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August 26Friday's News


Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

Article Image Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10. -- AppleInsider.


Actively exploited iOS flaws that hijack iPhones patched by Apple

Actively exploited iOS flaws that hijack iPhones patched by Apple

Apple has patched three high-severity iOS vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited to infect iPhones so attackers can steal confidential messages from a large number of apps, including Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp, security researchers said Thursday. -- Ars Technica.

How to use iCloud Drive to share your Desktop & Documents folder in macOS Sierra

How to use iCloud Drive to share your Desktop & Documents folder in macOS Sierra

iCloud Drive previously worked a bit like Dropbox, asking users to drag and drop files into a special folder in order to access them across multiple devices. That changes in macOS Sierra, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of iCloud with the added bonus that your files can stay exactly where they are. -- Cult of Mac.

Skyrocketing 'failure rate' means iOS is less stable than Android

Skyrocketing 'failure rate' means iOS is less stable than Android

iOS is generally considered more stable and more secure than Android, but boy how the tables have turned.

According to new data, the failure rate of Apple's platform rose significantly during the second quarter of 2016, making it more unstable than Google's for the first time ever. -- Cult of Mac.

Microphone technology is Siri's next big hurdle

Microphone technology is Siri's next big hurdle

Apple, Amazon and Google are all in a battle to create the next great breakthrough with microphones in order to make their digital assistants more powerful.

While machine learning and artificial intelligence are getting all the hype lately, few industry analysts say microphone technology will play just as key a role in taking Siri and Alexa to a new level. -- Cult of Mac.

The self-driving car is old enough to drink and drive

The self-driving car is old enough to drink and drive

Twenty-one years ago, when we were shooting Triumph of the Nerds, the director, Paul Sen, introduced me to his cousin who was working at the time on a big Department of Transportation research program to build self-driving cars. Twenty-one years ago! Yet what goes around comes around and today there is nothing fresher than autonomous cars, artificial intelligence. You know, old stuff. -- I, Cringely.

Put OS X Photos in the RAW Format

Put OS X Photos in the RAW Format

Photos, Apple's free image-editing program now included with the OS X operating system, can handle picture files in many digital camera RAW formats, as did Apple's previous iPhoto software. For those unfamiliar with it, some digital cameras have a setting that allows them to capture images in an uncompressed format called RAW, along with the standard compressed JPEG format used by just about every smartphone and stand-alone camera around. (Apple's coming iOS 10 operating system will also let people collect RAW image data from the device's camera.) -- New York Times.

How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

Want to snap screenshots in watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch? The feature is disabled by default, but it's pretty easy to turn on. Follow along with TMO's video Quick Tip to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

I've never heard of the battery that's been running for 176 years. Come on, that's cool! It's been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it's built, and we can't figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video.

Jony Ive Is Making People Uneasy

Jony Ive Is Making People Uneasy

Apple pessimism is on the rise. New Apple products are being questioned like never before. Even some of Apple's most loyal customers are beginning to wonder about Apple's direction. While many are directing criticism towards Tim Cook, nearly all of the criticism pointed towards Apple can in one way or another be traced back to a different person: Jony Ive. -- Above Avalon.

The hidden history of educational gaming on the Mac

The hidden history of educational gaming on the Mac

Early Macs may not have had flashy graphics cards, but they had some of the best educational games around, thanks to one Minnesota computing group.

My earliest memories of technology came from my first year of grade school: It was 1992, and our teacher had installed some variant of an Apple II in the classroom. The students were only able to use it a few times, but each time I got to put a disk in the machine, I was able to escape to another world. -- iMore.

Does your AirPort Extreme Base Station work but is unreachable via AirPort Utility? We're tracking a problem and would love to hear your experience.

Does your AirPort Extreme Base Station work but is unreachable via AirPort Utility? We're tracking a problem and would love to hear your experience.

The other day, my wife texts me (from upstairs; I work in a home office in the basement): the printer had stopped working, and could I take a look? Our printer is connected via USB to an Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th generation), which shares it over the network. The base station is an extension of a network, so it's in bridging mode.

