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March 24Friday's News


How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Given all the talk in the news about a possible hacker mass-wipe of iCloud accounts, it seems only prudent for users to take precautions, and a good safety measure is two-factor authentication --AppleInsider shows you how to turn it on from your Mac or your iPhone. -- AppleInsider.

Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday's WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched. -- AppleInsider.


Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.

The rules were approved in October 2016 by the Federal Communications Commission's then-Democratic leadership, but are opposed by the FCC's new Republican majority and Republicans in Congress. The Senate today used its power under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the FCC rule making "shall have no force or effect" and to prevent the FCC from issuing similar regulations in the future. -- Ars Technica.

How to Log Off of Facebook Forever, With All Its Perks and Pitfalls

How to Log Off of Facebook Forever, With All Its Perks and Pitfalls

Part of the allure of social media is telling friends and strangers what's happening in your life.

Post. Tweet. Share. Repeat.

But suppose you are worried that you have revealed too much and want to protect your privacy. You can delete your social media accounts and try to cover up your digital footprints -- but be warned: The process can be laborious and is not always foolproof. -- New York Times.

How to Check Out Your Printer's Webpage (And Why You Might Want To!)

How to Check Out Your Printer's Webpage (And Why You Might Want To!)

Ah, printers. How we hate them; how we sometimes need them. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to wade into the printing morass with a great troubleshooting tip for misbehaving devices. You'll learn how to visit your printer's local webpage, and this just might get you out of a (paper) jam. Har har har. -- The Mac Observer.

Here are the Features Apple Cut from Workflow

Here are the Features Apple Cut from Workflow

When the news broke on Wednesday that Apple bought the iOS automation app Workflow that was a good sign the company is serious about having some sort of official AppleScript or Automator-like system for the iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately, that comes with a catch: some of the services the app supported on Tuesday were gone on Wednesday. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple, Why Don't You Want Folks Sending Secure Emails on iOS?

Apple, Why Don't You Want Folks Sending Secure Emails on iOS?

A slogan that has been attributed to Apple products for years is "It just works." Why isn't that the case with sending secure emails in iOS Mail? Jeff Butts is frustrated by this, and makes his argument that Apple should fix this long-standing problem once and for all. -- The Mac Observer.


Why Take Control Was Labeled 'Not Secure' Briefly

Why Take Control Was Labeled 'Not Secure' Briefly

For a few days recently, Google Chrome users were warned "Your connection is not private" when loading the Take Control Web site. Luckily, that statement was far more extreme than the reality, since Google was instead punishing a top-level certificate authority for bad behavior. Nonetheless, we had to switch to a new certificate authority quickly. Adam Engst tells the story. -- TidBITS.

Apple patent describes iPhone or iPad docking into MacBook-style dumb terminal

Apple patent describes iPhone or iPad docking into MacBook-style dumb terminal

As perhaps further evidence of Apple exploring ways to make its entry-level products more affordable, a patent published today describes using an iPhone as the brains of a MacBook-style dumb terminal. As usual with patents, the language is dense, but the illustrations make clear the concept. -- 9to5Mac.

Why Apple Acquired Popular Automation App Workflow

Why Apple Acquired Popular Automation App Workflow

Apple doesn't usually just buy apps and then make them free, but this time it appears to have a longer-term strategy in mind.

The tech giant's long-term plan for the app appears to be to integrate it with its voice-activated helper Siri and other artificial intelligence (AI) applications, Munster said. Workflow can be used to better automate everything from smart home features to a calendar app. "This is an example of AI making our lives better by having different applications talking to each other and thinking about how to best accomplish the tasks for user's day," Munster explained. -- TheStreet.

How iTunes built, and then broke, my meticulous music-listening system

How iTunes built, and then broke, my meticulous music-listening system

The design has fallen out of fashion now, but a spreadsheet wasn't the worst model for Apple to use in building iTunes. The more you obsess over your music, the more you appreciate iTunes' rows and columns of data. Using the app's "smart playlists," you can slice and dice your library to surface parts of your collection you forgot were even there. iTunes delivered me countless half-remembered gems over the years, and for that it has my gratitude. But lately it has fallen apart. -- The Verge.

