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March 24Tuesday's News

 

Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Article Image Apple on Monday released previews of the next iterations of OS X, iOS, and tvOS, handing out beta versions of its popular desktop, mobile, and set-top box operating systems to registered developers. -- AppleInsider/a>.

Beware of keystroke loggers disguised as USB phone chargers, FBI warns

Beware of keystroke loggers disguised as USB phone chargers, FBI warns

FBI officials are warning private industry partners to be on the lookout for highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards. -- Ars Technica.


How to save webpages to iBooks on iOS

How to save webpages to iBooks on iOS

A few weeks ago, I showed you how to turn text into a spoken iTunes track to allow you to read your favourite Cult of Mac articles on the move, whilst being offline.

But what if you just want to read your articles yourself, instead of having them read to you? Or how about printing out a webpage from your iPhone or iPad? -- Cult of Mac.

Asked for iTunes gift cards to pay IRS bill? Yep, that's a scam

Asked for iTunes gift cards to pay IRS bill? Yep, that's a scam

Florida police in Port St. Lucie are warning people of a new scam that asks for iTunes vouchers as payment for money apparently owed to the Internal Revenue Service. -- Cult of Mac.

The Problem with Analytics

The Problem with Analytics

There is a difference between knowledge and understanding. Knowledge typically comes down to knowing facts while understanding is the application of knowledge to the mastery of systems. You can know a lot while understanding very little. Just as an example, IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system that defeated the TV Jeopardy champs a few years ago knew all there was to know about Jeopardy questions but didn't really understand anything. Ask Watson to apply to removing your appendix its knowledge of hundreds of medical questions and you'd be disappointed and probably dead. That's the problem with most analytics, which is why it can be a hard sell. -- I, Cringely.

How 'Everything' Became the Highest Form of Praise

How 'Everything' Became the Highest Form of Praise

How do you distinguish a photo, video or new product from the rest when they're all hailed as the epitome of achievement?

Is it an exaggeration to claim that Americans have a genius for overstatement? You can hear it in the high-­minded bombast of our country's founding documents. It echoes in the boasts of poets, from Walt Whitman ("I contain multitudes") to Jay Z ("I'm not a businessman/I'm a business, man"). It resounds in the carnival ­barks of entrepreneurs, from P.T. Barnum to a certain real-­estate-­and-­reality-­TV magnate, who these days can be heard booming his sales pitch across the presidential trail. As Donald Trump himself put it in his book "The Art of the Deal": "People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole." -- New York Times.

How-To: Replace open Safari tabs with folder bookmarks in one click on OS X

How-To: Replace open Safari tabs with folder bookmarks in one click on OS X

Safari has changed the way it handles bookmarks and open tabs over the last few versions, which has required me to slightly adjust my workflow each time. The change in behavior is small but one I've noticed.

Bookmark folders in Safari on the Mac have an 'Open in New Tabs' option that when clicked opens each saved website in its own tab using a single Safari window. A couple of versions back, this button would replace all open tabs with just the bookmarked websites in that folder. -- 9to5Mac.

Tim Cook speaks at Startup Fest in interview with Neelie Kroes, discusses app economy, coding in education, more

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Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple's influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Stor, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more. -- 9to5Mac.

Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

Finding the RGB or Hexadecimal value of any pixel on your Mac screen

RGB, otherwise known as red/green/blue, is a color identification method used by digital computer monitors. Every color gets its own RGB value, and this is because a mixture of those three colors makes up the color you're looking at. -- iDownload Blog.


How to Increase All System Font Size in Mac OS X

How to Increase All System Font Size in Mac OS X

Mac OS X defaults to a predefined set system font size for all onscreen text and user interface elements, and while many users will find the default text size to be sufficient, some users may wish the system font size was larger, and some may wish the Mac system text size was smaller. It turns out that OS X may not offer a method of directly changing all system fonts, but instead Mac users can adjust their screen to increase or decrease the size of the system font, onscreen text, and everything else seen on screen as well. -- OS X Daily.

Here are 19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

Here are 19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

Most of the time, your Mac just works--until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer. -- iDownload Blog.

Using Apple Music's 'A-List' to find new music

Using Apple Music's 'A-List' to find new music

I mentioned in a previous article how I was using Apple Music's curated radio stations (specifically the Hard Rock station) to find new music on the service. For the last little while, I've also been using Apple Music's "A-List: Hard Rock" as a way to find music. -- The Loop.

How to stream and share your screen with AirPlay on iPhone and iPad

How to stream and share your screen with AirPlay on iPhone and iPad

Want to show your friends photos from your recent scuba adventure or play a song on the speaker across the room? Need to share a video with your co-workers during a board meeting? Want to kick back and stream from your small screen to big screen TV? AirPlay allows you to do all of that and more--wirelessly streaming video and sharing your screen from iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. -- iMore.

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline.

We should mention here that this tip works only for a predefined destination i.e. you know where you're going before you leave the house/office and disconnect from a WiFi network. -- AddictiveTips.

