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TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-04: Finding the Touch Bar's Market, New Mac Buyer Poll

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar looks great, but it can’t be the primary way for accessing an app’s features. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Touch Bar may fit in to third-party app developer’s plans, and why it may not get adopted as quickly as users may like despite its coolness factor. They also look at the results from TMO’s Twitter poll for new Mac buyers.

Luminar Brings Pro Image Editing to the Mac with an Adaptive Interface

· · Cool Stuff Found

Macphun thinks photo editing and enhancement tools should fit your needs instead of forcing you to bend to their will. That’s the idea behind Luminar—Macphun’s new Mac-based image editing app. Luminar is loaded with pro-level photo adjusting tools designed to make your images look great, but instead of locking you into an interface that’s too simple or too complex for your needs, it’s designed to show you what you want based on your skill level and editing style. Luminar is available for pre-order today through November 17th for US$59, or $49 if you already own another Macphun product. It’ll settle into its regular $69 price when it ships on the 17th.

Luminar Brings Pro Image Editing to the Mac with an Adaptive Interface

Elgato's Eve Motion Adds Motion Sensor Control to Your HomeKit Network

· · Cool Stuff Found

Elgato just expanded its HomeKit smarthome offerings with its new Eve Motion. The Eve Motion is a motion sensor you can use to trigger HomeKit scenes, like turning on lights when someone enters a room. It has a 29.5-foot range, is splash-proof so you can use it outdoors in areas that are protected from direct rain, and runs for about a year on two AA batteries. Eve Motion is a Bluetooth-only device, so you’ll need a third or fourth generation Apple TV for remote access and control. Amazon is taking orders now at US$49.95 each, and it’ll ship on November 9th.

Elgato’s Eve Motion Adds Motion Sensor Control to Your HomeKit Network

TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-03: Finding the Touch Bar MacBook Pro's Target Market

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple’s new Touch Bar MacBook Pro carries the “pro” moniker, but it isn’t clear exactly who the new laptops are targeting. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on who will want the new MacBook Pro, what could be coming in future models, and what pro users are saying about Apple’s latest laptop offerings.

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

· · Quick Tip

Live Photo active in the iOS 10.2 Camera app

If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how.

CMRA Adds a Camera to Your Apple Watch Band, But in a Cool Way

· · Product News

Glide CMRA Apple Watch camera band

Remember Samsung’s watchband camera tumor on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch? The idea was interesting but the execution fell flat—a mistake Glide doesn’t plan on making with its CMRA watchband camera for the Apple Watch. The CRMA goes a step further, too, by including a second FaceTime-style camera.

Apple's AirPods Won't Ship Until 2017

· · News

Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you were planning on picking up Apple’s AirPods wireless earpods this holiday season, ger ready to be disappointed because it looks like they won’t be shipping until January 2017 at the earliest. Apple originally promised AirPods would ship in late October, but has since changed their status to “Currently unavailable” with no projected ship date.

Apple Music Reportedly Getting a Big Price Cut

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Apple Music price discount

A new report claims Apple Music is getting a big price cut in time for the holiday season with the regular US$9.99 a month deal dropping to $7.99. The family package pricing will drop, too, assuming the tenuous report is right.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-31: What Apple Left Out of its 'hello again' Event

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple’s “hello again” media event felt like it was missing something, and that’s really bothering Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro. They join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have been planned, but pulled at the last minute, plus they question how much time Apple devoted to the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.