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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap for Wednesday, 5-23-2018

Many service-industry jobs where employees have to be on their feet all day don’t allow workers to check their phones while they’re on the clock.

Quartz spoke with airline attendants, bartenders, waiters, baristas, shop owners, and (very politely) TSA employees who all said the same thing: The Apple Watch keeps them in touch when they can’t be on their phones at work.

Checking notifications on the sly connects you to the outside world, and also can keep you informed in case there’s an emergency at home.

23 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple Watch

1. You can use your Apple Watch to find your iPhone if it gets lost.
4. You can silence your Apple Watch by covering it with your hand.

And lots of other tricks.

7 Features That Finally Make the New Apple Watch Worth It

AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been

Like many Apple products from the Steve Jobs era, AirPods “just work.”

AirPods are one of the most seamless products Apple has released in years.

1Password 7 for Mac warns if you’ve been owned

1Password 7 for Mac notifes users of breaches, warn of bad habits, and highlights vulnerable passwords. 1Password mini has a new look, and there’s a new sidebar with a dark theme.

It’s the first really significant update in over two years.

1Password 7 for Mac can be downloaded now. It’s a subscription service starting at $2.99 a month. There’s a 30-day free trial, though.

1Password for Mac gets its first paid upgrade in five years
New design, added features

1Password 7 will cost $49.99 for a limited time before going back to its usual $64.99 price tag.

24 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know

Today in Apple history: Apple’s ‘Get a Mac’ campaign came to an end

Remember the two guys saying “I’m a Mac … and I’m a PC” ?

On May 21, 2010, Apple quietly ended its long-running, award-winning “Get a Mac” marketing campaign.

The original “Get a Mac” ads arrived in 2006.

A total of 66 ads were made.

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicted doom for Apple’s biggest product

A very interesting bit of history.

In 2005, Bill Gates predicted that mobile phones would do most of what Apple’s iPods did and that the iPod would eventually fail.

But he failed to predict that Apple would introduce the very mobile phone (called iPhone) that would make his prediction come true.

Shortly after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, Microsoft President Steve Ballmer laughed at the iPhone.

Microsoft missed the biggest change in computing ever — the smart phone — despite Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates prediction.

Apple drops 24 percent off cost of a cable you really need

A USB-C Lightning cable has several uses, including faster charges for recent iPhone and iPad models.

Apple quietly cuts price of its USB-C to Lightning cable down to $19

Belkin today introduced a certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable, and announced that pre-orders will begin on its website.

Lightning to 3.5mm audio cables have been available for several years, but Belkin's edition is certified by Apple under its MFi Program, which was recently expanded to include specifications for this type of cable.

US iPhone sales last quarter jumped by 16% as the rest of the market fell by 11%

A new report from Counterpoint Research reveals that Apple during the first quarter of 2018 saw iPhone sales in the United States jump by 16%. In stark contrast, overall smartphone sales in the U.S. fell by 11%. The takeaway here is significant: even in a market where smartphone sales are slumping, Apple still manages to see an uptick in year-over-year iPhone sales.

Two videos:
This app hacked the iPhone’s dual camera system, and you’ve never seen anything like it

The app is called Apollo, and it’s available right now from the iOS App Store for $1.99. Trust us, it’ll be the best $1.99 you spend all week.

iPhone X - Honest 6-Month Review

iPhone X's Face ID reviewed, six months later

Face ID replaced Touch ID in Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone.

Six months down the line, Face ID continues to prove the security switch was worth doing.

How to Get Better Recommendations From Apple Music, Spotify, and More

If you’re struggling to find new music and your app of choice isn’t helping, don’t give up. There are a bunch of simple ways to improve those recommendations.

Attention Music Lovers: Here's Why You Should Consider Investing in an Apple HomePod ASAP

There is a strong case to be made for it being the ultimate music lover's speaker. Not only is the sound quality out of this world, the HomePod also comes armed with the most incredible range of music personalization available. After spending a couple of weeks using the combination of Apple Music and Apple's smart speaker, I can officially say that it dramatically upped the quality of my music game.

