Sonos recently announced a new soundbar they call the Sonos Beam. I’ve had some time to test it and simply to use it, and this might be the most impressive speaker I’ve tested from Sonos yet, especially considering its US$399 price tag.
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It’s our pleasure to welcome macXvideo as our sponsor here at TMO this week. macXvideo is a free app to prepare 4K videos for social sharing on YouTube, Facebook, and more. In addition, macXvideo provides some of the fastest video processing and conversion available, all wrapped in a graphic-rich user interface. Best of all, it’s available as a free download.
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.
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.
Sonos announced on Wednesday that AirPlay 2 will be coming to all compatible Sonos speakers in July. As previously noted, AirPlay 2 will work on the current generation Play:5, Playbase, Sonos One, and the newly-announced Sonos Beam.
At WWDC on Monday Apple announced and subsequently released macOS Mojave 10.14 developer beta. Unlike High Sierra, though, this update does not run on all the same Macs that the previous/current version does, with most 2011-and-earlier Macs being left behind.
Visit our liveblog.macobserver.com page for up-to-the minute updates and commentary from the TMO team. Big thanks to our WWDC2018 Coverage Sponsors: Jamf Now, Smile, iMazing, eero, and Carbon Copy Cloner!
This week’s sponsored app is 5KPlayer. With 5KPlayer you can play your videos with ease. Just drag a video into the 5KPlayer window and it works and plays with full-quality video and sound. No warnings about missing codecs, no issues. Just play and enjoy.
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.
We all know that backing up your iPhone is not an option, it’s mandatory. We also know that having just one backup of your data isn’t enough. This week’s sponsor, DearMob, helps to solve that problem, and uses US Military-Standard Encryption in the process.
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.
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.
Back in October Sonos announced that AirPlay 2 would be supported on some of their speakers this year, but didn’t detail which ones. We made some guesses back then, and recently did some digging. Sonos now knows which speakers will natively support AirPlay 2: the Playbase, the current-generation Play:5, and the Sonos One.
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.
The idea behind Remote Control for Mac is to make your Mac fully controllable from your iPhone, perhaps while looking at your Mac’s screen from across the room; or AirPlaying your Mac to your Apple TV. I’m thrilled to welcome Evgeny Cherpak and Remote Control for Mac back as a sponsor this week. This app delivers some functionality and features I’ve wanted for a long time, and provides some new ones that I didn’t even know I wanted… until I had them! Read on to learn more.
Apple released the combo updater for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on Friday. The combo updater is a 2.49GB download and contains everything in the macOS Sierra 10.13.4 released on Thursday, along with all the updates since High Sierra’s inaugural 10.13.0 release back in the fall.