Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple's own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts behind the programs. -- AppleInsider.
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a profile of Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu as part of the "TIME 100 Most Influential People" special, offering insight into Apple's investment in the Chinese ride-hailing service.
In the brief writeup, Cook touts Liu as a peerless innovator who, with the help of Didi CEO Cheng Wei, created a convenient and flexible service that now serves tens of millions of commuters. -- AppleInsider.
If you're using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera to view websites, you should be aware of a weakness that can trick even savvy people into trusting malicious impostor sites that want you to download software or enter your password or credit card data. -- Ars Technica.
WhatsApp users on iOS can now ask Siri to read to them their latest messages when they go handsfree, following the latest update to the chat app.
Version 2.17.2 brings the feature to users running at least iOS 10.3 on their devices, along with some other tweaks and updates to the messaging platform. -- MacRumors.
Hackers have been trying to fool people for years by hiding malicious software in seemingly friendly messages, but don't fall for it.
Q. I signed up for WhatsApp out of curiosity last year but never used it. Today I got an email message about someone sending me a WhatsApp voice mail. Is this for real?
A. The random note about WhatsApp voice mail is most likely malware hiding behind a spoofed email message that has been dressed up with copies of the company's logo and typography. Versions of the voice-mail scam have been floating around the internet since at least 2013 in an attempt to get unsuspecting recipients to download malicious code to their computers and devices. -- New York Times.
In 2014, researchers in the UK created the darkest material in the world known as 'Vantablack.' Now, they've created a spray-on version. Vantablack is so dark that it distorts the shape and form of the objects on which it's painted. Absorbing 99.965 percent of visible light, this coating reflects so little, it creates new optical illusions, disguises shapes, and tricks the human eye. You've never seen nothing like this. Wile E. Coyote helps with the demonstration. Click to see the video.
An updated version of the Nvidia Pascal Web Driver for macOS has been released. Version 378.05.05.05f02, which supersedes the previous 378.05.05.05f01 release, includes a fix for those experiencing issues with Night Shift on macOS Sierra 10.12.4. -- 9to5Mac.
Martha Helena writes in with a problem that may have a few different angles. Her startup drive started to fill. Her Photos Library file is 12.5GB, and she had just a few gigabytes left on the drive. While she was able to copy an older iPhoto Library to the other drive, the Finder kept hanging up during the Photos Library transfer with this error:
The Finder can't complete the operation because some data in "Photos Library" can't be read or written. (Error code -36) -- Macworld.
Apple recently did a mea-culpa about its failed Mac Pro, and announced that the company was working on a new model, that would perhaps be released next year.
But the company doesn't need to look far to design a new Mac Pro. They already know how to make it. -- Kirkville.
In 2016, the worldwide video game industry generated over $91 billion in revenues, mostly through mobile platforms like the iPhone and iPad. With its reluctance to serve hardcore gamers, Apple may be leaving some money on the table -- but, perhaps, understandably so. -- AppleInsider.
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced one year ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. [It still does poorly on the HTML5 TEST 416/555. Best is almost everyone else (Opera, Vivaldi, Chrome) at 519/555. Safari and FireFox have no interest in HTML5.] -- MacRumors.
When it comes to choosing VPN servers, Jeff Butts just isn't happy with the commercial choices. Rather than leave his Internet privacy up to someone else, Jeff built his own VPN server. You can, too, without much (if any) cost and just a little bit of time. -- The Mac Observer.
Apple has a history of being one of the most environmentally conscious companies, and it's about to take those efforts a step further. According to Apple's 2017 Environment Responsibility Report released today, the company's latest environmental initiative will see it "stop mining the earth altogether." -- 9to5Mac.
The tech world has finally coalesced around a charging standard, after years of proprietary adapters and ugly wall-wart power supplies. Well, sort of: We're already seeing some fragmentation in terms of the new USB-C connector, which could eventually replace USB, as well as what is thankfully turning out to be a short-lived obsession Samsung had with larger USB micro-B connectors for its Galaxy line. But aside from that, and with the obvious exception of Apple's Lightning connector, micro USB has destroyed the industry's penchant for custom ports. -- ExtremeTech.
Apple faces a difficult challenge with user privacy and security. Sure, every few weeks or months we Mac, iPhone, and iPad users get update which improve performance and plug a few security holes here and there, but Apple could do much more to prevent online stalkers.
No, I'm not writing about the social media stalkers who target Facebook users, but that's a serious issue as well. This is a somewhat more hidden stalking but once you see it, you'll note how prevalent it has become. -- NoodleMac.
Every smartphone, tablet, personal computer, or gadget manufacturer has quality control issues. How they address quality in their components varies from maker to maker. Apple is no different.
