Ah, there you are. That didn't take too long, surely? Just a click or a tap and, if you've some 21st century connectivity, you landed on this page in a trice.
But how does it work? Have you ever thought about how that cat picture actually gets from a server in Oregon to your PC in London? We're not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP, or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we're talking about the big infrastructure: the huge submarine cables, the vast landing sites and data centres with their massively redundant power systems, and the elephantine, labyrinthine last-mile networks that actually hook billions of us to the Internet. -- Ars Technica.
Patent troll VirnetX, fresh on the heels of a $626 million FaceTime and iMessages patent victory over Apple, now wants a federal judge to permanently turn off those popular features. -- Ars Technica.
If you would like to see who (or what) is tapped into your wireless network, you can take a peek with router utilities and mobile apps. -- New York Times.
Today's Quick Tip is about how to restore missing or deleted iCloud bookmarks using your browser. So if you find that you accidentally removed a whole bunch of stuff you need, you can easily get it all back as long as you're using Apple's storage and syncing service! -- The Mac Observer.
Your Mac is full of files: big ones, small ones; documents, music files, photos, videos, and system files. A quick check of my iMac's 256 GB SSD shows that it contains more than 60 million files. You can see this number on your Mac by opening Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder), selecting your drive, and then clicking the Info button in the Disk Utility toolbar--then scroll down to the File Count entry. -- Intego.
Every time you connect an external peripheral to your Mac, such as an SD card, an external hard drive, or a USB flash drive to transfer files, you should safely eject it when you're finished using it.
In this post, we'll talk a little bit about why it's important to follow this process, and we'll also show you various ways of doing it. -- iDownload Blog.
Apple's increasingly intelligent voice activated assistant, Siri, is expected to become available on Mac OS X and through third party apps on introduction of an SDK at WWDC in a few weeks. So, how can Siri help you get things done on iOS, and now might it help you on your Ma? -- Computerworld.
Article Image The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology. -- AppleInsider.
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced on March 30. Apple uses Safari Technology Preview to test features that may eventually be introduced in the release version of Safari. -- MacRumors.
While Apple's iOS operating system generally manages the device's memory for you as you open apps and switch between them, you do have a few tricks to try if the iPhone begins to act sluggish. If just one app seems to be acting balky or freezing up, try forcibly closing it. -- New York Times.
At an event sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, experts explored questions about systems that would make decisions without human input. -- New York Times.
There are two ways to take your phone overseas and get data -- the frugal way, which requires a bit of tinkering, and the pay-full-price way. -- New York Times.
Fifteen years ago, when the time became ripe for post-PC devices that put a premium on integrating software and hardware, Apple was the best-positioned company to lead the charge -- and it did. The company's vertical integration, its attention to detail and innovation in both software and hardware, and its willingness to make big bets gave it an edge. And it used that edge to reel off its now-familiar string of game-changing products like the iPod, the iPhone, the MacBook Air, and the iPad. -- The Verge.
Apple is rumored to be working on a "Siri speaker" that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple faces many challenges in making such a product--most especially its commitment to privacy--but that this is exactly why we want the company to do it. -- The Mac Observer.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would make it easier for the government to read what you're writing online.
The 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act, if enacted into law, would let the FBI obtain email records without a court order. All the agency would need is a National Security Letter, which lets the FBI get information from companies about their customers without alerting the person being investigated. Currently, the FBI can access phone records that way, but not emails. -- CNET.
For the past few years, the team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has explored the future of digital interfaces with a low-resolution display made of white, plastic pins. It's an unconventional display--the pins, each of which represents a pixel, are bundled together into an unassuming-looking grid--but it's capable of truly impressive things. -- Wired.
Although the MacBook has changed little since last year, it is much improved.
If the song remains the same, it now lasts longer and has a faster tempo.
That's because Apple uses newer Intel Core M processors. Intel's updated chip gives the MacBook a speed boost and at least an extra hour of battery life. -- Geekzone.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) recently unveiled a new version of CareKit which provides application makers a new set of tools to develop health software for the iPhone and other devices. According to a report by The Verge, CareKit promotes "integration of four health management modules into an app." Each module allows developers to focus on specific areas of patient care: post-surgery care, symptom measurements, healthcare communication and treatment monitoring over time. -- Investopedia.
There's a common rule of thumb regarding headlines on the internet, TV, or in newspapers. If the headline ends in a question mark, then the answer usually is 'no.' The question is straightforward. Do you really need privacy and security on your devices? If not, why not? If so, how much? -- NoodleMac.
Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the infamous "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing claiming the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate. -- AppleInsider.
Rob Enderle called Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco a sign that Apple is desperate. After flailing about in an apoplectic fit, Bryan Chaffin discusses the merits--or lack thereof--of this idea. -- The Mac Observer.
Under El Capitan, you can now customize Safari's Reader view, which'll let you read articles in the distraction-free way of your choice. Switch up the font! Change the background color! We're here to tell you all about it. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple today released a new firmware update for all of its 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations, including the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. According to Apple's release notes, the update includes bug fixes and is designed to improve the stability and performance of the products.
Apple has also released a 7.7.7 update for its 802.11ac Wi-Fi Base stations, including the latest AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule models. It fixes the same issues.
The firmware updates can be installed through the AirPort Utility app for iOS or OS X.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we point you to yet another granted patent relating to 3D Depth Mapping that Apple inherited when acquiring PrimeSense. Earlier today we posted another PrimeSense related patent covering In-Air Hand Gesturing Patent for Controlling Future Macs & Apple TV based on 3D mapping. Today's second 3D Depth Mapping patent focuses on the actual processor ... -- Patently Apple.
Using an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock (or even summon) a car is no big deal these days, but an Apple patent granted today describes an extremely powerful and flexible approach that includes the ability to create limited, temporary 'keys' for others. -- 9to5Mac.
You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple's latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users. -- 9to5Mac.
iTunes includes a great way to have some captivating visuals when you're just hanging out with friends listening to your favorite music. -- Macworld.
One thing many people seem to overlook about the dynamism of Objective-C is that it enabled NeXT (and Apple) to provide better GUI tools. Using dynamism, they were able to make GUI building declarative in nature. -- Daring Fireball.
Wondering why your spouse, kids, or parents are also seeing your texts and you're seeing theirs? Here's what's happening and what you can do about it! -- iMore.
Not everyone wants to have their credit card or debit card linked to their Apple ID. Some people are afraid of having their financial information tied to online merchants and digital content stores because of the unfortunate reality of identity theft and unauthorized purchases.
With that in mind, what should you do if you don't want a credit card that you've already linked to your Apple ID to be there, but the 'None' payment method option isn't showing for you? -- iDownload Blog.
There's a new church in Apple town and it's just down the street from where I work in San Francisco. Gone is the shrine-like, puritan, and spartan look and feel. -- Mac360.
Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo. -- AppleInsider.
Article Image Apple on Monday released previews of the next iterations of OS X, iOS, and tvOS, handing out beta versions of its popular desktop, mobile, and set-top box operating systems to registered developers. -- AppleInsider/a>.
FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards. -- Ars Technica.
A few weeks ago, I showed you how to turn text into a spoken iTunes track to allow you to read your favourite Cult of Mac articles on the move, whilst being offline.
But what if you just want to read your articles yourself, instead of having them read to you? Or how about printing out a webpage from your iPhone or iPad? -- Cult of Mac.
Florida police in Port St. Lucie are warning people of a new scam that asks for iTunes vouchers as payment for money apparently owed to the Internal Revenue Service. -- Cult of Mac.
There is a difference between knowledge and understanding. Knowledge typically comes down to knowing facts while understanding is the application of knowledge to the mastery of systems. You can know a lot while understanding very little. Just as an example, IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system that defeated the TV Jeopardy champs a few years ago knew all there was to know about Jeopardy questions but didn't really understand anything. Ask Watson to apply to removing your appendix its knowledge of hundreds of medical questions and you'd be disappointed and probably dead. That's the problem with most analytics, which is why it can be a hard sell. -- I, Cringely.
How do you distinguish a photo, video or new product from the rest when they're all hailed as the epitome of achievement?
Is it an exaggeration to claim that Americans have a genius for overstatement? You can hear it in the high-minded bombast of our country's founding documents. It echoes in the boasts of poets, from Walt Whitman ("I contain multitudes") to Jay Z ("I'm not a businessman/I'm a business, man"). It resounds in the carnival barks of entrepreneurs, from P.T. Barnum to a certain real-estate-and-reality-TV magnate, who these days can be heard booming his sales pitch across the presidential trail. As Donald Trump himself put it in his book "The Art of the Deal": "People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole." -- New York Times.
Safari has changed the way it handles bookmarks and open tabs over the last few versions, which has required me to slightly adjust my workflow each time. The change in behavior is small but one I've noticed.
Bookmark folders in Safari on the Mac have an 'Open in New Tabs' option that when clicked opens each saved website in its own tab using a single Safari window. A couple of versions back, this button would replace all open tabs with just the bookmarked websites in that folder. -- 9to5Mac.
Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple's influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Stor, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more. -- 9to5Mac.
RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you're looking at. -- iDownload Blog.
Mac OS X defaults to a predefined set system font size for all onscreen text and user interface elements, and while many users will find the default text size to be sufficient, some users may wish the system font size was larger, and some may wish the Mac system text size was smaller. It turns out that OS X may not offer a method of directly changing all system fonts, but instead Mac users can adjust their screen to increase or decrease the size of the system font, onscreen text, and everything else seen on screen as well. -- OS X Daily.
Most of the time, your Mac just works--until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer. -- iDownload Blog.
I mentioned in a previous article how I was using Apple Music's curated radio stations (specifically the Hard Rock station) to find new music on the service. For the last little while, I've also been using Apple Music's "A-List: Hard Rock" as a way to find music. -- The Loop.
Want to show your friends photos from your recent scuba adventure or play a song on the speaker across the room? Need to share a video with your co-workers during a board meeting? Want to kick back and stream from your small screen to big screen TV? AirPlay allows you to do all of that and more--wirelessly streaming video and sharing your screen from iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. -- iMore.
Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline.
We should mention here that this tip works only for a predefined destination i.e. you know where you're going before you leave the house/office and disconnect from a WiFi network. -- AddictiveTips.
