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Retrieving the Google Analytics metrics you care about is now as easy as asking for them using natural language.

Google has rolled out the ability to navigate Google Analytics’ interface by typing queries into a search bar. Queries can also be entered in the form of a voice search.

In fact, this new feature uses the very same natural language processing technology used in Google Search. If you don’t see it now, you will eventually see it in your GA dashboard over the next few weeks.

You’ll know when you have access to this feature because there will be a new “Intelligence” button in the GA dashboard. Click the button, or tap the icon on mobile, and start entering queries.

“The ability to ask questions is part of Analytics Intelligence, a set of features in Google Analytics that use machine learning to help you better understand and act on your analytics data.”

Analytics Intelligence has been developed as a way to enable those who aren’t fluent with Google Analytics to access and take action on the data in their GA account.

Users can more easily take action on GA data thanks to new automated insights. Automated insights will alert users towards recent dips and spikes which may require further investigation. In some instances, these insights may even provide specific recommendations for improving key metrics.

Source: This article was published searchenginejournal By Matt Southern

The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem.

Opaque and potentially biased mathematical models are remaking our lives—and neither the companies responsible for developing them nor the government is interested in addressing the problem.

This week a group of researchers, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, launched an effort to identify and highlight algorithmic bias. The AI Now initiative was announced at an event held at MIT to discuss what many experts see as a growing challenge.

Algorithmic bias is shaping up to be a major societal issue at a critical moment in the evolution of machine learning and AI. If the bias lurking inside the algorithms that make ever-more-important decisions goes unrecognized and unchecked, it could have serious negative consequences, especially for poorer communities and minorities. The eventual outcry might also stymie the progress of an incredibly useful technology (see “Inspecting Algorithms for Bias”).

Algorithms that may conceal hidden biases are already routinely used to make vital financial and legal decisions. Proprietary algorithms are used to decide, for instance, who gets a job interview, who gets granted parole, and who gets a loan.

The founders of the new AI Now Initiative, Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft, and Meredith Whittaker, a researcher at Google, say bias may exist in all sorts of services and products.

“It’s still early days for understanding algorithmic bias,” Crawford and Whittaker said in an e-mail. “Just this year we’ve seen more systems that have issues, and these are just the ones that have been investigated.”

Examples of algorithmic bias that have come to light lately, they say, include flawed and misrepresentative systems used to rank teachers, and gender-biased models for natural language processing.

Cathy O’Neil, a mathematician and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction, a book that highlights the risk of algorithmic bias in many contexts, says people are often too willing to trust in mathematical models because they believe it will remove human bias. “[Algorithms] replace human processes, but they’re not held to the same standards,” she says. “People trust them too much.”

A key challenge, these and other researchers say, is that crucial stakeholders, including the companies that develop and apply machine learning systems and government regulators, show little interest in monitoring and limiting algorithmic bias. Financial and technology companies use all sorts of mathematical models and aren’t transparent about how they operate. O’Neil says, for example, she is concerned about how the algorithms behind Google’s new job search service work.

O’Neil previously worked as a professor at Barnard College in New York and a quantitative analyst at the company D. E. Shaw. She is now the head of Online Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing, a company set up to help businesses identify and correct the biases in the algorithms they use. But O’Neil says even those who know their algorithms are at a risk of bias are more interested in the bottom line than in rooting out bias. “I’ll be honest with you,” she says. “I have no clients right now.”

O’Neil, Crawford, and Whittaker all also warn that the Trump administration’s lack of interest in AI—and in science generally—means there is no regulatory movement to address the problem (see “The Gaping, Dangerous Hold in the Trump Administration”).

“The Office of Science and Technology Policy is no longer actively engaged in AI policy—or much of anything according to their website,” Crawford and Whittaker write. “Policy work now must be done elsewhere.”

Source: This article was published technologyreview By Will Knight

Security flaws smash worthless privacy protection

Analysis To protect mobile devices from being tracked as they move through Wi-Fi-rich environments, there's a technique known as MAC address randomization. This replaces the number that uniquely identifies a device's wireless hardware with randomly generated values.

