.3, Apple is introducing a number of new features that are specifically geared towards the education market. Outlined on a new Education Preview site, education-oriented features in the iOS 9 beta include shared iPads for students, a new classroom app, an Apple School Manager feature, and an improved Managed Apple IDs function. -- MacRumors.
Apple's iOS 9.3 beta introduces major new features like Night Shift, but there are also dozens of little tweaks to be discovered in the operating system update. It appears that one of those minor changes applies to Wi-Fi Assist, adding a much-needed feature that allows users to see just how much data it's using. -- MacRumors.
One of the top troubleshooting tools you will use in OS X is the Console app, with which you can view a centralized list of logged system activity, be it from the system console or from application-specific log files. With the details output in the resources available in the Console, you can often track relevant activity for when crashes and other faults occur, and then address them accordingly. -- MacIssues.
There are several ways to print contacts from iCloud, using a Mac or PC. -- New York Times.
Advances in machine-learning techniques have opened up a wealth of promising opportunities for AI applications, but some tech executives are thinking about ways it can make the world a better place.
Are we on the verge of creating artificial intelligence capable of finding answers to the world's most pressing challenges? After steady progress in basic AI tasks in recent years, this is the vision that some leading technologists have for AI. And yet, how we will make this grand leap is anyone's guess. -- MIT Technology Review.
MacNN has done something interesting -- an "exit poll" of sorts, where they asked questions of 1,000 iOS users at four Northern Virginia Apple Stores, a task that took only two hours given the stores' high foot traffic. The takeaway is that most users -- at least those who go to an Apple Store in Northern Virginia -- treat their Apple devices as appliances. -- MacNN.
Earlier today Apple unloaded several new beta software updates including iOS 9.3 for iPhone which adds some handy new features to CarPlay. Specifically, both the Maps and Music apps for CarPlay were updated to work more like the iPhone versions on iOS 9. Check out the details. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple kicked off the week by releasing a major new beta for each one of its platforms including tvOS 9.2 beta for the new Apple TV. While the software update isn't available to everyone just yet, the pre-release software brings the 4th-gen Apple TV up to parity with older Apple TVs and even makes it work more like iPhones and iPads. For example, tvOS 9.2 beta finally adds Bluetooth keyboard support to the new Apple TV after first shipping at the end of October without the feature; previous Apple TVs worked with wireless keyboards from the start. The new update also adds a new built-in app and some iPhone-like features as well -- 9to5Mac.
This week's iOS 9.3 beta software update for iPhone and iPad is a pretty major release for a mid-cycle version. New features including the F.lux-like Night Shift which lets you change the color temperature of your display and Touch ID plus secure passwords for Notes feel more major version features. Other parts like new 3D Touch quick actions for many of Apple's stock apps feel more like playing catch up, but overall iOS 9.3 is shaping up to be an impressive release. -- 9to5Mac.
It isn't easy being huge as both Apple and Microsoft are starting to realize. Both companies are incredibly successful and I'm not here to say either is in real danger, but both are suffering major structural challenges that will hurt them in 2016. What's key for these predictions is how they respond. -- I, Cringely.
When it comes to predictions it is often easiest just to take some really popular new technology and point out the obvious time it will take to be actually adopted. You could say I'm doing that here with drone deliveries and driverless cars, but I like to think my value-added is explaining why these will take so much longer than some people expect. -- I, Cringely.
Just because IBM suffered a marketing hiccup doesn't mean I've forgotten about doing 2016 predictions. This one is simple -- a confluence of anti-hacking paranoia combined with the Internet of Things (IoT), which will lead to any number of really, really bad events in 2016. -- I, Cringely.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's technology relating to multitouch and multi-haptics, some original technology for Touch ID and another PrimeSense patent covering the technology behind the Kinect device that's used for both gaming and other types of applications. In addition, Apple was granted 3 design patents covering Touch ID, an Apple Watch Band and Apple TV's user interface. 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.
If you use iTunes or if you buy and download digital music, you'll have come across a number of terms and abbreviations that describe digital audio files. This alphabet soup can be quite confusing. What are codecs or audio file formats? What is a bit rate, and what's a sample rate? What does it mean when music is "high-resolution?"
This article covers what you need to know about digital audio files. I'll tell you the difference between lossy and lossless files, I'll explain why bit rates matter (or don't), and I'll help you understand the various file formats you may encounter. -- Macworld.
I had to burn a DVD recently.
Christmastime was rolling around, and I was looking for a gift for my mom. It occurred to me that there was a particular video she'd wanted in DVD form. (A digital file would have been easier, to be sure, but her setup doesn't make watching that super easy, and there were other considerations, which I'll go into in a bit.) -- Six Colors.
I have been looking at some of Apple's newer devices, like the MacBook and the iPad Pro recently. With the speeds of these devices, small as they are, I am able to do almost all the tasks I want. With the Macs, I have iCloud, Dropbox and the ability to attach external storage. The iPad has cloud-competency, but it is not possible to connect hard disks via the Lightning port.
I was able to locate a Seagate Wireless Plus disk at IT City, The Mall, Bangkae (but now wish I hadn't). -- eXtensions.
What a dismal experience I had with this. At one stage I would have been glad if someone would have taken it off my hands for half what I paid. It seems to illustrate a difficulty sometimes when PC solutions are adapted for OS X. Flash is a good illustration. It is easy enough to use HTML 5, but some sites (like the BBC) still insist on this for desktop computers, even though they provide alternatives for iOS devices. -- eXtensions.
Whether you have multiple Apple TVs on your network or you just want to give your new little black box a title, it's simple to rename your fourth-generation Apple TV. To begin, you need your Apple TV on and connected to your television, and your remote in-hand. -- iMore.
Whether related to CarPlay or the heavily rumored Apple Car, Apple this week registered a trio of automotive-focused domain names, in a move that will surely fuel further speculation about "Project Titan." -- AppleInsider.
I've always loved being able to pick up an iMessage conversation that I started on my iPhone right on my Mac, and vice versa.
Unfortunately, I've been having an iMessage issue for the last few months--I can have conversations via Messages on my Mac and conversations via Messages on my iPhone. My iMessages have stopped synchronizing across my devices: no messages I send or receive on my Mac show up on my iPhone, and no messages I send or receive on my iPhone show up on my Mac. It's like chatting with people from two separate devices, something that Continuity should have solved.
Luckily, there's a fix. Here's what I did. -- Cult of Mac.
How do you tell if your laptop battery is all right? If it's not, what are your options for replacing it? If the battery is swelling and warping your laptop's case, what do you do? (Hint: Get it fixed ASAP.) Melissa Holt goes over all of this and more in today's Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.
When I migrated from iPhoto to Photos for OS X on my Mac, all of my iPhoto Events were converted into albums and buried in a parent folder called iPhoto Events. This makes reaching them very time-consuming. Is there a way to move all these old events into the main Albums tab? -- New York Times.
