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Josh Centers 1 comment

The (Unofficial) Apple Archive Documents 40 Years of Apple Materials

Take a trip down memory lane with the (Unofficial) Apple Archive, which documents over 40 years of Apple documents and promotions.

Jeff Porten 3 comments

CES 2020: Flying Cars, Smart Pillows, and Virtual Dog Fences

Jeff Porten had overlapping conference responsibilities this year, but he checks in from Europe with his usual coverage of what was new, notable, and laughable at this year’s CES.

Jeff Porten 15 comments

CES 2020: Tech Trends to Watch

Our roving reporter Jeff Porten heads into CES 2020 with coverage of the annual Trends to Watch presentation, which focused on (surprise, surprise) 5G, AI, streaming video, augmented reality, and well, a bunch of other things that seem less likely to become real.

Glenn Fleishman 46 comments

Worried about 5G and Cancer? Here’s Why Wireless Networks Pose No Known Health Risk

Despite widely spread misinformation, decades of studies demonstrate that wireless data networks—including newer 5G cellular networks—pose no elevated risk for cancer or other illnesses.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Jamf and the Matter Innovation Hub

One of the most interesting aspects of the Jamf Nation User Conference has been the Innovation Hub educational outreach program for schools in developing nations, instantiated last year by a classroom in a shipping container. Adam Engst describes where the Innovation Hub program came from and where it’s going.

Josh Centers 13 comments

Goldman Sachs Responds to Allegations of Apple Card Gender Bias

Developer and entrepreneur David Heinemeier’s tweet about his wife’s paltry Apple Card credit limit has sparked a government investigation and a fierce debate about sexism in the financial industry.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Fearing Shooters, Schools Put Kids under Surveillance

In the wake of mass shootings in the United States, schools are spending millions on surveillance systems to find out what their students are thinking and saying. The legitimate benefits come with troubling questions of privacy.

Josh Centers 30 comments

Yahoo Groups to Eliminate Web Features and Delete All Content; Email Continues

Yahoo has announced that it is effectively shutting down the Yahoo Groups Web interface in December. Now is the time to download any data you want to keep and consider migrating to another service.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Card Offers a Disaster Relief Program

Those who use the Apple Card and live in an area impacted by a natural disaster are being offered access to a new Apple Card Disaster Relief Program that might be welcome in trying financial times.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Adobe Cuts Service to Users in Venezuela

Due to US sanctions against Venezuela, Adobe is cutting off service to the country, highlighting one of the pitfalls of subscription-based software.

Adam Engst 20 comments

Backblaze 7.0 Extends Version History, Supports Catalina

Perturbed that the online backup service Backblaze retains old versions of files and deleted files for only 30 days? You can now pay extra to maintain such files in your online backup for either 1 year or forever.

Josh Centers 1 comment

“Alexa, Throw Spaghetti at the Wall and See What Sticks”

Amazon has unveiled an array of Alexa-powered gizmos, some of which compete with Apple’s AirPods and HomePod, and others of which are just absurd, like an Alexa-powered smart oven, glasses, and even a ring.

Adam Engst 5 comments

Fetch Celebrates 30 Years

Remember the file transfer app, Fetch? The old dog has been resting in the corner for quite a few years, but developer Jim Matthews is now teaching it new 64-bit tricks so it will be able to work in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Read on for a trip down memory lane.

Josh Centers 1 comment

What It’s Like to Be Banished from Apple’s Garden

Can you imagine what life would be like if Apple locked you out of your Apple ID? Unfortunately, it can happen through no fault of your own and may not be easy to fix.

Jeff Porten No comments

CES 2019 Reviews: iPhone/MacBook Battery, Mac Equalizer App, and AirPods Alternatives

Roaming CES reporter Jeff Porten reviews three products he picked up at 2019’s CES: a battery that can charge an iPhone or MacBook, an audio equalizer app for the Mac, and a cheaper alternative to Apple’s AirPods.