In theory, this prevents scumbags from tracking devices from network to network, and by extension the individuals using them, because the devices in question call out to these nearby networks using different hardware identifiers.

It's a real issue because stores can buy Wi-Fi equipment that logs smartphones' MAC addresses, so that shoppers are recognized by their handheld when they next walk in, or walk into affiliate shop with the same creepy system present. This could be used to alert assistants, or to follow people from department to department, store to store, and then sell that data to marketers and ad companies.

Public wireless hotspots can do the same. Transport for London in the UK, for instance, used these techniques to study Tube passengers.

Regularly changing a device's MAC address is supposed to defeat this tracking.

But it turns out to be completely worthless, due to a combination of implementation flaws and vulnerabilities. That and the fact that MAC address randomization is not enabled on the majority of Android phones.

In a paper published on Wednesday, US Naval Academy researchers report that they were able to "track 100 per cent of devices using randomization, regardless of manufacturer, by exploiting a previously unknown flaw in the way existing wireless chipsets handle low-level control frames."

Beyond this one vulnerability, an active RTS (Request to Send) attack, the researchers also identify several alternative deanonymization techniques that work against certain types of devices.

Cellular radio hardware has its own set of security and privacy issues; these are not considered in the Naval Academy study, which focuses on Android and iOS devices.

Each 802.11 network interface in a mobile phone has a 48-bit MAC address layer-2 hardware identifier, one that's supposed to be persistent and globally unique.

Hardware makers can register with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to buy a block of MAC addresses for their networking products: the manufacturer is assigned a three-byte Organizationally Unique Identifier, or OUI, with is combined with an additional three-byte identifier that can be set to any value. Put those six bytes together, and you've got a 48-bit MAC address that should be globally unique for each device.

The IEEE's registration system makes it easy to identify the maker of a particular piece of network hardware. The IEEE also provides the ability to purchase a private OUI that's not associated with a company name, but according to the researchers "this additional privacy feature is not currently used by any major manufacturers that we are aware of."

Alternatively, the IEEE offers a Company Identifier, or CID, which is another three-byte prefix that can be combined with three additional bytes to form 48-bit MAC addresses. CID addresses can be used in situations where global uniqueness is not required. These CID numbers tend to be used for MAC address randomization and are usually transmitted when a device unassociated with a specific access point broadcasts 802.11 probe requests, the paper explains.

The researchers focused on devices unassociated with a network access point – as might happen when walking down the street through various Wi-Fi networks – rather than those associated and authenticated with a specific access point, where the privacy concerns differ and unique global MAC addresses come into play.


Previous security research has shown that flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) protocol can be used to reverse engineer a device's globally unique MAC address through a technique called Universally Unique IDentifier-Enrollee (UUID-E) reversal. The US Naval Academy study builds upon that work by focusing on randomized MAC address implementations.

The researchers found that "the overwhelming majority of Android devices are not implementing the available randomization capabilities built into the Android OS," which makes such Android devices trivial to track. It's not clear why this is the case, but the researchers speculate that 802.11 chipset and firmware incompatibilities might be part of it.

Samsung v Apple

Surprisingly, Samsung devices, which accounted for 23 per cent of the researcher's Android data set, show no evidence of implementing MAC address randomization.

Apple, meanwhile, introduced MAC address randomization in iOS 8, only to break it in iOS 10. While the researchers were evaluating devices last year, Apple launched iOS 10 and changed its network probe broadcasts to include a distinct Information Element (IE), data added to Wi-Fi management frames to extend the Wi-Fi protocol.

"Inexplicably the addition of an Apple vendor-specific IE was added to all transmitted probe requests," the paper explains. "This made identification of iOS 10 Apple devices trivial regardless of the use of MAC address randomization."

This shortcoming aside, Apple handles randomization correctly, in the sense that it properly randomizes the full 48-bits available for MAC addresses (with the exception of the Universal/Local bit, set to distinguish between global MAC addresses and the local ones used for randomization, and the Unicast/Multicast Bit).

The researchers find this interesting because the IEEE charges a fee for using the first three bytes of that space for CID prefixes, "meaning that Apple is freely making use of address space that other companies have paid for."

