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Day: September 26, 2017

  • Consistency is Apple’s main motivation given for switching the results from Microsoft’s Bing to Google in these cases. Safari on Mac and iOS already currently use Google search as the default provider, thanks to a deal worth billions to Apple (and Google) over the last decade. This change will now mirror those results when Siri, the iOS Search bar or Spotlight is used. “Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari,” reads an Apple statement sent this morning. “We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible.” This will change on iOS for the ‘I don’t know what you’re asking but here are web results’ Siri behavior as well as intentional ‘hey, Siri, search the web for…’ queries. TechCrunch This has to be a massive hit to Bing search and their marketshare.
  • One of the many announcements at Apple’s keynote a couple weeks ago was that 4K movies would be added to iTunes at the same price as HD content. Previously purchased HD movies would also be upgraded to 4K for free, though for streaming only. In response, Amazon Video has drastically slashed the prices of its own 4K content to match iTunes. As Pocket Lint notes, Amazon Video’s 4K selection is not only limited in comparison to Apple’s, but was incredibly expensive with purchases running over $30. (This price was comparable to services like Vudu and Google, but Apple’s worked out deals to offer 4K HDR movies at $19.99.) Over the weekend, it appears prices for 4K titles on Amazon Video are now starting at around $5, with newer releases in the range of $7 to $19. The Verge Competition between companies is always good for consumers in the long run.
  • September 26, 2017

    Apple Releases macOS High Sierra

    Apple today released the newest version of its operating system for Macs, macOS High Sierra, to the public. macOS High Sierra is a free download that’s available today for everyone who has a compatible Mac. macOS High Sierra can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store or through the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. Some users are seeing an error that prevents installation, so the update may still be propagating. macOS High Sierra is compatible with all Macs able to run Sierra, with a full list below: MacRumors I have been waiting for this more then iOS 11 I will be installing it soon on my new Macbook Pro.
  • The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs who can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico. ARRL There are a lot of requirements that have to be met if I had the time I would go.
  • September 26, 2017

    The 8 Best Money Making Apps for 2017

    We know that there are millions of apps out there to choose from, but what you may not realise is that a lot of them offer ways for you to earn cash money. We are going to take a look at 8 of the best money making apps available for iOS and Android devices in 2017. Pact Pact is an amazing application that allows you to get paid for getting healthy. When you sign up you choose to pay an amount of between $5 and $10 which will be deducted from your card/Paypal account for each day you don’t meet your ‘pact’. If you do meet your target (gym visits, running, healthy eating, etc), then you get paid rewards ranging from 35c to $5 per week. Clashot This is an app which lets you make money from your photos. It’s not just for professional photos, although naturally better quality pictures will have a better chance of being sold. It’s possible to have 100s of pictures rejected, but one great shot could make some good money, and the app is downloadable for free. Lottoland One way to make a whole heap of money is by playing the lottery. When you download the Lottoland app you can buy Powerball tickets online no matter where in the world you live, as well as for other international lotteries like MegaMillions, EuroMillions, Spanish El Gordo and many more. Tapporo Tapporo allows you to make money by watching videos, downloading games and apps, getting other people signed up or completing other offers. You collect OROs for completing tasks, with 1000 of these equal to one dollar. This won’t turn you into a millionaire any time soon but it is a legit money making app. Google Opinion Rewards Just by answering survey questions you will be able...