The Everything-Are-Computers-Now Edition Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Apple Releases New 'What's A Computer?' iPad Pro Ad, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today debuted a new iPad Pro advertisement on its YouTube channel, pointing out all of the things the powerful tablet can do as a computer replacement.

Apple Makes A Really Good Ad For Microsoft’s Surface Pro, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 are still distinct products. On the convertible spectrum, the iPad still feels like a tablet first, while the Surface feels more PC-ish. [...] But the two companies' messaging about their tablets has never been more similar.

Logitech Releases CREATE Keyboard Case For 9.7-Inch iPad Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The CREATE Keyboard Case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features backlit keys, a protective case that protects the iPad when it isn't in use, iPad-specific function keys, and an integrated holder for the Apple Pencil.

Control Your TV

Apple Releases New ‘Apple TV Remote’ App With Siri Remote Features For iPhone, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

After first teasing it last December and releasing it in beta at WWDC, Apple’s new ‘Apple TV Remote’ app for the new Apple TV is now available to download from the App Store.

Buggy Updates

Apple Releases iTunes 12.4.3 With Playlist Syncing Fix, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released iTunes 12.4.3, a minor update that fixes a bug that could cause playlist changes made on iPhones or iPads to not appear in iTunes.

Taking Notes

Notebooks For iOS And Mac Organizes Your Research And Reference Materials, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Notebooks by Alfons Schmid is an iOS and Mac notebook app that has excellent organizational tools on iOS and the Mac. With solid search, sorting and sync options, your notebooks and documents are always readily available to you, which makes it a great research tool, especially on iOS. Notebooks' editing tools are a different story. Notebooks for iOS strikes a nice balance with excellent text and PDF editing tools. The more recently released Mac version of Notebooks, however, doesn’t go much beyond text editing, which is a little disappointing.

Security Matters

This Is What Apple Should Tell You When You Lose Your iPhone!, by Joonas Kiminki, Medium

If you ever lose your iPhone, iPad or iPod, be extra alert for upcoming identity theft attempts.

Secure Messaging App Telegram Leaks Anything Pasted In To It, by Maria Varmazis, Naked Security

In the OS X version, text that was copied-and-pasted into the app was also written to the file/var/log/system.log, better known as the syslog, creating a sort of ad-hoc and unnoticed backup of any private conversations or notes.


FileMaker, Inc. Unveils Small Business Toolkit And Idea To iPad Bundle, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Both are designed to help small businesses plan, create and deploy a custom app that will enable them to maximize customer satisfaction, drive growth and increase profitability.

Channels Review: Turn Your iPad Or iPhone Into A Handheld TV, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

If live television has been a missing or irritating-to-use piece for your viewing pleasure, Channels plus a networked tuner pulls it neatly into your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.


Is There Any Room For The Not-Passionate Developer?, by Philippe Bourgau

Where do we stand now ? Do you need to live and breath programming to remain a good developer ?

Atom 1.9 Hackable Text Editor Out Now With Display Layers, Electron 0.37.8, by Marius Nestor, Softpedia

The new Display Layers functionality should also enable support for free-form folds via the "Fold Selection" command, as well as to improve the soft-wrapping algorithm. Atom 1.9 also comes with a brand new, intuitive way of letting users organize the workspace, thanks to the implementation of drag and drop layout management.


Olympic Athletes Complain About The Newest Problem In Rio: There’s No Way To Play Pokemon Go, by Aamna Mohdin, Quartz

While athletes won’t have a chance to play Pokémon Go, the city has equipped them for a different recreational activity. Olympic organizers are distributing a record 450,000 condoms to athletes, including 100,000 female condoms.