iPad multitasking in iOS 11, coolest ARKit demos, cochlear implants & iPhone, internet TV grows


Take a closer look at Apple’s new iPad multitasking features in iOS 11 video — Apple’s iPad will become more powerful and capable than ever with this fall’s launch of iOS 11, particularly with new multitasking features that make it easier than ever to run multiple apps at once. AppleInsider offers a closer look on how it all works.

Inside iOS 11: The coolest Apple ARKit demos created so far — ARKit will instantaneously become the largest augmented reality platform in the world – but to capitalise on that, developers will need to come up with awesome uses of the technology. With only a few weeks under their belt using Apple’s iOS 11, content creators have already begun to impress in big ways.

New Cochlear hearing implant tech will stream directly from iPhones & other Apple devices — An upcoming Cochlear sound processor, the Nucleus 7, will reportedly let people stream audio directly to hearing implants from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Internet-connected television use including Apple TV growing to over 168 million in 2017 — Apple has grown its body of streaming hardware users, but still lags behind offerings from Amazon, Google, and Roku, according to a new research study.

Best loyalty, patent payment, TSA rules, Chrome update, 3 US plants, serious Siri, Safari Tech Preview, 1Password’s secret log, Verbose Mode, new USB spec


Apple ranks among ‘Best-in-Class’ brands for loyalty in new marketing study — Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the US public, according to the results of a recent survey. Apple achieved a 91% loyalty score, and slightly lower satisfaction of 85%, said marketing firm Fluent.

Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for infringing on WARF patent — A US district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

New TSA rules will require airline travellers to remove Apple MacBooks and iPads from bags — In the coming weeks and months, travellers will no longer be able to keep small MacBook models or iPads in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the US Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

Google Chrome browser update delivers support for MacBook Pro Touch Bar — Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop’s OLED strip.

Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US, President Trump reveals — Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the US, President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

Are you taking Siri-on-your-Mac Siri-ously? Robert LeVitus was surprised to discover many Mac users have no idea that Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, has been available on their Macs since the release of macOS Sierra nearly a year ago. “If you’re among them, may I suggest it’s about time you acquaint yourself with the joys of using Siri-on-your-Mac?”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 36 with 27 bug fixes and improvements — Apple released Safari Technology Preview 36 (Safari TP36) on Wednesday. Safari’s tech preview releases are aimed at developers, and are similar to the developer betas for macOS and iOS. This release includes some 27 different bug fixes and other improvements. [The previous version did not work on the Hight Sierra Public Beta.]

Find 1Password’s hidden log of past generated passwords — Did you know 1Password keeps a hidden log of every password it has generated?

How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode in macOS Sierra — If you’re an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec — USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (of which Apple is a member) announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It’s considered an “incremental update” to USB 3.1, but it’s an important one since it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. Connecting a USB 3.2 host to a USB 3.2 device would now provide transfer speeds of over 2 GB/sec (gigabytes per second) over existing USB Type-C cables certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps using existing USB-C cables if they’re certified for SuperSpeed USB.

Medical ID, Xiaomi overtakes Apple for Chinese 4th place, iOS 11 Public Beta 3


How to use the Medical ID feature in Apple’s iOS Health app — A lesser-known but theoretically life-saving feature of Apple’s iOS Health app is Medical ID, a quick guide for nurses, doctors, ambulance crews and others in an emergency. Here’s how to set it up on an iPhone running iOS 10.

Xiaomi overtakes Apple for fourth place in the Chinese smartphone market — After six consecutive quarters of growth, Chinese smartphone shipments fell 3% to 113 million in the second quarter (Q2) 2017. China-based Huawei shipped over 23 million to lead the market for the second quarter in a row, according to the Canalys research firm.
Xiaomi, a privately owned Chinese electronics company, was the standout vendor as it overtook Apple to take fourth place. It shipped just under 15 million smartphones in China, up more than 60% sequentially.

Apple Releases iOS 11 Public Beta 3 — Apple has released iOS 11 Public Beta 3. The release comes the day after the company seeded iOS 11 Developer Beta 4 to developers. Apple doesn’t include detailed release notes with the public beta releases, but each release includes bug fixes, tweaks, and new approaches for features in iOS 11.

