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Apple Won 63 Patents, Including For a Repositionable Control Accessory

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 22:29

Apple won 63 patents on Tuesday. Perhaps the most interesting was for a new repositionable control that could be used with iPads, Macs, and other devices (via Patently Apple).

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New Apple Patents Indicate Focus on Product

There is a lot to take in with the patent. It looks like the repositionable control device could be used to do things like adjusting the volume of media being player or change the temperature of a thermostat. The knob is repositionable, so it can be removed and attached to displays and other devices. In theory, therefore, it could be used on an iPad, Mac, or cars. The patent also suggests it could take other forms such as having a sliding control and buttons. Furthermore, input-output devices might involve sensors monitoring things such as ambient light, proximity, force, and touch.

[Apple Patent Shows Folding Device With TouchBar]

Apple filed for the patent in the second quarter of 2017. As ever with patents, we have to adopt a “wait and see” approach. This really could be used in any number of devices, but it’s certainly interesting.

Microsoft Reveals Details of Vast Phishing Campaign Against Users

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 21:31

In a blog post published Tuesday, Microsoft revealed details of a major phishing campaign that its Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) first observed in December 2019. The criminals targeted user accounts in 62 countries,

Based on patterns discovered at that time, Microsoft utilized technical means to block the criminals’ activity and disable the malicious application used in the attack. Recently, Microsoft observed renewed attempts by the same criminals, this time using COVID-19-related lures in the phishing emails to target victims. This malicious activity is yet another form of business email compromise (BEC) attack, which has increased in complexity, sophistication and frequency in recent years. According to the FBI’s 2019 Internet Crime Report, the most-costly complaints received by their Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) involved BEC crimes, with losses of over $1.7 billion, representing nearly half of all financial losses due to cybercrime. While most of the public’s attention in recent years has justifiably focused on the malign acts of nation state actors, the increasing economic harm caused by cybercriminals must also be considered and confronted by the public and private sectors. For our part, Microsoft and our Digital Crimes Unit will continue to investigate and disrupt cybercriminals and will seek to work with law enforcement agencies around the world, whenever possible, to stop these crimes.

James Blake Shows he Cuts His Latest Track Using His MacBook And Logic Pro X

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 21:15

In a new video, James Blake showed Apple his MacBook-powered  home studio as he works on his latest song, Are You Even Real. The clip shows the GRAMMY® award winner editing, looping, pitching, and layering the track in Logic Pro X.

How App Clips Will Impact Brand Marketing

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 21:06

Its clear that the rollout of App Clips in iOS 14 will have a significant impact on developers and users. However, it will has have an impact on brands and marketing. A new video from Campaign explored the issue.

What Mattered to Dr. Mac: Notes from WWDC

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:56
Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves
Episode #390

Apple kicked off its annual conference for developers last Monday.

The nearly two-hour keynote was notable for several reasons, the most obvious of which was the lack of a live audience for the first time. It’s also the first time the conference was 100% virtual, with all sessions streamed and available for download via the free Apple Developer app, which is now available for Mac, iOS, and iPadOS.

Apple chips

The most important news, in case you haven’t heard, is that Apple will transition the Mac from Intel processors to its own “world-class custom silicon to deliver industry-leading performance and powerful new technologies.”

The first Macs with Apple processors will be available before the end of the year, kicking off a two-year transition cycle. That’s all I have for now, but I assure you I’ll have much to say once I get my hands on an Apple-chipped Mac.

Big Sur(prise)

Moving right along, the next release of macOS is named Big Sur and includes the biggest Safari update ever, plus a visual redesign affecting almost every pixel on the screen. On top of the visual overhaul, Big Sur includes a customizable menu bar, an all-new Control Center, a redesigned Maps app, considerable improvements to the Messages app, and much more.

The surprise was that after 15 releases, macOS X (pronounced “ten”) will turn 11 with the release of Big Sur. There’s no word yet on whether “eleven” is expressed as a Roman (XI) or ordinal (11) numeral, but if I were a betting man, I’d bet on ordinal.

Eye on iOS/iPad OS

iOS 14 offers new ways to customize your Home Screen, including redesigned widgets that can be pinned to any page. It also introduces the App Library, which organizes your apps by category automatically, and “intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful in the moment.” It also adds App Clips, “a small part of an app experience designed to be discovered at the moment it is needed.” So, for example, if you’re at a parking meter that requires a specific app to pay for parking, an App Clip will appear and let you pay instantly without finding and downloading the app.

iPadOS 14 will include all of the new iOS 14 features as well as powerful new handwriting recognition features for Apple pencil and less-obtrusive notifications.

