The Potentially-Dangerous Edition Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Personal Story: Did The Apple Watch Save My Life?, by Michael Krigsman, ZDNet

Sensor data reported by HeartWatch made me aware of a potentially dangerous condition of which I was otherwise absolutely unaware. Based on the data, I'm now undergoing various tests and treatment.

Mac Owners Between 2003 & 2008 Can Claim $10 In Optical Drive Class-action Lawsuit Settlement, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

A class-action suit filed against four optical drive manufacturers alleging illegal price fixing has been settled, with previous owners of computers equipped with CD or DVD drives between 2003 and 2008 eligible for $10 per computer owned during that period.

Mac Malware Is Still Crude, But It’s Slowly Catching Up To Its Windows Rivals, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Malicious Microsoft Word documents that abuse macros have long been the bane of Windows users. Now, security researchers have found what may be the first such real-world attack to infect Macs.


Flipboard Is Redesigning Itself Around ‘Smart’ Digital Magazines, by Walt Mossberg, Recode

Flipboard is launching a major redesign, version 4.0, which is built around “smart” magazines on topics you choose, tailored using highly granular choices of subjects or sources, and automatically updated as relevant new content is published online. [...]

Each smart magazine is built in a much more granular way than before. For instance, in the old Flipboard, if you set up a “topic” like technology, you saw essentially the same content as everyone else who chose that topic. Now, when you set up your smart magazine on technology (or any other topic) using the passion picker, you’re prompted to either choose or opt out of a long list of subtopics, like consumer tech, UX design, gear and gadgets, hacking, artificial intelligence, enterprise tech and even specific companies and products. You can look for other subtopics by typing them into a search box.

Square Launches iPad App With Point-of-sale, Store Management System For Retailers, by Malcolm Owen , AppleInsider

The Square for Retail package centers around a new iOS PoS app called Square Retail, which allows an iPad to be used to conduct transactions with customers. Optimized for retailers rather than small businesses, the app includes a search interface and barcode scanning functions for building the shopping cart, with employees able to quickly modify the total by applying discounts to individual items or the entire total.


University Of Glasgow Gives Honorary Degree To Tim Cook, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Apple CEO Tim Cook has received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow. Cook also took part in a fireside chat at the university, as well as a Q&A session with students. During the events, Cook spoke on topics such as the importance of coding in schools to President Trump's recent immigration ban.

Tim Cook Met With UK Prime Minister Theresa May This Morning, Discussed Brexit, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

The meeting covered Apple’s investments in the UK and the importance of digital skills in the workforce. May also outlined her Brexit plan to Cook, which will see the UK leave the European Union by 2019.

Bottom of the Page

Once upon a time, practically nobody competed with Microsoft's Office. There was a little open-source thing that offered an alternative, but that was only for people who never exchange documents with others.

Is the Apple Watch in the same category as Microsoft Office once was?


I'm pretty sure there is a pent-up demand for a new iPad mini, just like there was a pent-up demand for iPhones with bigger screens.


Thanks for reading.