Third macOS Beta, Flash finally dead? More money, OmmWriter, Handy Note, country music, Adobe Nimbus leak, free apps


Apple deploys third public beta releases of macOS 10.13 High Sierra (and iOS 11 and tvOS 11) — Registered members of Apple’s public beta testing program now have a third pre-release build of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra available to download, arriving just a day after the fourth developer beta. macOS High Sierra includes improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more.

Adobe announces end-of-life plans, will stop distribution in 2020 — Citing pressure from HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, Adobe has announced that it will end development and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats. [Apple has long been leery of Flash as buggy and a vector for malware.]

Credit Suisse: Apple will double its services revenue by 2020 — In a note to clients. Credit Suisse said Apple investors can expect the company to double revenue from its services segment by 2020.

Mac word processor gets you in The Zone — OmmWriter is a tool which makes it easier for you to concentrate. Based on a natural setting, it effectively insulates your mind from distractions and sets up a direct line between your thoughts and your words. Today sees the release of the new OmmWriter Gaia for Mac (a PC version is not yet available).

Virtual Stickies on your Mac — Handy Note is a finely crafted sticky note app that allows you to quickly jot down important information and keep it easily visible on your screen. It costs US$7.99.

Latest Apple Music ad uses motorcycles, patriotism & country star Brantley Gilbert — Apple’s latest promotional video for Apple Music, now online, takes a different tack from some other recent spots by featuring country singer Brantley Gilbert. [It looks and sounds like a cynical appeal to Trump supporters.]

Adobe accidentally leaks cloud-based ‘Nimbus’ photo editing tool for Mac — Adobe has accidentally let an early version of Project Nimbus, a primarily cloud-based photo editor, slip out to some Creative Cloud subscribers.

Another bundle, this time free  … Eight Mac apps comprises the MacLovin’ Freebie Bundle, and all you have to do is be signed up for the Apple World Today deals newsletter. [Photo Lemur is pretty amazing.]

The Rock rocks Siri, ‘iPhone 8’ tech, Penny gets Apple Pay


Dwayne The Rock Johnson promotes Apple team-up on Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day Dwayne The Rock Johnson has declared that he has partnered with Apple to develop The Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day — the short film, which amounts to a long commercial showing off Siri’s capabilities, is now live at the above link. [Seriously, there was an ad announcing a commercial.]

Non-Apple chip suppliers seeing slowdown as Apple chain builds up to ‘iPhone 8’ — Although chipmakers in the Apple supply chain saw their orders accelerate in June, suppliers for non-Apple devices have encountered unexpectedly slow orders this year —possibly because device makers are waiting to see what the ‘iPhone 8’ and/or ‘iPhone 7s’ will bring to the table. [Can’t copy something till you know what it is.]

Apple investing in chemical deposition gear suitable for iPhone OLED screen production — A report from the supply chain suggests that Apple is investing in equipment to assist in supplying OLED screens to the ‘iPhone 8’ and beyond, but who will run the gear and for what purpose is not known.

Apple partner Foxconn may announce ‘Made in America’ plans this week — Foxconn may announce as soon as this week in Washington DC its plans for producing electronics in the US – specifically in Detroit and Wisconsin, although it is unknown whether Apple will play a part. [The plant is said to offer jobs to lost of robots, and about 30 accountants. Sorry, Big Orange Guy.]

JCPenney begins offering full support for Apple Pay across US — JCPenney is now accepting Apple Pay across all US locations, the department store chain announced on Monday, including support for store-branded credit cards and associated rewards points.

Apple Park, High Sierra Beta 4, Graphic Converter, GTD task management


Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction — New drone footage of Apple Park reveals major landscaping work underway within the main courtyard, and that while diminished in places, campus building construction is still very much active. [Do you reckon there’s a bunker under it?]
The courtyard is now home to a grove of trees and tall mounds of dirt, a video by pilot Duncan Sinfield shows. Apple Park is eventually expected to host about 9000 trees —some of them fruit-bearing, in an homage to the region’s old orchards. [The first Apple computer was built in an apple box, apparently, and they used to be widely grown in the area.]

macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 4 Rolls Out — Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 4, including improvements to Mail and Safari, more efficient file transfer performance, improved security, augmented and virtual reality support, new Siri voices, HEVC video support, and more. Downloading and installing the developer beta requires and Apple Developer account and a compatible Mac. Since High Sierra is still very much a beta product, don’t install it on mission-critical machines.