But wait—there’s more!

There were other announcements that mattered (to me), including an update to AirPods Pro that will add “spatial audio with dynamic head tracking,” to provide pseudo-surround sound.

And, at least three more new features I’m looking forward to trying:

  • Third-party support for the Find My apps on all platforms (so I can find gadgets not made by Apple as quickly and easily as I find my Apple gadgets)
  • Sharable Apple watch faces
  • and
  • Sleep tracking (in watchOS 7

I’m installing developer releases and will have much more to say once I’ve had some hands-on time with them. 

There is one more thing…

I thought this was the best Apple special event broadcast yet…screen shot of Apple special event window.The missing audience meant no time wasted on cutaways, reaction shots, or waiting for the applause to die down, making the show feel more streamlined. And, the production seemed slicker and faster-paced, with more presenters (and more diverse presenters) and faster transitions between presenters, not to mention quite a bit less fluff than usual.

If you have an hour and 48 minutes to spare, you can watch the replay here.

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Innotech Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale, BMI Analyzer, Health Monitor: $41.99

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:53

We have a deal on the Innotech Smart Scale, a device that provides 9 precise ways to look into your body measurements including weight, body fat, water, muscle mass, BMI, BMR, visceral fat, bone mass, and protein. It connects to an app on your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth 4.0, and it supports supports Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit. This smart scale is $41.99 through our deal.

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PowerBook Origin Story – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-08

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:49

Bryan Chaffin and host Kelly Guimont chat about an interview with a designer of the original PowerBook and their own Apple Portable histories.

iPhone Independent Repair Provider Program Coming to Europe and Canada

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:17

Apple announced that it was expanding its Independent Repair Provider Program on Wednesday. Businesses in Europe and Canada can now sign up to offer customers iPhone repairs using genuine Apple parts.

Independent Repair Provider Program Available For iPhone Users in Europe and Canada

Since the iPhone repair program launched last fall, 700 locations have been added by 140 businesses, including uBreakiFix. Firms in 32 European countries, as well as Canada, can now apply to join the Independent Repair Provider Program. Training is free, but firms need to have an Apple-certified technician performing repairs to qualify.

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, commented:

We are thrilled to expand our independent repair program to more locations across the US and to businesses across Europe and Canada. When a customer needs a repair, we want them to have a range of options that not only suits their needs but also guarantees safety and quality so their iPhone can be used for as long as possible.


Apple Pay Available to Heritage Bank Customers

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:48

Australia’s Heritage Bank rolled out Apple Pay on Tuesday. It comes as more and more institutions look to facilitate contact payments to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Apple Pay for Heritage Bank Customers in Australia

Heritage Bank is Australia’s largest customer-owned bank. As well as in-store purchases, customers will, of course, be able to use the service to make secure purchases via iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The bank’s CEO Peter Lock said:

We are thrilled to announce that Heritage customers can now use Apple Pay to make fast and secure payments. With impacts of COVID-19 changing everyday life, it’s more important than ever we support our customers to make contactless digital payments simply and safely. We are continuing to listen, learn and innovate and are absolutely thrilled to build on our goal of supporting our customers with great payment experiences through Apple Pay.

Tom Hanks is “Actually Thrilled” ‘Greyhound’ is Coming Out on Apple TV+. No. Really.

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:28

Tom Hanks used a TV interview on Tuesday to walk back his eyebrow raising comments about Apple. He said that he is “actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everybody to see” upcoming film Greyhound.

Tom Hanks Greyhound Apple TV+

Tom Hanks: Apple Provided “a Magnificent Gift”

Speaking on The Today Show, Mr. Hanks said:

This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all: it closed down the theaters. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 people and coming out with something in common. Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us. We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen. Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way.

Mr. Hanks originally raised concerns about sound and picture quality. However, in his first interview following his recovery from COVID-19, the actor said:

 It’s going to look fantastic but it’s going to be available. It is going to be viewable, and otherwise we would’ve languished in a vault for a movie that is 88 minutes of a thematic story that does speak to what we’re all going through right now…. It’s a magnificent deal and we are going to be able to fill up the screens in the living rooms and the bean-bag chairs of the world all in one fall shot, so we feel as though we were rescued at sea by a convoy with a big Apple logo with a bite taken out of it.”

Greyhound sails onto Apple TV+ on Friday.

Will ‘Free as a Bird’ be Enough to Make Peacock a Success?

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:44

NBCUniversal is set to fully enter the streaming wars next week. Variety took a look at the story behind the Peacock service, which has suffered delays to some of its major launch productions.