March 23Thursday's News


2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

With the last update to the iPad Air line over two years ago, how does Apple's new 2017 iPad compare to its predecessors? AppleInsider takes a look at the three statistically, to see how they stack up. -- AppleInsider.


Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download. -- AppleInsider.


Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple in a statement late Wednesday responded to claims that a hacking group is threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads using stolen credentials, saying its own systems have not been compromised. -- AppleInsider.


Wikileaks finds a business model

Wikileaks finds a business model

Within minutes of the electrons drying on my last column about the Wikileaks CIA document drop called Vault 7, Julian Assange came out with the novel idea that he and Wikileaks would assist big Internet companies with their technical responses to the obvious threats posed by all these government and third-party security hacks. After all, Wikileaks had so far published only documentation for the hacks, not the source code. There was still time! How noble of Assange and Wikileaks! -- I, Cringely.


What to Do With a Full Phone

What to Do With a Full Phone

My phone has run out of space and I cannot download new apps. For a new phone, what should I look for when asking about storage space? I already store all my photos in the cloud, but I still have no room left.

It can be easy to fill up your smartphone with downloaded content, but spring cleaning or additional memory can give you space. -- New York Times.

Brixo Adds Electric Bricks and Sensors to Your LEGO Builds

Brixo Adds Electric Bricks and Sensors to Your LEGO Builds

It's no secret I have a serious love for LEGO, so it's great when someone turns me on to something that makes my bricks even cooler--like Brixo. The LEGO-compatible bricks they designed are metal coated so they conduct electricity, which means you can drive motors and turn on lights in your creations without needing any wires. They designed bricks with lights, sensors, switches, motors, and batteries so you can build most anything you can imagine. Brixo's kits start at US$35 and they're available for pre-order now. -- The Mac Observer.

Reminders and Why Siri Rocks

Reminders and Why Siri Rocks 'Em

.Dr. Mac realized recently that he rarely forgets things and Siri is responsible. Siri never forgets... And since the good doctor is rarely far from his iPhone, iPad, or Mac, he thinks of Siri as his backup memory...

Long ago in the dark ages before the iPhone, I used to tell my family that if they didn't see me physically write an event down in my day planner or to-do list, the event didn't exist. If they didn't confirm that it was written down in one of those two places, there was little-to-no chance of me showing up. -- The Mac Observer.

The Sky is Not Falling

Blessed Are The Pessimists

As reported above Apple has said that the hacker threats to wipe iPhones is bogus. Some of you may still be concerned enough to want to do something.

For you this The Mac Observer article provides things you can do and how to protect yourself.

[It is my opinion that the threat does not exists. If there is ANY possibility Apple will issue an update quickly, which makes all of this moot. -mam]

How to add Continuity features to older Macs

How to add Continuity features to older Macs

Most of our readers will be familiar by now with Apple's Continuity suite, a slew of features which were introduced with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. These features include Instant Hotspot, a new AirDrop, SMS/Phone calls from Mac, and Handoff. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, they added Auto Unlock and Universal Clipboard to the group. -- iDownload Blog.

How To Show the Status Bar in Finder in macOS Sierra

How To Show the Status Bar in Finder in macOS Sierra

Wouldn't it be great if macOS Sierra Finder windows showed a status bar telling you how many files are in the folder you're viewing, and how much storage space is left on that particular drive? It can, the feature is simply hidden by default. Here's how to enable it. -- MacTrast.

How to Type Accents on Mac the Easy Way

How to Type Accents on Mac the Easy Way

Many languages use accents and diacritic marks to change how a letter or vowel sounds. Accordingly, you may find it useful to know how to type accents and diacritical marks on a Mac using the keyboard. This should be particularly useful for users who also type or write in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Greek, but obviously this applies to many other latin language scripts as well. -- OS X Daily.