Since the green LED was lit on the base station, I checked out the printer first; it was fine. I restarted the base station, and it came up again with a green LED, but the printer still didn't show up on the network. Only then did I use AirPort Utility to see what was up, and that app put up a yellow yield sign on top of the base station, and, when I clicked it, noted "Device Not Found." -- Macworld.

August 25Thurssday's News


Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10

Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10

Article Image When iOS 10 arrives this fall -- most likely in September -- Siri's voice should sound a little more natural thanks to machine learning technology Apple is implementing, an interview revealed on Wednesday. -- AppleInsider.


How to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

How to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

Article Image Facebook stores a significant amount of data on every user, including details about devices and operating systems you've used to access the service, and what political affiliation you may be. Here's how to find out what the world's largest social network knows about you. -- AppleInsider.

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Article Image Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, meaning device users who upgraded to the most recent iOS 9.3.4 version, or who have not yet upgraded from iOS 9.3.1, are no longer able to access the release. -- Appleinsider.


Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

Article Image An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft. -- AppleInsider.

Persistent Surveillance Systems has been watching Baltimore for months

Persistent Surveillance Systems has been watching Baltimore for months

A company that sends Cessna aircraft to surveil cities from 25,000 feet up in an effort to fight crime has been watching Baltimore for months now with zero public notification, according to a new report from Bloomberg Businessweek.

The firm, Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS), has been actively trying to get new contracts with large cities nationwide. When Ars profiled the company in 2014, company CEO Ross McNutt said PSS was trying to work with Chicago after having controversially flown for nine days over Compton, California--adjacent to Los Angeles--in 2012. -- Ars Technica.

How to send a hand-written message in iOS 10

How to send a hand-written message in iOS 10

iOS 10 makes messaging even more personal by giving iPhone owners new ways to communicate through stickers, effects and giant emojis. It's also super simple to send handwritten notes straight from the heart. Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Should Apple Add a Privacy Feature to the iMac's Camera?

Should Apple Add a Privacy Feature to the iMac's Camera?

Do you remember back in June when we learned that the director of the FBI James Comey and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg taped over the cameras on their respective computers? I've been doing that for years prior to those revelations and I'm sure that many of you are nodding your heads in the affirmative right now for doing the same. It was just creepy to know that these cameras were fairly simple to hack and that someone could be watching you or know when you weren't home. I always wondered why Apple's Jony Ive didn't create a simple sliding element that would cover the camera when not in use or an almost invisible button like the on/off button on an iMac next to the camera to turn it on or off quickly with a red and green light system to indicate the status of the camera. To date, Samsung appears to be one of the few OEMs that are considering a solution for users wanting to control their computer camera and I hope that Apple will too. Would you like to see such a solution? -- Patently Apple.

Checking Your 'Find My Mac' Status (And Why You Might Need To!)

Checking Your 'Find My Mac' Status (And Why You Might Need To!)

Several times recently, I've worked with someone's Mac only to discover he or she had Find My Mac turned ON but Location Services OFF. That makes Apple's system for tracking down a lost device useless. This can happen when you're setting up your machine; say, if you don't check the proper box allowing your computer to use Location Services at all.

Today's Quick Tip is about Find My Mac. Are you sure your settings are working properly? Have you checked to be certain you can locate your device if it's stolen or lost? We'll tell you how! -- The Mac Observers.

Steven Levy goes in-depth with Apple execs on machine learning, Siri improvements in iOS 10

Steven Levy goes in-depth with Apple execs on machine learning, Siri improvements in iOS 10

A more intelligent and connected Siri has been one of the flagship features of recent iOS updates, and Steven Levy at Backchannel has a new interview with Apple execs that features a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to Apple's artificially intelligent assistant. The piece begins by detailing Siri's voice recognition upgrade in 2014 when the system moved "to a neural-net based system" for US users and mentions yet another upgrade coming with iOS 10... -- Backchannel.

Apple Reveals work on a Deadly Accurate 3D Depth Light Beam Camera Scanner

Apple Reveals work on a Deadly Accurate 3D Depth Light Beam Camera Scanner

With the iPhone 7 Plus including Apple's first dual lens 3D camera, every patent about 3D depth mapping could help to shed light on the technology behind Apple's new camera. A few of the latest patent reports covering this area of technology surfaced this summer (one and two) and today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple that's titled "Dynamic Beam Spot Size for Light Beam Scanning Device." -- Patently Apple.

