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.
Check out Chicago Windy City Nights II, a stunning video from Max Wilson comprised entirely of time-lapse photography of Chicago at night. It's stunning, and that, frankly, doesn't do it justice. It was first published a year ago, but if you haven't seen it, take the time to watch it now. And I'd love to know what you think.
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.
It's a Lightning cable, 18-inches long, stiff, yet flexible, and can be bent into just about any shape you need, even the one in the image where it's holding an iPhone up like stand. We have a deal on it for you at $13.99, more than 60 percent off retail.
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.
FBI Director James Comey says we're too emotional about protecting encryption. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on Director Comey's comments and protecting encryption, plus they look at the state of 3D Touch six months after the iPhone 6s launch.
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.
David Winograd thinks iPhone upgrade programs should increase the rate we replace our devices, with or without carrier subsidies. He walks us through the math in this editorial.
Bryan Chaffin is skeptical of so-called "Textalyzer" technology that can detect device usage on a smartphone in the wake of an accident. He walks us through a bill that would legalize its use by police in New York.
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.
Reports from both Gartner and IDC conform that PC shipments remain in decline by -9.5 and -11.5 percent respectively. However, Apple's Macintosh continues to be least affected and continues its increasing market share, now at about 7.1 to 7.4 percent globally.
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 Fiscal 2016 Earnings Report is now scheduled for Monday, April 25th. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to review Apple's January through March quarter financial results and give us their projections for Q3.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
We have conflicting reports on what features we'll see in the next Apple Watch, so it's time for us to weigh in. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what may be in store for the second generation Apple Watch, plus they look at sex androids and what implication they may have on society and law.
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