If you need accents on iOS just hold the character key down on the iOS keyboard and you will get the same results and interface shown in the above article. -mam

Autodesk Introduces New AutoCAD 2018

Autodesk Introduces New AutoCAD 2018

Autodesk has announced the latest release of its flagship CAD program, AutoCAD 2018. In this release, both AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, get dozens of new features, improvements, and fixes that make CAD users more efficient and productive.

The company, in particular, has continued to advance AutoCAD to PDF workflow data interoperability, supporting new text recognition features and more. -- Architosh.

15 Tips to Speed up a Slow Mac

15 Tips to Speed up a Slow Mac

Macs are usually reliable when it comes to a consistent level of performance. But there are exceptions to everything. If your Mac is old or filled with junk, there will be consequences. If you've been feeling that your Mac is getting slower -- do the following things and all that frustration might just stop. -- iPhone Hacks.

March 22Wednesday's News


Apple introduces Clips: the fun, new way to create expressive videos on iOS

Apple introduces Clips: the fun, new way to create expressive videos on iOS

New App for iPhone and iPad is Incredibly Easy to Use and Introduces an Innovative Way to Create Animated Titles.

Apple today introduced Clips, a new app that makes it quick and fun for anyone to create expressive videos on iPhone and iPad. The app features a unique design for combining video clips, photos and music into great-looking videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other popular social networks. -- Apple PR.

New 9.7-inch iPad features stunning Retina display and incredible performance

New 9.7-inch iPad features stunning Retina display and incredible performance

Apple today updated its most popular-sized iPad, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at $329 (US). Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world's most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world. Through the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad, customers can do even more, from learning to code with Swift Playgrounds and reading books on the large screen to boosting productivity through Microsoft Office and using multitasking features like Split Screen. -- Apple PR.

Apple doubles iPhone SE storage capacities to 32 and 128 gigabytes

Apple doubles iPhone SE storage capacities to 32 and 128 gigabytes

Apple's entry-level iPhone SE now offers consumers even more value, doubling its entry-level capacity to 32 gigabytes of storage for $399, or offering four times that -- 128 gigabytes -- for $100 more. -- AppleInsider.

New iPad is thicker and heavier than iPad Air 2

New iPad is thicker and heavier than iPad Air 2

Apple's new iPad might be identical to the iPad Air 2 it replaces, but don't be fooled by how sleek and slender it looks in official photos.

The new slate is noticeably thicker and heavier than its predecessor. -- Cult of Mac.

Calling 911 on a Mobile Phone

Calling 911 on a Mobile Phone

Emergency calls from wireless phones are handled differently from those from landlines, but the technology is evolving.

When someone dials the national 911 number, a nearby call center for emergency services (known as a public safety answering point, or P.S.A.P.) picks up the call and the operator dispatches medical technicians, police, firefighters or personnel from another appropriate agency in the area. This month, calls from AT&T wireless users in at least 14 states would not go through to the emergency network from AT&T's own cellular airwaves for several hours, possibly because of a malfunction with the software routing the calls to the 911 centers. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted Patent 80 Patents today covering an Implausible Shape Shifting Mobile Device, Apple Watch & more

Apple Granted Patent 80 Patents today covering an Implausible Shape Shifting Mobile Device, Apple Watch & more

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 80 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's dreamy never-to-be inventions. The implausible invention envisioned a device wherein the topography of the device could morph from one kind of device to another like an iPod into a calculator... -- Patently Apple.

Easily Change Your iOS DNS Settings

Easily Change Your iOS DNS Settings

By default, your device automatically uses the DNS settings provided by your ISP. But you don't have to use it, especially if you want something geared towards privacy. You may have known that it's possible to change your DNS on a Mac, but did you know you can also change your iOS DNS? Andrew Orr shows us how it's done. -- The Mac Observer.


iPhone SE 2017 Another Example of Apple Doing Less and Less with More and More

iPhone SE 2017 Another Example of Apple Doing Less and Less with More and More

In the midst of me-too products unveiled Tuesday, Apple kept iPhone SE available, but eliminated the embarrassing 16GB storage option on the device. The move falls squarely in the middle of conflicting rumors that Apple would either upgrade it or kill it, and it's also another example of Apple doing less and less with more and more. -- The Mac Observer.


