Kelly Guimont Talks IoT and More on MacVoices

· Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

Chuck Joiner asks Kelly Guimont about Internet of Things on MacVoices

The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont, who you can hear regularly on TMO’s Daily Observations podcast, joined Chuck Joiner this week on MacVoices. Chuck quizzed her about Internet of Things, backup strategies, upgrading your tech gear, favorite iOS apps, and more. MacVoices is a video podcast, but there’s an audio version available, too. You can check out Chuck’s interview with Kelly at the MacVoices website, or on Apple’s iTunes Store as audio or video.

Apple Updates HomeKit Automation Webpage

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple updated its HomeKit page with a fresh, new look. It includes a brief video that shows the power of HomeKit automation with iOS 10. Examples in the video include lights, window shades, coffee makers, door locks and thermostats. Apple also has several sections that give details of different areas of the Home app.

Improve Your iPhone Screen With ProtectPax Liquid on Indiegogo [Update]

· Andrew Orr · Product News

A company called ProtectPax is crowdfunding a special liquid that can strengthen your iPhone screen. It’s a goo made with titanium nanoparticles, and ProtectPax says it can make your iPhone screen as “hard as sapphire or ruby.” Andrew Orr explains what the company is offering on Indiegogo.

Be More Productive: Try a Different Keyboard

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Dr. Mac favors...

Last week Dr. Mac showed you how you could improve your typing skills for free at But that’s only half the story. He also types significantly faster on his third-party keyboard than any keyboard Apple has made in the last decade…

iOS 10 Spying Possible With iCloud Backups

· Andrew Orr · News

A scary piece from Motherboard brings to attention a tool for iOS 10 spying. A company called Mobistealth sells a special monitoring tool that can pull data from iCloud backups. And the device doesn’t need to be jailbroken to work.

Apple's System Status Page Updated With Last Known Outages

· Andrew Orr · News

new apple system status page

Whenever Apple’s online services go down, the company provides basic information on its System Status page. In the past it just gave information on which service was down, with a brief timeline of the outage. Now, Apple updated the page to replace the timeline with something better.

YouTube Is Taking A Step Into the Live TV Business

· Jeff Butts · Product News

Live TV with YouTube TV

If you’re frustrated with your cable or satellite service’s huge bundle (and cost), but want the convenience of a DVR, you’re about to have another option. Google just announced YouTube TV, a live TV service that will include all-you-can-eat DVR storage and more.

9 New Facts about Apple Park

· Bryan Chaffin · News

TMO Drone Shot of Apple Campus 2.0

We learned some new factoids about Apple Park—formerly known as Apple Campus 2.0—courtesy of The San Jose Mercury News. In coverage to the South Bay Transportation Officials Association, Cupertino public works director Timm Borden and senior civil engineer David Stillman offered up nine things I didn’t know about Apple Park.

Apple gets the Upper Hand on Qualcomm Thanks to Intel's CDMA Chips

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple can now buy iPhone CDMA chips from Qualcomm and Intel

Now that Intel is making cell phone radio chips that support CDMA as well as GSM, Apple can source more than just Qualcomm for CDMA-compatible iPhones. That doesn’t, however, mean Qualcomm is about to lose its Apple contract. Instead, Apple has two suppliers it can rely on.

iPhone Screen Repairs By Third Parties Now Get Some Warranty Coverage

· Andrew Orr · News

Cracked iPhone Display Repair

Apple recently decided iPhone screen repairs by third-parties don’t fully void your warranty anymore. Affected iPhone will also qualify for warranty coverage as long as the repair isn’t related to the third-party display itself. Before, iPhones with third-party displays weren’t eligible for authorized repair under warranty from an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

iTunes Remote App gets Two-Factor Authentication Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Two-factor authentication support now part of iTunes Remote 4.3.1

Apple released a new update for the iPhone and iPad iTunes Remote app on Thursday that adds two-factor authentication support when signing in to Home Sharing. The 4.3.1 update enhances security when remote controlling iTunes on our Macs because who decides which songs we listen to is seriously important.

New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently Encrypted

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files.

Acoustic Imaging and iPhone 8: Can You Hear My Fingerprint?

· Jeff Butts · Rumor

Apple acoustic imaging patent for the iPhone

Rumors about the iPhone 8 are flying faster than snowflakes in a blizzard. Speculation about the new device using iris scanning, facial recognition, or something completely different abounds. In a recent patent filing, Jeff Butts has uncovered another possibility: acoustic imaging systems. In other words, the iPhone 8 might end up “listening” for your fingerprint. Let’s see how it might work.

New Apple Campus, Dubbed Apple Park, Opens in April

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

Apple Park, the official name for Apple’s new spaceship campus, is set to open for employees in April. The campus will hold 12,000 employees, and the on-location theater has been named the Steve Jobs Theater.

Be More Productive by Typing Faster

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Train for free at!

“If you’re not typing at least 40 words per minute, you’re wasting time. Possibly the easiest way to get more done in less time is to become a better typist.” Dr. Mac’s been saying it for nearly 30 years. Here’s why…