Apple Isn’t Your Friend

Apple has been steadily positioning itself as the anti-Facebook for a while now, and between verbal jabs aimed at the social media giant and privacy-focused product decisions, the patient goodwill campaign seems to be working. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t going to save us, and now’s the time to keep your guard up. Continue reading Apple Isn’t Your Friend

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Identify your iPod model

iPod touch (6th generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Model number: A1574

iPod touch (5th generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 16, 32, and 64 GB
Model numbers: A1509, A1421

iPod touch (5th generation 16 GB, Mid 2013)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 16 GB
Model number: A1509

iPod touch (4th generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB
Model numbers: A1367

iPod touch (3rd generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 32 and 64 GB
Model number: A1318

iPod touch (2nd generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 8, 16, and 32 GB
Model numbers: A1288, A1319 for China only

iPod touch

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 8, 16, and 32 GB
Model numbers: A1213

iPod nano (7th generation Mid 2015)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 16 GB
Model number: A1446

iPod nano (7th generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 16 GB
Model number: A1446

iPod nano (6th generation)

Navigation: Multi-Touch display
Capacity: 8 and 16 GB
Model number: A1366

iPod nano (5th generation)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 8 and 16 GB
Model number: A1320

iPod nano (4th generation)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 8 and 16 GB
Model number: A1285

iPod nano (3rd generation)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 4 and 8 GB
Model number: A1236

iPod nano (2nd generation)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 2, 4, and 8 GB
Model number: A1199

iPod nano

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 1, 2, and 4 GB
Model numbers: A1137

iPod shuffle (4th generation Mid 2015)

Navigation: Control Pad
Capacity: 2 GB
Model number: A1373

iPod shuffle (4th generation Late 2012)

Navigation: Control Pad
Capacity: 2 GB
Model number: A1373

iPod shuffle (4th generation)

Navigation: Control Pad
Capacity: 2 GB
Model number: A1373

iPod shuffle (3rd generation Late 2009)

Navigation: Apple Earphones with Remote
Capacity: 2 and 4 GB
Model number: A1271

iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

Navigation: Apple Earphones with Remote
Capacity: 4 GB
Model number: A1271

iPod shuffle (2nd generation)

Navigation: Control Pad
Capacity: 1 and 2 GB
Model numbers: A1204

iPod shuffle

Navigation: Control Pad
Capacity: 512 MB and 1 GB
Model number: A1112

iPod mini (2nd generation)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 4 and 6 GB
Model number: A1051

iPod mini

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 4 GB
Model number: A1051

iPod classic 160 GB (Late 2009)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 160 GB
Model number: A1238

iPod classic (120 GB)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 120 GB
Model number: A1238

iPod classic

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 80 and 160 GB
Model number: A1238

iPod (5th generation Late 2006) – also known as iPod with video or Fifth Generation iPod

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 30 and 80 GB
Model number: A1238

iPod (5th generation) – also known as iPod with video or Fifth Generation iPod

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 30 and 60 GB
Model number: A1238

iPod Special Edition U2

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 20 and 30 GB
Model numbers: A1136, A1099, A1059

iPod with color display

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 20 and 60 GB
Model number: A1099

iPod photo (also known as iPod with color display)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 30, 40, and 60 GB
Model numbers: A1099

iPod (Click Wheel)

Navigation: Click Wheel
Capacity: 20 and 40 GB
Model number: A1059

iPod (Dock Connector)

Navigation: Touch Wheel
Capacity: 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 GB
Model numbers: A1040

iPod (Touch Wheel)

Navigation: Touch Wheel
Capacity: 10 and 20 GB
Model number: A1019

iPod (Scroll Wheel)

Navigation: Scroll Wheel
Capacity: 5 and 10 GB
Model numbers: M8541

Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version)
Continue reading Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

Can I run iOS 11?

iOS 11 is compatible with these devices.

iPhone

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod

  • iPod touch 6th generation

New iOS 11 Features

  • Files across services like iCloud Drive, Dropbox and Box
  • New Smart Dock
  • Multitasking via  Split Over or Split View
  • Drag and Drop
  • Apple Pencil for Screen Markup, Notes and Drawing
  • Document Scanning from Notes, sign with your Apple Pencil
  • ARKit – Augmented Reality
  • Redesigned App Store
  • Customizeable Control Center
  • Privacy at the forefront

iOS 9 is out in the wild

Apple released iOS 9 into the wild and it looks awesome. I don’t run an iDevice so I can’t comment on it as far as performance and overall satisfaction but I will be checking in with friends that do to get their feedback.

