In our latest ExtraBITS link collection, Glenn Fleishman explains OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection feature, Neil Young says he’ll remove his songs from streaming music services, President Obama unveils broadband for low-income households, and TiVo adds AirPlay support to its iOS app.
Details on OS X 10.11 El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection — Over at Macworld, Glenn Fleishman offers details on the new System Integrity Protection (SIP) feature in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The good news is that SIP will make it tough for malware to take hold on your Mac. The bad news is that it will cripple many power-user utilities, such as SuperDuper, Default Folder, and TotalFinder; however, you will be able to disable SIP. Also, users will no longer be able to repair disk permissions manually in 10.11 — rather, the system will do it automatically whenever a system update is installed.
Neil Young to Stop Rocking in the Streaming World — Musician Neil Young has declared that he will be removing his music from all streaming services, due to poor audio quality. In a post on Facebook, Young claimed that streaming music sounds worse than FM radio, 8-track tapes, and cassettes. “Streaming is the worst audio in history,” Young said. In 2014, Young developed a competitor to iTunes, PonoMusic, which offers high-quality audio downloads, meant to be played on the company’s Toblerone-shaped music player, which Ars Technica called, “a tall, refreshing drink of snake oil.”
President Obama Announces Low-Income Broadband Initiative — The Obama administration has announced a new initiative, called ConnectHome, that will bring broadband access to over 275,000 low-income households in the United States. A partnership with ISPs such as Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and Sprint, the pilot program will start in 27 cities, including New York, Boston, Seattle, and the Choctaw Tribal Nation in Oklahoma. ConnectHome is being funded by private industry, nonprofit organizations and local leaders; the federal government will not be contributing any money beyond the $50,000 allocated by the Department of Agriculture to deploy broadband to the Choctaw Tribal Nation.
TiVo Adds AirPlay Support — TiVo has added AirPlay support to its iOS app, enabling owners of TiVo’s Roamio and Premiere DVRs to beam content to their Apple TVs. To try it out, bring up Control Center, activate AirPlay, select the Apple TV, enable mirroring, and then play a show from the My Shows section of the TiVo app.