News Scanner
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

News Scanner

Monday September 26

04:30
The NuGuard KX is an excellent protective case for...

NewerTech's NuGuard KX protective cases for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7s Plus resemble Apple Smart Cases on steroids with their one-piece design. However, they're thicker than the Apple case. Due to this, and other features, the NuGuard KX is more protective than the Smart Case, but does add a bit more bulk to your smartphone. 

The NuGuard KX case (I tested the one for the iPhone 7 Plus) boasts X-Orbing gel technology that's designed to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. The outside of the case — the grip shell — has a cross hatch design that helps prevent the iPhone from slipping out of your hand. 

The NuGuard case is easy to install; it snaps into place. Once on, it offers easy access to all buttons and ports on the Apple smartphone....

| Read more »
04:30
Weather Underground adds personalized "Smart...

Have you ever wished that you could make a standard weather app reflect your interests and lifestyle? That's the idea behind the new "Smart Forecasts" feature added today to the free Wunderground app (in-app purchases available). Powered by the over 200,000 personal weather stations that are part of the Weather Underground network (both Marty Edwards and I run personal weather stations), Smart Forecasts provide hyperlocal forecasts tailored to a number of outdoor activities.   

To begin with, users decide whether to create a custom forecast or choose from 13 different activity presents. For example, activities can be active -- like running or biking -- or more sedate, like fishing, gardening or photography. Next, users select individual preferences from a list of 13 paraments, like temperature, humidity, wind speed, precipitation probability, or UV index. Finally, the app suggests times to engage in those...

| Read more »
04:03
Apple’s lack of lobbying presence in Europe left it...

Apple’s lack of lobbying presence in Europe left in largely in the dark about the long-running investigation into its Irish tax arrangements, argues the WSJ. It has been ruled that Apple underpaid tax in Europe to the tune of €13B ($15B).

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
04:00
Memory Cleaner makes it easy to clean out the junk...

Every time you open a file on your hard drive, you Mac uses some memory. That makes things operate quickly, but, over time, residual files (think junk) can just lounge around in the RAM, making your Mac a bit sluggish -- sort of like I feel after a Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's.

Memory Cleaner for macOS (10.7 and higher) from ZipZap Mac is designed to rectify this. It frees wasted memory with a simple, no-frills approach.

You open Memory Cleaner. It tells you how much free memory you have. Press the Clean my Memory button, and wait about 5-30 seconds (depending on the size of your hard drive). After cleaning, Memory Cleaner tells you what your new tally of free memory is. That's all there is to it.

ZipZap Mac recommends Memory Cleaner for power users who deal with numerous or very large files, such as graphic artists, programmers, musicians, Parallels Desktop users, etc. However, with its easy of...

| Read more »

Sunday September 25

19:52
The US' TV energy ratings don't reflect...

If you were hoping that your new, energy-efficient TV might help save the planet (and your power bill), you're in for bad news. Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, has published research showing that the US' energy ra...

| Read more »
19:25
Postbox 5.0.2

Major new release of the email client adds dynamic data fields to Responses and Templates and refines its user interface. ($40 new, free update, 23.8 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
19:20
IBM announces next implementation of Apple’s Swift...

IBM has announced the next step in its continued implementation of support for Apple’s Swift. The company announced in a blog post recently that Swift is officially available on the server, inducing the Bluemix Runtime for the development language.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
19:00
KGI: Stronger iPhone 7 Plus numbers & Jet Black...

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities is out today with a new note concerning demand for the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ultimately, Kuo says that shipment volume for the iPhone 7 Plus is better than expected, though iPhone 7 shipment volume is lower than that of the iPhone 6s.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
18:39
Amazon Pursues More Renewable Energy, Following...

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
Amazon will open a 100-turbine, 253-megawatt wind farm in Texas by the end of next year -- generating enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes. Amazon already has wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio (plus a solar farm in Virginia), and 40% of the power for AWS already comes from renewable sources, but Amazon's long-term plan is to raise that to 100%.

But several of the world's largest tech companies are already pursuing their own aggressive renewable energy programs, according to Fortune. Google "has said it's the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Apple claims that in 2015, 93% of its energy came from renewable sources, and its data centers are already 100% run on renewables (though that claim does rely on carbon trading). Facebook, which also uses Texas wind facilities, is aiming for 50% of its data center power to come from renewables by 2018. Even slightly smaller companies like...

| Read more »
18:26
A 'Fruit Ninja' movie might really happen

Now that the Angry Birds movie has proven to be a financial success, other studios want in on the mobile-games-as-movies trend. New Line Cinema has secured the rights to a Fruit Ninja movie already in development by game creator Halfbrick Studios an...

| Read more »
17:13
KGI: iPhone 7 won't sell as well as the iPhone...