Apple and Netflix customers are being targeted in a fake invoice e-mail scam duping them into handing over their bank details

Apple and Netflix customers are being targeted in a fake invoice e-mail scam duping them into handing over their bank details

Apple customers are being targeted in a series of new scams involving invoices containing fake iTunes, App Store or Netflix purchases.

The bogus emails -- likely to have been sent to thousands of people - are aimed at stealing your bank details by making people think someone has gone shopping using your Apple account. -- This is Money.

A Layman's Guide to Ransomware Protection

A Layman's Guide to Ransomware Protection

Ransomware is no longer the exclusive Windows-only scare it once was. The first Mac ransomware was discovered in March of this year, and it's only a matter of time before the next one rears its ugly head.

As no-one can tell you what the infection vector will be, how it will work exactly or what types of files it will go after, how do you prepare for it? -- Intego.

How to Summarize Lengthy Documents & Pages in Mac OS

How to Summarize Lengthy Documents & Pages in Mac OS

If you've ever encountered a lengthy document or webpage that you want the gist of, but don't have the time to read or scan through, you can use the excellent Summarize Service in Mac OS X to summarize the text for you. -- OS X Daily.

Biometrics are less secure than passwords -- this is why

Biometrics are less secure than passwords -- this is why

Many technology pundits talk about biometrics as the ultimate authentication solution -- the technology that will make the 'imperfect' password obsolete. Despite the hype, most companies are approaching with caution. In fact, CEB found that there are varied degrees of biometrics adoption globally, as around 20 percent of firms have actually deployed the technology.

A big reason for low adoption could be that they are less secure. And while many are touting the security of biometrics, there are four issues to consider when evaluating the technology. -- BetaNews.

MIT Created The Seed To Skynet

MIT Created The Seed To Skynet

With all the fear mongering going on in American politics this year it's very possible that sentient machines would use the growing ridiculousness of such public diatribes to determine that planet earth should be rid of humans. Isn't that what Skynet from the Terminator series is all about? -- NoodleMac.

Self-Driving Cars Aren't Going To Be So Great Until We Make Our Maps Better

Self-Driving Cars Aren't Going To Be So Great Until We Make Our Maps Better

Uber is debuting its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month, a move that has many taxi drivers upset. The Verge's Nilay Patel argues that this move should change the way we think about maps and addresses. He adds that Uber is currently unable to pinpoint his home, and often ends up at the door of a "widely different address." Citing the CEO of a "large ridesharing company", Patel writes that this issue is known as the "egress problem" -- "the way we locate buildings on a map doesn't really describe how people move in and out of those buildings." Though there are workarounds and inventive ways to pinpoint your exact address, Patel argues that when we grow reliant on self-driving cars, things will get far more complicated and futile if we don't make our maps and navigation services better. -- The Verge.

August 24Wednesday's News


Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users

Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users

Article Image A handful of users of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reporting manifestation of display aberrations and inconsistent touch functionality -- and a screen replacement doesn't fix the problem. -- AppleInsider.


Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has popped up in the past decade, with its promise to deliver hardware to the nearest star in time for many people currently alive to see it. While the idea would work on paper as an extrapolation of existing technology, there are a lot of details that need to be thoroughly checked out, because it's possible that one of them could present a show-stopper. -- Ars Technica.

Woz Laments No Headphone Jack on iPhone 7, Sees USB-C as Future of Audio

Woz Laments No Headphone Jack on iPhone 7, Sees USB-C as Future of Audio

"If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people," claims Woz.

"I would not use Bluetooth -- I don't like wireless," he said. "I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music." -- The Australian Financial Review.

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Pocket Scanner

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Pocket Scanner

If your mobile gadget has a good camera and you have the right app, you do not need anything more to make quick digital copies of documents.

Depending on the hardware you are using, you just need a smartphone (or tablet) with a working camera and an app to handle the scanning. Once you take a close-up photo of the paper you want to "scan," the app converts the photo into a standard PDF file that you can use to file electronic receipts, store digitized documents or share by email. -- New York Times.

