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July 30Thursday's News

 

Windows 10 launches to favorable reviews, cautions about bugs and feature gaps

Windows 10 launches to favorable reviews, cautions about bugs and feature gaps

Early reviews of Microsoft's latest operating system -- released on Wednesday -- have been generally positive, suggesting that it solves problems with Windows 8 while advancing the Windows platform towards the future. -- Appleinsider.

Apple promotes Beats 1 Radio in behind-the-scenes Snapchat story

Apple promotes Beats 1 Radio in behind-the-scenes Snapchat story

Apple Music on Wednesday published a series of short videos to social media platform Snapchat showing behind-the-scenes looks at Beats 1 Radio stations in Los Angeles, London and New York, illustrating the audio division's willingness to embrace alternative forms of promotion its parent company has yet to explore. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface. -- AppleInsider.

Trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts, or: Windows 10 for the Mac user

Trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts, or: Windows 10 for the Mac user

My primary computers are Macs and their primary operating system is OS X, so one of the things I disliked the most about going back to Windows was its window management. Features like Snap were handy, but it was hard to live without features like Mission Control. And once you get used to OS X's trackpad gestures, it's hard to move to a platform where basic things like "two-finger scrolling" can be flaky and inconsistent.

Windows 10 catches up in some important ways--it's got a Mission Control replacement in Task View, can give you multiple virtual desktops to work with, and implements Mac-like trackpad gestures (alongside keyboard shortcuts) to help you use it all.

If you're new to Windows 10, here's your guide to using these shortcuts and gestures, and what kind of hardware you'll need to use them. -- Ars Technica.

Alympus is the newest best reason to jailbreak your iPhone right now

Alympus is the newest best reason to jailbreak your iPhone right now

iOS engineers must keep their eyes on the jailbreak scene. In the past, popular jailbreak tweak Auxo showed what iOS's approach to multitasking should be like years before Apple made its best ideas part of the core operating system.

Let's hope this pattern holds with Alympus. It's a new tweak that radically improves, for the better, iOS 8 multitasking. -- Cult of Mac.

iFixit can now help you repair more broken gadgets than ever

iFixit can now help you repair more broken gadgets than ever

iFixit has made repairing broken iPhones as simple as setting up Ikea furniture thanks to the site's easy-to-follow guides and excellent repair tools Apple doesn't really want you to use. Now the company is about make it easier to fix even more broken gadgets by partnering with Electronic Recyclers International. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple still determined to bring sapphire displays to iPhone

Apple still determined to bring sapphire displays to iPhone

It would be easy to think that Apple's sapphire iPhone dreams went down the pan when GT Advanced Technologies went bust, but Apple's nothing if not persistent.

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple describing a new method for manufacturing sapphire displays by irradiating the sapphire crystal and then using a laser and "second gas medium" to slice it into the super-thin sheets Apple requires. -- Cult of Mac.

Who is your IT outsourcing firm working for?

Who is your IT outsourcing firm working for?

While the U.S. Government has been remarkably opaque about the recently discovered security breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), we know that personal information on at least 21.5 million present, former, and prospective federal employees was lost. The Feds claim Chinese hackers are at the bottom of it, which is disputed by the Chinese government. This, to me, raises a number of questions, especially about the possible role of IT outsourcing firms and implications for organizations beyond OPM. Does IT outsourcing make your data more vulnerable? Yes, I believe it does. -- I, Cringely.

iOS: Deleting Siri's Training Data

iOS: Deleting Siri's Training Data

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for All 2015 MacBooks

Apple Releases FaceTime Camera Driver Update for All 2015 MacBooks

Apple has released a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for all 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks that improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. Apple recommends that all Boot Camp users install the software update (1.4MB) from the Apple Support website.

The software update was released for the following notebooks:

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

Putting the Soccer Pitch in the Palm of Your Hand

Putting the Soccer Pitch in the Palm of Your Hand

Whether you call it football or soccer, the sport is well represented in a host of apps that deliver scores, footage and more.

