We know Apple is working on a car—but what if it turns out the company isn't planning on letting you drive or own that car? What if instead of designing a consumer car for end-users, Apple is instead designing a vehicle or vehicles it will use to deploy its own fleet of autonomous ride-sharing cars?
Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing company. You might even call them the Uber of China, because the company owns that market in China, claiming 97 percent share with 14 million registered drivers and 11 million rides per day. Bryan Chaffin gathered seven reasons why Apple might have wanted to make such an investment.
"The idea was simple: wouldn’t it be cool if, at the touch of a button, you could change our sign?" Cabel Sasser explains the new building sign for Panic Software: "With the Panic Sign, I wanted to ... not just feel cool about seeing our name on a thing but also build in a little magic for the city, something special for the observant, curious, and knowledgable. And I thought we could take it one step further: we’d put the magic in your hand." And so they got to work building a lighted building sign, in Portland OR, that anyone can change with an app on an iPhone. There's a lot of interesting lighting technology and playfulness in this story, so check it out. It's very cool.
The iPhone has gotten better and better every year. The iPhone 6 sated customer hunger for a larger display, but then Apple had to fill the gap for many who preferred a 4-inch display on the iPhone SE. Along the way, the world economy slowed, dramatic improvements for the 6s dried up, and many customers felt like their current iPhone was good enough. So what's next for the iPhone?
Check out DrinkMate, a tiny 2-inch breathalyzer that works with and is powered by your iPhone. The manufacturer claims it measures at an accuracy of +/- 0.01 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) at a BAC of 0.02 percent. You can get this device for $31.99 through us.
Most all of the App Store revenue is going to the top 1 percent of developers. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how the numbers break down and discuss whether or not there's a problem, or if this is just the market's natural progression.
There's a Kickstarter project called f.lens that I find interesting. It's a lens designed to focus the LED light on the back of your smartphone while you're using it as a flashlight. It sticks to your device via magnets, making it easy to put it on and take off—it also means it works with a variety of devices. We've seen a lot of lenses for photography, but this is one of the first devices I've seen designed to help light going the other way. The video below shows it in action. The company doing this did an earlier Kickstarter project that met its goal and shipped—they have details on this project's listing. Funding options that will net you an f.lens start at €19 (US$21.54).
Is your Mac ringing when your iPhone does? Does it also ring when your Aunt Mabel attempts to FaceTime with you when she really meant to call instead? We've got your backs, dear readers. Today's Quick Tip is about stopping your Mac from receiving calls, so you can get some work done without stuff buzzing in your face every hour.
General Michael Hayden has a simple message for FBI Director James Comey: stop obsessing over content and focus on metadata. The former director of the NSA and the CIA said that unbreakable encryption is inevitable, unstoppable, and that the worst thing that could happen to the United States would be a successful effort to outlaw such technologies in this country. Bryan Chaffin digs in.
This 64-bit driver kit from iFixit has all the regular screwdriver bits you might need, but it also has multiple Torx and Torx Security bits, Pentalobe bits (like Apple uses), JIS bits, Tri-points, and more. It comes with its own driver, and there's sorting tray built into the lid. I've bought a couple of toolkits from iFixit, and I love them. We have a deal on this one for $34.95.
It's no secret that customers and observers are greatly annoyed with the current state of the iTunes app on the Mac. It's become bloated, confusing, and it certainly Apple's worst piece of software. Daily, there are pleas on the internet to fix it. Apple may have other ideas.
Insiders say iTunes music sales are coming to an end, but Apple says that's not so. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their take on the future of iTunes music purchases and whether or not we really will see an end to music download sales.
Taylor Swift has a new commercial out for Apple Music. Apple hasn't posted it to YouTube as of this writing, but Ms. Swift posted it to Twitter. In the spot, she revels in having a quiet night alone and proceeds to dance on furniture while singing along to The Darkness's "A Thing Called Love." Like one does. Fortunately, she's her usual adorkable self and it works. The spot ends with the tagline "Dance like no one's watching."
Google is making Web and data searching easier on our iPhones thanks to its new Gboard custom keyboard. Once installed, you can perform Google searches, find specific emoji, look up addresses, and more from any app that includes a keyboard. The idea is that you don't have to hop from, say, Messages to Maps to look up a location, and then jump back to paste the address in a chat. Gboard also includes Glide Typing so you can swipe from letter to letter to spell words, which is pretty cool. You can pick it up for free on the App Store.
Apple is planning to stop selling music downloads in the next couple years to focus instead on its Apple Music streaming services, according to insiders claiming to know the company's plans. That sounds like a horrible plan, so it's a good thing it isn't true, and it may be time for a couple insider sources to start job hunting.
General Michael Hayden gave an interview on the inevitability of unbreakable encryption, and his message to law enforcement was simple: "Get over it." Bryan and Jeff dig into that and Apple's Siri as compared to Amazon Echo and Microsoft's Cortana. They talk about different ways Apple can use our data to make our services better.
The Video is what gives the entertainment industry its power. It's an electromagnetic field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the tech community together. And it bores us to death with our devices, leaving us wanting ever more stimulation. Meet John in a rare ranting moment.
Check out Flipbook Pro for Mac, software that turns your images and PDFs into an HTML5 digital book. It comes with templates and dynamic scenes, add links, images, music, charts, and other features to your pages, and you can publish your Flipbook as a WordPress Plugin, Joomla or Drupal module. This software retails for $299, but you can get it through us for $49.
Here are a bunch of gift ideas for dads and grads Dr. Mac thinks will put a big smile on the face of your beloved dad or grad, assuming your dad or grad is a geeky music lover like our Doc.
Parts suppliers say they're seeing fewer orders, so does that mean the iPhone is doomed? Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on iPhone sales and parts orders, plus they look at Disney's decision to scrap its Infinity game platform.
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