APFS explained: What you need to know for iOS 10.3 and macOS

APFS explained: What you need to know for iOS 10.3 and macOS

Recently released with the iOS 10.3 beta, APFS will soon replace your Apple device's thirty year old file system. This means your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV will all see upgrades from the HFS+ system. Bringing in new optimization for the storage technologies of today, with encryption built-in as a primary feature, Apple File System will bring a slew of new benefits to users in 2017. Let's go over what these changes are, and what you should expect out of your favorite apps and devices. -- 9to5Mac.

10 handy iPhone tips to make your life easier [Video]

10 handy iPhone tips to make your life easier [Video]

In this hands-on video walkthrough, I share 10 handy tips for iPhone that I use on a regular basis. While I expect that most readers know and employ many of these tips, I'm hoping that there's at least one or two that you'll find useful. -- 9to5Mac.

Photos for Mac: Use multiple libraries in Photos

Photos for Mac: Use multiple libraries in Photos

You can create additional photo libraries to organize your photos, albums, and projects (such as books, cards, and calendars), and then switch between the libraries. For example, you could keep separate libraries for personal photos and work photos. Or, if you have children who take photos, you can keep their photos in a separate library.

Important: If you use iCloud Photo Library, remember that only the photos and video in your System Photo Library are synchronized with iCloud. Be sure to back up all of your photo libraries with Time Machine. For more information, see Back up your Photos library. -- Apple Support.

Apple's New Video Editing App Clips. Here's How It Works

Apple's New Video Editing App Clips. Here's How It Works

Programs like Final Cut Pro and iMovie have remained popular among video professionals, students and hobbyists. Now, Apple is trying to make assembling and publishing videos easier with its new app Clips. -- Time.


How to use the collaborative editing features in iWork for iOS 10

How to use the collaborative editing features in iWork for iOS 10

iWork is Apple's first party productivity apps that handles word processing (Pages), spreadsheet creation (Numbers), and presentations (Keynote). These apps have existed on iOS since the original version of the iPad was released, and over the years has gained iPhone and iCloud Drive support, and the newest iteration includes an overhauled collaborative editing feature that works on Mac, Windows, and iOS through native apps and a fully featured website. The new collaborative editing features are backed by iCloud's CloudKit.

I'll walk you through the process of saving a document for collaborative editing, editing in the collaborative environment in the native iOS app, and opening a document sent to you for collaboration purposes. -- TechRepublic.

How iPhone Makes You Stupid

How iPhone Makes You Stupid

There's just no other way to look at it. Modern technology, as exemplified by the iPhone, makes humans stupid. Yes, the iPhone can kill us when we least expect it. It's happening. -- Mac360.

Chip Magic

Chip Magic

Sometimes, it just takes a challenge.

After years of predictable and, arguably modest, advances, we're beginning to witness an explosion of exciting and important new developments in the sometimes obscure world of semiconductors--commonly known as chips.

Thanks to both a range of demanding new applications, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and more, as well as a perceived threat to Moore's Law (which has "guided" the semiconductor industry for over 50 years to a state of staggering capability and complexity), we're starting to see an impressive range of new output from today's silicon designers -- Tech.pinions.

These Are Not The Apple Products You Are Looking For

These Are Not The iPads You Are Looking For


March 21Tuesday's News


Apple's augmented reality team includes vets from Dolby, Oculus & more - report

Apple's augmented reality team includes vets from Dolby, Oculus & more - report

Although Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses may be a distant prospect, a report said on Monday, Apple is making AR technology a priority and has assembled a high-profile team for the effort. -- AppleInsider.


