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  • US Senate to ISPs: It’s Okay to Share Customer Browsing Data

    Thu 10:02pm By Stephen Hackett
    Jacob Kastrenakes, with some upsetting news: The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer-friendly internet privacy rules that would have prevented internet providers from sharing your web browsing history without permission. The privacy rules, passed last…
  • Using iTunes Today

    Thu 9:59pm By Stephen Hackett
    Like me, Casey Newton still relies on syncing to iTunes to put music on his iPhone. And like me, he’s finding that more and more complicated: For my system to work, iTunes has to sync. But with each passing year, the act of syncing seems to take longer than…
  • Apple II Forever Photos

    Thu 7:29pm By Stephen Hackett
    Peter Hartlaub at the San Francisco Chronicle: “Apple II Forever” was an event staged by a company still working out the bugs. The April 24, 1984, press and exhibitor gathering was late to start and later to finish. Apple executives sat on the kind of…
  • Apple Acquires Workflow

    Wed 9:39pm By Stephen Hackett
    Matthew Panzarino, writing at TechCrunch: Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. We’ve been tracking this one for a while but were…
  • Interact Scratchpad for Mac

    Wed 6:32pm By Stephen Hackett
    I often create records in Contacts.app on my Mac from those blocks of text every adult has at the bottom of their emails. It involves a lot of copying and pasting back and forth, as I’ve found Data Detectors in Mail don’t often get things the way I want…
  • A HomeKit Tragedy, in Three Parts

    Wed 6:12pm By Stephen Hackett
  • Kbase Article of the Week: About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Mac computers

    Wed 3:36pm By Stephen Hackett
    Apple Support: This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers. Most firmware updates are automatically installed when you update or upgrade OS X. Some firmware updates are also available as downloads you…
  • Connected #134: Minimum Viable Keynote

    Wed 10:22am By Stephen Hackett
    This week on Connected, Federico is wandering the wilderness in search of new iPad Pro hardware, so Myke and I break down today’s news before apologizing to everyone. My thanks to our sponsors: TextExpander, from Smile: Multiply your team’s productivity.…
  • Running macOS Sierra on a 2009 MacBook

    Tue 5:06pm By Stephen Hackett
    I spent less than $200 on a Late 2009 MacBook, the oldest laptop that is supported by macOS Sierra. In this video, I show how to install an SSD and additional RAM for the best possible performance out of the notebook:
  • On That New iPad

    Tue 12:43pm By Stephen Hackett
    The biggest news out of today’s press releases from Apple is probably the new 9.7-inch iPad. Tech wise, it’s more or less an upgraded iPad Air 2. It comes with a A9 processor, 8 MP cameras and 10-hour battery life. None of Apple’s Pro features are here.…