Flying with a MacBook Pro? FAA bans recalled model

Flying with a MacBook Pro? Recalled Apple laptops get flight ban over battery fire risk.

Travelers who own 15-inch MacBook Pros should check Apple's recall page if they want to take their laptop on their next flight. If you’re laptop is listed we can facilitate the battery replacement at no cost to you.

Battery-powered devices recalled because of lithium battery safety concerns also should not be carried aboard aircraft or packed in baggage unless the device or its battery has been replaced, repaired or otherwise made safe per manufacturer/vendor instructions.

iOS Tip: Open a Safari Link in a New Page With a Gesture

Did you know that you could do a two-finger tap on a link in Safari to launch it into a new browser window? If you didn’t, you aren’t alone.

There really isn’t any need for detailed instructions for this tip. If you have a link that you want to follow in Safari, say for a Google search, then just simultaneously tap with two fingers to launch it in a new browser window. Opening each link in a new tab is my go-to for Internet research so I can easily keep up with and refer back to the original search page.

It can be easy to get your fingertips off a bit when pressing, which will just take you straight to the link in question. As long as your fingers hit the link at the same time, you should be good.

Free up Space on your iPad/iPhone

Running out of space on your iPhone or iPad? You could run out and buy a new one with more storage -- and a bigger price tag -- or you could take some time to free up some space for the things that you want to carry with you.

Before you start going hog-wild and deleting apps from your home screen, I suggest you take a few breaths and slow down. Indiscriminately deleting stuff is a fast track to losing data that's important to you.

Rather than deleting apps from the home screen, I suggest you head over to Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage and from there take a look at the apps you have installed, how much space they take, and when you last used that app.

Tapping on an app gives you options. Some apps, such as Music, allow you to delete specific data.

You can also use Offload App, which deletes the app but keeps the documents and data. This can be handy for large apps such as games that you might want to delete temporarily but keep the data so you can revisit it again.


MacBook Pro 15 inch Recall

Apple has issued a voluntary recall for certain 15-inch MacBook Pro units sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. These are older-model MacBook Pros that predate the Thunderbolt 3 models that Apple now ships.

Apple said that it “has determined that, in a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.”

For this reason, Apple says that if you have an affected MacBook Pro, you should stop using it immediately and turn it over to Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (that’s us) for a free battery replacement. To see if your 15-inch MacBook Pro is included in the recall, enter your MacBook Pro’s serial number on Apple’s recall page.

News from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference

From Axios: Apple used its annual Worldwide Developer Conference to unveil a redesigned Mac Pro for professional users and debut iOS 13 — the next version of its iPhone operating system. It also previewed updates coming to its iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch operating systems. (read more)

Also: Apple is bringing the App Store to the watch; previously apps had to be installed using an iPhone.

Guessing Why Apple Does Things

“Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps, according to an analysis by The New York Times and Sensor Tower, an app-data firm.

So, why is signing your kid’s device up for one of these services a bad thing? Because this level of management—which involved enrolling the device in a program and accepting the installation of a device management profile, provides whoever issues the profile almost complete control over the device and deep visibility into the use of it, including all the internet traffic.”

Read more from the Macalope

Apple's 2019 Environmental Report Released Today

Apple expands its recycling capacity and is making it easier to recycle your iPhone.

The company unveiled an iPhone-recycling robot named Daisy in 2018. It now has two of these robots, each of which can each take apart 200 used iPhones per hour, 1.2 million per year.

Valuable materials recovered by Daisy, like aluminum being reused in new MacBook Air laptops, will begin this year.

See how the robots work

See more of the environmental report


It should be easy to move the cursor in text on an iPad or iPhone—just tap where you want the cursor to go, or press and hold until the magnifying circle appears over the cursor and then slide it around. In reality, it can be fussy and annoying because our fingers are a lot wider than the cursor itself. Starting in iOS 9, Apple came up with a better solution—trackpad mode—and in iOS 12, it was extended to devices that lack 3D Touch.

In trackpad mode, you turn the onscreen keyboard into a virtual trackpad. Just as on a Mac laptop, moving your finger around the virtual trackpad moves the cursor in the text above. How you use trackpad mode differs slightly between the iPad and iPhone.

