Thursday March 6, 2014
An interesting story hit the web this week. After their mother succumbed to her battle with cancer, son Josh Grant from London, England requested Apple give him the password to her account so he could unlock her passcode-locked iPad. And Apple refused.
And rightly so.
Look, she probably didn't have anything on the iPad that she wouldn't gladly let her sons see. Probably. But the iPad is used for a lot of things these days, including as a personal journal. There's nothing to say she didn't have things stored on the iPad that she'd never want her family to see.
In this, the proper route for Apple is to allow the iPad to be restored to factory settings, which according to the Daily Mail, is what Apple did after getting clarification the family just wanted it restored.
Maybe. But for security sake, Apple needs to be cold. We live in a very public world with social media urging everyone to share the most private details. For those who want to keep those details private, big companies need to respect things like passwords and passcode locks.
In the end, everyone got what they wanted out of this situation. But we shouldn't paint Apple as the big bad company for doing things the right way. After all, if it was the CIA rather than her sons asking for that information, we'd be all up in arms about it, right?
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
Tales of the Unknown: Volume I. Don't remember it? Maybe it's subtitle will be more familiar: The Bard's Tale.
Ultima. Wizardry. Might and Magic. The "Gold Box" AD&D games. The 1980s were definitely a golden era for role-playing games, which makes sense considering they often relied as much on the imagination as the video screen to power the visuals.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to wander the streets of Skara Brae once again, look no further than The Bard's Tale for the iPad. Hidden inside of this iPad port of the action-rpg remake of The Bard's Tale -- try saying that one three times really fast -- is the real deal. The game includes the original Bard's Tale, The Bard's Tale II and the Bard's Tale III, though if memory serves, it's okay to stop playing after the second one.
The remake is... well.. do you know those movies that take the name of an old classic but really aren't that similar at all? That's true in this case. It isn't a bad game, but it really doesn't have anything in common with the classic.
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Thursday February 27, 2014
At times, the iPad's auto correct feature can be extremely frustrating. Anyone who has ever tried to type in a strange name only to have the auto correct demand the name be changed or who typed in full sentence only to notice that auto correct decided to change a key word knows the frustration of auto correct.
But auto correct can be put to good use.
One of the coolest tricks is to stop using the apostrophe when typing in a contraction. If you type "Im", auto correct will change it to "I'm", which means you don't need to hunt down where the apostrophe is located in the on-screen keyboard. This trick won't work if eliminating the apostrophe correctly spells a totally different word (we'll -> well), but it does work about 95% of the time.
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Monday February 24, 2014
Apple pushed out iOS 7.0.6 over the weekend to fix a security flaw, but the big update to the operating system is still a few more weeks away, with the best guess estimate being the middle of March for iOS 7.1. So, is there anything to be excited about?
Not much. Most of the changes will be under the hood, tweaking performance and squashing pesky bugs. The two biggest changes will be more options in Mobile Device Management, which will benefit school districts hoping to keep student iPads locked down, and iOS in the Car, which is a new feature for better interaction with compatible cars. Neither of these features will be of much use for the vast majority of users.
There will be a few other tweaks in the update, such as new animations for the slide-to-unlock and slide-to-power-off screens. The on-screen keyboard and the iPhone dialer also have some minor changes. And if you are one of those who've found the new UI makes you a little nauseous, you will be able to turn off the Parallax animation feature.
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