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November 30Wednesday's News


Apple hires Wired magazine creative director to design team

Apple hires Wired magazine creative director to design team

Apple is adding a new member to its design team, as Billy Sorrentino, Wired magazine's Head of Creative, on Tuesday announced he will depart the publication to take on an undisclosed role at the Cupertino tech giant. -- AppleInsider.

British MP urges schools to confiscate iPads, says children use tablet to bully

British MP urges schools to confiscate iPads, says children use tablet to bully

A British Conservative Party politician is calling on educators to prohibit the use of, and if necessary confiscate, iPads during daily lessons in a bid to keep students focused on academic pursuits. -- AppleInsider.


MacBook Pro: Too slow and not enough 'pro'

MacBook Pro: Too slow and not enough 'pro' [Review]

It's been four long years since Apple's last big update to the MacBook Pro lineup. But Apple finally answered our prayers and delivered us the brand new MacBook Pro we've been waiting for -- or did it?

It's a beautiful machine with an intriguing new interface element called the Touch Bar. Check out my full MacBook Pro review. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Offering Refunds to Customers Who Paid for iMac Hinge Repairs

Apple Offering Refunds to Customers Who Paid for iMac Hinge Repairs

Apple will issue refunds to customers who previously paid for an iMac display hinge replacement or repair, according to a recently updated service document internally distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors. These repairs could often cost upwards of $100 based on user complaints. -- MacRumors.

Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Shouldn't Fact-Check

Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Shouldn't Fact-Check

It's dangerous to promise that a social network will vet what's true.

We finally got a grudging mea culpa from Mark Zuckerberg: an admission that fake news is a significant problem that his social network must help solve.

But as a journalist who has been covering the inner workings of the technology industry for more than a decade, I find the calls for Facebook to accept broad responsibility for fact-checking the news, including by hiring editors and reporters, deeply unsettling. -- New York Times.

Skip the Phish on the Menu

Skip the Phish on the Menu

I got an email from Amazon for something I didn't order. Should I be worried my account has been compromised? So far, nothing has happened.

Fake messages claiming to be from Amazon are one of the many tactics online thieves use to try and get your financial information. -- New York Times.

It's Not Just You, iCloud Calendar Spam is On the Rise

It's Not Just You, iCloud Calendar Spam is On the Rise

If you're using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporting fake events about Black Friday 'deals' coming from Chinese users. If you're looking for cheap Ray-Ban or Louis Vuitton knockoffs, you might find these invites useful. Otherwise, you might be wondering: why is this a thing?

If you use your calendar for work, you already rely on calendar invites to invite other people to meetings and events. All major calendar backends support this feature -- Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange and Apple's iCloud. And it's quite a convenient feature as you only need to enter an email address to send these invitations. You don't need to be in the same company or even in your recipient's address book. But it's also yet another inbox -- and like every inbox out there, it can get abused. -- TechCrunch.

Boot Camp Might Damage Speakers on 2016 MacBook Pro

Boot Camp Might Damage Speakers on 2016 MacBook Pro

One of the things an Apple Mac can do that Windows 10 machines can't do -- at least easily and completely legally -- is run both Windows and MacOS. Interestingly, it's Apple's Boot Camp utility that makes this feat possible, which essentially enables Macs of all flavors to boot directly to Windows 10 and use the Mac as if it were a Windows machine.

Usually, this is a fairly straightforward process that works well, with the resulting Boot Camp configuration doing fairly well at mimicking a Windows 10 machine with a few hardware limitations. As of the 2016 MacBook Pro machines, however, it appears that Boot Camp might be causing some serious and uncharacteristic audio issues. It appears that the new speakers running on the refreshed MacBook Pro line aren't working so well with the obsolete drivers provided in the current version of MacOS Sierra Boot Camp. Users are reporting the issue on all models of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and they are not experiencing the issue in MacOS.

Virtual machines using Parallels or other software are also not experiencing the issue, providing more support of a bad audio driver causing the problem in Boot Camp. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 10 Mail: New "Organize by Thread" Options

iOS 10 Mail: New

If you like organizing the emails on your iPad or iPhone by thread, then iOS 10's got a couple of handy new choices for you. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over them (and we'll also cover what threading looks like if you're unfamiliar with it!) -- The Mac Observer.

MacBook Pro Diary: Temporary dongle hell as I migrate from my old machine

MacBook Pro Diary: Temporary dongle hell as I migrate from my old machine

My shiny new maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar finally arrived yesterday, and it was time to migrate everything from my old Mac.

I wrote in the first piece that I was wasn't overly concerned about the port situation, though did recognize that it wouldn't be an entirely painless transition. -- 8to45Mac.

Apple once more supports (RED) for World AIDS Day: four new products, 20 games & more

Apple once more supports (RED) for World AIDS Day: four new products, 20 games & more

As it has done for a decade now, Apple is once more supporting the (RED) campaign to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Each year, the company turns the store logos red, offers a number of special-edition (RED) products and donates money to the cause. -- 9to5Mac.

How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

A new and pernicious kind of spam has crawled from the ooze to take advantage of an iCloud feature. By default, if someone sends you an event invitation, iCloud automatically inserts it into your calendar and prompts you to accept or decline the invitation within the Calendar app on your Mac or iOS device. This is a nice feature when you're receiving actual invitations to meetings or outings with friends. -- TidBITS.

macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide

macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide

This in-depth look at macOS Sierra covers new and exciting features, enhanced integration with iOS, requirements for installation, and how to get the most out of Apple's desktop OS. -- TechRepublic.

How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security

How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security

It seems like Apple put a Watch under the hood of the new MacBook Pro's touch-based interface for security and interaction.

For years, people have speculated about whether Apple would ditch macOS in favor of iOS, shedding desktops and turning laptops into something like an iPad Pro in a fixed clamshell. A version of iOS has apparently come to the Mac, but not in a way that anybody expected. The new Touch Pad has a separate brain, a custom T1 ARM processor system-on-a-chip (SoC), that looks to be running a stripped-down variant of iOS, possibly derived from watchOS. -- Macworld.

What's the best way to migrate?

What's the best way to migrate?

I have spent an awful lot of time migrating my data to various Macs over the years. (If you want to review a product, you need to use it, and that means bringing over enough of your stuff to do that.) Recently with the release of the new MacBook Pro models, I got to do two more data migrations, which led to a string of conversations on Twitter about the "right way" to move from one Mac to another.

You can read my reviews of my experience of moving from an old iMac to a new one here and here. -mam]

Truth is, there's no one right way to migrate. I've tried them all, and they all have their issues. Let's walk through the options and consider their strengths and weaknesses. -- Six Colors .

How To Save iPhone Voicemails

How To Save iPhone Voicemails

It's annoying when you miss a phone call, but it happens from time to time. The caller may leave a voicemail if the call was important enough, and sometimes they'll even leave one even when it wasn't. That said, no one wants the voicemail section on their phone to be cluttered with old messages. Luckily, you can save them either directly to your iPhone or your PC, thereby clearing up space and preserving precious messages for future reference. -- Digital Trends.

Tracking Your Sleep in iOS 10

Tracking Your Sleep in iOS 10

On the Bedtime screen, you'll see a circular display where you can draw an arc to represent your preferred bedtime and wakeup times; the total hours of sleep your chosen times represent will be shown in the middle. Tapping on Options in the top left corner lets you choose to only apply your bedtime schedule on specified days of the week, select the alarm wake up sound, and choose how many minutes before bedtime you'd like to receive a bedtime reminder. -- iLounge.

iPhones and New Cars: Obsolete When You Buy Them

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iPhones and New Cars: Obsolete When You Buy It


November 29Tuesday's News


A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.

The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to private information maintained by all sorts of companies, including money lenders and social networks. It can be used to monitor and predict what you buy, look for online or even watch on television. -- New York Times.

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with new pre-release builds of three to test on three its four major platforms: iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

Developers can now download all three betas from Apple's developer portal, or via Software Update on registered devices. The build numbers are identified as:

For many, the most obvious changes in iOS 10.2 may be its emoji, as the update includes redrawn images and 72 new characters, conforming with Unicode 9.0. The new iOS and tvOS versions also include a new dedicated "TV" app.

iPhone 7 owners will also gain new wallpapers with the forthcoming iOS 10.2 release, while the native Videos app gains widget support. Apple is also adding a new "Celebration" effect in messages.

iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 will also add single sign-on support for streaming TV, allowing users subscribed to cable or online-only services to access channels across multiple apps without constantly re-authenticating.

How to stop the wave of Apple Calendar invite spam

How to stop the wave of Apple Calendar invite spam

Over the past few weeks_and particularly over the retail adventure widely referred to as "Black Friday"_many Apple device owners experienced a new form of unsolicited and unwanted messages: a swarm of calendar alerts for online "deals" from spammers. The messages took advantage of the default settings in Apple's iCloud calendar service, allowing senders to automatically push calendar alerts to Apple iOS and macOS users and bypass e-mail entirely. -- Ars Technica.

Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording

Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording

It's bizarre but true: wire recording is the longest-lasting capture format in audio history, one that paved the way for reel-to-reel tapes and a host of others_even though most people today, and some techies included, have barely heard of it. -- Ars Technica.

How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due

How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due

This week my smartphone received an alert from Google listing the balances due on my credit cards. My response was "never" do it again, but I have to wonder about my personal financial/identity security. How did they get this information? Is it legal? -- New York Times.

iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone Users

iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone Users

A recent iOS update to 10.1.1 fix Apple's Health application has had unintended consequences for many users -- shutdown at 30% battery remaining and lack of audio using Apple Earpods. Users on an Apple forum report that the battery indicator jumps from 30% to 1% (dubbed the 30% bug) and a reboot is required where the phone then runs for a few more hours. Some have taken the iPhone back to receive a replacement only to find the same thing happens. Apple has not responded to the 11 pages of forum complaints but apparently, Genius Bar staff have identified unusual discharging of the battery -- which does not make sense if a reboot temporarily fixes the issue and returns the battery indicator to 30%. It also appears to affect all versions of iPhone that support iOS 10.x. -- iWire.

The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

You love technology, but not everyone does. For many people computers are confusing, even scary. Malevolent actors know this, and try to deliberately trick people online. From ads that look like download buttons to ransomware pop-ups, the web is full of deception-based design, intended to take advantage of the less technically inclined.

In theory, this is part of why app stores are useful. Users afraid of being scammed on the open web can browse the Mac App Store with confidence, knowing that Apple's walled garden will protect them.

Except it won't. -- HowToGeek.

Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Will Become Obsolete Next Month, Lose Apple Repair Support

Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Will Become Obsolete Next Month, Lose Apple Repair Support

Apple will add certain MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models to its list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose official Apple repair support through the company's retail stores and authorized resellers. Kicking in on December 31, 2016, the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) will become vintage and obsolete in all markets where applicable, while the Mac mini (Early 2009) and MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) will become obsolete worldwide on the same date. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

Your Mac is pretty safe on your private home network, but what about when you're surfing the Web in coffee shops? Anyone with a computer and rudimentary hacking skills could target you, which is why it's important to make sure your Mac's built-in firewall is enabled_and that Stealth Mode is turned on, too. Read on to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

Need Wired Networking on Your Touch Bar MacBook Pro? Anker's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is Available Now

Need Wired Networking on Your Touch Bar MacBook Pro? Anker's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is Available Now

The new Touch Bar MacBook Pro doesn't include an Ethernet port_just like Apple's other laptops_and despite the company's long list of adapters, it doesn't make a USB-C to Ethernet dongle. Apple offers Belkin's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter but it's back ordered 7 to 10 weeks, which isn't much help if you need one now. Anker, however, is selling one on Amazon that's shipping now, and it's less expensive than Belkin's at US$22.99 instead of $26. Anker has a solid reputation, which is why I already ordered mine. Bonus: Amazon Prime members get two-day free shipping. -- The Mac Observer.

9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers of 2016 MacBook Pro owners hit by GPU glitches

9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers of 2016 MacBook Pro owners hit by GPU glitches

A poll of 9to5Mac readers show that significant numbers of owners of the latest MacBook Pro models have experienced the GPU glitches reported last week. Problems were reported with all of the new models, ranging from 40% of owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 460, down to 11% of those with the mid-tier 455 variant... -- 9to5Mac.

How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple's battery replacement program

How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple's battery replacement program

When Apple announced an iPhone 6s battery replacement program last week, identifying select models that might be eligible for a free repair due to unexpected shutdowns, it only specified manufacturing dates for potentially affected devices. It recommended customers take a trip to an Apple store or authorized reseller if they are experiencing issues to check if they are eligible for a repair. But there's a quick and easy way to check if your device is eligible at home, using the same process that Apple repair staff will be using in stores... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering Force Touch for MacBook & Magic Trackpad and Much More

Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering Force Touch for MacBook & Magic Trackpad and Much More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a couple of Apple's Force Touch granted patents covering their Magic Trackpad 2 and their new MacBook. Our report also covers several key design patents for devices and icons and we wrap up this week's granted patent report as always with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents -- Patently Apple.

The Macintosh Endgame

The Macintosh Endgame

The Macintosh line of personal computers will soon be 32 years old. It has a venerable past... but what kind of future does it have in a declining market?

On the surface the Mac appears to be thriving. If 'Macintosh Inc.' were an independent company, its $22.8B in revenue for Apple's 2016 accounting year (which ended in September) would rank 123rd on the Fortune 500 list, not far below the likes of Time Warner, Halliburton, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. -- Monday Note.

How A Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody's iPhone From Anywhere In The World

How A Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody's iPhone From Anywhere In The World

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone's contact list and messages_and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak's story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare. -- Vanity Fair.

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why

Mobile shopping is often a lousy experience, but things are getting better. You just have to be patient.

On a Friday this month in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an earful.

"It's difficult to move around and look for other options," Munaf Tinwala, a 42-year-old chemical engineer from Long Island, told me.

"It's just a hassle," 22-year-old Macarena Dawson, of Queens, said. -- CNET.

One in four Wi-Fi hotspots is a security nightmare

One in four Wi-Fi hotspots is a security nightmare

A quarter of the world's Wi-Fi networks are so insecure that the only thing stopping hackers from abusing them is their own lack of will. This is according to a new, extensive research by security experts at Kaspersky Lab, which have analyzed more than 31 million public Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world. -- BetaNews.

Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE

Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE

Between the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE_Apple's current iPhone models_we think the 7 is the best for most people because it nicely balances screen size and usability. Its 4.7-inch-diagonal display offers considerably more screen space than you get with the iPhone SE; and compared with the larger iPhone 7 Plus, the 7 feels better in most hands, is easier to use one-handed, and slips into and out of a pocket more easily. Specifically, we recommend the 7 with 128 GB of storage for anyone who will be taking a lot of photos and videos with their phone_though you probably don't need 128 GB, 32 GB may to be too little storage. -- The Wirecutter.

The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for a camera security system

The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for a camera security system

Synology is well known for their NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Over the past week I've had the chance to review a NAS that Synology is going to be selling packaged with two IP cameras. The Synology DS416j will be packaged with two Amcrest Pro/HD cameras and four Seagate Ironwolf hard drives. They are packaging and promoting this as an entry level home security camera system. -- AppleWorld Today.

How to exclude vehicles from your public transport route in Maps

How to exclude vehicles from your public transport route in Maps

Apple Maps is still expanding its public transport information worldwide but with more and more locations being added incrementally, there is a growing chance you by now live in the backyard of a city that Maps does relay public transport data to.

Apple has touted the service for its clean integration into Maps and comprehensive breakdown of the local train, tram or ferry schedules, which for most users has very much lived up to the expectations set. It also allows for swift routing on your iPhone at the hands of said public transport means. But did you know you could narrow down the public transport options in order to avoid certain vehicles when en route? -- iDownload Blog.

10 reasons to love the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro

10 reasons to love the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro

While so much of the conversation concerning Apple's MacBook Pro has focused on the need to use dongles to connect to its four USB-C ports, there are numerous advantages to the transition. -- Computerworld.

How to protect yourself on Twitter with its improved mute, report, and filter tools

How to protect yourself on Twitter with its improved mute, report, and filter tools

Like many people, I spend too much time on Twitter, the "microblog" social network that lets you have snippets of conversations and post short insights (or, more likely, alleged jokes) that can be seen by everyone else on the network. -- Macworld.


How Apple Doesn't Care About Christmas

How Apple Doesn't Care About Christmas

Holiday gift giving? Black Friday? 'Bah Humbug.' That seems to be the attitude permeating One Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA these days. It used to be that the extended holiday shopping period was where most retailers made their profits for the year. That's not the case with Apple. -- NoodleMac.


November 28Monday's News


Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is on a personal quest to stop the spread of misinformation about the company's new MacBook Pro flagship, as the executive penned another email outlining the why and how of Apple's decision to limit RAM allotments to 16GB. -- AppleInsider.

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Apple alongside the release of its new MacBook Pro lineup partnered with display maker LG to develop a pair of complementary UltraFine Displays with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and high-resolution IPS panels. Today, AppleInsider takes a look at the 21.5-inch 4K version. -- AppleInsider.

Buyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Buyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Apple has three distinct lines of laptop computers -- MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro -- but the lines between them can be pretty hazy. If you're in the market for yourself, or somebody you know, AppleInsider can help if you know the answers to a few, basic questions. -- AppleInsider.

How to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

How to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

If you're a purchaser of the new MacBook Pro, you're probably eager to customize the Touch Bar. AppleInsider shows you how.

First of all, not every app's Touch Bar can be customized _for instance, Apple's own iTunes has no options to change features on the bar at all. However, in apps that allow it, including the Finder, the "Customize Touch Bar..." menu option lives in the "View" menu. -- AppleInsider.

LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, developed in partnership with Apple to complement the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, received a traditional unboxing on Wednesday ahead of expected public availability in December. -- AppleInsider.

15-inch MacBook Pro mystery connector connects to special apparatus for emergency data transfer

15-inch MacBook Pro mystery connector connects to special apparatus for emergency data transfer

Apple's tool for migrating data from a new 15-inch MacBook Pro's SSD soldered to the motherboard has been spotted, and utilizes the unused connector discovered in tear-downs of the hardware. -- AppleInsider.

How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri

How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri

One of the advantages of modern iPhones is the ability to go hands-free more often thanks to Siri -- but something people may not know is that it's possible to go straight into speakerphone mode when voice dialing. -- AppleInsider.

