If you’re a Mac user and are annoyed that OS X automatically launches Apple Photos every time you connect a device or insert a memory card, there’s good news for you: you can disable the program from launching for all devices with a single command.
Melbourne-based photographer Ben Fon tells PetaPixel that all you need to do is Open up Terminal, and enter the following line:
defaults -currentHost write com.apple.ImageCapture disableHotPlug -bool YES
Then press Enter.
If you use a laptop, and your battery dies quickly, check and see if you accidentally left iTunes open on an iTunes Store page. Look how much CPU it uses to simply display a front page, and rotate graphics in the carrousel at the top of the page
The makers of MacKeeper — a much-maligned software utility many consider to be little more than scareware that targets Mac users — have acknowledged a breach that exposed the usernames, passwords and other information on more than 13 million customers and, er … users.
The fact that there are actuall 13 million Mac users who’ve fallen for the MacKeeper scam is just heartbreaking.
And it was bad enough that they were ripping people off in the first place — now they’ve exposed their passwords.
Maybe this will be a lesson to MacKeeper to finally disapear?
When the Mailbox team joined Dropbox in 2013, we shared a passion for simplifying the way people work together. And solving the email problem seemed like a strong complement to the challenges Dropbox was already tackling.
But as we deepened our focus on collaboration, we realized there’s only so much an email app can do to fundamentally fix email. We’ve come to believe that the best way for us to improve people’s productivity going forward is to streamline the workflows that generate so much email in the first place.
When we introduced Carousel in April 2014, we believed a standalone app would be a better way to experience photos. We’re proud to have created a photo app that many of you use and love.
However, over the past year and a half, we’ve learned the vast majority of our users prefer the convenience and simplicity of interacting with their photos directly inside of Dropbox. With this in mind, we’ve had to make a difficult decision.
On March 31st, we’re shutting down Carousel as a standalone app and returning to a single Dropbox photo experience.
Apps that get acquired don’t last. Apps that don’t get acquired also don’t last. (Exceptions are rare.)
My decision to purchase an iPad Pro was reluctant to say the least. I obviously have no love in my heart for the iPad, but the idea of the Pencil brings its own excitement, albeit a cautious excitement.
My track record with iPad styluses so far has been lacking, so would this be any different? Is the iPad even capable of being a device for professional illustration work?
Every single stylus that has been made for the iPad or iPhone has been a pile of dog shit when compared to what you can do with a Wacom tablet. Even compared to what you could do 20 years ago with a Wacom tablet. The KoalaPad on an Apple //e was probably better.
It’s been hard, and upsetting. And so much money wasted on crappy iOS styluses. I stopped paying attention whenever a new stylus was announced, since I was inevitably let down.
And then this week I got the Apple Pencil (which is Apple speak for a stylus) and an iPad Pro. This new tablet from Apple has the hardware support needed to make a useful stylus. Hardware support that has been missing for five long, very long, agonizing years.
And It’s God Damn Amazing.
But I thought I’d compare a couple Chromebook models as I recently got to try a few different ones out curtesy of Google.
The Acer C720P chromebook is a nice chromebook, it was my main backup laptop (for days when I didn’t feel like carrying my macbook around) for the past year, and with an 11.6-Inch HD Touchscreen, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB SSD it’s worked well.
When I first got this chromebook, I said I’d never use the touchscreen, but that opinion quickly changed and the touchscreen actually got used more than I thought it would have.
My biggest thing with this chromebook was the keyboard, the
enter key was cut in half to make room for a second key and you often found yourself pressing that key instead, which made typing a tad annoying, but the touchscreen made up for it.
The Acer 670 is also a nice chromebook, and I’ve actually been using it since I got it rather than the 720. Which may seem odd since this chromebook is not a touchscreen and has only 2 GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD drive.
So why the downgrade?
It actually doesn’t feel like a downgrade at all, in some areas it feels faster. For one thing, Acer corrected that keyboard layout so that typing is now nicer, and since that key isn’t there to make more mistakes, typing is faster, which means productivity is also faster.
The smaller hard drive is also minor as I keep an SD card inserted into the chromebook, flush with the chassis, which gives me an extra 128 GB of space, plus Google Drive gives you 1 TB of space to use, so yeah, that’s minor.
The other thing is that the beauty of ChromeOS itself is that you can switch devices no problem and have things work well. I’m especially a big fan of Code Anywhere, which lets me edit code, SSH into my servers, and do my work the same as if I was on my Macbook.
One last chromebook to talk about is the ASUS Flip chromebook.
This chromebook was an interesting model to play with. It’s got a lot in common with the C720P, while having the same hard drive size as the 670.
The biggest draw to this device is that it flips, so it’s a standard laptop one minute, then it flips into a chromeOS tablet the next.
I’d like it better if the
flip let the keyboard be hidden, but it works well, things are tucked away nicely and it gives you a few different positioning modes.
So which one wins?
If you click this link, you’ll see for yourself that there so many different models of chromebooks out there.
These three are actually just a drop in the bucket over all, but they’re the three I’ve found best.
If you want a touchscreen experience then the Acer C720P is nice, as is the ASUS Flip, whereas for pure typing, the Acer 670 wins out.
It’s easy to forget now, but the first real music streaming service to arrive in America was Rdio. Like its founders, Skype billionaires Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström, Rdio was awkwardly spelled and a little hard to pronounce.
When it arrived in August 2010, the smartphone era was young enough that the company offered a $5 web-only streaming plan (on the assumption you might not have a mobile device) and a BlackBerry app (in case you had a bad one).
The company’s catalog was limited to 7 million songs, well short of the 30 million tracks that it and its rivals now provide. From the start, Rdio had more product sense than business sense, and its cautious approach to growth and marketing would ultimately spell its doom.
We used Rdio heavily for a couple years until Spotify came to Canada. We quickly cancelled our Rdio membership and moved to Spotify and have been there since.
Ready for Apple Pay to launch in Canada? According to American Express, the service is set to launch this Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Customer service representatives we spoke with confirmed the date over the phone numerous times, and is in line with what you’ve told us as well.
Currently, just launching with AMEX, but it’s a start as we’ve waited over a year for Apple Pay to finally arrive.
Arguing that Apple is in trouble because the iPhone is so popular is like arguing that the ’90s-era Chicago Bulls were in trouble because Michael Jordan was so good. It’s true Jordan couldn’t play forever — and the iPhone won’t be the most profitable product in the world forever.
But in the meantime, the Bulls were well-nigh unbeatable, and Apple, for now at least, is unfathomably profitable.
Just like how it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, it’s better to have tremendous success for some period of time than never to have had tremendous success in the first place. Right?
Another well written and thought out piece by Gruber, taking down the ridiculousness of the Apple doomsayers.
There is absoluely zero basis for their prognostications and yet, rather than being spiked by their editors as posts that have no basis in fact or shouted down by the media in general, they are lauded for their “prescience”.