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The Kilogram Could Soon be Redefined. But You Won’t Notice

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:54

I’ve always been a keen observer of weights and measures, so this interested me. Digital Trends writes: “On Friday, November 16, a 129-year-old tradition will likely come to an end. Nearly all the world’s weighted measurements have relied on a single standard since 1889 — the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK), a block of metal made of platinum and iridium locked in a subterranean vault in Paris.

“Rather than defined by a block of metal, weights will be expressed in terms of the Planck constant (h). The stated goal is to shift the standard toward a more reliable form, one that won’t be damaged or corrupted by environmental factors that cause it to slightly and inexplicably lose weight.”

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Apple Is A Healthy Company. But, Someday, it Could Fail

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:34

Companies are like organisms: they’re born, they grow, adapt, and have a life cycle. But predicting Apple’s future is very hard to do at this point. We can, however, monitor life signs.

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Mark Zuckerberg Tries to Tackle Growing Criticisms

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 21:04

Under-pressure Mark Zuckerberg has published a note laying out how Facebook plans to govern content in the future and its progress in 2018.

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Feedly Offering 30% off Pro Plan

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:57

It’s not Black Friday yet, but RSS reading app Feedly has launched its Black Friday offer already. For the next few hours, existing free users can get 30% off an annual pro plan. For $45 users can have unlimited sources, Google keyword alerts and integration with apps such as Evernote, Pocket, and OneNote.

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Behaviourism – the Science That Makes Apps so Addictive

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:54

Behaviourism, the psychology theory that the behaviour of human beings is best understood as responding incentives and rewards, has been around since the 1930s. It was overtaken in scholarly thought in the 1950s, but it’s a big deal in Silicon Valley today. Behaviourism helps us understand why games are so addictive. Why Apple is obsessed with making the unboxing experience as pleasurable as possible. A fascinating feature in 1843 Magazine gives an in-depth explanation of how it all works and who the scientists are that make it all happen.

The more immediate and intense a rush of emotion a person feels the first time they use something, the more likely they are to make it an automatic choice. It’s why airlines bring you a glass of champagne the moment you sink into a business-class seat, and why Apple takes enormous care to ensure that a customer’s first encounter with a new phone feels magical.

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Apple Toxic Chemical Reduction Efforts Rated A+

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:51

Apple has received an A+ rating by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families organization for its efforts to reduce its use of toxic chemicals. AppleInsider reported that despite being found to have some room for improvement, Apple was the only firm given the top rating this year. It builds on last year when it received an A rating from the same organization.  Retailer Target was the only firm to receive an A rating this year. Best Buy and Amazon were only awarded a C rating.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a body comprised of 450 businesses which has been issuing annual report cards called Mind the Store for three years. Each report awards a point score as well as an overall grade and this year Apple earned 106.25 out of a possible 135 points. Part of that point score was 15 out of 15 for what Mind the Store calls continuous improvement in a steadily expanding safer chemicals policy. It also scored 9 out of 15 for public disclosure and transparency. Other scores included 7.5/7.5 for establishing management responsibilities and 10/10 for supply chain accountability.

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US iPhones and Other Smartphones Can Now Receive EU Satellite Data

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:47

An FCC ruling means US iPhones and iPads will be allowed to receive European satellite navigation data for the first time.

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iPhone XR Available Carrier-Free

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:43

The Apple website shows buyers can choose to purchase the model with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint or without a carrier.

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Make Any Headphones Wireless with this Bluetooth Receiver: $19.99

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 20:40

Check out the Atech Micro Bluetooth Receiver, a device that turns your wired headphones into wireless headphones. As you can see in the image, it’s quite small, making it easy to carry around, and it’s $19.99 through us.

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– TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-16

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 19:58

Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to talk about Offline Siri and the latest data breach, (this one involves text messages).

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Spreaker Studio Adds Siri Shortcuts to App

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 17:02

Spreaker Studio has added Siri Shortcuts to its app. The Spreaker Studio app transforms mobile devices into fully-equipped audio studios, offers anyone an easy way to broadcast from live events, share original music, create an audio blog or podcast series and connect with the world over shared passions. In addition to the ability to pre-record podcasts or broadcast live, users can add music and sound effects, interact with audiences via live chatbot and share across Facebook and Twitter. With the capabilities of iOS 12, Spreaker Studio now supports creation of user-generated commands and includes two ready-to-use shortcuts for hands-free podcast creation: “Record Audio,” which triggers capture, and “Broadcast Live,” which triggers simultaneous capture and publication of content. Users also benefit from the pairing of Siri Suggestions and Shortcuts in iOS 12, which enables Siri to learn users’ frequent in-app actions to predict and proactively prompt them in the future. App Store: Spreaker Studio – Free

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Colluding Banks Allegedly Slowed Apple Pay Switzerland

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:56

Colluding banks may. have been the reason for the slow adoption of Apple Pay Switzerland. A probe has been opened to examine the matter.

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How to Edit HEIC Photos Without Data Loss

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:36

William Gallagher has a good article on how to edit HEIC photos without data loss. HEIC is now the default format for photos taken by iPhones.

When it was just that Facebook and the rest weren’t supporting HEIC, we thought time would sort that out. Now that Apple itself is still automatically converting HEIC to JPEG in emails, we’re wondering what the point is. We’d just like it to be possible to set up a Siri Shortcut so that we could tell our iPhones “no, no, we meant JPEG” and have it switch back and forth.

You can manage these settings in Settings > Camera > Formats. Choosing High Efficiency will mean your iPhone shoots in HEIC. Choosing Most Compatible means your iPhone shoots in JPG.

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Hacker Team Recovers Deleted iPhone Photos

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:43

The team—Fluoroacetate—was crowned Master of Pwn with 45 points.

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Apple Taps Film Studio A24 to Produce Video Content

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:24

Not many details were given other than that it’s a multi-year, multi-film deal.

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VSCO X November Film: Introducing Fuji Velvia 50

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:07

VSCO X is a membership program for the photography app VSCO. It’s a yearly subscription that offers members exclusive film emulation presets. Members also have access to the entire library of 130+ presets. The membership costs US$19.99/year.

Since Kodachrome, no film has attracted as loyal a following as Fujifilm’s Velvia 50. With its high contrast and richly saturated colors, Fuji Velvia 50 quickly became the go-to film for landscape photographers. A slight magenta cast and warm color palette make Velvia 50 especially suited for autumn, desert, and sunset scenes.

The Mac Observer has a full list of Film X presets that are updated every month.

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Apple Tops Retail Store Lists With A+ Grade

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:48

Apple made it to the top of the retail store list, with a score of 106.25 out of 135.

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Latest Data Breach: SMS Text Database Exposed

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:22

A server belonging to Voxox (formerly Telcentris) in San Diego was exposed because the server wasn’t protected with a password. Security researcher Sébastien Kaul discovered that it was an SMS text database containing “tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more.”

Each record was meticulously tagged and detailed, including the recipient’s cell phone number, the message, the Voxox customer who sent the message and the shortcode they used.

If you’re dumb or negligent enough to not secure a password containing other peoples’ sensitive data, you should not be in whatever industry you’re in. I hope Senator Ron Wyden’s bill gets passed.

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How to Turn Off Siri Suggestions in iOS 12

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:00

Today’s Quick Tip is about Siri Suggestions in iOS 12. Have you seen reminders to call people back on your lock screen? Don’t like those prompts? We’ll tell you what to do!

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Transmit 5 Now Available in the Mac App Store

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 09:20

Panic has made good on the WWDC announcement that Transmit was coming to the Mac App Store, the app made its debut Thursday.

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