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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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?" 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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 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.
As of release 14, Safari Technology Preview includes regular updates and bug fixes for Safari's WebDriver implementation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some Mac users may encounter an error message stating "This Mac can't connect to iCloud because of a problem with email@example.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 .
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can disable many of the conveniences of iPhone's Lock Screen if you'd prefer your Lock Screen to be on lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are about 25 court cases throughout the country that have a suspicious profile:
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. -- .
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.