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Apple’s Tom Gruber wants AI to expand on human capabilities

Speaking at TED 2017, Apple artificial intelligence (AI) expert Tom Gruber spoke about the need for AI to help improve our lives. Gruber said that companies need to find a way for AI, including intelligent assistants like Siri, to help augment human capabilities, and make up for shortcomings like those in memory.

From Axios:

In the not-to-distant future, Gruber said computers should be able to help us remember every person we have met, every food we have eaten and how it made us feel.

Gruber also placed an emphasis on the need for people to control the information that AI services gather on them, saying that users should have the final say in what gets recalled, and that anything gathered must be well secured.

Particularly in the past couple of years, Apple has been placing a greater emphasis on the ability of AI and machine learning to make the lives of its customers just a little bit easier. Whether its telling you when you should leave for an appointment based on traffic or quickly finding photos from a specific time and location, Apple certainly has been working to help its devices anticipate your needs. Whatever Apple's current goals are for AI, it's certainly interesting to hear the thoughts of one of the company's top people in the field.

How to set up your AirPort Base Station and Guest Network on Mac

How do you quickly and easily set up an Apple AirPort Extreme router? With the AirPort Utility!

Need to setup a secure no-nonsense Wi-Fi Access point? Apple has you covered. Depending on your level of computer Gung-Fu, setting up a Wi-Fi access point with proper security might seem a little intimidating. Thankfully, Apple's Airport Base Stations can take some of the edge of, thanks to the built-in AirPort Utility.

How to set up your AirPort router

  1. Plug your Airport Base Station into a power outlet.
  2. Connect the modem provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to your AirPort Extreme using an Ethernet cable. Use the- wire to the bottom-most port on the back of the AirPort Base Station. (Don't worry if you make a mistake. You'll be prompted to fix things, if needed, during set up).
  3. Launch AirPort Utility on your Mac.
  4. Click on Other WiFi Devices in the upper right corner.

  5. Click Other Options to setup the AirPort for additional capabilities.
  6. Select Create a new network
  7. Click Next.

  8. Enter a Network Name and a Base Station Name. (You can leave them as is or change them to whatever you prefer.)
  9. Enter your preferred Password. You can choose to have one password for both your Wi-Fi network and to configure the AirPort itself by checking Use a single password. (I recommend you have separate passwords for added security.)
  10. If you purchased a Base Station with an internal hard drive — i.e., a Time Capsule — you can also choose a separate password for that by checking "Secure disk with separate password".
  11. Click Next.

  12. If your Airport has the option for Enabling a Guest Network you can enable that option here (see below, start at step 5)
  13. Click Next.
  14. Click Done.

How to create a guest network on your AirPort Base Station

If you have frequent visitors and don't fancy the idea of giving them your AirPort password, you can create a Guest Network for them to connect you. This gives your friends, family, and associates a working Wi-Fi connection but also gives you some security.

  1. Launch AirPort Utility on your Mac.
  2. Click on your Base Station at the bottom.
  3. Click on Edit.
  4. Click on the **Wireless* tab at the top.
  5. Check Enable Guest Network.
  6. Enter a new Network Name. The guest network name should be something easy to discern from your regular "secured" network.
  7. Select your desired level of Guest Network Security. Choose None if you want it completely open, WPA2 if you want it secure.
  8. If you have decided to have WPA2 Personal as your security level, enter your Guest Network Password and verify it.
  9. Click Update
  10. Restart your Base Station.

If you wish to protect your network from general access WPA2 Personal offers a good level of encrypted connectivity. You may want to provide an open access point if you want people to connect to your network without a password. You can select None to do just that. You should avoid WPA as that encryption level is easily compromised.

Any questions setting up your AirPort Base Station?

Your AirPort Base Station will reboot and you can then start connecting your various Wi-Fi capable devices to your new access point. Depending on your requirements, you may be satisfied with the network coverage your single Airport provides you. However, if you require better coverage or own a multi-storey dwelling, you may need to extend your network by installing additional access points in a configuration called bridged mode. Stay tuned for our article on how to do just that. If you have any comments or questions about setting up your AirPort Base Station leave them in the comments below!