Updated WebMD pregnancy app utilizes Apple's ResearchKit for long-term opt-in research

Updated WebMD pregnancy app utilizes Apple's ResearchKit for long-term opt-in research

WebMD has relaunched its Pregnancy app for the iPhone, and has integrated Apple's ResearchKit into the app to advance research on what contributes to healthy pregnancies and positive pregnancy outcomes. -- AppleInsider.


macOS Sierra 10.12.4 eighth beta, watchOS 3.2 beta 7 available for developer testing

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 eighth beta, watchOS 3.2 beta 7 available for developer testing

With speculation about an imminent release of new hardware growing, Apple has issued its third macOS Sierra 10.2 beta release in a week, and another version of the watchOS 3.2 beta for developers. -- AppleInsider.


Microsoft creates tool to help Apple users migrate data from Mac to Surface

Microsoft creates tool to help Apple users migrate data from Mac to Surface

Microsoft is attempting to make it easier for Mac users to "switch" over to Windows by creating a new tool, with the "Mac to Surface Assistant" said to help transfer the user's files from their Mac to the company's Windows tablet. -- AppleInsider.

DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization

DRM in HTML5 takes its next step toward standardization

Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), a mechanism by which HTML5 video providers can discover and enable DRM providers offered by a browser, has taken the next step on its contentious road to standardization. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the standards body that oversees most Web-related specifications, has moved the EME specification to the Proposed Recommendation stage.

The next and final stage is for the W3C's Advisory Committee to review the proposal. If it passes review, the proposal will be blessed as a full W3C Recommendation.

Ever since W3C decided to start working on a DRM proposal, there have been complaints from those who oppose DRM on principle. The work has continued regardless, with W3C director and HTML inventor Tim Berners-Lee arguing that--given that DRM is already extant and, at least for video, unlikely to disappear any time soon--it's better for DRM-protected content to be a part of the Web ecosystem than to be separate from it. -- Ars Technica.

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail

One of the most frustrating tasks for iPhone and iPad users is figuring out how to get it to play nicely with encrypted email with iOS Mail. Jeff Butts decided to brave the frustration, scoured the Internet for tips, and developed a method that should solve your woes. -- The Mac Observer.

23 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2017

23 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2017

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here's our list for 2017. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others. -- TidBITS.

Who accepts Apple Pay now?

Who accepts Apple Pay now?

Whether you always keep your eye out for new places to use Apple Pay or you're new to Apple's fast and secure payment service, one thing is for sure, it's growing and changing fast. Let's take a look at what stores and businesses are accepting Apple Pay now and the different ways you can use it. -- 9to5Mac.

How to take best advantage of iCloud Desktop and Documents across Macs

How to take best advantage of iCloud Desktop and Documents across Macs

Gordon Potter has considered using iCloud Desktop and Documents, a macOS Sierra feature that both syncs and selectively archives less-used files to free up storage, retrieving them on demand as needed. But, he writes:

I am very cautious of trying this unless I am certain there is a way to backup out or leave. What I have read seems to say once I create/use this iCloud system, there is no obvious way out.

Confused about iCloud Desktop and Documents? Here's a bit of clarification on how it works. -- Macworld.

Building a Hackintosh Pro

Building a Hackintosh Pro

If Apple made a mini tower that was upgradable and could take a full sized graphics card (or two), I'd have purchased it in a heartbeat. However, they don't. There's no doubt that Apple has a refresh for the desktop market in the works, I just don't know if it's going to be enough to satisfy the creative market who seem to be slowly migrating to Windows. -- Dan Counsell.

I switched from Mac to Windows and I'm never going back -- here's why [Video]

I switched from Mac to Windows and I'm never going back -- here's why [Video]

A while ago, tech reporter Matt Weinberger decided to give up his beloved Mac computer to try out Windows 10 as an experiment. But after just a few months with Windows 10, he decided to ditch Apple for good -- here's why. -- Business Insider.


The Mac Has Grown Old And Tired

The Mac Has Grown Old And Tired

President Trump is known to use a Samsung smartphone for his tweet storm Twitter blasts. In the past, his staff used an iPhone to tweet out more benign and less controversial messages. On his own and without provocation, what would the President tweet about Apple's Mac?