It's going to get worse before it gets better.
It's painful to read much of what passes for business reporting about Apple these days. The combination of high page-click value and low barrier-to-entry has reduced online journalism to headlines like this... -- Fortune.
In January 2001, Steve Jobs introduced iTunes and forever changed the way we buy and consume media. It's the most important app that Apple has ever created. -- Macworld.
'Hey Siri, why are you not on my Mac?' The response I got was pretty lame. Siri told me that everything I needed to know about Apple products could be found on Apple.com," Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet.
Lex Friedman used to edit and write at Macworld--a lot, lot, lot of articles--and now works at a leading podcast, ad-sales, and content network. He called me after moving into a new house recently as he thought he had lost his marbles somewhere in the wiring of his house. -- Macworld.
Here's how to speed up a slow iPad - perhaps an older model, such as the iPad 1, 2 or 3 or the iPad mini 1, or just an iPad that isn't as fast as it used to be. These tips speed up an iPad and get it to run much more quickly. -- Macworld UK.
Thinking of buying a second-hand iPhone or iPad? Here's a quick and simple way to check to see if the device you are being offered has been stolen. -- ZDNet.
To every thing there is a season, and for some technologies the time to die is almost upon us.
For many technologies, the time to die will be 2016.
That doesn't mean there won't be people still using the deceased technologies. After all, at least one company is still using an Apple IIe for accounting. -- Computerworld.
Imagination Technologies, the developer of the PowerVR graphics processing cores that drive Apple's A-series processors used in iOS devices, has demonstrated a new mobile engine at CES with the ability to perform realtime ray traced 3D graphics rendering, likely destined to appear in Apple's future products. -- Appleinsider.
Mobile photographers might soon have the option of zooming in on their targets without the image degradation that comes with traditional digital zoom, if a new multi-camera optical zoom system spotted in a recent Apple patent application makes it into production. -- AppleInsider.
Apple has reportedly acquired Emotient, makers of artificial intelligence software that analyzes facial expressions to determine the subject's emotional state.
Emotient's website touts the technology's ability to capture direct emotional response from customers. -- AppleInsider.
For many years, it looked like Thunderbolt was destined to be a modern version of FireWire: faster and smarter than contemporary USB interfaces, but so rare outside of Macs that there isn't a very wide range of accessories beyond adapters and external hard drives. Thunderbolt versions 1 and 2 are available in most Macs sold between 2011 and now, but it has been included in just a handful of PC laptops and high-end motherboards.
Thunderbolt 3 is turning that around. The port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell's new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others. -- Ars Technica.
The makers of a tiny new device called the TarDisk Pear promise to permanently double your MacBook's hard drive space in a matter of moments.
Simply slide the Pear into your MacBook's SD card slot, run a quick setup (called "pearing"), and your hard-drive capacity will be permanently doubled. -- Cult of Mac.
This year's gadget show isn't all that different from last year's, but there's still some cool stuff out there.
Wandering the show floor at CES in Las Vegas this week, I've found that many of the best gadgets on display are those that may not change the world or open up a whole new consumer-electronics category, but are simply using technology in ways that are clever and helpful. -- MIT Technology Review.
The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro, model MD101LL/A, was launched in 2012 for $1199. Almost four years later, it's still for sale, completely unchanged except for a price drop to $1099 in 2013.
Despite the low-resolution screen, slow hard drives, very little RAM, and CPUs that were middling even in 2012, it's an open secret among Apple employees that the "101" still sells surprisingly well -- to a nearly tragic degree, given its age and mediocrity. -- Macro.org.
You can try arguing that Apple's doing what it's always done by allegedly eliminating the (quite literally) century-old 3.5mm jack from the upcoming iPhone 7 -- but 204,305 people are going to disagree with you. -- 9to5Mac.
Samsung has unveiled a new iPad Pro rival. Find out how they compare in our Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S vs iPad Pro comparison preview. -- Macworld UK.
If you've ever been in an area where your iPhone has a lousy cell signal, you might want to forward any calls that might be coming in to a different phone number, maybe a local landline, or your home phone. Here's how. -- MacTrast.
The calendar might say "2016" but the same old rules apply: If you can complain about something tangentially related to Apple and make it solely about Apple, what are you waiting for, write it up already. Time's a-wastin.'
Writing for Gawker, Jordan Sargent complains that "Apple Products Are Not Built for Winter." -- Macworld.
Apple on Wednesday issued a second pre-release beta of OS X 10.11.3, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for the El Capitan Mac operating system. [I have had no problems with the software I use on a regular basis. There are small improvements in its benchmarks. -mam]-- AppleInsider.
Apple's newly minted chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, appeared as a guest on radio show Conversations on Health Care on Monday to discuss the potential Apple Watch, iPhone and Apple's health platforms have on democratizing healthcare, as well as other topics like human rights issues. -- AppleInsider.
Walt Mossberg was Steve Jobs' favorite critic, and has long been one of the most respected Apple analysts out there -- with some people even arguing that he can be too forgiving when it comes to Cupertino's mistakes.
But in a new article about what tech companies should do to improve in 2016, Mossberg has no problem taking aim at something a lot of people view as Apple's big weakness right now: its software. -- Cult of Mac.
Walt Mossberg has had his say on what Apple needs to fix most: its software.
Now it's your turn to weigh in with your own opinion--which specific software should Apple fix? Cult of Mac created two polls for you to express your opinion, one for OS X on the Mac and one for iOS on the iPhone and iPad. -- Cult of Mac.
It isn't easy being huge as both Apple and Microsoft are starting to realize. Both companies are incredibly successful and I'm not here to say either is in real danger, but both are suffering major structural challenges that will hurt them in 2016. What's key for these predictions is how they respond. -- I, Cringely.
Apple shipped a lot of great products in 2015, most of which Dr. Mac owns and uses daily. They're all darn good, but which one did he think was number one -- the best of the best? There's only one way to find out! -- The Mac Observer.
While Apple's spreadsheet program, Numbers, isn't as powerful or ubiquitous as Microsoft's Excel, we think that it's a fine alternative (especially if you just need something relatively simple that gets the job done). We've got three great tricks for using it in today's Quick Tip! -- The Mac Observers.
Despite pressure to reform what has been variously described as its misogynist, racist and bullying nature -- Yik Yak, the anonymous, localized free messaging app, remains the rage on college campuses across the country.
A Washington lawyer's civil rights complaint against the free messaging app that's all the rage on campuses nationwide could spell trouble. -- New York Times.
On Monday we posted a report titled "New Apple TV with Siri Invention Surfaces in Europe Supporting Live TV & Time-Shifting Viewing." We were limited to working with a suppressed version of Apple's patent filing in Europe as USPTO was still behind in publishing patent applications for December 31. Today we're able to expand on the Apple TV invention by showing you patent graphics that clearly indicate that Apple TV is likely to expand to iDevices at some point in the future. -- Patently Apple.