When it comes to quality control, I would argue that Apple is conservative. On the other hand, it's easy to argue that Samsung is, at times for sure, reckless. Witness the demise of Samsung's mother of all flagship smartphones, the 2016 Galaxy Note 7. Batteries exploded and caught on fire in sufficient numbers to recall millions of devices. That's what separates the good from the bad. -- Mac360.
Apple made its iWork and iLife app suites free for new hardware customers back in 2013, but both Mac and iOS versions have still been sold as paid apps for customers who haven't updated hardware. Now Apple is totally removing the price from its iWork and iLife apps and making both suites free for all Mac and iOS users. -- 9to5Mac.
Ever since Microsoft's chatbot Tay started spouting racist commentary after 24 hours of interacting with humans on Twitter, it has been obvious that our AI creations can fall prey to human prejudice. Now a group of researchers has figured out one reason why that happens. Their findings shed light on more than our future robot overlords, however. They've also worked out an algorithm that can actually predict human prejudices based on an intensive analysis of how people use English online. -- Ars Technica.
The old showbiz adage continues to hold true (even in Wi-Fi testing): you can't please everyone. Shortly after our last round of mesh Wi-Fi testing, in which a six-pack of Plume devices surprised the field, e-mails arrived from both the Google Wifi and AmpliFi HD teams. The results weren't representative of their devices, they said, and perhaps I placed the devices badly. Both companies suggested placing an access point (AP) downstairs instead of all three APs being upstairs. -- Ars Technica.
LaCie today announced its next-generation 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution, debuting the LaCie 2big Dock with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for use alongside the new 2016 MacBook Pro, which supports Thunderbolt 3. -- MacRumors.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent which relates to their invention about surface finishes for electronic enclosures such as Apple's MacBook and aluminum based iDevices using laser etching. -- Patently Apple.
As powerful as the graphical user interface is on macOS, there's still a lot more you can do from the Terminal. Whether it's turning on repeating keys or hiding a folder from prying eyes, the Terminal holds a lot of potential. Jeff Butts walks us through his favorite five tips and tricks for using the Terminal to unleash more of the power of your Mac. -- The Mac Observer.
When Apple News was first launched, iPhone users had the ability to block news sources. If you read a story you didn't like, or just didn't like a particular website, you could hide all of their stories from Apple News. But with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple slightly changed how Apple News worked. But it's still possible to tweak your news feed, and Andrew Orr shows us how. -- The Mac Observer.
A couple of interesting pieces got me thinking about Apple. The first was by Neil Cybart, who wrote, "The Mac Is Turning into Apple's Achilles' Heel." The second was John Gruber reacting to that, saying " The Mac is not Apple's Achilles heel. The iPhone is." They're both well written and insightful pieces, but they're also both wrong. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts. -- The Mac Observer.
If you update your Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme and your network starts having issues, then just go and roll back the version you installed! This little-known feature will let you revert the firmware on your Apple network devices in case you run into trouble, and Melissa Holt's gonna tell us how in today's Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.
When sharing to DVD or Blu-ray disc from Final Cut Pro X 10.3.x, Motion 5.3.x or Compressor 4.3.x isn't working as expected, try these procedures to successfully burn your disc. -- Apple Support.
Fortunately, you can create a smart album to handle this:
Now you have an album that will only show what you want. As you add media to albums, the smart album updates results. -- Macworld.
A new feature of Keynote allows you to easily embed your finished presentation as a piece of interactive media in blog posts. This works in the popular platforms WordPress.com and Medium.com, as well as possibly others. -- MacMost.
If you happen to do your typing on any Apple keyboard, you might want to consider a different keyboard. There's nothing inherently wrong with Apple keyboards, mice, and trackpads except that there are alternatives that do the same things better, faster, or more elegantly (at least for me.) -- Apple World Today.
Enthusiasts have wasted no time in testing the new Nvidia Pascal video card drivers, and have found external GPU performance nearly four times that of the Radeon Pro 450 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure --similar to that used for AppleInsider testing in January. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Monday issued third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, including no more than minor bug fixes and security improvements.
No significant release notes accompany the new beta software releases. Given that they aren't full "point" updates, they contain only bug fixes and minor revisions to problems introduced with more major revisions on March 27. -- AppleInsider.
Google on Monday updated its Google Maps iOS app with a new lock screen widget bearing turn-by-turn directions, as well as iMessage integration for the mapping service's newly released location sharing feature.
With the Directions widget, Google Maps version 4.30.0 brings turn-by-turn directions to iPhone lock screens, a new feature for the internet search giant's iOS app. Apple has offered similar, more robust lock screen navigation through its own Apple Maps app for years, so the addition is a welcome change for Google stalwarts. -- AppleInsider.
