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December 02Friday's News


Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro can use external GPUs, but at a cost

Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro can use external GPUs, but at a cost

One of the most frequent complaints about the new MacBook Pro is the relatively weak GPU as compared to some found on the Windows side. Some progress has been made very recently by independent developers, allowing the adventurous who aren't afraid to spend a few dollars to build and connect an external GPU to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac. -- AppleInsider.

Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack. -- AppleInsider.

A Plethora of Apple Watch Patents Surface Today Covering Auto-Limb Detection, a New Circular Interface & more

A Plethora of Apple Watch Patents Surface Today Covering Auto-Limb Detection, a New Circular Interface & more

It was certainly an Apple Watch day at the US Patent & Trademark Office. Our report covers six patents related to Apple Watch. The two key patents cover Apple Watch sensors that could automatically detect what limb a wearable device is being worn so as to activate the right medical sensors while the second patent covers an Apple Watch design with a circular interface. Considering the circular Apple Watch invention was ... -- Patently Apple.

Apple has acquired another Indoor Mapping Company and Prepares to use Drones to Improve Apple Maps Live Data

Apple has acquired another Indoor Mapping Company and Prepares to use Drones to Improve Apple Maps Live Datamap

Talk about timing. In the wee hours of the morning Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Advances Next-Gen Live Indoor Mapping Technology based on Inertial Navigation." The patent was covering technology that they picked up when acquiring indoor mapping navigation company Flyby Media. Back in 2013 Apple acquired WifiSLAM, a company that was borne out of a Stanford University project. Today we learn that Apple secretly acquired a Finnish company by the name of Indoor.io last year to boost their already long standing indoor mapping project. In fact, one Apple patent on this subject dates back to 2008. -- Patently Apple.

How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in macOS Sierra

How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in macOS Sierra

In older versions of OS X, I could access a virtual on-screen keyboard by checking a box in System Preferences. This was especially helpful if a certain key wasn't working on my real-world keyboard. Now that I've upgraded to macOS Sierra, I noticed that the option to enable the virtual keyboard is no longer there. Has this feature moved to another location, or has Apple removed it? -- The Mac Observer.

What Apple's MacBook Lineup Should Look Like

What Apple's MacBook Lineup Should Look Like

Dismayed by Apple's direction with the new MacBook Pro models? You're far from alone. Either way, Adam Engst feels that Apple needs to rethink its laptop lineup to provide models that optimize for each of price, size, and performance. -- TidBITS.

Create Dictation Commands On Your Mac

Create Dictation Commands On Your Mac

You can create scripts in Automator that can then be assigned to dictation commands. Once you have set things up, you can speak the command and your computer will execute the Automator script. In this example, I show you how to instantly bring up pictures of cats whenever you need some stress relief. -- MacMost.

macOS Sierra: Prevent unwanted connections by using a firewall

Stop Mac Apps From Phoning Home

A firewall can protect your Mac from unwanted contact initiated by other computers when you're connected to the Internet or a network. However, your Mac can still allow access through the firewall for some services and apps. For example:

  • If you turn on a sharing service, such as file sharing, macOS opens a specific port for the service to communicate through.
  • An app or service on another system can request and be given access through the firewall, or it might have a trusted certificate and therefore be allowed access.

For greater control, you can select apps and services and specify whether they can have access through the firewall. -- Apple Support.

Is Using FileVault Encryption in macOS Good Enough?

Is Using FileVault Encryption in macOS Good Enough?

There are many ways to use encryption on your Mac. Before you encrypt your Mac, it is vital to know which encryption type is best for you and to be aware of its strengths and weaknesses. This will you decide whether you should use FileVault or some other third-party encryption software to protect your Mac. -- Intego.

The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked

The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7 are unlocked

Users have praised the performance of Apple's A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7, but its underlying graphics architecture may not be so new after all.

Apple's GPU in the A10 Fusion chip used in the iPhone 7 is based on the same architecture used in the A9 chip, with tweaks for the speed boost. -- IDG News Service.

Apple now takes your old Apple Watch for free recycling

Apple now takes your old Apple Watch for free recycling

After upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 2, people now have another option for what to do with their old smartwatches.

This week, Apple added the Apple Watch to the Apple Renew program, which aims to get people to send their old devices to be recycled properly free of charge. But Apple is not offering store credit or a gift card in exchange for sending in an old Watch. -- Macworld.

How to Use Voicemail Transcripts on iPhone

How to Use Voicemail Transcripts on iPhone

The iPhone now has an excellent ability to transcribe voicemails, offering users a transcription of whatever voicemail has been left on the device. The voicemail transcriptions feature happens automatically, listening to your voicemails and transcribing them into text automatically for you to read. -- OS X Daily.

How to send incoming calls directly to voicemail on your iPhone

How to send incoming calls directly to voicemail on your iPhone

Can't take phone calls right now? Zap incoming iPhone calls to voicemail.

There are a few ways to send calls straight to voicemail. To start, you can quickly switch your iPhone to Silent Mode by toggling the Ring/Silent switch. That's the switch on the left-hand side of your iPhone, above the volume buttons. You'll see a small red strip next to the switch to indicate when it's in Silent mode. -- Macworld.