Entrepreneurs see an opportunity to optimize deep-learning code to run on graphics processing chips.
The latest machine-learning techniques promise to transform whole industries by making it easier for computers to recognize patterns in data, to make accurate predictions, and to generally behave more intelligently. Unfortunately, the experts capable of crafting and optimizing the code needed to make this magic possible are in pretty short supply. -- MIT Technology Review.
It may not be available for long, but a new screen recording utility has appeared on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app, called Vidyo, costs $4.99 and allows users to record their device's display by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection (via MacStories). -- 9to5Mac.
When it comes to predictions it is often easiest just to take some really popular new technology and point out the obvious time it will take to be actually adopted. You could say I'm doing that here with drone deliveries and driverless cars, but I like to think my value-added is explaining why these will take so much longer than some people expect. -- I, Cringely.
Apple has been working on a new zoom lens system for iDevices for some time now. In February we posted a report titled "Apple Reveals a Zoom Lens Breakthrough for Future iDevices." Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on a new dual camera zoom lens system for iDevices and beyond. -- Patently Apple.
The three-finger gesture that allows you to drag windows around without a click has been in OS X for a while, but in both Yosemite and El Capitan, the setting to enable it was moved. Now, it's over in the Accessibility options. -- Lifehacker.
When you send an iMessage to the wrong person, it can be one of the most embarrassing things ever. This is especially the case with iMessages that you intend for your boyfriend/girlfriend, but end up going to co-workers, friends, or family instead. -- iDownload Blog.
As I noted in an essay last year, the most important consumer tech companies -- the ones you rely on most every day -- have very little presence at ces. And the most impactful consumer tech products of the last 20 years or so weren't unveiled there.
So, for this week's column, I thought I'd look past Las Vegas, and past the ritual predictions of what will happen in tech this year. Instead, I'd like to talk about what should be done in 2016 by five of the biggest companies -- to make your everyday digital life better. -- Re/code.
Though the Apple Pencil is simple on the outside, the inner workings of the iPad Pro stylus are a major technological achievement, a new analysis from the silicon experts at Chipworks has found. -- AppleInsider.
If you're like the rest of us, you've got a nice Mac with plenty of video, photos, and apps on it. Time Machine is a fantastic way to keep your stuff all backed up and safe, so you'll need a high-capacity drive to do that with.
Samsung's new external solid state drive (SSD), called the T3, has the capacity of multiple terabytes to keep more of your data backed up and the speed to make it easy. -- Cult of Mac.
Television makers like Sony, Samsung Electronics and Panasonic will be working overtime this week to sell you on so-called ultra high-definition 4K television.
My advice: Wait at least another year or two before buying it -- the hype and the TV sets themselves. -- New York Times.
If you've been wondering why you can't follow table of contents links in a TidBITS issue while reading in Apple Mail in either El Capitan or iOS 9, it's because of a Mail bug that Apple has finally acknowledged. -- TidBITS.
Following its annual tradition, Seagate has announced a new collection of stylish, premium-priced drives in time for the 2016 CES, most now featuring USB-C and USB 3.1 connectors. Three of the drives carry Seagate's LaCie branding; one is a handsome but Seagate-branded model. -- 9to5Mac.
Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich keynote at CES last night set a new course for Intel. Krzanich noted early in his keynote that it was his third year on the CES keynote stage and that "There's truly no better place on the planet to talk about the future of technology and to share our vision with you." -- Patently Apple.
Some users have noticed that Safari hangs unexpectedly when attempting to type a search or URL into the address bar. This is usually a temporary disruption, and after a moment or few the text entry begins again within the Safari address bar as the address bar populates with smart search data and search results from the default search engine in the browser.
Safari freezing up when typing a URL or search into the address bar is pretty annoying however, but fortunately with a few adjustments you can usually resolve this issue rather quickly in OS X or iOS. -- OS X Daily .
I don't know where to start this. It started off as my post turkey festive season relaxation and just gets longer and longer.
I thought to myself "I'll try and make a GUI in Swift using only emacs and the Swift REPL" - I Googled a bit (as one does these days) and found an amazing bit of code in Swift from the command line. "Jens" gave the following code example. -- Joe Armstrong.
I could be wrong but there seems to be no way to do this from inside i0S, OS X or iMessage. If anyone knows of a way let me know.
The only way I could find (other than taking screen shots, or sending to another application, etc.) were third-party applications. I make now claims for any of them but provide this list as a service. If you know anything, good or bad, about any of them please let me know. And of course if there is one I have missed send it along too.
In New York City, a student at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) stuck his head through the doorframe and gave Jeannie Crowley, the school's Director of Technology, an inquisitive look. "I heard you guys are fixing phones," the student said. "No," Crowley replied. "You're fixing the phone--but we provide parts and support." -- iFixit.
Siri on iOS 9 enables a more intelligent Spotlight Search with proactive suggestions that make your device more helpful even before you ask.
These Siri-powered suggestions automatically appear in Spotlight upon swiping down on any Home screen, offering suggestions for apps that you launch at specific times of the day, people you tend to contact at specific times and more. You'll also see suggested news and nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and more.
However, some people find this additional content distracting and useless. If you would like to use Spotlight Search without Siri Suggestions, this quick post will teach you how to disable the feature with just a few taps. -- iDownload Blog.
You can make things personal with custom ringtones and rhythm patterns for different contacts on your iPhone. Here's how. -- Computerworld.
I enjoy the various Apple gadgets in my life: my iMac, my iPad Pro, and my 12-inch MacBook, as well as my iPhone and Apple Watch. However, in an ideal world, the first three would all be combined into one perfect device (well, perfect for me anyway). Here's the Apple Pod as imagined by Yours Truly. -- Apple World Today.
Creators of computer programs that underpin experiments don't always get their due -- so the website Depsy is trying to track the impact of research code. -- Nature.
Apple on Monday released the second beta version of iOS 9.2.1, giving registered developers another look at the next iteration of the mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. -- AppleInsider.
DJI on Monday launched the Phantom 3 4K, its first drone below the Phantom 3 Professional to support shooting at 4K resolution. -- AppleInsider.
In my quoting of the "Cook Doctrine" I cited the primary criteria for Apple to enter a new market:
We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.
These criteria, often repeated, were certainly in force when Apple chose to enter the watch market. Apple has sought and achieved a significant market share and did so while owning and controlling the primary technologies behind the product.
I now turn to the significant contribution criterion to study the possibility of Apple's entry into the car industry. -- Asymco.
2016 is here and that can only mean one thing: It's time for CES.
The world's biggest consumer electronics show, CES 2016, is getting underway this week in Las Vegas, which means nerds and all the companies that make the gadgets they love are instinctively flocking to the desert oasis like the salmon of Capistrano.