GraphicConverter, guess what? It convert between graphics formats — If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need the aptly named GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It’s recently been revved to version 10.4.2, and supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.
GraphicConverter 10.4.2 requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available from Lemke Software online and at the Mac App Store for US$39.95 for a single user version and US$59.95 for a family license.

Firetask Pro is new GTD task management tool for macOS (and iOS and watchOS) — Elemental Tools has released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices. The app provides features such as project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, Apple Watch support, and various workflows. The Today workflow focusses on tasks marked as starred, or that are due today (or already overdue).
Firetask Pro is available at Apple’s various app stores; the Mac version costs NZ$59.99/US$39.99. A demo version of the Mac version of Firetasks Pro is available at the Firetask website.

iOS 11, new games, iPhone document scanning, Firefox update


Hands on with iOS 11, which we will all have soonish — With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in this AppleInsider video.
Apple is also completely revamping the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform’s user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.
Other changes include Augmented Reality Maps.

Augmented Reality added to Maps in iOS 11 will show landmarks in real time in the distance

Full Throttle Remastered and Layton’s Mystery Journey arrive for iPhone, iPad — Two notable puzzle-oriented games have become available to download from the iOS App Store today, with Full Throttle Remastered bringing a classic adventure game up to date, while Layton’s Mystery Journey lands on iPhone and iPad months before the Nintendo 3DS edition goes on sale.
Requiring iOS 9.0 or later and taking up 3.9GB of space, Full Throttle Remastered is available to purchase from the iOS App Store for NZ$7.49/US$4.99. (The Mac version of the game is NZ$21.99/US$14.99.)
Layton’s Mystery Journey requires iOS 9.0 or later, takes up 1.14GB of storage, and is priced at US$15.99.

How to turn your iPhone into a document scanner (and when you shouldn’t) — Nothing can beat having the iPhone’s camera with you but many, many tools can better how that camera shoots documents and what you can do with them later. AppleInsider staffers show you what apps and hardware we use to scan everything from single receipts to the contents of a history archive.

Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode — Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.

New HR head, Irish tax take, Fantastical, spotting wishing emails, Shadow Warrior free


Deirdre O’Brien named as Apple’s new ‘Vice President of People’ overseeing HR — Apple has announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources —a title the company is calling ‘Vice President of People.’ O’Brien has now worked for five Apple CEOs.

Irish government establishing a fund to manage $15.2 billion to be collected from Apple — The Irish government is establishing a fund to manage the estimated 13 billion euros (about NZ$20.38/US$15.2 billion) it will collect from Apple in back taxes, nearly a year after the European Commission ruled the country had provided a “sweetheart deal” on tax to the USfirm, according to Bloomberg.

Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds attachments, Facebook calendar integration — Fantastical 2.4 for Mac adds key new features, and AppleInsider checks to see if the NZ$74.99/US$50 entry price is worth it. (If you’ve already a user then this update to Fantastical for the Mac is free.) Apple Insider finds that the new Fantastical 2.4 for Mac brings features that may clinch the deal for you.

Some tips for spotting Phishing email — 84% of NordVPN’s National Privacy Test respondents said they would ignore an email request from a bank asking for personal information. Yet statistics show that up to 45% of Internet users keep clicking on dangerous links or providing personal information where they shouldn’t. Here are some tips for spotting this insidious form of malware that Macs are still prone to – because they’re users are humans.

Shadow Warrior: Special Edition for macOS (and Yankai’s Triangle for iOS) temporarily free — Two games are being briefly made available to download for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with the 2013 remake of Shadow Warrior for macOS offered by Humble Bundle at a low charge until July 22, while Yankai’s Triangle is the free ‘App of the Week’ in the App Store.

