Kill Switches, Ireland, Japanese AI, streamer


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Apple removed security tethers from demo products in Apple Stores — [Note that New Zealand has no Apple Stores, just resellers with licenses to sell Apple products. But if you go to Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Holland …]. Apple’s retail group knows that the best way to get someone to buy a product is to give them unfettered access to a device. Up until recently, that wasn’t possible as each and every device was tethered to a table with a security cable. Customers can’t set passcodes on iOS devices and lock them, and rebooting a Mac returns it to its original state. The current systems installed on demo devices have software ‘kill switches‘ that disable the devices when they’re out of range of the store Wi-Fi network. Run away with something and it becomes dead and useless.

Apple moves $9B worth of iTunes intellectual property to Ireland — Apple continues to expand its operations in Ireland, despite ongoing criticism of its presence there for tax purposes, with the company’s international iTunes business now setting up shop in the town of Holyhill.

Apple’s upcoming Japan R&D center will work on AI and related products — Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Nikkei Asian Review that the company’s upcoming research and development base in Yokohama, Japan will develop artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Cook described it as a center for “deep engineering.” He said it will be “very different” from the R&D base Apple plans to build in China.

To easily stream your media from macOS to iOS locally, try StreamToMe — Apple’s Home Sharing is great if you’ve got just a few files you want to stream from a computer to iOS. For larger libraries, a third party application suite called StreamToMe is a great choice, and easy to set up for even novice users. StreamToMe (by developer zqueue) is a two-part application, needing both an iOS client (NZ$5/US$3), and a macOS or Windows computer to execute the server-side ServeToMe. The Mac part is free,

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