When the Internet came along in the 1990s, like a lot of government agencies, NASA kind of scratched its head and wondered what to make of all this freely shared information. But unlike a lot of other agencies, NASA had a trove of images, audio, and video the general public wanted to see. After all, this was the agency that had sent people to the Moon, taken photos of every planet in the Solar System, and launched the Hubble Space Telescope. -- Ars Technica.
Luke Skywalker may have been unimpressed with the life of a Tatooine moisture farmer, but a simple device that could economically harvest water from desert air would really be pretty exciting. According to Wookieepedia, the "moisture vaporators" the young Skywalker tended utilized refrigeration coils to chill air to the dew point and collect the water that condensed. We can certainly do that today (as they could "a long time ago... "), but the amount of energy required makes collecting condensation impractical.
Enter a new study device developed by MIT's Hyunho Kim. His idea is to work with a unique class of materials called "metal-organic frameworks." Organic, carbon-based molecules form links between metallic ions to create interesting 3D structures that can have lots of open space internally. This allows the structures to do strange things, like make a high-pressure tank hold far more hydrogen gas after it's first filled with granules of the right metal-organic framework material.
Kim worked with a zirconium oxide paired with an organic molecule. The combination has the useful quality of grabbing and holding onto water vapor at lower temperatures, but also letting go of that water as the heat rises. So the basic idea is that a device based on this material could passively harvest water vapor from the air at night and then release it (to be collected) in the heat of the day. -- Ars Technica.
Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers now have the option of replacing a customer's broken fourth-generation iPad with an iPad Air 2, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple last week. -- MacRumors.
A new supply chain report claims that Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMac all-in-one (AIO) PCs in May 2017 for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers adding that Apple is also testing a new server-grade iMac for the high-end sector currently and the product's major competitor is expected to be Microsoft's recently released Surface Studio. -- Patently Apple.
Andrew Orr had a funny little incident over the weekend while using iOS. One night, he decided to control his Safari cookies by having the browser always block cookies. Everything seemed okay at first. Then the next day, he cleared his website history and data. What happened next will change your way of thinking. -- The Mac Observer.
The collective heartbreak when Carrie Fisher died in December was felt around the world. The Star Wars channel on YouTube has posted a wonderful "Tribute to Carrie Fisher" that is beyond delightful and amazing. It spans the decades of her involvement with Star Wars, including some outtakes, interviews, and scenes from the movies. Enjoy, and remember, if anyone asks: you were chopping onions.
If you worry about your privacy, you might be the type to put tape over your webcam, iSight, or FaceTime camera. Perhaps you use an app like Oversight, instead, so you can detect camera activity. There's actually a way you can disable your Mac's front-facing camera altogether, and it won't leave sticky residue on the component. This works on all versions of macOS and OS X. -- The Mac Observer.
In the rush to pay for Internet-delivered streaming media, don't forget that you can capture free programming.
I'd prefer to think I'm ahead of my time instead of a contrarian. My wife and I cut the cord many years ago, and have survived ever since on discs, downloads, streaming media, and over-the-air (OTA) programming. OTA has been a surprisingly rich source of enjoyable shows, especially from our local PBS stations and alternative standard-definition channels from network-affiliated broadcasters. -- Macworld.
Apple on Thursday rechristened iTunes Podcasts under a new label, "Apple Podcasts," likely setting the stage for planned evolutions of the company's podcasting support.
The new term applies to both the iTunes podcast directory and the Podcasts iPhone and iPad app. Accordingly Apple has revised its marketing guidelines, for example producing a new "Listen on Apple Podcasts" badge that can be used on webpages, social networks, and elsewhere. An official Twitter account has been rebranded to @ApplePodcasts. -- AppleInsider.
Apple on Thursday released updates to its main Mac video editing tools, Final Cut Pro X and iMovie, focusing the brunt of improvements on the former.
Final Cut users can now see more color options in the Role Editor, change the width of the Inspector when adjusting effect parameters, and run Canon Log 3 and Sony S-Log3/S-Gamut3 log processing, Apple said in release notes. DVD creation is another focus area, for instance offering improved font quality in menus and chapters, as well as better overall image quality. -- AppleInsider.
A pair of 20MB hard drive compilations contain a full MacOS 7.0.1 environment that runs in a browser, and contains an assortment of applications spanning from 1984 to 1991 has appeared on the Internet Archive, with the entire bundle able to be run inside Safari. -- AppleInsider.
Apple is building its own GPU architecture, but why? Rather than being motivated by simple cost savings, evidence points to the timing of a significant technical leap forward that could be as big of an advance as iOS was ten years ago. -- AppleInsider.
A growing number of MacBook Pro owners are complaining of a mysterious "popping" sound coming from their machines.
