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What To Buy From The New Apple Lineup 2021

Sun, 09/26/2021 - 19:22

Want to know what’s worth purchasing from the Apple Event. Dave and John made the ultimate guide in Mac Geek Gab 890, watch it here.

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How To Use Tabs To Search Your Mac’s Mail

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 16:22

Here’s a mail Quick Tip on using an extra tab to search in Mail without losing your focus. Find Mac Geek Gab 891 Here.

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iPhone 13 Pro, Apple Watch 7, and iPad mini, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 556

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 05:42

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a deep dive into Apple’s new product announcements, including iPhone 13 Pro and its camera, Apple Watch 7, and the new iPad mini.

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iOS15 Questions Answered

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 00:26

Your iOS 15 questions were answered in Mac Geek Gab 890. Have more questions? Send them in to feedback@macgeekgab.com for a future show!

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How to Change the Address Bar and Website Tinting in Safari in iOS 15

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 20:33

Safari in iOS 15 brought in changes to the addres bar and added website tinting. If you don’t like these changes, they are easy to reverse. Charlotte Henry shows you how.

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China’s Cryptocurrency Ban Affects Bitcoin and Others

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:45

In May 2021, China began cracking down on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions. In its latest move, the People’s Bank of China has declared that all crypto-related transactions are now considered illicit financial activity. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Tether, according to the Chinese national bank, are not fiat currency and cannot circulate in the nation.

Banning Crypto Trading for Ties to Fraud, Money Laundering, and Excessive Energy Use

Chinese law already prevents banks from offering any services related to cryptocurrency. As a result, crypto traders moved to over-the-counter platforms and offshore exchanges. The country has remained home to a large concentration of crypto miners, too. In fact, in April, China had a 46% share of the global hash rate, a measure of the computing power used in mining and processing cryptocurrency.

The massive energy consumption required by crypto miners is one reason the industry has come under scrutiny. In fact, the nation moved to try banning cryptocurrency mining in 2019, but had little success. China faces a severe power crisis, impacting many of its manufacturing industries. Several industries have seen their power supplies curved in recent weeks.

Likely Only a Short-Term Impact on Cryptocurrency Valuation

After the announcement, the price of Bitcoin fell 8% to about $41,000 by 9am EDT. As of this writing, Bitcoin has regained some of the lost ground and is trading at $42,161.65, a decrease of about 5.67% in 24 hours.

Most analysts expect that the ban will have a short-term impact on the cryptocurrency valuation. However, Warwick Business College assistant professor of finance Ganesh Viswanath Najtraj expects “long-term implications are likely to be muted”.

Clara Medalie, the research lead at cryptocurrency data provider Kaiko, says it most Chinese cryptocurrency activity has already shifted out of the country. She says there are probably still some Chinese on-shore speculators, but not many.

Since the first restriction in China back in 2017, the concentration of capital in crypto has gradually shifted west.

Great article @justinaknope, happy I could help! https://t.co/rLAqLZ24D1

— Clara Medalie (@Clara_Medalie) September 24, 2021

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The Return Of Pilot Pete!!

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:23

Have you watched Mac Geek Gab 891 yet? You won’t want to miss the return of one of our favorite people, Pilot Pete!

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UnitedHealthcare to Offer Members Free Year of Apple Fitness+

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:08

UnitedHealthcare will give customers a free year of  Apple Fitness+. The offer will come into force on November 1. Furthermore, those with self-funded plans will be able to buy a bundle including the service from next year.

Free Year of Apple Fitness+ For UnitedHealthcare Members

Jay Blahnik, senior director of Fitness Technologies at Apple, said:

We are very excited to work with UnitedHealthcare to bring this offer for Apple Fitness+ to millions of people who are looking to get and stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. With our welcoming trainer team that lead a variety of workouts fueled by music that will keep you going from start to finish, the new guided Meditations coming next week, and the metrics from your Apple Watch right on the screen, Fitness+ has many ways to keep you active no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

Customers enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Motion can also use program incentives to cover a monthly subscription to the service. Commenting, Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer, UnitedHealthcare, said:

Making Apple Fitness+ available to millions of UnitedHealthcare members is part of our broader effort to help people engage in their well-being and get and stay healthier. One way to achieve these goals is to help people enhance their fitness, with many individuals turning to on-demand and digital resources to help get or stay motivated. We are pleased to be the first health insurance plan to provide this type of access to Apple Fitness+.

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Brands Apple a Putin Accomplice

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 18:43

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured above) has hit out and Apple and Google. He called them “accomplices” of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin’s regime, AppleInsider reported. It follows the recent removal of a tactical voting app from the App Store and Google Play store.

