Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

2:55 PM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.

Google Study Finds ‘Security Questions’ Next to Useless

2:39 PM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Google Study Finds 'Security Questions' Next to Useless

Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember—but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.

Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

10:10 AM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Editorial

Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it. 

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

2:30 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mca

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, “If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?” This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive. 

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

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Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM, May. 18th, 2015 · · Analysis

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

How to Use Apple’s Return Policy to Steal Money…and Get Caught

8:19 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · · Editorial

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Apple has a very generous return and repair policy on its devices. It turns out it's so generous it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to exploit it to make some illicit profit. Take the story of one Edward Hornsey, an enterprising young man of 24 years. He figured out how to make more than US$42,000, but he didn't figure out how to do it without getting caught.