Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What's New on Apple iOS 10.2 Upgrade

Apple released iOS 10.2 on December 12, 2016, available to the public.

Still no toggle off for Handwriting Mode in landscape mode, the feature that's aggravating thousands of Apple users.

Here is the screen that pops up countless times when you don't want it -- like when you are showing a photo in a text to someone standing next to you, or when you place your phone on a desk and the phone detects you're in landscape mode.

This has to be one of the worst features Apple has ever released in its' entire history because it accidently activates.





Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gas Buddy Says: Sorry But We Can't Find You Right Now" While on GasBuddy.com on Safari on Apple iPhone

When you visit GasBuddy.com on Safari instead of using the app, you can touch a button that says "Find Gas Near Me" ... When you touch the button for the first time, you get a message asking for permission to tell Safari your location. If you say no, the next time you use GasBuddy.com, you might get a message that says, "Sorry but we can't find you right now." You get this message because Safari remembers that you didn't give the website and Safari permission to look up your location.


Lost Sound on iPhone: Speakers are Silent on Apple iPhone

Losing your sound on an Apple iPhone can be very frustrating. You might discover you are not hearing your phone ring or you are not hearing any type of sound coming from the speaker(s). You might not be able to hear the person you are trying to talk to on a phone conversation, or you might not be able to hear music or a streaming app.

The first obvious item to check is the Ring/Silent switch.  Unfortunately Apple uses a poor design for the switch and it is very easily accidentally turned off. If you find it is off, and you turn it on, and you have sound ... good, you're done. That was easy.

Still no sound. Check the up or down volume buttons on the side of your phone. If the volume is all the way down, move up the volume up and down and see if you have sound. If you have sound, good.

Still no sound? Now you have to try a few things.

Go to Settings > Sounds and drag the Ringer And Alerts slider to turn the volume up.

Still no sound?


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Comcast Xfinity Remote Volume Button Doesn't Work, But Channel Change Buttons Work

You may have discovered one day that your Comcast Xfinity Remote XR2 version R1 Remote doesn't work property. The symptoms might include the following ...

The change channel buttons (up and down) work,

the numbers work to change channels,

setup buttons work and you can even pair the remote; but

the volume button (up and down) doesn't work.

Here is the fix ...

1) Press the Setup button (lower left) until the top All Power button illuminates and changes from red to green.

2) Immediately after the All Power button turns green, enter 9-8-1, using the number keys.

3) Next, check the volume button (up and down), which should now work, indicated by hearing the volume change and the TV display showing the horizontal volume slider indicator with movement.

If it doesn't immediately work, check the Comcast instructions below -- related to battery life -- repeating the process. If it still doesn't work, return the remote and exchange the remote for a new remote at a Comcast Xfinity location.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trouble with Error Msg: Attribute name "async" associated with an element type "script" must be followed by the ' = ' character"

If you get an error like this when implementing Google Adsense Code ...

Attribute name "async" associated with an element type "script" must be followed by the ' = ' character.".

The software device is looking for proper XHTML for the async snippet that is HTML5 compatible.

Try replacing <script async src="...">

with

 <script async="async" src="...">.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Does Twitter Have an RSS Feed Address? Twitter No Longer Has RSS Feature

Twitter used to have the capability to feed and RSS file, but Twitter deprecated the feature.

The feed had and address as structured below ...
http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/#######.rss

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Best Way to Improve Battery Life on iPhones and iPads from Apple Per Each Charge

Turn Off Push Mail

Most people use text messaging for instant messaging and alerts. Therefore most people don't need a constant connection with their mail server. Plus whenever a user opens Mail, a connection is established to the server and mail is received.

To stop you Apple iPhone from continuously checking the email server to see if the server has new mail, users can tell the iPhone to check every 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  That means the Apple iPhone will fetch the mail in one of those time intervals.

If you ever are in a position where you need to hear an incoming email immediately, you can always turn PUSH back on.

Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> Fetch New Data

Right under your list of Mail Accounts, you will see "Fetch New Data" ... It will be configured to PUSH or FETCH. If it says PUSH, the user's phone is using a lot of battery power.

Touch PUSH >

Scroll to the bottom and choose Every 15, 30 Minutes or Hourly under Fetch.

