3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

9:05 AM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 

Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of Q2’s Sting

7:06 PM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music numbers are on the rise even as overall company numbers declined

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.

Despite Apple’s Corporate Efforts and Optimism, iPad Sales Languish

7:01 PM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

2016 Q2 iPad sales

Despite Apple's efforts to boost iPad sales, those efforts aren't showing up in sales numbers. The iPad Pro (12.9-inch), discounting the typical exuberance of the holiday quarter (Apple's Q1), didn't seem to create much of an uptick. But CEO Tim Cook seems to have his hopes up for the next quarter's revenue, at least, when the iPad Pro line's sales make their mark.

Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

4:09 PM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 13 Mac apps. If you pay anything, even a penny, you'll get three of those apps. If you beat the average price, which is $14.11 as of this writing, you'll get all 13. If you make the leaderboard at any time during the deal, you'll get an entry into a giveaway for a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card. If you hit the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll five entries. 10% of the profits go to Save the Children, too. Check out the details on the deal listing.

Deadpool is on iTunes… Everywhere on iTunes

11:19 AM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.

Someone Needs to tell Tidal what ‘Exclusive’ Means

10:24 AM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Beyoncé's Lemonade isn't as exclusive as Tidal would like

Tidal has a problem, and it's one they could probably fix by picking up a dictionary. The streaming music service touts new albums as exclusive deals, which then show up on other services days or weeks later—or in the case of Beyoncé's Lemonade, within 24 hours. "Exclusive," it seems, doesn't mean what Tidal thinks it means.

Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

9:12 AM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Q2 2016 earnings conference call is scheduled for this afternoon

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

Tim Cook Charity Auction for Lunch and Keynote VIP Tickets

6:09 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I just love how Tim Cook puts himself out there for charity events—Charity Buzz announced an auction for lunch with the Apple CEO, plus two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote. The auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign, a topic that Mr. Cook has spoken about and supported in many other endeavors. The auction was valued by Charity Buzz at US$100,000, a danbagged number as previous auctions for Mr. Cook's time have gone for many times that. This one is already at $110,000—if you want to get in on this the next bid starts at $115,000.

Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable: $34.99

5:09 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable and MacBook

Check out the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, a USB-C cable for your MacBook (and future USB-C devices from Apple) that has a magnetic release. This is a 6-foot long cable, and the magnetic release is designed to safely detach when pressure or strain is put on your cable. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.

The John Sculley Interview: Apple’s DNA, Walks With Steve Jobs and More

5:00 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

John Sculley

Bryan Chaffin interviewed former Apple CEO John Sculley on April 11th, and it was a surprisingly insightful and enjoyable experience. While the interview was ostensibly centered on his 2014 book Moonshot!, Mr. Sculley also shared anecdotes about his time at Apple—and with the late Steve Jobs—that were new to Bryan. He gathered some of the most interesting excerpts from the interview in this article.

Computer Technology is Fueling Exponential Change in TV Industry

3:00 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Link

Brains building brains

After 50+ years of the NTSC video standard, we are hurtling forward, past HDTV and into 4K, even 8K, and Virtual Reality. And holographic interactions.  What's fueling this change and how can we ever keep up now that computers are routinely used to design computers? Particle Debris page 2 looks at just some of the effects.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Tidbits Publishing Editor-in-Chief Tonya Engst

2:40 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Tonya Engst is the Editor-in-chief and CFO of Tidbits Publishing as well as the publisher of Take Control Books. In our interview, Tonya takes us back to the beginning, her college days at Cornell University as a Communications major when she learned about Macs and desktop publishing with Aldus (later Adobe) PageMaker. Soon, she discovered that there was a need for people to learn more about their Macs. With her husband Adam, having moved to Seattle, they launched Tidbits in Hypercard format on Bulletin Board Systems. The breakout of the Internet meant converting all that Tidbits work to internet form. Soon, Tonya was writing books, and her expertise in electronic publishing naturally led to the Take Control Books that we all love today. It's the awesome story of Tonya's life journey into ePublishing.

FBI Drops NY iPhone Unlock Case, Fails to get Precedent Again

9:28 AM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI gets passcode for Jun Feng's iPhone

The FBI dropped its New York iPhone unlocking case against Apple, although this time instead of buying a hack, someone handed over the passcode. Unconfirmed reports claim it was the suspect in the case, Jun Feng, who pleaded guilty last year to drug-related charges. That's one more case where the FBI failed to land the encryption-hacking precedent it wants.

MGG 602: If You Could See What These Eyes Have Seen

12:19 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Several of your fellow listeners are ingenious folks, having come up with some clever solutions to tricky problems. Join Dave & John as we all learn how to backup and restore your OS X text substitution preferences, use AirFoil to cusomitze your Mac's audio, restore Snow Leopard's zoom and scroll functionality to El Capitan, fix a wet iPhone 6s and more. The show is chock full today, and you're all to thank for it. Plus, Dave and John answer your questions, too!

Earth Day Video from Apple: ‘Ask Siri about Liam’ (Fun and Horrifying)

6:01 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love this Earth Day video from Apple, but I'm also kind of horrified by it. It's called "Ask Siri about Liam." Siri is, of course, Apple's virtual assistant, and Liam is Apple's recycling robot that helped the company recover 2,204 pounds of gold in 2015. I have to give you a spoiler to explain why it kind of horrifies me, so please feel free to watch it before reading any further. Siri asks Liam what he's doing for Earth Day. Now, she's doing this from an iPhone in the grips of Liam himself. He shrugs his shoulder—Earth Day is just another day of saving the planet one iPhone at a time for Liam, after all—and looks over at the piece of machinery designed to make it easier for Liam to rip Siri's face off in his disassembly process. Her response, "Oh dear. Wouldn't you rather get a smoothie?" Nope. Liam rips her face off. It's what he does. It's definitely funny, but it's kind of horrifying, too!! What do you think? As for asking Siri about Liam, I found that "Tell me about Liam" resulted in Siri telling several jokes about the robot and/or recycling.