Apple Maps could help you find your way around unfamiliar buildings

Apple Maps could help you find your way around unfamiliar buildings

Could a Harry Potter-style "Marauder's Map" help give Apple a leg up on rival mapping services by offering indoor directions as well as outside ones?

That's the working theory behind a new U.S. patent published today, which describes a "Visual-Based Inertial Navigation" system, explaining how accurate indoor directions could given on a smartphone or VR headset down to an accuracy of centimeters. -- Cult of Mac.

Keep Siri results where you can find them in macOS Sierra

Keep Siri results where you can find them in macOS Sierra

Siri's arrival on macOS Sierra opens up some great new features and possibilities. One of our favorites? The ability to "pin" Siri results inside Notification Center -- making it easier to keep track of whatever game times, trending topics or important documents Apple's virtual assistant helps you to find. -- Cult of Mac.

How to publish a Mac app and succeed

How to publish a Mac app and succeed

So you're going to launch an app for Mac. Congrats! Now you've got to figure out an app marketing strategy that will get it to the widest audience possible.

There are many ways to approach the birth of a new product, but even in a field as fast-growing and dynamic as the world of apps, experience has yielded accepted wisdom about the best ways to start and maintain a successful campaign. Here are great rules of thumb for maximizing impact and customers for your app. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Wins Patent for Advanced 3D Eye/Head Tracking System Supporting Apple's 3D Camera

Apple Wins Patent for Advanced 3D Eye/Head Tracking System Supporting Apple's 3D Camera

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another interesting 3D related invention that could come to life once Apple's 3D camera comes to market next month with the iPhone 7. Apple's granted patent covers an advanced eye tracking and/or head tracking system that supports a camera that allows users to look around an image to get different visual perspectives. Apple has been working on such technology since 2009. -- Patently Apple.

One-time codes are the Apple Pay secret weapon that's just a little too secret

One-time codes are the Apple Pay secret weapon that's just a little too secret

Much has been written about the convenience of Apple Pay, especially on an Apple Watch. Instead of reaching into your pocket or bag for your wallet, and extracting the card you want to use, you can simply double-click the side button on the Watch and hold out your wrist.

But there's one aspect of Apple Pay that I've always felt fails to get the full attention it deserves: the fact that it never hands over your card details to retailers. Even on Apple's own microsite, the feature is buried in a paragraph whose heading is about the use of fingerprints. -- 9to5Mac.

Some Thoughts about macOS Sierra

Some Thoughts about macOS Sierra

Since the middle of June, Mac developers have had the chance to pound on betas of Apple's operating systems to find bugs and make sure their products are compatible. The public got their chance a couple of weeks later with macOS Sierra and iOS 10. All told, more than a million have had their chance to see what Apple is working on, and there's been plenty of coverage.

Let's hope Apple pays attention to all that user feedback they must be receiving. -- The Tech Night Owl.

MIT scientists think they can make your WiFi 10x faster

MIT scientists think they can make your WiFi 10x faster

But researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory think they've solved this problem. In crowded areas -- be it a concert, airport, conference hall or sports stadium -- a bunch of wireless routers need to be installed to deliver Internet access to everyone. Having so many routers can create interference, leaving a frustrated crowd with painfully slow Internet access.

In a new paper published online, the MIT team described a method for managing networks that causes the routers to collaborate better. The researchers developed algorithms that process a router's signal so that multiple routers can send information on the same wireless spectrum without causing interference. In their tests, the MIT researchers found data transfer speeds that were 3.3 times as fast as usual. -- CNNMoney.

AI Is Here to Help You Write Emails People Will Actually Read

AI Is Here to Help You Write Emails People Will Actually Read

But today, a startup called Boomerang added a new twist to its Gmail and Outlook plug-in: a new AI-powered tool called "Respondable."

Respondable analyzes your messages as you write them, predicts how likely they are to get a response, and then suggests ways you can improve them. If your subject line it too terse, for instance, or the email's tone seems rude, it will tell you. -- Wired.