In a phone interview with The Register, Travis Mayberry, assistant professor at the US Naval Academy and one of the paper's co-authors, expressed surprise that something like 70 per cent of Android phones tested did not implement MAC address randomization.

"It's strange that Android was so vulnerable," he said. "It's just really bad at doing what it was supposed to do."

'Closest to being pretty good'

Apple, meanwhile, fared better in terms of effort, though not results. "Apple is the closest to being pretty good," Mayberry said, but noted that Apple devices, despite the advantage of hardware consistency, are still vulnerable to an RTS (Request to Send) attack. Sending RTS frames to an Apple phone forces the device to reveal its global unique MAC address, rather than the randomized one normally presented to the hotspot.

"No matter how hard you try, you can't defend against that because it's a property of the wireless chip itself," said Mayberry.

There was single Android phone that fared well. "The one Android phone that was resistant to our passive attacks was the CAT S60 which is some kind of 'tough' phone used on construction sites and the like," Mayberry explained in an email. "It did not have a recognizable fingerprint and did not ever transmit its global MAC except when associating. It was still vulnerable to our active RTS attack though, since like I said, that is a problem with the actual chips and effects every phone."

Mayberry was at a loss to explain why Apple shot itself in the foot by adding a trackable identifier to a system that previously worked well.

"I initially thought it might be to support some of the 'continuity' features where multiple apple devices can discover and exchange stuff like open browser tabs and clipboard contents but that came out in earlier versions of iOS," he said. "It also might be linked to the HomeKit features that they added in iOS to control IoT devices. Basically it would have to be to purposefully identify and discover other Apple devices that are not associated, otherwise we wouldn't see it in probe requests. All of this is pure speculation though and we really don't have a strong reason for it."

Mayberry said he hoped the research would help the industry understand the consequences of everyone doing things differently. There's no generally accepted way to handle MAC address randomization. "There are so many phones not using it," he said. "There should be a standard." ®

Source: This article was published on theregister.co.uk

Organizing a summer vacation can take a lot of hard work before you set off, from getting to the gate on time to finding fun activities at your destination. These mobile apps are here to help.

Booking travel online can be done as easily from your mobile phone as it is from a desktop computer. These 9 travel apps provide up to the minute research and can book your next adventure within minutes.

For: iOS

Price: Free

Triptease helps you find the most beautiful and exotic spots for your vacation by letting you browse through its magazine-style interface by location or rating. There's some gorgeous photography and a range of reviews for each venue's page, and you can even subscribe to updates from your favorite reviewers if you wish.

2- TripAdvisor

For: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

Price: Free

The TripAdvisor app pulls in reviews from thousands of real-life travelers, providing all the feedback you need to weigh the pros and cons of every hotel, motel, B&B, and attraction known to man. An overall rating and travelers' photos are included for all destinations.

3- GateGuru

For: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

Price: Free

GateGuru gets you through the airport with minimal fuss, offering up a simple-to-use dashboard providing at-a-glance information about flight delays, departure times, airport layouts, and more.

4- Hotel Tonight

For: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Hotel Tonight is a reviews database of places to stay, but the quality of these reviews is what makes the app stand out: They manage to be both insightful and comprehensive without being too long. The app also gives you access to last-minute discounts from hotels looking to fill vacancies.

5- TripIt

For: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

Price: Free (or 99 cents with no ads)

TripIt is like having a personal travel assistant on your phone or tablet. Forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and it can automatically add them to your itinerary. Once your travels are plotted out, TripIt tells you exactly where you need to be and when.

6- iTranslate

For: iOS

Price: Free

If you're worried about being caught short when it comes to speaking the local lingo while abroad, iTranslate has you covered with its no-fuss interface. It covers over 60 languages, turns text to speech (and vice versa), and detects languages automatically based on your input.

7- Field Trip

For: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Google's Field Trip app jumps into life while you're out and about, suggesting interesting places (or events) nearby in the form of pop-up notifications and summary cards. Perfect when you're wandering around a strange area and need some guidance on where to go next.

8- Trip Journal

For: Android, iOS

Price: $2.99

Trip Journal is built to record your trip to the farthest corners of the earth. You can quickly mark off places you've visited and incorporate photos and notes into your interactive maps, and there are plenty of options for sharing your vacation with friends and family.