The championship won by the United States women's soccer team in the World Cup this month has made the sport a hot topic. To that end, there is already a big list of apps to help people learn more about soccer and to follow news about the game on their phones. -- New York Times.

Many Surprised to Learn that HomeKit Requires Custom ID Chip

Many Surprised to Learn that HomeKit Requires Custom ID Chip

According to a new report published late yesterday, Apple requires anyone making a device compatible with its HomeKit environment to buy and use a special identity chip. -- Patently Apple.

Messaging App Weaves Smartphones Into an Alternative Internet

Messaging App Weaves Smartphones Into an Alternative Internet

FireChat can link Android and Apple phones into a long-range communications network even when the cell network is down.

What do people in Manila watching the Pope give Mass, Russian and Hong Kong protesters, and U.S. festivalgoers have in common? They have all turned to FireChat, an app that creates hyperlocal chat rooms that work even when cell networks are down by connecting phones within Wi-Fi range of one another. -- MIT Technology Review.



Using the Apple system font in your web content

Using the Apple system font in your web content

Coming with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan is the new Apple system font, San Francisco (technically the SF branch). If you make web apps or use web views and want to make sure they match, there's some good news coming your way.

Web content is sometimes designed to fit in with the overall aesthetic of the underlying platform which it is being rendered on. One of the ways to achieve this is by using the platform's system font, which is possible on iOS and OS X by using the "-apple-system" CSS value for the "font-family" CSS property. On iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, doing this allows you to use Apple's new system font, San Francisco. Using "-apple-system" also correctly interacts with the font-weight CSS property to choose the correct font on Apple's latest operating systems.

Browsers that don't support -apple-system will simply grab the next font specified in the property list.

San Francisco is gorgeous, and a more consistent way to display it throughout apps and the web is just terrific. -- Surfin' Safari.

Running Windows 10 on a Mac: Frequently asked questions

Running Windows 10 on a Mac: Frequently asked questions

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has been running Windows 10 on his Macs since the earliest builds were made available.

You've got questions, and because I've been running Windows 10 on my Macs since the earliest builds were made available, I've got answers for you. [Parallels Desktop 10 will run Windows 10 now and Parallels is working on an updated which will allow Parallels Desktop 9 to as well.] -- ZDNet.

Why I'm not ready to switch from Mac to Windows 10

Why I'm not ready to switch from Mac to Windows 10

I've been using a Mac laptop almost every day for the past decade. For as long as I've been in a position to choose a computer for myself, the Mac has seemed like the best choice. But because Microsoft has been making such a big push to herald the arrival of Windows 10, I've felt obligated to give it a shot. I've been trying to figure out if was something I could see myself, and many other dedicated Mac users, adopting. -- Venture Beat.

Hands-on with Maps in iOS 9: Introducing public transit and more accurate data

Hands-on with Maps in iOS 9: Introducing public transit and more accurate data

Apple's native Maps app currently sits in a folder called Junk on the second page of my home screen, where I banished it as soon as it launched close to three years ago.

With the addition of public transit info and nearby recommendations, Apple Maps is finally catching up to its biggest competitor: Google Maps. -- Macworld.

How to Disable Automatic Renewal in Apple Music

How to Disable Automatic Renewal in Apple Music

It is hard to believe, but Apple Music has been streaming songs for a month already. During that time, the service has been much maligned, with critics, many of whom say that it has a long way to go before it catches up with competitors like Spotify. Still, in just four short weeks Apple has managed to already garner more than 10 million subscribers, many of whom are no doubt taking advantage of the generous three-month free trial period. If you're one of the early adopters who singed up to see what Apple Music is all about, you've probably already made up your mind as to whether or not it is something you'll be willing to pay for when your free trial ends. Here's how to avoid continuing to pay for the service by disabling its automatic renewal feature. -- Apple Gazette.

Trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts, or: Windows 10 for the Mac user

rackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts, or: Windows 10 for the Mac user

Window management gets much better, at least if you have the right hardware.

