The Can't-Even-Change-Avatar Edition Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Apple Victorious In Another Phone Unlocking Case, by Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

A federal judge in New York has handed Apple a victory in a request that it unlock an iPhone — a decision that comes just as a California judge is preparing to hear a similar dispute over a phone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

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Connection Failed, by Dave Wiskus, Better Elevation

Imagine a social network where you can’t see how many followers you have, can’t contact any of them directly, can’t tell how effective your posts are, can’t easily follow others, and can’t even change your avatar.

Welcome to Apple Music Connect.

Making My Way Through The iTunes Store's Border Control, by Jordan Merrick

Despite the ambiguity and lack of comprehensive information available on this process, changing my iTunes Store account's country wasn't a complete disaster, but there are a lot of things to watch out for, especially if you've been using the ecosystem for a number of years.


Mac Apps Not Opening? Apps Crashing On Launch? Fix Error 173 With OS X App Store Apps, by Paul Horowitz, OS X Daily

Undeniably annoying, this certificate problem is well documented by developers and users. Apparently the certificate expired a few weeks ago, but not all users have discovered the issue right away, particularly since not everyone uses the same apps every day.

Making The Mac Ignore Those Phone Calls, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

When the FaceTime program is open, go to the FaceTime menu, select Preferences and click the Settings tab. Turn off the check box next to Calls From iPhone and close the box.

Doo Review: A Different Take On The Task Manager Genre, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

It's important to note that Doo isn't for those who are looking to tackle a project with a task manager. Rather, think of it as a midpoint between Reminders and the apps mentioned above – it's more than checkmarks, but less than multiple project layers.

Within your stack, you can do three things that will help you handle your tasks: swipe up to complete, swipe down to snooze, or initiate an alert. Understanding the repercussions of performing one of these actions is vital in using Doo.

Mom Invents Device To Limit Screens, Protect Family Time, by Andrea Hayley, Epoch Times

Orad said she wants to make it really clear that Screen is not meant to be an anti-technology device.

“We use it. It’s okay, as long as its done in moderation, and it doesn’t take away from other things we need to do,” she said.

Google Maps Users Can Now Add A Stop Along Their Current Route, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

It’s quick and easy to enter a detour while in navigation mode. Just select the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen to see a menu of options for some places you might need to stop like a gas station, grocery store, or restaurant.


Blackflix, by April Joyner, Marie Claire

How Netflix's algorithm exposes technology's ​racial bias.​

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From the company who gave us the user-interface where one click on the "Start" button to shut down the computer: In Microsoft Word for iPad, tap on the "Share" button to delete a document.

(Yes, I've spent quite a few minutes trying to figure out how to delete a document, and have never thought of tapping the 'share' button.)


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