MacOS Sierra has a ton of neat features that'll change the way you work using your Mac. The ability to play videos inside Messages probably isn't one of them, but it's certainly a nice touch that makes chatting to your friends and sharing content that much better. -- Cult of Mac.
Finding a parking garage with plenty of empty spaces is about to get a whole lot easier in Apple Maps.
To give Apple Map users more data about parking lots and garages around the world, Apple has partnered up with Parkopedia which provides detailed info on more that 40 million parking spots in 75 countries around the world, making the hassle of parking a bit more bearable. -- Cult of Mac.
Microsoft today launched a new camera app for iOS devices called Microsoft Pix, which uses an artificial intelligence to adjust settings, choose the best photos, and automatically enhance each picture you take. The app will work on the iPhone 5s or newer, running iOS 9.0 or newer, with the company planning an Android release in the future. It did, however, remain curiously silent on introducing the new app's features into its own Windows Phone line. -- MacRumors.
The OS X (soon to be macOS) Dictionary defines a maestro as, "a great performer, especially a musician." The application Keyboard Maestro from Stairways Software isn't a musician, but it's a great performer, especially when it comes to creating macros that save time and effort. I'd be hard-pressed to name another Mac app that saves me as much time or as many keystrokes every day.
Simply put, Keyboard Maestro makes macros, but to call it a mere macro-maker is a disservice. Yes, it's a macro-maker, but it's much more than that. -- The Mac Observer.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. called on Apple and Google to weaken their device encryption, arguing that thousands of crimes remained unsolved because no one can crack into the perpetrators' phones. -- Tom's Guide.
Apple is now spending more on research than most major car companies, and only a little less than companies like Google and Facebook, both of which are building drones, and working on other zany, expensive projects, like household robots, internet-beaming weather balloons, and virtual reality. All of these likely cost a fair bit more than the research required to revamp the next iPad. -- Quartz.
A very exciting new feature of the Photos app in macOS Sierra is the ability to search your Photos library for objects. For instance, you can search for 'boat' and it will show you pictures in your library that have a boat. Take a look at how this feature works. -- MacMost.
Email is alive and well and still remains the killer app of the internet era. Alright, not so much alive and well as it is barely tolerated. But there are plenty of email apps these days. -- Mac360.
Hardly a day goes by when online technology websites reveal yet another sizable hack of personal data from government, education, hospitals, banks, credit card companies, and even the Mac itself. -- BohemianBoomer.
Held across the street from Disneyland, the trade show is the holy grail of computer graphics and, increasingly, for mobile graphics, virtual reality and augmented reality. -- Recode.
People using low-cost wireless keyboards are at risk of having their passwords read, according to researchers.
Eight major keyboard brands accounting for millions of devices in use across the world were shown to have a security hole that could let hackers up to 100m away read every letter a victim types. -- Telegraph.
Currently, Apple has decided to adopt the USB Type-C interface for its MacBook Air, while Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are upgrading one of their notebooks' regular USB port to the Type-C. Lenovo, Acer and Dell are still evaluating the option. -- DigiTimes.
You're plugging along with 3 percent battery and that Snorlax is one block away. Then, less than a minute later your phone is dead, the Snorlax is gone, and you are miserable. There are a two reasons for this. One: you're playing Pokémon Go and need to stop. Two: figuring out how your battery holds a charge is less science and more witchcraft. -- Gizmodo.
You wouldn't buy a brand-new car with a Ford Model T engine. So why would you merge onto the information superhighway with a laptop that uses an old-school mechanical hard drive? If you want a fast, responsive notebook ─ and why wouldn't you ─ you have to get a solid-state drive (SSD). -- LAPTOP Magazine.
Since Apple started to focus on making their products thinner and lighter, they've become significantly more difficult to upgrade. Laptops have always been less user-friendly in this way, but up until a few years ago, you could easily upgrade a MacBook's hard drive and RAM. -- Business Insider.
How do you lose control of an email inbox? "Two ways. Gradually, and then suddenly," as Ernest Hemingway once wrote.
For me, the latter part happened early this year, when I realized I was seeing second and third email reminders from friends or tech contacts I wanted to follow. The incoming flow of email had become so overwhelming that it was pushing down important messages past the bottom of the screen before I could even mentally register them. -- CNET.
