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Apple Throws a Mac Pro Hail Mary, Promises Redesigned Model Coming

· · Analysis

Apple announces a redesigned Mac Pro is in the works

With the Mac Pro pushing four years old and concerns Apple is abandoning the pro market, the company did something very out of character: It announced a totally redesigned Mac Pro is in the works, along with a pro display. The Mac Pro is getting a minor speed bump today, too. Looks like it’s damage control time in Cupertino.

Dancing Baby Groot Wants to Charge Your iPhone

· · Cool Stuff Found

Guardians of the Galaxy fans know this to be true: Groot is awesome, and baby Groot is spectacularly cute. Now you can put that cuteness to work charging your smartphone on the go thanks to the Groot USB Car Charger at Think Geek. The best part is baby Groot dances while your phone charges. He freaking dances. The charger fits in your car’s cup holder, sports two USB ports, and connects to the in-dash DC12V outlet for power. You can get your own dancing baby Groot car charger at Think Geek for US$39.99.

Apple Scheming for HBO, Showtime, Starz Streaming Bundle

· · News

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

Apple has a new plan for selling us a streaming TV package: premium channels. A new report says Apple is trying to bring together a deal to offer HBO, Showtime, and Starz without requiring viewers to sign up for a base-level channel package first.

Google Maps Transforms Your City into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools Day

· · Cool Stuff Found

Google is all about April Fools Day pranks, and this year they put one inside the Google Maps app. Instead of navigating your city, you can turn it into a Ms. Pac-Man game. Seriously. Just launch the Google Maps app on your iPhone and tap the Ms. Pac-Man button. The city streets turn into the game grid and you swipe to move around and avoid the ghosts. It’s 8-bit awesomeness that makes pretty much any city cooler. If you don’t already have the Google Maps app it’s a free download at Apple’s App Store.

Google Maps Transforms Your City into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools Day

Twitter Drops User Names from Counting Against 140 Character Limit

· · News

@usernames no longer count against character limits in Twitter replies

Twitter has been quietly changing how replies work for some users over the past few days, but now it’s official for everyone: user names no longer count towards the 140 character limit. The change means you tweets don’t have to be as short when several people are included in your replies.

iOS 10.3: How to See Which Apps Are Still 32-bit

· · Quick Tip

Settings > General > About > App Compatibility shows which iOS apps are still 32-bit

Apple is making it very clear the days of 32-bit app support on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are coming to an end. Lots of developers are working to make sure their apps are 64-bit, but there’s a chance some of the titles you depend on haven’t made the move. If you want to see if any of the apps you’re using are still 32-bit there’s an easy way to check on your iPhone and iPad. Follow along to learn how.

Apple's USB-C Adapter Discounts End Friday

· · News

Apple extends its USB-C discounts to March 31, 2017

If you’ve been procrastinating on buying those USB-C adapters for your new Touch Bar MacBook Pro it’s time to get motivated because Apple’s discounts are about to end. The discounts are available through March 31st, which means you need to buy yours today or Friday before the prices go up.

Weak Report Claims Touch ID Sensor Moving to the Back of iPhone 8

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Unsubstantiated report says iPhone 8 Touch ID sensor is moving to the back of the phone

A new report claims Apple is taking away the Home button on the iPhone 8 and moving the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the device. That’s something we’re already seeing on some Android phones, but that’s not the path Apple will take despite what we’re hearing from this new report.

Apple Gives Developers First iOS 10.3.2 Beta

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iOS 10 beta

That didn’t take long: Apple has already released iOS 10.3.2 and watchOS 3.2.2 developer betas. The developer-only updates rolled out only a day after iOS 10.3 and watchOS 3.2 were released to the public.

Developer Comments Go Live on App Store, Mac App Store

· · News

Developers can respond to App Store comments and reviews

Good news, developers, you can finally respond to user comments on Apple’s App Store. The promised feature rolled out quietly on Monday while the company was pushing out operating system updates for pretty much everything they make.

Samsung Plans to Refurbish and Sell the Recalled Note 7

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Samsung's combustible Galaxy Note 7 is going back on sale as a refurbished smartphone

Now that Samsung has collected all those Note 7 explode-a-phones, what to do with them? How about put them back out on the market as refurbished. That’s exactly what Samsung is doing thanks to pressure in part from the environmental activist group Greenpeace.

Apple's New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Say hello to APFS, Apple’s new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday’s operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don’t need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.