Apple gave its annual keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, announcing a bevy of new features for both iOS and Mac OS X. I was actually most excited about the Mac stuff, but iOS received some much-needed love as well. The number of websites covering WWDC is overwhelming, but that won’t stop me from listing the features that got me the most excited.
If you’re getting excited for new hardware announcements at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Harry McCracken takes a look back at the last decade, and reminds us of the nature of the conference, and also highlights the major announcements at each conference.
Sure, consumers are watching, and Apple hopes that they’re dazzled. But WWDC keynotes are usually the least gadget-centric events which Apple holds, and even though people who covet new Apple products pay close attention, they’re not the primary audience.
While that might not be surprising news to some, the article is still an interesting read for its look back at each conference, and the major announcements at each one (and the reaction to each from the press, and investors). While you’re there, take some time to check out the relaunch of Technologizer as an independent blog, after 2+ years under TIME.com’s umbrella.
I’ve been using Target Display Mode often over the past couple of months, using my iMac screen as a display for my MacBook. This solved the problem of shuttling video and other files between the two devices – now I do almost everything on my MacBook, while I still have the iMac there when I need it. Since Target Display Mode doesn’t let you share a keyboard and mouse/trackpad, and since you can’t control your iMac to turn off Blutooth once you initiate Target Display Mode, I went off in a search of a solution.
A former Lifehacker editor noticed a big problem after switching from iOS to Android:
I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d get a “Delivered” receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.
Inching closer to making cord cutting viable, Apple adds even more content. Roku might already be there as a traditional TV replacement, depending on your needs. With a toddler in our house, we’re already using the Apple TV Disney Junior content quite a bit (the best part – no commercials). Now if they could land live major sports, like Phillies’ games with no blackouts, it would be a real option.
Being a Mac user in a Windows world can be tough. If you’re like me, even if you use Windows professionally, there are certain Mac apps that are essential to your productivity. For me, OmniFocus and OmniOutliner are two that come to mind immediately. In my search for ways to make my Macs play nicer in a Windows universe, I recently discovered one of the coolest gadgets I’ve come across in a long time – the J5 Create Wormhold Switch. It helps me join my Windows and Mac computers – literally.
After making a decision on Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 on one of my Macs, I find myself occasionally using Bootcamp to boot my Macs into Windows. That involves holding down the Option key while booting, and then selecting the Windows partition. If I’m already in Windows, it is easier to reboot into OS X – there is an option in the Windows system tray to reboot into OS X. After a bit of searching, I found a couple of options to similarly boot into Windows from OS X, without having to sit there and hold down the Option key.
Where there’s a tech annoyance, there’s a clever person with a workaround to eliminate that annoyance. Tired of all the unused icons on your Apple TV? You can hide them by going into Settings > General > Parental Controls, and picking which built-in apps to hide. I’ll be trying this tonight.