Apple kind of announced a new Mac Pro and professional display, but Bryan and Jeff want to know how we got here. They also take another look at how politics increasingly intersect with a tech giant like Apple, and discuss our robot welfare future.
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We have a deal for you today on Nifty MiniDrive, a MicroSD card adapter that seamlessly plugs into your 13″ MacBook Air. Using your MicroSD card, you add up to 256GB of storage without having a USB drive sticking out the side. You can get the Nifty MiniDrive for MacBook Air $32.99, and our deal includes versions for other MacBook models, too.
Kanye West has carried the streaming music industry past another milestone. His most recent album, The Life of Pablo, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). What’s new and different is that it did so through streams only. Pablo wasn’t made available as a digital download on iTunes or other online music stores. It was instead offered as a streaming product through first Tidal, and then Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and other services. Pitchfork reported that Pablo has been streamed a staggering 3 billion times, with 1.5 billion of those streams in the U.S. It’s the U.S. figures that earned it Platinum status, and that certification did not include the copies of Pablo sold direct by Kanye. Streaming music—including Apple Music—are clearly the near-term future of the music industry. Earning Platinum certification through streaming only is symbolic of that tidal shift. It’s also further validation for Apple’s investment in Apple Music.
iOS 10.3 may reset some iCloud settings for users. MacRumors reported that Apple sent out emails to some customers alerting them about the problem. Specifically, the update might “inadvertently reenable” some iCloud services that were disabled. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to check.
Check out the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox. As the name implies, it’s a bluetooth boombox. It has a battery life of up to 6 hours of playback time using two full-range speakers and one tweeter. It also has on-device controls, or you can control it from your smartphone app. It’s $84.99 through our deal.
President Donald J. Trump signed a bill into law that makes it expressly legal for your ISP to collect and sell anything about you it can. Your geolocation data, your browser history, information about your children…whatever they can. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple published two new commercials in its iPad Pro series addressing laptop complaints. In case that reads too smoothly and it didn’t smack you upside the head, as we said when I was a wee lad, Apple is answering complaints about laptops with the iPad Pro. Not with MacBook Pro. Or MacBook. Or the legacy MacBooK Air that is still being sold. No, Apple is answering laptop complaints with an iPad Pro promotion.
Apple has a new spot out called Apple Watch Series 2 — Live Bright. I love this spot, too. Great soundtrack in the form of Beyoncé’s “Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” from Lemonade—and I’m just guessing that cost a pretty penny or two. The commercial also features compelling imagery of people using their AWS2 in bright, colorful, energetic settings. It’s a great spot that fires on all cylinders.
Apple released iOS 10.3.1 Monday. The patch notes are sparse, saying only, “iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.” The company has not yet published the security release notes, but this update is most likely addresses issues that cropped up since the release of iOS 10.3 last week.
We have a deal on Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, a data recovery tool that works with OS X 10.8.5 or later, including macOS 10.12.x Sierra. This is a lifetime license, and I’m delighted to note our friends at Stack Commerce added a detailed description of exactly what that means. The short version is you get, “a lifetime of major updates, and inevitably a world of new features that are beyond our current imagination. Many of our Lifetime License options are exclusive offers, at the web’s best prices.” It’s $34.99 through us.
There are many things Bryan Chaffin wishes Apple would release. Streaming TV, a smarthome hub, new freaking Macs, the list goes on. But something new on his mind is an Apple owned and operated virtual private network (VPN). He explains why this would be a welcome port in the storm of surveillance capitalism.
Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been received a warm welcome. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve personally had even Android zealots express an interest in the RED iPhone to me. And I love the (PRODUCT)RED charity, but not everyone can get a new iPhone at any given moment, which is why a SlickWraps promotional email grabbed my attention. That company has red wraps for iPhones for those who want a red iPhone, but can’t get a RED iPhone. To be fair, they have a wide variety of colors, but red is the color du jour, and it’s $22.95.
We have a deal for you on the MacX Media Management Bundle, a collection of Mac apps designed to help you encode and decode videos and move them to your iOS devices. It consists of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans, for $19.95
Check out Looperverse by Retronyms, a looping solution for iOS. It’s a combination of a wireless looping stompbox that works with the Looperverse app. Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, Jamie Lidell, and a growing host of other artists use looping stompboxes to build songs one layer at a time, live on stage. Looperverse lets musicians do this using a $199.99 stompbox, a $9.99 companion app, and their iPhone or iPad. The app supports up to 16 tracks, has effects, does advanced waveform editing, and a lot more. The stompbox has 6 switches and low-latency Bluetooth MIDI. Music production has been a thing on iOS for years, but products like these turn iPhone and iPad into a bona fide stage solution. It’s fun to see.
We have a deal for you on the Kove Commuter Wireless Speaker. It’s a Bluetooth 4.1 portable speaker with a large 4,000mAh battery capacity giving you 8-plus hours of playback time. It’s $89.99 through us.
Spotify must think Apple Music has the right idea with this original video thing because it’s doing the same thing. Variety reported Wednesday that Spotify has purchased a show called Traffic Jams. Clearly borrowing from Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke, Traffic Jams puts hip-hop producers and artists in a car and asks them to make a song in the back seat. We Apple fans may be inclined to dismiss this show because it’s a blatant ripoff. Ignore that instinct, though—that’s the way the TV industry works. Folks copy ideas, and sometimes they build on them. Instead, Spotify—which is beating Apple on users—is effectively validating Apple Music’s approach of using original video content to boost its steaming music business. That’s very interesting to me.
Oh Silicon Valley, how we have missed thee! Season 4 is nigh, judging by the new trailer, and it looks delightful. My favorite moment has to be Erlich Bachman mansplaining the concept of mansplaining to Monica and Laurie Bream, 😂😂😂
ISPs performed a coup against consumers, and they did so in collusion with one of America’s major political parties. Bryan and Jeff are two tense geeks about it. Their solution would be for Apple to launch a VPN integrated into Apple’s products. And then there’s Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and that company’s delusions of software relevance. Oh, and Bixby, which could eventually succeed in making Samsung relevant.
Well, isn’t this timely? On the heels of the House voting to allow ISPs to sell our browser history, we have a deal on a 2-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN. We haven’t tested their privacy claims yet, but for those interested in a VPN, this might be a good deal for you. The deal is for $59.95, but you can also get an additional 15% off with coupon code DIGIWEEK15.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to sell you out to ISPs. More specifically, they voted to allow your ISP to sell you, your data, and your browsing history to anyone it wants. The House did so in a largely-party line vote that saw Republicans siding with large corporations against you.