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October 31Monday's News


Steps To Staying Secure In These Scary Times

Steps To Staying Secure In These Scary Times

As technology gains a more important role in our lives, it also grows in complexity. Given how quickly technology changes, keeping up with security advice can be confusing. It seems like there is always new guidance on what you should or should not be doing. However, while the details of how to stay secure may change over time, there are fundamental things you can always do to protect yourself. Regardless of what technology you are using or where you are using it, we recommend the following four key steps.

What Can I Do?

  1. You: Attackers have learned that the easiest way to bypass even the most advanced security technology is by attacking you. If they want your password, credit card, or personal data, the easiest thing for them to do is to trick you into giving them this information. For example, they can call you pretending to be Microsoft tech support and claim that your computer is infected, when in reality they are just cyber criminals that want you to give them access to your computer. Perhaps they will send you an email explaining that your package could not be delivered and ask you to click on a link to confirm your mailing address, when in reality they are tricking you into visiting a malicious website that will hack into your computer. This is how attacks such as Ransomware work. Ultimately, the greatest defense against attackers is you. Be suspicious. By using common sense, you can spot and stop most attacks.
  2. Passwords: The next step to protecting yourself involves using a strong, unique password for each of your devices and online accounts. The key words here are strong and unique. A strong password means one that cannot be easily guessed by hackers or by their automated programs. Tired of complex passwords that are hard to remember and difficult to type? Try using a passphrase instead. Instead of a single word, use a series of words that is easy to remember, such as "Where is my coffee?" The longer your passphrase is, the stronger. A unique password means using a different password for each device and online account. This way, if one password is compromised, all of your other accounts and devices are still safe. Can't remember all those strong, unique passwords? Don't worry, neither can we. That is why we recommend you use a password manager, which is a specialized application for your smartphone or computer that securely stores all of your passwords in an encrypted format.
  3. Updates/Patches: Make sure your computers, mobile devices, apps, and anything else connected to the Internet are running the latest software versions. Cyber criminals are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities in the software your devices use. When they discover vulnerabilities, they use special programs to exploit them and hack into the devices you are using. Meanwhile, the companies that created the software for these devices are hard at work fixing them by releasing updates. By ensuring your computers and mobile devices install these updates, you make it much harder for someone to hack you. If your operating systems or devices are old and no longer supported with security updates, we recommend you replace them with new ones that are.
  4. Backups: Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you may be hacked. If that is the case, often your only option to ensure your computer or mobile device is free of malware is to fully wipe it and rebuild it from scratch. The attacker might even prevent you from accessing your personal files, photos, and other information stored on the hacked system. Often the only way to restore all of your personal information is from backups.

As a reminder, OIT will post email scams to the Recent Email Scams tab within the OIT System Status Center. You can check this site to see if a suspicious email has already been reported. If you have concerns about a specific email, you may report the email to OIT via abuse@utk.edu or contact the OIT HelpDesk. -- OIT Weekly.

Microsoft announces plans to bring MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to Office suite

Microsoft announces plans to bring MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to Office suite

Article Image Less than 12 hours after Apple's announcement of the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Microsoft has detailed future functionality of the new input method across the entire range of Office products.

In a blog post, Microsoft detailed the additions, including Word Focus mode, where the formatting tools for a document are taken off the screen and put on the Touch Bar. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Touch Bar guidelines steer devs away from non-interactive content, towards backwards compatibility

Apple's Touch Bar guidelines steer devs away from non-interactive content, towards backwards compatibility

Article Image In its design guidelines for the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pro models, Apple is urging developers to skip any non-interactive content, as well as avoid cutting off owners of other Macs. -- AppleInsider.


Examined: The new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Apple's T1 authentication chip

Examined: The new MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Apple's T1 authentication chip

Article Image While Apple won't detail the T1 to any significant depth to avoid exploits, some details on how the Touch Bar works in conjunction with the new T1 chip have surfaced -- including what happens if the Touch Bar needs to be replaced. -- AppleInsider explains..

Apple suggests that it has permanently exited the stand-alone monitor business

Apple suggests that it has permanently exited the stand-alone monitor business

Article Image The now-discontinued Thunderbolt display appears to be Apple's last external monitor, as remarks made to the press suggest that the company is exiting that market segment. [Told you so.] -- AppleInsider.


Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

Article Image In an email response to a customer question concerning the 16GB memory cap on Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup, a longstanding ceiling for the notebook series, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the design decision stems from a need to prolong battery life. -- AppleInsider.

Two of four Thunderbolt 3 ports in new 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have reduced speeds

Two of four Thunderbolt 3 ports in new 13

Article Image A support document published by Apple on Friday reveals only two of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar support full-speed data transfer, potentially limiting the notebook's flexibility for power users. -- AppleInsider.


MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar is powered by iOS

MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar is powered by iOS

One thing Apple didn't tell us during its big MacBook Pro unveiling on Thursday is that its new machine runs iOS. However, it's not quite the iOS you're already used to.

Instead, Apple's mobile operating system is there solely to power the MacBook Pro's new OLED Touch Bar. -- Cult of Mac.

MacBook Pro Touch Bar plays nicely with Windows

MacBook Pro Touch Bar plays nicely with Windows

Boot Camp users thinking about purchasing the new MacBook Pro have been wondering what its Touch Bar will be used for when running Windows. The good news is it won't become completely useless. The bad news is it won't be anywhere near as exciting.

In response to an email from a fan, Apple software chief Craig Federighi confirmed the Touch Bar will display regular function keys -- F1 to F12 -- when running Windows in Boot Camp mode. Presumably, it will also offer an Escape key. -- Cult of Mac.

Why freemium apps suck for everyone (and how Apple is killing paid apps)

Why freemium apps suck for everyone (and how Apple is killing paid apps)

Paid apps are an endangered species: Only one of the 200 top-grossing apps on the App Store is a paid download.

I work on an iPhone app called Reps & Sets as a hobby project in my spare time. This week, my partner and I came to the conclusion that there is no future for our app as a paid download, so we have reluctantly decided to make it free. -- Cult of Mac.

Classic Mac Startup Chime Not Present in New MacBook Pros, but they do automatically boot when you open the lid

Classic Mac Startup Chime Not Present in New MacBook Pros

Apple has done away with the traditional startup chime on its new MacBook Pro lineup because the machines automatically power on when the lid is opened.

Pingie.com was first to note the removal of the sound from Apple's new 13-inch and 15-inch laptops -- both the models featuring Apple's new Touch Bar (as well as the 13-inch version without a Bar) automatically boot when opened or when connected to a power source if the battery is dead, so the sound has apparently been deemed surplus to requirements. -- MacRumors.

Listening Clubs Tantalize Audiophiles in London

Listening Clubs Tantalize Audiophiles in London

By emphasizing audio quality above all else, clubs with rarefied hi-fi equipment have become a mecca for listeners who crave an emotional connection to music.

One Sunday evening in September, the main hall of a community center here was decked out with ribbons, balloons and a gyrating disco ball that marked a sonic sweet spot -- the optimal position for partygoers to enjoy the clean, punchy (and not too loud) sound of five towering speakers arranged strategically around the room, piping a playlist of pop, funk, rock and dance floor gems for all generations. -- New York Times.

Apple Executives Continue to Hold the Philosophy that Touch Screens Aren't Right, but Not Everyone Agrees

Apple Executives Continue to Hold the Philosophy that Touch Screens Aren't Right, but Not Everyone Agrees

When talking about the new Touch Bar, the conversation turned to a possible hybrid MacBook and Schiller, Federighi and Ive made it clear: "That's just not happening. It's not because Apple can't make a touchscreen Mac. It's because Apple decided a touchscreen on a Mac wasn't particularly useful." But not everyone agrees with that point of view. -- Patently Apple.

Why Apple and Microsoft Are Using Last Year's Skylake Processors In Their New Computers

Why Apple and Microsoft Are Using Last Year's Skylake Processors In Their New Computers

Apple released new MacBook Pros yesterday that feature Intel's year-old Skylake microarchitcure, as opposed to the newer Kaby Lake architecture. Two days earlier, Microsoft did the same thing when it released the Surface Studio. Given the improvements Kaby Lake processors have over Skylake processors, one would think they would be included in the latest and greatest products from Microsoft and Apple. -- Gizmodo explains why that's not the case.

Customizing Apple Watch Faces on Your iPhone

Customizing Apple Watch Faces on Your iPhone

Today's Quick Tip is all about using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone to customize your faces. If you don't wanna fiddle with colors and complications on your itty bitty Watch, there's now an easier, faster way to do so! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Discontinues 11-inch MacBook Air, MagSafe Now on Death Row

Apple Discontinues 11-inch MacBook Air, MagSafe Now on Death Row

Farewell, 11-inch MacBook Air, we knew you well. Apple dropped the diminutive Mac laptop from its online store on Thursday following the "hello again" event where new Retina MacBook Pro models were introduced. The 13-inch MacBook Air is still available, but now the 12-inch MacBook is the smallest screen laptop Apple offers. -- The Mac Observer.

Microsoft Takes Apple by Surprise, Pours on the Heat

Microsoft Takes Apple by Surprise, Pours on the Heat

The contrast between Microsoft's October 26 event and Apple's October 27 event has the PC industry in a buzz. Observers who have been diehard Apple fans are casting jealous eyes towards the new Microsoft products. Meanwhile, some observers who have been against Apple for political reasons are making some solid observations that don't have the traditional earmarks of being self-serving and misinformed. John explores. -- The Mac Observer.

Here's What You Need to Know About USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

Here's What You Need to Know About USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

The MacBook introduced USB-C to Apple's laptop lineup in 2015, and the just announced Retina MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gives us Thunderbolt 3--which looks exactly like USB-C. Not sure what the differences are and how they affect you? Read on to learn more. -- The Mac Observer.

Touch Bar Is Apple's Double Down Against the Foolishness of ToasterFridges

Touch Bar Is Apple's Double Down Against the Foolishness of ToasterFridges

I've been thinking hard about the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro. It's compelling, and the people who've had hands-on time with it say it's all that and a bag of chips*. We'll be reviewing it in-depth, but the thing that really stood out for me was this: Touch Bar is Apple's double down against the ToasterFridge.

More specifically, Touch Bar is Apple's solution for the same need that ToasterFridges are trying to fill. -- The Mac Observer.

Making sense of the MacBook Pro GPU options: here's how the performance compares

Making sense of the MacBook Pro GPU options: here's how the performance compares

If you haven't yet ordered your new MacBook Pro, AMD has provided a little help by showing what kind of performance differences you can expect if you opt for any of the upgrades on offer.

If you're buying the 13-inch model, then you don't get much in the way of GPU options. All the machines have Intel Iris integrated graphics, and the only difference between them is a 540 chip in the base model versus 550 in the other two -- with no configuration options beyond that. -- 9to5Mac.

MacBook Pro Diary: Why the new model doesn't wow me, but I'm buying the most expensive one anyway

MacBook Pro Diary: Why the new model doesn't wow me, but I'm buying the most expensive one anyway

So, the wait is over and the new MacBook Pro is official. I said yesterday that what we knew then didn't seem quite enough to justify the 'hello again' hype, and I hoped there might be a 'one more thing' feature we hadn't heard about. Alas, there wasn't.

I also held out just a tiny hope that perhaps the leaked image was a placeholder, and the bezels would be thinner in the real thing. That too wasn't to be. -- 9to5Mac.

How-To: Maximize the resale value of your existing Mac

How-To: Maximize the resale value of your existing Mac

With the new MacBook Pro models not exactly cheap (especially for Brits), we all need as much help as we can get in paying for them. A decent chunk of the purchase cost for many of us will be raised by selling our old Macs, either ahead of time or once we have our shiny new Macs all set up and behaving themselves.

If you just want a quick sale with no hassle, then our trade-in service is the simplest option. But if you are selling privately, the amount of money you can get for the exact same Mac in identical condition can vary quite dramatically. I've consistently managed to sell my old Macs for well above average prices by adopting a few simple tactics. -- 9to5Mac.

New MacBook Pro Touch Bar details: UI interactions, screen specs, Control Strip, and how third party apps can use it

New MacBook Pro Touch Bar details: UI interactions, screen specs, Control Strip, and how third party apps can use it

The flagship feature of the new MacBook Pro is the Touch Bar, an OLED display strip that replaces the physical row of function keys. This adds a dynamic zone to top of the keyboard where apps can display custom buttons, sliders, switches and scrubbers to enhance the MacBook experience while adding a new way to interact with Mac applications beyond text input and mouse pointers. -- 9to5Mac.

What the heck is happening at Apple?

What the heck is happening at Apple?

"What the heck is happening at Apple?" people ask me. "Has the company lost its mojo? Why no new product categories? Why didn't Apple, instead of AT&T, buy Time Warner? And why are the new MacBook Pros so darned expensive? [And you read this here too.] -- I, Cringely.

Not on the Mac App Store: the 15 best alternative apps for your Mac

Not on the Mac App Store: the 15 best alternative apps for your Mac

Not every great app is on the Mac App Store, due to various imposed restrictions and limitations. This is where we celebrate those hidden gems.

Lots of well-known apps thrive outside the Mac App Store, but you probably already know about the likes of Dropbox, Spotify, Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Parallels Desktop, Sketch, BBEdit and Coda.

That's why we're concentrating on the astoundingly helpful ones that we think are deserving of a wider audience. Get ready to make your Mac a whole lot more useful... -- PC & Tech Authority.

How to encourage yourself to use Siri more on the Mac

How to encourage yourself to use Siri more on the Mac

I kept forgetting that Siri now resides inside my Mac as well as my iDevices and AppleTV... To encourage me to use Siri more often, I changed her keyboard shortcut to Command + Space, which was formerly the keyboard shortcut for Spotlight. (I then changed Spotlight's keyboard shortcut to Option-Space.) -- Apple World Today.

Find Your Lost iPhone With a Sound

Find Your Lost iPhone With a Sound

You can use the Find My iPhone function to find a lost iPhone, iPad or even a MacBook by making it play a sound. This is handy when you misplace your device in your own home or workplace. -- MacMost.

How to Capture and Record an iPhone or iPad Screen Video?

How to Capture and Record an iPhone or iPad Screen Video?

Since 2012, things have changed quite a lot when it comes to recording your iPhone or iPad screens.

The most known option at the time to record a video of what was on your iOS device's screen was to use the simulator on your Mac. Because video is being used more and more to present an app (whether it's for an App Preview, a promo video or a video ad), Apple an other companies have made it much simpler for us.

Let's take a look at your options. -- apptamin.

Get A Free Proximity Lock For Your Mac

Get A Free Proximity Lock For Your Mac

The future is getting closer and Apple seems to be on the right track with a number of new proximity-based features and functions in macOS Sierra and iOS 10; especially with Watch.

Proximity? Yes. Mac, iPhone, and iPad know when they're near each other, so the perfect proximity example is that you can take or place phone calls from the Mac instead of digging into your pocket or bag to answer the iPhone when it rings. Here's a little proximity security utility that locks your Mac when you step away, and it's free. -- Mac360.

Documents & Data: A mysterious black hole of data storage in iOS

Documents & Data: A mysterious black hole of data storage in iOS

I've got a 64GB iPhone SE; you know, the one that has a capacity of 55.21GB. (The old "my bits aren't the same as your bits" marketing trick.) On my phone, I have a bunch of apps, and a fair amount of music. I've already mentioned how iTunes and my iPhone show different amounts of free space, and today, iTunes shows me that I have 5.34GB free, and the iPhone says 3.53GB.

But there's also a lot of space used for Documents & Data, though I don't know what takes up nearly 7GB. -- Macworld.

Apple's new MacBook Pro has no SD slot (and that's going to cost you)

Apple's new MacBook Pro has no SD slot (and that's going to cost you)

I miss my SD card slot already.

As well as the traditional USB slots on the MacBook Pro that I use to insert external hard drives, charge the iPhone, plug in my microphone for recording the Talking Tech podcast and all sorts of other things, too. -- Australian Financial Review.

Reelgood review: One app, so many streaming or theatrical movies to discover

Reelgood review: One app, so many streaming or theatrical movies to discover

When I was a kid, it didn't take much to get me to the movies. A promising trailer or article in one of my favorite genre magazines, and my butt was in the seat. Flash-forward a few decades, my busy schedule--and a decent home theater setup--means I'm far more selective about what I'll pay good money to see on the big screen.

Reelgood makes it easy to find new movies to watch at the theater or a wide variety of streaming services, complete with push notifications when titles in your Watchlist are released. -- Macworld.

Losing Your Mind Over Apple's New Mail App?

Losing Your Mind Over Apple's New Mail App?

How to go back to your iPhone's old email settings.

Apple's latest big iPhone software release, iOS 10, has plenty of great features. But one tweak is driving folks mad: The Mail app now defaults to showing email in threads, often making it tougher to handle complicated conversations. -- Time.

Apple has given up on the PC

Apple has given up on the PC

No news is not necessarily good news when it comes to Apple's desktop line.

As Apple noted at its recent "Town Hall" event - where it unveiled its new MacBook Pro and basically, well, nothing else -- what it DIDN'T talk about was a lot more revealing than what it did. -- PC & Tech Authority.

Freshly Squeezed Op-Ed: Time to call it a day?

Time to call it a day?

Apple has become a joke. A tasteless joke. After this week's disappointing event, I find myself saying words that I never thought that I would utter. 'Microsoft is seriously worth looking at for my future computer needs.' -- YMP Now.

Apple is out of touch

Apple is out of touch

I am not an Apple fanboy, but I have defended the company's decisions and philosophy more times than I can remember. And for good reason. But, looking at the new MacBook Pro line, I am finding it hard to see where that "touch of genius" is. What exactly makes its latest laptops anything more than glorified MacBooks? -- BetaNews.

Apple killed a MacBook Pro feature that photographers rely on

Apple killed a MacBook Pro feature that photographers rely on

There's no question the new MacBook Pros are flashy. The new Touch Bar is exciting and the Touch ID is awesome. And who's going to hate on thinner and lighter machines?

I'm not jazzed over losing the MagSafe magnetic charging port, but I do like the versatility of having four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports that can handle charging, high-speed data transfer at up to 40Gbps and video output.

But why, oh, why did Apple have to remove the SD card slot, the one port that so many photographers and video producers rely on daily? -- Mashable.

Explained: Why Netflix doesn't want to be included in Apple's TV app

Explained: Why Netflix doesn't want to be included in Apple's TV app

It was hardly the star of the show during Apple's big Mac event on Thursday, but the company announced a brand new app called "TV." Not to be confused with "Apple TV." Although you will be able to install the Apple "TV" app on your "Apple TV." Right on.

Netflix is everywhere. More so than any other service, Netflix always seems to make sure that users can access its content across all platforms and devices, from smartphones and tablets to computers, TVs and set-top boxes. It seems peculiar, then, that the company would opt out of being one of the many services whose content Apple will serve up in its new app. -- BGR.

Three ways Apple's new TV app will change the viewing experience on Apple TV

Three ways Apple's new TV app will change the viewing experience on Apple TV

"A unified TV experience that's one place to access all of your TV shows and movies, one place to discover great new content to watch."

That's how Apple CEO Tim Cook described a new app called TV. Sounds great, but what's the catch?

I spent an hour this morning meeting with Apple's TV team, who gave me a walkthrough of the new app, which is coming to Apple TV boxes, iPhone and iPads in December. They described how it would work, what it was intended to do and what it can't do (yet).

Here's what I learned. -- CNET.

Support group for Mac users, (hello again edition)

Support group for Mac users, (hello again edition)


One Man's Opinion: 'The Times They Are A Changin'

One Man's Opinion: 'The Times They Are A Changin'

Most of you know that I have been using Apple products for over 30 years. I even used a Lisa and a NeXT. In all that time I have never seen the amount of negative feedback about Apple and its products.

As you can see from several of the articles in today's news (and there are more,) many people are both unhappy and wonder what is going on? I wonder too?

I have given my opinion about where Apple is going before in this space. It saddens me to say, that it seems to be coming true. Apple seems determined to offer fewer products with fewer options, connectivity and more content control in order to reduce its costs, while keeping the the same or, in some cases, higher prices. It's only montra now seems to be thiner products, fewer products and more profit.

Apple's presence in our life and economy is pervasive. There is probably not a day when we do not come into contact with an Apple product(s). It may be that Apple feels that because of this pervasiveness that it no longer as to worry its base and roots. IBM thought that way.

Back in the 90's Apple introduced an advertising program entitled "Here's to the Crazy Ones." The individuals that were honored in that promotion were truly individuals who's vision, talent, commitment and personality shaped our times. Persons like that are rare and unique. When they are no longer among us they leave a hole that can't be filed. Apple itself had such a person.

I would never expect anyone to be able to fill the space that Steve left at Apple but I would expect Apple to try, and be true to what made Apple what it was. Sadly this does not seem to be the case. This is demonstrated by the many of the cries of disappointment and sadness currently all across the Internet.

