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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Sunday 6-11-2017

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Here's everything Apple announced on Monday at its biggest event of the year
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The 17 most useful new features coming to your iPhone and iPad this fall
New iPads, Apple Homepods, iMac Pro And More At WWDC 2017
The Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference was a treat for fans and an awesome hangout for tech connoisseurs of the Silicon Valley. There were more vital announcements than one can count on the fingers of one’s hand, and some of them were really exciting. My personal favorite is the new iMac Pro. What’s yours?
Apple's Next Moves: HomePod, iOS 11 and iPad Pro
In a 2.5-hour keynote, Apple announced a slew of new hardware and software products.
1.  HomePod — competes with Google Home and Amazon’s Echo
2.  iOS 11
3.  iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch screen 
4.  New Macs — iMac Pro ($5000), and new updated iMacs.
5.  Watch OS 4
Hardware Steals the Show at Apple’s Software Confab
I'd like to highlight a few issues that Apple has announced that they will be fixing in the next versions of macOS and iOS.
A number of the new features Apple announced will fix long-standing issues.
After 30 Days of Android, I Went Back To Apple
About a month ago I scored a Samsung S7 Edge at Wally World (Walmart) for $399 as they were clearing them out because the S8 came out. My iPhone 4 was slowly dying (home button was flaky and cant update the software) so I knew it was time for a new phone - cant complain after having it for 6 years. 

I will say that Android is flexible and you can do what you want with it but it has LOTS and LOTS of problems.
On top of this Google is extremely invasive ... They want to suck your whole life into their cloud.
After a month of constantly trying to get it to work smoothly and not have a dead battery all the time I said the hell with it. I dont have time for this bull****, I just want it to work. 

I walked into an Apple store and bought an 128GB iPhone 7. The Apple tards told me to just take it home, plug it in and tell it to restore my last back up from iCloud. 20 minutes later my phone was working like nothing happened. My phone was talking to my Mac like it was never gone. Only thing I lost was the text messages from the last month which I dont care about.
The primary problem that I see with Android is its for tinkerers. Its the equivalent of Windows only worse.
If you want to spend your time debugging your phone, trying to figure out why it doesn’t work, than good for you. For me, I want it to be an appliance and just work. And Apple is as close to that as you are going to get.
This is Apple’s best iPad ever — here's why
REVIEW: Apple's new iPad Pro is the best tablet
Even with its faults, the iPad Pro is the best tablet of the bunch.
iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, will arrive this December
Workers in China detained for selling Apple user information: Report
Police in Zhengjiang -- a wealthy Chinese province adjacent to Shanghai -- has recently cracked down on an underground network which has obtained personal information associated with iPhone accounts and traded them for huge profits.

Twenty-two suspects, who were spread across several Chinese provinces including Guangdong, Jiangsu and Fujian, have been detained for suspicion of obtaining computer information and invading citizen's personal information.
Total income in the case has exceeded 50 million yuan, it is alleged.
Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators
Apple’s newly published update to its App Store policies officially designates voluntary tipping via virtual currency as in-app purchases that Apple taxes 30 percent. By taking tipping out of the grey area, more app developers might institute digital tip jars as an alternative way to get creators paid without having to offer ad revenue sharing.
How to set up your iPhone to avoid expensive surprises on your phone bill
You can even see which apps are consuming the most data
7 ways to seriously cut back on iPhone data usage
1. Restrict iTunes and App Store downloads
2. Disable background app refresh
3. See which apps are using the most data
4. Disable Wi-Fi Assist
5. Download music, don't stream
6. Fetch mail less frequently
7. Use Safari's Reading List
If you're always running out of space on your iPhone, try these six tricks
10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know

