Using EtreCheck to Diagnose Your Mac Problems

9:10 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Need some help diagnosing problems with your Mac? There's an app for that

Today's Quick Tip is about EtreCheck, a third-party tool that's very useful when you need to diagnose problems on your Mac. Its extensive reporting covers all sorts of potential problems, and if you're helping someone else remotely, the data it generates can even be shared to give you a quick peek into what might be going on. 

ACM 355: Textalyzer, FBI, and Chaffin’s Razor

5:55 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Cellebrite's "Textalyzer" technology can supposedly tell if a smartphone was being used "around the time" of an accident. That sends up red flags for Bryan and Jeff, and they dig deep into the issues. They also talk about new information from The Washington Post that claims the FBI paid a gray hat hacker to help it break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c, and some of the many ramifications that might have. For fun, they talk about the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, and explain Chaffin's Razor.

FBI Still Manipulating Public in Encryption Fight

3:03 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Director Comey says public encryption debate was a surprise benefit of San Bernardino iPhone case

The San Bernardino iPhone unlocking court battle is over, and FBI Director James Comey said he's glad for it. He also said the very public battle had an "unintended benefit," and lamented the fact it became an emotional issue—right before he added fuel to that fire by equating the encryption fight to the emotions he sees in the gun control debate.

OS X: Remove Location Info from Pictures

9:10 AM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to remove location data from photos

If you're concerned about including the location data of where you took any pictures you share online, then we're going to tell you how to strip that off using the built-in Preview application. Hey, maybe you're not worried about folks knowing exactly where you hike every day at 4:42 p.m., but if you are, we can help with that.

Smile Lowers Subscription Pricing for TextExpander 6

6:17 PM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Smile Software

Smile announced Tuesday lower subscription prices for TextExpander 6, including the decision to extend half price subscriptions for those upgrading to a lifetime discount. The move comes in the wake of a fierce outcry from customers and pundits after announcing that TextExpander 6 would be subscription-only. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Pebble Time Smartwatch: $119.99

2:21 PM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pebble Time Smartwatch

We have a deal for you today on the Pebble Time Smartwatch. This device displays notifications, calendar events, weather, sports scores, news, and more. It tracks your activity and sleep time, and it has a built-in microphone for recording voice memos and quick replies. Retail on this device is $150, but you can get it through our deal for $119.99.

Apple’s Moving Censorship Target and New York’s ‘Textalyzer’ Bill

1:52 PM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's walled garden approach to a curated App Store  comes with lots of unintended consequences, including an ever-moving target on things like censorship. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join substitute host Dave Hamilton to discuss how Apple recently handled Reddit apps over NSFW content. They also talk about a New York bill that would allow the police to perform a so-called "textalyzer" test on your smartphone to see if you were texting in the moments leading up to an accident.

A Dynamic Duo of Inexpensive Timesaving Mac Utilities

12:45 PM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

moom move and zoom windows from your keyboard

Dr. Mac has always been obsessed with finding the fastest, easiest, or most elegant way of doing things. So many of his favorite Mac (and iOS) apps are simple, inexpensive utilities that help him do one thing better, faster, or more elegantly. He recently added a dynamic duo of such utilities to his Mac productivity arsenal and says today he wouldn’t want to use his Mac without them.

Skateboarding Documentary on Sean Malto Filmed Entirely on iPhone

12:09 PM EDT, Apr. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Sean Malto is a popular pro skateboarder whose career was threatened by an ankle-snapping fall. Ghost Digital Media made a documentary film following his rehabilitation efforts, and the firm shot it with an iPhone (using large lenses and the FiLMiC Pro app). It's a wonderful short film (at 11 minutes), but from an Apple fan's viewpoint, what's even more interesting is that you'd never know it was shot entirely with an iPhone. Ghost Media Digital posted a behind-the-scenes video documenting that aspect of the project. [Via MacStories]

FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

5:50 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Court orders Apple to do what it already does to help FBI investigations

The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Astrophysicist/SciFi Author Dr. David Brin

3:30 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Dr. David Brin is an astrophysicist and well-known science fiction author. He's perhaps most famous for his Hugo Award winning Uplift SciFi series. He is also a famous futurist and public speaker who consults with the intelligence and defense communities. We chatted about his early career and how his first SciFi novel, Sundiver, financed his Ph.D. work. In the second half of the show, we got into the Kardashev scale of planetary civilizations, technical means to deal with climate change, "Brin's Corollary" which is related to iPhones, cameras and UFOs, possible interactions with extraterrestrial life and, finally, how human beings might partner with artificial intelligence agents to assist and literally leapfrog each other to new levels. If you're into space, astronomy, alien life and AI, you're in for quite a ride.

Scapple Mind Mapping App for Mac or Windows: $8.99

3:23 PM EDT, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Scapple Screenshot

Check out Scapple, mind mapping software for Mac or Windows. This software is designed to let you keep and organize your thoughts, order and reorder them, draw connections, and share them with other people. We have a deal on Scapple for $8.99, 40 percent off retail. Check the deal listing for details, and there's a pulldown menu for choosing which operating system you want.