If necessary for each individual email account that may be configured to FETCH, tap on each individual email account and, if possible, change it to FETCH. Each individual email account will pickup the FETCH interval specified above.

For example, AOL stayed on PUSH when the main FETCH was configured. It can be changed to FETCH individually.

Simplest Way to Gain Daily Battery Charge Life
This is the simplest way to gain daily battery life with a few simple configurations.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Don't Deprecate the CENTER Tag; There Is No Simpler and More Reliable Replacement in HTML, XTML, or CSS

The <center> tag is a simple way of quickly center-aligning blocks of text, Twitter embed code, Facebook embed code, and images by encapsulating the container in a <center> tag


Centered with the <CENTER></CENTER> tag (functions properly) ...



So-called experts recommend people use <div style="text-align:center">xyz</div>

This works for text and images, and Facebook embeds, but it doesn't work for Twitter embeds.

Twitter single post embed centered with <div style="text-align:center"> (DOES NOT WORK) ...
Notice that the embed below is left aligned. It is not centered.




Twitter timelines are centered properly with , but individual Tweet post embeds do NOT center properly. 

How does Blogger center?
The code works with plain text.


This text is center by Blogger formatting.


Blogger uses <div style="text-align: center;">

Interesting comment ...

"The CENTER element is exactly equivalent to specifying the DIV element with the align attribute set to "center"." except it is clear by looking at the tag that it is centered. If this was a valid reason, we could depricate <strong>, <b>, all <h> and other tags and say they do the same thing as <span> with some css. besides, XHTML doesn't even recognize HTML5 tags such as canvas. It is only deprecated because of the war against marquees, centers, tables, frame which is purely religious, as they all have a place. – Dmitry Jun 5 at 18:23

Seen on StackOverflow.com Why is the <center> tag deprecated in HTML?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Costly Adapter Required Now Headphone Jack Has Been Removed from Apple iPhone 7

Mirror explains that the ability to charge and listen to music at the same time will users an extra 35£. A costly adapter will be required to split the sound and power capabilities out of the lightning port.



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What Are Acceptable Signal Levels for Comcast for High-Speed Internet Modem to Maintain Audio Streams, Video Streams?

When you have intermittent interruptions in audio streams or video streams while using your Comcast Internet service, you might have a technician come to check your Cable Modem, and the technician might tell you that everything is fine with your modem because the Downstream (Rx) Power Level is in the "Acceptable" range. Then the next day or even the same night you have signal problems again, and you lose a video stream or lose an audio stream connection. You might also see timeout errors, or certain sections of web pages might load a lot more slowly than other sections of the web page. You might notice that you are waiting abnormally long for an embedded Tweet, or Facebook picture, or Google map to appear on a web page. The page seems out of sync. There is a good chance you might have a problem with your Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level.

In order to have good Internet speed, good web page loading, and well-functioning audio streams and video streams; a household or business must have good signal levels going into the cable modem. Here is an unofficial table that is believed to be accurate or close to accurate regarding downstream power levels that users receive at their Cable Modems ...

Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level:
-7 dBmV to +7 dBmV "Recommended"
-8 dBmV to -10 dBmV / +8 dBmV to +10 dBmV - "Acceptable"
-11 dBmV to -15 dBmV / +11 dBmV to +15 dBmV - "Maximum"
Lower than -15 dBmV & Higher than +15 dBmV - "Out Of Spec."

Rx = Receive

Comcast techs usually quote the "Acceptable" range when you ask them what levels are "good" coming to the modem. (Note: None of the techs have ever mentioned SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) or QAM modulation. SNR is another factor that could be causing problems, but you can't fix SNR problems yourself.) Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level problems are probably more common than other problems.

Take note that even if you are too high or too low but within the "Maximum" range you might have problems, such as slow loading pages, pages that don't don't load all the sections of a web page, and audio and video streams that disconnect. You might even have temporary problems when you're are within the "Acceptable" limits but are near the outer limits of the "Acceptable" range.

You can check your own levels by logging into your modem from your own home network while you are at your home or business. The web address to access your modem is usually 10.0.0.1

The default admin name and password is ...

admin
password

Here is an example of how to check your levels. From your browser at your home or business connected to your Comcast/Xfinity network, type 10.0.0.1 in your browser's URL address line.

