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    Published on 21st November 2014 by
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    Whilst the studying of patent applications is interesting and can reveal some pretty cool ideas, not many of them get to become products. So whilst we might never see this, a recent patent application by Apple over an iDevice smoke detector is interesting. 9to5Mac have studied the application and report that it indicates that on detecting smoke the device would sound an audible alarm, call 911 (000 for us), activate sprinklers if installed and locate building occupants.

    We may not have Sapphire screens on our ...
    Published on 20th November 2014 by
    SRG
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    The big news in the world of Apple today is the online store has had a fairly major redesign. Among the the changes is the push for gift ideas for the upcoming Christmas season. Given the placing of the iPads directly below that promotion, one assumes Apple are hoping we all give our loved ones lots of iPads.

    With that work out the way the team at Apple can get on with celebrating their ...
    Published on 19th November 2014 by
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    Apple hoped that the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 would help address the wi-fi issues a large number of users had been reporting. Sadly it seems it hasn't quite achieved that with many reporting the issue still exists.

    With the release of iOS 8.1.1 done and dusted Apple has wasted no time in hitting developers up with iOS 8.2. This is not all that surprising as reports a little while back had indicated that ...
    Published on 18th November 2014 by
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    It is download Tuesday for Australian MacTalk readers. Overnight saw the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. A major feature of the Yosemite update is said to be wi-fi performance, which will be great news to anyone who has been suffering from the widely reported wi-fi problems.

    On the iOS 8 side of things the update is said to improve performance on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 in particular. For ...
    Published on 17th November 2014 by
    SRG
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    Apple Store, Louvre by Dale Gillard, on Flickr

    Last week we told you about the so called ‘Masque Attack’ uncovered by a US based security firm. In a statement to iMore Apple pointed out that iOS has many inbuilt security safeguards including warnings before malicious software can be installed. They also advised iMore they were not aware of any customers who had been affected. ...
    Published on 16th November 2014 by
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    This is the second part of in my installment/review of the Surface Pro 3. If you missed the first, you can find it here.

    I’ve worked with the Surface Pro 3 for nearly two weeks now and I’m starting to get accustomed to the changes. Part 2 of my review is largely focussed on the operating system and usability, as hardware is only one small part of the complete solution.

    On the OS side, Windows 8 on the Surface Pro 3 is a mixed bag. There are things to like and hate. A number of these are likely to be rectified with Windows 10 but the question is whether users can live with these problems in the interim.



    I’ve tried to cover the good and bad of working with the Surface Pro 3. The reality is Microsoft haven’t found the right way to do everything. This is different to Apple’s approach where they would rather not provide a device or functionality that is unusable or sub-par. In some respects, Apple and Microsoft have a lot to learn from each other. Microsoft can learn from Apple on the usability front, but Apple also has the opportunity to learn from the way Microsoft is doing things, because with most aspects of Windows 8, they’ve chosen not to copy iOS and that is a good thing. It’s not just making another iOS copy like Android and that kind of approach forces thinking outside the box with some good ideas coming out.
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    Published on 14th November 2014 by
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    We don’t yet know when the Apple Watch will launch but according to a report from 9to5Mac chip suppliers are gearing up for the start of production. Production is predicted to be between 30 to 40 million units. The report comes via DigiTimes and as we know that can make it very much a don’t go betting your house on it rumour.

    Whilst ramping up the rumours on the Apple Watch 9to5Mac are suggesting that the so called iPad Pro may slip back to Q2 2015. This is based on the latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. With that delay Kuo is predicting that Apple will sell around 10 million iPads in Q1, ...
    Published on 13th November 2014 by
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    You might want to file this under the “why would bother but my inner geek applauds you”. What am I talking about? The news from Cult of Mac is that a Chinese programmer has managed to install Windows 95 on an iPhone 6. The picture is the one he posted to prove he achieved this feat. Yes that is impressive but I really struggle to see what you do from there.

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    Published on 12th November 2014 by
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    Yesterday we had the latest drone video of the Apple Campus being built. The City of Cupertino has now posted the image above to show the progress at the site. According to the project plan construction should wind up in Q4 2016.

    A lot of people have expressed opinions about when and if Apple should have made their larger screen iPhones. One person to date who hasn’t offered an opinion has been Steve Wozniak. 9to5Mac tell us that Apple co-founder spoke at a recent CNN interview at the Capital One new Innovation Center in Plano Texas. In his view Apple should have made the bigger screen iPhone ...
    Published on 11th November 2014 by
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    The launch of the iPhone 6 has seen Apple lift its share of the enterprise market at the expense of Android. At least that is according to the latest report from Good Technology as reported by 9to5 Mac. Apple lifted its mobile share to 69% from 67 % in the quarter thanks it's seems to the launch of the iPhone.

    9to5Mac are also reporting that Apple supplier Pegatron is lifting production ...

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    Oldmacs

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    Ignoring the fact that people are gay is never going to fix the problem, it will just make it worse. I can talk about mental health if I like. I've gone

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    Orestes

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    Don't even get me started on mental health, or play the mental health card until you've been all the way to the bottom and back up again as you wouldn't

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    Oldmacs

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    Tim Cook is a role model of someone who has overcome obstacles that Gay people face and is able to run a major company. Your idea is to pretty much endanger

    Oldmacs Today, 06:35 PM Go to last post
    Orestes

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    I'm not the one that's making a big deal out of three posts because I said I was apathetic towards peoples sexual preferences. I said what I said and

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    Oldmacs

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    And if people didn't care we'd still have segregation based on race + women would have next to no rights. The only way things change is when people do

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    Orestes

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    I don't care, that's the thing and neither should anyone else. Maybe if we all stopped giving a toss the natural process of equality that's found out

    Orestes Today, 05:13 PM Go to last post
    Oldmacs

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    Obviously you're not gay, so ignore it. You obviously don't give a toss, so ignore it, Don't complain its there. YOU CAN'T MARRY YOUR SAME SEX PARTNER

    Oldmacs Today, 05:07 PM Go to last post
    Orestes

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    I wouldn't confuse my apathy with being negative. It's just well, whatever, the world, get over it, everyone. People are gay, you'll more as likely drive

    Orestes Today, 03:29 PM Go to last post
    lawrencium

    Tim Cook Speaks Up

    Excellent point. If you still disagree with this sentiment, think about this: when has it ever been an insult to call someone "straight"? (e.g.

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    Oldmacs

    Yosemite - feeling underwhelmed

    I would agree. I have my Macbook with my Windows 8 laptop next to it and I hate windows 8. It just took 2 hours to update, then decided it would fail.

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