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Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Gmail has automated scans

New Gmail has automated scans
here’s what you can and can’t turn off

Google releases several new features for its Gmail update, including scans through your emails to help with convenience and security. Some are there for good.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Mac Pro 2019

Apple says that new Mac Pro you wanted is coming ... in 2019

Déjà vu? Once again, Apple says the new Mac Pro won't arrive this year.

YouTube will reportedly release a kids’ app curated by humans

YouTube will reportedly release a kids’ app curated by humans

YouTube plans to release a non-algorithmic, whitelisted version of its YouTube Kids app some time in the near future as a way to avoid inadvertently suggesting questionable or graphic content to children, according to a report this evening from BuzzFeed News. The modified version of the app

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in

Apple iPad (2018) review: pencil it in

Apple’s new base-level iPad is very good, but you knew that. Apple hasn’t produced a “bad” iPad in I don’t know how long — though it has allowed them to get a little long in the tooth from time to time. (The iPad Mini needs to either be refreshed or put down, for example.) Last year, my review of the iPad was summed up by simply telling you that it’s an iPad. The same thing applies this year.

But last year’s iPad earned effusive praise for packing a bunch of great technology into the newly low price point of $329. The same thing applies this year, but the technology isn’t quite as new. So the shine is off a bit. This iPad feels more like the result of paper-pushing rather than envelope-pushing.

This is the part where you’d expect me to tell you that since Apple is coasting a bit, there might be a better option out there, a product that competes with the iPad at the sub-$500 price point and delivers something that’s at least within the ballpark of functionality and experience.

You’d be wrong. There isn’t a single viable competitor to the iPad. It is the only good tablet for less than four or five hundred bucks. So, if nothing else, I’m thankful that it’s as good as it is.

The new, sixth-generation iPad has two new features compared to last year’s model: support for the $99 Apple Pencil and a faster processor, the A10 “Fusion.” Everything else — and I mean everything — is exactly the same as last year. 

That means the 9.7-inch screen is very good, but it doesn’t hold up against the screen on the iPad Pro. It has a visible air gap, it lacks the faster refresh rate, and it can’t adjust itself to the color temperature of the room. Those three features make the iPad Pro’s screen seem downright magical. The iPad’s screen doesn’t feel magical anymore, but it is nevertheless better than anything else in its price range.

I’ve been using the iPad for a little less than a week, and I can report that it feels fast, lasts all day (Apple claims 10 hours of battery life, and it gets close), and runs everything I’ve thrown at it well. There is a speed difference between the iPad and the iPad Pro, but it’s not so great that I think anybody who buys this will care — or maybe even notice. (We’re talking an extra half-second to launch an app.) Drawing with the Apple Pencil on the iPad is just as good to me as on the iPad Pro, though true drawing professionals may notice a difference. Since so much of this iPad is recycled from last year’s iPad, I’m going to do the same with my review. Here are a couple things I wrote:

When I simply say “it is an iPad,” reasonable people know exactly what I mean. They know that it is a thin, fast tablet with a good screen, and it has a lot of apps so you that you can do iPad things.
Fundamentally, what I am trying to tell you is that this is an iPad. You trust that iPads are decent tablets and that they have a basic level of quality, speed, and functionality

All of that is still true. If your iPad is starting to slow down or otherwise become a pain, go out and get this iPad to replace it, and don’t sweat the competition. That competition consists of, well, not much. There are Amazon tablets that are dirt cheap Amazon Prime and Kindle delivery vehicles. There are Windows tablets for less than $500, but none I would recommend. There is one (1) ChromeOS tablet, but it’s not out yet and not likely to be anywhere near as good. There are Android tablets, technically, but let us not speak of them for they are bad. (Google, you might note, also does not speak of Android tablets much anymore.)

Really, the biggest competition for the $329 iPad is the $649 iPad Pro. That extra $300-plus buys you the following:
  • A slightly bigger, better screen
  • A faster processor and more RAM for running multiple apps
  • A smart keyboard connector
  • Better cameras
  • More speakers
I think, for the vast majority of people, the cheaper iPad is the better choice. Unless you know for sure that you are going to be able to use the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement (and are very adept at the ins and outs of how iOS works), just get the cheaper one.
You won’t miss the extra features — or, more to the point, you probably won’t miss them to the tune of $300. The only thing that kept zinging me is that the iPad can’t run three apps at once like the Pro can. Well, technically it can run three apps if you include two split-screen apps and a third app showing video in picture-in-picture. But if you open a third app in a slide-over window with two apps split-screened, the background apps will pause. I only ran into that because I kept trying to use the iPad like a full computer. Most people will use it for “iPad things” and do just fine.

id Apple do the absolute bare minimum with this iPad? Yup. The reasoning, ostensibly, was to get Apple Pencil support in there for schools without raising the price. But I suspect schools would have been happier with a price cut on last year’s model instead of an all-new one — especially since iPads pretty much require a rugged case for students and, in many cases, a keyboard.
I wish that Apple had found a way to get the Smart Keyboard Connector on this iPad. Bluetooth keyboards are a pain. In fact, if I were Apple, I would have probably just skipped releasing this iPad altogether and waited to release one that could support the smart connector. By then, maybe a new version of the iPad Pro with more differentiating features (like Face ID, perhaps) would be available.
This is a very good tablet. The best, in fact, under $500. It’s too bad that nothing else comes close, because maybe that competition would have inspired Apple to make something a little better.


