The Apple TV’s Siri remote has a nifty feature that allows you to quickly switch between letterbox and full-screen mode.
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Previous to tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra it was exceptionally awkward and difficult to grab screenshots from an Apple TV. Now, it’s fairly easy.
If all that were required for brilliant engineering solutions is oodles of cash, Apple would have flawless products that seem to have been beamed from the future. Alas, this is not possible. Particle Debris page 2 links to an illustrative article.
Katharine Nester is the CTO and Chief Product Officer for Ruby Receptionists, a virtual receptionist service. She owes early influence to her father, a computer engineer, and that led to her B.S. degree in computer science from the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley. Her first job was as a Hewlett Packard software engineer. Katharine is an active member of Portland’s growing tech community where she advocates for more inclusive environments to support women and minorities in the field and is a benefactor of App Camp for Girls. We chatted about the founding of Ruby Receptionists, early technical decisions that were made and how it operates. Katharine tells a great story about her personal career arc as well as what it’s like to be the CTO of a company that supports 7,600 other companies.
There is every indication that Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be fundamentally different than its predecessors. John explains.
There is much research on how the exploitation of basic human behavior has led to the success of Facebook. John explores three major factors.
Apple’s macOS 10.3.4 generally fixes some nagging display issues, but also breaks screen extenders. Here’s an update.
Google allows you to download an archive that contains a tremendous amount of information, for example, your bookmarks, calendars, activity, searches, requested map directions, photos and so on. The list is long. Here’s how to do it.
After years of leapfrogging each other, Tidbits security editor Rich Mogull thinks Windows 10 security is now on par with macOS. The U.S. military agrees. Both links are on Particle Debris page 2.
Rich Mogull has twenty years experience in information security, physical security, and risk management. He specializes in data security, application security, emerging security technologies, and security management. Prior to founding Securosis, Rich was a Research Vice President at Gartner on the security team where he also served as research co-chair for the Gartner Security Summit. Currently, he is the security editor at Tidbits. We chatted about Rich’s career, then delved into some security issues of interest to Apple customers: the relative security of macOS vs. Windows 10, the security of iOS, whether AES-256 encryption is still “good enough,” iCloud security, and the technical feasibility of an unhackable backdoor into our iPhones for law enforcement. If you’re interested in all things security, this is the show for you.
Apple’s “Field Trip” education event produced a flood of excellent articles about Apple’s standing in the education market. Here are four of the best. And one hits a hot button.
There are several indicators that your Apple TV 4K is enabled for Dolby Vision, but John shows the final visual cue to look for on the TV’s screen itself.
For years, smartphone customers have happily glossed over the fact that massive dossiers were being collected about their private life, interests, and behavior. Will there finally be regulatory reform?
Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ Education Event was designed to influence the media, but it can’t change school financial decisions.
Mark Zuckerberg was in the audience that day in 2010, at AllThingsD, when Apple’s Steve Jobs told Walt Mossberg how his company works to protect customer privacy. And here’s a link to the video.
In this very special edition of Background Mode, The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont and Jeff Gamet joined me to continue a previous discussion we’d been having about 4K/UHD television. It all started when I published an article, an adventure actually, about my project to get all my home video components working together to achieve 4K/UHD and Dolby Vision. One TMO Daily Observations podcast wasn’t enough to answer all the questions, and so we just kept on chatting, laughing and recording. Herein is most everything you need to know about setting up a 4K/UHD TV system with advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), especially Dolby Vision.
Just as it neglected the Mac, Apple neglected the education market for too long. It’ll be a major challenge to solve its new education problem, and less expensive iPads are only a start.
It took John some time, testing, industry contacts and study to finally get his Apple TV 4K and Sony 4K/UHD TV doing the Dolby Vision magic.
Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.
Americans are on edge and hypersensitive about how technology is persistently failing them in very big and catastrophic ways. For autonomous cars to succeed, the probability that they’ll kill a human can’t be low; it has to be essentially zero. Right from the outset.