Bob LeVitus's 'Working Smarter for Mac Users' Available Now [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Working Smarter for Mac Users cover

Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus released a new book Tuesday, Working Smarter for Mac Users. It’s a productivity book specifically written for Mac users, and it combines Bob’s own techniques for overcoming procrastination with his decades of learning how to get the absolute most out of his Mac. [Update: Working Smarter for Mac Users is now live on iBooks. – Bryan]

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.

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.

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.

Apple Remote Desktop Updated with Touch Bar Support

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Remote Desktop and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 Tuesday. The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar. It also features the ability to export computer lists and beefs up security.

Game of Thrones 'A Dance with Dragons' iBooks Enhanced Edition on Preorder

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

House Art from A Dance with Dragons

Apple’s iBooks Store added the Enhanced Edition of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons over the weekend. It will ship on March 30th, and includes new artwork, an expanded glossary, more information about the houses, maps, and more.

BeatsX Headphones Finally Launch On Apple Store

· Andrew Orr · Product News

BeatsX headphones

Apple has finally launched the long-awaited BeatsX headphones. The headphones were originally delayed in Fall 2016. Apple’s website listed shipping times of 4-5 business days for White and Black colors, and 8-11 days for Blue and Gray.

Kwikset Premis HomeKit-Compatible Smart Lock

· John F. Braun · Product News

Kwikset recently introduced Premis, the company’s first Apple HomeKit-compabitle touchscreen smart lock. John F. Braun received a demonstration of the new product from Marty Hoffmann, VP of Marketing, and here are the features he thinks you’ll like.

Cognitive Systems Announces Aura Home Monitoring System

· John F. Braun · Product News

Cognitive System recently announced a system that takes a unique approach to monitoring and securing your home. The Aura system uses radio frequencies to detect motion rather than the optical detection used in most systems.

See and Sleep Smarter with the Helia LED Bulb from Soraa

· John F. Braun · Product News

Soraa has announced their Helia LED bulb, which incorporates several lighting and communication innovations not found in other LED bulbs.  Todd Antes, Senior Vice President of Marketing, gave us an overview of the benefits of their bulb.

The iOS Chrome Browser Is Now Open Source

· Andrew Orr · Product News

iOS chrome browser banner

After several years of switching the code, Google made the iOS Chrome browser open source. For the past several years the Chrome team has been updating the code in order to bring it under the Chromium Project. Since iOS browsers must use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine, the app had to support that as well as Google’s Blink engine.

Black AirPods Exist Thanks To BlackPods

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Matte Black AirPods

A company called BlackPods is offering custom painted AirPods, but as the name suggests they only offer them in black. Matte black, to be specific. You can buy a pair directly from the company, or send in your own pair and pay to have them coated using a custom process.

Apple Patches 8 Security Flaws in Apple TV with tvOS 10.1.1

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple TV (4th Generation)

Apple released tvOS 10.1.1 for Apple TV (4th Generation) on Monday. Apple’s general release notes specify only that, “This update includes general performance and stability improvements.” The Security Content document for the update details eight security flaws that were patched.

Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.1.3 with Security Updates

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Screenshots for iOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.1.1

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 Monday, as well as watchOS 3.1.3. The patch notes for both updates say they include, “bug fixes and improves the security” of your devices. There are no other features or improvements specified.

Get Jim Dalrymple and Bryan Chaffin iMessage Stickers

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Bryan Chaffin and Jim Dalrymple as Emojis

OK, get this. Nodconcept made this custom emoji of me for the company’s Facebook emoji app for iOS. They made one for my friend Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, too. Facebook emoji apps are so 2009, but the Emoti emoji are available as an iMessage sticker pack. And—more importantly—Nodconcept told me they added the emojis for me and Jim to that sticker pack.

New Report Says Apple Pencil 2 will Attach to iPad Pro with Built-in Magnets

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple using internal magnets to attach Apple Pencil 2 to iPad Pro

Apple is reportedly working on the second generation Apple Pencil with built-in magnets that lock to your iPad when you aren’t drawing or writing. Assuming the report is legit, Apple plans to ship Apple Pencil 2 along side new iPad models some time this year.