Tips To Quickly Redial Last Number On iPhone

Tips To Quickly Redial Last Number On iPhone

Here's a iOS tip on how you can quickly redial the last number on your iPhone without having to go through the call logs.

If you are a regular user of the Phone app, on iPhone then we have a couple of tips to share with you on how you can actually instantly recall or redial the last number or contact with minimal fuss. -- Redmond Pie.

What if the AirPort Extreme becomes the Siri Speaker?

What if the AirPort Extreme becomes the Siri Speaker?

Apple may be discontinuing its AirPort line of routers--or maybe just reinventing them as something new.

It's been a weird year for Apple, product-wise. Not only were there a dearth of updates to the Mac, relatively modest changes to the Apple Watch and iPad, and very little movement on the Apple TV, but the company took the rare step of essentially discontinuing two of its product families: displays and its AirPort Wi-Fi routers.-- Macworld.

The False Promises of the Internet

The False Promises of the Internet

The future of the Internet is grim. But this is what happens if you do not clamp down on the net.

The early idealism of the Internet was imagined as some great network that would somehow free the world's oppressed people and lead to a grand utopian future. All the world's information would be available at the touch of a button, greater participation in government by the people would be easy, and so on.

None of this has happened or will happen. Instead, the American public dove into a closed system called Facebook, where it dwells as the machine feeds them filtered crap in an echo chamber of their own creation. Those who venture beyond the bubble quickly retreat back into the Facebook milieu where they feel safe. -- PC Magazine.

December 01Tuesday's News


Apple AirPort Extreme claims top marks in consumer-grade wireless router survey

Apple AirPort Extreme claims top marks in consumer-grade wireless router survey

A recent customer satisfaction survey of home router technologies places Apple comfortably on top of the heap, despite recent reports of the division closing down, and engineers re-assigned to other projects. -- AppleInsider.


Apple updates Boot Camp audio driver that was causing blown MacBook Pro speakers

Apple updates Boot Camp audio driver that was causing blown MacBook Pro speakers

Apple has issued an update to Boot Camp drivers within Windows, preventing the random, loud pops from over-ranging and damaging the new MacBook Pro's speakers. However, the driver doesn't fix speakers already damaged by the problem. -- AppleInsider.

Apple investigating iCloud Calendar spam solution

Apple investigating iCloud Calendar spam solution

Apple on Wednesday released a statement regarding a recent spate of spam iCloud Calendar invitations, saying it is working to address the issue by identifying and blocking suspicious invite senders. -- AppleInsider.

Mozilla and Tor release urgent update for Firefox 0-day under active attack

Mozilla and Tor release urgent update for Firefox 0-day under active attack

Developers with both Mozilla and Tor have published browser updates that patch a critical Firefox vulnerability being actively exploited to deanonymize people using the privacy service. -- Ars Technica.


A beginner's guide to beefing up your privacy and security online

A beginner's guide to beefing up your privacy and security online

With Thanksgiving behind us, holiday season in the US is officially underway. If you're reading Ars, that can only mean one thing: you'll be answering technical questions that your relatives have been saving since the last time you visited home.

This year in addition to doing the regular hardware upgrades, virus scans, and printer troubleshooting, consider trying to advise the people in your life about better safeguarding their security and privacy. Keeping your data safe from attackers is one of the most important things you can do, and keeping your communications and browsing habits private can keep that data from being used to track your activities. -- Ars Technica.

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 10.1 to Developers

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 10.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.1 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third tvOS 10.1 beta and more than a month after launching tvOS 10. -- MacRumors.

Add Folders to the Mac's Sidebar

Add Folders to the Mac's Sidebar

If you do not see shortcuts to the computer's Pictures, Music or other standard folders when you open a Finder window, you can add them yourself.

The Finder, Apple's desktop system of icons, files and folders for its Mac computers, can be customized in many ways. If you do not see a Pictures folder in the sidebar (the left pane of an open folder window in the Finder), it most likely has not been enabled in the settings -- but you can change it. -- New York Times.


Notification Center

Notification Center

The Notification Center icon is in the top-right corner of the screen. You can use Notification Center to view details about your day and catch up on notifications you missed. -- Apple Support.

How Tribal Warfare Caused Apple's Loss of Gloss

How Tribal Warfare Caused Apple's Loss of Gloss

Modern tribes are groups formed of one mind held together by their beliefs and easy, fast communication. They work to obtain a voice in the community and are often at war with each other or Apple over some technical topic. Apple tends to dismiss these tribes and focus on the customer, but tribes can have an influence too. Understanding Apple's intentions and vision against the torch of the tribes is a tricky process. John explains. -- The Mac Observer.

Google Maps for iOS updated w/ 'Nearby Traffic' widget, ability to search for places along a route

Google Maps for iOS updated w/ 'Nearby Traffic' widget, ability to search for places along a route

Google today is pushing a new version of Google Maps to iOS users. The update, which brings the app to version 4.25, includes a pair of new features. There's additional optimization for iOS 10's widget functionality, as well as a new feature that will make it considerably easier to find a place to stop off during a drive... -- 9to5Mac.

Why a web browser is the wrong place to save your password

Why a web browser is the wrong place to save your password

For the average Internet user, security of passwords is often a secondary consideration, right after convenience. Most of us belong to so many different websites requiring passwords that we could never name them all, even if a gun were placed to our heads.