This year's show promises to be bigger than ever, with all the latest tech trends on full display. Cult of Mac will be on the scene all week long bring hands-on looks at the coolest and weirdest gadgets CES has to offer.
Here's what we expect to see at the show: -- Cult of Mac.
A friend with a shiny new AirPrint printer was asking me were the print command was on his iPad and iPhone.
Now I confess that I never print from either of those devices. I love my desktop. (Universal Command-p.)
Ín trying to help him I could not find the print command in Safari. I did find it in mail under the reply icon; not under the send to command. None of which makes any sense. The question is not that it is not there, it is why did I have to look for it at all and why is not in the same place in each app? This is line with the iOS interface which has no consistency except in being inconsistent.
It seems obvious that Apple no longer cares about the OS or how applications implement it. They make good hardware, bring it to market and we buy it like our life will end if we don't have it. So why worry about the OS?
We are gerbils.
Anyway that's one Man's Opinion.
Readers love predictions so for 15 years or so I've been making lots of them during the first full week of each new year. The first time I did a predictions column it was because I couldn't think of anything else to write about that day and the reaction from readers was so strong that I've been stuck doing them ever since. What started as one column per year filled with about 10 predictions has expanded over time to as many as 10 separate predictions columns because as I age I am becoming ever more long-winded. Sorry. It's reached the point this year where this introductory column won't even contain predictions, just a guide to the several columns that will follow in the next few days. They will begin, of course, with a look back at my predictions from a year ago to see how smart or stupid I was. Historically I've been about 70 percent smart and 30 percent stupid in my predictions with that number more or less dependent on how vague I can be. Sorry again. -- I,Cringely.
These high-end desktop computers used for computer-aided design, gene sequencing, desktop publishing, video editing and similar processor-intensive operations have been one of the few bright spots in a generally declining desktop computer market. HP is number one in the segment followed by Dell and Lenovo and while the segment only represents $25-30 billion in annual sales, for HP and Dell especially it represents some very reliable profits that are, alas, about to start going away, killed by the cloud. -- I,Cringely.
Recently, I ran across a video from NHK World about a competition between two Japanese teams to see who could build a small top that could spin the longest. In the competition, the top must spin on a pedestal just 2 cm in diameter. The physics, mathematics, engineering, machining and material research are phenomenal to watch. Each top must have a diameter of 5 cm or less and weigh 500 grams or less. Each team was allowed one month to design and fabricate. While the translation from Japanese into English is stilted, the engineering itself is not. Amazing stuff.
Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office failed to publish any patents on New Year's Eve without excuse or reasoning. Now that the holidays are behind us, the Patent Office remains behind schedule. Patently Apple was first to review one of Apple's more interesting patent filings in-part that surfaced in Europe today that will be published in the US later this week. -- Patently Apple.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 53 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Starting things off, we know that Apple has more than a dozen solar power related patents on record and today they've been granted yet another one covering solar power tracking techniques. Our report also covers a granted patent relating to a future docking system that will come with a flexible connector (e.g. Lighting or USB Type-C). 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.
Instead of programming drones to know what to do in every single scenario, a Stanford lab is giving them the intelligence to understand their surroundings.
If the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration allows the widespread use of commercial drones, the skies could soon buzz with swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles--especially in dense urban cores. That means drones will be tasked with autonomously avoiding collisions, as their numbers will be too high to rely on human air-traffic controllers at all times. -- MIT Technology Review.
My wife likes puzzles. For most of the holiday break, the coffee table in our living room was taken over by a couple of 1000-piece puzzles, and since I gave her a 2,000-piece puzzle for Christmas, I expect we'll be seeing another living-room takeover soon.
But yesterday, with the puzzle cleared away, it was time for me to do my puzzle--namely, disassemble the mid-2011 Mac mini I use as a server, add a speedy flash drive, and reassemble it. -- Six Colors.
No matter how well prepared you are, at some point changes are you'll lose some data. At that point it's Disk Drill, a data recovery app for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher), to the rescue. Recently, it's been revved to the (awkwardly dubbed) version 2.4.437. -- Apple World Today.
A reader--my father, in fact--asked why, after upgrading to iOS 9.2, his iPhone's battery started to drain rapidly. Was there an issue with the update? Not that I knew of, but I've seen many times, including a few instances recently, that iOS gets itself into a battery-draining mode that can't be explained.
A few things you can do to fix a battery that isn't lasting as long as it used to. -- Macworld.
Is your Apple TV glitching out in some way? While I've not personally seen any weirdness with the rock-solid OS that comes with the Apple TV, it's possible that you might have.
As most of us know, rebooting our Mac or restarting our iOS devices can save us from all sorts of odd behaviors; the same could be said of Apple TV. Here's how to restart that little black box of joy, plus an easy way to get it into low-power sleep mode. -- Cult of Mac.
Recently I deleted dozens of travel apps from my iPhone. Many are great. They allowed me to research unfamiliar places, listen to audio tours and turn my photos into postcards. But travel is about tapping the world, not a screen, so I'm ending the year with an app purge. I've kept only what I use often. An app didn't have to be new (most weren't) to make the cut, but it had to make travel easier or significantly more enjoyable. Below are a dozen that have earned a spot on my smartphone heading into 2016. -- New York Times.
iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks are great, but they can always be improved. Whether you're looking to game better on your mobile or just make sure you've got a spare charger when your old one goes kaput, we've collected some of the best deals on peripherals for your portable tech. -- Cult of Mac.
I tried the Rebuild command to find missing messages in Mac Mail on the El Capitan version (OS X 10.11), but it didn't fix my problem. What else can I try? [Caveat!: When you rebuild mailboxes for IMAP or Exchange accounts, locally stored messages and attachments are discarded, and the messages and attachments are downloaded again from the mail server to your Mac. Your mailbox appears empty until the download is complete.] -- New York Times.
While Apple is still working on an official method of dealing with unwanted default apps in iOS, a glitch in iOS 9 through 9.2 will let people temporarily push them out of sight. -- AppleInsider.
It appears Apple has made good on promises to roll out developer access to Apple TV universal search APIs, as tvOS now includes deep content links from both the PBS and PBS Kids apps. -- AppleInsider.
Science is an inherently visual activity. Yes, we can know about all sorts of things in the abstract and try to envision them in our minds. But it's one thing to hear a description of the developing brain, and another thing entirely to see one as it's developing. In some cases, images tell us things that it was simply impossible to know otherwise.
2015's science came with its own host of images, some of them taken by the scientists and engineers involved, others we managed to take ourselves. So, we put together a gallery of some of our favorites from this past year; what follows is a little bit on why we liked them. -- Ars Technica.
Today's Quick Tip is all about Finder's sidebar-how you can customize it, remove or hide items within it, and change the size of its icons. Heck, you can even keep from seeing Time Capsules or other computers on your network in your sidebar if you're looking to really clean things up. Come find out how! -- The Mac Observer.
