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PowerPhotos: Photo Management for Photos (App)

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 23:31

At some point, Dr. Mac decided that my iPhoto/Photos library was too big and archived everything prior to 2014 in a second iPhoto/Photos library, which is where PowerPhotos came in.

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Apple Stumbles With its Obtrusive Apple TV+ Ads

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 22:29

We’ve always expected just a little more from Apple when it comes to treating the customer with respect and delivering best-of-class products. That’s been called into question with one Apple service.

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Your Online Activity is a Social Credit Score

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 21:28

Violet Blue has an interesting take, that of your online activity as a social credit score. The SCC is something we usually associate with China, but we’re seeing trends suggesting America is moving toward a similar system.

Combine this with companies like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and yes, Airbnb deciding what legal behaviors are acceptable for service, and now we’re looking at groups of historically marginalized people being denied involvement in mainstream economic, political, cultural and social activities — at scale.

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Forsaking Safari, Security Friday Debut – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-17

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:59

Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Charlotte’s move (back) to Google Chrome, and the first Security Friday!

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How to Quickly Create Headings in WordPress

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:49

Andrew uses WordPress every day to write his articles, and he’s back with another tip to make your writing faster.

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Bose Closing 119 Retail Stores – What Will Happen to Its Products in Apple Stores?

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:34

Bose is set to shuttering 119 stores across a variety of major markets, so what will happen to its relationship with Apple?

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ACLU, EFF Join Apple in Renewed Encryption Battle

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:31

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining Apple in its encryption battle with the government.

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Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac: $39.99

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 19:00

We have a deal on Blocs 3 Website Builder for Mac. Blocs is a fast, easy-to-use, and powerful visual web design software that lets you create responsive websites without writing code. As simple as stacking blocks, this app works on the concept of stacking pre-defined sections to build fully-coded web pages. Check out the promo video to see Blocs in action. Blocs 3 is $39.99 through our deal.

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Apple Working on Eye Detection System to Stop Screen Burn-In

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 18:29

An Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refers to a feature to avoid display burn-in. It is primarily for use in AR or mixed reality headsets, Patently Apple reported.

Apple’s patent application relates to an eye monitoring system built into the frame support system of a headset designed to detect eye saccades and eye blinks and then make needed adjustments to the eye displays in realtime without the user even knowing this is occurring in the background. Saccades are fast, jerky and mostly ballistic eye rotations. Humans make several saccadic eye movements per second to utilize this highest-resolution part of the retina to look at the object of interest.

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Tile to Testify Against in Front of House Committee Today

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:48

Representatives from Tile will testify against Apple in front of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee in Colorado.

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Creating an Indestructible Lithium-Ion Battery

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 17:08

Lithium-ion batteries power many of our favorite gadgets. However, they rely on toxic, flammable materials. A small defect can cause devices to explode. Scientists at John Hopkins University develop better ones, and Wired told the story.

A team of researchers led by physicists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory believed a safer battery was possible, and for the past five years they have been developing a lithium-ion battery that’s seemingly immune to failure. The rugged battery they first unveiled in 2017, working with researchers at the University of Maryland, can be cut, shot, bent, and soaked without an interruption in power. Late last year, the Johns Hopkins team pushed it further, making it fireproof and boosting its voltages to levels comparable with a commercial product. Samsung, eat your heart out.

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Apple’s Legendary ‘1984’ ad Arrived in Theaters on This Day 36 Years Ago

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:36

I always enjoy Cult of Mac’s ‘Today in Apple History’ segments. Today is a particularly good one though, because on this day 36 years ago, Apple’s legendary Mac advert arrived in theaters.

The erroneous claim that Apple’s “1984” ad aired just once continues to thrive. Yes, the ad most memorably ran during 1984’s Super Bowl. But many forget its extraordinary theatrical run. The spot’s earliest showing was, as it happens, at 1 a.m. in Twin Falls, Idaho, on the last day of 1983, so as to make it eligible for ad awards the following year. Ridley Scott directed the “1984” ad. Back then, most knew Scott for making Alien and Blade Runner, although he possessed a strong advertising background. The “1984” Mac ad played on imagery from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four novella, presenting Apple as rebels fighting a technocratic elite.

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Despite Branding, Goldman Sachs Says it Controls Apple Card

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:35

During an earnings call for Goldman Sachs, chief financial officer Stephen Scherr reiterated his bank’s control over Apple Card.

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‘Little America’ Season 1 Now Available on Apple TV+

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:23

The first season of immigrant anthology Little America is now available on Apple TV+. It was created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

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Peacock Launching Across U.S. July 15, With Three Pricing Tiers

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:54

NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service Peacock will arrive nationally on July 15 and will offer three different pricing tiers.

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Students Want to Ban College Facial Recogntion

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:28

Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Fight for the Future are teaming up to ban college facial recognition from campuses.

Facial recognition surveillance spreading to college campuses would put students, faculty, and community members at risk…Schools that are already using this technology are conducting unethical experiments on their students. Students and staff have a right to know if their administrations are planning to implement biometric surveillance on campus. Grassroots organizing stopped facial recognition from ruining music festivals. Now we’re going to stop it from invading university campuses.

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Hackers Dump 70,000 Tinder Photos of Women

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 23:57

Over 70,000 Tinder photos of women have been dumped in an online forum for cybercrime.

Contextual clues, including particular phone models like the iPhone X seen in the photographs, as well as limited metadata, suggest that many of the (mostly) selfies were taken in recent years. Some of the photos, in fact, contain timestamps dated as recent as October 2019.

Tinder also noted that all of the photos are public and can be viewed by others through regular use of the app; although, obviously, the app is not designed to help a single person amass such a massive quantity of images. The app can also only be used to view the profiles of other users within 100 miles.

Emphasis mine.

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The ‘Cult’ of Apple, Ranking No. 6 on an Evil List

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 22:32

Writing for Slate, Cory Doctorow criticizes Apple, calling its customers a cult and Apple a monopoly. I don’t plan to pick apart his article and defend Apple, but I do particularly disagree with this quote:

When it comes to Apple, even if you’re paying for the product, you’re still the product: sold to app programmers as a captive market, or gouged on parts and service by official Apple depots.

I guess consumers can’t do anything right. Not only are we a cult, but we don’t even have the power of the free market, instead we’re “sold” to developers.

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Apple Moves Forward With Release of ‘The Banker’ After Delay

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 21:20

After a problem with Apple TV+ film The Banker Apple is moving forward with its release to theaters in March.

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Hidden Long-Press Actions, USB-C Travel – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-16

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 20:35

Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss (hidden) long-press options in Safari, and travel with a USB-C machine.

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