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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.
Previously, TMO reported that AT&T seems to be warming up to the idea of enabling Wi-Fi calling on its network. Now, a TMO reader has confirmed that it's actually working in his beta of iOS 9 in the New York city area.
Apple has dragged its feet for years on a next generation Apple TV, and now the competition is really heating up. Instead of releasing the very best hardware it knows how to make and letting a subscription TV service sort itself out, Apple, it seems, delayed hardware when it had every reason to expect that negotiations with content holders would be difficult and protracted. John Martellaro thinks this was a very bad strategy.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." In 1977, what seemed like just another a small-time scifl flick, relegated to the smaller screens in some theaters, exploded into the public consciousness and has remained there for almost 40 years. Mindful of the release of Star Wars Episode VII on December 18, in glorious infographics and charts, Jordan Roland in the Shutterstock Blog has celebrated the influence of this series on film and TV. In fact, the language of this movie series has even seeped into the popular lexicon of technical writing. (Pray I don't change the wording any further.) See, for example, the TMO Spin in a recent article by our Jeff Gamet. Enjoy this fabulous article that visually depicts the influence of Star Wars on our entertainment even to this day.
In the modern discussion about Apple, we hear about iPhones, Macintoshes, iPads, music, subscription TV, Apple Watches and even electric cars. Where's the discussion about Apple and robots?
Standard home and business electrical outlets are just not designed for the modern smartphone and tablet user. But the thingCHARGER, a very successful Indiegogo project, changes all that. It fits nicely over a standard double outlet and features an interchangeable connector on the top (including Apple's Lightning) plus two standard USB outlets on the bottom. Inside are stored the interchangeable plugs, and you have options there at purchase. You can buy one for US$39.90 or buy a 4-pack or 7-pack and save money. This looks like one of those very cool, 'gotta have' home accessories. The video tells all.