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Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

ok thanks, I’ll keep an eye out for that more detailed review.

Posted by David Burnham on March 30, 2017 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

That’s it.  You just popped in here to bitch?  WTFx2!

Posted by Svender on March 30, 2017 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

As we noted, it’s a “quick first look.” We’ve traditionally done this for just about every new Apple product as soon as we receive them, as with battery and performance testing it takes a couple of days to get a proper review done.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 30, 2017 at 6:17 AM (CDT)

Unboxing the new 9.7-inch iPad

No review.  You literally just opened the box.  That’s it?  WTF!

Posted by David Burnham on March 30, 2017 at 5:07 AM (CDT)

Apple pulls over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c; iOS 10.3.2 seems to end support for them

Well that’s crap! I have a perfectly good phone that works great and now I won’t be getting updates! I’ll ride this phone till everything stops working.

Posted by Yankeegator on March 29, 2017 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Siri + CarPlay improvements

Biggest change most won’t notice is the move to APFS (Apple File System), which is quite significant IMO. Anyway my 7 plus updated no problem (also love the addition of night shift to MacOS Sierra).

Posted by decafjava on March 28, 2017 at 5:07 AM (CDT)

Report confirms legitimacy of at least some of the stolen iCloud credentials being held for ransom

It’s pretty clear there has been no new breach.

Posted by MXJ222 on March 24, 2017 at 7:19 PM (CDT)

Apple confirms iCloud and Apple ID systems have not been breached in response to hacker threat

Yup, likewise. Of course, as with most “hacks” like this, there are still a lot of people who are vulnerable due to poor security practices. I definitely know people who reuse passwords and haven’t changed them in a decade, so this at least makes for an opportunity to hopefully inspire those folks to start exercising more responsible security practices — hopefully not the hard way.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM (CDT)

Apple confirms iCloud and Apple ID systems have not been breached in response to hacker threat

Not sure if anyone took this particular threat seriously. I’ve had 2FA on for awhile anyway…

Posted by decafjava on March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new upgraded entry-level 9.7" iPad, replacing iPad Air 2

Thanks for catching that. We actually did notice the 128GB model as well, but somehow in the midst of all of the updates today, it got missed somewhere along the way.
You actually can see the prices if you go into the “Models and Pricing” section on the main iPad page. You won’t be able to place an order yet, but the prices are all there. The 128GB model starts at $429 for Wi-Fi only, with the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions at $130 for both models, pretty much as before.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 21, 2017 at 9:48 AM (CDT)

Apple unveils new upgraded entry-level 9.7" iPad, replacing iPad Air 2

The website also lists a 128 GB model, but since they aren’t on sale yet, you can’t see the price.

Posted by Ted on March 21, 2017 at 9:40 AM (CDT)

More than 180,000 apps could be rendered useless if iOS 11 dumps 32-bit support

On my iPhone I have at least a dozen apps that I use at least weekly, and some daily, that pop up the warning message at some strange interval that I have not been able to nail down.  If they can’t work with iOS 11, that is going to be a royal pain. I haven’t found anything that performs their functions as well or preferably better.

Posted by djembe1 on March 15, 2017 at 3:28 PM (CDT)

More than 180,000 apps could be rendered useless if iOS 11 dumps 32-bit support

On my iPhone I have at least a dozen apps that I use at least weekly, and some daily, that pop up the warning message at some strange interval that I have not been able to nail down.  If they can’t work with iOS 11, that is going to be a royal pain. I haven’t found anything that performs their functions as well or preferably better.

Posted by djembe1 on March 15, 2017 at 3:28 PM (CDT)

More than 180,000 apps could be rendered useless if iOS 11 dumps 32-bit support

There’s some apps that have been flagged by this that while not updated are still highly useful.  I’ll be annoyed if they globally cut them off.

Posted by Joe Siegler on March 15, 2017 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

Siri leads voice assistants in language support

Siri is Nuance, the crappy voice recognition that you love to hate when you call the airlines, banks, etc.

Posted by Kyle Lyles on March 9, 2017 at 7:08 PM (CST)

Siri leads voice assistants in language support

Great…so even more people worldwide can be frustrated with Siri’s ineptness at understanding common phrases and commands.

Posted by David_SC on March 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM (CST)

Apple releases fifth betas of iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2 to developers

Public beta 5 is out - I’ve got it on my iPod.

Posted by Rob Hoffmann on March 8, 2017 at 3:24 PM (CST)

Apple ends support for second-generation Apple TV

“The Flashlight That Won The Best 2016” is a SCAM!!!!
I have went on their website where it was advertised the flash light is on discount @ USD19.95! After I have entered my credit card details and pressed next it diverted me to a page requiring me to pick option parts for the flash light, without an choice of not taking this option parts. So I closed the browser.
Next you know I received 2 confirmation email from them. 1 claiming I have made the purchase and was charged USD 59.9 where the flash light cost USD39.9 intead of USD19.9 as listed on the page. The next email confirmation is more absurd, it claimed that I have joined a monthly subscription USD 8.95 per month to a discount campaign! This is a SCAM from the beginning! Strongly advise people to stay away from it!
I have emailed their customer service email but no one ever replied back to me! After 2 weeks, the product arrived, the packaging looks flimsy, the torch isn’t even working! Save your money and stay the F away from this site!

