Apple launches 'thinnest, lightest' MacBook ever

Apple launches ‘thinnest, lightest’ MacBook ever

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Apple has launched an updated MacBook which it claims is the “thinnest, lightest and most beautiful” notebook that it has ever made – and its nine hour battery life will last a whole day in the office

Apple has launched an updated MacBook which it claims is the “thinnest, lightest and most beautiful” notebook that it has ever made.

At its thickest point the machine is just 13.1mm deep – 24 per cent thinner than the existing 11-inch MacBook Air – and new battery technology provides a claimed nine hours.

The new laptop is smaller and thinner than the existing MacBook and also claims to be the most environmentally friendly machine it has ever produced.

Speaking at Apple’s Watch launch event in San Francisco on Monday evening, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, claimed that it was the “world’s most energy-efficient notebook”.

For the first time the entire case is made of metal and it features a single cable socket which combines several different technologies including charging and HDMI.

This combined connector is called USB-C and Apple says it will be seen on more products soon, including those from other manufacturers.

Other innovations include the trackpad which does not physically click, like existing models, but uses a “taptic feedback” device to produce the sensation of clicking.

Force sensors hidden underneath also allow different actions to be performed depending on how hard the user presses – video playback can be made to speed up when a button is pressed harder, for instance.

The 12-inch laptop manages to squeeze in a 2,304 by 1,440 resolution.

It’s powered by a 1.1GHz Intel processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB flash hard disk.

The all-new MacBook will begin shipping Friday April 10 for £1,049.

It can also be upgraded to a 1.2 GHz processor and 512GB of flash storage for £1,299.

 

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to know

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Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it WON’T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.

While there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even after you pay the $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how it finances operations. The truth is, the major cellphone carriers are more than happy to sell your information to advertisers and serve you targeted ads over their networks.

I’m going to tell you how to stop them, and at the end I’ll discuss other ways carriers and advertisers are working to get your information.

iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user, go into Settings, and then tap Privacy. Scroll all the way down to Advertising.

You’ll see a button that says “Limit ad tracking.” Slide this button to make it green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your phone and from serving up targeted ads.

Right underneath that setting, by the way, you’ll see the “Reset Advertising Identifier” option. Tapping on that will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers.

In other words, to trackers you’ll appear to be a new user. This can make it more difficult (but not impossible) for advertisers to build up a profile on how you browse.

Android

To turn off the Google “AdID” system, do NOT go to your Android phone settings. Go instead to your Google Settings app. (You may have to look under your full list of apps to find it.)

Once you’re in Google Settings, tap the Ads link and then tap “Opt out of interest-based ads.” You can also see your advertising ID and tap “Reset advertising ID” to make a new one. This will make you look like a new user to advertisers.

Ads aren’t the only way you’re tracked on your phone. Google and Apple might be tracking your searches.

Windows Phone

To turn off Personalized ads in Windows Phone, go to Microsoft’s ad opt-out page, and under “Personalize ads whenever I use my Microsoft account,” click “Off.”

You will need to be signed in with a Windows account to do this. Make sure you sign in with the same account you use on your Windows Phone. This also turns off personalized ads for Internet Explorer in Windows 8.

The future of tracking

Of course, carriers are working on ways to track you that you can’t stop. Verizon and AT&T have experimented with “supercookies” that let any website know who you are when you visit.

AT&T eventually dropped the idea when customers complained, but Verizon still does it. You can opt out at so Verizon won’t track your information or show you targeted ads. But Verizon still adds the supercookies to your browsing, which can give away your identity to websites or hackers.

One solution is to use Wi-Fi instead of your cellular signal for browsing, but that isn’t always possible. Click here to learn more about Verizon’s supercookie problem and how you can protect yourself.

Tracking and selling your information isn’t just a problem with cellular carriers, though. There are ways every ad company can track where you go online. Click here to protect your privacy against online advertisers.

You should also know that Facebook shares your information with advertisers as well. Click here to stop Facebook from tracking everywhere you go online.

On the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips

How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Computer Using iTunes or AirDrop

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As a writer, I appreciate the portability of bringing my work with me wherever I go. I can write an article on my Mac then transfer it to my iPhone to polish it up while I’m waiting to pick the kids up from school.

I also routinely transfer my photos and videos from my iPhone to my computer for storage.

Although you can now use Handoff to start work on an iDevice and finish on a computer, the feature requires a late model Mac running OS X Yosemite and an iOS device running iOS 8.1. However, it’s also fairly simple to transfer files from a Mac to an iPhone or vice versa with iTunes and AirDrop.

