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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
All the humans were stirring, moving their mouse.
BUT! Before you download the installer, here’s your dose of warning:
Do BackUp. Back up to both your Time Machine external hard drive and to a clone of the hard drive or partition you intend to upgrade.
Do It! You’ve only got 30 years of data, such as your tax returns, your wedding videos, and all those college papers you typed into an Apple ][e long ago. So back those up.
As far as I know, no killer app now or on the horizon demands that you upgrade NOW! You may want to wait until 10.11.2 or 10.11.3, so the bugs can be worked out. And there will be bugs. It’s inevitable.
BUT! and I apologize for shouting in all caps, plenty of old apps, particularly if you still use 10.6.8, will cease to work due to their dependence on old PowerPC code that 10.6.8 supported through the Rosetta technology that Apple scrapped in 10.7 and above. So read Melissa Holt and Roman Loyola again.
Finally, when you do download El Capitan and want to make a USB flash drive installer, how do you do it? Well, this article at Ars Technica is the first one I’ve seen.
Oh, and if you don’t want to write a long line of code, copy it from the browser window and paste it into the Terminal.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
3D Touch Is Apple’s New Secret Weapon
Apple’s first interface breakthrough happened when it unleashed real multitouch on the world.
This next interface trick is far more subtle. By sensing pressure applied on the surface of the Apple Watch, the new MacBook trackpad, and the new iPhones, Apple has added a new layer to the touchscreen experience.
3D Touch isn’t an incremental update. It is a real tool and you can be sure that, by CES time, manufacturers from Samsung to Xaomi will be offering stuff called Push Touch, Deep Finger, and Insert UI for their phones. It is inevitable. And Apple had it first.
I’m not saying Force Touch has changed the world. What it has done is tweak the world in a very meaningful way.
Why you should upgrade your iPhone every 3 years
It's less expensive than upgrading every 2 years.
personal finance site WalletHub.com estimates that consumers can save up to 30% on average off of their monthly bill if they keep their phone for a third year and switch from a subsidized plan to a contract-free plan.
"Sprint and T-Mobile are both trying to undercut each other and trying to persuade you to keep your phone for more than two years," says Louis Ramirez, senior editor at DealNews.com
This trick lets you extend the warranty on your iPhone or MacBook from 1 to 2 years, and it doesn't cost you anything
The key is paying for your new gadget with the right credit card. The major credit cards — Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and Discover — all offer free warranty extensions in one form or another. But they aren’t all equal.
Apple widens gap between iOS, Android use in U.S.
Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley said his checks indicate there continues to be a greater mix of Android users switching to the iPhone 6 than in previous cycles, a reflection of demand for larger-screen premium phones and the industry shift away from two-year carrier contracts.
iOS 9 review: making the basics work even better
it's clear that what Apple built is far more nuanced than it might have let on.
iOS 9 is less about new, whizbang features and more about getting the stuff we do every day done just a little quicker, a little more efficiently. And you know what? That's more valuable than you might think.
Apple's latest major software release isn't a revolution, but a thoughtful refinement that makes iOS faster and easier to use. Make no mistake, most of the big new features here work great, but it's the little design changes that help mold iOS' core elements into something smarter. iOS 9 isn't perfect, but it's nonetheless a must-have download.
Apple swapped in its San Francisco typeface (first used on the Watch) and it very subtly changes the feel of iOS.
The stylus used to be ridiculed, but is now looking like the next big thing in smartphones and tablets
After years of neglect as a last-generation kind of idea, the stylus is ready to take its rightful place as the new best way to get things done on the go.
Using a stylus can be much more precise than using your finger.
Basically, Petschnigg says, we're on the third wave of smartphone input. The first, circa the late nineties, was T9 predictive text input, which made texting a lot easier - and sparked a revolution. The second was the multitouch screen, popularized by the very first Apple iPhone in 2007.
Now, eight years later, we're due for another big change. And it's looking like that could be the stylus.
Apple just released the first bug fixes for iOS 9
Just a week after releasing iOS 9, Apple is today issuing the OS's first bug fix update.