Clicking that little "yes" button when our web browsers automatically ask us if we want to save our password is almost an automatic reflex reaction for some of us. But this practice is actually the worst possible method for keeping your passwords safe. Using a password management system provides infinitely more protection. -- Apple World Today.

Apple now accepting Apple Watch on trade-in site, but currently free recycling only

Apple now accepting Apple Watch on trade-in site, but currently free recycling only

Earlier today Apple updated its website where customers can send in an old device for recycling to include the Apple Watch. That means that customers can now send their old Apple Watch to be responsibly recycled through the company's Apple Renew program free of charge, but it's not offering customers a gift card or any credit in exchange like it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs. -- 9to5Mac.

Apple Adding New Macs to 'Obsolete and Vintage' List

Apple Adding New Macs to 'Obsolete and Vintage' List

The publication claims to have seen (but did not publish) an internal memo that says the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros (Early 2011) and 13-inch MacBook (Mid 2009) will be added to the list. That means they will no longer be accepted from Apple or authorized service providers for new parts or servicing. The only desktop on the list is the Mac mini (Early 2009.)

The exception to the rule is in Turkey, where owners can still get service at authorized providers, and the state of California due to state law.

Apple defines vintage products as those "those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago" and obsolete as anything discontinued more than 7 years ago. Apple Stores don't distinguish between the two lists, as neither are serviced. -- Apple Support.

MacBook Pro Diary: Real-life use reveals a few minor niggles, but I absolutely love it

MacBook Pro Diary: Real-life use reveals a few minor niggles, but I absolutely love it

Having got my maxed-out 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro set up yesterday, I've now been using it for a total of around 12 hours -- so I'm calling this one my first real-life usage impressions. -- 9to5Mac.

How to use Siri to remember where you parked your car

How to use Siri to remember where you parked your car

Starting with iOS 10, your Maps app can remember where you parked your car. You can configure it to do this automatically, but in circumstances where you don't have a compatible head unit, this isn't going to work.

On the other hand, whether you have a compatible head unit or not, you can alternatively use Siri to remember where you parked your car manually. -- iDownload Blog.

Don't Fall for These Holiday Shopping Scams

Don't Fall for These Holiday Shopping Scams

It's easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holidays. You have parties to plan, cards to send, and gifts to buy, and that can be a lot to squeeze into just a few weeks. Don't let the stress cloud your better judgment. Watch out for these scams that prey on holiday shoppers. -- Lifehacker.

November 30Wednesday's News


Apple hires Wired magazine creative director to design team

Apple hires Wired magazine creative director to design team

Apple is adding a new member to its design team, as Billy Sorrentino, Wired magazine's Head of Creative, on Tuesday announced he will depart the publication to take on an undisclosed role at the Cupertino tech giant. -- AppleInsider.

British MP urges schools to confiscate iPads, says children use tablet to bully

British MP urges schools to confiscate iPads, says children use tablet to bully

A British Conservative Party politician is calling on educators to prohibit the use of, and if necessary confiscate, iPads during daily lessons in a bid to keep students focused on academic pursuits. -- AppleInsider.


MacBook Pro: Too slow and not enough 'pro'

MacBook Pro: Too slow and not enough 'pro' [Review]

It's been four long years since Apple's last big update to the MacBook Pro lineup. But Apple finally answered our prayers and delivered us the brand new MacBook Pro we've been waiting for -- or did it?

It's a beautiful machine with an intriguing new interface element called the Touch Bar. Check out my full MacBook Pro review. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Offering Refunds to Customers Who Paid for iMac Hinge Repairs

Apple Offering Refunds to Customers Who Paid for iMac Hinge Repairs

Apple will issue refunds to customers who previously paid for an iMac display hinge replacement or repair, according to a recently updated service document internally distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors. These repairs could often cost upwards of $100 based on user complaints. -- MacRumors.

Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Shouldn't Fact-Check

Op-Ed Contributor: Facebook Shouldn't Fact-Check

It's dangerous to promise that a social network will vet what's true.

We finally got a grudging mea culpa from Mark Zuckerberg: an admission that fake news is a significant problem that his social network must help solve.

But as a journalist who has been covering the inner workings of the technology industry for more than a decade, I find the calls for Facebook to accept broad responsibility for fact-checking the news, including by hiring editors and reporters, deeply unsettling. -- New York Times.

Skip the Phish on the Menu

Skip the Phish on the Menu

I got an email from Amazon for something I didn't order. Should I be worried my account has been compromised? So far, nothing has happened.

Fake messages claiming to be from Amazon are one of the many tactics online thieves use to try and get your financial information. -- New York Times.

It's Not Just You, iCloud Calendar Spam is On the Rise

It's Not Just You, iCloud Calendar Spam is On the Rise

If you're using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporting fake events about Black Friday 'deals' coming from Chinese users. If you're looking for cheap Ray-Ban or Louis Vuitton knockoffs, you might find these invites useful. Otherwise, you might be wondering: why is this a thing?

