ACM 364: Tim Cook Brings Diversity to Apple’s Stage and Other WWDC Observations

6:10 PM EDT, Jun. 16th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook put his money where is mouth is and brought significant diversity to the WWDC stage this week, including four powerful women.  Bryan and Jeff think it was cool. They also dig into watchOS 3, Swift Playgrounds, and ask if Steve Jobs would have opened up Siri, Maps, iMessage, and Phone to third party developers.

The Mega Macbook Giveaway

5:55 PM EDT, Jun. 16th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Assorted MacBooks

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another gievaway for us, the Mega MacBook Giveaway. By signing up for our deal newsletter—something you should do anyway, you'll register to win a 12-inch 256 GB Macbook with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 Skylake processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphic card. Pretty cool, right? Good luck!

Lynktec Takes its Apex Fusion Electronic Stylus to the Next Level

5:25 PM EDT, Jun. 16th, 2016 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Lynktec Apex Fusion review

Lynktec has continued to evolve the Apex line of electronic styluses. In late May, the company released a sleek, new version called the Apex Fusion. It's slimmer, better looking, and is available in black, silver, gold and rose gold. It's drop-dead gorgeous and features a fine point for accurate drawing and a rechargeable battery. John takes a close look and reports.

Uniloc Hits Apple’s Messages with Patent Lawsuit

10:05 AM EDT, Jun. 16th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Uniloc says Apple's iMessage technology infringes on its patents

Apple's iMessage got attention beyond just the company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference this week because Uniloc file a patent lawsuit alleging the platform infringes on four of its VoIP-related patents. The case was filed in Eastern Texas District Court, which seems appropriate since the court is a favorite for patent trolls.

macOS Sierra Closes Flash’s Coffin Lid, Keeps Safari Plug-in Disabled

6:03 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe's Flash is dead and blocked in macOS Sierra

As if we don't already have a long enough list of reasons why Flash shouldn't be installed on our Macs, Apple is giving us yet another with the introduction of macOS Sierra: Flash in Safari will be disabled by default. That means the decreasing number of Websites relying on Flash, like the BBC, will finally realize we aren't living in 2002 any more.

Prizmo OCR Scanning for the Mac: $29.99

4:20 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

If you're looking for scanning and OCR software on the cheap for your Mac, The Mac Observer has you covered. Our deal today gets you 59 percent off Prizmo 3 from Creaceed. It's regularly $75, but you can pick it up for only $29.99. Head on over to our daily deals and check it out!

Apple is Pouring on The Coals With macOS Security

3:40 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

macOS and its security future

Apple's recent dispute with the FBI combined with the older architecture of OS X/macOS compared to iOS means that Apple is likely to place new emphasis on Macintosh security.  It's been an evolving process, but it's likely to accelerate from now on.

Smart Products Made Smarter Together

2:15 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves, the good doctor shares his first impressions of HomeKit, Apple’s framework for securely controlling smart home products with your iPhone or other devices. While only moderately impressed with HomeKit so far, he does have a couple of HomeKit-compatible products he likes enough to recommends in spite of HomeKit's shortcomings.  

Apple Loosens Developer Controls, Ushering in a New Age for Users

1:48 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Siri + Developers

The thing that most excited me about Monday's World Wide Developer Conference had to be Apple opening up significant features in its platform(s) to developer, including Siri, Maps, iMessage, and to a lesser extent, the Phone app. There was a lot to be excited about from the keynote, but this particular move could be the single biggest catalyst for improved functionality in Apple devices, and it represents a significant milestone in Apple loosening some control.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-15: Deleting Stock iOS 10 Apps, Net Neutrality’s Win

1:28 PM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

iOS 10 will let you delete pre-installed apps like Weather, Stocks, and Mail, but that may not be quite as awesome as it sounds. Adam Christianson from the Maccast, John Martellaro, and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what really happens when you delete the pre-installed apps from your iPhone or iPad, plus they share their thoughts on the US Court of Appeals upholding the FCC's Net Neutrality rules. Bonus: Jeff hears phantom audio. Aliens? NSA?

US Appeals Court Says Yes to Net Neutrality

10:37 AM EDT, Jun. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Court upholds FCC Net Neutrality rules

Net Neutrality got a big thumbs up this week when a Federal Appeals Court judge panel ruled in favor of the FCC treating internet services as utilities. The ruling means the FCC has the authority to block Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and other broadband providers from selectively throttling content that passes through their networks.

Apple Will Support RAW Photo Files in iOS 10 (for Professionals)

8:13 PM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

RAW

Apple is taking a significant step towards making iPhone a(n even more) serious camera for professionals in iOS 10 by adding support for RAW photo files. The information was included in a slide during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference keynote, and TechCrunch reported details from a WWDC session confirming RAW support in iOS 10.

Details Emerge on Apple’s New File System APFS - What Does it All Mean?

5:15 PM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

HFS+ evolution to APFS

A very important and geeky technology that Apple has been working on surfaced after the WWDC keynote, namely that Apple has been working on a new file system for the Mac and other devices called APFS. It was probably too geeky to make the cut for a keynote broadcast live, but it's still incredibly important. John fills us in with background and what we know.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Mashable Sr. Technical Correspondent Christina Warren

3:00 PM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Christina Warren is Mashable's Senior Tech Correspondent. Her specialty is the intersection between new media and technology. In 2007, she got her start writing for USA Today about TV entertainment and music. It went so well, she started blogging about other entertainment and technology topics. Eventually, she joined Mashable in 2009, moving from staff writer to her current position. In April, during the Apple vs. FBI dispute, Christina wrote an amazing, tour de force article explaining how Apple approaches security, and she told me how it got written. Later in the show, we chatted about the state of Apple's iTunes, what might be in store for users, plus Apple's thinking behind the design of the current Apple TV. You won't want to miss Christina's extraordinary insights and perspectives about Apple.

How to Join Apple’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Beta Program

10:50 AM EDT, Jun. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Signing up for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas is easy

If you love rushing in where angels fear to tread, or just want to start playing with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra before they're officially available this fall, it's time to sign up for Apple's public beta program. You'll get access to pre-release versions come July, but keep in mind "beta" means "not ready for daily use on mission-critical devices."