Contrary to remarks by carriers, one analyst firm is increasing how many iPhone 7 family devices that it thinks Apple will sell before the end of the year, but still expects fewer sales than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015.

| Read more »
17:02
Hubble study helps explain the heyday of galaxy...

The Hubble Space Telescope still isn't done giving up secrets of the early universe. Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that a patch of 10 billion-year-old galaxies in Hubble's Ultra Deep Field...

| Read more »
15:31
Security writer recovers from massive revenge...

Journalists are no stranger to making enemies bent on retaliation. However, it's becoming increasingly difficult to survive that retaliation in internet era... just ask security writer Brian Krebs. An unknown party knocked his website offline last...

| Read more »
13:59
'Minecraft' October updates are big deals...

Minecraft is close to some updates that could seriously alter how you play if you like to mess with game mechanics... or simply immerse yourself in a virtual world. An upgrade arriving October 18th for Minecraft's Windows 10, Pocket and Gear VR edit...

| Read more »
12:27
Google internet balloon uses AI to stay in place for...

When Google first introduced Project Loon, its internet balloons used static algorithms to change altitude and stay in position. While clever, they were limited -- Google couldn't do much to adapt to unexpected weather patterns, which are quite comm...

| Read more »
12:18
7 times legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully went...

Scully has a remarkable voice and presence. I’m not even a Dodgers fan but I listen to the games just to hear his voice, his style and his sometimes wonderfully odd story asides.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:54
Inside the making of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind...

Great album from an incredible band. There’s also a story about the baby, Spencer Elden, now also 25 years old.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:50
Sandvox 2.10.8

Fixes a crash that occurred when publishing to FTP or SFTP sites in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($79.99 new, free update, 43.3 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
11:41
Snapchat reveals $130 ‘Spectacles’ connected...

I’ll stick with my non-recording Oakelys.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:25
iPhone hackers say Apple weakened backup security...

Apple says they are “aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update.” It’s not going to happen but I’d like to hear an explanation from Apple about how and why this backward step was implemented.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:00
Fender's FXA2 in-ear monitors sound great...

When you think "Fender," your brain conjures up images of guitars, of long-haired tattooed musicians exploding into ear-piercing solos. It's an appropriate assessment -- the Stratocaster (or one of its many clones) is usually the first instrument of...

| Read more »
10:39
Ask Slashdot: Who's Building The Open Source...

We're moving to a world of voice interactions processed by AI. Now Long-time Slashdot reader jernst asks, "Will we ever be able to do that without going through somebody's proprietary silo like Amazon's or Apple's?"
A decade ago, we in the free and open-source community could build our own versions of pretty much any proprietary software system out there, and we did... But is this still true...? Where are the free and/or open-source versions of Siri, Alexa and so forth?
The trouble, of course, is not so much the code, but in the training. The best speech recognition code isn't going to be competitive unless it has been trained with about as many millions of hours of example speech as the closed engines from Apple, Google and so forth have been. How can we do that? The same problem exists with AI. There's plenty of open-source AI code, but how good is it unless it gets training and retraining with gigantic data sets?

And even with that data, Siri gets trained...

| Read more »
09:30
Ben Heck's Pokémon Go survival kit

The team responds to the Pokémon Go craze, taking your suggestions to create an improved Pokémon Trainer experience. Ben, Felix and Karen join forces to design and build a smartphone wrist mount for your iPhone or Android handset tha...

| Read more »
09:06
MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

Today it’s all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it’s high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it’s two macOS Sierra questions, then it’s onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show… or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!


| Read more »
08:00
After Math: Tinder profile make-overs and one-...

Is your new iPhone hissing? Is your replacement Galaxy Note not exploding? Regardless, we shall begin. This week we saw plenty of new (and old-school) cameras at Photokina, one editor tried to improve his odds on dating apps by outsourcing the task,...

| Read more »
07:00
Amsterdam's autonomous canal boats, and more in...

Hydrogen-powered cars and planes are on the rise, and this week Germany announced plans to launch the world's first completely hydrogen-powered passenger train in 2017. In other transportation news, Volvo unveiled a new SuperTruck that's 70 percent m...

| Read more »
03:50
Tweetbot 2.4.3

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra and support for extended tweets. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
03:48
Clinton tech says he warned of email server...

The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server continues to turn up important new details. Reuters has found interview summaries showing that Bryan Pagliano, a technician who joined Clinton's team when she became Secretary of St...

| Read more »
02:59
This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2...

Fresh in people's hands, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were of course subjects of discussion -- but word about possible automotive takeovers stole some of the spotlight, as did new details on a rumored Amazon Echo competitor.

| Read more »
02:55
Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store...