9- WeatherPro

For: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone

Price: $2.99 to $3.99

The weather plays a big part in most holidays, and WeatherPro is just about the most complete forecasting app you can tap your fingers at. Covering 2 million locations worldwide, it includes satellite and radar information, as well as a forecast for the next few days.

Source : http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/apps/reviews/g1235/10-travel-apps-to-enhance-your-next-getaway/

"New year, new job" is a popular saying for a reason.

About one-fifth (22%) of the 3,411 employees recently surveyed by CareerBuilder said their top resolution for this year is to leave their current job and find a new one.

If you're one of these people, you may want to check out openings at H&R Block, Amazon, or Deloitte.

Those three companies are doing some of the heaviest hiring right now for jobs that pay more than $50,000 a year, according Indeed.

The job search engine compiled a list of big US companies currently trying to fill the most full-time jobs that pay over $50,000.The salary data is a combination of company and user input.

Here are the ten big-name companies with the largest number of job openings right now for high-paying jobs:

10. Oracle

10. Oracle

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,153

Oracle is a California-based tech company that offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems.

9. Leidos

9. Leidos

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,181

The Reston, Virginia-based defense company provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services and employs about 33,000 people.

8. IBM

8. IBM

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,221

International Business Machines Corporation is based in Armonk, New York, and was founded in 1911. 

7. Lockheed Martin

7. Lockheed Martin

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,248

The Bethesda, Maryland-based global security and aerospace company employs about 125,000 people worldwide.

6. PNC Bank

6. PNC Bank

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,255

PNC has been around since the mid-1800s. With over 50,000 employees, the bank is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

5. Booz Allen Hamilton

5. Booz Allen Hamilton

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,334

Booz Allen Hamilton is a provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets.

4. JPMorgan Chase

4. JPMorgan Chase

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 1,690

JPMorgan Chase is a global financial services firm and one of the largest banks in the US, with over 240,000 employees in more than 60 countries.

3. Deloitte

3. Deloitte

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 2,217

Deloitte is a multinational professional services firm with a total global workforce of 244,400. It was founded in London in 1845.

2. Amazon

2. Amazon

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 3,115

Amazon is a Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud computing company. It's the largest online retailer in the US.

1. H&R Block

1. H&R Block

Job openings (for positions paying over $50,000 a year): 5,758The Kansas City-based tax preparation company employs 80,000 tax professionals nationwide. 

Author: Rachel Gillett
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-hiring-high-paying-jobs-2017-1/#10-oracle-1


It has been a packed political year that included an unpredictable U.S. election, major pipeline decisions and federal action on key files from marijuana to Indigenous relations. What's on our radar for 2017?

CBC News Network's Power & Politics has combed through this year's archives to bring you some of the political highlights of 2016, and to look ahead to next year. Today, we turn our attention to the top political issues to watch in 2017.

The Power Panel — Tim Powers of Summa Strategies, Gerry Caplan, online columnist for the Globe and Mail, Susan Smith of Bluesky Strategies and CBC Radio's The House host and National Affairs editor Chris Hall — helps Rosemary Barton count down the stories to watch in the coming year.

5. Legalization of marijuana

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The federal government may have promised to introduce marijuana legislation by spring 2017, but it's still a long road towards legalization of pot in Canada.

A task force appointed by the Canadian government to study the legalization process had more than 80 recommendations on everything from a minimum age for purchase to where to sell marijuana. Questions remain, however, over whether or not the government will adopt those recommendations — and what to do about pressing concerns on licensing, law enforcement, driving under the influence and more.  

4. Indigenous relationship

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The federal government has made it a top priority to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples. After meeting with Indigenous leaders in Ottawa in December, the focus is now on the prime minister to follow through with his commitments.

While Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said earlier this year there's "no question" Indigenous Canadians will work in collaboration with the federal government, he added "we will call you out as well if you're not respecting that partnership."

