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May 05 Tuesday's News

 

Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line. -- AppleInsider.

GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system. -- AppleInsider.

Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday. -- AppleInsider.

Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers. -- AppleInsider.

Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's aggressive music ambitions draw DOJ scrutiny

Apple's aggressive music ambitions draw DOJ scrutiny

Apple's big Beats Music relaunch might be revealed next month at WWDC, and Apple is trying to clear a path through Spotify and YouTube by strong-arming labels into killing freemium music services.

The aggressive tactics have triggered the Department of Justice to look into Apple's business practices for its upcoming music streaming service, according to a report from the Verge, claiming high-ranking music industry execs have already been interviewed. -- The Verge.

OS X Yosemite: How to Find Non-Apple Extensions Lingering in Your Mac

OS X Yosemite: How to Find Non-Apple Extensions Lingering in Your Mac

If you've been continuously upgrading OS X instead of doing a clean install at each release, you may be wondering what kernel extensions are still lingering in place. John Martellaro went on a hunting expedition, and here's what he learned. -- The Mac Observer.

Google Acquires iOS-Based Time Management App Timeful

Google Acquires iOS-Based Time Management App Timeful

Google announced an acquisition of iOS-based time management app Timeful, which first launched last year. When it was released, Timeful was described as "the first intelligent time manager" for mobile devices, aiming to help users manage their lives by combining a time management app with a calendar, a to-do list, and reminders designed to reinforce positive habits. -- MacRumors.

Fix a faulty Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

Fix a faulty Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

One of the interface features of the Apple Watch that Apple has been proud of is its digital crown, which as a jog-dial acts somewhat similarly to the crown on traditional watches (though winding it will not charge your watch). Given that it is central to operating your watch, you may find yourself a bit frustrated if the crown becomes a bit rough to rotate, or has trouble registering button presses. If these happen to you, then you may be surprised at the suggestions Apple offers for fixing your watch. -- MacIssues.

Apple has been Granted an Invisible Optical Label Patent for Pairing Devices

Apple has been Granted an Invisible Optical Label Patent for Pairing Devices

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention of using invisible optical labels to pair devices like an iPhone to Apple Watch without the need of using a cloud or "particle cloud" as some have suggested. -- Patently Apple.

Review: Apple Watch as a design piece

Review: Apple Watch as a design piece

Precision. That's the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I've used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the Watch is the first totally new product to come out of Apple since the introduction of the iPad, which feels like so many years ago. On the other hand, I knew from the onset that I planned on buying the Apple Watch mostly for its design. I wasn't so much interested in all of the software features it could offer me, I just couldn't imagine not having this shiny little box on my wrist. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the Apple Watch strictly as a design piece. -- 9to5Mac.

Wi-Fi Quick Assist

Wi-Fi Quick Assist

With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Apps can affect Mac performance, battery runtime, temperature, and fan activity

Apps can affect Mac performance, battery runtime, temperature, and fan activity

You can use Activity Monitor to see whether a Mac app is using more of the CPU than it should.

When an app isn't responding or working correctly, it might use more of the processor (CPU) than it should, even when the app doesn't seem to be doing anything. As the CPU gets busier, it uses more energy, which reduces the length of time that your Mac can run on battery power. It also generates heat, which can cause the fans in your Mac to spin faster. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Apple Watch worth the cost despite app imperfections

Apple Watch worth the cost despite app imperfections

The Apple Watch is the first product category to launch under the tenure of Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's newest since 2010 when it introduced the iPad.

Apple's first wearable offers the best smartwatch experience, but third-party apps need a speed boost. -- Fortune.

Apple is bringing a major redesign to one of its forgotten products

Apple is bringing a major redesign to one of its forgotten products

Apple has long ridiculed remote controls for being too complex. Now after eight years of a minimalist design for its Apple TV remote, the company is revising the device's design. -- New York Times.

15 power tips for being productive with Apple Watch

15 power tips for being productive with Apple Watch

Last week, I compiled a list of 28 things you should know about your Watch. Now that you've spent a few days with your Apple Watch, it's time to look at some power user tips that can speed up your interactions and personalize your experience.