The Apocalypticon ~ houses on fire, be forgotten, laws and even more crazy stuff


Californian fires blamed on the housing crisis — California is on fire again. CalFire, one of the agencies charged with putting those fires out, is tracking upward of two dozen conflagrations up and down the state at the moment: Detwiller, Grade, Bridge, Wall, Alamo, Garza, on and on— ranging in size from a couple hundred acres to nearly 50,000. And it’s not just global warming, it’s because there are houses in more places than ever before.

No borders, so how do laws work? Recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding a country’s laws be honoured by companies like Google all around the world. On Wednesday, an ongoing case with terrifying implications was kicked up to the European Union’s highest court. In this case it’s the European law that guarantees a right to be forgotten.
~ Some we just wish we could forget. 

Yeah, you knew where this was going! At the first meeting of the Trump administration’s new advisory committee on election integrity [yes, I know! This kind of boils down to ‘Trump’s opponents need integrity, but Trump doesn’t’]  consisted mainly of voter-fraud fear-mongering. As he opened the event, President Trump wondered aloud whether states which have refused to comply with the committee’s massive request for voter data (because it violates state law) have something to hide. “What are they worried about?” he asked. “There’s something, there always is.”

Speaking of integrity, Sean Spicer finally showed some … by quitting. White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned last Friday after opposing President Donald Trump’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. The president asked Spicer to stay in his role, but Spicer said appointing Scaramucci was a major mistake. Or so wrote The New York Times. NBC News later confirmed the resignation. Spicer tweeted later he will continue to serve through August.
But hey, most US Republican’s think education is ‘bad for the country’. So clearly they deserve to be ruled by a f_ _k-wit. In an increasingly polarised culture, the drastic shift is the latest piece of evidence that institutions of higher education — along with labour unions, banks, churches, and the news media — have been plunged headfirst into a hyperpartisan war.
[So please don’t bring back the draft.]
The US government has been taking steps to scale back its cyber-security. Sounds sensible, right? I mean, if you’re going to be so pally with the Russians, make things easier for them. And this in a world in which an American bloke built a robot to crack safes. [Or should that be to ‘click’ safes?] 

Trump has already started his 2020 election campaign with a big payment — to himself. According to the Trump campaign’s self-reported FEC filings, this has amounted to about $600,000 spent at Trump-owned properties in just the first six months of his presidency.
~ It’s ironic that people like me see him as stupid. We must seem so ridiculously, fundamentally stupid to him, that he can get away with all this.

Meanwhile, in Australia, the Prime Minister thinks the laws of maths don’t apply … to Australia. “Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia,” he said. Right. 
Yes, it’s all so inexplicable. Thank goodness we can explain human understanding with cats.

Plastic Earth — Since large-scale production of plastics began in the 1950s, our civilisation has produced a whopping 8.3 billion tonnes of the stuff. Of this, 6.3 billion tonnes – around 76% – has already gone to waste.
~ Another human triumph, right there. 

Artificial sweeteners make us fat — The theory behind artificial sweeteners is simple: use them instead of sugar, you get the joy of sweet-tasting beverages and foods without the downer of extra calories, potential weight gain and related health issues. In practice, it’s not so simple, as a review of the scientific evidence on non-nutritive sweeteners published Monday shows. After looking at two types of scientific research, the authors conclude there is no solid evidence that sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose help people manage their weight.
~ I’ve never been  fan of replacing something natural but bad with something unnatural. 

But I always like to end this procession of human-made disaster-porn on a positive note. So here’s all you need to travel securely. Gah …

Kuiper Belt object, lighter proton, Trappist tides, gravity affect, squishy heart, science song, Indian solar rail, Galaxy mag online, sturdy Tardigrades


NASA captures impossible glimpse Of Kuiper Belt object billions of kilometres away — In about a year and a half from now, the New Horizons Spacecraft will whiz past a distant Kuiper Belt object named 2014 MU69. This rocky relic of the ancient Solar System, located about 6.4 billion kilometres away, just passed in front of a distant star, resulting in one of the more extraordinary eclipses ever captured by scientists.
~ Nice catch.

The Proton is lighter than we thought — You can’t weigh the universe’s smallest particles on a bathroom scale. But in a clever new experiment, physicists have found one such particle – the proton – is lighter than previously thought. The researchers found the mass to be 1.007276466583 atomic mass units. That’s roughly 30 billionths of a percent lower than the average value from past experiments: a seemingly tiny difference that is actually significant by three standard deviations. The result both creates and clears up mysteries, and could help explain the universe as we know it.
~ 4.