My primary computers are Macs and their primary operating system is OS X, so one of the things I disliked the most about going back to Windows was its window management. Features like Snap were handy, but it was hard to live without features like Mission Control. And once you get used to OS X's trackpad gestures, it's hard to move to a platform where basic things like "two-finger scrolling" can be flaky and inconsistent. -- Ars Technica.

Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone Camera's HDR Setting

Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone Camera's HDR Setting

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it works by capturing three different exposures of the same image and then combining them into a single image. This can be really helpful when your subject includes a large range of lights and darks and you want the details in the darker parts of the photo to be visible without overexposing the lighter sections. -- iPhone Life Magazine.

Memo to Apple: How About Better Release Notes for Public Beta Testers?

Memo to Apple: How About Better Release Notes for Public Beta Testers?

An unknown number of beta testers are now eligible to receive prerelease versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. So far, there have been three releases of the OS X public beta and two releases of the iOS public beta, compared to five betas of El Capitan and four betas of iOS 9 for registered developers. The process is clearly moving quickly, and it's reported by some developers that beta five fixes a number of serious glitches with the next OS X. -- The Tech Night Owl.

Is Anything Safe Online?

Is Anything Safe Online?

This week another critical flaw in Apple's App Store and iTunes invoice system was made public; a problem which could affect many millions of Apple's customers. An earlier update in July patched a number of other vulnerabilities in OS X and iOS. Microsoft releases patches for Windows on a regular basis due to bug fixes and security problems. It seems as if these headlines are never-ending, and with all major technology players asking customers to store files online, it might be wise to answer the question in the title above. -- NoodleMac.

Apple On Fear And Greed

Apple On Fear And Greed

Everyone knows that large organizations tend to take on a life of their own and become self perpetuating.

It happens in business, government, and almost any organization. What happens to a successful young company is an age old, time honored transformation that often goes from the scrappy upstart with ideals and ethics, which changes over time to become a fear-mongering, greedy corporate entity which will do anything to survive. -- Mac 360.

The case against SSDs

The case against SSDs

Flash-based SSDs have revolutionized enterprise storage. But SATA SSDs have serious problems that show that after more than 50 years of disk-based storage, our ancient I/O stack must be rebuilt. Here's why. -- ZDNet.

July 29Wednesday's News

 

Inside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

Inside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

A number of small but significant tweaks to the Notification Center in iOS 9 have made Apple's catch-all drop down menu more useful and efficient, including an easier way to remove all app notifications on a daily basis. -- AppleInsider.

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Semiconductor technology giants Intel and Micron on Tuesday announced 3D XPoint memory, the fruits of a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. -- AppleInsider.

Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet--once the bugs get fixed

Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet--once the bugs get fixed

I'm more conflicted about Windows 10 than I have been about any previous version of Windows. In some ways, the operating system is extremely ambitious; in others, it represents a great loss of ambition. The new release tries to walk an unsteady path between being Microsoft's most progressive, forward-looking release and simultaneously appealing to Windows' most conservative users. -- Ars Technica.

Options for quickly opening recent documents in OS X

Options for quickly opening recent documents in OS X

When you want to open a document in OS X that you have recently edited, you might find yourself locating it on your hard drive, or searching for it in Spotlight. Along these lines, you can also create a smart folder that only shows files that were recently edited; however, OS X contains several approaches to opening recent documents that may make this far easier to do. -- MacIssues.

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says

Fifteen percent of Americans do not use the Internet -- essentially the same portion of the population that did not go online in 2013 -- according to a new Pew Research Center study. -- New York Times.

iTunes is now so clunky the only safe solution is to nuke it from orbit

iTunes is now so clunky the only safe solution is to nuke it from orbit

I've complained before about the massive missed opportunity of Apple failing to properly integrate both owned and streamed music within iTunes. I got over that enough to use and enjoy Apple Music, and I'm confident I'll be continuing my subscription once Apple starts charging my card, despite the raw deal we get on pricing in the UK. -- 9to5Mac.

Windows 10 or OS X? A Mac User Falls For the PC Again

Windows 10 or OS X? A Mac User Falls For the PC Again

With a simpler interface and new features, Microsoft's Windows is more like Apple's OS X than ever before.