How to set up and start using Health for iPhone

How to set up and start using Health for iPhone

The Health app for iPhone lets you compile data from many of your most-used health apps so that you have a single view all of your health info, be it miles cycled, hours slept, or flights of stairs climbed. What's more, depending on your privacy settings, you can sync from Health to any other app, and back, so everything stays up to date and you stay on top of your fitness and medical data! -- iMore.

May 23Monday's News

 

One Man's Opinion: OS X

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I installed, and tried to run, the very first version of OS X. As us "old timers" remember it did not actually work until 10.0.3. Apple worked on making OS X a terrific interface.

In my opinion this is no longer the case.

First and foremost I wish Apple would remember that OS X exists and work on enhancements that made it faster and more user-friendly. It would be nice if they were trying to make it better for us instead of convenient for them. Instead they are just renaming the same OS and issuing bug fixes for it. Apple no longer cares about the desktop. They are chasing the dollars of mobile devices.

The only things that have been done to OS X have just made it worse. Especially the OS X interface. This is to get it ready the iOS/OS X merger. Gag a maggot.

It seems that Apple is trying to distract us by putting lipstick on the pig (Siri for OS X) so we don't notice that the pig is still a pig.

Apple is relying on product envy. There days there is no reason to buy a new Apple anything. First of all it is not "new." It is a newer model of the same thing, doing the same things. Just like cars. It doesn't do anything the old one isn't doing. It is just "SHINY." I would not have bought my current Mac except the old one died. And buying the Mac PRO doesn't make any sense at all. Does anyone actually own one? Why is there a Mac Pro?

The iPhone has the same problems only worse.

So the new iPhone has a "better" camera. Has you current iPhone stopped taking pictures of food? So why should you buy the "new" iPhone? Are you now eating food that your current camera wont photograph? Then eat better food.

And don't get me started on the iOS interface.

Anyway, that's one man's opinion.

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7" iPad Pro after update errors

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7

Following reports of broken updates, Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the latest-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro, promising that a fix is in the works. -- AppleInsider.

How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add to your photo collection, being limited by a lack of space is exasperating to say the least. Instead of deleting files and apps, though, there are a few simple ways to free up space on your iPhone to make room for new data. -- AppleInsider.

Star Trek Beyond trailer gives us a good look at our new bad guy

Star Trek Beyond trailer gives us a good look at our new bad guy

The second Star Trek Beyond trailer dropped this weekend, and it gives us a much better sense of what our heroes will be dealing with in this flick. For those who haven't been paying attention, the premise of the new movie is pretty simple: New bad guy Krall (Idris Elba, unrecognizable under spinyface makeup) wrecks the Enterprise with a seriously badass weapon; everybody is marooned on a planet; and there are motorcycles. Given that the movie was directed by Justin Lin of Fast and the Furious fame, you can bet that the action scenes are deluxe and the motorcycles look great. -- Ars Technica.

Pianist remixes iconic iPhone ringtones into classical song

Pianist remixes iconic iPhone ringtones into classical song

The iPhone's classic marimba ringtone has grown a bit annoying after nine years of playing in pockets across the globe. We've seen the classic tone remixed a ton of different ways, but perhaps none are better than this classical remix cooked up by musician Tony An -- Cult of Mac.

Apple & Maine Dept of Education swapping out iPads for MacBooks, iPads dismissed as 'toys'

Apple Offers to Replace iPads With MacBooks in Maine State Classrooms

Apple and the Maine Department of Education have offered to swap school iPads for MacBooks at no additional cost, after it emerged that students and teachers overwhelmingly favor the use of laptops in class.

According to a report in the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, schools in Auburn and other districts in Maine are set to benefit from the "Refresh" swap, following surveys of students and teachers across grades 7 through 12, which revealed that 88.5 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students preferred laptops over iPads. -- Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

NDTV India: In-Depth 39 Minute Interview with Apple's CEO

NDTV India: In-Depth 39 Minute Interview with Apple's CEO

Apple granted India's NDTV an exclusive interview that covers a great number of topics about what Apple is thinking of bringing to India. The interview at times was blunt and in a way, subtly sarcastic. -- Patently Apple.

Touch ID may be Secure, But not against the Government

Touch ID may be Secure, But not against the Government

In early May we posted a report titled "With a Simple Warrant, You can be forced to unlock your iPhone with your Fingerprint." In that report we noted that "The U.S. Supreme Court has held that police can search phones with a valid warrant and compel a person in custody to provide physical evidence such as fingerprints without a judge's permission. A new report now says that Apple and Samsung should reconsider their marketing strategy regarding the use of fingerprint ID. -- Los Angeles Times.

10 reasons to seriously consider the 2016 Retina MacBook

10 reasons to seriously consider the 2016 Retina MacBook

Yesterday, I bought a 12″ MacBook, and after playing with it for 10 minutes, I immediately knew that I made the right decision. 24 hours later, I'm convinced that this is the best laptop for me, and a much better portable workhorse than something like a 12.9″ iPad Pro. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider going with a MacBook if you're in the market for something powerful, yet portable. -- 9to5Mac.