There is only one way for you, or Microsoft, or the government to really make communications private.
I give Microsoft some credit for fighting the government over access to its customers' accounts. This battle is not over, but suffice it to say the government will always win and get what it wants in an era of ever-increasing terrorism. -- PC Magazine.
Article Image Newly-published guidelines could lead Apple and other companies to find an alternative to SMS for two-factor authentication, such as dedicated apps, according to reports.,
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a public preview of upcoming documents which specifically recommend against using SMS as an "out of band authenticator," TechCrunch noted. Such systems -- in Apple's case used to authenticate Apple IDs -- can send a verification code to a smartphone, which then has to be entered on the original device a person is trying to use. -- AppleInsider.
Article Image New updates are coming to Microsoft's Office 365, including artificial intelligence driven writing style coaches and research assistants in Word, plus the addition of "Focused Inbox" email management to macOS.
The Microsoft Word Researcher is a new service announced today intended to assist users in locating sources for scientific papers, and other similar works. The forthcoming addition to Word implements Microsoft's Bing Knowledge Graph to corral relevant content, with proper accreditation. -- AppleInsider.
A key guarantee provided by HTTPS encryption is that the addresses of visited websites aren't visible to attackers who may be monitoring an end user's network traffic. Now, researchers have devised an attack that breaks this protection. -- Ars Technica.
One of the many things Steve Jobs was famous for was his refusal to put a license plate on the back of his car, a Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. Jobs--or someone close to him--spotted a loophole in California DMV regulations allowing six months of grace before a license plate had to be attached to a new car. As a result, the Apple supremo maintained a rolling six-month lease on a series of new SL55 AMGs, replacing one with another just before the grace period ran out. -- Ars Technica.
Firefox has released an update for its iOS browser that offers interface improvements and a faster browsing experience.
Firefox v5.0 promises faster web page loading times combined with significant battery savings, according to the browser's development team. Mozilla claims up to a 40 percent reduction in CPU usage and up to a 30 percent reduction in memory usage, although it notes results may vary between users. -- .
Like other image-editing programs that include a "one-click fix" or "auto-correct" type of button, the Enhance feature in Apple's Photos for OS X (and iOS) analyzes the photo and adjusts the color and contrast to hopefully improve the overall look. The changes may work better on some photos than others, but increasing color and contrast often brightens up pictures. [Double click on a photo and then click on the EDIT button to see the tools.] -- New York Times.
This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called "Leave this Conversation." Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations. -- The Mac Observer.
It might be tempting to think about the Apple TV as a hardware device, and its associated revenue combined with apps that deliver content and the associated revenue collected by Apple. But, during Apple's 2016 Q3 earnings report, CEO Tim Cook said that we should think about the Apple TV in a different way. -- The Mac Observer.
Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery charge and concludes that battery meters can, at best, provide only a guess of charge remaining. -- The Wirecutter.
Way back in the day, back when personal computing was more or less the domain of wannabe geeks and certified technologists, personal databases were a big deal.
Through FileMaker Pro, Apple provides database power and convenience in a cross platform package that encourages customizable databases for businesses, but not for the masses. Bento, FileMaker's foray into a more personal database product, failed, and when it did, personal Mac databases seems to have died, too. Almost. But not quit -- Mac360.
One of the most anticipated features in iOS 10 was the redesign of Apple Music, but don't hold your breath.
When Apple Music first launched just over a year ago, it received mixed reviews because of its cluttered user interface. So, in iOS 10, Apple promised for a more streamlined experience with bold text, a cleaner look, and the demotion of the Connect tab. But was it enough? -- Macworld.
Smartphones have played an incredible, possibly even unpredictable role in helping people with disabilities live a more normal life. Technology on a whole has played a key role in this regard but personal devices like smartphones and smartwatches provide incredible support where compensating options simply aren't available. Smartphones, either through apps or through built-in features of the OS they run, are one of the key tools that help people with disabilities. Apple is no stranger to this concept and it actively works to make its devices easier to use for everyone. With iOS 10, a new screen filter feature has been added to compensate for color blindness. The feature tints the screen according to the type of color blindness the user has and makes it much easier to interact with the device. Here's how to enable it. -- AddictiveTips.
You don't need to pay for an Audible subscription to have your iPhone read books to you. By enabling an accessibility setting, you can make your iPhone read the text of whatever it is you have open, from a book in iBooks to an article you have open in Safari or another app. This setting is also available on iPads. -- CNET.
I'm often asked, "what's a simple way I can sign a PDF without having to print the document out?" Many times, the person is trying to live the paperless lifestyle. There are a number of great PDF apps that can wrangle all sorts of text for editing and signatures. Some of my favorites are PDF Expert and Documents 5, both from Readdle, and some of the offerings from Adobe. However, after having tried many of these apps, I've stuck with PDFpen from Smile Software, makers of another favorite of mine, TextExpander. -- App Factor.
The term "artificial intelligence" was first coined in 1955 by John McCarthy, widely known as the father of A.I. Think about what the world was like then, and where we are now. A.I. has evolved, but its premise is still the same: Researchers and technologists are creating software that operates systems and machines built to understand and simulate human tasks and mimic our thought process. -- VentureBeat.
The public internet era brought a growing deluge of technology and communication options to the masses. Today's premium smartphones are much like mini-supercomputers in your pocket, capable of doing much of what desktop and notebook PCs did exclusively in the past, yet available to more than a billion people worldwide. -- PixoBebo.
Article Image In a bid to improve user experience, Apple's mobile Safari web browser in iOS 10 will autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound, a change that enables automatic playback of GIFs -- at least those converted to video -- while halting potentially disruptive content like ads. -- AppleInsider.
Transistors will stop shrinking after 2021, but Moore's law will probably continue, according to the final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
Final semiconductor industry roadmap says the future is 3D packaging and cooling. -- Ars Technica.
In iOS 10, Apple plans to make some changes to the way videos are handled, putting a stop to irritating autoplay videos and offering improvements to animated GIFs. The changes will come in the form of updated policies for "video" elements, as outlined today by Apple software engineer Jer Noble on the Webkit blog -- MacRumors.
A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in May, following a District Court ruling in 2014. -- 9to5Mac.
Most people know that I've been a staunch jailbreak proponent over the years, but my enthusiasm for jailbreaking has been waning as of late. Much of this has to do with the amount of features, jailbreak-inspired or not, that Apple stuffs into new iOS software each summer. -- 9to5Mac.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we covered granted patents relating to an iPhone projector and the Apple Pencil working with Apple's next-gen Magic Trackpad-3. Some of the other patents worth noting today cover force touch for the MacBook's trackpad and beyond, disappearing buttons... -- Patently Apple.
If you encounter an error when trying to install a fresh operating system, it could be a problem with the date and time. -- Macworld.
Take a look at 10 Finder tricks that will help you get the most from your Mac. Learn how to batch rename files, move files with copy and paste, skip the Trash and much more. -- MacMost.
If ever there was a Mac app perfectly aimed at the Mac-loving baby boomer generation it's Boom. Those of us who attended too many rock concerts without ear protection, who drove for hours with the 80track, cassette tape player, and then the CD player booming through 500-watt speakers, who love headphones with the volume cranked up to vibrate mode, fully appreciate anything that boosts the sound from our Mac's seemingly feeble sound system. -- NoodleMac.
What makes a Mac a Mac?
Is it a computer made by Apple?
Does it need to run the Mac OS?
For a Mac to be a Mac does its hardware, does its design sit heads above the rest? -- 512 Pixels.
Chuck La Tournous has a scary story with a happy ending. Whew.
I'll begin this story the same way I began the phone call to my wife: "I'm OK, but..."
The "but" began on a Tuesday morning, after I started walking from the parking lot to the front door of my office building. I began feeling short of breath. No matter how deeply I inhaled, it felt like my lungs weren't filling up completely. At first, the feeling just seemed odd--nothing serious, just...weird. -- Macworld.
One of my favorite features of iOS 10 is the built-in magnifying glass, super useful if you need to read some small print or get a close-up look at something tiny. -- The Loop.
This short collection of essential tips features all the most useful ones we think Apple TV users will need to use every day. -- About Tech.
More cores means faster Macs, right?
Not quite, but in a way multi-core CPUs are like televisions and radios of yesteryear that bristled with more tubes. They're nice, but for most of us they don't do much more than we get done already with a couple of cores. -- BohemianBoomer.