Most of the Peacock originals slate has been delayed by COVID-19. The service will come out with just nine originals, which include a slick series adaptation of “Brave New World” and U.K.-set workplace comedy “Intelligence,” starring David Schwimmer. The Summer Olympics were postponed until 2021, depriving the launch of some valuable promotional real estate. And with two weeks before go time, Peacock had deals for Apple, Google, Xbox and Vizio and LG TVs, but still had not clinched distribution pacts with Roku or Amazon Fire TV, the two biggest over-the-top TV device makers (which also have been holdouts on HBO Max). But Strauss remains undeterred, convinced that Peacock’s greatest potential lies in the free-to-watch tier with a light advertising load that promises no more than 5 minutes of commercials per hour. NBCU’s theory is that “Free as a bird” will resonate with millions of Americans who are financially strapped or just too maxed out to pay for yet another streaming package.

iOS 14 Developer Beta 2 Now Available

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:32

iOS 14 Developer Beta 2 landed Tuesday. It is the first update since WWDC.

iOS 14 Developer Beta 2

iOS 14 Developer Beta is Here

There are few new things in this latest release (via 9to5Mac): In iOS 14, you cannot install an update if you’re playing audio on your device. A message that says “This update cannot be installed while audio is playing,” is displayed. There is a new icon for the Calendar app, the small Reminders widget now shows a task where it previously just showed a count,  “quick access files you’ve recently opened” is now available in the Files app widget,  users can manually disable animated cover art in Music while on WiFi, and the hands on the icon for the Clock app has been made a little bit thicker.

[Here’s How to Get the Developer and Public iOS 14 Beta]

Xcode 12 beta 2 and Xcode 12 for macOS Universal Apps beta 2 were also been released on the same day.

Google+ is Officially no More – Replaced on iOS and Android

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:08

Google+, the search giant’s ill-fated social network, is officially no more. It has been replaced on iOS and Android with Google Currents, reported 9to5Mac Google.

This launch is starting with a rebrand of Google+ for Android and iOS to Google Currents. The latest version introduces the blue waveform-like icon and gives the application a Google Material Theme redesign. The core UI is mostly unchanged with a home stream ordered by relevance (or chronology), while posts from company leadership can be given priority with a sparkle icon. Text, links, images, and other content from Drive can be shared, along with polls. Otherwise, this internal community tool carries over the concept of “tags” and “streams” from Google+.

The Top New Features in iOS 14, You’ll Love ‘Em

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:48

As happens with every new update to iOS, we’ve got some great new features to look forward to. Apple is making some hefty changes to Messages, widgets, and how you organize your apps. We’re also going to get a new way to translate text and picture-in-picture on more iOS devices than just the iPad. Without further ado, here are the top new features in iOS 14.

New Features in iOS 14 Make Messages Even More Useful

When you’re in a group iMessage conversation, it would be nice to be able to tag individual participants. We’ve been looking for more usefulness in Messages for group chats. With the new features in iOS 14, we’ll get that.

When you tag a person in a group iMessage conversation, they can directly reply. This creates a thread within the conversation. You’ll get their attention, which makes it more likely that they’ll reply soon enough to be useful. Just type the @ symbol, then the person’s name, and they’ll be tagged.

Another issue we’ve had with Messages is threads getting lost in a busy shuffle. With iOS 14, you’ll be able to pin conversations. That means they’ll always be at the top of your window. You won’t have to scroll through a long list of messages to find your favorite ones. To do this, all you’ll have to do is swipe to the right across any thread.

Pinned Messages in iOS14 Getting Translations Straight from Apple

Right now, if we want to translate from one language to another, we need Google’s Translate app. As one of the new features in iOS 14, we’ll have a native, built-in Translate app to do it for us.

The new Translate app will help you convert text and even entire conversations into a different language. At first, it will support English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian.

Translate, a new app in iOS 14

Using the Translate app, you can either type the text you want translated, or tap the microphone icon to use voice-to-text. Got an ongoing conversation you want to translate? Just turn your iPhone to landscape mode, and away you go.

Among the Top New Features in iOS 14: A More Organized Home Screen

The more apps you install, the more cluttered your home screens get. Sure, you can organize them in folders, but sometimes you might want a bunch of seldom-used apps available when you need them without the clutter.

The App Library, one of the best new features in iOS14

With the App Library as one of the new features in iOS 14, your organization problems are solved. A new screen to the right of your last home screen, App Library automatically arranges your apps in folders. Used along with another new feature that allows you to hide entire screens of apps, the App Library is much like the App Drawer found in Google’s Android.

