A pair of visualizations comparing Apple's and Google's "innovation signatures" shows the difference in corporate cultures between the two giants, but doesn't tell the entire tale.
A series of graphics generated by link textdata analytics firm Periscopic, commissioned by Co.Design, has charted the last decade of patent filings by the pair of companies. Every patent filer has a single dot, which grows in correspondence with how many filings they have. A line links co-inventors of any given patent. -- AppleInsider.
Apple hosted its annual shareholders meeting today at the company's headquarters in Cupertino where a number of new proposals were presented by investors before Tim Cook took questions from the audience.
During his Q&A session, Tim Cook discussed how Apple plans to fight for net neutrality. He also assured shareholders that Apple plans to come out with new products that appeal to professionals and creatives, but insisted that the Mac and iPad aren't destined for a merger. -- The Mac Observer.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 62 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a detailed invention regarding Apple Maps and in particular, identifying rooftops. Apple was also granted a series of design wins for Apple Watch Bands. 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.
If you've got a Pages file full of important, super-secret info, then you should definitely protect it behind a password. In this Quick Tip, we'll tell you how to set a password for that, change it, and remove it when you need to! -- The Mac Observer.
Our iPhones have a lot of potential for computer power, but we might not think of them as desktop or laptop replacements. Writing this entire article on an iPhone instead of a computer, Jeff Butts explores this possibility and lets you know what you can do with that supercomputer in your pocket. -- The Mac Observer.
We've known for some time now that Apple has an interest in Augmented Reality (AR). What is it, and why does the iPhone need it? Is AR just another gadget to keep us in an upgrade frame of mind? Or is it fundamental to the evolution of the device we call an iPhone? It's all so very logical, as John explains. -- The Mac Observer.
Since the news broke that Apple is getting out of the router business, I've been looking to replace my AirPort Extreme. I wanted something with more power-user features, and the Synology RT2600ac stood out as a likely candidate. The $229.99 RT2600ac, which is the follow-up to last year's popular RT1900ac, contains a wealth of new additions, and is considerably more power-user friendly than Apple's AirPort Extreme. -- 9to5Mac.
Private Browsing is a useful feature built-in to Safari in iOS that limits what information is saved and shared as you browse the web. Let's take a look at how it works.
Here's how Apple describes Private Browsing:
Note: You many notice that some websites won't function normally when using Private Browsing, so give a try to turning off if you're running into issues. -- 9to5Mac.
Last week I bought a set of Beats X wireless headphones. They're pretty great, and the Apple-ified system of automatically pairing them to my Mac after I pair them to my iPhone works flawlessly. Less flawless: they seem to do a worse job staying connected to both my iPhone and my computer at the same time than the Bose QC35s do. This means that every time I want to use them on my Mac after using them with my phone, I have to click the Bluetooth menu, click the headphones, and click connect. -- The Verge.
Shooting late at night can be a bit tricky, especially with an iPhone, but you don't need a 7 Plus to capture stunning pictures.
While shooting in the dark isn't the most ideal, and things like portraits can be pretty gosh-darn difficult in low-light situations, there are a couple of things you can keep in mind that'll make your late-night iPhoneography really pop. -- iMore.
For professionals, I'm torn between recommending my traditional preference for Apple desktops and what Microsoft is doing in terms of flipping the PC market on its figurative head with the Surface Studio that merits serious consideration as a legitimate iMac killer. -- hittingthesweetspot.
I have been writing MacVolPlace for a very long time. Since 1996. In that time I have had occasion to be moved to such an extent regarding some aspect of the Apple/Macintosh universe that I could not keep silent.
At others times I discovered features of the hardware and/or software that I thought were too important to keep to myself.v
And there where times that disaster struck and I needed someone to tell it to.
Out of all of this "One Man's Opinion" was born. As the site says, it is only one man's opinion and that person is me; and no one else.
So I have created an archive of all of the articles going back to 2002. I recognize that much of it may only be entertaining or nostalgic. However, it is there for you enlightenment and enjoyment.
In what appears to be a regular release day, Apple on Monday made the fourth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and macOS 10.12.4 available for developers to download and test. -- AppleInsider.
Apple ID is the gateway to Apple's online services - App Store, iCloud, iTunes and more - and is a crucial part of your digital identity. AppleInsider shows you how to change the email address that serves as your Apple ID login credential in a few easy steps. -- AppleInsider.
I have to admit that I'm lagging behind with lighting technology at my house. As someone who hasn't yet even finished replacing my incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs with LEDs, smart lighting and the concept of "lights as art" has never entered my mind. Of course, I divulged none of this when I accepted an offer to review the $200 Nanoleaf Aurora-a modern, WiFi-controlled, artsy LED-light set. And I'm glad I spent the time getting to know the system. As it turns out, you don't have to be a cutting-edge smarthome guru to appreciate good connected lighting. -- Ars Technica.
