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May 03Tuesday's News

 

Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 MacBook in speed test comparison

Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 MacBook in speed test comparison

Apple was able to squeeze out an extra hour of battery life and modest performance gains from its second-generation 12-inch MacBook, but is that enough to warrant an upgrade from the 2015 model? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head video. -- AppleInsider.

Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors. -- AppleInsider.

Tim Cook promises iPhone features you've never dreamed of

Tim Cook promises iPhone features you've never dreamed of

Future iPhones are going to be so amazing, you probably haven't even thought of the features Apple is going to add, Tim Cook claimed in a recent interview.

The Apple CEO appeared Monday on Mad Money in an effort to abate the company's bleeding stock price following last week's less-than-stellar earnings call. Cook reassured investors that the rumors of Apple's demise have been greatly exaggerated once again. -- Cult of Mac.

When Can AppleCare Replace a MacBook's Battery?

When Can AppleCare Replace a MacBook's Battery?

"I have a 2014 13" Retina MacBook Pro which I used extensively on a daily basis. I purchased AppleCare for the sole reason of protection against battery depletion over the coming years.

It's hard for me to tell whether my battery has lost capacity, but I'm sure it has against the original figures when I first got the machine.

My question is, when will AppleCare be willing to replace the battery due to loss of capacity? Is there a percentage? How can I test it?"
-- MacRumors.

Taking the Stigma Out of Buying Used Electronics

Taking the Stigma Out of Buying Used Electronics

Pre-owned products can be purchased with confidence; they are subject to rigorous testing and often come with return policies. -- New York Times.

Why Your Bits Might Be Flipped (and What to Do about It)

Why Your Bits Might Be Flipped (and What to Do about It)

We all experience misunderstandings about technology from time to time. Joe Kissell explains why it's not your fault, and how he approaches the subject of tech misconceptions in his new book, "Are Your Bits Flipped?". -- TidBITS.

Smart Connector is the future but Apple & accessory makers need to work together

Smart Connector is the future but Apple & accessory makers need to work together

Alongside the iPad Pro last November, Apple introduced a new connectivity option for users with the Smart Connector. Originally, Apple only touted the connection as being good for easily pairing things like keyboards to the iPad. We've since learned a little more about the capabilities of the three-pin connection, but overarching details are still vague. -- 9to5Mac.

Death by GPS

Death by GPS

One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British Columbia. Their destination was Las Vegas, where Albert planned to attend a trade show. They crossed the border and, somewhere in northern Oregon, they picked up Interstate 84. -- Ars Technica.

How to control when and how your Web browser shares your location

How to control when and how your Web browser shares your location

Safari, Firefox, and Chrome can give out your whereabouts, but you can prefer to not opt in.

Starting around eight years ago, browsers could be tapped by websites to provide an approximate to exact notion of where you are. Fortunately, from nearly the beginning, there was an understanding by those developing standards and implementations that such information should require affirmative permission--opt-in! From the advent, in nearly every case, you've been prompted whether or not you wanted to give a site your current location, often with some limitations. -- Macworld.

What to do when OS X asks for an old Apple ID

What to do when OS X asks for an old Apple ID

A reader wants to stop prompts on his hand-me-down computers from asking for his Apple ID instead of that of the current family member using it. -- Macworld.

How to create blank disk images with Disk Utility

How to create blank disk images with Disk Utility

Should you ever find yourself in the need to create blank disk images, OS X's built-in Disk Utility is your friend. A disk image usually has a .dmg extension and appears, looks and behaves like any ordinary file, with one key exception: launching it prompts OS X to mount the volume on the desktop. -- iDownload Blog.

How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac

How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac

Whenever you want to save a block of important text to your Mac, you probably copy and paste it into the Notes app or into a text editor to save it as a text document. But, did you know you could save any body of text on your Mac as a spoken iTunes track instead?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any highlighted body of text into a spoken iTunes audio track. -- iDownload Blog.

Ten tips to make Google Chrome faster and reduce how much RAM it uses

Ten tips to make Google Chrome faster and reduce how much RAM it uses

Is your Google Chrome browser feeling a little slower than it once did? Or are you finding that it's consuming a lot of your system's RAM and making your PC feel slower than it should?

