Tag Archives: Apple

4-year-old saves mum with Siri, iPhones in India, Google Maps, Workflow acquired and made free


Apple bought the workflow app along with its developers, and made the app free, too (image from TechDissected)

4-year-old boy in UK uses Siri to get help for his unconscious mother — Siri is an AI with a lot of talents, and it teamed up with Roman, a 4-year-old boy in the UK, to help him get help for his mother. While kids in the UK are taught to dial 999 to summon emergency services, Roman used a different method to call: he unlocked his mother’s iPhone by pressing her thumb to her iPhone’s Touch ID home button, then asked Siri for help. [Smart boy!]

Apple will reportedly start assembling iPhones in India in the next two months — Apple will reportedly start assembling iPhones in India over next two months. The tech giant is said to be in talks with the Indian government for import-tax exemptions on components.

Google Maps gets location sharing for Apple’s iPhone & iPad — Google will soon start rolling out real-time location sharing for users of its Maps app for iOS and Android, offering a feature similar to Apple’s Find My Friends, or Google’s own defunct Latitude.

Apple acquires Workflow app and developers, makes Workflow free download — Apple recently acquired popular iOS utility Workflow, according to TechCrunch. The deal includes both the app and its developers. While many apps get pulled by Apple after an acquisition, Workflow remains on the App Store, and is now free instead of US$2.99. Workflow is a personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. (But some features have been cut from the app.)

iCloud hackers discredited, flicker-free video, printer web pages, Siri rocks reminders, Finder Permissions


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Apple saysiCloud extortionists have not hacked into our Systems — Hacker group Turkish Crime Family says it’s going to wipe out over 300 million iCloud accounts on April 7th if Apple doesn’t pay US$75,000 as ransom. Apple says the group hasn’t broken into its servers, so that means the logins they claim to have probably came from old hacks into other company’s services.
Many of the logins on Turkish Crime Family’s list look like they may have come from a 2012 LinkedIn data breach where over 100 million accounts were compromised, according to someone claiming to have seen the list.
[I thought it was suspicious they only demaned US$75,000. If you had breached Apple you couod ask a lot more – I figurd they lowballed hoping Apple would just pay without investigating properly, which is seriously underestimating almost everything about Apple!]

Digital Anarchy’s Flicker Free plug-in a useful tool for Final Cut Pro X users — Digital Anarchy’s US$149 Flicker Free plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (and Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro)  gives video editors and visual effects artists a useful tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.

How to check out your printer’s webpage (and why you might want to) — Not every model supports doing so, but if yours does, it’s a handy trick to have in your arsenal for when your device starts misbehaving; sometimes certain options and features will be listed there (or will function properly from there!) and nowhere else.

Siri really rocks Reminders — Siri never forgets anything, and since most of us are never far from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can use Siri to set all your Reminders for you.

How to set permissions for items in macOS Sierra — You can set permissions for items on macOS Sierra if you wish. Permission settings determine who can view and alter files on the computer. You change permission settings at the bottom of the Info window for a file, folder, or disk in the Finder.

No RED attribution for China, how iPads compare, iPhone 6 success


Apple avoids (Product)Red branding in China for new red iPhone 7 models — Apple’s new red options for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which, through (Red), will contribute proceeds to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, lack that same charity branding on the company’s Chinese website. It’s unclear if the company is avoiding donations of Chinese proceeds, or simply concealing the fact that some of the profit is channelled to AIDS research. Chinese police have sometimes even engaged in crackdowns of organisations working in AIDS prevention, so openly supporting (Red) could theoretically be seen as confrontational. [Yeah, you don’t want to confront homophobia, right? Not when it might affect profits.]

2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What’s new and different in Apple’s latest tablet? — With the last update to the iPad Air line over two years ago, how does Apple’s new 2017 iPad compare to its predecessors? AppleInsider takes a look at the three statistically, to see how they stack up. The new iPad is a compelling, inexpensive upgrade for users of the iPad 4 and earlier which comprises 30% of the existing user base. However, the iPad Air and Air 2 owners hold a commanding 35% of iPad users who may be looking at the new iPad as well. [John Martellero thinks the mini will be deleted. I love my mini, it’s esier to read books on than a full-size iPad. I’m going to miss this format. I was just starting to consider a new one …]

iPhone 6s topped 2016’s list of top-selling smartphones — In terms of shipments, the iPhone 6s from Apple bested all competitors for sales in 2016, according to new analysis from IHS Markit, a “critical information, analytics and solutions” firm.
Looking at the fourth quarter alone, the new iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-seller, followed by iPhone 7 Plus. IHS Markit says Apple again demonstrated its new iPhones integrate enough innovations and new features to drive sales and remain successful in the market.