Review: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Review: Apple's 13

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar embraces the future, delivering it in a super light, portable, attractive and expensive package. But are users ready to embrace that future? And does the 13-inch model have enough horsepower and connectivity? Find out in AppleInsider's full review. -- AppleInsider.

How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Whether you closed one by accident or simply remembered something else you wanted to look at, reopening a closed tab is an essential task in any modern Web browser. Here's how to do it in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. -- AppleInsider.

Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good

Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good

Apple has disbanded the division dedicated to developing its Airport wireless routers, claims a new report.

The product line -- which spawned the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule, which Apple continues to sell -- hasn't been updated since 2013. -- Cult of Mac.

Everything that's new in Final Cut Pro X 10.3

Everything that's new in Final Cut Pro X 10.3

If you watched the most recent Mac media event, you already got a preview of Final Cut X -- thanks to the on-stage demo showing how it worked in conjunction with the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar. But there's a whole lot more to the Final Cut Pro 10.3 update than that. -- Cult of Mac.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: First look is amazing!

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: First look is amazing!

My shiny new MacBook Pro finally arrived. What kind of YouTube channel would Cult of Mac be running if we didn't film a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar unboxing?

In today's video, I open up my new space gray laptop, fire it up for the first time, and record my first hands-on impressions. Check it out below. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

A large number of iCloud users have reportedly received spam in the form of unsolicited Calendar events over the last week.

Suspect Black Friday offers for cheap goods have been appearing in personal iCloud calendars, with the default options to Accept, Decline (or Maybe) appearing at first to be the only way to get rid of them.

Unfortunately choosing any of these options simply notifies the spammer that the account is live and ready for more unsolicited offers. Instead, users are advised to try the following alternative method for dealing with the spam events on their iOS devices. -- MacRumors.

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

If you haven't tried out iOS 10's new handwriting mode in Messages, you're gonna want to check out today's Quick Tip. We'll cover not only how to use this feature but how to erase the (potentially embarrassing) things you've drawn! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has launched a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices that suffer a flickering display or Multi-Touch issues. The program's description specifies devices that experience these troubles "after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device." -- The Mac Observer.

Peter Cohen's 'A History of Hard Drives'

Peter Cohen's 'A History of Hard Drives'

Peter Cohen has penned a fabulous "History of Hard Drives" for BackBlaze. He walks us through the earliest days of mainframe-related storage to today's SSDs, with lots of historic photos to illustrate the timeline. I love lore of all sorts_particularly computer-related lore_and I gobbled up this post. That said, I don't often link to company blog posts as a Cool Stuff Found, but Peter talks about his employer very little_the focus is the history. If you're a nerd, it's a great read. -- Peter Cohen.

When Your Mac Acts Up, Try This First

When Your Mac Acts Up, Try This First

Dr. Mac prescribes a pair of painless, safe, and relatively quick procedures that can often fix whatever's ailing your Mac and save you a trip to the Genius Bar. His experience is that these two techniques fix many types of wonkiness in ten minutes or less. -- The Mac Observer.


Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

The future of home Wi-Fi is mesh networking, a new approach to consumer wireless networks that includes smart management and multiple radios designed to handle the load of today's gadgets. If you've been fighting with range extenders and other solutions to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage and keep your streams alive, you can now stop all that silliness and blanket your home with Wi-Fi. The future is here, and that future is mesh networking. -- The Mac Observer.

John Gruber on Jony Ive's Role at Apple

John Gruber on Jony Ive's Role at Apple

There's been discussion for a while now that Jony Ive was on his way out at Apple, or that he was trying to leave. My favorite was when being promoted to the C-Suite in Cupertino was somehow proof that he was leaving. That doesn't make sense. Seems Apple's new coffee table book, Designed by Apple in California, is also being seen as some kind of swan song for Sir Jony. -- Daring Fireball.

How to Choose a Router in 2016

How to Choose a Router in 2016?

This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2×2 vs 4×4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you'll have both the information and even some deals to be able to make your choice and know you've got the right Wi-Fi for your home. -- The Mac Observer.

Understanding Apple's Marginalization of the Mac

Understanding Apple's Marginalization of the Mac

Adam Engst argues that Apple's recent Mac-related announcements are understandable because, despite its size and capabilities, the company can focus on only one platform at a time. And it's not the Mac. -- TidBITS.

Welcome to the Post-Decision Age

Welcome to the Post-Decision Age

There are more things to talk about than Donald Trump, though I doubt that Donnie agrees with me. But we have to get on with our lives which, at least in my case, means getting on with my reading. Where does all the crap I write here come from but reading, talking to people, and waiting in line at Starbucks? Nowhere else! And if you want to be like me you may choose to read a new book by Michael Lewis, "The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds." Of course the book is very good and it's very well-written and it will tell you a lot about how decisions are actually made. But if we are looking forward instead of backward here, the book and its content don't really matter that much because we don't decide nearly as much as we think we do. We don't decide as much as we used to. In fact I'm about to argue that we're well into the Post-Decision Age. It's pretty much out of our hands. -- I, Cringely.

How to fix macOS Mail when mailboxes aren't in alphabetical order

How to fix macOS Mail when mailboxes aren't in alphabetical order

Steve Price wrote in with a question about alphabetic sorting of macOS Mail's mailboxes, and then, shortly after, a solution! (Which is always welcome, dear readers, as I can then share them widely with others.) -- Macworld.

What to do when your Mac displays the wrong time

What to do when your Mac displays the wrong time

Have you ever ran into a scenario where your Mac displays the incorrect time? It can throw a lot of things out of whack across all of your apps.

Despite all the things that can go wrong when your Mac's time is incorrect, it can be pretty easy to fix the problem. We'll walk you through some possible fixes in this piece -- iDownload Blog.

All the Ways I Automate

All the Ways I Automate

Scripting and automation have been in the conversation lately, owing to Apple's reported disbanding of the macOS team responsible for them and the departure of scripting advocate Sal Soghoian from the company last month.

They sounds like arcane, abstract concepts. And to be sure, scripting and automation are the sort of feature that's used by more like 5% of users rather than 50%. But in pondering Apple's possible shift in automation strategy, I began to consider all the ways I use it in my working life. -- iMore.

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new Mac

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new Mac

So, you've purchased your new Mac and you've got it all set up. Now, you're sitting in front of your screen, wondering what to do next. Lucky for you, we've got this useful guide to understanding the basic anatomy of your desktop or laptop. So, if you're new to Mac, welcome to the family. Now it's time to learn where everything is and what it does. -- iMore.

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new iPad

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new iPad

Welcome to your new iPad! Here's how to set it up and get started with it.

Whether you've just bought a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, its bigger 12.9-inch cousin, or one of the iPads Air or Mini, the first thing you want to do is get it set up so you can get started using it. -- iMore.

How to use the TV app for Apple TV

How to use the TV app for Apple TV

As part of the upcoming tvOS 10.1 update, the Apple TV will get a brand new app called, simply, TV. This app will be the central location for TV and movie content on your Apple TV, not just from your iTunes library, but also from several of your video apps, such as Hulu, Starz, HBO Now, and CBS.

With this guide, you'll learn how to use the TV app, link it to video sources, watch your purchased videos, and even change how the Apple TV's Siri Remote works. -- iMore.

17 useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

17 useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

The Apple TV 4, which came out last fall, is one of the most advanced media streamers on the market.

As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.

You can tell if you have the latest Apple TV by looking at the remote: the new version's remote has a touchpad and six buttons. The "Siri" remote even has a microphone, so you can ask Siri to queue up the next show.

However, with all the new powers comes new complexity. There's also a brand-new touch-sensitive remote control to master. And it turns out, your Apple TV has a lot of hidden easter eggs buried in its new interface.

Here are the best Apple TV tricks and shortcuts for power users. -- Business Insider.

22 Tips Every Amazon Addict Should Know

22 Tips Every Amazon Addict Should Know

There was a time when shopping online seemed ridiculous, even dangerous. People were afraid to enter their credit card numbers in a browser window, hidden fees were the norm, and scams and fraud issues were paramount.

If you also proudly drink the Amazonian Kool-aid, then check out these tips. All are here for one reason and one reason alone: to help you get the absolute best out of your shopping experience. Whether that's better prices, faster shipping (even without drones), or abundant purchasing options, we've got them. If we missed your favorite, share it in the comments so everyone can benefit. -- PC Magazine.

Great Britain's newly-enacted 'snoopers' charter'

Great Britain's newly-enacted 'snoopers' charter'

A new law requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right. Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list. -- AP.

November 18Friday's News


Every 'Get a Mac' ads (2006-2009)

Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, forensics firm says [u]

Article Image Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple] -- AppleInsider.


Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11

Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between Dec. 5 & 11

Article Image Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between Dec. 5 and 11 at Apple stores worldwide.

Each workshop will teach some of the basics of programming, making use of tutorials from Code.org. The organization works to foster programming education, and has partnered with various other groups and businesses on Hour of Code initiatives. -- AppleInsider.

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support

How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some older models without official support

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible --and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support. -- AppleInsider.


Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new Learn to Code lesson, music support

Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new Learn to Code lesson, music support

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December. -- AppleInsider.

System Integrity Protection disabled by default on some Touch Bar MacBook Pros

System Integrity Protection disabled by default on some Touch Bar MacBook Pros

Article Image Some -- but not all -- Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter. -- AppleInsider.


Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro in new video spot

Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro in new video spot

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

Called "Bulbs," the commercial intermixes footage of a trail of exploding lightbulbs with scenes of various inventions. These range from things like fire and the wheel through to robots, drones, and rockets.


Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to address 'touch disease'

Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to address 'touch disease'

Article Image In what appears to be a response to the so-called "touch disease" problem, Apple on Thursday initiated a special program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting screen flicker issues due to multiple drops on a hard surface. -- AppleInsider.


Best 802.11ac routers of 2016: Top routers with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard

Best 802.11ac routers of 2016: Top routers with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard

A wireless router is a device that performs the functions of a router and also includes the functions of a wireless access point. It is used to provide access to the Internet or a private computer network. It can function in a wired LAN (local area network), in a wireless-only LAN (WLAN), or in a mixed wired/wireless network, depending on the manufacturer and model.

CNET reviews this years best. -- CNET.

iOS bug exposes photos and messages on locked iPhones

iOS bug exposes photos and messages on locked iPhones

Hackers have discovered a new method to unlock photos and messages on any iPhone, thanks to an iOS security flaw that utilizes Siri and VoiceOver.

iPhones running iOS 8 software and newer are vulnerable to the flaw, which was discovered by EverythingApplePro and iDeviceHelp. The group revealed the hack in a new video that shows you don't need any coding experience or special hardware to pull it off. All you need is a few minutes alone with a victims iPhone and some help from Siri. -- Cult of Mac.

Saving the Internet of Things (IoT)

Saving the Internet of Things (IoT)

This is my promised column on data security and the Internet of Things (IoT). The recent Dyn DDoS attack showed the IoT is going to be a huge problem as networked devices like webcams are turned into zombie hoards. Fortunately I think I may have a solution to the problem. Really. -- I, Cringely.

Workflow for iOS Updated With Improved Gallery That Makes it Easier Than Ever to Automate Tasks

Workflow for iOS Updated With Improved Gallery That Makes it Easier Than Ever to Automate Tasks

Popular automation app Workflow is being updated today with a new design, a much-improved Gallery experience, and a streamlined on-boarding process, all of which help to make the app more powerful and easier to use.

For those unfamiliar with Workflow, it's an automation app that can essentially do anything. It lets you create workflows to accomplish a wide variety of tasks like creating GIFs from a series of photos, grabbing images from a web page, translating an article, calculating a tip, posting photos to multiple social networks at once, and much, much more. -- MacRumors.

Turn an iPad-Made Movie Into a DVD

Turn an iPad-Made Movie Into a DVD

As versatile as it is, the iPad does not include the ability to record DVDs, so you need the right hardware and software to get the movie onto a disc. Some programs in Apple's App Store offer to create DVDs from uploaded video, but you can also do it yourself if you have access to a computer with a DVD burner and disc-making software. -- New York Times.

How do I clear my web browser's cache, cookies, and history?

How do I clear my web browser's cache, cookies, and history?

In most computer-based web browsers, to open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If this doesn't work, follow the appropriate instructions below.

If you don't see instructions below for your specific version or browser, search your browser's Help menu for "clear cache". If you're unsure what browser version you're using, from the Help menu or your browser's menu, select About [browser name]. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you don't see the menu bar, press Alt. -- Indiana University.

Apple's Newer iPhones and iPads Fail Almost Twice as Much as Android Devices

Apple's Newer iPhones and iPads Fail Almost Twice as Much as Android Devices

A report from Blannco Technology Group has revealed that iOS devices failed more often than Android devices in the third quarter. Specifically, 62% of Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units suffered failures, compared to the 47% failure rate tallied by Android devices. -- Blannco.


Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of Focus

Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of Focus

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros is a gimmick -- but so was the mouse, once upon a time. In fact, Apple's latest gimmick solves a problem we didn't know we had: the friction caused by a single point of focus. -- TidBITS.

PSA: Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 MacBook Pro adapter doesn't support your Mini DisplayPort displays

PSA: Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 MacBook Pro adapter doesn't support your Mini DisplayPort displays

There is a bit of confusion over what displays are supported via the new MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. If you don't have a display that uses a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port-- like the new 4K and 5K LG displays being sold exclusively by Apple for the new MacBook Pros-- then you'll need an adapter to go from Thunderbolt 3 to whatever I/O your display has (DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 2, etc). Something like Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, for example. -- 9to5Mac.


How-To: Transfer files quickly between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3 and Target Disk Mode [Video]

How-To: Transfer files quickly between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3 and Target Disk Mode [Video]

Target Disk Mode isn't a new technology, but the fact that you can now transfer files using Thunderbolt 3 is new. Target Disk Mode allows you to quickly share files between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3. Watch our video walk-through as we guide you through the process step-by-step. -- 9to5Mac.

Send in the Clones: If Apple doesn't want to innovate the desktop Mac, it should let others

Send in the Clones: If Apple doesn't want to innovate the desktop Mac, it should let others

Seemingly neglected with the latest round of Mac refreshes are Apple's desktop offerings. While the MacBook Pro was dramatically overhauled this year with a new design, faster internals, an all-new Touch Bar, and more, the desktop offerings, specifically the Mac mini and Mac Pro, were left untouched. -- 9to5Mac.

Video: Stephen Colbert Late Show perfectly parodies Apple's new design book, touts 'touch page' technology

Video: Stephen Colbert Late Show perfectly parodies Apple's new design book, touts 'touch page' technology

Apple's new design book 'Designed by Apple in California' is now on sale for $199/$299 at Apple Stores in a handful of countries -- and it has already become the joke of Stephen Colbert's late night TV show. In the fake Apple ad, the video mixes real shots of the actual book and shots of mock Apple executives, creating a pretty hilarious parody. -- 9to5Mac.

Comment: Given the ultra-low repairability of the new MacBook Pro, I'm getting AppleCare this time

Comment: Given the ultra-low repairability of the new MacBook Pro, I'm getting AppleCare this time

I don't generally bother with AppleCare. My usual view is that, like any other extended warranty, it offers poor value for money. You're paying a lot of money upfront for coverage you'll likely never need.

Most Mac faults are going to make themselves known well inside the first year of standard Apple warranty coverage. The likelihood of a major fault occurring in the interval between the standard warranty expiring and AppleCare doing the same is very low. (There's an additional factor at play in the EU, which I'll get to later as it won't be relevant to U.S. readers.)

But I am opting for it this time. Because the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not only non-upgradable, but also pretty much non-repairable. -- 9to5Mac.

Safari for Mac: Clear your Safari browsing history

Safari for Mac: Clear your Safari browsing history

You can remove all records that Safari keeps of where you've browsed during a period of time you choose. If your Mac and your other devices have Safari turned on in iCloud preferences, your browsing history is removed from all of them. Clearing your browsing history in Safari doesn't clear any browsing histories kept independently by websites you visited. -- Apple Support.

Clear your Safari browser history and set up content blockers on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Clear your Safari browser history and set up content blockers on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to delete your Safari browsing history, cookies, and cache. A cookie is a piece of data that a site puts on your device, so it can remember you when you visit again. -- Apple Support.

How to install an app in macOS Sierra that's not signed by a developer

How to install an app in macOS Sierra that's not signed by a developer

The guys who make the program are not recognized developers for Mac. However, I have used this app for years (it's required for work). How can I install it with the new restrictions on installing apps in Sierra?

Sierra makes a small change in launching less-validated software, but it's still there. -- Macworld.

How to set up and customize your Mac from scratch

How to set up and customize your Mac from scratch

Who needs restoring from a backup? If you want to set up your new Mac from scratch, here's what you need to do.

The MacBook Pro I'm writing this article on is my first laptop in nine months. Last March, my MacBook Air had an unfortunate drowning incident; in the months since, I've been working on an iPad Pro while out and about.

My only other computer, a 5K Retina iMac, has a terabyte hard drive, and as such, wasn't the best candidate to clone to a 256GB SSD. The situation was clear: I was going to have to do a fresh setup on my new MacBook Pro rather than restore it from a laptop backup.

Thanks to iCloud, the Mac App Store, and other cloud-based storage providers like Dropbox, this premise isn't nearly as terrifying as it used to be. But there are still quite a few steps you're going to want to make sure you go through when setting up from scratch.

So, as I went through the process myself on the MacBook Pro, I made a list. Hopefully this will help you, dear reader, should you also decide to amble down this path in the near future. -- iMore.

16 Ways To Love The Mac's Simplest Utility

16 Ways To Love The Mac's Simplest Utility

Mac users can choose from a growing number of system utilities; cleverly designed tools which perform necessary maintenance; the kind your Mac often does overnight, or which require some manual effort.

Through the years we've written about many such maintenance tools, some free, some with a hefty price tag. Most of the free ones have more choices and options than many Mac users care to wade through, so here's a look at what is arguably the simplest of such system utilities. It's called Yasu. -- Mac360.

The rise in selfie deaths and how to stop them

The rise in selfie deaths and how to stop them

The number of people who die each year taking a selfie is on the rise but a team of US researchers now hope they can tackle the problem. They are developing an app which will warn people when they are at risk. -- BBC.