A couple of weeks ago Dr. Mac's main Mac displayed an alert telling him his Time Machine disk was damaged and to repair or replace it A.S.A.P. After Disk Utility and several third-party disk utilities failed to repair the damage, he was surprised to discover that performing a Safe Boot did the trick. -- The Mac Observer.
Move over, Siri. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has an ambitious personal challenge for 2016 to build his own AI assistant. Is this the billionaire's first step to becoming a real-life Tony Stark, an implicit condemnation of existing services like Google Now, Cortana, and Alexa, or merely a fun personal project? -- The Mac Observer.
When some problems such as hard drive corruption occur on your Mac, or if you need to perform account maintenance such as resetting passwords or fixing account permissions, then you will need to use the tools that Apple includes on the hidden Recovery drive that is part of OS X. However, in some cases such as for RAID arrays, you may not have a recovery partition, in which case there are several alternatives you can use, even if you are limited by your internet connection. -- MacIssues.
When you run various commands and scripts in OS X, you may need to first authenticate the actions you are taking as administrator. While some commands include options for providing authentication, generally you will run the "sudo" command as a precursor to your desired one, in order to promote the desired one to run with full administrative access privileges. -- MacIssues.
The default approach for storing files on drives other than your boot drive is to get an external storage device and then copy your files to it; however, by doing so you leave open the possibility of someone getting your drive and accessing your data. To secure the files you place on such drives, there are several approaches you can take, including encrypting files or the drive itself, and using special setups to require two or even more physical drives be attached before you can access the data on them. -- MacIssues.
If you run multiple operating systems on your Mac in virtual machines, then you likely use either Virtual Box, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels Desktop. For the most part, when you set up a VM on your Mac with any of these solutions, it will run as a window that shows you the graphical view of the virtualized OS. However, if you use your VMs for servers instead of running desktop applications, then you can use a small trick to run them in the background, and thereby save both a little processing power and some desktop clutter. -- MacIssues.
Yesterday, we gave you the chance to speak your mind on Apple's choice to omit 4K video support from the latest Apple TV -- did Apple blow it, or does 4K support not yet matter?
After over 6,500 votes, and more than 125 comments, we have a clear answer: roughly 2/3 of readers said Apple made the right call leaving 4K support out of the Apple TV, as they didn't care (yet) about the feature. That's a decisive majority. But a solid 35% of readers opined -- often strongly -- that neglecting 4K support had cost Apple their business, given that 4K Ultra HD TVs are becoming affordable and more popular. -- 9to5Mac.
If you need to run Windows inside OS X, you have three options: VirtualBox, VMware, and Parallels. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different use cases where one's better than another. Let's break down when each is best and for what. -- Lifehacker.
You've been putting this off for long enough. Let's make a website, let's make it right now -- and let's use all that is great about WordPress while avoiding all its nudges into spending money. We have nothing against spending money, we'd rather you spent it getting the best value for yourself. Perhaps we're wrong and unfair, but feel as if WordPress is always crossing its fingers and hoping you won't notice how it cajoles you into options you don't need. -- MacNN.
When you want to collaborate with someone on a document or project, Apple's iCloud.com offers collaboration features that can make it easy to work with others. Whether you just want friends or colleagues to make comments on your documents, or whether you are creating documents with others, you can use Apple's iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and iCloud.com to streamline this process.
Here's a look at how you can collaborate with iCloud.com, the features it offers, and what's missing. -- MacWorld.
Eltima Software, with its team of leaders in USB and Serial port sharing, has released a new version of its revolutionary FlexiHub program for Mac OS X. Featuring a simple and comprehensive Mac style interface, FlexiHub is a software program for sharing of USB and Serial (COM) ports over network. It doesn't matter where shared ports with devices are, they can be across the road, in the same room, or across the globe - they are easily shared and are accessible from any spot of the globe. FlexiHub allows efficient management of remote devices, connection and disconnection are held without user's physical presence at the USB or Serial port. -- prMac.
In a recent review of their performance, experts found that fitness trackers tend to think we're a little bit lazier than we really are. The devices also overestimate how much sleep people get, and underestimate how far they walk. -- Fortune.
A few days ago, my iPhone randomly stopped saving photos to the Photos app. The photos I took via the Camera app appeared as little thumbnails in the app but when I switched to the Photos app they weren't there. Another error I kept encountering was that I was unable to send photos over iMessages. As soon as I would select the photo, the Messages app would freeze. A quick search showed this problem has been plaguing users since iOS 8.1 with no solution in sight and no acknowledgement from Apple that this was a genuine problem. The good news is that there's a pretty easy solution that worked on my phone and here it is. -- AddictiveTips.
Unhand Me! comes at a time of Apple Watch app confusion. Some developers have chosen to create apps that keep most of their functionality for the Watch; other Watch apps are smaller versions of iOS apps with some added features.
Unhand Me!, which is an app that notifies you when your iOS device has been handled, is an attempt at the latter. Through actionable notifications or the Watch app, Unhand Me! can be a must-have for those who own an Apple Watch. But even for the smartwatch skeptics, this app is one to strongly consider downloading for the safety of both your hardware and data on your iPhone and iPad. -- MacStories.
The iPhone 6s, Apple's latest flagship phone, comes with a new feature called Live Photos that automatically creates a movie embedded in each picture you take of the seconds before and after the shot.
It appears on the surface to be a simple, cutesy addition, but it's one of the best Apple has added in years. Live Photos are a powerful way to capture memories, and are implemented in a way that triggers nostalgia whenever you see one. -- The Next Web.
LG Electronics will be showing off a new line of 4K Ultra-HD television sets at CES this week and a 98-inch 8K Super UHD giant. Digital Trends reports: "The UH9500 (screen sizes 55-86 inches) UH8500 (screen sizes 55-75 inches) and UH7700 (screen sizes 49-65 inches) share several traits in common. All will offer what LG is calling HDR Plus, which means all of the sets in this series can process and display High Dynamic Range content from a variety of sources, include LG's Color Prime tech for enhanced color brightness. These sets will also apply processing that aims to improve non-HDR content for an HDR-like experience." -- DigitalTrends.
A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.
Simply titled "Electronic Device with Wrapped Display," the filing refers to a "hollow display cover structure," which could be protected by crystalline material such as sapphire. Inside would be some form of flexible display technology, a given example being OLED. -- AppleInsider.
In its latest iOS App Store promotion, Apple is for a limited time knocking 50 percent off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more. -- AppleInsider.
A report on Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's efforts to build out its in-house Maps service moved forward on Thursday with the addition of four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico. -- AppleInsider.
