Regarding Apple’s MacBook Air future, there is a case to be made that it will soon no longer fit in Apple’s lineup.
Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Security Friday news, tips for secure payment options, and some new shortcuts.
Apple has acquired the rights to “Cherry” a film starring Tom Holland and Clara Bravo from Anthony’s and Joe Russo.
Apple has decided to waive its usual 30% cut for Facebook event fees until 2021, along with companies like ClassPass and Airbnb.
iOS 14 lets users choose which email and browser they want to be the default. Mark Zuckerberg wants the option for Messenger to be the default.
Dr. Mac has some advice for being a “value shopper” who seeks the highest quality product at the lowest price from a vendor you trust.
We have a deal on the Ninja Dragon Stealth 7 Wireless Silent LED Backlit Mouse, a gaming mouse that features a 1600 DPI Gaming Sensor, AutoFire keys, ultra-precise scroll wheels, positioning, and more. It works on the Mac and Windows PCs, and it comes in white or black. It’s $27.99 through our deal.
Writer Nicole Lee is happy with iOS 14 features that are similar to Android, like widgets, default apps, and App Library. And she wants more of that.
But for me, the real star of iOS 14 is not quite so obvious (It’s so low-key that Apple didn’t mention it at its WWDC keynote). It’s the fact that, at long last, iOS now lets you pick your own default email and browser apps. This one feature, more than any other, is what I feel is a key factor in preventing me from switching to Android. That’s because, as an iOS user, it is not Android that I find attractive — it’s Google.
I’m trying to wrap my head around this argument. I don’t want to be one of those people who say, “If you’re not happy with iOS, then switch to Android.” But it doesn’t make sense to me that setting default apps would stop her from switching, considering Android had that all along. She goes on to say that she hasn’t bothered with iOS 14 widgets and that Android widgets don’t appeal to her. Okay, don’t use them?? Just like you’re not using iOS 14 widgets?? There’s more I have to say but this is running up against the length limitation of our Linked Teasers. Go read.
Apple has acquired a podcasting startup called Scout FM that made listening to podcasts more like a radio station.
On Thursday, Amazon’s Ring surveillance company revealed a security drone that flies around your house taking photos of everything, because what could go wrong in 2020?
The company’s promotional video highlighting the camera showed a burglar breaking into a home and getting spooked as the drone flew straight at him — “Oh, no!” he exclaimed — while the homeowner watched the encounter on his phone. “Oh, yes,” the ad proclaimed.
I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it’s a real product and not a parody from The Onion.
Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 are available for preorder on Amazon and Eero’s site for November delivery.
Apple uploaded a behind the series look at thriller “Tehran” on Apple TV+. It’s a new espionage thriller from “Fauda” writer Moshe Zonder that tells the thrilling story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy. The series is created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, and Maor Kohn, and directed by Daniel Syrkin. Omri Shenhar serves as writer alongside Zonder. The series is executive produced by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden, Shula Spiegel, Alon Aranya, Julien Leroux, Peter Emerson and Eldad Koblenz; and produced by Donna and Shula Productions in association with Paper Plane Productions, with the participation of Cineflix Rights and Cosmote TV. Tehran will premiere globally on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes on September 25, and new episodes will premiere weekly, every Friday.
Amazon’s newly-launched Luna streaming game service works on iOS…as a progressive web application. It’s not the same as a native app but it lets Amazon get around certain App Store rules.
Amazon said that Luna can support for gaming at a 4K resolution and 60 frames per second in “select titles.” It brought this up in relation to its Ubisoft gaming channel. This feature works like Amazon’s Prime Video channels. For example, I subscribe to PBS Kids for $5 per month on Prime Video to ensure I have plenty of content for my kids that goes beyond what the free PBS Kids app provides.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the Coalition for App Store Fairness and new avenues for App Store disputes.
Apple released iOS 14.0.1 on Thursday primarily to fix the “default apps bug” that would reset your default mail and browser app upon reboot.
Apple shared the trailer for “Ghostwriter” season 2 on its YouTube channel. When a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world, four kids must team up to solve an exciting mystery surrounding the ghost’s unfinished business. Armed with secret messages only they can see, the young heroes chase down the truth — and become friends in the process. “Ghostwriter” is a re-imagining of Sesame Workshops’ 1992 series. Each episode story arc is grouped around literature, featuring classics and new works commissioned from popular authors like D.J. MacHale and Kwame Alexander.
Like many websites, The Mac Observer uses advertising trackers and cookies. Here are six of them Andrew found using Safari 14.
The U.K. government has launched its COVID-19 app for the National Health System that works with the Exposure Notification system from Apple and Google.
A number of companies have created the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF) as a way to work together to fight Apple and its App Store rules.