You can blame Vista and the constant pounding of Ctrl+Alt+Del that came with it. Or you can blame those clever Mac vs. PC ads. But about eight years ago, after growing up with Windows computers and countless games of "Solitaire," I bought my first Mac. And I never looked back.

Until now. -- Wall Street Journal.

How To Wipe Your Mac Before Selling or Donating It

How To Wipe Your Mac Before Selling or Donating It

If you're one of the lucky folks who have purchased a new Mac, you may be considering selling or donating your old Mac. Before getting rid of your beast, you'll want to wipe the data from it, and slap on a fresh installation of OS X. Here's how. -- MacTrast.

Where to Set Environment Variables in Mac OS X

Where to Set Environment Variables in Mac OS X

At the command line, environmental variables are defined for the current shell and become inherited by any running command or process. They can determine anything from the default shell, the PATH, the users home directory, to the terminal emulation type, current working directory, where a history file is located, language and localization settings, and going further to include shell variables, which include everything from customizations to the bash prompt, colorized ls output, and changes to terminal appearance, to aliases, and much more. -- OS X Daily.

How To Backup Your iOS Device to Your Mac Using iTunes

How To Backup Your iOS Device to Your Mac Using iTunes

While it's likely that the majority of iOS users are backing up their device via a Wi-Fi connection to iCloud, some users still want to kick it old school, and keep the backup on their Mac or PC. Here's how. -- MacTrast.

Do More With Finder for Mac: Batch Rename and AirDrop

Do More With Finder for Mac: Batch Rename and AirDrop

Finder is arguably the most central element of the OS X user experience. It helps you navigate, access files and folders, and helps you organize them.

It's been extensively revised over the years and, with OS X Yosemite, Finder has had a complete visual makeover; translucent sidebar, new-style toolbar buttons, and a new application icon. -- Tuts+.

OS X Snake Oil

OS X Snake Oil

All personal computing platforms get their share of snake oil. Windows certainly had a rich collection. Many were based on Unix code hastily ported; others exploited false impressions about how the platform worked. This is not to say that all purveyors were scheming charlatans, but at some level, even the most honest of them were at least fooling themselves (and you, the customer, as a consequence). -- Rixstep.

July 28Tuesday's News

 

Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits

Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits

A major focus for Apple in building iOS 9 is making it even easier to access the information you need, in part by predicting what you want before you unlock your phone. One way the upcoming operating system update will do that is by knowing when you get into your car, and predicting where you're probably planning to drive. -- AppleInsider.

Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement

Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement

Before Apple acquired low-power display maker LuxVue, micro-LED technology was relatively unknown. But now the display industry is paying close attention, and one expert believes micro-LED could disrupt current LCD screens, as well as OLED displays like on the Apple Watch. -- AppleInsider.

Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X

Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X

The next version of Parallels' Desktop for Mac virtualization software will improve its Windows 10 support, enabling Cortana voice commands at any time -- as long as Windows is still running in the background, according to a leaked product page. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers

Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers

Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

Today's El Capitan beta version, build 15A235d, comes less than one week after Apple seeded its last round of prerelease software for developer assessment, a round that included iOS 9 and watchOS 2 builds.

Today's beta 5 build carries over the same areas of focus from Apple's previous beta version as well as known issues with Photos, Apple ID and Language localization and formatting. Many problems can be traced back to iCloud syncing, likely due to incomplete or incompatible backend assets also in testing. [And this beta fixes NONE of the issues I have reported in this space previously. --mam] -- AppleInsider.

Merely receiving a phone notification is enough to distract a driver

Merely receiving a phone notification is enough to distract a driver

Infotainment systems are a big focus of the auto industry right now. The advent of the connected car means large screens are replacing the traditional car stereo, bringing the Internet into our vehicles. Tech companies like Apple and Google are getting in on the act, too. -- Ars Technica.