The Health app for iPhone lets you compile data from many of your most-used health apps so that you have a single view all of your health info, be it miles cycled, hours slept, or flights of stairs climbed. What's more, depending on your privacy settings, you can sync from Health to any other app, and back, so everything stays up to date and you stay on top of your fitness and medical data! -- iMore.
I installed, and tried to run, the very first version of OS X. As us "old timers" remember it did not actually work until 10.0.3. Apple worked on making OS X a terrific interface.
In my opinion this is no longer the case.
First and foremost I wish Apple would remember that OS X exists and work on enhancements that made it faster and more user-friendly. It would be nice if they were trying to make it better for us instead of convenient for them. Instead they are just renaming the same OS and issuing bug fixes for it. Apple no longer cares about the desktop. They are chasing the dollars of mobile devices.
The only things that have been done to OS X have just made it worse. Especially the OS X interface. This is to get it ready the iOS/OS X merger. Gag a maggot.
It seems that Apple is trying to distract us by putting lipstick on the pig (Siri for OS X) so we don't notice that the pig is still a pig.
Apple is relying on product envy. There days there is no reason to buy a new Apple anything. First of all it is not "new." It is a newer model of the same thing, doing the same things. Just like cars. It doesn't do anything the old one isn't doing. It is just "SHINY." I would not have bought my current Mac except the old one died. And buying the Mac PRO doesn't make any sense at all. Does anyone actually own one? Why is there a Mac Pro?
The iPhone has the same problems only worse.
So the new iPhone has a "better" camera. Has you current iPhone stopped taking pictures of food? So why should you buy the "new" iPhone? Are you now eating food that your current camera wont photograph? Then eat better food.
And don't get me started on the iOS interface.
Anyway, that's one man's opinion.
Following reports of broken updates, Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the latest-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro, promising that a fix is in the works. -- AppleInsider.
Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add to your photo collection, being limited by a lack of space is exasperating to say the least. Instead of deleting files and apps, though, there are a few simple ways to free up space on your iPhone to make room for new data. -- AppleInsider.
The second Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped this weekend, and it gives us a much better sense of what our heroes will be dealing with in this flick. For those who haven't been paying attention, the premise of the new movie is pretty simple: New bad guy Krall (Idris Elba, unrecognizable under spinyface makeup) wrecks the Enterprise with a seriously badass weapon; everybody is marooned on a planet; and there are motorcycles. Given that the movie was directed by Justin Lin of Fast and the Furious fame, you can bet that the action scenes are deluxe and the motorcycles look great. -- Ars Technica.
The iPhone's classic marimba ringtone has grown a bit annoying after nine years of playing in pockets across the globe. We've seen the classic tone remixed a ton of different ways, but perhaps none are better than this classical remix cooked up by musician Tony An -- Cult of Mac.
Apple and the Maine Department of Education have offered to swap school iPads for MacBooks at no additional cost, after it emerged that students and teachers overwhelmingly favor the use of laptops in class.
According to a report in the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, schools in Auburn and other districts in Maine are set to benefit from the "Refresh" swap, following surveys of students and teachers across grades 7 through 12, which revealed that 88.5 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students preferred laptops over iPads. -- Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
Apple granted India's NDTV an exclusive interview that covers a great number of topics about what Apple is thinking of bringing to India. The interview at times was blunt and in a way, subtly sarcastic. -- Patently Apple.
In early May we posted a report titled "With a Simple Warrant, You can be forced to unlock your iPhone with your Fingerprint." In that report we noted that "The U.S. Supreme Court has held that police can search phones with a valid warrant and compel a person in custody to provide physical evidence such as fingerprints without a judge's permission. A new report now says that Apple and Samsung should reconsider their marketing strategy regarding the use of fingerprint ID. -- Los Angeles Times.
Yesterday, I bought a 12″ MacBook, and after playing with it for 10 minutes, I immediately knew that I made the right decision. 24 hours later, I'm convinced that this is the best laptop for me, and a much better portable workhorse than something like a 12.9″ iPad Pro. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider going with a MacBook if you're in the market for something powerful, yet portable. -- 9to5Mac.
Recording your iPhone screen isn't easy unless you have a jailbroken device. Even then you might not get a great recording experience or you might have to buy an app that can record the screen well enough to meet your needs. If you own a Mac though life is simple and you can share your iPhone's or iPad's screen or record it with the tools already available on an out-of-the-box Mac. All you really need is the QuickTime Player, a lightning cable, and an iOS device running iOS 8 or above. -- AddictiveTips.
The Apple TV brings with it a revamped, Siri-powered remote control to make it easier for you to jump between menus, navigate through content and beat your high score on Crossy Road. With a simple hack the remote can also be used to control your Mac OS X machine. Here's how it's done. -- Gizmodo.
We are back with more photo tips today, so if you missed our first two articles, be sure to go back and read them. We covered creating a stunning HDR in under 3 minutes as well as 3 tips for creating eye-popping photos.
If you are like me, you like to experiment with different looks in your photos. That's part of the beauty of digital photography -- you can quickly and easily try out new ideas and processing styles, without permanently altering your original image. While you probably have a "go-to" style, it's always rewarding when you step outside the lines a little bit and try something new. -- iDownload Blog.
A reader wants to have a copy of his Photos Library on an external drive that looks like what he sees in the app.
I read this question and almost replied, "That's easy!" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it's an intricate question, because of how Apple has its own organizational structure that's invisible in the Photos Library, independent of how you sort images in the Photos app. And because there are several possible answers to the same question. -- Macworld.
The more bookmarks you save in Safari, the harder it is to find what you want.
Remember when you first started using a web browser, how great it was to be able to save bookmarks? It was necessary back in the day, because you couldn't remember all those URLs, and browsers didn't auto-complete with addresses of your saved sites. They also didn't suggest sites when you typed the name of a company or publication, so you needed to know the URL to get where you wanted. -- Macworld.
Have you ever had the problem where an exclamation point appears next to a song in iTunes when you try and play it? This is the last thing you want to deal with when you're in the mood to listen to your jam, but fortunately, it's usually a pretty easy thing to fix. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to get around this problem and get iTunes to play your music once again. -- iDownload Blog.
Sometimes it can be handy to record video directly into iMovie. To do so, start a new project and open the Import window by clicking the Import button in the toolbar. -- Apple World Today.
Then there are legit ways to use an old iPhone -- remote control, media center, and more. You can find other ideas here.
But, I think this video tops everything else. -- Apple Gazette.
People often worry about what Facebook knows about them, so I downloaded my personal Facebook archive to see for myself.
There were some surprises -- I now know all the people I've unfriended since 2006 -- but overall, I realized just how much of my life I've lived on the social network.
Here's all the stuff you can find out if you decide to download your Facebook archive... -- VentureBeat.
When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, he famously teased it as "three devices": An iPod, a phone and an "internet communications device" -- maybe the clunkiest three words ever uttered at an Apple keynote.
On this week's episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode question whether your smartphone can be just an internet communications device. Can you stop paying for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile and only use Wi-Fi to do all your talking and texting? -- Recode.
Functioning as the media center on iPhone and iPad, the built-in Videos app is where you go to view all your iTunes movies, TV shows, and music videos. Because it's tied to iTunes, Videos works hand-in-hand with the iTunes Store app, meaning any video content you download from the store will automatically show up in Videos for your viewing or streaming pleasure. -- iMore.
Siri making a meal of your boyfriend's name? Or is it just not getting the right amount of twang in when trying to say the name of the local cab firm? If you think Siri's pronunciation skills leave something to be desired then you can retrain the app yourself in just a few minutes--here's how to go about it. -- Gizmodo.
Mac specialist Other World Computing on Thursday released software drivers that bring Apple Boot Camp support to its entire lineup of aftermarket SSDs, giving users who run Windows a wider selection of storage upgrade options. -- AppleInsider.
ISPs around the world are being attacked by self-replicating malware that can take complete control of widely used wireless networking equipment, according to reports from customers and a security researcher who is following the ongoing campaign. -- Ars Technica.
Although WWDC is mostly software focused, it's also significant reminder that Apple is always moving forward with new devices and other big announcements on the horizon.
Unfortunately for us Apple addicts that means you have to be prepared to shell cash when Apple busts out a surprise 'One more thing…' announcement, but it turns out Apple devices are a really good way to recoup some of those costs. -- Cult of Mac.
If you want to find a file or a picture that someone sent you in Messages under iOS, there's no need to scroll and scroll. You can access all of the attachments sent within a conversation in one place, and it's easy as pie! The details are here in this Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple added several Chinese instruments and some 300 loops of Chinese music to GarageBand this week, but you'll need to jump through a couple of hoops to access them on iPad and iPhone. Bryan Chaffin shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.
Google's Home device puts it in the race to become the go-to company for A.I. -- along with several rivals.
Artificial intelligence. Chatbots. Messaging. Sound familiar?
These were some of the themes that Google brought up at its annual developer conference on Wednesday. At the event, the Silicon Valley company introduced an Internet-connected speaker called Google Home that is powered by A.I. and a new messaging app called Allo, among other things. -- New York Times.
Years after Napster, musicians are still victims of digital piracy, but now it is companies like Google and SiriusXM that make the theft possible.
On Sunday night, the entire music industry will pause during the Billboard Music Awards to commemorate the visionary musician Prince. And while the focus will be on his artistic legacy, Prince also fought throughout his career against digital piracy and for the rights of artists to control their own work. -- New York Times.
After a sales slump, the company is trying to lure newcomers to the Apple brand and persuade existing customers to buy more Apple goods.
Goodbye, Apple Genius Bar. You are being replaced by a tree-filled Genius Grove, which will have more room to sit and more Apple customer service specialists to troubleshoot devices. -- New York Times.
A patent published today suggests that Apple may have plans to allow the Apple Pencil to be used with Mac trackpads as well as the two iPad Pro models. -- 9to5Mac.
As we mentioned months ago, some unlikely Mac users have been experiencing random frequent system freezes since updating to OS X 10.11.4 and/or OS X 10.11.5. The problem is not a subtle one and you're already well aware if it impacts you; at random, the entire Mac freezes up and becomes unresponsive requiring a forced reboot, something that prior to these releases of El Capitan basically never happened at all. -- OS X Daily.
When the updated Apple TV box was first introduced in October 2015, it immediately distinguished itself as the most luxurious streamer available. From its extra slick touchpad remote to its polished interface to, yes, its higher price, it made the Rokus and Amazon Fire TVs of the world seem a bit clunkier. These devices all do pretty much the same thing -- let you watch apps like Netflix, Hulu and WatchESPN -- but the Apple TV makes everything smoother. -- CNET.
