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  1. This morning I installed a New to me Distro called Peach IOS. It is based on Ubuntu and Debian. The install went OK, but was a little slow about 25 minutes. After the install Everything went faster. It recognized all of my Hardware and set the right screen rez on my 26 inch HDTV Monitor. (Need a bigger screen for these old eyes). I have to say I really like this Distro. I like it as well as my primary one, which is Mint Cinnamon. If you multi boot like I do you will like the Grub that is installed with this Distro. The Distro you choose from the grub menu at boot up, becomes the default until you change it at one of the boot ups. Nice feature if you are booting to the same OS several times without having to choose the same os from the grub menu. any way here is a link to more info. Mel http://www.peachosi.com/
  2. ross549

    iOS Security- Done right?

    Much has been said recently with the release of the 2014 white paper iOS Security by Apple. It is not a super difficult read, but I am not a cryptography guy, so some of it is well above my head. From what I've been able to glean, however, is that Apple is 100% behind security and privacy in iOS. It is not a long read, and I encourage everyone to take a look. iMessage security as well as Touch ID is covered as well. Steve Gibson did a bit of a deep dive into the white paper, and he had some interesting things to say about Apple's claims. You can see his report on Security Now below (Skipped ahead to the relevant portion): Here is a text transcript of the episode, and audio (HQ / LQ). What do you think? Did Apple make a good choice with their model? Adam
  3. If you are a LinkedIn user with an iPhone or iPad, you should do some research before using/opting in to Intro app for email. I searched "linkedin intro security" and found a bunch of write-ups of the security risks and questionable practices built in to Intro.
  4. Neil P

    iOS Apps

    There are hundreds of thousands of iOS apps, which ones do you use most? signifies the app is universal. All other are iPhone/iPod Touch apps unless specified Quora (Free; Requires free website account) - Very easy way to view and interact with Quora (http://www.quora.com/) on the go Tweetbot ($2.99; Requires free website account) - The best Twitter app there is, especially since the official Twitter app was eviscerated Netflix (Free; Requires paid subscription) - Netflix on the go, works over 3G. Killer on data if you use it a lot (I have unlimited though). Retina display makes it look good enough for iPhone use Facebook (Free; Requires free website account) - Access Facebook on the go, upload images, etc. Recently updated to have the Timeline Flipboard (Free; Free sign-up in app) - Formerly an iPad only app recently turned universal. Great way to view news in a magazine-like format The Weather Channel (Free; Paid version available for $3.99) - One of the best ways to check the weather. Gives current, hourly, 36 hour and 10 day forecasts. Has radar/maps. (iPad version) WolframAlpha ($2.99) - Use the powerful "computational knowledge engine" WolframAlpha (http://www.wolframalpha.com) on the go Path (Free, Free sign-up in app) - Path is a social journal of sorts. You can add a bunch of different things to your path, like thoughts, pictures, check-ins, what you're listening to, and more Those are all the apps on my home screen (that aren't default apps or probably only useful to me), so they're my most used.
  5. Neil P

