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January 31Tuesday's News


LG UltraFine 5K Display possibly affected by interference from nearby wi-fi router

LG UltraFine 5K Display possibly affected by interference from nearby wi-fi router

A Wi-Fi-related issue with some LG UltraFine 5K Displays has possibly been discovered, one that effectively renders the high-resolution Thunderbolt 3 displays unusable if an afflicted unit is positioned within a few feet of a router or a wireless access point. -- AppleInsider.

Removal of Apple's iCloud Activation Lock check page may be linked to hacks relying on stolen serial numbers

Removal of Apple's iCloud Activation Lock check page may be linked to hacks relying on stolen serial numbers

Apple's removal of the iCloud Activation Lock status page last week was likely connected to hacks letting people bypass the Activation Lock system, a report noted on Monday. -- AppleInsider.

Apple ceases iOS 10.2 code signing following iOS 10.2.1 release

Apple ceases iOS 10.2 code signing following iOS 10.2.1 release

After the successful release of iOS 10.2.1 last week, Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 10.2, prohibiting users from downgrading to the older operating system. -- AppleInsider.

Forgotten passwords are bane of the Internet. Facebook wants to fix that

Forgotten passwords are bane of the Internet. Facebook wants to fix that

Facebook is unveiling a new service that remedies one of the biggest headaches facing online users today--the forgotten password.

Starting Tuesday, Facebook will offer a service that allows users who lose their GitHub login credentials to securely regain access to their accounts -- Ars Technica.

Why bigger iPhones will always be better than their smaller siblings

Why bigger iPhones will always be better than their smaller siblings

Buying a Plus-sized iPhone doesn't just get you a bigger screen, but also a better phone with more RAM and a greater camera. And there's a good reason for that.

These things attract a greater number of buyers to Apple's larger handsets, increasing its profits and the average selling price of the iPhone. And that's why the iPhone Plus will always be better than its smaller siblings. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Shares New 'One Night on iPhone 7' Photoshoot and Video

Apple Shares New 'One Night on iPhone 7' Photoshoot and Video

Apple published a part of a new photoshoot today that was shot on one night November 5, 2016. Like an army, iPhone photographers canvassed the globe, from Arctic ice caves and Indonesian volcanoes, to the clubs of Johannesburg and rooftops of Shanghai. For the latest "Shot on iPhone" campaign, Apple enlisted a group of photographers to capture life from dusk to dawn -- Apple.

How to control your AirPods using Siri-like commands without internet access

How to control your AirPods using Siri-like commands without internet access

A little over a month later and one of the biggest challenges using AirPods has to be the primary means of control, Siri. Within Wi-Fi networks or strong cellular service, Siri usually works reliably, even if with some delay. Step into an elevator or subway, and that voice control interface is rendered useless. Without a good internet connection, Siri just doesn't work and that means pulling out your phone or using your Apple Watch for controls. It's a first world problem, sure, but that doesn't mean we can't push for a better solution. However, even if it's temporary, there is an offline option to use for now... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple plans to start using your iCloud data to make Siri smarter

Apple plans to improve Siri with new 'iCloud Analytics' data collection

Apple's next iOS update will include an opt-in for people to share their iCloud data to help improve the firm's voice-powered virtual assistant Siri.

A note included in the iOS 10.3 beta, released last week, explained that "analysis of such data will allow Apple to improve intelligent features and services" including Siri. The feature can be turned off at any time. All data, according to the iCloud Analytics & Privacy information page, will be handled in a "privacy-preserving manner." -- Wired.

Finding An Alternative To Mac OS X: Adventures with Linux

Finding An Alternative To Mac OS X

I deeply value the consistency, versatility, reliability and integration of Mac OS X and the excellent quality hardware it runs on. However the current state of the Mac has me considering whether it's still the right platform for me.

Part 1 was about evaluating 13 alternative operating systems and then choosing one to use full time. The selected OS was elementary OS. The motivation for this change is to get access to better hardware since Apple is neglecting the Mac lineup.

The second part in my series on finding an alternative to Mac OS X is about the OS (elementary OS) and its attribut4es and installation. -- Bit Cannon.

Review: Blazing-fast AmpliFi HD Wi-Fi mesh network will spoil you rotten

Review: Blazing-fast AmpliFi HD Wi-Fi mesh network will spoil you rotten

For years, "the last mile" earned the title of broadband's biggest boogeyman. Now that most of us benefit from having a fairly fat pipe to our houses, it's more like the last 10 feet -- Wi-Fi dead spots can drive you crazy.

The AmpliFi HD System, one of a new pack of mesh systems that pave the way to our trouble-free Wi-Fi future, solves the problem. With a charming little router and a couple of mesh points, AmpliFi HD makes it possible to get a strong Wi-Fi signal to your basement, your attic or that awkward back bedroom where you can never stream anything. It also eliminates the sort of nerdy pain points typically associated with setting up and managing a home Wi-Fi network. -- Cult of Mac.

How to use Guided Access to secure your iPad or iPhone

How to use Guided Access to secure your iPad or iPhone

Apple developed Guided Access for families. The idea behind it is that you can let your child use your iPhone in this mode without being concerned they will accidentally buy, break, or otherwise cause problems with what is on your device.

This is because Guided Access keeps your iPhone in a single app, lets you disable areas of the screen that aren't relevant to a task, and disable the hardware buttons. You can end a session by entering a passcode to return your iPad or iPhone to normal mode. -- Computerworld.

Switch Back to the Landscape Keyboard on the iPhone Instead of the Annoying Handwriting Interface

Switch Back to the Landscape Keyboard on the iPhone Instead of the Annoying Handwriting Interface


If you use your iOS device in landscape mode a lot, you've likely noticed that it swaps your keyboard with the handwriting interface. Don't worry! You don't have to give up on widescreen texting, you just have to set a simple toggle. -- How-To Geek.

Scientists Create Electronic Glasses That Can Automatically Focus On Whatever You're Looking At

Scientists Create Electronic Glasses That Can Automatically Focus On Whatever You're Looking At

University of Utah scientists have created a prototype electronic lens which uses several technologies to customize the lens optics focusing on whatever the wearer is looking at. [Just like] the "oil lenses" in Frank Herbert's Dune series of novels, the electronic lens (a transparent LCD) can have its index of refractivity modified by application of a small electric current. -- University of Utah.

Google Removes Plugin Controls From Chrome, Reports Claim

Google Removes Plugin Controls From Chrome, Reports Claim

Google made a change in Chrome 57 that removes options from the browser to manage plugins such as Google Widevine, Adobe Flash, or the Chrome PDF Viewer.

If you load chrome://plugins in Chrome 56 or earlier, a list of installed plugins is displayed to you.

You can use it, among other things, to disable plugins that you don't require. While you can do the same for some plugins, Flash and PDF Viewer, using Chrome's Settings, the same is not possible for the DRM plugin Widevine, and any other plugin Google may add to Chrome in the future.

Starting with Chrome 57, that option is no longer available. This means essentially that Chrome users won't be able to disable -- some -- plugins anymore, or even list the plugins that are installed in the web browser. Please note that this affects Google Chrome and Chromium. -- ghacks.

January 30Monday's News


OIT 2017 Security Awareness Training

2017 Security Awareness Training

On February 1, 2017, the UTK Information Security Office (ISO) will be enabling the campus information security awareness training program called "Securing the Human." Securing the Human is an on-line computer-based program that provides faculty and staff with information they need to engage in effective information security behavior.

The Office of Information Technology, by way of SANS, will be sending an email to all UTK faculty and staff containing the link to the UTK security training web page -- security.utk.edu/awareness. The email will come from noreply@securingthehuman.org. If you have Clutter enabled on your Office365 Email account, there's a chance that the email will end up in the Clutter Folder. All participates must complete the information security awareness training, as awareness is an integral part of protecting the University's resources.

The Security Awareness program consists of a number of videos that cover specific security topics. The videos range anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes in length and are intended to influence user behavior that will reduce security risks. Users are allowed to complete the training at their pace, monitor their progress, and revisit completed training. Upon completion, the user will receive a security awareness training certificate. For more information about this program, visit the Securing the Human website http://www.securingthehuman.org).

If you do not receive a training email, check your Junk or Spam folders in your email client. For questions regarding your personalized security awareness training, please contact the OIT HelpDesk at (865) 974-9900.

Apple demands specially-certified chips & factories for HomeKit devices, report says

Apple demands specially-certified chips & factories for HomeKit devices, report says

One of the factors slowing down adoption of Apple's HomeKit platform is the company's demand that accessory makers not only buy specific chips, but have products manufactured at Apple-certified factories, a report said on Friday. -- AppleInsider.


Apple's 'differential privacy' policy invoked for opt-in iCloud data analysis in iOS 10.3

Apple's 'differential privacy' policy invoked for opt-in iCloud data analysis in iOS 10.3

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta. -- AppleInsider.


Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool from website

Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool from website

For reasons unknown, Apple has taken down the iCloud Activation Lock status page on its website, which used to offer a convenient method of determining whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch was stolen. -- AppleInsider.

Before the 760mph Hyperloop dream, there was the atmospheric railway

Before the 760mph Hyperloop dream, there was the atmospheric railway

A while back, a reader e-mailed me about a Hyperloop article I had written. He said the article reminded him of an experimental railway system--called an "atmospheric railway"--that was constructed in London in the 1840s. The system essentially connected a train to a piston which lived inside a semi-sealed tube placed along the length of the track, between the track's two rails. A pumping station at the end of the train's route pumped air out of the tube while air was allowed into the tube at the other end. This created an atmospheric pressure differential in front of and behind the piston that moved the piston--and the train connected to it--down the rails. -- Ars Technica.

UK military beefs up iPhone 7 to handle top-secret data

UK military beefs up iPhone 7 to handle top-secret data

The iPhone has beaten Android as the smartphone of choice for the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) which is modifying the device so that it can handle military-grade secrets.

British telecom giant BT is working with MoD to beef up the iPhone 7 so that it is capable of switching between two different modes. Personnel will be able to choose witch mode to use based on the sensitivity of the call they're making.

However, there seems to be some infighting at British Telecom. A spokesman for BT said that the U.K. Ministry of Defense is still testing other handsets for dual-persona capabilities, and disputed Bunn's comments about the lack of security found with the Galaxy Note 4. -- Independent.

Four more predictions for 2017

Four more predictions for 2017

Last week a reader told me that six predictions for 2017 weren't enough and that I owed him four more, so here they are. -- I, Cringely.

Apple Formally Announced as 'Partnership on AI' Founding Member

Apple Formally Announced as 'Partnership on AI' Founding Member

Apple has formally joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member, confirming an earlier report, the organization announced today.

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft.

Siri co-founder Tom Gruber, who heads advanced development of the assistant at Apple, will serve on the Partnership's inaugural Board of Trustees. -- Partnership on AI.

How Can We Tell if Our Love for Apple is Logical or Biased?

How Can We Tell if Our Love for Apple is Logical or Biased?

Apple is our most favored company for perfectly good reasons. Or so we think. And yet there are people who despise the company. How can both attitudes be right? The reason for this duality may depend on a particular kind of thinking called cognitive bias. John Martellaro explains. Or, at least, he thinks he's explaining. -- The Mac Observer.

Speed Test Shows iOS 10.3 Starts 6 Seconds Faster on iPhone 5s

Speed Test Shows iOS 10.3 Starts 6 Seconds Faster on iPhone 5s

iAppleBytes did some speed tests comparing iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3--with its new file system. In the video below, they show startup times on an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 5s.

The device on the left of each pair is running iOS 10.2.1, the current shipping version of iOS. The devices on the right of each pair are running iOS 10.3, which includes Apple File System (APFS).

This is a brand new file system years in the making, and it will change of underlying structural aspects of iOS. The demonstration shows one of those things is startup times. The iPhone 5s running iOS 10.3 started up 5.88 seconds faster than its cousin running 10.2.1. That's 19.7% faster! The iPhone 5 running iOS 10.3 started up 7.57 seconds faster (18.7% faster)..

This is just one metric, mind you, and it's important to remember this version of iOS 10.3 is the first developer preview. Newer iPhone and iPads with newer processors will likely show a smaller delta in absolute terms, but the whole point is that things are going to be happening faster.

Final Cut Pro Diary: A video novice takes the step up from iMovie

Final Cut Pro Diary: A video novice takes the step up from iMovie

I've been a photographer since I was 14, but am very much a novice when it comes to video. I've used bicycle-mounted action cams to put together some basic cycling videos, but these were nothing more sophisticated than taking clips straight from the camera, importing them into iMovie and adding cross-dissolves.

In an age when tech writers are increasingly expected to be videographers too, I decided it was time to take the plunge into the world of moving images. Although iMovie is a remarkably capable piece of software, I reckoned I was inevitably going to want to take the step up to Final Cut Pro at some stage, so I might as well make the transition now, rather than have to learn everything twice. -- 9to5Mac.

Become Tech Savvy: How to approach and manage passwords

Become Tech Savvy: How to approach and manage passwords

First time checking out this series? You'll get the most value by starting at the beginning and here is the series overview. The previous article in this series is How to set up automatic backups in macOS and iOS.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this is designed as a resource you can give to those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own. -- 9to5Mac.

Logic Pros (101): Getting started with Logic Pro X -- The interface

Logic Pros (101): Getting started with Logic Pro X -- The interface

If you're new to audio recording and editing on your Mac, or upgrading from GarageBand or another audio recording suite to Apple's Logic Pro X, Logic Pros 101 has you covered.

In this first installment, we give you an introduction to the app with a tour of its user interface. In the future, we'll break down basic recording and editing features, using virtual instruments and effects, and much, much more: -- 9to5Mac.

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How to speed up a slow Mac

How to speed up a slow Mac

How do you make a slow Mac faster than ever? By cleaning up the software and improving the hardware.

Bits rot and atoms age. As time goes on, your software will slow down and your hardware will chug under the weight of age. It's inevitable. But that doesn't mean you have to give in. Just the opposite: There are several ways you can push back on electronic entropy and fight against the dying of your Mac performance. -- iMore.

Apple earns Louis Braille Award for advances in device accessibility

Apple earns Louis Braille Award for advances in device accessibility

Apple has long been praised for its efforts in device accessibility. Back in 2015, for example, they received the American Foundation for the Blind's Helen Keller Achievement Award for the VoiceOver screen reader technology. The various Accessibility features available on iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS have now earned Apple the Louis Braille Award from the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB.) -- iDownload Blog.

How to Setup Automatic iCloud Backups for Your iOS Device

How to Setup Automatic iCloud Backups for Your iOS Device

There is just no way to overstate the importance of backing up your iOS device. If your iPad or iPhone for any reason ever dies or needs to be reset, you'll want to have a recent and complete backup. Luckily, it doesn't take much effort on your part to ensure your iOS device is backing itself up on a regular basis. -- MacTrast.

How To Set Up Two Factor Authentication From Your iPhone

How To Set Up Two Factor Authentication From Your iPhone

Apple introduced two factor authentication back in 2013. It was a new layer of security that users could enable but Apple never pushed the feature. Come iOS 10.3, iOS will persistently ask you to set up two factor authentication. -- AddictiveTips.

6 ways to repurpose an old iPhone

6 ways to repurpose an old iPhone:

Before you decide to sell your unwanted iPhone, consider finding other ways to put it to good use.

The iPhone has been around a full 10 years now, meaning at some point you've probably upgraded to a newer model. (Possibly several newer models.) And whenever you do that, you're left with your old phone and a question: What should I do with it?

Most common answer: sell it. That's a good way to help defray the cost of the upgrade.

However, that's not the only option, and not necessarily even the best. Instead, consider repurposing that old iPhone. You might be surprised at some of the feats it can perform. -- CNET.

January 27Friday's News


Smart Home Diary: Getting started with HomeKit

Smart Home Diary: Getting started with HomeKit

London is my favorite place in the world, but there are a few downsides to living here -- and one of those is that some tech takes a while to cross the Atlantic. HomeKit was one example. Different plug sockets and using 240v instead of 110v means that we needed to wait for UK-specific versions of HomeKit-compatible kit.

I also had various items of non-compatible Smart Home technology that made it a little financially painful to go all-in on HomeKit. I was, for example, an early adopter of WeMo, with a socket switch for each of my standard lamps, all of which needed to be replaced.

But no self-respecting gadget lover could pass up the opportunity for voice-control -- and that, plus the greater capabilities, eventually made the switch to HomeKit irresistible. This piece doubles as a diary of my own experiences and a how-to guide to getting started with HomeKit -- 9to5Mac.

Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI industry group to boost Siri, other tech

Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI industry group to boost Siri, other tech

Apple could help further research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence in the future, with a report claiming it will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group that counts, Google, Facebook, other major tech companies in its membership. -- AppleInsider.


Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for cryptographic account security

Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for cryptographic account security

As part of a security and privacy revamp, Facebook is offering users worried about their privacy and potential account compromises a new authentication procedure, one that relies upon a physical security key to perform extra authentication before an account can be accessed. -- AppleInsider.


macOS Sierra: Using Content-Aware Reminders

macOS Sierra: Using Content-Aware Reminders

All right, maybe you feel dumb talking to your Mac, so you don't use macOS Sierra's version of Siri. Melissa Holt feels awkward about it too, but for using content-aware reminders, she'll make an exception. Wanna get reminded in an hour to respond to a certain email? You can do just that, and we'll tell you how. -- The Mac Observer.

A deep dive into HandBrake and Video Transcoding

A deep dive into HandBrake and Video Transcoding

An obvious interest area of mine is in ripping (and watching) movies using my Mac. I've talked about everything from installing the tools I use to how I rip to how to make sure I update the ripping tools. And though I've included some comparison pictures in the how-I-rip article, I've never done a deep dive into the various ripping options and how they compare on three key fronts:

  • Speed: Faster is better; measured in minutes required to rip.
  • Size: Smaller is better; measured in MB of drive space used.
  • Quality: Higher is better; the closer the image quality is to the original, the better. -- The Robservatory.

How to Play Live Photos in Photos for Mac

How to Play Live Photos in Photos for Mac

Wondering how to play Live Photos in the Photos app on Mac? Fortunately it's quite simple, and there's no use of 3D Touch or any funky tricks necessary. -- OS X Daily.

iCloud Tabs Stopped Working on Your Mac? How to Get Them Back

iCloud Tabs Stopped Working on Your Mac? How to Get Them Back

I woke up for a shock this morning. iCloud Tabs had stopped working in Safari on my Mac -- I could still find the on my iOS devices, but not on the Mac.

I do a lot of my research on iOS and then use iCloud Tabs to pull things together on my Mac (or iPad). Today I wanted to use the Mac so this was a bad thing. It also undermined my morning as I searched for a solution. -- Apple Must.

Can't login to public Wi-FI? Here's a fix

Can't login to public Wi-FI? Here's a fix

A lot of public Wi-Fi services use a pop-up login window, where after connecting you enter your credentials (or pay for access). You might find your Mac (or iPhone/iPad) is able to make a connection to the Wi-Fi but for some reason the login window doesn't appear. The result is that you're essentially not online -- webpages will show as being unavailable.

The solution is simple -- once connected to the public Wi-Fi service, just visit the following page:

http://captive.apple.com/hotspot-detect.html

On Apple devices, if a captive portal is identified, a special application in /System/Library/CoreServices called Captive Network Assistant.app is opened. This is a very limited browser, separate to Safari, with no address bar or navigation button

Use captive Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch -- Captive Wi-Fi networks are public Wi-Fi networks that you subscribe to or pay to use. These networks are also called "subscription" or "Wi-Fi Hotspot" networks. You can find captive Wi-Fi networks in coffee shops, Internet cafes, hotels, airports, and other public locations. In some countries, captive networks are sponsored and maintained by wireless carriers (like AT&T wireless hotspots in Starbucks). -- Apple Support.