From its beginnings Apple's products always gave us more ways to do things. More ways to connect. Reliably ("It just works.") Do you know how may times in the last 30 years I have had to rebuild my Mac? Once. Do you know how many items I have had to rebuild it this year? Twice. How many dongles do you have?

'The Times They Are A Changin.'

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

October 28Firday's News


Apple TV and iOS gain unified television experience with new 'TV' app

Apple TV and iOS gain unified television experience with new 'TV' app

Article Image Aiming to make it easier to find content across a range of services and apps, Apple on Thursday unveiled 'TV,' a new application for tvOS and iOS that allows users to browse and search for content in one convenient place. It will arrive for free in December. -- AppleInsider.

Apple announces thinner MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID, USB-C ports starting at $1799

Apple announces thinner MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Touch ID, USB-C ports starting at $1799

Article Image Thinner and lighter with a new trackpad, keyboard, Touch Bar, Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, the 2016 MacBook Pro is a major redesign to Apple's flagship notebook. It comes in screen sizes of 13 and 15 inches, with core models starting at $1,799 and shipping in two to three weeks. -- AppleInsider.

Apple brings about the end of the physical Function key with MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Apple brings about the end of the physical Function key with MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Article Image In Apple's latest round of removal of traditional features on computers, the company has eradicated conventional Function keys, and has replaced them with a Retina, multi-touch Touch Bar. -- AppleInsider.

Apple debuts affordable 13-inch MacBook Pro model, axes 11-inch MacBook Air

Apple debuts affordable 13-inch MacBook Pro model, axes 11-inch MacBook Air

Article Image Though Apple's two new flagship MacBook Pro models with multitouch Touch Bar stole the show on Thursday, the company also launched a third, more affordable 13-inch model aimed at the MacBook Air faithful. -- AppleInsider.


Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with Magnetic Timeline, redesigned UI for new MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with Magnetic Timeline, redesigned UI for new MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Article Image Apple's flagship professional video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, has been updated to take advantage of the forthcoming MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, offering users the ability to more easily scrub through clips and have quick shortcuts presented dynamically. -- AppleInsider.

First look: Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

First look: Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Article Image As expected, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup on Thursday with thinner designs, beefier components and the hotly anticipated multitouch Touch Bar. AppleInsider covered the event live and was able to go hands-on with Apple's latest hardware after the keynote. -- AppleInsider.

Apple partners with LG to make new 4K & 5K UltraFine Displays

Apple partners with LG to make new 4K & 5K UltraFine Displays

Article Image Briefly mentioned during Thursday's press event was an Apple partnership with LG on 4K and 5K monitors, designed with the specifications of its new MacBook Pros in mind. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter connects legacy accessories to new MacBook Pro USB-C

Apple's Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter connects legacy accessories to new MacBook Pro USB-C

Article Image Supplementing connectivity of older devices to Apple's new MacBook Pro family, the company has also released a Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter, allowing users with older Thunderbolt peripherals to connect them to the newer connection standard. -- AppleInsider.

Apple posts Accessibility, MacBook Pro design videos

Apple posts Accessibility, MacBook Pro design videos on YouTube

With Apple's "Hello Again" Mac release event in the past, the company has posted two versions of Accessibility video that started the keynote, as well as a video recapping most of Apple's portable history, plus an Ive-narrated MacBook Pro design video featuring the Touch Bar. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates Xcode, iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers with Touch Bar compatibility

Apple updates Xcode, iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers with Touch Bar compatibility

Article Image As expected, Apple has updated its entire array of first-party apps including Xcode, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, to support the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro line, alongside some normal "stability and performance improvements" that come with nearly every update. -- AppleInsider.

New 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar keeps pace with higher clocked 2015 Retina model

New 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar keeps pace with higher clocked 2015 Retina model

Article Image Benchmarks of Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup are making their way online just hours after Thursday's unveiling, with initial tests putting the entry-level 13-inch model without Touch Bar at performance levels equivalent to last year's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. -- AppleInsider.

Ship times for new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar fall to 4-5 weeks

Ship times for new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar fall to 4-5 weeks

Article Image Demand for Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is outstripping supply after less than 12 hours of availability, with all 13-inch models now showing expected ship times of four to five weeks. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's new 'TV' app is its way of simplifying all your streaming content

Apple's new 'TV' app is its way of simplifying all your streaming content

At today's event, Apple unveiled its newest video streaming system: an app called TV. Similar to what rumors stated, the new app is meant to help users find their most watched content across all the streaming services they may subscribe to by aggregating those shows and movies in one place. TV will also recommend new content to watch based on your history. -- Ars Technica.

Hands-on with the new MacBook Pros, their keyboard, and the Touch Bar

Hands-on with the new MacBook Pros, their keyboard, and the Touch Bar

The biggest questions around Apple's new MacBook Pro design were about how the company was going to balance its own design priorities--making things thinner and lighter and removing ports wherever possible--with the features its "pro" users regularly request and use--more performance, good input devices, and more connectivity. -- Ars Technica.

Internet freaks out about new MacBook Pro pricing

Internet freaks out about new MacBook Pro pricing

While Apple is touting the new MacBook Pros as a major evolution of the laptop, the internet is in open revolt over the cost of the new machines.

The new MacBook Pros will set you back at least $200 more than last year's models, and sometimes much more. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-on: MacBook Pro's Touch Bar gets rave reviews

Hands-on: MacBook Pro's Touch Bar gets rave reviews

The new MacBook Pro won't ship for another 2-3 weeks, but members of the media who got their fingers on the new Touch Bar came away from Apple's event with rave reviews.

Apple hosted a hands-on section after today's keynote and based on the quick impression the new MacBook Pro made, it looks like Apple has another hit on its hands. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's TV app doesn't work with the two best streaming services

Apple's TV app doesn't work with the two best streaming services

Netflix won't be embracing Apple's vision for the future of television.

Apple revealed its plan to own your TV screen today with a new app called TV. The new service aims to unify your TV experience on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV by taking you straight to content, but the two best streaming services won't be available. -- Cult of Mac.

MacBook Pro First Impressions: A Lightweight 'Engineering Marvel' With Beautiful Screen

MacBook Pro First Impressions: A Lightweight 'Engineering Marvel' With Beautiful Screen

With pre-orders for the new MacBook Pro up today, and a launch expected within the next two to three weeks, Apple has given a number of journalists access to the 13-inch and 15-inch devices so they can share their thoughts with anyone who is interested in the new flagship MacBook Pro line. MacRumors has already rounded up a collection of opinions regarding the newest feature on the MacBook Pro -- the Touch Bar -- so this roundup will be focused on other areas. -- MacRumors.

Apple's 'Hello Again' Event Wasn't About the Mac After All

Apple's 'Hello Again' Event Wasn't About the Mac After All

During Apple's "Hello Again" event, Apple spent an hour and 25 minutes talking about several cool things. The new MacBook Pros are very nice--but they were the only major Mac announcement. In contrast, the event tagline suggested that Apple would say something important about the "Mac" as a product. Instead, the vacuum persisted and Apple elected to take a stand, instead. on how it sees the MacBook Pro catering to the pro market with the Touch Bar. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Releases Combo Updater for macOS Sierra 10.12.1

Apple Releases Combo Updater for macOS Sierra 10.12.1

Apple released the combo updater for macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Thursday. It's a 1.36GB download and contains everything in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 released on Monday. Apple is recommending 10.12.1 update for all users--if you updated through the Mac App Store already, you do not need this download.

How-To: 7 steps to prepare for the upgrade to a brand new Mac

How-To: 7 steps to prepare for the upgrade to a brand new Mac

With around two-thirds of our readers expecting to buy a brand new MacBook Pro, and others looking to upgrade to a refreshed MacBook Air or iMac, we thought it would be useful to provide a quick guide to preparing for the upgrade.

We recommend a seven-step approach. -- 9to5Mac.

Video roundup: Hands-on with Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Video roundup: Hands-on with Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple finally unveiled its new MacBook lineup earlier today and as usual, members of the press in attendance of the keynote were able to go hands-on with the new products as soon as Tim Cook exited the stage. Videos have gradually been emerging from the hands-on area, and we've rounded them up below... -- 9to5Mac.

Opinion: Touchbar Macdongle

Touchbar Macdongle

Reviews of substance from mainstream pundits are still conspicuous in their absence, but the wrath of at least the MacRumors community is palatable, with very few positive comments and the negative ones able to offer intelligent insight.

Does a laptop really need yet another output device? Regarding time-tested rules of computer ergonomics, isn't a brightly lit strip right beneath the screen a bit distracting? And won't stretching to reach the 'Touch Bar' prove uncomfortable?

But there are more issues, dealing with product line compatibility and what some people at MR call 'arrogance'.

Only a few hours since the very short presentation ended, dissatisfaction seems high. -- Rixstep.

Opinion: Correction, Sierra's storage management tools are a complete disaster

Opinion: Correction, Sierra's storage management tools are a complete disaster

I wrote an opinion piece last month entitled macOS Sierra's new storage-management tools are a bit of a mess.

I was wrong. Sierra's storage-management aren't a 'bit of a mess' at all: having just seen what they did to my MacBook Air, seemingly prompted by the update to 10.12.1, they are a complete and utter disaster... -- 9to5Mac.

You can't connect an iPhone 7 to a new MacBook Pro out of the box

You can't connect an iPhone 7 to a new MacBook Pro out of the box

Many Apple fans will buy two new products from their favorite company this year, and especially ahead of the holidays: the iPhone 7 and the brand new MacBook Pro. But interestingly, they won't actually be able to connect their brand new iPhone 7 to their brand new MacBook Pro without making an extra purchase. -- BGR.

Get Help at the Genius Bar

Get Help at the Genius Bar

The Genius Bar is a resource at the Apple Store that is a great way to get help with your Mac. Often a problem can't be fixed until you have an expert take a first-hand look. The Genius Bar is free and you don't even need to have a current warranty for them to take a look and give you help for advice. -- MacMost.

Accessibility FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's new accessibility portal

Accessibility FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's new accessibility portal

What's new in Apple's Accessibility portal? Pretty much everything!

Tim Cook took the beginning of Apple's fall 2016 event, where it announced a new series of MacBook Pros, to champion the company's commitment to accessibility across its product line.

Apple also took the opportunity to launch a new public accessibility portal, where it showcases all of the new and ongoing features across macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. -- iMore.

An essential iOS tip for language learners and cunning linguists

An essential iOS tip for language learners and cunning linguists

Are you multilingual? Perhaps you are learning a language… Have you not yet put local keyboards in place on your iPhone or iPad for all the languages you try to type?

If you haven't then you've probably been struggling with Autocorrect annoyingly changing what you write. Perhaps you are using a British English keyboard and every time you try to type in French the iDevice corrects it by trying to make English out of what you wrote.

It doesn't have to be this way. -- Apple Must.

EXCLUSIVE: Jony Ive's Christmas Tree Design Leaked!

EXCLUSIVE: Jony Ive's Christmas Tree Design Leaked!

Sir Jony Ive is designing a Christmas tree for the Claridge's store in London. Kirkville has obtained an exclusive leak of his design. Here it is:


Chattanooga Radiologist Has the Fastest Home Internet In the U.S.

hattanooga Radiologist Has the Fastest Home Internet In the U.S.

Jason Koebler via Motherboard has interviewed James Busch -- a radiologist and owner of "the first 10 Gbps residential connection in the United States" -- at a coffee shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

What does the guy with the fastest internet in the United States use his jealousy-inducing bandwidth for? Analyzing X-rays… and gaining an advantage in Call of Duty, of course.

Startup and community-run internet service providers have grabbed headlines over the last two years as they've begun rolling out the first 10 gigabit-per-second residential internet connections in the United States. As far as I can tell, though, only one person in the entire country has actually bought one of these connections, which are still incredibly expensive because the technology is so cutting edge. -- Motherboard.

October 27Thursday's News


How to watch Apple's Oct. 27 'Hello Again' Mac event

How to watch Apple's Oct. 27 'Hello Again' Mac event

Article Image On Thursday, Oct. 27, Apple will host its second press event of the fall, where it's expected to showcase new MacBook models including an overhauled MacBook Pro with an OLED touchbar, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and possibly more. As usual, there will be several ways to watch. -- AppleInsider.

How to remap command, control, escape, and other keys in macOS Sierra

How to remap command, control, escape, and other keys in macOS Sierra

Article Image macOS Sierra has ushered in a number of new changes for Mac users, including the ability to remap the modifier keys, like the escape, control, command, or option keys to another hardware button. Here's how to do it. -- AppleInsider.

Apple AirPods indefinitely delayed beyond original 'late October' window

Apple AirPods indefinitely delayed beyond original 'late October' window

Apple's new wireless, $180 AirPods have less than a week to meet their original shipping target of "late October," and now the company has confirmed that such a launch is officially off the table. -- Ars Technica.


Services now worth more to Apple than Macs, iPads, Apple Watch

Services now worth more to Apple than Macs, iPads, Apple Watch

Apple's Services business is now worth more than its individual iPad, Mac and Apple Watch businesses, according to the company's quarterly earnings -- and beautifully illustrated by the Apple-watching website Six Colors. -- Cult of Mac.

How to maximize your MacBook trade-in

How to maximize your MacBook trade-in

Because there are fewer MacBooks than iPhones on the market, and the laptops are more difficult to repair, buyback programs typically shortchange you when it comes to Apple computers.

But there are three easy tricks that will help you maximize your profit when you trade your old MacBook for cash. (You'll also want to choose your buyback company wisely, but don't worry -- we've got a hot tip for that as well.) -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 16 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 16 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple today released another update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 16 includes bug fixes and updates for URL parser, Gamepad API, CSS, Media, Fetch API, JavaScript, Web APIs, Web Inspector, and Accessibility.

As of release 14, Safari Technology Preview includes regular updates and bug fixes for Safari's WebDriver implementation.

Apple's Custom Mobile Chip Designs Gradually Expanding to Include Graphics Hardware

Apple's Custom Mobile Chip Designs Gradually Expanding to Include Graphics Hardware

After years of recruiting graphics architects, Apple has gradually shifted from licensing PowerVR graphics to designing its own custom GPUs for iPhones, according to David Kanter at Real World Technologies.

The new graphics processor is said to have first shipped with the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with successive versions built into in the A9 and A10 Fusion chips powering the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 lineups respectively. -- MacRumors.

Reach for the Rating Stars in iOS 10

Reach for the Rating Stars in iOS 10

The latest version of Apple's mobile Music app removes the simple, built-in way to apply star rankings to songs, but don't let that stop you.

In the current version of Apple's Music app for iOS 10, the multistar rating system has indeed been replaced by a simple binary choice of "Love" or "Dislike." (You can see those two buttons by tapping the three-dot menu icon in the lower-right corner of a song's Now Playing screen.) -- New York Times.

If Diamonds Are Forever, Your Data Could Be, Too

If Diamonds Are Forever, Your Data Could Be, Too

A new paper suggests that a flawed diamond could be used to store significantly more data than a DVD.

If you wear a diamond on your finger, it likely has flaws, even if you can't see them. Don't blame your partners for your flawed engagement rings, thank them. You could be flaunting the future of data storage on your digits. -- New York Times.

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

iOS 10.1: Turning Off Duplicate Portrait Mode Images

This Quick Tip is about the spankin'-new Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus, which'll let you take shots with a special depth effect applied. However, if you don't want your iPhone to keep an additional version of each of your Portrait Mode images, come read this article and find out how to turn that off! -- The Mac Observer.

Who Wants to Be a Mac Dictator?

Who Wants to Be a Mac Dictator?

Did you know that macOS Sierra (and Mac OS X El Capitan) have pretty good dictation built-in at no extra cost? Dictation can be faster than typing and a nice change of pace; discover how to enable and use it in this week's thrilling episode of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves, only here at The Mac Observer! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple R&D spend breaks $10B barrier in 2016 after $350M increase in Q4

Apple R&D spend breaks $10B barrier in 2016 after $350M increase in Q4

Apple spent nearly $2.6 billion on research and development operations during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, bringing the company's yearly total to more than $10 billion for the first time ever, regulatory filings show. -- AppleInsider.


How to use the advanced Calendar Service features in macOS Sierra Server: Make adjustments to get the most out of macOS Server's Calendar Service

How to use the advanced Calendar Service features in macOS Sierra Server: Make adjustments to get the most out of macOS Server's Calendar Service

Last week we took an initial look at setting up the Calendar service in macOS Server. This week we'll look at some of the advanced features available within the Calendar service. -- Macworld.


What Mac Pros Use To Mouse Around

What Mac Pros Use To Mouse Around

My daily work brings me in contact with a growing number of what I'll refer to as 'professional' Mac users; power users who set up a Mac to a precise, efficient, and distinct workflow.

These folks have the best of everything Mac; multiple displays, extra hard disks, fast SSDs, loads of RAM, and all the accoutrements of being a professional who requires professional tools. Here's a Mac utility that many of them use and most of the rest of us do not. -- Mac 360.


Music has been totally disrupted by Silicon Valley--yet it's still run by the same two moguls

Music has been totally disrupted by Silicon Valley--yet it's still run by the same two moguls

Lyor Cohen, who used to lead the massive Island Def Jam Music Group, and Jimmy Iovine, the former head of Interscope Records--two executives running powerful record labels that all but controlled the industry in the 1990s.

Cohen, who's about to take over a crucial part of YouTube's business, and Iovine, now Apple's music guru, by all accounts should have crashed to the ground alongside the music industry's antiquated business model--the way the executives who ran Nokia and Blackberry have been tossed aside by the smartphone revolution. But they did the opposite. So who are these two men, and how'd they pull off the near-impossible? -- Quartz.

Apple's first Mac event in ages starts October 27 at 1pm ET

Apple's first Mac event in ages starts October 27 at 1pm ET

It's been a year and a half since we saw Mac hardware on stage.

Apple's latest media event kicks off tomorrow, October 27, at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. After focusing primarily on the iPhone and Apple Watch at its event in September, Apple is expected to dedicate this one mostly to its aging Mac lineup. -- Ars Technica.

How Micro-LEDs could allow for Apple gadgets with longer-lasting batteries & brighter screens

How Micro-LEDs could allow for Apple gadgets with longer-lasting batteries & brighter screens

2017 iPhones may ditch traditional LCDs for a lot brighter, much more power-efficient OLED display technology. However, the OLED switch could be short-lived as Apple is said to be adopting emerging Micro-LED display panels. Micro-LED screens could debut on 2017 Apple Watch models.

Micro-LEDs range in size from one micron to one hundred microns. Skating to where the puck's going to be, Apple in May 2014 bought Micro-LED developer LuxVue Technology, adding their talent to to its hardware innovations team. The iPhone maker also set up an R&D center in Taiwan to research Micro-LEDs. -- iDownload Blog.

Delete Old iPhone Backups to Save Space

Delete Old iPhone Backups to Save Space

You may have old iPhone and iPad backups cluttering your Mac's hard drive. You can check for them in iTunes and delete ones you don't need anymore. It is important to do this through iTunes, and not to try and find and delete the files in the Finder. -- MacMost.

SAMSUNG USER GUIDE: STOP, DROP, ROLL

SAMSUNG USER GUIDE: STOP, DROP, ROLL


October 26Wednesday's News


WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds up to 8Gbps

WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds up to 8Gbps

Article Image The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, which could drastically improve the speed of transfers over local Wi-Fi networks and better support gigabit-speed internet connections. -- AppleInsider.

Fiber optic racetrack makes for an excellent computer

Fiber optic racetrack makes for an excellent computer

Many Ars readers love to argue the details of different computer architectures. Cache implementations, pipelines, and other minutiae are all put under the microscope and declared wanting by someone (and excellent by others). From my perspective, all commercial computer architectures are the same, and you have to leave the world of silicon to find radically different computers.

And radical is what we have received from groups of Japanese and American researchers. They have used light pulses, circulating in a fiber optic racetrack, to create a computer that is very scalable--and seemingly pretty fast. -- Ars Technica.

Lawyers file fake lawsuits to de-index online negative reviews, suit says

Lawyers file fake lawsuits to de-index online negative reviews, suit says

Two California lawyers are being accused of filing "sham lawsuits" in a wide-ranging conspiracy to get Google and other search engines to de-index negative reviews about their clients.

Consumer Opinion runs pissedconsumer.com, and the group says these lawyers essentially manipulated California's legal system by conducting a "rather brilliant but incredibly unethical" scheme to make negative reviews on the site essentially disappear from search results. The suit asks a federal judge to "discipline them for those misdeeds." -- Ars Technica.

Microsoft releases open source toolkit used to build human-level speech recognition

Microsoft releases open source toolkit used to build human-level speech recognition

Last week, Microsoft announced a speech recognition breakthrough: a transcription system that can match humans, with a word error rate of 5.9 percent for conversational speech. This new system is built on an open source toolkit that Microsoft already developed. A major new update to the toolkit, now called the Cognitive Toolkit, was released today in beta. -- Ars Technica.