The new iPad mini is a major step above its predecessors
Apple unveiled a new iPad minilast week. It’s much better than the last two iPad minis in several significant ways.
The iPhone 6S is as powerful as Apple's new MacBook
Daring Fireball's John Gruber compared test results from the iPhone 6S and new MacBook to find that the results from Apple's latest iPhone were actually higher in some cases.
11 ways to speed up your Mac
The 20 most fascinating iOS apps from TechCrunch Disrupt
16 reasons Android phones are better than iPhones
Or so the author claims.
Apple's iOS App Store just suffered its first major attack
several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps.
It is the first reported case of large numbers of malicious software programs making their way past Apple's stringent app review process. Prior to this attack, a total of just five malicious apps had ever been found in the App Store.
The hackers embedded the malicious code in these apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of Apple's software for creating iOS and Mac apps, which is known as Xcode, Apple said.
The day Steve Jobs dissed me in a keynote speech
Interesting story about one company’s experience in the days when iTunes was just getting started.
Modified versions of Xcode used to sneak malware into App Store, Apple confirms
About 40 infected apps made it onto the App Store, according to security researchers.
The modified versions of Xcode were hosted on cloud storage run by China's Baidu. Baidu has already deleted the offending software, and Apple told the Times that it's working with developers to make sure they're using an authentic Xcode release.
XcodeGhost used unprecedented infection strategy against Apple
Xcode is available free of charge from the Cupertino, Calif. company's Mac App Store.
But the XcodeGhost gang did not infect that version of the development suite.
Instead, it modified a legitimate copy, seeded the counterfeit on a popular Chinese file-sharing service and promoted its fake-Xcode as not only the real deal, but available much faster from within China because of the service's speed advantage over trans-Pacific links to the official Apple site.
Chinese iOS developers took the bait -- hook, line and sinker. But by using the infected Xcode they unknowingly infected the apps they created with the bootleg.
iOS 9 Hack: How to Access Private Photos and Contacts Without a Passcode
There is now speculation (but not conclusive proof) that the CIA may have been behind the big Apple Store hack
The selfie is now deadlier than Jaws
Selfies killed more people than sharks
How not to die while taking a selfie
The number of people watching TV is falling off a cliff
Didn’t ask for Windows 10? Your PC may have downloaded it anyway
Microsoft confirmed that it automatically downloads Windows 10 installation files on eligible PCs, provided automatic updates are enabled through Windows Update. The download occurs even if users haven’t opted in through the Windows 10 reservation dialog.
Windows 7 and 8 Spy on You, Just Like Windows 10 – Here’s How to Stop Them
Microsoft has been caught installing latest updates onto Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers that effectively introduce the same data collecting and user behavior tracking features used in Windows 10.
Google must take 'Right to Be Forgotten' worldwide, France says
Google maintains that regulator can't 'assert global authority'
Internet Marketers thought the Web would allow perfectly targeted ads.
Hasn't worked out that way.
Only 20 percent of the campaign's "ad impressions"-ads that appear on a computer or smartphone screen-were even seen by actual people.
Increasingly, digital ad viewers aren't human.
Eleven percent of display ads and almost a quarter of video ads were "viewed" by software, not people. fake traffic will cost advertisers $6.3 billion this year.
Fake traffic has become a commodity. There's malware for generating it and brokers who sell it.
Are people with drones violating your privacy?
Hackers Took Fingerprints of 5.6 Million U.S. Workers, Government Says
The working assumption of investigators is that China was building a huge database of information about American officials or contractors who may end up entering China or doing business with it. Fingerprints could become a significant part of that effort: While a Social Security number or a password can be changed, fingerprints cannot.
In testimony to a House committee recently, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, said it had seen no evidence that the data lifted from the O.P.M. over more than a year had been used for any financial purpose, like gaining access to bank accounts or credit cards.
"It was so big," one senior intelligence official said, "that we have to ask the question of whether the scope of it changed the nature of the theft."