Captive Network Assistant -- A captive portal is a network that forces an HTTP client to see a special web page (usually for authentication purposes) before using the Internet normally. A captive portal turns a Web browser into an authentication device. These are commonly used on wifi networks where authentication to the private network is done via a login browser page, rather than via the use of a WEP or WPA2 key, for example in some coffee shops and airports, and hotspot providers such as The Cloud and ATT-Wifi. -- grpugh.

January 26Thursday's News


iOS 10.3 beta enables calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon customers

iOS 10.3 beta enables calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon customers


A small but significant addition for Verizon iPhone subscribers in the iOS 10.3 beta is the ability to make and answer calls from any iCloud-connected device, including Macs, iPads, iPods, and the Apple Watch. -- AppleInsider.

Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy reportedly joins Apple in undisclosed role

Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy reportedly joins Apple in undisclosed role

The co-founder and former CEO of the network-connected security camera producer Dropcam, Greg Duffy, has reportedly been hired by Apple for an undisclosed position, with added speculation he could be heading up an unannounced project within the company -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor improvements

Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor improvements

Apple's experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more. -- AppleInsider.

Google Maps for iOS gets real-time 'Popular Times' in latest update

Google Maps for iOS gets real-time 'Popular Times' in latest update

Google on Wednesday updated its Google Maps iOS app with live "Popular Times" integration, a tool that lets users see how crowded a particular location is in real time, and automatic recognition of addresses in clipboard. -- AppleInsider.

Given enough training images, computers compete with medics on diagnosis

Given enough training images, computers compete with medics on diagnosis

While there are still many visual tasks where humans perform better than computers, computers are catching up. Part of the reason for computers' progress has been the development of what are called "deep neural networks," which chain together multiple layers of analysis. These have significantly boosted computers' performance in a variety of visual challenges. -- Ars Technica.

Firefox, Chrome start calling HTTP connections insecure

Firefox, Chrome start calling HTTP connections insecure

Firefox 51, released today, and Chrome 56, currently due for release next week, have started describing some HTTP connections as insecure as they continue the industry-wide push to promote the use of encrypted HTTPS. -- Ars Technica.

Worried about cybersecurity and the connected car? There's a bill for that

Worried about cybersecurity and the connected car? There's a bill for that

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Wednesday with a major focus on automotive cybersecurity. The Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017 (SPY Car Study Act, for short) is co-sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Joe Lieu (D-CA).

The bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, together with the Federal Trade Commission, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense, OEMs and suppliers, SAE international, and academics and other experts to come up with a set of appropriate cybersecurity standards for new vehicles. -- Ars Technica.

iOS 10.2.1 fails to fix annoying iPhone battery bug

iOS 10.2.1 fails to fix annoying iPhone battery bug

Apple promised "bug fixes" with its most recent iOS 10.2.1 update, but it failed to fix an annoying issue that causes the iPhone to switch itself off with around 30 percent battery life remaining. -- Cult of Mac.

Everything new in iOS 10.3: Hidden keyboard, AirPods finder and more

Everything new in iOS 10.3: Hidden keyboard, AirPods finder and more

Apple gave developers their first look at the next big update for iOS 10 yesterday and it packs a surprising number of new features.

The public will have to wait a few weeks (or months) to get their hands on the new goodies packed inside iOS 10.3 that brings improvements for AirPods, iPads and more.

Here are all the new additions. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-On With iOS 10.3's New 'Find My AirPods' Feature

Hands-On With iOS 10.3's New 'Find My AirPods' Feature

Find My AirPods relies on the AirPods connection to an iPhone or another iOS device because the AirPods themselves don't have any cellular connectivity built in. The feature keeps track of the last known location where the AirPods were connected to an iOS device over Bluetooth, so if one is misplaced, there's a general location of where it might have last been seen. -- MacRumors.

Apple Didn't Delete LG 5K Display Reviews Because They Were Never There

Apple Didn't Delete LG 5K Display Reviews Because They Were Never There

The internet lit up with reports on Wednesday claiming Apple intentionally removed LG UltraFine 5K display reviews from its web-based store because they were negative. Turns out that's not true: Apple didn't remove any reviews because it never enabled them for the display. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple will eventually require apps to use the new iOS 10.3 API for App Store rating popups

Apple will eventually require apps to use the new iOS 10.3 API for App Store rating popups

Apple is launching an official way for developers to ask for ratings in the App Store with iOS 10.3. The new system attempts to strike a balance for customer experience and developer incentive, allowing users to leave a rating without leaving the app -- but the API enforces that the developer can only display the popup three times a year. -- The Mac Observer.

Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running Windows apps on macOS

Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running Windows apps on macOS

Wine is a tool that's gained popularity for allowing users to run Windows and Linux software on macOS. Today, the tool was updated to version 2.0 with a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. -- BetaNews.


How to Record a Movie Directly Into iMovie on Mac

How to Record a Movie Directly Into iMovie on Mac

Have you ever wanted to record a movie directly into iMovie on Mac? It's easy to capture live video from a Mac built-in camera and have it instantly imported into iMovie, from there you can edit it with the iMovie tools, incorporate it into another video project, or export the recorded movie as a file or to various social media sites. -- OS X Daily.


How to Painlessly Run Windows on Your Mac

How to Painlessly Run Windows on Your Mac

Virtual machines let you run one computer inside another, or at least one operating system inside another. You get the benefit of two OSes without the hassle of dual-booting or the standard setup process. It's also easier than you might think to get started. Here's how to set up your first virtual machine. -- Gizmodo.

Boot Camp comes with your Mac and lets you install Microsoft Windows

Boot Camp comes with your Mac and lets you install Microsoft Windows

Boot Camp comes with your Mac and lets you install Microsoft Windows. No need to download anything yourself -- just open Boot Camp Assistant and it will guide you through the rest.

Apple's Boot Camp provides the fastest Windows environment available on a Mac. And because you're truly running Windows, not using a virtualization product, running Windows in Boot Camp is generally more stable, and works with a wider variety of peripherals, than any other Mac-based option. -- Lifewire.

Parallels, VMware, VirtualBox or Boot Camp: Best virtualization tool for Mac | Run Windows 10 alongside macOS Sierra

Parallels, VMware, VirtualBox or Boot Camp: Best virtualisation tool for Mac | Run Windows 10 alongside macOS Sierra

Apple's Boot Camp allows you to install Windows on your Mac so that you can switch between the Mac's own macOS operating system and Windows whenever you want.

However, there is another option -- called 'virtualization' -- that allows you to run Mac and Windows apps together at the same time. -- MacWorld UK.

The Value Of Encryption Backdoors

The Value Of Encryption Backdoors

It should not come as a surprise, but President Trump's selection for U.S. Attorney General wants to have backdoors in encryption. Here's the basic math. Any backdoor into encrypted files means no encrypted file is safe. -- NoodleMac.

How to remove credit card information from your iPhone

How to remove credit card information from your iPhone

If you have an iPhone, then chances are you have a credit card tied to your device in some way, shape, or form. Whether you're using it for downloading apps with your Apple ID, linking it to use for NFC-based Apple Pay payments, or saving it to make payments through Safari with AutoFill, then you've got your credit card information stashed with Apple.

Because credit card information is one of those things you probably try to keep safe from identity thieves and malware threats, it's understandable that you might have a conscience about removing them from your tech. In this tutorial, we'll show you three different ways to remove your credit card information from your iPhone. -- iDownload Blog.

Apple Pay review: Why it's worth paying for things with your phone

Apple Pay review: Why it's worth paying for things with your phone

Apple Pay is money when it comes to convenience and security. You hardly need to lift a finger to pay for something with Apple Pay. In fact, you aren't even required to press a button to buy something. An effortless placement of your Touch ID finger on the home button executes purchases after Wallet detects an NFC card reader. -- TechRadar.

The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

after it launched in October 2014, Apple Pay--the company's flagship mobile payment platform--continues its breathtaking growth. CEO Tim Cook announced in July that the service is now used in three-fourths of "mobile wallet" transactions made in the United States, and that more than 1 million new users join every week. Banks and retailers are still joining up, and even Kanye West's pop-up shops are now taking Apple Pay payments. Soon, the service will available not just on iOS, but on the web, too. -- MacWorld.


7 Lies You Shouldn't Tell the People Fixing Your Computer

7 Lies You Shouldn't Tell the People Fixing Your Computer

Long before I wrote blogs on the internet, when I was but a teeny college student with an LJ and a dream, I did tech support. And I saw things. I wasn't the only one. The people who work tech have heard every excuse and seen every horror your mind can conjure.

,p>Having been a computer help person, I know that we're an ornery bunch, and that people coming in might feel a little intimidated. To better help you when communicating with your tech support agent, I've consulted with fellow survivors of the tech support field, and have carefully cultivated a list of lies you should not tell your tech support agent because it will waste everyone's time. -- Gizmodo.

January 25Wednesday's News


Apple releases first iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.4 betas for developers

Apple releases first iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.4 betas for developers

One day after the last updates of iOS and macOS, Apple has released three new betas, bringing "Find my AirPods" and APFS to iOS, a new Night Shift mode to macOS, and fast scrolling to tvOS 10.2. -- AppleInsider.


Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming

Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming

As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app's developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store -- and more improvements for developers are coming. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 10.3 promises to limit review pop-ups, add floating one-handed keyboard on iPad

iOS 10.3 promises to limit review pop-ups, add floating one-handed keyboard on iPad

Apple's iOS 10.3 update, now in beta, will eventually limit how often an app can harass users about leaving a review -- and might also include a floating keyboard for smaller iPads, early adopters noted on Tuesday. -- AppleInsider.

Hands-on: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My AirPods' feature

Hands-on: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My AirPods' feature

Apple in its latest iOS 10.3 beta release addresses the concerns of many new AirPods owners by incorporating a software feature that helps users locate misplaced earbuds through the Find My iPhone app. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the beta function. -- AppleInsider.

All the major new additions in the iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 betas

All the major new additions in the iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 betas

As predicted yesterday, now that Apple has the iOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.3 releases out the door, it's turning its attention to larger updates. Apple is releasing the first betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 to the public today and has given us a broad overview of the biggest changes that people will see when these are released to the public in a couple of months. -- Ars Technica.

APFS is coming soon: iOS 10.3 will automatically upgrade your filesystem

APFS is coming soon: iOS 10.3 will automatically upgrade your filesystem

After many years and at least one false start, Apple announced at WWDC last year that it would begin shipping a new, modern file system in 2017. Dubbed APFS (for Apple File System), it is designed to improve support for solid-state storage and encryption and to safeguard data integrity. When released, it will finally replace the nearly two-decade-old HFS+ filesystem that Apple has been tacking new features onto since 1998. -- Ars Technica.

This home theater setup makes exposed wires look cool

This home theater setup makes exposed wires look cool

You can spend hours on cable management when trying to create the perfect home cinema setup, but you don't need to. Why hide the wires away when you can make them look as good as they do in the sweet setup above?

All you need is a tube of superglue, steady hands, and patience. -- Cult of Mac.

Hands-On With the New Night Shift Mode in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Hands-On With the New Night Shift Mode in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

First introduced for iOS devices in iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of a device from a blue tint to a more yellow tint during the evening, cutting down on exposure to blue light. A quick overview of how Night Shift works on the Mac can be seen in the video below. -- AppleInsider.

Fighting iPhone Battery Life Blues

Fighting iPhone Battery Life Blues

At least one iPhone model has some units with a defective power cell, but other factors like age and temperature can make the battery conk out.

If you have an iPhone 6s model, you may be experiencing the technical issue that caused Apple to announce a battery-replacement program last month. The battery defect is not as serious as the problems with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones last year, and a note on Apple's site states, "This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015." -- New York Times.

How to speed up your workflow in Safari using the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

How to speed up your workflow in Safari using the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

A common concern with the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro is that it may just be gimmicky and not actually useful. Function keys and keyboard shortcuts may make you efficient, but Touch Bar customization can put elements like on-screen Safari controls right on your keyboard.

Touch Bar for me has been a way to discover functionality within apps, and Safari's customization lets you personalize what you want to access. Below we'll look at how you can use Safari Touch Bar customization to improve your own workflow on macOS. -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on with iOS 10.3 beta 1 [Video]

Hands-on with iOS 10.3 beta 1 [Video]

As we noted earlier, Apple has released iOS 10.3 beta 1 to developers. The update brings several new features to the table, including Find My AirPods for helping to keep track of Apple's recently-released and highly popular AirPods. But that's not all that's new in iOS 10.3. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we'll step through some of the other new additions. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS 10.12 (Sierra) on Mac Pro: A solid release

macOS 10.12 (Sierra) on Mac Pro: A solid release

As you know if you've read my recent blog posts, I've had a bit of a torrid time with my 2014 Mac Pro in the past few months, because of a recurring problem with random video freezes.

It turns out that, contrary to what I had believed earlier on, the problem was not hardware-related, but software-related (and possibly related to a recent security update, more specifically). -- Betalogue.

iTunes 12.5.5; Be Careful How You Delete Items from Playlists

iTunes 12.5.5; Be Careful How You Delete Items from Playlists

Apple released iTunes 12.5.5 yesterday, fixing some bugs (such as the network access problem), but creating others.

I discovered this morning that if I try to delete a song from a playlist in Playlist view, iTunes thinks I want to delete it from my entire library. Here's what happens. -- Kirkville.

Military Grade Data Deletion for iOS with ProtectStar Data Shredder iOS

Military Grade Data Deletion for iOS with ProtectStar Data Shredder iOS

ProtectStar today is proud to announce a new update of Data Shredder for iOS 2017 - formerly iShredder - their data shredding utility that easily deletes and shreds data on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The software uses data shredding techniques that go beyond international standards set by state and military organizations for secure data deletion. Data Shredder's data shredding algorithms have been analyzed by government authorities and independent security organizations to ensure the app does exactly as advertised, destroy all personal data on the device beyond any hope of recovery. -- prMac.

HDRtist NX 1.0 introduced for macOS - Next generation HDR software

HDRtist NX 1.0 introduced for macOS - Next generation HDR software

Ohanaware Co., Ltd. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of HDRtist NX 1.0, their latest High Dynamic Range Imaging software developed exclusively for OS X.

HDR stands for "High Dynamic Range Imaging". Long story short; it's a means of compensating for digital cameras not being able to handle as much light as the human eye. HDR works by 'compressing' a wider range of light into a range that can be displayed on computer, phones, tablet and TV screens. -- PRMac.

How to create Memories based on specific photos

How to create Memories based on specific photos

Not too many years ago, compiling a personal slideshow on your iOS powered device was still a pretty big undertaking. Thankfully, we have come a long way since then and owing to the combined power of iOS 10 and Siri intelligence now have a wealth of so called Memories at our fingertips, sometimes so many it's hard to keep up with. Despite the baked-in features to personalize these slideshows, there is still a degree of creativity you surrender to Apple's algorithms, most crucially in picture selection. -- iDownload Blog.

On The Problems With Security 101

On The Problems With Security 101

What are the security basics that help to keep your Mac, iPhone, and iPad away from government spooks, criminals, hackers, nosey neighbors, and co-workers?

All you need is a secure password, right? Or, maybe a good password manager app that can keep track of all the places you visit online that require a login. What would you put on the list of a brief course on Security 101? Is paranoia on the list? After all, if everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have, amirite? -- Mac360.

Whatever Happened to Actually Listening to Music?

Whatever Happened to Actually Listening to Music?

Since people are in the habit of blaming Steve Jobs for everything, even though he's no longer around, I suppose some might hold him responsible for harming the way in which you listen to music. How so?

Well, therein lies a tale. -- The Tech Night Owl.

Voice Drives New Software Paradigm

Voice Drives New Software Paradigm

A great deal has been written recently on the growing importance of voice-driven computing devices, such as Amazon's Echo, Google Home and others like it. At the same time, there's been a long-held belief by many in the industry that software innovations will be the key drivers in moving the tech industry forward ("software eats the world"--as VC Marc Andreesen famously touted over 5 years ago).

The combination of these two--software for voice-based computing--would, therefore, seem to be at the very apex of tech industry developments. Indeed, there are many companies now doing cutting-edge work to create new types of software for these very different kinds of computing devices.

The problem is, expectations for this kind of software seems to be quickly surpassing reality. -- Tech.pinions.

January 24Tuesday's News


New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

Apple's release notes specify that the 10.12.3 update improves automatic graphics switching on the 2016 MacBook Pro 15-inch model, as well as resolves issues while encoding Adobe Premiere Pro project on the same model, plus the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Apple also claims that the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Display brightness has been added as a potential energy impact warning item,, and Apple has also rectified some issues surrounding the MacBook Pro's battery drain in Safari, as accidentally discovered by Consumer Reports during the course of their testing. HERE -- Apple Support.

Personal macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Benchmarks

Personal macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Benchmarks

GeekBench 3.3.2(711) benchmarking of my Intel iMac (2.9 GHz Intel Core i5, 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 512 MB, 1TB Fusion Drive).

It took about 15 minutes to install on my fast network here at work. All of the benchmarks were a little better than 10.12.2, except for memory. Your mileage may vary.

Intel iMac
10.10.4 10.11.6 10.12.3
Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core Single-Core Multi-Core
Over All 2756 9193 3306 10207 3350 10101
Integer 2758 10544 3207 11428 3317 11437
Floating Point 2766 10951 3427 12282 3445 12020
Memory 2732 3549 3227 3594 3195 3568

How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline -- something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The code fixes various bugs and security vulnerabilities in iOS 10.2, according to Apple's release notes. It can be downloaded over-the-air via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings app --located under the General menu --or else by connecting a device to iTunes on a desktop or laptop.

Apple released four betas of iOS 10.2.1, seeding versions to developers and the public. In that time, no new features or major fixes were discovered. -- Ars Technica.

Took about 20 minutes to install on my fast wi-fi at work.

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users. -- AppleInsider.

Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code--patch now!

Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code--patch now!

The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit. -- Ars Technica.


Musician reinterprets the default iPhone ringtone with an orchestra

Musician reinterprets the default iPhone ringtone with an orchestra

Rainer Hersch is a British conductor, actor, writer and comedian, best known for comic takes on classical music. One of his most notable recent creations? A symphony-worthy compilation of iPhone-inspired -- ranging from orchestral takes on its iconic default ringtone to its standard alert sounds. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Again Seeks FCC Approval for Mysterious 'Wireless Device' With Bluetooth and NFC

Apple Again Seeks FCC Approval for Mysterious 'Wireless Device' With Bluetooth and NFC

For all of its devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Apple has to submit them to the United States Federal Communications Commission for approval, and the filings, though restricted, occasionally give hints as to what Apple is working on.

In early January, Apple sought approval for an unnamed "Wireless Device" that features support for NFC and Bluetooth. With a model number of A1846, the device appears to be an iteration of a similar Wireless Device that was submitted for regulatory approval back in September. That device shared the same design but had a model number of A1844. -- Mac Rumors.

How Your Phone Knows Where You Have Been

How Your Phone Knows Where You Have Been

If you have the GPS feature (also know as location services) enabled on your phone and have not changed any default settings, the device may contain a log of the places you have been or frequently visit. Apple and Google have both described some of the ways they use the information, which is often used for suggesting businesses nearby. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 35 Patents Today Covering Apple Watch Smart Links, In-Air Gaming Gesturing and Apple Watch

Apple Granted 35 Patents Today Covering Apple Watch Smart Links, In-Air Gaming Gesturing and Apple Watch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible future Apple Watch band with smart links that could be used to add batteries, a camera and various sensors and haptics. Apple was also granted a patent for a long standing project with Apple's Israeli company relating to in-air gaming gesturing and gesturing to control other applications such as Apple TV. The technology is proven technology as it was first used ... -- Patently Apple.

When Should a Robot just Say 'No!'

When Should a Robot just Say 'No!'

Should there be occasions when advanced AI's, especially robots or androids, refuse a command by a human being? Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (mostly) dictate the rules, assuming the robot has been programmed with that in mind. However, there are nuances worth further discussion, and they depend some very sophisticated, nuanced thinking (and predictions) by the robot. -- PHYS ORG.

