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  • Take control of your Mac’s privacy

    Posted on May 3rd, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    ISSUE 18.16 • 2021-05-03


    Nathan Parker

    By Nathan Parker

    Apple’s emphasis on privacy is focused on personal devices, such as iPads and iPhones. But Macs have privacy settings, too.

    In my recent article “Take control of your privacy — iPhone & iPad” (AskWoody 18.12, 2021-04-05), I discussed many of the settings provided by iOS and iPadOS to control the privacy and security of the device and the apps running on it. Although one might think all Apple systems would be in lockstep, I have noticed that the settings in macOS are not quite as granular, not quite as detailed, as those in iOS/iPadOS.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.16.0 (2021-05-03).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.16.F (2021-05-03).

  • New M1 devices from Apple

    Posted on April 26th, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Last week Apple welcomed more models into its family of M1-powered devices, including two new iPads!

    I listened to last Tuesday’s Apple event announcing a new iMac and the new iPads as well as several other less important products. I have a lot of thoughts not only about the products, but also about how Apple might interact with us in the future.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.15.0 (2021-04-26).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.15.F (2021-04-26).

  • Take control of your privacy – iPhone & iPad

    Posted on April 5th, 2021 at 01:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Take control of your privacy – iPhone & iPad

    Nathan Parker

    By Nathan Parker

    Apple heavily promotes its devices and services as being focused on your privacy, especially for those who heavily use Apple’s built-in apps and services.

    Apple has a prominent page on its site devoted to its view of privacy.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.12.0 (2021-04-05).

  • The scammers are a buzzing today

    Posted on March 28th, 2021 at 17:59 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Well I’m out in the garden on my Surface typing up tomorrow’s ComputerWorld article and enjoying the Spring weather…. meanwhile I’ve gotten about 8 robocalls trying to say they are from apple icloud support and that I have a problem with my service. Yea, right. There have been some days that my Dad has kept the scammers on for quite a while as he pretends to go along with the scammers. These days I’ve also noticed an increase in robocalls, ones where you pick up the phone and there is a funny computerized blurb noise at it picks up the call. There is even a Youtube channel where they do nothing but record scam calls.  How many are you getting lately?  I’ve seen an increase, have you?

    That’s the bees enjoying my Allium flowers. Hope you enjoy your day as well.

  • How to create a bootable macOS installer

    Posted on February 22nd, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    How to create a bootable macOS installer

    By Nathan Parker

    Once included with macOS, installers are now available only for download.

    In the past, macOS X installers were available on a DVD. This changed with OS X Lion in 2011. The only way to get the installers today is to download them (at no charge) from the Mac App Store.

    Despite this minor inconvenience, the process to create an installer is quite simple.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.7.0 (2021-02-22).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.7.F (2021-02-22).

  • Apple needs an update

    Posted on January 27th, 2021 at 23:51 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You know that the newsmedia have been talking about an issue when your Dad asks you how to update his iPhone.

    There is a patch out to fix several “zero day” bugs that involve browsing and malicious app that may be able to launch privileges.

    For the record you want go into the gear/settings, then to the general section. Find the Software update section and click on that to trigger the update. Your device needs to either be plugged or more than 50% battery life.

  • How Apple silicon might hurt Windows

    Posted on December 13th, 2020 at 21:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Will Fastie

    With the introduction of its M1 chip on Macs, Apple might well have triggered one of the greatest disruptions in the PC industry since the ’90s.

    Just the other day, I was catching up with an old friend, Jeffrey Tarter, founder of the influential SoftLetter publication. While we were reminiscing, Jeff opined that he had become bored by tech.

    I knew instantly what he meant; we’d both come up through the exciting birth and maturation of the PC industry — a time when it seemed as though something new and revolutionary was appearing every 12 minutes. We lamented that the once exceptional pace of innovation seemed to have been lost somewhere along the way.

    Until recently, that is.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.49.0 (2020-12-14).

  • They know what you are running

    Posted on December 7th, 2020 at 21:29 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Whenever you surf, there’s a “user agent string” that advertises to the web sites what operating system and browser you are running.  It also advertises to the attackers as well.  The other day my sister was surfing on her random sites on the Internet surf machine (better known as an ipad) and she had installed the Edge browser on the device.  She asked me… “what is this?”

    She had been surfing for something… I don’t remember what… and a web site came up that pretended to be an apple update/malware notification.

    It flagged that it was a notification from Apple security.  The bad guys want to target what you are using and Apple devices are not immune.  Be careful out there.

