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TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-free Concerts, Russia’s Anti-encryption Bill

1:57 PM, Jun. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia's bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.

Apple Summer Camp Teaches Movie Making, Writing, Robotics

11:41 AM, Jun. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

It's summer camp time again at Apple's retail stores for kids who want to learn how to use their Macs and iPads to create cool movies and interactive books. The summer camps are free and run from July 11 through August 12 for kids ages 8 through 12. This year's sessions include Stories in Motion with iMovie, Interactive Storytelling with iBooks, and Coding Games and Programming Robots. They typically fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early if your kids want to go.

Apple Puts Non-Retina MacBook Pro on Death Row

9:48 AM, Jun. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Farewell, legacy MacBook Pro

Apple's 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro looks to be close to end of life because the company is pulling it from retail displays, and it's unavailable in some locations. Once the 13-incher is gone, the MacBook Air will be the only non-Retina laptop Apple sells, and none of its computers will ship with an internal optical drive.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans, what’s Coming for Passcodes

1:29 PM, Jun. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.

Denver, Boulder get Transit Data in Apple’s Maps

11:19 AM, Jun. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Colorado is finally getting in on the Maps transit directions game because Apple just added Denver and Boulder. That means you can get direction that include busses and light rail, and if either city ever adds subways, those would show up, too. Apple added transit direction to Maps in iOS 9 with a limited number of cities. That number is slowly increasing and includes locations such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. More cities are coming, so hopefully yours will show up soon.

Apple Says No to GOP Convention Over Trump

9:19 AM, Jun. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Trump is enough to keep Apple away from the GOP presidential convention

Apple won't provide any funding or support to the Republican presidential convention because of Donald Trump's negatively charged position on women, minorities, and immigrants. Other tech companies are staying out of this year's event, too, and some are scaling back their support, showing how controversial the Republican presumptive president nominee is.

China’s iPhone 6 Sales Ban Not a Big Problem for Apple

7:22 PM, Jun. 17th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

China says iPhone 6 copies local company's patented phone design

Beijing's Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city because it infringes on a Chinese company's design patent. Of course, Apple is appealing the ruling and—wait...there's an intellectual property bureau in China?

Report Claims No Dual Lens Camera for iPhone 7

9:47 AM, Jun. 17th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The next iPhone will have dual rear-facing cameras. Or not.

Apple's iPhone 7 won't sport dual lens cameras, contrary to earlier rumors that claimed it would. Or, more accurately, there's a new rumor that says something different than the old rumor, and no one knows what Apple really has planned for the next iPhone update.

TMO Reader Builds Awesome DIY Office Chair Mat

8:04 PM, Jun. 16th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

I love inspiring someone to do something really cool, and one of TMO's readers totally ran with my suggestion to get a quality chair mat instead of the plastic kind every office supply store sells. Reader Geoduck took my glass chair mat advice to heart, but went above and beyond by designing his own portable hardwood mat. It looks great, is functional, and was made from reclaimed parts that otherwise would've become just more waste in a landfill. The whole project cost Geoduck under $100, and now he has a quality office chair mat that should last pretty much for ever.