In a long series of tweets, Navalny accused Big Tech firms of capitulating. “The giants Apple and Google have complied with the Kremlin’s demands and removed our app from their stores,” he wrote. “My beloved YouTube has deleted our video, and the Telegram messenger has blocked our bot.” “I know that most of those who work at Google, Apple, etc. are honest and good people,” he continued. “I urge them not to put up with the cowardice of their bosses.”

[Image credit: Jonas Petrovas / Shutterstock.com]

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‘Ted Lasso’ Season Two Review: Episode Nine – Give You up

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 17:46

A death shocks and provokes emotions throughout Richmond in Ted Lasso season two, episode 10. The loss of Rebecca’s father makes many of those around the club consider all sorts of emotions and incidents from their past, as the boys suit up and help support the boss.

Ted Lasso and Team Suit up to Support the Boss

Ironically, the setting of a funeral is the background for some really funny moments. We have club captain Isaac telling his players they have to wear nice clothes and proper shoes, much to their confusion. Danny Rojas, in particular, is suffering. There are also some hilarious interactions between Rebecca, Keeley, and Sassy at the church, including working out the relationship with Sam, before all the emotion spills over.

This is all culminates in a very powerful sequence that cuts between Rebecca talking to her mother and Ted Lasso talking to Dr. Sharon, following a panic attack. Both recall different times from their childhoods that involved their fathers. It helps explain a lot about who the characters have become. It’s the emotional side of Ted Lasso season two at it’s best.

Rick Roll

We do though need to talk about this episode is a near-constant Rick roll. And whether that’s ok, because I’m not convinced it is. The singer pops up throughout. I confess I found the rendition in the church somewhat cringe-inducing, although Ted, starting to feel better, does, just about, rescue the situation. It is clearly designed to underline the growing bond between owner and coach.

A few other key dynamics are brought to light by the funeral setting too. What exactly are Nate and Rupert up to? (Is this part of the journey actor Nick Mohammed has previously referred to?) And just how many love triangles can one small football club sustain? Sam and Rebecca’s relationship seems to have ended, but does the owner have her eyes on Ted? It certainly seems like it. And surely Keeley is not going to be wooed back by Jamie, despite Roy having to apologize for his behavior? Again.

There are two episodes left in this season of Ted Lasso, and a lot is still to be resolved both on and off the pitch.

How to Schedule Your Mac to Reboot

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 17:27

You might not realize it, but there are benefits to making sure you reboot your Mac periodically. The longer you leave your Mac running, the more files get opened and left that way. Eventually, you will begin to notice even the newest Mac slowing down or misbehaving. Fortunately, it is quite easy to put your Mac on a reboot schedule.

Start in Energy Saver Settings

To begin, you will need to open System Preferences. You can do that by clicking on the gear icon in the Dock or in Applications. You can also click the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen, then choose System Preferences.

Near the bottom of System Preferences, click on Energy Saver.

Reboot mac - system preferences

If you are scheduling your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro to reboot, you probably want to enable Power Nap. If your laptop is closed, it will likely be in Sleep mode and won’t reboot. For that matter, any Mac that may be sleeping during your chosen reboot time should have Power Nap turned on.

Set reboot schedule for mac - power nap

Turning on Power Nap allows your Mac to “wake up” periodically for things like backing up to Time Machine and checking for new email, calendar, and other iCloud updates.

Power Nap also allows the Energy Saver settings to reboot your Mac, even when it’s in Sleep mode.

Schedule Your Mac to Reboot

Now, you can click on schedule. You will see that macOS allows you to schedule specific times to start up, shut down, sleep, or wake your Mac from sleep. We want to set a restart time. Click the second check box, and if the drop-down menu beside it does not already say restart, click on it and choose restart. Now, set the day and time you want your Mac to reboot.

Set reboot schedule on Mac

After you click on apply, you are good to go. From this point forward, your Mac will automatically reboot every week or according to whatever schedule you set.

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How to Maximize Focus Mode on iOS 15

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 17:00

Do Not Disturb was a very useful part of iOS, but it was fairly limited. You could allow notifications from your Favorites, as well as repeat phone calls. That was it, though. Beginning with iOS 15, Apple has put Do Not Disturb mode on some serious steroids and improved its customizability. Let’s look at what you can do to maximize Focus Mode on iOS 15.

The Basic Settings of a Focus Mode

Looking through the configuration pane from a high-level point of view, here’s what you can configure for each mode.

IOS 15 focus mode main configuration

Allowed notifications from people: choose which people you want to be able to reach you, either by phone or message, even when the mode is turned on.

Allowed Notifications from apps: We sometimes have apps that we want to get notifications from no matter what. That’s what this option is all about.

Focus Mode People and Apps Other Options You Can Configure

Apple didn’t stop with configuring what notifications can override your focus. Further down the pane, you’ll find these settings to customize.