One of the top files to watch is the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, a key campaign promise of Trudeau's Liberals. While the official launch of the inquiry began in September 2016, commissioners won't begin hearing testimonies from families until this spring. The inquiry is set to wrap up in December 2018. Indigenous women's advocates say they are are anxious to see action soon.

"There's been very, very limited movement forward," said Francyne Joe, interim president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. 

3. The economy

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Sluggish growth, unemployment and a very slow climb in oil prices were all issues in 2016 keeping Finance Minister Bill Morneau up at night — and they're likely to do the same in 2017. 

As the Liberals head into their second full year, what can they look forward to on the financial front? And what should Canadians be looking for as a consequence of their second budget?

2. Canada-U.S. relations

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On Jan. 20, 2017, the presidential transition will be complete, and Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as the president of the United States. What does that mean for Canada's relationship with our neighbours to the south?

For starters, it could mean a ripping-up — and renegotiating — of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There are also border and immigration issues, a softwood lumber trade dispute, and concerns over differing environmental policies.

1. Federal-provincial relationship

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The dynamic between the federal government and the provinces and territories was especially testy in 2016, setting the stage for more disputes in the coming year.

Some of the issues to watch in 2017 include healthcare transfers, the carbon price ultimatum and pot legalization. So is the new era of cooperation and coordination already over?

Be sure to check in all week as Power & Politics counts down the Top 5 newsmakers and political blunders of 2016, plus issues and players to watch in the year ahead.

Author: Katharine Starr
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/top-5-political-issues-2017-power-politics-1.3914020

There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there.

1. BugMeNot

Are you bugged constantly to sign up for websites, even though you do not wish to share your email? If yes, then BugMeNot is for you. Instead of creating new logins, BugMeNot has shared logins across thousands of websites which can be used.


2. Get Notify

This nifty little website tracks whether the emails sent by you were opened and read by the receiver. Moreover, it also provides the recipient’s IP Address, location, browser details, and more.


3. Zero Dollar Movies


If you are on a constant lookout of free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in multiple languages that are available to watch for free on Youtube. It indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads. In addition, it has a clean interface, contributing to a good movie watching experience.


4. Livestream

Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast events live to viewers on any platform. For the next time when you want to share your company’s annual CEO speech live to employees who are on remote locations, Livestream serves as a perfect platform.


5. scr.im

scr.im converts your email address into a short custom URLs, that can be shared on public websites. This prevents your email id from getting picked up by spam robots, and email harvesters who are on a constant lookout from your email id.


6. TinEye

TinEye is a Reverse Image search tool which is as accurate as Google’s Reverse Image search tool. As opposed to Google, TinEye provides a set of APIs that can be used for personal and commercial purposes, which makes it very useful for developers.


7. Fax Zero

Fax Zero allows you to send faxes to US and Canada for free. Additionally, it enables you to send faxes to countries outside North America at a fixed pay per use cost.


8. Snopes

Do you believe that fingernails and hair continue to grow after death? Why don’t you check out if this is true, along with thousands of other urban folklore out there, at Snopes?


9. Stickk

Is it difficult for you to stick to goals ? If yes, then let Stickk help you reach your goals. It makes use of commitment contracts to empower you to better your lifestyle.


10. Boxoh

Boxoh can track the status of any shipment package on Google Maps.


11. PicMonkey


PicMonkey is an online Image editor, that allows you to touch up your images. Also, you can apply different effects, fonts, and designs to your images. It is a perfect tool to create pins for Pinterest and  awesome looking Facebook covers.


12. Trello

Trello is a great online tool for organizing just about anything using Kanban style cards. It provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration, and is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management.


13. Short Reckonings

Short Reckonings is an online tool to keep track of shared expenses. It is deceptively simple, easy to use, and allows you to enter expenses with the fewest possible clicks. A clean, ad-free interface adds to the charm of this simple website.


14. Memrise

Do you fancy learning new things in small byte sized packages? If yes, then Memrise is for you. The additive nature of gaming combined with memory improvement makes this an excellent resource.


15. Instructables

Instructables provides instructions to help you build just about anything you can imagine. It provides a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.


16. join.me

In today’s world, where collaboration across multiple stakeholders is key, join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens. Record audio for meetings conducted with participants not in the same room. In addition, it is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.


