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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for 9/4/0216

(sorry I’m late with this. I’ve had medical issues)



This incredibly simple trick fixes your iPhone if it's acting slow — and it takes less than 30 seconds
How To Solve Your Apple Watch Battery Problems
With a new accessory for recharging the Apple Watch battery.
Apple is going to remove abandoned apps from the App Store
It’s cleaning time in the App Store. Apple sent an email to its developer community indicating that ... if an app no longer works or is outdated, it’s going to get removed from the App Store. And it’s about time.
Hundreds of millions of apps were probably built on an older version of iOS and never updated. So it’s time to improve App Store discovery. It’s going to be interesting to see whether the number of apps in the App Store is going to drastically go down.
For the first time ever, Apple’s approved blockchains and cryptocurrencies have been revealed.
Apple's Six: Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, the DAO & Ripple
Jaxx is not the first Bitcoin application shunned from the iOS store
Anthony Di Iorio is perplexed Apple has designated a list of official cryptocurrencies.
The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially, but lacks a breakthrough product
Five years ago last week, the legendary Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO after an amazing 14-year run that took the technology company from the edge of disaster to the heights of glory. He personally selected his COO, Tim Cook, as the new CEO, and passed away six weeks later.

So, how has Apple changed in the first five years of the Tim Cook era? How is it different than at the peak of the Jobs era?

The short answer is that the company has surged financially to heights Jobs likely never dreamed of.

But Cook’s Apple has yet to produce the kind of new, game-changing product Jobs was famous for launching. Or, if it has, we don’t know it yet.
Drone captures views of incredible new Apple Campus
Two Videos:
Apple’s spaceship HQ is starting to look like a real building
Samsung is recalling the Galaxy Note 7 — nearly 2.5 million of them — over a battery problem.
Smart phones going up in flames — burning while they were charging.
Bitcoin has a lot of positives and negatives
People say some forms of money, such as Bitcoin or U.S. dollars, are not backed by anything.

But that’s not true. They are backed by one thing: confidence. If you and I have confidence that something is money and we agree that it’s money, then it’s money.
So-called crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have two main features in common. The first is that they are not issued or regulated by any central bank or single regulatory authority. They are created in accordance with certain computer algorithms and are issued and transferred through a distributed processing network using open source code.
The second feature in common is encryption, which gives rise to the “crypto” part of the name.
If the power grid goes down, your Bitcoins are worthless. I’m not anti-Bitcoin, but physical gold does not have the disabilities of Bitcoin and digital currencies like the U.S. dollar.
Smallest hard disk (to date) writes information atom by atom
A team of scientists managed to bring data storage to the ultimate limit: they built a memory of 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits), where each bit is represented by the position of one single chlorine atom.
"In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp," says lead-scientist Sander Otte. They reached a storage density of 500 Terabits per square inch (Tbpsi), 500 times better than the best commercial hard disk currently available.
A bunch of famous YouTubers are furious at YouTube right now — here's why

Starting Thursday morning (Sept. 1, 2016), many YouTubers were finding that they'd received emails notifying them that one or more of their videos violate its "advertiser-friendly content guidelines." According to YouTube's terms of service, videos are considered ineligible for monetization if they are not "advertiser-friendly”.

These guidelines have existed for a long time, but many YouTubers seem to be finding that more and more of their videos are being flagged for not meeting its guidelines. Or, rather, they're just talking about it more. As of Thursday afternoon, the hashtag #YouTubeIsOverPartywas trending in response to this controversy.

YouTube insists it isn't flagging more videos than usual.

Why is YouTube being accused of censoring bloggers?
Nothing has changed, but everything is terrible

A change in YouTube’s content moderation system has left many video creators uncertain of their place on the platform. Over the past day, users have been posting notices from Google, saying that certain videos were being barred from making money via YouTube’s ad service. More troublingly, the videos were often flagged for reasons that seemed unfair, unclear, or outright censorious. But statements from YouTube suggest that the real problem isn’t a new policy — it’s a long-running conflict between the platform’s stated rules and their opaque, clumsy execution.

How to hide on the internet

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Use the TOR browser.

Use a browser extension called "https everywhere".

Use PGP for E-mail.

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