The conference and tradeshow market is evolving, and we're seeing changes in the offerings for Apple-related content. Today Neil Ticktin from MacTech joins Jeff Gamet to talk about where we've come from and where we're headed with Apple conferences, what's working, and why some events fail.
Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.
Tidal has a problem, and it's one they could probably fix by picking up a dictionary. The streaming music service touts new albums as exclusive deals, which then show up on other services days or weeks later—or in the case of Beyoncé's Lemonade, within 24 hours. "Exclusive," it seems, doesn't mean what Tidal thinks it means.
Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.
I just love how Tim Cook puts himself out there for charity events—Charity Buzz announced an auction for lunch with the Apple CEO, plus two VIP tickets to an Apple keynote. The auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign, a topic that Mr. Cook has spoken about and supported in many other endeavors. The auction was valued by Charity Buzz at US$100,000, a danbagged number as previous auctions for Mr. Cook's time have gone for many times that. This one is already at $110,000—if you want to get in on this the next bid starts at $115,000.
Check out the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, a USB-C cable for your MacBook (and future USB-C devices from Apple) that has a magnetic release. This is a 6-foot long cable, and the magnetic release is designed to safely detach when pressure or strain is put on your cable. You can get it through our deal for $34.99.
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.
In this special edition Apple Context Machine, Bryan interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Topics include his time with Apple, a look at Apple today, walks with Steve Jobs, moonshots, the role of Big Data and Healthcare, and some anecdotes Bryan hadn't heard before.
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.
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.
The conference world is changing and the number of mega-events is declining. Today Justin Esgar from ACES Conference joins Jeff Gamet to talk about starting up a new event for Apple professionals, the stresses involved, and why he almost didn't bring the event back for a second year.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The mountain of evidence to support the thesis that Apple is working on a car, no doubt an electric car, is now overwhelming. However, even as Apple hires a boatload of experienced automotive executives, it seems Apple, more and more, will have to go it alone with, perhaps, just one chance to get it right. It will be amazing to watch unfold.
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'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.
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.
How much is a hack worth that gets you into an iPhone without any useful data on it? If you're the FBI, that'll be at least US$1.3 million. And according to FBI Director James Comey, it was money well spent.
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