Enter your admin name and password ("admin" and "password").

In the menu at the left, go to Connection: XFINITY Network

You should see a table that is titled "Gateway > Connection > XFINITY Network"

In the table, look for Downstream: Power Level. You can compare your levels to the Downstream (Rx) Power Level at the top of this article. Ideally you want to have levels in between -7 dBmV to +7 dBmV.

If you see a level that is too low (-11 dBmV or -15 or worse), you need to contact Comcast because you need a stronger signal. If you are at -15 dBmV you probably don't have any Internet service at all.  Keep in mind that if have a level like -8 dBmV, changes in weather and temperature can possibly change the signal to a lower level. If you are having intermittent problems, weather conditions might drop your signal "Out of Spec" when you deserve a better signal coming to your house or business. Call Comcast.

If you see a level that is too high (+15 dBmV or even +8 dBmV) you might be able to fix the problem yourself by putting a splitter or a cable coupler in between the Comcast line into your house (or business) and your Cable Modem. A good splitter causes a drop of about 3.5 dBmV (-3 dBmV). Every location where there is a break in the coax cable line there will be a power loss. If you have a power level of +10 dBmV and you put the splitter on the line, you should then see a modified Downstream (Rx) Power Level of 6.5 dBmV. There are also 1-to-4 splitters that drop the signal about 7 dBmV (-7 dBmV). Keep in mind that changes in weather can also increase as well as lower the power level signal relative to the time you observed the readings.

This is a simple solution to the problem of a signal that is too high out of range or near the upper limit of an acceptable Downstream Power Level.   Keep in mind also that other problems can also cause changes in signal. There are situations when technicians forget to cover boxes on utility poles. This causes the boxes to fill with water, which can cause serious line problems. Squirrels can also chew on lines and cause disconnections or signal problems from loss of insulation.  Technicians often work at night. Whether they are working at night or during the day, they might make a quick change on the cable line that interrupts the signal for only a few seconds. This might not be noticed when you are loading a regular web page, but it might freeze your audio or video stream.

Also keep in mind that your audio stream or video stream source may also have technical problems. The source could have line problems, or the source could be overloaded by viewers.

If you are having trouble, try to get your Downstream (Rx) Receive Power Level in the "Recommended" level, which might provide a simple resolution. If you still have problems, then make sure Comcast rules out other potential problems up the line.

Monday, June 27, 2016

How Much Data Is Used During Audio Streaming on a 3G/4G Smartphone?

According to Verizon Wireless the data usage for audio streaming is 60 MB/hr.

Audio Track Download (3 1/2 min at 192 kbps) = 7 MB

1 MB = 1,024 KB
1 GB = 1,024 MB

Verizon Wireless Data Calculator
verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/dataShareCalculator.jsp


How Much Data Use on a 3G/4G Smartphone for a Text Only E-mail?

According to Verizon Wireless the data usage for a text only email is about 10KB.

1 MB = 1,024 KB
1 GB = 1,024 MB

Verizon Wireless Data Calculator
verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/dataShareCalculator.jsp


Friday, June 24, 2016

My TwitterFeed Stopped Working; Nothing Is Posting to Twitter or Facebook

TwitterFeed offers the following instructions for troubleshooting designated posts that don't make to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

First, check that there isn't something in the feed that instructs TwitterFeed to stop posting items - for details of the elements that we check when deciding whether to post an item or not, see the previous entry "My feed updated once, but only once, and never again". If everything looks OK in this respect, it could be related to a problem with the realtime (pubsubhubbub) hub not sending us notifications, or with the server headers returned by the feed server incorrectly telling us there's nothing new to retrieve.

First, try the "check now!" link for the feed in the dashboard, this should run a fetch of the feed, and update to Twitter if it finds anything new. If this doesn't work, or the issue consistently returns after a manual check, please let Twitterfeed know at support@twitterfeed.com with details of the feed URL and your account, and they will investigate.

In addition to TwitterFeed's advice ...

Also, be aware that Facebook has a "Token" that expires every so often. If you are feeding your blog articles to Facebook, they will probably stop after a certain time interview. TwitterFeed shows the status regarding when the Token will expire.

To see the information, go to Dashboard: Feed: Step 2.