Here are 15 of our favorite power user tips for being productive. -- iMore.

Former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki is not impressed by the Apple Watch

Former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki is not impressed by the Apple Watch

If you looked closely at Guy Kawasaki's wrist at the CeBIT technology conference in Sydney on Tuesday, he was wearing a very nice watch. But it definitely wasn't an Apple Watch.

The former chief evangelist for Apple -- a title that meant Kawasaki had to "maintain and rejuvenate the Macintosh cult", in his words -- and chief evangelist for Australian graphic design website, Canva, told the media he was wearing a Breitling watch. "This is a real man's watch, not an Apple," he said. -- Mashable.

May 04 Monday's News

 

NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box. -- AppleInsider.

How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe. -- Appleinsider.

What would it take to take Apple private?

What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut. -- AppleInsider.

A glimpse of Microsoft's future at Build 2015

A glimpse of Microsoft's future at Build 2015

Over the past three days, Microsoft dropped a variety of mind-bombs on developers here at Build 2015, with reveals of projects that promise to make it easier for them to run applications on practically anything, even if they were originally written to run on non-Microsoft platforms. But perhaps the most buzz-worthy sessions and demos outside the keynote addresses were around Microsoft's efforts for the Internet of Things (both with Windows 10 and the Azure cloud) and the "Holographic Academy" sessions some developers attended to get a first hands-on experience with Microsoft's HoloLens. Here's a photographic diary of some of the highlights of Build. -- Ars Technica.

The absolutely optional Apple Watch and Watch OS 1.0

The absolutely optional Apple Watch and Watch OS 1.0

If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:

At the bottom sits your must have device--a computer, tablet, or phone--capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can't do much without it. -- Ars Technica.

Cracking down on police brutality? There's an app for that

Cracking down on police brutality? There's an app for that

Whichever side of the political equation you fall, there's no denying that complaints about police brutality are all over the news at the moment.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California thinks its got the solution, however: a new Mobile Justice CA app, designed to help individuals track and record misconduct among law enforcement officers. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple patent explains how USB-C will make every other connector obsolete

Apple patent explains how USB-C will make every other connector obsolete

Apple still hasn't owned up to inventing USB-C, the brand new connector featured on its 12-inch MacBook -- but Apple patents have all but tied the technology to Cupertino. The latest describes how a do-it-all connector that fits USB-C's description is going to make every other port you're using obsolete. -- Cult of Mac.

How to fix a busted Apple Watch on your own

How to fix a busted Apple Watch on your own

The Apple Watch is one of the most impressive feats of engineering to come out of Cupertino. When it comes to repairing Jony Ive's wearable yourself, you're not going to get much help though, so the brilliant minds at iFixit have already come up with a few repair guides. -- Cult of Mac.

A tale of three voicemails

A tale of three voicemails

I have three sons, Channing, Cole, and Fallon, who as of this week are 13, 11, and 9, respectively. They are all bright boys, full of energy, and completely different from each other. You can see this even in their approach to voicemail. -- I, Cringely.

Your PBX has been hacked!

Your PBX has been hacked!

This past week a very large corporation on the east coast was hacked in what seems to naive old me to be a new way -- through their corporate phone system. Then one night during the same week I got a call from my bank saying my account had been compromised and to press #4 to talk to their security department. My account was fine: it was a telephone-based phishing expedition. Our phone network has been compromised, folks, and nobody with a phone is safe. -- I, Cringely.

How Smart is a Smart Home That Has to Phone Home?

How Smart is a Smarthome That Has to Phone Home?

Smart home/Internet of Things devices sound great, and they are. But what happens if something goes wrong and it's outside of your control? Are you worse off than you were before your house got "smart"? Kelly had an incident this week that got her thinking about it. -- The Mac Observer.

