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.

Apple iOS Apps

So I’ve been writing articles for a while and I never really spent time to put together something that lists apps for Apple devices. So here’s my first run in no particular order.

Lookout – Backup, Security and Missing Device

by: Lookout, Inc.
Don’t lose your iPhone or iPad again! Lookout is the best way to protect your precious iOS device from data loss, theft and other threats that put your personal information at risk.
Download from App Store

Norton Mobile Security – Lost Phone Finder

by: Symantec
Norton Mobile Security delivers powerful, effective protection for your iPhone and iPad against theft and loss. Remotely locate your phone from any place with an Internet connection or set off an alarm on your lost device.
Download from App Store

Free VPN – Onavo Protect

by: Onavo, Inc.
Onavo Protect helps keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web. This powerful app helps keep you safe from malicious, phishing and unsecure mobile websites. It also helps secure your details when you login to websites or enter personal information such as bank accounts.
Download from App Store

Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple

by: DeskConnect, Inc.
Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Download from App Store

Inbox by Gmail – the inbox that works for you

by: Google, Inc.
Inbox by Gmail requires an invite. Email inbox@google.com to request one. Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead it often buries the important stuff and creates more stress than it relieves. Inbox, built by the Gmail team
Download from App Store

Hours Time Tracking

by: Tapity, Inc.
Free for a limited time, celebrating the Apple Watch version. Hours is the time tracker you will use.
Download from App Store

RunKeeper – GPS Running, Walk, Cycling, Workout and Weight Tracker

by: FitnessKeeper, Inc.
Track your run pace, measure workout distance, chart weight loss, crush training goals and more with LifeHacker’s Best Running App! RunKeeper is the simplest way to improve fitness, whether you’re just deciding to get off the couch for a 5k, biking every day, or deep into marathon training.
Download from App Store

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

by: MyFitnessPal.com
Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for iOS. With the largest food database by far (over 5,000,000 foods) and amazingly fast and easy food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off!
Download from App Store

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

by: Mojang
Play the biggest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition so far! It’s the overhaul of a generation. Download it now and see for yourself! Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.
Download from App Store

Quick Scan Pro – Barcode Scanner. Deal Finder. Money Saver.

by: iHandy Inc.
Quick Scan Pro – Find the lowest price for any product! Ever want to shop wiser? Quick Scan will be your best shopping companion. Just a fingertip away, low prices and product details from 1000+ online shops and local retailers en route to you anytime, anywhere.
Download from App Store

Map My Walk+ – GPS Walking and Step Tracking Pedometer for Calories and Weight Loss

by: MapMyFitness
Start walking with the MapMyWalk+ community. Record GPS-based activities to view detailed stats; connect with 400+ devices to import and analyze all your data in one place; log over 600 different activity types.
Download from App Store

OmniFocus 2 for iPhone

by: The Omni Group
OmniFocus for iPhone brings task management to your fingertips. Keep track of tasks by project, place, person, or date. With OmniFocus for iPhone, you’ll always have your important information at hand, whether it’s a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, things to do at home.
Download from App Store

OmniFocus 2

by: The Omni Group
Now a Universal iOS App with Apple Watch Support! OmniFocus for iOS brings the in-depth task management features of a desktop app to your fingertips. With flexible viewing options, location awareness, and on-the-fly task entry from just about anywhere.
Download from App Store

Mail+ for Outlook

by: iKonic Apps LLC
Securely access Outlook Email and Calendar – #1 Outlook/Exchange Email App – Top 5 business apps, peaked at 55 overall. Keep your work and personal email accounts separate.

Duolingo – Learn Languages for Free

by: Duolingo
Duolingo is Apple’s 2013 App of the Year! Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

Learn Spanish – Brainscape

by: Brainscape
Did you know that you may be wasting a huge portion of your time learning Spanish due to inefficient learning methods? Let me tell you how you can learn FASTER. It’s all about a new technique called Intelligent Cumulative Exposure.
Download from App Store

How to Cook Everything

by: Culinate, Inc.
This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that appeal to cooks on the go.
Download from App Store

That’s it for now. I will be adding more lists over time.

How to restore your Mac to factory defaults

We’ve all ran into issues with our Macs, Yosemite has issues with upgrading and networking from feedback we’ve gotten from customers and have seen personally; and if you want to roll back to Mavericks, I suggest doing a clean install. Some might even find this handy before selling your existing Mac after getting a new one.