If you have already setup a Facebook feed, you will see it listed in the Step 2 page with the expiration date in brackets. Twitter doesn't have an expiration token.

Before the expiration (optimally) or after expiration date, click on the Facebook listing in the Step 2 page.

Next click on the blue button that says "Connect with Facebook" ... Make sure your previously connected personal Facebook page is listed in the first drop down menu. When you click the blue Facebook button, another dropdown menu will display below the blue button. Select the Facebook page in the dropdown menu where you want your blog article to post.

A new expiration date will appear.  The posts will eventually stop working after the expiration date, so it is best to do this procedure before the expiration date. The token lasts about two months, so a page connect today on June 24, 2016 would get an expiration date of August 24, 2016.

See also ...
help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88113-feed-isn-t-posting-even-though-there-are-new-items

My TwitterFeed Stopped Working; Nothing Is Posting to Twitter or Facebook

TwitterFeed offers the following instructions for troubleshooting designated posts that don't make to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

First, check that there isn't something in the feed that instructs TwitterFeed to stop posting items - for details of the elements that we check when deciding whether to post an item or not, see the previous entry "My feed updated once, but only once, and never again". If everything looks OK in this respect, it could be related to a problem with the realtime (pubsubhubbub) hub not sending us notifications, or with the server headers returned by the feed server incorrectly telling us there's nothing new to retrieve.

First, try the "check now!" link for the feed in the dashboard, this should run a fetch of the feed, and update to Twitter if it finds anything new. If this doesn't work, or the issue consistently returns after a manual check, please let Twitterfeed know at support@twitterfeed.com with details of the feed URL and your account, and they will investigate.

In addition to TwitterFeed's advice ...

Also, be aware that Facebook has a "Token" that expires every so often. If you are feeding your blog articles to Facebook, they will probably stop after a certain time interview. TwitterFeed shows the status regarding when the Token will expire.

To see the information, go to Dashboard: Feed: Step 2.

If you have already setup a Facebook feed, you will see it listed in the Step 2 page with the expiration date in brackets. Twitter doesn't have an expiration token.

Before the expiration (optimally) or after expiration date, click on the Facebook listing in the Step 2 page.

Next click on the blue button that says "Connect with Facebook" ... Make sure your previously connected personal Facebook page is listed in the first drop down menu. When you click the blue Facebook button, another dropdown menu will display below the blue button. Select the Facebook page in the dropdown menu where you want your blog article to post.

A new expiration date will appear.  The posts will eventually stop working after the expiration date, so it is best to do this procedure before the expiration date. The token lasts about two months, so a page connect today on June 24, 2016 would get an expiration date of August 24, 2016.

See also ...
help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88113-feed-isn-t-posting-even-though-there-are-new-items

Friday, June 17, 2016

Change DNS When Your Page Has Sections that Don't Load or Load Slowly

All computers and most mobile devices and routers let you point to DNS servers other than those provided by your ISP (Internet service provider). If you are having weird symptoms with your browser not loading the complete web page, or stalling at certain points, you might want to try alternate DNS. Symptoms include web page widgets not loading, such as Twitter embeds or Facebook embeds. You might notice an extra long time period while an ad loads, and you might see the ad server address show during the delay in the status box of your browser.

Choosing an alternate DNS
So-called public DNS providers offer DNS lookups that anyone can use. Switching to an alternate DNS requires a little tech operation, but there is no account set up, and it's free. There are two common alternatives -- OpenDNS and Google's Public DNS.

OpenDNS is the original DNS, beginning at a time when ISP-run DNS servers were very slow while your computer looked up the web address. OpenDNS sped things up by using an array of fast servers. Today OpenDNS has an array of servers with free-with-registration and paid add-on services for malware, threat protection, and network usage analysis. OpenDNS's DNS servers are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.

Google’s Public DNS doesn't include the add-ons. Google's Public DNS is just DNS with the sleek numbers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for its DNS servers. There are additional public DNS servers, but these are the most common alternatives.

In most network configurations, an IP address and other network settings are provided from a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server on a local network via a router to all devices that connect for Internet access. One or more DNS servers is set this way. However, you can override this.
Public and ISP DNS providers typically give you two servers, that’s to handle a temporary failure or temporary overloading. One server usually works, but two gives you a backup in case the first one is having a problem.