Focus Status, which determines whether apps tell people that you’ve silenced notifications.

Home Screen, allowing you to hide notification badges or even limit which Home Screen pages show up while the Focus Mode is active.

Lock Screen allows you to set your Lock Screen to dim in Focus Mode. You can also choose whether your silenced notifications show up on the Lock Screen.

Name and Appearance lets you set the name of your new mode as well as its color background and icon.

Focus Mode Options Automate Your Focus

Turn on automatically is absolutely brilliant. You can choose to have the Focus Mode turn on and off at certain times. You can also define specific locations to activate the Focus Mode, or have it turn on when you open a particular app or apps.

Focus Mode Automation and Scheeduling

Other activation options include when you’re driving or a smart automation trigger based on a mix of the other signals. When you set up a Focus Mode for gaming, iOS will even offer to turn that mode on automatically whenever your iPhone is connected to a wireless controller.

If you wish to turn a Focus Mode on or off manually, just go to Control Center and tap Focus. Then select the Focus you want to turn on or off.

From One Mode to Four (or More)

By default, you’ll begin with four possible Focus modes: Do Not Disturb, Personal, Work, and Sleep. You can configure each one independently, defining which people can break through, what apps you’ll still get notifications from, and other options.

If you find that those four modes don’t address all of your focus needs, you can define your own. Either from Settings > Focus or by tapping “Add a Focus” via the Control Center, you can quickly and easily set up your own personalized settings.

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‘Foundation’ Premieres on Apple TV+

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 15:10

Sci-fi series Foundation premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday. The first two episodes are currently available to subscribers, with new ones released weekly. It is all based on the novels by Isaac Asimov, and there could be 70 or even 80 episodes made in total.

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iPhone 13 Range, iPad and iPad mini Now Available

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:22

The iPhone 13 range is now available to order or pick up in-store. The same is true of the new iPad and iPad mini.

Buy iPhone 13 and iPad mini Now

The iPhone 13, mini, Pro, and Pro Max are all listed as available here in the UK, as is the iPad mini and iPad Customers in Australia and New Zealand have been enjoying their new devices for hours. The U.S online stored had not been updated at the time of this writing, but that will follow shortly.

If you’re interested in a new device, The Mac Observer has lots of reporting on all the various features:

Those wanting an Apple Watch Series 7 are going to have to be patient for a little bit longer. The wearable is set to become available “later this fall”, according to Apple.

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The Magic Wireless Charger Nobody Will See

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 22:47

If you want the convenience of being able to charge your iPhone without distracting from your room’s decor, Ikea has just the product for you. The SJÖMÄRKE wireless charger mounts beneath your table, desk, or shelf. The charger works through any material except metal, allowing you to have an invisible charging point for your Qi-compatible device. The surface needs to be at least 5/16-inch (8mm) thick, and can be as thick as 7/8-inch (22mm). You’ll need to provide your own screws or adhesive strips, since Ikea points out “different materials require different screws”. Ikea’s SJÖMÄRKE wireless charger costs $39.99, and is expected to be availble sometime in October 2021.

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iPhone 13 Review Shows Impressive Battery Results

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 21:12

We saw Apple executives on stage mention one or or one-and-a-half extra hours of battery with iPhone 13 models. This review proves it.

Apple was careful not to promise any specific battery life on the new iPhones. I think that’s because of 5G. Depending on 5G frequency and signal quality, the battery life you get can be much shorter than you see here—and the 5G situation is so confusing across different carriers and countries that I don’t think Apple was willing to make a generalization. Of course, you can always turn off 5G.

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Twitter Introduces ‘Tips’ Feature Supporting Cryptocurrency

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 20:25

Starting Thursday, Twitter is rolling out a Tips feature to make it easy for people to tip their favorite Tweeters. It supports tipping with Bitcoin over the Lightning Network.

When you enable Tips on your profile, you can now also add your Bitcoin address. People can copy your address and paste it into a Bitcoin wallet of their choice to send you a payment directly.

Twitter Tipping With Bitcoin

If a Twitter account has a money symbol (it looks like a generic representation of cash) next to the Follow button on their page, that person supports tipping. Platforms with which you can tip include:

  • Bandcamp
  • Cash App
  • Chipper
  • Patreon
  • Razorpay
  • Wealthsimple Cash
  • Venmo

New services added today include GoFundMe and PicPay, a Brazilian mobile payments platform. Once you tap the service you want to use, you’ll be taken off Twitter to the selected app to send funds. Twitter takes no cut.

To tip with Bitcoin people can use the Strike service. This is a payments application built on the Bitcoin Lightning Network that allows people to send and receive Bitcoin. Strike offers instant and free payments globally. Strike is available to people in El Salvador and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii and New York).

