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From: Ars Technica Infinite Loop

Sapphire manufacturer and Apple agree to part ways ?amicably?
GT Advanced Technologies will proceed with surprising bankruptcy.

Early iPad Air 2 benchmark suggests tri-core CPU, 2GB of RAM
The newest iPad could be more powerful by a sizable margin.

iFixit?s 2014 Mac Mini teardown shows a sealed, less-upgradeable redesign
Soldered RAM and one fewer drive bay make the Mini a MacBook in a box.

 


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Apple CEO meets with Chinese official to discuss iCloud hijacks
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China's Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss man-in-the-middle attacks against iCloud users, according to Reuters and China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Reuters notes that the Chinese government has so far denied allegations of involvement, which in particular tied the attacks to the state firewall used to censor Internet access in the country. As for the meeting, Xinhua says only that the pair shared views on "protection of users' information" and "strengthening cooperation and in information and communication fields."...








Google Play Music updates Listen Now page, adds Songza playlists
Google Play Music has been updated for both Android and iOS, with a new look and extra features. While it has received a Material Design-influenced makeover, similar to the leaked Gmail update, the main change users will notice is the inclusion of activity and time-related playlists, something Google has introduced courtesy of its acquisition of Songza in July....








Apple SEC filing reveals executive RSU bonuses, lobbying costs
In its latest SEC 10-Q filing, Apple has revealed certain company details -- including the fact that it still spends a small fraction of the money other tech firms do on Washington lobbying, and that it continues its practice of awarding its executives restricted stock units (RSUs) that could be worth millions if they stay with the company and it continues to do well. CFO Luca Maestri and Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Dame Angela Ahrendts both received their first executive bonuses as part of the disclosure....








 


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iCloud hacking and Apple's response; Yosemite privacy and security issues; POODLE problems for online banking; a Staples customer data breach; NSA issues and more

 


From: MacOSXHints.com

Getting Java client apps to run the way you want
I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on 'Company stuff' from a large screen iMac when I'm sat at home or from my MacBook when I'm on the road (it works fine over 3/4G).

The first thing is that you have to do some configuring of both Java and Safari to get the applet to run at all.

Once that was all done, I could log in from all my Macs, fire up the applet and establish a secure connection.

On two of the Macs, as soon as I fired up the Citrix app, the Java vpn window would show 'error'. The console showed a Java crash. But on the third Mac, everything worked fi ...

Siri: workaround Content Not Available error
A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri. Phrases like 'Call my wife' or 'Tell my dad' stopped working. Siri knew who those people were but proclaimed 'Uh oh, I don't have a phone number for Jane Isa Doe." and beneath, there's a message: "Content Not Available."

I debugged this for over an hour and on a hunch, found a workaround that seems to work for nearly everyone who has tried it. All you have to do is delete the middle name of the person in *your* contact card where it is stored as a relationship.

I'm not sure why that works; it shouldn't, but it does. That's why I call it a workaround instead of a fix. I figure Apple is mucking around with Siri and perhaps caused a bug or some sort of corruption.

I'd be curious to know from MacOSXHints users whether they are experiencing this problem in the first place and if the workaround works for you, too. I'd also like to understand why this works and why the problem even e ...

Older browser behavior changes in Google search
As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers. They say it's not a bug, it's by design here, even though Google's support page says it accepts Safari 4 as a fully supported browser.

If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string. For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. Internet Explorer 9 (Windows) works, for example.

[crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this. It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does. I think the actual hint here is a reminder that if a site misbehaves, changing the user agent can be an effective troubleshooting tool.]

 


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Re-imagining a Megalopolis
Re-imagining a Megalopolis

Imagine your city’s mayor has just called you up and tasked you with creating and running a new department of city government. You can do whatever you want, really, but it’s got to be new, innovative, interdisciplinary – like nothing ever attempted before. Now imagine your city is the 6th largest on the planet, home […]

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Startup Aims To Remake Computer Security For the Cloud Age
Startup Aims To Remake Computer Security For the Cloud Age

Steve Herrod was there for the rise of Nicira, the Silicon Valley startup that reinvented the way we build computer networks and then sold itself to tech giant VMware for $1.26 billion. He was VMware’s chief technology officer at the time, one of the driving forces behind this massive deal, and after leaving VMware for […]

The post Startup Aims To Remake Computer Security For the Cloud Age appeared first on WIRED.










An Elevated Park That Makes NYC?s High Line Look Tiny
An Elevated Park That Makes NYC’s High Line Look Tiny

This new design could help revitalize a major area of Washington, D.C.

The post An Elevated Park That Makes NYC’s High Line Look Tiny appeared first on WIRED.










 


From: Gizmodo

SimCity IRL: Be the Mayor Of Your Own Tiny 3D-Printed Metropolis

SimCity IRL: Be the Mayor Of Your Own Tiny 3D-Printed Metropolis

Automobile enthusiasts can collect die-cast cars, animal lovers can collect plush toys, but architecture fans can't really collect towering skyscrapers or sprawling art galleries. And that's what inspired Steve Fox, an architecture enthusiast himself, to create a collection of tiny noteworthy 3D-printed buildings that can be collected and assembled into a miniature metropolis.

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What If We Visualized Rhythm With Circles Instead of Traditional Bars

Music is inherently orderly (at least, most of it is), but you'd never know it by looking at a page full of notes and notation. However, a new TED video shows how the backbone of any piece of music?rhythm?can be easily visualized using a simple wheel and hand.

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This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

This Tiny Implantable Chip Is Powered By Sound

We've all but figured out how to make robots and machines tiny enough to operate inside the human body. The tricky part is figuring out a way to power them that's safe for the host. In lieu of bulky batteries or inconvenient wires, researchers at Stanford University have developed an implantable wireless chip that can be powered by the same ultrasound waves used to safely image a fetus in the womb.

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Science
From: National Geographic News

Stunning Pictures: The Year's Best Wildlife Photographs
National Geographic photographers are among the winners of Wildlife Photography of the Year.

Partial Solar Eclipse Graces Skies on Thursday
Sky-watchers eagerly anticipate a partial solar eclipse that will blanket much of United States and Canada in shadow.

Photographer's Portraits of Liberia's Ebola Survivors Show Joy, Sorrow
John Moore's portraits of those who survived Ebola show happiness but also grief over lost loved ones and rejection by their communities.

 


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Slumbering lions win top photo prize
A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Physics reveals how nature sparkles
Researchers reveal that the same physical mechanism is behind many of nature's most dazzling shines.

Wind farms outstrip nuclear power
The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

 


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