MicroSD cards have become standard in Android smartphones and a wide range of other devices. They're insanely tiny and still manage to offer as much as 256GB of storage. These little cards are the ideal solution for phones and other compact devices, but Apple refuses to add microSD card support to its iPhone lineup so it can keep ASPs as high as possible.
Well, Lexar has a simple new accessory that adds microSD support to any modern iPhone or iPad. -- BGR.
iBooks is the virtual shelf set that collects together all your ebooks, audiobooks, and PDFs. Anything you've downloaded to your iPhone or iPad from the iBooks Store, and everything you've sent directly to iBooks, will appear on its shelves. So, as your collections grow, the key to quickly finding what you're looking for is keeping your iBooks organized and in order! -- iMore.
iOS 9.3.2 has a nasty surprise and my upgrade guide recommends you skip it for now. But if you have already installed the update (or will do regardless) there is good news: it hides a great secret feature... -- Forbes.
A TechCrunch article, citing a report on Influence Central, states that the average age for a child getting their smartphone is now 10.3 years. The report adds that 64% of kids have access to the Internet via their own laptop or tablet, compared to just 42% in 2012. Also, 39% of kids get a social media account at 11.4 years, and 11% get a social media account when they were younger than 10. -- TechCrunch.
It's no secret that we're fans of using the racetrack to improve road car technology here at Ars. It's also no secret that we believe the discipline of endurance racing (Le Mans and the like) to have far more relevance to making our road cars better than Formula 1. But it would be incorrect to say that no such tech transfer happens within the ultra-specialized world of F1. And a perfect example of that is a clever engine development being used by Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari that's pushing the envelope of energy efficiency. It's called turbulent jet ignition (TJI), and not only does it do wonders for fuel efficiency, it also results in a cleaner exhaust. -- Ars Technica.
Today at the Upfronts, where networks tease shows coming next season, CBS offered a shiny glimpse of the worlds where its new Star Trek series will take us in January 2017. All we see here is the new logo for the show--the first new Trek series in over a decade--and a few VFX shots of cool planets. It almost has the feel of the Doctor Who credits sequence, with its kinetic ride through spacetime. -- Ars Technica.
It's graduation time again. I only know this because I'm driving to Kansas this weekend to watch my son graduate from KU. And graduation season means Father's Day must be just around the corner. So, here are a bunch of things that tickled my fancy over the past year, things I think will put a big smile on the face of your dad or grad. (Caveat: As long as your dad or grad is a geeky music lover like yours truly...)
Apple recently added a new passcode requirement rule for iPhones with Touch ID enabled, according to MacWorld. The new rule requires a user to enter a passcode when an iPhone or iPad has met two conditions: the device has not been unlocked via a passcode for six days and has not been unlocked with Touch ID for the past eight hours. -- MacWorld.
Your data is the most important aspect of your computer, and unfortunately we often don't realize this until we're faced with the possibility of having lost exceptionally valuable (if not priceless) work. This can happen as easily as a computer suddenly shutting off on you and no longer booting, or when you attach an external hard drive containing all of your files, only to find it will not mount and cannot be repaired. -- MacIssues.
Smartphone apps offer a hint of the possible uses for emerging artificial intelligence technology.
Artificial intelligence is a longstanding science fiction staple that is coming into its own. Google, Facebook, Apple and others are all developing A.I. tools. You can try out some apps today that demonstrate fledgling forms of the technology by smartly, swiftly and automatically doing tasks that would otherwise take lots of effort. -- New York Times.
Utility software for Apple's AirPort base stations allows you to manage your home wireless network settings -- and hide the network's name from view. -- New York Times.
A virtual assistant designed to compete with the Echo from Amazon and other artificial intelligence devices coming from Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.
The battle for control of the living room just began in earnest. Also, the bedroom, dining room and -- it's a safe bet -- the bathroom as well. -- New York Times.
In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X's built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview's export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem. -- TidBITS.
Uber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card. -- 9to5Mac.
TermHere is a new app available on the Mac App Store that serves as a Finder extension. Once enabled, right-clicking inside of the Finder will present a new shortcut to jump to a Terminal window pointed to the current working directory.
TermHere may feature a straightforward premise, but it's very nice to have if you're a developer or avid Terminal user. -- 9to5Mac.
This past weekend I was scouring the web for what I'll call an intelligent software agent app-- little utilities that run out and do something or gather information, and return with something you asked it to retrieve. -- BohemianBoomer.
With version 15, the FileMaker platform gets better, and it was pretty good already. But in terms of features, FileMaker 15 is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary release. Many existing users may not feel the need to rush to upgrade, and both new and current users may find the new licensing options a bit confusing. -- Macworld.
Voice Memos lets you quickly dictate notes, record riffs, or capture any audio, any time!
Just like the name implies, the built-in Voice Memos app lets you record any audio you want to save right to your iPhone. It could be a lecture in school, voice-over for a video, an interview for a project, or anything at all. -- iMore.
Newer iPhones come with a chip called a motion coprocessor which gathers data from the accelerometers, gyroscopes and compasses of the device to precisely measure motion and fitness data such as body motion, step count, stairs climbed, and more. Most people, including yours truly, do appreciate the data collected as it's particularly helpful if you want to use your iPhone as a step counter and pedometer, for instance. Others are creeped out by this feature. -- iDownload Blog.
A decade ago, the headline would have been "Macs versus PCs -- which wins?" Today, it's "Macs and PCs -- everybody wins." It's possible and profitable to run a blended computing environment, with a little care.
The cloud has been a major enabler. If you use Google for your docs, Xero for accounts and Dropbox for file storage, who cares whether they're running in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, its slick successor Edge, or Apple's Safari browser? -- Australian Financial Review.
Every now and then we'll hear of a hack that allows Apple customers with jailbroken iPhones to unlock the FM radio that Apple prevents us from using. None other than the National Association of Broadcasters has asked Apple to switch on that FM radio you already have in your iPhone but probably didn't know existed.
Apple's response? Silence. -- NoodleMac.
Phishing scams aren't going away, and the scammers are in fact getting more sophisticated. That means users have to be more cautious than ever.
For the first time in a long time -- in fact, for the first time ever, as far as I know -- my company has gone a full three months without one of our employees falling for a phishing scam. I hope I don't jinx this winning streak by telling you about it. -- Computerworld.
Forget the CPU, GPU, and FPGA, Google says its Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations.
"TPUs deliver an order of magnitude higher performance per watt than all commercially available GPUs and FPGA," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the company's I/O developer conference on Wednesday. -- PC World.
The iTunes 12.4 update appears to have improved the speed of Apple's jukebox software, even though the company isn't actively promoting that fact, according to user comments on Reddit and Twitter, and first-hand experience by AppleInsider. -- AppleInsider.
James Pinkstone, whose blog post about an apparent iTunes music deletion bug went viral last week, said on Tuesday that Apple flew two senior software engineers across the country in attempts to troubleshoot the issue. -- AppleInsider.
Today in The New York Times op-ed section, Ars Tech Culture Editor Annalee Newitz takes part in a debate over whether Facebook is saving or ruining journalism. She argues that Facebook has changed its attitude toward news a great deal over its history and that in the past two years the company has become less democratic about how it brings outside news sources to its readers. -- Ars Technica.
When Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Apple Pay in October 2014, only about 2.7 percent of retailers that accepted credit cards had the technology to compatible with the mobile wallet. In 2015, only 0.2 percent of sales were made with mobile wallets, according to survey by research firm eMarketer. However, that same research firm predicts that by the end of 2016, nearly one in five smartphone users will use mobile payments. -- Cult of Mac.
I use iTunes every day, and when searching in the iTunes Store for new music it just seems odd to me that there's no link or option to show the same content in Apple Music. In today's video, an example of that and perhaps a better option for iTunes. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable. -- The Mac Observer.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple invention designed to protect devices from free falls. In addition we cover two design patents. The first covers an Apple Watch related design and the second may be related to the iPad Pro. -- Patently Apple.
The app can be confusing for people over a certain age, but it returns something vital to our correspondence.
I thought about this shift recently when trying to make sense of the rise of Snapchat, the latest wellspring of technosocial hand-wringing. Like texting, Snapchat flourished amid scarcity, though of an entirely different kind. -- New York Times.
Apple yesterday released iTunes 12.4, an update that introduces a few user interface tweaks that should help you get around it a little better. I've kicked it around a little and found the following improvements for you: -- Computerworld.
For the past 15 years, educators have debated, exhaustively, the perils of laptops in the lecture hall.
Professors complain that laptops are distraction machines; defenders say that boring classes are to blame - students have always doodled or daydreamed, so what's the difference that they're browsing Facebook instead?
The remarkable thing about all the fuss is that, until now, there hasn't been really great data on how classroom computing affects learning. -- Washington Post.
Over the years, Apple has added plenty of things to iOS that were once gaping holes in its feature-set, but there is one thing that is still missing even after all these years and updates. That particular omission is the ability to schedule iMessages and SMS text messages to be sent at a later date as specified by the user. -- Redmond Pie.
The Smart Search bar is a hybrid of the old address and search bars melded into one universal place to type and go. You can access your default search provider, your browsing history, saved bookmarks, and even specific words on web pages all through the unified Smart Search bar at the top of your Safari browsing window. -- iMore.
As the Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire debate wages on people are looking to get the most out of their device, whichever that might be. Apple TV is currently in the fourth generation, the model was released in late 2015 and comes in 32gb and 64gb. You really don't need the 64gb model unless you intend to play a lot of games, since they take up the most space on your harddrive. The streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu don't use very much data at all; however, if you're downloading a lot of movies from the Apple store, it might slow you down and you might want to go for the larger model. -- Apple Gazette.
Apple on Monday released an incremental update for iOS with one key addition: The ability to use Night Shift for a better night's sleep, while also using the battery saving Low Power Mode.
iOS 9.3.2 is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via software update or through iTunes on Mac or PC. The update also fixes an issue where the newly launched iPhone SE could experience quality issues when fielding a call over a Bluetooth headset.
Apple also said iOS 9.3.2 fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail, and it squashes a bug that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages. The update also fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or paces.
Finally, Apple also said that iOS 9.3.2 fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps.
