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February 11Thursday's News

 

Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

Google's massive AdWords network will no longer accept new display ads made in Adobe Flash as of June 30, the search giant announced this week, as it works to phase out the much maligned Internet plugin. -- AppleInsider.

Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly. -- AppleInsider.

Internet of Things to be used as spy tool by governments: US intel chief

Internet of Things to be used as spy tool by governments: US intel chief

James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, told lawmakers Tuesday that governments across the globe are likely to employ the Internet of Things as a spy tool, which will add to global instability already being caused by infectious disease, hunger, climate change, and artificial intelligence. -- Ars Technica.

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

A century after Albert Einstein explained his General Theory of Relativity, scientists are expected to announce that they have found gravitational waves - ripples created by the collisions of black holes. [Albert Einstein to the world: "I told you so."] -- The Telegraph.

Keep a no profile with online privacy device

Keep a no profile with online privacy device

You played poker online a few times and didn't tell anybody. You didn't have to. The bank you hope will give you a mortgage just purchased your online profile from a data broker and now wonders whether your history of gambling makes you a risky borrower.

Tech entrepreneur Christian Bennefeld is betting people are beginning to want privacy when connected to their devices. His eBlocker Pro is a simple plug-in device that hides your IP address and stops all tracking activities. -- Cult of Mac.

Why Apple doesn't sell televisions

Why Apple doesn't sell televisions

At least twice over the past decade Apple has been close to announcing its own television. Not the Apple TV set top box but actual big screen TVs with, well, big screens. But both times I've heard about this Apple backed away at the last minute. And the reason why they did was because even an Apple television would be just another television with an Apple logo. Steve Jobs realized that TVs had become a commodity and there didn't seem to be an obvious way to make Apple's television special. I'm not here to say Apple has finally found its TV design path as suggested in Walter Isaacson's book and will be doing a big screen TV after all. In fact I'm pretty sure Apple will never sell its own TVs. But I think Cupertino has finally figured out a way to grab an important and profitable part of nearly all TVs, controlling the future of video entertainment in the process. -- I, Cringely.

El Capitan: Getting the Sizes of Mailboxes

El Capitan: Getting the Sizes of Mailboxes

This Quick Tip is about something that Apple removed from El Capitan's version of Mail (the gear icon that was at the bottom-left) and how you can replicate its "Get Account Info" functionality to see the sizes of your mailboxes again. Apple sometimes giveth and then taketh away, but at least in this case, we can still "taketh" the feature back! -- The Mac Observer.

Study Shows Music Makes for a Better Love Life

Study Shows Music Makes for a Better Love Life

They say music is the language of love, and now there's a study to prove it. Sonos commissioned a research project using their own gear along with Apple's iBeacons, iPhones, and the Apple Watch to study the effects of music on families, and one of their findings showed music led to 67 percent more sex. -- The Mac Observer.

Apple bringing more of its content delivery in-house, possible preparation for streaming TV

Apple bringing more of its content delivery in-house, possible preparation for streaming TV

When you download or stream content from Apple -- be it Apple Music, an app or an OS X update -- that content is often delivered by a third-party Content Delivery Network, or CDN. The idea is to allow you to download it from a server close to you to maximize download speeds. It now appears that Apple is moving more of its content delivery in-house, as the company brings more data centers online. -- Business Insider.

New report contends mandatory crypto backdoors would be futile

New report contends mandatory crypto backdoors would be futile

An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against the kinds of mandated backdoors some federal officials have contended are crucial to ensuring national security. -- Ars Technica.

The iPhone Reality Distortion Field

The iPhone Reality Distortion Field

The iPhone has not only changed the definition of success for Apple, but has altered the perception required to properly sense reality. Similar to the dynamic that exists between rivaling siblings, having the iPhone become the single-most successful consumer technology product in history has produced an environment in which every subsequent Apple product decision has failed to meet the expectations set by iPhone. -- Above Avalon.

Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

Why and how to use a VPN on your iOS device or Mac

A virtual private network, commonly referred to as a VPN, is a type of connection you can use over the internet that helps to secure your identity as you surf the web.