His message to more than 26-million Twitter followers might go something like this. "Overpriced Mac Pro. Lame. Not made in U.S. Not updated since launched 3 years ago. Almost 1,200 days. Sad!" As expected, the tweet would have a factual mistake, but what does the message say about the state of the Mac? -- Mac360.

Apple iMovie (for iPhone)

Apple iMovie (for iPhone)

The iPhone's video-recording capability is so good--with up to 4K resolution, optical image stabilization, and continuous autofocus--you really should take advantage of it. For creating a really dazzling presentation from footage shot on a mobile device, you're best off using desktop video editing software, but there are times when that's not possible. For those moments, the iMovie app is your best bet. It helps you join and trim clips, apply effects, and even offers storyboard templates to give your digital movie a compelling structure. These and other features are missing in its competition, making iMove the mobile video editor to beat--at least on the iPhone. -- PC Magazine.

How to Use Emergency Bypass on iPhone to Allow Contacts to Get Through Do Not Disturb Mode

How to Use Emergency Bypass on iPhone to Allow Contacts to Get Through Do Not Disturb Mode

Do Not Disturb mode is one of the greater features for iPhone users who like to enjoy some peace and quiet, but since it mutes all sounds, alerts, and notifications on the iPhone it's possible to miss a truly important call or alert when the feature is enabled. This is a scenario that Emergency Bypass attempts to remedy, by allowing individual contacts to bypass Do Not Disturb mode and have sounds, alerts, and vibrations from that specified contact get through to the iPhone even if Do Not Disturb is on. -- OS X Daily.

Your neighbor's WiFi is ruining yours -- here's how to fix it [Video]

Your neighbor's WiFi is ruining yours -- here's how to fix it [Video]

If you're getting slow or delayed WiFi in your home, it could be because your neighbors are using the same channel as you. While you're not on the same network, those other devices can still interfere with yours. Here's how to fix it. -- Business Insider.

New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication

New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication

Scientists from the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have developed a new user authentication system that relies on reading lip motions while the user speaks a password out loud," reports BleepingComputer.

Called "lip password" the system combines the best parts of classic password-based systems with the good parts of biometrics.

The system relies on the uniqueness of someone's lips, such as shape, texture, and lip motions, but also allows someone to change the lip motion (password), in case the system ever gets compromised. Other biometric solutions, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and facial features, become eternally useless once compromised. -- BleepingComputer.

March 20Monday's News


Fix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables with Sugru Moldable Glue

Fix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables with Sugru Moldable Glue

Apple's MagSafe and Lightning cables are notorious for fraying under heavy use. If you want to repair your cable, rather than purchase a replacement, Sugru Moldable Glue could be the solution you've been seeking. -- AppleInsider.

How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be more creative with Apple's Live Photos

How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be more creative with Apple's Live Photos

Google this week updated its Motion Stills app -- which stabilizes Apple's Live Photos, and enables quick creation of GIFs and short movies -- with support for exporting back to the Live Photos format. Here's how to do that and use the app in general. -- AppleInsider.

Four of the best casual photography and filter apps for iPhone

Four of the best casual photography and filter apps for iPhone

If you're a seasoned iPhone pro, or a new user, the vast amount of simple photography apps can be staggering -- AppleInsider picks out four cheap or free ones for you to try. -- AppleInsider.

ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn't 'sensitive'

ISPs say your Web browsing and app usage history isn't 'sensitive'

ISPs that want the federal government to eliminate broadband privacy rules say that your Web browsing and app usage data should not be classified as "sensitive" information.

"Web browsing and app usage history are not 'sensitive information,'" CTIA said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday. CTIA is the main lobbyist group representing mobile broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint. -- Ars Technica.

Review: LG's $1500 38UC99 UltraWide Display Offers a Giant, Desk-Filling Workspace

Review: LG's $1500 38UC99 UltraWide Display Offers a Giant, Desk-Filling Workspace

We've already looked at LG's UltraFine 5K and 27UD88 displays as companions for Apple's latest notebooks, and today we're taking a look at another USB-C display option that brings something quite different: LG's 38UC99 curved "UltraWide" display. -- MacRumors.