Originally OPM said that about 1.1 million fingerprint records had been snatched up, but the agency later admitted that the number is actually 5.6 million.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I’m glad Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson went to the State Dinner. I don’t imagine they discussed too much business while they dined. I’m sure someone commented on the new iPhones.
As for any questions about Tim’s sexuality, let’s face it, folks. Plenty of heterosexual couples who otherwise loathed each other have gone to these affairs just so they could have a picture of themselves snapped with the President and First Lady. I assume Tim and Lisa like each other at least as business associates.
They are an attractive couple, the public face of Apple at least for that night.
And I’m sure the White House has invited Jonny Ivey when the Queen or British Prime Minister was in Washington.
It’s quite a change from 50 years ago. Back then, it would have been the head of US Steel or some big oil company who got to sit at the President’s table. Now the biggest deal in American business is a company that started making personal computers, has morphed into a powerhouse smart phone company, and may end up making cars!
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Friday, September 25, 2015
The question in my mind is whether the Chinese government wants to replace OS X with this Neoukylin?
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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Before the iPhone 6s launched, no one was sure how Force Touch on it would work. Now we know—it works just great.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
The UK edition of Macworld has this article summarizing what you need to know and to do in preparation for September 30th: El Capitan Day!
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Sunday, September 13, 2015
I know this isn’t directly Mac related, but a lot of us have “stuff” that builds and builds.
I have followed some of these tips in the past and I helped me cut down on the clutter in my tiny condo.
And you should check out Lifehacker.com frequently, too!
Editor, MacValley Blog
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Hi All, I installed the GM Candidate of OS X El Capitan to a wiped hard drive tonight.
I hit a snag. The Finder wouldn’t work. It only showed me the new beachball of death.
I got around the problem initially by installing Pathfinder 7.
I reported it to Apple, thinking I had found a show-stopper bug.
Then I thought better and just restarted the whole thing.
Problem solved. The Finder works without any problems.
The moral of the story is: If your computer doesn’t work, try restarting it. Turn it off if necessary and turn it back on again. 99 out of a 100 times, this will fix the problem. The Indians manning tech support lines tell this to their customers. We who did tech support in the early ‘90s taught this to the Indians, who would call our lines.
Another problem, not computer related, but indicative of how old tried and true fixes still work.
I bought a Magic Bullet blender to make green juice. Essentially drink my salads.
I spilled some of that green juice into the machine and it caused one of the three actuators to stick.
The cure for this is to spray the stuck actuator with WD-40 and wait 15 minutes to let it soak in. Then take a flat blade screwdriver to press on the stuck actuator to free it up. This is not original. I researched it on Google and YouTube.
Aha, now it works. I’m mixing up a batch of green juice right now for dinner.
Editor, MacValley Blog and Chagrined Nerd.
The US Justice Department wanted to obtain communication sent between the suspects' mobile phones in real time but due to Apple's encryption system, which makes iMessages unreadable to intercept, Apple said they would not be able to assist despite the threat of legal action.
The end-to-end encryption, which arrived with Apple's iOS 8, was introduced to increase privacy for users but it has caused a heated battle with authorities who protest that such encryption makes capturing criminals a far harder task.
The release came just a day before Apple was expected to introduce an ad-blocking feature to Safari in iOS 9.
ABP should make it easier for legit sites to be whitelisted. They are contributing a great deal to the destruction of the free web. Paywalls will soon be everywhere and free content will be no more. They are also actively helping to kill many small publishing companies. I used ABP for a while to test it and the experience is not that different really. To better protect yourself from malicious websites download the WOT (web of trust) toolbar and educate yourself about what ads look like. There is no need for ABP at all. Flash block extension + WOT and you're good to go - that way you are helping to keep the web free!
Consumers are hurting themselves by installing this, because publishing companies will start charging a lot of money for their content in the future if this trend continues. Nothing will be free anymore and you will need a subscription to access certain networks and even blogs in the future. Is that really what we want?
Apple is frequently bashed for not being first to the punch with an idea.