At Mobile World Congress today, enterprise application software company SAP gave more details about its partnership with Apple, which will result in the creation of a toolset that aims to help developers build "enterprise-grade" apps for iOS. Called the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, the tools will use Apple's programming language Swift to present developers and designers with a collection of pre-built UI components and provide easy access to iPhone features (Touch ID, location services, notifications, etc.) in order to "accelerate app development and increase adoption." -- MacRumors.
Vizio's recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission has sparked conversation about the privacy implications of smart TVs. Josh Centers explains what to worry about, why you maybe shouldn't worry too much, and how you can maintain control of your privacy.
Most new TVs on the market are so-called "smart TVs," which incorporate software platforms that can run apps like Netflix without requiring an external device like an Apple TV. These network-connected smart TVs offer some convenience - it's handy having a Netflix button on your TV remote. But with such network-enabled capabilities come the inevitable privacy concerns. -- TidBITS.
I mentioned in my previous Final Cut Pro Diary piece that I attended one of Apple's free workshops, Final Cut Pro for Storytellers. There was a lot to take in, and as a complete beginner at the time, I knew I'd only really remember some percentage of it.
As the tutor had been really helpful in answering individual questions as well as covering the syllabus of the course, and I was keen to understand how to adjust exposure and boost saturation, I figured that repeating the workshop would be a good plan. This would allow me to get some one-to-one help with my specific questions, while also getting to grips with more of the core material.
As it turned out, that plan worked really well, and is one I'd recommend to any Final Cut Pro novice. -- 9to5MaC.
Apple's AirPods have been available for a few months now and as the completely wireless earbuds make their way to more users, there have been increased requests for more customization options.
While it's not explicitly clear from the start, there are a few changes you can make in the Settings app on your iOS device to slightly customize the AirPods experience. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple iCloud users beware: scammers have come up with another way to target you.
Scammers are calling unsuspecting victims and saying that the call recipient's iCloud account has been hacked, according to Daily Beast senior editor Michael Weiss. The caller says he or she is from Apple's Support team. But in reality, the culprit is trying to hack call recipients, according to Weiss, who received one of the calls himself. -- Fortune.
Heather Dowdee would like to see less of her daughter-her daughter's selfies, at least. She and four other people in her family share a single Mac to which everyone uploads their media. That copy of Photos has iCloud Photo Library enabled, syncing and backing everything up. -- Macworld.
Over the years, Apple has moved to a more minimalist user interface. Out of the box macOS works well enough, but it could use some tweaking. By customising a few settings you can make macOS work better for you.
If you're wondering if their are cool ways to personalise your macOS, then this is the right article to dig into. You can quickly change your Mac's look and feel. Learn how to customise your Mac-adjusting your macOS preferences to your personal tastes. -- Envato Tuts+.
Audio Hijack 3 has become my go-to tool for recording audio for podcasts and pretty much everything else on my Mac. But even if you're already using Audio Hijack, you may not realize just how flexible its modular, block-building approach allows it to be.
Let me give you two examples. The first one comes from the Session I use for recording and live streaming podcasts on The Incomparable or Relay FM. -- Six Colors.
AirDrop is the fastest and most convenient way to wirelessly send files from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac. While AirDropping from iOS to Mac OS is easy, how it works may not be particularly obvious to some users, and many people don't know the feature exists at all. Learning to use AirDrop to send files from an iPhone to a Mac is easy, and it offers a simple and reliable way to transfer photos, videos, notes, and other files between nearby devices. -- OS X Daily.
There are a number of different reasons why your attempt to empty your Mac's trash bin might be thwarted. Maybe an item is "still in use" even though you know it's not. Maybe an item is locked. Maybe an item has a special character that makes your Mac think it's too important to just delete. Whatever the reason, fear not. There is a way you can force your trash bin to empty for good and it can be done using Terminal. -- iMore.
[This has happened to me more than once. The Terminal is the only way out. -mam] There's a Terminal trick for that!
When was the last time Apple upgraded the Mac Pro launched back in 2013? It's a trick question. The new generation Mac Pro has never had an upgrade. Ever. Never. Likewise, Apple has slowed down the pace of upgrades to every Mac except the hot sellers-- the attractive but most anemic MacBook line. -- Mac360.
Last week was not a good week for one of my neighbors. His Mac died. It was an older iMac so perhaps it was due. Did he have a backup? Yes. Two backups. One to Time Machine and one clone to an external disk drive.
What could go wrong? Everything. -- BohemianBoomer.
[I use TimeMachine to external disk drives. I have used it more than once and it has always worked. However, it will not restore your Mac "exactly" as it was before the crash. For that you need a clone. -mam]
It's easy to forget that convenience can also leak information about you to anyone who can touch your iPhone or iPad.