5 things to do before giving an old iPhone or iPad to your kid
1. Wipe your old data
2. Create a child’s iCloud account
3. Control what your kid can—and can’t—do on her iPhone or iPad
4. Hide Settings, Mail, and other Apple apps
5. Turn on Airplane mode
iOS 11 release date, news and features
New iOS 11 features are changing your iPhone and iPad, and Apple's update is either out now (for the unfinished beta version) or three months away (for the finished version), depending on who you are.
It's an especially big upgrade for the iPad.
Which iPhones & iPads are compatible with iOS 11?
This article has a list of every device that works with iOS 11,
and another list of every device that works with iOS 10.
iOS 11 latest news - release date and new features
This article also has a list of devices compatible with iOS 11.
The next big iPhone update is going to save you some serious storage space
When your iPhone gets the next major software upgrade, iOS 11 ... iMessages, for instance, is getting a particularly huge change: All iMessages will be stored in iCloud from now on.
Apple doubles its $10/month iCloud storage plan to 2TB, adds family sharing
10.5-inch iPad Pro vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017): What's The Difference?
Apple has made both its new iPad Pros more compact. The scene stealer is the enlarged 10.5-inch iPad Pro which fits into virtually the same footprint as its 9.7-inch predecessor.
Early Verdict:
Apple has made sensible upgrades - particularly to the iPad Pro 10.5 which is now large enough to be a proper productivity device without piling on the pounds. The displays will Wow, the performance should be enough for even the heaviest power users and the cameras deliver a dramatic improvement on their predecessors. 
Combined with the significant changes for iPads in iOS 11, the new iPad Pros once again look set to lift the benchmark for tablets across the industry.
Three Videos:
Apple boasts that iPad Pro is, um, powerful
The New iPad Pro: You can feel the Power!
iPad Pro 2 release date, news and features
Cut to the chase
• What is it? The latest high-end tablets from Apple
• When is it out? Now!
• What does it cost? 10.5-inch starts at $649, 12.9-inch starts at $799
iPad Pro 2 price
• 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2
64GB: $649, 256GB: $749, 512GB: $949 
• 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2
64GB: $799, 256GB: $899, 512GB: $1,099
Which Apple iPad is best for you? iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad vs iPad Pro
Apple offers a number of iPad options - iPad mini 4, iPad 9.7, iPad Pro 10.5 and a spec-upgraded iPad Pro 12.9. The tablets range from 7.9-inch displays to 12.9-inches in size.

The iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 have been officially discontinued by Apple but are still available elsewhere, so we've included them all so you can see the differences between them and the new models to help you decide which is the right one for you and your budget.
The Apple iPad 10.5 and the iPad 12.9 are identical in terms of specifications, except for size.
The iPad Pro 12.9 is quite a bit larger and heavier.
The iPad Pro 10.5 on the other hand, will be better for working on the go.
Apple MacBook Pro (2017) vs MacBook Pro (2015): What's the difference?
Apple's new MacBook Pro arrived in October 2016, with a Touch Bar in place of function keys and a hefty price tag. It was then updated in June 2017 with new specs, as was the MacBook Air, while the company also announced new iMacs.
Which Apple MacBook is best for you? MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?
This feature rounds up all the MacBooks models offered through Apple, from the 12-inch MacBook to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, to help you work out what each model offers, how much they cost, how they can be configured and what their pros and cons are.

Read on to find out which Apple MacBook is the one for you.
New MacBook Pro: 6 Reasons to Buy, 3 Reasons Not To
We’ll focus on the new MacBook Pro with USB C and a new design that includes a Touch Bar on most models. Apple started selling the 2016 Macbook Pro late last year and now sells the updated 2017 MacBook Pro with a Kaby Lake processor and better discrete graphics on the 2017 MacBook Pro 15-inch. There’s also a better entry level price on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, that start at $1,299 now.

While there are definitely some reasons to hate the new MacBook Pro design there are also plenty of reasons to buy it — and the latest macOS Sierra updates help with battery life and functionality. All of the new MacBook Pro models get a free macOS High Sierra update later this year.
New MacBook Pro Details Reveal Apple's Hidden Goal
Apple announced a number of updates to its MacBook and MacBook Pro computers. The macOS powered laptops now come with Intel’s seventh-generation processors, finally bringing them up to parity with the Windows 10 competition.
Tim Cook and his team are trying to change the nature of the MacBook market place.
How Much Dirt Does Siri Have on You?
How much transparency will we get from our voice assistants?
Any time I ask Siri, “What data do you send to Apple?” I get the response, “Who, me?” That’s not cute. Whenever I ask, “Do you save the questions I ask you?” I get the reply, “I can’t answer that.” Again, not cute. I’d like Siri to come back with a concise explanation of what it sends to Apple’s servers and how long my queries stay there.
I don’t make a point of culling life lessons from Harry Potter books but there’s a moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where a character is chided, “What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” That’s a good ground rule for any smart assistant.
Apple announces watchOS 4 with a Siri watchface, better coaching & more
Why Siri is the best app to have on your next international trip
When Apple’s next operating system, iOS 11, premieres this fall, it will come loaded with new Siri features that could be helpful for travelers going abroad.