73 Mac Automation Stories from TidBITS Readers

73 Mac Automation Stories from TidBITS Readers

We asked TidBITS readers for stories of how they rely on automation to get their work done. The stories poured in, and you can now read about all the amazing things that fellow TidBITS readers have accomplished with AppleScript, Automator, and the many other automation technologies available to Mac users. -- TidBITS.

Apple Pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display Reviews

Apple Pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display Reviews

Apple has removed all user reviews for the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its Apple Store page after a barrage of negative reviews. User-reported problems include failure to wake from sleep, Macs crashing when reconnecting the monitor, Macs becoming unresponsive, and various Touch Bar issues while the display is connected. Until more is known and solutions appear, we recommend delaying purchases of the LG UltraFine 5K Display. And, frankly, this is bush-league behavior on Apple's part. If these problems are real, the reviews should stay, or Apple should stop selling the monitor. If the problems are coincidental, Apple should provide a public statement and support for those who have purchased the nearly $1000 screen. -- REDDIT.

How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using Boot Camp Assistant [Video]

How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using Boot Camp Assistant [Video]

If you're interested in installing Windows 10 on your Mac running macOS Sierra, you can easily do so by means of Microsoft's Windows 10 ISO download and the macOS Boot Camp Assistant. The installation can be a little time consuming, but it is by no means difficult. Check out our full video walkthrough inside for the details. -- 9to5Mac.

How much has that Mac been used?

How much has that Mac been used?

Knowing how much a Mac has actually been used by its owner can be very useful if you're buying pre-owned. A Mac three years old that's been used very infrequently could be a better purchase than a two-year old Mac that's been left running 24/7, for example.

While physical condition of the Mac gives a clue, you can garner some further clues by a little software probing. It's not entirely accurate, and comes with substantial caveats, but could be worth a try. -- Mac Kung Fu.

How to digitize your DVD collection

How to digitize your DVD collection

In an age of digital media, it's about time you turned your DVD collection into something you can watch from any device.

I've got way too many DVDs in my house. I've been gathering them for years and years. They take up nearly half a wall in my living room, and that's after giving away about half my collection.

Funny thing is, I rarely watch my DVDs. It takes so much more effort than just turning on my Apple TV and hitting "play." I do have a few hundred DVDs that I can't watch on any of my streaming services, though. So, I figured it was time to digitize my DVD collection so I can watch my movies right in iTunes on Apple TV. -- iMore.

You may want to refer to my article on the same subject (Setting Up A Macintosh Media Server With Apple TV) from May 2015.

How my iPhone keeps me organized on a daily basis

How my iPhone keeps me organised on a daily basis

I wonder if the iPhone was originally designed to replace The likes of the Filofax and palm pilot in terms of being an organiser? Well for me it has. -- PalmAddict.


iOS: 10 Years, 10 Versions, 10 Articles

iOS: 10 Years, 10 Versions, 10 Articles

I have just completed my series of articles on the first ten versions of iPhone OS (a.k.a. iOS). It was a pleasure to look back at the progress of Apple's mobile operating system, but not an easy task by any means.

The first two versions of iPhone OS really were terrible. They lacked essential features that other systems had and were full of bugs. iPhone OS 3 went a long way to fix this and became the first version I enjoyed using.

Below are some of the killer features that I love and use every day -- some exclusive to iOS, some not. -- Low End Mac .

January 23Monday's News


Are You Practicing Safe Social Networking?

Are You Practicing Safe Social Networking?

Social media sites are not well-monitored playgrounds with protectors watching over you to ensure your safety. When you use social media, do you think about who might be using it besides your friends and connections? Following are some of the other users you may encounter.

  • Identity thieves. Cybercriminals need only a few pieces of information to gain access to your financial resources, such as phone numbers, addresses, names, and other personal information
  • Online predators. Are your friends interested in seeing your class schedule online? Well, sex offenders or other criminals could be as well. Knowing your schedule and your whereabouts can make it very easy for someone to victimize you, whether it's breaking in while you're gone or attacking you while you're out.
  • Employers. Most employers investigate applicants and current employees through social networking sites and/or search engines. What you post online could put you in a negative light to prospective or current employers. Think before you post
  • How Do You Protect Your Information? Although there are no guaranteed ways to keep your online information secure, following are some tips to help keep your private information private.

    • Don't post personal or private information online! The easiest way to keep your information private is to NOT post it. Don't post your full birthdate, address, or phone numbers online. Don't hesitate to ask friends to remove embarrassing or sensitive information about you from their posts, either. You should NEVER assume the information you post online is private.
    • Use privacy settings. Most social networking sites provide settings that let you restrict public access to your profile, such as allowing only your friends to view it.
    • Be wary of others. Many social networking sites do not have a rigorous process to verify the identity of their users. Always be cautious when dealing with unfamiliar people online and approving friend requests
    • Understand the role of hashtags. Hashtags (#) are a popular way to provide clever commentary or to tag specific pictures. Many people restrict access to their Instagram accounts so that only their friends can see their pictures. However, when someone applies a hashtag to a picture that is otherwise private, anyone who searches for that hashtag can see it. -- OIT Weekly.

Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS

Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS

Backing up your data to prevent loss in the case of digital disaster couldn't be much easier, but there are choices to make, and things you should to to guarantee safety. AppleInsider looks at some of your options, and helps you choose. -- AppleInsider.


Fastest magnetic read/write ever is incredibly energy efficient

Fastest magnetic read/write ever is incredibly energy efficient

Magnetic media, in the form of disk and tape drives, has been the dominant way of storing bits. But the speed and low power of flash memory has been displacing it from consumer systems, and various forms of long-term memory are in development that are even faster. But a new paper suggests that magnetic media may still be competitive--you just have to stop reading and writing it with magnets.

Using a specific form of garnet and some ultrafast laser pulses, a Dutch-Polish team of researchers performed what they suspect is the fastest read/write of magnetic media ever. And, for good measure, the process was extremely energy efficient. -- Ars Technica.

7 questions to ask before buying a used phone

7 questions to ask before buying a used phone

If you're in the market for a new smartphone, checking prices could give you a serious case of sticker shock. Both the iPhone 7 and Google's Pixel start at $649 and go up from there, with a top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus selling for $969.

If you're OK with having something that's a little less than the latest model, going with a used phone can save you a bundle. The downside? Getting a good deal -- and a phone that works -- takes more effort than buying a new phone off the store shelf. If you're willing to put in some legwork to save cash, here's what you need to know about buying a used cell phone -- and seven questions to ask before doing so. -- Cult of Mac.

iPhone, Take a Message

iPhone, Take a Message

The iPhone can display text transcriptions of your recorded voice mail messages -- as long as you have an iPhone 6s model or later. The phone also needs to be running the iOS 10 system software, and your wireless carrier must support the Visual Voicemail feature. (Most national carriers support it, although the transcription text is currently available only in American and Canadian English.) -- New York Times.

Slashdot's Interview With Swift Creator Chris Lattner

Slashdot's Interview With Swift Creator Chris Lattner

The creator of Apple's Swift programming language (and a self-described "long-time reader/fan of Slashdot") stopped by on his way to a new job at Tesla just to field questions from Slashdot readers. Read on for Chris's answers... -- Slashdot.

How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods, May Help with Battery and Pairing Issues

How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods, May Help with Battery and Pairing Issues

Have you been having issues with your AirPods battery indicator or pairing issues? Some users have reported that doing a factory reset helps with both. Bryan Chaffin walks us through how to do it. -- The Mac Observer.


About backups for iOS devices

About backups for iOS devices

You can copy and save the information on your iOS device by backing it up. If you replace your device, you can use its backup to transfer your information to a new iOS device.

This article can help you decide which backup method is best for you. In case you ever need an alternative backup, you can make a backup in iCloud and another in iTunes. -- Apple Support.

Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS

Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS

AirDrop is the excellent wireless file transfer feature available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and with it you can easily and quickly transfer pictures, movies, documents, and whatever else between any iOS or Mac OS device. Being on the receiving end of AirDrop, have you ever wondered where AirDrop files go on a Mac or on an iPhone or iPad? Wonder no more, we'll show you exactly where AirDrop files are saved to and how you can access their location in iOS and Mac OS. -- OS X Daily.

How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)

How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)

While it is no longer a secret that Apple provides a set of built-in dictionaries for when you stumble upon a word unbeknownst to you, there is an important distinction between some of the dictionaries available to you.

The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. actual language to language translation) and scrutinize if your language of choice is one of the few lucky ones Apple decided to support beyond the thesaurus. -- iDownload Blog.

How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you

Has Amazon's Echo and Google's Google Home taken up residence in your home? If not, you're probably at least considering adding one of these digital helpers. They are supremely useful after all, providing assistance with everything from weather forecasts to smart-home control. All you need to do is ask.

In order to fulfill your requests, however, both of these voice-activated digital assistants must upload your verbal commands to the cloud. Just what does that entail? The short answer is that your commands are saved to your Amazon or Google account respectively. And the more you use these devices, and the more services you link to them, the more their respective manufacturers will know about you. Those insights can range from what kinds of movies and music you like to what time you go to bed.

Fortunately, there are privacy options you can manage, as well as ways to purge that collected information. We'll show you how you can get the most out of these devices while maintaining the maximum amount of personal privacy. -- TechHive.

Ultra-quickly turn on subtitles/closed captions on Apple TV

Ultra-quickly turn on subtitles/closed captions on Apple TV

Here's a quick tip if you've an Apple TV 4, complete with touchpad remote control.

To enable subtitles/closed captions within a compatible app, just tap the touchpad three times. To subsequently disable them, tap three times again.

Easy! Alas, this doesn't work within all apps. It works in Apple's own apps, and you might have to experiment a little to see if it works in other apps. Notably, it doesn't currently work in Netflix. -- Mac Kung Fu.

Are Apple's wireless AirPods worth shelling out $160?

Are Apple's wireless Airpods worth shelling out $160?

After months of delays, Apple's wireless earbuds, or AirPods, are finally starting to ship out to consumers -- but if you haven't plunked down $160 yet, are they worth buying?

The Verge's Lauren Goode and Recode's Kara Swisher debated the merits of AirPods on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask. Apple claims the AirPods can connect to multiple devices with less hassle than normal Bluetooth audio gear, but Goode said that feature has been inconsistent for her in practice. -- Recode.

New home network

New home network

A couple of weeks ago, I switched our cable TV and internet service provider from Wide Open West to Comcast, mainly because WOW's internet service had gotten terrible and their customer service was, if anything, worse. With the new service came a gigantic multipurpose modem/router/phone/wifi device (this one) for $10/month. I had Comcast go ahead and install this behemoth because I wanted my new service up and running as quickly as possible, and I figured letting them put in their standard stuff was the best way to achieve that. After I knew everything was working right, I could do some research, assemble a new system, return the big black box to Comcast, and reduce my bill. That's what I did yesterday and what I'm going to talk about today. -- Dr. Drang.

January 20Friday's News


Apple News gets extended formatting options for creators, refreshed tutorial

Apple News gets extended formatting options for creators, refreshed tutorial

In its ongoing effort to improve Apple News, the company has rolled out a series of changes which extends formatting options for publishers and adds a new ad size for the iPhone and iPod touch, in conjunction with a new tutorial to assist with the new features. -- AppleInsider.


Apple provides new iOS design resources compatible with Photoshop and Sketch

Apple provides new iOS design resources compatible with Photoshop and Sketch

Apple on Thursday updated the iOS Human Interface Guidelines on its Developer site to include downloadable graphical templates that help app producers understand and create software using the iOS design language. -- AppleInsider.

How to pair Apple's AirPods with iPhone and Mac

How to pair Apple's AirPods with iPhone and Mac

With AirPods now arriving in the hands of -- a few lucky -- customers, AppleInsider takes you through the initial pairing process, demonstrating the ease at which Apple's W1 chip facilitates connections with both iOS and Mac devices. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Officially Ends iPod Nano Replacement Program, but Still Honoring Requests

Apple Officially Ends iPod Nano Replacement Program, but Still Honoring Requests

Apple recently removed its first-generation iPod nano replacement program from its support website, over five years after it started. -- MacRumors.

No, Netflix still doesn't really work with Apple's new TV app

No, Netflix still doesn't really work with Apple's new TV app

Netflix was a major missing piece of Apple's new TV app when it launched last month, and that's still the case despite some confusing coverage recently. The confusion is around how Apple's TV app works with search and opening video apps. -- 9to5Mac.

How to tell if Wi-Fi Assist is actually using too much iPhone data

How to tell if Wi-Fi Assist is actually using too much iPhone data

There's a feature on iPhones called Wi-Fi Assist that is a common source of confusion for a lot of users. Wi-Fi Assist helps your iPhone switch to cellular data with your carrier when your local Wi-Fi is too weak to offer fast enough loading speeds.

That sounds risky especially if you have a limited monthly data cap, but most people shouldn't have to worry about turning Wi-Fi Assist off. Here's how to check and understand how much data Wi-Fi Assist is actually using. -- 9to5Mac.

Wishfull Thinking: Mac Pro concept is the perfect desktop Apple won't make

Wishfull Thinking: Mac Pro concept is the perfect desktop Apple won't make

Apple's current ambivalence about the Mac, and particularly its pro-level users, means that we haven't had an upgrade to the Mac Pro since 2013.

While it's still a nice piece of kit, the Mac Pro was also arguably outdated from the day it arrived, since Apple made the decision to use mobile GPUs, rather than proper desktop GPUs. In addition, the company employed its regular philosophy of not making them upgradeable -- which is an issue for a computer that starts at $3,000.

So what would a new, improved Mac Pro look like? Fortunately, Mac fan and brilliant graphic designer Pascal Eggert has a few answers. -- Cult of Mac.

The Apple TV is a mess -- and hardly the 'future of TV' Apple advertised

The Apple TV is a mess -- and hardly the 'future of TV' Apple advertised

I've owned the fourth-generation Apple TV for over a year now. But while the hardware is capable for streaming all your favourite shows and movies, the software -- and the overall experience -- is muddy, confusing, and, well, bad. -- Business Insider Australia.

This reenforces everthing I have ever said about the AppleTV Pro and it remote. And I have said "everthing" in the article. It's a pile. --mam

A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks

A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks

When you want to format a hard drive, it helps to know the difference between a partition and a drive.

This highlights how well Apple typically hides some of the fussy details of an operating system from users, usually to the good: most of the time, we don't need to know any low-level details in order to use a Mac. iOS obviously goes a few steps further, mostly preventing even advanced users from seeing much of what's under the hood. -- Macworld.

How to Export & Import All MySQL Databases

How to Export & Import All MySQL Databases

Many developers and pro users rely on MySQL for their database needs. We'll walk through how to export or dump all databases from MySQL, dump a single database, and also show how to import all of those databases from a database.sql file back into MySQL. -- OS X Daily.

How to fix a slow or frozen iPhone or iPad

How to fix a slow or frozen iPhone or iPad

While the iPhone and iPad are great, well-made computing devices, like any such products, they can become slow or even freeze up from time to time. There are a number of causes for these issues, as well as an array of potential solutions.

Here's what you can do if your iPhone or iPad is slow or unresponsive. -- iMore.

Best Hard Drives for Backing Up Your Mac in 2017

Best Hard Drives for Backing Up Your Mac in 2017

What are the best modern hard drives available to backup my Mac?

Keeping your documents, photos, videos, and more backed up and secure means having total peace of mind when it comes to working on your Mac or MacBook.

But a quick Google search of 'best hard drives' yields literally thousands of results, so what are the best, most reliable options out there?

Here are the best external hard drives available for backing up your back! -- iMore.

3D TV Is Dead

3D TV Is Dead

While Samsung dropped 3D support in 2016, LG and Sony -- the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs -- will stop doing so in 2017. None of their TVs, including the high-end OLED TV models, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows. As a result, 3D TV is dead. The question is no longer when (or even why) 3D TVs will become obsolete, it's will 3D TVs ever rise again? -- C|NET.

5G Internet is the 'Beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution'

5G Internet is the 'Beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution'

Next-generation 5G mobile internet technology marks the beginning of the "fourth industrial revolution," the chief executive of Turkey's leading telecoms player told CNBC on Thursday.

5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions -- or potentially billions -- of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market. -- CNBC.

January 19Thursday's News


GarageBand and Logic Pro X Music Apps Get Major Updates

Logic Pro X 10.3 Rleased

Apple today announced major updates to its music creation apps with exciting new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. GarageBand® for iOS 2.2 now features the powerful creative synthesizer Alchemy and a new sound browser that makes searching through instruments and patches easier than ever.

Logic Pro X 10.3 becomes an even more powerful tool for pros with a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the revolutionary Touch Bar™ on the new MacBook Pro®, putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at users' fingertips. -- Apple PR.

Apple updates Logic Pro X with Touch Bar support, GarageBand for iOS with new options & interface

Apple updates Logic Pro X with Touch Bar support, GarageBand for iOS with new options & interface

Apple on Wednesday released updates to two of its audio production apps -- Logic Pro X for the Mac, and GarageBand on iOS -- adding customizable Touch Bar support on the former, and features like a redesigned sound browser on the latter. -- AppleInsider.

Apple TV, iPhone, iPad gain ability to play Netflix movies directly in TV app

Apple TV, iPhone, iPad gain ability to play Netflix movies directly in TV app

Apple is slowly rolling out the ability to stream a movie from Netflix directly from its TV app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but some limitations exist.

While a Siri search for content would previously bring up a Netflix movie, commanding a device to play the title would redirect users to the Netflix app and require the users to select the title. Now, following a search, the movie streams automatically from Netflix, the same as it does from other subscription services like HBO Go. -- AppleInsider.

Court rules against man who was forced to fingerprint-unlock his phone

Court rules against man who was forced to fingerprint-unlock his phone

A Minnesota appellate court ruled Tuesday against a convicted burglar who was forced by a lower state court to depress his fingerprint on his seized phone, which unlocked it.

This case, State of Minnesota v. Matthew Vaughn Diamond, marks the latest episode in a string of unrelated cases nationwide that test the limits of digital privacy, modern smartphone-based fingerprint scanners, and constitutional law. -- Ars Technica.

Forgotten audio formats: 8-track tapes

Forgotten audio formats: 8-track tapes

The 8-track cartridge, aka the Stereo 8, first appeared at trade shows in 1964, just 18 months after the cassette, and it did initially seem to have it all: it was comparatively small, portable, and had pretty good audio quality. And despite its roots in the Mad Men in-car market of the 1950s, it was seemingly future-proof, too, with a unique potential for quadraphonic sound (a potential later realized, in part). Within a few years various megastars were using it and it was swiftly installed in virtually every radio station in the western world--and, with rising domestic sales, it even had a massive ad campaign fronted by TV star Jimmie "Dy-no-mite!" Walker. -- Ars Technica.

Malwarebytes discovers new 'Fruitfly' malware running antiquated code on macOS

Malwarebytes discovers new 'Fruitfly' malware running antiquated code on macOS

The team over at Malwarebytes has recently discovered what they're calling "the first Mac malware of 2017". The Fruitfly malware has been using antiquated code to help it run undetected for quite some time on macOS systems. It has reportedly been used in targeted attacks at biomedical research institutions. -- 9to5Mac.

iPhone, Take a Message

iPhone, Take a Message

Newer iPhones can convert a voice mail recording into text so you don't have to play it to get it.

Q. I thought the iPhone was supposed to transcribe voice mail messages, but that doesn't seem to be happening on mine. Is there a setting I need to turn on to make it work?

A. The iPhone can display text transcriptions of your recorded voice mail messages -- as long as you have an iPhone 6s model or later. The phone also needs to be running the iOS 10 system software, and your wireless carrier must support the Visual Voicemail feature. (Most national carriers support it, although the transcription text is currently available only in American and Canadian English.) -- New York Times.

iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

This Quick Tip is about turning off Safari Suggestions, those top results that'll appear within Safari on your iPad or iPhone to offer you, say, App Store content based on your search. Find those as irritating as Melissa Holt does? Then let's stop them! -- The Mac Observer.