If you use your calendar for work, you already rely on calendar invites to invite other people to meetings and events. All major calendar backends support this feature -- Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange and Apple's iCloud. And it's quite a convenient feature as you only need to enter an email address to send these invitations. You don't need to be in the same company or even in your recipient's address book. But it's also yet another inbox -- and like every inbox out there, it can get abused. -- TechCrunch.

Boot Camp Might Damage Speakers on 2016 MacBook Pro

Boot Camp Might Damage Speakers on 2016 MacBook Pro

One of the things an Apple Mac can do that Windows 10 machines can't do -- at least easily and completely legally -- is run both Windows and MacOS. Interestingly, it's Apple's Boot Camp utility that makes this feat possible, which essentially enables Macs of all flavors to boot directly to Windows 10 and use the Mac as if it were a Windows machine.

Usually, this is a fairly straightforward process that works well, with the resulting Boot Camp configuration doing fairly well at mimicking a Windows 10 machine with a few hardware limitations. As of the 2016 MacBook Pro machines, however, it appears that Boot Camp might be causing some serious and uncharacteristic audio issues. It appears that the new speakers running on the refreshed MacBook Pro line aren't working so well with the obsolete drivers provided in the current version of MacOS Sierra Boot Camp. Users are reporting the issue on all models of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and they are not experiencing the issue in MacOS.

Virtual machines using Parallels or other software are also not experiencing the issue, providing more support of a bad audio driver causing the problem in Boot Camp. -- AppleInsider.

iOS 10 Mail: New "Organize by Thread" Options

iOS 10 Mail: New

If you like organizing the emails on your iPad or iPhone by thread, then iOS 10's got a couple of handy new choices for you. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over them (and we'll also cover what threading looks like if you're unfamiliar with it!) -- The Mac Observer.

MacBook Pro Diary: Temporary dongle hell as I migrate from my old machine

MacBook Pro Diary: Temporary dongle hell as I migrate from my old machine

My shiny new maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar finally arrived yesterday, and it was time to migrate everything from my old Mac.

I wrote in the first piece that I was wasn't overly concerned about the port situation, though did recognize that it wouldn't be an entirely painless transition. -- 8to45Mac.

Apple once more supports (RED) for World AIDS Day: four new products, 20 games & more

Apple once more supports (RED) for World AIDS Day: four new products, 20 games & more

As it has done for a decade now, Apple is once more supporting the (RED) campaign to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Each year, the company turns the store logos red, offers a number of special-edition (RED) products and donates money to the cause. -- 9to5Mac.

How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

How to Stop iCloud Calendar Spam

A new and pernicious kind of spam has crawled from the ooze to take advantage of an iCloud feature. By default, if someone sends you an event invitation, iCloud automatically inserts it into your calendar and prompts you to accept or decline the invitation within the Calendar app on your Mac or iOS device. This is a nice feature when you're receiving actual invitations to meetings or outings with friends. -- TidBITS.

macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide

macOS Sierra: The smart person's guide

This in-depth look at macOS Sierra covers new and exciting features, enhanced integration with iOS, requirements for installation, and how to get the most out of Apple's desktop OS. -- TechRepublic.

How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security

How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security

It seems like Apple put a Watch under the hood of the new MacBook Pro's touch-based interface for security and interaction.

For years, people have speculated about whether Apple would ditch macOS in favor of iOS, shedding desktops and turning laptops into something like an iPad Pro in a fixed clamshell. A version of iOS has apparently come to the Mac, but not in a way that anybody expected. The new Touch Pad has a separate brain, a custom T1 ARM processor system-on-a-chip (SoC), that looks to be running a stripped-down variant of iOS, possibly derived from watchOS. -- Macworld.

What's the best way to migrate?

What's the best way to migrate?

I have spent an awful lot of time migrating my data to various Macs over the years. (If you want to review a product, you need to use it, and that means bringing over enough of your stuff to do that.) Recently with the release of the new MacBook Pro models, I got to do two more data migrations, which led to a string of conversations on Twitter about the "right way" to move from one Mac to another.

You can read my reviews of my experience of moving from an old iMac to a new one here and here. -mam]

Truth is, there's no one right way to migrate. I've tried them all, and they all have their issues. Let's walk through the options and consider their strengths and weaknesses. -- Six Colors .

How To Save iPhone Voicemails

How To Save iPhone Voicemails

It's annoying when you miss a phone call, but it happens from time to time. The caller may leave a voicemail if the call was important enough, and sometimes they'll even leave one even when it wasn't. That said, no one wants the voicemail section on their phone to be cluttered with old messages. Luckily, you can save them either directly to your iPhone or your PC, thereby clearing up space and preserving precious messages for future reference. -- Digital Trends.

Tracking Your Sleep in iOS 10

Tracking Your Sleep in iOS 10

On the Bedtime screen, you'll see a circular display where you can draw an arc to represent your preferred bedtime and wakeup times; the total hours of sleep your chosen times represent will be shown in the middle. Tapping on Options in the top left corner lets you choose to only apply your bedtime schedule on specified days of the week, select the alarm wake up sound, and choose how many minutes before bedtime you'd like to receive a bedtime reminder. -- iLounge.

iPhones and New Cars: Obsolete When You Buy Them

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November 29Tuesday's News


A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

A 10-Digit Key Code to Your Private Life: Your Cellphone Number

The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it.