Often times, they're used to improve your security and privacy on public Wi-Fi networks, but they're also used for a wide variety of other reasons. If you've been considering using a VPN on your iOS device(s) or Mac(s), then you've come to the right place. We're going to tell you all about why you should consider using a VPN and how to use them to your advantage. -- iDownload Blog.

Apple Pages 2.6.1 for iPhone and iPad review

Apple Pages 2.6.1 for iPhone and iPad review

The (free) 2.6.1 update to Pages for iOS adds support for new features in iOS 9 (such Split View) and the latest iPads and iPhones - including 3D Touch if you've got an iPhone 6s. Here's our Pages 2.6.1 for iOS review. -- Macworld UK .

Apple Numbers 2.6.1 for iPad and iPhone review

Apple Numbers 2.6.1 for iPad and iPhone review

Excel rules the business world, but Apple's free Numbers iOS app is a great alternative spreadsheet for home users and students: it has a great interface, and even better-looking templates. Our review takes a look at the new features in Numbers 2.6.1 for iPad & iPhone. -- Macworld UK.

Apple Keynote 2.6.1 for iPad & iPhone review

Apple Keynote 2.6.1 for iPad & iPhone review

Our updated review of Apple Keynote 2.6.1 for iOS review reveals an increasingly strong challenge to PowerPoint, as Keynote's new sharing features aim to challenge Microsoft. -- Macworld UK.

February 10Wednesday's News

 

MacVolPlace Updates

MacVolPlace Updates

I was contacted by the representative of a data recovery firm who found MacVolPlace and when he looked at our Data Recovery page he wanted to be part of it.

So as of this morning "Secure Data Recovery" has been added to the Data Recovery page. As always with all of the firms on that page, "These data recovery company links are provided as a service to our readers. No endorsement or guarantee of any kind is implied or intended."

In addition I have made additions, updates and changes to the Hardware Resources, Memory and MyStuff pages.

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple's Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company. -- AppleInsider.

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

This week's release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device's text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using their voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard. -- AppleInsider.

Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

A "huge" number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates. -- Ars Technica.

Apple loses big at the Crunchies

Apple loses big at the Crunchies

Apple was nominated for three "Crunchies," TechCrunch's annual award event for the best in technology. The technology giant lost all three.

Apple's 3D Touch, the Apple Pencil, and CEO Tim Cook were all put forth as the Best Technology Achievement, Best Hardware, and CEO of the Year, respectively.

None of them won a Crunchie, losing out to SpaceX Falcon 9, Samsung Gear VR, and Mark Zuckerberg. -- Cult of Mac.

How to get the most out of Siri on your Apple TV

How to get the most out of Siri on your Apple TV

Use the power of your voice to watch TV. That's not just something out of Star Trek, but the promise of Siri on the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Beyond the basic commands to find your favorite TV show, you might not know how much Siri can actually do for you. But using Siri Apple TV voice commands will do unlock loads of helpful features, including reading onscreen labels, getting more in-depth info about whatever you're watching, navigating various screens, and even playing music on demand. -- Cult of Mac.

Best ergonomic accessories for Mac owners

Best ergonomic accessories for Mac owners

Sitting, or standing, in the correct position while working behind a Mac, or any computer, is incredibly important to your overall health, as I've come to learn over the past year. Incorrect posture and bad ergonomics can result in back, neck, and even foot injuries. -- Cult of Mac.

Apple Pencil makes app designers stand up and shout

Apple Pencil makes app designers stand up and shout

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are making paper and pencil design workflow a thing of the past.

Amanda Somers, a user experience (UX) designer for mobile app developer Mindsea Development, writes on Medium about her newfound respect for the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro combination. -- Cult of Mac.