I have changed benchmark software again. The others were not being updated or no longer worked. In order to give you the best information I can it will be GeekBench from now on.GeekBench 3.3.2(711) benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive). To see more benchmarks vist Geekbench Browser. Your mileage may vary.
Before the next-generation operating systems for Apple Watch and Apple TV are unveiled at WWDC, there are bugs to be squashed in the current versions, which Apple accomplished with a pair of updates issued on Monday. -- AppleInsider.
Alongside a slew of other platform updates, Apple on Monday released OS X 10.11.5 -- a maintenance update for OS X El Capitan -- and iTunes 12.4, with an improved interface and a solution for music libraries being silently deleted. -- AppleInsider.
In its latest play at the Chinese market, Apple on Monday released an updated version of GarageBand with a heavy focus on Chinese music, introducing new regional instruments, Chinese music loops and Chinese language localization, among other feature additions like social network sharing. -- AppleInsider.
Adobe recently updated its Capture CC app for iOS with a new tool that transforms images or real-world objects into geometric and organic patterns, offering users an automated alternative to what was once a tedious manual workflow. -- AppleInsider.
A Chinese government committee is closely examining encryption and data storage technology products imported by foreign corporations, including Apple, in a bid to protect against national security threats, according to a report on Monday. -- AppleInsider.
In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems. -- AppleInsider.
I've seen the future of WiFi. It's called Eero. It comes in a pack of three, costs an arm and a leg, but boy is it worth it.
Eero is a slick system of mesh-connected routers that blanket your whole house in WiFi. Eero promises to eliminate dead spots, make restarts redundant, and offer blazing speeds from the basement to the attic. -- Cult of Mac.
Hey, remember how iTunes used to have a sidebar? And remember how we all liked it so much better than recent versions? Yes, we did. Dissenting opinions aren't allowed here.
Well, it seems that Apple's been listening, as they just released iTunes 12.4, which adds the sidebar back and lets you edit it to your liking. Heck, I'm inclined to believe most anything is better than those icons we had before. -- The Mac Observer.
iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple MacRumors readers and Twitter users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an "Error 56" message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. -- MacRumors.
Microsoft has issued version 15.22 of its Office 2016 suite, which adds support for saving a PowerPoint slide deck as a PDF by using the Save As command.
The release adds full support for Arabic and Hebrew in Outlook (including right-to-left layout and editing), enables you to play videos with closed captions or multiple audio tracks in PowerPoint slideshows, and adds more styles for bulleted and numbered lists in Outlook.
It also includes version 3.5 of Microsoft Auto Update for Mac to fix an issue that caused the app to crash after downloading updates, and adds support for the two levels of updates (Slow and Fast) offered by the Office Insider program.
On the security front, both Office 2016 15.22 and Office 2011 14.6.4 patch a memory corruption vulnerability that could allow remote users access to execute arbitrary code via an Office document. (release notes, 10.10+)
This weekend's discussion of the Sony a6300 got me thinking about the iPhone's camera, and how great it can be when wielded properly. Our own Ben Lovejoy shared his tips for taking good iPhone photos a few months ago, and now I'd like to share my 10 go-to tips for snapping better iPhone pictures. -- 9to5Mac.
I've been a paying Backblaze customer for the last couple of years and a fan for even longer. The company has a relentless focus on easy-to-use software and unlimited backup storage. I use over 2TB of Backblaze storage for encrypted backup data.
This morning they've released their latest three years of disk drive data from over 60,000 drives. While much notebook primary storage is now SSD-based, hard drives remain a great way to backup data inexpensively. -- ZDNet.
Hey Siri is an invaluable feature of Apple's iOS devices that lets you invoke Siri without having to press any buttons.
Using nothing more than the device's microphone, you can mutter the words "Hey Siri" from a distance, and Siri will instantly launch and wait for your command.
But what should you do if it's not working as you'd expect it to? In this troubleshooting guide, we'll go over a few things that could help you figure that out. -- iDownload Blog.
Article Image As rumors of an "Apple Car" continue to grow, the company's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride hailing company Didi Chuxing has further driven speculation that Apple's interest in the automotive market goes far beyond improving its Maps service. -- AppleInsider.
Article Image Apple in a statement Friday said it is investigating reports of a supposed Apple Music compatibility bug that deletes local music files without user permission, adding that an updated version of the media management software is expected for release next week. -- AppleInsider.
Article Image Recent data gathered by Yahoo-owned firm Flurry Analytics illustrates a growing interest in health and fitness apps, a category that has skyrocketed in popularity over the past months to become some of the most used digital properties in terms of frequency and duration. -- AppleInsider.
In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) shuttered a $1 billion program to give an iPad to every kid in the school district. There were improprieties in the way the bidding process was carried out, the school said, and a year earlier, students had "hacked" their iPads (really just deleting profile information that imposed limits on how the kids could use the tablets). -- Ars Technica.
Google will be taking another step towards an HTML5-only Web later this year, as the systematic deprecation and removal of Flash continues. -- Ars Technica.
User experience experts are calling out companies whose digital practices may cross the line between nudge and manipulation.
Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites that seem to maneuver people into signing up for services they might not actually want. -- New York Times.
When we started using new technology to watch shows on our own terms, without ads, we threw into question the modus operandi of a roughly $70 billion industry. A reckoning seems inevitable. -- New York Times.
Apple this week invested $1 billion in Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc., known as Didi -- by far the dominant car-hailing service in China with 300 million customers. While Apple has long admitted being interested in car technology and has deals to put Apple technology into many car lines, this particular investment seems to have been a surprise to most everyone. Analysts and pundits are seeing the investment as a way for Apple to get automotive metadata or even to please the Chinese government. I think it's more than that. I think it is a potential answer to Apple's huge problem of foreign cash and a grab for leadership in what may well be the second automotive age. -- I, Cringely.
Is your Mac ringing when your iPhone does? Does it also ring when your Aunt Mabel attempts to FaceTime with you when she really meant to call instead? We've got your backs, dear readers. Today's Quick Tip is about stopping your Mac from receiving calls, so you can get some work done without stuff buzzing in your face every hour. -- The Mac Observer.
The iPhone has gotten better and better every year. The iPhone 6 sated customer hunger for a larger display, but then Apple had to fill the gap for many who preferred a 4-inch display on the iPhone SE. Along the way, the world economy slowed, dramatic improvements for the 6s dried up, and many customers felt like their current iPhone was good enough. So what's next for the iPhone? -- The Mac Observer.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a favorite of gun owners, but could it also provide a constitutional basis for a right to encryption? That's not as kooky as it sounds. As Motherboard's Susan McGregor explains, the United States government has long considered encryption to be "munitions," as was the case for Philip Zimmermann, developer of the PGP cryptographic software, when he was detained at Dulles International Airport in 1994. But if the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, it might also support our right to use encryption. However, this line of reasoning opens up a family-size can of worms. For instance, could convicted felons be barred from using encryption? Furthermore, many privacy advocates may not be thrilled to find themselves on the same side of the table as the gun lobby. -- Motherboard.
Privacy is a front-facing, top-of-line feature for Apple, and the settings on your iPhone and iPad reflect that. -- iMore.
Sometimes your contact information ends up where you don't want it, and you end up with annoying spam iMessages from people, companies, or bots that try to scam you or steal personal information.
Fortunately, Apple's iMessage service comes with an abuse report feature that you can use to report senders who are misusing the iMessage platform and making it a less enjoyable thing to use. -- iDownload Blog .
Have you ever wanted to see what is being discussed on Twitter in a local area? Have you ever been curious to see how a Twitter meme spreads itself worldwide? Or are you just a little curious about where the people you follow on the service happen to be? All these questions can be answered in glorious detail on your television set with this interesting new Apple TV app, which takes your Twitter feed and puts it -- literally and beautifully -- on the map. -- About.
Technically, Airplane Mode is meant to prevent your phone from interfering with the instruments on board an aircraft (even though we know the risk of that is relatively low). However, it can prove useful in a host of other situations too: We've previously covered some of them on Field Guide, and here are three more secret airplane mode tricks. -- Gizmodo.
Some industry followers, tech critics, market analysts, and other with little skin in the game say that we've reached an event horizon called Peak Apple.
Maybe yes, and maybe no, but I suspect, upon further analysis, that Apple's peak or current troubles run deeper than just Apple. Look around. It would seem that many technology companies have hit a so-called 'peak' and by peak, I mean slower to no growth; with some contraction in revenue and profits. Why? -- Mac360.
Hope Jahren's memoir about becoming a bio-geo-scientist--someone who studies the deep geological history of plant life on Earth--is the year's biggest surprise bestseller. Humbly titled Lab Girl, it's the story of how Jahren escaped a working class town to become a young scientist in the high-tech labs of UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech. It's also a fascinating introduction to the ways plants survive, even though they can never flee from danger. But most of all, it's a crazy adventure about two broke geeks, Jahren and her lab technician Bill Hagopian, who somehow scrape together enough cash and spare parts to build lab instruments unlike anything the scientific world had ever seen. You won't be able to put this book down, and that's a quality one rarely finds in a nonfiction book about science. -- Ars Technica.
Have you ever noticed that Siri understands you less and less as the months go by? The digital assistant works great when you first set it up on a shiny new iPhone, but over time, it has a habit of becoming annoyingly inaccurate.
In this week's Quick Tips video, I'm going to show you how to retrain Siri. By improving its recognition of your voice, you can make it work just as well as it once did. -- Cult of Mac.
A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple's Mac OS.
Hundreds of MacRumors forum members have been posting to a dedicated thread to discuss the issue, which spans 20 pages at the time of writing. The problem appears to be concentrated on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (Early 2015) running 10.11.4. Users report that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot. -- MacRumors.
I like to think I'm pretty handy with a camera, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to video. Unlike some of the talented videographers we have here on the team, my idea of video editing is to throw a bunch of clips into iMovie, add cross-dissolves between them, drop in a music track and call it good. -- 9to5Mac.
There once was a time when iTunes was the cat's meow of music apps. That was somewhere around the turn of the century, of course; back with the Mac and iTunes were all about Mix. Rip. Burn.
Today's iTunes is not just a music management app and a music player. iTunes is a whole media mall with dozens of heavy duty features bolted onto to handle sales and downloads, movies and TV shows, and more recently more than a million iPhone and iPad apps. Have you ever thought about not using iTunes? -- Mac360.