A Twitter user recounted a familiar story of a lost iPhone that resonated with a lot of people just a few days ago. The person behind @afronomics- said she found another woman's phone in the bathroom. She noted... -- Macworld.
It took me a while to persuade my new Apple Watch to stop calling me Ruth.
Whenever the watch thought I was in need of positive reinforcement, the words "Well done, Ruth!" would light up on its shiny, touch-sensitive face.
"Well done, Ruth!" it would announce when I'd walked 10,000 steps or stood up at my desk or breathed. -- Washington Post.
While examining Reverb, AppleInsider determines Alexa in name only is no Alexa at all. The new app aims to bring Amazon's personal assistant to the Mac, but in our tests it fell short. -- AppleInsider.
If you've subscribed to a service such as Netflix or Spotify through the App Store, and are now looking to terminate your subscription, it takes just a few simple steps to cancel. AppleInsider shows you how. -- AppleInsider.
In an apparent policy shift, Apple recently notified store technicians that third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void the handset's standard warranty as long as the unauthorized fix does not damage the casing or other related components. -- appleinsider.
In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. It ended up dramatically shifting demand in the PC industry, but sales have since plateaued. Here's what Apple can do, has done and is doing to build iPad into the Post-PC future of computing. -- AppleInsider.
In 2010, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPad as a new product category between the smartphone and notebook. Born into ridicule, there's still a widespread misunderstanding of what iPad actually is, seven years later. Here's a look at why. -- AppleInsider.
Harsh language was appropriate under the circumstances. My router had just been hacked.
Setting up a reliable home network has always been a challenge for me. I live in a cramped three-story house and I don't like running cables. So my router's position is determined by the fiber modem. In a corner on the bottom floor. Not long after we moved in, I realized that our old Airport Extreme was not delivering much signal to the attic, where two game-obsessed occupants fought for bandwidth. -- Ars Technica.
Content delivery network Cloudflare has confirmed the existence of a bug that caused search engines to cache sensitive user data from a variety of well-known apps and websites. Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered and reported the bug to Cloudflare, and the company has since fixed the bug and published a detailed blog post about exactly what happened. -- Cult of Mac.
The most important frontier for robots is not the work they take from humans but the work they do with humans -- which requires learning on both sides.
The robots were Joe McGillivray's idea. The first one arrived at Dynamic Group in Ramsey, Minn., by pickup truck in two cardboard boxes. With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, McGillivray watched as a vendor unpacked two silver tubes, assorted blue-and-gray joints and a touch screen and put them all together. -- New York Times.
Drummer Richy Ramirez posted a video to Instagram where he used Siri as his metronome. Really, he used her as both metronome and backing track. It's clever and entertaining, both, and I love the beat he lays down on top. Check it out. -- Richy Ramirez.
Now that we've got the priorities of backing up your information and password management addressed it's time to focus on becoming more confident in the everyday use of your devices. In today's post we're going to focus on the iOS user interface.
If you're not already familiar, iOS is the operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Apple is often known for having the most friendly and easy to use mobile operating system on the market. However, that doesn't mean there isn't a learning curve or that everything is obvious. -- 9to5Mac.
Apple has started prompting iOS 10.3 beta users to enable two-factor authentication with a new push notification. The prompt has only started appearing over the last 24 hours or so and seems to have hit most users in the middle of the night last night. -- 9to5Mac.
In this week's edition of EduTech, we're going to discuss how to turn paper documents and handwritten notes into searchable PDFs using your iOS device. There are a few apps that do this, but the app that we're going to focus on is Scanbot... -- 9to5Mac.
In the first two installments of our new Logic Pros 101 series, we gave you an introduction to the interface and got you started with some recording and editing basics. This week, we dive into Channel Strips and the Mixer that houses them, a key to understanding how effects work and controlling the recordings on the tracks we created in previous lessons. -- 9to5Mac.
A few of the tell tale signs of being a long time Mac user-- dating back to the original 128k, back in the last century-- include some gray hair, a few more wrinkles, an extra pound or two, and the distinct feeling that we may be the last of a dying breed.>
Yes, I know Apple sold more Macs last quarter than ever before, but why do I feel like the endangered species Mac user? Maybe it has something to do with how today's Macs resemble the first generation of Macs more than they resembled Macs of the late 20th and early 21st century. -- BohemianBoomer.
Apple's Webkit team is proposing a new industry group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web--one that can develop a standard API that leverages modern GPU features.
In a post called "Next-generation 3D Graphics on the Web," Dean Jackson of Apple's WebKit team has called for a new industry community group at the W3C to discuss and develop a new standard API that leverages modern GPUs. Jackson not only shares a new API proposal but also offers a prototype of that API and one that chooses Apple's Metal shading language as a temporary default placeholder. -- Architosh.
