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Thoughts on Privacy

Apple - Privacy. They should have called it that, following Thoughts on Music and Thoughts on Flash.

App-Specific Passwords for iCloud

Using app-specific passwords: If you use iCloud with any third party apps (such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal) you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't […]

iMessages are great. I like that you can name group conversations in iOS 8. Leaving them doesn't always seem to work (perhaps everyone has to have iOS 8? Currently if I leave a group I still often get messages from that group). But the troubling issue is that, a few times a day, a group […]

iPhone 6 Cases and Keyboards

I picked up the Apple Silicone case in bright green, but am eagerly awaiting the Tech21 case. My wife and kid both have one for their iPhone 5S and 5, and they're just the right blend of size versus protection (actually they seem to have an abundance of protection), and the right blend of grippy […]

From this post the other day comes this article about the privacy settings you should change. Like many people, I've been getting notifications about applications using my location data in the background. I thought I was supposed to be able to choose "While Using the App" but many of the apps only have two options: […]

Tim Cook on Charlie Rose Part 2

Part 1 is here.

iOS 8 Stuff (and a new Kindle?)

Just a bunch of stuff… My iPhone 6 arrives in two days. Meanwhile, iOS 8 is on my 5S today… Maps still crappy for you? Apple bolstering 'Report A Problem' Maps options in iOS 8 iOS 8 Features: Hidden New Features - How "hidden" they are depends on how large the rock under which you've […]

Unlocked the iPhones

That was easy. I unlocked the three iPhones we have in our family just like that. I filed a request (at Customer Device Unlock- Request). I waited at least 24 hours (though I probably didn't need to). I backed up and restored each phone. Just like that, unlocked. P.S. The iPhone 4S will be going […]

Watch Charlie Rose Online - Tim Cook

iPhone 6 and Watch Miscellany

Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent - Takeaway? It's pretty safe. I look forward to using Apple Pay. AT&T To Get iPhone 6-Friendly WiFi Calling In 2015 - Cool. I get reasonable signal inside already, but I know some people who could use better service in their homes or offices. […]

Ordering an iPhone 6

I first tried reloading the http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone6 URL a few times throughout yesterday evening. After all, Apple said they'd go on sale at midnight, and midnight occurs east of here at about 7pm. Unsuccessfully, I stayed up until about 12:20pm, thinking that maybe - just maybe - Apple would start selling things when the east coast […]

Apple Perspective Video

I don't like it. You're selling products, people. You're not really making the world a better place for war-torn countries, starving infants, cancer patients, etc. Let's not get so full of ourselves that we make stupid videos like this. Seriously, yuck. This is not how Apple got to where they were. This is not "Think […]

Apple’s Live Stream Failure

Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened: It Wasn’t A Capacity Issue Unlike the last live stream Apple did, this time around Apple decided to add some JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) code to the apple.com page which added an interactive element on the bottom showing tweets about the event. As a result, […]

Summary of Apple Announcements

iPhone 6: Will buy immediately (wife gets my 5S, child gets her 5). Might even get Space Grey (white). Buying outright, contract-free. Watch: Would have bought instantly at $99. Would have considered buying it at $199. $349 is probably the best pricing they could offer, so… it would have been impossible to get one on […]

One-Handed Mode on iPhone 6?

Laugh It Up, Fuzzball Brian X. Chen: To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make typing with one hand difficult (the current iPhone has a four-inch screen), some changes to the design of the iPhones’ user interface will allow people to type or use apps with just one hand; there will be a […]

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