Posted by Michael on March 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM (CST)

iDevices adds dynamic automation, enhanced scheduling to 'Connected' app for HomeKit

It’s definitely one of the better HomeKit apps out there, and one of the few that has a pretty good Apple Watch app.
That said, there’s definitely a personal preference issue, and it probably depends on your set up. I use Apple’s Home app for all of my day-to-day use, since I like the layout with the summary screen, along with the Control Center integration, and then go with Elgato’s Eve app for configuring more advanced rules and triggers — Elgato’s seems to be one of the few that can take advantage of all of the advanced HomeKit automation features, and even iDevices isn’t quite there yet. Of course, the beauty of HomeKit is that you can mix and match apps and use whichever collection of apps works best for your situation…. Until Apple’s Home app came along, I kept the iDevices app around just for Apple Watch support.
That said, I also still use ecobee’s app for most of my thermostat control, as ecobee and HomeKit still have a glaring limitation in that temperature changes made through HomeKit — using Siri or any HomeKit app — will be permanent and won’t respect the ecobee schedules, which I do rely on since many of ecobee’s energy saving features only really work if you’re using ecobee’s schedules — for example, the ecobee3 will avoid running your furnace at 10:55pm if you’ve scheduled a lower temperature to kick in at 11pm, since it knows there’s no point. On the other hand, this doesn’t happen with HomeKit schedules as ecobee has no way of knowing what’s coming up next.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM (CST)

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3 + watchOS 3.2 to developers

That’s actually a really good point, too…

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 28, 2017 at 8:14 AM (CST)

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3 + watchOS 3.2 to developers

Not sure if this has been said previously or not, but Theater Mode makes a lot of sense when imagining series 3 having an always on display….

Posted by jeffy on February 27, 2017 at 11:08 PM (CST)

iDevices adds dynamic automation, enhanced scheduling to 'Connected' app for HomeKit

I have to say this is one sweet app for controlling HomeKit…it blows away Apple’s app! I have 4 plugs and outdoor outlet in addition to 2 Ecobee thermostats and couple iHome plugs. This app controls all of them, sets up scenes, and these new reporting features are great.
I’d suggest ordering any iDevice product, they’re well crafted and very responsive; but DEFINITELY get this app for any of your HomeKit setups. It certainly makes me more inclined to go with iDevices solutions when shopping for Smarthome devices.

Posted by David_SC on February 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Just like everyone else outside Apple and their supply chain, I have no idea if this rumor is true, but if it is using a laser scanner, it is VERY different than what Samsung did with their facial recognition. Samsung simply used a front facing camera. A laser scanner is a 3-D measuring tool, frequently used by manufacturing and quality control to obtain a point cloud image of a real part to compare against CAD data of the part. It has been prevalent for at least 15 years in engineering design and manufacturing. This would provide a MUCH more accurate facial recognition scan than a camera would because it provides a depth measurement. This could potentially also eliminate the problem of not working in well-lit environments.
True facial recognition scanning is very accurate, and used for identification purposes with high-end security. It also cannot be confused by facial hair, glasses, hats, etc. It creates a map of key points on the face - cheek bones, nose, brow, that the proportions do not change and are unique to an individual.

Posted by Derron Bohne on February 17, 2017 at 12:57 PM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

Yup, this is why we tend to prefix highly speculative pieces with the word “Rumor” — while not every rumour is worth reporting on, some are far enough out there just to be interesting for their own sake, not to mention facilitating discussion.
However, I’m not buying it either…. While Apple may indeed have a 3D laser scanner in the supply chain to incorporate in the next iPhone, the idea that Apple would phase out Touch ID in favour of this is pure speculation and just doesn’t wash with reality. He also mentions the use of it with Apple Pay, which strikes me as even more odd…. Is Apple really going to expect people to take “selfies” in the checkout line? Further, if banks are already concerned about the insecurity of fingerprints (which I don’t really think is the case), are they really going to be that much more convinced by some newfangled and basically unproven facial recognition technology?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on February 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM (CST)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor of Facial Recognition

That’s the thing about rumors…they can say just about anything. While there may be some merit to facial recognition, I give 0 credence to the removal of Touch ID. What percentage of iPhone users are frustrated w/ Touch ID when wet…enough to drop a major component of iPhone operation?! And how does this work when you’re driving, or operating Apple TV, or at night to check your phone? And if a fingerprint is not secure enough, you think a facial will be…with a hat on, sunglasses on, unshaved, from the side?

Posted by David_SC on February 17, 2017 at 7:02 AM (CST)

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