Scott Galloway on Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google (Video)

Scott Galloway on Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google (Video)

Scott Galloway, who is a professor of Marketing and Brand Strategy at the NYU Stern School of Business, did a presentation called "Gang of Four: Apple / Amazon / Facebook / Google." It's a lightning fast presentation on how these companies increasingly dominate the world, wield more influence, make all the profits, and affect our lives. I don't agree with everything he said (his thoughts on Apple's taxes in particular), but his insights are excellent. He's also a very entertaining speaker. I strongly recommend you take the 16 minutes to watch this video. -- The Mac Observer.

Why the Policy Fight over Encryption Is at an Impasse

Why the Policy Fight over Encryption Is at an Impasse

Add this to the list of unresolved policy issues likely to greet the next tenant of the Oval Office: which side to pick in the entrenched battle over whether technology companies should be forced to provide law enforcement with a way to access our encrypted data and messages. -- MIT Technology Review.

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

iPhone puzzle games are no match for this robot

Puzzle & Dragons is a ridiculously popular mobile game in Japan that tasks players with matching colored orbs in order to take down enemy monsters. If you've played Pokemon Shuffle before, it's just like that. To help with the trickier stages, YouTube user Junya Sakamoto has developed a robot that can play the game for him. -- Engadget.

10 improvements in Apple's latest iOS, OS X betas

10 improvements in Apple's latest iOS, OS X betas

Apple is preparing its next round of incremental improvements to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TV and Apple Watch, in addition to those announced earlier this year, here's what to expect. -- Computerworld.

FileMaker Demystifies Custom App Creation for Businesses and Teams With Series of Free How-To Guides

FileMaker Demystifies Custom App Creation for Businesses and Teams With Series of Free How-To Guides

FileMaker, Inc. has announced the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. Organizations of all sizes are embracing the power of apps to drive output, increase efficiency and streamline workloads. Designed to meet the unique business needs of teams, custom apps enable team members to securely access information at any time and from any place. -- FileMaker.

Do You Know How To Use Snapchat? Me either!

Do You Know How To Use Snapchat? Me either!

Snapchat is one of those social networks that I do more viewing than posting. For whatever reason I just never really got into it. However, more and more of my friends are on it and I figured it was time to learn How to Use Snapchat. I jumped in with both feet and learned as much as I could about it. I'll also let you off the hook if you've been struggling with it. It's NOT a user friendly app… -- Terry White's Tech Blog.

The Beginner's Guide To Twitter

The Beginner's Guide To Twitter

This post is a 20-minute guide to Twitter for non-techies. If you don't know what Twitter is, start with my first post on the topic, Twitter-dee, Twitter-dum. If you still aren't convinced it's worth your time, then read my 12 Reasons to Start Tweeting. -- Michael Hyatt.

Four ways to share your exact location with family (and why)

Four ways to share your exact location with family (and why)

Do you know where your family is? You do now with these handy apps designed to share or track locations using your phone. Peace of mind is priceless.

If tracking the people you love sounds shady, or you're worried about spying, don't worry. These Android and iPhone apps are safe and I've used all the ones I recommend below. Contacts have to agree to be tracked, and the apps come with very clear instructions for use. -- CNET.

Quickly Redial The Last Number On Your iPhone

Quickly Redial The Last Number On Your iP

If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, pressing iOS's Phone icon gives you shortcuts for calling your top three favorite contacts right from the Home screen. But aside from 3D Touch, the Phone app has received little innovation in years past. -- iDownload Blog.

February 09Tuesday's News

 

Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

When it comes to the privacy and security of user data, the Apple Watch and its accompanying software ecosystem are the most well-designed products in the wearable marketplace, a new study shows. -- AppleInsider.


Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Though Facebook has been trying to address power usage concerns through software updates, its main iOS app is still a drain on the iPhone's daily battery life, a report claimed on Monday. [I had this experience. My iPhone was losing battery capacity so fast I could see it fall. Dumping the Facebook app stopped it.] -- AppleInsider.

Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2

Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2

Apple on Tuesday provided developers with new pre-release versions of the software that runs the company's mobile ecosystem, releasing iOS 9.3 beta 3, watchOS 2.2 beta 3, and tvOS 9.2 beta 3. -- AppleInsider.

