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Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Aventree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station

Check out the Avantree PowerHouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station. The picture tells the story, but it’s a charging station with spots and ports for four different devices. It’s a great way to save space and keep things a lot less cluttered. We have a deal on this device for $35.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Stilo announced its 6R stylus for mobile devices. This device features what the company calls a Hybrid Tip, made from both rubber and brass. Stilo says it gives the 6R a “natural feel and pinpoint precision.” We haven’t tested that out yet, but will be doing so in the near future. In that the shape of your pen/pencil/brush/stylus is extremely personal, the 6R is shaped like a prism. The body is magnetized enough to stick to your magnetic-friendly mobile devices. Stilo 6R is priced at $14.99.

Stilo 6R Stylus Features Magnetic Body and Hybrid Tip

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Optimize Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don’t worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud.

iOS 10.0.2 Fixes Headphone Audio Controls, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 10.0.2 Screenshot

Apple released iOS 10.0.2 Friday. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions.

AceVPN 3-Year Subscription: $45

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

AceVPN Promo

Check out this deal on a three year subscription to AceVPN. It features 20 gateways in the U.S., UK, and France. The service doesn’t meter your bandwidth and doesn’t retain logs. You can find more details in the deal listing.

Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iMessage Low Quality Mode

iOS 10 has something called Low Quality Mode for images you send out in iMessage. When active, Low Quality Mode reduces any images you are sending out to approximately 100K. This can save you a lot of cellular data usage, especially if you’re sending out photographs you take on your iPhone.

macOS Sierra: RAID Support Returns to Disk Utility

· Bryan Chaffin · MGG Answers

macOS Sierra Disk Utility RAID Assistant

Guess what? RAID support is back in Disk Utility in macOS Sierra. You won’t find it in the main interface (see below), but you will find it in the File Menu.

Where Did Music Controls in iOS 10 Control Center Go? - Swipe Left, Dude

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Control Center Music

One of the many changes in iOS 10 is Control Center. The most striking change is that controls for music are gone. Well, it turns out they aren’t gone, they’ve just been moved. To access them, swipe left in Control Center.  Bryan Chaffin has pictures, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger: $21.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger:

Check out this handy little gadget called the Uiee Portable Battery and Wall Charger. It has a retractable Lightning cable and two foldable plugs on the back so you can plug it directly into the wall and use it as a charger. But it also has an internal 1050mAh battery, which means you can take it with you as a portable charger, too. You can get this device for $21.99 through our deal.

Turns Out Apple CAN Patent Its Way Out of a Paper Bag

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Who says the U.S. Patent system needs an overhaul? Companies like Apple patent everything they can. It’s not only a smart strategy, it’s a necessary strategy within the legal framework and patent structure we have today. With that in mind, I present to you patent application 20160264304, for a patent called “Bag.” The abstract described the patent as, “A paper bag is disclosed. The paper bag may include a bag container formed of white solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60% post-consumer content.” OK, I see your lols bubbling forth, and I’m with you. But, the patent appears to focus on innovations in the way the handles are attached to “Bag.” The patent hasn’t yet been granted. The application was sent to our own Dave Hamilton by a Mac Geek Gab listener.

Turns Out Apple CAN Patent Its Way Out of a Paper Bag

ACM 377: Apple's iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Bryan and Jeff talk about iPhone 7, whether or not it’s a must-have upgrade, and even what constitutes a must-have upgrade any more. They also talk about their immediate impressions of Apple Watch Series 2 after spending a day with the new models.  All this and more.

FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones

We have a deal for you today on a pair of FRANKLIN Bluetooth headphones. They last between 8-10 hours on a charge, report their current charge to your iPhone, and it has a built-in microphone and basic control buttons. You can get these headphones through our deal for $39.99

Poll: Which iPhone 7 Home Button Haptic Click Level Did You Choose?

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

iPhone 7 Home Button Choose Your Click

We’re running an informal poll for our readers and listeners on Twitter. Which home button haptic click level did you choose on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? We published a tip yesterday if you’re wanting to revisit the setting you chose during setup. As for the poll, you can see the results after choosing, but so far, only a few miscreants like our own Dave Hamilton have chosen level 1. I’d love to see a lot of data on this, so help spread the poll.

Apple Releases Safari 10 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Safari 11

Apple released Safari 10 for OS X El Capitan and Yosemite on Tuesday. The release was timed with the release of macOS Sierra, and it includes several new features, as well as 21 security fixes. Bryan Chaffin explains what’s what.

Apple Ships macOS Sierra

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

macOS Sierra running on Apple MacBook

Apple released macOS Sierra on Tuesday. The successor to OS X El Capitan, Sierra brings Universal Clipboard, iCloud Desktop and Documents, Auto Unlock and Apple Pay to the Mac. It also features Siri integration, as well as other improvements. The update is free.

Passwork 5-Year Subscription: $27

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Passwork on a mobile device

We have a deal for you today on a 5-year subscription to Passwork, a cloud-based password manager service. Passwork uses AES-256 encryption, and is designed with group and corporate management in mind. You can get this 5-year subscription for $27 through our deal.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love this: John Brooks announced the release of ProDOS 2.4 for all Apple II computers. It’s an update 30 years in the making, and it was released for the anniversary of Apple’s legendary Apple IIGS. On that specific machine, the new version of ProDOS includes new launching utilities, boot options, a GS/OS dormant state, and ProDOS 2.4 is smaller than ProDOS 2.0.3. Other Apple II models get new features, as well, making it a must-have for every Apple II enthusiast. You can check out the full list of improvements and features at the Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange.

John Brooks Releases ProDOS 2.4 for All Apple II Computers