    I switched to Android

    I think I've decided as of now that I'm going to buy an Android phone next time around. I'm eligible for an upgrade in December, I think. So it's still a ways away for me. But I'm making the decision now. As of today, I'd probably go with a Galaxy S4* since the S3 is supposedly such a good phone. If Google puts out a new Nexus phone (the 4 came out in November, right?) by then maybe I'll go for that. The reason I don't want the 4 is because I really want an LTE phone and from what I've seen it's HSPA+ (or what AT&T calls 4G but isn't LTE**). It's a very tempting phone though. Maybe I'll head out to the AT&T store and see what the phones feel like. I'm really really interested in Google Now. I know people here will probably spontaneously combust from sending so much data to Google, but it looks so useful. I use a lot of Google stuff already anyway, so deeper integration will be nice. I could get a Nexus 4 now I suppose, and maybe sell my current phone (iPhone 4S)...is that even something you can do with a subsidized phone? Gazelle is offering $205 for a 4S right now. Getting off the upgrade treadmill sounds really nice too... Apple would have to really do something great with the 5S to get me to stay. The biggest reason for me not to switch is that I've spent so much money in Apple's ecosystem already. Slice tells me I've spent $1,125 in iTunes--of course, that doesn't differentiate between apps and music. *obviously the S4 isn't announced yet, but it's expected soon. **I'm seeing conflicting stuff, saying that HSPA+ should be at least close to LTE speeds. My iPhone 4S says it's "4G" but I don't get near LTE speeds. LTE is faster right? Update: I switched!
  6. Why can’t Siri announce caller name - BambisMusings Blog
  7. Reports surface on issues with recent iOS 6.0.2 update for iPhone 5 and iPad mini - ZDNet
  8. Ada Lovelace would be 197 years old today, December 10th. She was born in 1815! And is one of the Great Women in Tech, even though she never saw a real computer! Much more in my BambisMusings Blog posting here. She was an amazing mathematician and writer! Happy Birthday Ada Lovelace!
  9. http://blogs.compute...nterface-design Jony Ive, the guy who has designed most of the Apple hardware since the iMac (actually before that, to the Newton even), will be in charge of "human interface" while the iOS development will go to the same guy who leads OS X (I'm not sure if he was promoted to OS X at the same time, or has been in charge of it and they're just adding iOS to it). Forstall was forced out after being the public face for the Maps debacle in iOS 6, and the Siri...disappointment, I guess. From the article, and I've seen it in a few other places too, the final straw was Forstall refusing to sign the apology Apple released a bit ago. Forstall said at WWDC that the Maps were the best ever, and things like that. So basically this was a huge shakeup at Apple, moving execs and departments around.
  10. Neil P

    iPhone 5

    On Tuesday, 12 September, Apple is holding an event. It is very widely speculated (and almost certain) that the iPhone 5 will be announced at the event. It's not clear if they'll call it "iPhone 5" or "the new iPhone" (as they did with the latest iPad), but the invitation has a "5" in the shadow. Gizmodo has a roundup of all of the rumors so far: http://gizmodo.com/5...up?tag=iphone-5 The screen is supposedly 4 inches (the old phones have a 3.5in display) at 16:9 ratio. And using a thinner (and more magic) display that will enable less power usage. The biggest change to me seems to be the new connector. Instead of the 30 pin connector that has been used in...everything, they'll move to a 19 pin connector. The iPhone 5 will almost certainly be LTE-capable. Also, there have been reports that Sharp, a supplier of screens for the device, was having issues meeting Apple's demand. Either the iPhone 5 will be (more) scarce (than usual) at launch, or the launch will be further out than usual. Or both. And of course, it will feature iOS 6. But we already know about that from WWDC this year. All of this was taken from the Gizmodo link. They have a ton of links to other reports and pictures. Unfortunately I won't be getting a 5, since I just upgraded to the 4S in May (since I broke my 4 ) and I'm not paying $600 for a phone when I don't need it. $200 is bad enough!
  11. Google Acquires iOS/Mac Email Client Sparrow, Apps To Remain Available But Development Stopped - TechCrunch
  12. [http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6/ The biggest new feature, in my opinion (and I guess Apple's, because they lead with it), is Maps. In iOS6, Google Maps is out and in its place is a new in-house Map application. Maybe the most useful feature of Maps will be turn-by-turn directions, which feature live traffic (and re-routing based on traffic conditions) and (I believe) Siri control. Which is actually the next thing featured, Siri: Gone is the restriction to open apps, which I thought was weird. Just like iOS5 added Twitter support, iOS6 will add Facebook support: Photo Stream gets improvements: Maybe this is good, but I've never used Photo Stream, or really understood it. A new app was introduced, Passbook. Sounds kind of neat, but I believe there are apps that do this already. Not unlike Apple to take a good idea though. Facetime will be usable over cellular data. The phone is getting a few new features: The interface is like the current lock screen showing the camera icon. Slide up for more options. Mail and Safari get a few minor (IMO) upgrades, Find My iPhone gets a "Lost" mode, Find My Friends adds location-based alerts, and the stores (iTunes, App Store, iBookstore) all get facelifts. Seems a little underwhelming to me, but iOS is already in a pretty polished state and just needs a few tweaks here and there. I would have liked to seen some new features in Messages, and they could have stolen/borrowed/taken ideas from BiteSMS, which is a messaging app for jailbroken devices.
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