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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Roundup

How to access all the power of Apple's Fonts window, and when to step up to PopChar instead

10 Of The Best iPhone 6 Accessories You Can Buy

Press at the Windows 10 event also look like an Apple ad

First it was the State of the Union press gallery that looked like an Apple ad.  Next it was Microsoft's Windows 10 event.

Bigger than Hollywood

Apple paid $10 billion to developers in calendar 2014.

Put another way, in 2014 iOS app developers earned more than Hollywood did from box office in the US.

Steve Jobs Used This Simple Productivity Hack To Hone Apple's Focus

Jobs said, "This is how I do it. I take a sheet of paper, and I say, 'If my company can only do one thing next year, what is it?' Literally, we shut everything else down."

If I have 10 important things to do in a day, it's 100% certain nothing important will get done that day.

Apple’s New Programming Language Is Growing Like Mad

Since it was introduced last summer, Swift just jumped from number 68 to number 22 in the language rankings from research and analyst firm RedMonk.

Java and Oracle aren’t going anywhere, but the growth of languages like Swift and Go and the rising popularity of alternative databases shows us that the days when one or two development platforms could completely dominate the industry are over.

Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X

Google reveals Mac security holes before Apple's fix is ready

an upcoming Yosemite update (10.10.2) is expected to tackle these flaws.

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

Want a reliable hard drive? Splurge for 4TB, study of 40,000-plus HDDs finds

That's one conclusion from cloud backup provider Backblaze, which has compiled a new list of its most reliable consumer hard drives.

Backblaze also found an interesting relationship between capacity and reliability. In the case of Seagate and HGST, their 4 TB drives were more reliable than any other storage option.

Backblaze is putting its drives through much more rigorous use than the average consumer, so you're unlikely to see the failure rates that Backblaze does.

Do You Stare At A Screen All Day? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do To Save Your Eyesight

Blink often so your eyes don't get dry.
Increase the size of the text.
The 20-20-20 rule: After 20 minutes of work, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. Your eyes have muscles 
Limit blue-light exposure
Position your monitor 35 to 40 inches away.

95% Of Americans Risk Eye Problems By Staring At Screens All Day

Cloud computing has a much more-limited future than the proponents are admitting to -- no matter which company is involved -- for two reasons:

1)Cloud computing is more expensive than running your own computer.
Exception:  running "peak computing loads' on the cloud, but that's mainly for businesses.
2)Your cloud computing provider will get hacked someday -- compromising your data

Dumb Password Use on the Decline

Millions of Net surfers use obvious passwords to log on to websites, but their numbers appear to be declining.

Kim Dotcom launches NSA-proof MEGAchat with E2EE to take on Skype

Kim Dotcom has launched a video and voice chat service that is entirely encrypted (End-to-End Encryption aka E2EE) and will allow the utmost security throughout the entire chatting experience. The goal of Kim Dotcom is to kill Skype entirely.

However, not everyone is convinced that KIM will either kill Skype or is all that secure.

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