MyAppleMenu - Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Wed, Feb 18, 2015 The Paper-Thin Edition

IBM has an one-atom thick graphene transitor? How long more before Apple changes MacBooks' unit of measurement for thickness from mm to atom? :-)

Troubleshooting Your Apple Products: The Last Word

Christopher Breen, Macworld:

I’ve found these three broad principles to be the most helpful.

Don’t panic.
Puzzle it out.
Have faith.


Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with.

This has been an amazing day. Like witnessing your own funeral where people say lovely things about you. Thank you.

— Chris Breen (@BodyofBreen) February 18, 2015

By the way, every one of you failed to earn your Junior Detective's badge:

— Chris Breen (@BodyofBreen) February 17, 2015

Photo by Kohei Kanno (CC BY 2.0)

Making Music on iOS: Guitar Amps, Effects Apps & Hardware

Charlie Sorrel, MacStories:

That’s what we’re looking at today – iPad (and iPhone) guitar amp simulations, along with virtual effects pedals. And along the way, we’ll look at hardware to connect up your guitar to the iPad, and at some speaker options so you can actually hear yourself play.

Spoiler alert – the guitar world has taken a big turn towards the awesome.

A Nasty Surprise for the Blind Who Update Their iPhone

Stefania Leone, West:

Sometimes, unfortunately, new discoveries hide nasty surprises. Which is what happened to me when I realised that if blind or visually impaired people activate Voiceover on their iPhone or iPad using IOS 8.1.2, they cannot use a bluetooth keypad at the same time.

Leaving the Family


The app helps users recognise the warning signs of suicide and allows them to immediately connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Popular task managing app Trello scored a pretty major update on iOS today. Version 2.7 brings a fresh new design, along with new features such as support for iOS 8's share menu, a new today widget, and Handoff support.

This is Tim

Indie Execs Voice Concern Over iTunes Store Changes

Ed Christman, Billboard:

While Apple remains tight-lipped about its plans for the interactive streaming service many expect to launch early this year, the company has made big changes in its download store in the last month, and label executives believe the moves are tied closely with whatever they are planning for its soon to be revamped Beats digital streaming service.

The changes appear to benefit the major labels at the expense of indies, leaving the indie label sector in a diminished showing compared to where they were previously inside the store. iTunes didn't respond to a request for comment.


Parting Words

Thanks for reading.