It's a network data mystery that needs to be solved, and fast. For the past year, Atlanta couple Christina Lee and Michael Saba have fielded visits from angry strangers--and sometimes police officers--who insist that lost phones are in the couple's house. Sometimes the situation escalates into more than accusations. One time police forced Lee and Saba to stand for an hour outside their home, while they looked for a lost teenage girl whose phone they had tracked to the house. -- Ars Technica.
Lots of economic theory is based on the idea that humans will naturally seek to maximize their profits, but is that really the case? The field of behavioral economics involves a variety of attempts to find out. Things like game theory are used to create simplified economic systems in which people's behavior can be tracked. -- Ars Technica.
If you buy a car today, it will probably come with some kind of touchscreen computer onboard. These are basically embedded tablet computers that run some kind of operating system, but rather than coming from Apple, Google, or Microsoft, the software comes from car manufacturers and their suppliers. Car companies don't have a ton of experience when it comes to software, so the integrated computers generally aren't designed very well. They also never have the app ecosystem we've come to expect from smartphones and tablets, so it's no surprise that many people still prefer using their smartphones over the in-car option. -- Ars Technica.
Your iPhone's slo-mo function is a ton of fun to use when you're taking action video of yourself or your buddies as you ski down mountains and base-jump off cliffs. If you've got an iPhone 5s or later, you know the joy of capturing all the action in a much slower timeframe and then using it to make fun of the faces your friends make when doing extreme sports.
But what if you want to un-slow all that down, maybe to focus less on the funny faces and more on the fast action? -- Cult of Mac.
Steve Jobs reminisced about acid trips and, despite his status as a "master of the universe," was also a total hippie, according to legendary Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand.
Brand is making a rare appearance today at San Francisco's Obscura Digital for an event entitled "The 1960s Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration." In an interview to promote it, he talked about Steve Jobs' "hippie-to-tech pipeline," and much more. -- Cult of Mac.
A third of the people who read this column don't live in the USA so maybe this prediction isn't interesting to them, but I think Apple will buy Dish Network, the American direct satellite TV broadcaster. It's the only acquisition that will give Apple the kind of entry point they want into the TV business, allowing Cupertino to create overnight an over-the-top (OTT) Internet streaming video service -- effectively an Internet cable system. -- I, Cringely.
A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays. Here is Part II of John's interview with Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology. The discussion continues with manufacturing issues, suppliers, response times, costs and the ultimate winner down the road. -- The Mac Observer.
I don't know what it is about After Dark screensavers, but it's clear we can't get enough. In 2002, we were excited about it coming to OS X. Last year, I noted that After Dark (and Rose 2.0) had been resurrected as freeware apps. Now we can enjoy After Dark in our browsers, so celebrate! -- The Mac Observer.
Microsoft today updated its suite of Office apps designed for the iPad and the iPhone, adding features to take advantage of the iPad Pro's Apple Pencil and the 3D Touch function in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have all been updated with the new tools. -- MacRumors.
The scariness of the digital age has been the peg for a number of newsmagazine segments and docu-series, many of them not going, conceptually, much beyond "Can you believe what some people are using the Internet for these days?" "Dark Net," an eight-part series that begins on Thursday night on Showtime, goes further, using examples of unsettling digital phenomena to ponder larger questions, like whether and how the digital age might be changing us as a species. -- New York Times.
The fourth-generation Apple TV may be new, but the built-in Photos album is stuck in the past. Josh Centers offers four alternatives that let you view your photos on your TV. -- TidBITS.
This comparison of the differences between Microsoft Office on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices was put together by Kurt Schmucker who (disclaimer) works for Parallels -- the company that makes slick virtual machine apps for running Windows and other operating systems on Mac -- but he also happens to know a thing or two about the subject after his previous role as Senior Mac Evangelist at Microsoft and on the Office team. So what exactly is missing on Mac and iOS devices compared to Windows when it comes to the Office suite? -- 9to5Mac.
Adobe first launched its creative Voice app for iPad almost two years ago, and this week version 2.0 has been released with full iPhone support for the first time. I took Adobe Voice for a test drive when it was brand new back in 2014. The app lets you easily combine photos, videos, text, voiceovers, and more to a project that you can easily share to spread your message. Stories can be shared either publicly or privately over Facebook, Twitter, email, messaging, the web, and more. -- 9to5Mac.
There were intelligent assistants on iPhone before Siri, and there are now many of them on every phone, but Siri is the Hoover or Coca-Cola of them. It is the one you're talking about when you refer to speaking to your phone and getting sarky comments back. It's the one that has gone the further to making this Star Trek-like technology mainstream. -- MacNN.
Siri is a great way to get to the things you want on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad without having to tap on anything -- it works great for situations where you don't really have your hands free, but who says using Siri has to be boring?
In this quick post, we'll show you how you can spice up your conversations with Siri by configuring the voice assistant to call you something different. -- iDownload Blog.
Location services are among some of the most over-used features on any iOS device. Out of the box, iOS devices with location services enabled are configured to track your location in various reasons, including producing the best user experience possible.
In this guide, we'll show you all about how to configure your location services so that you're not being tracked when you don't need to be, giving you the privacy you deserve. -- iDownload Blog.
The G5 iMac introduced a new form factor to the all-in-one Mac. Where early Macs had been cute little boxes with 9″ screens, the first iMacs were curvaceous enclosures with 13″ displays, and the G4 iMacs had hemispheric bases with 15″ to 20″ screens that seemed to float above them, the iMac G5 put all the electronics directly behind the display. Not counting the stand, it was about 2.5″ thick. -- Low End Mac.
Smartphone trade-in programs are big business for wireless carriers. Through these programs, customers are offered a seemingly generous discount on their next smartphone purchase when they trade in an older model. Then the old phones are polished up and resold at a profit as refurbished devices to other customers looking to save money by buying used phones.
While these programs are indeed smart business for the companies on the receiving end of your old handset, they're always a bad idea for consumers and we'll show you why. -- BGR.
Apple on Wednesday launched GarageBand 2.1 for iOS, introducing a new feature called Live Loops which aims to make it easy for anyone to create music like a live DJ, and also adding hardware-specific support for the iPad Pro and 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Wednesday unveiled a surprise addition to its iOS lineup with a new Music Memos app, designed specifically to help musicians and songwriters craft new musical ideas on the go. -- AppleInsider.
The iOS 9.2.1 update can potentially make iOS 9 a smoother experience for people with older iPhones, according to a new series of YouTube videos featuring side-by-side comparisons with devices running iOS 8.4.1. -- AppleInsider.
Continuing a string of music-related updates, Apple on Wednesday released a new version of Logic Remote, upgrading the app with support for the iPhone and the iPad Pro. -- AppleInsider.
Apple has squashed a bug in its iOS operating system that made it possible for hackers to impersonate end users who connect to websites that use unencrypted authentication cookies. -- Ars Technica.