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

It's no secret that automakers have struggled with infotainment interfaces. Because of this, tech-savvy vehicle owners and industry pundits have called on car companies to provide a "dumb" screen in the dash that can connect to a mobile device that already has all of a driver's apps, contacts, and music--and usually provides better (not to mention less expensive) navigation. That hasn't stopped companies from further developing infotainment interfaces of their own, but the truth is that Apple's CarPlay outdoes most of the proprietary systems out there. CarPlay essentially uses your iPhone as your infotainment command center, letting you make calls, listen to music, and get turn-by-turn GPS directions, most of which can be activated by your voice. If you own an iPhone and an CarPlay-compatible vehicle, you won't be disappointed. -- PC Magazine.

StepsApp review: A gorgeous way to visualize Apple Health data

StepsApp review: A gorgeous way to visualize Apple Health data

The iPhone, Apple Watch, and HealthKit have been an amazing combination over the last year or so, helping me shed nearly 40 pounds by counting calories and encouraging frequent activity. But the built-in Health app lacks Apple's usual visual flair, so I've been searching for a more attractive way to view my progress. -- Macworld.

Everything To Know About Your iPhone Camera: So you think you know all there is to know about the iPhone camera? Think again

Everything To Know About Your iPhone Camera: So you think you know all there is to know about the iPhone camera? Think again

As the old dictum goes, "The best camera is the one you have with you." In all likelihood, the camera that you always have with you is your iPhone. But the question is, are you making the best out of "the best camera"? You may not know it, but there's more to the iPhone's camera than simply shooting stills and selfies. It's also packed with cool features that can have you snapping incredible images like a pro -- features that we highlight in this here comprehensive guide. -- AppAdvice.

How to add a home to the new Home app in iOS 10

How to add a home to the new Home app in iOS 10

How do I add my home in Home app? If you've just launched Apple's Home app and you're wondering how to set up a new home, here's how!

Apple's Home app should be somewhat familiar if you've used HomeKit accessories before. Many of the accessories' apps (Philips Hue, iDevices, etc.) are built on Apple's HomeKit framework; the same goes for Apple's Home app. If you need help setting up a new home in the app, here's how! -- iMore.

How to Digitally Erase All Your Stuff When You Quit Your Job

How to Digitally Erase All Your Stuff When You Quit Your Job

It's your last day at your job. There will be tears! Between the cheesy sendoff at the morning meeting and the after-work happy hour, you have to do something very important: back up all your stuff and securely clear your computer. Be smart about it with these steps. -- Wired.

Smartphone speed tests only tell one part of the phone story

Smartphone speed tests only tell one part of the phone story

Sorry nerds, but the days of claiming "Phone X" dramatically smoking "Phone Z" are over.

Nobody cares which phone has a faster clock speed or more cores or more RAM. Speeds and feeds haven't mattered in years. -- Mashable.

Is it time to say goodbye to spreadsheets?

Is it time to say goodbye to spreadsheets?

CFOs and Finance Directors have long been warned against the inaccuracies of spreadsheets when it comes to financial planning and analysis. However, as with everything in life, change can often be difficult to accept and this is often the case when it comes to businesses and their financial tools. Sometimes this is because they are reluctant to try something new, but alarmingly, more often than not, it is because the businesses are not aware of the different options available. -- BetaNews.

August 23Tuesday's News


Apple's health push continues with reported buyout of digital records firm Gliimpse

Apple's health push continues with reported buyout of digital records firm Gliimpse

Article Image Earlier this year Apple purchased personal health data startup Gliimpse, a report revealed on Monday, potentially setting the stage for enhancements to CareKit, HealthKit, and ResearchKit.

Focusing on patients with illnesses like cancer and diabetes, Gliimpse's technology was built so that people could collect, personalize, and share their health data, according to Fast Company. The company was formed by one-time Apple engineer Anil Sethi, with the mission of eliminating issues linked to information being scattered across multiple healthcare providers, with no easy way to access or share that information between caretakers, emergency personnel, or patients. -- AppleInsider.

Apple issues sixth public, seventh developer betas of macOS Sierra

Apple issues sixth public, seventh developer betas of macOS Sierra

Apple on Monday released sixth public and seventh developer previews of macOS Sierra, continuing to pave the way for a final release due sometime this fall.

