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If I find something interesting, I usually post it here. These are just short posts usually related to Apple and tech, but not always. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Google watches your movements, like it or not

It’s even hitting our local paper.

Google watches your movements, like it or not:

Google says that prevents the company from remembering where you’ve been. Its support page states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

But this isn’t true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking. (It’s possible, although laborious, to delete it.)

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If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A tediously accurate map of the solar system

If you love space, like I do, I highly recommend checking out this site. It gives a nice demonstration of the vast space out there and what is between our planets. Spoiler alert: A whole lot of nothing.

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A tediously accurate map of the solar system:

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Group FaceTime delayed until later this fall – Six Colors

Group FaceTime delayed until later this fall – Six Colors:

As first noticed by developer Guilherme Rambo, Apple has removed Group FaceTime from the versions of the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas released today, with release notes saying that the feature will instead “ship in a future software update later this fall.”

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window – TidBITS

Some great tips here!

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window – TidBITS:

When the Search field is inactive (the magnifying glass and Search label are grayed-out and centered in the field), type one or more letters to specify a target pane; a quick animation outlines it in blue, and pressing the Space bar opens it.

If the System Preferences icon is in your Dock, press (click-and-hold, rather than just click) it, and choose the pane you want from the menu.

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Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles | TechCrunch

I’ve always been a fan of Disney and my dream job as a kid was working in their imagineering department. They continue to this day to not disappoint me.

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles | TechCrunch:

That’s where the Stuntronics project comes in. Built out of a research experiment called Stickman, which we covered a few months ago, Stuntronics are autonomous, self-correcting aerial performers that make on-the-go corrections to nail high-flying stunts every time. Basically robotic stuntpeople, hence the name.

Apple Pay Gains Momentum With Estimated 250 Million Users

Apple Pay Gains Momentum With Estimated 250 Million Users, 200% Transaction Growth Predicted Next Year – Mac Rumors:

An estimated 31 percent of iPhone users have made a purchase with Apple Pay in the past year, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to a new Apple Pay estimates shared today by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster.

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Apple pushes GiveBack program with trade-ins

Apple pushes GiveBack program with trade-ins now worth instant credit toward new iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac | 9to5Mac:

Apple rebranded its reuse and recycling trade-in program earlier this year as “Apple GiveBack.” Now, customers buying new devices on Apple’s website can use a trade-in to instantly offset the cost.