iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Promo Video

6:39 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2016 · by

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.

Apple TV: How to Rename App Folders

6:04 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2016 · by

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.

PencilClipz for Apple Pencil Slips into iPad Lightning Port

5:54 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2016 · by

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.

Apple TV: How to Group Apps in Folders

2:52 PM, Mar. 22nd, 2016 · by

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.

tvOS 9.2 Available for 4th Gen Apple TV

4:10 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · by

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.


Twitter CEO Rejects Eliminating 140 Character Limit on Tweets

8:25 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · by

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]

Day 1 in Pwn2Own Demonstrates 15 New Vulnerabilities in Safari, Flash, Chrome, Edge

7:57 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · by

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.

Siri Helps Cookie Monster Wait for Baking Cookies (Video)

9:45 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · by

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.

The Volocopter: A Different Approach to a Flying Car

5:40 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · by

Flying cars have been an unfulfilled fantasy for many decades. On the other hand, small jet-powered helicopters, the kind TV stations use for traffic monitoring, are still fairly expensive to buy and retain a trained pilot. But what if one could super-size an electric drone, make it large enough to seat two humans, and take advantage of the flight stability and easy of flying of a drone? Then you'd have the Volocopter. Here's an article and embedded video that shows the flight tests from late last year. I can think of all kinds of things one could do with such a machine, assuming it's not outrageously expensive. Farmers could monitor and treat remote crops. Emergency services could deliver food and medicine to places cut off by floods. You name it. It's not the classic flying car, but a whole new kind of thinking ... with zero emissions.