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  • : Articles by Michael E. Cohen
    General Motors last century when its enormous pension fund led the auto maker to become an insurance company with a car manufacturing subsidiary Stross suggests that Apple s push for greater customer security is tied to Apple Pay and the company s possible long term strategy to use its cash hoard to create a retail banking subsidiary to provide financial services directly Whether or not you can take that speculation to the bank it is worth investing some time in reading Stross s analysis External Links 28 Mar 2016 1 comment Comment on this link Google Docs Exports EPUBs But Not Well If you use Google Docs you may have noticed a new download option Download as EPUB Publication Unfortunately the new capability is only marginally useful at present Media Creation by Michael E Cohen 10 Mar 2016 2 comments New Yorker Spills the Beans on the Next OS X Release Writing for The New Yorker with tongue firmly planted in cheek Greg Tannen channels what Apple s release note writers really want to say in a joke piece about the upcoming OS X Haleakalā No don t bother trying to spell it It took us three tries and we made the damn thing Anyway Haleakalā National Park is in Hawaii which we thought was cool and we re doing this whole national parks name thing so well there you go Haleakalā Go read the full article but not right now if it would be inappropriate to find yourself giggling in public External Links 26 Jan 2016 2 comments Comment on this link Apple s Q1 2016 Sets Records but Just Barely Apple is still making money hand over fist but sales growth for all three of its major product categories has stalled or is in decline Michael Cohen and Josh Centers don their analyst hats to try to explain why Tech News by Michael E Cohen and Josh Centers 26 Jan 2016 1 comment iOS 9 3 Adds Features for Education Market At MacStories Fraser Speirs takes a look at new education oriented features slated to appear in iOS 9 3 These features include a Shared iPad capability a Classroom app for teachers and Managed Apple IDs via an Apple School Manager portal With this upcoming release Apple is both renewing its education focus in a big way and attempting to goose iPad sales which have slowly but steadily declined in recent quarters In education in particular Apple is worried about Chromebooks which are cheaper easier to share easier to deploy and have keyboards External Links 19 Jan 2016 The Illustrated iTunes License Agreement If you ve never read the terms and conditions that accompany your iTunes purchases here s your chance as illustrated by artist R Sikoryak Just for Fun by Michael E Cohen 04 Nov 2015 1 comment Apple Wraps up a Record Breaking Year in Q4 2015 Apple has dodged financial ruin for yet another quarter reporting both record breaking revenues and profits Tech News by

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  • External Links
    gray hat hackers paying them a one time flat fee The hackers had discovered a previously unknown software flaw which was then used to develop a piece of hardware to crack the iPhone s passcode without erasing the data after ten failed attempts Meanwhile pressure is mounting on the FBI to disclose the vulnerability it used although the exploit is applicable only to the iPhone 5c running iOS 9 13 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Amazon Announces Kindle Oasis Amazon has announced a premium entry to its Kindle e reader lineup the 289 99 Kindle Oasis It s designed to be held one handed like a folded paperback with a wedge shaped hand grip that recalls the original Kindle although Amazon brags that the screen is 30 percent thinner than any previous model Since it s intended for one handed reading the screen automatically flips depending on which hand you re holding it with Amazon says that the battery in the device s leather case will stay charged for 8 weeks based on a half hour of use per day with Wi Fi off and the light setting at 10 While it s unclear how much better it is than the 119 99 Kindle Paperwhite or 199 99 Kindle Voyage some Kindle Oasis configurations are already delayed to ship after the 27 April 2016 launch date due to high demand 13 Apr 2016 2 comments Comment on this link USB C Authentication Protocol to Protect against Non compliant Devices We ve reported in the past that non compliant USB C cables and devices can damage or destroy connected hardware To address this problem the USB 3 0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type C Authentication specification a cryptographic authentication standard for USB devices A phone equipped with USB C authentication could reject a connection to a non approved charger for instance if it hadn t been certified as meeting necessary specs However the authentication protocol could also be used to prevent devices from connecting to fully compliant devices that didn t meet some other business requirement That would let companies restrict access to only verified USB storage devices but could also allow manufacturers to lock customers into a proprietary ecosystem of approved devices In short beware the unintended consequences 13 Apr 2016 0 comments Comment on this link Apple Pulls Third Party Reddit Clients over NSFW Controls Apple recently pulled most third party apps for the popular social news site Reddit from the App Store drawing the ire of many of the site s users especially since the just launched official Reddit app was spared Apple apparently suddenly decided that it didn t like that many of these apps some of which had been in the App Store for over a year contained a switch that let users choose whether or not to display content tagged NSFW Not Safe for Work However Apple has now readmitted many of those apps in which the developer has removed

