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More and more, modern technical consumers are appealing to their smartphones for what to do next. How to dress. What to eat. How to think. And we don't even have consumer robots yet to attend to our indecisions. John Martellaro sizes up the situation, and it doesn't look rosy.
Apple isn't working to merge iOS and OS X into a single operating system; instead, it's trying to build a better cross-device workflow. Peter Cohen and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the future of iOS and OS X, and they also look at Jeff's Apple Pencil review.
Apple Pencil is an amazing stylus and great iPad Pro accessory, but it doesn't offer any way to tell how much of a charge is left on its battery. Not a problem, because Apple has an easy way you can monitor your Apple Pencil charge from your iPad. Read on to learn how.
If you have the fourth generation Apple TV, then you're probably familiar with the arial-shot screensavers showing locations such as San Francisco, London, New York City, and China. They're automatically downloaded to your Apple TV, but resourceful fans figured out where to find their server, and Benjamin Mayo put together a webpage showing all of them in their high resolution glory. If you want to see what all of the new Apple TV screensavers look like this is the place to go.
Samsung's appeal for a rehearing over the summary judgement Apple was awarded in their protracted patent infringement fight was denied. With its argument falling on deaf ears, Samsung's next move will most likely take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Samsung's latest patent infringement appeal was denied. Next stop: Supreme Court.
Today's Quick Tip is about forwarding messages in Mail under OS X. If you need to show someone a chain of emails, for example, and you don't want to have to forward them one at a time, then this tip'll make you happy. And you can choose whether to send them all in the body of your message or as attachments! Neato.
A billion dollars. Just saying it makes me wax whimsical about the salad days when such an august figure was what we in the business called "a lot of money." The gigantic sums of money earned by the likes of Apple and Google may have jaded us to such figures, but there are innumerable companies that would kill for a billion dollars of business in year.
Apple decided it could improve on the ten styluses on the ends of our arms with its new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It's definitely a high quality stylus, but is it worth the US$99 price tag? Watch The Mac Observer's video review to see what Jeff Gamet thinks.
Here's a product I can get behind called the Roost Smart Battery. It's a Lithium battery in a 9-Volt form factor designed specifically for smoke alarms. First, it will last five years. Secondly, it has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and communicate with the battery from your smartphone. That includes the ability to identify WHICH FREAKIN' SMOKE ALARM IS BEEPING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP!!! Oops, sorry. I just went through an epic hunt for a chirping smoke detectors, and it was absolutely the most idiotic event I've participated in this year. This product would have made it so much simpler to handle. Back to the Roost Smart Battery: the Lithium core is replaceable. It's priced at US$34.99, and just began shipping. You can also order it through Amazon.
Goldman Sachs goosed Apple's stock on Wednesday by placing it on the investment banking firm's "Conviction Buy List." Analyst Simona Jankowski told Wall Street that Apple should be valued more as a services company, rather than a hardware company, and issued a 12-month target of US$163 per share.
Check out the REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Being Bluetooth, they offer up to 33 feet of connectivity, and they support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. You can get these headphones through our deal for $35.99.
This is way off the tech track, but Boing Boing posted this great video from HowStuffWorks explaining the "Transatlantic" or "Mid-Atlantic" accent that we know today mostly from movies in the 1930s and early 1940s. I enjoy the study of accents, and I thought this was a great breakdown of how this peculiar one worked, where it came from, and why it disappeared. No spoilers, just watch the video. It's great.
If keeping up with Apple's fast paced tech advancements and new products feels overwhelming, John Martellaro has some suggestions for getting your life back. Along with John, Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about balancing their tech gear piles with the rest of their lives, and Kelly has some suggestions for keeping your Apple Pencil—and the rest of your stylus collection—under control.
The iFixit team had a hard time getting ahold of an Apple Pencil, just like the rest of us, but with one finally in hand they tore it apart to see what's inside. Apple's stylus packs the smallest logic board they've seen, and they found this isn't a device you'll repair if something goes wrong.
Tapity announced Wednesday that it was putting two of its apps—Grades and Languages—on the market. The company said it was doing so in order to concentrate on Hours, the company's flagship product.
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive deep into Jeff's hands-on time with the new Apple Pencil. They also dip their toes into more heady waters concerning a new onslaught against encryption and how it could affect our privacy and security. For an end cap they discuss Anonymous's newly declared war against ISIS and what it might mean.
Dr. Mac loves the camera on his new iPhone 6s Plus. Its image stabilization makes videos look more professional, and the new Live Photos feature, which captures 3 seconds of video when you shoot a still photo, is a winner. He's been shooting more photos and videos than usual lately, which led him to think about tips that may help you get better results when shooting photos or videos with your iPhone...
Apple is a very large company now. Its pace of change is enormous. It does a lot of different things that appeal to a lot of different people. However, no one person, not even tech journalists, can engage every technology at every level. John Martellaro ponders the problems and good solutions.
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