The cellphone number is more than just a bunch of digits. It is increasingly used as a link to private information maintained by all sorts of companies, including money lenders and social networks. It can be used to monitor and predict what you buy, look for online or even watch on television. -- New York Times.

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, watchOS 3.1.1

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with new pre-release builds of three to test on three its four major platforms: iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

Developers can now download all three betas from Apple's developer portal, or via Software Update on registered devices. The build numbers are identified as:

For many, the most obvious changes in iOS 10.2 may be its emoji, as the update includes redrawn images and 72 new characters, conforming with Unicode 9.0. The new iOS and tvOS versions also include a new dedicated "TV" app.

iPhone 7 owners will also gain new wallpapers with the forthcoming iOS 10.2 release, while the native Videos app gains widget support. Apple is also adding a new "Celebration" effect in messages.

iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 will also add single sign-on support for streaming TV, allowing users subscribed to cable or online-only services to access channels across multiple apps without constantly re-authenticating.

How to stop the wave of Apple Calendar invite spam

How to stop the wave of Apple Calendar invite spam

Over the past few weeks_and particularly over the retail adventure widely referred to as "Black Friday"_many Apple device owners experienced a new form of unsolicited and unwanted messages: a swarm of calendar alerts for online "deals" from spammers. The messages took advantage of the default settings in Apple's iCloud calendar service, allowing senders to automatically push calendar alerts to Apple iOS and macOS users and bypass e-mail entirely. -- Ars Technica.

Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording

Forgotten audio formats: Wire recording

It's bizarre but true: wire recording is the longest-lasting capture format in audio history, one that paved the way for reel-to-reel tapes and a host of others_even though most people today, and some techies included, have barely heard of it. -- Ars Technica.

How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due

How Google Knows When Your Bills Are Due

This week my smartphone received an alert from Google listing the balances due on my credit cards. My response was "never" do it again, but I have to wonder about my personal financial/identity security. How did they get this information? Is it legal? -- New York Times.

iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone Users

iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone Users

A recent iOS update to 10.1.1 fix Apple's Health application has had unintended consequences for many users -- shutdown at 30% battery remaining and lack of audio using Apple Earpods. Users on an Apple forum report that the battery indicator jumps from 30% to 1% (dubbed the 30% bug) and a reboot is required where the phone then runs for a few more hours. Some have taken the iPhone back to receive a replacement only to find the same thing happens. Apple has not responded to the 11 pages of forum complaints but apparently, Genius Bar staff have identified unusual discharging of the battery -- which does not make sense if a reboot temporarily fixes the issue and returns the battery indicator to 30%. It also appears to affect all versions of iPhone that support iOS 10.x. -- iWire.

The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

You love technology, but not everyone does. For many people computers are confusing, even scary. Malevolent actors know this, and try to deliberately trick people online. From ads that look like download buttons to ransomware pop-ups, the web is full of deception-based design, intended to take advantage of the less technically inclined.

In theory, this is part of why app stores are useful. Users afraid of being scammed on the open web can browse the Mac App Store with confidence, knowing that Apple's walled garden will protect them.

Except it won't. -- HowToGeek.

Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Will Become Obsolete Next Month, Lose Apple Repair Support

Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Models Will Become Obsolete Next Month, Lose Apple Repair Support

Apple will add certain MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models to its list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose official Apple repair support through the company's retail stores and authorized resellers. Kicking in on December 31, 2016, the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) will become vintage and obsolete in all markets where applicable, while the Mac mini (Early 2009) and MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) will become obsolete worldwide on the same date. -- 9to5Mac.

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

macOS Sierra: Enabling Your Mac's Firewall and Stealth Mode

Your Mac is pretty safe on your private home network, but what about when you're surfing the Web in coffee shops? Anyone with a computer and rudimentary hacking skills could target you, which is why it's important to make sure your Mac's built-in firewall is enabled_and that Stealth Mode is turned on, too. Read on to learn how. -- The Mac Observer.

Need Wired Networking on Your Touch Bar MacBook Pro? Anker's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is Available Now

Need Wired Networking on Your Touch Bar MacBook Pro? Anker's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is Available Now

The new Touch Bar MacBook Pro doesn't include an Ethernet port_just like Apple's other laptops_and despite the company's long list of adapters, it doesn't make a USB-C to Ethernet dongle. Apple offers Belkin's USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter but it's back ordered 7 to 10 weeks, which isn't much help if you need one now. Anker, however, is selling one on Amazon that's shipping now, and it's less expensive than Belkin's at US$22.99 instead of $26. Anker has a solid reputation, which is why I already ordered mine. Bonus: Amazon Prime members get two-day free shipping. -- The Mac Observer.

9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers of 2016 MacBook Pro owners hit by GPU glitches

9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers of 2016 MacBook Pro owners hit by GPU glitches

A poll of 9to5Mac readers show that significant numbers of owners of the latest MacBook Pro models have experienced the GPU glitches reported last week. Problems were reported with all of the new models, ranging from 40% of owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 460, down to 11% of those with the mid-tier 455 variant... -- 9to5Mac.