Your iOS devices can be hacked just by opening a JPEG

Your iOS devices can be hacked just by opening a JPEG

If you haven't already installed Apple's latest iOS 10.1 update, do it now. Thanks to a vulnerability in earlier release of its software, it's possible for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to be hacked using only a malicious JPEG image or PDF file.

Believe it or not, the flaw allows a hacker to take complete control of your device remotely. The nasty code is distributed through websites and emails inside a JPEG or PDF file, and all you have to do is open it. -- The Hacker News.

Social media? Bob needs a social mediaTOR

Social media? Bob needs a social mediaTOR

Okay, I'm back, still without cataract surgery but I have the fonts cranked-up on this notebook and my one working eye is still, well, working so I am, too. My next column will be about last week's Internet DNS failure but right now I want to write about all these folks who have been asking to connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media. I'll bet you have the same problems that I do. -- I, Cringely.

20 CDs curated by Steve Jobs & the iPod team

20 CDs curated by Steve Jobs & the iPod team

Remember the first iPod? It was a thing. It held 5GB of music and was the size of a deck of playing cards. And there was no iTunes Store. The music industry was angry at Apple, worried that Steve Jobs wanted everyone to pirate CDs so he could sell us hardware. It was a whole big thing, but journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi reminded us of a tidbit I'd completely forgotten about. Apple sent out iPods to many journalists.

Those iPods had music on them--20 albums worth chosen specifically and deliberately by Steve Jobs and the iPod team. And in an effort to show the music industry Apple was their ally, each of those iPods came with those 20 albums on CD.

Mr. Hayashi recently found his bundle of CDs. He wrote an interesting post about it, including a list of all 20 albums. Spoiler, there's a Dylan album, two Beatles albums, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Yo-Yo Ma, the Dave Brubek Quartet, a soundtrack, and more.

It's a fun snapshot look at an age that was radically different than the one we take for granted today. -- nobi.com.

tvOS 10.0.1 Update Improves Security, Skips Single Sign-on

tvOS 10.0.1 Update Improves Security, Skips Single Sign-on

When Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and iOS 10.1 on Monday it also slipped tvOS 10.0.1 out, too. The update is available for the fourth generation Apple TV, and offers security and bug fixes, but doesn't give us iOS 10's promised single sign-on feature. -- The Mac Observer.

Existing Home Routers Could Be Used to Stop DDoS Botnet Attacks

Existing Home Routers Could Be Used to Stop DDoS Botnet Attacks

There has been much written about how Friday's DDoS attack was made possible by a security hole present in various internet of Things (ioT) devices. The lingering question is: how do we prevent this from happening again? The answer might be sitting right there in your home. -- The Mac Observer.

Tim Cook: Giving Up Privacy with Siri and AI is a False Choice

Tim Cook: Giving Up Privacy with Siri and AI is a False Choice

The best analyst questions during Apple's Q4 2016 Financial Results came from Simona Jankowski with Goldman Sachs. She asked Tim Cook about his perspective on home vs. mobile artificial intelligence agents and then the issue of privacy. Tim Cook took a solid stand on both questions that reveal the future direction of Apple. -- The Mac Observer.

How to merge iPhoto and Photo libraries on a Mac

How to merge iPhoto and Photo libraries on a Mac

Christoph Stork's photo libraries are overflowing. He owns a MacBook Pro with a 750GB drive, but has an iPhoto library that weighs in at 190GB and a Photos library that takes up 250GB. His drive is almost full and he's not sure how to proceed.

How can I know whether the pictures in the iPhoto library are also in the Photos library? How can I move a portion of the older images away while keeping the last few years on the laptop? -- Macworld.

How many Mac users have figured out how to make Caps Lock useful?

How many Mac users have figured out how to make Caps Lock useful?

When did you LAST USE CAPS LOCK?

You can figure out when I did.

Most of us don't use Caps Lock much, if at all. That's why even on the most hard-used keyboard that's the character least likely to show any wear and tear. How can we get more from this character? Simple: Make it do something else.

Here's how. -- Apple Must.

Get the Most From Spotlight

Get the Most From Spotlight

Spotlight is the search tool that's built into macOS and, before that, OS X. Over the last few generations of the Mac operating system, it's become much more powerful.

If you normally launch applications, find files, or search Google by clicking around with the mouse, then read on; I'll change your world. -- Envato Tuts+.

Use Latitude and Longitude With Mac Maps

Use Latitude and Longitude With Mac Maps

You can use actual latitude and longitude numbers with the Maps app on your Mac. You can get these numbers for a location in two different ways. You can also put these numbers into the search field to go right to a specific location. -- MacMost.

The iPhone 7 Plus' portrait mode still needs some work

The iPhone 7 Plus' portrait mode still needs some work

According to Apple's literature, the iPhone's two cameras work in harmony to understand the depth of a scene, and then machine learning algorithms decide what should be skewed out of focus. This effect, called shallow depth of field, is traditionally achieved by the optics of DSLR and SLR camera lenses designed for low-light scenarios. The feature is called portrait mode, and makes sense as a smartphone feature, since we're constantly using phones to take photos of people. -- Quartz.

I just tried the iPhone 7 Plus on the California coast and will never take a high-end camera on vacation again

I just tried the iPhone 7 Plus on the California coast and will never take a high-end camera on vacation again

As a part-time photographer and full-time foodie, I always struggle in deciding which camera to take on vacation: my high-end but clunky Canon 5D or the iPhone that slips into my pocket.

That's why the iPhone 7 Plus caught my attention. The camera's marquee feature, called Portrait Mode, blurs the background of photos and creates a sense of depth through software.

On a weekend getaway to Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, I had the chance to test out the beta version of the iPhone 7 Plus' depth effect. It blew me away. -- Business Insider.

How to use the iPhone 7 Plus camera: The ultimate guide

How to use the iPhone 7 Plus camera: The ultimate guide

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have great camera systems, but the iPhone 7 Plus has a few features over its smaller cousin thanks to its secondary 56mm-equivalent "telephoto" lens system. -- iMore.

iMessage is the glue that keeps me stuck to the iPhone

iMessage is the glue that keeps me stuck to the iPhone

As someone who vacillates between iOS and Android fairly often, but who considers a lightly cracked iPhone 6S her daily driver, I'm also considering whether the Pixel phone is the next phone to buy. All of the software I use now is available on Android: all of my top email, calendar, music, fitness, photography, task-based, work collaboration, and social networking apps are there.

But one app is not, and that's iMessage. -- Daring Fireball.

The Phone Hackers At Cellebrite Have Had Their Firmware Leaked Online

The Phone Hackers At Cellebrite Have Had Their Firmware Leaked Online

Cellebrite, an Israeli company that specializes in digital forensics, has dominated the market in helping law enforcement access mobile phones. But one apparent reseller of the company's products is publicly distributing copies of Cellebrite firmware and software for anyone to download.

Although Cellebrite keeps it most sensitive capabilities in-house, the leak may still give researchers, or competitors, a chance to figure out how Cellebrite breaks into and analyzes phones by reverse-engineering the files. -- Motherboard.

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

AT&T has been secretly spying on its own customers, the Daily Beast reports. The revelation comes days after the top carrier announced plans to purchase Time Warner. The report claims that AT&T ran a program called Project Hemisphere through which it analyzed cellular data from the company's call records to determine where a given individual is located and with whom they are speaking. -- The Daily Beast.

October 25Tuesday's News


Apple releases final version of iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus

Apple releases final version of iOS 10.1 with Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus

Article Image Following several betas, Apple on Monday released the final version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, and various fixes for all compatible iOS devices. -- AppleInsider.


Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 with Mail, Safari, Photos fixes

Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 with Mail, Safari, Photos fixes

After a month-long beta period, Apple has released the update to macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with iPhone 7 Photos compatibility fixes, Safari security enhancements, and more. -- Appleinsider.

Apple replaces Support Profile web tool with 'Get Support,' limits information to registered devices

Apple replaces Support Profile web tool with 'Get Support,' limits information to registered devices

Article Image In a move that increases security at the potential cost of usability, Apple recently changed its online technical support and service coverage monitoring tool to display information relating only to those products for which a user is registered through Apple ID. -- Appleinsider.

Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found electronic tag service

Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found electronic tag service

Article Image Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering a lost-and-found system that enlists the help of other user devices to locate and track items to which low-power electronic tags are affixed. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance induction charging performance

Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance induction charging performance

Article Image As part of continued research into efficient wireless chargers -- perhaps powerful enough to rival Lightning -- Apple on Tuesday received a patent for an induction charging method that uses ferrofluids to reduce or negate energy loss typical of such systems. -- AppleInsider.

macOS 10.12.1 mostly focuses on fixing Sierra's bugs

macOS 10.12.1 mostly focuses on fixing Sierra's bugs

Apple released the final version of macOS 10.12.1 today, its first update to Sierra since the operating system was released last month. The list of fixes isn't as long as the one that accompanies iOS 10.1, but it ought to fix some of the new operating system's most pressing issues. -- Ars Technica.

WatchOS 3.1 update is now available for Apple Watch users

WatchOS 3.1 update is now available for Apple Watch users

Along with the release of iOS 10.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today, Apple released the newest version of watchOS for Apple Watch. The WatchOS 3.1 update brings small changes to the device, mostly focusing on fixing bugs. -- Ars Technica.

How to solve 3 big macOS Sierra problems

How to solve 3 big macOS Sierra problems

By now, most of you are probably upgraded to macOS Sierra, which is proving be a massive home run for Apple. However, while the new Mac OS packs some great new features, it's also got a handful of problems -- ranging from strange error messages to Wi-Fi issues.

Check out our video for three macOS Sierra problems we've run into so far -- and how we were able to solve them. -- Cult of Mac.

Barack Obama Brought Silicon Valley to Washington. Is That a Good Thing?

Barack Obama Brought Silicon Valley to Washington. Is That a Good Thing?

His administration embraced some of the tech industry's best ideas -- but also some of its worst values.

This October, the White House opened its doors to a few thousand people for South by South Lawn, a daylong event described as a "festival of ideas, art and action." Both the event and its name were a nod to South by Southwest, the annual technology-and-music festival held in Austin, Tex., where Barack and Michelle Obama showed up as surprise keynote speakers earlier this year. The story goes that they were so impressed by their experiences, they decided to host their own microrendition before leaving office. -- New York Times.

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

Whoever Wins the White House, This Year's Big Loser Is Email

The exposure of the Clinton campaign's internal emails shows that a ubiquitous, and vulnerable, communication tool is ready for the scrap heap.

Every four years, pundits race to anoint this or that newfangled tech trend as the next disruptive force to forever alter the mechanics of American democracy. The 2016 campaign has already been called the Snapchat election, the Periscope election, the Meerkat election, the Twitter election, the Facebook election and the meme election. (If there were a vomit emoji, I'd insert one here. And then we'd have the emoji election.) -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 55 Patents Today Covering Wearable Displays, Inductive Charging, Face Recognition & More

Apple Granted 55 Patents Today Covering Wearable Displays, Inductive Charging, Face Recognition & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover wearable displays, face recognition, Touch ID and an inductive charging system. Apple's master wireless charging system was first introduced way back in 2013 ... -- Patently Apple.

Hardware is sexy, but it's software that matters

Hardware is sexy, but it's software that matters

American author and entrepreneur Seth Godin argues that though hardware is nice and dandy, it is the software that matters. And not just software that runs on a computer, "but the metaphorical idea of rules and algorithms designed to solve problems and connect people." -- Seth Godin.

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren't properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Fixes Two-Factor Authentication Setup Bug

Apple Fixes Two-Factor Authentication Setup Bug

HomeKit in iOS 10 requires Two-Factor authentication if you plan to remotely control or monitor your smarthome devices. That isn't a big deal, unless you're one of the unlucky few who were blocked from switchting to Apple's more secure password authentication system. The good news is that Apple finally fixed the issue, so HomeKit can be more that your in-home personal assistant again. -- The Mac Observer.

Watch this 3 minute time-lapse of Apple.com homepages from 1996-2016, a visual history of Apple's incredible growth

Watch this 3 minute time-lapse of Apple.com homepages from 1996-2016, a visual history of Apple's incredible growth

Apple.com turned twenty-years old just a few days ago, neatly encompassing what is now referred to as "modern Apple", after Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. This video highlights every major event in Apple's timeline as a time lapse of its homepages from when the website began in 1996 to the present day. -- 9to5Mac.

These are not the ones you are looking for

These are not the ones you are looking for


Dyn DDoS attack: 5 takeaways on what we know and why it matters

Dyn DDoS attack: 5 takeaways on what we know and why it matters

Adding to the long list of major cyberattacks in 2016, a recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on internet performance management company Dyn left customers of several online properties without service on Friday, October 21.

Dyn is a DNS provider, meaning it helps direct domain names back to certain IP addresses for many major companies. During the attack, brands such as Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, and more were without service multiple times during the day.

The Dyn DDoS attack will likely be regarded as one of the biggest DDoS attacks ever perpetrated, due to its broad impact. Here are some of the details surrounding the attack, and key takeaways on what businesses can learn. -- TechRepublic.

The original iPod: A re-review

The original iPod: A re-review

Ever wondered how well an original iPod would hold up ten 15 years later?

On October 23, 2001, Apple unveiled its original iPod. Though MP3 players existed beforehand, the iPod safely brought this portable music format to the masses. Over the 15 years since, Ars has examined the evolution of this product's design, its inevitable death (three years before that time arrived), and its impact on the music industry at-large. So for the product's anniversary, we'll resurface this re-review of the original iPod from 2011. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Is About to Ghost the iPhone 4 -- Here's How to Keep Yours Alive

Apple Is About to Ghost the iPhone 4 -- Here's How to Keep Yours Alive

Apple is about to ghost the iPhone 4. According to a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara--on October 31, Apple will likely place all models of the iPhone 4 on its list of vintage or obsolete devices. Of course, that's also Halloween, which feels like a fitting day for Apple to banish the iPhone 4 into repair oblivion. -- iFixit.

My iPod is the reason I still buy albums

My iPod is the reason I still buy albums

As the iPod turns 15 -- Apple first announced it on October 23, 2001 -- it's dawned on me how much music consumption has changed in the almost-30 years I've been alive, and at the same time, how little it's changed for me. -- The Next Web.

The War of the Webs!

The War of the Webs!


October 24Monday's News


US internet users suffering under DDoS attacks on key DNS provider

US internet users suffering under DDoS attacks on key DNS provider

Article Image A series of denial of service attacks on a major DNS provider spanning all of Friday have caused major issues across the internet, with outages of some of the largest sites and services experienced across about half of the U.S. -- and now the Department of Homeland Security is getting involved. -- Appleinsider.

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple's secure HomeKit platform

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple's secure HomeKit platform

Article Image A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected "Internet of Things" devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol. -- AppleInsider.

Using Rowhammer bitflips to root Android phones is now a thing

Using Rowhammer bitflips to root Android phones is now a thing

Researchers have devised an attack that gains unfettered "root" access to a large number of Android phones, exploiting a relatively new type of bug that allows adversaries to manipulate data stored in memory chips. -- Ars Technica.

A swimmer's view of Apple Watch Series 2

A swimmer's view of Apple Watch Series 2 [Review]

The Workout app in Apple Watch Series 2 includes two new swimming options to show off its waterproofing. This is a key differentiator over the cheaper Series 1 model, and yet very few reviewers actually took their test units for a swim. One even claimed that all the pools and beaches in New York were closed, so they couldn't test this feature. -- Cult of Mac.

Want to make your own app? There are free classes for that

Want to make your own app? There are free classes for that

If you have an idea for a mobile app, or you just want to become more familiar with how software works, you can get a free education online.

If you have never studied coding or computer science and are worried about being able to grasp the material, you might want to tiptoe into the topic with a user-friendly site intended for children and teens to learn the basics. Courses meant for young learners are often great introductions to the concept and practice of coding. -- New York Times.

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices

The attack on the web's infrastructure laid bare new vulnerabilities linked to our reliance on cameras, smart thermostats and the rest of the internet of things. -- New York Times.

Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy

Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy

It's no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it's not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that's powered by a smartphone and capable of detecting cancer nearly instantly... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's 'A10' iPhone Chip Smokes the Competition, Says Linley Group

Apple's 'A10' iPhone Chip Smokes the Competition, Says Linley Group

Linley Gwennap, director of the esteemed chip industry research firm that bears his name, and editor of its newsletter, "Mobile Chip Report," Thursday offered up an engaging analysis of Apple's "A10 Fusion" processor, used in its latest iPhone, the iPhone 7.

Based on some help from chip teardown experts Chipworks, Gwennap writes that Apple's "Hurricane," which is one of the two different CPUs in the A10, "blows away the competition," citing Geekbench speed tests for some typical tasks compared to benchmarks for several other mobile processors used in phones. -- Barron's.

Fixing iCloud 'Unknown error occurred' & 'Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem' Errors

Fixing iCloud 'Unknown error occurred' & 'Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem' Errors

Some Mac users may encounter an error message stating "This Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem with email@address.com", which then directs the user to open the iCloud preferences. Once inside Mac iCloud preference panel, some users may be able to successfully login to iCloud, but often another error is encountered here which states "An unknown error occurred" when trying to login to iCloud on the Mac, or sometimes the iCloud preference panel freezes up and spins endlessly. -- OS X Daily .

One Man's Opinion: Not All JPEGs Are Created Equal (aka, Why is my image not showing up)

Not All JPEGs Are Created Equal (aka, Why is my image not showing up)

Several years ago (10? 5? I am not sure) I got my Karen one of those electronic picture frames. Load some of your photos onto a thumb drive, plug it into the frame and Voila! rotating images of all your nearest and dearest. One of her all time favorite presents. It has worked without any issues since we first set it up.

Recently Karen decided that she wanted some new and different photos. We have both been using our iPhones, etc.

So she gets on our iMac and makes a new album in Photos, copies them to the thumb drive, plugs it in and Voila! Leroy Neiman! Well not all but many.

Now all of these photos looked great on the iMac, iPhone, iPad, etc. So being the live-in tech support, I was given the task of fixing it. I had a good idea what the problem was, just as I am sure you do.

I decided to see which formats the frame could read. I took one of the Leroy Neiman photos and used Graphic Converter to convert it (save as.) I tried PNG (nope), GIF (nope.) I finally save it as JPEG again (save as.) Plugged it into the picture frame and Voila! Looks great, less filling. Now I just had to do it for each of 626 photos and reload them. This was not quick.

Obviously the display software on the picture frame was not sophisticated enough to resolve the differences in some JPEG's. OH!, you did know there was a difference?

JPEG (.jpg) images are supposed to display effortlessly in all web browsers and systems without issue, right? Yes, but do they? Nope.

JPEG images can be saved as CMYK or RGB format. RGB format (Red, Green, Blue) is a light-based additive color model designed explicitly for color display on electronic systems (i.e., screens.)

CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) is a print format, for 4-color process printing. Most systems understand this format BUT NOT ALL OF THEM. Like really OLD non-upgradable ones.

The fix is relatively easy: simply change the color format. Which is what Graphic Converter does when I did a SAVE AS. There are even some free converters out on the internet (though I haven't used one of these, myself.)

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Companies urged to use multiple vendors in wake of cyber attack

Companies urged to use multiple vendors in wake of cyber attack

Companies can reduce the risk from the type of cyber attack that took out major websites on Friday by using multiple vendors for the critical internet service known as a domain name service, or DNS, companies and security experts said on Sunday. -- Reuters.

Troubleshoot iPhone Battery Problems

Troubleshoot iPhone Battery Problems

If your iPhone battery doesn't last as long as you'd like, it is probably because of an app that is using too much power. You can check to see which apps are using the most power in the Settings app in iOS 10. You can compare the amount of power they are using to the amount of time you are using the apps to make a better determination of which apps could be causing trouble. -- MacMost.

Finally, An iPhone To Use At Work

Finally, An iPhone To Use At Work

You can use an iPhone at work. In fact, iPhones have the lion's usage marketshare in corporate IT and enterprise groups thanks to ease-of-use and built-in security options.

Simply put, that means iPhones get used in business more than any single Android device, and deservedly so.

What makes the iPhone such a good workhorse at work? And why would iPhone 7 be a better choice than an Android smartphone? Alright, there's all that malware on Android devices (over 98-percent of mobile malware resides on Android) that doesn't make it to an iPhone.

Here's my quick list of why the iPhone 7 makes for the best work phone. -- BohemianBoomer.

That iPhone Selfie Might Be At The F.B.I.

That iPhone Selfie Might Be At The F.B.I.

Researchers found that law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are building face-recognition databases that connect a face to a personal profile.

Uh oh. What could go wrong there?

The Orwellian scenario comes up first. You take selfies with your iPhone, right? You use your iPhone to take photos of family, children, friends, co-workers and a little of everything else in between. Those photos are stored on your iPhone or in iCloud and that means government spooks and hackers have access to all those faces.

What could go wrong? -- NoodleMac.

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.

Except it's not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her.

It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible for someone to masquerade via the telephone. -- New York Times.

