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  • Brazilian iPhone thieves demonstrate importance of responsible password practices

    I'm an Apple Specialist and it is just incredibly how many people 1) use simple number sequences for their iPhone/iPad passcode. (1111, 0000, 1234, etc). Even worse how many times when I've asked someone to enter their Apple ID password in their phone, they open up the Notes app and there is every password and PIN number for their entire life.

    I try to inform them how unsafe that is, but few listen.  I even show them password books (like an address book) that cost about $5.00 on Amazon.  While even that might not be the safest thing if a home is burgled, it is still better than having an iPhone whose passcode is 0000 and then having all your user names and passwords to every website under the sun in Notes is just courting disaster.  (Often these are the same phones that aren't backed up anywhere, so when it gets lost, the information is gone as well.)

  • COVID-19 disaster shows off Apple's true core

    I'm sure this article will be accused of drinking the Apple Kool-Aid, but it everything said here is true.  Apple has resources like pretty much no other company on the planet and no matter what happens concerned the pandemic, Apple will see it through.

    Today, Goldman Sachs issued a rare sell recommendation on Apple stock and sure enough the stock is down a few dollars in a market that is otherwise very positive today.  Either they were looking to just move the price downward to pick up shares a bit cheaper, or they are highly mistaken about Apple's future.

    Sure, stores are closed and sales will be down for this and almost certainly the next quarter, but people need Apple services and products.  The intro of the new iPhone SE is actually perfectly timed.  There are a lot of people who need to upgrade their old iPhone 6 and 7.  At $399, the new SE is perfect and doesn't break the bank for many people.  (Monthly payment plans will be around $16 a month.  People spend more on a Netflix subscription.)

    Finally, all the charitable stuff that Apple does is truly incredible.  They have the resources, the pull, and the money.  Good to see some of go to good causes.
  • Congress members demand Apple exit China in letter to Tim Cook

    Meanwhile, all four of these Congressmen use iPhones to send their tweets.

    A bit hypocritical...but then again, that is the mainline of GOP DNA. 
  • Chrome is still a memory hog on macOS compared to Safari

    I have a 2019 iMac with a 3.6GHz i9 CPU, 64gb of RAM, and 8gb of video ram- so quite a powerful system. 

    I was using Chrome for quite a while, but I noticed I was hearing the iMac's fan a lot. I installed the program MenuBar Stats which gives all sorts of system info- CPU and RAM usage, reading on the almost 30 temperature sensors inside the machine, and of course, fan speed.

    Well, the fan would often go to 100%. The CPU temp would soar to 165-170º.  

    Then I switched to Safari. Not only did everything load faster, but the fan stopped coming on. The programs that were operating at the same time, worked faster. The CPU temp rarely goes about 145º.  

    Chrome simply sucks.
  • Parallels Desktop 16.5 released with native Apple Silicon support

    So let's say I have an M1 Mac with Parallels 16.5 and Windows 10 ARM.  Will Windows programs that use the regular Windows 10 for Intel (like Quicken for Windows) work...or do those programs need to be written for Windows for ARM. 
  • 'The Snoopy Show' promotion takes over Apple's website

    Just watched episode one.  Now, I'm just about a month shy of my 59th birthday, so I grew up with The Peanuts.  The show is just great.  It brings back lots of memories...and all the Peanuts books I had as a kid.   (Truth is... I do have the entire 26 volume The Compleat Peanuts with every single strip Charles Schulz ever did rom Fantagraphics publishing.)
  • UK class action over App Store commission could cost Apple $2B

    Rayz2016 said:
    There’s one company that makes just about every pair of spectacles on the planet. The markup on eyewear is literally eye-watering. 

    And you never hear about it. 

    So very true.  A local optician would charge me almost $1400 for two pairs of glasses with progressive lenses.  Costco was able to do the same for about $400.00.  Warby Parker for about $600. 

    No one is suing Luxottica for the insane prices they charge. 

    The same goes for most jewelry which works on a price scale known in the business as Triple Keystone- 300% over wholesale.  That $600.00 watch cost the store $200.00.   When there's a "sale" things often become Triple Key +25.-- 325% over cost.  Then marked down by whatever.