Apple on Saturday opened the doors to thousands of waiting customers at its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico, the first step in a planned expansion into the burgeoning Latin American smartphone market.

| Read more »

Saturday September 24

22:11
Hacker faces 20 years in prison for helping ISIS

The US just broke new ground in its bid to fight pro-terrorist hackers. A judge has sentenced Kosovo citizen Ardit Ferizi to 20 years in prison for hacking a US company in order to collect information about 1,300 government and military personnel an...

| Read more »
20:05
CBS News will feature Instagram Stories in debate...

Monday's US Presidential debates are shaping up to be the most easily streamable live TV in history, with options ranging from Twitter and YouTube to Facebook Live and Snapchat. Not wanting to be left out of the party, Instagram and CBS News have ann...

| Read more »
19:50
TextWrangler 5.5.2

Brings compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra to the free text editor and fixes numerous bugs. (Free, 9.7 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
19:47
Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS...

Apple appears to have unintentionally weakened the security of local backups in iOS 10, as a result of offering an "alternative password verification mechanism," according to a Russian forensics company.

| Read more »
18:38
Chromebooks now have an easy time running Android...

You no longer have to be an early adopter to run Android apps on a Chromebook. Google has released a stable version of Chrome OS that includes Google Play Store access in beta, giving you the opportunity to run mobile apps on top of your usual web a...

| Read more »
18:25
Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store...

Apple today officially opened its first retail store in Mexico. The store is located in Vía Santa Fe and marks the “first time customers in Mexico City can experience all of Apple’s products and services in one place.” Apple shared images from the grand opening experience this evening in a news release

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
18:04
Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that makes...

A new discovery by iOS forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups via iTunes are much easier to crack with iOS 10 than in past years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
18:04
Can’t Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable...

If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can’t remotely access your HomeKit devices, there’s probably an easy fix for that. Odds are you haven’t enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up.


| Read more »
17:07
iTunes 'Spoken Editions' podcasts will...

It looks like Apple is getting ready to launch a new iTunes offering, and someone pulled the trigger a bit too early. TechCrunch has spotted podcasts branded "Spoken Editions" on the service, which seem to be short programs reading written news from...

| Read more »
15:50
HoudahGeo 5.1

Adds support for Apple Maps and adding locations to photos in Apple Photos on macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
15:39
Many recovered Clinton emails won't go public...

Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision -- you're going to be disappointed. A federal judge has set a schedule that will only publish...

| Read more »
14:10
Google's self-driving car is the victim in a...

Google's self-driving cars don't have a flawless safety record, but it's clearer than ever that careless human drivers remain the greater threat. A commercial van running a red light struck one of Google's autonomous Lexus SUVs as it crossed a Mount...

| Read more »
13:17
Hands-on: Aukey’s USB-C Ethernet and USB Hub – a...

As a 12″ MacBook owner, I’m always looking for new USB-C peripherals to help make my life easier. Aukey’s $17.99 3-port USB 3.0 hub with Gigabit Ethernet is one such device. more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
13:15
Six sun-powered ships

By Cat DiStasio

The vast majority of boats rely on fossil fuels that tax the environment. Fortunately, alternative energy is on the rise in the marine world, and solar-powered ships are prepared to sail into a much cleaner future. It's been a few ye...

| Read more »
12:02
SpaceX thinks Falcon 9 blew up due to a helium...

SpaceX is still in the midst of examining every video, audio and image of the September 1st Falcon 9 explosion, but it's already found one possible explanation for the unfortunate event. According to the private space corp's latest update, the huge e...

| Read more »
11:50
Parallels Desktop 12.0.2

Fixes bugs with shared Mac printers and viewing in Full Screen mode on an external monitor. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 261 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
11:00
A love letter to my Philips Wake-up Light

You know what's easier than getting me to wake up? Raising the dead and the Titanic at the same damn time. You'd have thought that going to bed earlier each night, quitting bacon and using tech to adopt a healthier lifestyle would have altered that....

| Read more »
10:35
Gadget Ogling: Driving Partner, Hydration Station,...


After a bad experience when I was first behind the wheel as a teenager, I'm only just now learning to drive, more than a decade later. My partner and I are going through the school together, and when asked about our dream vehicles in class, she replied that she'd love a self-driving RV. Her wish eventually might turn true with a device that grants vehicles more autonomy. It isn't a device that will give a car full self-driving powers -- you'd need to add sensors everywhere, for starters -- nor does it work with every model.

| Read more »
10:10
Review: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement...

Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It's also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year.

| Read more »
10:08
External Link: Sling TV Offers Free Preview for...