While iPhones have pretty much replaced standalone video cameras, they don't offer the same level of polish that a dedicated video camera or DSLR produces. It's true that "the best camera is the camera you have with you," but you can almost always spot a video shot on a phone. -- .
It's been over three years since voice actress Susan Bennett came forward and revealed that she was the original female voice of Siri on iOS, which first debuted on the iPhone 4s in 2011. In a recent interview with Typeform, Bennett delved even deeper into her history with Apple and the early days of its virtual assistant. -- Typeform.
Bob Taylor, who far more than Al Gore had a claim to being the Father of the Internet, died from complications of Parkinson's Disease last Thursday at 85. Though I knew him for 30 years, I can't say I knew Bob well but we always got along and I think he liked me. Certainly I respected him for being that rarity -- a non-technical person who could inspire and lead technical teams. He was in a way a kinder, gentler Steve Jobs. -- I, Cringely.
USA Today asked Steve Wozniak to predict what the world will look like in 2075 -- one hundred years after the founding of Apple. He's convinced Apple, Google and Facebook will be bigger in 2075," according to the article -- just like IBM, which endured long past its founding in 1911. Pointing to Apple's $246.1 billion in cash and marketable securities, Wozniak says Apple "can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around... The same goes for Google and Facebook. -- USA Today.
The education market is very price sensitive. Three players are in a pitched battle for the right-priced personal computer: Apple (iOS), Google (Chrome OS + Android), and Microsoft (Windows 10 Cloud). These OSes and their implementation on hardware, plus the right kind of marketing and staying power, could determine which company seizes the hearts and minds of schools and students. -- The Mac Observer.
The Hackintosh community is probably best described as a group that doesn't love Apple's hardware options for pros but would prefer not to give up macOS for Windows or another alternative.
They design their own custom PC builds, and work together to come up with the necessary hacks to get macOS and the software they need running on the machines. Who better to ask what Apple should include in its upcoming modular Mac Pro than the pros it has pushed away?
To find out what Hackintoshers want in the new machine, and maybe what would help bring back some pros that Apple has lost in recent years, we've talked to the moderators at one of our favourite Hacktinosh communities, tonymacx86.com. -- 9to5Mac.
Today we're going to dive deeper into how to track and manage your cellular data usage.
There are several reasons it may be helpful to track your cellular data usage. You might not have an unlimited cellular data plan right now and may be wondering if you should switch to one, you may be trying to cut down on overage fees, or you might want to discover if you could reduce your current plan and save some money.<.p>
You also might be having issues with applications that are using more cellular data in the background than expected. Let's take a look at a few different ways to track and manage your cellular usage. -- 9to5Mac.
Much of modern Apple's design philosophy is to relentlessly strip down most products to the bare minimum in certain areas as technological progress allows, following (and largely defining) the modern design fashion of nearly-unquestioned devotion to minimalism.
Saying "no" is the easiest path to what's considered good design today: if something cannot be easily accommodated, or most people won't complain too badly in its absence, just omit it. -- Marco Arment.
You can't sync your entire iCloud Photo Library with your family, but you can still share images with them.
While iCloud Photo Library supports syncing your photos, videos, and albums across your own personal devices, it doesn't offer an option to sync everything to a family member's device: After all, do you really want to share every photo or video you've ever taken with your family? Probably not.
As such, if you have Family Sharing enabled, you'll still have your own Photos library. But that doesn't mean you can't still share images with each other easily. Here are three options I've been using to keep my family in the loop. -- iMore.
Are your children getting messages at 3 a.m.? Playing Pokémon Go when they should be doing homework? Are you finding it impossible to get off the internet at night and get the sleep you need? Well, Timed Access Control is here to help!
If you're a concerned parent who wants to limit your children's access to the internet, or you simply what to take control of when and how the internet can be accessed in your home, Apple's AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express routers and the Timed Access Control feature were designed to do just that. -- iMore.
The CTO of Textio is describing the "already happening" AI disruption that no one's noticed, arguing that voice-activated assistants are "just one small part of what AI is about -- and not the part that will matter the most for the enterprise companies that actually buy almost $4 trillion in software and services each year. -- Venture Beat.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one's likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis. The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time. Among those with updated diagnoses, 66% received a refined or redefined diagnosis, while 21% were diagnosed with something completely different than what their first physician concluded. -- News Network
In another study gour machine-learning algorithms all performed better than currently-used algorithm of the American College of Cardiology, according to newly-published research, which concludes that "machine-learning significantly improves accuracy of cardiovascular risk prediction, increasing the number of patients identified who could benefit from preventive treatment, while avoiding unnecessary treatment of others." -- PLOS
"I can't stress enough how important it is," one Stanford vascular surgeon told Science magazine, "and how much I really hope that doctors start to embrace the use of artificial intelligence to assist us in care of patients." -- Science.
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