Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

10:00 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · The Back Page

Google Branded Baloney

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.

LOL Look Back at 2012: Apple Death Knell #60, Microsoft Will Beat Apple (& Google)

6:35 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Link

Apple Death Knell Bell #60

I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?

Free Dual-Display Wallpaper for Your Macs

4:11 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.

/tmo/cool_stuff_found/post/free-dual-display-wallpaper-for-your-macs

Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

3:30 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Particle Debris

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point.

Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road Trips Map

1:46 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.

/tmo/cool_stuff_found/post/get-lost-and-found-in-the-awesome-literary-road-trips-map

Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

10:48 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · News

Chinese police shut down huge counterfeit iPhone operation

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones—until you get caught.

Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

9:15 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.

MGG 563: Troubleshooting is a Process ... and So is Ranting About the Cloud

7:19 PM, Jul. 26th, 2015 · & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

{primary_category}

Today it's all about troubleshooting -- and helping you do so. Plus your two favorite geeks teach you some things you didn't know your Mac could do! Download today to listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton collect and share the Apple troubleshooting wisdom with you. Plus, Dave goes off the rails on a rant about syncing. It's off-the-hook, folks!