Friday, March 16, 2018


Nyepi di Bali:
Operator 'dukung' imbauan pemutusan layanan internet ke telepon seluler

Semua operator internet sudah mendukung dan menghormati imbauan menghentikan sementara layanan internet ke jaringan telepon seluler di Bali pada Hari Raya Nyepi, Sabtu mendatang (17/03).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, Physicist Who Reshaped Cosmology, Dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and black-hole theorist who brought science to a mass audience with the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time,” has died. He was 76.

Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in England in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a spokesman for his family said in an emailed statement.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9

iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji:
Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

Apple’s Animoji launched only three months ago, but there’s already a competitor. Samsung

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Spotify paints self as next Netflix, transforming entertainment

Spotify paints self as next Netflix, transforming entertainment

Investors have a lot of reasons to avoid Spotify Technology SA, owner of the world’s largest paid music service, when it lists shares on the New York Stock Exchange this year. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Coinbase tells 13,000 users their data will be sent to the IRS soon

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Coinbase tells 13,000 users their data will be sent to the IRS soon

Coinbase told its customers on Friday that it plans to comply with a court order and hand over about 13,000 customers’ data to the IRS within 21 days. The IRS made the request back in November 2016,

Monday, February 26, 2018

Social media firms 'failing' to tackle cyber-bullying

Social media firms 'failing' to tackle cyber-bullying

Social networks' failure to tackle cyber-bullying is risking the mental health of young people, a Children's Society survey has found.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hackers infect thousands of websites to mine cryptocurrencies

Researchers warn about a kind of malware that can deliver profits without being obvious to users.

Hackers infect thousands of websites to mine cryptocurrencies

The attack is the first major incident made public in which a new breed of hackers took over a large numbers of websites to effectively create currencies like bitcoin which are generated by using computing power.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

iOS backup in iTunes

What you can and can't restore through an iOS backup in iTunes

A terribly sad email came in from Macworld reader Sharifa:

I deleted an iPhone back up from iTunes by mistake and have been trying all day to retrieve it. I lost all my honeymoon pics!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

iOS 11.3 Battery Health

iOS 11.3 Battery Health
FAQ: What it does and how to use it on your iPhone

The second public beta of iOS 11.3 is available for download, and it brings highly anticipated changes to the Battery settings that let you see your battery health and control throttling. While it doesn’t provide the kind of granular controls some users were hoping for, it will be a welcome

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Microsoft is turning Windows apps

Microsoft is turning Progressive Web Apps into Windows apps

If you use Android, you might have come across a Progressive Web App or two in your Chrome journeys. Progressive Web Apps (not to be confused with Android’s native “Instant Apps”) use relatively fresh new web technologies to make websites work better offline or with intermittent connections, and often mimic native features like push notifications. For instance, Twitter and

Intel's Smart Glass

Intel's Smart Peepers Look Smart, Too

Intel has designed a pair of smart glasses that won't make you look like a hopeless geek.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

How to block annoying banner ads in your Chrome browser

For users of Google's Chrome browser, it’s not too difficult to stop window-filling ad banners from distracting you while reading online.

How to block annoying banner ads in your Chrome browser

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cryonics Your body preserved for future revival?

Cryonics Your body preserved for future revival?

Alexa Now Can Dash Off Text Messages to Android Phones

Alexa Now Can Dash Off Text Messages to Android Phones

Amazon on Tuesday introduced new functionality that enables its Alexa virtual assistant to send and receive SMS messages on devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Carrier charges may apply.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Google to Create a Cloud App Marketplace, Chasing Amazon

Google to Create a Cloud App Marketplace, Chasing Amazon

Alphabet's Google is launching a digital store offering cloud-based software to companies and other organisations, its latest effort to catch cloud leaders like Amazon Web Services.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Instagram get video calling

Instagram may soon get video calling feature

Over the last couple of years, Instagram has integrated a lot of features from its fellow competitors.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

iPhone X worst features

iPhone X: The five worst features in Apple's best phone

There’s a lot to like, but Apple needs to rethink some things for 2018's iPhones.

For well over two months, my days have ended and begun with the iPhone X. Compared to older iPhones, the X feels impressively fast, slim and, with 5.8 inches of screen space, satisfyingly

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

all Mac and iOS devices are affected

Apple confirms all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Apple confirmed on Thursday that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws that have roiled the computing industry for the past 24 hours, resulting in a race to patch operating systems and cloud computing infrastructure at the highest levels.
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