When traveling in a country where English is not the first language, iPhone users will be able to ask Siri for anything from restaurant recommendations to the nearest pharmacy. Siri will be able to look at map results in a different language and translate them back to English.

Users will also be able to ask Siri how to translate phrases and sentences. Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian will be the first languages released with this feature, and Apple plans to add more.
Voice recognition has been the biggest drag on Siri since the assistant’s introduction in 2011.
Apple now feels confident enough in Siri to put it front and center on every device; Apple even went so far as to build a whole piece of hardware around it with HomePod. When iOS 11 updates roll out to a billion devices, and the HomePod starts arriving in people’s living rooms, we’ll see if Siri has managed to catch up to the competition, or if it continues to leave users with the impression that Apple doesn’t have a handle on today’s cutting-edge AI.
Amazon Just Killed the Best Deal in Tech
This article compares the cost of Amazon’s “Cloud Drive” to the costs of its competitors:
Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s One Drive, and Dropbox.
Services that provide only a few GB of cloud storage are free.
Services that provide one TB or more of cloud storage cost a small monthly fee.
Amazon’s fee is the cheapest.
AW Comment:
Although the above services have different names, using them is nothing more than storing your personal information on a corporation hard disk — and sometimes paying for the privilege.
All these services are targets for hackers. And hackers have successfully stolen personal information for some (though not all) users of those services.
Many people are using these services without knowing it (because some of the services are free) and without knowing how much of their personal information is stored on the corporate computers that provide the services. For example, copies of all your E-mails are probably stored on corporate computers.
Mark Cuban's Wrong About Bitcoin's "Bubble," but Right About Its Future
Cuban "isn't entirely wrong," David Zeiler said this morning (Wednesday). "The price of Bitcoin has raced ahead of itself. But what we're seeing is a lot of demand pressure on a fixed supply. That isn't changing unless people suddenly get bored with Bitcoin."
Cuban followed up his Bitcoin-skeptic tweetstorm by tweeting “I think blockchain is very valuable and will be at the core of most transactions in the future.  Healthcare, finance, etc., will all use it."
Why Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) Raise Millions of Dollars in Seconds
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have become shockingly popular in a very short time.
ICOs have begun to rival venture capital in the realm of blockchain-based startups.
But while ICOs are an intriguing innovation that shows promise, the utter lack of regulation of this new investment tool means it's fraught with risk.

ICOs are built on the same blockchain technology that powers Bitcoin. But these tokens, or "coins," are custom cryptocurrencies offered by startups to raise capital for their business.
ICOs are a form of crowdfunding that uses digital currencies as the investing mechanism.

On April 25, the Gnosis ICO raised $7 million in the first 30 seconds and $12.5 million within 10 minutes.
The worst example so far is the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) fiasco. The ICO was conducted in May of last year and raised $168 million from 10,000 investors. But a computer whiz noticed a programming flaw that allowed him or her to siphon out $50 million before the project ever got off the ground.
Why the Ethereum Price Is Rising So Fast
The Ethereum price is rising like a missile because of these five powerful catalysts…
• Business Support
• Initial Coin Offerings
• China and South Korea:
• Russia
• Fear of missing out (FOMO)
AW Comment:
Betting on price changes in digital currencies is pure speculation, as far as I’m concerned.
I freaked out several people by showing them how much of their personal info I could find on the internet.
And it wasn’t hard.
For example, it’s easy for anyone to get a map of where you live on the internet.  Including criminal stalkers.
And web sites also reveal your income to ANYONE.
Google is keeping a dossier on you that would make any spy jealous.
At least Google shows you what it’s got and allows you to SOME power to delete it.
There are NO privacy laws to control what corporations (or anyone else) does with all the info about you that’s on the web.
Europe eyeing direct access to cloud services for police data requests
In the wake of a spate of terror attacks across Europe, regional interior ministers have been talking tough on tech. Encryption is one technology that’s been under fire from certain quarters.

There also has been renewed discussion about ways to speed up how law enforcement agencies request data from tech companies — so called e-evidence.
Three options are being discussed, with Jourov√° telling the news agency that one is the possibility for police to copy data directly from the cloud — aka direct access. Albeit, she couched this as an “emergency possibility” — such as for situations where authorities do not know the location of the server hosting the data or if there is a risk of data being lost.

Another option would see companies obliged to turn over data if requested by law enforcement authorities in other member countries.

While the third, least intrusive option would involve allowing law enforcement authorities in one EU member state to ask an IT provider in another to turn over electronic evidence without having to ask that member state first.

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