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

How To Fix The iPhone Rainbow Emoji Message Crash

Another messaging crash for iOS devices is making the rounds. This time, it involves the colorful rainbow emoji. The bug affects both iPhones and iPads running iOS 10.1 or below, but a variant of the crash can affect devices running iOS 10.2. Luckily the fix is very easy, and we'll show you how. -- The Mac Observer.

The best thing to do if your iPhone 6/6s battery keeps dying at 30%

The best thing to do if your iPhone 6/6s battery keeps dying at 30%

Apple's iPhone lineup separates itself from rival smartphone brands in so many ways, and one of them has always been longevity. Anyone who has owned the same Android phone for more than two years knows that performance seriously degrades over time. And then there's the fact that you stop getting major software updates after two years -- or even 18 months, sometimes. Meanwhile Apple's iPhones get software updates for years, and they stand the test of time very well… usually. In the case of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, however, a huge bug was recently introduced in a software update and it's causing phones' batteries to die at 30%. -- BGR.

The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your security with WhatsApp

The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your security with WhatsApp

The headline in the Guardian last week was certainly eye-catching: "WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping on encrypted messages." The allegation was that a newly discovered flaw could allow messages you'd sent to a known and confirmed party through a highly secure method could be replayed, or sent again to other parties that could insert themselves as trusted recipients. -- Macworld.

How to back up your Apple TV (Spoiler alert! You can't)

How to back up your Apple TV (Spoiler alert! You can't)

When you sign into iTunes and the App Store on Apple TV, all of your purchased movies, TV shows, music, and apps are automatically displayed for you to install or stream. You can also make use of your podcast activities. If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can take advantage of streaming audio. Your content will be listed under the Purchased section of each app, so you can easily find and access it. -- iMore.

Apple released its next big thing and nobody noticed

Apple released its next big thing and nobody noticed

But when Apple introduced its new AirPods wireless EarPods back in September 2016, it also quietly took the lid off of the W1 chip, a little technology for improving Bluetooth audio that lays the groundwork for Apple's next big thing. It's already here, and it's going to make a big splash in the months and years to come. -- Business Insider.

Will Apple's Next Great Thing Take Your Job?

Will Apple's Next Great Thing Take Your Job?

That's a good question, Betteridge's Law of Headlines, notwithstanding. One of the growing fears-- and we see some of it taking place already-- is that humankind will find itself replaced by robots with artificial intelligence, also known as AI. It's not that it could happen. It's already in progress. -- NoodleMac.

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Shortly after the American College of Education (ACE) in Indiana fired IT administrator Triano Williams in April, 2016, it found that it no longer had any employees with admin access to the Google email service used by the school.

In a lawsuit filed against Williams in July, 2016, the school alleges that it asked Williams to return his work laptop, which was supposed to have the password saved. But when Williams did so in May that year, the complaint says, the computer was returned wiped, with a new operating system, and damaged to the point it could no longer be used. -- The Register.

January 18Wednesday's News


The best third-party apps for iOS 10 that support Apple's Siri

The best third-party apps for iOS 10 that support Apple's Siri

Since the launch of iOS 10 last September, Apple has made it possible for third-party applications to respond to voice commands through its Siri personal assistant. AppleInsider offers a list of some of the the best apps that boast Siri support. -- AppleInsider.

Apple fixes El Capitan kernel issue in supplemental security update

Apple fixes El Capitan kernel issue in supplemental security update

Apple on Tuesday issued a supplemental security update for OS X 10.11.6, fixing a kernel issue for El Capitan users that causes affected Macs to 'occasionally become unresponsive.

Available from the Mac App Store , as well as through Apple's support pages, the supplemental update is a free download weighing in at 623.9 megabytes, and can be used by any Mac running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan with Security Update 2016-003 installed. Security Update 2016-003, originally released in December, has been reissued at the same time and measures 717 megabytes in size.

Aside from the kernel panic issue, little else is known about the contents of the update.

ISPs seek end of privacy rules just in time for Trump's inauguration

ISPs seek end of privacy rules just in time for Trump's inauguration

New privacy rules that protect the Web browsing data of broadband subscribers went into effect just two weeks ago, but they could be overturned shortly after Republicans gain a majority at the Federal Communications Commission. -- Ars Technica.

Former employee explains how Tim Cook made Apple boring

Former employee explains how Tim Cook made Apple boring

Tim Cook's kinder, gentler management style is the biggest reason why 2016 was one of the most boring years for Apple in recent memory, according to a former employee of the company.

Steve Jobs was notorious for inciting conflict and competition between top employees, which him a controversial leader but also birthed some of the most iconic tech products ever (iMac, iPod and iPhone). After Cook took over, he worked to eliminate conflict within Cupertino's walls and made employees less passionate, claims ex-Apple employee Bob Burrough. -- Cult of Mac.

iOS 10.2's New 'TV' App Doesn't Work With Some Videos Ripped From DVDs

iOS 10.2's New 'TV' App Doesn't Work With Some Videos Ripped From DVDs

In iOS 10.2, released on December 12, Apple introduced the new "TV" app, which serves as an Apple-designed TV guide that aims to simplify the television watching experience and help users discover new TV and movie content.

In the United States, the TV app replaces the standard "Videos" app and serves as a television hub on iOS devices, but it appears the new app doesn't work well with content that's been ripped from DVDs. -- MacRumors.

Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier

Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier

App stores backed by giant corporations have created choke points for the internet, which governments are now exploiting.

There's a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be the start of something devastating. -- New York Times.

Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?

Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?

You've probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups? -- New York Times.

'Luke! Luke! It's a Trap!'

Luke! Luke! Its a Trap!


Anonymous browsing with Tor reduces exposure but still has risks

Anonymous browsing with Tor reduces exposure but still has risks

In an age of tracking by governments, ad networks, and criminals, trying to break free of observation is a worthy goal.

You can be tracked and have your data intercepted from many angles, by legitimate and illegitimate actors alike: governments, criminals, personal enemies, corporate spies, children without moral compasses, you name it. Many techniques let you encrypt and shield your data at rest, on your devices and on remote servers, and in transit. -- Macworld.

Get Info on Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS

Get Info on Anything from Spotlight in Mac OS

You can quickly access "Get Info" for any file or application from within Spotlight search results in Mac OS and Mac OS X.

Getting file info from Spotlight requires a set of two simple keystrokes, first to get into Spotlight, then the next is to Get Info on the item in question. -- OS X Daily.

The OS Wars Are Over And Apple Lost

The OS Wars Are Over And Apple Lost

Comparisons of anything can be a difficult proposition because not too many comparisons are totally apples to apples. Some are Apple to apples. It's common knowledge that Microsoft's Windows won the desktop and notebook PC wars. Apple lost.

Yet, here we are, a few decades since Apple had any prominence at all among operating systems, and the Mac not only survives, but it prospers more than any Windows PC maker. The same is true of mobile devices. Microsoft's Windows has no notable presence in the mobile device arena at all. And, guess who the winners and losers are? -- Mac360.

Do your AirPods keeps disconnecting from iPhone during phone calls?

Do your AirPods keeps disconnecting from iPhone during phone calls?

If your AirPods keep disconnecting from iPhone during phone calls, you're not alone. Although Apple is trying to stay quite about this issue, there's already a big thread about it on the company's public communities forum. Many affected posters claim AirPods disconnect from their iPhone during phone calls 30+ percent of the time. -- iDownload Blog.

How I use my iPhone - a typical day

How I use my iPhone - a typical day

I get great use from my iPhone on a daily basis from the minute I wake up in the morning to when I eventually, go to bed. -- PalmAddicts.


The 5 different types of Apple users

The 5 different types of Apple users

One of the big questions facing any Apple shareholder is whether Apple's userbase will continue to grow and how much money per user Apple can expect to earn.

Steven Milunovich, a UBS Securities analyst, publishes regular investor notes looking at exactly how big Apple's installed base is and what its revenue per user is. -- Business Insider.

January 17Tuesday's News


WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages

WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages. -- AppleInsider.


How to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

How to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

Apple made a big deal of third-party Siri integration when it introduced iOS 10 last year, but you may have noticed that you can't order your favorite apps around by default -- here's how to make it work. -- AppleInsider.

Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.9.1 backup tool updated for macOS Sierra

Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.9.1 backup tool updated for macOS Sierra

You've already got Time Machine. Having it isn't the same as using it but we're begging you here: use Time Machine - or something else like SuperDuper! 2.9.1. Apple's own app. and third-party ones like SuperDuper!, ChronoSync and CarbonCopyCloner are all devoted to protecting your work by making copies of it.

AppleInsider continues its ongoing backup tool examination series, and examines long-standing utility SuperDuper! that promises to protect your data with speed and ease of use. -- AppleInsider.

Install an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds

Install an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro for full USB 3.1 data transfer speeds

An inexpensive card available from Amazon allows users of Apple's Mac Pro tower with PCI-E slots to get some of the benefits of the new USB-C connector -- and faster USB 3.1 speeds. AppleInsider tells you what you need. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 warns if display brightness affects MacBook battery life

In a bid to extend battery life, the latest beta of macOS Sierra introduces a new option to the Mac's battery menu that will reduce the brightness of the display if it is above 75 percent. -- AppleInsider.


Vivaldi is building 'Opera as it should've been'

Vivaldi is building 'Opera as it should've been'

Working in tight niches occupied by the behemoths of the Internet world is hard; doing it as a startup without external funding is even harder. The 35-strong team of Vivaldi, the spiritual successor to Opera, is doing exactly that: two years after the first public beta and eight months after the release of version 1.0, the Web browser has about 1 million users--but it still isn't turning a profit. -- AppleInsider.

[Vivaldi passes the Acid 3 test. Acid 3 use to the the gold standard for html compliance. Steve Jobs even used it to demo Safari. The new benchmark is the HTML 5 test. On this test Vivaldi gets the same score as the top OS X browser, Chrome (507.) Safari only gets 383. Apple does not seem to care bout HTML5 compliance.]

Apple Shares New 'Pairing,' 'Siri' and 'Notes' AirPods Ads

Apple Shares New 'Pairing,' 'Siri' and 'Notes' AirPods Ads

Apple today shared three ads highlighting the newly-released AirPods on its YouTube channel. Two of the ads are focused on AirPod features, like Siri and instant pairing, and star dancer Lil Buck while the third ad is centered on showcasing the device's design. -- MacRumors.

Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Virtual Controls, Siri, the MacBook and a Hybrid Table

Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Virtual Controls, Siri, the MacBook and a Hybrid Table

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for virtual controls for devices with multitouch display. In addition, two Siri centric patents were granted today for voice based media searches and the overall concept of an intelligent automated assistant. -- Patently Apple.

Apple TV Apps Are About to get More Compelling Thanks to Less Restrictive File Sizes

Apple TV Apps Are About to get More Compelling Thanks to Less Restrictive File Sizes

Apple just raised the cap on Apple TV app sizes from 200MB up to 4GB, bringing them in line with iPhone and iPad apps. Apple told developers the change lets them give users a better overall experience. For end users, that means more immersive apps and potentially a step towards a 4K Apple TV. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's Under appreciated Technical Evolution

Apple's Underappreciated Technical Evolution

Apple periodically comes out with The Next Big Thing. Along the way, however, the company makes incremental changes that also make our lives better. How those many advancements accumulate to positively affect our lives depends on how often we upgrade. Meanwhile, the punctuation of big product events keeps us coming back for more. It's all in a delicate balance, perceived in our flow of time. -- The Mac Observer.

The Mother of All Demos on Video

You may have heard of the Mother of All Demos, especially if you've studied, or even read up on, computing history. But have you seen it? There is a video of this legendary event (via Reviewed.com), and I personally find it fascinating. Here's why this is a thing. The demo was given by Doug Engelbart in 1968, when punch cards were how you interfaced with a computer. But in this demo, the world was shown (list via Wikipedia) windows, hypertext, graphics, efficient navigation and command input, video conferencing word processing, dynamic file linking, revision control, a collaborative real-time editor, and the computer mouse. The freaking computer mouse! None of these things existed outside the circle of people involved in the demo. It was huge. No, it was enormous. And many of the people in the demo went on to be involved in the Xerox PARC, which played a major role inspiring Jef Raskin and Steve Jobs for the Mac. The Mother of All Demos resonated through tech culture for decades, and it took decades to make most of that list above mainstream. If you like tech history, you should book some time to watch this. And if you do, think about the context of the times and be amazed. One last note, the typed story at the beginning explains how the movie itself was made.

For #&%@'s Sake, Make Your Passwords Stronger

For #&%@'s Sake, Make Your Passwords Stronger

Hey, guess what? Your passwords probably suck. Most of our passwords suck, as shown in an analysis of 10 million passwords released in security breaches from 2016. Bryan Chaffin has some basic tips for improving your password security, and stern words for those who slack on this! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued his report card on Apple's 2016 efforts, relying once again on a panel of 37 industry watchers, including many TidBITS and Take Control staffers and authors (Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Josh Centers, Jeff Carlson, Kirk McElhearn, and Rich Mogull). The consensus was that Apple had a rough year compared to 2015, with lower scores for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and hardware reliability categories. On the positive side, the panel felt that Apple improved in a few areas, including the Apple Watch, cloud services, home automation, and developer relations. See if you agree with the panel's ratings! -- Six Colors.

How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking

How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking

Advertisers want to track us. We typically, but not exclusively, prefer not to be tracked. In the best case, we're aware of the fact, and use opt-out policies and third-party add-ons to profess disinterest in, technically block, or otherwise delete unique codes or patterns designed to sniff our footprints across the Internet and assemble a dossier on us for marketers to more effectively target our interests. -- Macworld.

The world's most common passwords revealed: Are you using them?

The world's most common passwords revealed: Are you using them

Despite years of being told we should have strong and unique passwords, people are still using predictable patterns to secure access to their online lives. -- Telegraph.

Make great movies fast on your iPad with iMovie Trailers: How to create engaging short movies on iPad

Make great movies fast on your iPad with iMovie Trailers: How to create engaging short movies on iPad

iPad users enjoy a powerful tool for creative self-expression on the fly, 'iMovie Trailers'. These ready to use video creation templates are incredibly useful if you want to make short, punchy movies fast. So what are they and how do you use them? -- Computerworld.

How to break free from the Apple ecosystem

How to break free from the Apple ecosystem

The iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch make for a great team, as they work with each other to streamline common tasks and make them easier to do.

However, there are several reasons you might want to explore other options, like Android phones and Windows computers. -- Business Insider.

A Hacker Just Proved That Apple May Have Been Right About the F.B.I.

A Hacker Just Proved That Apple May Have Been Right About the F.B.I.

Last year, when the F.B.I procured a court order forcing Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, C.E.O. Tim Cook refused, sparking a months-long battle between the tech behemoth and the federal government. Building a back-door would set a "dangerous precedent" and compromise the security of the iPhone, Cook argued in a public letter. After a tense showdown, the F.B.I. withdrew its case when it reportedly found another way to break into the iPhone: a private Israeli security firm called Cellebrite, which specializes in data extraction and had teamed up with the F.B.I. before. Cellebrite has received more than $2 million in purchase orders from the F.B.I. over the past four years.

Now, it appears Cook may have been right to worry about the iPhone's security. -- Vanity Fair.

10, 9, 8, 7....

10, 9, 8, 7....


January 13Friday's News


Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week

Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week

Apple on Thursday updated its beta macOS for the second time in a week, and has made the fourth beta of macOS Sierra available to developers for evaluation and testing.

The previous batch for all of Apple's platforms was provided to developers on Monday and shortly thereafter to the public.. The releases were made public shortly after the developer release.

It's not clear what changes are in the upcoming releases, though they are likely to focus solely on maintenance. Release notes from Apple mention "stability, compatibility and security" improvements, and no specific focus areas for testers.

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future. -- AppleInsider.

Uber has been built directly into Google Maps

Uber has been built directly into Google Maps

Google Maps is providing a big update for ride sharers: direct booking integration. In a post on the official blog today, Google announced you'll now be able to search, browse, request, and pay for an Uber directly from Google Maps. You don't even need the Uber app installed; Google says you merely need to sign into your Uber account for it to work. -- Google.

Safari bug caused poor Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

Safari bug caused poor Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests [Updated]

Consumer Reports has given the new MacBook Pros a "Recommended" rating after re-testing them. The publication does note that the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar does significantly outperform the Touch Bar model despite Apple's claims that the two have the same battery life, which is in line with the findings in the Ars Technics reviews.

Adobe angers Chrome users by bundling browser plugin with security update

Adobe angers Chrome users by bundling browser plugin with security update

Adobe rolled out a set of patches for Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Flash on Patch Tuesday this week, and the update had an unwelcome surprise in store for Chrome users. After updating their systems, they found that Chrome was prompting them to enable an extension from Adobe. -- Ars Technica.

Apple VP Lisa Jackson joins federal committee overseeing automation

Apple VP Lisa Jackson joins federal committee overseeing automation

The U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that it has established a new advisory committee that will make recommendations in the field of automation.

Apple's VP of environment and policy, Lisa Jackson, will be one of the committee's 25 members that will work on some of the most important issues facing transportation, including self-driving cars. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Introduces Live Map Advisories for Public Transit

Apple Introduces Live Map Advisories for Public Transit

At present, Apple's Transit Map app for iOS is available in 38 cities around the world as noted on their website. Not having this feature available to me in my city, I have no idea if Apple's latest transit maps patent application is confirming a feature already in place or one in the works. However, considering that the patent was only filed a little over three months, it's likely a new feature. Apple's invention for transit maps revealed today comprises of a method for displaying incident reports for a user's specific favorite transit line and/or stations. In some embodiments, a reported incident can be an incident about the overall transit line, a portion of the transit line, or one or more stations along the transit line. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data

Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data

The iPhone's Activity app, which connects to your Apple Watch and stores all kinds of data on what workouts you do, has a pretty neat set of filters and views you can check out to really get an idea of how you're progressing. In this Quick Tip, we'll show you how you can filter that data and what it looks like when you do. -- The Mac Observer.

4 Must-have Touch Bar MacBook Pro Adapters

Jeff's 4 Must-have Touch Bar MacBook Pro Adapters

After spending a month with Apple's 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro I've found there are only four must-have Thunderbolt 3 adapters I need to attach everything I use with my computer. I don't need all of them all the time, but they're my go-to set for all of my wired connection needs. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS Tip: Option-Click Wi-Fi Icon For Details

macOS Tip: Option-Click Wi-Fi Icon For Details

Here's a handy tip so you can quickly access information about your router, and see if your network is performing well. See your BSSID, signal-to-noise ratio, and even the transmit rate between your router and computer. All it takes is a press of a button and a click of your trackpad/mouse. -- The Mac Observer.

How to Fix the iOS Share Sheet

How to Fix the iOS Share Sheet

In a post on Medium, Greg Raiz, CEO of app development agency Raizlabs, explains how Apple could improve the Share sheet in iOS. He points out that the seldom-used AirDrop takes up far too much space, the app with which you want to share is often buried, and there are too many customization options. Raiz presents a cleaner and simpler Actions sheet (a more accurate name since the Share sheet frequently contains actions unrelated to sharing) that distinguishes between actions within the current app and sharing data with other apps. It also prioritizes app actions and orders share apps by frequency of use. We hope Apple redesigns the Share sheet along these lines for iOS 11. -- Medium.

Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Rating

Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports MacBook Pro Rating

Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole. -- TidBITS.


Use the Apple TV Remote app

Use the Apple TV Remote app

Learn how to use the Apple TV Remote app to control your Apple TV.

Before you can use the Apple TV Remote app, you need to download it from the App Store. Then set up the app with your Apple TV. -- Apple Support.


Apple's culture of secrecy wore down Swift creator & Xcode lead Chris Lattner, say friends

Apple's culture of secrecy wore down Swift creator & Xcode lead Chris Lattner, say friends

The surprise decision of Swift creator and long-time Xcode lead Chris Lattner to leave Apple was in large part driven by his frustration with the culture of secrecy at the company, say developer friends.

