Firewatch Release on February 9th for Mac, Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4

8:15 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · · Cool Stuff Found

Firewatch comes to Mac, Windows, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The Mac version is via Steam, where it's available for a preorder discount of US$17.99 (regularly $19.99) now. According to the developers, "Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio." It's set in 1989, meaning no smartphones or even cellphones. The trailer looks great. Check it out.

Intego Warns of Fake Flash Update that Installs Scareware

7:53 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

Fake Flash Installer Screenshot

Security software company Intego is warning of a malware disguised as a (fake) Flash installer that actually installs scareware and other malware on your Mac. The malware isn't exploiting any security holes in OS X, but instead does a semi-credible job of looking like an Adobe Flash update to socially engineer users into permitting the installation.

Infographic for Spotting Fake Apple Watches

5:30 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

How to Spot Fake Apple Watches

Watch retailer Watches2U put together an infographic for spotting fake Apple Watches, which we've included below. It's a handy-dandy guide, especially for those who don't eat, breathe, and sleep Apple products. Check it out in the full story.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with The Wirecutter’s Editor at Large Glenn Fleishman

5:00 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

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Glenn Fleishman is currently the Editor at Large for The Wirecutter and a Macworld Senior Contributor. Glenn is also a book author, and his Peachpit Press bio describes him as an "unsolicited pundit." That's because, as you'll hear in this interview, Glenn mind-melded with mechanical devices at an early age and soon discovered that he has a programmer's mind. That led to computers, graphic design and journalism in college. Later, that led to stints at Infoworld magazine and at Amazon as well as technical support for Kodak. And that led to ... well you'll just have to listen in—especially to hear Glenn's perspectives on Apple.

AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac: $4

4:34 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac

AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac is a utility that will deletes any stray folders, files, preference files, caches, widgets, preference panes, plugins, bundle, and screensavers associated with an app you want to delete. And it has an undo feature, too. We have a deal on it for just $4. Check out the deal listing for more information.

Apple Files for Mistrial in VirnetX Patent Infringement Case

2:33 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

Apple files mistrial motion in VirnetX patent infringement case

Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in the infringement case where the patent holding company VirnetX won US$625 million. The winnings came from a retrial, and Apple claims VirnetX's legal team misrepresented the facts, warranting a mistrial.

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Regardless of who's right and who's wrong in the Apple and VirnetX patent fight, it's pretty clear the fight isn't ending any time soon.

Apple Quietly Rolls Out 2013 Mac Pro Video Repair Program

11:05 AM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

Apple fixing Mac Pro video issue for free

If your 2013-model Mac Pro is having video issues, Apple may be ready to fix the problem for free. The company has a new hardware repair program in place to deal with the issue, but you'll have to ask because it isn't being advertised.

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tl;dr version: Mac Pros made between February 8th and April 11th last year are covered by the free parts replacement program. If you're having weird video issues, schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

10:16 AM, Feb. 8th, 2016 ·

Apple says Error 53 is about security, not cutting out repair centers

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data—and fingerprints—secure.

MGG 591: If You Had a JBOD Would You Hold It Against Us?

4:17 PM, Feb. 7th, 2016 · &

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JBOD, Airtime Fairness, Quality of Service (QoS), and RAID are just a few of the mysteries your two favorite geeks help you unravel this week. Add to that some answers about resetting pesky OS X passwords and photo storage plus a few Geek Challenges and a cornucopia of Cool Stuff Found and you've got Mac Geek Gab 591. Enjoy!