Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation Requirement

Want to try out Polymail on the Mac or your iPhone? That’s no problem now that it doesn’t require an invitation to download. Polymail is an alternative email app for iOS and OS X that lets you track email messages and receive notifications when they’ve been read, schedule when a message is sent, “snooze” messages for later reference, and even unsend messages. You can download the Mac version at the Polymail website, and the iOS version at Apple’s App Store.

Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight

The Withings Thermo is a really cool digital thermometer we first saw at CES earlier this year, and now it’s available because it finally passed the FDA approval process. It senses your temperature without touching your skin, displays its readings instantly, and shows high temperature alerts. Thermo is more accurate than other digital thermometers thanks to its 16 infrared sensors that capture 4,000 measurements as it sweeps across your forehead. It syncs with your iPhone, offers advice based on readings, and can alert you when it’s time to take your temperature again. The Thermo costs US$99.95 and is available at the Apple Store and Withings website.

Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad, MacBook Cases

Vaja is offering a 20% sitewide discount on its leather cases for iPhones, iPads, and even a few Android devices. I don’t often mention things like sales, but I am a huge fan of Vaja cases. My first Vaja case was for the last Motorola RAZR I owned before I got the first-gen iPhone. I then got a Vaja case for that iPhone and for the iPhone 3GS I replaced it with. They’re very well made, high quality, and gorgeous, but you pay for what you get. That’s code for “they ain’t cheap,” making a 20% discount a possible buying opportunity for me. To get the discount, use coupon code “20off” at checkout. The item pictured with this article is the iPad Pro 9.7″ Detachable Libretto Leather Case, which normally starts at $199.

Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

Slow Motion Laughing Girl Video 'Shot on iPhone'

Apple posted two new spots in its “Shot on iPhone” series on YouTube. The one below, is titled Shot on iPhone by Marc Z. It should have been called something like Laughing Girl, or Joie de Vie. It’s just happy. And fun. And it’s yet another great spot in this wonderful series that shows off iPhone’s abilities. Apple also released Shot on iPhone by Robert S., a video of a gondola ride off a mountain.

Voilà! Apple Pay Launches in France

Apple Pay officially launched in France Tuesday. The initial rollout covers MasterCard and Visa users with Banque Populaire, Carrefour Banque, Ticket Restaurant, and Caisse d’Epargne. Orange and Boon banks are coming soon. Apple announced the French Apple Pay rollout during June’s World Wide Developer Conference—ironically, our own Dave Hamilton tried to use it in France without success just last week during his European vacation. Le moment, as they (don’t actually) say, est tout.

MacVoices Interviews Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Macstock Speakers

MacStock 2016 took place over the weekend, and TMO friend Chuck Joiner has already edited a 57 minute video of interviews with many of the podcasters and writers in attendance. That includes Ken Ray, Victor Cajiao, Bryan Chaffin (meeeeeeee!), Tim Robertson, Julie Kuehl, Wally Cherwinski, Don McAllister, Adam Christianson, Barry Fulk, Mike T. Rose, and several more folks. If you pay attention, you’ll even see our own Jeff Gamet molest Mr. Joiner. As one does.

Pixelmator 2.3 Speeds-up iOS Photo Editing with New Selection Tools

Pixelmator, the powerful-and-inexpensive image editor for both Mac and iOS, gets a free update on iOS to version 2.3 today that brings its Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool over from the Mac. The Quick Selection Tool makes very short work of doing previously-difficult selections and allowed me to do the selection in the first pane below in about ten seconds on an iPhone SE.

Three screenshots showing Pixelmator's Quick Selection Tool
Pixelmator’s new Quick Selection Tool makes selecting on iOS a breeze

Pixelnator’s new Quick Selection Tool is somehow intuitive in a way that other “magic” selectors are not. Having this available literally at ones fingertips on iOS opens up all sorts of options for work and… play. Enjoy. (A hat tip to Scott Canali for the inspiration behind today’s screenshots!).

German Legislation Would Require 'Black Box' Tech for Self-Driving Cars

Germany is considering an interesting approach in the march towards regulating self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Reuters reported Europe’s largest economy is working on legislation that would require self-driving cars to include “black box” tech.  That system would record when the system was active and when the driver was in control. It would also record when the system requested the driver take over. Black box comes from the airline industry, where effectively-indestructible devices record flight data in the event of a crash. Those devices cost about $100,000 and have to survive substantially greater trauma than a car would ever endure. With that in mind, devices designed for cars would share little more than a name with their flying cousins. This is one regulatory approach that could be copied far and wide.