Lattner, who was Apple's head of developer tools and widely respected as the voice of developers within the company, left the company after more than a decade to lead Tesla's Autopilot software efforts. -- Business Insider.

Lock down your Mac with system and networking monitoring tools: A way to improve the integrity of your Mac is to know exactly what's happening on it

Lock down your Mac with system and networking monitoring tools: A way to improve the integrity of your Mac is to know exactly what's happening on it.

Any malware powerful enough to overcome the defenses that Apple built to resist incursions may also be powerful enough to hide its traces. That's not quite an axiom of security, but it's generally true. If an attacker of any sort creates software designed to attack your system quietly, it typically tries to prevent security software and any other kind of inspection from noticing. -- Macworld.

App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation

App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation

Here's a thought experiment. Let's imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering resources to form app teams that delivered both iOS and macOS versions of applications.

In such a scenario it may seem logical to retain application features common to both platforms and to remove those that were perceived to require extra resources. Certainly Automation would be something examined in that regard, and the idea might be posited that: "App Extensions are equivalent to, or could be a replacement for, User Automation in macOS." And by User Automation, I'm referring to Apple Event scripting, Automator, Services, the UNIX command line utilities, etc.

Let's examine the validity of that conjecture, beginning with overviews of App Extensions and User Automation. -- MacStories.

How to create automations in the iOS Home app

How to create automations in the iOS Home app

How do I automate my smart home? With automations in the Home app, of course.

The Automation tab in iOS's Home app can seem a bit intimidating at first, but it's actually a great way to get more out of your home automation accessories. Make your accessories work for you instead of the other way around with automations! -- iMore.

How to Make Any Video Play Perfectly on Your Smartphone

How to Make Any Video Play Perfectly on Your Smartphone

Playing videos on a phone or tablet can be frustrating and difficult, but there are a few tools and apps around to ease the pain. Here's how to make sure your videos always play smoothly and as intended on your mobile devices. -- Gizmodo.

How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

How to quickly check that your home IoT devices are secure

You've spent a good amount of time getting Alexa to properly activate your wireless speakers, living room lights, and smart cam, but is your new IoT setup secure? -- PCWorld.

The Best Ways to Share iPhone Photos with Your Family and Friends

The Best Ways to Share iPhone Photos with Your Family and Friends

iPhone has an amazing camera. It's no secret we take hundreds of photos when we're on a trip or when we meet people. But most of the time, they just end up on our iPhone, collecting dust. Maybe you select some photos and send them to your friends using WhatsApp or email. But that's a pretty one-sided interaction.

What if your entire group wants to create a pool of photos from a trip? Or you want to share photos of your kids with your parents who live far away? This is where photo sharing services come in. -- iPhone Hacks.

The Battle Lines in Tech are Being Redrawn

The Battle Lines in Tech are Being Redrawn

The competitive tech landscape is changing. Some companies with proven track records in mobile will struggle while new players are poised to find success. The battle for our attention is broadening into a massive land grab for the most valuable real estate in our lives. Unlike the usual refrain found with new technologies, this new era is already upon us. In fact, it began years ago. -- Above Avalon.

Apple And The Artificial Intelligence Myths

Apple And The Artificial Intelligence Myths

Siri is about as close as Apple gets to artificial intelligence and we've had the personal assistant on our iPhones since iOS 5 and the iPhone 4s. Since then, commercial competitors have crawled out of the walls to one-up Apple's famous AI character-- Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, Google's whatever-name-it-has-now-- and they all have one thing in common.

They don't do too much. -- PixoBebo.

People, not technology, drive innovation

People, not technology, drive innovation

Anyone who has worked in the technology industry for a long time will develop a healthy cynicism towards industry buzzwords. They may also come to realize that the majority of technology "paradigms" are adaptations of concepts that have been done before. Digital disruption is not the automatic result of the arrival of new types of tech. Disruption, transformation, innovation -- call it what you will -- comes about as a result of human ingenuity, good fortune, and hard work -- in addition to technology. -- BetaNews.

Fingerprinting Methods Identify Users Across Different Browsers On the Same PC

Fingerprinting Methods Identify Users Across Different Browsers On the Same PC

A team of researchers from universities across the US has identified different fingerprinting techniques that can track users when they use different browsers installed on the same machine.

During our research, we have found a way for a malicious party to identify your computer without storing any data on it, in a browser-independent manner. The technique is based on the fingerprint of your system ("cross-browser fingerprinting"), which may be created by all visited websites, thereby making it possible for them to reidentify you upon your return. The fingerprint is not dependent on the web browser software; using multiple browsers does not make your identification more difficult. (What is more, neither does browsing in private mode.)

Named "cross-browser fingerprinting" (CBF), this practice relies on new technologies added to web browsers in recent years, some of which had been previously considered unreliable for cross-browser tracking and only used for single browser fingerprinting. -- BLEEPINGCOMPUTER.

Computer Basics: Understanding the Cloud

Understanding the Cloud

You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing, or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud?

Simply put, the cloud is the Internet—more specifically, it's all of the things you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it's stored on Internet servers instead of your computer's hard drive. -- GCF LearnFree.

January 12Thursday's News


Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year's show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart lighting products to home security. Here's a complete guide to everything HomeKit unveiled at CES 2017. -- AppleInsider.


Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end

Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end

Thiel's bleak view of Apple's apparently imminent downfall was published in the popular New York Times segment "confirm or deny" by Maureen Dowd, a quick-fire Q&A session that asks headline makers to deliver hot takes on a variety of current topics.

Asked whether the age of Apple is over, Thiel said, "Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It's not the fault of Tim Cook, but it's not an area where there will be any more innovation." -- AppleInsider.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 21 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 21 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

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

Safari Technology Preview release 21 includes bug fixes and updates for JavaScript, Fetch API, IndexedDB 2.0, CSS, Rendering, Web API, Accessibility, and Web Inspector.

How an Overstuffed Mac Gets Its Drive Back

How an Overstuffed Mac Gets Its Drive Back

"Purgeable" storage is hard-drive space the Mac can make available in an emergency -- by automatically deleting files that you can always download again. For example, if you have the purge setting turned on and fill up your internal drive, leaving the system no space to work, the Mac will dump purchased iTunes videos. This is because you can freely download the material again later after you have deleted other files from the computer. -- New York Times.

The Internet Has Become the Great Divider

The Internet Has Become the Great Divider

There are people old enough to remember -- perhaps even in Silicon Valley -- when a broadcast television show other than a football game was an event. Remember the final episodes of "M*A*S*H*" or "Cheers" or "Seinfeld?"

And then the internet came along. As Farhad Manjoo writes, the explosion in streaming content has done a few things: It has allowed consumers to have a far wider choice in what they want to watch, and it has provided a new forum for well-conceived shows. It has also added to our culture divide. -- New York Times.

Safari: Importing Bookmarks (The New Way)

Safari: Importing Bookmarks (The New Way!)

Today's Quick Tip is about a really simple way you can import Chrome and Firefox bookmarks into Safari, so if you wanna bring everything together, you can do so in a flash. We'll tell you how! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's Product Vision May Be The Cause of Recent Departures

Apple's Product Vision May Be The Cause of Recent Departures

There's been some discussion recently about the father of Swift, Apple's Chris Lattner, leaving for Tesla. Why might this be? John Martellaro ponders the connections in his whimsical way and suspects that part of the issue is the Haskell language and Tesla's interest in secure software. Another element may be that Apple's product vision is faltering a bit when it comes to inspiring and retaining talent. -- The Mac Observer.

End-to-end encryption option added to CareKit, allows greater use by hospitals

End-to-end encryption option added to CareKit, allows greater use by hospitals

Apple has partnered with a security company to add full end-to-end encryption to CareKit data, making it easier for hospitals to use the platform while remaining compliant with patient data regulations. CareKit allows patients to choose to share health data from an app on their iPhone with the physicians treating them.

While CareKit data is already encrypted by default, it doesn't use full end-to-end encryption, meaning that any data stored on cloud services would be open to decryption by the owners of that service. -- 9to5Mac.

One Man's Opinion: The Chicken or the Egg?

One Man's Opinion: Cause and Effect

You have read in this space and elsewhere, on more than one occasion, about Apple's changes in product emphasis. The "changes" include but are not limited to feature removal, product removal and stagnation.

Some have said that the reason for this is that a number of key personnel are leaving or have left (chicken.) These are people that were part of the team that made the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, etc.

These changes and stagnation may not be caused by people leaving but by Apple no longer having a vision for that group of products (egg.) It is not innovation to reduce the cost of something by taking away functions/features.

Apple's change in emphasis from computers to "personal devices" and "Internet of Things" (IoT) technology does not bode will for those of us who use desktops.

Many feel that the iPhone and iPad have reached EOL and they believe Apple has no "vision" for what do do next, so people are leaving.

In the future Apple's current products may not be much different, though there may be fewer of them, than they are today. They will just connect to more stuff (IoT.)

It is not that handheld IoT is a market that Apple should not be in. It is only that it's concentrating on this market at the expense of its older markets. The employees who work in these areas can read the writing on the wall.

Steve's reality distortion field still influences many but without someone like him at Apple we will never see those kind of revolutionary products again. A new car with tail fens is still just a car.

Last one to leave please turn out the lights?

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation

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Here's a thought experiment. Let's imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering resources to form app teams that delivered both iOS and macOS versions of applications.

In such a scenario it may seem logical to retain application features common to both platforms and to remove those that were perceived to require extra resources. Certainly Automation would be something examined in that regard, and the idea might be posited that: "App Extensions are equivalent to, or could be a replacement for, User Automation in macOS." And by User Automation, I'm referring to Apple Event scripting, Automator, Services, the UNIX command line utilities, etc.

Let's examine the validity of that conjecture, beginning with overviews of App Extensions and User Automation. -- MacStories.

Macs in Chemistry - Insanely Great Science

Macs in Chemistry

Macs in Chemistry is intended to provide a resource for chemists using Apple Macintosh computers. The links in the sidebar give access to a variety of resources that I hope you will find valuable.

The amount of software listings, information and reviews is extensive.

How to protect your online conversations with Signal's end-to-end encryption: In a world of snoopers, end-to-end encryption is the only sensible path to take

How to protect your online conversations with Signal's end-to-end encryption: In a world of snoopers, end-to-end encryption is the only sensible path to take

If you're a regular reader of this column, you know that it's not paranoia when I say that the Internet is a nest of snakes. Malicious parties are constantly probing and monitoring, mostly automatically, allowing the slightest weakness to be exploited.

The best way to avoid the venom of vipers is to wear a fang-proof suit: end-to-end encryption that lets your data pass across the Internet with very little to practically no chance of interception, depending on the choices you make.

As part of an ongoing series of how to secure your systems and data as if you woke up and found yourself a dissident in the country in which you live, this column looks into how you can evaluate the tools that are available and make the best choices of which to use. -- Macworld.

Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone

Set up your Medical ID in the Health app on your iPhone

Use Medical ID to save your important health information. Medical ID helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode.

Your Medical ID provides medical information about you that may be important in an emergency, like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. You can create your Medical ID in the Health app that can be accessed without unlocking your iPhone. -- Apple Support.

Why Can't Apple Do This To A Mac?

Why Can't Apple Do This To A Mac?

First, let me begin with a basic caveat. I'm not advocating that Mac users switch to a Dell or any other Windows 10 PC that has better hardware for less. Hardware makes up a major portion of the computers we use, and I do not prefer Windows 10 over macOS Sierra.

Second, let me state the obvious and work from there. Apple has fallen very much behind the times on hardware, to the point of embarrassment, and there just isn't an excuse for that because so many Windows 10 PCs have managed to raise the bar where Apple merely sleeps. That's something of a role reversal for Apple and Microsoft, which dozed for a decade with Windows XP and spawn. -- Mac360.

5 Things I Can't Believe that Apple Still Sells

5 Things I Can't Believe that Apple Still Sells

The other day I was looking through the Apple.com accessories section for a keyboard and I ran across a few items that I was kinda shocked that Apple still sells. In most cases these items have probably been forgotten about and just never removed from the site, but nonetheless it's interesting to still see them listed. Especially when Apple is quick to tell us that it was because of "courage" they removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Or how it was bold to stop putting floppy drives in Macs back in the day. In no particular order. -- Terry White's Tech Blog.

Bible Verses Are Easy to Guess, So Don't Use Them As Your Password

Bible Verses Are Easy to Guess, So Don't Use Them As Your Password

As we've established time and again, your clever tricks aren't protecting your password. If you or someone you know uses Bible references as a password, that trick is pretty easy to crack, too. -- Lifehacker.


Your Clever Password Tricks Aren't Protecting You from Today's Hackers

Your Clever Password Tricks Aren't Protecting You from Today's Hackers

Security breaches happen so often nowadays, you're probably sick of hearing about them and all the ways you should beef up your accounts. Even if you think you've heard it all already, though, today's password-cracking tools are more advanced and cut through the clever password tricks many of us use. Here's what's changed and what you should do about it. -- Lifehacker.

Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader Update Silently Installs Chrome Extension

Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader Update Silently Installs Chrome Extension

The latest Adobe Acrobat Reader security update (15.023.20053), besides delivering security updates, also secretly installs the Adobe Acrobat extension in the user's Chrome browser. There is no mention of this "special package" on Acrobat's changelog, and surprise-surprise, the extension comes with anonymous data collection turned on by default. -- bleepingcomputer.

January 11Wednesday's News


How to configure the fourth-generation Apple TV as a HomeKit Hub

How to configure the fourth-generation Apple TV as a HomeKit Hub

A HomeKit installation needs an always-on hub to allow you to control your compatible appliances from outside the home -- AppleInsider shows you how to configure the Apple TV to act as the hub of the system.

Assuming that you've got all your pre-requisites complete, setting up your Apple TV for HomeKit remote management couldn't be easier. But, its sometimes the easiest things that trip up the setup. -- AppleInsider.

Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery tests

Battery tests conducted by Consumer Reports showing inconsistent uptime with Apple's new MacBook Pro were inaccurate, Apple said on Tuesday, explaining that the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its Safari browser. -- AppleInsider.

Programmer who spearheaded Swift to exit Apple

Programmer who spearheaded Swift to exit Apple

Apple's director in charge of Xcode, Swift, and other development tools -- Chris Lattner -- will be leaving the company later in January, according to an announcement through the official Swift mailing list. -- AppleInsider.

Tesla hires architect of Apple's Swift as VP of Autopilot Software

Tesla hires architect of Apple's Swift as VP of Autopilot Software

Shortly after it was revealed that Swift creator Chris Lattner is planning to leave Apple later in January, Tesla on Tuesday announced it has hired the expert away from Cupertino to serve as Vice President of Autopilot Software. -- AppleInsider.

Apple CareKit integrates with Tresorit ZeroKit to secure patient data in the cloud

Apple CareKit integrates with Tresorit ZeroKit to secure patient data in the cloud

Apple on Tuesday announced its CareKit development framework, designed to create apps that let healthcare professionals continue followup care with patients, is now integrated with Tresorit's ZeroKit, which provides end-to-end encryption of users' account credentials and their health data to the cloud. -- AppleInsider.

How to use Apple Pay on your Mac with macOS Sierra

How to use Apple Pay on your Mac with macOS Sierra

With macOS Sierra, Apple Pay finally comes to Macs so you can use the mobile payment service to buy stuff online. The feature works best on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, but don't worry Pad f you own an older Apple computer: You can still use Apple Pay if you've got a 2012 or newer Mac, as long as you have the latest software and an iPhone or Apple Watch with Apple Pay enabled.

To get started, just follow our handy guide on how to use Apple Pay on Mac. You'll be spending money online in no time. -- Cult of Mac.

iFixit Looks Back on 10 Years of iPhone Teardowns

iFixit Looks Back on 10 Years of iPhone Teardowns

This week marked 10 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco. In commemoration, iFixit has published a roundup of 15 iPhone teardowns the site has completed over the past decade, offering a look at how the design's construction has evolved over time.

In contrast to Apple's iMacs and MacBooks which have become progressively more difficult to repair in recent years, the iPhone's repairability score has fared a lot better after quickly improving upon its first incarnation, as noted by iFixit. -- iFixit.

Online and Scared

Online and Scared

And so it came to pass that in the winter of 2016 the world hit a tipping point that was revealed by the most unlikely collection of actors: Vladimir Putin, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and the Macy's department store. Who'd have thunk it?

And what was this tipping point?

It was the moment when we realized that a critical mass of our lives and work had shifted away from the terrestrial world to a realm known as "cyberspace." That is to say, a critical mass of our interactions had moved to a realm where we're all connected but no one's in charge. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 55 Patents Today covering 3D Maps and Designs for Keyboards, iPad Covers and MacBook

Apple Granted 55 Patents Today covering 3D Maps and Designs for Keyboards, iPad Covers and MacBook

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's panning 3D Maps technology along with five design patents covering the various Apple products such as the MacBook, the iPad Pro keyboard and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

Andy Grignon, Former iPhone Radio Engineer, on Building and Launching The First iPhone

Andy Grignon, Former iPhone Radio Engineer, on Building and Launching The First iPhone

Andy Grignon worked on many things during his tenure as an engineer at Apple: iChat AV, iSight, Dashboard … and the radios inside the very first iPhone. Andy took to Facebook last night to offer some reflections on that last bit, 10 years after iPhone's announcement, and has posted them publicly for all to see. We've included the text here in our full article just in case you don't have a Facebook account, but both his post and the comments over there are worth a read. Andy's a colorful, honest, and reflective cat. Needless to say also quite smart. -- The Mac Observer.

Here's What We Wanted to Bring Home from CES 2017

Here's What We Wanted to Bring Home from CES 2017

Every year we head out to CES on Las Vegas to see what's in store for the electronics world. We see some products that are pretty cool, and some that shouldn't ever see the light of day, and we see some we want to take home with us right now. Read on to see what we wanted to sneak into our suitcases and add to our personal tech collections. -- The Mac Observer.

Why some MacBook Pro users might consider two LG UltraFine 4K Displays instead of a single 5K model

Why some MacBook Pro users might consider two LG UltraFine 4K Displays instead of a single 5K model

LG's UltraFine 5K Display is here, and while it tops the 4K model in virtually every statistic, there are some scenarios where you might consider buying two 21.5-inch 4K displays instead of a single 5K display.

Both UltraFine Displays are on sale for a limited time until March 31, 2017. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is on sale for $974 and the 4K version is on sale for $524.

That means that you can get two 4K models for $1048, or only $74 more than a single 5K display. Despite the 4K version's noted shortcomings -- lack of a camera, microphone, Thunderbolt 3, 10-bit color, etc. -- this may be a viable option if it happens to meet your needs. -- 9to5Mac.

Don't be suckered by the Safari Autofill phishing threat

Don't be suckered by the Safari Autofill phishing threat

Warning: It's possible you may be sharing more information than you think when you use AutoFill in your Web browser, unless of course you know what to look for.

Finnish web developer and hacker Viljami Kuosmanen has found that some web browsers, especially Google's Chrome, can be tricked into giving more of your personal information than you think you are sharing when you use AutoFill. -- Apple Must.

How to use the Safari Develop Menu on a Mac

How to use the Safari Develop Menu on a Mac

It may be aimed at developers but most Mac users should spend a little time getting to know Safari's Develop Menu. This is because it provides tools most Mac users will need from time to time. -- Computerworld.


Getting Started with Terminal: An Introduction

Getting Started with Terminal: An Introduction

If you ever wanted to hack the mainframe, using macOS's built-in command line might be appealing. The command line interface, or CLI, is a powerful, text-only method for interacting with your computer. On macOS, it's accessed through an application called Terminal. If you want to get started working with Terminal, here's a quick Terminal introduction to get you on your way. -- Apple Gazette.

