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Defender on Mac; iPad Mini Review; New AirPods; Radical Instagram; Netflix Rates


March 22 · Issue #162 · View online
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Defender on Mac; iPad Mini Review; New AirPods; Radical Instagram; Netflix Rates

Wide defense. The key to Microsoft’s success over the last half dozen years has been the cloud and its willingness to put its technology on any platform. Recently, Microsoft introduced Windows Defender security software extension for competing Web browsers. Now it’s offering a version of Defender for Apple’s Mac platform. Macs aren’t known as virus targets, but they’re just as vulnerable as any other platform to social engineering attacks and Defender might be able to help prevent that kind of penetration. And, as a strategy, it’s just plain smart to put Microsoft everywhere.
Microsoft Defender is jumping from Windows to Mac
Mini for you. Apple’s iPad mini has gone from the forgotten tablet to the new kid on the block. Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its first new iPad mini in years. No, it didn’t bother with a redesign, but the components are mostly all new and, yes, they are quite powerful. Also, if you like your tablet with a smart stylus, you are going to be very happy. Check out my full review to find out if the Fifth Generation iPad Mini is right for you.
Apple’s New iPad Mini Is a Powerful Throwback – OneZero
TLDR: Check out my video review of the iPad Mini
More air. Speaking of Apple, the company’s been on something of a product-release tear. First, we got a new iMac (mostly a chip update), then the new iPad Air and iPad Mini, and on Wednesday Apple surprised us with new Apple AirPods. The big news on the wireless Bluetooth earphones is a new chip that extends listen and talk time, hands-free Siri, and a wireless charging case. Sadly, no new colors.
New AirPods 2 Launched: Hands-Free Siri, Wireless Charging: Here's All You Need To Know
Ista-ing the lies. Mis information and hate used to spread slowly, usually self-contained by the limits of geography. The Internet and social media changed that, obviously. Facebook and Twitter have spent considerable time trying to stamp out fake news, bigotry and hate and, perhaps, have moved the needle a bit. But for young people who might not live on Facebook or Twitter, Instagram is the most fertile ground for spreading misinformation and hate among those who are just entering voting age. This story puts that disturbing trend in perspective.
Instagram Is Full of Conspiracy Theories and Extremism - The Atlantic
Dyson lights up. Earlier this week I met with Dyson to check out a bunch of new products. There was the Pure Cool Me desktop fan and air purifier, which looked a little like a tiny trash can, an updated V11 Torque rechargeable vacuum with a smart head, and an insanely expensive yet very, very smart desk lamp. Guess which one I profiled in a YouTube video?
Hands On the Ultra-Cool Dyson Lightcycle Smart Lamp!
Watch on the go. Netflix has slowly, but surely, increased the monthly subscription rates for its streaming service. I’m not happy about it, but I pay because, well, Netflix. Now the company is testing a mobile-only subscription plan that’s much cheaper. I assume it would only work on your laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, but here’s a key question: would it block you from AirPlaying to your TV?
Netflix is testing a mobile-only plan for just $3.62 – BGR
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