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  1. Let’s play count the hard drives!

    Let’s play count the hard drives!

  2. TeeVee 3 - Your TV Shows Guru is free today.

It’s very handy when trying to keep track of when the next episode of your favorite show is coming on.

Just in time for the fall season!

    TeeVee 3 - Your TV Shows Guru is free today.

    It’s very handy when trying to keep track of when the next episode of your favorite show is coming on.

    Just in time for the fall season!

  3. An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing because a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s hit song I Will Always Love You.

    The domestic service from Los Angeles to New York was diverted to Kansas City so marshals could remove the woman from the plane because she kept singing the song repeatedly.

    The singing began shortly after the flight took off, but around halfway through it became too much for fellow passengers and staff to bear.

    The woman was filmed being escorted from the plane, in handcuffs, still belting out the 1992 number one hit.

    Kansas City Airport spokesman Joe McBride said: “The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew.

    “There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.”

    The woman was interviewed and later released without charge.

    Flight makes emergency landing because woman wouldn’t stop singing Whitney Houston song I Will Always Love You

    My favorite part of this story:

    “There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.”

    If it had been me, I would have Tase’d her until she bit her tongue off.

    Seems like a punishment that would fit the crime and prevent recidivism.

  4. Star Trek: Next Generation “LCARS” Wallpaper for iPhone 5, 6, 6+

via Ged Maheux
  5. blameaspartame:


"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …"


{uncharacteristic lack of words}

    blameaspartame:

    "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …"

    {uncharacteristic lack of words}

    (via psychoticrambling)

  6. So unlike other companies’ messaging services, Apple doesn’t scan your communications, and we wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if we wanted to.

    Apple - Privacy Built In

    To which Ryan added:

    This whole page feels like both a band-aid attempt on the recent celebrity photo leaks, a bolstering push for the new iCloud drive thing, and an arch attack on quote unquote other companies. The copy for that last aspect of it feels very Downtown-Abbey-esque.

    ”Unlike some companies…”

    arches eyebrows suggestively, sips tea archly, re-arranges bustle

    Disagree.

    It might seem like that, but Apple has been emphasizing privacy and security for a long time, especially as a way to differentiate itself from Android. One of the side effects of this is that iOS has effectively no malware, while malware in the Android world is extremely common. (And no, Android fans, you can’t claim “That’s only if you side-load apps!” when you also knock iOS because you can’t side-load apps in iOS.)

    Since the beginning, iOS has been built around not being able for one app to access another app’s information, for both security and privacy reasons. (That’s one reason that it’s taken until version 8 for them to do inter-app communication.)

    When Apple has found developers doing things they shouldn’t have been doing, they’ve updated their OS to make it impossible to do that, or to require explicit user permission. They’ve made tons of changes — on iOS and OS X — designed to make things more secure, even when it meant that developers would have to go back and do more work.

    You can fault Apple for a lot of things, but being concerned with keeping their OS and your information safe isn’t really one of them.

    When it comes to some feature that may have privacy implications, such as location services, Apple requires explicit user approval before that feature is enabled.

    Compare this with many (most?) Android apps that ask for a whole range of permissions, even those which often aren’t clear why the app needs it.

    The same techniques which are believed to have been used to illegally access private pictures in iCloud (not technical flaws, but password resets using “Security Questions” such as “What is your mother’s maiden name?” which are far too easy to find out when people post them on social media) could be used to access passwords from almost any service.

    People rightly complained that iCloud’s two-factor authorization didn’t go far enough, and Apple changed the way two-factor authentication works to make it more secure.

    Apple published a “warrant canary” in last year’s transparency report, saying that they received no secret Patriot Act “section 215” requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them. This year’s report omit that line, which makes it as clear as they are legally able to that they have received such requests since then.

    Starting with the iPhone 5S, Apple added Touch ID, which actually works, meaning that people can get an extremely high level of security in their phones which was previously only available if you used a complex passcode, which nearly no one did.

    “Unlike some companies” which offered a feature which claimed to be able to “unlock by your face” and people when asked “Will holding up a picture of your face in front of the camera work?” and they said “Of course not! Give us some credit!”

    Except that when it came out, holding up a picture of your face did work. Oops.

    Oh, and when Samsung came out with the S5 (yes, you’re right, that does_ sound really close to Apple’s “5s” I wonder why that is?)_ they tried to add a fingerprint sensor, and it was so bad that early reviewers said they couldn’t imagine anyone actually using it.