October 21Friday's News


Higher-End Smartphones Make You Happier, Says JD Power Study

Higher-End Smartphones Make You Happier, Says JD Power Study

A new J.D. Power study published Thursday found that users who pay more for their smartphones report higher satisfaction than those who pay less for their smartphones. The study also found that among ATT and Sprint customers, Samsung phones ranked highest in overall satisfaction, while T-Mobile and Verizon customers preferred Apple iPhones. -- C|NET.

Apple Will Likely Let the 2013 Mac Pro Quietly Die

Apple Will Likely Let the 2013 Mac Pro Quietly Die

There was a time when Apple was into powerful headless Macs for technical professionals. Those who wanted their own multiple displays and great expandability. Lately, Apple seems to have lost interest in that market and focussed on mobility. There is a smattering of hopeful signs, but John Martellaro thinks the Mac Pro is headed for the annals of Apple history. [DUH!] -- The Mac Observer.

iPhone 7 models w/ Qualcomm modem feature better cellular performance versus Intel

iPhone 7 models w/ Qualcomm modem feature better cellular performance versus Intel

In this latest iPhone generation, Apple has brought to market two iPhone 7 variants: the GSM/WCDMA/LTE with Intel modem version, and the GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE version with Qualcomm hardware. A new report is highlighting the first performance differences between the iPhone 7 featuring Intel's modem hardware compared to the iPhone 7 featuring Qualcomm modem hardware. -- 9to5Mac.

Macs are cheaper for businesses, and even IBM says so: Big Blue says it saves hundreds per year when employees choose a Mac.

Macs are cheaper for businesses, and even IBM says so: Big Blue says it saves hundreds per year when employees choose a Mac.

There has always been a stigma attached to Apple Inc. computers: They are more expensive than PCs.

However, in some instances, especially on a larger scale, that stigma proves to be unfounded. -- Yahoo.

Apple's TV boss: 'Television needs to be reinvented'

Apple's TV boss: 'Television needs to be reinvented'

Apple's head of internet software and services Eddy Cue discussed the problems with the current television landscape during an interview at Vanity Fair's conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

It's particularly notable because Cue leads Apple's television efforts, including its Apple TV and the shows currently available through iTunes.

"I do think television needs to be reinvented. Today, you live with a glorified VCR," Cue said. "The problem is the interface." -- Yahoo.

One month with my iPhone 7 Plus: The best device for important work

One month with my iPhone 7 Plus: The best device for important work

It's been just over a month since I purchased my Apple iPhone 7 Plus and after receiving an urgent call to respond to a marine casualty, the iPhone 7 Plus is where my main T-Mobile SIM went as I packed up my things and headed to the airport.

A couple of months ago, I would have taken the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, but today carrying that phone on a plane is a federal crime. With the Note 7 out of the market, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is what I consider the best smartphone available today and it continues to prove itself every day I carry it as my primary phone. -- ZDNet.

These are the 2 best iPhone email apps in the world, and I can't decide which to use

These are the 2 best iPhone email apps in the world, and I can't decide which to use

If there's one thing I have learned from my lifelong battle with email, it's this: be flexible. There are always new apps in development and new features being added to existing tools. The best tool for the job today might not be the best tool for the job tomorrow. What's more, your email app of choice could disappear at any moment, as I learned the hard way back in 2015, so you have to be willing to reexamine your options at a moment's notice. In fact, you should always be on the hunt for new tools. -- Yahoo.

How to Spot a Counterfeit Apple Lightning Cable or Apple Power Adapter

How to Spot a Counterfeit Apple Lightning Cable or Apple Power Adapter

Apple recently filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC for selling counterfeit power adapters and charging cables on Amazon, and claimed that around 90 percent of official chargers sold on Amazon are fake. That's a huge margin. Here's how to figure out if you got one of those. -- Lifehacker.

Converting Live Photos to Still Images Tips

Converting Live Photos to Still Images Tips

Sometimes it's easy to forget to switch off Live Photo mode on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 7, or maybe you have Live Photos that you'd rather just convert back to static, normal images. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to do this with an existing Live Photo in your Photos app, by either non-destructively editing the original photo, or duplicating a photo in iOS 9.3 or later. -- iLounge.

When I Bought a New Mac Every Other Year

When I Bought a New Mac Every Other Year

While Apple doesn't seem as interested in the professional market anymore, with falling sales, killing any Mac would seem to be a bad move. So I'll be watching the rumors ahead of the media event to see if there are hints of other product refreshes.

Will I buy any of the new models? Well, my MacBook Pro is one of the oldest models that can run macOS Sierra. It should have been replaced already, but I don't travel often enough for it to make sense to consider investing in something new. But there is some unsold advertising inventory, so maybe I can cut a deal with someone to replace it. -- The Tech Night Owl.

No, the 32 GB iPhone isn't 'slower' (or, how storage works!)

No, the 32 GB iPhone isn't 'slower' (or, how storage works!)

There are a few stories going around, some grossly sensationalized, some genuinely curious, about the 32 GB iPhone 7 exhibiting slower storage speeds when compared to the 128 GB or 256 GB iPhone 7. Some of the stories, and many of the re-blogs, actually include at least a partial reason as to why that's to be expected, but they also bury it as far away from the attention-grabbing headline as possible. That's good for business but terrible for readers. -- iMore.

October 20Thursday's News


Apple partners with home builders to accelerate HomeKit use

Apple partners with home builders to accelerate HomeKit use

Article Image Looking to speed up adoption, Apple is partnering with various U.S. home builders to get HomeKit-ready technology installed in some homes from the start, a report said on Wednesday. -- AppleInsider.

Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, halting any downgrades from iOS 10

Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, halting any downgrades from iOS 10

Article Image As of Wednesday Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

The company has also stopped signing iOS 10.0.1, making the latest versions of iOS --iOS 10.0.2, and 10.0.3 on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus --the only releases anyone can install without unsupported workarounds. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues fifth betas of iOS 10.1 with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait photos, macOS 10.12.1

Apple issues fifth betas of iOS 10.1 with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait photos, macOS 10.12.1

Article Image Apple on Wednesday pushed out new fifth beta releases of both iOS 10.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1, as the company is expected to launch Portrait photo mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as newly redesigned MacBook Pros, in just a matter of days. -- AppleInsider.


'Hello again': Apple confirms October 27 event, new Macs are likely

'Hello again': Apple confirms October 27 event, new Macs are likely

Apple has confirmed the news that went around yesterday--the company is in fact having an event at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern/6pm UK on October 27 at its campus in Cupertino. Per usual, Apple's invitation doesn't give much away, but the event is widely expected to focus on new Macs. -- AppleInsider.

One Man's Opinion: Everything Old is New Again

One Man's Opinion: Everything Old is New Again

In the interest of full disclosure I am not a millennial, I am a boomer. I have used Macs since there were Macs. Over time I have owned or used most of the Apple devices and software (which IMO has gotten worse.) But this is about hardware. Software some other time.

Mac at 30 timeline: Apple's every major product:

  • Macintosh - Apple's revolutionary line of personal computers was first introduced to the market on 24 January 1984. The Mac is still going strong thirty years later
  • Laptop - From the Macintosh Portable (luggable) to the MacBook Air, Apple's laptops have become the weapon of choice of many of the world's design professionals.
  • Tablet - Before the iPad, there was the Newton MessagePad. Today, tablets are on the brink of overtaking PC sales - an unimaginable feat when they launched
  • iPod - Revolutionising the portable music device, the iPod has normalized the concept of having thousands of songs at your disposal in one sleek product.
  • iPhone - The staggering global success of the iPhone, designed by Sir Jonathan Ive, has helped cement Apple's place as one of the world's most valuable companies.

These products were defiantly new and revolutionary. They changed the world. The created markets and enabled people in ways no one could have foreseen, except Steve Jobs.

We will not see anything like these products at this month's Apple event.

At the beging Apple's updates to product lines were truly exciting and new. But due to the limits of technology there will be nothing new at the latest Apple event. Just faster, smaller, updates and reductions. Removal of ports and built-in hardware, etc. There will not be "And one more thing."

The new Apple is about markets, not products.

So we will see faster (good) smaller and lighter (good unless it gets to the "iPod picanyo"), colors (and this makes it better how?), models with less. Evolution rather than revolution.

And could Apple please get someone who knows how to make a presentation? I mean really! Tim and his minions know nothing about presenting product and connecting with their audience. They are worse than Nodoz.

Anyway, that's one Man's opinion.

To beat crypto, feds have tried to force fingerprint unlocking in 2 cases

To beat crypto, feds have tried to force fingerprint unlocking in 2 cases

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been successful in getting judicial approval for two highly unusual searches. The warrants allowed the authorities to force suspects, who were inside their California homes, to press their fingerprints on a seized smartphone to see if it would unlock, Ars has learned. -- Ars Technica.

Apple takes aim at counterfeit accessories on Amazon

Apple takes aim at counterfeit accessories on Amazon

Apple is clamping down on counterfeit cables and chargers being sold on Amazon. The company this week filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star, claiming almost 90 percent of its accessories are fakes and pose a risk to users. -- Cult of Mac.

Keeping The Political Wool From Being Pulled Over Your Eyes

Keeping The Political Wool From Being Pulled Over Your Eyes

DO you know a logical fallacy from a statistical improbability? Do you know correlations from causations?

This year's presidential election is full of facts, figures and arguments spouted by the candidates, pundits and many others. To sort through all the noise, there are apps to help you understand logic and basic math, which may well be worth brushing up on before casting your vote. -- New York Times.

Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More

Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More

When Dr. Mac sent his daughter an iMessage with iOS 10's whizzy new stickers, full-screen effects, and animated GIFs, he was shocked when she replied: "Haha! I didn't even know you could do all that." He thinks it's likely some of you in reader-land have yet to discover the joys of the iOS 10 Messages app. So in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves (Episode #197 if you're counting) the good doctor offers up a short primer on the interesting new features in Messages. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS Sierra: How to Use Photos Memories

macOS Sierra: How to Use Photos Memories

Within macOS Sierra's Photos program, there's a new "Memories" feature that'll automatically group pictures together to remind you of important events in your life. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over a few great tricks on how to use it! -- The Mac Observer.

Performance Tests: Every iPhone Ever Made

Performance Tests: Every iPhone Ever Made

"The iPhone 7 is said to be 120 times faster than the original 2G, which came out a whopping nine years ago--that's a lot of progress in less than a decade." So begins a terrific suite of tests on every iPhone Apple has shipped: boot time, speed benchmarks, camera quality (and low light performance), Touch ID response, camera launch times, operating temperature, sound output, and more. What a nifty video--and nicely narrated. Nine years of iPhone development before our eyes. -- The Mac Observer.

ScotteVest OTG Jacket beats hand-baggage restrictions with normal-looking clothing

ScotteVest OTG Jacket beats hand-baggage restrictions with normal-looking clothing

I've long been a fan of ScotteVest products: vests with a ridiculous number of pockets to hold all your technology; check out my detailed review of one of these for chapter-and-verse. The short version is that by putting all your tech into your clothing, you can get around the often-absurd limits some airlines impose on hand-baggage. Plus you can carry a lot of tech around town without the hassle of a bag. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple & IBM launch first 'MobileFirst for iOS' education app, Watson Element

Apple & IBM launch first 'MobileFirst for iOS' education app, Watson Element

Since partnering in 2014 to develop enterprise iOS apps under the "MobileFirst for iOS" banner, Apple and IBM have rolled out over 30 apps for various industries. Today the two companies introduced their first MobileFirst education app. -- 9to5Mac.


10 handy Safari tips that every iOS user should know [Video]

10 handy Safari tips that every iOS user should know [Video]

Mobile Safari is the primary way that the majority of people access the Internet on their iPhones and iPads, but are you getting the most out of Apple's default browser? While it's quite likely that most of you will be familiar with many of these tips, there's a good chance that you'll learn at least one or two new things by watching the included video walkthrough. -- 9to5Mac.

Developer finds unused one-handed iPhone keyboard in iOS system code, activated by edge swipes

Developer finds unused one-handed iPhone keyboard in iOS system code, activated by edge swipes

Prolific Apple hacker/developer Steve Troughton-Smith last night posted on Twitter that he has found a one-handed mode for the iPhone keyboard, hacking the iOS Simulator to demo the unreleased feature as shown above. The code has apparently been in the system since iOS 8 but is yet to be released as a public-facing feature. -- 9to5Mac.

Intuit just made Apple the best choice for small business

Intuit just made Apple the best choice for small business

Apple continues to become the best solution for enterprise users, and a new integration between Intuit QuickBooks Online and Apple Pay means it is becoming tool of choice for small business too. -- Apple Must.

It's Always Television Time With This Tracking App for iOS

It's Always Television Time With This Tracking App for iOS

Television shows are no longer exclusive to TV channels. Some of today's most popular programs are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video too. To keep track of your favorite shows, regardless of where they air, consider Television Time. -- AppAdvice.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Sick of the world's leading social network? Say good-bye to all those "friends" by following these instructions.

If you're ready for a Facebook break, you have two options: deactivate or delete. -- PC Magazine.

Has Apple given up on the Mac?

Has Apple given up on the Mac? Opinion

Opinion: Apple is rumored to be preparing a long-overdue update to its Macbook line, but will this be too little, too late? In the PC business, Microsoft is wearing the innovation crown these days. -- ZDNet.

How the Web Became Unreadable: I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I'm suffering from design.

How the Web Became Unreadable: I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I'm suffering from design.

It's been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I've caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I've worried that my eyesight is starting to go.

These hurdles have made me grumpier over time, but what pushed me over the edge was when Google's App Engine console -- a page that, as a developer, I use daily -- changed its text from legible to illegible. Text that was once crisp and dark was suddenly lightened to a pallid gray. Though age has indeed taken its toll on my eyesight, it turns out that I was suffering from a design trend. -- Backchannel.

Note 7 gets a new case!

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October 19Wednesday's News


The perpetual lineup: Half of US adults in a face-recognition database

The perpetual lineup: Half of US adults in a face-recognition database

Half of American adults are in a face-recognition database, according to a Georgetown University study released Tuesday. That means there's about 117 million adults in a law enforcement facial-recognition database, the study by Georgetown's Center on Privacy & Technology says. -- Ars Technica.

Intriguing anomaly found inside the Great Pyramid at Giza

Intriguing anomaly found inside the Great Pyramid at Giza

It could be the ultimate archaeological discovery: a previously unknown chamber lurking beneath the stones of the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt. Now, a team using a cutting edge imaging technique called muography has picked up signals indicating a hidden corridor behind the famous chevron blocks on the pyramid's north face. -- Ars Technica.

Tests Show 32GB iPhone 7 Models Have 8X Slower Data Write Speeds Than Other Capacities

Tests Show 32GB iPhone 7 Models Have 8X Slower Data Write Speeds Than Other Capacities

A couple weeks ago GSMArena reported that its tests showed that 32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models had slower storage performance than 128GB and 256GB models. Today, Unbox Therapy's Lew Hilsenteger posted a video featuring several speed tests that confirm that 32GB iPhone 7 models have slower data write speeds than other configurations. -- GSMArena.

When You Outgrow Your iCloud Storage

When You Outgrow Your iCloud Storage

Every iCloud user gets five free gigabytes of server space from Apple, but when space gets tight, you either have to prune or pay.

Apple gives five free gigabytes of iCloud server space to every user to store mail and other data. If you exceed your allotment, you either have to delete files and old messages or buy more iCloud storage space from Apple. You can see how much space you are currently using on your Mac, iOS device or even a PC with the iCloud for Windows software installed. -- New York Times.

Apple is 'Intransigent, Closed and Controlling' Say Banks

Apple is 'Intransigent, Closed and Controlling' Say Banks

Apple is increasingly trying to get banks to implement its Apple Pay mobile payments solutions, but some banks are avoiding Cupertino giant's offer, saying that the company is "closed and controlling". From a report on Financial Review: Three of Australia's big four banks have described technology giant Apple as being "intransigent, closed and controlling" and accused it of attempting to freeload on their contactless payments infrastructure while slowing innovation in digital wallets. -- Financial Review.

Facebook's project to take on Cisco inspires such 'cult like' devotion, it once caused a whole team to quit Apple

Apple Once Refused To Join Open Compute Project, So Their Entire Networking Team Quit

Open Compute Project (OCP) has a cult like following,' one person with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider.

In fact, there's a well-known story among OCP insiders that demonstrates this cult like phenom. It involves Apple's networking team.

This team was responsible for building a network at Apple that was so reliable it would never down. Not rarely -- never.

Think about it: When was the last time iTunes or Siri or Apple Maps was offline?

Building a 100% reliable network to meet Apple's exacting standards was no easy task.

Instead of going it alone under Apple's secrecy, the Apple networking team wanted to participate in the revolution, contributing and receiving help.

But when the Apple team asked to join OCP, Apple said no.

"The whole team quit the same week," this person told us. -- Business Insider.

Something is wrong when an Apple fan steps outside the Apple ecosystem

Something is wrong when an Apple fan steps outside the Apple ecosystem

I love the Apple ecosystem. It's not perfect by any means, but I'd say that the vast majority of the time it lives up to Steve's famous 'it just works' promise. It's the main reason that I have two Macs, an iPad and an iPhone.

So when a big Apple fan deliberately moves outside of that ecosystem, that's a sign that something is very wrong. And I do so not just in one area, but two. The common theme? iCloud ... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple News Format gains HTML text formatting for expanded content support

Apple News Format gains HTML text formatting for expanded content support

Apple has sent out emails today to Apple News Publishers letting them know that they can now use HTML text formatting to more easily translate their web content into the Apple News Format. Instead of having to rely on Markdown formatting or other formatting types, the HTML support should make it easier for plugin developers and publishers to get their content onto Apple News even faster. Apple provided a list of newly supported HTML markup and tags in the email, and can be seen after the jump. -- 9to5Mac.

How to reach an Apple base station from outside your local network

How to reach an Apple base station from outside your local network

Reader Philipp Englin has an Apple Time Capsule, and he'd like to be able to access its internal hard drive when he's away from his network. He know there's an option to share the internal disk--and with a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme, any external disks--but the checkbox doesn't appear for him. -- Macworld.

How to Make Apple Maps Not Terrible

How to Make Apple Maps Not Terrible

One of the less noticeable changes ushered in with iOS 10 was the introduction of extensions for Apple Maps. Just like the Photos extensions, it lets apps get their hooks deeper into Apple Maps and appear as options that look like integrated parts of the app. Here are the best ones you can use so far. -- Gizmodo.

How to restrict cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

How to restrict cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad

How do I restrict my cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad? You can use Parental Controls to make sure your kids don't use up your data!

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, allow you to prevent anyone else from making changes to how you use your data on your iPhone. If you are on a tight data plan or choose not to use data, you can lock the ability to change cellular data or background refresh options. You can rest easy knowing your kids -- or anyone else -- won't be racking up data charges on your bill. -- iMore.

The Sequential Guide To Securing Yourself Against Software Piracy

The Sequential Guide To Securing Yourself Against Software Piracy

It is human nature to try and secure what one considers his own.

Raw data is quite unarguably the costliest commodity in the world as of now. There is no limit to what the right kind of information can buy you in today's world, so no doubt that a new generation of thieves has turned their greedy eyes towards this new line of commodities. In the 21st century, digital piracy presents itself as the single largest adversary of content generation, one that has been single-handedly responsible for the demise of some of the greatest franchises in the world. -- Forbes.

Get rid of Siri App Suggestions on your iPhone's lock screen: I assure you, Siri, it's nothing personal.

Get rid of Siri App Suggestions on your iPhone's lock screen: I assure you, Siri, it's nothing personal.

After some initial confusion about the iOS 10 lock screen, I find myself frequently using iOS 10's lock-screen widgets to check my calendar, a sports score or the weather -- all without needing to unlock my phone. One lock screen even lets me quickly call home or text my wife. (Check out the 10 widgets that belong on your lock screen.)

With all these widgets helping me out, Siri App Suggestions -- the two rows of "suggested" apps that appear on the lock screen -- are unnecessary. Here's how to remove them. -- CNET.

Lust for public Wi-Fi trumps security concerns

Lust for public Wi-Fi trumps security concerns

Xirrus, a leading enterprise Wi-Fi networks company, polled more than 2,000 business users, including executives and IT professionals. They found that while 91 percent of respondents do not believe public Wi-Fi is secure -- believe it or not -- 89 percent use it anyway.

Did I mention that we're really dumb? -- ZDNet.

Why Your Devices Are Probably Eroding Your Productivity

Why Your Devices Are Probably Eroding Your Productivity

University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and California State University, Dominguez Hills professor emeritus Larry Rosen explain in their book "The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World" why people have trouble multitasking, and specifically why one's productivity output is lowered when keeping up with emails, for example. -- KQED.

October 18Tuesday's News


Apple releases iOS 10.0.3, fixing Verizon LTE issues on iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Apple releases iOS 10.0.3, fixing Verizon LTE issues on iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Article Image Owners of Apple's latest and greatest iPhone received a software update on Monday, with version 10.0.3 exclusive to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, addressing cellular connectivity problems specific to those models. -- AppleInsider.

