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Apple may finally address HomeKit's lack of a unified interface with the release of iOS 10 later this year. That's great, although it's an app that should've been included when HomeKit first launched.
Moxiware's Apple Pencil Magnet is a claver add-on for your Apple Pencil because it turns your iPad Pro into a giant stylus holder, and it keeps your hundred dollar drawing tool from rolling off the desk. It's a sleeve that slides onto your Apple Pencil, so it adds a little more grip-ability to your stylus, too. It's available in several colors and it's available at a discount: US$16.95 instead of $21.95. I've been trying one out, and it's pretty cool. It even sticks to my iPad Pro in my bag, so my Apple Pencil doesn't get lost.
AirDrop is an easy way to share photos and other files between your iOS devices and Macs once you enable the feature. Bonus: You don't need a WiFi network to use it. Watch The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how.
Apple's online retail VP left the company for another job, and that got Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talking about how they feel about the company's integrated website and store experience. Bryan also helps our listeners reality check Jeff on HomeKit and the possibility of Apple making networked smoke detectors.
Good news, students! Apple Music's monthly subscription is now half off for you if you're signing up for the first time or already paying for the streaming music service. That means instead of spending US$9.99 a month, you'll be dropping $4.99 to stream all the tunes your ears can handle. Sorry high school kids, you still have to pay full price because you need to be enrolled in an eligible university or college to take advantage of the deal. New users just need to sign up. Current subscribers need to change their status in Apple Music's account settings.
The iPhone SE may be small, but it packs a lot of power in its tiny case. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss why the small screen iPhone still fits into Apple's lineup, and Dave explains why he likes it more than his iPhone 6s Plus. They also look at why the LAPD iPhone hack isn't as big a deal as some make it out to be.
While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.
If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.
Apple may have plans to make its own networked smoke detector of sorts for our homes. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about their HomeKit headaches and whether or not they'd buy a smoke detector from Apple.
Anonymous Web surfing, VPNs, TOR, and even falling victim to malware could soon be enough justification for the FBI to brand you a criminal. Proposed Federal court changes will give judges the authority to issue mass search and seizure warrants—including remotely hacking into computers anywhere—that include victims of crimes as well as suspects. The rule amendments are so broad sweeping they amount to court sanctioned mass surveillance.