Data Fusion Heralds City Attractiveness Ranking

Data Fusion Heralds City Attractiveness Ranking

Big data mining allows cities to be ranked according to their "attractiveness," say researchers developing a new science of cities. -- MIT Technology Review.

The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites.

There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apple's app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. -- MIT Technology Review.

Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5

Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5

Intuit has released version 2.5 of Quicken 2015 for Mac with changes to investment reporting on the Calendar and improved Download/Financial Institution settings on the Account settings sheet. The Account settings sheet now has an option for showing the total percent day change (gain or loss) for the investing accounts included in a Calendar report. It also eliminates duplicate options, streamlines user flows, and simplifies the functionality of managing the connectivity status for either Direct Connect or Quicken Connect accounts, and enables you to explicitly set the date range of transactions to download for Direct Connect accounts. Version 2.5 also puts paid to a number of bugs, fixing a hang when updating all accounts, resolving an issue where the sidebar would not remember the account expand/collapse state after restarting, fixing multiple issues related to QIF import from other personal finance applications, dealing with multiple display issues in the Calendar report, and fixing multiple Mobile Sync issues. Note that as of this writing, Quicken 2015 for Mac was still stuck at version 2.4.2 in the Mac App Store. ($74.99 new, free update, release notes, 10.7+)

Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Bombich Software released Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1 (CCC) with a new task progress window added to the User Agent menubar application, enabling you to see detailed progress for all tasks. The backup utility also adds a Simple Mode that only displays the source and destination selectors plus the Clone button, ensures all interface elements can be accessed via keyboard navigation and with VoiceOver, adds a contextual menu to the task list, enables you to disable tasks globally from CCC menubar icon, and improves the task configuration portion of the CCC window so that it can be resized for easier file selection. ($39.99 new, 12.0 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

Opinion: Here's why Apple won't offer internal upgrades for the Apple Watch

Opinion: Here's why Apple won't offer internal upgrades for the Apple Watch

At the height of my Apple fandom, I purchased one of the company's most iconic and quixotic designs: a used Power Mac G4 Cube, the beautiful floating computer Apple initially described as "revolutionary" before putting it on ice -- Apple's words -- less than a year later. Like many other people, I had fallen in love with the Cube's design the first time I saw it, but wouldn't spend $1,800-$2,300 to own one. So I waited until the price fell significantly and bought it used on eBay. -- 9to5Mac.

How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, & other fitness data

How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, & other fitness data

Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.

By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch's Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.

By following these steps, you'll start calibrating the device's accelerometer and improve Apple Watch's accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs seemingly persist in OS X 10.10.3 & 10.10.4 Beta

FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs seemingly persist in OS X 10.10.3 & 10.10.4 Beta

A long-running Apple Support Communities thread with 257 posts complaining of audio issues when using a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite reports that the issue is still present in OS X 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 Beta . The issue reportedly affects a number of machines up to and including late-2011 Macs. -- 9to5Mac.

Can Macs get viruses? We ask an expert

Can Macs get viruses? We ask an expert

"We have discovered and registered more than 48 million new unique malware samples this year alone, but more than 98% have been written for the Windows platform," says Andreas Marx, AV-Test CEO, "Less than 5,000 new viruses were written for Mac OS X, but these kinds of malicious software do exist." [In my pesonal experice with Mac OS and OS X I can not remember the last time I ran anti-virus software. And I have never been hacked, at home or at work. Your mileage may vary. --mam] -- Digital Trends.

How To Waste Time Having Fun On A Mac

How To Waste Time Having Fun On A Mac

As much as I hate to admit it, I remember pinball games. No, not those for the iPad or iPhone, though they're great for what they are. Cheap fun. No, I remember real pinball games with real pinballs, real bumpers, and the penalty for a bit too much tilt. -- BohemianBoomer.

8 great alternatives to the Apple Watch

8 great alternatives to the Apple Watch

If the Apple Watch has kindled your interest in smartwatches, but you don't use an iPhone or don't want to spend $350 or more, you still have several good options.