Apple hires Carnegie Mellon AI researcher to work on its own AI tech

Apple hires Carnegie Mellon AI researcher to work on its own AI tech

Article Image A well-known AI researcher, Russ Salakhutdinov of Carnegie Melon University, is joining Apple to direct some of the company's own efforts in the field. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues fourth public & developer betas of iOS 10.1 with Portrait photos for iPhone 7 Plus

Article Image Apple on Monday seeded a fourth iOS 10.1 beta to registered developers, as well as the general public -- potentially the final beta before the update is officially released. -- AppleInsider.

AT&T adds iPhone screen repair service for monthly insurance plan subscribers

AT&T adds iPhone screen repair service for monthly insurance plan subscribers

Article Image AT&T's Mobile Insurance plans are expanding, with a cracked screen repair service being added to the program for recent iPhones and three Android models -- but at additional cost. -- AppleInsider.


EPGL working on iPhone apps compatible with 'smart' contact lenses for AR

EPGL working on iPhone apps compatible with 'smart' contact lenses for AR

Article Image Medical supply company EPGL, known for "smart" contact lens technology in development, intends to develop apps compatible to with iOS for augmented reality applications -- and there may be more on the horizon, AppleInsider has learned. -- AppleInsider.

How Apple uses Jamaica to keep its secrets under wraps

How Apple uses Jamaica to keep its secrets under wraps

It's well known that Apple, like many multinationals, uses a variety of non-U.S. countries to help reduce its tax bill. However, what is less well known is that the company also takes advantage of some interesting pieces of international legal minutiae to keep its future plans secret. -- Cult of Mac.

Angela Ahrendts Talks Concepts Behind Next-Generation Apple Stores at Most Powerful Women Summit

Angela Ahrendts Talks Concepts Behind Next-Generation Apple Stores at Most Powerful Women Summit

Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail, was the opening speaker for Fortune's annual Most Powerful Women Summit, speaking a little about the next-generation Apple retail stores, her vision for Apple's physical presence and more. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted 47 Patents Covering Apple Store Fixtures and More the Day after Fortune Interviews Angela Ahrendts

Apple Granted 47 Patents Covering Apple Store Fixtures and More the Day after Fortune Interviews Angela Ahrendts

The main design patents that were granted to Apple today included the new Apple Store 'Planters" and the new 'Display Structure' for housing Beats headphones as noted below. Apple's first granted design patent for their planter was presented in a report posted on September 13, 2016. Angela Ahrendts gave us a peek at the new Apple Store concepts back in May of this year covering The Avenue; The Forum; The Genius Grove; The Boardroom; and The Plaza. The new Stores also introduced all-new shelving and displays and more. -- Patently Apple.

New Pixar Short 'Borrowed Time' Is Not For Kids

New Pixar Short 'Borrowed Time' Is Not For Kids

Pixar has a new short called Borrowed Time. Right up front, this 6 minute film is not for kids. It's intense, emotional, sad, and--as SFist called it--lovely. Two of Pixar's animators spent five years making it in their spare time, and according to a behind-the-scenes film, they made it specifically to dispel the idea that animation is strictly for kids.

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System Preferences in macOS Sierra: Printers & Scanners

System Preferences in macOS Sierra: Printers & Scanners

In macOS Sierra, there have been some changes to certain System Preferences panels. Printers & Scanners, provides settings that allow fine-tuning for use of printers and scanning devices. The panel is similar to that in the last two versions of OS X. The way printers may be connected uses simple information for home users. There are features available for those with more complex needs, such as in offices. -- eXtensions.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Siri (Updated -Mac mini)

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Siri (Updated -Mac mini)

The update of macOS, has seen a number of changes to System Preferences. As had been expected, Siri functionality has been added to macOS and the feature now has its own preferences panel where the feature may be turned On and settings may be changed. -- eXtensions.

How To Trace Images On A Mac

How To Trace Images On A Mac

My personal journey to become a world famous albeit somewhat color blind graphic designer means I have more design tools on my Mac than I have jobs to pay for applications. That makes me a wannabe with a good collection of apps. -- TeraTalks.

MuTools releases MuLab 7.1

MuTools releases MuLab 7.1

MuLab is a music studio for Mac OSX and Windows featuring an integrated top-quality modular synth and effect engine. MuLab is designed to create, record, edit and finalize your music.

MuLab 7.1 features an essential rewrite of the Mac OS specific code, completely dropping the legacy Mac Carbon 32 bit sub-system, purely using Cocoa 64 bit now. This big operation has great advantages. -- MuTools.

Younger consumers more likely to fall for tech support con jobs: Two-thirds of those polled in 12 countries say they have encountered the scam

Younger consumers more likely to fall for tech support con jobs: Two-thirds of those polled in 12 countries say they have encountered the scam

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it's not older consumers who are most easily duped by technical support scams, a survey released today claimed.

According to the poll's results, people between 25 and 34 were more than three times as likely to fall for the fake-out as those aged 55 to 64. And the youngest age group -- between 18 and 24 -- were little better than their slightly-older cohort; they were tricked by the scams more than two and a half times the rate of the group aged 66 and older. -- Computerworld.

How to export Safari bookmarks from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC

How to export Safari bookmarks from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC

If you keep certain pages bookmarked in Safari on your iPhone or iPad and want to export those same bookmarks to your Mac or PC, then you're in luck because there's a way you can do this without wasting too much of your time.

You don't need to use Safari as your main web browser on your Mac or PC to do this. We'll show you how so you can do it on both your Mac computers and your Windows computers. -- iDownload Blog.

How to receive a notification when your friends are leaving or arriving at a set location

How to receive a notification when your friends are leaving or arriving at a set location

Imagine you could use your Find My Friends app to receive a notification when your dinner date is a few blocks away from the restaurant in the city, letting you know it is about time to hit the road yourself. Or simply to get a peace of mind alert when your kids have arrived safely at a friend's house. -- iDownload Blog.

Fix iOS 10 Mail Threading Layout On iPhone Or iPad

Fix iOS 10 Mail Threading Layout On iPhone Or iPad, Here's How

Apple's stock Mail app is likely to be one of the most used app on an iPhone or iPad. It's probably fair to suggest that the average user finds the app capable and powerful enough to handle basic email needs, and therefore doesn't head into the App Store to find a third-party solution that ships with additional features. With each major release of iOS, the company takes the opportunity to make changes to first-party apps, and it seems that iOS 10 has introduced some weird email threading behavior/layout that goes against how most users would expect it to function.

Here's what you need to know about fixing iOS 10 Mail threading layout on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. -- Redmond Pie.

How Apple's Siri is beginning to freak me out

How Apple's Siri is beginning to freak me out

Writers talk to themselves.

It's a solitary job, after all. Writing is a form of silent expression that you hope makes a noise in the outside world. And you hope that noise isn't a snort or a heave.

Sometimes, writers feel the need to flex their vocal chords just to test that they still work. They talk to themselves or to the unhearing world out there. -- CNET.

October 17Monday's News


Apple adds iPhone 4, 2010 13" MacBook Air to vintage and obsolete list

Apple adds iPhone 4, 2010 13

Article Image All iPhone 4 models, the 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule will be added to Apple's vintage and discontinued list, as of Oct. 31. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone 7 offers virtual home button in case of physical button's failure

iPhone 7 offers virtual home button in case of physical button's failure

Article Image As a backup if its non-mechanical home button fails, the iPhone 7 can offer a software button akin to some versions of Android, owners have discovered. -- AppleInsider.


Beware of all-powerful DDoS malware infecting cellular gateways, feds warn

Beware of all-powerful DDoS malware infecting cellular gateways, feds warn

This week, the US government-backed ICS-CERT warned that the troubling new generation of computer attacks is powered by malware that can infect cellular modems used to connect automotive and industrial equipment to the Internet. -- Ars Technica.


How to set up a blog in 20 minutes or less

How to set up a blog in 20 minutes or less

They say we've all got a book in us. And while not all of us will write that whole book, the internet makes it exceedingly simple for anybody with something to say to self-publish. Start a blog and you can say as much or as little as you like, at whatever pace suits you. -- Cult of Mac.

Losing sight of the news

Losing sight of the news

Maybe you noticed it has been a couple weeks since I've written anything here. Readers are starting to wonder so I thought I'd post an update. It's a funny thing about writing, that -- for me at least -- it really helps to be able to see and that's something I'm not so good at lately. Over the last few months I've lost usable vision in one eye and the other is headed the same way. -- I, Cringely.

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World

As appliances, cars and factory machines are computerized and connected to networks, we may become more efficient but hackers will have more to hack.

The vision of the so-called internet of things -- giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover -- has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast. -- New York Times.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Search for Web Images

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Search for Web Images

This macOS Sierra Quick Tip is about using Siri to find and use images from the Web, whether you want to attach one to an email, insert it into a document, or save it to your desktop. We've got the scoop on some talking-to-your-Mac fun in this article. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects Output

macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects Output

Every macOS/OS X update has its own quirks, and those quirks can be amplified by whatever peculiarities existed on the Mac being upgraded. For instance, when I upgraded to Sierra, that setting got changed so that it was independent from my System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy. -- The Mac Observer.

iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each Other's Devices

iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each Other's Devices

iCloud Family Sharing is great for letting your family share apps, videos, music, photos, and more without sharing an Apple ID. If you're using Find My iPhone along with iCloud Family Sharing, however, there's a chance someone could accidentally--or intentionally--remotely erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. -- The Mac Observer.

What Will We Do When Siri Picks Our Pocket?

What Will We Do When Siri Picks Our Pocket?

A major problem with Artificial Intelligence (AI) development is that a time might come when AI's are able to learn and teach themselves faster than humans can manage them. Recently, President Obama suggested AI's that aren't properly constrained and regulated could be unleashed on unsuspecting citizens and severely disadvantage them. Figuring out when to step in will be the great 21st century challenge for governments. -- The Mac Observer.

Lost in Sierra: Five Missing Features

Lost in Sierra: Five Missing Features

macOS 10.12 Sierra doesn't just contain new features -- it also removes some longstanding capabilities that Mac users have grown accustomed to over the years. Read on to discover what you won't find in Sierra and how to work around those missing capabilities. -- TidBITS.

How to Enable 'Hey Siri' in macOS 10.12 Sierra

How to Enable 'Hey Siri' in macOS 10.12 Sierra

Although Apple has made much of the fact that macOS 10.12 Sierra includes the Siri voice-driven personal assistant technology, there is one glaring omission: the capability to hail Siri with just your voice. Instead, you must click Siri's menu bar icon or Dock icon, or press its keyboard shortcut. -- TidBITS.

Opinion: Apple may or may not buy Sonder, but dynamic hardware keyboards are the future

Opinion: Apple may or may not buy Sonder, but dynamic hardware keyboards are the future

Following speculation that Apple may be looking to acquire Sonder Keyboard, the startup yesterday confirmed to us that it has been in discussions with Apple's procurement board. Coincidentally or not, the company's website was not accessible at the time of writing (that may simply be yesterday's story driving too much traffic to it, of course.) -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on: Apple Watch Nike+ special features in action ahead of October 28 release [Video]

Hands-on: Apple Watch Nike+ special features in action ahead of October 28 release [Video]

Apple has teamed up with Nike to create the running-focused Apple Watch Nike+. The special version of the new Series 2 models includes extra benefits like unique band designs and colors, Nike watch faces, and integration with Nike's specialized running app. The new models begin shipping on October 28, and 9to5Mac had the chance to check out some of the special features that make Apple Watch Nike+ unique. -- 9to5Mac.

Interview: Tim Cooks says Apple's aim is a cashless society; working to boost the role of AI

Interview: Tim Cooks says Apple's aim is a cashless society; working to boost the role of AI

Tim Cook has told the Nikkei Asian Review that the company hopes that Apple Pay will help to bring about a cashless society. The statement was made a month before the iPhone 7 becomes the first iPhone to support FeliCa, the contactless payment standard used in Japan. -- Nikkei Asian Review.

How to make your first million

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Apple's macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Apple's macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

Ever since I updated its operating system to Sierra, it's been running hot and cold. Actually no, I mean hot and hotter, regularly firing up the fans in an attempt to cool itself down.

For my laptop is a MacBook Pro -- or given that the operating system has been pointlessly rebranded from "Mac OS" to "macOS", it is probably now called a macBOOK prO. From apPLE. -- The Register.

How to check if your Mac's songs are uploaded, matched, purchased, or Apple Music DRM-laden

How to check if your Mac's songs are uploaded, matched, purchased, or Apple Music DRM-laden

Depending on whether you've subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match, your iCloud Music Library may contain songs you've purchased from iTunes, downloaded from the Apple Music streaming catalog, uploaded from your Mac, or matched from your Mac to the iTunes Store catalog. With all of these different types of music files, it's easy to get a little confused over which songs are truly yours, and which ones may disappear if you end your subscription. Here's a quick tip for seeing which is which. -- iMore.

The Most Annoying Features in iOS 10

The Most Annoying Features in iOS 10

With millions of users, it's impossible to please everyone, and humans are largely averse to change. But there are a few changes to iOS 10 that iPhone loyalists find incredibly annoying. We polled the PCMag staff to see what irritates them about iOS 10. Read on for what they said and for solutions, when available. If we missed any, let us know in the comments. -- PC Magazine.

The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

The merits of using iCloud Drive on the iPad

There are many options for consumers when it comes to cloud solutions for data storage these days. Most are affordable, and easy to use. However, like with many "services", sometimes there are too many options available that can make the process of settling on a solution stressful and frustrating. -- iPad Insight.

The Apple two-step: My disastrous attempt to use Apple's two-factor authentication

The Apple two-step: My disastrous attempt to use Apple's two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is a good idea to stay secure, but it shouldn't be this hard to use it.

Following Glenn Fleishman's recent article about setting up two-factor authentication to allow a wrist computer to unlock a desktop computer, I decided to turn on Apple's augmented security to see how this feature worked.

And it was a disaster. -- Macworld.

Hmmmm. Lets see. Who has talked about Apple's attention to interface issues recently? Oh! Me. Looks like was not the only one to notice.

That which does not kill you makes you stronger

That which does not kill you makes you stronger

 

More Performers Are Demanding Audiences Lock Up Their Phones

More Performers Are Demanding Audiences Lock Up Their Phones

More performers -- and other venues -- are discovering a new anti-piracy technology called Yondr -- including comedian Dave Chappelle.

The comedian Dave Chappelle used to hate when fans would pull out smartphones during his act, record the performance and then post it on YouTube and social media before the show had even ended. To him, the fans seemed more interested in getting the perfect shot than in appreciating his stand-up routine. -- New York Times.

October 14Friday's News


Inside iOS 10: Apple makes big changes to actionable notifications

Inside iOS 10: Apple makes big changes to actionable notifications

Article Image How users view, clear and interact with notifications works differently in iOS 10 than its earlier counterparts. These interactions also change depending on the device used. Here's how to take full advantage of the new capabilities. -- AppleInsider.

Quicken releases 2017 updates for Mac & iOS personal finance apps

Quicken releases 2017 updates for Mac & iOS personal finance apps

Article Image Quicken on Thursday announced the 2017 editions of its personal finance apps for Mac and iOS, which include a variety of enhancements, particularly in the core Mac suite.

The Mac app has been been updated with a new interface, said to be easier and more visually appealing without forcing users to learn new commands. Likewise Quicken has made it simpler to upgrade, whether from an older Mac release or from Windows. -- AppleInsider.

Apple poaching GPU designer Imagination Technologies' talent, hiring key personnel away

Apple poaching GPU designer Imagination Technologies' talent, hiring key personnel away

Article Image Following Apple's decision to not pursue an acquisition of mobile GPU developer Imagination Technologies, at least 25 staffers and management personnel have jumped ship to Apple in the last few months. -- AppleInsider.

It's time for laptop companies to switch to Precision Touchpad

It's time for laptop companies to switch to Precision Touchpad

A new build of Windows 10, version 14946, was released to insiders today. In common with the other builds we've seen since the release of the Anniversary Update, the new build doesn't offer a whole lot of new functionality--we're not expecting to see a ton of new features until Microsoft's Windows 10 event later this month--but it does make a few small changes. One of these is a new interface for configuring touchpad gestures, pictured above. -- Ars Technica.

Apple gives guided tour of all-new Apple Music

Apple gives guided tour of all-new Apple Music

Apple's newer adverts have tended to fall into either the comedy or moody art school genres. However, in its fight to grow Apple Music it just released a more traditional feature showcase ad, laying out the abilities of the "all-new" Apple Music. -- Cult of Mac.

Questionable Claims of Apple's Interest in Sonder's Dynamic E-Ink Keyboard Technology Emerge

Questionable Claims of Apple's Interest in Sonder's Dynamic E-Ink Keyboard Technology Emerge

Yesterday, a Redditor with the username Foxconninsider posted about a new Smart Keyboard claimed to be a working prototype potentially coming to both iMac and MacBook devices sometime in 2018. Created by Australian startup Sonder and displayed at an event in Tsinghua University in Beijing, the keyboard uses an e-ink display behind the keys of the board to dynamically change the input of the device to the whim of the user, which could range from different languages to social network shortcuts and emojis. -- MacRumors.

Apple to Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air on October 31

Apple to Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air on October 31

Apple will add all iPhone 4 models, the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid 2009 AirPort Time Capsule to its vintage and obsolete products list starting October 31, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. -- MacRumors.

Chrome 54 Arrives With YouTube Flash Embed Rewriting To HTML5

Chrome 54 Arrives With YouTube Flash Embed Rewriting To HTML5

Chrome 54.0.2840.59 (64-bit) 499/555 Google today launched Chrome 54 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. (This update did NOT improve its HTML5 Test score.) This release is mainly focused on developers, but the improvements to how the browser handles YouTube embeds is also noteworthy. You can update to the latest version now using the browser's built-in silent updater, or download it directly from google.com/chrome. Chrome 54 rewrites YouTube Flash players to use the YouTube HTML5 embed style. YouTube ditched Flash for HTML5 by default in January 2015, but the old embeds still exist all over the web. Google says the change improves both performance and security for its desktop browser. The report adds that "Chrome also now provides support for the custom elements V1 spec," which allows "developers to create custom HTML tags as well as define their API and behavior in JavaScript." BroadcastChannel API will also be implemented "to allow one-to-many messaging between windows, tabs, iframes, web workers, and service workers. -- VentureBeat.

macOS Sierra: Method 2 For Watching Videos Picture-in-Picture

macOS Sierra: Method 2 For Watching Videos Picture-in-Picture

macOS Sierra supports picture-in-picture (PiP). Melissa Holt showed us how to access PiP using on-screen controls, but she's some kind of wizard and the rest of TMO's staff don't have those controls. Fortunately, Dave Hamilton found a second method for watching in PiP mode. It's a touch--curious?--on how to get there, but Bryan Chaffin will walk you through it. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS Sierra: Use Command-Drag to Position Picture-in-Picture Videos

macOS Sierra: Use Command-Drag to Position Picture-in-Picture Videos

If you're watching a video in picture-in-picture mode in macOS Sierra, it snaps to the nearest corner. Even when you drag it out of that corner, it will again snap to the corner nearest to where you let it go. You can use command-drag to put the video where you want it. Bryan Chaffin shows you how. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple in talks with Foxconn startup Sonder for its dynamic keyboard tech

Apple in talks with Foxconn startup Sonder for its dynamic keyboard tech

Sonder Keyboard, an Australian startup now part of Foxconn's International Holding's (FIH) Incubator program, has been in talks with Apple related to its dynamic keyboard technology, according to sources familiar with the discussions. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus in the U.S.

Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus in the U.S.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 went on sale nearly a month ago from carriers and on installment plans, but customers interested in purchasing a SIM-free model were forced to wait. That wait is now over, though, as Apple has started selling the SIM-free iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on its online store. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Quietly Updates Site Confirming Apple Watch Nike+ Launch on October 28

Apple Quietly Updates Site Confirming Apple Watch Nike+ Launch on October 28

Apple recently updated the Apple Watch Nike+ section of its official website with a launch date two weeks from today, on Friday, October 28, for the anticipated device (via Watch Generation). When announced alongside the other Apple Watch Series 2 models on September 7, Apple did not divulge a specific debut besides sometime in "late October." -- MacRumors.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Sound

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Sound

Some of the System Preferences in the recent update to macOS, Sierra, have seen little change. The preferences pane for Sound appears the same as it has since OS X 10.7. Sound provides settings for effects used by macOS and for control of input and output devices. -- eXtensions.

How to track your parked car even without iOS 10 or a compatible head unit

How to track your parked car even without iOS 10 or a compatible head unit

A new feature that comes baked into iOS 10 shows you where you last parked your car right in the Maps app. On the other hand, it requires you to both have the latest version of iOS installed and to have a compatible head unit in your car, either with Bluetooth or CarPlay capability. -- iDownload Blog.