WARNING: Performing the following steps will permanently destroy data on your drive. Make sure you have backed up ALL important data before proceeding.

Here’s how to do it:

If you are getting rid of your machine.

Deauthorize iTunes

  • Open iTunes → click StoreDeauthorize This Computer.
  • Enter your AppleID and password and click Deauthorize.
    • You should also deauthorize any third-party apps, such as Photoshop, that are locked to your Mac.

Turn off File Vault

  • Open System preferences → click on Security & Privacy → open the FileVault tab.
  • Check that it says FileVault is turned off the for the disc [main hard drive].
    • If not click on the padlock icon in the bottom left, enter your password and click on Unlock.
  • Click Turn Off FileVault.

Sign out of iCloud

  • Open System Preferences and click on iCloud and tap on Sign Out Now.
    • To remove all your personal data click on Delete From Mac

Wiping and Rebuilding

Wiping the Drive

  • Boot into recovery mode by holding command + R keys before pressing the power button and holding it until the Utilities window appears.
  • Select Disk Utility → click Continue.
  • Choose your main Volume → click Unmount.
  • Click the Erase tab → click Erase.
  • Click Disk UtilityQuit Disk Utility.

 Re-Install OS X

NOTE: You will need and internet connection to proceed, we suggest using an Ethernet connection for this.
  • Click Reinstall OS X → click Continue.
  • This will start a blank download of the OS X install files.
    • If you are keeping the Mac, proceed with the install by using your AppleID.
    • If you are not keeping it, do not use your Apple ID so that the next owner can finish the install with their AppleID.

The singularity – Will it Happen?

What is the singularity?

I honestly was not aware of this topic so I set out to do some research to open my mind and man was my mind blown. Basically what I understand is that the singularity is a point in time when technology will surpass human intelligence and humans will start to become the minority in intelligence.

Vernor Vinge introduced the term Technological Singularity in his science fiction novel Marooned in Realtime(1986) and later developed the concept in his essay the Coming Technological Singularity (1993). His definition of Singularity is widely known as the event horizon thesis and in essence says that trans or post-human minds will imply a weirder future than we can imagine:

“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. […] I think it’s fair to call this event a singularity. It is a point where our models must be discarded and a new reality rules. As we move closer and closer to this point, it will loom vaster and vaster over human affairs till the notion becomes a commonplace. Yet when it finally happens it may still be a great surprise and a greater unknown.” (1)

Continue reading The singularity – Will it Happen?

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.

How to change your Apple App Store to US

If you live outside the Continental US and would like to download US only apps, here is how to set your iDevice to United States so you can get access to US ONLY Apps.

  • Click Settings
  • Click on iTunes and App Stores
  • Click on your Apple ID
  • Click View Apple ID. It should ask you for your password.
  • Click on Country/Region.
  • Click Change Country or Region.
  • Click Store and select United States.

And there you go, enjoy your new US only apps.

Time Lapse on your phone

Time lapse is an awesome technique that is used in cinematography with high end equipment, now you can bring that awesomeness to your phone.

What Is Time-Lapse Photography?

Time-lapse photography is the process of capturing lots of photos over a period of time, and then assembling them together to create seamless video footage that appears sped up. It’s the opposite of slow motion videos where time appears to be moving more slowly.

From Wikipedia:
Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 × (24 [cinema] / 25 [PAL] / 30 [NTSC] frames per second) times speed increase. Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high speed photography or slow motion.

So anything that moves or changes slowly are good candidates. These are a few subjects you can use:

  • Clouds
  • Flowers opening
  • Candles burning
  • Animals grazing
  • Changing tides
  • Movement of the moon and/or stars

To get really creative try some fast moving things. Maybe find a busy highway or shopping center or children playing in a park. Continue reading Time Lapse on your phone

Fix for broken search domain resolution in OS X Yosemite

Ok folks, after many moons trying to fix this issue in Yosemite I finally got it… If you are running earlier versions of OSX, see here for the fix.

What am I talking about?

Append search domains for partially qualified domain names when performing DNS lookups. You know.. For example, you work in it and ssh to hosts regularly and your company uses hostname.sub.domain.com or hostname.domain.com but you want to ssh to hostname or hostname.sub to shave some time off your clock. With older versions you could apply a fix with mDNSResponder to work around whatever Apple decided to do there; around rolls Yosemite and they change the whole damn thing around. Continue reading Fix for broken search domain resolution in OS X Yosemite