You can now control your Nest smart devices using your Apple Watch


Nest just helped our smart homes get smarter.
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One of the most important components of smart homes is going to be our ability to easily control them, preferably with the minimum effort required to do so.

With that in mind, Nest’s app for iOS has just gotten a significant upgrade in the form of new Apple Watch accessibility — which means that users can now control their Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect, Nest Cam and Dropcam from their wrist using Apple’s debut wearable device.

iMessage and WhatsApp security flaw means deleted chat logs aren’t really erased


Sorry Android users, no iMessage for you.
Your deleted chat logs could come back to haunt you.
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WhatsApp and iMessage may be examples of end-to-end encryption in action, but there are still potential security flaws which can leave your data exposed.

As discovered by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, both messaging services have been found to not completely delete messages when erasing them — meaning that a person with physical access to your phone, or backups of data in the cloud, may be able to retrieve “deleted” conversations.

Nobel economist calls Apple’s tax arrangement ‘fraud’


There's still a lot of money left in iOS devices.
Apple holds $216 billion out of its $232 billion fortune overseas.
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Apple’s decision to hold $216 billion out of its total $232 billion fortune overseas amounts to a “fraud,” claims Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Stiglitz, who is advising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said that there is something “obviously deficient” about U.S. tax laws which make this a possibility — and singled Apple out as one such beneficiary.

Today in Apple history: Mac Centris 660av is an audio-visual masterpiece


The Macintosh Centris 660av was astonishingly ahead of most rival computers at the time.
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July 29 July 29, 1993: Apple releases the Macintosh Centris 660av, a Mac which — despite its confusing name — packed a ton of innovative new audio-visual features, including an AppleVision monitor with both microphone and speakers, a port that could be used as a modem with a telecom adapter, and even the first Apple software to recognize and synthesize speech.

Best of all? At the (relatively) low price of $2,489, this was an affordable multimedia Macintosh.

How to use Tabs in MacOS Sierra to get your docs in a row


Tabs will help keep your desktop clutter free!
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Imagine if every time you opened a new tab in your web browser it instead opened an entirely new window on your desktop. It would basically mean living like an animal, right?

However, while we have long since gotten used to being able to easily switch between tabs while browsing the internet, things aren’t always so straightforward if you’re using other apps — be it Maps, Keynote, Pages, or some other third-party app.

Fortunately that’s all changing thanks to the new tabs feature on macOS Sierra. Here’s what you need to know if you’re running the new operating system, which is currently in public beta and will be released this fall.