Mac OS X

Open System Preferences and click Network.

Select your active adapter, such as Wi-Fi or ethernet.

Click Advanced.

Click the DNS tab.

Click the + sign at the bottom and type or paste in the first DNS server (e.g., 8.8.8.8). Then click + again to paste in the second (e.g., 8.8.4.4).

Click OK and then Apply.

Window 10

Right-Click on the monitor or Wi-Fi icon on the bottom right-hand corner, and Click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”.

Go to the active Internet connection

In the next window click on “Properties” button

Uncheck the “Internet Protocol Version 6” checkbox (6), then select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “Properties”

Select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and enter DNS Server addresses into the box for "Preferred DNS server" and "Alternate DNS server." You can find them in your Client Area -> VPN Packages -> your Smart DNS package or your VPN package that support Smart DNS service. Click “OK” .

Restart your computer.

See also ...

macworld.com/article/2930714/change-your-dns-to-avoid-or-bypass-broadband-outages-like-comcasts.html

zdnet.com/article/fixing-dns-woes-for-comcast-users-and-everyone-else/

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Track Outbound Links to Report Links from Local Banner Ads or Text Links from Local Advertisers

If an advertiser wants to track clicks, you might want to check to see if Google Analytics can track your outbound links. According to Google Support for Google Analytics, you can use Analytics Events to track clicks on links that take users to a website other than your own.

Google Support states that if you copy and paste this script exactly as it appears here, your outbound clicks will appear in your Analytics Events reports with a Category of "outbound" and an Action of "click". (In the snippet, these are shown in bold.) You can use these values, or change them and define your own values. Learn more about Event components.

Your website must be using the analytics.js tracking code, and not older deprecated versions of tracking code.

The recommended script is here ...

Track outbound link
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1136920?hl=en


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mac File Sharing Trouble with El Capitan: Mac File List Doesn't Refresh from Host: Turn Off SMB and Turn On AFP

For some reason when a Mac mini was updated to Mac OS X El Capitan, shared folders made the connection, but new files listed on the host were not being shared with the client Mac running Mac OS X 10.8.5.  File in the folder might show at the initial connection, but any files added might not show in the display on the client Mac.

HERE IS THE FIX ...

Go to system preference on the host Mac

Go to Sharing on the host mac

Make Sure File Sharing is Checked (left)

Click the Options Button

Check "Share files and folders using AFP" to use the legacy file sharing protocol for Apple Macs. If there are no Windows machines on your network, turn off SMB (Windows).

Click Done.

You may have to login to the host again. Also, if had an alias in the sidebar, you may have to remove the old alias from the sidebar, and drag in a new alias for the connection.


The reason the change is necessary is caused by the fact that The Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), which has been Apple's default networking protocol in the classic Mac OS as well as in OS X, has been replaced with SMB2.

Server Message Block (SMB) is a file transfer protocol that has been the main networking protocol for Windows-based systems. Having different default protocols has made the use of both Windows and Mac systems on the same network frustrating, since until Apple introduced native SMB support in OS X, users had to rely on third-party SMB support for sharing files with Windows systems.


The Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol is a network file sharing protocol, and as implemented in Microsoft Windows is known as Microsoft SMB Protocol. The set of message packets that defines a particular version of the protocol is called a dialect. The Common Internet File System (CIFS) Protocol is a dialect of SMB.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apple iPhone Photo Library Full in Manage Storage, But There Are No Photos or Hardly Any Photos on iPhone

Phantom Photos of Phantom Video are photos or videos that take up valuable space on your Apple iPhone even though they aren't visible in your Albums or Camera Roll. Once an Apple iPhone showed over 2700 photos and over 780 videos in the Storage Setting, but only 10 photos in the Photo App and ZERO videos in the Videos app. Also iMovie show only 1 clip in the iMovie app.

Syncing photos with an empty folder on a Mac notebook didn't provide a fix.

Emptying the longest thread of text messages on iPhone didn't work, either.

Temporarily resetting the date and time back in time worked.