How to change the feedback strength of iPhone 7's Home button

How to change the feedback strength of iPhone 7's Home button

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deliver an all-new Home button that uses the Taptic Engine inside your device to simulate clicks. It doesn't actually move in and out like a traditional iPhone Home button, but that's not a bad thing. -- Cult of Mac.

How to hide Skype calls from the Phone app on your iPhone

How to hide Skype calls from the Phone app on your iPhone

Apple has recently introduced CallKit, a new framework available to developers that allows them to integrate their VoIP apps with the native Phone app user interface. In essence, this is a great addition that puts VoIP apps at virtually the same level as normal phone calls. Incoming Skype or WhatsApp calls, for example, are now displayed fully on the Lock screen, which is an improvement compared to how these calls were handled prior to iOS 10. Likewise, any call placed or received with a supported VoIP app will be logged into the Phone app like a normal call. -- iDownload Blog.

Adjusting Video Playback Quality to control data usage in iOS 10 Tips

Adjusting Video Playback Quality to control data usage in iOS 10 Tips

If you stream video from the iTunes Store or Apple Music and you're on a limited data plan, you may appreciate two new quality settings that Apple has added for the built-in Videos app in iOS 10, allowing you to control how much data is used when streaming video, in exchange for quality. -- iLounge.

iPhone 7 is the future of tactile accessibility

iPhone 7 is the future of tactile accessibility

The iPhone 7 may go down in history as The One That Didn't Have The Headphone Jack. But there are other reasons for it to be considered a memorable part of the iPhone's lineage.

One reason I will remember the iPhone 7, however, is for its increased emphasis on haptic feedback. -- iMore.

On Siri and sequential inference

On Siri and sequential inference

Hey, Siri, are you contextually aware? Yes, I am! Why don't people think so?

I use Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, all day, every day. Most of the time it's an incredibly enabling technology that lets me both do my job and manage my home more easily and naturally than I'd have previously though possible. But, when it crashes, it crashes hard. -- iMore.

October 13Thursday's News


Inside macOS Sierra: Apple's Optimized Storage and management features

Inside macOS Sierra: Apple's Optimized Storage and management features

Article Image Apple's new storage management features on macOS Sierra could potentially save users with lots of data some drive space, but what it does, how it does it, and how to configure it isn't well known -- AppleInsider explains. -- AppleInsider.


Adobe issues Flash updates to deal with 'critical' security holes

Adobe issues Flash updates to deal with 'critical' security holes

Article Image Adobe has issued a new set of security updates for its Flash Player plugin, dealing with serious vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker to take control of a targeted computer. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Watch is most precise wrist-worn heart rate tracker at 90% accuracy, study says

Apple Watch is most precise wrist-worn heart rate tracker at 90% accuracy, study says

Article Image It appears Apple's bet to pack a bespoke heart rate sensor into Apple Watch instead of off-the-shelf technology paid off, as Cleveland Clinic researchers recently found the wearable to be the most accurate wrist-worn fitness tracker on the market. -- AppleInsider.

Future Apple Watches might use heart rate sensor to identify owner

Future Apple Watches might use heart rate sensor to identify owner

Article Image An Apple invention published on Thursday reveals work on a next-generation Apple Watch model capable of identifying a user with its heart rate sensor, which if implemented would mark a major step forward in freeing the wearable from iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

How to activate Siri with 'Hey Siri' on macOS Sierra

How to activate Siri with 'Hey Siri' on macOS Sierra

The ability to activate Siri by saying "Hey Siri" is an incredibly useful feature on iOS. Want to do it on macOS Sierra? Too bad you can't.

Or, rather, you can't through the usual Siri system preferences. However, if you're really intent on being able to start up Siri without hitting a single key or mouse click, it's possible to do it using Sierra's Accessibility options. Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 10.1 public beta brings portrait mode to iPhone 7 Plus

iOS 10.1 public beta brings portrait mode to iPhone 7 Plus

You no longer need a developer account to get your hands on iOS 10.1. Apple today released its first public beta, bringing the new portrait shooting mode to iPhone 7 Plus. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple seeds third beta of watchOS 3.1 to developers

Apple seeds third beta of watchOS 3.1 to developers

Along with dropping the first public beta of iOS 10.1 this morning, Apple also made watchOS 3.1 beta 3 available for download.

Apple Watch received some huge changes with watchOS 3.

The major update was released last month, bringing a new customizable app dock, a potentially lifesaving SOS feature, handwriting recognition, faster apps and more. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 15 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 15 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks

Apple today released another update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 15 includes bug fixes and updates for fetch API, JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, media, accessibility, URL handling, and Safari Extensions. -- .

The new Safari Technology Preview does conform to the HTML5 standard better then Safari (see the report here) but is still worse then all other browsers except IE (302/555.)

Safari (9.1.3 (11601.7.8)) 367/555
Safari Technology Preview 15 415/555

Walt Mossberg Calls Siri 'Too Limited and Unreliable' to Compete in 'Coming AI Wars'

Walt Mossberg Calls Siri 'Too Limited and Unreliable' to Compete in 'Coming AI Wars'

The Verge's Walt Mossberg today wrote a critical article on Apple's Siri personal assistant, exploring the service's shortcomings, mistakes, and inability to answer some simple questions that competing products have no problem with.

Entitled, "Why does Siri seem so dumb?", Mossberg's article, covers several questions Siri couldn't answer, ranging from queries about political candidates to the date of the World Series to the weather in Crete. In each instance, Siri failed to provide the desired information, while Google Now, Google's Siri competitor, was able to answer every single question correctly. -- The Verge.

Planning to Cut the Cord on Cable? Let Us Help

Planning to Cut the Cord on Cable? Let Us Help

Cutting the cable cord might not be as easy as you think.

As Brian X. Chen writes, people now have plenty of streaming services and devices to choose from if they want to cancel their cable-television subscription. But that's precisely the problem: too many options. -- New York Times.

Apple recently fixed some Siri flaws, says it focuses on enhancing common queries

Apple recently fixed some Siri flaws, says it focuses on enhancing common queries

While Siri did get smarter with the launch of iOS 10, it's still widely believed that the Apple's virtual assistant lags behind offering from Google and even the original creators of Siri. Today, tech veteran Walt Mossberg penned a column that asks the question, "Why does Siri seem so dumb?" -- 9to5Mac.

Turn up the Time Machine service in macOS Server

Turn up the Time Machine service in macOS Server

You're probably familiar with Time Machine, Apple's excellent built-in backup application designed to make backing up your Mac and restoring data simple and safe. But, unless you have an Airport Time Capsule, it's likely that you only think about Time Machine as a way to back your Mac up to an external hard drive connected to your Mac.

What you may not know is that the macOS Server app offers a way for you to back up all the Macs in your home, small office, or your entire enterprise environment. -- Macworld.

A new Apple device no one even knew was in development?

A new Apple device no one even knew was in development?

The device in question, according to his claims, was a very early prototype of a next-generation Magic Keyboard. [Even if not true this is way cool. -mam]

Apple's next-generation Magic Keyboard accessory will supposedly feature an individual E Ink display on every single key. This way, the graphics on individual keys or groups of keys can change depending on a person's needs or the application currently in use. -- BGR.

How to create a really cool Wi-Fi map of your neighborhood

How to create a really cool Wi-Fi map of your neighborhood

Have you ever heard of wardriving? It's the act of searching for and mapping Wi-Fi networks from a moving vehicle. It's a really cool way to create a map of the wireless signals in a certain location.

Scott Helme shows us it's not that hard to do. He equipped his car with the right tools, drove around his town and mapped a total of 10,442 access points. He then proceeded to put all of their coordinates together in Google Maps, resulting in the following alternative view of his neighborhood -- The Next Web.

10 very useful things you can do on your iPhone's lock screen

10 very useful things you can do on your iPhone's lock screen

iOS 10 completely transforms your lock screen into something really rather magical.

iOS 10 is a feature-heavy update worthy of its double-digit moniker. And you'll see the biggest change right on your lock screen.

There's so much more you can do on your iPhone before you even unlock it, and we've been getting acquainted with all the clever tricks the new lock screen is capable of.

Here are some of the most useful tips and tricks we've found so fa -- PC & Tech Authority.

Netflix Now Only Has 31 Movies From IMDB's Top 250 List

Netflix Now Only Has 31 Movies From IMDB's Top 250 List

According to Streaming Observer News, the quality and quantity of Netflix's movie library has declined over the last two years when cross-referenced with IMDB's Top 250 movies list. -- Streaming Observer News.

Top 35 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites 2016 To Watch Movies Online Free

Top 35 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites 2016 To Watch Movies Online Free

There are some free movie websites are available that allows peoples to watch their favorite movies online for free without downloading. But sometimes these free movie streaming sites cause you a lot of problem like if you are watching movies on peer to peer site then your service provider may cut off your service and some free movie websites charges some bucks before you watching or stream a movie. In order to avoid such type of problem we've collected some best free online movie streaming sites (Cartoon HD) where you can watch free movies online without downloading. With these free movie websites you can stream or watch movies on your iPad, iPhone, android mobile, laptop and desktop as well. -- TricksForums.

15 Best Free Movie Downloads Sites 2016 To Download Free Movies

15 Best Free Movie Downloads Sites 2016 To Download Free Movies

Movies is one of the best part of entertain in our life. Everyone loves to watch movies either online or offline. These days most of us prefer to watch movies online but to stream movies online you must need to have a good internet connection OR Wi-Fi else you will be encountered the problem of slow buffering speed of videos while watching your favorite movies. So if you have slow internet connection then it's better to download free movies from any free movie-downloads sites rather than watching it online. Not only this reason you need to download movies there are a lot of reasons for that such as if you download movies then you can store it on your HDD or mobile and can watch it at any time, you can cut your favorite clip from that movies, you can share those movies with your friends and also you don't need to purchase CD or DVD of movies. -- TricksForums.

October 12Wednesday's News


Bezel-free iPhone patents keep coming, latest showing light-sensor embedded in display

Bezel-free iPhone patents keep coming, latest showing light-sensor embedded in display

With Apple expected to be aiming to make the 2017 iPhone as close to bezel-free as possible, the company will need to take tech that currently sits above or below the screen and find a way to embed it into the display itself. We saw last week the latest patent for embedding Touch ID into the display, and today it's the turn of the light sensors. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1

Apple issues fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1

Article Image Apple on Tuesday supplied to developers and public testers a fourth pre-release beta of macOS 10.12.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for the Sierra operating system which could ship on next-generation MacBook Pros. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering a Next-Gen OLED Display, a Director's Digital Slate & More

Apple Granted 43 Patents Today Covering a Next-Gen OLED Display, a Director's Digital Slate & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly point to three patent wins. The first covers Apple's Lightning Dock, the second granted patent covers Apple's second win for a movie-centric ... -- Patently Apple.

PC Industry Is Now On a Two-Year Downslide

PC Industry Is Now On a Two-Year Downslide

According to analyst firm Gartner, PC shipments have declined for eight consecutive quarters -- "the longest duration of decline in the history of the PC industry." The company found that worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.9 million units in the third quart of 2016, a 5.7 percent decline from the third quarter of 2015. The Verge reports: The firm cites poor back-to-school sales and lowered demand in emerging markets. But the larger issue, as it has been for quite some time, is more existential than that. "The PC is not a high priority device for the majority of consumers, so they do not feel the need to upgrade their PCs as often as they used to," writes Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa. -- The Verge.

How to Recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking

How to Recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking

Let's say you followed my advice and calibrated your Apple Watch for better step count and distance accuracy, but something went wonky now it's wrong again. That's an easy fix, and a great excuse to get outside to walk some more. Read on to learn how to reset your Apple Watch fitness tracking calibration. -- The Mac Observer.

Technical Professionals Are Hanging on, Hoping For The Best from Apple

Technical Professionals Are Hanging on, Hoping For The Best from Apple

Soon, we think, there will be fall Apple event that launches new Macs. The nature of this event and the kinds of Macs that Apple updates and those that are left to quietly die will tell us a lot about where Apple is heading with technical professionals. Many of those former Apple customers have already switched to Linux. Those who remain are dismayed and are not very hopeful. Some readers weigh in. -- The Mac Observer.

Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

The Home app in iOS 10 lets you securely control any "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessory. You can also organize your accessories by room, manage multiple accessories at the same time, control your home with Siri, and more. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Apple makes it a bit more difficult to make a Genius Bar appointment

Apple makes it a bit more difficult to make a Genius Bar appointment

Apple would prefer you exhaust all other options in dealing with an issue before you make a Genius Bar reservation. And the company has made it a bit more difficult to schedule a Genius Bar appointment at your local Apple retail store. Here's how it used to work with an accompanying graphic from iMore.com. -- Apple World Today.

Spying is the new hacking: Here's how to fight back

Spying is the new hacking: Here's how to fight back

Once upon a time it was much easier to stay safe online; as long as you used an up-to-date antivirus package and were careful how you acted on the internet, you could expect to stay safe.

But now things have changed: new forms of malware and viruses appear every single day. Meanwhile the rise of social media means everything from your pet's name to what you did at the weekend is online and could be exploited by cybercriminals to hack your devices and services.

Increasingly cybercriminals are using spying techniques better associated with intelligence agencies to identify relevant information about you and your life and turn that around to attack you. -- ZDNet.

October 11Tuesday's News


One Man's Opinion: Apple TV Generation 4 II

>One Man's Opinion: Apple TV Generation 4 II

The more I work with technology the less I know.

Last night when I turned on my new Apple TV Generation 4 it decided to be available and work. I have no idea why unless it was downloading and updating from the mother ship.

A friend who is a MacGuru told me he had no trouble setting up his Gen. 4. Strong with the Force must he be.

However, I still have issues.

I am still of the opinion that the Apple TV remote is a piece of !@#$%$#. I can find no reason for its interface or existence.

To me nothing about it is intuitive and the "click/touch pad" is too sensitive. I keep hitting it by accident and do something or go somewhere I did not intend. It's interface is VERY different from the Gen. 3. I still don't know how to do things on the Gen. 4 that I was able to do on the Gen. 3. I will continue trying to discover the secrets of the remote but difficult it is to see those things hidden by the dark side.

Now on to Apple TV.

The interface is totally different, which confused me no end. The Apple TV home screen changed. It no longer shows ALL available choices. It now shows you only the basic/default Apple TV items, kind of like you iPhone dock. You have to go out and find or reauthorize your networks (Netflix, etc.) I couldn't tell where I was and where my stuff was. Trial and error here.

I suppose I will get use to it. Just has I have had to get use to new versions of OS X that Apple decided to make easy for the developers and not the users. Just because I can adapt does not make the software better.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Apple issues third developer beta of iOS 10.1 with Portrait photos for iPhone 7 Plus

Apple issues third developer beta of iOS 10.1 with Portrait photos for iPhone 7 Plus

Article Image Apple on Monday supplied a third pre-release beta of iOS 10.1 to developers, less than a week after the second beta was released. The forthcoming update includes the new bokeh Portrait photo mode exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents 'super resolution' multi-sensor cameras with cube prisms

Apple patents 'super resolution' multi-sensor cameras with cube prisms

Article Image Apple continues to win patents detailing advanced technology rumored to show up in next year's iPhone model, the most recent being a pair of inventions dealing with "super resolution" multi-sensor cameras. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patents method for embedding light sensors directly onto device displays

Apple patents method for embedding light sensors directly onto device displays

Article Image Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for embedding light-sensing sensors directly into device displays, an important step in creating a full-screen iPhone without the trademark "chin and forehead" bezels. -- AppleInsider.

Ars looks at the future of aviation, live from the White House

Ars looks at the future of aviation, live from the White House

Drones are changing the way people think about aviation, and around the nation people are looking at new opportunities to use them for fun and profit. With those opportunities come challenges for policy-makers, who strive to keep drone enthusiasts away from hurricanes, playoff games, and angry, shotgun-wielding landowners. -- Ars Technica.

NSA could put undetectable 'trapdoors' in millions of crypto keys

NSA could put undetectable 'trapdoors' in millions of crypto keys

Researchers have devised a way to place undetectable backdoors in the cryptographic keys that protect websites, virtual private networks, and Internet servers. The feat allows hackers to passively decrypt hundreds of millions of encrypted communications as well as cryptographically impersonate key owners. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 10.0.1 to Developers

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 10.0.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of tvOS 10.0.1 to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the second tvOS 10.0.1 beta and a month after releasing the tvOS 10 update. tvOS 10.0.1 has been in testing since September 21. -- MacRumors.

iOS: How to Convince Ducking Autocorrect You Don't Mean Duck

iOS: How to Convince Ducking Autocorrect You Don't Mean Duck

Our iPhones are great at making our lives easier, but sometimes autocorrect just gets it wrong. So ducking wrong, in fact, that it's really ducking annoying. Turns out there's a workaround that lets you trick your iPhone or iPad into leaving the word you really typed instead of changing it to "duck." -- The Mac Observer.

The day the rent comes due

You only think your in charge


For the old, aged and infirm: Safari

For the old, aged and infirm: Safari saves the day

A new feature in Safari 10.0 is an ability to enlarge the text (command +) on a site to make it more readable while not effecting any other site/page you go to.

It also remembers that setting the next time you go to that page, even if you have rebooted or shutdown.

This is a feature that I like and find very useful for sites I go to frequently that have pages of text.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Trackpad

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Trackpad

Some of the System Preferences in macOS, Sierra have been revised with the recent update. The Trackpad Preferences panel has seen a couple of changes, in terms of content (gestures) and order. -- eXtensions.

How to change the look of closed captions on Mac

How to change the look of closed captions on Mac

Just like enabling closed captions on your TV, you can do the same in Accessibility on your Mac, and they'll be there for you when available. And you don't just have to stick with one style. If the default reverse text is too hard to read, you can switch it up to different presets or create your own. -- iMore.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Spotlight

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Spotlight

In the recent update to macOS, some of the System Preferences have seen subtle changes. Although the feature works the same as before, the preferences pane for Spotlight has had some small, but significant changes. Spotlight is a search facility that helps users find things on the computer quickly. Features for online searching may not be available in some regions. -- eXtensions.

Applescript & ASObjC 'Things to watch out for' list

Applescript & ASObjC 'Things to watch out for' list

Brian Christmas has compiled an absolutely invaluable list of tips and samples of code for those using AppleScript or AppleScriptObjC. He has kindly allowed me to host a page containing all these tips.

AppleScriptObjC was introduced largely as a replacement for AppleScript Studio, as a way to develop AppleScript-based applications with a rich interface in Xcode. Subsequent releases have made it increasingly more accessible to regular scripters.

This list is a great resource for those just starting out but will also be invaluable for more experienced scripters. -- Macs in Chemistry.

Dozens of Suspicious Court Cases Aim At Getting Web Pages Taken Down Or Deindexed

Dozens of Suspicious Court Cases Aim At Getting Web Pages Taken Down Or Deindexed

There are about 25 court cases throughout the country that have a suspicious profile:

  • All involve allegedly self-represented plaintiffs, yet they have similar snippets of legalese that suggest a common organization behind them. (A few others, having a slightly different profile, involve actual lawyers.)
  • All the ostensible defendants ostensibly agreed to injunctions being issued against them, which often leads to a very quick court order (in some cases, less than a week).
  • Of these 25-odd cases, 15 give the addresses of the defendants -- but a private investigator (Giles Miller of Lynx Insights and Investigations) couldn't find a single one of the ostensible defendants at the ostensible address.

Now, you might ask, what's the point of suing a fake defendant (to the extent that some of these defendants are indeed fake)? How can anyone get any real money from a fake defendant? How can anyone order a fake defendant to obey a real injunction? -- Washington Post.

October 10Monday's News


French company sues Apple over incomplete HTML5 support on iOS, macOS Safari

French company sues Apple over incomplete HTML5 support on iOS, macOS Safari

Article Image A development company is taking advantage of a French law, and is suing Apple over incomplete implementation of the HTML 5 specification in the iOS version of Safari. -- AppleInstall.

I wrote about browser HTML5 Compliance in this space. And except for IE, Safari comes in dead last and they have aways been last. The HTML 5 Test allows you to check how well a browser implements the HTML5 standard.]

One Man's Opinion: Apple TV Generation 4

One Man's Opinion: Apple TV Generation 4

This weekend I got a new TV at my house (YEAH!) I moved the old one to our bedroom. The old living room TV replaces a small 12 year-old tube TV with built-in VHS and DVD. I had an Apple TV Gen 3 hooked up to the old TV in the living room for some time. The Apple TV 3 has worked very well.

Since I still wanted to get all all our Netflix, etc. on the set in the bedroom I moved the old Apple TV 3 to the bedroom and bought a shiny new Apple TV Pro for the new set in the living room.

I should tell you that my living room setup contains an Apple TV, receiver, cable box and external speakers. Not complex. Everything is run through the receiver.

It is difficult for me to express my true feelings about the new Apple TV Pro in this space. Mostly because I am not allowed to use that kind of language here. This is not an X-rated website.

What I can say that in my opinion the Apple TV and its setup are the @#!%$# Apple product I have ever owned. And don't even get me started on the new Gen 4 remote.

