| Walk through video on upgrading Mac Pro CPU
Other World Computing has a detailed walk through video for upgrading the Mac Pro CPU.The process is involved, but doesn’t look anything too tricky beyond lots of steps. Considering the cost of the components, you’ll definitely want to feel comfortable in the procedure.
The advantage here is if you buy a lower-end Mac Pro there’s a path for upgrading. Also in the future there may be a path for next generation upgrades, as long as they match the FCLGA2011 socket.
OWC sells Xeon upgrades with prices starting at $1249 for an 8 core 2.6 GHz CPu and $2927 for a 12 core 2.7 GHz model.
Podcast: iPhone 6 rumors, CarPlay, Titanfall (#107)
This week Apple rolled out more details about its car efforts. CarPlay will be adopted by a number of manufacturers that link Apple's devices to your car's in-dash system. Also like the first robins of spring, it's that time of year iPhone rumors start cropping up. And we'll talk about next week's big gaming release Titanfall. We're excited.
New app aims to get you out of awkward situations
So, basically you trigger, or I guess Tickle, the iPhone’s accelerometer and it will fake a phone call. It’s not available yet, but you can sign up to be notified.
Hackintosh: Updating to OS X 10.9.2 + Tips (#21)
I wanted to get this up last week, but here it is. This walks through updating the Hackintosh OS. I also offer some tips for a smooth upgrade.
Twelve South announces SurfacePad for iPad mini
Made with genuine Napa leather, the super-smooth cover doubles as a hands-free viewing stand and desktop typing wedge. SurfacePad for iPad mini is available now in Pop Red, Mod White and Jet Black for $69.99.
This case wraps around the entire iPad. It looks like a tight design as a leather second skin. The SurfacePad can be used as a display or typing stand. Twelve South says the stand supports two viewing angles of 70 and 60-degrees. Magnets are embedded in the cover to keep the case closed when not in use and also functions as a sleep-wake trigger. Magnets also assist in supporting the stand functions. The inside of the case is microfiber to help protect the iPad surface.
For the iPad Air, Twelve South says a larger version is in the works.
Apple-Tesla battery connection
An interesting back of envelop math on battery tech and Apple’s interest in Tesla. Apple is estimated to buy about 24,000 metric tons of batteries for 2014. Tesla is expected to put about 21,000 metric tons of batteries in their cars this year.
According to Tesla, the plant’s capacity in 2020 will be higher than what the entire world produced in 2013.
A more likely explanation for Apple’s conversation with Tesla might be something Apple does all the time: Sit with a potential supplier and discuss payment in advance as a way to secure supply of a critical component.
Report: Mobile Internet access passes desktop
Mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the United States in January. Apps made up 47% of Internet traffic and 8% of traffic came from mobile browsers...
It’s not completely surprising mobile access is gaining on desktop usage. What I didn’t expect is how much of that is coming from apps for web browsers. A lot of streaming video and audio, I’d guess
Random Steve Jobs stories
This Quora thread is making the rounds. It features some interesting stories of people running into Jobs. There are a several good ones. I like the one where someone’s car broke down in front of the Jobs’ house.
As I was putting my jacket on, I heard a call from across the street behind me – the Jobs’ driveway – “British or Italian?”. It was Jobs’ lovely wife Laurene. “British,” I said, “and acting like it.” “You want a beer?,” she said. I tried to decline (shocked I guess at first), but she insisted, said “you’re not going anywhere”, and walked back in the house – only to return with two bottles of beer.
I was determined not to let on that I knew exactly who I was talking to – I was so afraid of being cast a stalker – but the scene was already getting weird for me, standing by my broken car having a beer with Steve Job’s wife. So it got weirder.
Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay
Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.
Apple’s automotive initiatives seem to be gaining momentum. Below is a promo from Volvo.
Video: Kershaw Ken Onion Chive Pocket Knife
Just one of my favorite things. This is a small 2-inch pocket knife that weighs in at about 2 ounces. Perfect for every day carry for professionals. Stainless steep both blade and body.
Podcast: Apple's security issue, XBox One grievances + dashboard update
This week we talk about the big security exploit on both iOS and OS X. How did it happen and the delay in updating the Mac. Also XBox One is getting a big update and we air our grievances and hopes for improvements.
David Fincher may direct Jobs movie
The Hollywood Reporter:
Fincher is in early talks to helm the untitled film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple co-founder, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. If a deal comes together, the film would reunite the director with Oscar-winning Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin, who recently finished the adaptation, and Social Network producer Scott Rudin. Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady also are producing.
Fincher seems to excel at procedural type storytelling, which would seem to fit well with the Jobs book.