Even former heads of NSA, DHS think crypto backdoors are stupid

Even former heads of NSA, DHS think crypto backdoors are stupid

Michael Chertoff, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security and a former federal prosecutor, made some surprising remarks last week, coming out strongly against cryptographic backdoors that could be provided to the government upon request. -- emptywheel.

Myers-Briggs Test Used to Classify Gamers

Myers-Briggs Test Used to Classify Gamers

The folks at Quantic Foundry seem to have developed a more detailed way of breaking down different gaming subgroups. The "game behavior analytics" consultancy has developed a five-minute online quiz intended to narrow down a person's gaming tastes to a "gamer motivation profile." Participants are rated on a percentile basis along six different axes identifying what game design elements they find interesting. -- Quantic Foundry.

Woz and other big thinkers call for ban on AI weapons

Woz and other big thinkers call for ban on AI weapons

Autonomous weapons that have the power to track and kill targets with Terminator-like efficiency aren't just a Hollywood fantasy anymore.

Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and hundreds of AI and robotics researchers say the technology to build autonomous weapons that select and engage targets without human intervention is feasible within years, not decades. And we need to ban it now. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point. -- The Mac Observer.

Fix the inability to move files around in your Mac

Fix the inability to move files around in your Mac

While OS X includes password security to prevent unauthorized changes to both system settings and access to your Mac, these features should not intrude on your standard workflow. When you log in to your Mac, for the most part you should be able to work password free, so if you are constantly met with requests to authenticate when managing files, or are denied access to an action you are attempting to perform, then something is likely wrong. -- MacIssues.

How Algorithms Determine Our Character

How Algorithms Determine Our Character

It's set to be another busy week in technology news, with Twitter and Facebook reporting earnings, but before then, read stories about how algorithms determine if you will pay back a loan or stay in a job and how native advertising is supporting the podcast boom. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Biometrics with Tactile Feedback, the Apple Watch Charger & More

Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Biometrics with Tactile Feedback, the Apple Watch Charger & More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original biometric patents that describe adding a tactile feedback feature to future iDevices like the iPhone. Our report also covers a granted patent for the Apple Watch charger and beyond. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today. -- Patently Apple.

Theft-deterrence of Activation Lock lower than expected in some cities, shows police data

Theft-deterrence of Activation Lock lower than expected in some cities, shows police data

While Activation Lock has dramatically reduced iPhone thefts in some cities, with reductions as high as 50%, police data collated by the WSJ shows that the effect isn't as great as expected in others. iPhone thefts fell by only 11% in Oakland, by 17% in Austin and actually increased by 32% in Seattle... -- 9to5Mac.

A Mac's longevity is its biggest unsung selling point

A Mac's longevity is its biggest unsung selling point

Apple can't advertise Macs as having ten-year lifespans for legal reasons, and reviewers rarely write about their old computers ten years later -- they're typically focused on each year's latest and greatest machine. But the average person buys a computer and keeps using it until it stops working, something I note every time a friend or family member "finally" upgrades from an old Mac to a new one. -- 9to5Mac.

UK Bank HSBC now on Board with Apple Pay -- That Just Works

UK Bank HSBC now on Board with Apple Pay -- That Just Works

A new UK report states that while the iPhone wasn't the first handset that could work like a contactless credit card, it's definitely taken off in the way rival smartphones have not. That's mostly due to the fact that Apple Pay is so easy to use. The good news today is that you can now use HSBC cards. The bank was expected to be a part of Apple Pay from the start, but it's joined two weeks in. Since HSBC is such a big bank -- it will be a welcome development for many customers. -- Patently Apple.

Why Apple Inc.'s Mac Demand Might Be Even Better Than the Sales Numbers Suggest

Why Apple Inc.'s Mac Demand Might Be Even Better Than the Sales Numbers Suggest

While other PC vendors struggle with clearing inventory, Apple's channel inventories levels are very lean.

Apple recently reported that both unit shipments and revenues of its Mac personal computers rose by 9% year over year in the company's most recent quarter. These results, as CEO Tim Cook noted on the company's earnings call, are extremely impressive given that the overall PC market is said to have declined by 12% in the quarter.