1. Go to Settings >> Date & Time

2. Untoggle "Set Automatically"

3. Manually change the date back to a date that is about 1 or 2 years prior to the current date.

4. Close Settings.

5. Open "Photos"app

6. Select "Albums" You have probably already tried to clear out everything from the Camera Roll and "Recently Deleted" folder. Your Recently Deleted folder might still show 0 photos from outside view, but when you open it, you'll see that there are hundreds or thousands of of old images in the Recently Deleted folder that weren't there before. Those are your phantom photos.

7. At the bottom you will see an option to DELETE ALL or RECOVER ALL the photos. If you are sure you have already backed up these photos, just DELETE ALL. Otherwise RECOVER ALL and then you can re-import to PHOTOS on your Mac desktop or notebook (make sure you set the date back to automatic on your iPhone first. You may have to eject your Apple iPhone and reconnect).

8. Go Setting >> Date & Time and return to automatic time setting.

9. After you DELETE ALL or RECOVER ALL and IMPORT TO MAC PHOTO (with Delete after importing checked) go back to General >> Usage >> Storage >> Manage Storage. You should see a great amount of increased memory available.

We freed 40.1 GB of phantom photos and videos that hampered an Apple iPhone 6 plus to operating with only 2-5GB remaining after "deleting" all photos and videos.

We decided to restore the 40 GB on a MacBook Pro, just to do a little investigating. Multiple video clips that were clearly recalled as having been deleted were "recovered" from Phantomland. Invisible photos and videos were taking up valuable storage space on the Apple iPhone.

Now why doesn't Apple have a method or utility that would find Phantom Photos and Phantom Videos? There should be some type of process that gives the user an alert if there are a significant greater number of photos counted in Storage Settings compared to the number counted in the Camera Roll or Photos app.

When photos or videos are deleted the sit in a Recently Deleted folder. A message at the header of the folder states something like "Photos and videos show the days remaining before deletion. After that time, items will be permanently deleted." Apparently they often go into Phantom mode after 30 days. They appear to be permanently deleted, but apparently some or all go into Phantom mode that takes still takes up memory. It is probably a good practice to use the Delete All command lower left when files are recently deleted and sent to the Recently Deleted folder. A subtitle shows the number of days until the file is supposed to be permanently deleted. No trust in that subtitle here. Use the Delete All command, lower left.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13 Years


Lance Ulanoff of Mashable and Scott Martin of United Advisors break down Apple earnings.

Apple's stock was down 5% aftermarket after Apple reported the first revenue decline in 13 years. Apple's momentum is maintaining a slow decline because of its strong ecosystem, but Tim Cook is simply riding on Steve Job's innovation from years ago. Analysts talk of incremental innovation, but a lack of any stellar innovation. Analysts are saying that Apple no longer develops the game-changing products it used to produce.

 Consider that while the innovation has stalled at Apple, the company still manages to abuse its customers by failing to support older equipment with planned obsolescence. Apple often lags in memory availability and even recently made their Mac Mini non-expandible by soldering RAM memory, which prohibits customers from expanding their computer's memory capacity when their budgets allow them to fund expansion. Apple iPhones have no memory expansion slots, and entry level iPhones barely have enough memory to function.

 Operating system upgrades to Apple iPhones frequently slow them down to the point of being inoperable, and the upgrades often come with bugs because Apple failed to thoroughly test upgrades before releasing them to the public. With the amount of wealth that Apple has accumulated, they could fund a team that keeps older operating systems secure and viable. Along with the lack of innovation, perhaps the word is getting out that Apple cheats its customers. Apple needs to come up with innovative products that make replacing their obsolete products worthwhile.

MakeOffice Chief Marketing Officer Shana Glenzer on the future of innovation for Apple as Stuart Varney asks "where is the innovation" and says that Tim Cook looks to be a failure as the successor to Steve Jobs.

After a big rollout and an announcement about the "revolution of TV" Apple didn't even mention AppleTV or tvOS in their quarterly earnings report. Apple's revenue dropped roughly 13 percent decline compared to $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period. The drop indicated the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003. The tech giant said it saw fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on Chinese entrepreneur and LeEco CEO, Jia Yueting, calling out Apple over its innovation, as well as his company's new smart car to take on Tesla.

