Congress moves forward with anti-Internet-privacy bill

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Legal, News, privacy

Make of this what you will.

The United States Senate The US Senate has voted to overturn Internet privacy rules introduced last year by the FCC. In addition, the overturned vote works to prevent the FCC from passing any further such rules in the future.

Via the notes:

Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

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Patent points towards possible Apple Watch feature in which some notifications are suppressed while driving

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Date: Friday, March 24th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, News, Patents

This could be handy as well as increase your safety in the car.

A recently published patent application that was filed last fall and awarded today shows that Apple might refocus the Apple Watch to determine when you’re driving based on motion detection, then change what alerts are sent, how many you can receive, and where you receive them. Apple even considers which alerts may be too important to hide while driving:

In some embodiments, notifications are completely prevented while the user is controlling the vehicle. In other embodiments, high priority notifications such as emergency calls are permitted while low priority notifications such as incoming e-mails are suppressed.

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Apple acquires Workflow app, offers no long term road map for intended functionality

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Date: Friday, March 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: iOS, News, Software

This could be useful.

Apple has purchased the Workflow automation app, which allows iOS users to create and trigger a sequence of tasks to be performed across multiple apps with a single tap.

A spokesman for Apple confirmed on Wednesday the company’s acquisition of DeskConnect, the developer of the app, and the Workflow app, but did not provide further details.

Workflow initially debuted a few years ago and won an Apple design award in 2015 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Apple’s upcoming 9.7-inch iPad will arrive “next week” in Apple Store, other retail locations

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, retail

Albeit you’ll be able to snag the newly-announced 9.7-inch iPad on Friday, Apple has stated that customers who want to buy it in Apple Store and other retail locations will need to wait until “next week,” according to Apple.

Apple has provided a bit more information on the new iPad shopping situation. Orders placed on Friday, the first day of availability, will arrive the following week at some point, with no specific day given.

Other retailers, such as Target and Best Buy, have stated that they are expecting stock of the new 9.7-inch tablet around the beginning of April with orders starting on Friday, the same as the Apple online store.

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Trump administration looks to carry out electronics travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, security

The travel ban now applies to some devices coming into the U.S. from some flights.

The Trump administration has banned devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin of flights coming to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, notebooks, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

The policy was announced earlier this week and covers direct flights to the U.S. from Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Specific airlines includes in the ban include Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

At present, the airlines have until Friday to comply with the electronics ban.

No specific terrorist threat has been cited by the Trump administration, although it’s been thought that militants may want to disguise bombs in electronic devices. Representatives from the administration have stated that the electronics ban isn’t related to the controversial travel ban being pushed forward regarding the six nations with Muslim-majority populations. These countries presently include Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

It’s also been noted that a similar electronics ban being carried out in the U.K. was triggered from intelligence gathered during a U.S. raid in Yemen earlier this year.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and Reuters

Apple announces updated iPad Air, iPad mini units, will go on sale this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors, retail

The new iPads were announced today.

And it looks like there’s some good stuff coming your way at a decent price.

Apple has bolstered the low end of its iPad lineup and discontinued the iPad Air 2. In its place is a new model that looks exactly the same, with a 9.7-inch retina screen, Touch ID, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and the same color choices (silver, gold, and space gray). The tablet sports an A9 processor identical to the one found in the iPhone 6s and the usual 10-hour battery. That’s a relatively small upgrade over the 8X chip that was in the iPad Air 2, but the price for the entry-level iPad has dropped from $399 to $299, which was once the price of the iPad mini.

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Apple announces red iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

The red iPhone 7 arrived today.

For the first time, the handset is now available in red. The new Product (RED) iPhone features a red aluminum finish, and is launching as part of Apple’s partnership with (RED).

Apple’s partnership with (RED) involves highlighting the AIDS fundraising campaign with red-themed designs for products and apps. Apple recently turned its App Store and associated top apps the color red for the world AIDS day.

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iTunes 12.6 out the door, now includes “rent once, watch anywhere” feature

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:14
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software, TvOS

This could come in handy.

Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 12.6, complete with a new “rent once, watch anywhere” movie rental and playback feature.

The new addition, according to Apple, allows you to rent a movie on one device and watch it on another device.

Previously, it was possible to rent from iPhone, for example, then be restricted to that device to finish playback.

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Technologist Lou Miranda points out new golden age of Apple’s device hardware and operating systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Processors, watchOS

It’s an article that ran roughly nine months ago, prior to the release of iOS 10, but it makes some good points.

In the article, technologist and author Lou Miranda points out that the iPad Pro was handicapped by the software available at the time, namely iOS 9. Upon its initial introduction, the original iPhone had great software, but was handicapped by slow hardware.

Miranda then offers the following very relevant points:

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The fatal flaw in Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:25
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Peripheral
Apple's Magic keyboard and mouse don't support multiple Macs.

Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse don’t support multiple Macs.

Like many of you, I have a home office setup with a monitor, speakers keyboard and mouse. When I need to get some work done, I plug my MacBook into power, monitor, speakers and I’m off the races. I prefer wireless peripherals because it’s two less cables to plug in.

The problem is that Apple’s latest keyboard (MLA22LL/A) and mouse (MLA02LL/A) took a huge step backwards in functionality because they don’t support multiple Macs. That’s right, you can’t switch between Macs without have to re-pair Apple’s “Magic” peripherals – every time. This defeats the purpose of having wireless peripherals!

I’ve used every incarnation of the Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and every one remembered it’s previous pairing and easily switched from Mac A to Mac B without issue. But not Apple’s 2016 “Magic” keyboard and “Magic” Mouse 2. I know this because it grinds my gears every time I switch between Macs in my home office.

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