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Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast, in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.
A Kickstarter project aims to turn your ordinary Apple Watch into an extraordinary pendant or pocket watch. Bucardo premium jewelry explains the pocket watch: "Inspired by the original way that men wore their timepieces, our patent-pending technology transforms your 42 mm Apple Watch into a classic, vintage-inspired pocket watch. Engineered to interface directly with the band slots of your Apple Watch, simply slide your wristbands out and slide your Bucardo accessory in. Our Pocket Watch protects your Apple Watch, and opens to give you easy access to the Apple Watch face." Regarding the need for constant authentication, the developer told TMO "...the password authentication can be turned off/disabled for the Apple Watch, thus not affecting the continuity of using your Apple Watch with one of our Pendulum Accessories. The only features that are compromised with our accessories are the activity tracking features as well as Apple Pay, which needs to sense the wrist as a security measure." There are are also some gorgeous pendant options. Shipping is scheduled for December 1—if funded. Support options for basic versions start at US$100.
It's been a steady-state phenomena of Apple for years. A small executive team of senior vice presidents has presided over Apple ever since Steve Jobs returned to power. As the company has grown from $8B in annual revenues in 2004 to $182B in 2014, the size of the core executive team, where all the real power is, has not changed significantly. Today, Apple is suffering for it.
Mac users are fairly familiar with their OS X and how to delete Adobe Flash. However, the occasional user of Windows as a virtual machine in OS X may not have that information handy. Here's a quick how-to that deletes Flash from Windows.
Mounting evidence from several sources suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just about certain to be released by Apple this fall. While this new product may not, alone, turn the tide of iPad sales, it will launch a new step forward in the evolution of the iPad family.
On August 19, Parallels released Desktop 11 for Mac. It fully supports Windows 10, including Cortana access in OS X, and is ready for OS X El Capitan. One focus of this release, as always, is performance increases. Additional focuses are 1) Even better integration between OS X and Windows for a more seamless experience, 2) Travel mode, and 3) a new Pro version with special features for developers, power users and IT professionals.
Unlike Apple Pay on an iPhone, which requires one to pull the phone out and authorize, typically, with a fingerprint, payment with an Apple Watch is a joy. Frictionless. In a Wristly research report, most users describe the process as "magical."
Last year, Lynktec improved on its original battery powered electronic stylus by including a rechargeable battery. TMO gave it a 5 out of 5 rating. On Aug 13, Lynktec relased an improved version that's lighter, has a new nib material for a better feel and is optimized for the iPad Air 2 display, all the while retaining its compatibility with all other iOS devices. John Martellaro reports on this exceptional stylus.
The Sante Fe Opera has announced the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for 2017. It's a collaboration of Composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell and is based on "one of the greatest innovators of our time."
Apple seldom goes into great detail in its most public description of iOS (and OS X) updates. In this case of iOS 8.4.1, what seems like a minor update is packed with critical security fixes, and all users should update immediately.