But what is even more impressive is that, on the call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said the company ended the quarter with Mac channel inventory "slightly below" the company's targeted four-week range. -- The Motley Fool.

How Did Macs Become Such Dirty Devices That They Need Dozens Of Cleaner Apps?

How Did Macs Become Such Dirty Devices That They Need Dozens Of Cleaner Apps?

How did Macs become such dirty devices that they need dozens of cleaner apps? The answer is, 'They didn't.' OS X usually takes care of itself, and has since inception. As the Mac has become more popular among the masses of formerly Windows PC users who expect such utilities, app developers have found a way to market apps that perform what seems to need to be done without actually having to justify the need. -- noodlemac.

Time Machine is one of OS X's best features

Time Machine is one of OS X's best features

OS X has many great features, but one of them rarely gets much attention in the media: Time Machine. Time Machine is Apple's backup tool and it comes with every Mac. But you hardly ever hear about it in the media, and that's a real shame because Time Machine makes backing up and restoring your data incredibly easy and fast. -- CIO.

Apple Music Basics

Apple Music Basics

Learn the basics of starting with Apple Music. With Apple's streaming music service, you can access nearly all of Apple's music library at any time. You can add songs and albums to your music library and create playlists. You can also access the music offline for situations when you don't have an Internet connection. -- MacMost.

iPhone Kill Switch: How Effective Is It?

iPhone Kill Switch: How Effective Is It?

A new report shows that the iPhone kill switch may not be as effective as first thought. What does this mean for other smartphone kill switches? -- InformationWeek.

Are Mac Customers Treated As Second Class Citizens By Apple?

Are Mac Customers Treated As Second Class Citizens By Apple?

The rule regarding headlines remains as it always has. "If a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is 'no'" so go ahead and apply it to today's offering if you will, but hear me out.

The fact that more than 70-percent of Apple's bread is buttered by iPhone should tell us something. Apple has perhaps 700-million iOS customers, but only 10-percent of that number are Mac users. Are there ways that Mac users are treated as second class citizens? Yes. -- Mac 360.

Your E-mail Font Is Ruining Your Life

Your E-mail Font Is Ruining Your Life

Typeface designers ditch Helvetica and Arial (Helvetica's 'ugly bastard son'). You should, too.

Well, maybe not your life. But certainly your reputation with people of good taste. -- Bloomberg.

Sorry for being out Friday. i had some personal business I had to take care of.

July 27Monday's News

 

First Look: The ONE Smart Piano

First Look: The ONE Smart Piano

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play piano should check out The ONE, a unique digital piano that uses iPad to offset the learning curve associated with mastering the instrument. -- AppleInsider.

The Amiga turns 30--'Nobody had ever designed a personal computer this way'

The Amiga turns 30--'Nobody had ever designed a personal computer this way'

Journalism is prone to hyperbole, but on July 23, 1985 technology genuinely changed forever. At New York's Lincoln Center, as a full orchestra scored the evening and all its employees appeared in tuxedos, Commodore unveiled the work of its newly acquired Amiga subsidiary for the first time. The world finally saw a real Amiga 1000 and all its features. A baboon's face at 640x400 resolution felt life-changing, and icons like Blondie's Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol came onstage to demo state-of-the-art technology like a paint program. -- Ars Technica.

What amateurs can learn from security pros about staying safe online

What amateurs can learn from security pros about staying safe online

With the non-stop stream of zero-day exploits, website breaches, and criminal hacking enterprises, it's not always easy to know how best to stay safe online. New research from Google highlights three of the most overlooked security practices among security amateurs--installing security updates promptly, using a password manager, and employing two-factor authentication. -- Ars Technica.

We had no idea! An appreciation of science's discoveries

We had no idea! An appreciation of science's discoveries

New Horizons got me thinking about all the different ways science has changed what we know about the world in the 35 or so years between the Voyagers reaching Jupiter and the present. So, I put together a completely arbitrary list of some of the discoveries that have happened in the intervening years. -- Ars Technica.

