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We're geting fairly strong indications now that Apple is going to rebrand "OS X" as "MacOS." This would, in name, bring about a pleasant synchronization with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS. But more to the point, rebranding both suggests and offers the opportunity for significant change. What might be in store for Apple's customers?
On April 13th, The White House announced that it has named the members of its non-partisan commission charged with making detailed recommendations on actions to ensure the public safety and empower Americans to take control of their digital security. The members have a strong and wide range of technical expertise.
Reports from both Gartner and IDC conform that PC shipments remain in decline by -9.5 and -11.5 percent respectively. However, Apple's Macintosh continues to be least affected and continues its increasing market share, now at about 7.1 to 7.4 percent globally.
Apple's Fiscal 2016 Earnings Report is now scheduled for Monday, April 25th. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to review Apple's January through March quarter financial results and give us their projections for Q3.
Dr. David Brin is an astrophysicist and well-known science fiction author. He's perhaps most famous for his Hugo Award winning Uplift SciFi series. He is also a famous futurist and public speaker who consults with the intelligence and defense communities. We chatted about his early career and how his first SciFi novel, Sundiver, financed his Ph.D. work. In the second half of the show, we got into the Kardashev scale of planetary civilizations, technical means to deal with climate change, "Brin's Corollary" which is related to iPhones, cameras and UFOs, possible interactions with extraterrestrial life and, finally, how human beings might partner with artificial intelligence agents to assist and literally leapfrog each other to new levels. If you're into space, astronomy, alien life and AI, you're in for quite a ride.
Sexploitation. It's a word that we like to think is constrained to unsavory websites and isn't approved of in polite society. And yet. Just as with many other technology developments that can be misused, 3-D printing and robot technology have enabled the construction of, if you will, android sex dolls. There are few legal constraints on this, and we can probably expect see it escalate quite a bit before social forces learn how to deal with it. Buckle up.
There's been much fuss lately about the desire by the FBI to be able to break into any iPhone it needs to. But the FBI is just one government agency. The interesting backstory here is that the Federal Government, in general, won't buy products that don't meet certain cryptographic standards. It's called FIPS 140-2 certification, and Apple has just announced that the cryptographic modules in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 have obtained that validation. It's delicious irony.
The very design of HTML uses both a hyperlink and link text.
All you're supposed to see is the link text, but that has led to various and sundry deceptive practices. Here's how to see the actual URL in both OS X and iOS, in both mail and Safari.
Apple includes certain convenience functions in iOS that make life better. Then, as a result, inventive users find workarounds that expose private information using special techniques. This is often labelled a "Security Flaw." Of course, it's nothing of the sort. But the bigger question is, what is Apple thinking?
It can happen. Your Siri Remote isn't working. You're sure it has a good battery charge. As (bad) luck would have it, it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV. Here's how to get the two all paired up again.