Apple issued equivalent iOS 10 betas on Friday. That OS is expected to debut next month -- macOS could follow suit, but might also wait for October, depending on Apple's progress and/or whether it wants to time the update with new Macs, which are more likely to be announced away from the usual September iPhone event.

Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

Article Image Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a method of device localization -- mapping -- using computer vision and inertial measurement sensors, one of the first inventions to be reassigned from this year's acquisition of augmented reality startup Flyby Media. -- AppleInsider.

How to use your iPhone keyboard as a trackpad

How to use your iPhone keyboard as a trackpad

iOS has come a long way over the years, but trying to place your cursor accurately when writing and editing text is still a little awkward because you're covering the text with your finger while trying to swipe across with the magnifying glass.

Well, thanks to 3D Touch, there's a hidden trick within iOS that makes this easier. -- Cult of Mac.

Microsoft Security Update Brings 64-Bit Support to All Mac Office Apps

Microsoft Security Update Brings 64-Bit Support to All Mac Office Apps

Microsoft today release a new update for its Office 2016 for Mac apps, introducing small performance improvements, bug fixes, and 64-bit support across the Office lineup.

Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote have all adopted the 64-bit runtime environment to enable better performance and "new innovative features." 64-bit support has previously been available to Microsoft's "Office Insider" beta testers but is rolling out to all users today. -- MacRumors.

Ang Lee Is Embracing a Faster Film Format. Can Theaters Keep Up?

Ang Lee Is Embracing a Faster Film Format. Can Theaters Keep Up?

After a four-year absence from theaters, Ang Lee will return this fall with a searing film about young American war heroes that may land him in the Oscar race. But the movie, billed as a cinematic leap forward because of the digitally radical way it was shot, has faced a major question.

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" will be shown in a new format at the New York Film Festival, but Sony is still figuring out how to best show it beyond New York. -- New York Times.

Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

Since Apple is busy re-arranging deck chairs rather than actually making a new product, the least they can do is fix their wacked-out product naming scheme. John Kheit has some ideas on taming those names and modernizing Apple's approach. -- The Mac Observer.

Here's the Not So Secret Roadmap for 4K UHD TV

Here's the Not So Secret Roadmap for 4K UHD TV

The old, unconsidered notion about 4K UHD TV is that it's a gimmick by the TV industry. The assumption has been that 4K resolution can't be utilized unless one sits really close, and the familiar HDTV is good enough. In fact, the industry is about the business of implementing a gradual, exciting technology roadmap. While this means that 4K UHD TV will be gradually including more advanced technology elements than simple resolution improvement, it also means buyers will have to be careful when and how they migrate away from older equipment. -- The Mac Observer.

How to use Memories in Photos for iOS 10

How to use Memories in Photos for iOS 10

Great digital cameras like on the iPhone and iPad mean we can take as many photos as we want, whenever we want. That's amazing, because we can record any moment, at any time. It's also terrible, because we end up with so many photos we forget about the ones we took even a short time ago. The new iOS 10 Memories feature in the Photos app hopes to change that by surfacing not only images we haven't seen in a while, but grouping them together, adding music, and making them into something more. -- iMore.

8 Apple TV Remote Tips You Really Need

8 Apple TV Remote Tips You Really Need

For a remote control with just six buttons the Apple TV Siri Remote still manages to hide a few less obvious features, even though the basic lessons are every so easy to learn. What follows are five useful things you can do with your remote (including most properly configured alternative remotes) with your Apple TV. -- About Tech.

6 easy ways to customize Safari on iPhone and iPad

6 easy ways to customize Safari on iPhone and iPad

Keep oft-visited sites to yourself, hide the Favorites and tabs bars, pick a new font and background for Reader mode, and more. -- PCWorld.

August 22Monday's News


Apple issues 7th developer & 6th public betas of iOS 10 as final launch approaches

Apple issues 7th developer & 6th public betas of iOS 10 as final launch approaches

With iOS 10 expected to launch in just a matter of weeks, registered developers were provided with a seventh pre-release beta of the upcoming platform update on Friday, and public testers received their sixth release. -- AppleInsider.


