Apple's New 'Taxi Driver' Commercial: Animoji and Great Song from Korean Band Hyukoh

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Apple has a new commercial out called Taxi Driver to promote Animoji. It’s an intense animated spot with a drawn romp through a city as the backdrop to the Animoji figures. But the reason I love this spot is the tune—called “Citizen Kane,” rather than Taxi Driver—by South Korean band Hyukoh. This isn’t super-produced K-Pop, either. Hyukoh is an indie band with real musicians playing music they wrote. 9to5Mac noted that Citizen Kane dropped over the weekend, a single for an upcoming Hyukoh EP. In any event, I am effectively obsessed with this tune, and I love Apple’s Animoji commercials. Your mileage may vary.

Apple Drops Lightning to USB-C Cable from $25 to $19

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The cost for a Lightning to USB-C cable to connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your new Mac isn’t as expensive as it used to be. Last month, the cable cost $25, and now it’s $19. That’s great because it seems like a cable should’ve included. If we take a big logic leap, maybe it’s also a hint that Apple is dropping USB A from more Mac models soon.

Apple Drops Lightning to USB-C Cable from $25 to $19

No, Apple isn't Releasing a Cheaper HomePod Model this Year

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HomePod, the Top

Apple is hard at work on a lower-priced version of the HomePod, or so the latest reports claim. The report comes from the Chinese website with a claim that “foreign media” is reporting a US$199 HomePod is on the way this year. It looks like this all spins out of an article from money.udn.com from early March (english translation) speculating that Apple could decide to make a lower priced HomePod model. The information available so far doesn’t even amount to a rumor, so no, Apple isn’t releasing a sub $200 HomePod this year.

Marked 2 Beefs Up Markdown Support for MarsEdit, Scrivener, More

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Brett Terpstra’s Marked 2.5.11 app is out, and it’s loaded with new features. The Markdown editing app improved supporty for IA Writer, MarsEdit 4, and Scrivener 4, lets you embed CSV files and convert them to Markdown tables, includes a new Custom Style via links, and more. Marked 2 costs US$13.99 and it’s available at Apple’s Mac App Store, in SetApp, and at the Marked 2 website.

Marked 2 Beefs Up Markdown Support for MarsEdit, Scrivener, More

The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

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Evolution of Computers from Apple Lisa to iMac

You know how it goes: your computer’s working fine one day, the next it’s not. That’s what John and Dave are here for… to help! They start today’s episode with some handy tips that aren’t documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

Samsung Thinks Galaxy S9 Is at Least Better than iPhone 6

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Check it out. Samsung is positioning its two-month old flagship Galaxy S9 against an iPhone. And when I say “iPhone,” I mean iPhone 6 [via MacRumors]. The ad appears to be a pitch to owners of old iPhones, but it feels more like a Freudian slip to me. “This,” Samsung appears to believe, “is all we can do.” Even if the psychology behind the ad isn’t as twisted and warped as my Samsung-loathing mind wants it to be, comparing a brand new flagship device to a three-and-a-half year old competitor is terrible, awful, absurd positioning. Perhaps that’s part of why iPhone 7 is still selling as well as the Galaxy S9, let alone the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, all of which handily outsell the Samsung device. Anyhoo, you can watch it and judge for yourself.

Unboxing Photos of a Pristine Original 1984 Macintosh

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Oh, wow. This is so cool! I’m talking about photographs of an original Macintosh unboxing event. It wasn’t a “new in box” Mac, or anything, but it was an immaculately cared for device, including the 34 year old box! The owner recently sold the Mac to Imgur user edifyyo, who then documented his initial unboxing. How cool, right? He posted the pics in two batches, the first focusing on the box and unpacking the device. Part 2 included closeups of the Mac itself. As I mentioned up top, it was immaculately cared for, and even includes the original “ELECTRICALLY SAFETY CHECKED” sticker, which I can’t recall having seen before. Check it out! Thanks to Jim Tanous for the heads up.

Unboxing Photos of a Pristine Original 1984 Macintosh

Yanny or Laurel? How About Either with this Online Tool

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Not to be left out of the mem fun, the New York Times made a tool that lets you hear Yanny or Laurel. Just slide to the right to hear “Yanny,” and to the left for “Laurel.” It’s interesting to hear how the sound changes as you cut out the higher or lower frequencies. The “Yanny” in the NYT tool sounds more like “Hugh-We” to me. Regardless, it sounds less and less like “Laurel” as you slide farther to the right.

Yanny or Laurel? How About Either with this Online Tool

How to See Where Apple Tracks You on Your iPhone and iPad

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iOS 11 Significant Location settings

Your iPhone and iPad use Location Services to track places you go that it deems important to you. That’s either really cool, or super creepy, depending on your point of view. Here’s how to see the significant locations where your iPhone and iPad have tracked you.

Deadpool Takes Over Stephen Colbert's Monologue

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It’s Friday, so that can mean only one thing: Deadpool 2 opens in theaters today. To celebrate—and shamelessly promote—the premiere, Deadpool himself paid a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and took over the opening monologue. Turns out Deadpool can hold his own against a late night talk show host. Makes sense considering he’s a superhero.

Can't Find an AirPort Base Station in Stock? Here's How to Pick a Wireless Mesh System

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Wi-Fi mesh routers

With Apple officially dropping its AirPort Base Station product line it’s no surprise the remaining inventory is dwindling. Reports are cropping up saying some models from Apple’s Wi-Fi router lineup are already gone, although we’re still seeing AirPort Extreme, Express, and Time Capsule as in stock in the Apple Store app. Still, if you’re looking into getting a new Wi-Fi router it may be time to check out the wireless mesh network options. Dave Hamilton has done a great job of explaining what your options are, and how to pick the right product for your needs.