How To Record Your iPhone Screen On OS X

How To Record Your iPhone Screen On OS X

Recording your iPhone screen isn't easy unless you have a jailbroken device. Even then you might not get a great recording experience or you might have to buy an app that can record the screen well enough to meet your needs. If you own a Mac though life is simple and you can share your iPhone's or iPad's screen or record it with the tools already available on an out-of-the-box Mac. All you really need is the QuickTime Player, a lightning cable, and an iOS device running iOS 8 or above. -- AddictiveTips.

Use Your Siri Remote to Control Your Mac

Use Your Siri Remote to Control Your Mac

The Apple TV brings with it a revamped, Siri-powered remote control to make it easier for you to jump between menus, navigate through content and beat your high score on Crossy Road. With a simple hack the remote can also be used to control your Mac OS X machine. Here's how it's done. -- Gizmodo.

Giving your photos a vintage look in 8 easy steps

Giving your photos a vintage look in 8 easy steps

We are back with more photo tips today, so if you missed our first two articles, be sure to go back and read them. We covered creating a stunning HDR in under 3 minutes as well as 3 tips for creating eye-popping photos.

If you are like me, you like to experiment with different looks in your photos. That's part of the beauty of digital photography -- you can quickly and easily try out new ideas and processing styles, without permanently altering your original image. While you probably have a "go-to" style, it's always rewarding when you step outside the lines a little bit and try something new. -- iDownload Blog.

How to copy your Photos Library and keep its organization

How to copy your Photos Library and keep its organization

A reader wants to have a copy of his Photos Library on an external drive that looks like what he sees in the app.

I read this question and almost replied, "That's easy!" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it's an intricate question, because of how Apple has its own organizational structure that's invisible in the Photos Library, independent of how you sort images in the Photos app. And because there are several possible answers to the same question. -- Macworld.

Why can't Safari sort bookmarks alphabetically?

Why can't Safari sort bookmarks alphabetically?

The more bookmarks you save in Safari, the harder it is to find what you want.

Remember when you first started using a web browser, how great it was to be able to save bookmarks? It was necessary back in the day, because you couldn't remember all those URLs, and browsers didn't auto-complete with addresses of your saved sites. They also didn't suggest sites when you typed the name of a company or publication, so you needed to know the URL to get where you wanted. -- Macworld.

What to do when iTunes can't locate your music files

What to do when iTunes can't locate your music files

Have you ever had the problem where an exclamation point appears next to a song in iTunes when you try and play it? This is the last thing you want to deal with when you're in the mood to listen to your jam, but fortunately, it's usually a pretty easy thing to fix. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to get around this problem and get iTunes to play your music once again. -- iDownload Blog.

How to record video directly into iMovie in OS X

How to record video directly into iMovie in OS X

Sometimes it can be handy to record video directly into iMovie. To do so, start a new project and open the Import window by clicking the Import button in the toolbar. -- Apple World Today.

Is This the Most Ridiculous Way to Use an Old iPhone?

Is This the Most Ridiculous Way to Use an Old iPhone?

We've seen all sorts of ridiculous things people do with iPhones -- from Ducati burnouts to acetylene torches to boiling coke (the soda, not the illegal stuff).

Then there are legit ways to use an old iPhone -- remote control, media center, and more. You can find other ideas here.

But, I think this video tops everything else. -- Apple Gazette.

I downloaded my data from Facebook and found everyone I unfriended in the last 10 years

I downloaded my data from Facebook and found everyone I unfriended in the last 10 years

People often worry about what Facebook knows about them, so I downloaded my personal Facebook archive to see for myself.

There were some surprises -- I now know all the people I've unfriended since 2006 -- but overall, I realized just how much of my life I've lived on the social network.

Here's all the stuff you can find out if you decide to download your Facebook archive... -- VentureBeat.

How can I ditch my carrier and just use Wi-Fi?

How can I ditch my carrier and just use Wi-Fi?

When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, he famously teased it as "three devices": An iPod, a phone and an "internet communications device" -- maybe the clunkiest three words ever uttered at an Apple keynote.

On this week's episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode question whether your smartphone can be just an internet communications device. Can you stop paying for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile and only use Wi-Fi to do all your talking and texting? -- Recode.

How to use Videos for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use Videos for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

Functioning as the media center on iPhone and iPad, the built-in Videos app is where you go to view all your iTunes movies, TV shows, and music videos. Because it's tied to iTunes, Videos works hand-in-hand with the iTunes Store app, meaning any video content you download from the store will automatically show up in Videos for your viewing or streaming pleasure. -- iMore.

How to Teach Siri Better Pronunciation

How to Teach Siri Better Pronunciation

Siri making a meal of your boyfriend's name? Or is it just not getting the right amount of twang in when trying to say the name of the local cab firm? If you think Siri's pronunciation skills leave something to be desired then you can retrain the app yourself in just a few minutes--here's how to go about it. -- Gizmodo.