Streaming cable alternative Sling TV is offering a free preview of its Sling Orange service from 8 AM EDT on 26 September 2016 until 2 AM EDT on 27 September 2016. The ostensible reason for the preview is to enable cord-cutters to watch the first U.S. presidential debate and the Atlanta-New Orleans game of Monday Night Football, but you can enjoy full access to the 25+ channels included in the Sling Orange service during that time. Signing up for the free preview requires only a username and password, not payment information. You’ll undoubtedly hear from Sling TV afterward, but you should be able to unsubscribe from promotional mailings at that point. Sling TV offers apps for macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a...

| Read more »
09:30
Recommended Reading: A closer look at Nike's...

The Secret Lab Where
Nike Invented the
Power-Lacing Shoe
of Our Dreams
Scott Eden,
Wired

Nike announced this week that it's self-lacing HyperAdapt shoes will go on sale November 28th. They're sure to be crazy limited, but the company invited Wired...

| Read more »
08:48
This week’s top stories: Hands-on with iPhone 7 Plus...

In this week’s top stories: Hands-on with the new iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode beta on iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3 reviews, iPhone 7 & 7 Plus arrive in 30 more countries, and much more.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
08:33
Behind the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

If you didn’t know the term “bokeh” before the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll learn it soon enough. A beta of iOS 10 adds Apple’s new depth-based image mode to the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
08:09
Apple hires former Epic Records exec

Apple has hired Scott Seviour, a former vice president at Epic Records, “who could help Apple Music double down on streaming exclusives,” according to Business Insider

He’s is joining Apple in Los Angeles to work on original content. At Epic, which he left in 2014, he worked with LA Reid, the CEO of Epic and a veteran music executive most famous for appearing on The X Factor

Apple confirmed the hire with Business Insider but declined to comment on Seviour's specific role beyond that he will be working on Apple Music. Seviour did not respond to a request for comment. 

In addition to Epic Records, he has served as: senior vice president, Artist Development, RCA Music Group; entertainment producer, Good Morning America; director, Talent...

| Read more »
08:00
At Photokina, camera makers carve out their territory

Let this sink in: Since 2010, digital camera sales have fallen from around 120 million to 40 million units. The main reason, obviously, is that consumers can fulfill most of their photography needs with a smartphone. That leaves manufacturers a small...

| Read more »
07:58
Apple’s Eddy Cue makes list of 20 most influential...

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, CNET en Español has announced its list of the top 20 most influential Latinos in U.S. technology. This year’s list also includes 18 new executives and a record number of women, as well as Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Service at Apple.

The list, by CNET’s Spanish-language sister site, marks its fourth consecutive year and includes 18 new executives as well as a record number of women (nine). It’s made up of Latinos with a broad range of experience and skills, that are leading teams in high-profile tech companies in the U.S.  

“Latinos continue to play a growing and more influential role in the make-up of American society,” says Gabriel Sama, managing editor of CNET en Español.  “That growth and influence is aligned with the explosion of technology and...

| Read more »
07:49
‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts coming to iTunes

Podcasts branded “Spoken Editions,” short-form programs that offer listeners an audio version of the publisher’s written content, are coming to iTunes, reports TechCrunch. That means you could “read” your favorite website or hear the news when you’re doing other things.

Wired will launch Spoken Editions for “Business,” “Science” and its homepage. TIME will offer a Spoken Edition called “The Brief.” Forbes, .Mic, Bustle, Playboy, OZY, and TechCrunch itself will have Spoken Editions. TechCrunch says that, apparently, many of the publishers' Spoken Edition podcasts were created by SpokenLayer, a company that creates streaming audio and podcasts for media brands using text.

...

| Read more »
06:34
The Verge's Deputy Editor Chris Ziegler Was...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Late this afternoon, Nilay Patel, the editor-in-chief of The Verge, published a post detailing the circumstances around the departure of Chris Ziegler, a founding member of the site. As it turns out, according to Patel, Ziegler had been pulling double duty as an employee of both The Verge and Apple. "The circumstances of Chris' departure from The Verge raised ethical issues which are worth disclosing in the interests of transparency and respect for our audience," Patel wrote. "We're confident that there wasn't any material impact on our journalism from these issues, but they are still serious enough to merit disclosure." According to Patel, Ziegler, whose most recent post was published in July, began working for Apple in July but didn't disclose his new job; The Verge apparently didn't discover he'd been working there until early September. Patel noted that Ziegler continued to work for The Verge in July, but "was not in contact...

| Read more »
06:30
ICYMI: Animals can communicate better than we'd...

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are adding horses to the list of animals who can communicate via some form of symbolic language, now that researchers taught a group of horses how to understand three symbols related to whether they wanted a blank...

| Read more »
06:00
SCOTTeVEST releases laptop ready OTG Jackets

SCOTTeVEST has announced its Off The Grid (OTG) Jackets for Men and Women. The jackets feature 29 pockets including two front Rapid Access Panels, which reveal massive compartments that can hold a laptop (except Women’s XS and S) without showing bumps or bulges.