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EU’s Mobile Charging Port Law Won’t Stifle Innovation

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 20:25

The European Commission is looking to make sure all smartphone manufacturers use the same charging technology. Right now, there are two major standards for charging your phone. Apple uses its lightning adapter, and just about everyone else has adopted USB-C. To cut down on e-waste, the European commission wants a charging port law mandating everyone use USB-C. Apple is doubling down on its claim that such a move will “stifle innovation.” Call me crazy, but it seems like much ado about nothing.

What Innovation Is Really Left for Lightning?

Predictably, Apple pushed back against the European Commission’s proposed charging port law. The Commission wants to adopt USB-C as a standard charging connector for all mobile devices. Cupertino’s response is predictable, but still laughable:

We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.

Okay, Apple, where are you going with Lightning technology? The cables have stayed the same ever since they first came out, and you’ve been moving away from Lightning charging in other devices. As things stand now, only the iPhone, base iPad model, and a handful of accessories still use Lightning.

It’s become clear, Apple, that you’re adopting USB-C in just about every other arena. The latest iPad mini uses USB-C for charging, as does the iPad Pro and iPad Air. The MacBook uses USB-C Power Delivery, and there are plenty of USB-C ports to be found on the iMac and Mac mini. I don’t see a Lightning port on any of your laptops or desktop computers.

Is This Really Just About the Government Telling You What to Do?

More and more, it seems that Apple isn’t really complaining about the charging port law because it will stifle innovation. Rather, it strikes me like something a rebellious teenager would say to its parents: “Stop telling me how to live my life!” Lightning certainly had its strong points in the early days. However, USB-C has seen much more innovation than Lightning probably ever will.

I get that nobody wants the government telling them what to do. However, rather than claiming the move will stifle innovation, just be honest about your resistance. You have not improved on your Lightning technology, you’ve increased your usage of USB-C, and only a handful of your products still rely on the older technology.

I’m never one to agree with the government telling businesses how to operate. However, this is a case that has serious merit. The sheer number of discarded cables in landfills is disgusting. There really is no reason not to switch the iPhone and related accessories over to USB-C. USB-C is a superior technology and it’s more modern. Adopting it as the standard for mobile device charging will dramatically reduce e-waste.

Apple, you claim to be all about the environment. Given that stance, this seems like a move you should be embracing, not resisting.

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GridRaster Using XR to Improve USAF Aircraft Maintenance

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 19:38

GridRaster, a leading provider of cloud-based extended reality (XR) platforms, recently won a contract with the United States Air Force. The project will support the Air Force’s fleet of CV-22 Osprey aircraft, providing a high precision augmented reality tool set to improve aircraft maintenance and wiring.

Aircraft Maintenance: A Major Readiness Degrader

The US Air Force has been in tech news lately primarily for cybersecurity and cryptocurrency topics. However, USAF also recognizes how advances in technology can help with other aspects of its mission. For example, USAF is adopting augmented reality to help maintain its complex airframes. Aircraft maintenance tasks are the biggest degraders of readiness.

A major factor in maintaining CV-22 mission readiness is the nacelle wiring. In fact, this wiring accounts for approximately 60% of the overall maintenance effort for the fleet of CV-22 aircraft. This toolset will help aircraft maintenance technicians complete their maintenance tasks much more efficiently. Even as the complexity of aircraft increases, the mechanics will find it easier to keep up with advances.

The complexity of USAF aircraft wiring continues to increase with the fielding and deployment of advanced communications, integrated aircraft survivability systems, and aircraft data collection systems. Maintenance technicians must maintain extraordinarily complex wiring installations, routing, clamp, and abatement placements and are required to know all variants of the systems. With V-22 variants expected to be in service beyond 2040, capability enhancements and readiness initiatives are program priorities, not only for the USAF, but also for the Marine Corps and Navy.

The GridRaster toolset offers pattern recognition. It provides precise, intuitive visual overlays of all the parts of the aircraft in relation to surrounding structures. Using iPads, maintenance technicians can locate the schematics they need and view them overlaid on real imagery of the components.

Rishi Zanjan, CEO and founder of GridRaster, says the company’s solution hopes to “solve the CV-22 wiring maintenance mission need by reducing maintenance man-hours, eliminating errors, and improving installation accuracy of aircraft wiring harnesses in congested spaces of the aircraft.”

XR Has Uses Even Beyond the Maintenance Hangar

In fact, GridRaster’s cloud-based solution will let the Air Force do much more than just aircraft wiring. Once a 3D model of an aircraft is ready, the Air Force can use it for multiple purposes. The models will help in everything from maintenance to training simulations for the aircrew. Even better, the tools are cloud-based, allowing aircraft crew members to train together even when stationed at different locations.

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