Java Isn’t Always Bad or Insecure

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

While discussing beaTunes in Mac Geek Gab 670, the subject of Java applications came up, so it was as good a time as any to discuss the differences between Java desktop applications and Java web applications. And that means it’s a perfect tidbit to share as a Mac Geek Gab Highlight right here. Listen, learn, and then subscribe to MGG if you want to hear tips shared like this every week!

We Are the Surveillance State

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

A well-dressed man wearing a warning sign that says

For years, civil libertarians have fretted and worried about the eyes of the state encroaching on our privacy, but it turns out that we, the people, have opted to surveil ourselves.

iOS 11 iPad Multitasking Explained

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

More iOS 11 iPad Multitasking

The way you work with multiple apps on your iOS 11 iPad has changed slightly, with some good changes but also a few that make Jeff Butts shake his head a bit.

iOS 11 Emergency SOS Can Also Disable Touch ID

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

If the police ever try to force you to unlock your iPhone, you can temporarily disable TouchID in iOS 11. Of course, that won’t stop them from getting a search warrant, but that is part of the lawful process anyway.

Blockchain.info Launches Online Ethereum Wallet

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Blockchain.info Wallet with Bitcoin and Ethereum

Users will find new tabs for Bitcoin and Ether  on the online wallet, whether or not they have Ether or have generated Ethereum addresses.

Apple Pay, PayPal Drop Transaction Support for Hate-based Websites

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay and PayPal stop supporting transactions on hate-based websites

If you’re planning on buying white supremacist apparel online it won’t be as easy because websites that promote hate and racism are being blocked from accepting Apple Pay and PayPal. Both Apple and PayPal made the move following racist rioting in Charlottesville, Virginia where a woman and two police officers were killed.

How to SAFELY Test Apple's Public Betas

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

iPhone and iPad iOS 11 public beta now available

Before you install any beta OS on any device—a procedure Dr. Mac describe as similar to performing brain surgery on your Mac—here’s his advice on testing pre-release (beta) operating systems safely and sanely.

CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub: $79.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Casa USB-C 6-Port Hub

Check out the CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub with two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, plus HDMI, ethernet, and SD card reader. It’s US$79.99 through us.

iOS: How to Duplicate a Live Photo as a Still One

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

In Photos under iOS, you can easily duplicate a Live Image as a still one. So if you’d like to preserve the extra info in your live shot while creating a still version, you can!

Help People with Insecure AirDrop Settings in PetDrop Club

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I kind of love PetDrop Club. And by kind of, I mean I totally love PetDrop Club. This is more an idea than anything else and it works like this. “Find strangers with insecure inbound AirDrop settings, and send them kind, fluffy reminders that some people are nice, and maybe also to update their settings.” How do you do that? By sharing an image and looking for AirDrop recipients you don’t know. Or, put another way, “Reward strangers for their lack of device privacy by sending them pictures of your dog.” The site for PetClub Drop is funny, but the issue behind it is more serious. Folks who don’t lock down AirDrops to their Contacts (or turn it off) run the risk of having strangers drop all manner of unwanted stuff on their devices. There’s a PetDrop Club Google Group, too, though there’s no activity yet.

Help People with Insecure AirDrop Settings in PetDrop Club

Eclipse Tips, AR Needs Eyeware, and No Apple Television Set - ACM 424

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

The eclipse is coming, and Bryan and Jeff have some tips for viewing it. They also explore practical limitations on augmented reality (AR) without the help of specialized eyeware. For a bookend, they deconstruct a new rumor about a supposed Apple television set. Spoiler, it ain’t happening.

BioShock Remastered Coming to macOS - Here Are the Macs That Will Run It

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced that BioShock Remastered is coming to macOS on August 22nd. The Remastered version of BioShock brings the Art Deco first person shooter to 1080p, but you’re going to need a Mac from 2013 or later to run it. Feral announced requirements today, including: all 21.5” iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 750M Models are not officially supported); all 27” iMacs since late 2013 (1GB Nvidia GT 755M Models are not officially supported); all 13” MacBook Pros since late 2016; all 15” MacBook Pros since late 2013, and all Mac Pros since late 2013. The company said that Late 2012 iMac models with 2GB Nvidia 680MX graphics cards are also supported. The game will play on 2012 and other 2013 Macs, as well, but aren’t officially supported. BioShock Remastered will be priced at $19.99 through Feral and Steam, and a Mac App Store will be released “shortly afterwards.”

BioShock Remastered Coming to macOS – Here Are the Macs That Will Run It