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On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry:
CAN I BRING MY $20,000 iWATCH?
I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.
The NY Post started scaring up the masses yesterday, alerting everyone that Apple was changing their strategy and beginning to share customer data. The thing is, when it comes to the Apple TV this isn't new at all.
Apple makes products that make us feel good when they use them. The same is often said for higher-end wristwatches. Why, then, are all the naysayers ignoring this?
Dave Hamilton, self-identified watch and technology geek explains how his combined obsession is leaving him perplexed over which Apple Watch to get, and whether or not to buy one right now at all.
Jony Ive, interviewed by Nick Foulkes at the Financial Times:
All of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.
I bet his high regard stops much shorter if you change the subject to smart watches.
Still, an interesting thought, and one that resonates with me as a watch guy. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Or at least eager to find out all of what Apple has put together.
It's my pleasure to thank Lucidchart for sponsoring TMO this week. Lucidchart is, in short, Visio for Mac users. In your browser. No separate app to download, but it sure does feel like a Mac app. Digging deeper, Lucidchart features a robust shape library with many templates including flowcharts, floor plans, business analysis, network infrastructure, and more. Additionally, Lucidchart can import and export Visio files, allowing Mac users to easily work on files with Visio for Windows users. Read more for how to get started for free.
Synology, well-known for their full-featured, geek-targeted Network Attached Storage servers, has lowered the barrier to entry with their new BeyondCloud offering. Best described as a significant update to their setup software, BeyondCloud gets users up-and-running with essential packages right out of the box.
Thanks today to DearMob, the makers of 5KPlayer, for sponsoring us here at TMO this week. 5KPlayer is a free, all-in-one media player with AirPlay capability and the ability to download videos from online video sites, too.
Today Sonos, makers of wireless Hi-Fi speaker systems, introduced a limited-edition version of their popular PLAY:1 speaker aimed towards jazz aficionados. Dubbed the Sonos PLAY:1 Blue Note Limited Edition, this speaker features a custom navy-to-light blue color fade, in line with the Blue Note label colors, plus a full year's worth of access to exclusive Artist Selects playlists. These playlists were all personally curated by musicians and producers including Don Was, Terence Blanchard, and Robert Glasper, and are sure to be of interest to all jazz lovers and beyond. Additionally, this special edition speaker comes with the Tune-in powered Blue Note on Sonos radio station built into the main menu (and accessible by all your connected Sonos units once you add the Blue Note edition to your system), and all Sonos-owning jazz lovers can enjoy the Born in Blue and Blue Note 101 channels on your existing Sonos today via TuneIn. The Blue Note PLAY:1 will be sold exclusively on Sonos.com for US$250 while supplies last. Only 4,100 were made. Visit Sonos.com/BlueNote for on-sale dates and details.
TMO reader (and Mac Geek Gab listener) "Furbies" recently joined the MGG Facebook Group and posted a picture of what TMO looks like when loaded on his SE/30 in the Wannabe browser. He says he tried using IE v4.0.1 but it failed to load all the new-fangled CSS and such that we use here. Visit the MGG Facebook Group to see what it looks like on a PowerBook G3, too. While you're there, join the Group where you can ask and answer questions, too!