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12 hidden features in iOS 10

After months of beta testing, Apple has finally released the first official version of iOS 10.<p>The update brings Siri to third-party apps and …

Apps

Mac users, watch those links! New, convincing malware wants to trick you into clicking

Although the Mac platform might once have been touted as one that’s devoid of all viruses and malware, that’s certainly not the case any more. While …

Apple is finally ditching Flash in Safari on MacOS Sierra

Adobe’s Flash plugin for rich media content on the Web needs to die a horrible death because it’s riddled with security flaws that can be exploited to attack your computer. Now, Apple’s joining Google and Mozilla in the effort to kill it off.<p>In a blog post, Apple developer Ricky Mondello said that …

Apple confirms that it is no longer supporting Quicktime for Windows

Back in the day, a not-insignificant number of Windows users ended up with Apple's Quicktime software installed on their computers, thanks in large part to iTunes. It's been a long time since it's been necessary for either the web or iTunes, though, and as such the software is pretty out of date -- …

Software

How to Use Siri to Turn Do Not Disturb On or Off

Using Do Not Disturb on your iPhone is a great way to take a break from technology to focus on something else. There are multiple ways to turn on Do Not Disturb. One such way is in Control Center. You can also turn it on in Settings. However, the easiest way is to simply ask Siri to turn it on. …

How to manage background activity on your iPad

When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, one of the easiest ways to chip away at battery drain is to examine background activity–process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t forward facing. By managing the background activity you will be better prepared to …

Apple's Streaming Music Service Will Be Overhauled After Mixed Reviews

The year-old service will lose the bright colors and add song lyrics<p>Author:<p>John Kim<p>Publish date:<p>There's discord in Cupertino revolving around Apple's …

Apple

Siri creators developing powerful new personal assistant ‘Viv,’ will reveal it next week

The original minds behind the iOS virtual assistant Siri have a new project in the works. A new report from The Washington Post details that Siri’s creators are working on an artificial intelligence technology called “Viv” that does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Autism Video: Dillan Speaks With His iPad

Apple marks World Autism Awareness Day<p>Apple marked World Autism Awareness Day with a pair of videos about Dillan, an autistic teen who communicates …

Apple Aims to be 100% Renewable Run

Apple at their 21st March event showed off their promise to the environment. Aiming for a 100% renewable power capability Apple reached 93% of its …

Renewable Energy

How to protect your Apple ID account against hackers

Keep password pinchers out of your Apple account with two-step verification.<p>Author:<p>Published<p>in Apple, Privacy 4<p>Passwords are ubiquitous in the …

Apple will replace some USB-C cables because of a 'design issue'

USB-C cables sold between April and June are included in the replacement program<p>USB-C cables have run into yet another stumbling block. Apple has announced a worldwide replacement program for the USB-C cable that it shipped between April and June 8th of last year. The cable was released alongside …

Fund this: Sensibo makes any air conditioner smart

Do you have a remote-controlled air conditioner? Here's your chance to make it smart.<p>Maybe not Nest-smart, but Indiegogo project Sensibo adds considerable intelligence to your home A/C. The developers of this app-operated sensor/controller are seeking $70,000 in funding -- and as of this writing …

Apple Music Finally Comes to Sonos December 15th

In two weeks, you’ll be able to listen to Apple Music on Sonos’s great wireless music system. Both companies have teamed up for a public beta …

Facebook adds 36K Telenor employees to Facebook at Work as it gears up for global launch

Facebook at Work — the enterprise version of Facebook that lets businesses build their own secure social networks — has racked up over 60,000 companies on a waiting list while still in closed beta. And as it gears up for a full global launch and new features like an app platform later this year, …

Social Media

This app is everything OS X Finder wants to be

Maybe it’s just me, but Finder is one of the default Mac apps I find most annoying. Even though Apple introduced tabs to the default experience a few years ago, Finder still makes it harder than it should to move files from one folder on your computer to another.<p>Commander One, a Finder alternative …

Apps

Secure your iOS device with a six-digit passcode on iOS 9

In iOS 9, Apple has added a minor tweak that's aimed at improving the security on your iOS device. Instead of defaulting to let users select a four-digit passcode to unlock a device, Apple will now ask users for a six-digit code.<p>The extra two numbers are meant to make it even harder for a would be …

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Meet the 2nd generation Sensibo Sky. It's never been easier to control your air conditioner from anywhere, anytime. Maximize your comfort and save …

Home Automation

Yes, iCloud Music Library has metadata-matching issues, but you don't need to panic

This means that by changing metadata on a track, you may be able to "fool" Apple Music into matching it with a different track in your iCloud Music …

Apple TV with Siri and App Store could finally arrive in September

A new Apple TV may finally be on the way. According to <i>BuzzFeed News</i>, Apple plans to announce an overhauled Apple TV in September, likely during the same event that it'll unveil new iPhones. The new Apple TV is supposed to bring some major changes to the device, including an App Store, voice control …

How, why and when to boot your Mac in Safe Mode

Most of the time, your Mac “just works.”<p>But there will be times when a rogue app, a misbehaving service, outdated caches and other issue will cause …

Operating Systems

Best smartphone cameras: Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950

Samsung vs. iPhone, Nexus vs. Lumia. It's time to find out who makes <i>the best</i> smartphone camera.Recently a new smartphone waltzed onto the scene, …

How to lock your Mac using OS X Yosemite

Sometimes you have sensitive information on your Mac you don't want other folks to see. Or maybe you don't want someone else jumping on and using …

Operating Systems

Apple, BMW Could Resume Talks Over Possible Apple Car Partnership 'At a Later Stage'

Earlier this month, rumors suggested Apple had been in talks with BMW about potentially using the body of the electric BMW i3 as the basis for its Apple Car, but those talks did not progress into a deal. <i>Reuters</i> has now spoken with some inside sources at BMW, giving us more insight into what the two …

Tim Cook

How To: Squeeze More From Your MacBook’s Battery

- Jul 31, 2015<p>No matter how much battery life you get from your MacBook, it never seems to be quite enough for the task at hand. This quick “how to” …

How To: Use AirDrop With Your Mac or iOS Device

- Jul 31, 2015<p>With the introduction of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple made AirDrop file transfer available across platforms. In this article, …

Apple’s Tim Cook reportedly met with BMW to learn about making cars

But it sounds like Apple wants to go it alone<p>Reuters is today backing up earlier reports of a meeting between Apple and luxury automaker BMW. CEO Tim Cook is said to have visited BMW's headquarters last year, and other executives toured the company's Leipzig plant. According to Reuters, Apple …

How to back up your iTunes library

<i>Updated February 1st, 2017:</i> Added information about backing up with macOS Sierra.<p>Though we store more and more of our music online these days, a …

iTunes

Uber Just Beat Facebook’s $50 Billion Record

Uber recently closed a new funding round that values the car-hailing startup close to $51 billion, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported Friday.<p>That’s the …