Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

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Turkey enjoying Thanksgiving with The Mac Observer

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We’ll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and podcasts on Monday, November 27th. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn’t part of your annual holiday schedule.

The Miserable State of UI, HomePod Under Achieving, and Future Man - Pop.0 ep.21

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We’ve had more than 30 years of mainstream GUI computer systems, and somehow user interfaces are still miserably bad. Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit also talk about Bloomberg’s report that said HomePod will focus on music even though the world is clamoring for an Apple home voice assistant. This week’s look at pop culture includes Future Man, a Hulu original they both like. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

Apple Taps Sam Smith in 'Sway' Holiday Commercial for AirPods

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Apple has a new holiday commercial out called Sway. The spot channels the feeling of Christmas without overtly mentioning that specific holiday, with a sound track by Sam Smith (“Palace”). It’s a subtle promotion of AirPods featuring two young dancers who meet and metaphorically fall in love. She gives him one of her AirPods, and they then dance and sway through the snow sharing the same song. The tag line is “move someone this holiday.” What do you think?

6 Must Have iPhone Apps for Holiday Travel

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iPhone and airplane

Holiday travel can be pretty hectic, but it’s possible to cut out at least a little of the stress. Check out these iPhone apps that can make your travels easier and your trip experience more fun.

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $20.36

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FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

Check out the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They’re water and sweat resistant, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. They fully charge in 90 minutes, and offer up to 10 hours of playback. You can get them for $23.95 through our deal, but coupon code BFRIDAY20 will get you another 20% off for a final price of $20.36.