iPhone is magic, controlling Music with Siri, Hours 2, UN commissioner support Apple, HDMI for Apple TV


The iPhone’s technology is indistinguishable from magic, and that’s now a problem — Apple’s iPhone is incredibly easy to use. So much so that its operation is indistinguishable from magic, says John Martellaro. Starting with extremely sophisticated silicon and working its way up through layers of abstraction, encryption technology and security and privacy measures in iOS, it is so sophisticated that few outside Apple understand its working principles, which is turning into a big problem for governments.

Controlling your Library with Siri — If you ask Siri to play music by a particular artist, your device will sort through that artist’s popular songs on Apple Music whether you’ve purchased them or added them to your library or not. But if you only want to hear the subsection of that artist’s stuff that youI actually own,  ask Siri to “Play [artist name] from my music”. There are more tips at that link.

Hours 2 launched for iOS and web — Hours, LLC (formerly Tapity) has released an update to their titular app, Hours 2.

UN high commissioner on human rights throws weight behind Apple in San Bernardino case — Apple on Friday picked up more high-profile support in its court battle with the FBI over unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, namely in the form of Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights.

Kanex introduces HDMI adapters for fourth gen Apple TV — Kanex (www.kanex.com) has given us two HDMI adapters (US$59.95 each) for the fourth generation Apple TV. They offer an easy way to enjoy the features of the latest Apple set-top box, without the hassle of replacing current equipment, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex.