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Apple's big keynote event to launch this year's annual Worldwide Developer Conference starts at 10AM pacific time, and The Mac Observer will be on location bringing you as it happens news from the event. Reports say we could see new MacBook Pro models, Siri support for third-party apps, an updated Thunderbolt display, and more.
Word on the street says Apple is about to announce iMessage for Android. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on why Apple might want to make its end-to-end encrypted text message platform Android-compatible, plus they look at the stunningly long list of fixes and new features in Logic Pro's 10.2.3 update.
My weekend productivity is either totally shot or about to go over the top because If This Then That just got a Workflow channel. To get you up to speed: IFTTT lets you link things that typically might not work together, like weather reports and WeMo switches, then trigger actions over the internet. Workflow lets you automate actions on your iPhone or iPad through scripts. Now imagine smashing the two together. IFTTT is free, and Workflow costs US$2.99. Together? Priceless.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance thinks Apple and Google are intentionally thwarting criminal investigations through the encryption features in the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. He's calling for Congress to pass laws mandating backdoors into our encrypted data so law enforcement agencies can more easily investigate crimes, and he says the arguments against the idea amount to nothing more than rhetoric.
Forget 64-bit processors and Retina Displays because 1990s 8-bit tech is the way to go. Or, at least it is if you want to snap some awesome retro photos with your iPhone. The IconFactory's BitCam lets you do just that in a totally rad Mac System 6 interface. It's got big, chunky buttons, standard and super-res 8-bit photo resolutions, and you can even upgrade to a "color graphics card" for a buck or so. BitCam is free and worth picking up because, unlike mullets, 8-bit photos won't go out of style.
Apple is making some big changes for the App Store and Mac App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on App Store subscription pricing, and ads appearing in our App Store searches.
The mobile payment platform CurrentC is all but dead. MCX is shutting down its beta trials, turning off user accounts, and keeping mum on whether or not it'll bring back the service at some point in the future. CurrentC is, for all practical purposes dead, but MCX can't bring itself to use that word.
Instagram now lets you post photos from other apps on your iPhone, but you'll have to enable the feature first. Follow along with our Quick Tip video where Jeff Gamet shows how to get the feature working, and how to post images to Instagram outside of the app.
The advice in 2010 before the iPhone 4 came out was to not buy one. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to jump back in time and share their thoughts on the top ten reasons why people shouldn't buy the iPhone 4. They also look at Apple's quiet iPhone durability improvement process.
Hours before then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4 in 2010, the Telegraph explained why buying one would be a horrible idea. Those reasons included the cost because you could pay less for a Blackberry, it's anti-technology, it costs money to develop native apps, the headphones suck, battery life is poor, it's poorly designed, and doesn't support Adobe's Flash. It's a fun read because we get a glimpse into how people saw the smartphone market six years ago, and because it presented both Blackberry and Flash as relevant yet both are on their deathbed today.