For centuries, treasure hunters have been digging up a tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia in search of a pirate treasure. The thing is, there is very little evidence of it actually existing.
This week on Connected: HomeKit changes coming in iOS 11, our approaches to running betas and Business Chat in iMessage.
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This story by William Turton at the Outline shows how much work Apple is doing to keep things secret. The Outline received a copy of an internal training session:
The briefing, titled “Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple,” was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team.
According to the hour-long presentation, Apple’s Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA), law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and in the U.S. military.
I figured this sort of stuff was going on, but reading about how this team works within the company is just wild.
Also, don’t mention the irony that the session about leaking to the press was leaked to the press.
I’ve had my 10.5″ iPad Pro for just about a week now, and while I’m not really ready to a full review of it, I do have a bunch of miscellaneous thoughts I wanted to share:
- The additional screen size is nice, but it’s not a game-changer. As Federico wrote, if you are a 12.9″ iPad Pro user, this probably isn’t for you. The experience is very much like that of the 9.7″ model.
- The 120Hz refresh rate makes me feel super weird. I got queasy after about 15 minutes of use. Any time something scrolled, it was like my brain was vibrating. Thankfully, there’s an Accessibility setting to cap the screen at 60 framers per second. While this is perhaps the headline feature of this iPad, I’m still going to keep the device for the speed and ability to run three apps under iOS 11.
- Fast charging is really nice to have, but Apple should include the required charger in the box.
- The revised Smart Keyboard, while not much wider than the one that I have on my old 9.7″ iPad Pro, is just larger enough to make a real difference in typing. I feel a lot more comfortable with it than I did the old one.
The camera is much improved.LOL, I don’t take photos with my iPad.
- This thing is just begging for iOS 11 to be installed on it.
Balance is a powerful menubar app for your money built by a team from Apple, Stripe and Ethereum. It was featured in the U.S. Mac App Store when it launched in February.
Securely connect to your accounts
Balance uses Plaid.com, the best API for securely accessing your financial data. It gives the app a read-only token to access your account history.
Quickly check your balances
With one click or keyboard shortcut you can pop open Balance and check all of your accounts. Lock the app with a password or TouchID.
Speedily search through your transactions
As a native app with local data storage, Balance is super fast. Quickly search through all of your downloaded transactions with powerful filters.
Powerful notification engine
Balance is Hazel for money. You can create rules to trigger useful notifications to help you stay on top of your finances.
One subscription, coming to all of Apple’s platforms
The basic plan starts at $4.99 / month. Balance is launching on iOS and watchOS later this year, and is also building a full windowed app for macOS. Early customers will get access to betas for all of these.
Check out Balance on the U.S. Mac App Store today. International support is planned for later this year.
If you aren’t familiar, Road ID makes identification meant to be worn during a run or bike ride. I’ve had one for years in case I’m involved in an accident when working out alone and someone needs to know about my basic health or contact my spouse. I have worn it on the opposite wrist of my Apple Watch, but now I won’t have to.
Update: Of course, the iPhone has a feature like this, but I figure if I’m in such a bad bike crash I can’t tell responders who I am, my iPhone has probably shattered into a bunch of pieces. A simple bracelet may prove more reliable in an emergency than a phone.
Google is about to replace both its Drive and Photos Uploader app for the Mac with one new application.
The new program will allow users to sync Drive folders and file with their Macs, but also backup the contents of their local disks to Google Drive. I don’t think I’ll use either of those features, but if it improves the reliability of the Google Photos Uploader, I’m in.