Apple is Converting Mac Pro From a Fad to a Monster Graphics Platform

· · Editorial

Capt. Picard and Lt. Cmdr Data.

In 2008, the venerable cheese grater Mac Pro was designed for Apple customers who needed high end performance and expandability. In 2013, Apple shifted gears and saw the Mac Pro as an iconic desktop system with great performance if one shared the company’s vision for both industrial design and OpenCL. Now, it appears that Apple sees the Mac Pro as a platform that will support its future initiatives. Can Apple hold to that pattern? That abiding faith in high end computation and visualization? A new trademark filing suggests Apple now sees the light.

Apple Watch Emergency SOS Helps Student In Car Crash

· · News

Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS has saved another life. 9To5Mac reports that Casey Bennett, a college student in Maryland, was driving to class earlier this month. Another driver hit his Jeep, and Casey flipped over. His iPhone dropped out of reach, but he had an Apple Watch. Andrew Orr tells us what happened.

Could 'Apple Cash' Take on Venmo?

· · Rumor

Apple Cash could take on Venom

Rumors swirl around Apple like confetti after a wedding. The latest addition to the speculation mill is that Apple is once again looking to enter the money transfer service. Jeff Butts has all the details about what he thinks might be called “Apple Cash.”

Apple's Wireless Charging Could Use Your Wi-Fi Router in a New Way

· · Analysis

We’ve thought for a while that Apple was working on wireless charging for the next iPhone, and a recent patent filing reinforces that. What’s surprising is that the filing suggests the possibility of using a Wi-Fi router to transmit the power, but Apple’s not in that business anymore. Or are they? Jeff Butts thinks it might be too early to sound the death knell for the Airport router, and wireless charging might be the defibrillator needed to bring the device back to life.

Exxon’s Speedpass For Apple Watch Supports Apple Pay

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Exxon updated its Speedpass for Apple Watch app today, finally letting customers pay for gas using their Apple Watch. Although the app uses in-app Apple Pay for transactions, you can use it at Exxon Mobil gas stations even if they don’t have a contactless payment system. Andrew Orr tells us how to use it.

MarginNote Pro for Mac: $24.99

· · TMO Deals

MarginNote Pro on Mac and iPad

We have a deal on a Mac app called MarginNote Pro. It’s a, “reading tool for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers, or just the naturally curious.” It allows users to take notes, make mind maps, review flashcards, and more. Check the deal listing for more. It’s $24.99 through us.

Blasts from the Past: Classic Mac Apps

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Crystal Quest still rocks!

Dr. Mac says today’s column is a blast from the past dedicated to Mac users who still remember Macintosh System 6, MacPaint, Crystal Quest, and other golden age Mac apps—whether fondly or not. He adds that even shorter-time Mac users will find it interesting and amusing. So you have no excuse not to read it!

Dear Facebook, Snuff Films Aren't 'Content'

· · Editorial

Facebook Angry Emoji

I have a message for Facebook: snuff films aren’t “content.” Videos and streams of humans murdering other humans aren’t “content.” Any outlook that considers such videos “content” is morally bankrupt, and Bryan Chaffin believes it is rooted in a business mind-set that sees all of our lives as product to plunder.

How Can Amazon Echo Look Possibly Succeed? It's Easy

· · Analysis

Decision making.

At first glance, the technically and logically minded person would wonder why Amazon thinks that an AI like Alexa, within the new Echo Look, peering into your bedroom and making clothing recommendations would be a hit product. But then one has to understand the psychology of the product. At that point, all becomes clear.

Air Force Bug Bounty Program Goes Live For Hackers

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Today the Air Force announced a program for sharing vulnerabilities that it will launch next month. The Air Force bug bounty program will let hackers comb several public Air Force websites for software vulnerabilities. Cash prizes are available for discovered bugs, and this new program also does something new that others of its kind don’t. Andrew Orr reveals all.

Stephen Colbert Spoofs Samsung Galaxy S8's Revolutionary 'No Fire'

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Samsung spoof. From the narrator: “When our engineers designed this phone, they asked one simple question: how can we design a smartphone that won’t catch on fire?” Well yeah that’s a good question. And the answer? “The Galaxy S8 has been completely overhauled with revolutionary new features like larger screen display, better camera, and no fire.” 😂 I’d add that we know of. Yet. But that’s just nitpicking. It’s a fun bit of satire at one the expense of one of my least favorite companies. Enjoy!

New Verizon Prepaid Plan Has Unlimited Data, But With Limitations

· · News

Verizon launched a new prepaid plan today, featured unlimited data. It’s US$80, and you won’t need to sign a contract or fork over your credit details. However, Big Red will limit you in certain ways, so take that “unlimited” phrase with a grain of salt. Andrew Orr tells us what the new plan gives you.