Swift Be My Playground

Swift Be My Playground

As with the genesis of most apps, developers get their ideas from a futile search for an app to fulfill a specific need that they have. Being wheelchair-bound myself, I have been looking for an app to record calories burned when I do my upper body exercises. But due to many variables, no one has been able to create such an app. Yet. -- YMP Now.

Supercharge Studying with Studypool for iOS

Supercharge Studying with Studypool for iOS

Studypool is an iOS app offers "microtutoring": the app connects you with experts that will help answer your specific questions. Whether for a simple homework help or a more in-depth explanation, Studypool tries to make instant connection with a pool of expert tutors easy. Their group of freelance experts include graduate and undergraduate college students at Brown, Stanford, and NYU in dozens of subjects. -- Apple Gazette.

Protecting your data, protecting yourself: A first installment

Protecting your data, protecting yourself: A first installment

Suppose you're a dissident. How do you keep your data safe on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, not to mention online?

Let's say--for whatever reason--you're concerned about keeping your communications safe from government prying. Assuming you aren't a high-profile target to warrant direct hacking (the United Arab Emirates allegedly tried to breach the digital defenses of human-rights activist Ahmed Mansoor on three occasions, for example), there are reasonable measures you can take to live a normal life and continue to have private thoughts and private conversations. -- Macworld.

Controlling your Home from the Apple TV Tips

Controlling your Home from the Apple TV Tips

When the fourth-generation Apple TV launched in the fall of 2015, we found the absence of direct support for controlling Apple HomeKit devices to be a conspicuous omission -- especially considering the Apple TV was already designed to act as the hub for remote access to HomeKit accessories. In other words, HomeKit accessory commands were being processed through the set-top box, but there was no way to allow the user to participate using the Apple TV itself. It took another year to come to fruition, but tvOS 10 brought interactive HomeKit support to the set-top box last fall, opening up not only the ability to control HomeKit accessories via Siri commands, but also support for third-party tvOS apps to access the HomeKit framework. -- iLounge.

Apple's Siri: The smart person's guide

Apple's Siri: The smart person's guide

Here's the lowdown on Siri, Apple's game-changing popular personal digital assistant. Find out how Siri significantly extends the usefulness of a device running iOS, macOS, watchOS, or tvOS. -- TechRepublic.

Apple's courage is driving me insane

Apple's courage is driving me insane

Courage is important and Apple has been more courageous in recent years than any other consumer tech company. It has pushed the envelope constantly, leaving rivals scrambling to copy Apple's every move. But Apple has historically abandoned a legacy feature only when it has something that is truly an improvement to replace it with, and that's simply not the case with the 3.5mm headphone jack. -- BGR.


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Why You Shouldn't Trust 'Geek Squad'

Why You Shouldn't Trust Geek Squad

The Orange County Weekly reports that Best Buy's "Geek Squad" repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that could earn them $500 reward as FBI informants. -- .

January 10Tuesday's News


Debunking retail rumors, Apple says its stores are equipped to repair new MacBook Pros

Debunking retail rumors, Apple says its stores are equipped to repair new MacBook Pros

Reports claiming Apple Stores can't repair the 2016 MacBook Pro because of a lack of diagnostic tools are false, as AppleInsider has been told that stores are fully equipped and trained to perform all required diagnostics and repairs necessary. -- Appleinsider.


Apple issues new developer betas of iOS 10.2.1, macOS 10.12.3, watchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1

Apple issues new developer betas of iOS 10.2.1, macOS 10.12.3, watchOS 3.1.3, tvOS 10.1.1

Apple on Monday pushed out a four-pack of new beta releases for all of its major platforms -- all of which are expected to be minor updates to squash bugs and improve security.

The third beta of iOS 10.2.1 and the third beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 are both now available to registered developers. iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 is identified as build 14D23, and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 3 is build 16D25a.

In addition, tvOS 10.1.1 beta 2 is also available, with the build number 14U711. Finally, watchOS 3.1.3 has also been issued a second beta, identified as build 14S959.

How hackers made life hell for a CIA boss and other top US officials

How hackers made life hell for a CIA boss and other top US officials

A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that illegally accessed the e-mail and social media accounts of Central Intelligence Director John Brennan and other senior government officials and then used that access to leak sensitive information and make personal threats. -- Ars Technica.


KlikR Universal Remote Control

KlikR Universal Remote Control

The folks at Stack Commerce have brought back our deal on the KlickR. This device serves as a go-between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you'll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It's the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things. -- KlickR.

How to use an iPad as an external display and Touch Bar for your Mac [Video]

How to use an iPad as an external display and Touch Bar for your Mac [Video]

As an LG UltraFine 5K Display owner, I've been using my MacBook Pro in closed-clamshell mode for the last week. Closed-clamshell mode allows me to drive an external display with the MacBook's lid closed.

While such a setup looks neat and takes up less desk real estate, there are a few downsides involved. The most obvious downside is that you lose the MacBook Pro's screen. But for new MacBook Pro owners, losing the Touch Bar might be the bigger downside of the two. -- 9to5Mac.

Mac: When Things Go Well

Mac: When Things Go Well

To start the New Year on a positive and possibly boring note, I've decided to look at the Macintosh line from a favorable angle. There is much to say on that count, from a very pleasant laptop -- the culmination of the MacBook Air but by another name -- to an equally satisfying desktop workhorse. -- Monday Note.

How to properly configure Mac sound preferences

How to properly configure Mac sound preferences

New Mac users can quickly familiarize themselves with audio configuration options and settings. Unlike most standard Windows keyboards, Apple's elegant Bluetooth-enabled Magic Keyboard and integrated laptop keyboards offer immediate access to muting, lowering, and raising sound volume. A Mac's F10 key mutes volume, while F11 and F12 incrementally lower and raise volume, respectively. -- TechRepublic.

Easy Access To Frequently Used Files

Easy Access To Frequently Used Files

If you have a file you need to access quickly and easy every day, you may be tempted to put it on the Desktop. But you can use a variety of methods to leave the file in its proper place in your Documents folder, and still access it easily. You can place an alias on the desktop, put a shortcut to it in the Dock, or add it to one of two places in every Finder window. -- MacMost.

The Mac Photoshop Replacements

The Mac Photoshop Replacements

The answer to the often asked question, "Can you replace Photoshop?" is easy, if not multi-faceted. The answer(s): Yes. And, No. And, the almighty It Depends. Photoshop has become the de facto standard app for graphic designers and professional photographers so it needs little introduction. -- TeraTalks.

My Most Used Mac Network Tool

My Most Used Mac Network Tool

The world changes. Time marches on. So does Apple, the tech company that pushed Wi-Fi onto Mac users with it's Airport line way back when, has now abandoned the Wi-Fi router market. Apple has nothing to add because competitor products are almost as easy to use and do more. Sound familiar? Still, Wi-Fi has some basic problems which even Apple didn't bother to fix. -- BohemianBoomer.

Apple pulls app for finding lost AirPods from App Store

Apple pulls app for finding lost AirPods from App Store

Finder for AirPods, an app designed to assist owners of Apple's AirPods in finding their audio accessory if it has been misplaced, was taken down from the App Store just a few days after it launched. -- AppleInsider.

How to avoid deleting photos from iCloud while traveling

How to avoid deleting photos from iCloud while traveling: Another twist in the ongoing untangling of iCloud Photo Library and local storage

Another twist in the ongoing untangling of iCloud Photo Library and local storage.

Nina Waite writes in on behalf of her traveling daughter, who is running out of storage while on the road. Her daughter set up iCloud Photo Library before she left, and now wants to get rid of images--she didn't realize that deleting media now would delete it everywhere. -- Macworld.

How to markup and annotate your own photos on iPhone or iPad

How to markup and annotate your own photos on iPhone or iPad

Markup is a nimble annotation tool first introduced to iPhone and iPad in late 2015, which has since been showing up in more and more places throughout the OS.

It is a little tidbit almost slipping through the cracks when Apple quietly update their software. -- iDownload Blog.

5 data security and privacy tips for iOS

5 data security and privacy tips for iOS

Many users trust iOS with their most precious data. This includes, but is not limited to, work email, private information such as photos, and many other types of sensitive data.

Apple has made strides to ensure the apps that run on iOS devices are not only compatible, but also adhere to a certain level of quality and security. However, there are circumstances that Apple cannot protect against, especially if end users opt to not use the advanced security features that are available.

Here are five ways in which you can take control over these variables and make it decidedly more difficult to have your privacy and data pilfered by ne'er-do-wells. -- TechRepublic.

The Failure Of Apple TV v.4

The Failure Of Apple TV v.4

Apple TV is Apple's only officially stated hobby, an strange but interesting product with plenty of promise that has yet to deliver the goods. Television the way it was meant to be. Even Apple co-founder and then CEO Steve Jobs called Apple TV a hobby. A hobby? Despite the technology advancements in television screens, despite dozens of streaming services that provide HD content, despite advances made by cable TV companies and satellite TV, television remains, to quote Jobs, 'a bag of hurt.' -- NoodleMac.

The Joy of Tech: iPhone's 100th birthday!

iPhone's 100th birthday!


January 09Monday's News


Review: LG UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3 for Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro

Review: LG UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3 for Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro

Apple may have abandoned the monitor market, but LG has taken the torch for a high-performing display specifically for Apple users. Despite eschewing some of Apple's design principles, the LG UltraFine 5K Display monitor brings almost everything to the desktop that Mac users have been clamoring for, including a convenient, versatile Thunderbolt 3 connection. -- AppleInsider.

2016 sees Internet Explorer usage collapse, Chrome surge

2016 sees Internet Explorer usage collapse, Chrome surge

At the start of 2016, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was still the most commonly used browser on the Web; it finished 2015 being used by about 46 percent of Web users, with 32 percent preferring Chrome, and 12 percent using Firefox. But Explorer's days have been numbered ever since Microsoft essentially ended its development. While the venerable browser is still supported and still gets security updates, its features and standard support have been frozen since 2015. Instead, Microsoft shifted active development to Edge, its new browser. While Edge is faster, more secure, and boasts much better support for Web standards, it's only available for Windows 10, which greatly limits its audience. -- Ars Technica.

Op-ed: The desktop CPU isn't dead, it just needs a swift kick in the butt

Op-ed: The desktop CPU isn't dead, it just needs a swift kick in the butt

Our review of Intel's new flagship consumer desktop CPU, the Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K, was less-than-favorable. Out of the box, the chip runs faster than the i7-6700K that preceded it, but that's just because it ships at a higher default clock speed. When running at the same clock speed--something easily achievable because these chips are specifically intended for overclocking--CPU and GPU performance is identical. -- Ars Technica.

People still use the Amiga today, and new Viva Amiga documentary shows why

People still use the Amiga today, and new Viva Amiga documentary shows why

Many years ago when I began writing the History of the Amiga, I was surprised there were so few accounts of what was truly a remarkable computing platform. Fortunately, time, nostalgia, and Kickstarter have combined to make many more recollections possible. Case in point: director Zach Weddington was able to raise funds in 2011 to make a documentary called Viva Amiga, and it's now available to watch in 12 languages and several streaming formats. The movie premiered at this week's MAGfest, an annual games and music celebration outside of DC. -- Ars Technica.

Bob's Big Picture technology predictions for 2017

Bob's Big Picture technology predictions for 2017

I couldn't put it off any longer so here are my technology predictions for 2017. I've been reading over my predictions from past years and see a fundamental change in structure over that time, going from an emphasis on products to an emphasis on companies. This goes along, I'd say, with the greater business orientation of this column. That makes sense with a maturing market and mature industries and also with the fact that a fair number of readers are here mainly as investors, something that didn't used to be so much the case.

Of course we begin with a look at my predictions from a year ago to see how I did. Almost nobody in my line of work does this, pointing out their own mistakes, but then I always have been kind of stupid about my career. So here we go. -- I, Cringely.

CES 2017: The Best Apple Related Accessories

CES 2017: The Best Apple Related Accessories

Apple may not take part in the annual Consumer Electronics Show, but the event is still filled with all kinds of Apple-related accessories from third-party vendors. Some aren't so great or are the same old thing, but others are novel, fun, and bring something new to the table.

For this video, we spent a couple of days exploring the show floor to find some of the best Apple accessories of CES 2017. -- MacRumor.

FBI Releases (Redacted) Documents About The San Bernardino iPhone Case

FBI Releases (Redacted) Documents About The San Bernardino iPhone Case

The FBI released 100 pages of documents about the unidentified vendor who unlocked the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but censored critical details that would have shown how much the FBI paid, whom it hired and how it opened the phone. -- ABC News.


How to Connect Your 2016 MacBook Pro to a mini DisplayPort Monitor

How to Connect Your 2016 MacBook Pro to a mini DisplayPort Monitor

Want to connect your old Apple Cinema Display or another mini DisplayPort monitor to your new 2016 MacBook Pro? It's possible, but not via the method you might think. Before you rush to pick up an adapter, be sure to check out these compatibility restrictions. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: Selectively Control Read Receipts For iMessage

iOS 10: Selectively Control Read Receipts For iMessage

If you've been using Apple products, you're most likely familiar with iMessage read receipts. You probably also know you can turn this feature on and off. But did you know you can fine-tune it? Note that it only works for iMessage and not SMS. -- The Mac Observer.


Education May be in Apple's DNA, But Not in Apple's Future

Education May be in Apple's DNA, But Not in Apple's Future

Supercomputers, the internet and Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents are coming into full bloom. The future is evolving quickly away from GUI and touch-based methods to AI and voice control. The implications for our personal computing experience are immense, and it all starts with the fundamentals of how we educate our children. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple's AirPods and the best cord-free competition compared

Apple's AirPods and the best cord-free competition compared

In the lead up to Apple's release of AirPods late last month, I had tested just about every pair of cord-free earbuds already on the market. But now that AirPods are here and I've been using them daily for an extended period of time, the difference is even more striking than I anticipated.

With AirPods, Apple has done what it does best: taken an emerging product category with a frustrating user experience and delivered a polished product made possible by its control over both the hardware and software. And the AirPods are one of the best examples of that in a long time.

But is there any competition or even a decent alternative? -- 9to5Mac.

Become Tech Savvy: If you truly want to improve, you'll need this...

Become Tech Savvy: If you truly want to improve, you'll need this

If this is your first time reading this series you'll get the most value by starting with the first article. Note for the already tech savvy, IT professionals, and our regular readers: this is designed as a resource as you help others or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own. -- 9to5Mac.

9to5Mac Best of CES 2017 Awards

9to5Mac Best of CES 2017 Awards

While Apple doesn't have an official presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2017 has been packed with new and innovative technology that takes advantage of Apple's hardware and software.

9to5Mac has been on the ground in Las Vegas all week tracking down the best and most interesting new technologies to come out of the big show. This year we're highlighting our favorite new products with the first-ever 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards. -- 9to5Mac.

The 'golden path,' hidden WiFi & cellular tricks behind the iPhone presentation ten years ago

The 'golden path,' hidden WiFi & cellular tricks behind the iPhone presentation ten years ago

Looking back at Steve Jobs demonstrating the first iPhone in 2007, it all looks so slick that it's hard to believe just how close it came to falling over. The Internet History Podcast has done a nice job of pulling together the inside story of how much preparation went into ensuring that the demo worked.

In practice demos, the iPhone -- which was nowhere near complete -- kept failing in various different ways. -- Internet History Podcast.

Do Apple Macs need antivirus? Do Macs get viruses? Mac security explained - How to secure an Apple Mac

Do Apple Macs need antivirus? Do Macs get viruses? Mac security explained - How to secure an Apple Mac

Do Apple Macs need security software, or is the Mac OS safe to use without antivirus? Do Macs even get viruses? We explore the issues surrounding Macs and security software. Here's why Macs don't need security software - but you should still secure your Mac. [Over thirty years of Mac use without anti-virus and never hacked or infected. But then I never tired to help a Nigerian prince gain access to his money. -mam] -- PC Advisor.

How to make sure Time Machine backs up external drives: By default, Time Machine does not back up external drives, but you can change this

How to make sure Time Machine backs up external drives: By default, Time Machine does not back up external drives, but you can change this

Mike Keslosky uses Time Machine, and wants to shift his Photos and iTunes libraries from his startup volume to an externally connected hard drive. But he's concerned that after he moves those libraries and deletes them from his internal drive that Time Machine won't back them up.

Fortunately, Time Machine can back up any locally connected drive, although Apple configures it by default to excludes external drives. If you have a Mac Pro or another system that you've partitioned or configured with multiple internal drives, those are all included by default. -- Macworld.

16 OS X tweaks for business power users

16 OS X tweaks for business power users

For decades, Macs have been designed with the end user in mind. From hardware to software, Apple goes to great lengths to simplify the complicated, allowing users to focus on getting work done instead of having to resolve a number of issues before getting to the crux of the task.

Apple adds a heaping helping of its simplicity sauce to each device they manufacture--no technology is more widely used and allows for broad customization as macOS does. This collection of tips should help give Mac business users an edge in getting the most out of their workdays. -- TechRepublic.

Understanding Login Items

Understanding Login Items

Login Items allows you to set applications to start automatically when you first log in to your Mac. They are used by many apps to run supporting apps in the background. You may have some items there added by apps and not realize it. You can also add your own apps. It is important to understand what the checkboxes next to the apps in the list do. If you want to stop an app from automatically launching, unchecking it won't do that. You need to remove the app from the list. -- MacMost.

ArchiCAD Users Get 'Best in Class' Integration with Solibri--New Integration

ArchiCAD Users Get 'Best in Class' Integration with Solibri--New Integration

Now it is possible to utilize Solibri Model Checker (SMC) in a faster, near real-time way with the popular BIM application ArchiCAD.

GRAPHISOFT'S ArchiCAD and Solibri have a new type of connection. It's direct. The industry-leading model checker for the BIM industry, Solibri Model Checker (SMC) now provides a unique software extension that provides the direction link between SMC and ArchiCAD. -- Architosh.

The worst gadgets of CES 2017, this week on The CultCast

The worst gadgets of CES 2017, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: We run you through the most ridiculous gizmos at CES 2017 -- stuff that nobody on earth actually needs. Then we spice things up with our most hotly anticipated tech of 2017.

And finally, we're gonna be real with you guys…. Apple had a rough 2016. But that's all behind us now. It's a new year. It's a fresh start. We discuss what Apple needs to get right in 2017. -- Cult of Mac.

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit: Is there really one toolkit to rule them all?

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit: Is there really one toolkit to rule them all?

Welcome to the first installment in our Cool Tools series. In this article, we use the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit to upgrade a Mac mini and add an SSD. Is this toolkit for you? Read on and find out. -- ZDNet.

How To Get A Refund On Purchases From The Apple App Store Or iTunes

How To Get A Refund On Purchases From The Apple App Store Or iTunes

There are many reasons why you might want a refund for something you purchased from the Apple App Store or iTunes. If you need to get a refund on an app, game, movie, TV show, music, or ebook, then there are a few different ways you can get in touch with Apple and get it done. You can do so using your iOS device, through a browser, or through iTunes. Whatever method you choose, the process is pretty similar, and it requires you to report a problem. Apple has a specific list of reasons why you may want to refund a purchase. -- Digital Trends.

Some Apps Scream for a Mac Pro!

Some Apps Scream for a Mac Pro!

The debate is raging. "Where is the new Mac Pro?" Others are saying, "Why do we need a Mac Pro?" Let me offer you a few examples of when a Mac Pro is useful. -- Bare Feats.

It's the dongle life for me

It's the dongle life for me

Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which came sans headphone jack. It did, however, come with a dongle, which would allow me to continue using my favorite wired headphones with my iPhone 7 Plus. Apple also launched the MacBook Pro, which came sans every type of port except USB-C/Thunderbolt 3. I purchased a dongle for $9, which would allow me to continue using my MacBook Pro with ... well, everything else I connect to my computer.

Upgrading to Apple's latest and greatest has put me in a dongle jungle, but the payoff is worth it. -- iMore.