There’s also a PadPocket to securely hold an iPad, Windows or Android tablet. There are two interior Clear Touch pockets to see and use touchscreen devices without removing them pockets. The OTG Jacket sports one RFID Blocking Pocket that blocks 13.56 MHz frequencies, keeping credit cards and passport information...

| Read more »
05:51
External Link: Apple to Fix iOS 10 Security Flaw...

Russian security company Elcomsoft has discovered a major security flaw in iOS 10: encrypted iTunes backups made with iOS 10 allow password-cracking tools to make 6 million attempts per second, more than 40 times faster than with backups created with iOS 9. Apple has confirmed that the issue is real and plans to fix it in an upcoming security update. In the meantime, because the vulnerability could be exploited only by someone with access to your iTunes backups, Apple recommends a strong login password and using FileVault encryption. (The problem also affects backups made in iTunes for Windows.) iCloud backups are immune to the problem, so if you’re concerned about the security of your iTunes backups, you might consider switching them to iCloud.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and...

| Read more »
05:30
iDevices launches HomeKit compatible Smart Home...

iDevices has launched its $499 Smart Home Essentials Kit, an Apple HomeKit and Alexa-enabled system featuring three iDevices Sockets (connected light bulb adapters), five iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs) and two iDevices Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). 

It requires no central hub, gateway or bridge and comes with a Concierge Service, giving users priority support access and the ability to set appointments with iDevices’ smart home experts for everything from product setup to advanced use tutorials. iDevices will also provide personalized tips, tutorials and exclusive promotions to take full advantage of what the Smart Home Essentials kit has to offer. Once customers are setup and ready to go, the iDevices Connected app serves as the central...

| Read more »
05:00
You can block advertising and trackers with Cheerio...

Accesources has introduced Cheerio for macOS Sierra, which blocks the loading of advertisements on web pages. 

The tool removes advertising, trackers, and other unwanted elements from web pages when using Safari on your Mac. It makes pages load faster, uses less data on your cellular/Wifi connection, and improves your Mac battery life., according to the folks at Accessories. You can block ads, rollover ads, video ads, banners, overlay or expanding ads and other marketing content.

Cheerio requires macOS Sierra. It costs $0.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

| Read more »
04:30
Splitt is a new video splicing app for macOS

Einstein’s legacy has launched Splitt, a video splicing application developed for macOS. It allows you to cut your movies into an arbitrary number of segments. 

Splitt features organization features, segment previews and Pa recise Navigation Mode, which gives you frame-accurate control over the length of each segment. With the tool, users can create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations, says Douglas A. Welton, einstein's legacy chief product officer. “

Splitt requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

| Read more »
04:18
Smart's diminutive vehicles will all have EV...

Smart's teeny-tiny and highly parkable vehicles aren't exactly known for their highway speeds, but they do make sensible grocery-getters for city folk with limited space. So it makes sense that the next model year from Mercedes-Benz's pint-sized line...

| Read more »
04:00
Gartner: personal computer leaders must overhaul...

Business leaders of PC (as in “personal computer,” not necessarily Windows systems) vendors face a stark choice and must decide between overhauling their businesses or leaving the PC market by 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. If they decide to stay, they need to rapidly determine what changes to make or what alternatives to adapt in today's over-penetrated PC market, according to the research group.

"The PC business model as we have traditionally known it is broken. The top five mobile PC vendors have gained 11% market share over the past five years — from 65% in 2011 to 76% in the first half of 2016; but this has come at the expense of profitable revenue," says Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner. "While this does not mean that the PC market is finished, the installed base of PCs will continue to decline over the next five years, with a continuing erosion of PC vendors' revenue and profit.”

The...

| Read more »
03:00
The Week in Apple News: macOS Sierra ships, iOS...

Apple headlines for the week ending Sep. 23, 2016

macOS Sierra officially shipped last Tuesday. You can read our full review and see if you should upgrade now or later. Once you’ve done that, you can check out this slideshow of the important Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
00:32
iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable app extensions have ben smushed, but...

| Read more »

Friday September 23

23:11
Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording...

Snap, Inc., the company formerly known as Snapchat, on Friday announced its first hardware product in Spectacles, a $130 pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera that captures 10-second point-of-view video clips at the tap of a button.

| Read more »
22:48
Apple to launch new ‘Spoken Editions’ version of...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple is working to launch a new form for news consumption in iTunes. The company is apparently developing something it calls Spoken Editions, which are short clips that take writing from a variety of publishers and transform it into spoken word content…

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
21:28
Snapchatters might be wearing these new camera...

Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel announced a new set of ‘spectacles’ for the company’s hundreds of millions of young users, in a piece in the WSJ magazine this evening. Coming in at $129, these stereoscopic glasses will, at least initially, take 10 seconds of rounded video (Spiegel argues that the rectangle shape is inherited from the paper photo printing process) and store it wirelessly on your iPhone or Android device for easy sharing.

Now, I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around Snapchat (as it were), so these Spectacles certainly are head scratchers… more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
20:50
Google Hangouts adds emoticon shortcuts for easy...

The latest version of Google Hangouts for Android adds something clever to your chatting experience: 20 new hidden emoticon shortcuts so you can properly express all those shruggie feelings and table-flipping rage moments. Less exciting than a quick...

| Read more »
19:58
Google Home is rumored to cost $130

Google Home, the latest entrant in the voice-activated-assistant race, will cost $130 and include the colorful base options shown off at the company's I/O conference in May, according to Android Police. Home is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo, tho...

| Read more »
19:47
Snapchat to release $130 camera-equipped Spectacles...

Yes, the Snapchat Spectacles are real, and company chief Evan Spiegel presented them to a small group of people today. That's where he also revealed that the company has been rebranded and renamed to Snap Inc. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sn...

| Read more »
19:24
Oculus founder responds to 'Nimble America...

Last night The Daily Beast reported that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is the "NimbleRichMan" behind a group of Donald Trump supporters pushing anti-Hillary Clinton memes, and now Luckey has responded. In a Facebook post claiming recent news stories d...

| Read more »
18:46
iHeartRadio plays catch-up with on-demand music

Although it was born out of terrestrial radio, iHeartRadio has been working hard to go beyond just streaming FM stations to your phone or Apple TV. The company set its sights on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music's Beats Radio with last...

| Read more »
17:59
'Spectacles by Snapchat' leak shows camera...

As if a report that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had been spotted wearing a pair of camera-packing sunglasses wasn't enough, now Business Insider says it has an ad or demo video showing the product. Apparently posted to YouTube until it was taken down b...

| Read more »
17:20
Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Fulfilling a contract award granted in 2011, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saw 525,000 restricted stock units currently worth $59.2 million vest this week.

| Read more »
16:24
Apple, Ziegler, and The Verge

This is the most bizarre situation I’ve come across in a long time. A reporter at The Verge working for Apple at the same time and neither seemed to know. I agree with Gruber–something doesn’t add up here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
16:06
Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes...

According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications.

| Read more »
15:40
Judge Skewers Oracle Attorney For Revealing Google,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The federal judge who presided over the Google-Oracle API copyright infringement trial excoriated one of Oracle's lawyers Thursday for disclosing confidential information in open court earlier this year. The confidential information included financial figures stating that Google generated $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profits from the Android operating system in the wake of its 2008 debut. The Oracle attorney, Annette Hurst, also revealed another trade secret: Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to include Google search on iPhones. Judge William Alsup of San Francisco has been presiding over the copyright infringement trial since 2010, when Oracle lodged a lawsuit claiming that Google's Android operating system infringed Oracle's Java APIs. After two trials and various trips to the appellate courts, a San Francisco federal jury concluded in May that Google's use of the APIs amounted to fair use. Oracle's motion...

| Read more »
15:32
Xiaomi's Android TV box showed up at a Walmart...

It looks like you may be able to check out Google's Android TV soon. Since Xiaomi's Mi Box was announced at Google I/O this year, multiple reports have speculated that the company's set top box will be available for a sub-$100 price soon. It appears...

| Read more »
15:22
iOS 10: How to use the new Home app to control...

Controlling smart home devices with your iPhone or iPad is far from a new concept, but in iOS 10, Apple is lending much more focus to home automation. It’s all thanks to the new built-in Home app that ships with iOS 10 and watchOS 3.

Resident Apple HomeKit enthusiast, Zac Hall, already wrote a thorough walkthrough of the new Home app during the initial iOS 10 beta period, but now that iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are shipping, it’s only right to give it another in-depth visit with a corresponding walkthrough.

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
15:14
The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at...

In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was -- and might still be -- moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.

| Read more »
15:07
LGBTQ site AfterEllen struck down by cruel modern...

The website AfterEllen went live in 2002, producing content for and written by lesbian and bisexual women. Since then, other sites like Autostraddle launched aimed at a similar audience and mainstream sites like The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC...

| Read more »
15:00
People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To...