How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple's battery replacement program

How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple's battery replacement program

When Apple announced an iPhone 6s battery replacement program last week, identifying select models that might be eligible for a free repair due to unexpected shutdowns, it only specified manufacturing dates for potentially affected devices. It recommended customers take a trip to an Apple store or authorized reseller if they are experiencing issues to check if they are eligible for a repair. But there's a quick and easy way to check if your device is eligible at home, using the same process that Apple repair staff will be using in stores... -- 9to5Mac.

Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering Force Touch for MacBook & Magic Trackpad and Much More

Apple was Granted 57 Patents Today Covering Force Touch for MacBook & Magic Trackpad and Much More

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a couple of Apple's Force Touch granted patents covering their Magic Trackpad 2 and their new MacBook. Our report also covers several key design patents for devices and icons and we wrap up this week's granted patent report as always with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents -- Patently Apple.

The Macintosh Endgame

The Macintosh Endgame

The Macintosh line of personal computers will soon be 32 years old. It has a venerable past... but what kind of future does it have in a declining market?

On the surface the Mac appears to be thriving. If 'Macintosh Inc.' were an independent company, its $22.8B in revenue for Apple's 2016 accounting year (which ended in September) would rank 123rd on the Fortune 500 list, not far below the likes of Time Warner, Halliburton, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. -- Monday Note.

How A Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody's iPhone From Anywhere In The World

How A Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody's iPhone From Anywhere In The World

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone's contact list and messages_and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak's story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare. -- Vanity Fair.

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why

Mobile shopping is often a lousy experience, but things are getting better. You just have to be patient.

On a Friday this month in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an earful.

"It's difficult to move around and look for other options," Munaf Tinwala, a 42-year-old chemical engineer from Long Island, told me.

"It's just a hassle," 22-year-old Macarena Dawson, of Queens, said. -- CNET.

One in four Wi-Fi hotspots is a security nightmare

One in four Wi-Fi hotspots is a security nightmare

A quarter of the world's Wi-Fi networks are so insecure that the only thing stopping hackers from abusing them is their own lack of will. This is according to a new, extensive research by security experts at Kaspersky Lab, which have analyzed more than 31 million public Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world. -- BetaNews.

Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE

Our Guide to the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE

Between the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE_Apple's current iPhone models_we think the 7 is the best for most people because it nicely balances screen size and usability. Its 4.7-inch-diagonal display offers considerably more screen space than you get with the iPhone SE; and compared with the larger iPhone 7 Plus, the 7 feels better in most hands, is easier to use one-handed, and slips into and out of a pocket more easily. Specifically, we recommend the 7 with 128 GB of storage for anyone who will be taking a lot of photos and videos with their phone_though you probably don't need 128 GB, 32 GB may to be too little storage. -- The Wirecutter.

The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for a camera security system

The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for a camera security system

Synology is well known for their NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Over the past week I've had the chance to review a NAS that Synology is going to be selling packaged with two IP cameras. The Synology DS416j will be packaged with two Amcrest Pro/HD cameras and four Seagate Ironwolf hard drives. They are packaging and promoting this as an entry level home security camera system. -- AppleWorld Today.

How to exclude vehicles from your public transport route in Maps

How to exclude vehicles from your public transport route in Maps

Apple Maps is still expanding its public transport information worldwide but with more and more locations being added incrementally, there is a growing chance you by now live in the backyard of a city that Maps does relay public transport data to.

Apple has touted the service for its clean integration into Maps and comprehensive breakdown of the local train, tram or ferry schedules, which for most users has very much lived up to the expectations set. It also allows for swift routing on your iPhone at the hands of said public transport means. But did you know you could narrow down the public transport options in order to avoid certain vehicles when en route? -- iDownload Blog.

10 reasons to love the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro

10 reasons to love the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro

While so much of the conversation concerning Apple's MacBook Pro has focused on the need to use dongles to connect to its four USB-C ports, there are numerous advantages to the transition. -- Computerworld.

How to protect yourself on Twitter with its improved mute, report, and filter tools

How to protect yourself on Twitter with its improved mute, report, and filter tools

Like many people, I spend too much time on Twitter, the "microblog" social network that lets you have snippets of conversations and post short insights (or, more likely, alleged jokes) that can be seen by everyone else on the network. -- Macworld.


How Apple Doesn't Care About Christmas

How Apple Doesn't Care About Christmas

Holiday gift giving? Black Friday? 'Bah Humbug.' That seems to be the attitude permeating One Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA these days. It used to be that the extended holiday shopping period was where most retailers made their profits for the year. That's not the case with Apple. -- NoodleMac.


November 28Monday's News


Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is on a personal quest to stop the spread of misinformation about the company's new MacBook Pro flagship, as the executive penned another email outlining the why and how of Apple's decision to limit RAM allotments to 16GB. -- AppleInsider.

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 4K Display

Apple alongside the release of its new MacBook Pro lineup partnered with display maker LG to develop a pair of complementary UltraFine Displays with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and high-resolution IPS panels. Today, AppleInsider takes a look at the 21.5-inch 4K version. -- AppleInsider.

Buyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Buyers' guide: Choosing the perfect MacBook model from Apple's numerous new offerings

Apple has three distinct lines of laptop computers -- MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro -- but the lines between them can be pretty hazy. If you're in the market for yourself, or somebody you know, AppleInsider can help if you know the answers to a few, basic questions. -- AppleInsider.