There is a generational gap that has occurred in recent years. Those of us who hide our gray hair and look for bathroom scales that weigh five pounds light also use cable TV. A generation or two below my age stratosphere there are massive sea changes brewing and your local phone company wants to be a part. -- TeraTalks.
Twitter is worried. It's worried that while it is a well-recognized brand, a disturbingly large number of people have no idea what Twitter is actually for. What is the point? Getting slightly meta, the company today explains its raison d'être and tries to clear up some common misconceptions. -- BetaNews.
3-D movies immerse us in new worlds and allow us to see places and things in ways that we otherwise couldn't. But behind every 3-D experience is something that is uniformly despised: those goofy glasses.
Fortunately, there may be hope. In a new paper, a team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have demonstrated a display that lets audiences watch 3-D films in a movie theater without extra eyewear. -- MIT News.
A Dallas, Texas man accused of prostituting underage girls was secretly ordered by a federal judge to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to federal court documents that are now unsealed. -- Ars Technica.
A few weeks ago, we had an intense discussion on what would happen if Apple's next iPhone doesn't have a headphone port -- and what that means for the rest of the industry, as well as the pros and cons of ditching the legacy port. Over the past few months, we have seen many smartphone manufacturers launch new handsets that don't have a headphone jack. Mashable has a report today in which it says that it is already causing frustration among users. -- Mashable.
The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here's how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory. -- The Mac Observer.
During my first few weeks with the 2016 MacBook, this machine could do no wrong. I gladly looked past its shortcomings, because it was beautiful -- highly functional, even.
Two months in, and the infatuation stage has predictably elapsed and reality has started to set in. Was it a mistake to make the 12″ ultra-portable machine my full-time work rig? -- 9to5Mac.
Hands up if you've heard of Swift Playgrounds? No, it's not some new start-up providing quick playdates for bedraggled parents, although that might be interesting. -- PC & Tech Authority.
iOS lets you block people from messaging and calling you. Up until iOS 9, the feature was pretty easy to use. Anytime you received a call from someone you didn't want to talk to, or received an iMessage or text message, you could go to the details screen for the message or call and find a 'Block' option on there. With iOS 10, blocking a number that keeps calling you works pretty much the same way but the process for Messages has changed. To block a number from messaging you, you have to first add it to your contacts and then block it from the Settings app. Here's how. -- AddictiveTips.
Want to speed up a slow iPhone? Here's how to spring-clean an older or just slower iPhone model, and restore the speed of an iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s running iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 or iOS 9. -- Macworld UK.
Downgrading from iOS 10 beta is easier than you think. I take you through how to complete the process and return to the latest official version. -- Low End Mac.
It's a debate that has rumbled on for years -- which is better, PC or Mac?
Almost from the day the two first saw the light of day, arguments have raged in the technology space as to which platform is better: Microsoft's Windows or Apple Mac.
Most of us will have grown up with family, friends or co-workers who profess that their machine is the best, and how you're missing out on some great features by refusing to switch.
Both operating systems have enjoyed swift progress over the last decade, and come with millions of loyal fans, but what are some of the unique features that Windows users can lord over their Mac cousins? -- Express UK.
Your personal preference between an Apple Mac or a Windows PC might be completely subjective, but it is cold hard fact that there a number of things you can do on Apple's OS X that Microsoft fans can only dream of. Here are seven. -- Express.co.uk.
Security researchers found an open backdoor access to Dell's highly touted Sonicwall Global Management System which monitors enterprise network devices. That led me to this conclusion. If you're online in any capacity, you're not safe. -- Bohemian Boomer.
Moore's Law, an empirical observation of the number of components that could be built on an integrated circuit and their corresponding cost, has largely held strong for more than 50 years, but its days are really numbered now. The prediction of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which was only officially made available this month, says that transistor could stop shrinking in just five years. [I am not user if they are taking this article "How to grow electronics that are one atom thick" I published last week or not? Of course once they get to atom size that may be it.] -- IEEE.
A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border -- and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that your right to privacy does not exist when re-entering the United States. Indeed, she's not alone: Documents previously released under FOIA show that the DHS has a long-standing policy of warrantless (and even motiveless) seizures at the border, essentially removing any traveler's right to privacy.
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