New Apple Watch bands match line of Nike shoes Permanent Article Link- New Apple Watch bands match line of Nike shoes

Nike and Apple announced new Nike Sports Bands for the Apple Watch. The bands match Nike's Day to Night theme collection of sneakers.

Nike:

In April of this year, Apple and NikeLab launched the limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab. Today, Apple and Nike take their partnership a stride further, with four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" collection.

The "Day to Night" collection celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.

The bands will retail for $49 and are expected to be available June from Nike and shortly after from Apple.




WannaCry is another case against backdoors Permanent Article Link- WannaCry is another case against backdoors

USA Today reporting on speculation the WannaCry ransomware leaked out of the NSA's inventory of exploits.

The fact that they appear to have been stolen from a U.S. government-linked group and are now in the public domain has bolstered tech companies' contention that security backdoors would do more harm than good -- simply because these work-arounds risk ending up in criminal hands.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem," Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal counsel, said in a blog post.

Basically if companies agree to install backdoors for government agents, there's not a good track record of government keeping such things secure for only legal use.




Google Assistant comes to iOS Permanent Article Link- Google Assistant comes to iOS

Google released a stand-alone app of its AI assistant for iOS. The release gives iOS users a new interface for Google's services and an alternative to Siri for quirky interactions. Siri, however, should still have one advantage as the Google Assistant is restricted to its app, so it can function as seamlessly as Siri.

Some things your Assistant can help with:
- Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.")
- Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.")
- Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.")
- Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.")
- Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.")
- Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.")
- Navigate to places (e.g. "Get me directions home.")
- Ask it anything (e.g. "Will I need an umbrella today?")




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Apple touts product accessibility in series of videos Permanent Article Link- Apple touts product accessibility in series of videos

Apple has a a series of videos its calling Designed for everyone the highlights accessibility features of its products. Similar to its other product demonstrations, The Designed for everyone series shows actual people using its products. The are 7 videos in all.




Steven Levy gets a tour of Apple Park Permanent Article Link- Steven Levy gets a tour of Apple Park

A nice feature in Wired as Apple's new headquarters Apple Park.
Wired:

For the next two hours, Ive and Whisenhunt walk me through other parts of the building and the grounds. They describe the level of attention devoted to every detail, the willingness to search the earth for the right materials, and the obstacles overcome to achieve perfection, all of which would make sense for an actual Apple consumer product, where production expenses could be amortized over millions of units. But the Ring is a 2.8-million-square-foot one-off, eight years in the making and with a customer base of 12,000. How can anyone justify this spectacular effort?

"It's frustrating to talk about this building in terms of absurd, large numbers," Ive says. "It makes for an impressive statistic, but you don't live in an impressive statistic. While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement. The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk." The value, he argues, is not what went into the building. It's what will come out.




Report: Apple to update laptops at WWDC Permanent Article Link- Report: Apple to update laptops at WWDC

Bloomberg:

Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple's cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.

Two points here.. The MacBook Pro with Touchbar really turned higher end users off with its limited RAM. Other things bugged them like exclusive USB-C ports that require more dongles, but the memory situation seem to really make people unhappy. A primary reason for this was the Intel processor Apple chose for the slim, power sipping laptop. An upcoming Intel CPU promised to allow for once again memory capacities pros preferred. So, I'm guessing Apple is rushing this update to market to satisfy those customers.

Second, is how customers may be still resisting moving away from the MacBook Air. I love my 11-inch MacBook Air and have been using it for years because what I really want is an 11-inch Retina MacBook Air. Apple never gave us that, in fact, they killed the 11-inch model. I'll guess that cost-wise a Retina MacBook Air doesn't make sense against a Retina MacBook, so that's probably why it never happened. But for me, and I suspect many, the new MacBooks with lower-powered Intel Core M processors have yet to resonate for those wanting a slim laptop.

It's worth noting, however, when the MacBook Air came out it was panned. While it looked cool, I recall many ridiculing its lightweight specs and disproportionate price tag. People loved the design, just not the specs and price. The MacBooks seem in similar territory, but it would be nice to still have solid old school offerings to bridge the gap.




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Report: iPad mini may be going away Permanent Article Link- Report: iPad mini may be going away

BGR:

Not one to ever be shy about disrupting the company's own lineup, our source beats the Apple drum and states that there's "fierce cannibalism of our own products" and that the iPad mini has just been "sized out of its own category." We're also told that the numbers are "very clear" as far as sales are concerned, which is most likely the biggest reason the company plans to eliminate the littlest iPad.

Basically the iPhone Plus has made the iPad mini not very attractive. That's pretty easy conclusion since I basically stopped using an iPad since upgrading to the larger iPhone. I still like laptops, and of rme, a larger iPhone simply eliminates the gap between mobile and computer.




Apps using iCloud to require app-specific passwords Permanent Article Link- Apps using iCloud to require app-specific passwords

Apple:

Beginning on 15 June, app-specific passwords will be required to access your iCloud data using third-party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or other mail, contacts and calendar services not provided by Apple.

If you are already signed in to a third-party app using your primary Apple ID password, you will be signed out automatically when this change takes effect. You will need to generate an app-specific password and sign in again.

This is kind of a pain in the butt, but good account management. The app-specific password sets up authenticated access to connected devices using a unique password. If one system is compromised, the rest of your access, including your iCloud account itself, should be secure. Furthermore, it makes it easy to control access by revoking access to apps.

So it's a pain to setup, and a pain again when you change your password, but it helps keeps your accounts locked down.




Barbers spot promotes iPhone 7 Plus's portrait photo mode Permanent Article Link- Barbers spot promotes iPhone 7 Plus's portrait photo mode

The iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode uses both of the iPhone's camera to create a composite photo with depth of field. The main camera shows the forefront image in focus and the second camera shows the background with a bokeh.




Apple announces investment in Corning manufacturing Permanent Article Link- Apple announces investment in Corning manufacturing

Earlier this month, Apple announced it was investing $1 billion in advanced manufacturing in the United States. Late last week the company announced the first installment of that investment in Corning. The $200 million investment aims to advance glass production, which the company uses in its mobile devices. Corning is the maker of the widely used Gorilla Glass.

Apple:

The investment will support Corning's R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning's 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple's investment.

Apple has made investments in partners in the past. In fact, it may be almost normal for Apple to purchase capital to support its needs. Apple here seems to be leveraging these practices for some good PR as it recently has come under scrutiny over its overseas manufacturing and tax schemes.






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