One of the most important things to note about Apple Music's curated playlists is that there are no machines involved — each and every playlist is handcrafted by human editors who love the music just as much as you do.

Siri can hear you — no matter what.

Inexpensive Logitech Crayon iPad stylus debuts just for students

Logitech’s $49 active stylus for iPad unveiled back in March just debuted. However, at this point the Crayon can only be purchased through Apple’s Education channel.

Logitech Crayon for iPad now available to schools, half price of Apple Pencil

The Logitech Crayon, a lower-cost stylus using Apple Pencil technology, is now available for purchase by schools for $49.95.

Logitech says that it’s designed specifically for use with the 6th-generation iPad. It relies on short-range RF, rather than Bluetooth, so it is incompatible with all other iPad Pros currently on the market.

Best iPad apps for Apple Pencil

15 really good apps.

The best note-taking apps for the iPad Pro and Pencil (2018)

The Apple iPad 9.7" Is Everything We've Been Waiting For

The latest generation of iPad — better known as the iPad 9.7" — comes with every single thing that you could possibly want in a tablet.

I believe the Apple iPad 9.7" is the model that's finally worth the cost of an upgrade.

Remember to check this web site every day for new bargains on apps for iPhone and iPad.

Why Are My Parents' iPhones All Synchronized Up?

Apple thinks that both of her parents’ iPhones belong to one person instead of one belonging to the husband and one to the wife.


When setting up this iPhone for the first time (or again), one of parents decided it would be more convenient to just use the same Apple ID as the other device.

Fortunately, this article tells you how to solve this problem.

2 Easy Ways to Find Your iPhone When It's on Silent

The second way is a clever trick that I wouldn’t have though of.

The Most Popular iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

9 Things You Need to Do Before Selling Your iPhone

Follow These 7 Steps to Erase All Your Data Before Selling Your MacBook

After all, you DON’T want the person you sell ONLY your old computer, NOT all your personal information on it too.

Change My View: MacBook Pro keyboard issues are embarrassing but overblown

In most cases, the issue appears to occur when a small piece of debris gets trapped in the mechanism. Apple recommends cleaning your keyboard with compressed air to resolve the problem, and in most cases that does the trick.

Sure, it shouldn’t have happened. I’m not disputing that. But I do think that calls for Apple to recall the models affected, and lawsuits demanding – among other things – full refunds, are excessive.

I’ve experienced the issue myself, with the space bar. It was irritating, and left me unimpressed by the company’s quality control processes.

But, a few seconds with a can of compressed air resolved it. That’s not great, of course. A machine costing thousands of dollars shouldn’t require owners to go out and buy a can of compressed air, then use it, perhaps on a semi-regular basis. But I do think it’s a bit of a first-world problem. I don’t think it justifies recalling the models, and I don’t think it justifies refunding the purchase cost.

How to Join the Class Action Lawsuit Over Apple's Crappy MacBook Keyboards

If you bought a MacBook with butterfly-switch keys, you probably qualify to join the lawsuit. That includes any 12-inch MacBook model from 2015 or later. It also covers the MacBook Pro from 2016 onwards (with or without the Touch Bar). And you don’t have to have a messed-up MacBook to participate. Girard Gibbs LLP (the firm behind the new suit) doesn’t specify that you need to have experienced any keyboard issues in order to join the class-action lawsuit.

Start thinking about what you might do with the sweet $20 you’ll make if the lawsuit prevails—as tends to be the case with litigation like this.

How to keep using Time Machine without AirPort or Time Capsule

You can use an ordinary hard disk instead.  This article has detailed instructions.

Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them

How to Delete or Deactivate Your Apple ID Account and Data

While any customer anywhere can delete an Apple ID account, Apple says the ability to deactivate an Apple ID account is limited to accounts with locations set in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Apple intends to roll out the deactivation option around the world "in the coming months."

