MyAppleMenu - Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Sat, Feb 14, 2015 The Changing-The-Way-Cities-Are-Built Edition

How I Control My Mac with Automatic + IFTTT + Dropbox

TJ Luoma, MacStories:

More specifically, when I turn my car’s ignition on or off in the parking lot at my office, Automatic triggers an IFTTT recipe, creating a text file in a special Dropbox folder which is monitored by launchd[1] and runs a shell script depending on which file is created.

It sounds more complicated than it is. No, really.

How-To: Now's the Right Time to Swap Your Old iMac's Hard Drive for a Fast New SSD

Jeremy Horwitz, 9to5Mac:

Today, high-quality, capacious SSDs can be had for reasonable prices, and they’re surprisingly easy to install in iMacs. With limited expertise and only three tools, I swapped out my old hard drive for an SSD in roughly 30 minutes. Here’s how I did it, and what I’d recommend for you.

How to Share Your Location with iOS 8 (Without Creeping Yourself Out)

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

iOS 8 offers a host of ways to share your location with other people, some of which appear for the first time in this release. Each method of sharing brings with it a complementary control that lets you either disable it temporarily, stop sharing entirely to a given individual, or set a time-bounded limit.

No Hardware? No Problem: Apple's Web-Based iWork Goes Free For Everyone

Jared Newman:

Apple’s iCloud site now offers a way to create an account straight from the browser, providing access to web versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

I'm a Mac and a PC: Virtualizing Windows on the Mac

Jason Snell, WinSuperSite:

If you want to just use a PC, you should buy a PC. But Mac users who need to rely on PC software have spent the last eight years not having to carry around two computer, and today's virtualization software makes it seamless to switch between the two operating systems. It's a great time to live on two platforms.

Stuff for Your Computers

If you need to make fast notes, if you want to write text and then worry about what to do with it later, if you just want to enjoy writing in an app, then Drafts is for you.

  • Ask the iTunes Guy: Deleting iTunes Radio, Death of the Old Info Window (Kirk McElhearn, Macworld)
  • 8 Apple TV Secrets Every iOS User Should Know (Jonny Evans, Comptuerworld)

 Car

The plot is thickening...

  • Marco della Cava, USA Today: The most high profile Apple hire associated with the theory is Johann Jungwirth, formerly the head of Mercedes-Benz's Silicon Valley research and development division, according to a report in the Financial Times.

  • Daisuke Wakabayashi and Mike Ramsey, Wall Street Journal: The Cupertino, Calif., company has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter.


  • Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP: It’s no secret that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was keen on bringing the company’s technology to the automotive world. In fact, according to longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler, “Steve’s dream before he died was to design an iCar.” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Shiller, echoed those sentiments during the company’s copyright infringement trial against Samsung, saying there had been discussion of Apple making a vehicle.

The Only Computer That Really Matters: The Cloud

Simon Bisson, ZDNet:

You're going to be a Dropbox user, an iCloud user, a Google Drive user first and foremost. Pick up any device and at least some of your data and apps will be there, as soon as you log in to the computer that really matters: the cloud.

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Parting Words

Thanks for reading.