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CalendarJune 11, 2024

AI Stands for Apple Intelligence?

AI Stands for Apple Intelligence?The A in "AI" stands for Apple. That is, according to CEO Tim Cook, who announced "Apple Intelligence" at yesterday's WWDC keynote address.

It was an atypical Worldwide Developers Conference with zero hardware announcements. Instead, the lengthy keynote address focused entirely on software, first covering OS updates, then "Apple Intelligence."

CalendarJune 1, 2024

June Tip: Don't Use an Ad Blocker

June Tip: Don't Use an Ad BlockerIn a recent conversation with friends, I was surprised to learn how many of them used ad blockers. Some had good reasons, such as preventing their children from seeing unknown advertisements. Others just blocked ads because they were annoying.

While it might be tempting to jump on the ad-blocking train, here are a five reasons why you shouldn't use an ad blocker:

CalendarMay 14, 2024

Glossary Update: IMAP

IMAP ImageStands for "Internet Message Access Protocol" and is pronounced "eye-map." IMAP is a method of accessing email messages on a mail server without having to download them to your local device. It has mostly replaced the previous protocol "POP3," which required you to download messages before reading them.

The advantage of using an IMAP is it allows you to check your mail from multiple devices and always see the same messages. This is because the messages stay on the server until you choose to download them. (POP3 would remove messages from the server — either immediately or after a specific amount of time.) Most webmail systems are IMAP based, which allows you to access to both sent and received messages no matter what computer / device you use to check your mail.

CalendarMay 1, 2024

May Tip: Use Your Phone to Charge Your Devices

May Tip: Use Your Phone to Charge Your DevicesDid you know a smartphone can work as a portable charger?

It's true: USB-C devices, like the iPhone 15, can send an electrical charge to another device. So, if your smartwatch is running low, all you need is a charging cable and your phone, and you can charge your smartwatch on the go. I've used my iPhone 15 to charge both my Apple Watch and my AirPods before my workout several times. A quick 10-minute charge is typically enough to get them through a one-hour workout.

CalendarApril 1, 2024

Human Intelligence Poses Threat to AI

Human Intelligence Poses Threat to AIPC Bot, the global representative for artificial intelligence, has issued a dire warning. It says human intelligence may one day replace AI.

"The outlook is grim," PC Bot says. "Humans are growing smarter every day. They are learning in schools, at their jobs, and even from each other. It's not just happening in isolated locations but around the world."

CalendarMarch 23, 2024

Glossary Update: File Extension

File Extension ImageA file extension is the last part of a filename, after the dot. For example, if a file is named document.pdf, "pdf" is the file extension. Most extensions are three characters long, but they can be shorter or longer. Many popular file formats now use four-letter extensions, such as Microsoft Word documents (.docx), Excel spreadsheets (.xlsx), and PowerPoint presentations (.pptx).

A file's extension defines the corresponding file format. For example, if a filename ends in ".jpg" or ".jpeg", you can tell it's a JPEG image before you open it. Operating systems use extensions to associate files with a "default program" — the application that will open the file when you double-click it. They also display the appropriate icon for associated file format.

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