TechRax -- a popular YouTuber who destroys technology for fame and riches -- has uploaded a video where he drills a hole into an iPhone 7, claiming it to be a "secret hack" to reinstall a headphone jack in the device. The only problem is that he didn't tell people it was a joke, and of course, some people fell for it. Crave Online reports: The YouTube video has amassed over 7.5 million views since being posted online last week, with it attracting 81,000 dislikes in the process. The comments section is currently torn between people who are in on the joke, people who criticize TechRax for damaging his iPhone 7, and most unfortunately, people who have tried the "hack" out for themselves. Although this is YouTube so you can never be quite sure of whether or not these folks are trolling, parsing the comments section reveals some pretty convincing complaints lobbed in TechRax's direction. It's also firmly believable that there are people dumb enough to attempt drilling a hole into their...

| Read more »
14:42
Jawbone dropped by customer service provider for...

It's been a rough year for Jawbone. A few months back, the company had reportedly halted production on new fitness trackers, and was said to be selling itself off after missing a payment to a creditor. Today, the Jawbone rumor mill churns just a litt...

| Read more »
14:40
The Public Access Weekly: Intergalactic, planetary

Happy Friday Public Access Weekly readers! This week brought us a Yahoo hack, an alleged Google Pixel leak, and a 'Ghost in the Shell' teaser. For those of you trying to avoid more details about the Brangelina split, may I recommend following our c...

| Read more »
14:30
Social Networks Prep for Key Role in Presidential...


The Commission on Presidential Debates, which has run them since 1988, last week announced initiatives with social media, academics, and media organizations to engage the American public in substantive conversations before, during and after this year's debates. The first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is scheduled for Monday at Hofstra University in New York. A single vice presidential debate, between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, is set for Oct. 4.

| Read more »
14:24
Video: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch...

For the 2016 version of its luxe Apple Watch Edition model, Apple swapped out a proprietary gold blend in favor of all white ceramic, a material that boasts a pearlescent sheen and is four times harder than stainless steel. AppleInsider gives the device a proper unboxing.

| Read more »
14:19
The benefits of going bald

I’m BBC – “Bald By Choice” – and while I’d be the first to admit I’d love to have a Fabio-like mane, being bald is certainly less hassle.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
14:17
DirecTV Now streaming rumored to supplant satellite...

AT&T is planning to release a DirecTV-branded streaming video service later this year, but according to Bloomberg, it also expects for that to become its primary video platform soon. Earlier this week, its CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed the Dir...

| Read more »
13:53
Google might introduce another WiFi router on...

We're less than two weeks away from Google's big fall event in San Francisco, and we already have a good idea of what to expect -- Pixel-branded smartphones, maybe Google Home, maybe a 4K-capable Chromecast. Android Police is offering up a new potent...

| Read more »
13:30
The FBI recommends you cover your laptop's...

FBI director James Comey recently recommended that we all cover our webcams with tape for security reasons. Comey believes that doing so is a simple step for people to "take responsibility for their own safety and security."

| Read more »
13:24
∞ Low flying jets looping Welsh mountains

I just put this on my Bucket List.

| Read more »
13:00
A tech accelerator grows in Brooklyn

At its peak, the Brooklyn Navy Yard employed as many as 70,000 people, building maritime vessels like the USS Maine, Missouri and Monitor. Military shipbuilding isn't coming back to Brooklyn anytime soon, and neither are those particular jobs. But in...

| Read more »
12:39
Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update, chases after...

Look at it this way: Bug fixes are a good thing.

On Friday, Apple released the iOS 10.0.2 update for its newly-released iOS 10 operating system.

The update, a 56.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.

Resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.

Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extension.

As always, be sure to back up your iOS device and You can install the update directly on your iOS device that’s connected to the internet. In the Settings app, tap Software Update, and the 10.0.2 update should appear. Tap Download and Install to start the...

| Read more »
12:31
Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can be charged to 80...

If you've failed to heed the warnings of Samsung and government regulators, it looks like you can now charge those recalled Note 7 batteries to 80 percent. The phones were recalled globally earlier this month following reports of exploding batteries,...

| Read more »
12:30
The Week in iOS Apps: NBA 2K17 hits the hardwood

Hoops heaven

This week’s roundup features the unveiling of this year’s edition of one of our favorite iOS game franchises: NBA 2K. What does the 2017 version bring? Read on to find out!

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

| Read more »
12:16
Review: Earin true wireless earbuds sport simplistic...

