I love the way Apple makes being green a marketing tool. On Monday, the company announced that 93 percent of its power needs around the globe were generated by green methods. The message to capital and the world is that you can be profitable and green, too. Apple also introduced us to Liam, a robot the company designed and built solely to disassemble iPhones for recycling. "Because in a world with limited resources, some things can't be replaced." Sing it loud and proud, Apple! If you missed it during the event, here's Liam's debut:
Apple posted an introductory video for iPad Pro—the iPad Pro introduced Monday, not the iPad Pro introduced in September—to YouTube. This video explains True Tone Display, which is only available on the new iPad Pro, rather than the previous iPad Pro, as well as the other features found in the device.
Not sure how to give your Apple TV app folders custom names? It's easy, as is moving apps out of folders. First, make sure you're up to date on Apple TV updates because you need tvOS 9.2, then check out The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how to do both.
Check out RadTech's PencilClipz, a holder for your Apple Pencil that slips into your Lightning port for storage. It also functions as a pocket clip for Apple Pencil, and you use the stylus with PencilClipz attached, so you don't need to worry about losing it, either. I haven't tested it yet, but it seems like a clever solution for keeping your Apple Pencil with you or your iPad. It's priced at US$7.95 and available now.
tvOS 9.2 for the fourth generation Apple TV added support for grouping apps in folders, much like we can do on our iPhones and iPads. It's easy to do, and all it takes is a few taps on your Apple Remote. Watch The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how.
As promised, tvOS 9.2 was released Monday afternoon following Apple's "Let us loop you in" media event. The update for the fourth generation Apple TV lets Siri search the App Store, adds app folders, adds Bluetooth keyboard support, supports dictation, and more. The update is free and you can install it by going to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software.
Apple shipped iOS 9.3 Monday afternoon, less than an hour after the media event that introduced the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. New features include Night Shift, updated Apple News, CareKit, and other improvements. The update can be found in Software Update on your iOS device, or in iTunes.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey rejected the idea of eliminating the 140 character limit on Tweets. The company lifted that limit to 10,000 characters on direct messages in 2015, and Mr. Dorsey suggested at that time that he was considering lifting it on tweets, as well. On Friday, however, Mr. Dorsey said during an interview on NBC's Today, "Absolutely not. Twitter has always been about controls. People can follow who they want, and it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things." Twitter turns 10 years old on Monday, March 21st. [Via Variety]
Thanks for using Twitter! https://t.co/Kw6dQt6yrf— Jack (@jack) March 18, 2016
Pwn2Own 2016 is under way, and the first day of the annual hacking event yielded successful demonstrations of 15 new exploits in Apple's Safari browser in OS X, Adobe's Flash, Google's Chrome browser, and Microsoft's Edge browser. Trend Micro posted an excellent recap to YouTube (via MacRumors) showing four teams who earned a total of US$282,500 for their exploits. The teams were able to use these exploits—all but one previously undisclosed—to gain root access to the devices being exploited. Pwn2Own notifies software makers of the details of the exploits, and many of those companies sometimes attend the event, including Apple.
Apple released a new commercial in its Hands Free series called Timer. It stars Cookie Monster using Siri to help him while away the agonizing minutes before his cookies are finished baking. We've all been there, Cookie Monster. We get you.
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