Wow! Lots and lots going on out there — I think this is the biggest edition of Musings we’ve had yet. I want to thank all those who wrote in to add your groups! Have fun discovering all this, and let us know when you post new stuff.
- This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket
- Apple’s special tool to recover data from the MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD
- If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately
- Microsoft says MacBook Pro owners are switching to Surface
- 8 Useful iPad Features You May Not Even Know You Have
- The best smartphone is the one you already own
- Guy Kawasaki has officially caught up . . .
- Replicating a NSA Spy Tool : CYBERWAR
- Mug doing good in Central Florida!
- How to Use Tapback Messages on Mac
- Super Mario Run review for iOS
- NOAA Science On a Sphere video.
- Mac Now Supports Windows
- They don’t like Macs!
You must be logged into Facebook for many of the following links. Beware also that many of these pages will have spam, pop-ups, stalkers, predators and possible drive-by malware.
The best smartphone is the one you already own
Frequent poster Gary E. Kampel posted this to the Ug Netnews group! He’s always the one to find these! (but use your browser’s reader function, this one is full of screen spam, stalkers and predators!)
Now that Apple has disappointed early adopters with a mere incremental iPhone upgrade, and Samsung has done even worse by releasing exploding Galaxy Note 7s, the preposterous futility of the smartphone wars should be coming apparent. Those people who are trading in perfectly usable phones for the latest models are the suckers.
Douglas Rushkoff for digitaltrends.com
This insane example from the FCC shows why AT&T and Verizon’s zero rating schemes are a racket
Thanks to Lynn Wegley for posting this one to the Infomanager group on Facebook – – to which I gave a pretty firey rant!
This week AT&T announced that it would give special treatment to DirecTV’s new streaming service by excluding it from AT&T customers’ wireless data caps. Ever since we started writing about net neutrality, we’ve argued that zero rating is a bad, anti-competitive idea that in the long run will hurt consumers, though it may appear like a huge consumer benefit in the short-term. Now we know the FCC seems to agree, based on letters it sent today to Verizon and AT&T about their zero rating and sponsored data programs.
NOAA Science On a Sphere video.
Thanks to Gail M. Murphy for sharing NOAA Science On a Sphere’s video. Super interesting graphic display. You can sure see where the fault lines are. (Ed: totally awesome)
NOAA Science On a Sphere … Check out this new SOS dataset of all the earthquakes from 2001 through 2015 from the US NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center! You can read about it here:
Guy Kawasaki has officially caught up . . .
LOL . . . it’s fun to watch as media and celebrities finally pick up on things we’ve been warning you about for years! Too bad Guy doesn’t read the UGNN thread! I was posting anti-fake-news and anti-click-bait memes back in the Obama presidential campaigns . . . but thank goodness he’s now on board, and has posted this :
Here’s how to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed
Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true. It seems so simple, but if everyone knew that, Facebook and Google wouldn’t have to pull bogus news sites from their advertising algorithms and people wouldn’t breathlessly share stories that claim Donald Trump is a secret lizard person or Hillary Clinton is an android in a pantsuit.
AJ Willingham, CNN
Mac Now Supports Windows
Thank you George Takei for posting this one … with your comment “This joke panes me.”
If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately
GeOrge Christensen in the North Coast Mac Users Group (NCMUG) shared this post. Thank you George . . . we received a notice from Yahoo admitting to the compromise and warning to change passwords, etc.
This story was published by Recode on September 20, 2016, after it was revealed that 500 million Yahoo user accounts were breached. On December 14, Yahoo said it was the victim of an even bigger hack (read about it here ).
How to Use Tapback Messages on Mac
Thanks to Chuck Richardson from the (ACD) for posting this gem . . .
Tapback messages offer an in-line visual icon response to any message, it’s a fun feature on iOS Messages app that is also one of the few message effect features available on the Mac.
How to Use Tapback Messages on Mac
Super Mario Run review for iOS
While at the Apple Corps of Dallas, we found this video review of Super Mario Run for iOS
This is Apple’s special tool to help customers recover data from the MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD
Thank you George Canellis from the Long Island Macintosh Users Group (LIMac) for posting this . . . .
When the first teardown of Apple’s new 2016 MacBook Pro was published earlier this month, a couple notable changes were spotted related to the machine’s SSD. Components for the SSD are now soldered onto the logic board, which likely allows for some design and thinness enhancements, but hurts overall repairability. On top of not being upgradeable, some speculated that meant that if the logic board fails, your data is gone with it. Not necessarily…
Microsoft says MacBook Pro owners are switching to Surface
Also in the LIMAC stream is Joe Pellicone’s post . . .
The new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros have been polarizing, to say the least. Some think the new 13- and 15-inch models are woefully underpowered for their high price tags, while others rave about the OLED strip that replaces the Pro’s function keys. Microsoft thinks there are more of the former than the latter, and that its Surface lineup targeting creative professionals stands to benefit.
8 Useful iPad Features You May Not Even Know You Have
Thanks to Giuseppe Quinn from the Santa Fe Macintosh User Group (SFMUG) for posting this interesting piece
Sure you’ve semi-figured out Siri and maybe even have mastered FaceTiming with the grandkids. But Apple would like you to know that you’ve just discovered the tip of the iPad iceberg. Here are some other lesser-known features that Apple thinks will make life a little more technologically easier for users, especially those older than 55.
From the huffingtonpost.com
Mug doing good in Central Florida!
A new friend, the Bay Area Macintosh User Group of West Central Florida (BAMUG) turns out to be a really suppotive MUG in Facebook.
Virginia Chilcote, Cheryl Smeed and Cynthia Watson among others are really putting the group’s Facebook page to work as it should! Salute to you Mac users over in West Central Florida!
Bay Area Macintosh User Group of West Central Florida
They don’t like Macs!
And finally, our friend George Torres from the Plano Macintosh User Group (McKinney, TX) brings us all a good laugh when he writes : Listen to what happens when a scammer on my phone call finds out i have an Apple computer!
Bravo! George! Too bad we can’t send huge charges of voltage back through the telephone to the guy’s head on the other end!
Replicating a NSA Spy Tool : CYBERWAR
This was my favorite ‘find’ in this week’s notifications :: THANK YOU Joe McKernan for posting this for the Plano Macintosh User Group
Security researcher Joe FitzPatrick shows Ben a demo of SLOTSCREAMER, a NSA spy tool he created from leaked documents. This comes from episodes of CYBERWAR on VICELAND by Ben Makuch who travels the world to meet with hackers, government officials, and dissidents to investigate the ecosystem of cyberwarfare.
Replicating a NSA Spy Tool : CYBERWAR
UG OFFICERS : Read my lips
Are you reading? Are you breathing? I’ve only got a handful of user groups on my radar — there must be more out there. Please let me know you’re still alive, and send in your Facebook links, and web site links so we can visit your group more often! You just send me an email, send up a flare, make a call, or comment below, or comment on the InfoManager on Facebook ::