Massive iMacs? Multiscreen iTunes, Washing Machine deal, Siri vs Alexa, Aeon Timeline


Bigger monitors in demand, so a 31-inch iMac, perhaps? The global market for computer monitors is projected to decline to 121.8 million units by 2022 due to falling desktop sales and the rapid penetration of handheld computing devices. However, when consumers do buy a monitor, they’ll turn to larger screens (31-inches or more in size), according to IDC.
The research group says the large monitor display segment above 31+ inches in screen size grew by 12.2% year-on-year in 2013 and will continue growing. If IDC is right, it seems people are wanting bigger monitors for their desktops and/or bigger monitors with which to connect laptops. Can you imagine a 31-inch iMac?

Apple adds multiscreen movie rental viewing to iTunes in latest update — Along with Tuesday’s hardware debuts, Apple quietly released an updated iTunes version that allows users to rent movies once and watch them on multiple screens. And with this release, Apple has restored the ability to open a playlist in a new window on macOS: here’s how to do it. iTunes 12.6 is a free update available through Apple’s App Store app on the Mac.

Intego Washing Machine for Mac 40% off — Starting today through Saturday, you can get Intego Mac Washing Machine Secure X9 for 40% off MSRP by using this promo code at checkout: CLEANME.

Marriott pits Apple’s Siri again Amazons Alexa — Marriott International Inc., the world’s biggest lodging company, is pitting Amazon’s Alexa against Apple’s Siri to be the voice-controlled platform of choice in its hotels, reports Bloomberg.
The goal is to offer guests a virtual “hotel butler” that lets them access and manage systems such as heating, cooling, lighting and entertainment by speaking a request at home or using a smartphone.

Apple Stores on map — Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store.

Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac and Windows for US$22.99 — Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies and more. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $22.99, a discount of 54%.

New iPad! Product RED iPhone 7, new silicone cases, SE gets doubles storage, new Clips app, Swift in more languages


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New 9.7-inch iPad features stunning Retina Display better — Apple has today updated its most popular-sized iPad. It has a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at recommended retail price NZ$529 inc gst.
• iPad comes in silver, gold and space grey and starts at recommended retail price (RRP) NZ$539 inc. GST for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and RRP NZ$759 inc. GST for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com/nz. For more information, please visit apple.com/ipad/nz.
• iPad is available to order beginning Friday, 24 March from Apple.com/nz and starts delivering to customers and arriving next week through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers (prices may vary) in New Zealand and more than 20 other countries and regions.
• Polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad are available for RRP NZ$69 inc. GST in charcoal grey, white, midnight blue, pink sand and (RED) at Apple.com/nz.
• iPad mini 4, available in silver, gold and space grey, now offers more capacity for starting at RRP NZ$659 inc. GST for the 128GB Wi-Fi model and RRP NZ$879 inc. GST for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com/nz.
• Every customer who buys iPad from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online5, to help them customise their iPad by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.
[Just to be clear, this is a new iPad, not a new iPad Pro or iPad mini. But this also means Apple has discontinued iPad Air andiPad mini 2. The new iPad replaces the Air 2 and offers a newer processor along with lower pricing.]

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Apple adds a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 to the iPhone 7 lineup — Along with new iPad models, Apple introduced a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today. The new models are called (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and are available in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at Recommended Retail Price (RRP) NZ$1399 inc. GST from Apple.com and from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary). The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 finishes in jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold.

Apple updates iPhone 7 silicone & leather cases with new colours — In tandem with its new (Product)Red iPhone 7 models, and new seasonal band colours for Apple Watch, Apple has also released silicone and leather cases in a small collection of new colours.
The new silicone cases come in azure, camellia and pebble.
The leather cases include sapphire, taupe [bletch! Every bloody new house in Auckland is this godforsaken colour! LOL, sorry] and berry options.

Apple’s iPhone SE doubles its storage options — Apple is now offering the entry-level iPhone SE with 32GB of storage for the same price it ran for the 16GB model and 128GB for the same price as the 64GB model. That’s double the previous storage for the same prices and heralds the end of the road for 16GB iPhones. [That last link also has a clip showing you how to gain space back on your iPhone.]

Apple targets social media crowd with new Clips app — Apple teased a new video capture and editing app called Clips today that targets social media app users. The app lets users snap videos, apply effects and edits and upload their creations to popular social networks and video sharing sites.
Clips includes video filters, background posters, stickers, animations, and titles that can be added during recording or later when editing. Video can be captured in the app, or you can use videos you previously recorded and stored in Photos.
The app will be free, and available in April.

Rugged case for schools — Logitech has already introduced a case, add-on keyboard for the new 9.7-inch iPad. The Logitech Rugged Combo, Logitech Rugged Case and Logitech Add-on Keyboard for Rugged Case is for Apple’s new, just-announced 9.7-inch iPad.