Apple shakes up retail workforce with new and renamed job titles, other changes

Apple shakes up retail workforce with new and renamed job titles, other changes

Article Image In an "all-hands" meeting for retail staff this weekend, Apple reportedly introduced a slew of significant changes including three new job titles, renamed existing positions, and even an updated corporate credo it wants workers to follow. -- AppleInsider.

Google is killing Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Google is killing Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Chrome OS has become a low-key success story for Google in the last few years. Because they're relatively cheap and easy to track and manage, Chromebooks has made inroads in businesses and educational institutions. But Chrome OS still has a big shortcoming compared to Windows and macOS: an app gap. -- Ars Technica.

Counting Apple's Customers

Counting Apple's Customers

is Berkshire Hathaway, led by Warren Buffett, now owns about $1.4 billion of Apple. Occasionally we hear about various "celebrity investors" taking positions in the company or exiting those positions. The last one I remember was Carl Icahn. He seems to have exited Apple before Berkshire entered. There are some who will act because of these decisions. You should not be one of them. -- Asymco.

The Apple Store is dead, long live Apple!

The Apple Store is dead, long live Apple!

The Apple Store is no longer called the Apple Store.

Apple has begun dropping "Store" from the name of its 479 retail locations worldwide, so they are now referred to simply as "Apple."

The store pages on Apple's website now refer to its locations using names like "Apple Union Square," "Apple Fifth Avenue" and "Apple the Grove," as opposed to the former "Apple Store, Union Square," "Apple Store, Fifth Avenue" and "Apple Store, The Grove." -- Cult of Mac.

How to customize and swap Apple Watch faces

How to customize and swap Apple Watch faces

Apple is making it a lot easier and faster to switch up the look of your Apple Watch thanks to some new features in watchOS 3.

Starting this fall, Apple is adding a bunch of new faces that can be customized like never before. All the faces can be added via the Watch app for iPhone, and there's so many great options you'll be swapping all the time. -- Cult of Mac.

Should You Charge Your Phone Overnight?

Should You Charge Your Phone Overnight?

Leaving your phone plugged in when its battery is already fully charged shouldn't be bad for it. Except that the act of charging can itself hurt our phones. -- New York Times.

AT&T, Apple, Google To Work On 'Robocall' Crackdown

AT&T, Apple, Google To Work On 'Robocall' Crackdown

AT&T, Alphabet, Apple, Verizon Communications and Comcast are among the members of the "Robocall Strike Force," which will work with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The strike force will report to the commission by Oct. 19 on "concrete plans to accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions," said AT&T Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson, who is chairing the group. The group hopes to put in place Caller ID verification standards that would help block calls from spoofed phone numbers and to consider a "Do Not Originate" list that would block spoofers from impersonating specific phone numbers from governments, banks or others. -- Reuters.

OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

If one of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse) has a name you aren't fond of, how do you change it? The process is a bit different than it used to be, so we're going to go over what you'll do! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Intelligently Delves into Machine Intelligence

Apple Intelligently Delves into Machine Intelligence

It's not surprising that Apple is warming up to the idea of machine intelligence and AI agents with its $200 million purchase of Turi. The company needs to do that to remain competitive with Google and Microsoft. But, over and above that, the beneficial side effects will have even deeper implications for Apple as a company and its future. -- The Mac Observer.

New Mac Malware Tries to Trick Less Savvy Users

New Mac Malware Tries to Trick Less Savvy Users

There's new Mac malware in the wild aimed at users who may be a bit less savvy on the nerd scale. Discovered by Malwarebytes, this malware uses interface shenanigans to trick users into permitting other malware to be installed. -- 9to5Mac.

UT HelpDesk email scam

UT HelpDesk  email scam

A new email scam has arrived (above) in mail boxes, yes I got it too, at the University of Tennessee. OIT has been told about it. If you get this thing DO NOT click on it. You can FORWARD it to abuse.utk.edu.

The OIT Help Desk Reports:

On Saturday around 6:45 PM, we blocked on-campus traffic to this website and updated the System Status Center. We also contacted Sitey and they removed the site.

Thanks to everyone who reported this to abuse.

