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Dr. Mac's Advice for Better Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-24

· Dave Hamilton & Bob LeVitus · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) joins Dave Hamilton for a geeky-yet-understandable tour through some quick things you can do to extend your MacBook’s battery life. But it’s Bob and Dave, of course, so there’s a tangent thrown in, this time about the benefits clipboard history switchers. You’ll love it!

New MacBook Air, Mac mini Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-19

· Dave Hamilton & Charlotte Henry · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple’s updates to the processors (and more) in the MacBook Air and pricing and RAM for the Mac mini leave Charlotte Henry and guest host, Dave Hamilton, with a ton to talk through, and a ton for you to hear. Listen and enjoy!

Sonos S2 Platform Coming in June, Brings Room Groups, Increased Audio Bandwidth, More

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

Screenshots of Sonos S2 App, including Room Groups

Sonos, the wireless home audio company, announced Tuesday its next-generation software platform, Sonos S2. This platform will allow Sonos to bring new features like room groups and increased audio bandwidth, allowing for a richer Sonos experience going forward. What it won’t bring with it are older Sonos units like the original Play:5 (Gen 1), Bridge, and others. No worries, though – there’s a path to keeping those online, too.

iPads, Trackpads, China, and Censorship – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-28

· Dave Hamilton & Charlotte Henry · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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This week we saw rumors of Apple releasing an iPad keyboard with a trackpad, and news that Apple will be requiring paid game developers to comply with Chinese censorship laws. Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join Dave Hamilton to sift through it all for you before the weekend. Press play and enjoy!

I Hope Neil Young Will Remember...That The MacBook Pro Isn't Crap

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

As Dave Hamilton pondered Neil Young’s recent attack on the MacBook Pro’s audio quality, he realized that there’s another angle to approach this from: one of compassion; one of trying to understand where all this comes from.

CES – Victrola Shows off Past, Present, and Future

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – At CES 2020 Victrola put together what appeared to be a retrospective exhibit which actually included pieces of the past, present, and future all rolled into one. Want a turntable with Alexa support? Look no further. Enjoy, along with the sights and sounds of the CES 2020 show floor.

CES – Solo New York Recycled Hybrid Backpack

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Solo New York was showing off their Re:cycled backpack series at CES 2020, all of which are made from recycled water bottles and other biodegradable materials. The Hybrid backpack here easily converts between being a briefcase and a backpack, perfect for that on-the-go lifestyle where you’re not sure what mode you’ll need to be in throughout the day.

CES – Elliptic Labs Virtual Smart Sensors

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Elliptic Labs has developed software that uses a smartphone’s speakers and microphones to do motion sensing – and a lot more – without adding any hardware to the phone. I happened to meet CEO Laila Danielsen on a bus where she showed us just one demo application of their tech.

CES – OWC Mercury Elite Pro Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds RAID, Ports, and Power

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

OWC Founder and CEO, Larry O’Connor, takes us through the details of their Mercury Elite Pro Dock. This is a Thunderbolt 3 Dock and Dual-Drive RAID all-in-one. RAID 0 or 1 is done in hardware, or you can configure it as a JBOD and manage it yourself. With seven ports, including Ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, DisplayPort 1.2, SD Card, and Gigabit Ethernet, this US$299.99 device might be exactly what you need to complete your setup.

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich Software

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

It is my pleasure to have Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich Software on board with us as one of our CES 2020 coverage sponsors this year. Covering CES takes a huge amount of time, effort, and expense, and with folks like those at Bombich Software on board, we’re really able to sift through all the noise at CES and properly serve you, our Apple-focused audience.

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: TextExpander

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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Please join me in offering a warm thank you to TextExpander – and the folks behind it at Smile – for joining us and sponsoring our CES 2020 coverage this year. Sifting through all the noise at CES to highlight products that are relevant for all of us Apple-focused-folk takes a lot of effort, time, and expense. It often starts in mid-November, and continues through this week. Without TextExpander and sponsors like them, this simply wouldn’t be possible at the level we’re able to do it for you this week.

CES – Chamberlain/LiftMaster Adds Camera to HomeKit-compatible Garage Door Openers

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom at CES on Monday LiftMaster (and, their home brand, Chamberlain) were showing off their latest garage door opener that now incorporate a camera so you can remotely see what’s going on in your garage. These units also contain Wi-Fi and MyQ, meaning they’re HomeKit-compatible out of the box. Available now for $299 for the Chamberlain B4545 base unit, and $399 for Chamberlain B6765, which includes a battery backup and LED lighting.

CES – Speck's Presidio2 Cases Use Air Capsules to Suspend and Protect your iPhone

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom here at CES on Monday, Speck was showing off their latest Presidio2 line of cases that use Presidio2 Armor Cloud technology. Like an air bag for your iPhone, Presidio2 incorporates air capsules around edge to resist damage upon impact, cushioning your iPhone when it falls and keeping things safe. Expect to see these available in the spring.

CES – Aukey's Omnia 100W PD Charger is 66% Smaller Than Apple's

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Aukey, a leader in charging products, was showing off their Omnia line of chargers at Pepcom Digital Experience on Monday. These are all built with Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology allowing them to be cooler and smaller than those made with silicon. The highlight of the line is their 100W USB-C PD charger that’s a full 66% smaller than Apple’s comparable model. These are all due out in Q2 of this year.

JBL, SanDisk, Legrand, LE Audio, and More from CES 2020 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-07

· Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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LAS VEGAS – Live from CES 2020, Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun share their thoughts on the new stuff they’ve found. Cool Stuff Found includes JBL’s new Quantum gaming headsets, Legrand’s smart electrical panel, ChronoLife’s smart Nexkin shirt, SanDisk’s latest (r)evolution of the thumb drive (it’s got a lot of storage and it’s fast!), Bluetooth’s first audio evolution in decades, and even more. Listen, enjoy, and let us know what you think at [email protected]

TMO CES 2020 Coverage Sponsor: Other World Computing

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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Please join me in giving sincere thanks to Other World Computing for helping sponsor our TMO CES 2020 coverage this year. OWC’s new ThunderBay Flex 8 is just one of their newest products that you’ll want to check out.

CES – SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe With Both USB-C and USB-A ports

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – As USB speeds and capabilities increase, so expands the concept of the thumb drive. At CES Monday, SanDisk was showing off their new Dual Drive Luxe USB-C, a thumb drive supporting USB 3 speeds over both USB-C and USB-A. Capable of delivering up to 150MB/s, the 1TB model will be $249.99 and 500GB will be $89.99, both due to be released in Q1 this year.