It’s no secret we’re obsessed with Stranger Things here at TMO. Then Adam Christianson dropped a note in Slack about Jimmy Fallon playing a game called Stranger Strings with the child actors in the show. It involves lots of Silly String, of course. Oh, and it includes Millie Bobby Brown rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse in “Monsters.” And she’s a Spanish-born Brit. Who knew? All the kids are great, though, so enjoy. And for those on #TeamBarb, there’s also a Jimmy Fallon sketch where Barb comes back to confront the kids while they’re playing “Virgins & Dragons.” It’s also entertaining.
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Dr. Andrew Leavitt has posted the “Official BINGO Card for the Fall 2016 Apple Special Event.” It’s awesome. Each square has an event, quote, quip, or note you can expect. Things like, “Snarky Android burn in reference to iOS adoption rates,” or, “Doubling down on something or another.” There are also most serious squares for specific new features that are rumored. It’s quite funny and an excellent roundup of both expectations and rumors. The first person to get five in a row or column wins. Dr. Leavitt posted a PDF version of the image in case you want to print it and play for real. 😂
Apple released separate security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan on Thursday. Both updates patch the same two critical security flaws. One flaw potentially exposed kernel memory, and the other allowed a maliciously crafted app to take over your system.
We have a deal for you today on the Soundfreaq Double Spot Bluetooth Speaker. This portable Bluetooth speaker lasts up to 6 hours on one charge, and it also has a USB port for charging your mobile devices. It has on-board controls and three tone presets, flat, warm, and bright. You can get this device through our deal for $79.99.
Google is entering the ride-sharing business, and Bryan and Jeff take an in-depth look at what that means. They also dive back into how and why Apple is opening itself up to journalists, and some of the things we’ve learned because of that.
Check out NotesKey—I love this site. It has every Apple keynote event since 1997 laid out in an easy-to-grasp table. Each year is laid out by month, and each keynote event is represented with an icon that immediately conjures up memories of that event. The earlier ones use images from moments in the keynote, while recent years use the images Apple sent out in media invitations. It’s brilliant, useful, immediately made me realize Apple used to hold a lot more keynote events than it does today thanks to the now-defunct Macworld Expo. To the creators of NotesKey, nice job!
We have a collection of apps for you today called The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle. It features seven apps, including: VPN Land 1-Year Subscription, Periscope Pro 3 Video Surveillance for Mac, Koofr 100GB Plan 1-Yr Subscription, Mac App Blocker, Mac Internet Security X9: 1-Year Subscription, Sticky Password Premium 1-Year Subscription, and Elite Keylogger Pro. These apps help you monitor your home and your Mac in a number of different ways, as well control and monitor usage of that Mac. You can get all of them for $49.99 through our deal.
Google is going into the ride-sharing business this fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to open up ride sharing services to users of its Waze app. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on Google competing with Uber, the future of cars, and ride sharing.
Primate Labs released Geekbench 4 for OS X, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android this week. Geekbench is a benchmarking app that will test your device and show how it compares to other devices. The new version includes a new interface, a new structure that allows more features on mobile devices, and new workloads (i.e. tests for CPU). According to the company, “These updated workloads model real-world tasks and applications, and provide an objective measure of the performance of the CPU in your phone or laptop.” It also has new GPU workloads for testing the graphics processor(s) in your device. The company has a launch sale starting at $7.99 for Mac and Windows. It’s also on the App Store, but as of this writing it’s not showing up.
Check out the Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Stylus. It features 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it’s designed with support for Adobe Creative Cloud. It lasts for up to 11 hours on a charge and has a 3.18mm Pixelpoint tip. You can get this device for $39.99.
Apple released new OS X printer drivers for HP printers on Tuesday titled “HP Printer Drivers v5.0 for OS X.” The patch notes for the update are sparse even by Apple standards, saying simply, “This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X.” It’s a safe assumption the update improves performance across the line.
BusinessInsider has a piece on the Carpool Karaoke series Apple is working on for Apple Music. According to Ben Winston, co-founder of series producer Fulwell 73 Productions, the show is going to open up guest spots to celebrities who aren’t musicians. He also said the deal came together because of Jimmy Iovine, and that CBS will limit Carpool Karaoke‘s exposure on The Late Late Show with James Corden to keep it fresh. Carpool Karaoke could be a breakout hit for Apple. For context, the episode featuring Adele (below) has 124.6 million views on YouTube. Mr. Corden is executive producer of the Apple Music spinoff, but won’t be hosting it. There’s more in the full BI piece.
Here’s something cool for techies on the go, especially the back-to-school crowd. It’s called MOS Pack, a backpack with a built-in portable charging station for all your gadgets. It has pockets for iPhones (or other smartphones), iPads, your passport, and a spot for a water bottle. On the charging side, the MOS pack doesn’t have a built-in battery—which you’d have to lug around—but instead has a charging station that distributes power to all your gadgets from one plug. Inside it has a cable management system you feed to each gadget in each pockets, and you’re charging everything without having to pull them out. I thought it quite clever at $99.
Check out the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. The name tells you what it is, but if you look at the image you’ll see a suction cup you can use to stick it to a mirror or even the wall in your shower. It has a nine-hour battery life, and you recharge via an included microUSB cable. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a major pivot in managing the affairs of Apple. Bryan Chaffin believes Mr. Cook made a conscious decision to play an active role in shaping the Apple narrative.
Check out the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker , a portable speaker that can serve double duty as a portable battery for your mobile devices. As a speaker, this device has dual custom 45mm drivers and a machined aluminum body. Its rechargeable battery has a capacity of 6,000mAh, plus you can pull it out and use it to recharge your mobile devices. You can get the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker for $104.99 through our deal.
I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also, 😍.
Bryan Chaffin has had it with the kvetching about Apple maybe ditching the headphone jack in the next iPhone. He argues we should wait to see how Apple handles it before getting tense.
Check out the Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle, two full tutorials for Apple’s current iOS 9 and the soon-to-be-released iOS 10. Combined you’ll get 417 lessons and 59 hours of video content. You can get this bundle through our deal for just $35.
Apple has an interesting—and powerful—ally in an ongoing feud with the European Commission (EC). The U.S. Treasury Department published a white paper Wednesday that condemed EC investigations into Apple and other U.S. companies’ tax practices. Bryan Chaffin breaks down what you need to know about the situation.