To copy files between your iPhone and computer, you must have apps installed that support file sharing (such as Pages or Numbers).

 

To transfer files from your iPhone to your computer using iTunes:

1.  Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer and launch it.

2.  Connect your iPhone to your computer with its USB charging cable.

3.  Select your device from the Devices section of iTunes in the upper left corner.

4.  Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

5.  Under the File Sharing section you should see a list of apps on your iPhone that support File Sharing. Select the app that contains the file you want to transfer to your computer.

6.  Click Save to… and choose where you want the file to go.

 

To transfer files from your computer to your iPhone using iTunes:

1.  Complete steps 1–5 above.

2.  Be sure to select the appropriate app under File Sharing.

3.  Click the Add… button, then choose the file you want to copy from your computer.

 

AirDrop uses Wi-Fi to transfer your files between your computer and your iPhone.

 

To send files from your Mac to your iPhone using AirDrop:

1.  In Finder on your Mac, select Go > Airdrop.

2.  You should see your iPhone image in the AirDrop window; drag and drop the files you want to transfer into it.

3.  Click Send.

4.  If your phone is not using the same iCloud account as the computer you are sending files from, you will need to tap Accept when the file arrives on your phone.

 

To send files from your iPhone to your Mac using AirDrop:

1.  From the iPhone app you want to share the file, click the Share button (a box with an up arrow through it).

2.  Select AirDrop.

3.  Choose your computer’s name in the Share sheet that appears.

4.  Click Send.

 

If your computer is not using the same iCloud account as the iPhone you are sending files from, you will need to click Save when the file arrives on your computer.

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Share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.

What you need

To share content with AirDrop, both people need one of these devices using iOS 7 or later, or a Mac with OS X Yosemite:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad (4th generation or later)
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

You also need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you want to share with your contacts, sign in to your iCloud account.

Learn more about using AirDrop to share with people using a Mac with Yosemite.

Turn on AirDrop

Use Control Center to turn AirDrop on or off and control whom you can share content with.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to show Control Center.
  2. Tap AirDrop.
  3. Choose one of these options:
    • Off: Turns off AirDrop.
    • Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.
    • Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device.

Share content

You can share content from apps such as Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more.

  1. Tap the content you want to share.
  2. Tap Share or  .
  3. Depending on the app, you might be able to select other items you want to share.
  4. Tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user or the Apple device. If you’re sharing Contacts Only and can’t find a nearby user, check that both of you are signed in to an iCloud account. If you still can’t find a nearby user, consider setting AirDrop to Everyone. You might also need to turn off Personal Hotspot on one or both devices.

The other user will receive an alert with a preview of the content you want to share, and can either accept or decline. If the other user accepts, they’ll get the content in the app you sent it from. For example, photos will appear in the Photos app and websites will open in Safari.

 

How to Auto-Fill Credit Card Information Using Your iPhone Camera

Apple has made it easy to enter your credit or debit card information. Just use your iPhone’s camera to auto-fill text boxes with your information when entering a card for use with Apple Pay (if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus) or when making online purchases.

Go to Settings > Passbook & Apple Pay and select Add Credit or Debit Card. (You may be required to enter your Apple ID password.)

Tap the camera icon to the left of the card number field.

Position the card within the frame that appears on your screen. Your iPhone will vibrate to indicate that the information has been entered. You will need to enter your security code manually.

Tap Next so your card can be verified and follow the instructions on your screen. You may need to call your credit card company as part of the process.

Once the card has been verified you will be able to use it to make Apple Pay purchases. If this is the first credit card you have entered, it will automatically become your default card.

You can also use your iPhone’s camera to enter credit card information while online shopping.

When you are on a payment page in Safari, tap one of the text boxes where your information goes. The keyboard in Safari will offer the option Scan Credit Card.

Once the option is selected, your camera will open and you can position your card in the frame so that the information on the front of the card can be captured.

How to Use a Credit Card that is not Your Default Card with Apple Pay

Changing or updating the credit card you use to make iTunes and App Store purchases is easy and can be done right on your iPhone or iPad.

To change your credit card information, you need to go to Settings > iTunes & App Store Settings and tap on your Apple ID at the top. A popup screen will ask what you would like to do. Tap View Apple ID and you’ll be asked to log in.

  

You can then tap on Payment Information to update your credit card and billing information.