Apple’s true wireless earbuds called AirPods release later next month, but that hasn’t stopped me from testing what you can buy on the market today. Today we’ll take a deep-dive into what has become my daily driver in the true wireless earbud world. Earin true wireless earbuds really feel like the perfect package, if only they had included two more things…

more…

Filed under: Apple ...

| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Macs Fan Control 1.4.4.0 - Monitor and c...
Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with... Read more
calibre 2.69.0 - Complete e-book library...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian... Read more
Evernote 6.9.1 - Create searchable notes...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
jAlbum Pro 13.5 - Organize your digital...
jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. You can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly... Read more
jAlbum 13.5 - Create custom photo galler...
With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results - Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design... Read more
Google Chrome 53.0.2785.143 - Modern and...
Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built... Read more
Chromium 53.0.2785.143 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 53.0.2785.143: [Security Fix] High CVE-2016-... Read more
QuickBooks 2015 16.1.7.1524 R8 - Financi...
Save 20% on QuickBooks Pro for Mac today through this special discount link QuickBooks 2015 helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track... Read more
Sierra Cache Cleaner 11.0.1 - Clear cach...
Sierra Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for macOS X. SCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many macOS X functions. Novice and expert... Read more
Default Folder X 5.0.7 - Enhances Open a...
Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on... Read more

3 tips to aid your journey in Banner Sag...
Stoic Games brings us another viking epic in the guise of Banner Saga 2 this week. It’s a sweeping tale, richly animated and draped in melancholy and moments of beauty. The game’s been received as a much improved follow up to the first entry in the... | Read more »
Pumped BMX 3: Beginner tips and tricks
There’s a whole lot more to Pumped BMX 3 than meets the eye. Your goal is to perform a wide array of sweet flips and tricks, but that’s easier said than done. It takes well practiced timing and coordination, and the game doesn’t really explain that... | Read more »
Cybird’s latest release - BFB Champions...
Launched in the UK in early September, BFB Champions’ newest update is loaded with great new features, and looks set to outshine the original version by taking it out of soft launch and giving it a new lease of life. | Read more »
3 apps to boost your focus
As someone who works from home, my workspace is a minefield of distraction. Cats, tasty snacks, the wind blowing past my window, that cleaning that I suddenly can’t put off any longer. If I let distraction takes its course, I find that soon half... | Read more »
Pumped BMX 3 (Games)
Pumped BMX 3 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The final instalment of the smash hit #1 rated BMX game is here! Following on from the insane success of Pumped BMX 2, Pumped 3... | Read more »
4 games like Burly Men at Sea to inspire...
Burly Men at Sea is out today and it looks a treat. It tells the tale of three Scandinavian fishermen who leave the humdrum of their daily lives to go exploring. It’s a beautiful folksy story that unfurls as you interact with the environment... | Read more »
3 reasons you need to play Kingdom: New...
Developed by a tag team of indie developers - Thomas "Noio" van den Berg and Marco "Licorice" Bancale - Kingdom is a vibrant medieval fantasy adventure that casts players as a king or queen who must expand their empire by exploring the vasts lands... | Read more »
JoyCity have launched a brand new King o...
Great news for all of you Game of Dice fans out there - JoyCity have just released a brand new limited edition pack with a really cool twist. The premise of Game of Dice is fairly straightforward, asking you to roll dice to navigate your way around... | Read more »
Burly Men at Sea (Games)
Burly Men at Sea 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Burly Men at Sea is a folktale about a trio of large, bearded fishermen who step away from the ordinary to seek adventure. | Read more »
3 tips for catching the gnarliest waves...
Like a wave breaking on the shore, Tidal Rider swept its way onto the App Store charts this week settling firmly in the top 10. It’s a one-touch high score-chaser in which you pull surfing stunts while dodging seagulls and collecting coins. The... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

CAZE Annouces New Zero 5 Case for Jet Black i...
Hong Kong basd CAZE has announced Zero 5 case for iPhone 7/ 7 Plus, one of the world’s thinnest clear hard cases, measuring just 0.5 millimeters. CAZE has been producing and improving the Zero 5... Read more
Nest Egg Inventory App for iOS Offers Conven...
Campbell, California based Winprogger LLC has announced the release and immediate availability of Nest Egg – Inventory 4.1.22, an important update to their easy-to-use, yet comprehensive inventory... Read more
Factor4, LLC Launches Apple iOS and Android G...
Factor4, LLC, which offers gift and loyalty services to the SMB marketplace, has released free mobile applications that enable merchants to process via all Apple and Android devices. The Apple and... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $200...
B&H Photo has 15″ Retina Apple MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more
Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more
Check Apple prices on any device with the iTr...
MacPrices is proud to offer readers a free iOS app (iPhones, iPads, & iPod touch) and Android app (Google Play and Amazon App Store) called iTracx, which allows you to glance at today’s lowest... Read more
Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
Apple refurbished 2016 13-inch MacBook Airs a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook... Read more
1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $449, save $50
Adorama has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini (Apple sku# MGEM2LL/A): $449 $50 off MSRP To purchase a mini at... Read more
Apple refurbished 2015 13-inch MacBook Airs a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $759. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook... Read more

Jobs Board

Systems Architecture Prototyping - *Apple*...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- Akron,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Hardware Design Validation Engineer - *Apple...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
Systems Architecture Prototyping - *Apple*...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions- South B...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.