TeenSafe phone monitoring app leaks teens’ iCloud logins in plaintext

A security researcher has discovered at least two servers hosted by a “secure” monitoring app for iOS and Android, TeenSafe, that were up on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for months without the need for a passcode to get at their data.

The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as being a “secure” monitoring app built by parents, for parents. It lets parents view their kids’ text messages, monitor who they’re calling and when, to track their phones’ current and historical locations, to check their browsing histories, and to see what apps they’ve installed.

The leaky servers were discovered by Robert Wiggins, a UK-based security researcher who searches for public and exposed data.

How to uninstall MacKeeper from your Mac
Some people regret installing MacKeeper but can't figure out how to remove it. We're here for you.

How to delete the 'mshelper' malware from macOS

As it isn't a virus, it is likely mshelper is distributed through an installation of another piece of software rather than spreading organically.

The 2 Questions Steve Jobs Used to Get Brutally Honest Feedback

Steve Jobs knew all about how uncomfortable people can be bearing bad news, so he came up with a clever way to extract honest appraisals from his teams.

Question 1:  Ask one person “Tell me what’s NOT working."

Question 2:  Ask a different person “Tell me what is working.”

Jobs would alternate between the two questions until he felt like he had a handle on what was going on.

Steve Jobs Used These 3 Deceptively Simple Questions to Turn Apple into an Innovation Powerhouse

1. "What's not working?”
2. "Why doesn't it work?”
3. "Is this the best you can do?"

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Separates Living an Exceptional Life From an Average One

Every day, do a few things differently from the people around you. 

After a week, you'll be uncommon. After a month, you'll be special.

After a year, you will be exceptional.

And you'll have done so on your terms.

Steve Wozniak:
Bitcoin And Blockchain Will Achieve Full Potential In a Decade

Wozniak explained his positive outlook on blockchain by the fact that there are many useful applications for the technology in a number of areas.

Steve Wozniak tells us: 'We've lost our privacy and it's been abused’

Woz said:

“What bothers me more than anything in the world is when technology goes bad.” 

“We lost our security a long time ago. We've lost our privacy and it's been abused.”

“Data sharing makes us subjects of others, of control. I don't like that. I think people should be independent and free.”

Woz also answered a question about whether monopolists like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon should be split up.

7 Gmail tips every emailer should know

Facebook Announces Partnership with Think Tank Connected to NATO, Military Industrial Complex

Facebook announced a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, a think tank which officially claims to provide a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders. The social media giant said the partnership is aimed at preventing Facebook from “being abused during elections.”

Essentially, the Atlantic Council is a think tank which can offer companies or nation states access to military officials, politicians, journalists, diplomats, etc. to help them develop a plan to implement their strategy or vision.

The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica
Wireless carriers are sharing your real-time location with shady third parties—and a bug lets anyone use that data to track you.

The story involves the real-time location-tracking data that the four largest U.S. wireless carriers collect on everyone with a mobile device. Basically, they know roughly where you are at all times, even if you don’t have your GPS turned on, based on the regular interactions between your phone and nearby cell towers. The carriers aren’t supposed to share that information without your consent.

But the New York Times reported earlier this month that a company called Securus Technologies was offering a service that allowed users to track people’s whereabouts in real time, using data obtained from the wireless companies through a pair of intermediaries.

It gets worse. A Carnegie Mellon researcher poking around on LocationSmart’s website found that he could use a free trial service to instantly pinpoint the location of, well, just about anyone with a mobile phone and wireless service from one of those major carriers. He did this without any permission or credentials, let alone a warrant.

Google and Android are still failing us on messaging and encryption
Refusing to offer default end-to-end encrypted messaging — nevermind across platforms — in 2018 is technological malpractice.

iMessage is right even as it's wrong
I'd been loathe to accept Apple's iMessage on principle.

To the Apple user, it's seamless. There's absolutely no thought involved. To borrow the phrase, it just works.

But a modern messaging service must work across multiple platforms. It's the right way to do it, and it's the right thing to do. Apple's gonna Apple, however, and so iMessage continues to be available on hardware that funnels money directly to Apple, and nowhere else.

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