Trackpad Mode on the iPad

On an iPad, open any app that allows text input, like Notes, and bring up the keyboard. Touch the keyboard with two fingers, and you see the letters disappear from the keyboard as it switches to trackpad mode. Immediately swipe your fingers (or just one, you can lift the other up) around to move the cursor within the text. Or, for the new approach, touch the Spacebar and pause briefly to switch to trackpad mode.

You can also select text in trackpad mode. If you start with two fingers, instead of swiping immediately after entering trackpad mode, pause with your two fingers down briefly, which causes iOS to switch to selecting text. Then move your fingers around to change the colored selection. If you start with one finger on the Spacebar, position the cursor where you want it and then tap anywhere on the grayed-out keyboard to start selecting.

For easier selection of chunks of text, put the cursor in a word, let up, and then tap once with two fingers to select the word around the cursor, twice to select the sentence, and three times to select the entire paragraph. To expand or contract the selection, keep your fingers down and drag the selection cursor. To deselect text, tap once on the keyboard with two fingers.

You can use trackpad mode even if you have an external keyboard attached. Tap in a text input area, place two fingers anywhere in it to engage trackpad mode, and then move your fingers to reposition the cursor (again, you can lift one finger up after you start). To select text, put the cursor inside a word, release your fingers, and tap once to select the word, twice for the sentence, and three times for the paragraph.

Trackpad Mode on the iPhone

Before iOS 12, trackpad mode on the iPhone worked only on models that supported 3D Touch, which prevented use on the iPhone 6 and earlier and the iPhone SE. iOS 12 added another approach, which is good because 2018’s iPhone XR also lacks 3D Touch.

To engage trackpad mode on an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, press firmly on the keyboard with one finger—you’ll feel the iPhone’s Taptic Engine simulate the feel of a click. Keep your finger down to move the cursor around. Apple’s new approach to invoking trackpad mode works on all iPhone models—touch the Spacebar and pause briefly to switch to trackpad mode. In either case, if you need more room, you can move your finger off the keyboard image right onto the text.

On 3D Touch iPhones, to select a word, relax your finger pressure slightly without removing it from the screen, and then press again. It’s quite similar to the feel of clicking on a MacBook trackpad. You can even double-press—again, with a slight relaxing of the finger first—to select the current sentence and triple-press to select the entire paragraph. Keep dragging after selecting to select more text by the word, sentence, or paragraph.

When using the Spacebar approach to invoking trackpad mode, you can still select text. As on the iPad, position the cursor where you want it and then tap anywhere on the grayed-out keyboard to start selecting. The two-fingered tapping on the normal keyboard that works on the iPad doesn’t work on the iPhone, unfortunately.

Trackpad mode takes a little getting used to, but it’s so much better than the previous selection methods that it’s worth making yourself practice until it becomes second nature.

Apple's Boldest Bet - CNN

Apple “just made its splashiest, most star-studded announcement ever.” Apple TV+ is subscription-based ad-free streaming service.

“Tim Cook & Co. are getting into show business. Big-name celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, headlined the company's much-anticipated entrance into the video-streaming market Monday.”

Update Google Chrome NOW

Google Chrome users are advised to use the browser's built-in update tool to trigger an update to 72.0.3626.121 version. Users should do this right now.

Google revealed March 5 that a patch for Chrome last week was actually a fix for a zero-day that was under active attacks.

Google described the security flaw as a memory management error in Google Chrome's FileReader --a web API included in all major browsers that lets web apps read the contents of files stored on the user's computer.

More specifically, the bug is a use-after-free vulnerability, a type of memory error that happens when an app tries to access memory after it has been freed/deleted from Chrome's allocated memory. An incorrect handling of this type of memory access operation can lead to the execution of malicious code.

So do the update!

Capitol Macintosh Receives 2018 Best of Lansing Award

Lansing Award Program Honors the Achievement

LANSING December 4, 2018 -- Capitol Macintosh has been selected for the 2018 Best of Lansing Award in the Computers category by the Lansing Award Program.

Each year, the Lansing Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lansing area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Lansing Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Lansing Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Lansing Award Program

The Lansing Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Lansing area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Lansing Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.