We have a deal on u-Jays Wireless on-Ear headphones. These Swedish-designed headphones have on-board controls and a mic, and the battery lasts up to 25 hours of playback. There’s a DigitalTrends video review of these headphones on the deal listing. They’re $169.95
Farewell, white MacBook, because Apple just added you to its vintage and obsolete products list. The 2010 13-inch MacBook with white polycarbonate body joined the unsupported hardware list on May 1, closing the final chapter on the laptop model along with three MacBook Pro models.
Apple is hosting its second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon at about 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The iPhone and iPad maker’s guidance for the quarter is targeting between US$51.5 billion and $53.5 billion in revenue with a gross margin just under 40%.
Nowadays, it’s a real challenge to find fact-based news and solid analysis about many things, including tech companies like Apple. There are so many voices. Does a lurid article title correlate well to solid research and historical insight? Probably not. Just exactly how does one go about identifying valuable, accurate analysis when it comes to Apple? Those who have learned the ropes know that a specific, experienced author is more important than an article title, and this week, one of those special authors, Daniel Eran Dilger, proves why that’s so. It’s on Page 2 of Particle Debris.
Dave Hamilton is the co-founder, publisher and president of The Mac Observer. He’s also the co-founder of BackBeat Media. And he’s the co-host of the legendary Mac Geek Gab Podcast. Dave’s interest in computers goes back to his high school days and his family’s Apple IIc. As Dave describes it, his talent evolved from “getting into a pickle,” so he had to learn himself how to fix things. At the University of Connecticut, he studied computer engineering, but also discovered his talent and passion for music. “Everything good that’s happened in my life, I can trace back to music,” he said. And that includes The Mac Observer because that’s how he met Bryan Chaffin. Dave The Nerd tells the fascinating story of the creation of this publication with his customary boundless energy.
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 is showing a little compassion for first generation Apple Watch owners suffering from swelling batteries. Warranty repairs for the battery issue have been extended out to three years.
In this excerpt from Working Smarter for Mac Users, a new eBook by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, he says It takes time to read the subject line of a message, and it takes more time to open a message and scan its contents. So when you get mail from a commercial entity, a list, store, or group, you should ask yourself, “do I ever read these?” If the answer is “no,” or even “maybe,” look for the unsubscribe link (usually at or near the end of the message) and click it.
Adam and Tonya Engst announced Monday that author Joe Kissell had bought their Take Control book business. In a blog post, Adam Engst described the deal as, “an entirely positive move that lets all of us get out of our respective ruts and take on new challenges.” The TidBits site and its respective email lists will continue to operate as they have, and were not part of the transaction. There’s a FAQ for the deal existing TidBits members and Take Control customers may want to check out, but the bottom line appears to be that things will continue as they have, except that Joe Kissell and his wife, Morgen Jahnke, will be running the book business. The Mac Observer would like to offer a high five to all concerned, and we look forward to the next stage of Take Control‘s business.
Meet Ben Lieberman of New Castle, NY. He suffered a horrific tragedy in 2011 when his 19 year old son was killed by someone texting-while-driving. Powered by his personal loss, Mr. Lieberman is on a crusade to dramatically amp up the power of the police to search your smartphone without a warrant.
Apple may be ready to announce its own Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. So says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who calls it “Apple’s first home AI product.”
Ever been in love? Know how love can sometimes make the whole world disappear into the background? Apple is channeling that in a new iPhone 7 Plus commercial called The City. With the sweet and touching “Sing to Me” by Walter Martin (feat. Karen O), the spot shows two young lovers sheening around a crowded city taking pictures of one another as the the world around them vanishes. “Focus on what you love” with “Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus” are the taglines in the spot. There’s a line from Castle when Becket’s asked how do you know when you’re in love? Her answer: “All the songs make sense.” It’s a great line, and perhaps that’s why this spot resonates with me personally. It definitely makes sense.
Tragedies can lead to a push for new laws, but sometimes that legislation leads to unintended consequences. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on Textalyzer and giving police access to our smartphone activity for accident investigations. Dave also has a tip for easily improving Wi-Fi network security.
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.”
Your new MacBook Pro may be making a popping sound, but Apple doesn’t have anything to say about it. Many MacBook Pro users are complaining about what sound like random trackpad click noises coming from their laptop and so far Apple has been silent about the issue.
We have a deal on the G-DROP Submersible Bluetooth speaker. It features an IPX7 waterproof rating and is fully submersible for up to 30 minutes under up to 3 feet of water. It also has a built-in microphone. It’s $46.99 through us.
Splitting the check, making your EarPods or AirPods fit better, and pen-based note-taking are just the Cool Stuff Found segment. Then your two favorite geeks talk you through fixing Wi-Fi connection issues on both your iPhone and your Mac, and also help you choose the right speed plan from your ISP. That’s not all, though, and you’ll hear much more when you press play (just do it!).
Apple Park (a.k.a.the spaceship campus) is nearing completion. The newest Apple Park drone video from Matthew Roberts (via Mac Rumors) shows some of the finishing touches construction workers are making to the facility. It’s set to open in a few weeks, and it looks amazing. Check it out.
When it comes to reporting on iPhone news and rumors, it’s important to keep your rumors and facts straight. Not everyone does that, though, and it has Jeff Butts a bit concerned about the state of Apple news and rumor reporting. Let’s pick apart one recent article and make some sense of it.
Recently, Facebook has suffered some difficulties that were caused by its very design. It’s clear now that one of the features of large, complex social services is that they contain within themselves the seeds of tragedy. Worse, thanks to the money at stake, there’s no remedy. Not even a tough one.