Bluetooth: Find Your Parked Car With Your iPhone

Bluetooth: Find Your Parked Car With Your iPhone

If you have your iPhone linked to your car using Bluetooth, then it will automatically remember where you parked. [If you have a car that does NOT have Bluetooth then you'll never find it.] You can access your parking location in the Maps app and get directions to walk back to your car. You can also add notes and an image to help. -- MacMost.

Working with Threads in iOS 10 Mail

Working with Threads in iOS 10 Mail

Apple has made some nice changes to the way that message threads are handled in the iOS 10 Mail app, replacing the prior message sub-list with an inline conversation view that users of alternative mail apps and platforms like Gmail will find far more familiar. In addition to presenting all of the messages in a single threaded view, in the Mail app now includes all of the messages in your entire mail account by default, rather than only those in the current mailbox or folder. -- iLounge.

5+ Year Old Macs -- No Longer Low End

5+ Year Old Macs -- No Longer Low End

Something odd has happened over roughly the last 5 years. Moore's law is hitting a brick wall (or at least it would seem so.)

As a result, the difference in a 5 year old Mac today versus a 5 year old Mac from 1995 in the year 2000 or a 5 year old Mac from 2005 in 2010 is night and day.

Why has this phenomenon happened? Several reasons can be cited, but it mainly boils down to a few things that have largely plateaued over the last few years. -- Low End Mac.

Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, a Stripped-Down Private Browser For iOS

Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, a Stripped-Down Private Browser For iOS

Mozilla today launched a new browser for iOS. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. -- Venture Beat.


If Apple wants to live up to its motto of 'think different,' perhaps it should try not releasing a new phone for a change

If Apple wants to live up to its motto of 'think different,' perhaps it should try not releasing a new phone for a change.

That was the message HBO talk-show host Bill Maher had for the iPhone maker on Friday (Sept. 23). And he advised consumers to think twice before forking over their dollars for unnecessary upgrades.

"The only people who really need you to get a new phone are the shareholders,” Maher said. But just because investors want Apple’s stock price to rise “doesn’t mean you need to stand in that nerd line and buy it." -- Bill Maher.

Bill Maher thought up Apple's next product to help liberals get through Trump's presidency

It’s now Liberal’s Turn to become Doomsday-prepping gun nuts. They just need survival products tailored to our lifestyle like freeze-dried kale and quinoa salad, pomegranate-scented emergency candles, camouflage in Pantone spring fashion colors of pale dogwood and hazelnut and most importantly, the Apple iDefender. It’s like any other shotgun only twice as expensive, only accepts Apple’s proprietary iShells, and they removed the barrel sight to make it thinner.

November 17Thursday's News


Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets users scrub through YouTube ads

Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets users scrub through YouTube ads

Article Image In Safari, the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro can currently be used to scrub through YouTube videos -- including normally unskippable 30-second pre-roll ads, owners have discovered. -- AppleInsider.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows difficult to repair computer

13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows difficult to repair computer

Article Image The first full tear-down of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has concluded, with confirmation of a non-removable SSD, and as expected the computer has little possibility of user repairability. -- AppleInsider.


Everything you need to know about USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 on Apple's new MacBook Pro

Everything you need to know about USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 on Apple's new MacBook Pro

Article Image Apple has decisively transitioned its new MacBook Pros to use the slim, unidirectional new USB-C port first introduced on the Retina MacBook a year and a half ago. Its latest MacBook Pro machines not only supply more connectors, but also support the enhanced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 protocols for blazing fast wired connectivity and high resolution displays. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids in peer-to-peer financial transactions

Article Image An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments. -- AppleInsider.


Cheapest MacBook Pro is radically different from its big brothers

Cheapest MacBook Pro is radically different from its big brothers

Apple now offers two different 13-inch MacBook Pro options -- one with function keys and one with a fancy Touch Bar. You might think they'd be almost identical internally, but they couldn't be more different. -- Cult of Mac.

Google Translate Update Bringing Easier-to-Read Translations to Web and App

Google Translate Update Bringing Easier-to-Read Translations to Web and App

An incoming update to Google Translate on the web and mobile app will enhance the service's ability to translate whole sentences at a time, instead of going word by word. With the help of "Neural Machine Translation," Google said that Google Translate will be able to look at the "broader context" of a phrase to parse out a more naturalistic representation in the native language of the app's user. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-On With the New 'TV' App in the tvOS 10.1 Beta

Hands-On With the New 'TV' App in the tvOS 10.1 Beta

As of this morning, fourth-generation Apple TV owners running the tvOS 10.1 beta were given access to the new "TV" app, which is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding and watching television and movies across the Apple TV and iOS devices.

The TV app, which works hand-in-hand with features like Live Tune-In and Single Sign On, aims to make it easier for users to locate content that's spread across dozens of television and movie apps. In the video below, you can see that the TV app is now fully functional, with a dedicated store, recommended content, and an Up Next syncing feature -- MacRumors.

Protecting Your Digital Life in 7 Easy Steps

Protecting Your Digital Life in 7 Easy Steps

There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information.

Major hacks seem ever more frequent. Investigators believe that a set of top-secret National Security Agency hacking tools were offered to online bidders this summer.

And many of those worried about expanded government surveillance by the N.S.A. and other agencies have taken steps to secure their communications. -- New York Times.

iOS 10: Drawing on Your Pictures in Messages

iOS 10: Drawing on Your Pictures in Messages

If you liked Melissa Holt's Quick Tip about using Photos on the Mac to mark up images, then you're gonna need to check out this one too. Wanna annoy your friends and family by drawing on the pictures you send them through Messages? Sure you do, and we'll tell you how! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's Tradition of Always Building the Best Doesn't Fit with Current Apple TV

Apple's Tradition of Always Building the Best Doesn't Fit with Current Apple TV

Apple was, it seemed, somewhat late with the 4th generation 1080p Apple TV that shipped in October of 2015. Not delivering at 4K device at that time could be forgiven because High Dynamic Range (HDR) specs hadn't been formalized during its development. But for the holidays of 2016, most all the 4K/UHD TVs have HDR. The new Roku has HDR. So what is Apple thinking? John, as always, ponders the situation. -- The Mac Observer.

MacBook Pro Diary: I've come to terms with the fact that it's the end of the line for upgradable MacBooks

MacBook Pro Diary: I've come to terms with the fact that it's the end of the line for upgradable MacBooks

I've always upgraded my MacBooks. Usually, I would spec out my machine with the best processor and GPU, and couple that to the bare-bones RAM and drive, then upgrade those components myself to avoid the Apple premium. Sometimes I'd upgrade more than once during a machine's lifetime. -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on impressions: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar [Video]

Hands-on impressions: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar [Video]

After going hands-on with the Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar, I was finally able to spend some significant hands-on time with the real MacBook Pro for this generation, the Touch Bar-equipped version. -- 9to5Mac.

Xiaomi Mi Mix review--This is what the future of smartphones looks like

Xiaomi Mi Mix review--This is what the future of smartphones looks like

Xiaomi elegantly solves a lot of problems to create a more screen-centric smartphone.

Smartphone design has stagnated. If you're using Apple as a measuring stick for the industry, we're going to have three years of iPhones that use an identical case design. If you're going by Samsung, the company hasn't tweaked its front design since the Galaxy S5 in 2014. Google just produced its first self-branded smartphone hardware ever, and it didn't have anything significant to say when it comes to smartphone design either. -- Ars Technica.

Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware

Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware

Jason Snell's sister ran into a persnickety pop-up asking her to call an 800 number. Instead she called family tech support!

"I need Apple advice," My sister texted me last week. "I got a message that my computer is blocked due to an unexpected error. It gives me a number to call to fix it. Does that sound legit?" -- Macworld.

What OS X tweaks, hacks, or modifications couldn't you live without?

What OS X tweaks, hacks, or modifications couldn't you live without?

What OS X tweaks or customization applications do you find indispensable? -- StackExchange.

Mac keyboard shortcuts

Mac keyboard shortcuts

By pressing a combination of keys, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.

To use a keyboard shortcut, hold down one or more modifier keys while pressing the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use the shortcut Command-C (copy), hold down Command, press C, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including the modifier keys... -- Apple Support.

Thank You, Sal

Thank You, Sal

"I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that "the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it." That credo remains my truth to this day. Recently, I was informed that my position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies was eliminated for business reasons. Consequently, I am no longer employed by Apple Inc."

This is very sad news. Saghoian was an unsung hero of the Mac community and by all accounts an inspiring and excellent guy. That Apple is making changes in the automation department is unsurprising, since AppleScript and Automator have long seemed like they were adrift. However, my impression is that if it weren't for Saghoian things would be a lot worse. The question now is: what are Apple's plans for automation? Is this another sign of Apple neglecting pros? At best, the company has lost a key advocate for users and link to the Mac community. -- Daring Fireball.

Getting Better All The Time

Getting Better All The Time


November 16Wednesday's News


Everything you need to know about Apple's Touch Bar and Touch ID for MacBook Pro

Everything you need to know about Apple's Touch Bar and Touch ID for MacBook Pro

Article Image Apple introduced new Touch Bar and Touch ID features on its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Here's a look at how they work, what they're useful for, and the potential for seeing these technologies trickle out across the rest of Apple's Mac platform. -- AppleInsider.

Apple SSD in Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro fixed to motherboard, not removable

Apple SSD in Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro fixed to motherboard, not removable

Article Image Recent examinations of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar show that Apple has abandoned the socketed SSD as seen in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys model. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Music nabs exclusive streaming rights to star-studded '808' documentary

Apple Music nabs exclusive streaming rights to star-studded '808' documentary

Article Image Apple has secured exclusive first access rights to "808," a documentary film chronicling the impact the Roland TR-808 programmable drum machine had, and continues to have despite its discontinuation 33 years ago, on the music making world. -- AppleInsider.

Meet PoisonTap, the $5 tool that ransacks password-protected computers

Meet PoisonTap, the $5 tool that ransacks password-protected computers

The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse, thanks to a newly released exploit tool that takes only 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading backdoor, even when the machine is locked with a strong password. -- Ars Technica.


Jony Ive goes inside Apple's design lab in new video

Jony Ive goes inside Apple's design lab in new video

Going inside Apple's design lab is a rare privilege some Apple execs don't even get, but Jony Ive is giving the world a glimpse inside his lab to celebrate the company's new book.

In Apple's latest video, Jony Ive's disembodied voice floats through his Industrial Design Studio while describing the processes for making the company's iconic gadgets. Shots of Apple's prototyping machines can be seen, as well as the product benches where every single detail of a product is analyzed and reconsidered.

Take a look:

Google Debuts 'PhotoScan' App for Scanning Old Photos With iPhone

Google Debuts 'PhotoScan' App for Scanning Old Photos With iPhone

Google today launched a new app called PhotoScan, which is designed to make it easy to scan printed photographs using your iPhone's camera.

PhotoScan instructs users to take four separate quick images of a printed photo, stitching them together to create a perfect high-resolution digital copy. Google's multi-image capture method eliminates issues that normally plague digital photos of print photographs, including glare and distortion. -- Google.

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. -- New York Times.


Apple Wins 61 Patents Today Covering Future iPad Pro Accessories including a High-End Dock/Pivoting Stand and more

Apple Wins 61 Patents Today Covering Future iPad Pro Accessories including a High-End Dock/Pivoting Stand and more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series 61 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover possible future iPad Pro accessories that point to an Apple Pencil holder, a high-end pivoting stand and docking station, new keyboard configurations and more. -- Patently Apple.

Chinese Consumer Group Has Asked Apple To Investigate 'a Considerable Number' of iPhone Shutdowns

Chinese Consumer Group Has Asked Apple To Investigate 'a Considerable Number' of iPhone Shutdowns

The China Consumers Association (CCA) has asked Apple to investigate "a considerable number" of reports by users of iPhone 6 and 6s phones that the devices have been shutting off and cannot be turned back on again, it said on Tuesday.

The reported problems specifically involve users seeing their iPhones automatically shut off despite 50-60 percent battery levels, and the involuntary shutting off in room temperature or colder environments, as well as the inability to turn the cellphone back on despite continuous battery charging, the statement said. "In view that Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series cellphones in China have a considerable number of users, and the number of people who've reported this problem is rather many, China Consumer Association has already made a query with Apple," the association said in a statement on its website. -- Business Insider.

macOS Sierra: Using Markup in Photos

macOS Sierra: Using Markup in Photos

With macOS Sierra, the markup tools we've been able to use in Mail and Preview to annotate images have come to Photos, as well, but they're a bit hidden. Wanna find out how to use them? -- The Mac Observer.

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown reveals speaker grilles are only cosmetic, Touch Bar is hard to replace

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown reveals speaker grilles are only cosmetic, Touch Bar is hard to replace

With the new MacBook Pro now shipping to customers, iFixit have got their hands on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and have disassembled it and completed their usual teardown. There are quite a few differences between this model and the cheaper 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro that retains traditional keys; teardown for that model here. -- 9to5Mac.

Review: Why Apple had to use AMD GPUs in the 15-inch MacBook Pro

Review: Why Apple had to use AMD GPUs in the 15-inch MacBook Pro

The new design of the MacBook Pros is nice, and Apple's decision to put in nothing but Thunderbolt 3 ports has prompted a fresh wave of dongle talk, but the signature feature of the new MacBook Pros was always going to be the Touch Bar. -- Ars Technica.

5 iCloud Alternatives For Backing Up iOS Devices

5 iCloud Alternatives For Backing Up iOS Devices

Most iOS users cannot imagine life without iCloud. We know we can't. Unfortunately, as is the case with essentially every product in the world, not everyone is satisfied with iCloud. Some (most?) say the free storage is too limited, some have cited security issues, and others dislike the slow speeds associated with backing up or restoring an iOS device. It is also impossible to preview the data within an iCloud backup, and individual pieces of data from the backups can't be restored on their own.

There are, however, iCloud alternatives if you need more than what the default service has to offer. -- Apple Gazette.

November 15Tuesday's News


Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Review: Apple's late-2016 15

Article Image Apple's new Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Pro ever, but unlike the company's earlier ultralight MacBook Air, it packs a fast, quad-core Intel CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU along with 16GB of high speed RAM and other "pro" level niceties. After spending some time with the new flagship, AppleInsider came away impressed at what Apple was able to achieve. -- AppleInsider.

Microsoft is going to pretend to release Visual Studio for Mac

Microsoft is going to pretend to release Visual Studio for Mac

On Wednesday, Microsoft is hosting its Connect() developer conference in New York City, but the company has accidentally let slip a couple of pieces of news a bit early. Posts were published to MSDN Magazine (though they've now been removed) earlier than intended.

The biggest news is that Visual Studio is coming to the Mac--or, at least, a piece of software named Visual Studio is coming to the Mac. Microsoft has always had a surprising willingness to give different products similar names, a move that generally provokes more confusion than it does enlightenment. The same seems true here.

Visual Studio for Mac isn't, in fact, Visual Studio at all. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds third developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 & tvOS 10.1

Apple seeds third developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 & tvOS 10.1

Apple on Monday issued a third developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2, and tvOS 10.1, as well as a second beta of Xcode 8.2. -- AppleInsider.


MacBook Pro reviews roundup: Promising, not groundbreaking

MacBook Pro reviews roundup: Promising, not groundbreaking

Reviews are out for Apple's controversial new MacBook Pro, which adds innovations like the Touch Bar but ditches a variety of ports in favor of USB-C (and adds a hefty price tag to boot.)

So what do the early reviews make of Apple's new pro laptop? In a nutshell, that it's futuristic, but maybe not an entirely successful device for present-day users. Check out some of the pros and cons of the laptop's most talked-about features below. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Stream Video on an Older TV

How to Stream Video on an Older TV

Most streaming video devices that connect to your television need an HDMI port and the wide-screen rectangular aspect ratio for the best performance. However, you can get a special converter that lets you use the Amazon Fire TV Stick with older sets -- like those with screens in the 4:3 aspect ratio and the yellow, red and white composite jacks for connecting video devices to the television. -- New York Times.

Why Absolutely Secure Encryption is Essential for a Free People

Why Absolutely Secure Encryption is Essential for a Free People

There's a huge difference between a guaranteed secure communication and one that is feared to be compromised. In the former, people and governments are truly free to share and negotiate. In the latter, suspicion and fear color all conversations and stymie progress. And it always seems that encryption compromises to catch the bad guys end up being justified against political enemies as well. This article at The Guardian makes the case for absolute privacy, using WhatsApp. It does so in a very direct, compelling way in the context of international diplomacy. -- The Mac Observers.

The best apps for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar & Touch ID

The best apps for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar & Touch ID

With the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar arriving to the first pre-order customers and going on sale at Apple stores this week, you might be looking to try out some apps that support the new hardware. Fortunately, Apple has already confirmed many apps that will get support for Touch Bar, the new contextually sensitive touchscreen panel embedded into the MacBook Pro's keyboard, and many others app developers are announcing updates. -- 9to5Mac.

WhatsApp goes head-to-head with FaceTime, adding end-to-end encrypted video calls

WhatsApp goes head-to-head with FaceTime, adding end-to-end encrypted video calls

WhatsApp is competing directly with FaceTime in its latest update, which offers video calls with end-to-end encryption. The company appears to indirectly reference the iPhone in its blog post announcing the new feature. -- 9to5Mac.


If your Time Machine backup disk runs out of space

Time Machine backup error: Too big for backup volume

Some people may experience issues with Time Machine reporting that the backup they intend to make is too big for the designated backup volume. Time Machine analyzes the data that is about to be backed up and compares it with the space left on the backup drive. Occasionally, this calculation seems to produce errors, despite the backup volume having plenty of space remaining.

Time Machine only deletes older files if they have been deleted from the source and when Time Machine needs space on the backup drive for a new incremental backup. Time Machine "thins" it's backups; hourly backups over 24 hours old, except the first of the day; those "daily" backups over 30 days old, except the first of the week. The weeklies are kept as long as there's room.

So, how long a backup file remains depends on how long it was on your Mac before being deleted, assuming you do at least one backup per day. If it was there for at least 24 hours, it will be kept for at least a month. If it was there for at least a week, it will be kept as long as there's room.

Note, that on a Time Capsule the sparsebundle grows in size as needed, but doesn't shrink. Thus, from the user's view of the TC it appears that no space has been freed, although there may be space in the sparsebundle.