Widgets Get Much More Useful

In iOS 14, widgets become much friendlier for you. You can view them all in Today View, just like before, but you can also drag them to one of your home screens. You can also tap the + sign in the top-left corner of your Today View screen to pick from the widget gallery.

Widgets in ios 14

The Smart Stack widget is another useful new addition, giving you information from multiple apps when it seems appropriate. You might see your weather widget, then your calendar when you get up in the morning.

Widget Smart Stacks in iOS 14 Finally, Picture-in-Picture for the iPhone

For a few years, we’ve had the ability to play a video in picture-in-picture mode on the iPad. Along with the new features in iOS 14, we’ll have picture-in-picture on the iPhone, too.

The new feature creates thumbnail image of the video, which continues to play while you’re in another app or screen. This is vital when you need to switch to another app, but want your video to stay visible for you.

To use it, just swipe to go back to the home screen while you’re watching a video in one of the supported apps. You can drag it around on the screen to put it right where you want, adjust the size using pinch and zoom, and then tap the X when you’re finished with it.

Picture in Picture will work using FaceTime video calls, as well as a bunch of other supported apps. These include Apple TV, Podcasts, Safari, iTunes, Home, and any third-party app that already supports the feature on iPad.

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APFS and Time Machine and Big Sur – TMO Daily Observations 2020-07-07

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:44

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest iteration of APFS and how it could affect Time Machine drives.

Samsung Smart TVs Now Offer Apple Music Time-Synced Lyrics

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:50

Samsung Smart TVs now have the Apple Music lyrics tool. The feature is available on all sets released in 2018 and later.

Apple Music lyrics on Samsung Smart TV

Apple Music Lyrics on Samsung Smart TVs

Samsung was the first company to integrate Apple Music into its smart tv platform. Now users can follow along to the lyrics of a song in real-time, as they can on Apple devices.

The search-by-lyric functionality is also available. The Apple Music app is available from the Samsung TV app store.

iPhone Trade-In Prices Have Been Cut

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:22

Apple has cut the trade-in values of many iPhone models (via MacRumors). It adds to the speculation that the iPhone 12 will be announced in the coming weeks.

iPhone XR smartphone available in several colors

New iPhone Trade-In Values

The new trade-in values are as follows:

  • iPhone XS Max: $450 (down $50)
  • ‌iPhone XS‌: $370 (down $50)
  • iPhone XR: $270 (down $30)
  • ‌iPhone‌ X: $280 (down $40)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus: $220 (down $30)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus: $130 (down $20)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 7: $110 (down $10)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 6s: $80 to $70 (down $10)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus: $50 to $45 (down $5)

Trade-in values for some devices remain unchanged:

  • iPhone 8 ($170),
  • iPhone 6S plus ($100)
  • iPhone 6 ($30)
  • 1st generation SE ($30)

It is also possible to get money off a purchase with Android phones as well as other Apple devices like iPads.

How to Show Battery Percentage on iPhone XR and iPhone 11

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:20

The graphic is all well and good, but sometimes you want to see the battery percentage on your iPhone XR. It’s easy to via the Control Center, and the method works on the iPhone 11 too.

Show battery percentage iphone xr

Show Battery Percentage on iPhone XR and iPhone 11

The way to see how much battery you have left on iPhone XR or iPhone 11 is to open the Control Center. You do this by swiping down from your device’s top right-hand corner. The percentage then appears next to the battery icon. The screenshot is from an iPhone XR, but the method works on any iPhone X or later.


[How to Keep Your iPhone Battery Charged for Longer And in Good Condition]

H.266 Video Codec Uses Half the Data to Stream 4K

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:14

The H.266 video codec was recently revealed, and it was designed for 4K and 8K video streaming. It can steam at these resolutions using half the data as previous codecs.

Fraunhofer said that if a 90-minute, H.265/HEVC-encoded movie is about 10GB, it would only be 5GB for the same quality when encoded with the new codec. “Because H.266/VVC was developed with ultra-high-resolution video content in mind, the new standard is particularly beneficial when streaming 4K or 8K videos on a flat screen TV,” Fraunhofer said. At the same time, it will support all formats from 480p on up.


Logitech Launches Mouse and Keyboard for Apple Devices

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:51

Today Logitech has launched the MX Master 3 mouse and MX Keys keyboard for Macs and iPads.

Our newest additions to the Master Series and multi-device Bluetooth keyboard lineup have been re-imagined for advanced content creators who need the best tools for their craft and value Apple aesthetics, alongside increased productivity and performance.

Both products mention “For Mac” in the name, but of iPadOS now supports mice and keyboards.

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