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How Pokémon Go could be the killer app the Apple Watch needs

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:27

Pokémon Go is a unique phenomenon. We’ve seen flash-in-the-pan app releases before, but the excitement usually fizzles out in a day or two. Pokémon Go has been out just over a week now, and it already has more daily active users than Tinder, is rivaling Twitter’s sizable ranks, and has made an $7.5 billion impact on Nintendo’s stock.

As an app, Pokémon Go isn’t all that impressive. In fact, I’m willing to bet that if you took Nintendo and Pokémon out of the equation it would barely make a dent in the App Store. But thanks to Pikachu and Co., millions of users are willing to overlook the crude interface and repetitive gameplay as they wander their neighborhoods trying to round up as many creatures as they can.

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How to fix missing media items in the sidebar

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:00

Faizal Dwi Nugraha is missing media:

The Photos app works well; iTunes works well too; but I can’t see any files in the Photos/Music/Movie folders within the Media folder.

As I noted recently, one way to import to upload media items from Apple software is via the Open dialog box under the Media label. You should see Music, Photos, and Movies, which, when selected, should link to libraries and other storage. This lets you pick items from your Photos library, for instance. Faizal sees these icons, but clicking them doesn’t reveal any media items.

A veritable wasteland of missing media.

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How to collaborate on Notes in iOS 10

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:34

Apple didn’t devote much time to Notes during the iOS 10 reveal at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June, which wasn’t that surprising. Notes got a huge overhaul in iOS 9 and is better than ever. But one line in the keynote stopped us in our tracks: Collaboration is finally coming to Notes.

One reason note-taking apps like Evernote have relegated Apple’s built-in Notes app to the sideline is because they have features like collaboration that let multiple people contribute to a note. Apple clearly—please forgive me this pun—took note.

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How to run apps that are not from the App Store in macOS Sierra

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00

One of the major changes in macOS Sierra isn’t an obvious one, and you may not encounter it until you try to install an app that you didn’t buy from the App Store.

In the Sierra Public Beta, Apple has changed the settings for running downloaded apps. If you really need to run that app and can’t figure out how, it can be frustrating. The settings are found in the General tab of the Security & Privacy system preference.

Note: This article was written using the Sierra Public Beta. It will be updated for each OS update, as well as for the final release in the fall.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Bare Bones Software's text editor BBEdit gets an update

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 16:45
New Mac apps of the week

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we get a glimpse at BBEdit’s latest update, plus so much more—like tools for sharing screenshots, reminder apps, and launchers. Read on!

AppStarter 2.2

Afinta’s $5 AppStarter (Mac App Store Link) launches all your apps from one convenient place—the menu bar. You can also customize its window so that it displays only the apps you want, and then organize your apps by category and create custom icons.

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Save Hundreds On The Complete Linux System Administrator Bundle - Deal Alert

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:19

You don’t need a fancy college degree (and $100,000 in student debt) to land a tech job, as long as you can prove you’ve got the skills. And because Linux is such an in-demand skill, underlying everything from desktop performance to online security--it’s a great place to start. The Complete Linux System Administrator Bundle will more than get you up to speed, and it’s now only $69.

Packed with over 100 hours of instruction, this bundle will help you dive into Linux, the popular open-source operating system. Throughout its 7 courses, you’ll make your way from Linux/Unix basics to more advanced concepts like penetration testing, bash scripting, and openSUSE system administration. With such a robust curriculum, this bundle has everything you need to become a Linux pro.

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26% off Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit - Deal Alert

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 14:57

The Miracle-Grow AeroGarden, with room for 9 plants and 45 Watts of LED Lighting, the AeroGarden Bounty is the largest and most powerful AeroGarden to date. It comes with a Gourmet Herbs Seed Kit that will deliver fresh, flavorful herbs right at your fingertips. The easy-to-use Control Panel has an interactive LCD display that utilizes on screen prompts to guide you from set up to harvest. It automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning the lights on and off and reminding you when to add water and our Specially Formulated Liquid Plant Food.

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Hands-on with Walmart Pay: The retailer's answer to Apple Pay is a pleasant surprise

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 14:48

Walmart has rolled out its Walmart Pay system to all its U.S. stores following a several-month long trial. The payment option is built into its existing iOS and Android apps, and allows enrolling all major credit and debit cards, gift cards, and prepaid cards, but it notably doesn’t link to checking accounts directly. I tested out the service, and while it’s no Apple Pay (nor Android Pay), with the ease of tap-and-confirm, the feature is easy to set up and has very little friction to use.

The app requires you to scan a 2D code that appears on the POS display.

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33% off Logitech Z623 200 Watt 2.1 Home Speaker System - Deal Alert

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 14:19

The Z623 home speaker system has what Logitech describes as "200 watts of window-rattling power". Its THX certified audio is rich and loud with deep impressive bass. From music lovers to gamers, just plug in your gear and stand back as this compact system has no trouble filling the room and immersing everyone in it. The system has generated almost 3,000 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars (87% rate it 4+ stars -- read reviews). Amazon indicates that its typical list price of $149.99 has been reduced by a significant 33%, so you can buy the 200 watt 2.1 speaker system now on Amazon for $99.99.

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Podcast 516: The Pokémon invasion

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 13:12

The betas are heeeeeeere! But who cares, right, because everyone in the world is out trying to catch them some Pokémon or what have you. Glenn and Susie talk about the security/privacy angle (that’s since been addressed by the 1.0.1 update), as well as what a fun craze this is turning out to be. We like fun!

Oh, and eventually we get around to discussing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, both now in beta. We still feel weird talking to our Macs, all that time we spent tagging Faces in previous iPhoto versions was for naught, and iPhone battery life will take a hit (especially if you’re also trying to play Pokémon). But we love the beta program in general, and these particular public betas actually do feel pretty solid.

