Amazon Cloud Drive Comes to iOS App Store

6 hours, 56 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon released Cloud Drive for iPhone and iPad while we were off for the holiday weekend. Amazon Cloud Drive is the company's Dropbox competitor—Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for videos and other files. The company also offers a $59.99 version of the service that gives you unlimited storage for everything. While most folks think of Amazon as a retailer, the company has also become a major provider of cloud services. Cloud Drive leverages Amazon's vast data center capacity. The iOS app supporting Cloud Drive joins existing apps for Mac, PC, Android, and Amazon's own Fire Phone. You can use it to view your files and folders, preview documents, play videos and music stored on your Cloud Drive, and share your files as links and attachments.

PHATASS, the Prince Harvey Rap Album Recorded at an Apple Store

8 hours, 45 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Meet Prince Harvey, a rapper from Brooklyn who recorded an entire album called PHATASS at the SoHo Apple Store—that stands for Prince Harvey at the Apple Store SoHo. The a capella recording was an effort born of necessity, as Prince Harvey had one laptop stolen and another failed. He was driven to record an album, and realized he could do a lot on the Macs at the Apple Store. With the help of two sympathetic employees who, he spent hours every day at the SoHo Apple Store for four months. He would save files to a thumb drive, email them to himself, or hide them in the trash, which as of this writing isn't emptied when the machines are reset every night. Brilliant move, Prince Harvey, brilliant! There's a couple of tunes on Soundcloud if you'd like to hear it yourself. There are additional details in The Daily Beast's story about the rapper.

An Electric Car Won this Year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb

10 hours, 30 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There was a bit of line crossed this past week, as an electric car took the 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This is a race up Pikes Peak, where each competitor's time is compared to the others. By "rRace up Pikes Peak," Wikipedia says its 12.42 miles, with 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet. And Rhys Millen did it in 9 minutes and 7 seconds (and change) in his eO PP03, a prototype electric vehicle. This is the first time an electric vehicle won the event, and while he set a new record for electric vehicles in the race, it's also the second fastest time behind the 8 minute and 13 seconds (and change) recorded in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in a 2013 Peugeot 208 T16. Oh, and according to Mr. Millen, his car lost half its power before the halfway point in the race. And in case it need be pointed out, Apple is developing an electric car. This is the future. The video below shows the run, and it includes an interview with Rhys Millen at the end. Thanks to TMO member geoduck for the heads up on the BBC's coverage of the event.

Keyport High-Tech Multi-Tool: $39.99

11 hours, 5 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Keyport High-Tech Multi-Tool

The Keyport High-Tech Multi-Tool stows your keys and keeps them organized, and it has room for a pen and a light. It does it by including blanks that are designed to fit in the device, turning it into a customizable fob. Check out the details on the deal page.

Apple Stores Are Holding the New MacBooks Captive

11 hours, 10 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Editorial

The major design feature of Apple's new MacBook is its low weight.  To hold it in one's hand, untethered, is to appreciate the significance of the design. So why shouldn't Apple let customers walk around the store with one and test the keyboard for awhile? John Martellaro makes the case.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Tracking the International Space Station

3:20 PM EDT, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Track the International Space Station from your iPhone with these apps

Knowing exactly where the International Space Station is can be really important if you need to, say, successfully get supplies to the astronauts on board. It's also cool, too, if you just want to know when to see the ISS flying overhead. The Mac Observer rounded up a few iPhone apps to help you know exactly when it'll be in your part of the sky.

Amazon Invents the New Black Friday: Prime Day

10:49 AM EDT, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon invents its own Black Friday with Prime Day

Amazon is creating its own Black Friday, but it's called Prime Day and it's on a Wednesday. The online retailer is using its special one-day event on July 15 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the special deals will be for Amazon Prime members only.

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Amazon has selling down to a science so of course the company has found a great way to exploit its 20th anniversary and drive up Prime subscriptions at the same time.

How to Control Apple Music “For You” Playlists

9:32 AM EDT, Jul. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple Music For You playlists

The playlists in Apple Music's "For You" section are pretty cool because they do a pretty good job of putting together music you most likely want to hear. That doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, so Apple built in a way for you to take control over what you hear in those playlists. Read on to learn how to take control of your For You playlists on your iPhone.

iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

6:36 PM EDT, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Turns out iCloud Music Library's DRM is confusing, not draconian

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.

Apple Music - Or Some Streaming Service - Needs To Steal Discovery From Napster

9:38 AM EDT, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

The successful streaming music service will master the process of discovery — that is helping its users discover new music to listen to. Apple is doing this by going to a tried and true method with a new take on the old-school radio station with Beats 1, but I think that’s only half of it.

To truly unlock discovery a service’s users need to be able to learn from each other. The world is full of stories where like-minded-yet-anonymous people have tipped one another to the next great band.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

8:00 AM EDT, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Happy Independence Day!

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Friday, July 3rd. We will return on Monday, July 6th, with our regularly-scheduled Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!

Apple Posts San Francisco Pride 2015 Video

1:38 AM EDT, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a video celebrating the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride 2015 parade on June 28th. The video features scenes from around the city, Apple setting up for the event, and many of its employees and their families taking part. Apple CEO Tim Cook also makes a very brief appearance. It closes with the tagline "Inclusion inspires innovation."

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger: $13.99

8:51 PM EDT, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger

Youhave just a couple of more days to get our deal on the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger. It's a three port car charger for your mobile devices. It auto-detects those devices, too, so that it can send the right amount of power to that device for maximum charging. It retails for $70, but through our deal it's yours for $13.99.

Apple Loses iBooks Antitrust Appeal in Split Decision

8:44 PM EDT, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Thursday upheld Apple's conviction as an antitrust violator. In a 2-1 split decision, the court ruled that Apple was liable for orchestrating a conspiracy with book publishers to raise retail prices for books, a violation of the Sherman Act.

Apple’s New Design Bosses Report to Tim Cook, not Jony Ive

3:04 PM EDT, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jony Ive doesn't have design VPs reporting to him

Apple's new executive bio webpage is up, and it shows Jony Ive's new role as Chief Design Officer, along with the two new VPs taking over user interface and industrial design. Here's the twist: Neither report to Mr. Ive but instead report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

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Short version: No, Jony Ive isn't quitting.

3 Great iPhone Cables for Travel

2:01 PM EDT, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

A pile of cables tangled together.

As the (US) holiday weekend kicks off, lots of people are going on trips and taking their devices and might need a better cable than the one that came with their iPhone or iPad. Kelly has a roundup of tips for cable upgrades for summer.

iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library: A Disaster for Your Music Collection

10:58 AM EDT, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Thinking about trying iCloud Music Library? Don't. It's a bag of hurt.

iCloud Music Library was introduced with this week's iTunes 12.2 and Apple Music release, and it's turning out to be a big bag of hurt. Instead of giving us a unified music library across all our devices, it's scrambling albums and tracks, and even adds DRM to songs you already own which will lock you out of albums you ripped from CD if you ever drop your Apple Music subscription.