When typing something into the search bar of Safari on the iPhone and iPad, you'll see a list of suggestions popup underneath the address bar, offering completions, related searches, and something called Safari Suggestions. Sometimes these are really helpful as they can help search and access things on the web quicker, but sometimes the suggestions are way off, unrelated, or worse. iOS makes it easy to adjust whether or not you see those suggestions however, and we'll show you how to turn off the Safari suggestions in iOS. -- OS X Daily.
Your clip of a rat schlepping a quesadilla has the power to out-hype a summer blockbuster. Do it right. -- Wired.
Every time Apple comes out with a new model of their iPhone there are dozens of sleek unseen features that most of us never realize. The iPhone 6s is the same as every other model in that the behind-the-scenes features of the model are great and most people never really realize the potential of their phone. It almost seems like they're putting in a lot of features with the realization that many of them may go unused. Here are a few essential tips for the iPhone 6s that will maximize your phone's potential. -- Apple Gazette.
Numbers confuse me. No, not math in general. Even though I'm something of a people person, math fascinates me and I've always been pretty good at crunching numbers.
These days I'm having trouble crunching some rather public numbers. First, a rogue presidential candidate hijacks the process with what can only be described as a plurality of votes. Should that happen? Second, there's science and there's popular science. Third, there are numbers treated as fact which are, in fact, numbers, but not facts? Got that? -- Mac360.
You would have to have that much money to afford one.
Does anyone know anyone that has one and why would anyone need one? Please share.
All tricked out:
2.7GHz 12-core with 30MB of L3 cache
64GB (4x16GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
1TB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
Magic Trackpad 2
In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations. -- AppleInsider.
An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more. -- AppleInsider.
Want a quick way to move your photos, music and documents from your iPhone to your Mac? What about backing up your iPhone on the go?
iKlips Duo is an innovative little gadget that will do both. It's a well-made, MFi-certified USB stick that lets you connect to your iPhone (or iPad) via its Lightning port and to your Mac via a USB 3 port. Toss it in your bag and rest assured that you've always got a way to get your data off your iOS device.
It's simple, easy and doesn't require iTunes or iCloud. Here's how to transfer your iPhone media to your Mac or PC, and then put it back, if you like, using the iKlips Duo. -- Cult of Mac.
Today's Quick Tip is about your Gmail account and how you can make sure no one has accessed it recently or made changes without your permission. Luckily, Google provides an easy way to see where and when security breaches have happened, so let's check it out and be safe! -- The Mac Observer.
The OS X operating system comes with its own password-management utility program called Keychain Access that stores your account names and accompanying passwords for file servers, programs, websites and other services you use with your Mac.
If Apple's password-management program for the Mac is constantly popping up alerts, you probably have some updating to do. -- New York Times.
In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley's hottest technology -- artificial intelligence. -- New York times.
With the governments wanting to weaken encryption around the world, WhatsApp introduces a new desktop version of their app for Mac OS 10.9+ and Windows so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work, and have your message protected end-to-end. -- Patently Apple.
When you invoke Mission Control on OS X El Capitan using the typical gesture on your Mac's trackpad or via a keyboard shortcut, you've probably noticed that the desktop bar at the top of the interface appears minimized. Although this yields additional real estate for the app windows below the desktop bar, it means that you no longer get to see the handy thumbnails that represent each desktop without moving your mouse to the desktop bar area. -- 9to5Mac.
Microsoft is rolling out a new editor for the Outlook 2016 email app for the Mac. It includes new support for resizing and formatting images along wth more options for fonts, colors and lists. -- iMore.
Twitter has borrowed some of Facebook's features in the past, the most recent of which was replacing the 'Favorite' button with the 'Like' button. The changes the network makes are often functional and or UI ones but rarely is a new feature introduced. If there were a wishlist of features that Twitter ought to introduce, something akin to Facebook's Save feature should be on it. -- AddictiveTips.
You'll be getting even more from your Apple TV with these tips. -- Computerworld.
The Video is what gives the entertainment industry its power. It's an electromagnetic field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the tech community together. And it bores us to death with our devices, leaving us wanting ever more stimulation. -- The Mac Observer.
If you know what the word "containerization" means, you probably work in IT (or you're tech-savvy and adventurous enough to run afoul of your IT department on a regular basis). Containerization is the method of securing a device for corporate use by putting a part of it behind some type of authentication -- without managing the actual device. -- Cult of Mac.
While testing Lightroom, I've decided to set my iCloud Photo Library to Optimize Storage. That way, it won't take up very much space on my devices because it will dynamically decide which photos to keep at full resolution, while still retaining the benefits of automatically syncing photos between my iPhone and iPad in the background. -- iPad Insight.
Newer technologies can sometimes race far ahead of laws and law enforcement officials, but eventually the government catches up. So it has proven to be true with Touch ID, one of Apple's best features on the iPhone and iPad.
A court recently ruled that a convicted felon had to unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint. A fingerprint, unlike a passcode, is currently not considered to be protected under the Fifth Amendment.
So if you are worried about being forced to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID by law enforcement officials, a logical response would be to simply turn off Touch ID altogether. -- CIO.
With each generation the public consciousness conjures up a new fear for our youth: where once it was rock-n-roll, today the concern is that teenagers' lives are dominated by digital media. The worry is that the digital deluge may affect their capacity to learn, to converse, to spell, and more besides. Have they no time for the leisurely face-to-face conversations of old, for spending time with family, or even for a good night's sleep uninterrupted by the glowing screen of a smartphone? I spent a year with a class of 13-year-olds to find out. -- The Conversation.
Apple-owned subsidiary Filemaker launched version 15 on Tuesday, making it easier to build customized apps using the latest iOS features without the need for complicated programming knowledge.
With an emphasis on mobility and aimed at improving both security and ease of access, the new Filemaker 15 supports Touch ID on compatible iPhones, as well as pressure-sensitive 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s series. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's trio of iWork apps for both iOS and Mac were given simultaneous updates on Tuesday, squashing bugs and improving stability for the productivity suites. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Tuesday updated the official Apple News Format with several improvements geared toward making News more publisher-friendly, particularly for outlets just signing on. -- AppleInsider.
Over the course of the spring, I had the chance to talk about science journalism at a number of universities. (Thanks to the folks at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois in Chicago for inviting me.) It took about 45 minutes for me to discuss the issues involved and provide a number of examples of things gone badly wrong.
On Sunday, John Oliver managed to cover the same ground and more, and he did it with a lot more flair and humor--all in under 20 minutes. If you have the time, it's well worth a watch. -- Ars Technica.
Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it. -- The Mac Observer.
The Touch ID sensor that unlocks Apple's mobile devices can obey more than one finger.
You can have up to five prints registered.
Just go to Settings.Touch ID & Passcode > and use "Add a Fingerprint..."
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple inventions relating an audio speaker design and a 3D Apple TV remote control that could provide users with superior accuracy and speed in selecting items from various menus. 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.
Mission Control is a tool that I use every day on my Mac to quickly locate open app windows. In my opinion, though, finding a specific window in the Mission Control view can be a challenge if you have many app windows open at once.
The good news is that it's easy to group like applications while using Mission Control. More importantly, enabling grouping places the relevant app icon near groups and single windows. Having an app icon displayed makes it even easier to identify a particular app window while using Mission Control. -- 9to5Mac.
This may be a first for us: we're examining a new software release in not one, but two separate reviews. It's not because this is going too long, either. It's because this software is FileMaker Pro 15 and it's less an app, more a whole world. If you are an existing user, then you probably love it -- but you also know that any upgrade has to earn its keep, so you'll be looking for details of what's new. Yet if you've never touched it before, the differences between this and the previous version 14 won't really tell you whether it's worth your time and money. So do this for us, please: if you have never tried FileMaker Pro, carry on reading this; if you're an old hand, read the other review. -- MacNN.
Count me as one of those long-time Apple customers and Mac users who doesn't fully understand why Apple doesn't promote some of the functionality it builds into OS X.
Let's say you just switched from Windows to the Mac. Where's the Mac's manual? For the most part, new customers to the Mac are forced to fend for themselves to figure out what's what and where and why. Here's the absolute perfect example of a useful but mostly hidden function in OS X. -- Mac360.
In letters to the country's major cell phone manufacturers and wireless networks, the Federal Trade Commission and the FCC said they want to better understand how phones get security updates.
The regulators said they are "concerned" about how quickly cell phone updates are issued once a bug is found. They were also worried about the fact that some people are left out of updates. -- CNNMoney.
Right now, wildfires are raging in Canada, forcing the evacuation of Fort McMurray, the nation's largest northern city. More than 80,000 people have fled Fort McMurray as the rest of the world watched horrific videos of long lines of cars struggling through thick smoke while threatened by encroaching walls of fire. What we don't see in the video feeds is how emergency responders are using a range of technologies to contain the situation. But the core theme in emergency response isn't having the latest tools or the coolest toys. It's about using what works for the greatest number of people, often on a shoestring budget. -- Ars Technica.
In another sign that tensions between Silicon Valley and the US government are strong, Twitter is now barring US intel agencies from a service that analyzes the micro-blogging service's entire feed.
San Francisco-based Twitter has informed business partner Dataminr to cut off access to the CIA, NSA, and other government surveillance outfits. Twitter was concerned about the "optics" of appearing too cozy with the US intel community, The Wall Street Journal first reported Monday. -- Ars Technica.
On Monday, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced that it had "exclusively licensed" a technology that could help it bring the transit system idea, popularized by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, to fruition. -- Ars Technica.
Paying for VPN services for your iPhone and iPad just became a thing of the past, thanks to Opera.
The company is today launching the first free and unlimited VPN for iOS, allowing you to browse the web anonymously, access content that's blocked in your country, and more -- without coughing up a single penny. -- Cult of Mac.
HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. It is the fifth and current version of the HTML standard.
It was published in October 2014 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia, while keeping it easily readable by humans--and consistently understood by computers and devices such as web browsers, parsers, etc. HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4, but also XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML.
HTML5 includes detailed processing models to encourage more interoperable implementations; it extends, improves and rationalizes the markup available for documents, and introduces markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web applications. For the same reasons, HTML5 is also a candidate for cross-platform mobile applications, because it includes features designed with low-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Below are the results for five different browsers. The HTML 5 Test (555 is 100% compliance) checks each how well a browser implements the HTML5 standard.