Once Time Machine has found it cannot free up enough space for a new backup it reports the disk is full. You can either erase the backup drive and start your backups anew or replace the drive with a larger drive. -- Apple Support.

Touch ID not working for you? Here's how to fix it

Touch ID not working for you? Here's how to fix it

How do I fix Touch ID? If you can't get access to your iOS device or Mac with Touch ID, try these troubleshooting tips!

Touch ID is Apple's fingerprint identity sensor. It allows you to unlock your device, log in to apps, use Apple Pay, and make purchases from the App Store and iTunes by touching and briefly holding your finger against the sensor. When it works, it's magical, and you want it everywhere - your car, your house, your yacht, your one-man rocket to Mars. When it doesn't, you want to throw your iPhone (or Mac) across the room. -- iMore.

How to Login to iCloud.com from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with Full iCloud Access

How to Login to iCloud.com from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with Full iCloud Access

The iCloud.com website allows users to access various iCloud features including the endlessly useful Find My iPhone from anywhere with a web browser, but if you have tried to visit iCloud.com from an iPhone or iPad, you'll notice rather than the traditional sign-in to iCloud login page that is mobile friendly, you'll be redirected to an iOS specific page that attempts to launch local iOS apps for the iCloud.com services instead. This isn't desirable if someone is using someone else's device to locate a misplaced iPhone or iPad, or just to access other iCloud services, and thus a better solution than logging into those apps is to access the full iCloud login website directly from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using a web browser instead. -- OS X Daily.

How to use the Touch Bar: The ultimate guide

How to use the Touch Bar: The ultimate guide

The Touch Bar adds a row of multitouch controls to the top of the MacBook Pro's keyboard. Here's everything you need to know about it. -- iMore.


So Apple Doesn't Make the Mac You Want

So Apple Doesn't Make the Mac You Want

There has been a lot of hand wringing over the new MacBook Pro with its Touch Bar -- and complete lack of legacy ports. I understand. We've been here before.

Remember when the 12″ MacBook was introduced in March 2015 with only a single USB-C port? Compared to the 13″ MacBook Air, it no longer had MagSafe for power, the ancient USB Type A port for peripherals, Thunderbolt, or an SDXC card slot. -- Low End Mac.

Apple Technology Is Too Complex

Apple Technology Is Too Complex

As much as I enjoy my home full of Apple products, and marvel at the wonderfully crafted hardware and highly integrated software, there are many who think Apple technology is too complex. Seriously? -- TeraTalks.

Facebook: The Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Facebook: The Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth


November 14Monday's News


Purpose of Apple's 'Control Strip' trademark filing detailed in Touch Bar developer guidelines

Purpose of Apple's 'Control Strip' trademark filing detailed in Touch Bar developer guidelines

Article Image A trademark application for the term "Control Strip" fueled speculation that it might be the name Apple would use to refer to what is now officially known as the Touch Bar on its new MacBook Pros. But Apple's developer guidelines reveal that the Control Strip is the official name for an essential portion of the Touch Bar. -- AppleInsider.

Review: Apple's Late-2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

Review: Apple's Late-2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar

Article Image Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar and Touch ID is in many ways an evolutionary update, offering would-be buyers a lightweight, relatively powerful portable rig with a beautiful Retina display and solid keyboard and trackpad. But is a major redesign and minor internal upgrades worth a starting price of $1,499? -- AppleInsider.

Arrival proves that first contact movies can still blow your mind

Arrival proves that first contact movies can still blow your mind

Arrival is the riveting, slow-burn story of an alien encounter that's satisfyingly complex. Instead of showing how we blow up the buggers, this movie poses a difficult question: how would we communicate with seemingly peaceful aliens whose language is as impenetrable as whale-song? The welcome surprise is that Arrival explores the answers without shying away from the reality of how linguistics work, as well as the geopolitical consequences of first contact. -- Ars Technica.

New attack reportedly lets 1 modest laptop knock big servers offline

New attack reportedly lets 1 modest laptop knock big servers offline

Researchers said they have discovered a simple way lone attackers with limited resources can knock large servers offline when they're protected by certain firewalls made by Cisco Systems and other manufacturers.

The denial-of-service technique requires volumes of as little as 15 megabits, or about 40,000 packets per second, to sever the Internet connection of vulnerable servers. The requirements are in stark contrast to recent attacks targeting domain name service provider Dyn and earlier security site KrebsOnSecurity and French Web host OVH. Those assaults bombarded sites with volumes approaching or exceeding 1 terabit per second. Researchers from Denmark-based TDC Security Operations Center have dubbed the new attack technique BlackNurse. -- Ars Technica.

'Catastrophe theory' explains MacBook Pro backlash

'Catastrophe theory' explains MacBook Pro backlash

Apple's launch of the new MacBook Pros prompted a surprisingly virulent backlash -- one that can be explained by "catastrophe theory" in mathematics.

Normally, reaction to Apple's new products is remarkably consistent. Apple loyalists are pleased, the wider public approves and the tech press cynically dismisses the new products (because they hold Apple to a higher standard than the rest of the industry).

This time, it was different. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple's Intelligent Storage Management to iOS Updates [Updated]

Apple's Intelligent Storage Management to iOS Updates [Updated]

Developers who are installing the second beta of iOS 9 have discovered a highly useful iOS 9 space management feature, which will help users who have little space on their devices install major operating system updates. -- MacRumors.

Why Is There So Much Pain Extracting Truth From Apple?

Why Is There So Much Pain Extracting Truth From Apple?

Astonishingly, Apple creates unnecessary problems for itself. Locked in the old era, modern Apple executive thinking continues to focus on drama while excising important elements of its vision. That leads to pain, criticism, and disaffection with Apple. It wouldn't be hard to avoid all that these days. John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

A mobile number can be even more valuable than a Social Security number, since it's tied to so many databases and connected to a device you carry with you.

The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.

<>The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to private information maintained by all sorts of companies, including money lenders and social networks. It can be used to monitor and predict what you buy, look for online or even watch on television. -- New York Times.

Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

If you take a look around the web, you'll already find plenty of reviews about the new MacBook Pro. To date, only the non-Touch Bar 13-inch model has been made available, with other models arriving sometime next week (if you ordered early). All told, the reviews are less than glowing, with many likening the computer to a farce foisted on us by Apple. That's certainly one way to look at it, but there's probably something a bit more obvious at play. -- SlashGear.

How To Prioritize WiFi Networks On Mac For Best Wireless Performance

How To Prioritize WiFi Networks On Mac For Best Wireless Performance

In this day and age and with the world becoming an ever increasingly connected one, we are more often than not connected to the internet on our computers and that's often via the magic that is WiFi.

But sometimes, even macOS needs a helping hand, and that's where you come in. -- Redmond Pie.

You'll Never Believe Where Your Old Computer Could End Up After You Hand It In for Recycling

You'll Never Believe Where Your Old Computer Could End Up After You Hand It In for Recycling

Roughly 20 km away from Hong Kong's slick, densely packed urban center lies the New Territories -- a suburban mishmash of rugged hills and scruffy villages, soaring new housing developments and vacant lots.

This is where over half of the territory's 7.2 million people live. It could also be the resting place for your old PC or printer. -- Time.

Using the iPad for: Writing Novels

Using the iPad for: Writing Novels

I write books, and writing is one task that the iPad is ideally suited for. Even the on-screen keyboard is very usable with practice, though you'll certainly want a physical keyboard for serious typing, and there are a wealth of apps available to help you get words down in a focused environment. -- Matt Gemmell.

How To See A Color Corrected World Using Your iPhone

How To See A Color Corrected World Using Your iPhone

Color blindness is not the kind of vision impairment you can fix with laser surgery. There are specials Enchroma glasses available to fix color blindness. They aren't the cheapest, especially if you compare them to normal prescription glasses. To make life easier for those who are color blind, technology tries to compensate for it via special accessibility features. -- AddictiveTips.

How to . . . fix Apple's iOS 10's annoying features: Don't want to handwrite messages? Or have your screen wake by accident? No problem

How to . . . fix Apple's iOS 10's annoying features: Don't want to handwrite messages? Or have your screen wake by accident? No problem

There are lots of things to love about iOS 10, but Apple's latest mobile operating system isn't perfect. The recently released update 10.1.1 addressed a few bugs, but what about the "features" you'd really rather go without? -- Irish Times.

My iPad Setup

My iPad Setup

Since beginning this series of articles, I've often been asked on Twitter what exactly my iPad setup is. Here's an overview of what I use, and how I work. -- Matt Gemmell.

Lock screen: Ultimate guide

Lock screen: Ultimate guide

What's the Lock screen, how do you use it, and how do you change it to make it your own? Here are your answers!

Because Lock screen is the first screen you land on when you boot up or wake up, it serves as both assistant and gatekeeper -- it keeps you informed and up-to-date at a glance, and keeps your iPhone and iPad secure against unauthorized access. That means there's a lot of functionality you can get to quickly, but also a lot of privacy options you can toggle to make sure what's available is only what you want to have available. -- iMore.


The Early Days of Computer Retailing

The Early Days of Computer Retailing

Some of you may remember seeing one of the first personal computers at a Radio Shack store in the latter part of 1977. Although there were three competing "home computer" systems on the market, only the TRS-80 was widely available -- it was on display at 3,500 Radio Shack stores throughout the United States! -- Low End Mac.

Smartphone WiFi Signals Can Leak Your Keystrokes, Passwords, and PINs

Smartphone WiFi Signals Can Leak Your Keystrokes, Passwords, and PINs

The way users move fingers across a phone's touchscreen alters the WiFi signals transmitted by a mobile phone, causing interruptions that an attacker can intercept, analyze, and reverse engineer to accurately guess what the user has typed on his phone or in password input fields.

This type of attack, nicknamed WindTalker, is only possible when the attacker controls a rogue WiFi access point to collect WiFi signal disturbances. -- Bleeping Computer.

November 11Friday's News


Veterans/Armistice Day

Veterans'/Armistice Day

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros and the future of Macs

Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros and the future of Macs

Article Image Whether you just skim headlines or deeply scour the Internet for every last word on the subject, Apple's latest MacBook Pro introduction appeared to be greeted with mountains of complaints from fans and haters alike, all united in their quivering fear of an existential threat to the Macintosh as a viable platform. Time to breathe! -- AppleInsider.

How to use Siri to send people money with PayPal

How to use Siri to send people money with PayPal

PayPal is making it super-easy to send friends money, thanks to new Siri support introduced in the company's iOS app today.

Now you can use voice commands to tell Siri how much money to send, and who to send it to. All you have to do is set up the PayPal app to give Siri access. Here's how to do it... -- Cult of Mac.

Streaming: Why Netflix Lets Movie Lovers Down, and What to Do About It

Streaming: Why Netflix Lets Movie Lovers Down, and What to Do About It

Almost half a century ago, if you had enough disposable income and a certain amount of technical agility, you could have your own YouTube channel. Sort of. You could share your videos with friends who came over to your place to watch them, or you lend them to pals who had hardware similar to yours. -- New York Times.

Pro Video Editor Says MacBook Pro Beats Out Superior Spec'd Windows Machines In Real-World

Pro Video Editor Says MacBook Pro Beats Out Superior Spec'd Windows Machines In Real-World

On the 27th October Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pros. Since then half of what I read online seems to be "Professionals" (those guys), telling me it's not Pro at all, not Pro enough or not the right kind of Pro. How many of these people have even touched the new devices?

Very few.

I've been using the new 15" MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) for the last week or so for actual work, so here's my "Professional" opinion. -- The Huffington Post.

How to Turn Off Sierra's Optimized Storage

How to Turn Off Sierra's Optimized Storage

Sierra's Optimized Storage can free up significant amounts of space on a drive that's bursting at the seams, but if you aren't comfortable with the possibility of your data living only in the cloud, you can turn off each of Optimized Storage's options. Since Optimized Storage can turn itself on after a macOS update, it's well worth knowing how to flip those switches back off. -- TidBITS.

Proof of what we all suspected

Proof of what we all suspected


Mac administrators seeing changes on the horizon: New plans could alter how Apple machines are managed

Mac administrators seeing changes on the horizon: New plans could alter how Apple machines are managed

A looming set of changes to the macOS has some administrators worried that the way they manage and configure Apple systems will need switching up.

Those changes, which have only been partly revealed by Apple, will see a new file system implemented in the OS and, in the process, a lockdown of key components of the operating system -- away from attackers and admins alike.

Central to the idea is the Apple File System (APFS), a technology Cupertino already uses for iOS that is currently being offered for tests in preview versions of macOS Sierra, with plans for a bootable release next year. -- The Register.

Unlock the Power of macOS's Preview

Unlock the Power of macOS's Preview

As the bundled PDF and image viewer in macOS, Preview doesn't get a lot of love. Most people's interactions with the software are probably limited to printing off forms or looking at JPGs, but it's capable of so much more. Here's some powerful features macOS's Preview app that you might not be aware of. -- Apple Gazette.

How to speed up Mail on your Mac

How to speed up Mail on your Mac

If you're using Apple's Mail application on the Mac you've probably seen the app slow down over time. One reason why this can happen is because the database used by Mail to store messages can grow to a large size thanks to message fragmenting and gaps in the database when messages are deleted.

Lucky for you there's a fairly simple solution, made even simpler by using Automator, Apple's easy-to-use app for automating tasks that often need to be performed repeatedly. -- App Factor.

How to fax from macOS Sierra: Apple dumped USB modem support for faxing, but still claims it exists

How to fax from macOS Sierra: Apple dumped USB modem support for faxing, but still claims it exists

Dale Mericle needs to fax, and he's relied on his Mac since 2000. In macOS Sierra, it no longer works: his USRobotics 5637 doesn't appear as a printer option. Dale, it's not you, and it's not USRobotics, which continues to support this popular USB modem model for dial-up Internet connections, but notes that macOS Sierra doesn't support faxing. -- Macworld.

How to start using Maps on the Mac

How to start using Maps on the Mac

Apple's built-in Maps app on the Mac connects you to your iPhone so you can find addresses at home and take directions with you on the road.

If you own an iPhone, you are probably already familiar with the built-in Maps app. Apple has made searching for locations even easier by bringing the Maps app to Mac. With it, you can search for locations, get directions, see traffic conditions, and more. Here's how to start using Maps on the Mac. -- iMore.

How to download your music to your Mac from iCloud

How to download your music to your Mac from iCloud

Call me old school, but I don't trust all my digital data to reside solely in "the cloud" (that would be iCloud for we Apple fans). That's why I use iTunes Match and iCloud, yet also have my music library on an external hard drive connected to my iMac. -- Apple World Today.

How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible

How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible

My workflow is predominantly iOS-centric, but, lately, I've been turning more to the Mac -- my girlfriend's 15" MacBook Pro -- to get work done.

I've enjoyed getting reacquainted with Apple's desktop operating system. I like the Mac. While it's true the 12.9" iPad Pro is generally more accessible than a laptop due to iOS's touch-driven interface, it doesn't mean using a Mac is impossible or that macOS is inaccessible. -- TechCrunch.

Facebook on its fake news problem: 'there's so much more we need to do

Facebook on its fake news problem: 'there's so much more we need to do

After this week's unexpected election of Donald Trump to the presidency, some have pointed to Facebook's enabling of misinformation as one source that fed his success. Now, Facebook is admitting it must try harder to fight the problem.

In a statement, VP of product management Adam Mosseri said Facebook works to combat misinformation, but admitted "there's so much more we need to do." -- TechCrunch.

Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit

Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit

Apple's introduction of HomeKit in iOS 8 two years ago was in many ways what we had been waiting for in the home automation world -- a unifying framework that would signal a departure from the proprietary apps, devices, and ecosystems that we'd all come to know, and would take us into a place where we can build out smart homes from a collection of the best accessories available from a wide variety of vendors. It's been a long road from HomeKit's initial debut, with many accessory makers taking a while to get on board, and Apple being slow to add support for new types of devices, and new capabilities. With iOS 10, however, the HomeKit ecosystem is finally maturing, with Apple's own Home app, support for a wealth of new devices and automations, and a critical mass of accessories that users can now work with. -- iLounge.

How to control your home with HomeKit and iOS 10 Control Center

How to control your home with HomeKit and iOS 10 Control Center

One of the big changes in iOS 10 was the addition of two tabs to Control Center -- one for controlling music playback and one for controlling your HomeKit accessories. While the HomeKit app is best for setting up HomeKit devices like light switches, thermostats, door locks and so on, once they're set up you can make controlling those devices just a few swipes and taps away by using Control Center. -- Apple World Today.


How to Block Unknown Callers & 'No Caller ID' on iPhone

How to Block Unknown Callers & 'No Caller ID' on iPhone

Now that we can block callers on the iPhone by selecting a specific number or contact, wouldn't it be nice to go further and stop all "Unknown" callers and "No Caller ID" calls from coming to the iPhone too? Typically the "Unknown", "No Caller ID", and "Blocked" callers are telemarketers, robocalls, and other annoying types, so it's not like you're going to be missing much if we prevent these nuisances from contacting us. -- OS X Daily.

Jason Snell: Buttons and keys, your days are numbered

Jason Snell: Buttons and keys, your days are numbered

Jason Snell, writing for Macworld:

I can't imagine a future Mac laptop with an iPad where the keyboard should be, but with a few additional bits of technology, it seems a lot less wild an idea.

As someone who enjoys typing on a physical keyboard, I'm vaguely nauseated by the idea of a keyboard that's just a sheet of glass--but the travel on the MacBook Pro keyboard is so small already, would it be that different to remove it altogether?

And:

You can't operate a touch-screen keyboard by feel, because the act of feeling it causes it to react.

Unless you built in pressure sensitivity that would allow that surface to react differently to hard typing taps.

By a long, long shot, I prefer a physical keyboard to one presented on a sheet of glass. As Jason says, it's all about feel. Is it possible to use taptic feedback to improve a touch keyboard to the point where it approaches the feel of a physical keyboard? -- MacWorld.

November 10Wednesday's News


iOS 10.2 brings Emergency SOS feature to iPhone

iOS 10.2 brings Emergency SOS feature to iPhone

Apple released its second iOS 10.2 beta this week, and while we all got excited for brand new emojis and the TV app, we missed an awesome new feature that"s even more important: Emergency SOS.