  See also ... CNBC Rotten Apple: Stock plunges 8% on earnings, revenue miss
[Tim Cook] has yet to buy anybody to grow the business. He could buy Sonos, he could by Pandora, he could buy Tesla, he could by NetFlix; and he's done nothing. And they've got to do something. -- Ross Gerber, Gerberkawasaki CEO
 AAPL 5 DAY … 

 AAPL 1 YR … 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tim Cook's Letter to Apple Customers About Privacy, Encryption and Security

February 16, 2016 A Message to Our Customers
The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

Answers to your questions about privacy and security

The Need for Encryption
Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

9to5Mac Review: USB-C to Lightning Cable - A Must-Have for the 12.9" iPad Pro

9to5 Mac recommends 12.9" iPad Pro owners invest in Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable and USB-C Power Adapter.

Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable and USB-C Power Adapter means faster charging. Of course, Apple should have shipped with the better adapter.

Friday, March 18, 2016

How to Delete Multiple Photos from an Apple iPhone -- and Videos, Too

Here is an easy method to delete multiple photos on an Apple iPhone. CAUTION: Once you delete photos or videos from an iPhone you cannot retrieve the photos or videos (without extreme forensics tools).

STEP 1
Open the Photos App

STEP 2
Choose the "Photos" tab it it's not selected by default

STEP 3
Use your finger to browse to the group of photos or video clips that are organized by date

STEP 4
When you see the group, tap on the Select button at the top-right of the iPhone. All of the photos and/or video in the date-categorized group are selected. If you don't want specific photos or videos deleted, you can tap on the photo or video to unselect the item singularly. Items set for selection are indicated with a checkmark -- toggled on or off.

STEP 5
Tap the TRASH icon in the lower right to delete the bulk photos.

STEP 6 
Confirm and Tap "Delete XX Photos" to perform irreversible delete process.




Saturday, March 5, 2016

SKYSCAN Atomic Clock with Outdoor Wireless Temperature Model 86722 Operating Manual, Fix, and Alternate Products

FIX
The battery contacts can become insecure. Bend them out or extend them out using a pliers to make better contact with the batteries.

To get the outdoor temperature display to work again. Pull the batteries out of the outdoor temperature transmitter and clock and leave out for at least 30 seconds.  Prepare battery installation for both clock and transmitter. Place batteries in clock, then immediately place batteries in transmitter (install batteries in transmitter before manually setting clock). Outdoor temperature should display immediately but can take up to four minutes.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Microsoft 10 and Big Uses For Tiny Computer: Raspberry Pi 3 | Tech Bet | CNBC

The Raspberry Pi 3 could help power your smart home. The new Raspberry Pi 3 chip is fast, smart, and can help contribute to the Internet of Things, robotics, and the overall tech sector.

A credit card-sized computer board has been used for education, but may start to be used for home-control Internet of Things type of functions.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Facebook: This content is no longer available The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired

When sharing a photo, photo album or a post, Facebook delivers the following message ...

This content is no longer available
The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.

Usually, the message expected would be a confirmation message that says the message has been successfully shared.

In fact, even though the message says the content is not available, it has been successfully shared.

Some people are likely to make several attempts after getting the failure message. Instead they end up posting the "share" several times.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Can You Remove Sidebar and Have Full-Width for Specific Pages in Blogger?

The answer is, YES!  Thanks to the experts at MYBLOGGERLAB, there is a tweak available that involves CSS code placement in the HTML mode of the specific page or a post. Designers don't even have to tinker with the TEMPLATE, the LAYOUT or the EDIT HTML function.

For the complete details, see ...

mybloggerlab.com How To Create a Full Width Page and Remove Sidebar in Blogger

Here is their excellent code addition for modification of specific pages to full-width:

1. Go to Blogger.com >> Add NEW Page/Post
2. Now select HTML TAB on Blogger Post Editor
3. Paste the following CSS and XML Code:

<style>
#sidebar-wrapper, #midsidebar-wrapper, .gapad2, .blog-pager, .post-header-line-1, .post-footer { display:none !important;} #main-wrapper { width:98%!important;} .post { width:98%!important; }
</style>

If you want to use pixel width, you can replace "width:98%" with width:1000px"  -- for example.

If you don't want the page title displayed -- for example, if it takes up space or is redundant -- you can use the following code.

.post-title, .post-labels, post-icons, post-author {display:none!important;}



Full width in specific pages or posts is useful for publishing embedded spreadsheets, large maps, or large pictures or embedded YouTube videos.