AirPod reviews outside the Apple bubble

AirPod reviews outside the Apple bubble

I've been talking to non-Apple folks about the AirPods and, almost universally, they tell me they've read that the AirPods are mediocre. This is mystifying to me, since the only negative I've heard has been from people whose ears are not a great fit. -- The Loop.

Apple, Differentiation, And 'Moore's Law'

Apple, Differentiation, And 'Moore's Law'

Remember Apple's early CPU's (central processing units; the brains in modern computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices? If you do, then it's likely you're sporting a diminishing crop of gray hair. The original Apple computer came with a 1Mhz Motorola 6502 CPU. 1Mhz. In 1984 Apple launched the Mac with an 8MHz Motorola MC68000 CPU, considered something of a screamer back in the day. -- Mac360.

This is What You're Missing about Vocal Computing

This is What You're Missing about Vocal Computing

On Christmas morning, as my mom and I hurriedly rushed around my kitchen making final preparations, a third voice would occasionally interject into our conversations. Sitting at my counter was Alexa, helping me through the process by answering questions, setting timers and even flipping on holiday music at our request. -- Tech.pinions.

Google's search algorithm -- when it 'goes wrong'

Google's search algorithm -- when it 'goes wrong'

When people have questions, they often ask Google. They expect high-quality, accurate answers.

Late last year, it emerged that the top answer Google gave to "Did the Holocaust happen?" linked to a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Holocaust-denying website.

The ensuing outcry included people buying Google ads for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum so that it would appear near the top of the results as well.

After initial resistance, Google tweaked its algorithm -- but only enough to push the false, prejudiced information somewhat farther down in the results. -- My Broadband.

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January 06Friday's News


This Almost Makes me Want and Apple Watch

This Almost Makes me Want and Apple Watch

Elago W3 Stand makes a charging Apple Watch look like a miniature Macintosh 128K.

Accessory producer Elago's W3 Stand for the Apple Watch turns heads with a nostalgic look, allowing Apple's wearable to look like an original iconic Macintosh while charging. -- AppleInsider.

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 5K Display

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 5K Display

Announced in tandem with the 2016 MacBook Pros, LG's 27" UltraFine 5K Display was developed in partnership with Apple. Despite a modest design, the monitor's color accuracy, brightness, contrast and sharpness make it a worthy successor to Apple's defunct Thunderbolt Display. -- AppleInsider.

Intel's Compute Card is a PC that can fit in your wallet

Intel's Compute Card is a PC that can fit in your wallet

Intel mostly missed the boat on smartphones, but the company is trying to establish a firm foothold in the ever-broadening marketplace for connected appliances and other smart things. Intel's latest effort in this arena is its new "Compute Card," a small 94.5mm by 55mm by 5mm slab that includes a CPU and GPU, RAM, storage, and wireless connectivity. -- Ars Technica.

NVIDIA GeForce Now will make any Mac fit for gaming

NVIDIA GeForce Now will make any Mac fit for gaming

Macs are ideal for many things, but gaming isn't one of them. Apple just doesn't have gamers in mind when designing its products. Fortunately, NVIDIA does, and its upcoming GeForce Now service will make almost any Mac fit for gaming. -- Cult of Mac.

Bringing iCloud Files Down to Earth

Bringing iCloud Files Down to Earth

The files you have stored on Apple's iCloud servers can be saved and stored on your computer.

If your iCloud storage allowance is getting tight, downloading files to your computer's hard drive and then deleting them from iCloud.com is one way to free up space. The steps for downloading files vary based on the apps and operating system you are using, but in this method, start by logging into your account at iCloud.com. -- New York Times.

Sony Does About-Face -- Introduces OLED 4K/UHD TV With Dolby Vision

Sony Does About-Face -- Introduces OLED 4K/UHD TV With Dolby Vision

For a long time, Sony has had an excellent reputation for building great TVs. However, until yesterday, only LG was selling those magnificent OLED 4K/UHD TVs. Now, Sony has joined the fray with its own branded OLED 4K/UHD sets, and they're amazing. And not only HDR but Dolby Vision to boot. The word is… wow. -- The Mac Observer.

CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

CES kicks off with two days dedicated to press events. The show floor opens on Thursday, but Tuesday and Wednesday are media days, with breakout show floors for a "select" group of exhibitors willing to pay a lot of extra money to be at these additional shows, where the media are wined and dined with open bars and awesome hors d'oeuvres.

Jeff Porten continues his CES 2017 adventure by showcasing some gizmos from the CES Unveiled event. -- TidBITS.

Acorn, a virtual click-wheel-based OS which lost out to iOS, shown in its 2006-era glory [video]

Acorn, a virtual click-wheel-based OS which lost out to iOS, shown in its 2006-era glory [video]

Sonny Dickson this evening posted posted a log and video of a never before seen in public version of pre-iPhone era software that was built as an alternative OS to what eventually became iOS.

The OS, which was devised in the iPod's heyday, was based on a virtual click-wheel that was put on the touch display. A set of menus is navigated with the touch much like one would using an iPod of the time. In the era of multi-touch the idea seems quaint but when everyone is using iPods, the UI makes a lot of sense as a small step rather than the giant leap to iPhone OS, what eventually became iOS. -- Sonny Dickson.

Mac's share falls to five-year low: Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux

Mac's share falls to five-year low: Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux

Apple's Mac share of personal computers worldwide fell to a five-year low in December, mimicking the company's own numbers that have portrayed a four-quarter sales slowdown.

According to web analytics vendor Net Applications, Apple's desktop and notebook operating system -- formerly OS X, now macOS -- powered just 6.1% of all personal computers last month, down from 7% a year ago and a peak of 9.6% as recently as April 2016. -- Computerworld.

Removing Unwanted Email Addresses in Mac Mail

Removing Unwanted Email Addresses in Mac Mail

When you type and email address in Mail, you will get some suggestions that include your Contacts and also a list of previous recipients. Some of these addresses may be old or ones you don't wish to see anymore. You can delete them using the Previous Recipients list in Mail. -- MacMost.

A Weird macOS Sierra Installation Problem

A Weird macOS Sierra Installation Problem

Now the 2010 MacBook Pro is one of the oldest models that still supports Sierra. I suspect 10.13 won't support this computer, and that may be the time it needs to go. Still, I expected -- or at least hoped for -- decent performance from that upgrade, so I dutifully started the download and went about my business. -- The Tech Night Owl.

Some of you may remember that I detailed my own experience with installing macOS Sierra. If you would like to relive the horror:

  1. macOS 10.12.1 beta: Luke! Luke! It's Still A Trap!
  2. macOS 10.12: That's No Moon
  3. macOS 10.12: The Return of the OS

Gene should have subscribed to MacGuru.

How to connect the LG UltraFine 5K to Ethernet, USB, and more

How to connect the LG UltraFine 5K to Ethernet, USB, and more

The LG UltraFine 5K display is a great panel in a drab box with only three 5 Gbps USB-C ports on the back. You can blame the enormous bandwidth taken up by the single Thunderbolt 3 port, which not only provides power to a MacBook Pro, but also transits 5K worth of pixels at 60 Hz. That sums up the problem. The solution, as you may have guessed, is dongles adapters. -- iMore.

How to mute progress updates from your friends and hide your own data in Activity sharing

How to mute progress updates from your friends and hide your own data in Activity sharing

Activity sharing is a tried and tested way to boost your app engagement by pitting your own fitness data against others that are willing to share theirs. Fitbit and Nike knew for a while of the extra motivation released when someone else monitors your activity, Apple knows full well since iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Agreeing to share and relay your activity on Apple Watch can hence be an inspirational thing, but it also results in a considerable increase of wrist-buzzing every day. -- iDownload Blog.

BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Mission Impossible

BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Mission Impossible

News from the Consumer Electronics Show is flowing faster than lies from a politician. The latest comes from the new BlackBerry, now a Chinese company which hopes the brand still has some cachet among smartphone users.

The BlackBerry Mercury is an Android OS-based smartphone with a BlackBerry-like hardware keyboard and Android OS Nougat software to set it apart from the madding crowds of Android and iPhone users. Mercury may not be the product's actual name, and the new Chinese owners won't divulge specifications, price, features, or launch date. -- PixoBebo.

AMD Unveils Vega GPU Architecture With 512 Terabytes of Memory Address Space

AMD Unveils Vega GPU Architecture With 512 Terabytes of Memory Address Space

Although GPUs based on the technology are not quite ready to ship, AMD recently briefed us on some of the finer details of its next-generation architecture, codenamed Vega.

One of the underlying forces behind Vega's design is that conventional GPU architectures have not been scaling well for diverse data types. Gaming and graphics workloads have shown steady progress, but today GPUs are used for much more than just graphics, and this fact was at the core of Vega's design philosophy. -- Hot Hardware.

January 05Thursday's News


One Man's Opinion: The Honeymoon is Over [UPDATE]

One Man's Opinion: The Honeymoon is Over [UPDATE]

You people are amazing!

I definitely said the magic word this time.

I have never had that much response to a post. Nor with such strong feelings.

Seems that many of you feel as I and some of the blog-o-sphere do.

I am sure it was a great help to all the members of MACGURU. Thank you.

So keep them cards an letters coming in boys and girls.

Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

The use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook searches photos of users to add tags to, those concerned about their privacy are fighting back.

Berlin-based artist and technologist Adam Harvey aims to overwhelm and confuse these systems by presenting them with thousands of false hits so they can't tell which faces are real. -- The Guardian.

Words To The Wise

Words To The Wise


Linksys, Netgear, Norton taking different approaches to whole-home Wi-Fi

Linksys, Netgear, Norton taking different approaches to whole-home Wi-Fi

Home networking giants Linksys and Netgear have unveiled next-gen routers, with Linksys opting for mesh networking, and Netgear relying on traditional hardware. Norton is also throwing its hat into the ring with a router that claims to block all security threats before the enter the home's network. -- AppleInsider.

iOS-connected LEGO Boost will help children learn programming, building

iOS-connected LEGO Boost will help children learn programming, building

Children will be able to bring their LEGO creations to life with the help of LEGO Boost, a new building and coding set that utilizes bricks with environment sensors, and a connected iOS application.

LEGO Boost aims to introduce children to the basics of programming by allowing them to add movement, sound and "personality" to a traditional lego set. All of it is accomplished via an app-based coding environment, intended for children age 7 and up. -- AppleInsider.

New HDMI 2.1 specification brings support for 4K at 120Hz, 8K, 10K resolutions

New HDMI 2.1 specification brings support for 4K at 120Hz, 8K, 10K resolutions

The HDMI Forum has released the latest HDMI specification, HDMI 2.1, with the new protocol variation able to drive 4K at 120Hz, 8K at 60Hz, and 10K across a new cable capable of 48 gigabits per second of data transfer.

Some of the other improvements in the new version of HDMI include eARC support for object-based audio and advanced audio signal control, wider dynamic HDR, and "Game Mode VRR" allowing a GPU to change the refresh rate of the image on the fly. -- AppleInsider.

LG unveils 4K speaker to go with your 4K TV--huh?

LG unveils 4K speaker to go with your 4K TV--huh?

Rejoice, audiophiles! Now that you've purchased an audiophile Ethernet cable, audiophile SD card, and audiophile valve headphone amp, there's finally a speaker worthy of your high-res, high-def audio pipeline: LG's new 4K soundbar, the SJ9.

I can see from your perplexed countenance that you too thought "4K" referred to display resolution--specifically 4096×2160 or 3840×2160--but clearly we were wrong. To be honest, I'm relieved. Instead of agonizing over which audio solution to pair with my new 4K TV, I'll just get a 4K soundbar. They obviously work in perfect harmony. [If an item has 4K in its name, the item is obviously superior and you should buy it. NOT!] -- Ars Technica.

Adding Colors to Mac Folders

Adding Colors to Mac Folders

Apple provides several ways to customize your Mac's desktop and its icons, including changing a folder's look. In one approach, start by clicking once on a desktop folder to select it, and then press the Command and I keys on the keyboard to open its Get Info box. (As an alternative, you can right-click or hold down the Control key and click the icon and choose Get Info from the contextual menu that appears.) -- New York Times.

Silicon Valley Veteran On Apple: Company Has Become Sloppy, Missed Updates, Delayed Refreshes

Silicon Valley Veteran On Apple: Company Has Become Sloppy, Missed Updates, Delayed Refreshes

Silicon Valley veteran Chuq Von Rospach's blog post, in which he has criticized Apple for the things it did last year, has received quite a few nods from developers, analysts and users alike. Von Rospach, who has previously worked at Apple, has lambasted at the company for, among other things, how it has handled the Mac Pro, a lineup that hasn't seen any refresh in ages, and the AirPort routers, which too have been reportedly abandoned. -- Chuq Von Rospach.

Backups on a Budget

Backups on a Budget

This week only! Dr. Mac's tips for backing up your hard disk without breaking the bank!

Last week I said that you should, get yourself a big, external hard disk and use Time Machine for backups. And, for additional protection, attach another hard drive or two and let Time Machine back up to each in turn. I also suggested you store a backup in a different location or in the cloud in case of disaster.

The elephant in the room is how to afford those backup disks. Never fear. Allow me to share a few of the secrets I've discovered in nearly 30 years of backing up data. -- The Mac Observer.

The Unspoken Limits of Apple's iPad Are Strangling its Evolution

The Unspoken Limits of Apple's iPad Are Strangling its Evolution

Like the original 128K Mac, the iPad was conceived as a closed, simple appliance device needing little maintenance. But the original Mac evolved out of its childhood, flourished, and supplanted the Apple II. Today, the iPad is also being strangled by its early vision and limitations. To supplant the Mac, the iPad has to become not just its equal but dramatically better. John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

CES 2017: Tech Trends

CES 2017: Tech Trends

This year's CES began with two unwelcome realizations: 1) the USB-C connector on my Nexus 5X phone is considerably grippier to the cable than to its internal connections; and 2) my middle-aged tuchus apparently exerts a more considerable lateral force on both than I realized.

Jeff begins his 2017 CES adventure by taking stock of the overall trends looming over the show: voice recognition, artificial intelligence, and smart homes. -- TidBITS.

Malwarebytes warns of denial-of-service attacks on Macs, but blocked by latest Sierra update

Malwarebytes warns of denial-of-service attacks on Macs, but blocked by latest Sierra update

Malwarebytes has warned of a new malware attack targeted specifically at Macs. The denial-of-service attack hijacks Safari and Apple's Mail app to keep drafting emails until the Mac eventually runs out of RAM and crashes.

The [malware] will keep drafting emails (but does not actually send them) incrementally and covering the previous open windows. This is not a spam attempt but rather a typical denial-of-service attack ... -- 9to5Mac.

Hands-on: Glyph's Atom RAID SSD brings super-fast external storage to the new MacBook Pro

Hands-on: Glyph's Atom RAID SSD brings super-fast external storage to the new MacBook Pro

If you're a new MacBook Pro owner, then perhaps you've considered using external storage to increase storage capacity. After all, the MacBook Pro is limited by relatively small internal storage drives, although you can now go up to 2TB (at a $1,200-$1,400 premium) with 15-inch build-to-order options.

That said, I think most professional creatives will be interested in adopting some form of external storage to use with the new MacBook Pro. Of course, there are tons of external drive options on the market, ranging from standard hard drives, to solid state drives. Even if these drives feature USB-A connectors, they can be quickly adapted to work with USB-C.

But the Atom SSD line from Glyph is an extremely attractive choice for new MacBook Pro owners. Not only does it feature excellent build quality and out-of-the-box USB-C to USB-C connectivity, it also takes advantage of USB 3.1 gen 2, which not many external drives can lay claim to at this point. -- 9to5Mac.

iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback

Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback

Did Santa bring you a new MacBook Pro for Christmas? If so, you may have a problem that a number of readers have been asking about lately. With no hard drive option in these new Macs, what do you do if you have a large media library and don't want to pay the SSD tax? After a long examination of that question, I also look at a problem with ripping audiobooks and playing their tracks in order. -- Macworld.

The Future of macOS: Fix the Old Stuff?

The Future of macOS: Fix the Old Stuff?

The wish lists for the next version of macOS are beginning to appear, but it's a small list so far. After all these years, you even wonder how many bright ideas Apple might come up with. Before you even go that far, I wonder if it isn't time for Apple's Mac developers to be tasked with fixing things old bugs, making things work better, before wondering what features look impressive in a demonstration at the next WWDC. -- The Tech Night Owl.

Apple AirPods are Imperfect, but Surprisingly Awesome

Apple AirPods are Imperfect, but Surprisingly Awesome

In this brief Apple AirPods review, I don't rehash what others have said. Instead, I offer these five observations about Cupertino's most interesting new product in years. -- AppAdvice.

How to use third-party apps with Siri

How to use third-party apps with Siri

Siri was revamped in iOS 10 to include third-party developer support for certain app types: VoIP, messaging, payments, photos, workouts, ride booking, and restaurant reservations. I assume more types of apps will be supported in the future.

To use Siri apps, you must first download an app with Siri support included from the App Store, and then enable the app in the iOS Settings to work with Siri. -- TechRepublic.

How to connect another building on your property to your house over Wi-Fi: Connect two nearby locations with a range extender

How to connect another building on your property to your house over Wi-Fi: Connect two nearby locations with a range extender

We have a workshop on our property as well as our house, and are trying to get the Wi-Fi signal to the workshop. The workshop is about 200 feet away from the house--we have pine trees all around us. We have two Apple routers. We have tried to figure out if a different router would help or if we need an extender or a repeater?

-- Macworld.

[I have posted articles about "range extenders" before. I have never been about to get one to work at my house. Instead I bought a new wi-fi base station with better range. If you can explain how to setup and make one of these work please share you knowledge here. I have never been able to get the extender to be recognized on my network. -mam]

Geek Culture: We Know What Is Good For You

We Know What Is Good For You


Samsung Claims Its New QLED TVs Are Better Than OLED TVs

Samsung Claims Its New QLED TVs Are Better Than OLED TVs

Samsung recently unveiled its latest flagship televisions at CES 2017, the QLED series. The company is challenging the notion that OLED TVs represent the pinnacle of picture quality in the living room. According to Samsung, the QLED TV represents its best achievement in image quality and viewing experience yet. [Which means we will all have to return the new OLED TV's we got for Christmas and get a QLED model. TV envy.] -- The Verge.

January 04Wednesday's News


Apple's changes to macOS PDF handling stymie third-party developers, cause data loss

Apple's changes to macOS PDF handling stymie third-party developers, cause data loss

Apple's changes to how it handles PDFs in macOS Sierra are causing problems with third-party utilities, with the most profound issue potentially causing the removal of an optical character recognition layer from user's files. -- AppleInsider.


One Man's Opinion: The Honeymoon is Over

The Honeymoon is Over

Once upon a time if you bought an Apple product you did not need to by anything else. All the interface connectors and/or peripherals were built-in. If they were not built-in Apple made them so you need not worry if they would work or not.

No more.

Printers, gone.

CD/DVD drives, gone.

Interface connectors, gone. Have you looked at how many different connector dongles are on the Apple site? And Apple doesn't make all of them.

Monitors, gone.

And coming soon, Mac Pro, gone.

And I do not think it too far fetched to think that the iMac may also go leaving the only "desktop" the Mac mini.

Now that Apple's main objective is to make the MOST money possible that is no longer the case and will only get worse. The price for Apple products has not dropped and we have to by more to be able to work.

Intuitive interfaces, gone.

I am not saying that the devices/interfaces are the issue, only that it does indicate a trend of less and less.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the desktop CPU dead?

Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the desktop CPU dead?

The Intel Core i7-7700K is what happens when a chip company stops trying. The i7-7700K is the first desktop Intel chip in brave new post-"tick-tock" world--which means that instead of major improvements to architecture, process, and instructions per clock (IPC), we get slightly higher clock speeds and a way to decode DRM-laden 4K streaming video. Huzzah.

For the average consumer building or buying a new performance-focused PC, a desktop chip based on 14nm Kaby Lake remains the chip of choice--a total lack of competition at this level makes sure of that.