Apple releases third OS X 10.11.4 beta with Live Photos in Messages, secure Notes, more

Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple has released the third OS X 10.11.4 beta today to testers. The latest developer preview can be found in the Updates section of the Mac App Store. Previous versions have added new features to the Mac including the ability to view and share Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus using Messages, and the ability to password protect Notes. We'll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.-- 9to5Mac.

Clever bank hack allowed crooks to make unlimited ATM withdrawals

Clever bank hack allowed crooks to make unlimited ATM withdrawals

To appreciate how malware targeting banks and other financial institutions is adopting sophisticated techniques once reserved for state-sponsored spies using so-called advanced persistent threats, consider the recently discovered Metel crimeware package. -- Ars Technica.

Java 'RAT-as-a-Service' backdoor openly sold through website to scammers

Java 'RAT-as-a-Service' backdoor openly sold through website to scammers

A family of Java-based malware that has given attackers a backdoor into Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Android devices since 2013 has risen from the dead once again as a "commercial" backdoor-as-a-service. -- Ars Tecnica.


How to capture long exposures and light trails with your iPhone

How to capture long exposures and light trails with your iPhone

Long-exposure photography lets you capture light trails, motion blur and better low-light shots. While the iPhone's built-in Camera app doesn't let you control shutter speed and light sensitivity, lots of apps do. Slow Shutter Cam is my favorite -- here's how I've used it to capture long exposures with nothing but my iPhone 6 and a tripod. -- Cult of Mac.

New Features in tvOS 9.2 Beta 3: Dictation Support and App Store Siri Search

New Features in tvOS 9.2 Beta 3: Dictation Support and App Store Siri Search

Throughout the tvOS 9.2 beta testing process, Apple has been steadily adding new features. Today's third beta introduced a pair of new features that are quite useful: dictation and App Store search for Siri. We've made a quick video that shows off the new features and how they work on the fourth-generation Apple TV. -- MacRumors.

Evaluating Your Broadband Speed

Evaluating Your Broadband Speed

Several online tests can help you check the speed of your Internet connection, but be aware of conditions that may affect your results.

Ookla Speedtest.net, one of the more popular online tests, has a page on its site that explains in full technical detail how it arrives at its results. In simple terms, Speedtest.net measures the time it takes for your computer to exchange brief messages with the testing server, as well as how long it takes for your computer to download and upload a small amount of data. Other speed-testing sites like MegaPath SpeakEasy Speed Test and Bandwidth Place very likely use similar methods. -- New York Times.

Apple Granted 21 Patents Today Covering 'Find my iPhone' Plus Design Patents for iPad & Apple Watch

Apple Granted 21 Patents Today Covering 'Find my iPhone' Plus Design Patents for iPad & Apple Watch

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 21 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention known as "Find my iPhone" and two design patents. -- Patently Apple.


El Capitan and tvOS Criticized by Vestibular Disorder Sufferer

El Capitan and tvOS Criticized by Vestibular Disorder Sufferer

The Reduce Motion option in iOS (Settings > General > Accessibility) helped many users for whom iOS's animations and parallax effects cause motion sickness and nausea due to vestibular disorders.

Writer Craig Grannell charges that Apple has not followed suit with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and tvOS, both of which sport the kind of eye candy that makes him ill. In OS X, the only app that attempts to help is Photos, which has a Reduce Motion option in its preferences, but Grannell claims that both it and tvOS's Reduce Motion settings are almost entirely ineffective.

Although it's impossible to know what percent of the population suffers from vestibular disorders, estimates range from 5 to 35 percent, meaning that there could be many millions of people out there who endure some level of discomfort due to unnecessary animations and effects. We'd like to see Apple extend its accessibility work in iOS to its other operating systems (including watchOS, which Grannell doesn't discuss). -- Revert To Saved.

13 tips for getting the best results from your iPhone camera

13 tips for getting the best results from your iPhone camera

Tim Cook's embarrassment at the Super Bowl seems a timely opportunity to put together something that's been on my to-do list for a while now: a quick guide to getting the best results from your iPhone's camera.