17. Sync.in


Sync.in allows multiple people to edit documents and notes in real time. It is a great tool for online collaboration.


18. Privnote

Do you wish to share notes and information that self destructs immediately after it is read ? Privnote does exactly that.


19. ScribbleMaps

Have you ever wanted to place your personal markers, shapes, and scribbles on Google Maps? Even though Google Maps does not allow that, ScribbleMaps does, and it does a great job at it.


20. TripIt

TripIt is a painless way to organize all the details of your vacation or business trip. Forget your flight time? Can’t find the e-mail with your hotel’s address? That won’t happen with TripIt, which keeps your itinerary in one place.


21. Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.



22. Hostel Bookers

Hostel Bookers is one of the best search engines to search for cheap hostels and hotels while backpacking or traveling around the globe.


23. Fitday

Fitday allows you to track you diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.


24. Endomondo

Endomondo is a mobile app that allows you to track your workouts. The website allows detailed analysis of your training, that makes it a valuable tool to understand and plan your workouts.


25. My Fitness Pal

If counting calories is your main goal, then My Fitness Pal is the best web and mobile application out there. The service has a massive database of meals and exercises to make it easy to accurately count calories.

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26. Fuelly

Fuelly tracks the gas mileage for your cars and helps you to analyze, share, and compare your vehicles fuel consumption.


27. 3-Minute Journal

3 Minute Journal is different than most other Journals out there. This application allows you to track your moods, achievements, failures, and moments of gratitude. In addition, it does great analysis over these parameters.


28. 750 Words

750 Words is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; that advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

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29. Kiva

Kiva is a micro finance website, that attempts to leverage the Internet and a worldwide distribution of micro-finance institutions. It alleviates poverty by connecting lenders to people in need.



Do you have other favorite sites that you find incredibly useful?

Author:  Devashish Patel

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/30-incredibly-useful-websites-you-wish-you-knew-earlier.html

2016 was a rough year for those of us who love Apple’s desktops. For the past year (and in some cases much longer), Apple’s iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro have remained largely untouched. The Pro and mini especially have seen some serious neglect, with the current mini being over two years old and the now ancient Mac Pro just having passed the three year mark. In a recent internal memo to Apple employees, Tim Cook sought to offer reassurance that Apple was committed to desktops, but it’s had the opposite effect.

Cook’s memo addressed a number of different topics, but the top of the list was Apple’s perceived lack of interest in desktops. His comments are as follows, via TechCrunch:

We had a big MacBook Pro launch in October and a powerful upgrade to the MacBook back in the spring. Are Mac desktops strategic for us?The desktop is very strategic for us. It’s unique compared to the notebook because you can pack a lot more performance in a desktop — the largest screens, the most memory and storage, a greater variety of I/O, and fastest performance. So there are many different reasons why desktops are really important, and in some cases critical, to people.The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world. Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops. If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.

It sounds like a good pick-me-up for desktop doubters, but Cook’s words are seemingly falling on deaf ears. The major issue with Cook’s comments seems to be that when it comes to desktops, the iMac is the golden child, and the rest are just kind of there. Developer and former CTO of Tumblr, Marco Arment, is even going so far as to predict that the Mac Pro is essentially dead in the water.

Reading between the lines: the Mac Pro is very likely dead. To Tim Cook, the iMac is the desktop, period. https://t.co/yaVj0aPvrn pic.twitter.com/gWNDlY2tgL— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 20, 2016

The same, of course, could be said of the Mac mini, which has been left out of the update cycle nearly as long as the Pro. Could Apple kill off one or even both of its not-iMac desktops?

Well, it’s difficult to imagine Apple sending both computers out to pasture at the same time, especially since that would mean there would be literally no option for buying any Mac without already screen attached, but Apple’s treatment (or lack thereof) of the Pro and mini are certainly cause for concern.

Like most companies, Apple doesn’t make a big show out of ending the life of any of its products. When Apple decides a device has reached the end of its life, it simply moves on eventually that product disappears from Apple’s online store.

