The Very-Obvious-Audio Edition Monday, January 4, 2016

Unhand Me! – Preventing Unwanted iOS Device Handling, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

Unhand Me! aims to deter thieves by using voice and sound to draw attention to your iPhone or iPad once picked up. In addition to the very obvious audio, the app also pushes a notification to a specified device. From here, you can turn off the alarm or take the necessary action.

How To Run “Headless” Virtual Machines In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

If you run multiple operating systems on your Mac in virtual machines, then you likely use either Virtual Box, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels Desktop. For the most part, when you set up a VM on your Mac with any of these solutions, it will run as a window that shows you the graphical view of the virtualized OS. However, if you use your VMs for servers instead of running desktop applications, then you can use a small trick to run them in the background, and thereby save both a little processing power and some desktop clutter.


Apple Raises iPhone Prices In Germany Over New Content Levy, by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Apple raised the prices for hand-held devices in Germany at the start of the year, following a deal between the tech industry and content producers that will benefit a range of creative professionals including musicians, actors and pornographic filmmakers. [...] Apple Inc., Samsung and others agreed last month to pay about 5-7 euros ($5.50-$7.70) for each smartphone or tablet imported to Germany.

Ford Is Bringing CarPlay To All 2017 Models, by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore

Ford has announced the Sync 3 infotainment platform, adding support for CarPlay and Android Auto. The carmaker has announced that all 2017 models — starting with the Escape — will come with the infotainment unit as standard, and that 2016 models will be able to upgrade to the system later this year.

Periodic Table's Seventh Row Finally Filled As Four New Elements Are Added, by The Guardian

Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table’s seventh row and rendering science textbooks around the world instantly out of date.

Congratulations, science.

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