Here are some tips to help you make Google Chrome fast again, and to reduce the amount of RAM the browser eats up. -- ZDNet.

Tip: quickly turn off your Mac's screen with this handy keyboard shortcut

Tip: quickly turn off your Mac's screen with this handy keyboard shortcut

If you don't want a bystander to read what's on your Mac's screen or just want to temporarily shut off the display--for instance, to save battery--you can take advantage of several built-in OS X features. -- iDownload Blog.


How to use pinned and favorite locations in Maps on iPhone and iPad

How to use pinned and favorite locations in Maps on iPhone and iPad

By dropping pins in Maps, you can get quick information on the location you selected, including how far away it is or even an approximation of how long it will take you to get there by car or on foot. If you realize that you are always looking for the same locations over and over again, you can also save time by making those locations favorites! -- iMore.

Changing your Apple ID credit card info directly from your iPhone

Changing your Apple ID credit card info directly from your iPhone

Your Apple ID is used whenever you want to make purchases from one of Apple's online digital content stores. This includes the App Store, iBooks Store, and iTunes Store.

From time to time, you may switch credit card providers, get a new credit card number, or opt to use a different payment method than the one you're already using. -- iDownload Blog.

First, They Came For Your iPhone, Now They're Coming To Get Your Mac

First, They Came For Your iPhone, Now They're Coming To Get Your Mac

As much as you don't want to think about it, your right to privacy is under attack. Yes, hackers and criminals are all over your wonderfully secure iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but so are the government's hackers and spooks. The difference here is that the courts tend to side with the government. -- Mac360.

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May 02Friday's News

 

3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers get OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 & tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers get OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 & tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

Apple pushed out a number of software updates on Wednesday, including the latest iOS beta for public testers, and new OS X and tvOS releases intended for developers. -- AppleInsider.


Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. -- AppleInsider.

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work. -- AppleInsider.

Apple's top secret 'Athena' chip fab gets new 'delicate equipment'

Apple's top secret 'Athena' chip fab gets new 'delicate equipment'

Apple has quickly moved to overhaul the equipment installed at the San Jose, Calif., chip fab it acquired from Maxim Integrated Products in December, indicating that the purchase was a strategic priority for the company in its relentless drive to out-innovate its competitors. -- AppleInsider.

Apple redesigns Support website with clean layout, responsive UI

Apple redesigns Support website with clean layout, responsive UI

As part of ongoing website redesign efforts, Apple on Friday launched a revamped Support Pages mini-site with a cleaner layout, easy to access topics links and responsive web assets supporting desktop and mobile browsing. -- AppleInsider.

When Wi-Fi is out, use Ethernet to get online with your iPad

When Wi-Fi is out, use Ethernet to get online with your iPad

iPads are made to go online with Wi-Fi, but what happens when the wireless goes down and all you have is an Ethernet connection to the internet?

With a couple of Apple dongles and a powered USB hub, you can easily use Ethernet to get online with your iPad, no Wi-Fi required.

Here's how. -- Cult of Mac.

Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle

Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle

One of the frustrations of nanotechnology is that we generally can't make nano materials in large quantities or at low cost, much less both. For the last five years a friend of mine has been telling me this story, explaining that there's a secret manufacturing method and that he's seen it. I'm beginning to think the guy is right. We may finally be on the threshold of the real nanotech revolution. -- I, Cringely.

Apple's Numbers: Using Data Formats

Apple's Numbers: Using Data Formats

Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." -- The Mac Observer.

Computer Technology is Fueling Exponential Change in TV Industry

Computer Technology is Fueling Exponential Change in TV Industry

After 50+ years of the NTSC video standard, we are hurtling forward, past HDTV and into 4K, even 8K, and Virtual Reality. And holographic interactions. What's fueling this change and how can we ever keep up now that computers are routinely used to design computers? Particle Debris page 2 looks at just some of the effects. -- The Mac Observer.

The John Sculley Interview: Apple's DNA, Walks With Steve Jobs and More

The John Sculley Interview: Apple's DNA, Walks With Steve Jobs and More

Bryan Chaffin interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, and it was a surprisingly insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered on his 2014 book Moonshot!, Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple--and with the late Steve Jobs--that were new to Bryan. He gathered some of the most interesting excerpts from the interview in this article. -- The Mac Observer.