Adopted from Apple Watch, Emergency SOS lets you discreetly contact the police in an emergency. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Releases Updated Version of iOS 10.1.1

Apple Releases Updated Version of iOS 10.1.1

Apple today seeded a minor version change to iOS 10.1.1, the current version of the iOS 10 operating system. The update is minor enough that it did not warrant a full 10.x.x number change, but it does include an updated build number.

iOS 10.1.1 being released today has a build number of 14B150, while the initial iOS 10.1.1 release, which came on October 31, had a build number of 14B100. -- MacRumors.

The Spy Who Loved Me: The Slippery Slope of Digital Surveillance

The Spy Who Loved Me: The Slippery Slope of Digital Surveillance

Using smartphones to track family members can be reassuring, but it can open the door to a surveillance state in the home.

In the middle of a long bicycle ride several weeks ago, I pulled over for a rest and took out my iPhone to send a text message to my wife. I had a feeling she might be watching me.

"If you"re checking my location, I"m not dead," I wrote to her. "I"m getting coffee on Mercer Island." -- New York Times.

Apple"s HomeKit Security vs. ioT Botnets -- There"s Only So Much Apple Can Do

Apple

The recent botnet attacks have called into question the security of all our various internet of Things (ioT) devices, and rightfully so. One of the regular chimes I hear in our Apple-centric universe is, "HomeKit is secure, it must be the answer." Unfortunately, HomeKit is only built to secure HomeKit, not everything. More must be done. -- The Mac Observer.

How to set up the Wiki Service in macOS Sierra Server: The Wiki Service is a great collaborative tool for your company or school

How to set up the Wiki Service in macOS Sierra Server: The Wiki Service is a great collabroative tool for your company or school

Next up in our series on macOS Sierra"s Server app is the Wiki service. You"re likely familiar with Wikis, especially if you"ve spent any time at Wikipedia, but it"s possible you"ve never thought about using one as a collaborative tool for your company or school.

Server"s Wiki service lets you provide multiple levels of access, giving one user the ability to create a Wiki and allowing that user to determine who will have access to view and/or edit what appears on the Wiki they create. -- Macworld.

How to Get iOS' 'Raise to Wake' to Work Every Single Time

How to Get iOS' 'Raise to Wake' to Work Every Single Time

Raise to Wake is a new feature in iOS 10. When you pick your iPhone up, the screen is supposed to turn on so you can see all the revamped notifications on the lock screen.

It sounds great on paper, but in reality, it can be a bit finicky to use. Sometimes, when you pick up your phone, you"re left staring expectantly at a blank screen. Rather than write Raise to Wake off, I decided to spend an embarrassing amount of time working out how to reliably trigger it. Here"s what I found. -- How-To Geek.

Understanding Thunderbolt 3 Ports

Understanding Thunderbolt 3 Ports

The new ports on the MacBook Pros are billed as Thunderbolt 3, but it is better to think of them as USB-C. They can handle USB, Thunderbolt, video and power. They are a single port to handle just about any peripheral need. If you have old devices and cables, then converters are cheap and easy to find. -- MacMost.

How to use Emergency SOS on Apple Watch and iPhone

How to use Emergency SOS on Apple Watch and iPhone

Emergency SOS is a potentially life-saving new iOS 10 feature Apple introduced at WWDC 2016. Already available in Apple Watch, the latest iOS 10 beta includes a version of the life-saving feature for iPhone. Emergency SOS works in 14 countries, including the US and UK. -- Apple Must.

What I Want In A Pro Mac

What I Want In A Pro Mac

Color me something of a Mac power user. Our household has five Macs. An a not quite aging MacBook Pro. An aging Mac Pro. An aging iMac. A very aging Mac mini. And an even older iMac that still runs macOS Sierra (so maybe not that old).

See the problem here? All our Macs are aging.

What I want is a Mac with power. A pro Mac. What Apple has been doing in recent years is obvious. Professional level Mac users are changing and Apple is going with the professional flow. These days, a quad core with 32GB of RAM is considered Pro. Even the Mac Pro is so much of a pro these days because it"s been three years without an upgrade and it"s not all that upgradeable anyway.

Alright, let"s see if we can define what a professional Mac means to Mac pros. -- NoodleMac.

Apple computers are expensive -- here"s how to build your own superfast Mac at a fraction of the price

Apple computers are expensive -- here

Jesse Guardiani from the createthis YouTube channel. has a pretty good walkthrough on how to make your own Hackintosh with a clear and useful step-by-step guide.

Some of these steps and concepts might seem a bit foreign, especially if you're unfamiliar with the ins-and-outs of computer technology, but we encourage you give it a shot if you're in need of a new Mac. It might seem a bit complex, but it's a rewarding activity and the end result is a super powerful computer that's cheaper than a normal Mac, and one you can say you built yourself!

If you want a Mac that looks like the trashcan Mac Pro, but don"t actually want to spend the several thousand dollars it costs to buy a Mac Pro, the Dune Case might be for you: it"s a Mac Pro-inspired PC case for any Hackintosh you care to throw into it.

Caveat Emptor: USB-C cable compatibility and safety are turning into a nightmare

Caveat Emptor: USB-C cable compatibility and safety are turning into a nightmare

Ever since USB debuted, it"s been billed as a simple solution to the complex problem of ensuring device compatibility. While the tendency of USB devices to form quantum superpositions was a problem for nearly two decades, the latest USB-C standard promised to end this, with a single, reversible cable. While it"s a great idea, some problems have emerged thanks to the different types of cables that can all use the USB-C standard.

Here"s the problem, in a nutshell. While USB-C defines a common port, the cables that hook into that port can support a wide range of features and capabilities -- ExtremeTech.

November 09Wednesday's News


Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Article Image Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs. -- AppleInsider.

The complete guide to living a newfangled USB-C (and Thunderbolt 3) lifestyle

The complete guide to living a newfangled USB-C (and Thunderbolt 3) lifestyle

If you put in an order for a new MacBook Pro, welcome! You're about to enter a brave new world, one where all your ports look the same as each other but remain totally different from every other port on whatever laptop you were using before. -- Ars Technica.

MagSafe returns for USB-C, handy popup displays and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

MagSafe returns for USB-C, handy popup displays and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

You can find some incredible new gadgets on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that often go unnoticed. We're rounding up some of the best every week to help them get the funding they need to become a reality. -- Cult of Mac.


How to fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth problems

How to fix iPhone 7 Bluetooth problems

There are few things to complain about with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but Bluetooth connectivity could be one of them.

Lots of customers have reported Bluetooth problems since upgrading to one of Apple's latest handsets. Recent iOS 10 updates were supposed to bring a fix, but they don't appear to have eliminated the issues for everyone. Here are three ways you can try to fix Bluetooth yourself. -- Cult of Mac.

Make Your Phone Easier to Read

Make Your Phone Easier to Read

If you find yourself squinting to read mail and web pages on your smartphone, you can bump up the font size to give your eyes a break.

In iOS 7 and later, you can change the size of your font in Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Phone, Notes, and other apps that support Dynamic Type. -- Apple Support.

Apple Acquires Granted Patent for Finger Hover Detection for iPad Virtual Keyboards Known as 'Dryft'

Apple Acquires Granted Patent for Finger Hover Detection for iPad Virtual Keyboards Known as 'Dryft'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent titled "Finger Hover Detection for Improved Typing" on virtual keyboards. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Granted 63 Patents Covering Apple Pencil, Digital Touch for Apple Watch and AR for Maps

Apple Granted 63 Patents Covering Apple Pencil, Digital Touch for Apple Watch and AR for Maps

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a design patent for Apple Pencil, Augmented Reality for Maps which led to the turn-by-turn feature and Apple's Digital Touch for Apple Watch as noted in our cover graphic. -- Patently Apple.

Mosh/SSH for iOS Has Arrived

Mosh/SSH for iOS Has Arrived

Mosh (Mobile Shell) is a remote terminal shell that goes beyond SSH and can replace it. Mosh allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes. It's an open source project on GitHub, and now it's available for iOS called Blink (iPhone and iPad). It's fairly expensive, but designed all out for professional users--with the emphasis on speed. UNIX geeks with iPads rejoice. -- The Mac Observer.

Hands-on: Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar [Video]

Hands-on: Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar [Video]

While we wait for the so-called real MacBook Pro to arrive, we wanted to take some time to explore the entry level 13-inch model that's already available in stores. Despite its lack of Apple's flagship Touch Bar and Touch ID features, there's a whole lot that's changed with the Late 2016 MacBook Pro refresh.

Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we step you through many of the changes and features, and tell you who might be wise to consider this machine. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple rolling out new Support app on iOS for scheduling repair appointments, AppleCare services

Apple rolling out new Support app on iOS for scheduling repair appointments, AppleCare services

Apple appears to be rolling out a new iOS app called Support that works on iPhone and iPad. Support for iOS includes helpful links to support articles as well as access to AppleCare services.

Here's how Apple describes the new app:

Need help? Apple Support app is your personalized guide to the best options from Apple. Find answers with articles tailored to your products and questions. Call, chat or email with an expert right away, or schedule a callback when it's convenient. Get a repair at an Apple Store or a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple Support is here to help. -- 9to5Mac.

There is no 'I' in iPhone: It's not all about you

There is no 'I' in iPhone: It's not all about you

The enduring magic of the iPhone is that it can be a different device for every single person who owns one, thanks to the ever-growing universe of apps for everything you may possibly want to do. -- Computerworld.

How to map a different key for Command and other modifiers

How to map a different key for Command and other modifiers

Terry Ogletree prefers some older, expensive mechanical keyboards he already has on hand to the newer Apple keyboard style that ships with Macs. (Very reasonable!) But these weren't designed for a Mac, and there's no key labeled Command.

Is there an alternative key or combination of keys I can use with a keyboard that is not an Apple-produced one to emulate the Command key? -- Macworld.

Final Cut Pro X: War on Keyframes - Speed up Your Workflow in FCPX Now!

Final Cut Pro X: War on Keyframes - Speed up Your Workflow in FCPX Now!

Keyframes in video are as old as analogue Digital Video Effects (DVEs) from the 1980's. ADO Anybody? So as we lost 'tracks' in Final Cut Pro X to a better method way of working, can we also lose the dreaded keyframe as well? Tony Gallardo explores... -- fcp.co.


Sort Folders and Files on Mac Just Like Windows With a Single Setting Switch

Sort Folders and Files on Mac Just Like Windows With a Single Setting Switch

If you're coming over to macOS from Windows, or you just plain prefer how Windows sorts files with the folders on top and files below, then How-To Geek points to a little setting that allows you to change how files are sorted.

By default, macOS displays files and folders in one big alphabetical list. This setting makes it so folders are at the top followed by files. In Finder, click Finder > Preferences, then check the box next to "Keep folders on top when sorting by name." That's it, now your folders will always appear at the top of a list in Finder when you're sorting by name. -- Lifehacker.

How to set a website as your Mac's screensaver

How to set a website as your Mac's screensaver

Screen savers for your Mac aren't limited to what Apple gives you out of the box. You can download a variety of different kinds of animations and fun screensavers that protect your Mac's display when it sits idle for a long period of time.

But did you know you can also set a web page as your Mac's screensaver? Indeed. We'll show you how! -- iDownload Blog.

How to set up and start using Calendar on the Mac

How to set up and start using Calendar on the Mac

How do I set up and start using Calendar on my Mac? Keep track of your all your appointments and engagements for your work and personal life.

Whether you want to organize your day-to-day life a little better or are just want to know what day of the week your birthday falls on, the Calendar on your Mac can help you out. As with a lot of Apple software, your Calendar is synced with all your devices through iCloud as long as they are all signed into the same Apple ID. -- iMore.

How to Batch Change File Extensions in Mac OS

How to Batch Change File Extensions in Mac OS

Have you ever wanted to change a group of files file extensions in Mac OS? For example, lets say you wanted to change a bunch files with a .htm extension to .html, or a group of files from extension tie .JPEG to .PNG. We'll show you how to easily batch change a group of file extensions on the Mac, without changing the actual file names. -- OS X Daily.

Stream Radio Stations In iTunes

Stream Radio Stations In iTunes

You can stream your favorite radio stations from around the world in iTunes. You can use the list of stations in iTunes, or grab the URL from your station's website and create a stream. You can then save streams to a playlist to access them easily. -- MacMost.

Do I need anti-virus software on my Mac?

Do I need anti-virus software on my Mac?

The Mac has grown popular enough that nefarious hackers are paying attention. Do you need anti-virus software?

There was a time when Mac computers were considered a niche market and many users just didn't bother with anti-virus software. Apple's desktop and laptop computer have really taken off over the past few years and that means it is more important than ever to stay protected from malicious attacks on your personal data. -- iMore.

13-inch MacBook Pro review: Too many tradeoffs/The entry-level 2016 MacBook Pro--the one without a Touch Bar--compromises on graphics, ports, and RAM speed.

13-inch MacBook Pro review: Too many tradeoffs/The entry-level 2016 MacBook Pro--the one without a Touch Bar--compromises on graphics, ports, and RAM speed.

The wait for overhauled MacBook Pros is over, so let the shakeup begin. This entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2GHz Core i5 and function keys is a great replacement for my 13-inch MacBook Air. Whether it's powerful enough for MacBook Pro power users is another story, and depends on your exact needs.

It does have some significant trade-offs compared to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Apple's new Touch Bar, which I think is the more compelling purchase, at least this cycle. After using it for a little over a week, this entry level model feels more like an iteration of the 12-inch MacBook or 13-inch MacBook Air than a true successor to the MacBook Pro. -- Macworld.

How to use the Maps app on your Apple Watch for directions

How to use the Maps app on your Apple Watch for directions

If you launch the Maps app on the Apple Watch, you can search for a location. To do so, follow these steps... -- Apple World Today.


Lifting the Mouse/This article is part of a series on going iPad-only

Lifting the Mouse/This article is part of a series on going iPad-only

It's been eleven days since I switched from a 12" MacBook to a 9.7" iPad Pro, full time. I work in a coffee shop every afternoon, and I haven't taken the MacBook with me since I got the iPad. I've not used the MacBook in the mornings or evenings, either. My total time on a laptop over the last week and a half has been maybe ten minutes -- and that was to refer to some app-specific automation scripts that I was porting over to the new device and its own apps.

I've read articles about people who went "iPad only" for one day per week, and wrote about it effusively. That's not going iPad only; it's dabbling. I decided that if this was going to work, I had to commit -- so here I am. It's been eleven days, solidly. I haven't looked back. -- Matt Gemmell.

How 'Professionals' Have Changed Apple

How 'Professionals' Have Changed Apple

More than the usual digital ink has been spilled on the interwebs thanks to Apple's newly announced and not-really-professional level MacBook Pro notebooks. Are these really Macs for professionals? I don't think so. But yes.

See the problem? What defines a professional user in the 21st century when most of us spend more time on mobile computing devices than we do on traditional desktops and notebooks? It isn't so much that the Mac is changing than it is that professionals are changing and their requirements are different than we so-called professionals from decades past. -- Mac360.

Is Elon Musk Right And Will AI Replace Most Human Jobs?

Is Elon Musk Right And Will AI Replace Most Human Jobs?

Last week Elon Musk garnered headlines when he suggested that as AI systems and automation as a whole develops they will eventually take over most human jobs and countries may have to introduce universal basic income programs to provide for their citizens. What do current technological trends suggest in terms of the future of such a world? -- Forbes.

The Tragedy of Mac Pro, Prince of Cupertino

The Tragedy of Mac Pro, Prince of Cupertino

Alas, poor Mac Pro.

I knew him, Schllerio.

A computer of infinite expandability!

We get it, Marco. You want more powerful Macs.

Good, because I'm afraid to ask Siri for the full quote.

We're working on that, too. JEEZ!! -- iMore.

New Theory of Gravity Might Explain Dark Matter

New Theory of Gravity Might Explain Dark Matter

Dutch prodigy and Amsterdam University Professor Erik Verlinde published a paper on arXiv yesterday, November 7, titled "Emergent Gravity and the Dark Universe."

In the paper, Verlinde derives gravity from the so-called Holographic Principle, which -- simply put -- states that gravity emerges from the interplay between and entropy re-arrangement of sub-atomic "strings" that live in a negatively curved spacetime.

At that level [...] spacetime and gravity are emergent from an underlying microscopic description in which they have no a priori meaning." Most importantly, Verlinde's paper has as a consequence that dark matter, nemesis of many an astronomer, is nothing more than an illusion.

Verlinde, who was awarded the Dutch national Spinoza science prize in the recent past, already completed the tour de force of deriving Newtonian gravity from the same principles in a 2010 paper, also on arXiv. We are probably looking at Nobel-prize material here, as Verlinde is acknowledged by his peers to "go one better than Einstein's General Theory of Relativity." -- PHYS.ORG.

November 08Tuesday's News


After iAd's death, Apple will move Apple News ad sales to NBCUniversal -- report

After iAd's death, Apple will move Apple News ad sales to NBCUniversal -- report

Article Image Apple is shunting responsibility for the ads seen on Apple News to NBCUniversal's ad sales department, and is keeping all other details of the now defunct iAd service intact for content producers, according to a recent report. -- AppleInsider.


Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1.1 to developers

Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1.1 to developers

Article Image Apple on Monday released a second developer beta of iOS 10.2, which once it's finished will add some minor features to the platform along with standard bugfixes. [Updated with debut of TV app] -- AppleInsider.


Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Article Image Apple recently hired a handful of former employees and purchased key technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, a report said Monday, clearing up rumors suggesting Apple acquired the now bankrupt company earlier this year. -- AppleInsider.

Adobe demos 'photoshop for audio,' lets you edit speech as easily as text

Adobe demos 'photoshop for audio,' lets you edit speech as easily as text

Adobe has demonstrated tech that lets you edit recorded speech, so that you can alter what that person said, or create an entirely new sentence from their voice. It seems inevitable that it will eventually be referred to as "photoshop but for audio." -- Ars Technica.

More Fake Retail Apps Means More Users Are at Risk

More Fake Retail Apps Means More Users Are at Risk

Consumers may be deceived into entering their credit card numbers into counterfeit applications, often disguised as bona fide programs.

After a bruising presidential campaign, more than a few of us might be looking forward to a festive holiday season. But the holidays are bringing their own problems, including a proliferation of fake retail apps that may be trying to trick you. -- New York Times.