Swift Playgrounds available in five additional languages — Apple’s Swift Playgrounds for the iPad is now available in five new languages: Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.

Tuesday Talk ~ Apple and New Zealand tax


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First of all, lots of people don’t like paying tax. Neoliberals and conservatives in particular seem to have massive issues with tax, although they seem to have no problem driving on the roads those taxes paid for, being cared for by public medical services or taking advantage of public education, or at least of education subsidies paid on their behalf from tax revenue so their little darlings can benefit from private school educations that advantage the advantaged.
But that’s partly what I find so odd about Apple apparently paying ‘no’ tax in New Zealand: Apple has a reputation for supporting democrats, standing up for equality and strongly pursuing sustainability ambitions. None of these are exactly ‘neoliberal’.
However, Apple is also a rapacious US corporation with its eye firmly on profit. Apple will do almost anything to defend its interests, ruthlessly cut product lines and teams that don’t satisfy this urge for ever more money and, seemingly, exploit any avenue that leads to even more money on the extremely wealthy corporation’s bottom line.

But what’s the truth about Apple and New Zealand tax? Sure, Apple makes money in New Zealand. It’s a tiny territory and hardly a big factor in Apple profits, although New Zealand has always been relatively high in Mac use, then iPhone adoption.
But ‘Apple New Zealand’, although it has an office in Auckland and staff on the ground here, is actually run out of Sydney, Australia as part of ‘Apple Pacific’ which, in turn, reports directly back to Cupertino (or at least, this was the case last I heard). So Apple pays its tax in Australia, and not New Zealand. This actually means Apple pays more tax, not less: if Apple operated this subsidiary out of New Zealand it would be paying tax at 28%, but because it’s based in Australia, it’s subject to tax at 30%, as Seamus Coffey asserts.
Look, I’m not advocating tax avoidance – in fact, it makes me sick to the stomach. You choose to live in a society, and you pay your dues, as far as I’m concerned. And if I can pay tax on my tiny income, Apple can pay tax on its massive one.
Of course, corporate tax is paid on profit, not sales (apart from the New Zealand Goods and Services Tax or GST, which Apple does pay even on online sales).
Apple has not paid any income tax in New Zealand for the last ten years in New Zealand, but it has paid out $37 million from NZ sales to the Australian Tax Office instead of to New Zealand’s Inland Revenue.

But the issue is being ‘investigated’ by National minister Judith Collins. You know, the one whose husband runs Oravida, which is making millions out of selling free New Zealand water by bottling it and moving it overseas. So yeah – kettle, pot, black …

Of course, none of this excuses Apple from its tax avoidance elsewhere. That totally sucks.

Augmented Reality, Korea, screen blanker, GoArt, Sierra Spaces, sharing PowerPoints


Apple reportedly has ‘hundreds of engineers’ working on AR projects — Apple has built an augmented reality (AR) team of hundreds of engineers “combining the strengths of its hardware and software veterans with the expertise of talented outsiders” and is “very serious about AR,” reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people with knowledge of the company’s plans.”
Apple’s augmented reality team includes vets from Dolby, Oculus & more, apparently. [Really? That boat’s due to depart soon, Apple …]

Apple fans in Korea are feeling no love from the tech giant — Apple users in Korea are feeling no love after the Cupertino, California-based company decided to make heavy investments in China while mostly ignoring Korea, according to The Korea Times.

Screen Commander is new ‘screen blanking’ software for the Mac — Alien Orb Software has introduced Screen Commander 1.0, a screen blanking utility for macOS. Developed for users with multiple displays, it lives in the menubar as a small icon and provides screen blanking options at the click of the mouse. Screen Commander requires macOS 10.12 or later. It’s freeware and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store, and it’s free.

GoArt lets Mac users create art with their photos — Everimaging has introduced GoArt 1.0, a photo editor for macOS. It lets you take a photo and apply artistic filters based on the works of art.
GoArt offers over 40 different styles of art to choose from. Everimaging says it will release more artistic effects on a regular basis.
GoArt works with macOS 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$29.99 or NZ$44.99, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store. iOS, Android, and web-based versions of the app are also available.

How to work in multiple Spaces in macOS Sierra — It’s easy for your Mac’s desktop to become cluttered, just as a physical desktop can. If this happens, you can create additional desktops, called spaces, to organize the windows. When you work in a Space, you see only the windows that are in that space. Here’s how Spaces work.

SlideShark for Mac lets you access, show and share up-to-date PowerPoints — Brainshark’s SlideShark for Mac enables business professionals to instantly access, show and share up-to-date PowerPoints, and track presentation views and activity. SlideShark Anywhere is available as part of the app’s business version, SlideShark Team Edition. It allows you to broadcast your slides in real time over the web to remote or in-person meeting attendees who can join from any device.