There are highly-rated Android Wear smartwatches brimming with features compatible with Android devices, and there are smartwatches compatible with both iOS and Android ecosystems. Some don't even need to be tethered to a smartphone to work. -- Business Insider.

Americans Stream Away In Shifting TV Landscape

Americans stream away in shifting TV landscap

More than half of Americans now stream movies or television programs using the Internet, according to various surveys.

The vast majority of American households subscribe to cable or satellite services which offer "bundles" of dozens or hundreds of channels in addition to free over-the-air broadcasts.

But increasingly consumers are using Internet TV services, both free and paid, viewing on a computer or delivered to a large-screen television display. -- AFP.

One-on-one with Steve Wozniak: MassLive sits down with the cofounder of Apple

One-on-one with Steve Wozniak: MassLive sits down with the cofounder of Apple

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke with MassLive before his talk at the MassMutual Center Friday night, touching on subjects like technology startups and improving the nation's education system. -- MassLive.

Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop

Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop

A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3.

In the one month between the release of iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, Apple fixed 37 iOS security bugs, one of which also allowed denial of service attacks over the air," he told TechNewsWorld. -- TechNewsWorld.

How to Switch to a New Apple ID (and Keep All Your Purchases)

How to Switch to a New Apple ID (and Keep All Your Purchases)

Ever since I got my iPhone back in 2008, I've been using my wife's email address as my Apple ID. Now my wife has her own iPhone and naturally wants her own account using her email address. How can I fix this so that all of my data is under my email account, and then set her up with a new Apple ID? -- Mac|Life.

Did You Know You Were Working for Apple For Free?

Apple's Secret Army Of Watch Evangelists

It was a crafty strategy, Mike Wehrs, head of U.S. operations and Global CMO at Appster, tells me.

"Essentially the watch is a tethered device and we haven't see a tremendous amount of success among tethered devices," he says. Also, the watch is a different form function, obviously, than a tablet or phone and chances are good that not all users will understand all of the functions all of the time. By getting users acquainted with the product beforehand there will be less frustration and, perhaps more importantly, Wehrs says -- the greater likelihood that users will want to show off the device to their friends.
"This is Apple's way of creating an unofficial sales force that can spread the word about the device," he concludes. "Think of them as unofficial Watch evangelists."
-- Forbes.

All the things Wired got hilariously wrong in its legendary 1997 story on how to 'save' Apple

All the things Wired got hilariously wrong in its legendary 1997 story on how to 'save' Apple

In June 1997, tech magazine Wired published a legendary issue about Apple, and the problems facing the then-struggling Cupertino technology company.

Founder Steve Jobs had just rejoined after being kicked out years earlier -- but wasn't in a position of any real authority. Microsoft was easily dominating the PC industry, and Apple's long-term prospects were looking bleak. The article was one of the best-read stories in tech at the time and came packaged in a cover that remains a classic. -- Business Insider.

Star Wars' BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Star Wars' BB-8 droid if it were designed by Apple

Hey Apple fans, wouldn't it be awesome if just about everything was designed Jony Ive and his team at the Cupertino company? Stuff like vacuum cleaners, kitchen appliances, and even toilet seats would sleek, aluminum-covered products of precision and beauty. Okay, maybe that wouldn't be so great. But there are definitely some things we can agree would be pretty cool looking if they came Apple. Take BB-8, that cute new spherical droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for example. -- SlashGear.

Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out

Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out

Populations of some of the world's largest wild animals are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape", say scientists.

About 60% of giant herbivores - plant-eaters - including rhinos, elephants and gorillas, are at risk of extinction, according to research. Analysis of 74 herbivore species, published in Science Advances, blamed poaching and habitat loss. A previous study of large carnivores showed similar declines.

Prof William Ripple, of Oregon State University, led the research looking at herbivores weighing over 100kg, from the reindeer up to the African elephant. "This is the first time anyone has analyzed all of these species as a whole," he said. "The process of declining animals is causing an empty landscape in the forest, savannah, grasslands and desert." -- BBC.