HTML5 means different things to different people. You could argue that HTML5 only includes features that are defined in the W3C HTML5 specification. Or you could argue that it includes every specification, draft or experimental feature that is added to browsers in the last couple of years. The testers decided to take the middle ground and split the test into three parts: the official HTML5 specification, specifications that are related to HTML5 and some experimental new features that are extensions of HTML5.
HTML5 Test Results
Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, creators of the artificial intelligence technology that brought Siri to the iPhone, today showcased a new virtual assistant that's even more amazing.
Viv, which has been secretly in development for the past four years, is a much more open platform that works closely with a whole bunch of different services to be even more powerful than its predecessor, and to take AI to a whole new level. -- Cult of Mac.
iTunes is a disaster. It's been so overloaded that it's now become the flame-bearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals. -- The Mac Observer.
Sometimes I feel like the thing that will set humans apart from our future Robot Overlords will be Rube Goldberg Machines (RBM). Sure, machines could maybe design a better one than we mortals, but why would they want to? They'll have better things to do, like deciding our fate. In any event, check out this remarkable RBM made with marbles, magnets, blocks of wood, bearings, and what are either tooth picks or tiny dowel rods [Via Digg]. What I love about it is the clever use of friction and magnets to not only control when and where the marbles and magnets roll, but to serve as gates, hammers, springs, and even a tube delivery vehicle. It's magnificent.
The Internet of Things promises a world where all our devices can talk to each other and make our lives easier. What it doesn't promise, at least not yet, is any form of security--and that's leaving smart homes, smart medical devices, and more, open to hackers and government surveillance. -- The Mac Observer.
I normally run my 15″ MacBook Pro at default resolution, which equates to a useable space of 1440-by-900. While this default resolution is great for reading and writing, I've found that it's not always so good for editing with timeline-based apps, such as Final Cut Pro X. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple has once again recruited actor Neil Patrick Harris alongside Siri to star in its latest iPhone 6s ad. The new commercial features NPH using the 'Hey Siri' voice command to read a legendary thank you speech from the Notes app … all completely hands-free.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple patent that we originally covered back in August 2012 titled "Apple Invents Mind Boggling Next Generation Smart Cover with Multi-Touch Flexible Display, Solar Panels & Built-in Keyboard." At the time it was one of those inventions that most Apple fans thought was just too far-fetched to ever come true because ... -- Patently Apple.
Surprisingly, photo rotation is a complicated issue for software to handle.
Rotation is a surprisingly complicated issue! What you're seeing is a common mismatch between editing and display software. -- Macworld.
Those who use iTunes on a regular basis to keep their iOS devices in sync with one another are probably familiar with the problems that can arise from using the software, whether it's on a Mac or a PC.
If you're having problems while trying to sync or back up your iOS devices, the problem could very much be with your computer's Lockdown folder, and resetting it could resolve the problem. -- iDownload Blog.
I once used iTunes to organize albums, bootlegs, demos, and deep cuts--until it made that nearly impossible. Will Apple Music finish the job?
Last week, an astonishing blog post by a man named James Pinkstone circulated on social media. In it, Pinkstone claimed that he had lost 20 years' worth of music files as a result of signing up for Apple Music; as he explained it, the service had Hoovered up the collection of MP3 and WAV files he had been keeping in his iTunes library and replaced them with streaming versions that lived in an Apple-owned cloud. The original files, as Pinkstone understood it, had been deleted off his computer in the process. To his surprise, when he called Apple Support to find out what happened and how to fix it, he was told that this was exactly how Apple Music--the company's year-old streaming service--was supposed to work. -- Slate.
The average U.S. household now has almost as many smartphones as it does televisions according to research from the Consumer Technology Association.
According to the trade group, the average American home owns 2.4 smartphones, compared with 2.8 televisions."Smartphones have become so essential to our everyday lives -- at home and on the go -- that the device's ownership trends are beginning to mirror the most ubiquitous tech device in American history, the television," said CTA senior market research director Steve Koenig.
As for other devices, the group sees portable wireless speakers being owned by a third of households by the end of the year, up 10 percentage points from 2015, while wireless fitness trackers will hit 20 percent ownership and wireless headphones 36 percent, both up 9 percentage points from last year.
Have you ever received one of those annoying messages that basically tells you FaceTime is having problems on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? They can be incredibly annoying, but usually they're easy problems to fix.
In this piece, we'll talk about why you might be getting FaceTime errors on your iOS device and walk you through some ways to correct the problem. -- iDownload Blog.
If your iPhone has been jailbroken without your knowledge, something fishy is probably going on. The only problem is, it can be impossible to tell that your iPhone has been jailbroken. -- Gizmodo.
Apple's Siri has a fantastic yet little-understood feature that brings a little artificial intelligence into every iOS user's life. Here is how to use it. -- Computerworld.
User ratings are often a good way to make choices about a purchase, but they come with some inherent weaknesses. For a start, they suffer badly from sampling bias: the kind of person who writes a review isn't necessarily a good representative of all people who bought the product. Review-writers are likely to be people who have had either a very positive or very negative response to a product. And often, only a few people rate a particular product. Like an experiment with a small sample size, this makes the average rating less reliable. -- Ars Technica.
As you might imagine, we at Ars get bombarded with PR pitches about connected cars. Devices that plug into your car's OBDII port. Smartwatch integration with new models direct from the factory. Cars that alert you if you've left your keys behind. These are just the tip of the iceberg, and more ideas like them are coming from both the tech and auto industries. LTE modems are becoming widespread in new models and not just in luxury cars--try buying a Chevrolet without embedded 4G. -- Ars Technica.
So far this year, vulnerabilities have been exploited to help unlock the older-generation iPhone 5s and 5c, both as part of murder investigations. However, the newer iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus remain secure devices no government has been able to break into.
Although that record may have been broken in India, according to the country's telecom minister. -- Cult of Mac.
There's a program called Keychain Access that keeps the passwords you've asked your Mac to store, and your browser may have a list of items you've saved, as well. In this article, we'll cover how to pull your data out of those programs to find things before you go through the trouble of resetting lost passwords. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple is, of course, a very large company. It's so big that it's impossible to quantify the company as a whole. Only specific elements of Apple can be characterized--or critiqued. This leads to business rule #1 for a large company. John Martellaro explains. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple Music is the center of a heated debate this week, with involved parties arguing over whether or not the service is deleting Apple Music users' song collections from hard drives after uploading them to iCloud Music Library. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple has held a special meeting with leading podcasters in an attempt to address concerns that the company is failing to adequately support the iTunes broadcast community.
According to the article, the meeting took place last month at the company's Cupertino headquarters, where seven top iTunes podcasters were invited to air their grievances regarding Apple's handling of the popular audio format in recent years. -- The New York Times.
When you start a new job or join a new group, club, service, or other organization, you may be given an e-mail account to use with that service. You then may set this account up in Mail so you can access it quickly from your iOS and Mac OS devices, in addition to any Web client your provider may use. However, if you are terminated or otherwise leave your organization then access to new e-mail may be restricted and you will no longer be able to receive new messages. -- MacIssues.
Yesterday, we wrote a post about hiding the menu bar, and in the corresponding video tutorial, we used window snapping to highlight one of the benefits of a hidden menu bar. Afterwards, I received several tweets and emails asking how to perform window snapping, since this is not a feature that appears natively in OS X. -- 9to5Mac.
By default, dictation on OS X is initiated by using a double-press of the function (fn) key on your Mac's keyboard. But did you know that it is also possible to start dictation hands-free using only your voice? In this brief tutorial, we'll show you how. -- 9to5Mac.
I have a somber announcement.
After today, "This Old iMac" will be no more.
Why? Because after I got my iMac back from OWC, the only way I can call my computer "Old" is by hewing to the strictest of definitions. With new solid state drives and new RAM, "She may not look like much. But she's got it where it counts, kid." -- Forbes.
Sometimes it's next to impossible to get data out of an Apple app. It's our data; we should be able to do what we want with it. -- Macworld.
Printing isn't obsolete, of course, but many Mac users just don't print files or photos as much-- files get shared online, shared device to device, or posted socially-- instead of being sent to the printer. We save money on printer ink, and don't upgrade printers as often, don't use as much paper, and that presents a problem with older printers that a Mac app can solve. -- Mac360.
There's a little-known feature built into iOS 8 and above called Medical ID that turns your iPhone into a "medical alert bracelet." And now's a good time to start using it because first responders are becoming aware of it.
Medical ID allows you to enter important medical information into your iPhone that first responders can access without needing your device's passcode from the lock screen (by tapping on Emergency and then Medical ID on the next screen).
It's easy to fill in this Medical ID information - if you know where to go! Launch the Health app then tap on Medical ID at the bottom-right of the screen, and then choose Create Medical ID.
There you can list your name (along with a photo), date of birth, list of medical conditions, blood type, organ donor status, notes, allergies, reactions, weight, height, and medications. You can also list details of your emergency contact.
Importantly, you can also configure whether this information is accessible when the iPhone is locked.
You are free to edit or delete this information at any time.
Netflix released a new version of its iOS app with an option that allows you to control the quality of the video you see, and in turn allowing you also to manage the data usage on your iPhone or Cellular iPad. No more relying on Netflix's built-in network analyzer, the controls are now in your capable hands. Read on for a quick tutorial on how to configure this new and very useful option to avoid paying overage charges. -- iPhone Hacks.
Let's take a look at some of the lesser known features hiding in your iPhone camera to step up your photography game and get the most out of your device. -- Bustle.
Now that Apple has released its new iPad Pro with all the features of its larger cousin, plus some new ones of its own -- such as True Tone display technology, and the 12MP camera that can shoot 4K video, plus more on-board memory -- suddenly the business community that had perhaps been using the Surface Pro could now pledge their allegiance to Apple without making any compromises on features or power. -- TechRadar UK.
With the rise of the smartphone, it would appear any question of consumer preference to carry a single device vs. multiple standalone devices has been settled. After all, it's hard to find a category, from photos to games, from maps to music, that a modern "phone" can't do. Today's phones indeed do it all. They're multitaskers par excellence. So, does that mean there's no market for uni-taskers? -- iMore.
Cleaning out my office has been an uphill struggle.
Sure, sorting through all the crap that's accumulated over the last six years is challenging. (When you get down to the strata of stuff that you trucked over from the last apartment is when you know you're in trouble.) But as much as it's been a pain to sort through all the out-of-date equipment, empty boxes, and stacks of paper, that's nothing compared to the next step of the equation: old data. -- Macworld.