Erasing GPS Data From Photos

Erasing GPS Data From Photos

When you take a photo, the phone's camera can record all kinds of technical details about the image, which are stored in the file's EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) data. Along with any location information embedded by a phone or camera, the EXIF data can include a wealth of facts about the image, including the date and time it was taken, the camera's settings and the model of camera used.

If you have picture files with embedded location information that you would rather not reveal, you can remove it before sharing the images. -- New York Times.

Apple's Hit and Miss Affair with TV

Apple's Hit and Miss Affair with TV

It almost seems that time has passed Apple by. Back in 2012, the 3rd gen Apple TV with 1080p support was a decent little set-top box. Since then, the TV industry has raced forward. Content providers have developed new delivery modes and strategies, and the broadcast and display technologies have advanced as well. Apple, however, seems to have frittered its time away and failed to advance its vision and its hardware. In fact, Yoni Heisler at BGR makes the case that Apple has no idea what it's doing. -- The Mac Observer.

Marco Arment Argues for the Mac Pro

Marco Arment Argues for the Mac Pro

Is the Mac Pro dead? It has been three years since Apple last updated its top-of-the-line Mac, giving the impression that the company has abandoned it. Developer Marco Arment argues that dropping the Mac Pro would be a mistake. He provides a wide variety of reasons why the Mac Pro is still necessary, such as having more than four cores, more graphics processing power, the capability to install far more RAM than Apple's other Macs, and greater reliability. Either way, Apple should issue a statement about its plans for the Mac Pro so professional users who rely on the Mac Pro's unique capabilities can react accordingly. -- Marco Arment.

All the dongles I bought for my new USB-C 2016 MacBook Pro -- how annoying will it really be?

All the dongles I bought for my new USB-C 2016 MacBook Pro -- how annoying will it really be?

The new MacBook Pros have certainly caused an uprising of controversy, with perhaps the lack of any traditional USB ports causing the most public outcry. Following in the footsteps of the one-port Retina MacBook, the new 2016 MacBook Pro lacks traditional USB-A ports, instead featuring up to four USB-C ports. Although the ports are highly more capable, offering Thunderbolt 3 speeds on a reversible small connector, it effectively means that all current Mac accessories and peripherals are incompatible without some kind of adaptor. -- 9to5Mac.

5 Reasons to Choose the 2015 MacBook Pro Over the 2016 Models

5 Reasons to Choose the 2015 MacBook Pro Over the 2016 Models

Over the last year I have been begging for a new laptop to replace my ever aging MacBook Air. Since the launch of the new MacBook Pros, I have been doing a lot of consideration on what to save for. I have decided that the new MacBook Pros are overpriced for what I, and probably many others, need. Most people need a fast processor, 16 gb ram, and a 512 Gb SSD, all of which can be found on the new MBPs. However, what is not on the new MacBooks is a SD card reader and a general ease of access with ports that do not require dongles. And now, here are some reasons to buy the 2015 MacBook Pro over the most recent models... -- AppleBlend.

Dongleopoly

Dongleopoly

How to play.

Take turns throwing a dice. Move your counter forward the number of spaces shown on the dice. If you counter lands at the bottom of a dongle, you can move up to the top of the dongle! If you counter lands on the head of a chute, you must say "Shoot!" and slide down to the bottom of the chute. -- Geek Culture.

Apple And The Golden Rule

Apple And The Golden Rule

Three headlines caught my eye on Friday. Not one of them had anything to do about politics or polls or surrogates or talking heads.

The inference in one is that Apple, Inc. is doing great. The inference in another was Apple's competitors are doing poorly. The inference in the third article was that Apple is doing poorly but competitors are doing great. Anybody see a problem with that? And what does that have to do with the Golden Rule? -- Mac360.

How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.

Before you get started, learn the difference between making backups with iCloud and iTunes and choose the method that's best for you. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make one in iCloud and another in iTunes. -- Apple Support.

iCloud: Restore or set up your iOS device from iCloud

iCloud: Restore or set up your iOS device from iCloud

When you set up a new iOS device or need to restore information on one you already have, your iCloud backup makes it easy. -- .

Review: Apple iCloud Drive

Review: Apple iCloud Drive

Apple's cloud-based file-syncing and storage offering, iCloud Drive, is among the newer members of Apple's iCloud family of online services. The service mostly concerns itself with Apple devices and apps, but you can use it in a Web browser and on non-Cupertino-designed computers, too. iCloud Drive lets you save any files you like to the cloud, and they're automatically synced to all devices you sign up for the service, including both Macs and Windows PCs. The service lets you create folders for your files and provides online storage for Apple's productivity apps, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As usual, iCloud Drive is Apple-slick in design, but it can be a bit confusing to use and trails the competition from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive in capabilities. -- PCMAG.

iCloud -- Everything you need to know!

iCloud -- Everything you need to know!

iCloud is Apple's online service designed to make managing your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and iTunes content more easily and more automatically than ever.

iCloud was designed so that you know longer need a Mac or Windows PC to activate or setup your iPhone or iPad. Simply turn it on, log in with your Apple ID, and then setup you phone or tablet as a new device or restore it from a previous iCloud backup. -- iMore.

13 Best Mac Backup Options: iCloud to Time Machine & More

13 Best Mac Backup Options: iCloud to Time Machine & More

MacBook users need to back up their hard drives full of pictures, documents, media files and more. Apple includes a couple of tools within OS X that help with Mac backup, but users may want to consider some third-party tools as well. We'll round-up the best Mac backup options to help you. These include Time Machine, which Apple builds into every Mac with OS X. Users can also backup selective data with things like iCloud, manual backup or file syncing services. Third parties also offer complete and partial backup solutions. -- Notebooks.

Complete guide to Time Machine: How to set up Time Machine on your Mac, master its features, create automated Mac backups and more

Complete guide to Time Machine: How to set up Time Machine on your Mac, master its features, create automated Mac backups and more

Time Machine is a fantastic backup system for Mac owners. In this feature we cover every aspect of Time Machine backups: how to set up Time Machine on your Mac, how to set up automated backups and much more.

Time Machine is the Mac OS X system component that creates automated backups. It periodically and silently backs up everything on the hard disk, including the entire operating system as well as your data. It's called Time Machine because, in a virtual sense, you can turn back time to see how a certain folder looked in the past, complete with files and folders you've since deleted or edited. -- Macworld.

November 07Monday's News


Apple cuts prices on USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 gear in response to MacBook Pro backlash

Apple cuts prices on USB-C & Thunderbolt 3 gear in response to MacBook Pro backlash

Article Image In a surprise move, Apple on Friday cut the prices on a number of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories and peripherals, looking to assuage complaints from new or prospective MacBook Pro buyers. -- AppleInsider.


Apple offers 25% off LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays for limited time

Apple offers 25% off LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays for limited time

Article Image In conjunction with slashed USB-C peripheral and accessory price drop, Apple on Friday rolled out a limited time offer on LG's UltraFine 4K and 5K displays, both of which were designed to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro lineup. -- AppleInsider.

Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids

Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids

Apple has enhanced its iOS accessibility features for users with hearing impairments, adapting its enhanced Bluetooth-based streaming to Made For iPhone hearing aids while introducing Live Listen, a feature that uses an iPhone's mic to focus on conversations in loud environments. -- AppleInsider.


Revisiting why incompetents think they're awesome

Revisiting why incompetents think they're awesome

In 1999 a pair of researchers published a paper called "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments (PDF)." David Dunning and Justin Kruger (both at Cornell University's Department of Psychology at the time) conducted a series of four studies showing that, in certain cases, people who are very bad at something think they are actually pretty good. They showed that to assess your own expertise at something, you need to have a certain amount of expertise already. [This explains so much. -mam] -- Ars Technica.


Overcomplicated technology and the need for biological thinking

Overcomplicated technology and the need for biological thinking

Sam Arbesman's newest book, Overcomplicated, looks at how many technological systems have grown so complex that they defy easy understanding. In the following lightly edited excerpt, he argues that we need to learn to think more like biologists in order to work with the technology we've created. -- Ars Technica.


How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

People in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch's fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup. -- Cult of Mac.


Beware, iPhone Users: Fake Retail Apps Are Surging Before Holidays

Beware, iPhone Users: Fake Retail Apps Are Surging Before Holidays

Hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple's App Store in recent weeks -- just in time to deceive holiday shoppers.

The counterfeiters have masqueraded as retail chains like Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, big department stores like Dillard's and Nordstrom, online product bazaars like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods makers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo. -- New York Times.

The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data

The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data

People talk about online security as a cat-and-mouse game of good guys and bad guys. It's true for good old-fashioned crime, too.

Technology, particularly rapid analysis and sharing of data, is helping the police be more efficient and predict possible crimes. Some would argue that it has even contributed to an overall drop in crime in recent years.

But this type of technology also raises issues of civil liberties, as digital information provided by social media or the sensors of the internet of things is combined with criminal data by companies that sell this information to law enforcement agencies. -- New York Times.

iOS 10 Maps: Adding Pit Stops Along Your Route

iOS 10 Maps: Adding Pit Stops Along Your Route

Today's Quick Tip is about how to use the redesigned Maps app to get directions along your route, so you can stop at a gas station or grab coffee when you're already navigating somewhere. This feature will even help you figure out how much time making a pit stop will add to your trip, so come find out how to use it! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Follows Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update with Bonus Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update

Apple Follows Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update with Bonus Mystery iTunes 12.5.3 Update

You remember that iTunes 12.5.3 update Apple released a couple of days ago? The one where the patch notes were the same as the patch notes from iTunes 12.5.2? Well good news. There's a new iTunes 12.5.3 update waiting for you in the Mac App Store. It's a new build of the same update. And oh yeah, the patch notes explain nothing. -- The Mac Observer.

Test out the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar on any Mac with this handy app

Test out the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar on any Mac with this handy app

Some have been pretty skeptical concerning the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, worried that it will complicate things for users who are accustomed to the physical function row of keys. If you're in the camp of wondering exactly how the new Touch Bar will work, a new tool brings the capability to all Macs... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple's New Touch Bar May Present Usability Challenges For Blind Users

Apple's New Touch Bar May Present Usability Challenges For Blind Users

When Apple recently announced that its new MacBook Pro will have a touch-enabled OLED strip of glass built into the top strip of the keyboard in lieu of physical function keys, users took note. One common concern is that the Escape key will not be available in all contexts, with users having to click the desktop to make it appear.

Blind users had their own set of concerns. The keyboard command for toggling VoiceOver (the screen-reading technology integrated into macOS) is Command + F5, which would be difficult to find without being able to physically feel the F5 key. -- Motherboard.

Ask the iTunes Guy: iCloud Music Library video restrictions, playlist issues, and more

Ask the iTunes Guy: iCloud Music Library video restrictions, playlist issues, and more

iTunes is more complicated than it's ever been. Don't worry, Kirk McElhearn is here to help.

Sometimes I long for the simpler days of yore. When iTunes was a music player and didn't have all these complicated features, and perplexing clouds that make listening to music a chore. In this week's column, I look at some irksome issues with iTunes 12. In same cases, you may not see all your playlists in the iTunes sidebar, and I explain why. I explain why you cannot sync videos to the cloud. I look at a question about sharing playlists that contain music that isn't matched, but rather uploaded to iCloud Music Library. Finally, I look at a question about buying the contents of a playlist. -- Macworld.

Hey Siri, fix my Mac..

Hey Siri, fix my Mac..

Imagine a Mac that told you when it was developing a problem. A Mac that could identify a rogue app demanding too much memory, or a component displaying symptoms that often come before it fails.

This isn't such a far-fetched reality, not only this, but it's one that would be a finer and more focused expression of machine intelligence than asking your fridge to order you a liter of milk.

This is already here in some industries, it even has a name, it's called, "Predictive Maintenance", and I think it should be woven inside of every Mac. -- Computerworld.

iOS 10, Built for Productivity, Will Only Get Better

iOS 10, Built for Productivity, Will Only Get Better

Apple's slightly redesigned core apps, including Music and Maps, in the new iOS 10 are refreshing, and the revamped iMessage features are exciting to play with. But the operating system is also a productivity beast -- especially when you pair it with a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. -- insights.

26 Free Cross-Platform Productivity Apps to Help You Get Things Done

26 Free Cross-Platform Productivity Apps to Help You Get Things Done

There are a lot of fantastic productivity apps out there that cost a decent chunk of change like OmniFocus, Things, Microsoft Office Suite, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but that doesn't mean there aren't free alternatives that are just as good or even better.

You can essentially become a productivity machine without spending a penny (except for an internet connection that is). Here are 26 free productivity apps to help you get things done. -- Lifehack.


Best Productivity Apps

Best Productivity Apps

We take our smartphones everywhere we go, and with their powerful processors and LTE connectivity, they can be indispensable as personal assistants and productivity aids. The same thing goes for tablets, especially those with larger screens that leave more room for content creation. From note-taking apps and mobile office suites to calendars, timers and to-do lists, here are our favorite productivity apps that you can install now on your iOS or Android device. -- Toms Guide.

About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

The Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter allows you to connect your late-2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports to Thunderbolt (10Gbps) or Thunderbolt 2 (20Gbps) devices. For example, you can use this adapter to connect your MacBook Pro to an Apple Thunderbolt Display or a third-party Thunderbolt 2 storage device.

And, the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter is bidirectional, so you can connect Mac computers with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports to new Thunderbolt 3 devices.

The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter isn't compatible with MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later. -- Apple Support.

I have lived the USB-C donglelife. Here's what you're in for: I come from the future of ports, where everything is wonderful and terrible

I have lived the USB-C #donglelife. Here's what you're in for: I come from the future of ports, where everything is wonderful and terrible

There has been more talk of dongles now that Apple has gone and done it: excised all ports on the new MacBook Pros except one: USB-C. It is good and right to be unhappy that there aren't any standard USB-A ports, MagSafe, nor SD card slots on these new MacBook Pros. If that gives you serious pause, I am with you and don't have any easy answers beyond "buy the dongles and deal with them." Lucky for you, yesterday Apple relented a bit and slashed the prices on many of its adapters. -- The Verge.

Why I bought the MacBook Pro 2016

Why I bought the MacBook Pro 2016

There is a lot going on about the newly released MacBooks by Apple.

They lack innovation and they seem to ignore the creative power users, which once were their core buyers of the MacBook Pro.

I'm, just like the majority of photographers, confused about what Apple just released. Their MacBook Pro line was embraced by the creative users because of the very good software (the OS and how it works with other apps) and the fact that all ports were there. You didn't needed anything else. Just plug it in and it works. When you are in the field and what to backup your shots, just put it in the SD card reader and off you go.

Now things are different. -- Niume.

Apple Abandoned MagSafe--Abandon Hope, Ye Clumsy

Apple Abandoned MagSafe--Abandon Hope, Ye Clumsy

Apple is quietly killing off MagSafe in the name of a single standardized connector. Donglelife jokes aside, you can now charge your new MacBooks from any one of the USB-C ports (only one at a time though). The one thing you can't do anymore is trip over your charging cable. -- iFixit.

Benedict Cumberbatch mocks Apple in 'cool toilet' SNL ad

Benedict Cumberbatch mocks Apple in 'cool toilet' SNL ad

It's only when I'm in Japan that I think toilets have made progress.

In Japanese toilets, I encounter all sorts of electronic buttons that do many helpful, inventive things.

Now, however, there's something new. -- CNET.

17 best keyboards for every iPad from the Mini to the Pro

17 best keyboards for every iPad from the Mini to the Pro

There are multiple components to note when you first unpack an iPad, from the device itself and a power adapter, to the user manual and a USB cable, but a keyboard isn't one of them. The iPad's functionality has grown since its initial inception in 2010, yet many users still find Apple's tablet somewhat incomplete despite all the critical acclaim and the perpetually-swirling rumors.

As Apple's signature tablet line outgrows its reputation for being simply a device to consume entertainment, there's a growing need for a physical QWERTY keyboard for the iPad. Thankfully, there are tons of great keyboards designed to connect to your iPad via Bluetooth for increased mobile productivity. -- Digital Trends.

One Man's Opinion: I have seen the future and it is iPad

One Man's Opinion: I have seen the future and it is iPad

I have been thinking, which is always dangerous, about personal computing in our MacUverse.

Things have change so much since 1984 that they have come back to where they began.

The iPad is now the MacPlus of our times. Yes I understand the difference but consider that they are both small (the MacPlus was very small for a personal computer of that time), and provided more capability than anyone had ever seen before.

The iPad is that plus much more. And when you attach an external keyboard it is the only computer the majority of us will EVER need or do need.

Think of what you do on your "computer," whatever model. If it is only email, web browsing and tweeting, why do you need a 1000 MegHz 10 Terabyte desktop?

iCloud can take the place of your hard drive and an external keyboard overcomes the iPads small built-in one. And don't forget that it interfaces and controls everything Apple makes. It will only become more capable. Whipper-snappers only own iPhones because they have great eyesight, manual dexterity and it has all the functionally they want or need. They also update yearly or on every new model so as to have all the latest features.

There are many good reasons to own a desktop unit but most are only needed by big project professionals, digital editing of movies, photographs, graphic design and programming. And I haven't forgotten "pride of ownership."

At my house the iPad Air (2013) and my wife are inseparable; except when it's being recharged or when she is sleeping. There are no plans to update unless it dies. It does everything she wants to do. And more pigs have been killed with that iPad than you can ever imagine.

I have an iMac because I fall under the list I shared above. I doubt I will ever buy another though. At most I might get a Mac Mini for streaming (I have a huge media library) but no more desktops.

It is possible in the future Apple will not make desktops. Think of how iMacs are getting smaller and smaller with fewer components (no more Apple monitors sounds like no iMacs to me.) At some point they will become so small they will just disappear. And the iPad and iPhone will merge the iPadaPhone

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

November 04Friday's News


New MacBook Pro models reportedly incompatible with certain Thunderbolt 3 devices [ux2]

New MacBook Pro models reportedly incompatible with certain Thunderbolt 3 devices [ux2]

Article Image Potentially adding to a growing list of complaints regarding limitations with Apple's new MacBook Pro, an aftermarket Mac accessories maker reports the notebooks might not be compatible with existing Thunderbolt 3 hardware. -- Appleinsider.


