The Internet of Things promises a world where all our devices can talk to each other and make our lives easier. What it doesn't promise, at least not yet, is any form of security—and that's leaving smart homes, smart medical devices, and more, open to hackers and government surveillance.
Sometimes I feel like the thing that will set humans apart from our future Robot Overlords will be Rube Goldberg Machines (RBM). Sure, machines could maybe design a better one than we mortals, but why would they want to? They'll have better things to do, like deciding our fate. In any event, check out this remarkable RBM made with marbles, magnets, blocks of wood, bearings, and what are either tooth picks or tiny dowel rods [Via Digg]. What I love about it is the clever use of friction and magnets to not only control when and where the marbles and magnets roll, but to serve as gates, hammers, springs, and even a tube delivery vehicle. It's magnificent.
Check out the collection of Apple kit owned by 15-year old Alex Jason. The video below is from 2014, but his collection has expanded to some 200 machines, including an Apple I, a Lisa, all of the Newtons, an Apple mouse prototype called the Cursor III, and more iMacs than you can shake a stick at. The New York Times did a story on the collection, which will form the foundation of the Maine Technology Museum. It's an incredible collection.
Lots of Cool Stuff Found to start the show today, including two different menubar monitor alternatives. Then it's on to Mail. It works well for some, and a few tips are shared. Others have trouble with Mail and some solutions are discussed. All your Mail are belong to YOU, at least for this episode. Then, are you paranoid when you buy a new Mac? Should you be? Find out all this and more in today's episode!
Is it better for Apple to learn from Tesla over the next few years, avoiding its mistakes? Can Apple outdo Tesla at its own game? Can Apple's robot technology save the day? Or will Tesla have the long-range electric car market so wrapped up that Apple will find it hard to grow into the market? And Apple needs a Next Big Thing growth product. It's all in Particle Debris page 2.
We have a deal for you on the iKlips DUO, a new version of the Flash Storage Solution. It has a USB plug on one end and a Lightning connector on the other end so you can transfer files between devices. The iKlips DUO has a silicone body sleeve, and a redesigned Lightning port that fits more cases. We have deals starting at $71 on 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.
Gene Munster is a Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, an investment bank in Minneapolis. One of his assignments is to research Apple and provide investment reports to clients. We started the show with Gene filling us in on his early life, and how he was obsessed with business. The youngest of four boys who were all technically oriented, Gene tells how technology and mathematics were a big part of growing up. In the second half of the show, Gene talks about how he does his job and the daily life of an analyst who also covers Google. We finish with his insights into the iPhone, Apple Watch and even the rumored Apple Car. Don't miss the part when I spring the question on Gene about how he came to believe Apple would build a TV set.
Apple has a long history of releasing, then neglecting, services and products, and Apple Music's Connect is the latest to join that list. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Connect, HomeKit, and other other products Apple doesn't seem to be paying attention to. Bonus: Bryan goes Apple-plectic in his rant.
iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.
Apple may finally address HomeKit's lack of a unified interface with the release of iOS 10 later this year. That's great, although it's an app that should've been included when HomeKit first launched.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to "demote" Apple Music Connect, one of the most promising features of Apple Music. Whether or not that happens, Connect is one a long line of products and services that Apple has released, only to then neglect it, and Bryan Chaffin is pissy about it.
Moxiware's Apple Pencil Magnet is a claver add-on for your Apple Pencil because it turns your iPad Pro into a giant stylus holder, and it keeps your hundred dollar drawing tool from rolling off the desk. It's a sleeve that slides onto your Apple Pencil, so it adds a little more grip-ability to your stylus, too. It's available in several colors and it's available at a discount: US$16.95 instead of $21.95. I've been trying one out, and it's pretty cool. It even sticks to my iPad Pro in my bag, so my Apple Pencil doesn't get lost.
Bryan Chaffin updated his list of Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads. He's tested them to make sure they actually pay out and now has 32 of them gathered in this list, including a new faucet that is now the best-paying.
AirDrop is an easy way to share photos and other files between your iOS devices and Macs once you enable the feature. Bonus: You don't need a WiFi network to use it. Watch The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how.
Check out the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch. This charging stand has a bead along the back edge that holds your Apple Watch charging cable (there's an image of the back in the deal listing), and then the charging disk slips into a spot on the top. The base is made from a copper allow, and it sits on high-friction rubber. You can get it through our deal for $33.95.
Apple is, of course, a very large company. It's so big that it's impossible to quantify the company as a whole. Only specific elements of Apple can be characterized—or critiqued. This leads to business rule #1 for a large company. John Martellaro explains.
Apple's online retail VP left the company for another job, and that got Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talking about how they feel about the company's integrated website and store experience. Bryan also helps our listeners reality check Jeff on HomeKit and the possibility of Apple making networked smoke detectors.
Good news, students! Apple Music's monthly subscription is now half off for you if you're signing up for the first time or already paying for the streaming music service. That means instead of spending US$9.99 a month, you'll be dropping $4.99 to stream all the tunes your ears can handle. Sorry high school kids, you still have to pay full price because you need to be enrolled in an eligible university or college to take advantage of the deal. New users just need to sign up. Current subscribers need to change their status in Apple Music's account settings.
There's a program called Keychain Access that keeps the passwords you've asked your Mac to store, and your browser may have a list of items you've saved, as well. In this article, we'll cover how to pull your data out of those programs to find things before you go through the trouble of resetting lost passwords.
Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.
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