TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-06: AI Agents and Privacy, Backdoor.MAC.Elanore Mac Malware

AI agents are great for helping us, but the come with a cost that not everyone is comfortable with. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal data we give up to make AI agents more useful, and how we can limit what we share. They also take a look at the Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware that’s threatening Macs.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

PDFPen is on my short list of must-have apps for the iPhone and iPad, and version 2.5 is even more useful because it adds Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro. The app is a PDF viewing and editing powerhouse, and thanks to this update it also supports viewing file attachments, playing audio annotations, and validates digitally signed documents, bringing it in line with PDFPen 8 for the Mac. PDFPen 2 costs US$19.99 on the App Store, and version 2.5 is a free update.

3 Great iPhone Apps for Learning about Juno and Jupiter

NASA’s Juno probe spent five years traveling to Jupiter, and on July 4th it safely arrived and slid into orbit. That means we’ll have loads of new information about the gas giant soon, and thanks to our iPhones and iPads, we can stay on top of the latest discoveries. The Mac Observer put together a few apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can find out more about the mission, get the latest Juno news, and learn about Jupiter and the Juno probe, too.

New Drone Footage of Apple Campus 2.0 Captioned with Construction Details

Matthew Roberts posted new drone footage of construction efforts on Apple Campus 2.0 to YouTube (via The Loop). It not only shows massive progress on the site, it’s also captioned with helpful details about the things you’re seeing. The footage is up close and personal, enough to wonder what new case law might be established if Apple had blasted the drone out of the air. I always enjoy these drone flyovers—it’s super awesome to be able to follow along as this soon-to-be-iconic building takes shape.

TMO Background Mode: Former Apple Sr. Director of Product Marketing Michael Gartenberg

Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for iMore.com. However, before that, he spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. Michael tells the story about how he got his gig with Apple. After years of working at various tech industry research firms, he was always on the periphery of Apple and working with Apple executives, especially Greg “Joz” Joswiak and Phil Schiller. Then, one day in 2013, he got phone call from Joz, and it didn’t sound like it was going to be a schmooze session. Michael was alarmed. What could he have done wrong? But Joz wanted to invite Michael to Cupertino for an interview. Listen as Michael tells me how he got hired and what he did at Apple for three years.

Complete iBlazr Smartphone LED Flash and Accessory Bundle: $64.99

We have a deal for you today on the iBlazr LED flash for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device that includes an accessory pack. iBlazr is designed to sync with your mobile device’s camera for lighting up a scene. This deal includes iBlazr 2 (black), USB charger, Mount clip, Key clasp, Silicon diffuser, Flexible USB Charger Mount, Cold Shoe Mount, Pack of Colored Diffusers, all for $64.99. Check out the deal listing for details.

A Big Risk for AI Agents is the Creepy Factor

How much assistance do customers really need and want from AI agents? Will the very design of AI agents lend themselves to proving their worth? Or will companies who provide them see AI agents as powerful, undisciplined tools for their own advantage and profit.  It’s not clear yet where the market is going, but if any company can do it right, it’s Apple.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-05: iOS 10's Organ Donor Registry, Tesla's Autopilot Crash

Becoming an organ donor will get a lot easier once iOS 10 ships this fall. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s partnership with Donate Life America to add donor registration to the Health app, plus they offer up their thoughts on the impact of the tragic Tesla autopilot car crash.

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

With Independence Day coming up on Monday, we have a three-day weekend ahead of us in the United States. If movies are more your thing instead of picnics and fireworks displays, check out The Matrix Trilogy on Apple’s iTunes Store. The package includes all three movies in HD, plus extras, for US$14.99. The only question left after picking up the bundle is red pill or blue pill?

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify's App Store Gripe

Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify’s complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.