However, the length of time the Pro in particular has remained on Apple’s shelves without an update may actually be an encouraging sign that the company isn’t ready to do away with it. Whatever the case, both the Pro and mini are far overdue for updates, and it’s about time Apple either breathes some much needed new life into them or sends them packing.

Author:  Mike Wehner

Source:  https://www.yahoo.com/tech/people-worried-apple-going-quietly-kill-off-mac-202155944.html

Friday, 09 December 2016 13:18

iBooks App: The Ultimate Guide

iBooks is two apps in one. It lets you find and buy ebooks and audiobooks in the iBooks Store, and organize, view, and sync them in the iBooks reader. You can customize the reading and listening experience, including paper and ink color, and even collect all your PDF files, all in one place. If you want books that are as simple to get and enjoy as iTunes media or App Store apps, you want iBooks on your iPhone or iPad!

How to download and read iBooks for iPhone and iPad


iBooks turns your iPhone and iPad into the ultimate e-reader. The iBooks Store makes it easy to find and download books, and the iBooks reader lets you peruse, scan, or search at your leisure. All you need to do is know where to look!

  • How to find and download books
  • How to view your books, audiobooks, and PDFs
  • How to read your books
  • How to quickly scan through a book
  • How to bookmark a page
  • How to search for words and passages
  • How to enable Scrolling View
  • How to return to a bookmarked page

How to customize iBooks for iPhone and iPad


Unlike a printed book, with Apple's built-in iBooks app for iPhone and iPad, you're not stuck on one paper style, font choice, or text size. You can customize your reading experience however you like and, better still, change it whenever you like!

  • How to change text size
  • How to change page color
  • How to control brightness
  • How to change the font
  • How to change Skip Forward and Skip Back time
  • How to sync Bookmarks and Notes
  • How to sync Collections
  • How to sync online content
  • How to turn off Full Justification
  • How to turn off Auto-hyphenation
  • How to enable Both Margins Advance

How to manage your books in iBooks for iPhone and iPad

iBooks is the virtual shelf set that collects together all your ebooks, audiobooks, and PDFs. Anything you've downloaded to your iPhone or iPad from the iBooks Store, and everything you've sent directly to iBooks, will appear on its shelves. So, as your collections grow, the key to quickly finding what you're looking for is keeping your iBooks organized and in order!

  • How to add a new collection to iBooks for iPhone and iPad
  • How to move books to different collections in iBooks for iPhone and iPad
  • How to reorder your Bookshelf in iBooks on iPhone and iPad
  • How to delete books from iBooks iPhone and iPad
  • How to re-download deleted books in iBooks on iPhone and iPad
  • How to enable iBooks sync on iPhone and iPad
  • How to enable iBooks sync on your Mac

Author:  Rene Rictchie

Source:  http://www.imore.com

Q. When I type in web searches in the box at the top of the Safari program on my Mac, the browser always brings me Google results. Is there a way to use Bing without having to first go to the Bing page and then type in keywords?

A. Apple’s Safari has several built-in features intended to make web browsing more efficient, including sending your keywords to a default browser when you type them into the Smart Search field at the top of the window. If you want to change the search engine that is automatically used, you can pick a different one in the Safari settings.

Click the Search tab in the Safari settings to change the default search engine. CreditThe New York Times

Open the Safari program, and in the Safari menu in the top-left corner of the toolbar, select Preferences. As a shortcut, you can also press the Command and comma keys on the keyboard to open the Preferences box without going through menus.

In the Safari Preferences box, click the Search tab. Here, you can change the browser’s default search engine. If you do not want to use Google, you can switch to YahooBing or the privacy-minded DuckDuckGo (which does not collect personal information when you use it).

The Search tab has a few other settings you can change, like whether to include search-engine suggestions or get Safari Suggestions (which bring results from iTunes, the App Store and places near your location, among other sources). Additionally, Safari allows you to turn off the ability to search within a site from the Smart Search field — just disable the “Enable Quick Website Search” option.

If you would rather Safari not start immediately displaying a page it thinks best matches your request (based on your browsing history), turn off the checkbox next to “Pre-load top hit in the background.” Finally, if you don’t like the big window of icons from your Favorite sites, you can shut it down by turning off the checkbox next to Show Favorites.


Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/

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