Massive tides could boost TRAPPIST-1’s prospects for life — Earlier this year, Earthlings rejoiced when scientists announced the discovery of three rocky exoplanets in the habitable zone of TRAPPIST-1, an ‘ultracool dwarf’ star located just 39 light years away. Soon after, astronomers brought us back to Earth, pointing out that it might be hard for life to survive on a world in such a tight orbit around such a dim star. But the debate has now taken yet another delicious twist, this time, in favour of aliens.
~ For Earthlings really now how to party, ultra cool dwarf. 

Scientists measure gravity effect entity particles for the first time — Humans will probably never explore the area around a black hole, at least while you’re alive. That’s mostly because most black holes are too far away, and even if we could travel to them, it’s unlikely we’d survive their gravitational pull. That means that if we want to study the wacky effects extreme gravity might have, we need to get creative — which is exactly what an international team of physicists has just done.
~ Quick, make more Well semimetal. 

Squishy artificial heart — Researchers in Europe have created a soft artificial heart that mimics the real thing. It still isn’t ready for prime time, but the approach, in which the developers used silicone and 3D-printing, could revolutionise the way patients with heart disease are treated.
~ Are, don’t it just melt your heart! (Yikes!)\

Science picks ‘best’ song — Is there one song, or one kind of song, that’s generally more enjoyable? Recently, author Tom Cox tweeted some musings on the philosophy behind what makes the “best song ever”. A significant portion of the internet, however, argued that he was full of crap because the best song of all time is Toto’s classic 1982 hit, Africa.
~ I still shudder in pure revulsion whenever I hear even one note of any Beegees’ disco-era material. What say you, science? 

India to save thousands of litres of fuel with solar carriages — India’s massive diesel-guzzling railway network is getting serious about its experiments with solar. On July 14th, Indian Railways rolled out its first train with rooftop solar panels that power the lights, fans, and information display systems inside passenger coaches. The train will still be pulled by a diesel-powered locomotive, but a set of 16 solar panels atop each coach will replace the diesel generators that typically power these appliances.
~ I guess people will be dissuaded more from riding on the roofs, then. 

Galaxy online — Galaxy magazine was a pulpy, science fiction paradise from 1950 to 1980, publishing some of the most important futuristic voices of the 20th century — to say nothing of the amazing cover illustrations. And you can read hundreds of issues from its heyday online, all thanks to Archive.org.
~ Yay!

Tardigrades would be tardy survivors — Microscopic tardigrades, also known as “water bears”, are the toughest animals on the planet, capable of withstanding intense radiation, extreme temperatures, and even the vacuum of space. In a fascinating new study, researchers have shown that tardigrades are poised to survive literally anything that nature throws at them — and that of the animals alive today, they will be the last ones standing before the Sun annihilates the Earth billions of years from now.
~ I’m still not sure I’m jealous, though. 

Five Tip Friday ~ Checking the weather Reminders, Night Shift Calendar & extra extras


1/ Check the Weather quickly using Spotlight — If you’re curious what the weather is like, you can launch the stock or a 3rd party weather app, sure, or just pull down on a Home Screen page to get Spotlight (device and ’net search) to appear. Type in “weather (and location)” to get the weather report for that spot. You’ll get the details you’re looking for. The same applies to any day within the normal seven-day forecast period. This Spotlight trick works on iPad, too. (It even works on macOS in Spotlight.)

2/ Delete all Reminders in a list — Sometimes, you want to quickly delete all reminders in a list. People use the Reminders app as a catch-all for everything we want to remember, whether it’s work-related or a group of tasks we need to cary out.
Within iOS, there’s a way to delete not only the list, but also all the reminders within that list. This works for things you’ve marked as completed, along with tasks that you haven’t tapped to show them as done. Launch the Reminders app and navigate to the list you want to delete.
Now, tap the Edit button in the top right corner of the app.
Scroll to the bottom (if you can’t see it it) and find the item that says Delete List.
Tap that option and confirm you want to delete all the reminders. (This is a viable on Mac too: secondary click (right- or Control-click) the name of the list and choose Delete. If you are working in iCloud.com, you can go to a Reminders list, click on Options, and then choose Delete. When you delete a Reminders list from one device, that action will take place on every device logged into the same iCloud account.