PSA: You might freeze your iPhone if you tap Control Center with three fingers simultaneously

If you tap three different buttons in Control Center on your iPhone at the exact same time, you might freeze your iPhone. Just don't do that.

A Reddit user uncovered a very-hard-to-reproduce bug in iOS 10.3.1 that could cause an iPhone to freeze up for a few seconds and then respring. It takes a lot of tries, and basically seems only possible to do when you're actually trying to do so, but it exists, and can be reproduced, so I'm letting you know about it.

Don't worry, it's not a major issue, and you probably won't ever trigger this bug unless you do it on purpose.

When you tap three fingers on three different sections in Control Center simultaneously, it might cause your iPhone to freeze up.

The freeze happens under different circumstances. I pressed AirDrop, Night Shift, and the Camera on my iPhone 7 Plus to produce the bug, but had to press AirPlay, Night Shift, and the Camera on my iPhone SE. Others have reported that it happens when pressing AirPlay, Night Shift, and the Calculator or AirPlay, Night Shift, and the Timer.

It freezes for just a few seconds, and then resprings — or reloads the system. It doesn't shut down or restart. When it reloads, you don't even have to enter your Passcode to unlock your iPhone. You can use Touch ID, which is a clear sign that the system didn't shut down or restart.

If you decide to try to reproduce the bug and your iPhone freezes, but doesn't respring, make sure you know how to fix a frozen iPhone

It appears to affect all models of iPhone 6 and newer. I was able to reproduce the bug on my iPhone 7 Plus and my iPhone SE. Some Reddit posters noted that it happened on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7. One commenter said he was able to reproduce the bug on an iPhone SE running iOS 10.2.

We filed a Radar with Apple [31816771]. It's possible that it's already been fixed with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta, but Apple might not have even known of its existence before today. They know now, and will likely fix it in an update soon.

MrMobile’s Top Notch Tech

Not every gadget that arrives at the MrMobile studio gets the full-review treatment … and not all of it fits into our short-and-sweet Facebook videos either. So every once in a while I do a roundup of my favorite random tech from the fringes. This season, that includes beautiful walnut-and-gold headphones called Meze 99 Classics; a smartwatch called the LG Watch Sport that I love mainly for its buttons; a desk lamp that tops up your phone and goes by the name "LumiCharge" ... and a special bonus gadget from Modern Dad that I desperately want, but don't (yet) own. Join me as I run down my favorite stuff of the season from the dusty corners of the MrMobile studio!

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HomeKit News — Everything you need to know!

A regularly updated stream of HomeKit and HomeKit-enabled accessory news!

Thanks to Apple's HomeKit framework, dozens of companies can create smart home products that work together in a secure, user friendly way. From the HomeKit pairing process to the use of iPads and Apple TVs as HomeKit hubs within the home, Apple has crafted an elegant way to control your smart home products. The framework's popularity means news about HomeKit and HomeKit-enabled devices breaks all the time; bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest, greatest, or most outrageous smart home news.

Hubbell Inc. acquires iDevices

Hubbell Incorporated, which manufactures electrical and electronic products, has acquired iDevices, LLC. Why? Here's iDevices' explanation:

By joining the Hubbell family, iDevices secures the backing and capabilities of a well-established industry leader, while Hubbell strengthens its innovation engine with iDevices' knowledge and expertise in the connected Internet of Things marketplace.

iDevices makes my all-time favorite Wi-Fi smart switch and I couldn't help but panic when I heard the company had been acquired; I don't want anything to happen to the most reliable, most user-friendly, most aesthetically pleasing smart switch one could ask for!

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Still, from the press release, it sounds like Hubbell is a good fit for the company:

Combining iDevices' experience in developing and designing smart home solutions with Hubbell's extensive expertise in manufacturing and distribution across residential, commercial and industrial markets will lay the perfect groundwork for a partnership in IoT at a significant scale.

In other words, Hubbell wants a little of the internet of things action in return for better distribution to customers both residential and commercial/industrial. Heck, as long as Hubbell's doing the IoT learning, I think iDevices is in good hands.

I'll be keeping a close eye on HomeKit news and this partnership in particular (and my smart switch sweetheart), so be sure to check back regularly!

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