Don't forget that email scams are posted to the System Status Center > Recent Email Scams once we've taken action.

Get Rid Of The Google Earth Updater Dialog In Mac OS X

Get Rid Of The Google Earth Updater Dialog In Mac OS X

Did you mysteriously start getting what look like a malware popup in Mac OS X for Google Earth--software you might have forgotten you ever installed?

I've written a more detailed article about this that's now up at Macworld. The tl--if you're comfortable with the Terminal--copy and paste the following line, and enter your password when prompted to get rid of the Google software update without affecting any installed Google: software. (Note that's two hyphens before "nuke.") -- Glenn Fleishman.

Cassandra: Almost Caught Out -Time Machine Rescue (again)

Cassandra: Almost Caught Out -Time Machine Rescue (again)

I cannot really explain what I did, but I tried an experiment on the MacBook Pro earlier today with the display and it failed. While there are some things that can be done with an external display, the same may not be true with a 3-year old MacBook Pro. I tried to make a change: my mistake. The screen went black.

A restart did me no good and on online search for a fix, left me no better off. With the specific System Preference unable to load and no trace of a .plist file that I would need to effect a repair, I was faced with a situation I could not fix. I decided to shortcut everything and use a Time Machine backup. -- eXtensions.

Other Nations Are Light Years Ahead Of The U.S. In Fiber-Optic Broadband Adoption

Other Nations Are Light Years Ahead Of The U.S. In Fiber-Optic Broadband Adoption

Even though the U.S. has the highest number of fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions (375 and 100 million respectively) among all OECD countries, it lags far behind other developed nations in terms of connection speeds. Many initiatives have been launched to improve the situation, such as Google GOOGL -0.39% Fiber. While efforts have proven successful in eliminating sluggish connection speeds in cities, the same cannot be said for rural areas that lack the proper infrastructure. -- Forbes.

FaceTime: The ultimate guide

FaceTime: The ultimate guide

FaceTime is Apple's video and audio calling service. Think of it as a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any one of those devices. That's what makes FaceTime perfect for seeing and hearing family when you're on the road, keeping grandparents connected to grandkids, making international calls when you have no long-distance plan, getting a second opinion on that jacket while you're out shopping, sharing a show, making a meeting, and much, much more. -- iMore.

How to set up Apple's 2-factor authentication in iOS 10

How to set up Apple's 2-factor authentication in iOS 10

How do you switch from Apple's two-step to two-factor authentication, how do you set it up, and how do you get verification codes? Here's what you need to know! -- iMore.

Location Sharing is Easier Than You Think

Location Sharing is Easier Than You Think

With all of the advances in technology we have witnessed, there are some things that we simply do not have to do anymore. One of these things is trying to explain or describe where we are, what our current location is, to friends or family. Sure, there are apps that you can find on the App Store to help with this, but you already have everything you need to do this on your iOS device and in multiple ways. -- AppAdvice.

How to Manage and Edit the Mailboxes on your iPad

How to Manage and Edit the Mailboxes on your iPad

The most widely used email client on iOS is the default Apple Mail app. Sure there are other email apps out there that are much more feature rich and great to use. However, the masses typically go with default programs that come pre-installed in their devices. In addition, if you aren't the type of user who dives down deep into your settings, you generally miss out on some clever, helpful little tips on occasion. This is one of them. Did your know that in Apple Mail you can add additional mailboxes and personalize your views to show only the mailboxes and sub mailboxes you'd like to see? Surprisingly, I was unaware of this feature and accidentally stumbled across it one day. -- iPad Insight.

Is Low End Mac an 'Old Tech' Website?

Is Low End Mac an 'Old Tech' Website?

In recent weeks we've done an in-depth look at Mac floppy disk formats, published a 5-part series on Palm, launched a Facebook group for Newton users, looked at memory upgrade options for long-discontinued Macs, talked about the Mac Color Classic, and looked at some of the more obscure Mac clones from the mid-1990s. Earlier this year, we looked at 8-bit computers from Apple, Atari, Commodore, and Tandy, along with 680x0-based Atari and Amiga computers. Is our focus primarily on older technology?

The short answer is, Yes, we have always appreciated useful older technology. -- Low End Mac.