But for the enthusiast--where the latest and greatest should perform better than what came before--Kaby Lake desktop chips are a disappointment, a stopgap solution that does little more than give OEMs something new to stick on a label in a 2017 product stack. -- Ars Technica.

New security chip combines fingerprints with facial recognition

New security chip combines fingerprints with facial recognition

Leading human interface solution developer Synaptics has announced a new "multi-factor biometric fusion" security system for mobile devices and PCs, built around a combination of both fingerprint and facial recognition.<.p>

The system would allow users to either set up extra secure logins requiring multiple forms of biometric ID, or have devices which could intelligently choose the most convenient mode for an occasion -- such as opting for facial recognition when a person is likely wearing gloves. -- Cult of Mac.

Get your old devices working on your new MacBook [Spend more money]

Get your old devices working on your new MacBook

So you've got the brand new MacBook. Congrats! Now all your non USB-C peripherals (which is probably all of them) are obsolete. Apple's solution is to have you buy a bunch of adapters, but HyperDrive has a seamless solution that expands the new MacBook's single port into five of the most-familiar, most-used formats. -- .

Cyberwar for Sale

Cyberwar for Sale

After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying -- and lucrative -- political weapon. -- New York Times.

Norton Announces Core, a Smart Router To Protect Domestic IoT Devices

Norton Announces Core, a Smart Router To Protect Domestic IoT Devices

Norton has announced the launch of a smart router designed to protect connected home devices from intrusions. The Symantec-owned company says the device aims to keep safe up to 20 devices connected to it, including Windows computers, Macs, phones, tablets or any internet-of-things devices, in real time. Norton Core, shaped a little like a geodesic dome, can isolate an infected device from the rest of your network to prevent the spread of any malware. Some of the technical specifications include a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1MB of system memory and 4GB of flash memory, and the latest 4x4 AC2600 Wi-Fi standard, with a top speed on the 5GHz band of 1.73 megabits per second and up to 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. It also features four Gigabit LAN ports and can cover between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet. -- CNET.

Opinion: Why the LG 5K UltraFine isn't the MacBook Pro display I'm looking for

Opinion: Why the LG 5K UltraFine isn't the MacBook Pro display I'm looking for

When I decided the time had come to spend a lot of money on a shiny new MacBook Pro, I was tempted to get all the expense out of the way at once and upgrade displays at the same time. The problem is finding someone to take my money.

I currently use an Apple Thunderbolt Display in my home office, and with the simple addition of a Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter was able to continue doing so. It's a great display for its time, but is showing its age a little. The screen is non-Retina and doesn't compete with the brightness and color range of the 2016 MacBook Pro. The bezels also look rather large by today's standards.

<>The display Apple would like me to buy as a replacement is the LG 5K UltraFine, but I have to say that it's not really grabbing me ... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple shares Best of 2016 video showcasing the year's top apps, songs, movies, & more

Apple shares Best of 2016 video showcasing the year's top apps, songs, movies, & more

Following the release of it's Best of 2016 lists, Apple has today shared a video for the top apps, songs, movies, TV shows, and more from 2016. The 'Best of' video shows off some of 2016's highlights in entertainment all of which can be found in Apple's various online stores. -- 9to5Mac.

You can't unsee Tedlexa, the Internet of Things/AI bear of your nightmares

You can't unsee Tedlexa, the Internet of Things/AI bear of your nightmares

It's been 50 years since Captain Kirk first spoke commands to an unseen, all-knowing Computer on Star Trek and not quite as long since David Bowman was serenaded by HAL 9000's rendition of "A Bicycle Built for Two" in 2001: A Space Odyssey. While we've been talking to our computers and other devices for years (often in the form of expletive interjections), we're only now beginning to scratch the surface of what's possible when voice commands are connected to artificial intelligence software. -- Ars Technica.

Scientists Turn Memory Chips Into Processors To Speed Up Computing Tasks

Scientists Turn Memory Chips Into Processors To Speed Up Computing Tasks

A team of international scientists have found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks, which is traditionally done by computer processors like those made by Intel and Qualcomm. This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers. -- Science Daily.

My Mac And iPhone Need An Emoji Translator

My Mac And iPhone Need An Emoji Translator

Another paraphrase of Apollo 13: "Cupertino, we have a problem." There are too many emoji and there's no emoji dictionary and emoji varies from platform to platform.

What you see on iPhone, Mac, and iPad is not the same as those used on Twitter, or Google, or Android, or Windows or wherever. Some are obvious. Smiley face comes to mind. So does the pile of poop. Otherwise, I need a cheat sheet to make sure I'm not sending a snotty and snarky remark to someone who could do me harm. -- TeraTalks.

Those Old Photos On My iPhone Make Me Sad, So It's Time To Sue Apple

Those Old Photos On My iPhone Make Me Sad, So It's Time To Sue Apple

That's a preposterous idea, right? But what if I could make a compelling story about how much emotional damage the photos caused me, and a clever lawyer could convince a jury that Apple was fully responsible for my health issues caused by the iPhone's camera, wouldn't it be worth a try? -- BohemianBoomer.

The Death Of The Mac Pro

The Death Of The Mac Pro

2016 ended with a spreading school of thought that Apple was about to abandon the Mac Pro and Mac mini because sales for each are anemic. Apple does not break out Mac sales units, but upwards of 75-percent of all Macs sold-- according to Apple-- are notebooks. That leaves the three desktop models-- including the iMacs-- as the smaller percentage of Apple's overall Mac sales. -- NoodleMac.

Apple: Facts vs. Fiction

Apple: Facts vs. Fiction

Every year about this time we read news about Apple cutting back on iPhone production. Why would Apple do that? iPhone sales are cyclical in nature. That means some quarters in the calendar year-- the 4th quarter holiday season comes to mind; particularly robust for Apple since the new iPhone was released just months earlier-- have far greater sales than others; likewise, other quarters have lower sales. -- PixoBebo.

Mac Upgrades: Finding Innovative Things to Do

Mac Upgrades: Finding Innovative Things to Do

Over the past week or two, I've read a number of articles suggesting what Apple may or may not do with the Mac platform this year. Most take a lean approach, that several models will get minor processor/graphics/drive refreshes, and that's about it. There have been scattered mentions of a price adjustment for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, but question marks remain about Apple's commitment to the platform. -- The Tech Night Owl.

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January 03Tuesday's News


How to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

How to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

Through regular daily use, the rotating Digital Crown on the Apple Watch can collect dirt, debris and general gunk underneath, making it feel sticky to turn or press. Thankfully, Apple recommends a simple and quick fix that should return it to normal. -- Appleinsider.

Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with Thunderbolt 3

With the first preorders now arriving in the hands of customers, AppleInsider offers a closer look at LG's gorgeous 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros. -- AppleInsider.

First look: LG UltraFine 5K Display

First look: LG UltraFine 5K Display

Apple this week started deliveries of LG's hotly anticipated UltraFine 5K Display, a monitor developed to complement Apple's new all-Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the device in this first look video. -- AppleInsider.

Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?

Having trouble deciding between the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, Retina MacBook and MacBook Air? Confused about specs? Not sure if upgrades are worth the extra money? AppleInsider explains it all in this breakdown of Apple's current laptop lineup. -- AppleInsider.

How to get more Aerial Apple TV videos or change your screensaver outright

How to get more Aerial Apple TV videos or change your screensaver outright

The fourth generation Apple TV ships with a couple of Aerial screen saver videos pre-installed. If you didn't tell it to check automatically for new videos when you set up the Apple TV, It doesn't take long to tire of the small initial selection -- but Apple's got loads more, and AppleInsider will tell you how to get them. -- AppleInsider.

World's best video converter finally exits beta after 13 years

World's best video converter finally exits beta after 13 years

Handbrake has been our go-to tool for all types of video conversion how-tos for years and now after 13 years in 'beta' the free software is officially ready for its official launch. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple offers first glimpse at its secretive AI work

Apple offers first glimpse at its secretive AI work

Researchers on Apple's artificial intelligence team have published the first ever research paper ever from the iPhone-maker, ending Apple's long standing ban that safeguarded company secrets. -- Cult of Mac.

Combo Cleaner takes Mac antivirus protection to the next level

Combo Cleaner takes Mac antivirus protection to the next level

This post is brought to you by RCS LT, maker of Combo Cleaner.

The vast majority of apps offering antivirus protection run on an open-source engine called Clam AV. It offers a convenient module that app developers can plug into their products for free and get passable antivirus protection.

Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for, which in this case is a subpar detection rate for malware and adware. That's why a staff-maintained antivirus solution is a better idea. -- Cult of Mac.

How to reset your AirPods to fix battery drain

How to reset your AirPods to fix battery drain

AirPods offer some of the best battery life you can get from wireless earphones, but many users have been unable to enjoy it. An apparent glitch is causing some units to drain power when they're not in use, but a simple reset could fix it.

Here's what you need to do. -- Cult of Mac.

Back Up Your iTunes Collection -- or Your Whole Computer

Back Up Your iTunes Collection -- or Your Whole Computer

Saving a copy of your iTunes library can be as easy as dragging a folder to an external drive, but there are other ways to make sure you're backed up.

You can manually back up your iTunes content by dragging a copy of its folder to an external drive or server. Before you do, make sure everything in your library is inside your iTunes Media folder. Open iTunes, go to the File menu, choose Library and then Organize Library. Select the "Consolidate files" option and click the O.K. button when finished. (Depending on your library, you may also see a Consolidate files option directly on the Library sub-menu.) -- New York Times.

Growing a Different Apple

Growing a Different Apple

Founded in 2014 by three former senior managers from Apple's iPod and iPhone groups, Pearl has tried to replicate what its leaders view as the best parts of Apple's culture, like its fanatical dedication to quality and beautiful design. But the founders also consciously rejected some of the less appealing aspects of life at Apple, like its legendary secrecy and top-down management style. -- New York Times.

Apple Working With Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro's Battery Issue

Apple Working With Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro's Battery Issue

Last week, Consumer Reports concluded that it won't be recommending Apple's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine published since 1936 by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization, cited inconsistent battery issues for not recommending the MacBook Pro for the first time in its history. Apple's VP of Marketing has since addressed the report, saying they are working with the magazine to understand the results. From a report: Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller followed up with a tweet late Friday saying Apple is "working with CR to understand their battery tests. Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data." Consumer Reports' review says that in-house testing revealed wild fluctuations in battery life for unplugged MacBook Pro computers. In the case of the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar, for example, battery life ranged from 19.5 hours to just 4.5 hours. Apple says the devices should operate for up to 10 hours between charges. -- slashdot.

Apple Posts Its Public Encryption Key, Encourages Customers to Verify Emails

Apple Posts Its Public Encryption Key, Encourages Customers to Verify Emails

Apple has a new support document encouraging customers to verify encrypted emails, especially security emails from Apple. The document includes Apple's own public PGP key for those verifications. Apple noted that its current PGP key will be valid until May of 2018. PGP, or "pretty good privacy" is one of the most popular encryption schemes in general use today, through both the PGP Corporation and the open source GnuPGP. Apple posted links to both. You can subscribe to Apple's Security-announce emails at Apple's website.

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

There are multiple ways to share files between Apple devices. You can use AirDrop, iMessage or even email. But an oft-overlooked feature is iTunes File Transfer. Andrew Orr explains how to use this feature to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac. -- The Mac Observer.

macOS: Merging Calendars

macOS: Merging Calendars

Today's Quick Tip is about a simple way to merge your Calendar data, so if you need to get your list all cleaned up, you can take care of it in just a few minutes. No more will you have to deal with 19 "Untitled" calendars showing up in your sidebar! -- The Mac Observer.

Police Turn to Amazon Echo in Homicide Showing How Smarthome Devices Can Spy on Us

Police Turn to Amazon Echo in Homicide Showing How Smarthome Devices Can Spy on Us

Police in Bentonville, Arkansas, obtained a search warrant for the audio captured by an Amazon Echo as part of a homicide investigation, raising concerns over just how much smarthome devices know about us. In the case of the Echo, Amazon says little is being recorded and stored, but that's not much of a consolation for IoT device owners who're worried their tech might be used against them by the government. -- The Mac Observer.

iOS 10: How to Prioritize Downloads

iOS 10: How to Prioritize Downloads

If you've ever been stuck waiting for an important app to download when you're doing a bunch at once, then you need to know about iOS 10's "Prioritize Download" feature. It'll let you tell your iPhone or iPad to push the one you need to the front of the line, pronto! -- The Mac Observer.

AirPods: Useful Siri Commands and Other Tips

AirPods: Useful Siri Commands and Other Tips

Apple's new AirPods are a solid innovation in Bluetooth headphones. Naturally, we've found some great tips to help you get more out of them. -- the Mac Observer.

Apple's Wireless AirPods Were Worth the Wait

Apple's Wireless AirPods Were Worth the Wait

AirPods, Apple's cordless versions of its iconic EarPods, are finally here. Julio Ojeda-Zapata spent time with the Bluetooth earbuds and found them to be worth the wait. Their audio quality is not spectacular, but voice calling works superbly, and wireless pairing with Macs and iOS devices is painless. -- TidBITS.

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists

Over at Bloomberg Technology, Mark Gurman lays out the case that Apple is indeed marginalizing the Mac internally, as we have suggested recently. Gurman cites numerous sources within the company who reveal troubling changes. These days, the Mac hardware team gets less face time with Jony Ive's design group, and managers have become more likely to float multiple competing ideas, meaning that time spent on losing designs ends up wasted. On the software side, Gurman says that there is no longer a dedicated Mac operating system group, with all engineers on a single team and many of them focusing on iOS first. Even Apple employees are asking if Mac desktops remain strategically important, which prompted a response from Tim Cook that was positive, if vague.

Hands-on: LG Apple-endorsed 5K Display -- an UltraFine choice for MacBook Pro owners? [Video]

Hands-on: LG Apple-endorsed 5K Display -- an UltraFine choice for MacBook Pro owners? [Video]

The LG UltraFine 5K Display is Apple's answer to MacBook Pro customers who wish to connect their notebooks to an external display with a single cable. After reportedly getting out of the standalone monitor business, LG's offerings, which are available in 4K and 5K varieties, might be the next best option.

The fact that you can connect a single Thunderbolt 3 cable from your MacBook to the LG UltraFine 5K Display is quite compelling. Not only will this provide display output, but it will also deliver the necessary power (up to 85W) to keep your MacBook Pro -- 13- or 15-inch variety -- charged.

We recently got our hands on the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Is it a good choice for MacBook Pro owners? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside to learn more. -- 9to5Mac.

Become Tech Savvy: Why you can and should learn to confidently use technology with this unique series

Become Tech Savvy: Why you can and should learn to confidently use technology with this unique series

'Become Tech Savvy' is a new weekly series designed for anyone who wants to learn how to use technology with confidence, ease, and minimal frustration, as well as those who want to help someone else with technology. No matter your age, experience, background, or current skills, this series will provide a unique strategy for mastery. For the already tech savvy and IT folks, this will be a valuable resource to share and reference while supporting others as it will deconstruct the barriers to becoming tech savvy. Keep reading to discover why absolutely anyone can and should become tech savvy and why this series is unique. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS 10.12.2 Users Urged to Avoid Using 'Work-in-Progress' Preview App to Edit PDFs

macOS 10.12.2 Users Urged to Avoid Using 'Work-in-Progress' Preview App to Edit PDFs

Mac users running macOS Sierra 10.12.2 are being urged to avoid using Preview to edit PDFs until Apple fixes several bugs in the app that can cause corruption issues in the document format. -- TidBITS.


Teenager invents phone charger which generates energy from the human body

Teenager invents phone charger which generates energy from the human body

teenager has invented and developed a phone charger which uses energy from the human body to get the energy to charge your phone.

HandEnergy, the brainchild of 19-year-old inventor Michael Vaga, allows you to charge your phone simply by rotating your hand, which activates the device's gyroscope to produce energy that can then either be stored or used to immediately charge a mobile. -- Telegraph.

Disguising your AirPods as dental floss is the best way to deter thieves

Disguising your AirPods as dental floss is the best way to deter thieves

While compact, at $159 a pair, AirPods are certainly not cheap -- which in turn makes them an ideal target for sticky-fingered Apple fan boys and girls. But there might be one viable anti-theft solution that will deter crooks from snatching your flashy new wireless earbuds. -- The Next Web.


iPhone How To: Use and Adjust the iPhone Flashlight Function

iPhone How To: Use and Adjust the iPhone Flashlight Function

Man, it sure is dark in here. I wish I'd thought to keep a flashlight handy for power outages like this… Wait, I have one, and it's always in my pocket. Well, when I'm not playing a game, or on a call that is. Enter the iPhone flashlight. -- MacTrast.

How to Forward a Photo Message from iPhone to Someone Else

How to Forward a Photo Message from iPhone to Someone Else

Have you ever received a picture message on your iPhone and you wanted to share that photo with someone else? There are a few different ways to forward photo messages from an iPhone, we'll show you the easiest and quickest method to pass along a picture message from your iPhone Messages app to send along to another contact. -- OS X Daily.

How to get the Siri experience in an older car with AirPods

How to get the Siri experience in an older car with AirPods

The Bluetooth headset is back, baby.

When I visit my folks in LA, I on rare occasions will borrow one of their vehicles to visit other friends in the periphery -- a pal in Studio City, an acquaintance in Silverlake, or maybe even a Griffith Park jaunt by my lonesome. They're very generous with their car time, and I, in turn, repay them by not mucking with their car stereo and adding my phone to their lengthy Bluetooth device list. -- iMore.

How to get depth effect photos without an iPhone 7 Plus

How to get depth effect photos without an iPhone 7 Plus

Wish you could have the super good looking depth effect photos that the iPhone 7 Plus has, but don't want the iPhone 7 Plus? There's an app for that! -- iMore.

How to permanently delete your Facebook account

How to permanently delete your Facebook account

Facebook can be a great tool for staying in touch with friends and family but, for some people, the constant bombardment of updates, messages, likes, pokes and advertisements can all become a bit overwhelming, not to mention highly addictive.

Had enough of Facebook? Here's how to permanently remove your profile from the social network -- Telegraph.

Best Alternatives to Apple TV

Best Alternatives to Apple TV

What are the best alternatives to Apple TV out there?

Maybe you love Apple TV * cough cough RENE cough cough *, or maybe you're looking to stream on something a bit different. Maybe you're looking for more options, a different browsing experience, or are wanting to spend less than $199.

Regardless of your reasons for striving for streaming superiority, we put together a few of the most popular alternatives to the Apple TV so you can really explore all of the best options out there. Check 'em out! -- iMore.

I'm Getting Low End Again

I'm Getting Low End Again

I once used decade old Apple gear, slowly creeping to more modern kit. But I may again be heading toward the low end camp.

I've owned many older Macs in my time. My whole interest in LowEndMac was spurned by a love of keeping old tech alive alongside financial constraints. Most of the Macs I have owned have been over 5 years old or more. -- Low End Mac.

Rapidly Diffusing Technology

Rapidly Diffusing Technology

The groundwork has been laid for technology, both hardware and software, to diffuse rapidly in short periods of time. Which again, makes it very difficult to predict their market size. A product, app, or service may appear to be addressing a larger market than it is in its early stages. This means metrics around hardware sales, app downloads, service subscriptions, etc., may be extremely misleading. The problem is, we have no idea the degree to which they are misleading or not. -- Tech.pinions.

Mom and dad unplugged: How 10 days with my parents taught me to love the way they use tech

Mom and dad unplugged: How 10 days with my parents taught me to love the way they use tech

Over the holidays, I got to spend 10 days at home in western New York and see a little bit of how my folks use and regard technology. For the most part, my understanding of this part of their lives has been colored by frantic "tech-support" calls from across the miles, or weekly Facetime chats between them and their grandkids. -- GeekWire.

WTF is a VPN

WTF is a VPN

You're watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car.

A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene -- it connects different roads and turns them into one, and a helicopter can't see what's happening inside the tunnel. -- TechCrunch.