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MacID – Unlock your Mac with just your fingerprint.

MacID harnesses Touch ID to quickly and securely unlock your Mac using just your fingerprint.

But it does more. There’s a proximity lock: just walk away from your Mac and it will lock. And unlock when you approach. And there’s an Apple Watch app too. Very neat!

I have also tried KeyTouch, a less feature-rich alternative, but I’m going to give this one a go for a bit.

Source: MacID – Unlock your Mac with just your fingerprint.

Apple Watch review – Business Insider

A full review of the Apple Watch.

I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch since the April 24 launch day (natch!), showing it to people, answering their questions and hearing their comments. Understanding what it’s for is not always the main issue; first and foremost, people seem to agree that it is a beautiful watch. The Milanese loop strap that I have, which smoothly snaps itself almost magically to any wrist, courtesy of its magnetic clasp, is part of the appeal.

As for what it does, read this comprehensive review.

Do you need it? No. Might you want it? Almost certainly.

Source: Apple Watch review – Business Insider

Apple announces new iPhones

iPhone 5S

10 Sept 13 – Apple today announced its latest iPhones, the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. The 5C replaces the current iPhone 5 but comes in a variety of brightly coloured plastic designs. Don’t be fooled into thinking the ‘C’ stands for ‘cheap’: it costs £469 without a contract for the 16GB version. (It will be cheaper with a mobile contract. The iPhone 4S, in an 8GB version, will also remain available as the entry-level phone, free on contract.)

The 5S is the high-end version. It boasts a faster, 64-bit processor, the first phone to go 64-bit. It has some clever camera tricks, including slo-mo video. But its headline feature is the fingerprint scanner, built into the home button. This will let you unlock the phone and purchase items on iTunes but, as yet, little else; it is not available to third-party developers or web sites to replace password security, sadly.

Most existing iPhone users will be able to upgrade to the new version of the operating system, iOS 7, when it comes out later this month.

Expect another Apple event in October for other announcements, possibly new iPads, Macs and features for the Apple TV. No brand new product lines – such as the much-vaunted iWatch or a television screen – are expected this year.

How Apple is adding depth to your next iPhone @mtabini

The next version of iOS, the software that runs iPhones and iPads, features parallax effects. This will make your screen appear to have depth and layers. It uses the built-in gyroscope to help achieve this effect.
In this article on Macworld, Marco Tabini looks at how this works and why it’s important.

EU to end mobile roaming charges next year

20130615-084459.jpgThose dreaded European roaming charges are set to disappear next year, according to The Telegraph. Regulators are forcing the end of separate charges for European mobile phones users. Using your phone for calls, texts and the Internet will now cost as much abroad as at home.
This is great news for travellers, at least those from Europe: travellers from further afield will still be charged roaming prices. The news follows on from recent changes that have allowed mobile users to buy a small amount of data for £2 per day whilst travelling in Europe.

PlayStation 4 console priced cheaper than Xbox One

Both Microsoft and Sony have new consoles coming out this year. But prices will be steep.

Sony is set to sell the PlayStation 4 for a cheaper price than Microsoft’s rival Xbox One.

The Japanese firm announced at the E3 trade show that its machine would be sold for £349 in the UK, $399 in the US and 399 euros across Europe.

It added that it would not impose restrictions on second-hand games.

via BBC News – E3: PlayStation 4 console priced cheaper than Xbox One.

By contrast, the XBox One will be £429 and come with certain restrictions on second-hand game usage and a requirement to connect to the Internet at least once a day.

Stumbling across a great Bose deal

I’ve had Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones since they were introduced, the original QC1 and the follow-up QC2s. They’re excellent, active noise-reduction devices with great sound, perfect around airplanes or small children. But my QC2s are now a few years old and starting to fray. Continue reading