Apple refused -- not because it necessarily wanted to, but because it couldn't comply. The iPhone and iPad maker reportedly told the feds that the service is encrypted, making it impossible for the company let alone the feds to access the data they demanded, unlike phone companies which, under US wiretap laws, are required to comply.
Calls from wives who put their kids on the phone to say " You've ruined our family, my mommy's crying".
The men vastly outnumbered the women.
computer algorithms automatically generating the flirtatious responses to eager men.
Easy to run up a large bill -- with nothing to show for it.
Top 100 list shows Ashley Madison passwords are just as weak as all the rest
The unwashed masses are horrible at picking passwords.
images of the TSA's master luggage keys have been published online, meaning that anyone with a 3D printer can make their own.
Look I worked for TSA in Portland OR down in baggage and we had several sets of these so-called master keys and let me tell you you had to really work the key in the lock and it only worked 25% of the time. You want to know our best master key? BOLT cutters. That's right. Those master keys are so unreliable good old fashioned bolt cutters did the trick every time.
Friday, September 11, 2015
This is a link to a neat OS X screensaver that looks like the Apple Watch. Scroll down the page to find it.
Thanks, OS X Daily!
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If you don’t want to erase your copies of the OS X El Capitan GM Candidate every time you use, it, read this article.
It works. I just tried it.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015
The 11 greatest moments Apple's ever had on stage
iOS App Store -- Top Apps by All-Time Worldwide Downloads
Apple Watch Has Legs: A (Brief) Long-Term Review
The Apple Watch appears poised to become the leading wearable. After constant use of the Watch for two months, I’ll take a stab at why.
Roughly 80 percent of the messaging I get can be dispatched with a quick glance (via notifications), which the Watch excels at. In other words, the iPhone stays in my pocket most of the time. That makes a huge difference.
the Watch has limited utility and a tiny screen. And it simply replicates functions that you can already do on the iPhone.
I can never remember to wear my Apple Watch because it fails this very basic test
It doesn’t pass the “turn-around test”: If you leave your apartment in the morning and realize only once you get to the subway station five blocks away that you forgot to wear your smartwatch, would you turn around and go home to get it?
Wearable technology simply doesn't pass this test yet.
One thing that keeps me from wearing the Apple Watch each day is the fact that it requires a nightly charge. If I could just wear my watch to bed, it’s more likely I would continue wearing it the next day.
New iPhone malware a problem, but only for jailbroken phones
The Steve Jobs Documentary Apple Doesn't Want You to See
Steve Jobs was a once-in-generation genius who pushed other people beyond their limits to achieve something great. The reason Apple doesn’t want you to see that film—the company didn’t make any its current employees or executives available for interview—is that Gibney takes every possible opportunity to cut down Jobs.
There’s Steve Jobs the man who made computers usable for normal people, and there’s Steve Jobs the sociopath who could be an asshole to even his family and closest friends. Both accounts matter.
900 million Wi-Fi networks are revealed in this dazzling map of electronic life around the world
Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet
Twitter has been criticised by a coalition of human rights groups for its decision to ban Politwoops, a social media watchdog that keeps a record of deleted tweets from politicians.
Twitter argues that the service, by republishing deleted tweets, broke its developer agreement and undermined politicians' expectations of privacy. But its defenders say that it fulfills a vital service as a watchdog.
20 Million Men Active On Ashley Madison: Why That Is A Great Wake-Up Call For Women
the sheer vastness of the Ashley Madison hack should be a powerful wake-up call for women who tell themselves that their marriage is fail-proof, and they don't have to take responsibility for their own financial wellbeing.
Never, ever abandon your career.
Never assume alimony will support you.
Be actively involved in the family finances - better for noticing affair spending.
while information for 37 million Ashley Madison member was leaked, nearly all of the 5.5 million women's accounts were inactive, and just 20 million of the men's accounts showed signs of checking emails. It's unclear whether the remaining 11 million male accounts were fake, duplicates or curious drive-bys who never interacted with the site after establishing an account.