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BitTorrent takes on cable with live news network on Apple TV and OS X

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 13:00

We’re at the point in the election cycle where everyone is a little tired of cable TV’s talking heads analyzing every move presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make. BitTorrent is wading into the chaos, offering what the peer-to-peer protocol company calls a “welcome independent voice” in the form of a live-streaming news channel. Beginning July 18 at the Republic National Convention, BitTorrent News will stream live from Cleveland on the BitTorrent Live app for Apple TV and OS X.

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Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how wordy terms of service hurt users

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:44

It’s no secret that few people pay much attention to reading and understanding all the terms of service and privacy policies you come across online. Now a new study shows just how ridiculous and anti-consumer the lengthy agreements really are.

The new paper, titled “The Biggest Lie on the Internet,” created a fake social networking site with suggestive and outrageous clauses in its Terms of Service (ToS). But surprise! Nearly everyone joined anyway, as first reported by Ars Technica.

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4 ways to be a considerate late-night iPhone or iPad user

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:00

There’s nothing like a late-night chapter of a Kindle book to put me right to sleep, but the glow of my iPhone’s screen tends to keep my wife awake—and if a jarring iOS notification sounds or buzzes, well, that certainly doesn’t help her slumber.

While the new Night Shift mode (which finally works even when iOS’s low-power mode is enabled) will supposedly help you sleep by filtering out the brightest colors from your iPhone or iPad’s display, it won’t do much good for a bedfellow who sleeps best in total darkness and silence.

I’ve collected a quartet of tips that’ll take Night Shift one step further by dimming your iPhone or iPad screen as much as possible while you read, as well as silencing any intrusive alerts or buzzes.

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Moleskine Timepage review: A true day planner for the digital age

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 09:00

Of all the myriad things the iPhone has obsoleted by streamlining, the day planner is somewhere near the top of the list. It’s not just the relief from the burden of carrying around a thick book all day; to-do apps have elevated scheduling to the point where we all use them at some point throughout out day.

Scroll down to see more of your daily calendar

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US Senator Al Franken has privacy concerns about Pokémon Go’s data collection

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 08:48

The popularity of augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has raised a variety of concerns, including a warning by the National Safety Council, urging drivers not to play the game behind the wheel and asking pedestrians to be careful while playing it.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote in a letter Tuesday to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the game.

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How Apple could improve Family Sharing

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 08:00

The Apple ID system, built somewhat haphazardly via .Mac and the iTunes Store, never really fit with the reality of complicated human life. Husbands and wives, parents and children, partners of all kinds found themselves sharing Apple IDs in order to avoid buying duplicates of every app and song and video in order to distribute them among multiple devices in a household.

Apple’s solution, when it arrived a couple of years ago with iOS 8, showed a lot of potential. Like the webpage says, “Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six people in your family to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts.” I’ve been using Family Sharing since it launched, and it’s got a whole lot of potential. My kids now have their own Apple IDs, and I approve their app purchases–plus they have access to all the apps my wife and I have purchased.

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How to cope with a terrifying iOS Photos deletion warning

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 08:00

Mark Gutz writes in with concern about a dialog that appeared in iOS (see figure):

I’m trying to sync my devices to use photos in iCloud, and when I try to turn on iCloud Photo Library on my iPhone, I get this message!

This is an absolutely frightening thing to be presented with, especially as in Mark’s case, iOS warns him that it will be deleting over 15,000 items.

Switching to iCloud Photo Library removes media synced via iTunes. But it’s not deleted from your Mac!

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Get to know iOS 10's updated Apple News app with breaking news notifications

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:09

Apple first released News, its RSS-based reading app, with iOS 9. But in that year, the app has failed to impress the news junkies. In iOS 10, News gets a few new features and a subtle redesign in hopes to gain more traction as it competes with other platform publishing content like Facebook Instant Articles and Snapchat Discover.

If you’ve installed the iOS 10 public beta, you’ll instantly noticed News’ brand-new app icon and look, as well as a better-customized For You section, breaking news notifications, and built-in access to your paid subscriptions. Here’s how to get started with all that’s new with News in iOS 10.

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How to create NetBoot and NetInstall images

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 07:00

Now that we’ve created an image with a basic installation of El Capitan and a couple of apps, it’s time to create images we can add to the NetInstall service.

As a reminder, there are three kinds of images you can create with the System Image Utility.

  • NetInstall Image: A network-based installer image you can use to install or update an operating system over a network connection.
  • NetBoot Image: A network-based operating system you start your Mac with rather than using an operating system installed on a local hard drive.
  • NetRestore Image: A network-based image that wipes your Mac’s hard drive and replaces it with the contents of the network image.

The NetRestore image will erase the contents of the hard drive on the Mac you install it on!!! I’ll say it again later, but DO NOT run this image on a Mac that isn’t backed up or from which you can’t afford to lose what is installed on the hard drive. It will be gone once you run the NetRestore. No fooling!

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40% off APC Performance SurgeArrest Outlet with Phone Splitter and Coax Protection - Deal Alert

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 01:00

The APC Surge Arrest Performance series from APC offers the highest level of protection for your professional computers, electronics and connected devices, as well as provides surge protection for all of your data lines. The P11VT3 features 11 heavy duty outlets. Telephone and coax cable line surge suppression jacks are available to protect against dangerous surges traveling along data lines. Wiring Fault LED proactively notifies you of potentially dangerous building wiring conditions. Additional features like a ten foot power cord, safety shutters, status indicator, cord management, lifetime equipment protection policy and more make this their most complete surge offering. Over 1,100 customers on Amazon rate this item 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews) and Amazon indicates that its typical list price of $39.99 has been reduced by 40% to just $23.99. See this item now on Amazon.

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