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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Apple Watch Series 2 Teardown — Includes Video and Slide Show
If you’re not a nerd, just watch the video.
If you are a nerd, look as the slides also.
Here's what the new Apple Watch's swim-proof speaker looks like
How to unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch
To use this new feature, you need:
*A new-ish Mac — 2013 or later
*Mac OS Sierra or newer
*Watch OS–3.
Once the feature is activated, your Apple Watch will automatically unlock your Mac when it is within 3 feet of it – saving you the trouble of typing in your password.
AW comment: I make it a habit to always unlock my Mac by typing a password – so I never forget it.
Apple iPhone 7 teardown: There is Intel Inside
With the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Intel has made a strong comeback to the smartphone space.
Apple’s iPhone 7 does not bring any significant improvement in terms of design but it packs the best possible hardware specifications. It is needless to say that both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most powerful smartphones in their categories.
IPhone 7 Review: Though Not Perfect, New iPhones Keep Apple’s Promises
After testing the new iPhone 7 and its larger sibling, the 7 Plus, for five days, I have hopped on the 7 train. While it is irritating not to have an audio jack — Apple nixed the 3.5 millimeter port to make room for faster chips, better batteries and to make the iPhone water-resistant — and the older physical home button feels better to press than the new virtual one, the new iPhones deliver on Apple’s promises.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are tremendously fast — more than double the speed of the two-year-old iPhone 6 — and their cameras produce superb, vivid photos. The battery life is improved, and the iPhones survived water torture tests.

And after a while, I didn’t miss the headphone jack as much as I thought. 
Readers Ask About Apple’s New iPhone and Watch
Lots of good Q & A here.
The top 9 ways your iPhone will change after you download iOS 10
1)  Slide to Unlock is no more.
2) You can remove Apple's built-in junk apps!
9) Oh, and the keyboard sound has been changed in iOS 10.
How to fix the most annoying change in iOS 10
iOS 10 changes the way that Touch ID works.
This article explains how to change an iOS setting to make Touch ID work like it did under iOS 9.
The iPhone 7 has a piece of plastic where the headphone jack used to be
Apple says that the plastic is a "barometric vent" — the new iPhone is water-resistant, which messed with the device's built-in barometer.
The iPhone 7 home button doesn't work if you're wearing gloves
The solid state design helps to make the phone waterproof, as well as being more durable, although the loss of the satisfying mechanical click of the old home button has been met with a mixed reaction. 

There is one big problem though: most pairs of gloves, or any material in between the thumb and button, make the new home button useless.
However, there is a work-around.
Apple iPhone 7 Has Two Nasty Surprises
iPhone 7 Problems Exposed, Is Apple Flying Or Dying?
Everyone will have an opinion on the removal of the headphone jack, and while I wouldn’t want to go as far as saying that the decision was powered by “courage” it does illustrate that Apple is capable divining a future and has the willingness to proactively push towards it. The move to lightning audio and wireless bluetooth is a ‘typically Apple’ attitude. There’s no point waiting for the combined might of the music industry  and various consumer electronics companies to throw away its comfort blanket, even if bluetooth headphones are starting to be in the majority of sales in some markets. Apple has forced the issue.
Why are some iPhone 7s making hissing noises?

Could this rise to the level of a [insert word here]-gate? Or is it nothing major all? Nobody knows yet. But in a quiet room, with the phone under heavy load, what Stephen Hackett recorded doesn’t sound normal at all.
People at other authoritative web sites have not been able to reproduce the noises.  The problem may be with just an unlucky few.
Why Apple Was Right To Remove The iPhone 7 Headphone Jack
Apple iOS 10 Has 25 Great Secret Features
Apple plans to release a free coding education app on Tuesday (2016-09-20) that it developed with middle-school students in mind
Apple plans to release a free coding education app that it developed with students aged 11 to 13 in mind, in the latest salvo among technology companies to gain share in the education market and to nurture early product loyalty among children.
"When you learn to code with Swift Playgrounds, you are learning the same language used by professional developers," Mr Brian Croll, Apple's vice-president for product marketing, said.
The Apple coding app is free but it requires an iPad, the company's tablet computer.gk
Rush to Take Advantage of a Dull iPhone Started Samsung's Battery Crisis
Few things motivate Samsung employees like the opportunity to take advantage of weakness at Apple Inc.
Earlier this year, managers at the South Korean company began hearing the next iPhone wouldn’t have any eye-popping innovations. The device would look just like the previous two models too. It sounded like a potential opening for Samsung to leap ahead.

So the top brass at Samsung decided to accelerate the launch of a new phone they were confident would dazzle consumers and capitalize on the opportunity.
Then it all backfired. Just days after Samsung introduced the Note 7 in August, reports surfaced online that the phone’s batteries were bursting into flame.
FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password
University of Cambridge senior research associate Sergei Skorobogatov has laid waste to United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) assertions about iPhone security by demonstrating password bypassing using a $100 NAND mirroring rig.
Skorobogatov built a working prototype demonstrating how NAND mirroring could work using off-the-shelf components for an updated iPhone 5c, revealing a password in about 24 hours.

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