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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for October 17, 2015

On October 13, 2015, Apple refreshed its entire iMac lineup, introducing Skylake chips and AMD graphics for the 5K Retina 27-inch models and adding Broadwell chips and a 4K Retina display to the 21.5-inch iMac line. None of the iMacs have received external design changes, continuing to offer the same "ultra-thin" slim-bodied design.

Lots of information about features.

Teardown Of 27-Inch iMac 5K Retina Reveals Support For Up To A Whopping 64GB Of RAM

Apple recently announced the introduction of the Retina 4K display for the 21.5-inch iMac and the Retina 5K display for the 27-inch iMac.

You can install RAM — max out at 64 GB.

Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac with Retina is the least repairable yet

On the whole, the latest model represents a new low in iMac reparability. The current 27-inch iMac with Retina is not in as bad a shape. It includes a replaceable CPU and hard drive, and the RAM can be easily upgraded or replaced by opening a rear service door. RAM aside, though, the components are only accessible by removing the display,

Apple Updates iWork Apps On All Platforms With Major New Features

7 Mac keyboard shortcuts that will help you get the perfect screenshot

Apple is learning an expensive lesson about universities

You may have heard that Apple's on the hook for $862 million in potential penalties after a jury ruled that it infringed on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

the ruling represents a stinging rebuke for a company that has spent years accusing its rival, Samsung, of essentially stealing its hardware designs.

Universities account for some of the biggest intellectual property holders in the United States.

IBM is smitten by Apple; orders 50000 Macbooks, to scale up to 200000 over the year
Yes, IBM.  Yes, the folks who created the original IBM PC that countless other companies copied (and still do). Yes, the guys who licensed DOS from Microsoft, thereby launching Microsoft to great success.
The decision, in addition to being a great milestone for Apple, is significant from a tech history point of view.

The reason, according to IBM, is simple. From the statistical data of IT support, 5 percent of IBM employees with Macbooks require support. In contrast 40 percent of employees on Windows require IT support.

Apple users need a lot less help than PC users, IBM finds
The majority of iOS device owners have upgraded to the latest version of the operating system

Apple says 50 percent of “active” users were on iOS 9 after just five days, though it appears they may have been somewhat optimistic in their claims

Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone.
It’s important to note, however, that Intel has yet to fully reach an agreement with Apple.  Issue involve milestones and the possibility that the partnership may go deeper than just the LTE modem.
It seems that Apple got tired of buying computer chips from arch-rival Samsung.

What I Saw Inside Apple’s Top-Secret Input Lab
An exclusive look at how Macintosh accessories are prototyped and tested
Very first Apple computer hits auction block at mind-blowing price
Christie’s expects this one could go for as much as $800,000.
A very startling picture of the computer.

Hey Siri, Are You Being Controlled by a Hacker?

Your phone's virtual assistant may be doing some temp work on the side: Two French researchers have discovered a way to activate Siri or Google Now from afar. 

There is a catch, however: Headphones must be plugged into a phone's microphone jack.,2817,2493201,00.asp

Rejoice Researchers: Court Rules That Google Books Is Not Infringement

In case you've never used Google Books before, it's a searchable database of millions of books that Google has digitized through agreements with libraries. Many of the books are nonfiction and most are out of print.

Both the search function and the snippet function were deemed to be fair use by the court.

In addition to the clear ruling of the legality of Google Books, the court's opinion does a great job of explaining the history of copyright law and its purpose.

The appeals court ruled:
"The purpose of the copying is highly transformative, the public display of text is limited, and the revelations do not provide a significant market substitute for the protected aspects of the originals."

An appeals court says Google's book-scanning project serves a public purpose and should therefore be allowed to continue.

The case is hugely important, not just for Google (now part of a larger holding company called Alphabet) and the authors whose works are being digitized, but for the principle of fair use itself. Copyright law may be murky and difficult to pin down at the best of times, but interpreting the concept of fair use often makes regular copyright law look like a day at the beach.

The appeals court, however, pointed out in its decision that the purpose of copyright law is not to guarantee authors a living, nor is it to give them exclusive control over who uses their work and how. The purpose of the law is to provide an incentive for people to create artistic works because doing this benefits society-and ultimately, the social benefit of Google Books outweighed the infringement aspect.

How Google Won The PR Battle Over Search Engine Optimization (SEO), And Why That's A Good Thing

Larry and Sergey realized early on that they would never be able to destroy the SEO business.

Google's goal from the start has been to either convince or coerce SEOs into creating a modern internet Google's way.

For better or worse, the battle over SEO is over. Google has succeeded in shifting the focus of the SEO industry away from short-sighted SEO tactics and toward creating the best user experience with "high-quality content," which, of course, benefits Google.

Genius woman Periscopes herself while driving drunk, gets arrested

For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.

Raiders of the Lost Web

If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.

You can't count on the web, okay? It's unstable. You have to know this.
It's not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing patchwork of perpetual nowness.

Drone Owners Will Soon Have to Register With the US Government

the Department of Transportation plans to have all drones in the country registered by Christmas.

A handful of incidences have occurred in which drones have either gotten too close to commercial jets or hindered firefighting operations.

We Don't Need Special Laws to Regulate Drones

Early American legal thinkers reveled in the notion that "laws are made for men of ordinary understanding, and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense." The law was intentionally imbued with  the idea that democracy would be of little value if laws,  especially criminal laws, went too far beyond that maxim.

A federal drone regulation scheme is probably less likely than a local judge and jury to reflect the common sense or community conscience in Ascension Parish, Louisiana.

If and when federal regulations are passed, Webre will face the same issue  James Madison raised: How do we obey and enforce a law if it is "little known and less fixed"?

After talking with a MIT researcher I'm definitely going to stop pulling my phone out all the time
using your phone all the time reduces empathy, thereby screwing with your interpersonal relationships.
Sherry Turkle said:
"We literally turn being alone into a problem that we want technology to solve. We use technology to solve it by giving us something on a screen to take our attention off ourselves."

If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy

As government agencies and tech companies develop more and more intrusive means of watching and influencing people, how can we live free lives?

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