How to Navigate Apple TV with Siri Remote Taps

3:35 PM, Nov. 11th, 2015 · by

You can navigate your fourth generation Apple TV with taps instead of swipes, which can be more precise than zipping your thumb around your Siri Remote. Check out The Mac Observer's video to learn how.

Pixar’s ‘Finding Dory’ Teaser Trailer is Here

3:52 AM, Nov. 11th, 2015 · by

Finding Nemo is one of my top Pixar films, along with A Bug's Life and Up. On Tuesday, Disney released the "teaser" trailer to Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, and I look forward to returning to Nemo's world. Ellen Degeneress reprises her role as the voice of Dory, while Albert Brooks returns as Marlin, Nemo's pop. Other actors include Diane Keaton, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burell, Eugene Levy (!!), and others. What do you think?

The Inside Story Behind Steve Jobs’s 1997 Macworld Keynote (Video)

1:11 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · by

Michael Markman isn't a household name in Apple fan circles, but you've probably seen some of his work. He's a video director who worked on the internal promo video 1944, as well as Blue Busters. Turns out he also put together Gil Amelio's disastrous keynote from Macworld San Francisco in January 1997. Despite that last particular excersize in ignominy, Steve Jobs had him make the video introduction of new Apple board members that served as a centerpiece for the August 1997 Macworld Boston keynote. That's the one where Steve Jobs announced Microsoft was investing in the company and committing to make Office for Mac for five years. It's great Apple lore, but Mr. Markman—or Mikelah as he calls himself—walks us through the meeting with Steve Jobs just days after Gil Amelio was fired by the board and Steve Jobs took over. Mr. Jobs also threatened to fire everyone in the room if that meeting leaked, despite the fact that only one of them even worked for Steve. And they believed him. It's a wonderful story. Mikelah is a great story teller. He does a video review of the Steve Jobs film I think is great, too.

Sonos Trueplay Launches – Tune Your Wireless Speakers With Your iPhone

1:03 PM, Nov. 10th, 2015 · by

Sonos's Trueplay room-tuning technology is now available for everyone; just update your Sonos app from the App Store to begin the process. Once the updated app launches it will prompt you to do a firmware update to your entire Sonos system. After the quick firmware update is finished the Sonos app will walk you through its automated process of tuning your speakers. Using your iPhone's microphone the Sonos app is able to discern what, if any, EQ adjustments need to be made to each room of your Sonos system to bring you the Sonos signature sound. You can then tweak bass and treble from there to your liking. This is available for free for all models of Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, regardless of age. For more information check out our recent Trueplay review.


The Story of Phone Phreaking and the Steve Jobs and Wozniak Blue Box (Video)

6:09 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · by

Phone phreaking. It was a thing in the 1970s. At least that's what I thought until I saw this video. It turns out phreaking began in the 1950s. Who knew? Turns out the folks featured in this video knew, and that includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, whose first entrepreneurial venture was building "blue boxes." Phreaking was the trick of using audio tones to control AT&T's phone system to make calls anywhere in the world for free. Now to the young folks among us, that won't be a big deal, but long distance calls back in the day cost a lot of money. And that helped make phreaking the system a huge turn-on to the hackers of the time, including Messrs. Jobs and Woz. The video includes an old interview with Steve Jobs talking about making blue boxes, and it features both an old and new interview with Mr. Wozniak, too. Captain Crunch also makes an appearance, as do many other figures that played a role in this pre-personal computing hacker community. It's great. Watch it. [Note that playback may not work on iPhones, but it works fine on iPad.]

How to Rename Your Apple TV

4:14 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · by

If "Apple TV" isn't a cool enough or descriptive enough name for your brand new fourth generation Apple TV, you can always rename it. If you aren't sure how, don't worry because The Mac Observer has you covered. Watch our video tip showing how to quickly rename your Apple TV.

Video Review: Zolt Laptop Charger

3:45 PM, Nov. 6th, 2015 · by

Apple's laptop chargers have always been a big white slab, taking up a lot of room in your bag or in your power outlet for what is, essentially, a unitasker. Portable chargers for PC laptops have been making the rounds for many years, and Mac users have always had to watch from the sidelines, wishing for an alternative. Well Zolt has finally made one that's smaller, lighter, and even more useful than The Big White Brick. It's available for pre-order now, and widely available on November 17th. Get a closer look in the video below.

FLIR VUE Pro Brings Thermal Imaging to Drones

8:26 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · by

Time for a confession: I love thermal imaging cameras because I love Ghost Hunters and some of the paranormal shows that have come in its wake. FLIR, a big name in professional thermal imaging, brought thermal imaging to the iPhone with the FLIR ONE, a device that does the thermal imaging internally while using your iPhone for the display. I'm going to be reviewing the new FLIR ONE model soon, but last week at Pepcom I also saw the FLIR VUE Pro, a thermal imaging module for drones. This device starts at $1,999, and it's aimed at commercial uses (such as agriculture, surveying, mapping, law enforcement, etc.). It inserts geo location and flight information data and it records directly to a microSD memory card. This device is just one more example of how drones are bringing major changes to modern life and business. It ships later in November.


Apple TV: How to Quit Apps

12:03 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · by

You can download apps to your fourth generation Apple TV, which is cool, but what do you do when you want to stop an app from running? It's easy to do with your Apple Remote, and we show you how.