MacPaw says it’s “faster, funner, and smarter” than the previous version, which we’ll be putting to the test.
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Peter Kafka of Re/code has great coverage of social media Congressional hearings on Wednesday. In attendance were Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CTO Cheryl Sandburg. The senior vice president Google wanted to send wasn’t high-ranking enough for the Senate committee that conducted the hearing. Here’s a snippet:
Sheryl did fine. Jack did quite well, all things considered. Google’s empty chair took a beating. And internet trolls showed up in real life to show what internet trolling looks like in real life.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know about what happened when Silicon Valley came to D.C. today.
Except that Re/code really has a lot more, and I found it a very interesting read.
Our friends at Stack Commerce put together another microscope deal for us. We ran a deal earlier for a device that clips on to your iPhone or iPad, but today we have a different approach in the 1000X Zoom 1080p Microscope Camera. As the name suggests, it magnifies objects up to 1000 times their original size, and it does so using a dynamic image sensor and 8 super-bright white LED lights to create crisp, detailed images. Get your science on for $38.99 through our deal.
This scientist would be, “building transformative neurotechnology,” and dollars to donuts says it’s related to Apple’s ongoing neural net projects.
The move affects both app downloads and in-app purchases.
Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone batter replacement program while they can.
In addition to being completely open source and transparent, this device includes hardware kill switches for camera, microphone, WiFi/Bluetooth and cellular baseband modem.
We have a deal on a pair of TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones. They use Bluetooth 4.2, and have a battery life up to 35 hours, with a charge time of 3-4 hours. It also comes with a carrying case. You can get a pair through our deal for $78.99.
Apple is most likely nearing the end of the developer beta process, though Mojave does typically have more time to bake than iOS.
Check out this infographic from SEOTribunal.com on voice search that traces the history of the concept of voice search, and also has lots of stats on how people are using voice search today.
Apple has six recent job postings for Augmented Reality (AR) positions, and they could be for a Maps-related project.
Check out today’s deal of the day, the uHandy Duet kit that turns your iPhone or iPad (or Android device) into a microscope. It comes with two lenses, a battery-powered Hi-Mag Lens with a magnification of 30x-200x on 5″ cellphones and 60x-360x on 7.9″ tablets. The Lo-Mag Lens doesn’t need a battery and has magnification of 10x-60x on 5″ cellphones and 20x-120x on 7.9″ tablets. This is the sort of thing I’d write up as a Cool Stuff Found if we didn’t have a deal. The deal listing has all the tech specs, and it’s $119.99 through us—but if you use coupon code “LABORDAY15” (no quotes), you get 15% off, for a price of $101.99.
Bryan Chaffin shows you how to fix Apple TV refusing to play sound through HomePod.
We have a deal on the Nix Mini Color Sensor. This device senses color so you can match it to one of 31,000 brand name paint colors. If you’re looking for digital color matching, it will also give you the RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. The Nix Mini Color Sensor is $69 through us, but if you use “LABORDAY15” (without the quotes) at checkout, you’ll save 15%. That brings it down to $58.65. Cool, yeah?
In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 4th. Enjoy the holiday!
The replacement program affects specific models produced between September 2017 and March 2018, and includes free repair and logic board replacement.
Apple seeded watchOS 5 Developer Beta 10 for Apple Watch to developers on Friday, making this a two-developer beta release week.
Along with iOS 12 developer beta 12 and watchOS 5 developer beta 10, Apple released tvOS 12 Developer Beta 10 on Friday.
The updates appear to fix an alert bug spamming the notification that there was a “New iOS Update.” Beta testers began experiencing that issue on Thursday.
IK Multimedia announced UNO Synth Editor, a software editor for the company’s UNO analog synthesizer. It allows you to to control and tweak the hardware UNO synth from your Mac, iOS device, or PC, either as a standalone app or as a plugin for popular DAWs. The software interface was designed to look just like the hardware synth, too, but with “deep control” over settings. UNO Synth Editor is a free download for all three platforms, and the software plugin works with Logic, GarageBand, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, and more. The UNO Synth hardware synthesizer shipped in July for US$/€199.99.