How to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

How to customize the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in compatible apps

If you're a purchaser of the new MacBook Pro, you're probably eager to customize the Touch Bar. AppleInsider shows you how.

First of all, not every app's Touch Bar can be customized _for instance, Apple's own iTunes has no options to change features on the bar at all. However, in apps that allow it, including the Finder, the "Customize Touch Bar..." menu option lives in the "View" menu. -- AppleInsider.

LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

LG's UltraFine 5K Display gets unboxing treatment in new video

LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, developed in partnership with Apple to complement the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, received a traditional unboxing on Wednesday ahead of expected public availability in December. -- AppleInsider.

15-inch MacBook Pro mystery connector connects to special apparatus for emergency data transfer

15-inch MacBook Pro mystery connector connects to special apparatus for emergency data transfer

Apple's tool for migrating data from a new 15-inch MacBook Pro's SSD soldered to the motherboard has been spotted, and utilizes the unused connector discovered in tear-downs of the hardware. -- AppleInsider.

How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri

How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only Siri

One of the advantages of modern iPhones is the ability to go hands-free more often thanks to Siri -- but something people may not know is that it's possible to go straight into speakerphone mode when voice dialing. -- AppleInsider.

Review: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Review: Apple's 13

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar embraces the future, delivering it in a super light, portable, attractive and expensive package. But are users ready to embrace that future? And does the 13-inch model have enough horsepower and connectivity? Find out in AppleInsider's full review. -- AppleInsider.

How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Whether you closed one by accident or simply remembered something else you wanted to look at, reopening a closed tab is an essential task in any modern Web browser. Here's how to do it in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. -- AppleInsider.

Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good

Apple grounds its AirPort router division for good

Apple has disbanded the division dedicated to developing its Airport wireless routers, claims a new report.

The product line -- which spawned the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule, which Apple continues to sell -- hasn't been updated since 2013. -- Cult of Mac.

Everything that's new in Final Cut Pro X 10.3

Everything that's new in Final Cut Pro X 10.3

If you watched the most recent Mac media event, you already got a preview of Final Cut X -- thanks to the on-stage demo showing how it worked in conjunction with the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar. But there's a whole lot more to the Final Cut Pro 10.3 update than that. -- Cult of Mac.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: First look is amazing!

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: First look is amazing!

My shiny new MacBook Pro finally arrived. What kind of YouTube channel would Cult of Mac be running if we didn't film a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar unboxing?

In today's video, I open up my new space gray laptop, fire it up for the first time, and record my first hands-on impressions. Check it out below. -- Cult of Mac.

How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

How to Delete iCloud Calendar Spam Without Alerting Spammers

A large number of iCloud users have reportedly received spam in the form of unsolicited Calendar events over the last week.

Suspect Black Friday offers for cheap goods have been appearing in personal iCloud calendars, with the default options to Accept, Decline (or Maybe) appearing at first to be the only way to get rid of them.

Unfortunately choosing any of these options simply notifies the spammer that the account is live and ready for more unsolicited offers. Instead, users are advised to try the following alternative method for dealing with the spam events on their iOS devices. -- MacRumors.

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

If you haven't tried out iOS 10's new handwriting mode in Messages, you're gonna want to check out today's Quick Tip. We'll cover not only how to use this feature but how to erase the (potentially embarrassing) things you've drawn! -- The Mac Observer.

Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has launched a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices that suffer a flickering display or Multi-Touch issues. The program's description specifies devices that experience these troubles "after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device." -- The Mac Observer.

Peter Cohen's 'A History of Hard Drives'

Peter Cohen's 'A History of Hard Drives'

Peter Cohen has penned a fabulous "History of Hard Drives" for BackBlaze. He walks us through the earliest days of mainframe-related storage to today's SSDs, with lots of historic photos to illustrate the timeline. I love lore of all sorts_particularly computer-related lore_and I gobbled up this post. That said, I don't often link to company blog posts as a Cool Stuff Found, but Peter talks about his employer very little_the focus is the history. If you're a nerd, it's a great read. -- Peter Cohen.

When Your Mac Acts Up, Try This First

When Your Mac Acts Up, Try This First

Dr. Mac prescribes a pair of painless, safe, and relatively quick procedures that can often fix whatever's ailing your Mac and save you a trip to the Genius Bar. His experience is that these two techniques fix many types of wonkiness in ten minutes or less. -- The Mac Observer.


Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

Wi-Fi Mesh Systems Compared: eero, Orbi, AmpliFi

The future of home Wi-Fi is mesh networking, a new approach to consumer wireless networks that includes smart management and multiple radios designed to handle the load of today's gadgets. If you've been fighting with range extenders and other solutions to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage and keep your streams alive, you can now stop all that silliness and blanket your home with Wi-Fi. The future is here, and that future is mesh networking. -- The Mac Observer.

John Gruber on Jony Ive's Role at Apple

John Gruber on Jony Ive's Role at Apple

There's been discussion for a while now that Jony Ive was on his way out at Apple, or that he was trying to leave. My favorite was when being promoted to the C-Suite in Cupertino was somehow proof that he was leaving. That doesn't make sense. Seems Apple's new coffee table book, Designed by Apple in California, is also being seen as some kind of swan song for Sir Jony. -- Daring Fireball.

