From Gizmodo: “Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads.” But it could. It probably will at some point. What could go wrong? It’s like Mark Zuckerberg has become the anti-Cook.
4K/UHD TVs are no longer a rarity and are now emerging as mainstream. According to IHS, of all the TVs sold in 2019, half will be 4K/UHD.
Facebook has announced a shake-up of how it handles political advertising in the UK, bringing rules from the US into other markets.
Privacy setting Do No Track found in virtually all browsers doesn’t actually do much. That’s because its use isn’t enforced.
Why do we have this meaningless option in browsers? The main reason why Do Not Track, or DNT, as insiders call it, became a useless tool is that the government refused to step in and give it any kind of legal authority. If a telemarketer violates the Do Not Call list, they can be fined up to $16,000 per violation. There is no penalty for ignoring Do Not Track.
Apple has apologized over a string of Chinese Apple ID hacks. Certain Apple customers were victims of a phishing attack.
I am delighted to run today’s deal on a year of Setapp for $69. That’s 42% off retail on a service that was already one of the best in the Mac world. Setapp offers you more than 100 high quality Mac apps for a monthly or yearly subscription. That includes several apps that I use all the time, and I strongly recommend this service.
Google wants to create a censored version of its search engine for China. And China has recently shared laws on speech suppression that Google will likely have to use to achieve its Muslim persecution.
Article 28 of the new laws orders telecommunications operators to “put in place monitoring systems and technological prevention measures for audio, messages, and communication records” that may have “extremifying information.”
Forms of “extremification,” as laid out in the laws, are vague. They include “interfering” with people’s ability to interact with people of other ethnicities or faiths and “rejecting or refusing public goods and services.”
Don’t be evil, Don’t be evil, Don’t be evil, Don’t be evil, Don’t be evil, Don’t be evil.
In light of the recent breaches and hacks at Facebook, it’s a good idea to enable two-factor authentication on Facebook for security.
Your iPhone and iPad have a hidden trackpad that lets you move the cursor where you want it for editing. It’s easier and more precise than tapping with your finger.
John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the frustration some developers are experiencing with Apple’s Mac App Store, plus Jeff and John share how they feel about Apple Watch Series 4 after three weeks.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour interviewed Jony Ive at Wired‘s 25th anniversary event. They talked about innovation, Apple’s secrecy. and civic duties of tech companies.
I’ve been doing this for long enough where I actually feel a responsibility to not confuse or add more noise about what’s being worked on because I know that it sometimes does not work out.
Unfortunately there isn’t a video interview but if Wired releases one I’ll add a link.
The App Store has been getting an influx of scam subscriptions. These apps that intentionally trick users into paying for subscriptions.
You can use Apple’s Maps app on your iPhone to see the local hourly forecast without having to use the Weather app. Here’s how.
Smile released PDFpen 10.2 on Tuesday with support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode. The update for the PDF viewing and editing app also adds 1600% zoom, smoother scrolling, and faster page thumbnail drawing. PDFpen and PDFpen Pro also support iCloud and Dropbox syncing with the iPhone and iPad versions of the apps. PDFpen is priced at US$74.95 and PDFpen Pro, which includes PDF form creation, batch OCR and more, costs $124.95. The 10.2 update is free for version 10 users.
Your Apple Watch may be key in recovering from knee and hip replacement surgery. Apple and Zimmer Biomet, a joint replacement manufacturer, are teaming up for a medical study that uses the smartwatch to help with the recovery process. CNBC says,
Apple and Zimmer Biomet have created a mobile app called mymobility, which aims to help guide patients through their surgery to improve their experience, as well as their health outcomes. It includes educational resources, exercise videos and a way for patients to contact their surgeon and care team with questions and concerns.
Considering the number joint replacement surgeries is on the rise, this results of this study could be very beneficial to patients. It’s also another example of Apple’s serious commitment to being a real player in the health care market.
AgileBits’ 1Password program is awesome. Simply awesome, and we love it. However, if you want the app to step aside on a particular website and no longer offer to save passwords there, we’ve got the trick of how to do that in today’s Quick Tip.
If you’ve been pondering a new 4K/UHD TV for the holidays (and an Apple TV 4K), you’ll want to check out this very easy to read introduction to the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology used in modern TVs. You’ll learn about the basic tech and the similarities and differences between HDR10, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG and which ones each TV maker offers.
Dr. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute. He’s also Chairman of the Mars Institute, and Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. His research includes the history of water on Mars and planning future human exploration of Mars. Pascal has a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University. We chatted about how he spent his very early years in Hong Kong, inspired by American and British SciFi TV shows. Later, he migrated to Paris where he continued his education and, inspired by Dr. Carl Sagan, made his way to Cornell in the 1990s. He was Dr. Sagan’s last teaching assistant. Next, we talked about his trips to the remote Canadian island, Devon, to study Mars-like conditions. We wrapped up with an introduction to his thoughts on SETI.
We have a deal on on BusyMac’s BusyContacts, the company’s Contacts replacement app for the Mac. You can customize your views; track activities associated with each contact including calendar events, emails, and messages; create Smart Filters based on certain conditions; integrate with BusyCal, and much more. It’s $19.99 through us, 60% off retail.
No new features are in evidence, meaning this release squashes bugs, optimizes, and generally refines iOS 12.1.