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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for 9/11/2016

Here's everything Apple announced at its big iPhone event
Apple made a 107-second video recapping everything from the big iPhone event
Apple’s iPhone 7 and Watch Updates: What You Really Need to Know
You need not rush to upgrade your iPhone or Apple Watch if you recently bought one. The people who may want to jump to buy one of the new devices are those who have owned their current iPhone for more than two years.
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BEHOLD: Big, beautiful photos of the iPhone 7
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First Look: Apple’s new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
The rumors were true – Apple got rid of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 series and replaced it with a single proprietary Lightning connector that you’ll have to use for both charging and audio.
Dual cameras.
The iPhone 7 starts at 32GB of storage for $650 off-contract, and the 7 Plus will set you back $770 for the same amount of storage.
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iOS 10: Everything you need to know about the iPhone and iPad update
The iPhone 7 may have been the star of Apple’s media event on 9-8-2016, but the impending release of iOS 10 is worthy of attention in its own right.
Phil Schiller announced that iOS 10 will officially become available for download on September 13
Apple’s built-in iOS apps can be deleted.
These secret codes let you access hidden iPhone features
11 things everyone is going to love about Apple's iOS 10
Here's what happens if your Apple AirPods get lost or stolen
There's no anti-theft measures in place to protect your shiny wireless earbuds.
That said, if one of your two AirPods is lost or stolen, Apple says you'll be able to buy just one.
Everything you need to know about Apple's new AirPods
How headphones work on the iPhone 7, explained
People are already complaining about Apple's new AirPods earbuds
People on Twitter have noticed a few potential flaws with the AirPods. They use Apple's classic earpiece design that can cause the earbuds to falls out of people's ears, especially during exercise.
Finally, people don't seem too happy about the price: $159.
Apple ditching the headphone jack actually makes a lot of sense
7 incredibly tiny iPhone details only superfans know about
It's a shame Apple is playing 'me-too' with iWork when everyone else is pushing the envelope
With real time collaboration, you can invite people into a document and everyone can work on it together, at once, one document. It's kind of freaky to use, because you can watch other people typing in the document.

But this is just a me-too, catch up feature. Google Apps pioneered real-time collaboration and has had it for years. So has Microsoft.
Evolving App Store Business Models
The App Store ecosystem today is wildly different from what it was eight years ago.
Back then we didn’t have advertising networks, in-app purchases or subscriptions. You were free or paid, and if you wanted to make a living you pretty much had to be paid. 

Today things are quite different. Paid apps now make up a vanishingly small proportion of my income, and nearly all of my recent successes have come on the back of free apps.
The market has been pulling me along towards advertising based apps, and I’ve found that the less I fight back with anachronistic ideas about how software “should” be sold, the more sustainable a business I have.
I am living proof that it is still quite possible to make a solid and reliable income from the App Store. The way in which I have been able to do that, however, has been to change with the times and constantly adapt to the changes in the market.

The FAA 'strongly advises' against turning on a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in flight because it might explode
Samsung's nightmare just keeps getting worse.
The most beautiful library in every major US city
American Bookworms Still Love Paper
The death of the printed book appears to have been greatly exaggerated.
Raspberry Pi Foundation launches $130 starter kit after passing 10 million microcomputers sold
For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized contraption designed as an easy point of entry for budding programmers and tinkerers, and it has come a long way since its inception way back in 2012.
“When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal — to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge,” explained Raspberry Pi creator Eben Upton.
“At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the U.K., and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world.”
How Facebook's Most Hated Feature Became the Future of the Company
A decade is a long time—even in the real world. On the Internet, it is more like a century, especially in the life of a startup. But that’s how long it has been since Facebook launched the real-time news feed that has become the core of the service for more than 1.5 billion people.
many people hated the news feed [when it was first introduced] because it changed the way the site worked in a fairly radical way.
10 years ago FaceBook had 'the most inglorious launch moment in history' but it changed everything
When Facebook first launched its News Feed 10 years ago, users went bananas. They absolutely hated the change.
Back in 2005, before the News Feed launched, Facebook was essentially just a collection of disconnected profiles.
How Facebook News Feed Works
This is the ultimate guide to how Facebook chooses what to show in your News Feed, and how you can get your content seen by more people.

Understanding how the News Feed works is tough because the algorithm is always changing. So TechCrunch launched this research project for today’s 10th anniversary of News Feed.
Facebook has a feature that stalks you all over the internet — here’s how to turn it off
It’s a bit laborious. And it works only temporarily. You’ll have to do it again from time to time.
How strangers can hack the phone in your pocket
While most people worry about their computers getting hacked, John Hering explains that phones are vulnerable, too. To prove his point, Hering assembled a group of ace hackers at a Las Vegas hotel where the 60 Minutes team was staying. In the video above, 60 Minutes Overtime explores what happened.
Hackers Expose 800,000 User Accounts In Latest Attack On Brazzers Porn Forum
Brazzers is big enough to have attracted a staggering 800,000 people to its Web forum.
We find this out because of yet another breach, with all 800,000 accounts having been leaked. The information included involves email addresses, usernames, and most baffling, plaintext passwords.
Paying for porn is risky.
How to Make Apple and Microsoft Stop Ransomware
Here's the problem, as I see it: How is it that a “program” [or “app”], in this day and age, can be run from the Internet (or a received email) that wants to insert itself into the disk I/O system and operate in the background, both of which have to happen for this sort of attack to work, and not cause the operating system to throw up all over it without multiple, dire-warning style notifications that you are very likely about to be screwed?
If I have a pool, do not erect a fence around it and a 2 year old wanders into my yard despite the fact that said 2 year old had no right to be there and is trespassing I'm going to get sued to beyond the orbit of Mars if said toddler falls in my pool and drowns!

Microsoft and Apple should both be held civilly and criminally liable for the failure to provide such protections and warnings under the very simple perspective that they are knowingly and intentionally leaving the fence out of their pool construction, despite many people having drowned in same.
Browser fingerprints, and why they are so hard to erase
Browser fingerprinting is an increasingly common yet rarely discussed technique of identifying an individual user by the unique patterns of information visible whenever a computer visits a website. The information collected is quite comprehensive and often includes the browser type and version, operating system and version, screen resolution, supported fonts, plugins, time zone, language and font preferences, and even hardware configurations. These identifiers may seem generic and not at all personally identifying, yet typically only one in several million people have exactly the same specifications as you.
Here's a website that allows you to see how uniquely identifiable your browser fingerprint is.

Big Brother wishes you a nice day!

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