As a keen photographer, I've been amazed just how far cameras have come in the past few years. Where I once used to carry a compact camera with me everywhere just in case, my iPhone has for several years now been my 'always on me' camera (currently the iPhone 6s). And where I used to carry a DSLR for travel photography, I now only carry my Sony a6000.

Since low-light was the problem Mr. Cook had, I'll start with some tips specifically designed to help in low-light situations. -- 9to5Mac.

Adobe delivers Animate CC (formerly Flash Professional) with many new features, also updates Muse & Bridge

Adobe delivers Animate CC (formerly Flash Professional) with many new features, also updates Muse & Bridge

Adobe announced back in December that it would be renaming Flash Professional as Animate CC in recognition of the fact that HTML 5 has now taken over from Flash as the main form of web animation. It has now done so, adding in a "seriously long list" of new features at the same time. -- 9to5Mac.

It's time to stop waiting for the Apple Watch's killer app

It's time to stop waiting for the Apple Watch's killer app

While there may be some 15,000 apps ready for the wrist, few if any are required installing. Even the apps that are essential on our iPhones or iPads are easily forgotten on our watches, forever lost in a spanning sea of circles on the tiny home screen. It could be that the Apple Watch platform is so new, so unique that it needs more time to mature, but it's been more than a year since the first SDK landed in developer's hands, and apps being released today aren't all that much better than the ones that landed on launch day.

I think the answer is simple. The iPhone and iPad need apps. But the Apple Watch doesn't. -- Macworld.

The mysterious case of the undead iMac

The mysterious case of the undead iMac

Sometime in the last few months, my 5K iMac started misbehaving. Not in any of the ways you'd expect--crashes, lock-ups, weird error messages, that sort of thing. No, one day I came into my office in the morning and the iMac and all the peripherals were still on, the spinning gear animation still right where I had left it upon choosing Shut Down from the Apple menu the night before. -- Six Colors.

Backup your Quicken data right now: You have to remember to backup because the makers didn't

Backup your Quicken data right now: You have to remember to backup because the makers didn't

This is where coming new to a product may be a help: we've been using Quicken 2016 for around six weeks now while researching a full Hands On review, and in the mix of good and bad things we've found out about it, we entirely missed something. Quicken 2016 does not backup your data the way previous versions of the software did and, we'd say, every version of every software should. -- MacNN.

How to draw and write with your Apple Pencil like a pro

How to draw and write with your Apple Pencil like a pro

Whether you've drawn many things or this is your first digital sketching tool, make the most of your Apple Pencil with these tips.

Apple's Pencil stands out from the rest of the iPad stylus crowd for a number of reasons: It works in tandem with Apple's display to create low-latency brush strokes, it's lengthier than your average digital pen, and it charges via Lightning connector. But when it comes to drawing or writing with one, there are only a few basic techniques you need to know before you can start mastering your new tool -- iMore.

How to make the most of 3D Touch in Phone app

How to make the most of 3D Touch in Phone app

Our 3D Touch tutorial series has so far covered various user interface shortcuts and 3D Touch Peek and Pop gestures in several Apple stock apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, iBooks and Apple Maps.

Today, we're going to discuss how pressure-sensing screens on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus enhance Phone, one of the most frequently used stock apps on iPhones. -- iDownload Blog.

How to keep apps open on your Apple Watch screen

How to keep apps open on your Apple Watch screen

Sometimes when I'm running I like to use the stopwatch on my Apple Watch rather than the fitness app. This means I need the app to stay active on the watch display rather than having the smartwatch default to the clock face. -- Apple World Today.

Understanding TED's approach to the world

Understanding TED's approach to the world

Every year, a humble Vancouver convention center becomes one of the wealthiest places on Earth, as Silicon Valley notables arrive for the annual Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) conference. Internally nicknamed "summer camp for adults", attendees will observe a Google co-founder lollygagging between snack stations in crocks, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos chatting up a speaker, or countless sneaker-clad Internet founders standing in a taco truck line for some midnight munchies. -- The Daily Dot.