FCC Launches iOS broadband survey tester/tool
The FCC Speed Test app is an expansion of the Measuring Broadband America program from fixed to mobile broadband.
The Measuring Broadband America program, which has released three reports on fixed broadband networks, is a private-public partnership designed to bring greater clarity and competition to the broadband service marketplace. Testing data will provide valuable information to consumers, industry, and the Commission on the deployment of networks across the United States.
OS X security update now available
Apple has finally posted a security fix for the SSL venerability. Updates are available for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and 10.7 Lion.
Hackintosh Series: Haswell OS X Install and Config + Tips (#20)
This video goes though installing OS X and configuring basic features. It's part of a larger series on building a Haswell Hackintosh similar to an iMac hardware.
Tips for securing your Mac and data from theft
Here’s a summary of what you should do to prepare your Macs right now for the possibility of theft. It won’t eliminate theft but it will greatly reduce the damage from such events and make it more likely that your device will return to you.
A good rundown of options available for Mac users. Some of this is also good practices for general data security and safety.
Tainted Love backed up by floppy drives
On the delay updating OS X on gotofail
Kristin Paget on gotofail
WHAT THE EVER LOVING F**K, APPLE??!?!! Did you seriously just use one of your platforms to drop an SSL 0day on your other platform? As I sit here on my mac I’m vulnerable to this and there’s nothing I can do, because you couldn’t release a patch for both platforms at the same time? You do know there’s a bunch of live, working exploits for this out in the wild right now, right? Your advisory is entirely focussed on iOS so we know nothing of OS X yet (other than the fact that the exploits work) – could you tell us what in OS X is vulnerable? Is mail.app vulnerable? Should I be worried about malicious SSL/TLS mailservers? How about your update system itself – is that vulnerable?
Come the hell on, Apple. You just dropped an ugly 0day on us and then went home for the weekend – goto fail indeed.
Apple’s gotofail security gap extends to OS X
Late last week Apple posted an iOS update that patches a security vulnerability. People should update their iOS devices quickly to address this issue specific to Safari SSL connections. It appears, however, the code is shared with OS X and as result Mac apps also vulnerable.
Andy Greenberg for Forbes:
Apple revealed a critical bug in its implementation of encryption in iOS, requiring an emergency patch. Then researchers found the same bug is also included in Apple’s desktop OSX operating system, a gaping Web security hole that leaves users of Safari at risk of having their traffic hijacked. Now one researcher has found evidence that the bug extends beyond Apple’s browser to other applications including Mail, Twitter, Facetime, iMessage and even Apple’s software update mechanism.
Until Apple posts a fix, users may want to do their secure browsing using Firefox or Chrome, which apparently don't utilize the exposed framework.
Trailer for Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley
Coming April 6 to HBO. Judge himself apparently was an engineer in Silicon Valley and he has quite the track record on irreverent commies with movies like with Office Space and Idiocracy.
Video: Hackintosh Series: BIOS Setup (#19)
This video covers setting up the BIOS for your Hacintosh. The example is specific to Gigabyte Z87 boards, but the options should be the similar for other setups. It’s a part of a larger series on building a Haswell Hackintosh.
Comcast and Netflix work out a deal
Working collaboratively over many months, the companies have established a more direct connection between Netflix and Comcast, similar to other networks, that’s already delivering an even better user experience to consumers, while also allowing for future growth in Netflix traffic. Netflix receives no preferential network treatment under the multi-year agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.
There will be considerable consternation over this agreement, but the immediate result will be happy customers for both Netflix and Comcast. The bigger picture is yet to be determined.
Steve Jobs to be on postage stamp
The U.S. Postal Service has approved a commemorative stamp honoring the Apple co-founder to be printed as part of a collectible series next year.
Others to be featured include Wilt Chamberlain, Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Plus Johnny Carson and Elvis will get reissued. The stamps are expected in 2014, 2015 and beyond with Jobs expected next year.
The Washington Post has a list of all known stamps.
iTunes Festival at SXSW
the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more to come.
The event takes place March 11-15 at the Moody Theater. Everyone will be able to watch live performance via streaming on Macs, iOS devices, and Apple TV. Performances will also be available on-demand.
Element Case adds iPad Air Soft-Tec Folio case
Best known for iPhone cases, Element Case has expanded its iPad case line for the Apple’s iPad Air. The Soft-Tec Folio is designed to be a light and slim case for the iPad. The case features an external grip texture with a synthetic suede inside. The case offers protection for the iPad and also functions as a stand. The Soft-Tec works in conventional ways as a viewing and typing stands.
The Soft-Tec Folio is available in a Red/Black styling and has a MSRP of $69.95. A Soft-Tech Pro Folio is also available that offers additional protection for $79.95
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