If you use an iDevice and want to know if you can install iOS 9, here is the list of compatible devices:

iPhone iPad iPod
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 6th generation
  • iPod touch 5th generation

Noteworthy features

Notes

  • The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more.
  • Turn lists into checklists – Add bullets with a tap to create checklists. Make a grocery list, a wish list, or a to-do list — and check off items as you go.
  • Sketch your thoughts – Use the tip of your finger to draw right in your note. A selection of drawing tools lets you choose different brush styles and colors. And a handy ruler helps you keep things straight.
  • Note it with a photo – Now you can take a photo from within the Notes app. Or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note.
  • All your notes across all your devices – Notes works with iCloud so you can access your notes no matter which device you’re using.

Maps

  • Transit – Maps now features Transit view, bringing you public transit information with routes and directions.
  • Nearby – When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun, and more.

Multitasking

  • Slide Over – Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in.
  • Split View – With Split View, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time.
  • Picture in Picture – While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display.

Even longer battery life.

Across the entire operating system, apps and key technologies have been made more efficient to trim battery usage wherever possible — so you get more battery life for the things you do every day.

Smaller, more convenient updates.

iOS 9 does even more to efficiently stream new updates to your device without having to first download and unpack them — which means you don’t need as much free space to update.

  • iOS 9 – 1.3GB
  • iOS 8 – 4.58GB

Faster and more responsive.

The apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, making more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance.

Improved security.

Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is essential to protecting your personal information — like photos, documents, messages, email, and so much more.

Six-digit passcodes

The default for passcodes on your Touch ID–enabled iPhone and iPad is now six digits instead of four.

Two-factor authentication

A password alone is not always enough to keep your account secure. That’s why iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have built-in support for two-factor authentication.

The infinite loop of iOS 8

There’s a bug in Apple’s iOS 8 that allows nearby attackers to send apps—and in some cases the iPhone or iPad they run on—into an endless reboot cycle that temporarily renders the devices useless, according to researchers who demonstrated the attack Tuesday.

The exploit uses a standard Wi-Fi network that generates a specially designed secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate to exploit the bug, according to the researchers, who work for Israel-based Skycure. The encrypted communication causes whatever apps happen to be connected to the booby-trapped Wi-Fi network to crash. The vulnerability was introduced in version 8 of the Apple mobile operating system.

After sustained connections to the malicious signal, the OS itself will crash, in some cases in a way that causes the devices it runs on to spiral into a repeatable reboot cycle. Making the attack particularly vexing, even if users know the endless crashes are generated by the Wi-Fi network they’re connected to, they can’t disconnect because the repeated restarts make it impossible to access the device’s user settings, as demonstrated in the following video:

The Skycure researchers said the exploit can be combined with one they uncovered two years ago that forces iPhones to automatically connect to rogue Wi-Fi networks. The combination allows attackers to form a “NO iOS Zone” that after luring all iOS devices to join the Wi-Fi network, sends them into an endless crash cycle. Targets hit by the attack would have few options to stop the attack as long as they’re within range of the Wi-Fi access point. Skycure documented the vulnerability in a blog post published Tuesday and demonstrated it the same day at the RSA security conference in San Francisco.

Until there’s a patch, iPhone and iPad users should make sure they’re using iOS 8.3, since it appears to have mitigated some of the effects of the bug. Users should also keep Wi-Fi on their device turned off except when it’s needed.

Minecraft to get Story Mode in 2015

Telltale Games has announced on its blog that it’s working with Minecraft developer Mojang to create a series of games set in the world of the hit franchise.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale has made games in the Walking Dead, Back to the Future, and Game of Thrones universes, to name a few.