The Internet of Broken Things

The Internet of Broken Things

The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is now considered "dumb".

On the other side are security researchers screaming that we're installing remote access with little thought about securing it properly.

The truth is a little of both is happening, and that this isn't a new thing. It's been around for years in industry, the new part is that it's much wider spread and much closer to your life.

Al Williams walks through some real examples of the unintended consequences of IoT, including his experiences building and deploying devices, and some recent IoT gaffs like the NEST firmware upgrade that had some users waking up to an icy-cold home. -- Hackaday.

February 08Monday's News

 

Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security

Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security

Apple on Friday publicly acknowledged an unusual "Error 53" message, triggered by updating an iPhone 6 to iOS 9 or later after having the phone's Touch ID sensor fixed by an unofficial technician. -- AppleInsider.

Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple's CloudKit framework for automating apps' storage and retrieval of user data "in the cloud" has learned a new trick. Developers can now read and write data in their app's public database from a server-side process or script. -- AppleInsider.

The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple's Smart Keyboard or Logitech's Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you. -- AppleInsider.

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start. -- AppleInsider.

A Celebration Of Well-Argued, And Thoroughly Researched, But Completely Incorrect Scientific Theory

a celebration of well-argued, and thoroughly researched, but completely incorrect scientific theory

I've attended my fair share of Uncaged Monkeys shows, and love a good Carl Sagan quote, so I feel privileged to be attending the very first international BAHFest. It's billed as "a celebration of well-argued, and thoroughly researched, but completely incorrect scientific theory." The festival is running over two days at Imperial College London, where my famous-not-famous particle physicist dad, Robert Orr, studied in the 1960s. I can't help wondering if I was conceived in a lab nearby. -- Ars Technica.

iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. -- The Mac Observer.

Move your data from a Windows PC to a Mac

Move your data from a Windows PC to a Mac

Use Windows Migration Assistant to transfer your music, pictures, documents, and other data from a Windows PC to your Mac.

Windows Migration Assistant transfers your contacts, calendars, email accounts, and more from a PC and puts these files in the appropriate places on your Mac. -- AppleCare Knowledge Base.

Apple Patent Reveals Water Resistant Improvements Coming to Future iDevices

Apple Patent Reveals Water Resistant Improvements Coming to Future iDevices

In November 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone," which reviewed a series of Apple patents on the topic of waterproofing along with an iFixit report that said Apple still needed some work on their approach to make their technique work better. Yesterday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that revealed some of the evolutionary advancements being made to provide iDevices with superior water resistance. While Apple's only patent figure shows that the invention will apply to a future iPad, it will of course apply to other devices down the line. Whether the iPad Air 3 due next month will utilize these improvements is unknown at this time. -- Patently Apple.

Scareware Campaign Targets Mac OS X Machines

SCAREWARE CAMPAIGN TARGETS MAC OS X MACHINES

A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate.

"Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been used for probably two years in similar attacks," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research of the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, which on Thursday publicly disclosed the campaign. "So far, it apparently hasn't been revoked by Apple." -- Threat Post.

OS X Hidden Treasures: Services

OS X Hidden Treasures: Services

It's not new, and Apple doesn't show it much love, but the ubiquitous Services menu can be a productivity powerhouse. Josh Centers explains how to use it and even how to make your own services. -- TidBITS.

How to Convert Mac-Specific Files To Work on Windows 10

How to Convert Mac-Specific Files To Work on Windows 10

Users switching from OS X to Windows may be wondering what files they can bring with them, and which files will need to stay behind. Fortunately, you can convert the files from Apple's own productivity suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) as well as export all of the contacts from your address book. -- LAPTOP Magazine.

How To View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

How To: View Timestamps in Messages for iOS and OS X

The Messages app on iOS devices and the Mac allow you to easily send messages, photos, videos, and more during your daily communication with the outside world. (Or, just the person sitting at the desk next to yours.)