Apple’s social network, hate-group withdrawals, Indian expansion


An ad-free, premium social network… from Apple — Daniel Eran Dilger reckons Apple has several elements of a social network already, with evidence pointing to plans for expansion. Here’s why he thinks Apple needs a strong social strategy, and how a social network from Apple could uniquely address the issues of online harassment, fake news, surveillance advertising, clickbait and viral plagiarism. [Do we need another silo? Facebook is one of the only ways I have to still talk to people on PC and Android,]

Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google’s YouTube over extremist hate group videos — Several major brands have pulled ads from Google’s YouTube following reports that their ads are being shown next to terrorist, hate group and other offensive or controversial videos.

Apple plans retail expansion in India with over 100 new Authorized Resellers — Apple is planning to grow its presence in India over the next year by expanding the number of Apple Authorized Reseller locations, with the addition of over 100 small stores believed to be a six-fold increase in the number of outlets already in operation in the country.

iCloud unease, Apple Watch love, FlipaClip iOS animation, iMazing makes it easy way to swap photos iOS to macOS


Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable storing personal data on iCloud — Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch, a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. [I have lots of confidence in Apple’s capacity and security, but very little confidence in using a service connecting to New Zealand by a cable coming in from the west and another from the east under the sea in a country prone to volcanos and earthquakes. So I stick to my free iCloud 5GB, which I carefully manage, and only use it for the basics like Contacts, which iCloud handles automatically.]

8 things to love about Apple Watch — John Martellaro really, really loves his Apple Watch (42 mm, stainless steel, sapphire, leather loop band). “Thinking back, I wonder how I ever got along without it. Here’s my somewhat random collection of thoughts; a list of things that are essential to my life now.”

FlipaClip is a very popular mobile phone animation app — The Android version has had over 4 million downloads. FlipaClip places full animation capabilities in the hands of any mobile phone user and now there’s FlipaClip an iPhone version of the app along with a competition to help launch it for iOS.

iMazing 2.2 finally makes it easy to swallow photos between iOS and macOS — The iPhone is great for taking pictures, and the iPad gorgeous to showcase them. But Apple provides no easy way to transfer pictures from your PC or Mac onto your mobile devices. But with iMazing 2.2 it’s finally dead easy: drag and drop a folder or image file to the Photos section in iMazing, enter a name for your new photo album, and… that’s it. Done.

Apple Park makes Flyover, better Mail security, Safari zero-day, protect your data, Apple forestry, Final Cut effects


Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows up in latest Apple Maps update — Apple in a recent update to its Apple Maps service added satellite and drone imagery, as well as related geolocation tags, covering Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters currently under construction in Cupertino, California. The new Maps assets include destination information, a physical address and building tags, including a data tag for Steve Jobs Theater. As it does for other points of interest, Apple Maps aggregates photos and general information about Apple Park from the internet, in this case user-submitted photos from Wikipedia. To use Flyover in Apple Maps 2 on Mac, watch this video, or launch Maps, type in (for example) ‘San Francisco, CA, United States’ and press the Return key, click on the drop-pin, click the little ‘i’ icon and choose ‘Flyover Tour’ at top centre of the information box that appears.

Which Is Better to Secure Email, Apple Mail or GPG Suite? When you want to send secure email, you have plenty of choices. I showed you recently how you can set up email encryption in Apple’s native Mail app, and that raises an interesting question. What’s better to secure email, Apple’s Mail app or a solution that uses OpenPGP, such as GPG Suite? Mac Observer takes a look.

Security researchers uncover two zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari — Security researchers competing at the annual Pwn2own conference have discovered two zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari. Two teams successfully exploited the bugs they found to achieve root access to macOS, while a third attempt failed.

How to protect your data — By most accounts macOS and iOS are safer operating systems than Windows or Android. However, there was a dubious 2015 report from GFI (a company that makes “IT solutions that enable businesses to discover, manage and secure their networks” ) that claims that the Apple operating systems were the “most vulnerable” OS’s. Whatever is true, there are good reasons to protect your data from loss and from prying eyes [but be careful turning Apple’s FileVault on, as it can lock you out. If it’s not on already, I’d find another solution!]

Apple’s US forestry programs protects 36,000 acres, creates jobs — Two years ago, Apple bought 3600 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina. According to The Conservation Fund, the Arlington, Virginia-based group Apple tapped to manage the effort, the project is starting to show returns – both for the Cupertino, California-based company and for the state of North Carolina.

Slide Pop brings cool View-Master effects to Final Cut Pro X — Noise Industries’ US$49 Slide Pop plug-in offers 20 cool, customisable View-Master style effects and transitions for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.