  • Apple – Big Sur big problem?

    Posted on November 17th, 2020 at 00:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Apple has released Big Sur and already I’m seeing vendors urge you to not upgrade at this time.

    Furthermore I’ve seen several posts about issues bypassing firewalls and VPN protection.

    Just like with windows, don’t be too quick to upgrade without doing your homework.

  • What you need to know about today’s Apple event

    Posted on October 13th, 2020 at 20:50 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathan Parker:

    Apple hosted a virtual event on October 13. This was one of the most exciting Apple events I have watched. Here is the bottom line of the major product announcements:

    HomePod mini: Smaller circular design, 360 degree audio, S5 chip (Apple Watch chip, not an A Series chip), Computational Audio optimizes each audio when played, new Intercom support arriving to all Apple devices, stronger emphasis on being a home assistant, Emphasis on privacy, $99 (versus $299 for the larger HomePod).

    iPhone 12: Now includes 5G, New design similar to iPhone 4 and 5, iPhone mini option (6.1” vs 6.4” display on the larger iPhone 12), Ceramic Shield offers better protection (including better spill and splash resistance), New colors, A14 Bionic chip, OLED comes to iPhone 12, Dual Cameras with Night Mode, Night Mode Selfies, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3 and Portrait Mode, , Night Mode Time Lapse, Record and Edit Video in Dolby Vision, Support for MagSafe Accessories (magnetic chargers, cases, wallets, etc), Faster Wireless Charging

    iPhone 12 Pro: Includes everything on the iPhone 12 with 6.1” and 6.7” Display options, Smaller bezels, Four colors including Pacific Blue (stainless steel bands instead of aluminum), LiDAR sensors, Four Cameras with expanded Night Mode, ProRAW Support (the ability to shoot RAW on a phone camera), HDR Video Recording

    A few additional things to know:

    • iPhone 12 mmWave support is limited to the US
    • Apple is including three months of Apple Arcade in addition to a free year of Apple TV+
    • iPhone 12 models no longer come with EarPods and Power Adapter, do include USB C Cable (this extends to future iPhone 11, XR, and SE purchases)
    • iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 was also released today, watchOS 7.0.2 was released recently as well
  • Touring through Apple’s September updates

    Posted on October 11th, 2020 at 21:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Nathan Parker

    For those who follow Apple development, September is a special time of year.

    It’s when the company showcases major updates to its various consumer operating systems: iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Recently, I took each of them for a test drive.

    Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve found so far — both the good and the … not so good.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.40.0 (2020-10-12).

  • Apple’s “Time Flies” September 2020 event: The bottom line

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 07:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This just in from Nathan Parker:

    Apple showed its “Time Flies” September 2020 event on September 15. Here is the “bottom line” of Apple’s new product and service offerings:

    • Apple Watch Series 6: Now offers Blood Oxygen support, Brighter Screen, Always On Altimeter, New colors include (PRODUCT)RED and Blue, New “Solo Loop” option, New Watch Faces; No 5G on Cellular model, No Ceramic option
    • Apple Watch SE: More Affordable Apple Watch option, No ECG or Blood Oxygen sensor, Series 3 still available as a low-cost option as well
    • Apple Watch Family Setup: Works with Series 4 or later running watchOS 7, makes it easier for parents to manage children’s watches and communicate with family members with Apple Watches
    • Apple Fitness+: New monthly or annual service (one month free for all Apple Watch users and three months free for new Apple Watch purchases), workouts that integrate with Apple Watch and workout videos that work across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV; Coming late 2020, Apple Watch Series 3 or later required
    • New iPad Air: New All-Screen design similar to iPad Pro, Touch ID built into power button (no Face ID), A14 Bionic Chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, Magic Keyboard support, New Colors include Green and Sky Blue; Coming in October
    • New iPad: The low-cost option now includes A12 Bionic Chip and Apple Pencil support
    • iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 will be available September 16
    • Apple One: Apple Services bundle, Three tiers; Individual (Includes Music, TV+, Arcade, 50GB iCloud Storage), Family (Everything in Individual plus 200GB iCloud Storage and Family Sharing included), Premier (Everything in Individual and Family plus 2TB iCloud Storage, News+, and the forthcoming Fitness+)

    I watched the event, and I came away impressed – and wondering if the time has come to start wearing a watch. That iPad Air looks mighty sweet, too. Let’s hope Apple has better luck with iOS 14 stability than they did with iOS 13.