Friday Morning News
Ars Technica kicks us off this morning with a comparison between the Broadwell MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Both machines are fairly similar, but not quite the same: the new MacBook Pro now gets a Force Touch trackpad to go along with its Retina display, while the MacBook Air gets more battery life than ever before and the same great portability it has always had.
In case you not interested in forking out for one of Apple’s classier (and correspondingly more expensive) bands for the Apple Watch, a number of watch band adapters have started popping up on Kickstarter that you may be interested in. They let you use a traditional watch band with the Apple Watch, in case you’ve already got a leather band you’re attached to.
An article over at The Verge says the MacBook’s single USB port comes with a security vulnerability, but that may not be the case according to TidBits. Thanks to the USB controllers used in Apple devices and the attack vectors for the BadUSB exploit, there’s a good chance your Mac won’t be affected.
Similarly, one article from Brian Krebs says Apple Pay is enabling fraud thanks to the lack of physical card verification when entering a credit card to be used for Apple Pay. Criminals can purchase card details swiped by electronic means, put those into Apple Pay, and then use them for purchases in physical stores. There’s steps the banks can take to address the issue, as covered by iMore, but it seems many of them just aren’t taking the proper precautions.
A new patent from Apple tempts us with the possibility of taptic feedback for an Apple keyboard with no physical keys, thanks to the downright witchcraft that is the new Force Touch trackpad.
OneShot was an app that was released while I was away, that serves a particularly unique niche of finding text on websites and sharing it to Twitter. It’s a workaround for the 140 character limit, but I especially like the design case study they published on Medium alongside the release of the app. OneShot is free, on the App Store.
Enlight is another new app that claims it has all the photo-editing chops that every other photo-editing app does. It’s iPhone-only for now, but as the Verge finds out, it does a pretty great job of making edits to your photos on-the-go, even for someone who’s a pretty heavy VSCO Cam user. Enlight is $4.99, on the Australian App Store.
SixColors has two great posts on Wi-Fi issues: the first is their recommendation of switching Wi-Fi channels to get better performance, especially in areas with tons of Wi-Fi networks around. The second is how to do exactly that on your Mac using the built-in Wireless Diagnostics of Yosemite.
The Mac Observer tells you where to find the photo adjustments in the Photos beta for OS X.
Last but not least this morning, The Sweet Setup has a bunch of their favourite iPad accessories.