Lego Robots outfitted with a "finger" made from molded Play-Doh were able to bypass seven different gesture-based security systems at least 70% of the time, according to a new study funded by DARPA. Gestural ID systems "tend to take a rosy view of the security world in which hackers attempt to breach such defenses via crude impersonation," reports Vice, which notes that the systems now turn out to be far less reliable against automated attacks using a careful "forgery" of a user's gestures. -- Motherboard.
Sorry to put you though such a shock of no news after being away. Stuff to do at the house.
Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics. -- AppleInsider.
After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate "Viv," an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Thursday launched an "Accessibility" section on its online store, making it somewhat easier for the disabled or their caretakers to find equipment for use with Mac and iOS devices. -- AppleInsider.
Apple and enterprise software firm SAP on Thursday announced a partnership that will see the creation of a new SDK, allowing the latter company's clients and developers to produce iOS apps exploiting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. -- AppleInsider.
We reported a few weeks ago on a popular pirate site for science journals whose oversees admin was being sued by one of the world's leading academic publishers, Elsevier. Elsevier is the same New York publisher that the late Aaron Swartz had noted in his "Guerilla Open Access Manifesto" that told academics and researchers they had a "duty" to free the knowledge they were privileged to read behind Elsevier's paywall. -- Ars Technica.
Jony Ive suggests that Apple is bound to make some missteps as it continues to explore wearable devices, and offers some vague, tantalizing hints about Apple's plans for the Apple Watch in a new interview.
"Regardless of whether we declare an interest in fashion or not, we are making products that are more and more personal, products that you wear and you wear every day," he told Business of Fashion ahead of the Apple-sponsored Met Gala. "We've not done that before and we've got a lot to learn." -- Cult of Mac.
Let's face it: Siri is a pretty astounding bit of technology, but even its creators aren't going to argue any time soon that it's quite on the level of HAL 9000, the murderous artificial intelligence seen in Stanley Kubrick's classic sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
As this hilarious reimagining of one of the film's most iconic scenes makes abundantly clear. -- Cult of Mac.
iPhone owners in the U.K. have complained about being targeted with a phishing scam trying to trick them into revealing personal information by claiming that there is a problem with their iCloud account.
The scam message appears to come from an official Apple account called "iSupport," and says that specific iCloud accounts have been deactivated and that users should head to an external website to confirm their user details and "reactivate [their] account." -- Cult of Mac.
If you're still rocking an older iPhone, you might notice that things are starting to feel sluggish when you run the latest iOS 9.3.
If so, there's a quick trick to speed up your iPhone: simply disable those pretty animations in iOS 9. Your iPhone will feel quite a bit snappier as a result. -- Cult of Mac.
...You know throughout the years in business I found something which was I'd always ask why you do things and the answer you invariably get is oh that's just the way it's done. Nobody knows why they do what they do. Nobody thinks about things very deeply in business. That's what I found..." -Steve Jobs -- I, Cringely.
If you've ever wondered how to stop Mail from showing you images and PDFs right in the body of the messages you're composing, wonder no more. There's a Terminal command that'll let you turn that feature off, so if you want, you can always view your email attachments as icons instead. Melissa Holt's here to tell us how. -- The Mac Observer.
In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. -- The Mac Observer.
Have you ever wished you could do something on your iPhone and save it as a video recording? You can, and you can even do it for free with Apple's QuickTime Player. Here we show you how. -- The Mac Observer.
The OS X operating system comes with its own password-management utility program called Keychain Access that stores your account names and accompanying passwords for file servers, programs, websites and other services you use with your Mac. (Apple also has a similar feature called iCloud Keychain that syncs usernames, passwords, credit-card numbers and other information for sites and services between Macs running OS X and mobile devices using iOS.)
If Apple's password-management program for the Mac is constantly popping up alerts, you probably have some updating to do. -- New York Times.
Nilay Patel, the Editor-in-Chief of The Verge looks back the Apple Watch, the company's first wearable device which went on sale roughly a year ago. In the article, Patel notes that Apple Watch, a computing product, is just too slow at doing some of the most basic things such as running apps. -- The Verge.
Vellum's James has written about his ordeal with Apple Music which many people can relate to. Apple Music, the Cupertino-based giant's online music streaming service, deleted 122GB of music files that James had stored on his computer. -- Vellum.
Our resident bad cartoonist draws upon the power of Procreate to unleash his creativity with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
I am occasionally called upon to look at professional quality drawing tools to see if they have anything to offer people like me who lack artistic talent and skills but still enjoy sketching and drawing. -- TidBITS.
It's not that uncommon for the music, videos, and other content in your iTunes folder to disappear after updating iTunes. It doesn't seem to happen to everyone, but as many internet stories will tell you, it does occur to a number of users on some occasions.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to get your iTunes music, videos, and more back when you notice it has gone missing after installing an iTunes app update. -- iDownload Blog.
On Wednesday, I saw a post widely shared about an unfortunate individual who lost half of their local library and was blaming Apple Music for automatically deleting their local files.
I sympathize, and I'm very glad this person had a backup of their music, but I want to dispel some FUD here: Apple Music has definite problems and its matching algorithms aren't great, but this is simply not how the service works. Apple Music should never automatically delete files off your primary Mac's hard drive unless you specifically delete them first. -- iMore.
It's always there and it's often overlooked, but the menu bar is a very useful part of the Mac operating system.
The menu bar at the top of the screen has been with the Mac since the beginning. It's one of the defining characteristics of the Mac, one that even Microsoft didn't dare duplicate--in Windows, the menu bars go on the top of windows, not at the top of the screen. The Mac menu bar is a constant, a north star. -- Macworld.
I find myself using the text to speech function on Mac OS X far too much. Having my Mac read articles and emails out loud to me allows me to multitask and do other things -- like edit awesome videos for Cult of Mac -- without ignoring important messages.
But did you know you can even save those text to speech recording for listening at a later time? -- Cult of Mac.
Yes, there's an app for that. What goes on with a local network, home or office, once was the domain of the geeky Mac users or members of the company IT group. Now you can view and analyze network traffic from the comfort of your Mac thanks to PeakHour, an app which un-complicates the complicated and puts the data into easy to understand eye candy.
Behold. Network traffic, the Mac way -- McSolo.
The latest bit of privacy news is a nice reminder that we all need to do a better job using two-step password protection. This time around, a hacker handed over 272 million account credentials in exchange for a simple pat on the back. That shows that passwords are so easy to steal that many hackers don't even value much of the information. -- CNET.
Last year's introduction of the 12-inch MacBook -- that's just MacBook, not MacBook Air or MacBook Pro -- highlighted some of the best elements of Apple design. The laptop is beautiful, super thin, and lightweight, with a Retina display and a new kind of trackpad. -- The Verge.
As far as made-up holidays go, "World Password Day" doesn't quite have the same cachet as, say, Father's Day, or even National Pancake Day (March 8th). Still, it's as good an excuse as any to fix your bad passwords. Or better yet, to finally realize that the password you thought was good still needs some work. -- Wired.
Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated]. -- AppleInsider.
Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest. -- AppleInsider.
The iPhone is one of the most personal devices around, with so many apps out there that there's near limitless scope for customizing the device with whatever tools we need to make it fit our requirements. -- Cult of Mac.
Grant Hutchinson has never owned an iPad. He does, however, own some 15-dozen Newton devices, a few of which he uses every day to help manage tasks, a schedule and software clients.
Why would Hutchinson cling to and even rely on a clunky obsolete digital message pad, an Apple failure so big it inspired f-bomb rage in Steve Jobs and a week's worth of damning Doonesbury comic strips? -- Cult of Mac.
If you've got a tiny hard drive on your Mac and a large-capacity iPhone or iPad (or both!), you might worry that you're about to run out of space due to all the stuff you want to back up from your iOS device to your OS X one.
You won't have to worry any longer. This trick makes your Mac back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive, which will ensure you never run out of space to keep your data backed up.
Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.
If you're a fan of classic snyth music (and, let's be honest, who isn't?), you may want to check out Moog's latest iOS release, which astonishingly recreates the company's iconic 1973 Model 15 modular synth inside an iPad app. -- Cult of Mac.
Apple's work force has quadrupled in the last few years, but John Kheit says we're seeing fewer product updates, rather than more. Nowhere is this more true than Apple's Mac product line, and John argues Apple needs the Mac--and Mac power users--because they're tastemakers that have an outsized impact on the way the rest of the world looks at Apple's other products. -- The Mac Observer.
The tech giant will offer online tutorials, visual simulations and a gamelike system that will parcel out access to a modest quantum computer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada grabbed international headlines recently with a simple explanation of a cutting-edge technology called quantum computing. Now IBM is trying to do something similar by making a research-oriented quantum computer and a -- relatively -- simple tutorial available online for anyone to try. -- New York Times.
If you no longer own some of the computers authorized to play your iTunes Store purchases, you can wipe the slate clean and start over. -- New York Times.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover yet another revolutionary idea. Apple has invented a method of creating a virtually invisible connector port on the backside of an iPhone that is concealed and able to resist water, debris or gasses. -- Patently Apple.
If you find that System Preferences in OS X contains too many options that you don't regularly use, then you should considering hiding rarely used sections of the app. By using the Customize option in System Preferences, it's easy to both show and hide specific sections with ease. -- 9to5Mac.
Last Tuesday on CNBC's "Fast Money," former Apple Computer CEO John Sculley called in to weigh in on our panel discussion of whether or not the company's best days are behind it. -- Re/code.
THE GOOD Beautifully constructed. Handles messages well. A solid fitness tracker. Hundreds of apps. Can send and receive voice calls via an iPhone. Lots of design choices. Apple Pay-enabled. Stores music for local playback over Bluetooth.
THE BAD Battery only lasts a little more than a day. Most models and configurations cost more than they should. Requires an iPhone to work. Interface can be confusing. Many apps load slowly. Lacks built-in GPS.
THE BOTTOM LINE A year old and even more affordable, the Apple Watch remains the best designed and most capable smartwatch you can buy -- but we're hoping that the inevitable sequel makes it more of a must-have product. -- CNET.
On any given day, I browse the web a lot--be it catching up on the news, doing research on future stories or skimming through my favorites to learn what's the latest. And more often than not do I find myself struggling to make my way back to an article I stumbled upon a few hours ago. -- iDownload Blog.
