Bill "The Coach" Campbell passed away Monday morning after a long bout with cancer, according to Re/code. Mr. Campbell is a former Apple executive, the former CEO of Intuit, and he was one of the first people Steve Jobs picked for Apple's board of directors on his return to the company in 1997. He retired from Apple's board in 2014. Bill Campbell was 75 when he died.
Amazon just broke Prime Video out as a standalone service, just as Netflix raised its price. It costs more than buying a year of Amazon Prime as a whole, but Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and Adam Christianson say it still might be a great move for Amazon. They also talk about Apple Music and the fact that Apple appears to be investing significant resources in original content.
One of the tidbits in Apple's Environmental Responsibility is that it recovered more than 2,200 pounds of gold in its recycling efforts. That's more than 35,000 ounces of gold mined from old iPhones, Macs, and other devices, and it shows there can be big money in recycling.
Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017.
BUBM, Yurbuds, ME05, MM1 QODE, Fastfari and more are not just random characters we typed into this field, they're names of just a few of the products included in this week's Cool Stuff Found segment! Then it's on to your questions about publishing FlickR photo albums, using iCloud on the web from your iPad, Saving space with better versioning and more!
Bryan Chaffin updated his list of Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads. He's tested them to make sure they actually pay out and now has 31 of them gathered in this list.
Pro-encryption forces scored a legislative win in California this week—though it might be more appropriate to say anti-privacy and anti-security forces endured a loss—as a bill requiring tech companies to weaken encryption when required by law enforcement failed to make it out of committee. Many more challenges remain.
We're geting fairly strong indications now that Apple is going to rebrand "OS X" as "MacOS." This would, in name, bring about a pleasant synchronization with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS. But more to the point, rebranding both suggests and offers the opportunity for significant change. What might be in store for Apple's customers?
We have a deal for you today on the SuperNova 3G/4G LTE Hotspot, and it comes with a year of service from FreedomPop. This device functions as your own mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can connect up to 8 devices to it at one time. You can get the device and the one year of included service through FreedomPop for $99.99 through our deal. Check out the deal listing for details.
Apple has a team working on App Store and iTunes discoverability, and that may include paid search. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's search efforts, then they get pretty heated when the topic switches to Apple Car designs.
Apple and the FBI are headed back to Washington to answer questions about law enforcement investigations and encryption. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI science and technology executive assistant director Amy Hess are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, April 19.
Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.
Apple reportedly has a secret team working on improving search and discovery in the App Store. This is a significant challenge for every company on the planet, and Bryan Chaffin looks at what Apple and its small team might be able to accomplish.
Amazon announced a new member of the Kindle ebook reader family, Kindle Oasis. The company claims the device has been physically designed to get close to the goal of having it disappear while you're reading, and it features "months" of battery life, but it comes with something we aren't used to seeing from Amazon, a higher price.
Apple and several developers joined forces Thursday to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in an effort labeled Apps for Earth. From now until April 24th, 100 percent of proceeds from some 27 apps will be donated to the WWF, and Apple CEO Tim Cook helped launch the campaign with a tweet.
Imagining what the Apple Car will look like is a parlor game just about every where. To that end, Motor Trend convened a panel of people from AppleInsider, CNet, Roadshow, Motor Trend itself, and designers from the Art Center College of Design. Their task was to produce a design of what the Apple Car might be. I'll tell you right off the bat there's no way Apple Car will look like this thing—it looks more like a concept car for 2020 designed in 1991. But, the design team put a lot of effort in thinking and designing for the experience, and whether they got it right or wrong, there's some interesting thinking in the project, and some interesting thoughts in this 28 minute discussion by the panel. This project is the subject of the June edition of Motor Trend, which goes on sale now.
It's your last chance to get the 2016 All-Star Mac Bundle, a collection of 11 Mac apps including BusyCal 2. There's also DEVONthink Personal, Crossover 15, Yummy FTP Pro, Find Any File, Downie 2, and five more. Purchased individually, these apps would be $263, but you can get them all through our deal for $24.99.
On April 13th, The White House announced that it has named the members of its non-partisan commission charged with making detailed recommendations on actions to ensure the public safety and empower Americans to take control of their digital security. The members have a strong and wide range of technical expertise.
Your network router may be slowing you down. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain how you can check your network router to see how it performs and what impact it's having on your internet connection speeds. They also offer up their thoughts on news that the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone doesn't have any information the FBI can use.
Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.
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