Apple Faces Censorship Dilemma in China

11:20 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 ·

No movies for you: China shuts down Apple's iTunes movies and iBooks stores

Apple's relationship with China may not be as friendly as we were led to believe because the government shut down the iTunes Movies store and iBook Store only six months after they launched. The decision may be a sign of hostility towards foreign companies, or it may be censorship to block the state-banned movie Ten Years.

Apple’s Numbers: Using Data Formats

9:15 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 ·

How to format numbers in Apple's Numbers spreadsheets

Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." Jenny'll be much easier to call after today's Quick Tip.

PencilCozy Keeps Apple Pencil’s Cap Attached

4:32 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · · Cool Stuff Found

During Wednesday's Apple Context Machine, Jeff Gamet and I got into a discussion about how displeased we are that the cap on the end of the Apple Pencil was so absurdly easy to lose. We've gotten some commentary from listeners who were equally dismayed at such a sloppy aspect of this otherwise wonderful device, but TMO member Rick Allen let me know about a solution for this issue called PencilCozy from Cozy Industries As you can see in the image, PencilCozy essentially keeps the cap attached to your Apple Pencil even when it's off. Seems perfect, and I ordered one even before I finished writing up this Cool Stuff Found. You can also order through Amazon (eligible for Prime).

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The Apple Car Will Be Beautiful & Desirable, Not an Econobox

4:30 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

Apple Electric car design

Many of the contemporary design concepts for the rumored (but almost certain) Apple electric car show a dorky looking econobox because, well, no one knows what it will look like and some kind of design that portrays an eco-attitude is an easy, comfortable premise. John Martellaro maintains that the Apple car will actually be quite beautiful and desirable.

The Evolution of MacOS/OS X and Windows in Side-by-Side Animations

4:14 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

OS Evolutions

OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.

iRig Mic Field Audio Recorder for iOS Devices: $74.99

2:57 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

iRig Mic Field on iPhone

I love it when we can post a deal for a product or service I've written about, like IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Field, a LIghtning-port audio recorder for iOS devices. It rotates 90 degrees for more precise positioning, and it has its own headphone jack for monitoring what you're recording. The LED indicator is also multicolored for monitoring your levels. This device retails for $100, but you can get it through our deal for $74.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-21: Apple’s Electric Car Balancing Act

2:01 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

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With Apple reportedly getting into the electric car market, the company could grow even larger than it is now. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what impact the Apple Car could have on other products, including the Mac and iPhone, and they debate whether or not the company's executive team is big enough to handle that growth.

Patent Troll Scores $24.9M from Apple over Siri

11:45 AM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

Apple to pay out $25M for Siri patent infringement

Marathon Patent Group just scored US$24.9 million from Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit settlement related to Siri voice control on the iPhone and iPad. If you aren't familiar with MPG, they're a non-practicing patent holding company representing the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In other words, a patent troll.

FBI’s ‘No Data is New Data’ iPhone Spin Stinks

9:06 AM, Apr. 21st, 2016 ·

Nothing to see here: FBI says no useful information on Syed Farook's iPhone

The FBI says it has new data from Syed Farook's iPhone, and that new data is that there isn't any data, or at least no data that's of any use to the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation. The FBI is saying their analysis shows Mr. Farook didn't communicate with anyone during an 18 minute window that's unaccounted for following the shooting spree—something they should've known long before hacking into the phone.