Occasionally, you may need to know when you sent/received a message to/from another party. This could be because there is a dispute as to when you were informed of something important, or maybe you just want to prove you really did invite Crazy Charlie to the party BEFORE everyone had already left the bar. -- MacTrast.

How To Turn Down The Noise In Low Light Photos With This Mac App

How To Turn Down The Noise In Low Light Photos With This Mac App

Every Friday for the past few weeks I've been looking at another of the photo apps in the new Creative Kit suite of photo apps. Here's another. Guess what? Your photos have 'noise.' That's right. Noise. This image noise is more visible in low light photos, of course, but it's the bane of everyone with photos they love. -- Mac360.

A Few Words On The Expense Of Backing Up And Cloning Your Mac

A Few Words On The Expense Of Backing Up And Cloning Your Mac

Let's face the facts. If you don't backup the files on your Mac you're flirting with danger. The catastrophic scenario is all too simple and way to common. -- BohemianBoomer.

Whatever happened to Apple's iFrame?

Whatever happened to Apple's iFrame?

When iMovie '09 was introduced in, well, 2009, it also introduced iFrame, a new video format developed by Apple. So whatever happened to what the company was proposing as a new standard? -- Apple World Today.

What I Don't Like About Apple iPad Pro

What I Don't Like About Apple iPad Pro

Day 5 morning, and I am close to returning the iPad Pro to T-Mobile. There are too many quirks that reaffirm my contention in this series' second post: Apple's big-ass tablet is a proof-of-concept device that's ready, or so I thought, for few users (digital content creators) but not the masses. Now I wonder if the thang is ready for anyone.

  1. BetaNews: What I Don't Like About Apple iPad Pro [First in a series]
  2. BetaNews: What I Don't Like About Apple iPad Pro [Second in a series]
  3. BetaNews: What I Don't Like About Apple iPad Pro [third in a series]

How to set up an iPhone

How to set up an iPhone

Just bought a shiny new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus? Awesome! Whether this is your first iPhone or you're upgrading from an older model, here's everything you need to know to get it up and running. -- TrustedReviews.

This is how you can control your desktop remotely

This is how you can control your desktop remotely

Sometimes you may be asked to solve a problem on someone's PC/Mac, or vice versa. Sometimes they can be straightforward, but if it's something more complex, then giving instructions over the phone can range from annoying to incredibly frustrating. -- Business Etc..

Here's how to bypass the iOS lock screen passcode

Here's how to bypass the iOS lock screen passcode

There are numerous ways to keep your smartphone safe from prying eyes, and a lock screen protected with a passcode is a popular choice. But a newly discovered vulnerability in iOS 8 and iOS 9 means that iPhones and iPads could be accessed by attackers. -- BetaNews.

Get where you're going with fewer steps using these 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps

Get where you're going with fewer steps using these 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps

Getting where you're going with fewer steps is a lot easier with time-saving 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps. For example, pressing the Maps icon on the Home screen lets you instantly get directions home, send your location to a friend, search what's nearby or drop a pin on your current location so you can remember where you parked your car. -- iDownload Blog.

I almost managed a week using only my iPad... but one thing held me back

I almost managed a week using only my iPad... but one thing held me back

When my trusty 12-inch MacBook went in for repair last Saturday, I decided to try a week using just an iPad Air as my main computer. While Apple's tablet may be 'good enough' for most people's general work tasks, dig into the niche cases and there's still a lot of refinement needed. -- The Next Web.

I'm Done with MacBooks

I'm Done with MacBooks

Last week I was on the road for five days straight. I brought along my MacBook Pro because, knowing that I would be away from my desk for so long, I anticipated needing to do some actual design work at some point. Unfortunately, you still can't do "real" design work on an iPad, which is my preferred travel device, so there was little choice but to bring along the laptop. What surprised me was that, after having traveled exclusively with my iPad Air 2 and a Belkin Qode Bluetooth keyboard for months, toting along my MacBook was really uncomfortable and even unwelcome. -- Subtraction.