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MacX DVD Ripper Pro - Rip a DVD in 5 Minutes with Level-3 Hardware Acceleration (Sponsor)

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MacX DVD Ripper Pro edit screenshot

It’s my pleasure to welcome MacX DVD Ripper Pro as this week’s sponsor. Let’s face it, ripping DVDs is not a fun task, but it is one that we all need to do as we migrate our video libraries to more portable formats. This means you want a DVD ripper that gets the job done quickly, compresses your files to the smallest format without losing any noticeable quality, and rips every DVD you throw at it. Enter MacX DVD Ripper Pro.

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: eero

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My thanks to eero for coming on board to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this year. It’s not just WWDC coverage that eero values, it’s Wi-Fi coverage. Imagine having your whole home blanketed in fast, reliable Wi-Fi that just works. Now imagine that you don’t have to imagine that anymore. eero’s mesh Wi-Fi not only gives you Wi-Fi coverage for your whole home – yes, including those pesky dead spots you’ve fought with for years – eero does it in a super-simple way.

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Smile with PDFpen

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Smile

My sincere thanks to Smile for coming on board to help sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this week. Smile’s commitment isn’t anything new, and on Tuesday, June 12th, Smile will celebrate 15 years of making fantastic productivity software since 2003. PDFpen 1.0 debuted six months later in January at Macworld San Francisco 2004. They’re now up to PDFpen version 10, which includes watermarking, headers and footers, a precision edit tool, and more.

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Carbon Copy Cloner

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Carbon Copy Cloner
Please join me in thanking Bombich Software, makers of the fantastic Carbon Copy Cloner, for helping to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage. It’s not just covering WWDC that Bombich cares about, it’s covering your data and ensuring that you not only have a backup, but that you can manage it easily and effectively. Carbon Copy Cloner is right there for you!

How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

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Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Includes Linksys Velop’s addition of less expensive, dual-band units, eero’s new Bufferbloat protection, and added a note to the buying advice section comparing the robustness of eero, Velop, and Orbi.  – Dave]

Looking Ahead to The Lack of Steve Jobs' Influence on Apple's Next CEO

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While many have argued that Apple has lost its footing without Steve Jobs at the helm, and some will say Apple hasn’t released any revolutionary new products, Apple’s success since Steve left-then-passed is undeniable. Many of us remember times where any non-Steve Jobs CEO at Apple was complete and utter failure. That’s most certainly not been the case with Tim Cook.

Remote Control, Remote Drive, and Remote Pad for Mac from Evgeny Cherpak Exemplify 'Cool Stuff Found'

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Cherpak's Remote for Mac Apps, System, and AirPlay controls

We first met Evgeny Cherpak when Mac Geek Gab listener, Jason, sent in Remote Control for Mac as a “Cool Stuff Found” submission. Since then, of course, we’ve all learned about Evgeny’s great suite of apps focused on using your iOS devices to make your Mac-using life easier. Today we’ve got a wrap up of these great apps for you.

Remote Control and NumPad Make Your Mac Life Easier (Sponsor)

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Cherpak's Remote Pad for Mac being used with small keyboard

Anyone following along will already know that Evgeny Cherpak creates apps that make your Mac life easier by utilizing your iOS devices as additional input and control surfaces. He’s got a vision on these things that routinely makes me think, “I didn’t realize I needed this until I had it… and now I can’t imagine not having it.” With that I’d like to offer Evgeny double thanks. Thanks for creating the apps, and thanks (again!) for sponsoring TMO here this week.

Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac: Your Apple AirPort Extreme Replacement

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Screenshots of Synology's DS Router iPhone app

These days, many Apple users are looking to improve and update their home Wi-Fi connections. With Apple seemingly having abandoned any true hardware updates to their AirPort router line, Apple users are looking to third-parties to fill the gap for an AirPort Extreme replacement. To that end, Synology is among the cream of the crop in the standalone router market and provides many features never found in Apple’s offerings. Updated April 18, 2018 with lowered prices on Amazon. The RT2600ac is now available for less than an AirPort Extreme, with a lot more features and range.