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Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Light Switches, Digital IDs, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 555

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive back into smarthome tech, with a focus on using smart light switches instead of smart light bulbs. This includes Jeff’s recommendation for a smart light switch. They also discuss digital IDs and the perils and promise they offer.

From TMO to Everyone, Happy Labor Day!

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Labor Day hot dog

Today is Labor Day in the U.S. The Mac Observer will be taking the day off, and we hope you are, too. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 7th. Enjoy the holiday!

Fall Apple Product Hopes, Crypto Solving Real-World Problems, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 554

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss some of the products they hope Apple announces this fall. They also take a look at some of the next-gen cryptocurrencies trying to solve real-world problems, like and its blockchain-based software agents. You can practically hear Bryan drooling!

Get Free Bitcoins from 23 Faucets That Pay

· Bryan Chaffin · Deep Dive

Bitcoins Raining Down

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: reformatted the guide, removed several defunct faucets, updated all descriptions, and added some new earning opportunities, too. – Bryan]

Mac Gaming, Crypto Credit Cards, iOS 15, with Jeff Butts - ACM 553

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts talk about the current state of Mac gaming, with Jeff focusing on improved Mac support at Steam. They also dive deeper into crypto credit cards where you can either spend your crypto and/or earn cryptocurrency rewards like Bitcoin on your purchases. And, Jeff has been deep into iOS 15 betas, and he talks about some of his favorite new features.

Happy U.S. Independence Day, 2021 Edition

· Bryan Chaffin · News

US flag and fireworks

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Monday, July 4th. We will return Tuesday, July 7th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. TMO’s Daily Observations podcast is taking off the holiday, too. See you on Tuesday!

Last Chance for the All-Star Mac Bundle Featuring Parallels Pro

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The All-Star Mac Bundle Featuring Parallels Pro

The All-Star Mac Bundle is drawing to a close. This is a collection of five Mac apps for contact Management, cyber security and VPN, PDF navigation, productivity, and it features Parallels Pro. The whole bundle is $49.99, but coupon code ALLSTARMAC at checkout brings it down to $25!

nomadplug 18W World Charger: $74.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

nomadplug 18W World Charger

We have a deal on nomadplug, a modular 18 watt world charger. It’s safe for use in all 195 countries around the world, and it delivers USB-C charging for your output, with all of those global plug options. This device is $74.95, and it’s available in blue and orange in the deal listing.

Invisi Mini Selfie Stick: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Invisi Mini Selfie Stick

We have a deal on the Invisi Mini Selfie Stick. This device extends up to 26-inches, includes an internal battery for triggering the shutter button, can swivel at 90°, and it supports landscape mode. It’s $29.99 through our deal, and it comes in five colors.

Big Loud Bluetooth Speaker: $129.59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals


We have a deal on the TREBLAB HD-Max, which is, in a nutshell, a big, loud, Bluetooth speaker with a four-speaker design. It features 50W speakers and 3 sound modes that can function indoors and outdoors. It also has an internal battery and passthrough charging, and boasts playtime of up to 20 hours at 30% volume. This device is $161.99 through our deal, but coupon code WELOVEDAD takes an additional 20% off for a checkout price of $129.59.

FoldersSynchronizer for Mac: Lifetime Subscription

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FoldersSynchronizer for Mac

We have a deal on FoldersSynchronizer for Mac, a Mac utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. You choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks then FS will synchronize or backup those exactly. It works on Intel and Apple M1 Macs, and a lifetime subscription is $14.99 through our deal.

Apple AirTag Protector Case: $14.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Apple AirTag Protector Case

We have a deal on the Apple AirTag Protector Case. Made of strong TPU and PC material, this case offers full protection of your AirTag. It’s lightweight and comes with its own carabiner for attaching it to other things. It’s $14.95 through our deal.