Apple activates single sign-on for tvOS and iOS beta testers

Apple activates single sign-on for tvOS and iOS beta testers

Article Image Apple on Thursday activated single sign-on for tvOS 10.1 beta and iOS 10.2 beta, a hotly anticipated feature that allows fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS device owners to authenticate multiple streaming service apps with one set of credentials. -- Appleinsider.

The Ars Technica science fiction bucket list--42 movies every geek must see

The Ars Technica science fiction bucket list--42 movies every geek must see

Here at Ars, we're always making lists (just like Liam Neeson). Lists of science fiction movies are a common item for discussion on the Ars staff Slack channel--particularly short lists of the best science fiction movies ever made. But "best" is an impossible word to quantify in any broadly applicable way--one person's "best ever" might be another person's worst, especially in a genre of movies as rich and varied as science fiction. -- Ars Technica.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • 28 Days Later (2003
  • Alien (1979)Blade Runner (1982)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
  • Children of Men (2006)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1972)
  • Computer Chess (2013)
  • CSA: The Confederate States of America (2004)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Enemy Mine (1985)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Galaxy Quest (1999)
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  • Ghosts with Shit Jobs (2012)
  • Godzilla (1954)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • The Martian (2015)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Moon (2009)
  • Pacific Rim (2013)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968
  • Primer (2004)
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Terminator 2 (1991)
  • They Live (1988)
  • The Thing (1982
  • THX-1138 (1971)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • WALL*E (2008)
  • WarGames (1983)

Spreadsheets have ruled Earth for too long--business must embrace the cloud

Spreadsheets have ruled Earth for too long--business must embrace the cloud

The one certainty in business software and services is that there will always be more acronyms. At the moment, though, there's more to the sector than just another jargon explosion: we're moving towards a new way of looking at IT, one that applies best-practice business processes to any company--however small it may be, and however fast it may grow. -- Ars Technica.

This evil office printer hijacks your cellphone connection

This evil office printer hijacks your cellphone connection

Julian Oliver has for years harbored a strange obsession with spotting poorly disguised cellphone towers, those massive roadside antennae draped in fake palm fronds to impersonate a tree, or even hidden as spoofed lamp posts and flag poles. The incognito base stations gave him another, more mischievous idea. What about a far better-disguised cell tower that could sit anonymously in office, invisibly hijacking cellphone conversations and texts? -- Ars Technica.

How to block the ultrasonic signals you didn't know were tracking you

How to block the ultrasonic signals you didn't know were tracking you

Dystopian corporate surveillance threats today come at us from all directions. Companies offer "always-on" devices that listen for our voice commands, and marketers follow us around the web to create personalized user profiles so they can (maybe) show us ads we'll actually click. Now marketers have been experimenting with combining those web-based and audio approaches to track consumers in another disturbingly science fictional way: with audio signals your phone can hear, but you can't. And though you probably have no idea that dog whistle marketing is going on, researchers are already offering ways to protect yourself. -- Ars Technica.

MacBook Pro parody ad pulls exactly zero punches

MacBook Pro parody ad pulls exactly zero punches

Apple's latest MacBook Pro is a stunning feat of engineering, but it isn't without its fair share of compromises. These shortcomings get showcased in the parody ad below, which pulls no punches when highlighting all of the $1,799 notebook's nasty flaws. -- Cult of Mac.

Make Siri Hear You on a Mac Mini

Make Siri Hear You on a Mac Mini

Not every Mac model comes with a microphone, but you can still command Apple's virtual assistant with an external accessory.

Siri, the virtual assistant that arrived on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and now comes with the new macOS Sierra operating system, must hear your commands to work. Apple suggests that for microphoneless Mac models (like the boxy Mac Mini and the cylindrical Mac Pro), you should connect an external microphone to the jack on the back. -- New York Times.

Apple Alters an Invention for a Hollow Curved Glass iPhone Embodiment to that of a Transparent Glass Design

Apple Alters an Invention for a Hollow Curved Glass iPhone Embodiment to that of a Transparent Glass Design

In 2013 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Killer Patent: Apple Reveals Sapphire Flexible Transparent Display Devices Created with Liquid-Metal." It was a radical iPhone invention proposing an all-new curved glass form factor made primarily with liquid metal (or sapphire) that could take on a glass appearance. -- Patently Apple.

Design For the Present

Design For the Present

Technology critic Marco Arment, who co-hosts an Apple-centric podcast called ATP with John Siracusa and Casey Liss, has shared his take on the design of the recently launched MacBook Pro models. Apple's decision to get rid of USB Type-A ports has irked many, with some saying that the company should have left at least a few USB Type-A ports on the computer, even if what it strives to do is lead the industry in how a computer should look like. Arment shares the sentiment. -- Marco.org.

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

It's Not You, iTunes 12.5 Keeps Updating

It's Not You, iTunes 12.5 Keeps Updating

If you've been confused by three quick updates to iTunes that all have the same release notes, you're not alone.

Apple released iTunes 12.5.2 last week to fix a problem with play order and squash a bug related to lyrics and Beats 1 (see "iTunes 12.5.2," 28 October 2016).

However, many people have noticed that the App Store app started offering iTunes 12.5.3 shortly after that, with exactly the same release notes. Checking iTunes > About iTunes revealed that it was actually iTunes 12.5.3.16. -- TidBITS.

Why I like Windows 10 a lot more than the latest, greatest Apple MacOS

Why I like Windows 10 a lot more than the latest, greatest Apple MacOS

At first, Windows 10 was just supposed to be an experiment for me. But I ended up liking Windows 10 quite a bit -- especially when paired up with the Surface Book, Microsoft's first laptop, released in late 2015.

In fact, I like the Windows 10/Surface Book combo better than any of the many MacBooks I've ever owned since I went all-Apple around 2008. In many ways, I'm more productive and a much happier computer-user on Windows 10.

But, in the spirit of fairness, I decided to give Apple's new MacOS Sierra operating system a serious try-out on my MacBook Air. I used Macs for many years, and I was prepared to accept that maybe, just maybe, Apple had come up with something better.

A few weeks into my experiment, I couldn't have been more wrong. -- Business Insider.

Spotify is killing SSD's

Spotify is killing SSD's

It has being reported that the Spotify client software on both the Mac and PC platforms is deliriously writing data at the rate of several GB's an hour. Rather paradoxically, it is not filling the volume with data, but the high writes and reads will severely shorten the lifespan of a SSD volume (and mechanical storage). Users have confirmed that this process is happening with the client whether it is playing music or not. Most disturbing, this damaging process will be invisible to the majority of users. -- MacInTouch.

Moog Model 15: Put THE Synthesiser in your iPad

Moog Model 15: Put THE Synthesiser in your iPad

The mother of all synthesisers and the one all others try to beat must be the Moog. Moog, the company, still manufacture the actual synths, which are quite expensive. The Moog Model 15 is a digital recreation of a box the size of a small refrigerator. Now I've only heard recordings of music created with a Moog, so I can't tell you what it sounds like when you're standing beside the real thing, but I can tell you this: the recordings of the iPad Moog Model 15 app that I made come close to the recordings of the real thing. That's not bad for an app costing less than €30. -- IT.Enquirer.

How To Preserve Camera Settings In iOS 10

How To Preserve Camera Settings In iOS 10

The Camera app in iOS always defaults to Photo mode. The app supports several different modes for capturing photos and videos including a time-lapse video recording mode and a panorama photo capture mode. You can switch between these and other modes by swiping left or right. When you leave the app and return to it later, it always returns to the Photo mode. The app also supports live filters but like the different capture modes, the filter is also reset to 'None' when you leave the app. Users have found this to be a hindrance and iOS 10.2 has a setting that lets you preserve the camera mode and the filter you've applied even after you leave the app. Here's how to enable it. -- AddictiveTips.

An upgradeable Mac Pro and a chasm crossing Touch Bar

An upgradeable Mac Pro and a chasm crossing Touch Bar

The Touch Bar is no gimmick. I see the Touch Bar being the common currency that crosses the chasm between macOS and iOS, the camel's nose in the tent, as it were. Once developers adopt the Touch Bar and users start to see the awesome things they can do with it, I suspect that Touch Bar will be standard on every Mac. -- The Loop .

The new MacBook Pro isn't just a laptop, it's a strategy shift

The new MacBook Pro isn't just a laptop, it's a strategy shift

It's hard not to see a shift in Apple's thinking. While its price is certainly commensurate with its predecessors, the new MacBook Pro isn't your standard professional notebook. Rather, the latest flagship portables from Cupertino are more in line with the iPad Pro than the MacBook Pros they replace, and it could signal major changes ahead for the rest of the lineup. -- MacWorld.

Apple Missed The Boat On Television

Apple Missed The Boat On Television

Let's face it. Apple missed the boat on television with Apple TV. Apple will not be able to recreate the iTunes music and media experience with television, 4th generation Apple TV notwithstanding. -- PixoBebo.

November 03Thursday's News


Hands-on with Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with USB-C

Hands-on with Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with USB-C

Article Image Priced at $1,499, Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with dual USB-C ports offers an entry-point to the company's thinner, lighter and more powerful professional-grade notebook. Here are AppleInsider's initial hands-on impressions with the revamped MacBook Pro. -- AppleInsider.

Apple seeds second build of original macOS 10.12.2 beta to developers

Apple seeds second build of original macOS 10.12.2 beta to developers

Apple on Wednesday silently released a second build of the first macOS 10.12.2 beta for developers, suggesting unknown fixes for the update.

The new code is listed as build 16C32f, versus the original's 16C32e. Changes appear to be so minor that the software isn't being pushed out via the Mac App Store --instead, it can only be downloaded by developers getting the beta for the first time. -- AppleInsider.

New MacBook Pro drops optical audio out through headphone jack

New MacBook Pro drops optical audio out through headphone jack

Diving deep into Apple's specifications, AppleInsider has learned that optical audio output capability found on previous MacBook Pro models does not exist on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys, and is likely not on the higher-end models either. -- Ars Technica.


Dongle World: OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro

Dongle World: OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro

Article Image Capitalizing on Apple's decision to go all in on Thunderbolt 3 with its latest MacBook Pro, aftermarket Mac specialist OWC is taking preorders for a 13-port breakout dock that restores expansion options lost with the new laptop design. -- AppleInsider.


Why the MacBook Pro headphone jack didn't disappear

Why the MacBook Pro headphone jack didn't disappear

A few people were surprised to see a 3.5mm headphone jack appear on Apple's new MacBook Pro laptop, just weeks after the company very publicly discarded the port for its new iPhone 7.

But according to Phil Schiller, speaking in a new interview, it's not an example of inconsistency on Apple's part. Instead, it speaks to a much deeper philosophical question on Apple's part about the difference between mobile and non-mobile devices. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Has Received More Online Orders for New MacBook Pro Than Any Previous Generation

Apple Has Received More Online Orders for New MacBook Pro Than Any Previous Generation

In a wide-ranging interview with The Independent, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the company has received more online orders for the new MacBook Pro so far than any previous-generation MacBook Pro. -- The Independent.

Second and Third-Generation Apple TV Models Not Working for Some Users

Second and Third-Generation Apple TV Models Not Working for Some Users

Some second and third-generation Apple TV owners have started experiencing a mysterious bug over the last few days, which seems to have essentially disabled the device for a number of users. Affected Apple TV models are only able to display Computers, Music, and Settings, with no other channel options available.

Customers who are seeing the issue have had all of their menu options suddenly disappear, leaving them unable to watch Netflix, Hulu, and other Apple TV channels. -- MacRumors.

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target

The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even reduced congestion on the roads.

Now here's the bad news: Putting a bunch of wirelessly connected devices in one area could prove irresistible to hackers. And it could allow them to spread malicious code through the air, like a flu virus on an airplane. -- New York Times.

Phil Schiller says the MacBook Pro doesn't need an SD card slot

Phil Schiller says the MacBook Pro doesn't need an SD card slot

Apple's new MacBook Pro models have upset many people for many different reasons. Some are unhappy with the inability to get more than 16GB of RAM, some are upset with the high-price, some are unhappy about the missing physical Escape and function keys, and many are unhappy because Apple didn't put an SD card slot in the MacBook Pro. But Apple has an explanation. --The Verge.

Apple's Jony Ive on the Touch Bar and Thinking Different

Apple's Jony Ive on the Touch Bar and Thinking Different

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive sat down with CNET to discuss his design process and the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro. Ive reveals that his team spent years working on the concepts that eventually became the Touch Bar. That process wasn't easy -- they often had to prototype what was essentially a full product before they could even test it properly. That begs the question: what ideas did Apple develop, test, and dismiss before moving ahead with the Touch Bar? -- CNET.

New MacBook Pro owners with USB printers, mics, and audio equipment can avoid adapters with this handy cable

New MacBook Pro owners with USB printers, mics, and audio equipment can avoid adapters with this handy cable

Apple's new MacBook Pro is totally ready for a USB-C future, but some of your current accessories like printers and mics might not be so prepared. Printers, mics, audio equipment, and a lot of other common accessories use a boxy connector and standard USB to interface with your Mac. -- 9to5Mac.


Opinion: No SD Card slot? It's the camera companies you should be upset with, not Apple

Opinion: No SD Card slot? It's the camera companies you should be upset with, not Apple

When I first learned that the new MacBook Pro had no SD Card slot, like many creators, I was a little perturbed. The reason is that SD Cards have long been the fastest way to transfer media from cameras to our computers.

But now that the new MacBook Pros have no built-in SD Card reader, it means that creators will have to rely on an external USB-C to SD Card dongle, like this one. These dongles are cheap, small, and easy to carry around, so at the end of the day it's not an outright dealbreaker, but the fact that I have to remember to always carry one with me presents somewhat of an inconvenience.

That said, we shouldn't be mad at Apple for this. Camera companies have had years to innovate in this area, and have simply failed to do so. It's the camera companies that we should be upset with, not Apple. -- 9to5Mac.

Comment: People are complaining about the wrong things with the new MacBook Pro

Comment: People are complaining about the wrong things with the new MacBook Pro

I am really excited about the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. I placed my order for a 15-inch model with storage upgraded to 1TB SSD on day one which puts me in the initial 2-3 week shipping range between November 17 and November 25. I seriously cannot wait to unbox this Mac.

The time between the unveiling and deliveries, however, has been filled with mass criticism targeted at nearly every change Apple has made between the last MacBook Pro design and the new one. This is a change MacBook Pro and we've been through these before. We'll be fine. But in the meantime, I believe people are complaining about the wrong things. -- 9to5Mac.

How to Record iPhone Phone Calls the Easy Way

How to Record iPhone Phone Calls the Easy Way

Want to record an iPhone call? Did you know there is a very easy way to record iPhone phone calls using nothing but your iPhone and a voicemail trick? I know you're thinking what does recording an iPhone call have to do with voicemail, but it turns out that a simple trick allows you to use the service to record any phone call, and it works great. Not only will you get the recorded phone call, but you'll be able to save and share the call recording as an audio file as well. -- OS X Daily.

Baldur Bjarnason: The downside of believing in Apple

Baldur Bjarnason: The downside of believing in Apple

I suspect many of those annoyed about the event are in my position: the fact that the Touch Bar is interesting just makes it more annoying that Apple just announced a line of computers that I can't really use. -- Daring Fireball.

Wherefore art thou Macintosh?

Wherefore art thou Macintosh?

Managing the Mac product line must be one of the most challenging problems at Apple. That may not be obvious given the product's success. Consider what it has achieved... -- ASYMCO.

November 02Wednesday's News


Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD

Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD

Article Image Apple claims that the PCI-e SSD in the new MacBook Pro is more than twice as fast as the 2015 model, and early benchmarking of the 13-inch MacBook pro with Function Keys bear out the claim that the new portable family from Apple is the SSD speed champion. -- AppleInsider.

Apple cuts 512GB, 1TB SSD upgrade prices by up to $200 on older Mac models

Apple cuts 512GB, 1TB SSD upgrade prices by up to $200 on older Mac models

Article Image It appears Apple's push toward an all-flash storage Mac lineup is driving an amortization of SSD costs for the tech giant, as the company recently cut upgrade pricing for 512GB and 1TB modules on older Mac models. -- AppleInsider.

iFixit: New MacBook Pros are unsurprisingly difficult to repair and upgrade

iFixit: New MacBook Pros are unsurprisingly difficult to repair and upgrade

The teardown and repair gurus at iFixit got their hands on one of the new $1,499 MacBook Pros today--the model with function keys instead of a Touch Bar--and they wasted no time in tearing it down and figuring out what makes it tick. Surprising no one, the laptop is not very easy to open up and work on, and few components will be easy for end users to replace. The battery is still glued in, and the one system component that users can actually remove and replace--the SSD--is a proprietary module that's much different from the proprietary modules in MacBook Airs and Pros from years past. -- iFixit.

Microsoft's IFTTT-like Flow is now out of beta

Microsoft's IFTTT-like Flow is now out of beta

Microsoft Flow, a service that lets you plumb together various cloud-based services to construct workflows, and PowerApps, a tool to enable non-developers to build data-driven business apps, are both out of beta and in production today. -- Ars Technica.

Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Adapters, Cables, and Hubs for New MacBook Pro

Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Adapters, Cables, and Hubs for New MacBook Pro

In line with the 12-inch MacBook, Apple has removed all ports on the new MacBook Pro beyond two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Thunderbolt 3 carries power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA over a single USB-C port, creating one standard for connecting most accessories and peripherals.

The issue for now, however, is not all devices are equipped with USB-C ports. Apple's very own iOS devices, for example, use a proprietary Lightning port instead. -- MacRumors.

ROLI's 'BLOCKS' Lego-Style Music Creation System Now Available at Apple Stores Worldwide

ROLI's 'BLOCKS' Lego-Style Music Creation System Now Available at Apple Stores Worldwide

ROLI today introduced a fun new music creation system called BLOCKS, which is scalable, modular, and designed to give people a simple, visual way to create music. Each square-shaped Block has a different function, and multiple blocks can snap together so users can build the music system that's best for them in terms of skill, price, and musical style. -- MacRumors.

Transfer Smartphone Photos to a Flash Drive

Transfer Smartphone Photos to a Flash Drive

If your phone's photo album is getting too full, you can send your pictures to a safe place -- with or without a computer.