Having Hey Siri enabled for hands-free activation of the virtual assistant is undoubtedly useful, but sometimes you may find that Siri doesn't always respond on the iPhone. Conversely, sometimes you may experience Hey Siri activating out of the blue seemingly unsolicited. Both of these issues are usually a result of Siri not recognizing your voice well enough, and thus you can improve Hey Siri responsiveness by training it to your voice. -- OS X Daily.
You aren't confined to Apple's default ringtones as provided with your iPhone, and here are some of the smart ways you can personalize your own smartphone. -- Computerworld.
Apple includes a feature called Do Not Track in iOS. It keeps advertisers from tracking your activity across websites, which in turn reduces privacy issues while using Safari in iOS. In this article, we delve into the feature showing you how to enable it and how it works. -- TechRepublic.
With Siri and Apple's built-in Maps, you no longer have to stop, type, and search for directions. You can simply tell Siri where you want to go, and you'll get a route to go right there. It's great if you're in a new area of town or traveling in a new city. And if you get lost, you can even ask Siri to take you home. -- iMore.
Wireless internet is something we take for granted every day. But Wi-Fi isn't always reliable, and it's often the source of annoying hassles, both at home and in public places. While you won't be able to fix every Wi-Fi issues you might encounter at your local Starbucks coffee shop, there are plenty of tricks you can try at home or at the office to make sure Wi-Fi works. -- BGR.
By now, you've probably heard of cloud computing.
So what comes after the cloud? If you ask Cisco, it's something called "fog computing."
Last month, Cisco was joined by other industry leaders including Intel, Microsoft, ARM, Dell, and Microsoft to back a new "fog computing" consortium, the OpenFog initiative. It sounds like something straight from a Saturday Night Live parody skit, but it's not. -- Business Insider.
Apple was able to squeeze out an extra hour of battery life and modest performance gains from its second-generation 12-inch MacBook, but is that enough to warrant an upgrade from the 2015 model? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head video. -- AppleInsider.
A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors. -- AppleInsider.
Future iPhones are going to be so amazing, you probably haven't even thought of the features Apple is going to add, Tim Cook claimed in a recent interview.
The Apple CEO appeared Monday on Mad Money in an effort to abate the company's bleeding stock price following last week's less-than-stellar earnings call. Cook reassured investors that the rumors of Apple's demise have been greatly exaggerated once again. -- Cult of Mac.
"I have a 2014 13" Retina MacBook Pro which I used extensively on a daily basis. I purchased AppleCare for the sole reason of protection against battery depletion over the coming years.
It's hard for me to tell whether my battery has lost capacity, but I'm sure it has against the original figures when I first got the machine.
My question is, when will AppleCare be willing to replace the battery due to loss of capacity? Is there a percentage? How can I test it?" -- MacRumors.
Pre-owned products can be purchased with confidence; they are subject to rigorous testing and often come with return policies. -- New York Times.
We all experience misunderstandings about technology from time to time. Joe Kissell explains why it's not your fault, and how he approaches the subject of tech misconceptions in his new book, "Are Your Bits Flipped?". -- TidBITS.
Alongside the iPad Pro last November, Apple introduced a new connectivity option for users with the Smart Connector. Originally, Apple only touted the connection as being good for easily pairing things like keyboards to the iPad. We've since learned a little more about the capabilities of the three-pin connection, but overarching details are still vague. -- 9to5Mac.
One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British Columbia. Their destination was Las Vegas, where Albert planned to attend a trade show. They crossed the border and, somewhere in northern Oregon, they picked up Interstate 84. -- Ars Technica.
Safari, Firefox, and Chrome can give out your whereabouts, but you can prefer to not opt in.
Starting around eight years ago, browsers could be tapped by websites to provide an approximate to exact notion of where you are. Fortunately, from nearly the beginning, there was an understanding by those developing standards and implementations that such information should require affirmative permission--opt-in! From the advent, in nearly every case, you've been prompted whether or not you wanted to give a site your current location, often with some limitations. -- Macworld.
A reader wants to stop prompts on his hand-me-down computers from asking for his Apple ID instead of that of the current family member using it. -- Macworld.
Should you ever find yourself in the need to create blank disk images, OS X's built-in Disk Utility is your friend. A disk image usually has a .dmg extension and appears, looks and behaves like any ordinary file, with one key exception: launching it prompts OS X to mount the volume on the desktop. -- iDownload Blog.
Whenever you want to save a block of important text to your Mac, you probably copy and paste it into the Notes app or into a text editor to save it as a text document. But, did you know you could save any body of text on your Mac as a spoken iTunes track instead?
In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any highlighted body of text into a spoken iTunes audio track. -- iDownload Blog.
Is your Google Chrome browser feeling a little slower than it once did? Or are you finding that it's consuming a lot of your system's RAM and making your PC feel slower than it should?
Here are some tips to help you make Google Chrome fast again, and to reduce the amount of RAM the browser eats up. -- ZDNet.
If you don't want a bystander to read what's on your Mac's screen or just want to temporarily shut off the display--for instance, to save battery--you can take advantage of several built-in OS X features. -- iDownload Blog.
By dropping pins in Maps, you can get quick information on the location you selected, including how far away it is or even an approximation of how long it will take you to get there by car or on foot. If you realize that you are always looking for the same locations over and over again, you can also save time by making those locations favorites! -- iMore.
Your Apple ID is used whenever you want to make purchases from one of Apple's online digital content stores. This includes the App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store.
From time to time, you may switch credit card providers, get a new credit card number, or opt to use a different payment method than the one you're already using. -- iDownload Blog.
As much as you don't want to think about it, your right to privacy is under attack. Yes, hackers and criminals are all over your wonderfully secure iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but so are the government's hackers and spooks. The difference here is that the courts tend to side with the government. -- Mac360.
I know many of you have been going through a tough time, not knowing what was going on the the "AppleLand" but fear not... I'm Back. The real Apple news restarts now.
Apple pushed out a number of software updates on Wednesday, including the latest iOS beta for public testers, and new OS X and tvOS releases intended for developers. -- AppleInsider.
Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. -- AppleInsider.
Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work. -- AppleInsider.
Apple has quickly moved to overhaul the equipment installed at the San Jose, Calif., chip fab it acquired from Maxim Integrated Products in December, indicating that the purchase was a strategic priority for the company in its relentless drive to out-innovate its competitors. -- AppleInsider.
As part of ongoing website redesign efforts, Apple on Friday launched a revamped Support Pages mini-site with a cleaner layout, easy to access topics links and responsive web assets supporting desktop and mobile browsing. -- AppleInsider.
iPads are made to go online with Wi-Fi, but what happens when the wireless goes down and all you have is an Ethernet connection to the internet?
With a couple of Apple dongles and a powered USB hub, you can easily use Ethernet to get online with your iPad, no Wi-Fi required.
Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.
One of the frustrations of nanotechnology is that we generally can't make nano materials in large quantities or at low cost, much less both. For the last five years a friend of mine has been telling me this story, explaining that there's a secret manufacturing method and that he's seen it. I'm beginning to think the guy is right. We may finally be on the threshold of the real nanotech revolution. -- I, Cringely.
Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." -- The Mac Observer.
After 50+ years of the NTSC video standard, we are hurtling forward, past HDTV and into 4K, even 8K, and Virtual Reality. And holographic interactions. What's fueling this change and how can we ever keep up now that computers are routinely used to design computers? Particle Debris page 2 looks at just some of the effects. -- The Mac Observer.
Bryan Chaffin interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, and it was a surprisingly insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered on his 2014 book Moonshot!, Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple--and with the late Steve Jobs--that were new to Bryan. He gathered some of the most interesting excerpts from the interview in this article. -- The Mac Observer.
Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. -- The Mac Observer.
OS X provides a great feature that allows you to create shortcuts for longer text substitutions. These are synced to iCloud and accessible from your iPhone, too, and now there's a way to backup and restore them, as well! Watch this quick video to find out how. -- The Mac Observer.
This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem! -- The Mac Observer.
If you have any Mac that you would like to manage remotely, then you can enable Screen Sharing or Remote Management in the Sharing system preferences. However, if these become disabled or if you keep them disabled by default, then you will not be able to access your system. Nevertheless, if you have Remote Login enabled and can establish an SSH connection, then you can take a few steps to re-enable Screen Sharing. -- MacIssues.
Apple will regularly alert you about updating your Mac to the latest version of its operating system, but you can turn off the messages. -- New York Times.
Using the Find My iPhone tracking feature, an owner follows the route of his device and goes online to post regular updates on its location. -- New York Times.
Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores--and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. The addition of the online store to the iTunes media player (which debuted in 2001) completely altered the way people bought, sold, and made music around the globe. -- Quartz.
As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. -- The Daily Gazette.
Yesterday, we showed you how to create a custom service using Automator for easily resizing images via the Finder. Today, we'll show you how to find the location of the custom services that you create in order to remove them. We'll also show you how to enable or disable Services using System Preferences. -- 9to5Mac.
Recently I noticed that my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display seemed to be dying at a faster clip. Naturally, I assumed that the battery might be going bad.
After checking the battery cycle count, I learned that I was probably wrong about the battery being bad, as the cycle count was still well within the normal life span of my MacBook. Here's how I was able to verify that everything was okay with my MacBook's battery. -- 9to5Mac.
One of the major conveniences of Apple TV is that it handles most of the setup work for you: It automatically detects audio and video hardware, and adjusts those settings accordingly. If, however, things don't quite look or sound right, you can manually make minor adjustments yourself. Here's how. -- iMore.
What if I told you that you most likely have tons of messages you didn't even know existed, stowed away in a little-known folder on Facebook?
While messages from your Facebook friends and Messenger contacts are delivered straight to your inbox, the system filters out those it deems spam and tucks them away into a hidden vault. -- iDownload Blog.
The development of MacPaint 2.0 changed the way the average computer user used his or her machine for all time. Instead of just having a typewriter or number crunching machine, the Macintosh could do work in the visual area as well.
In spite of the ground broken by MacPaint, there were some significant problems with the program. -- Low End Mac.
My latest project has been cleaning out my home office, and you know what I've found?
Cables. Lots and lots of cables.
USB cables, mini-USB cables, micro-USB cables, 30-pin dock connector cables, monitor cables, and what I can assume is only a rat king constructed entirely of power cables. -- Macworld.