For expert players, most video game AI amounts to little more than target practice -- especially in fighting games, where it rarely accounts for the subtleties of human behavior. At MIT, though, they've developed a Super Smash Bros. Melee AI that should make even seasoned veterans sweat a little. The CSAIL team trained a neural network to fight by handing it the coordinates of game objects, and giving it incentives to play in ways that should secure a win. The result is an AI brawler that has largely learned to fight on its own -- and is good enough to usually prevail over players ranked in the top 100 worldwide. -- Engadget.
As a desktop PC enthusiast, there are times you'll look upon your notebook-toting cousins-in-tech with their battery backup and curse -- usually just when the mains power goes off and you've lost your university assignment or, worse, all of that awesome work on Metro: Last Light. But that's where an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can help -- not necessarily to keep you fragging through the night, but at least to gracefully shut down your PC so nothing goes missing. But how do you pick the right model and what do the specs mean? -- APCMAG.
A cheap power strip might protect equipment from power surges, but it does nothing to help when the power goes out and your system comes to a halting crash. Read on as we show you how to buy the right battery backup device for your needs. -- HowToGeek.
With the rumor that Apple is discontinuing Airport and Time Machine Wi-Fi products, it leaves some users looking for new solutions. One new option might be Eero, one of the latest entrants in the field.
One of the problems with Wi-Fi is its inherently poor signal strength to the places in your home you want to actually use it. -- AppleInsider.
All iPhone models have a built-in GPS device which aids in navigation and allows for pin-point precision for location detection. While most users who interact with location and navigation features on their iPhone will be using the Maps applications, it can also be helpful to get exact GPS coordinates for latitude and longitude, perhaps for placing into a dedicated GPS tracker or for finding particular coordinates for a location on a map. -- OS X Daily.
Talking to Siri may be hit or miss, but Apple's iPhone is actually pretty good at understanding what you're saying to it.
In fact, Apple's speech-to-text software can be extremely useful outside of Siri. Users can talk to their phone and have it turn to text for anything that takes text input.
The button to dictate text to speech is prominently displayed on the default iOS keyboard next to the spacebar. -- Business Insider.
One of the first things most people do when they purchase a new smartphone is add their Gmail account. You may have more than one account, maybe you've made a new account that you want to add, or perhaps you skipped the email step during the initial setup process. Whatever the reason, adding a Gmail account is easy. -- Digital Trends.
If you're on a free iCloud storage plan, you are probably already aware that you only get 5GB to store your information (cue sad trombone). That isn't a lot of space, especially if you own multiple iOS devices.
One way you can free up some additional storage to use elsewhere is by manually choosing what app data gets stored, and what won't! -- iMore.
How do I configure a VPN on my iPhone? With the built-in network configuration tool! Apple makes it easy to set up a VPN client that supports L2TP, PPTP, and IPSec. If your company has a private intranet that you need access to while on the road, or if you travel the globe and want your iPhone to think it's still in your home country (or a different country), a VPN will help you out. Here's how. -- iMore.
Passwords are a necessary inconvenience. Yes, they're a pain to create and manage, but vital for keeping your accounts and devices secure. It might seem we're approaching the death of the password with the rise of biometric authentication and other such tech; but no single security method is foolproof. For the foreseeable future, expect to rely on a combination of techniques, including passwords.
And, really, passwords don't have to be a pain. In fact, managing your passwords can be downright easy, or at least easier than you think. -- PCWorld.
For many years, there were only a few photographers in my life that didn't use Apple products.
Everywhere I looked there was a sleek laptop with an illuminated Apple on the back because photographers always chose to work in the Mac OS environment.
In fact, I'd venture to say that the vast majority of photographers worldwide have used Macs to do their post-processing for a good, long while.
However, that's beginning to change - and fast.
But why? -- Photography Talk.
All of us know that politicians, used car salesmen, and the media lie to us all the time. We're used to it. Right or wrong, we discount what they say as soon as they say it. How would you feel if you knew Apple was lying to you?
Here's the first in a series of attempts to persuade Apple customers to move in a direction that is contrary to the facts in evidence. First up, Apple TV. Apple says "The future of television is here." No. It's. Not. Apple TV isn't even close to what the future of TV will be. For now, it's a convoluted mess with promise and hype that doesn't match the reality. What else? -- Mac360.
Do you trust Apple's text messaging app to be and remain secure? I do not. I've come to the realization that security and privacy may well be a cherished notion of the past, but something not fit in a complicated, complex, and overly viral brave new world. Apple claims end-to-end encryption is built in to Messages (sometimes referred to iMessage) and that may be the case, but even then there are two loose ends that may be more difficult to tie up in a ball of real security.
What loose ends? The sender and the recipient. The way it works should be obvious. When you send a message it remains on your iPhone. When the recipient receives the message, usually it remains on their iPhone or smartphone.
See the problem? -- NoodleMac.
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