3/ Night Shift Mode into Staying on All the Time — You can have Night Shift on iOS on all the time if you prefer the softer lighting (it’s more yellowish) of Night Shift mode all the time. Night Shift is most useful after sunset, you may want to have it enabled all the time. This display-based setting makes your screen “warmer,” usually at night, to cut down on blue light exposure which is believed to keep people awake. To get to this setting: Settings> Display & Brightness> Night Shift. The default is to have the mode activate at sunset, and then deactivate at sunrise but you can also set custom start and stop times for the mode.
To keep Night Shift on during the day, you need to set custom hours for the feature. Unfortunately, you can’t set the start and stop times the same so you have to decide on a one-minute time of the day (or night) when it’s okay for the mode to briefly deactivate: for example, Night Shift could temporarily stop at 1:59am. Then, the mode turns back on at 2am.

4/ Set your default Calendar across devices — People can find their Mac set to add events by default to one calendar while their iPhone is adding them automatically to a different one. This can make it seem that iPhone events are colour-coded differently to Mac events, which is confusing.
All your Apple devices that can sync with your iCloud account have a “default calendar” setting that’ll be applied when you don’t specifically change which one you’d like to add an event to. On the iPhone and iPad, this option is listed under Settings > Calendar. On the Mac, this setting is within Calendar > Preferences under the “General” tab.

5/ Dealing with other calendar services — When a device is set to sync to a calendar (say, a Google one) and that particular calendar isn’t even configured on another of that person’s devices, it will make it seem like everything from one device is disappearing. You can check which accounts you’ve got set to sync calendars on the Mac under System Preferences > Internet Accounts.
Any of your accounts that have “Calendars” listed in grey underneath their names are syncing that service with your Mac. Verify that you’ve got the same list turned on for your iPhone or iPad at Settings > Calendar > Accounts.

Extra – The Health app: as Apple Insider puts it in a detailed explanation, the launchpad for all things is the Health Data tab, which lists all of the categories the app can handle. While Activity, Mindfulness, Nutrition and Sleep are front-and-center, others include Body Measurements,  Health Records, Reproductive Health, Results and Vitals. These all break down into numerous subcategories, where the real meat of the app is found. Under “Activity,” for instance, are items like steps, workout duration, and active energy consumption. Tapping on one displays a graph with adjustable views, as well as an explanation, suggested apps, and a set of configuration options.

Extra extra — the logic of iPhone/iPad Force Quitting: The Mac Observer has a detailed description of why and when you may need to do this, and when you should’t worry.

Aussie lobby, 7nm process & Samsung, Clips gets Disney, Intel nixes wearables, Files app i iOS 11, YouTube for iPhone, Blackberry Apple & NSA


Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws — Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages. [Pass out a few iPhones and Bob’s yer uncle?]

TSMC’s 7nm process enhancement may keep Apple from using Samsung for ‘A12’ chip production — Samsung may not return to making Apple’s A-series processors in 2018 as once thought, with a new report claiming chip producer TSMC’s 7-nanometer FinFET fabrication process could help the firm retain its status as sole processor supplier for the upcoming ‘A12’ chip.

Clips now features Disney and Pixar characters and new graphic overlays — Apple has updated Clips, its app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create ‘expressive videos.’ It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.
The update includes dozens of new graphic overlays and posters, plus usability improvements. Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos.

Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR — Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which includes fitness trackers and the Basis smartwatch, as the company refocuses on augmented reality.

Watch Apple’s new Files app for iOS 11 — Wondering how Apple’s new Files app for iOS 11 works on iPad? AppleInsider takes an in-depth look at the upcoming file management system in this video.

YouTube TV grows, now services 15 markets and serves 48 channels to iPhone — YouTube has expanded its live television service to 10 more markets, and boosted the number of available nationwide channels to 48 including BBC America, Syfy, plus assorted sports and news channels.

Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications — BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the Canadian smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

Apple Mac, iPhone & iPad news for New Zealanders

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