Although the iPhone does not have a standard USB port to connect a flash drive, you can transfer photos from the iOS 10 Camera Roll with special hardware that plugs into the Lightning port on the bottom of the phone. The portable photo-saving solution is handy, especially if you do not back your photos up to a computer or cloud service. -- New York Times.

How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth

How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth

A wider variety of news sources was supposed to be the bulwark of a rational age. Instead, we are roiled by biases, gorging on what confirms our ideas and shunning what does not.

Next week, if all goes well, someone will win the presidency. What happens after that is anyone's guess. Will the losing side believe the results? Will the bulk of Americans recognize the legitimacy of the new president? And will we all be able to clean up the piles of lies, hoaxes and other dung that have been hurled so freely in this hyper-charged, fact-free election? -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Apple Pay UI, a Flagship Apple Store Building and More

Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Apple Pay UI, a Flagship Apple Store Building and More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this report we point to two utility patents which cover the Apple Pay user interface and the iPhone 4's metal band which is referred to in the patent as a 'Ring Shaped Cover." In this report we also cover a series of design patents ... -- Patently Apple.

Apple Wins Surprising Patent for a Future Bendable or Foldable iPhone using Advanced Carbon Nanotube Structures

Apple Wins Surprising Patent for a Future Bendable or Foldable iPhone using Advanced Carbon Nanotube Structures

Today we were surprised to find that Apple was granted their first patent covering a foldable and/or bendable future iPhone that was never published before as a patent application under Apple's name. In this patent, Apple reveals the possible use of carbon nanotubes to facilitate their new smartphone form factor. -- Patently Apple.

Reports seemingly clarify Phil Schiller's explanation of why there's no 32GB MacBook Pro

Reports seemingly clarify Phil Schiller's explanation of why there's no 32GB MacBook Pro

Some of Apple's decisions regarding the new MacBook Pro models are causing as much heated debate on the Internet as its removal of the headphone socket from the iPhone 7. In particular, the decision to limit the maximum RAM to 16GB rather than 32GB has been the subject of huge controversy.

Phil Schiller briefly commented on this, stating that 32GB 'wouldn't be power-efficient enough for a notebook' but without going into more detail. Others have now chimed in with what appears to be a fuller explanation ... -- 9to5Mac.

Here's everything that's new in iOS 10.2 beta 1 [Video]

Here's everything that's new in iOS 10.2 beta 1 [Video]

iOS 10.2 beta 1 brings some significant new changes to iOS 10. Headlined by over 70 new Unicode 9 emoji, the update is now available to iOS developers. A public beta version was just released as well. Have a look at 14 of the new features and changes in this brief hands-on video walkthrough. -- 9to5Mac.

How to use Apple Pay on the MacBook Pro with Touch ID

How to use Apple Pay on the MacBook Pro with Touch ID

Thanks to Touch ID on the MacBook Pro, you can make secure payments online with Apple Pay - the most secure payment service!

Apple added secure payments on the web with Apple Pay and Touch ID in macOS Sierra, but you need an iPhone to use it. The latest model of MacBook Pro comes with Touch ID, so you don't have to use a secondary device to pay for stuff on the Web. -- iMore.

Stop Using iCloud

Stop Using iCloud

Apple's iCloud has a long and troubled past, but the company keeps pushing it for iPhone and Mac users with every new operating system update. Don't be fooled. The service is an inconsistent mess and more trouble than it's worth. -- Lifehacker.

Why Web Pages Are So Slow To Load And What Safari Can Do To Help

Why Web Pages Are So Slow To Load And What Safari Can Do To Help

Is it just me, or does the internet seem slow to you? I have a 100-mbps internet connection at home, 300-mbps Wi-Fi, and it still takes tens of seconds to download and display various websites in Safari.

What's the problem? Why does the internet seem so slow these days? -- PixoBebo.

Berners-Lee: Right to worry about cybersecurity

The inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the government is "absolutely right" to be concerned about cyber security from all sorts of actors.

Sir Tim told the Today programme even household objects are open to attack - "if you buy a webcam and plug it into the internet, you better put a password on it".


Apple's HomeKit and Internet of Things Security

Apple's HomeKit and Internet of Things Security

After the Dyn DDOS attack, The Mac Observer started looking into claims that HomeKit smarthome devices were protected from participating. Today Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what they found. Hint: Internet security is a complicated thing in spite of HomeKit's strengths. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Confirms iOS 10 Serious Problem

Apple Confirms iOS 10 Serious Problem

Last month I exclusively revealed iOS 10.1 was removing users' Health data. Complaints hit social media and iOS health app developers warned not to upgrade. Apple declined my requests for comment at the time, but the company has now finally acknowledged the problem with the fastrack release of iOS 10.1.1... -- Forbes.

Announcing Incoming Calls in iOS 10

Announcing Incoming Calls in iOS 10

With iOS 10, iPhone users can now choose to have their devices verbally announce the name or number when an incoming call comes in -- an especially handy feature for hands-free situations where you aren't able to easily glance at your iPhone when it rings.

The new settings can be found in the Phone section in the Settings app, under Announce Calls, and you can choose whether to always have incoming calls announced, or only have your iPhone announce calls when you have headphones plugged in or are connected to a vehicle via Bluetooth. -- iLounge.

The MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar brings macros to the masses: It's an important evolution of Apple's contribution to user interface design

The MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar brings macros to the masses: It's an important evolution of Apple's contribution to user interface design

The first time I saw and played with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros, the concept of the macros of the past popped into mind. Like many who read this column who are power users, we all know the value of creating macros and applying them to our apps to speed up a particular business process. What Apple has done through the Touch Bar is basically deliver this kind of functionality, and gives the power of macros to the masses. -- Recode.

81 reasons (and counting) to hate the new MacBooks: Those who love Apple most complain most bitterly

81 reasons (and counting) to hate the new MacBooks: Those who love Apple most complain most bitterly

I was really disappointed with today's Apple event. It seems like Apple has either lost its way, that it has lost touch with what (some of) its customers want, or that it simply doesn't care about those customers. Developers are a captive audience, and creative professionals can switch to Windows, I guess. Apple no longer considers them core. -- Michael Tsai.

Apple Is A Grown Up, And I Don't Like It

Apple Is A Grown Up, And I Don't Like It

Color me a firm believer in perspective. I believe that humans have the right to their opinions, and regardless of how stacked the facts might be, it's likely most of us view the same thing differently.

Let's take Apple as my test case. Apple's numbers-- relative to competitors-- are stellar; great balance sheet, incredible profits. That's one perspective. Another is that Apple has enormous debt, and revenue is going down. One positive, one negative, both true. Here's another. Apple is a grown up company and a growing number of people don't like that. -- Mac360.

Apple Didn't Learn From The iPhone Antennagate Scandal

Apple Didn't Learn From The iPhone Antennagate Scandal

While smartphones generally get better every year, there's one feature that doesn't really improve: the antenna.

The most famous example of poor antenna performance is iPhone 4, which would lose signal when it was held by the lower-left corner. This prompted Steve Jobs to say, "Just avoid holding it in that way."

After initially claiming there was no problem, Apple did a U-turn and gave away free bumper cases so a user's hand wouldn't touch the edge of the phone. This scandal became known as "Antennagate". -- Forbes.

Google Joins Mozilla and Apple In Distrusting WoSign and StartCom Certificates

Google Joins Mozilla and Apple In Distrusting WoSign and StartCom Certificates

Following similar decisions by Mozilla and Apple, Google plans to reject new digital certificates issued by certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom because they violated industry rules and best practices. -- CSO.


Firefox Disables Loophole that Allows Sites To Track Users Via Battery Status

Firefox Disables Loophole that Allows Sites To Track Users Via Battery Status

Battery Status API allows web sites to read the battery level of user's system. The API was found to bring privacy risks and abuse potential and a number of implementation bugs. Now with apparent no legitimate use cases, Mozilla is taking the unprecedented decision to vaporize a browser API due to privacy concerns. And apparently, WebKit, powering Apple's Safari follows. Is that the first time a browser reduces functionality following research reports warning of privacy risks? -- Security, Privacy & Tech Inquiries.

November 01Tuesday's News


Apple issues iOS 10.1.1 with fix for viewing data in Health app

Apple issues iOS 10.1.1 with fix for viewing data in Health app

Apple on Monday issued a minor update for iOS, fixing a problem that could prevent some users from viewing data in the Health app.

iOS 10.1.1 is now available to download via Software Update or when connecting an iOS device to a Mac or PC via iTunes. The lack of betas prior to Monday's release suggest that there many not be any changes beyond the fix for Health.

The update arrives just one week after Apple released iOS 10.1, bringing the new Portrait mode photos to the dual-camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus. That update also added transit directions and Apple Pay for users in Japan.

How to restore the classic Mac startup chime to Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pros

How to restore the classic Mac startup chime to Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pros

Article Image Apple's newly released MacBook Pros do away with the classic F-sharp major boot-up chime that has been a part of the Mac since 1999. Thankfully, for those who want to keep it, there's an easy way to bring it back. -- AppleInsider.


Intel's chip design, not Apple's choices, reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues in new MacBook Pro

Intel's chip design, not Apple's choices, reason behind Thunderbolt 3 & RAM issues in new MacBook Pro

Article Image The processors in the new 2016 MacBook Pro line have been identified, clarifying why some of the limitations surrounding the machine -- like limited Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth on some models -- exist. -- AppleInsider.


Apple issues first iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1, tvOS 10.1 betas to developers

Apple issues first iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1, tvOS 10.1 betas to developers

Article Image Apple on Monday issued the first beta versions of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 Sierra, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1 to developers for testing, all of which include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. -- AppleInsider.


KUO: Demand for new MacBook Pro models tepid due to high prices, disappointing specs

Demand for new MacBook Pro models tepid due to high prices, disappointing specs

Article Image Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sees slow demand for Apple's recently released MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, as the notebooks ship at higher than expected prices and present disappointing specifications to core Mac users. -- AppleInsider.


New leak may show if you were hacked by the NSA

New leak may show if you were hacked by the NSA

Shadow Brokers--the name used by a person or group that created seismic waves in August when it published some of the National Security Agency's most elite hacking tools--is back with a new leak that the group says reveals hundreds of organizations targeted by the NSA over more than a decade. -- Ars Technica.

New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Sans Touch Bar is Marginally Faster But More Efficient Than Last Year's Base Model

New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Sans Touch Bar is Marginally Faster But More Efficient Than Last Year's Base Model

Benchmarks for Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar are beginning to collect on Geekbench, providing a closer look at the notebook's performance improvements and energy efficiency. -- MacRumors.


Apple Hires Duke Doctor on Forefront of Implementing HealthKit and ResearchKit

Apple Hires Duke Doctor on Forefront of Implementing HealthKit and ResearchKit

Apple has hired Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, one of the early proponents of both HealthKit and ResearchKit, for its health team, according to MobiHealthNews. The hiring was first announced by Dr. Bloomfield's colleague on Twitter and confirmed by Apple to MobiHealthNews.

As Duke's Director of Mobile Strategy, Dr. Bloomfield helped Duke become one of the first hospitals to integrate HealthKit. Bloomfield has spoken about the benefits of HealthKit multiple times, like at 2014's mHealth Summit and announcing at a MobiHealthNews event that Apple was adding support for Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document to iOS 10. -- MacRumors.

MacBook Pro (2016) disappointment pushes some Apple loyalists to Ubuntu Linux

MacBook Pro (2016) disappointment pushes some Apple loyalists to Ubuntu Linux

Linux distributions have emerged as one of the beneficiaries in the aftermath of the MacBook Pros launch. Many people aren't pleased with the offering and prices of Apple's three new laptops and some of them are resorting to Linux-powered laptops.

The new Apple MacBook Pro looks to be a wonderful laptop, but understandably, not everyone is impressed. The "Pro" moniker literally means "professional", and there are some concerns from that segment. Some photographers, for instance, will be very hurt and disgusted by the lack of an SD card slot. More importantly, the computer maxes out at 16GB of RAM -- many pro users want 32GB or more, which is not possible on the new machine, sadly. -- Beta News.

Apple Has Missed the Plot

Apple Has Missed the Plot

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost the plot about what users need in Apple devices, especially with creative pros. He argues that Microsoft nailed it with Surface Studio, while Apple's new MacBook Pro is a far cry from a pro Mac. -- AppleInsider.

The Secret Future for Apple's Touch Bar

The Secret Future for Apple's Touch Bar

Apple's revolutionary Touch Bar on the new, 2016 MacBook Pros required a lot of engineering development. It uses an ARM sub-processor and a variation of watchOS. But most importantly, it forms the basis for a new system architecture, according to Apple SVP Phil Schiller. It could create things heretofore not even envisioned. Particle Debris page 2 points to an exclusive C|NET interview with Mr. Schiller who explains why it took four years to develop. -- The Mac Observer.

Ken Segall Dislikes the Siri Remote

Ken Segall Dislikes the Siri Remote

Ken Segall, a long-time adviser to Apple, has some harsh words for the Siri Remote bundled with the fourth-generation Apple TV. He likens it to the infamous "hockey puck" mouse included with the original iMac since both are overly symmetrical, pointing out that it's difficult to know which way you're holding the Siri Remote, especially in a dim room. He also criticizes its touchpad for being both too easy to engage accidentally and not as accurate as traditional directional buttons. However, Segall hopes that, as with the iMac mouse, Apple eventually sees the error of its ways and redesigns the Siri Remote. -- Ken Segall.

Apple Watch Activity app workaround for 'rest days' concept

Apple Watch Activity app workaround for 'rest days' concept

Earlier this month I wrote about a sour experience I had with my Apple Watch and activity tracking. Apple's Activity app on the iPhone recorded 499 active calories burned, just one active calorie shy of my daily goal, even though the Activity app on my Apple Watch showed my progress at just over 100%. -- 9to5Mac.

Missing mail? Press Command-L: If you're using the classic layout in Sierra Mail, you could run into this problem

Missing mail? Press Command-L: If you're using the classic layout in Sierra Mail, you could run into this problem

Reader Darryl Rehr sent in a tip about a new keyboard shortcut in macOS that baffled not just him by its previously unseen behavior, but also a ton of Apple phone support staff. "Near the end, they nearly had me erase my hard drive and restore from Time Machine. Thankfully, I was skeptical," he writes. -- Macworld.

Apple Sacrifices Developers With Controversial MacBook Pro Update

Apple Sacrifices Developers With Controversial MacBook Pro Update

Apple's launch of its new MacBook Pro range continues to attract controversy. Although there are some key features that can be used to sell the machine to consumers, omissions in the design of the laptops are hurting one of Apple's key audiences for the hardware. Developers are definitely not happy. -- Forbes.

Is the brand new MacBook Pro upgradeable?

Is the brand new MacBook Pro upgradeable?

A brand new MacBook Pro version is on sale in Apple stores and on Apple's site, and the laptop isn't cheap. That's not necessarily unexpected, considering that Apple has always sold premium notebooks for premium prices. But before you give Apple your money you should know that you have to spend extra cash on certain dongles so that your other PC peripherals still work with the new machine. There's also the question of upgradability to consider. MacBooks have a better overall life than their counterparts. But does the 2016 generation let customers change RAM or SSD? -- BGR.

Apple's new MacBook Pro kills off most of the ports you probably need

Apple's new MacBook Pro kills off most of the ports you probably need

Today, Apple removed the MagSafe 2 charging port type, they stripped away the HDMI port, they ripped out the SD card slot, they shuttered the Thunderbolt 2 ports (which you probably used like three times) and they most notably killed the standard USB port. All these ports, which power data transfer and charging for most everything you likely use, have been replaced by four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. Surprisingly the folks at Apple saw it fit to give the headphone jack a stay of execution on the new model. -- Tech Crunch.

How to stop Siri talking in your pocket

How to stop Siri talking in your pocket

This happened when I turned up late to watch an actor friend of mine play the leading role in an edgy fringe play, Ncube's The Spruce Goose.

Having managed to sneak into the auditorium (we were late) I was sitting down beside my partner. The onstage action was tense -- the plot had reached a critical point and something important was about to happen:

It did... -- Apple Must.

Have Siri Read Articles To You on iPhone or iPad

Have Siri Read Articles To You on iPhone or iPad

Siri has the ability to read anything on the screen of an iPhone or iPad to you. And yes, that means Siri will quite literally read aloud whatever is open and on the display of an iOS device, whether it's a web page, an article, an email, a text message, anything on the screen will be read out loud by Siri, and you'll even have controls for speeding up and slowing down speech, as well as pausing and skipping sections. -- OS X Daily.

What Apple TV Is And Is Not

What Apple TV Is And Is Not

The times are changing. Again. Head over to the Apple website and in the upper left corner you'll see the Apple logo, then a horizontal menu of various Apple products, Support, Search, and a shopping bag (Apple's website and online Store are somewhat integrated these days. The Menu starts with major sections-- Mac, iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV, then Music. There might be a reason for the particular order to the sections but the list definitely isn't based on revenue.

What caught my eye this week was the TV section. -- NoodleMac.

Apple's TV plan has got to be more than the TV app

Apple's TV plan has got to be more than the TV app

The company has announced a smattering of original content and an app to help you find stuff to watch. What's next?

It's become increasingly clear that the company's ambitions exceed just making a couple episodes here and there. I'm convinced this is a bigger part of Apple's strategy going forward--and you don't have to take my word for it. -- Macworld.

This Old Steve Jobs Interview Is Helping Fuel Criticism Against Apple's Latest Decisions

This Old Steve Jobs Interview Is Helping Fuel Criticism Against Apple's Latest Decisions

There's always a lot of talk about what Steve Jobs would think of the current state of Apple. What would he say about the AirPods or the throne of dongles that Tim Cook seems to sit upon with the current slate of Apple products. With the announcement of the new MacBook and it's enormous price tag, many were split on what to expect or how to feel. Some were treating it like some would treat the iPhone releases, giddy to try out the new stuff and get their hands on it. But others saw something that seemed to fall to the wayside. -- Uproxx.

Tablet Shipments Decline For Eighth Straight Quarter, No Company Surpassed 10 Million Units

Tablet Shipments Decline For Eighth Straight Quarter, No Company Surpassed 10 Million Units

Similar to the smartwatch market, the tablet market is in rough shape. According to estimates provided by IDC, the tablet market has been in decline for eight quarters in a row, and no company managed to ship more than 10 million units. -- Venture Beat.