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  • The Colorful Future of Displays
    1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 22 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 The Colorful Future of Displays by Josh Centers Developer Craig Hockenberry argues that since displays are now essentially free of visible pixels the next frontier is in expanding the number of onscreen colors For years computers have supported the sRGB color profile but the late 2015 iMac and the 9 7 inch iPad Pro support the newer DCI P3 standard which displays a wider range of color and is now standard in filmmaking If you have one of those Apple products Hockenberry has made a tool to see the difference between sRGB and DCI P3 with photos by our own Jeff Carlson as examples However Hockenberry warns that this transition will make things more complicated for developers and he advises them to start reading up on how to use color profiles follow link Comments about

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  • The iMessage Cone of Silence
    29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members Smile ScanSnap Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 21 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 The iMessage Cone of Silence by Josh Centers Our own Rich Mogull recently had the opportunity to sit down with senior members of Apple s engineering and security teams and discovered that iMessage is even more secure than he had thought In essence every iMessage is encrypted from end to end messages are encrypted using keys that exist only on your devices and are not stored with Apple and messages are encrypted multiple times to maximize security In addition iMessage s registration system is designed to inherently distrust Apple s own servers thereby making it extremely difficult for anyone to compromise iMessage s security with so called phantom devices that could be used to tap conversations Overall iMessage is a solid balance of convenience and security Mogull said follow link Comments about

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  • Apple Drops QuickTime 7 for Windows
    Logout About Accounts Member Benefits Sections Apple Watch Business Apps Entertainment External Links Home Macs Inside TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod Just for Fun Macs Mac OS X Media Creation Networking Opinion Problem Solving Safe Computing Tech News Watchlist Weekly Issues Issue 1317 18 Apr 16 1316 11 Apr 16 1315 04 Apr 16 1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 21 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Apple Drops QuickTime 7 for Windows by Josh Centers Apple has announced that it s no longer supporting QuickTime 7 for Windows If you no longer need it you should uninstall it immediately because the U S Department of Homeland Security warns Exploitation of QuickTime for Windows vulnerabilities could allow remote attackers to take control of affected systems follow link Comments about

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  • Why Apple Stinks at Services
    best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 20 Apr 2016 Print Comment 1 Why Apple Stinks at Services by Josh Centers Analyst Ben Thompson takes a hard look at Apple s organizational structure to explain why the company excels at hardware but performs poorly with services Using DuPont s shaky pivot from gunpowder to paint Thompson illustrates why it will take a major organizational shakeup for Apple to succeed in services With its executives indicating that they believe services are important to the future of the company Apple may have no other choice than to create an entirely new division with a corporate structure better suited for online services while separately maintaining the existing structure that has been so successful with hardware follow link Comments about Why Apple Stinks at Services To leave a comment click Add a Comment and then enter the text your name and your email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in the one time confirmation message we send to verify that you re

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  • Apple Joins Tech Giants to Call Anti-Encryption Bill “Unworkable”
    About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 20 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 Apple Joins Tech Giants to Call Anti Encryption Bill Unworkable by Josh Centers Senators Richard Burr R NC and Diane Feinstein D CA have proposed a bill that would punish companies like Apple that refuse to comply with decryption orders Now the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition which includes Apple Dropbox Facebook Google Microsoft and Twitter has published an open letter calling the proposed legislation unworkable saying that it would weaken the very defenses we need to protect us from people who want to cause economic and physical harm So far there isn t much cause for alarm because the bill is only a draft it s still a long way from even reaching the Senate floor much less becoming law Senator Ron Wyden D OR has vowed to filibuster the bill if it reaches the Senate floor follow link Comments about

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  • WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery Now Open
    2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Tech News 19 Apr 2016 Print Comment 0 WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery Now Open by Josh Centers Apple has opened up a ticket lottery for the 2016 installment of its Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC which will be held from June 13th through 17th in San Francisco WWDC remains the premiere annual event for Apple developers and we expect to learn about the next versions of OS X rumored to be redubbed MacOS iOS watchOS and tvOS during its opening keynote address Interestingly the much anticipated keynote won t be held in the Moscone West conference center but instead at the nearby Bill Graham Civic Auditorium which has more seats than the main auditorium at Moscone West However the more than 100 technical sessions and labs will be held at Moscone West Developers will also be able to have one on one consultations with Apple experts and enjoy a bash on the 16th with music food and drink To sign up click the Continue button on the WWDC Register page log in with your developer credentials and submit your information Registrations must be submitted before Friday 22 April

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