Mystery circuit, Two-Factor Authentication, revamped Music, Rome Total War, Turner FilmStruck


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X-ray of Apple’s iPhone 7 Lightning headphone adapter finds mystery circuit, likely for DAC — Apple’s new Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone adapter , bundled with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and also sold separately for US$9, features a unique integrated circuit, the purpose of which cannot be verified, but has likely been deduced. The repair experts at iFixit and Creative Electron took an X-ray view of Apple’s new cable, finding a surprising amount of circuitry inside of Apple’s diminutive adapter. In particular, the Lightning connector is accompanied by a “mystery” integrated circuit identified only by an Apple part number: “338S00140 A0SM1624 TW.”

How to set up two-factor authentication is different to two-step verification — Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature – and one that’s necessary if you plan to use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac.

Google’s Pixel XL priced like an iPhone 7 Plus but half as fast, lacks many key features — Google’s latest effort to show off its vision for ‘Pure Android’ hardware costs the same as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks Optical Image Stabilization, a telephoto lens, weather resistance, support for wide color gamut and stereo speakers. [Maybe that is Google’s vision for the future?]

Apple Music app updates help users manage tracks across devices — Apple’s newly released iOS 10 features a revamped Music app and updated Apple Music service. These changes make life a bit easier in terms of listening to, and accessing, music on Apple devices.

Rome:Total war for iPad — Feral Interactive has announced pricing for ROME: Total War. The popular PC and Mac real-time combat and turn-based economy and politics game is scheduled for an “autumn” release. It requires iPad Air or newer or iPad mini 2 or newer. It’s been rebuilt for iOS, including developing gesture-based controls to replace the mouse-driven controls of its desktop beginnings. It’s going to cost US$9.99 on iPad, so about NZ$15.

Turner is launching its FilmStruck video-on-demand platform on iOS, Apple TV, other platforms — More good news for cord cutters and would-be cord cutters: global media company Turner plans to launch FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, on Oct. 19. It will be exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices at launch, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.

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