    (By the way, remember that next time you see a list of features suggesting that two operating systems are the same because they both offer “the same features.” After all, my Treo had email and a web browser, and so did the original iPhone, but the experience of using them was completely different.)

    From Apple’s Government Information Requests page:

    On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

    They’ve literally made it impossible for them to be able to access your private information on your iOS device if it is running iOS 8, much to the chagrin of law enforcement.

    Apple makes money by selling you hardware. Facebook and Google make money by making it possible to send you targeted ads.

    Which would you rather trust with your information?

    You can easily fault Apple for being “behind” when it comes to certain features (or for making their phones absurdly large, seemingly in response to market Android made for them), but the emphasis on privacy and security is not new to Apple.

    That said, if someone prefers Android, use it! I literally have no dog in this metaphorical race. There are aspects of Android that I like better than iOS, and there are parts of iOS that I really hate (not being able to buy books in the Kindle and Comixology apps, for example).

  7. Hoax: Do Not Try To Charge Your iPhone In The Microwave.

{Seriously? People fell for this? — Tj}

via Pittsburgh.CBSlocal.com

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An iPhone hoax has surfaced a day after Apple released its new iOS 8 operating system.

It’s telling users to charge their iPhones in the microwave.

Obviously, that isn’t going to work, and it will mean the end of your iPhone.

The hoax has gone viral on Twitter with several users posting an alleged ad from Apple about the iOS 8 “Wave” technology.

“You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half,” it says.

It also says, “iOS 8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies.”

Obviously none of these are true.

Some Twitter users have posted photos of burned up iPhones.

Others are posting warnings to other iPhone users not to fall for the trick.

The iPhone hoax appears realistic because it looks like an official Apple advertisement, complete with the copyright symbol at the bottom and the perfect use of fonts.

    Hoax: Do Not Try To Charge Your iPhone In The Microwave.

    {Seriously? People fell for this? — Tj}

    via Pittsburgh.CBSlocal.com

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An iPhone hoax has surfaced a day after Apple released its new iOS 8 operating system.

    It’s telling users to charge their iPhones in the microwave.

    Obviously, that isn’t going to work, and it will mean the end of your iPhone.

    The hoax has gone viral on Twitter with several users posting an alleged ad from Apple about the iOS 8 “Wave” technology.

    “You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half,” it says.

    It also says, “iOS 8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies.”

    Obviously none of these are true.

    Some Twitter users have posted photos of burned up iPhones.

    Others are posting warnings to other iPhone users not to fall for the trick.

    The iPhone hoax appears realistic because it looks like an official Apple advertisement, complete with the copyright symbol at the bottom and the perfect use of fonts.

  8. Don’t bring that junk anywhere near my house !

    (via jessehimself)

  9. jessehimself:

small helpless Darren Wilson

BUT THERE WAS A BIG SCARY BLACK BOY 35-100 FEET AWAY FROM HIM!

    jessehimself:

    small helpless Darren Wilson

    BUT THERE WAS A BIG SCARY BLACK BOY 35-100 FEET AWAY FROM HIM!

  10. He’s been sitting like that for awhile now.

At least he’s giving the fish a break.

    He’s been sitting like that for awhile now.

    At least he’s giving the fish a break.

  11. HOWD’YA LIKE ME NOW?!?

Wi-Fi coverage is no longer an issue, from the garage to the basement to the bedrooms.

And I found a great price on a refurbished Time Capsule, which is good because you know how I feel about not having backups.

    HOWD’YA LIKE ME NOW?!?

    Wi-Fi coverage is no longer an issue, from the garage to the basement to the bedrooms.

    And I found a great price on a refurbished Time Capsule, which is good because you know how I feel about not having backups.

  12. Even if you normally backup to iCloud, you can make a manual backup to iTunes.

    Very important on days like today.


    Twitter links: first & second

  13. Should I Upgrade To iCloud Drive?
  14. ☛ PSA: Do not upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8 installation

    Seriously, folks, this is important.

    TUAW has posted two articles about it in the past 24 hours, because if you do this, it’s probably going to break some things, and you CANNOT UNDO IT.

    Take a few minutes and read. If you have questions, feel free to ask me.

    ps - and don’t forget to make a local backup of your iOS device(s) before you upgrade. Especially your pictures.

  15. 1Password for iOS is currently free

I have no idea how long this will last, but you should absolutely grab a copy of this if it is still free when you see this.

    1Password for iOS is currently free

    I have no idea how long this will last, but you should absolutely grab a copy of this if it is still free when you see this.