They grow up fast: Apple quietly bulks up Swift and Xcode in year two

They grow up fast: Apple quietly bulks up Swift and Xcode in year two

While most people tune in to Apple's WWDC keynote to figure out what's coming in the next version of the company's operating systems, the event is a developer's conference. Apple genuinely uses WWDC to introduce a lot of new technologies that end users will never experience directly. So with the exception of big news like Swift, the company generally does this in later, non-public talks and through the software released via its Developer Connection. -- Ars Technica.

Siri vs. Google Now: Who wins the AI cat fight?

Siri vs. Google Now: Who wins the AI cat fight?

Every mobile platform now ships with its very own virtual assistant, and while they all offer a similar set of basic features, Google Now and Siri are way ahead of their rivals. Google Now knows what you want and when you want it, but Siri has sass and personality, and is about to get a whole lot better with the help of Proactive. -- Cult of Mac.

Controversial Steve Jobs documentary gets its first trailer

Controversial Steve Jobs documentary gets its first trailer

The first trailer for Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine, the controversial documentary by Sir Alex Gibney, debuted online today, giving us our first extended glimpse at a film that supposedly pulls no punches when it comes to the late Apple CEO"s life and legacy. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple loves this new security cam and its 1TB of storage

Apple loves this new security cam and its 1TB of storage

Home security system manufacturer Uniden just released a swanky new system that can store 120 days" worth of data and, if you want one, you"ll have to go directly through the manufacturer or Apple. -- Cult of Mac.

Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws. -- The Mac Observer.

iTunes Needs To Break Up... With Itself

iTunes Needs To Break Up... With Itself

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. It's been made even worse with the advent of Apple Music. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. -- The Mac Observer.

OS X Photos: Using Split View

OS X Photos: Using Split View

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple! -- The Mac Observer.

How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

Losing your Fitbit really sucks, but it doesn't have to stay lost forever. With a little patience and an iPhone you can track yours down. This is something TMO's Jeff Gamet experienced first hand, and then detailed so you can find your lost Fitbit-or other Bluetooth device-too. -- The Mac Observer.

10 Things the Digital Crown and Side Button Do on Apple Watch

10 Things the Digital Crown and Side Button Do on Apple Watch

The Digital Crown and Side buttons have a few additional uses that you may not already know about. We've got a list of 10 important actions that the Apple Watch's external controls activate. -- MacRumors.

Quick maintenance tips for your iOS device

Quick maintenance tips for your iOS device

While for the most part performing regular maintenance on your computing devices is not needed, periodically you might want to check a few settings out and ensure your device and the programs on it are in optimal working order. For some platforms there are third-party tools you can use (though these are not necessarily required) for these purposes, but no such tools exist for iOS. However, there are only a few practices and settings you can tweak in iOS, that will give you the most out of your device. -- MacIssues.

How to use Smart Folders on your Mac

How to use Smart Folders on your Mac

If you haven"t yet used Smart Folders in OS X, then you may be missing out on a critical time-saving feature of the OS X Finder. Smart Folders are essentially canned searches, where you can save custom search queries and quickly restore them. They are relatively simple concept, so the real question of how to use smart folders really boils down to: How do you search your Mac? -- MacIssues.

Apple reveals their Apple Music and Future Apple TV User Interfaces for Media Playback on iDevices

Apple reveals their Apple Music and Future Apple TV User Interfaces for Media Playback on iDevices

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their iTunes and Apple Music invention as it relates to new interfaces for media playback for music or future TV streaming services from Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and more. Apple's Trent Reznor is listed as one of the inventors of the new design. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents Motion-Detected Tap Inputs for the iPhone & Apple Watch

Apple Invents Motion-Detected Tap Inputs for the iPhone & Apple Watch

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one or more novel motion-detected, tap-input methods for initiating one or more particular operations on a device such an iPhone and/or Apple Watch. In one example a user could set an iPhone in front of them and use the tap motion on an Apple Watch to snap the photo. -- Patently Apple.

