Browsing posts tagged: Geek Guide
Apple Watch lost at sea washes up 6 months later and it still works

So if you forget to take your Apple Watch off and get it a bit wet in the shower, no need to panic. My favorite bit was the call he got from a number he didn’t recognize, long after he’d given up hope of ever getting his watch back: “It’s this guy saying, ‘hey if […]

Here’s how to cancel your Apple News+ trial and avoid a $10 charge

Nice post from Chance Miller for all those folks coming up on their 30 day Apple News+ free trial anniversary. Note that there are two different approaches here. The first one is the simplest, a few taps from within the News app itself. But the second approach has you look at all your subscriptions. Definitely […]

What happens to my iCloud account when I die?

This morbid chain of thought started when I came across this Teller Report post. An excerpt: The Münster district court has ordered Apple to grant the heirs of a deceased iCloud user access to its data. The relatives hope for information about the circumstances of death. And: According to the Bielefeld law firm Brandi, who […]

Apple issues AC wall adapter recall

Apple: Apple today announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In very rare cases, affected Apple three-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac and certain iOS […]

Microsoft joins $1 trillion market cap club

A billion dollar valuation makes you a unicorn. What do you call a company with a trillion dollar valuation? A basilisk? A chimera? A manticore? A hippogriff? A pegasus? None of these seem quite right. How about a kelpie? I kind of like that one. That aside, I think Apple should run an ad similar […]

Facebook Expects to Resolve FTC Privacy Investigation for $3–5 Billion

Alex Kantrowitz and Ryan Mac, Buzzfeed News: Facebook is setting aside $3 billion to cover the expected costs, including an anticipated fine, related to an ongoing investigation with the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices, the company said today. The expenses could go as high as $5 billion, Facebook said. […] After announcing the […]

Court Says Using Chalk on Tires for Parking Enforcement Is an Unlawful Search

Matthew Schwartz, NPR: The case was brought by Alison Taylor, a Michigan woman whom the court describes as a “frequent recipient of parking tickets.” The city of Saginaw, Mich., like countless other cities around the country, uses chalk to mark the tires of cars to enforce time limits on parking. By the time Taylor received […]

The Talk Show: ‘Better Than Nothing’

John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include AirPods 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold debacle, the trove of iOS 13 and MacOS 10.15 leaks reported by Guilherme Rambo, and the future of iTunes. Brought to you by these fine sponsors: Things: The award-winning personal task manager that helps you achieve your goals. Squarespace: Make your next […]

Microsoft Reports Strong Q3 2019 Results

Microsoft: Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year: Revenue was $30.6 billion and increased 14% Operating income was $10.3 billion and increased 25% Net income was $8.8 billion and increased 19% Diluted earnings per share was $1.14 and […]

NYT: ‘In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump’

Eric Schmitt, David E. Sanger, and Maggie Haberman: Ms. Nielsen left the Department of Homeland Security early this month after a tumultuous 16-month tenure and tensions with the White House. Officials said she had become increasingly concerned about Russia’s continued activity in the United States during and after the 2018 midterm elections — ranging from […]

★ The Drumbeat of Impeachment

J. W. Verret, writing at The Atlantic, “A Trump Transition Staffer Calls for Impeachment”: Let’s start at the end of this story. This weekend, I read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report twice, and realized that enough was enough — I needed to do something. I’ve worked on every Republican presidential transition team for the past […]

Bob the builder

How many of you are old enough to remember Bob Vila? As a kid, I loved his version of “This Old House” (I never liked the episodes after he left) even though I have no skill or even interest in construction or carpentry. Vila made it seem effortless and easy. ∞ Read this on The […]

◉ The Apple Watch Turns Four: Some Thoughts

Four years ago today, the Apple Watch went on sale. Like many of Apple’s biggest hits, it wasn’t immediately well-understood. I think that was partly because of the distraction of the solid gold Edition model, and also partly because of the way the company pitched it. Like the iPhone’s infamous iPod, phone, and internet communicator […]

Bookstores band together for “Independent Bookstore Day”

I love bookstores and can spend hours and hours in them. Living in a small town means our options are limited but I’ll be sure to go into our local bookstore this Saturday. ∞ Read this on The Loop ©

(Podcast) Clockwise #291: My Fingers are My Meese

This week, on the 30-minute show that just keeps getting older, Dan and Mikah are joined by special guests Heather Kelly and Jeremy Burge to discuss rumors that the iPad will add pointing device support, our favorite tech flops, drone deliveries, and our tips for selling our old tech. Plus, a very special Avengers-themed bonus […]

Make sure to cancel Apple News+ if you signed up for a free trial after Apple’s March 25 event and don’t want to be charged

I’m thoroughly unimpressed with Apple News and News+ and will be unsubscribing before my first payment is due. ∞ Read this on The Loop ©

New Zealand’s Maori won personhood for this river

A fascinating story about people and their relationship to the land. ∞ Read this on The Loop ©

The Mac is becoming more like iOS–and I like it (Macworld)

I fell in love with the Mac nearly 30 years ago, in the fall of 1989. It’s been the center of my tech world ever since, and I’ve been writing about it professionally for 25 years. And yet these past months, I’ve noticed something strange creeping into my thoughts occasionally while I sit at my […]

(Podcast) Rebound 235: Any Phone Is Foldable

This week, on the irreverent tech show that sometimes takes lengthy digressions, we discuss the debacle that is the Galaxy Fold, John’s pulling back from Instagram, Lex’s daughter’s surprisingly macabre game of The Sims, and Dan’s experiences with Alexa and Apple Music. Then everybody takes a trip down memory lane to reminisce about classic digital […]

I finally found a Steve Jobs plush! He goes perfectly with my 1st Gen iPod.

Here’s the picture, Steve plush with iPod. Want one? The Reddit poster bought it here. ∞ Read this on The Loop ©

A “blockchain bandit” is guessing private keys and scoring millions

Wired: What if an Ethereum owner stored their digital money with a private key—the unguessable, 78-digit string of numbers that protects the currency stashed at a certain address—that had a value of 1? To Bednarek’s surprise, he found that dead-simple key had in fact once held currency, according to the blockchain that records all Ethereum […]

Apple now quoting next-day turnaround on MacBook keyboard repairs

This is just so much better than losing your Mac for a week or more, which felt like punishment to me for buying into the new keyboard design. I’ve been living with an intermittent “r” key failure for a few months now. Instead of taking my Mac in, I’ve just been hammering on the “r” […]

Amber alerts and AirPods

Reddit: Just got my first set of AirPods two weeks ago. Really enjoying them now that my company has switched to iOS and I tote around 2 iPhones. Then today I just popped them in to walk to the office and an Amber Alert game in. Through the AirPods. Full blast loud. My eyes watered […]

iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown

iFixit: Well, we’ve finally got the Samsung Galaxy Fold on our teardown table. This is, without question, an ambitious first-generation device—the idea of having both a smartphone and a tablet in your pocket at all times is pretty exciting! That said, a number of early reviewers had some durability issues with their review units, ultimately […]

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Regarding Animoji in Messages and FaceTime, Again

Earlier today, Jack Purcher of Patently Apple published this piece where he claims to have discovered Apple’s “next generation” Animoji software in a patent filing: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 54 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover a single granted patent […]