Buying a New TV? Here's How to Cut Through the Jargon

Buying a New TV? Here's How to Cut Through the Jargon

Looking to buy a new television? You'll face an alphabet soup of terms like 4K, H.D.R. and O.L.E.D. but you don't have to be fluent in tech-speak to get a television that is right for your needs and budget. -- New York Times.

Microsoft Office 2016 15.32

Microsoft Office 2016 15.32

Microsoft has issued version 15.32 of its Office 2016 application suite, adding the support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro that was missing from Outlook in the previous update (see "Microsoft Office 2016 15.31," 16 February 2017). The update also brings a Translator add-in to Outlook that enables you to translate email from 60 languages without leaving the app (see this Office support document for more information). The release also patches some security vulnerabilities for Excel, including memory corruption issues that could allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information or cause a denial of service.

Sizing up a slow Mac and what you can do about it

Sizing up a slow Mac and what you can do about it

First time checking out this series? You'll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you'd like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own. -- 9to5Mac.

EduTech: What Apple can do to win back Chromebook users & improve the education system

EduTech: What Apple can do to win back Chromebook users & improve the education system

One story that's been making the rounds in the media recently has been Apple's role in education as it faces increased competition from products like Chromebooks.

Earlier this month, we reported on new data that claimed both iOS and macOS again were losing marketshare to Chromebooks. In the US, Chrome OS saw its share rise to 58 percent in 2016, up from 50% in the prior year. On the other hand, iOS dropped to 14%, down from 19% in 2015, and macOS dropped to 5% share, down from 6%.

In your education environment, what technology should be implemented? What can Apple do to improve education? -- 9tp5Mac.

Logic Pros (101): Working with Audio Effects and Software Instrument Plug-ins

Logic Pros (101): Working with Audio Effects and Software Instrument Plug-ins

Now that we have a good understanding of the Workspace, recording basics, the various Channel Strip elements, as well as how to balance it all on the Mixer, this week on Logic Pros 101 it's all about plug-ins. -- 9to5Mac.

Sometimes secret Apple devices just aren't that interesting...

Sometimes secret Apple devices just aren't that interesting ...

Apple of course goes to great lengths to keep its product plans secret, but there are some places where it is required by law to reveal at least some clues -- FCC testing being one of them.

Bloomberg spotted a mystery Apple wireless device code-named A1844 going through testing back in September of last year. We noted one clue that it likely wasn't a consumer-facing device -- the color-coded wiring -- and photos now posted by the FCC confirm this. Spotted by Business Insider, device A1844 is revealed to be nothing more interesting than an electronic badge reader for a door. -- 9to5Mac.

iPads In Every Hospital: Apple's Plan To Crack The $3 Trillion Health Care Sector

iPads In Every Hospital: Apple's Plan To Crack The $3 Trillion Health Care Sector

Garry James, 60, is perched on the edge of his hospital bed, temporarily unhooked from monitors that track his vital signs. It's his third week waiting for a heart transplant, a nerve-wracking process that can stretch out months or even years, but he greets me with a wide smile.

"I'm an Android guy," says James, while clutching the iPad that Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles gave him when he was admitted into the hospital. Unlike some of the more senior patients on the ward, he got up to speed with the technology in no time. "My son, who is 10, knew exactly what to do," James says. These days, James uses the iPad to message his nurses, order magazines, make notes, browse medication side effects, reserve lodging for his family when they visit from Las Vegas, and review his medical record. -- Fast Company.

How to Manually Add and Organize Albums in iTunes

How to Manually Add and Organize Albums in iTunes

iTunes sometimes puts your music into a folder or assigns it an artist that doesn't fit your preferences. So how can you get the album into the right place and under the right artist name? -- PC Magazine.