Old devices piling up? Ours too. If you're not sure what to do with them, or if you're just too lazy to get up, we have a solution. Use our device buyback program today to get a quote for your old, used or broken devices, all from the comfort of your home. -- Cult of Mac.
I know I promised that my next 2016 prediction would be Apple's big acquisition, and I will publish that prediction soon as my #10, but right now I just have to say what a perilous position Intel is in. The company truly risks becoming irrelevant, which is an odd thing to say about a huge, rich outfit that would appear from the outside to pretty much dominate its industry -- an industry the company created. Intel won't go away, I just think there is a very good chance they'll no longer matter. -- I, Cringely.
Today's Quick Tip is about partitioning disks with OS X, which is useful if you'd like to share data with a PC, clone to the same external drive as someone else, and so on. Melissa Holt's got the skinny on partitioning with the colorful, cheerful new Disk Utility interface in this article! -- The Mac Observer.
A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays. John Martellaro interviewed Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology to find out more about these two technologies and possible use in Apple's future iPhone. -- The Mac Observer.
The launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus brought a new range of gestures to the iPhone, introducing 3D Touch. 3D Touch adds a pressure dimension to the traditional multi-touch controls on iOS devices to enable Peek and Pop, Quick Actions, pressure-sensitive drawing, and more.
Because 3D Touch is an entirely new feature, it can be difficult to adjust to all of the available gestures and to find the hidden things that can be done with it. In the video below, we've rounded up some of the neatest 3D Touch abilities including a Peek gesture to view all Safari tabs, useful third-party Quick Actions, and cursor control. -- MacRumors.
Since the launch of Apple Music and its included Apple Music Connect social platform, Apple has been focusing efforts on its music creation tools, as evidenced by today's surprise release of a brand new iOS app called Music Memos and a significant update to the iOS version of GarageBand. -- MacRumors.
With the U.S. government once again campaigning against encryption, why does it seem as though only Apple is standing up for users? Rich Mogull has some answers. -- TidBITS.
With select cars and stereos, you can use CarPlay to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and more. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
Your iPhone is equipped with a feature called Frequent Locations, which slowly tracks your location in the background to keep you updated via Notification Center and the Lock screen on how long it would take you to get to your favorite places based on how often you visit them.
If you choose to enable Location Services during the initial iPhone setup, this feature will be enabled by default, so if you feel like it is a slight hindrance on your ability to remain private, you just might be right. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can disable the feature and keep your iPhone from knowing where you are going next. -- iDownload Blog.
If you like to rate songs on Apple Music, including those you have purchased on the iTunes Store, chances are you will at some point want to submit your star-based ratings. Now, iTunes for Mac and Windows PCs used to support half-star ratings out of the box, but recent updates have changed this behavior to using full stars only.
Fortunately, as noted by The Loop's Dave Mark, this can be quite easily reverted back to half-star ratings with a quick Terminal command. -- iDownload Blog.
I was travelling recently and for a brief moment I thought I'd been hacked when my iPhone began repeatedly requesting my iCloud/Apple ID password. I had not been hacked, but had become victim of some weird and repetitive Apple ID bug.
Here are four steps which should squish that bug. -- Computerworld.
This year's list is an indication that the sooner we get rid of password-based authentication, the better.
Proving that computer security can't compete with user indifference, the worst password of 2015 is "123456," as it has been since at least 2011. "Childrens do learn," as George W. Bush once said, but Internet users make the same mistakes over and over and over. -- InformationWeek.
Apple on Tuesday released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, a new point release that the company says brings bug fixes and security updates to the venerable desktop operating system.
There is no word yet on what specific changes Apple has made, but it figures to be a less wide-ranging update than OS X 10.11.2. That release brought improved Wi-Fi reliability, enhancements to Handoff and AirDrop, and fixes for problems with Mail and iCloud Photo Sharing.
Apple had previously provided developers with two beta releases of 10.10.3. The last preview dropped on Jan. 6.
OS X 10.11.3 is available now via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.
Apple on Tuesday publicly released iOS 9.2.1, a maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that addresses some minor issues, most notably a problem that could halt app installations for enterprise customers. -- AppleInside.
Verizon on Tuesday officially announced FreeBee Data, a service that will let businesses sponsor data access so subscribers can load some apps, websites, or downloads without it impacting their monthly limits. -- AppleInsider.
Following the release of OS X 10.11.3 on Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of its iMovie consumer level video editing app with fixes for issues related to YouTube sharing, image adjustments and more. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called "digital legacy" issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband's Apple ID password. -- AppleInsider.
I've noticed a trend lately. Rather than replacing a router when it literally stops working, I've needed to act earlier--swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. (Note, I am duly thankful for this problem.) As the latest example, a whole bunch of Netgear ProSafe 318G routers failed me for the last time as small businesses have upgraded from 1.5-9mbps traditional T1 connections to 50mbps coax (cable). -- Ars Technica.
Last week, Apple announced its plans for iOS 9.3. It's surprisingly ambitious for a point update, hearkening back to the days of iOS 4.x where these smaller mid-cycle updates could be expected to do more than fix bugs or support new hardware and services. -- Ars Technica.
I've been suffering with this strange issue for about a week: my Apple TV's Siri Remote's Menu button stopped working.
All the other buttons--Home, Siri, Volume and Play--worked, so it didn't seem like a huge deal at first. But then I was digging around in the Settings app and realized that the Menu button is indispensable for one thing: moving backward in an app. Without it, I was stuck in the Settings pane that I had clicked through to; there was no getting back to the main Settings page.
Here's what I did to get the Siri Remote's Menu button working again. -- Cult of Mac.
John Skipper, president of ESPN, talked quite a bit in an interview about the future of Apple TV and in particular, Apple's plans for a streaming television service that may or may not include ESPN. He revealed that Apple is apparently having a hard time sorting out the details with programmers.
"We have ongoing conversations," Skipper told The Wall Street Journal. "They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue to try to work with them." -- Cult of Mac.
Four years ago, Apple purchased App Store search and discovery company Chomp, gaining Ben Keighran as an employee. Keighran went on to have a pivotal role developing the "look and feel" of the software on the new Apple TV, but according to Re/code, he's now leaving the company. -- Re/code.
When you are browsing your files in the OS X Finder, you will have a number of options for telling you what the file is. For starters, most files have an icon that represents the program that will open it, and then you can click the file and press Command-i to get information on it. When managing file in the OS X Terminal, if you are relatively new to the Terminal you may think the only identification for a file is its name (ie, a ".txt" suffix for a text file); however, there are several tools you can use to see quite a bit of information about a file. -- MacIssues.
There are signs that something interesting continues to unfold within Apple when it comes to wearables. While the tech industry's response to wearables remains lukewarm, with Facebook, Microsoft and Google showing greater interest elsewhere, Apple has been thinking very differently about where consumer trends are headed. -- Above Avalon.
One Mac, four browsers, five benchmark tests. Which is the best web browser for the Mac?
