Mac Power Users #524: Photographing the Stars, with Andrew Burwell »

This week’s Mac Power Users is a cool one:

The stars and planets are within sight, given the right hardware and software. Andrew Burwell has been honing his astrophotography skills, using Apple products to produce some amazing images of our universe.

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About that ‘EU Wants Interoperable Phone Chargers’ Thing »

Tim Hardwick at MacRumors:

Despite pushback from Apple, the European Parliament in January voted overwhelmingly for new rules to establish a common charging standard for mobile device makers across the European Union. This article explores what form the EU laws might ultimately take and how they could affect Apple device users in Europe and elsewhere.

I found this very helpful in understanding this issue.

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Connected #282: Three HomePods Too Late »

This week on the show:

Stephen shares a prepared statement. Myke suggests some games and Federico envisions a March iPad Pro event. Also: more Qi chargers have come on the market and a discussion about the HomePod’s future.

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Larry Tesler Dies at 74 »

Luke Dormehl:

Larry Tesler, a pioneering computer scientist who worked at Apple from 1980 to 1997, and created computerized cut, copy, and paste, died this week at the age of 74.

Tesler was VP of AppleNet and Apple’s Advanced Technology Group. During his time at Apple, he played a key role in the development of products ranging from the Lisa to the Newton MessagePad.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to his contribution to computing.

Tesler is not nearly as well-known as he deserves to be.

Kbase Article of the Week: Power Macintosh 6400: Why is Modem Port Covered? »

Sometimes, the problems Apple had in the 1990s show up in support documents:

Keep in mind that there are two different versions of an Apple “Macintosh 6400” computer: a Macintosh Performa 6400/200 and a Power Macintosh 6400/200. These two computers differ in the bundled hardware and software configurations.

The Macintosh Performa 6400/200 has the modem port covered because it has an internal modem installed in the communications slot. When an internal modem is installed, the external modem port is not functional so Apple provides a port cover.

However, the Power Macintosh 6400/200 does NOT have an internal modem installed. Instead, this configuration has an Ethernet card installed in the communications slot. Having an Ethernet card installed, does NOT disable the modem port. So, if you have a Power Macintosh 6400/200, the modem port is still functional.

The confusion arises because some Power Macintosh 6400/200 computers have inadvertently shipped with the modem port covered. In these cases, if you remove the port cover, you can use the external modem port.

Perfect.

Apple Revises Quarterly Guidance Based on Coronavirus Concerns »

Apple PR:

Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 reflected the best information available at the time as well as our best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10. Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.

The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.

The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open throughout.

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Mac Power Users #523: State of the iPad »

This week on Mac Power Users:

In the last decade, the iPad has gone from a brand-new device into a wide-reaching line of products that meet the needs of a range of users. This week, Stephen and David talk about the current state of the platform, and how it fits in with the iPhone and Mac.

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