How to Choose a Router in 2016

How to Choose a Router in 2016?

This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2×2 vs 4×4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you'll have both the information and even some deals to be able to make your choice and know you've got the right Wi-Fi for your home. -- The Mac Observer.

Understanding Apple's Marginalization of the Mac

Understanding Apple's Marginalization of the Mac

Adam Engst argues that Apple's recent Mac-related announcements are understandable because, despite its size and capabilities, the company can focus on only one platform at a time. And it's not the Mac. -- TidBITS.

Welcome to the Post-Decision Age

Welcome to the Post-Decision Age

There are more things to talk about than Donald Trump, though I doubt that Donnie agrees with me. But we have to get on with our lives which, at least in my case, means getting on with my reading. Where does all the crap I write here come from but reading, talking to people, and waiting in line at Starbucks? Nowhere else! And if you want to be like me you may choose to read a new book by Michael Lewis, "The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds." Of course the book is very good and it's very well-written and it will tell you a lot about how decisions are actually made. But if we are looking forward instead of backward here, the book and its content don't really matter that much because we don't decide nearly as much as we think we do. We don't decide as much as we used to. In fact I'm about to argue that we're well into the Post-Decision Age. It's pretty much out of our hands. -- I, Cringely.

How to fix macOS Mail when mailboxes aren't in alphabetical order

How to fix macOS Mail when mailboxes aren't in alphabetical order

Steve Price wrote in with a question about alphabetic sorting of macOS Mail's mailboxes, and then, shortly after, a solution! (Which is always welcome, dear readers, as I can then share them widely with others.) -- Macworld.

What to do when your Mac displays the wrong time

What to do when your Mac displays the wrong time

Have you ever ran into a scenario where your Mac displays the incorrect time? It can throw a lot of things out of whack across all of your apps.

Despite all the things that can go wrong when your Mac's time is incorrect, it can be pretty easy to fix the problem. We'll walk you through some possible fixes in this piece -- iDownload Blog.

All the Ways I Automate

All the Ways I Automate

Scripting and automation have been in the conversation lately, owing to Apple's reported disbanding of the macOS team responsible for them and the departure of scripting advocate Sal Soghoian from the company last month.

They sounds like arcane, abstract concepts. And to be sure, scripting and automation are the sort of feature that's used by more like 5% of users rather than 50%. But in pondering Apple's possible shift in automation strategy, I began to consider all the ways I use it in my working life. -- iMore.

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new Mac

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new Mac

So, you've purchased your new Mac and you've got it all set up. Now, you're sitting in front of your screen, wondering what to do next. Lucky for you, we've got this useful guide to understanding the basic anatomy of your desktop or laptop. So, if you're new to Mac, welcome to the family. Now it's time to learn where everything is and what it does. -- iMore.

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new iPad

Beginners Guide: How to set up and start using your new iPad

Welcome to your new iPad! Here's how to set it up and get started with it.

Whether you've just bought a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, its bigger 12.9-inch cousin, or one of the iPads Air or Mini, the first thing you want to do is get it set up so you can get started using it. -- iMore.

How to use the TV app for Apple TV

How to use the TV app for Apple TV

As part of the upcoming tvOS 10.1 update, the Apple TV will get a brand new app called, simply, TV. This app will be the central location for TV and movie content on your Apple TV, not just from your iTunes library, but also from several of your video apps, such as Hulu, Starz, HBO Now, and CBS.

With this guide, you'll learn how to use the TV app, link it to video sources, watch your purchased videos, and even change how the Apple TV's Siri Remote works. -- iMore.

17 useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

17 useful tricks and shortcuts for your new Apple TV

The Apple TV 4, which came out last fall, is one of the most advanced media streamers on the market.

As opposed to older Apple TV models, the latest version can install apps and is a fairly sophisticated computer that you can hook up to your flat screen television.

You can tell if you have the latest Apple TV by looking at the remote: the new version's remote has a touchpad and six buttons. The "Siri" remote even has a microphone, so you can ask Siri to queue up the next show.

However, with all the new powers comes new complexity. There's also a brand-new touch-sensitive remote control to master. And it turns out, your Apple TV has a lot of hidden easter eggs buried in its new interface.

Here are the best Apple TV tricks and shortcuts for power users. -- Business Insider.

22 Tips Every Amazon Addict Should Know

22 Tips Every Amazon Addict Should Know

There was a time when shopping online seemed ridiculous, even dangerous. People were afraid to enter their credit card numbers in a browser window, hidden fees were the norm, and scams and fraud issues were paramount.

If you also proudly drink the Amazonian Kool-aid, then check out these tips. All are here for one reason and one reason alone: to help you get the absolute best out of your shopping experience. Whether that's better prices, faster shipping (even without drones), or abundant purchasing options, we've got them. If we missed your favorite, share it in the comments so everyone can benefit. -- PC Magazine.

Great Britain's newly-enacted 'snoopers' charter'

Great Britain's newly-enacted 'snoopers' charter'

A new law requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right. Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list. -- AP.