Following on from the excellent work carried out by my colleague, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, where he benchmarked browsers running on Windows 7 and Windows 10, I've taken a look at how well browsers run on OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." -- ZDNet.
This week's Think Retro salutes programs like Outlook Express 5 for Mac OS 9, and the bygone days where email felt like personal letters. -- Macworld.
With the user-friendly Screenium you can record at 60 frames per second. This allows you to "grab" some nice screen recordings for tutorials, websites, and more. If you work with an ultra-high resolution 4K or 5K display or a Retina Mac, Screenium creates the smoothest video quality possible for these types of devices. It also packs a versatile video editor that makes it easy to process your footage. -- Apple World Today.
If you change the time on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus manually or change time zones when traveling, you might notice that the battery percentage doesn't update. Learn what to do.
Follow these steps:
If this happens again and you didn't change the time or time zone on your device, contact Apple Support.
Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating the cause and a solution.
Safari for iPhone spun out of Safari for Mac to become one of the very first fully-functional web browsers on mobile. Taking all that power and making it simple and accessible for the masses meant that, over the years, a lot of shortcuts and time savers got hidden away behind gestures. Luckily, once you know how to long-tap (touch and hold) and swipe your way around, you'll be using Safari for iPhone faster than ever! -- iMore.
You scroll down the page by dragging a finger down the screen. But, did you know that you can jump back to the top of a web page without all that scrolling?
To jump to the top of a page (in order to get back to the browser bar, search bar, or the site's navigation), simply tap the clock (time) at the top center of the iPhone or iPod touch's screen. This immediately jumps you back to the top of the web page. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a similar short cut for jumping to the bottom of a page. -- AboutTech.
Some owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV are complaining that the device is spontaneously waking up itself and/or connected TVs, an inconvenience that could burn unnecessary electricity and could potentially cause screen burn-in for people with plasma sets. -- AppleInsider.
In an email blast to Apple Music customers on Friday, Apple announced a change in its fee structure that will make the currently free iTunes Radio service a subscription-only feature for the first time since its launch in 2013. -- AppleInsider.
Introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iOS 9 last year, Apple's Live Photos feature plays well with devices running iOS, but viewing the special format images on Mac has been a less than ideal experience. But that will soon change. -- AppleInsider.
In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged a problem in which an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus may not show the right battery percentage as power drains. -- AppleInsider.
Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi. -- AppleInsider.
In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer. -- AppleInsider.
It seems like most of the auto industry is getting hydrogen fever, and we can now add Audi and Mercedes-Benz to that list. Audi used last week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit to debut its h-tron Quattro fuel cell SUV concept, and the UK's Autocar is reporting that Mercedes-Benz has green-lit for production a fuel cell version of its GLC SUV. -- Ars Technica.
Apple has made a big show of just how seriously it takes your privacy -- but it's not just criminals and government spying agencies whose hands it wants to keep off your devices.
According to a recent news story, Apple insisted that a Canadian widow sought a court order to retrieve her deceased husband's password so that she could access his iPad -- just to play a card game. -- Cult of Mac.
At least one reader pointed out that I somehow missed 2016 Prediction #4, so let me throw something in right here. Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview will shortly return to Netflix worldwide! -- I, Cringely.
If my last prediction about the Internet of Things becoming a security nightmare seemed a no-brainer to half of my readers, as some commenters suggested, this prediction that Apple won't buy Time Warner will probably be a no-brainer for the other half, simply because it is always easier to say an acquisition or merger won't happen than that it will. But I think there is something to be learned from why I don't think this acquisition will take place -- something that says a lot about Apple as a company. -- I, Cringely.
Developers got their hands on iOS 9.3 a couple days ago, and now public beta participants can do the same. The update (build 13E5181f) includes several new features such as Night Shift, and multi-user support for iPads in schools. -- The Mac Observer.
We received the best looking phishing email we've seen in a long time, if not ever, and wanted to make folks aware of it. While it looks like it could be from Apple, including legitimate links to Apple's Support site and online forums, the link to "My Apple ID" is to a non-Apple URL. -- The Mac Observer.
With its ability to play virtual instruments and mix tracks into finished songs, the program can appear intimidating, but there are tutorials right on the iPad. -- New York Times.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 21 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a specific invention that Apple inherited from PrimeSense titled "Optical Pattern Projection." It's just one of many advanced 3D related inventions that Apple now owns (one, two, three, four and five). Today's granted patent covers 3D projection for many types of possible future applications including an in-air gaming user interface. 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.
Tech companies are trying to hasten the spread of the digital revolution, but a new study suggests it could do more harm than good.
A brave new digital world is rapidly emerging as Internet access, smartphones, and other technologies spread quickly through less wealthy nations. But could this sometimes be doing more harm than good? -- MIT Technology Review.
For nearly half a decade, teams of hackers and programmers have worked tirelessly to crack Apple's iOS software code in order to inject new features, themes, and applications. Now, a team led by noted former jailbreak developers Will Strafach, otherwise known as "Chronic", and Joshua Hill, known as P0sixninja, is working to secure Apple's mobile platform. The duo, along with a list of unnamed former jailbreak developers, has been working on a new comprehensive platform to secure iOS devices for both enterprises and consumers. Strafach provided us with a preview of the platform known as "Apollo," the first security product from his new company Sudo Security Group. -- 9to5Mac.
By pressing a combination of keys, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.
To use a keyboard shortcut, hold down one or more modifier keys while pressing the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use the shortcut Command-C (copy), hold down Command, press C, then release both keys. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.
At The INQUIRER we're finding more and more that it's tiny tech that's in the pile. So exactly how much diminutive gadgetry are we carrying around with us at one time? Here's our guide to tiny tech, based on what we scraped out of the INQ jeans (it's true, we all share one pair) after a night in the pub. -- The Inquirer.
A few days ago, we showed you how to access the Apple TV's "Advanced Settings" mode. That particular option is geared towards Apple employees. Today, we're going to show you how to place the Apple TV into Demo Mode. -- iDownload Blog.
If you'd like, you can turn off Siri Suggestions in the Spotlight search screen of iOS easily. Doing so still allows you to use Spotlight just as before in prior versions of iOS, including searching the local device, the web, and Wikipedia, it simply removes the suggested section from offering results before searching in Spotlight. -- OS X Daily.
If you're like me, you can never remember where you parked your car. Whether it's in a huge shopping mall parking lot, or just the morning after the night before, it's always tough to find my vehicle. (Hey, at least I call a cab for a ride home, right?) -- MacTrast.
But over the last two years, the technology to deliver a more robust 2-in-1 experience has gotten much better and there are two products I think might be pointing us to the next major shift in portable computing. Microsoft's Surface Pro and Apple's new iPad Pro$799.00 at Abt Electronics are at the moment the best of breed in 2-in-1s. -- PC Magazine.