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Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in?
When you install Google Chrome, you're not just getting a browser. Google's automatic update software gets installed behind the scenes on your Mac, without your consent. John Martellaro explains why it's there, how to manage it and how to delete it if you don't need it.
It's been reported, according to sources, that the iPhone 6s family will have the ability to record 4K video. Apple sells a 5K iMac. So why wouldn't a next generation Apple TV have the ability to display 4K video? John Martellaro makes the case.
In a note to advertisers on Wednesday, Google appeared to be instructing them how to bypass Apple's new App Transport Security. However, the issue is complicated and won't be resolved for some time. John Martellaro digs, lightly, into what Apple customers need to know.
Previously, Apple events, as they were streamed, were restricted to OS X and Safari 6 or later, iOS 7 or later or the Apple TV. Now, the September event will also be available to Windows 10 users with the Microsoft Edge browser. Is this a change of heart by Apple? John Martellaro thinks not.
In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.
Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.
Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.
There's nothing more boring than black text on a white background when listening to music. iTunes 12 allows you to turn on colored backgrounds for open albums, movies and playlists. Unfortunately, the color chosen isn't up to you.
Germany's highest level court that hears patent cases, the Federal Court of Justice, has invalidated the German part of Apple's iOS slide-to-unlock patent. In the end, it no longer matters to Apple.