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.

Monet Stylus Designed to Feel Like a Paintbrush: $14.99

5:54 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Monet Stylus being used on an iPad

Check out the Monet Stylus, a stylus for your iPad that is designed to be held and feel like a paintbrush. It's made of brushed aluminum, features a pressure-sensitive tip, and it has a 165° writing angle. We have a deal on this device for $14.99. Get more details in the listing.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-22: Apple’s iTunes Trouble in China, a Year with Apple Watch

1:30 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

China shut down Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks stores after six months. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's relationship with China and what may have led to the government's decision to block the content. They also offer up their experiences with Apple Watch ahead of this Sunday's one year anniversary.

Apple Faces Censorship Dilemma in China

11:20 AM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No movies for you: China shuts down Apple's iTunes movies and iBooks stores

Apple's relationship with China may not be as friendly as we were led to believe because the government shut down the iTunes Movies store and iBook Store only six months after they launched. The decision may be a sign of hostility towards foreign companies, or it may be censorship to block the state-banned movie Ten Years.

Apple’s Numbers: Using Data Formats

9:15 AM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to format numbers in Apple's Numbers spreadsheets

Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." Jenny'll be much easier to call after today's Quick Tip.

PencilCozy Keeps Apple Pencil’s Cap Attached

4:32 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

During Wednesday's Apple Context Machine, Jeff Gamet and I got into a discussion about how displeased we are that the cap on the end of the Apple Pencil was so absurdly easy to lose. We've gotten some commentary from listeners who were equally dismayed at such a sloppy aspect of this otherwise wonderful device, but TMO member Rick Allen let me know about a solution for this issue called PencilCozy from Cozy Industries As you can see in the image, PencilCozy essentially keeps the cap attached to your Apple Pencil even when it's off. Seems perfect, and I ordered one even before I finished writing up this Cool Stuff Found. You can also order through Amazon (eligible for Prime).

The Apple Car Will Be Beautiful & Desirable, Not an Econobox

4:30 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple Electric car design

Many of the contemporary design concepts for the rumored (but almost certain) Apple electric car show a dorky looking econobox because, well, no one knows what it will look like and some kind of design that portrays an eco-attitude is an easy, comfortable premise. John Martellaro maintains that the Apple car will actually be quite beautiful and desirable.

The Evolution of MacOS/OS X and Windows in Side-by-Side Animations

4:14 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

OS Evolutions

OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.

iRig Mic Field Audio Recorder for iOS Devices: $74.99

2:57 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iRig Mic Field on iPhone

I love it when we can post a deal for a product or service I've written about, like IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Field, a LIghtning-port audio recorder for iOS devices. It rotates 90 degrees for more precise positioning, and it has its own headphone jack for monitoring what you're recording. The LED indicator is also multicolored for monitoring your levels. This device retails for $100, but you can get it through our deal for $74.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-21: Apple’s Electric Car Balancing Act

2:01 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

With Apple reportedly getting into the electric car market, the company could grow even larger than it is now. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what impact the Apple Car could have on other products, including the Mac and iPhone, and they debate whether or not the company's executive team is big enough to handle that growth.

Patent Troll Scores $24.9M from Apple over Siri

11:45 AM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple to pay out $25M for Siri patent infringement

Marathon Patent Group just scored US$24.9 million from Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit settlement related to Siri voice control on the iPhone and iPad. If you aren't familiar with MPG, they're a non-practicing patent holding company representing the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In other words, a patent troll.