Apple Invents New Image Editing Tools for iPad

Apple Invents New Image Editing Tools for iPad

On July 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new image editing tools in the works that could be a part of a new image editing app or that could be used with future versions of apps like Photoshop and others. Apple shows that users will be able to easily crop and straighten images and much, much more. Apple also shows us that there will be multiple methods of achieving various effects. If you dabble in graphics at all, this invention could be of interest to you. -- Patently Apple.

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

One problem with infrared surveillance videos or infrared CCTV images is that it is hard to recognize the people in them. Faces look different in the infrared and matching these images to their normal appearance is a significant unsolved challenge.

Matching an infrared image of a face to its visible light counterpart is a difficult task, but one that deep neural networks are now coming to grips with. -- MIT Technology Review.

How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with Screasy

How to Replace a Cracked iPhone 5c Screen with Screasy

With his wife"s iPhone 5c suffering from a broken screen, Josh Centers had the perfect opportunity to test out the Screasy iPhone Screen Repair Kit. -- TidBITS.

Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Apple today has launched a new page on the App Store dedicated to showcasing apps that take advantage of the Accessibility features on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple says that the section is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Accessibility featured page on the App Store is further broken down into sections for Vision, Hearing, Speech, Learning and Literacy, and Physical and Motor Skill.

Should Apple Music be labeled as beta until the "nightmare" issues get resolved?

Should Apple Music be labeled as beta until the

It"s been almost a month since Apple Music first launched, and reception seems to be largely critical despite the music streaming service being completely free to use for the first three months after signing up. -- 9to5Mac.

Rare cases of corruption strike Apple

Rare cases of corruption strike Apple

Apple has warned owners of 2015 MacBook Pros that they're at risk of data corruption.

Cupertino says those in possession of "Retina, 15-inch, mid 2015" models have firmware installed that might do nasty things to the laptops' on-board solid state disks (SSDs).

There's therefore a recommended update owners of the relevant machines are urged to contemplate before something unpleasant befalls their data.

Apple says corruption will only happen "in rare cases". But you don't want to be that case, do you, so get patching!

Revitalizing an old iPod with OWC's iFlash adapter

Revitalizing an old iPod with OWC's iFlash adapter

Our family minivan came with a USB connector in the glove compartment, and so for years I"ve kept a 60GB fifth-generation iPod Classic in there, loaded up with as much music as I could fit. But lately it"s been showing signs of age that made me fear for the life of its internal spinning hard drive, and I haven"t been able to load our entire music library onto it for years. -- Six Colors.

How to stop Apple and Google tracking your every move using location-based data

How to stop Apple and Google tracking your every move using location-based data

You might not know it, but Apple and Google are keeping an eye on your every move. Yes, right now. Wait, they saw that, stop, keep still.

Like Jurassic World's Indominus Rex, they've been watching without you knowing, with both companies using the geo-location data from your respective iOS and Android-powered smartphones to keep tabs on you. -- Digital Spy.

A parent's dilemma: Replacing the family iPad on the cheap

A parent's dilemma: Replacing the family iPad on the cheap

What's a busy working mama to do when the family iPad suddenly has to be returned to the office? The first thing is not to panic.

The reality is that children are among the heaviest users of tablets. From occupying a toddler in a restaurant so mom and dad can finally get a decent meal to entertaining elementary-age kiddos on a long flight or car trip, parents see tablets as a useful tool to help preserve their sanity. -- CNET.

This simple trick vastly improves Apple Pay

This simple trick vastly improves Apple Pay

One of the slight criticisms raised about Apple Pay when using the cashless system to commute is that it takes a fraction longer at the ticket barriers than swiping your Oyster card.

But this issue can easily be fixed, or rather avoided altogether, by "pre-arming" Apple Pay our your iPhone -- an underreported but neat little feature buried within Apple Pay. -- Wired UK.

I got my music back. At least most of it

I got my music back. At least most of it

It"s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 99 percent of my music back. -- The Loop.

10 jailbreak myths debunked

10 jailbreak myths debunked

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What"s true, and what"s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I"ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I"ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be. -- iDownload Blog.