Your Future Password Is... Your Entire Body

Your Future Password Is... Your Entire Body

When Apple introduced the iPhone 5s, in 2013, its built-in Touch ID launched the race to invent creative, personalized passcodes. Sure, the old-fashioned password model had worked for decades, but why not opt out of the finger-tap tap-dance of having to remember (and type) a login?

Apple's Touch ID offered up the fingerprint as a means of authentication, but that was just one early, outward sign of companies' growing interest in biological data. From voice timbre to body movement patterns to the rhythm of your heartbeat, the human body offers a half-dozen sexier, less hackable ways to key in a passcode. -- Backchannel.

Is the MacBook Air Good for Students?

Is the MacBook Air Good for Students?

The MacBook Air is definitely a laptop that's long in the tooth. Apple hasn't introduced a new model in two years, and it killed off the 11-inch Air in 2016. The company could phase out the 13-inch laptop in the not-too-distant future in favor of the thinner and more expensive 12-inch MacBook. However, as long as the MacBook Air remains available, it's a worthwhile choice for high school and college students. -- LAPTOP Magazine.

How to manage your iTunes account on your iPhone and iPad

How to manage your iTunes account on your iPhone and iPad

All of your iTunes purchases are available on all of your supported devices, as long as you are signed into them with the same Apple ID. You can also automatically have all of those apps downloaded onto every other supported device that you own, too. Sometimes, that can get a little overwhelming and you may want to shut that down. Here's how to enable or disable automatic downloads and updates, and how to make changes to your payment information or unsubscribe to services. -- iMore.

My iPhone Doesn't Vibrate? Here's How to Fix It

My iPhone Doesn't Vibrate? Here's How to Fix It

When you receive a notification or alert on your iPhone, such as an incoming call, your device starts to vibrate to inform you about it. This is useful when your iPhone is placed in your pocket or is in silent mode. Sometimes your iPhone doesn't vibrate and this causes important calls or notifications to be missed. -- iPhone Hacks.

How to use multiple iPhone or iPad devices with one computer

How to use multiple iPhone or iPad devices with one computer

If you and your family share the same computer but each have different content on your iPhone or iPad, you can still sync without getting things mixed up.

Though it is not a necessity to use your computer as a means to sync your iPhone or iPad content anymore, there are still lots of people that use iTunes on their computer for just that purpose. If you and your family all use one Mac but have have different content on your devices, you can set up iTunes to sync each one separately. It just takes a little advanced setup. Here's how. -- iMore.

Siri, Alexa, and robots could change how we talk

Siri, Alexa, and robots could change how we talk

Tech giants are in a race to see who can build the most powerful voice-activated assistant, but there's a side effect that we haven't considered: Kids who grow up asking Amazon's Alexa questions or summoning Siri might lose some social skills. What if artificial intelligence changes the way we talk? -- Macworld.

Sorry, Siri; Artificial Intelligence Bots Are Everywhere And They're Just As Stupid

Sorry, Siri; Artificial Intelligence Bots Are Everywhere And They're Just As Stupid

What's the latest buzzword for the 21st century? No, it's not Facebook, Instagram, or even Snapchat. It's AI. Artificial intelligence. You know, what we thought Siri would be when she was introduced years ago.

A close friend and I went shopping at the mall recently. We visited an Apple Store, trudged through a Microsoft Store, and even stopped at a nearby Best Buy-- all in a quest to see just how smart the artificial intelligent personal assistants are these days.

They're all stupid. -- NoodleMac.

The Ransomware Stand!

The Ransomware Stand!


O'Reilly Site Lists 165 Things Every Programmer Should Know

O'Reilly Site Lists 165 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know was published seven years ago by O'Reilly Media, and was described as "pearls of wisdom for programmers collected from leading practitioners.

"There is no overarching narrative," writes the site's editor Kevlin Henney (who also wrote the original book). "The collection is intended simply to contain multiple and varied perspectives on what it is that contributors to the project feel programmers should know...anything from code-focused advice to culture, from algorithm usage to agile thinking, from implementation know-how to professionalism, from style to substance..." -- 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know.