Did you know that in order to setup and Apple TV Pro you have to have an iPad or iPhone? And did you also know that the since the Apple TV 4 requires a Bluetooth device to configure it, you have to be right next to the Apple TV?

In addition its seems that Siri was turned on by default, which drove me nuts as it tried to HELP me, NOT. Who thinks this is at all useful?!?!

As far as the the new remote. The entire U.S. Navy does not have enough colorful metaphors to convey my true feelings about it and its interface. Steve Jobs must look like an airplane propeller. And if Jony Ive had ANYTHING do do with it, he should be fired.

The Apple TV 3 remote was a beautifully designed tool and, in my opinion, one of the best designed devices Apple ever made. It was a model example of Apple's original user interface design principles. The Apple TV 4 remote by comparison is and Edsel. A wrecked Edsel, since it is not working.

I can't tell you anything about the new Apple TV's interface because I still don't have the #$@!%$# Apple TV working.

I am going to try again tonight.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Blink review: Two cameras are almost always better than one

Blink review: Two cameras are almost always better than one

As smart home security cameras become more and more common, you'd think their prices would start coming down. However, most new cameras still retail for $200 or more, and that's just for one camera that monitors one area of your home. Blink's approach is different: much like smart light bulbs, a Blink system connects multiple smart cameras via a hub and makes all of them controllable via a mobile app. -- Ars Technica.

British Prime Minister bans Apple Watches from cabinet meetings over hacking fears

British Prime Minister bans Apple Watches from cabinet meetings over hacking fears

Ministers have been barred from wearing Apple Watches during Cabinet meetings amid concerns that they could be hacked by Russian spies, The Telegraph has learned.

Under David Cameron, several cabinet ministers wore the smart watches, including Michael Gove, the former Justice Secretary.

However, under Theresa May ministers have been barred from wearing them amid concerns that they could be used by hackers as listening devices. -- Telegraph.

Sitting down with the co-founder of Apple

Sitting down with the co-founder of Apple

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has changed his opinion of Apple dropping the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, revealing he now thinks Apple was right to make the move to using the Lightning port for audio.

Wozniak told TechRadar, "Not that many people used it, I never used it. For those who do use it, you can buy a little adaptor dongle." -- TechRadar UK.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Mouse

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Mouse

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra has had some changes with its recent update. The Mouse preferences panel which has different displays depending on the type of mouse connected to the computer, has retained the same content as before. -- eXtensions.

How To Get An Alert When An App Accesses The Webcam Or Mic In macOS

How To Get An Alert When An App Accesses The Webcam Or Mic In macOS

Malicious websites and apps can gain access to your webcam and microphone. A lot of people might consider this to be an urban legend but there is truth to it. Unfortunately, a website or an app that does this isn't going to be easy to detect by the average user. Tech savvy users might be able to tell if their webcam or mic is being accessed but for the ordinary user, and Mark Zuckerberg, you likely have to tape a bit of paper over your webcam to be safe. Oversight, the Mac-only app was created by former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle, is a free macOS app that makes this much easier. It monitors all connected webcams and microphones and alerts you when they are accessed. It's a very simple app that monitors current processes and can identify which app started a process to access these two devices. -- AddictiveTips.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Keyboard

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Keyboard

The Keyboard preferences panel was changed in OS X 10.9 Mavericks to include a number of features that had previously been in a Language & Text panel. The change to Sierra has seen a major change with the addition of Dictation (formerly a separate panel.) -- eXtensions.

What's New in Photos for macOS and iOS

What's New in Photos for macOS and iOS

As the iPhone camera--and other smartphones' cameras--have improved, people are taking ever more photos. Various models of iPhones were the six most popular cameras on Flickr last year. All these new photos need somewhere to go. In Apple's ecosystem, it's Photos. -- Envato Tuts+.

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Language & Region

System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Language & Region

There have been a number of changes to System Preferences in macOS, Sierra. The old preferences pane for Language & Text was renamed in Mavericks and the options within the panel changed significantly then. The panel for Language & Region which provides settings for users to set language and other settings for localized use has again seen a number of changes. -- eXtensions.

3 neglected Apple products that could use some love

3 neglected Apple products that could use some love

We know that Apple will revamp some products on a pretty regular schedule: the iPhone, for example. Others get slightly less frequent updates, like the iPad or MacBooks.

But what about the Apple products that seem to sometimes go years without a refresh? There are more than a few of them [talked about previously on MacVolPlace], and while some occasionally find themselves in the rumor spotlight, others just continue chugging along as they are--perhaps doomed to an evolutionary dead-end, or maybe to be resurrected when Apple decides the moment is ripe. -- Macworld.

Signs of an Apocalyptic Future

Signs of the Apocalyptic Future


Spotify ads slipped malware onto PCs and Macs

Spotify ads slipped malware onto PCs and Macs

Spotify's ads crossed from nuisance over to outright nasty this week, after the music service's advertising started serving up malware to users on Wednesday. The malware was able to automatically launch browser tabs on Windows and Mac PCs, according to complaints that surfaced online...the ads directed users' browsers to other malware-containing sites in the hopes that someone would be duped into downloading more malicious software. -- TechHive.

October 07Friday's News


Yahoo email surveillance linked to court order, Apple denies any similar requests

Yahoo email surveillance linked to court order, Apple denies any similar requests

Article Image Yahoo's tool to scan the contents of customer emails came as a result of a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order last year, and was created by adapting otherwise benign software, a report indicated on Thursday. -- AppleInsider.


iOS 10 tips: Rich notifications enable tvOS text entry from iPhone's lock screen

iOS 10 tips: Rich notifications enable tvOS text entry from iPhone's lock screen

Article Image With rich notifications in iOS 10, users can now view and interact with alerts from a variety of apps directly from the lock screen. One of the more useful implementations is the Apple TV Remote app, which lets users bypass the clunky tvOS keyboard and enter text with their iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

FCC proposes broadband privacy rules despite opposition from ISPs

FCC proposes broadband privacy rules despite opposition from ISPs

The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on rules protecting the privacy of broadband subscribers later this month despite persistent opposition from Internet service providers.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated the proposal to commissioners today and scheduled a vote for October 27. The rules are likely to be approved by a 3-2 vote with the commission's Democratic majority supporting them. -- Ars Technica.

Welcome to the machine--Yahoo mail scanning exposes another US spy tool

Welcome to the machine--Yahoo mail scanning exposes another US spy tool

Imagine a futuristic society in which robots are deployed to everybody's house, fulfilling a mission to scan the inside of each and every residence. Does that mental image look far-off and futuristic? Well, this week's Yahoo e-mail surveillance revelations perhaps prove this intrusive robot scenario has already arrived in the digital world. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 10.1 Reinstates 32-Bit App Alert, Warns Older Apps May Slow iPhone

iOS 10.1 Reinstates 32-Bit App Alert, Warns Older Apps May Slow iPhone

During the iOS 10 beta testing period, Apple added an alert message to notify users who downloaded an older 32-bit app that it could affect system performance, but the warning message does not appear to have made it into the final version of iOS 10 that was released to the public. -- MacRumors.

Move Around an iMac by Touch

Move Around an iMac by Touch

If the iMac is running at least OS X 10.7 (Lion)and you have a trackpad accessory that supports Apple's Multi-Touch gestures, you should be able to use most of the same finger taps, swipes and other moves that you use to navigate on the Mac laptop. Several third-party trackpads are available, but make sure the trackpad is compatible with OS X or macOS Sierra, as many models are designed for Windows systems. -- New York Times.

Apple Invents a new Battery Design that will Increase Performance while better Protecting our Devices

Apple Invents a new Battery Design that will Increase Performance while better Protecting our Devices

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new battery design called a 'Battery Can." Apple's engineers state that this new design will be able to increase pressure on the battery stack for higher battery performance. -- Patently Apple.

macOS Sierra: Rearrange Your Menu Bar

macOS Sierra: Rearrange Your Menu Bar

If you've ever been frustrated by not being able to customize the Mac's menu bar, then this Quick Tip's for you. Under macOS Sierra, that funny little omnipresent bar just got a lot more adjustable, and this article will tell you how. -- The Mac Observer.

How to use or enable/disable Parked Car alerts from Maps on iOS 10 for iPhone

How to use or enable/disable Parked Car alerts from Maps on iOS 10 for iPhone

There's a new feature in the iOS 10 update with Maps called Parked Car. It automatically tells your iPhone where you left your car and sends you a notification. This may or may not be useful depending on your needs. Luckily the Parked Car notifications are easy to disable or re-enable if you know where to look, and you can even disable the alerts without losing the feature. -- 9to5Mac.

If you upgrade to two-factor authentication, you can't log in to your Mac with an iCloud password

If you upgrade to two-factor authentication, you can't log in to your Mac with an iCloud password

Apple slipped in a change in April 2016 that's affecting people who change the protection on their Apple ID accounts.

A few releases of what was then called Mac OS X, Apple added an option that seemed a convenient way to reduce the number of passwords you had to remember. While setting up a system (or later via the Users & Groups system preference pane), you could opt to use the password for your iCloud account to "login and unlock" your Mac. -- Macworld.

When free space isn't free: Purgeable storage in macOS Sierra

When free space isn't free: Purgeable storage in macOS Sierra

For years, the storage inside our computers just kept increasing. But with the advent of solid-state drives, which are less prone to failure, dramatically faster, and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives, there came a tough transition. Instead of having a terabyte or two of disk space, maybe you've only got 250 or 500 GB. Maybe you used to never think about running out of space, and now every so often your Mac throws up that terrifying warning box that your disk is almost full. -- Six Colors.

How to Use macOS Sierra

How to Use macOS Sierra

Apple's first operating system update without the familiar OS X moniker is here, and it's called macOS Sierra. On the surface, Sierra may seem like a minor update, but it has a ton of new features under the hood, including Apple Pay on the web, a revamped photo app and the introduction of Siri to the Mac. -- LAPTOP Magazine.

How to Edit Siri's Activation Keyboard Shortcuts on macOS

How to Edit Siri's Activation Keyboard Shortcuts on macOS

By default, users activate Siri on macOS by clicking its dock or menu bar icon, or holding down Command + Space. Unfortunately, for those used to clicking Command + Space to activate Spotlight search, things can get confusing and complicated. Luckily, though, you can customize the keyboard shortcut that beckons Siri. -- LAPTOP Magazine.

How to enable VoiceOver on Mac

How to enable VoiceOver on Mac

VoiceOver is a visual accessibility feature that allows you to operate your Mac using just your keyboard while having items on the screen read out to you. It's an exceptionally handy tool for the visually impaired and it comes complete with training so that you can learn to use it to its fullest. -- iMore.

Targeting Your Web Searches

Targeting Your Web Searches

With a simple change to how you type your search terms, you can target one website instead of the entire Internet. This is handy when you know the result you want is in a specific place. -- MacMost.

macOS Sierra: Back up with Time Machine

macOS Sierra: Back up with Time Machine

With Time Machine, you can back up your entire Mac, including system files, apps, music, photos, emails, and documents. When Time Machine is turned on, it automatically backs up your Mac and performs hourly, daily, and weekly backups of your files. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

macOS Sierra: Restore items backed up with Time Machine

macOS Sierra: Restore items backed up with Time Machine

If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can easily get back lost items or recover older versions of files.

You can use Time Machine within many apps. If you have iCloud Drive turned on, you can recover older versions of documents in iCloud. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.

Before you get started, learn the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes and choose the method that's best for you. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes. -- .

Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it

Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it

Some of the world's richest and most powerful people are convinced that we are living in a computer simulation. And now they're trying to do something about it.

At least two of Silicon Valley's tech billionaires are pouring money into efforts to break humans out of the simulation that they believe that it is living in, according to a new report. -- The Independent.

Skype 101: Your Easy Guide to a Successful Skype Online Session

Skype 101: Your Easy Guide to a Successful Skype Online Session

Skype gives you the power to see your loved ones and colleagues while you talk, even if you're half way around the world. Skype online is available on desktop and mobile, so you can talk anywhere. Making video calls is easy. You can even troubleshoot many common problems yourself. -- Digital Care.

Can't sign in to Skype? Here's what to do

Can't sign in to Skype? Here's what to do

For over 7 hours now, Skype users around the world (including in the US and Canada) are having problems signing in to the application on their PCs and smartphones (Android and iOS.)

Skype says it's looking into the issue, and hopes "to resolve it as soon as possible", but it can't say how long this will take. -- phoneArena.

How to Unlock an iPhone 7 from AT&T

How to Unlock an iPhone 7 from AT&T

If you have bought an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 for AT&T, you'll find the device does not come unlocked. Fortunately, if you paid in full for the iPhone 7 you can easily unlock it with AT&T by using a simple iTunes process. -- OS X Daily.

How to use Touch Accommodations on iPhone and iPad

How to use Touch Accommodations on iPhone and iPad

How do I use Touch Accommodations on iPhone? With a touch, of course!

For people with motor skill impairments, Touch Accommodations is a useful and convenient accessibility feature that helps make using a touchscreen much easier and much less frustrating. -- iMore.

The iCloud troubleshooting tip everybody needs

The iCloud troubleshooting tip everybody needs

There are lots of things you can do to make sure your iCloud is working properly -- logging in and out on your device(s); ensuring you are logged in using the same email address on all your items (a particular problem to those of us who once used iTools and .Mac) and more, but the one that everybody needs to use, should know to use, and probably wants to use is this one: -- Apple Must.

Five tips for buying a used iPhone

Five tips for buying a used iPhone

Buying a brand new iPhone is not cheap. Even though the iPhone 7 release has pushed down the price of some great older models such as the iPhone 6, you still may be looking for cheaper options.

Buying a used iPhone can be a little tricky. Sure, it will probably save you some money, but there are some common pitfalls that you can avoid. Don't stress; iMore is here to help you out with these handy tips. -- iMore.

The Mac is the Apple ][ of our times, which is to say, it's dead

The Mac is the Apple ][ of our times, which is to say, it's dead

I'd like to suggest the Mac lineup as we know it today is the Apple ][ of our times. It's already dead, and has been for several years. Apple might invest in it heavily even today but its pulsating heart has only a finite number of beats left. [Wouldn't it be funny if this was Apple's objective and why the desktop OS is on the path it is? --mam] -- Mac Kung Fu.

Steve Wozniak: Moore's law won't allow machines to become as smart as humans

Steve Wozniak: Moore's law won't allow machines to become as smart as humans

PayPal billionaire Elon Musk, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, and renowned scientist Stephen Hawking have all said artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to harm to humanity if it's not developed in the right way.

But Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak told Business Insider in an interview this week that he's no longer concerned about AI. He said he reversed his thinking on AI for several reasons. -- Business Insider.

Apple Has Removed Dash from the App Store

Apple Has Removed Dash from the App Store

Popular API documentation browser Dash was pulled from the App Store this week after a routine migration request, its developer Bogdan Popescu wrote in a blog post. He said the migration was successful, but some features in iTunes Connect weren't available during account migration, Apple warned him. Later in the day, Apple sent another email saying the app has been pulled because of "fraudulent conduct," and did not offer any explanation. -- MacRumors.

October 06Thursday's News


Apple issues second public beta of iOS 10.1

Apple issues second public beta of iOS 10.1

Article Image A day after issuing a second developer seed of iOS 10.1, Apple has released a matching public beta, cleaning up bugs on the way to the update's final release. -- Appleinsider.

iOS 10 tips: Apple Music app updates help users manage tracks across devices

iOS 10 tips: Apple Music app updates help users manage tracks across devices

Article Image Apple's newly released iOS 10 features a revamped Music app and updated Apple Music service. These changes make life a bit easier in terms of listening to, and accessing, music on Apple devices. Here's how to take full advantage of them. -- Appleinsider.


Existing Apps That Added Support for Messages Saw 'Profound' Growth in iOS 10

Existing Apps That Added Support for Messages Saw 'Profound' Growth in iOS 10

After reporting a few weeks ago that the Messages App Store has grown to 1,650 applications, 75 percent of them sticker packs, Sensor Tower recently published another report detailing the download growth statistics for pre-existing apps that introduced Messages support in iOS 10. According to the research firm, the advantages of being an original presence in the Messages App Store during launch week had a "profound" effect on the surge of downloads for each app. -- MacRumors.

Apple Updates their Futuristic Home Automation System that Replaces Physical Room Controls

Apple Updates their Futuristic Home Automation System that Replaces Physical Room Controls

Patently Apple was first to discover an Apple patent filing in Europe back in 2015 regarding a futuristic home automation system and more specifically a system that could control lighting, climate-control thermostats, window blind controls, entertainment system controls and more. Today we discover that Apple has updated their invention. -- Patently Apple.

macOS Sierra and App Compatibility

macOS Sierra and App Compatibility

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus walks us through some of the compatibility issues some people (including him) are experiencing with Apple's newest macOS Sierra. Keyboard wackiness, scanner issues, and other software problems are out there. -- The Mac Observer.

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

When Apple launches a new version of one of its OSes, say, macOS Sierra, the first thing users think about is the features. If they're a bit more methodical, they'll look at their mission critical apps and monitor for updates from those developers. But, above all, a decision to not upgrade (or do it soon) must be balanced against the security updates folded into the new version. John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

[I don't understand this kind of article, given that Apple issued patches for all previous versions of OS X. I can not recall any mass security issues with any of the previous versions. Sierra may be "better" but what does one more lock on the door get me? How secure do I need to be? If no one has ever broken in.... --mam]

How-To: Use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

How-To: Use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Thanks to macOS Sierra and iOS 10, you can now use Apple Pay on the web through Safari. Apple Pay was previously not available on the Mac and required apps for use on the iPhone and iPad. Apple Pay makes checking out online secure and convenient without the need to fill out billing and shipping information with an online form. Here's how to get started with Apple Pay on the web. -- 9to5Mac.

Search ads start showing up in iOS App Store, early examples not encouraging

Search ads start showing up in iOS App Store, early examples not encouraging

Apple recently started offering developers the opportunity to buy search ads in the App Store, allowing their apps to be shown when users search for particular keywords. Those ads have now started showing up for U.S. users. -- 9to5Mac.


Apple Advances the Heart Rate Monitor for Apple Watch

Apple Advances the Heart Rate Monitor for Apple Watch

Back in June 2015, Patently Apple discovered an Apple patent filing covering a 'Wearable Multi-Modal Physiological Sensing System." Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office finally published Apple's U.S. version of the patent filing with a few tweaks. -- Patently Apple.

Former NSA staffer demonstrates Mac malware that can tap into live webcam and mic feeds

Former NSA staffer demonstrates Mac malware that can tap into live webcam and mic feeds

Security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle is this afternoon demonstrating a way for Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED -- a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass -- Wardle's presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on. -- 9to5Mac.

Don't laugh at AirPods -- they're part of Apple's 'ambient paradigm': UBS

Don't laugh at AirPods -- they're part of Apple's 'ambient paradigm': UBS

Apple shares are being undervalued because investors are too bearish on the "ambient paradigm" -- an era of technology where the company's iOS operating system is everywhere through different devices - according to a note by UBS on Wednesday.

Essentially, the investment bank is suggesting that traders aren't fully appreciating the potential success of future products which could create a much bigger ecosystem than what Apple currently offers.

To explain this, UBS said that the future consists of an "ambient [relating to the immediate surroundings of something] paradigm [a typical example or pattern of something; a mode]" which Apple could win. -- CNBC.

2 Easy Ways To Clean, Repair, And Optimize A Mac (with money or without)

2 Easy Ways To Clean, Repair, And Optimize A Mac (with money or without)

Way back in the day I bought a simple Mac utility to help clean up my Mac; empty caches, delete files, clear out cookies, flush log files, and the like.

Back then the app I used was called Cocktail. Since then, Cocktail has added a boatload of features that Mac users can use to keep their machines running smoothly, efficiently, and optimized. Choose to use the mix of Cocktail features manually, or set it up on auto pilot. -- Mac360.

Lemke Software

Lemke Software

In 1992 Thorsten Lemke, an Electrical Engineer with a Master's Degree, decided to move from Atari to the Apple Macintosh and wanted to convert his entire picture collection into one of the then standard Mac formats. Unfortunately there weren't any programs available that could do this. This was the motivation behind the decision to create a program to accomplish this job himself. This was the Genesis for Lemke Software. [I use and recommend his software. Your milage may vary. -mam].

  • GRAPHICCONVERTER is the the "Swiss Army Knife" of graphics software. It offers everything you would need and expect from an all-round image editing program on your Mac with ease of use, an excellent range of features, stability and reliability.
  • EXIF SYNC is the ultimate tool to correct the EXIF time in images from various sources .
  • FONTBOOK compares and prints your fonts. Create nice font catalogs.
  • CADINTOSH 8 is a full featured 2d construction application.
  • XE8472 is an Industry-First Color Constancy Technology for Professional Filmmakers and Photographers.

