Dr. Mac Says He Can Save You an Hour a Day for Life (for Free)

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Working Smarter for Mac Users cover

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has a free course he says will save you an hour a day for the rest of your life. And it’s free. It’s a promotion for his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users, a book about beating procrastination and being much more efficient with your Mac.

Ford CarPlay is Here for 2016 Models Via Software Update

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Ford just announced that CarPlay is coming to all of its 2016 model vehicles with a new software update. CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later, and running iOS 7.1 or later. You can either take your car to the nearest Ford dealer for the Ford CarPlay update, or do it yourself.

Gmail Smart Reply Comes to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Product News

One of the features announced today at Google I/O 2017 is Gmail Smart Reply. It was first released in the web in 2015, as a way to let people send short, canned messages in email, similar to iMessage on the Apple Watch. Andrew Orr tells us it’s finally coming to the Gmail app on iOS.

Apple Seeds First Developer Releases of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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In addition to a new developer release of Sierra, Apple also seeded developer releases of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2. All three releases are most likely going to be bug releases, and they come just one day after final versions of their predecessors.

Apple Seeds First Developer Release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple released the first developer release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 on Tuesday, just one day after shipping macOS Sierra 10.12.5. The company didn’t announce any new features in the release, and it’s likely to be another maintenance release ahead of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference in June.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.1, Calls it 'Minor'

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple released iTunes 12.6.1 on Monday. The patch notes were sparse, noting only that, “This update includes minor app and performance improvements.”

Mac Developers: Microsoft’s Visual Studio for Mac Is Here

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Today Microsoft has released Visual Studio for Mac, which it previewed at the Microsoft’s Connect(); 2016 developer event. It’s exciting news for developers who want to develop for Windows without giving up their Apple devices.

Apple Pushes 5th Developer Beta for tvOS 10.2.1

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple TV (4th Generation)

Apple released tvOS 10.2.1 beta 5, build 14W585, Thursday. There are no patch notes for the release, but at this stage of the development cycle Apple is most likely focused on squashing bugs.

Shopping For Mother’s Day? Consider Digital Art Decoration

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Display digital art and hang Meural on the wall

Looking for a Mother’s Day present? Andrew Orr found a new type of digital art decoration on the market called Meural Canvas. It’s a 27-inch screen you hang on your wall, and change the art it shows using your smartphone. You can upload your own photos to the display, and the company partners with a bunch of big-name art museums. You can choose over 30,000 paintings from Meural’s app and website.

Universal Search on Apple TV Expands, Plus Crackle, Filmstruck, and Freeform

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Apple's TV app on multiple devices, now including the Crackle app.

The fourth generation Apple TV gets several improvements today. The universal search function now includes Spike, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Plus, Apple’s TV app now supports the Crackle, Filmstruck and Freeform apps. These apps are supported across multiple devices.

Apple Seeds 5th Developer Preview of macOS Sierra 10.12.5

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple released the 5th developer preview of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 on Monday. The patch notes say nothing besides the boilerplate note that the release. “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”

You Can Now Delete Uber Account Data Straight From The App

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Today Uber announced the introduction of a Privacy Settings in its app. This lets you delete Uber account data and give you more control over app notifications and contacts that the app has access to. You can also control location data within the app. Andrew Orr tells us the details.

For the Most Private Browsing Experience, Think Epic Browser

· Jeff Butts · Product News

Private Browsing with Epic Privacy Browser

People are growing increasingly concerned with private browsing, given the state of internet privacy in the US and other countries, as well as increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. Jeff Butts is one of those concerned citizens, and has found out about a browser that takes security and privacy as seriously as he does.

Adobe Amps Up Creative Cloud Video Professional Apps, Including Touch Bar Support

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Creative Cloud Premier Screenshot

Adobe announced Wednesday new versions of video editing and effects tools in Creative Cloud. The company announced new versions of Premier, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator, all of which are work more closely with one another. MacBook Pro owners will also get support for Apple’s new Touch Bar.

Apple Makes iWork and iLife Apps Free and Easier to Download by Anyone

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Icons for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, and GarageBand

Apple made its iWork suite—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—free on Tuesday, as well as two of the iLife apps*—GarageBand and iMovie. While they were already free to new Mac and iOS device customers (since 2013), making the price “free” makes them easier to download by everyone.

If You're Looking for Floppy Disks, Amazon's Got Them - Really

· Jeff Butts · Product News

floppy disks are still available to purchase

If you remember fondly the old days of passing files around by “sneakernet,” or using floppy disks, you might be amused at what Jeff Butts has discovered. Floppy disk drives and the diskettes you need for them are still widely available from at least one retailer.

Logitech POP Smart Button Gets HomeKit Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

POP Smart Button from Logitech gets HomeKit support

Logitech’s POP Smart Button is getting HomeKit support, and its POP Smart Button Kit will be available in Apple’s retail stores. The button supports a wide range of devices, so you can use it to control non-HomeKit gear, too.