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. -- The Mac Observer.

Backup and Restore OS X Text Substitutions on Your Mac

Backup and Restore OS X Text Substitutions on Your Mac

OS X provides a great feature that allows you to create shortcuts for longer text substitutions. These are synced to iCloud and accessible from your iPhone, too, and now there's a way to backup and restore them, as well! Watch this quick video to find out how. -- The Mac Observer.

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem! -- The Mac Observer.

How to enable screen sharing services remotely in OS X

How to enable screen sharing services remotely in OS X

If you have any Mac that you would like to manage remotely, then you can enable Screen Sharing or Remote Management in the Sharing system preferences. However, if these become disabled or if you keep them disabled by default, then you will not be able to access your system. Nevertheless, if you have Remote Login enabled and can establish an SSH connection, then you can take a few steps to re-enable Screen Sharing. -- MacIssues.

Turning Down an OS X Upgrade

Turning Down an OS X Upgrade

Apple will regularly alert you about updating your Mac to the latest version of its operating system, but you can turn off the messages. -- New York Times.

An iPad Misplaced at the Airport Takes Its Own Vacation

An iPad Misplaced at the Airport Takes Its Own Vacation

Using the Find My iPhone tracking feature, an owner follows the route of his device and goes online to post regular updates on its location. -- New York Times.

iTunes Turns 13 -- Continues To Be 'Awful'

iTunes Turns 13 -- Continues To Be 'Awful'

Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores--and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. The addition of the online store to the iTunes media player (which debuted in 2001) completely altered the way people bought, sold, and made music around the globe. -- Quartz.

The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock Phones

The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock Phones

As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. -- The Daily Gazette.

How-To: Disable or delete custom services in OS X

How-To: Disable or delete custom services in OS X

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a custom service using Automator for easily resizing images via the Finder. Today, we'll show you how to find the location of the custom services that you create in order to remove them. We'll also show you how to enable or disable Services using System Preferences. -- 9to5Mac.

How-To: Find your MacBook's battery cycle count and learn what it means about its battery life

How-To: Find your MacBook's battery cycle count and learn what it means about its battery life

Recently I noticed that my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display seemed to be dying at a faster clip. Naturally, I assumed that the battery might be going bad.

After checking the battery cycle count, I learned that I was probably wrong about the battery being bad, as the cycle count was still well within the normal life span of my MacBook. Here's how I was able to verify that everything was okay with my MacBook's battery. -- 9to5Mac.

How to tweak audio and video settings on Apple TV

How to tweak audio and video settings on Apple TV

One of the major conveniences of Apple TV is that it handles most of the setup work for you: It automatically detects audio and video hardware, and adjusts those settings accordingly. If, however, things don't quite look or sound right, you can manually make minor adjustments yourself. Here's how. -- iMore.

Tip: find tons of messages you didn't know existed inside Messenger's secret folder

Tip: find tons of messages you didn't know existed inside Messenger's secret folder

What if I told you that you most likely have tons of messages you didn't even know existed, stowed away in a little-known folder on Facebook?

While messages from your Facebook friends and Messenger contacts are delivered straight to your inbox, the system filters out those it deems spam and tucks them away into a hidden vault. -- iDownload Blog.

Children of MacPaint: SuperPaint and Canvas

Children of MacPaint: SuperPaint and Canvas

The development of MacPaint 2.0 changed the way the average computer user used his or her machine for all time. Instead of just having a typewriter or number crunching machine, the Macintosh could do work in the visual area as well.

In spite of the ground broken by MacPaint, there were some significant problems with the program. -- Low End Mac.

Imagining a totally wireless MacBook or iPhone: Someday one port will seem like one port too many

Imagining a totally wireless MacBook or iPhone: Someday one port will seem like one port too many

My latest project has been cleaning out my home office, and you know what I've found?

Cables. Lots and lots of cables.

USB cables, mini-USB cables, micro-USB cables, 30-pin dock connector cables, monitor cables, and what I can assume is only a rat king constructed entirely of power cables. -- Macworld.