Benchmarks from Apple's next-gen processor just leaked and it's scary how powerful it is

Benchmarks from Apple's next-gen processor just leaked and it's scary how powerful it is

Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are far and away the most powerful smartphones the world has seen thus far. In terms of both raw benchmark test scores on paper and real-world performance, Apple's latest mobile devices outshine every other phone on the market. In fact, they're even more powerful than Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets, which is no small feat. -- BGR.

Inside Apple's New Audio Adapter

Inside Apple's New Audio Adapter

The decision to axe the iPhone's built-in headphone port and simply put an adapter in the box has provoked reactions ranging from amusement to near panic. Why did they do it? Was it worth it? Will other manufacturers copy it? Today we're going to ignore all of these questions. Instead we're asking, How did they do it? And since we like taking things apart, we'll answer with some exploratory surgery and some X-rays. -- iFixit.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what? Cupertino's stingy communications strategy stops anyone from being sure

Is Apple's software getting worse or what? Cupertino's stingy communications strategy stops anyone from being sure

For over a year, Apple's software has been the subject of more derision than might be expected for a company of its size.

Developer Marco Arment took Apple to task early last year, arguing that OS X (recently rebranded macOS) is full of embarrassing bugs and that the company is trying to do too much on unrealistic deadlines. -- The Register.

Apple, Siri, And The Coming Change For Humanity

Apple, Siri, And The Coming Change For Humanity

There have been a few times the past couple of weeks where I marvel at modern technology and worry about humanity. All at the same time. Apple's products (and those of competitors) have become so useful and powerful that we may be overlooking a dangerous trend with technology. -- TeraTalks.

Apple And The Next Disruptive Technology Revolution Of The 21st Century

Apple And The Next Disruptive Technology Revolution Of The 21st Century

Like it or don't, see it or ignore it, change is coming. Apple has a long history is driving products into the market and creating disruptive revolutions. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, even Watch are good examples of how Apple's brand of technology created disruptions in various markets. -- Mac360.

Apple Is The Second To Last Refuge For Privacy And Security

Apple Is The Second To Last Refuge For Privacy And Security

This is simple. We are under assault. Privacy and security rapidly are becoming footnotes of history, quaint notions of days gone by. Every week we read of security breaches; attacks and hacks into government facilities, bank data bases, corporate enterprise operations, and even popular online sites that cater to hundreds of millions of users. -- NoodleMac.

53% of DDoS Attacks Result In Additional Compromise, Says Neustar

3% of DDoS Attacks Result In Additional Compromise, Says Neustar

DDoS attack volume has remained consistently high and these attacks cause real damage to organizations, according to Neustar. The global response also affirms the prevalent use of DDoS attacks to distract as "smokescreens" in concert with other malicious activities that result in additional compromise, such as viruses and ransomware. The majority of organizations that suffered a DDoS attack (53 percent) also experienced some form of additional compromise. Forty-six percent of breached organizations discovered a virus, malware was activated at 37 percent of breached organizations, and ransomware was encountered at 15 percent of breached organizations. -- HELPNETSECURITY.

October 05Wednesday's News


There are lies, damn lies and phone coverage claims

There are lies, damn lies and phone coverage claims

I am sure that you, like myself, have seen the phone service, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T mobile, etc. claims that their coverage is everywhere and better than their competition. They even show you a map to prove it. Well if you believe that I have a bridge I would like to sell you, cheap.

The map is showing the view from five miles up. That view hides just a few tiny details.

I use Verizon. At my house I usually have one or two "balls" out of five. Here at UT I only get three and it does fluctuate.

I decided to see if I could find out why and discovered this phone service coverage tool which shows the coverage by company and type of service. Just enter your address.

When I checked my address I discovered that the 4G service only ran along major highways and only extended about 75 yards on either side. In my case even though I am close to Chapman highway I am outside of the 4G coverage area. So I get second rate services. Silly me, I thought if a company was serving your area it was serving all of it. Certainly explains why I have such poor phone service.

This is even true in major cites. Where they have better coverage but the signal strength sill varies.

So "What can I do about it?" you ask.

If you do some research you will find that you CAN improve your phone service by BUYING a Network Extender, also called a MicroCell. Verizon sells one as does AT&T and Sprint.

Now for most of you this is of no interest because you do not make phone calls. You text, Tweet, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.

But for the two or three of us who still make some phone calls I thought this might be of interest.

Check it out.

Apple gives devs new betas for iOS, watchOS and tvOS

Apple gives devs new betas for iOS, watchOS and tvOS

Developers received a batch of new beta software updates today bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

iOS 10.1 beta 2 is the most notable of the new beta builds. The last version added the new Portrait Mode to the iPhone 7 Plus, which has earned rave reviews so far, though some early images have shown it still needs some tweakin -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Discontinues Third-Generation Apple TV

Apple Discontinues Third-Generation Apple TV

Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV, removing it from its online store. Additionally, links to the Apple TV 3 now reroute to the fourth-generation Apple TV. Apple confirmed it was discontinuing the device in an email to employees and educators. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Granted 45 Patents Covering Inductive Coil Shielding Materials, EarPods and Camouflaged Openings

Apple Granted 45 Patents Covering Inductive Coil Shielding Materials, EarPods and Camouflaged Openings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three Apple inventions; EarPods, Camouflaged Openings and methods for forming shield materials for the Apple Watch wireless charging coil. -- Patently Apple.

Get Detailed CPU Info From Mac's Command Line

Get Detailed CPU Info From Mac's Command Line

It's easy to get hardware information about your Mac from "About This Mac." But the command line data can provide some extra tidbits that the GUI leaves out. John shows you how to reveal detail of your CPU from the Terminal app. -- The Mac Observer.

About Wi-Fi Assist

About Wi-Fi Assist

With iOS 9 and later, you can use Wi-Fi Assist to automatically switch to cellular when you have poor a Wi-Fi connection.

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

Comment: I've grown to love the new Home button on the iPhone 7 [Video]

Comment: I've grown to love the new Home button on the iPhone 7 [Video]

A change to the iPhone's Home button was long-rumored, but when Phil Schiller confirmed the existence of the iPhone 7's solid state Home button, that's when you knew it was for real.

The iPhone 7 isn't Apple's first foray into this area, as the MacBook line has taken a similar approach with its trackpad. But the iPhone is way more popular than the Mac and more people own and use iPhones when compared to the Mac.

It's common knowledge that the majority of Apple's profits are generated by the iPhone, so a fundamental change to the device's primary hardware input method wasn't something for Apple hardware engineers to take lightly.

The good news is that, despite initial criticism, the iPhone 7 Home button is actually quite good once you get used to it. While it does have a few downsides, the change has produced several new positive side effects as well. -- 9to5Mac.

Now is a good time to educate your less-techy friends about 'Apple' phishing emails

Now is a good time to educate your less-techy friends about 'Apple' phishing emails

A number of friends have recently forwarded me examples of some relatively convincing-looking phishing emails purporting to be from Apple. These include fake Apple Music subscriptions or purchases, inviting the user to login to the Apple website to cancel the transaction if it wasn't made by them.

The link, of course, goes to a fraudulent site, but many of them are close copies of the real thing. No 9to5Mac reader would be taken in by any of them, but a non-tech person might be. So if you're the person who acts as unofficial tech advisor to your friends, you might want to ensure they are up to speed on these... -- 9to5Mac.

How-To: Delete and opt out of macOS Sierra automatic downloads if you don't want to upgrade

How-To: Delete and opt out of macOS Sierra automatic downloads if you don't want to upgrade

If you rely on your Mac and don't want to upgrade to a newly released operating system, you may want to opt out of the automatic download that Apple is starting to push for macOS Sierra. If your Mac has already downloaded the macOS Sierra installer and you want to remove it from your hard drive, you can do that too and opt out of future automatic downloads. Here's how. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS Sierra Slow? Here's Why & How to Speed Sierra Up

macOS Sierra Slow? Here's Why & How to Speed Sierra Up

Some Mac users who have updated to macOS Sierra have felt their computer is running slower than it should be. If you have noticed a performance hit after upgrading to macOS Sierra, there is likely a good reason for it, and it's even more likely to have a simple solution. -- OS X Daily.

How to transfer a Time Machine backup to another backup drive

How to transfer a Time Machine backup to another backup drive

Earl Jarrett asks a question many people have about Time Machine backups. He's currently using a 1TB external drive and wants to upgrade to a new 4TB drive. Time Machine can keep a deep history of your previous versions, and the more space, the deeper the history, which has led many people to upgrade the storage they allot to these bakcups.

When you want to switch Time Machine drives, it's fairly easy to transfer your old backups. -- Macworld.

The iPhone 7 is Causing Connection Hell For Verizon Customers

The iPhone 7 is Causing Connection Hell For Verizon Customers

Last week, we put out a call for iPhone 7 users to tell us what problems they're experiencing with their phones. Although Bluetooth complaints were the most common, we've heard from dozens of Verizon users who are having issues with their new phones dropping LTE signal and GPS. -- Gizmodo.

10 tricks to make your photos look as stunning as the 'shot on iPhone' ads

10 tricks to make your photos look as stunning as the 'shot on iPhone' ads

Apple's "Shot on iPhone" campaign displays stunning photos on over 10,000 billboards across 25 different countries. The ads feature crisp, nearly perfect photos shot on iPhones -- and it's likely the company will debut a new round featuring photos shot on the iPhone 7/7S.

Still, it should be clear that your photos won't all be as perfect as the ones shown in the ads. Most of your friends probably aren't models, and lots of life's experiences are pretty mundane in comparison to the campaign's vibrant images. But when you're out on an adventure, it pays to know how to wield your iPhone to best document it. It might just end up on a billboard one day.

Here are some tips to up your shutter game. -- Business Insider.

Apple TV is Too App-Focused

Apple TV is Too App-Focused

Lately I've found myself gravitating away from using the Apple TV to watch content, and it's due entirely to the device's user interface: Apps get higher billing than they deserve. -- The Mac Observer.

Lies, Damned Lies, And Apple Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, And Apple Statistics

When I was in college I majored in speech communication which also included a few argumentation and debate classes. To teach students about debate, our professor argued both sides of randomly selected debate topics; about three minutes on each side, pro and con. It was a marvelous presentation of skill and experience but it also taught me there is truth in the phrase often attributed to Mark Twain, 'Lies, damned lies, and statistics.' -- McSolo.

Have hackers turned my printer into an offensive weapon?

Have hackers turned my printer into an offensive weapon?

In September, some of the biggest ever net attacks targeted the website of a prominent blogger and French hosting firm OVH. One attack is believed to have involved more than one trillion bits of data.

The two events signalled a change in tactics by malicious hackers who make their living bombarding websites with vast amounts of data in what are known as Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS).

The data directed at the targets was being sent by IP cameras, digital video recorders, printers and other "smart" devices that hackers had managed to hijack. -- BBC.

October 04Tuesday's News


Apple taking auto download feature on macOS Sierra live today

Apple taking auto download feature on macOS Sierra live today

Article Image Starting today, Apple will push macOS Sierra to prospective upgraders on older versions of OS X, as well as downloads for point updates for users already on Sierra -- but won't install anything without explicit permission from the user. -- AppleInsider.

How hard is it to hack the average DVR? Sadly, not hard at all

How hard is it to hack the average DVR? Sadly, not hard at all

A major battle is underway for control over hundreds of millions of network-connected digital video recorders, cameras, and other so-called Internet of Things devices. As Ars has chronicled over the past two weeks, hackers are corralling them into networks that are menacing the security news site KrebsOnSecurity and other Web destinations with some of the biggest distributed denial-of-service attacks ever recorded. -- Ars Technica.

Apple seeds third macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta to developers

Apple seeds third macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta to developers

The third beta builds of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 was seeded to developers today, less than a week after Apple released the second build that contained a number of bug fixes. -- Cult of Mac.

Photoshop and Office 2016 Stability Fixes in the Works for macOS Sierra Users

Photoshop and Office 2016 Stability Fixes in the Works for macOS Sierra Users

Following the release of macOS Sierra last month, the latest operating system has caused some compatibility and stability issues with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac that both companies are working to resolve. -- MacRumors.

Apple Enters Agreement with Denmark University for new Biogas R&D Partnership

Apple Enters Agreement with Denmark University for new Biogas R&D Partnership

Last February Apple officially announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities were planned to be located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark's central Jutland. Apple noted that the centers would power Apple's online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. Today the Copenhagen Post reports today that "Apple has followed up on its promise last year to build a data center in Denmark with an ambitious agreement with the University of Aarhus on a new biogas research and development partnership." -- Patently Apple.

Tim Cook Defends Apple's Approach To Security: 'Encryption is Inherently Great'

Tim Cook Defends Apple's Approach To Security: 'Encryption is Inherently Great'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has robustly defended his company's strident approach to security in a new on-stage Q&A, declaring: "Encryption is inherently great."

The Cupertino tech exec spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of the US state's "Utah Tech Tour" event, and video footage of the session is available online. -- Business Insider.

iOS 10: How to Secure Your Lock Screen

iOS 10: How to Secure Your Lock Screen

The lock screen is more powerful and convenient than ever in iOS 10. But this also means it might make more information and sensitive options available at a swipe, before your device even unlocks. Here are a few ways to lock down your lock screen to show only what it should. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10 Photos: Using Gestures to See Related Pics

iOS 10 Photos: Using Gestures to See Related Pics

iOS 10's Photos app automatically groups together related images for you, and they're easy to see with a simple gesture. Follow along with The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

How-To: Download all Apple Music on iPhone or iPad locally using iTunes

How-To: Download all Apple Music on iPhone or iPad locally using iTunes

Downloading your complete Apple Music collection to your iPhone or iPad is surprisingly difficult, even on the redesigned and simpler iOS 10 update. There's no obvious 'download all' button and iCloud Music Library moves all syncing to iCloud, not iTunes, so you can't just shuttle your library from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple officially launches new 'Spoken Editions' section in iTunes & Podcasts app

Apple officially launches new 'Spoken Editions' section in iTunes & Podcasts app

After a premature appearance last month, Apple's new " Spoken Editions" section in iTunes is now live. Spoken Editions, for those unfamiliar, are narrated pieces of content from a variety of online publishers. Spoken Editions are available in iTunes on the Mac and PC as well as Apple's first-party Podcasting app for iOS. -- 9t5oMac.

Fusion Drive or more RAM: Which one to get on a new Mac? Which is the better investment?

Fusion Drive or more RAM: Which one to get on a new Mac? Which is the better investment?

Marvin Schildkraut writes in with a very common question about what upgrade choices to make when purchasing a new Mac. He's considering extra RAM and a Fusion Drive.

The cost of these two options is not burdensome. However, I have been advised that the Fusion Drive can cause problems and is very expensive to repair. How likely are headaches?

[I have fusion dives on my iMac at work and at home. I have 8BM at home and 16MB at work. Unless you make movies or are a professional photographer you don't need big memory. The Fusion drive is the same but the cpu is not. Fusion drives are great but they can't overcome a slow CPU. I never had a problem with my HD. I don't know if my fusion drive contributed to my macOS installation problems. -mam ] -- Macworld.

Researchers Restore the First Recording of Computer-Generated Music

Researchers Restore the First Recording of Computer-Generated Music

Alan Turing was part of a team who created the earliest known recording of music produced by a computer. It starts with a few bars of God Save the Queen, a snippet of Baa Baa Black Sheep and then Glenn Miller's swing hit In The Mood. -- BBC.

October 03Monday's News


iOS 10 tips: Change 'press home to unlock' back to 'rest to unlock'

iOS 10 tips: Change 'press home to unlock' back to 'rest to unlock'

Article Image Slide to unlock is gone in iOS 10, and isn't coming back. In its place is "press home to unlock" which works well for the iPhone 6s and newer, but isn't so smooth for older phones, requiring two button presses to open a phone. Here's how to only have to hit the home button once to unlock your older phone with Touch ID. -- AppleInsider.

New Ethernet standard to bring 2.5 and 5 Gbit/sec speeds to existing cabling

New Ethernet standard to bring 2.5 and 5 Gbit/sec speeds to existing cabling

Article Image The group responsible for the Ethernet specifications have unveiled a new pair of standards, bringing faster speeds to existing Cat-5e and Cat-6 cable runs, eliminating networking bottlenecks, and potentially saving organizations with large deployments a great deal of money. -- AppleInsider.

Inside iOS 10: Widgets escape Notification Center, arrive on lock & home screens

Inside iOS 10: Widgets escape Notification Center, arrive on lock & home screens

Article Image After laying the groundwork with widgets in Notification Center with iOS 8, Apple's iOS 10 update makes widgets more accessible and useful by making them available not only on a a device's lock screen, but also on the home screen's Siri search. -- AppleInsider.

iPhone 7 challenges my love for the SE

iPhone 7 challenges my love for the SE

With new iPhones being released each year, I'm used to being tempted by the latest and greatest Apple device. The iPhone 7 is no different, but it's always a tough decision whether you should upgrade your existing device for the latest model. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone 7 Finishes Last In New Test of Battery Life

iPhone 7 Finishes Last In New Test of Battery Life

Consumer group Which? has conducted a series of battery life tests on the latest smartphones, and the news is not good for the iPhone 7. Pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, Apple's latest handset came in last place... and by some distance. -- Beta News.

The Mac Observer's iOS 10 Tip Roundup

The Mac Observer's iOS 10 Tip Roundup

iOS 10 is chock full of cool new features, and The Mac Observer has been digging through Apple's newest mobile operating system to find the stuff that's going to make using your iPhone and iPad easier. Check out our tips and tricks for Messages, Music, 3D Touch, and more. -- The Mac Observer.

Align Windows in macOS 10.12 Sierra

Align Windows in macOS 10.12 Sierra

Apple has made much of macOS 10.12 Sierra's notable features, like Siri, Picture in Picture, and the capability to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. But our favorite new feature -- automatic window alignment -- wasn't advertised by Apple at all, and it's so subtle you may not even realize you've used it. -- TidBITS.

Apple Watch: How to enable and spice up watchOS 3 screenshots [Video]

Apple Watch: How to enable and spice up watchOS 3 screenshots [Video]

Unlike previous versions of watchOS, the ability to take screenshots is disabled by default in watchOS 3. Screenshots are disabled due to the fact that the screenshot-taking shortcut overlaps functionality used by the Workout app.

In watchOS 3, it's possible to stop and start in-progress workouts by pressing the Digital Crown and Side button simultaneously. It just so happens that this is the exact same gesture used to take Apple Watch screenshots. -- 9to5Mac.

Multiple Apple IDs just leads to multiple problems: Why can't Apple help its users manage and consolidate Apple ID accounts?

Multiple Apple IDs just leads to multiple problems: Why can't Apple help its users manage and consolidate Apple ID accounts?

I'd like to start with a brief test. All those who have more than one Apple ID, please raise your hands. Now look around you; if you're in a group of people who use Apple products, you'll see a lot of hands in the air. And if you're not, well, you can lower your hand now... -- Macworld.

How to set up third-party messaging services in Messages for Mac

How to set up third-party messaging services in Messages for Mac

While many Mac owners primarily use Messages on macOS to chat with iMessage and even sometimes SMS, the app is capable of connecting to more services. You can link your Google, Yahoo, and AOL accounts to Messages and chat with your friends using the messaging systems built by those companies. Here's how you do it. -- iMore.

Here are the top 9 reasons people upgraded to the iPhone 7

Here are the top 9 reasons people upgraded to the iPhone 7

Bank of America has released another finding from its recent consumer survey, this time revealing the top nine reasons people have chosen to upgrade to the iPhone 7. Interestingly, the new camera capabilities isn't number one, ranking instead at #3. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple says iMessage on iPhone 7 is 'practically magic

pple says iMessage on iPhone 7 is 'practically magic

Apple on Thursday continued its barrage of iPhone 7 ads by releasing a short one-minute clip that's all about balloons. Well, it's mostly about balloons, great scenery, and magic. The point Apple makes is that the new iMessage experience in iOS 10 is 'practically magic," focusing expressly on the iPhone 7. -- BGR.

iPhone 7 Plus Depth Effect is Legit

iPhone 7 Plus Depth Effect is Legit

The star feature of the iPhone 7 Plus is its dual-camera system. The typical 28mm-equivalent iPhone camera is joined by a 56mm-equivalent. This allows for a 2x optical zoom at the touch of a virtual button, but, more interestingly, it also opens the door to some interesting computational photography. -- prolost.

iPhoneography: How To Take Better Photos With Your iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus

iPhoneography: How To Take Better Photos With Your iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been around for a bit, and mobile photography fans hailed the cameras on the handsets as significant improvements over the previous ones. -- Tech Times.

How to get started with widgets in iOS 10: Make the most out of iOS 10's dynamic new widgets

How to get started with widgets in iOS 10: Make the most out of iOS 10's dynamic new widgets

iOS 10 has turned your iPhone's screen into a new hub for widgets--just swipe left on the lock page or home screen to check it out. But what even are widgets? Just think of them as app extensions or glances that offer you quick, digestible information without you having to actually open a single app. You can even see your widgets without unlocking your iPhone, making it either really convenient or potentially invasive. -- Macworld.