MyAppleMenu - Thu, Jan 8, 2015

Thu, Jan 8, 2015 Day of the USB Adapters

Did rumors of the 12-inch Macbook Air create an Osbourne Effect, or did everyone who wanted to hang on to their MagSafe connectors a little while longer rushed out to buy the current Macbooks?

How to Bulk Delete Images From Your iPhone

A Macworld reader asked:

My iPhone is running out of storage space and I think it’s because I have a lot of photos on it. I’d like to remove them all in one go, after backing them up. Is there a simple way to do that?

Christopher Breen to the rescue!

How to Reset iTunes Match

512 Pixels:

Like every other cloud service Apple offers, there's no man-behind-the-curtain preference pane to reset things. There's no toggle labeled "Reset iTunes Match" anywhere.

However, iTunes Match can be tricked into being reset.

How to Fix Touch ID Not Working On Your iPhone or iPad

Topher Kessler, MacIssues:

In essence, if you find you are having trouble using Touch ID, then it is time to create an additional Touch ID profile for the specific condition you are in.

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) 2.8ghz Review, Apple's 'Best' Mac Mini Isn't As Good As the 2012 Model

Andrew Harrison, Macworld UK:

For power users that need that extra processing headroom, the quad-core Mac mini is already sorely missed. For single-threaded applications, the processor performance is little changed, even though we expected the 0.2 GHz advantage to give this model an unequivocal edge. And despite Intel’s advances in faster processing at lower clock speeds, the 2014 generation does suffer in out-and-out multi-threaded speed when compared to the quad-core Mac minis made two years earlier – it may come as little surprise that two cores still comfortably beat four. In its favour, system IO has increased in other areas through the implementation of faster storage drives, improved Wi-Fi and more focused Thunderbolt 2 technology. The adage about steps forward and backward really comes to mind for the new Mac mini, and your personal needs will suggest how many this one’s taken in each direction.

Stuff for Your Mac

  • Andrew Kunesh, Macgasm: With Flashlight, you can add different commands to Spotlight search to either fetch information or perform other tasks on your computer— for example, you can perform Terminal commands or use Wolfram Alpha to compute complex equations.
  • Tera Thomas O'Brien: Imagine what the Dock would look like if, instead of a long line of icons, all those icons were rolled up into a circular donut shape.

Apple and Amazon's Unpaid Security Checks Face a New Challenge in State Courts

Josh Eidelson, BusinessWeek:

Suing under state law is the right strategy, says Orly Lobel, a professor of employment and labor law at the University of San Diego. “A straightforward interpretation of the checkout time at the Apple stores, in which employees are subject to searches, would include that time as time in which the employees are subject to the control of the employer.” And if a state has different standards than federal law, says UC Irvine law professor Catherine Fisk, “obviously state law might find the time spent on security checks compensable.”

That could be costly for companies like Apple. Gallaway claims that his amended complaint, due to be filed in court on Jan. 9, will cover a class of about 12,500 current and former employees at 53 California Apple Stores, and employees report losing 10 to 20 minutes a day waiting without pay for a manager to perform a security check. California law also has heightened penalties and requirements that could increase the cost to companies, like an overtime rule that kicks in whenever employees work more than eight hours in a day, rather than only after 40 hours in a week. Other states offer opportunities for fresh lawsuits, says Gallaway: “Without giving away too much of where we want to go with this, it’s certainly more than California.” But even some solid blue states may be dead ends: Last month, while persisting with their California claims, Gallaway and his colleagues abandoned their allegations under state law in Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio, whose statutes they acknowledged “largely follow the ‘integral and indispensable’ test under the FLSA.”

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Parting Words

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