Samsung Plans to Refurbish and Sell the Recalled Note 7

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Samsung's combustible Galaxy Note 7 is going back on sale as a refurbished smartphone

Now that Samsung has collected all those Note 7 explode-a-phones, what to do with them? How about put them back out on the market as refurbished. That’s exactly what Samsung is doing thanks to pressure in part from the environmental activist group Greenpeace.

Apple's New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

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Say hello to APFS, Apple’s new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday’s operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don’t need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.

Element Blocks: The Coolest Periodic Table for Your Desk

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I’m a sucker for clever representations of the periodic table of elements, so of course I just love the Element Blocks Kickstarter project. Think of it as a physical version of the table with elements you can actually pick up and hold. Element Blocks includes four blocks: iron, copper, aluminum, and titanium, along with a machined display stand. The blocks are about an inch on each side and are at least 90% pure, and their element symbols and weight are laser engraved. The project has already reached funding levels with about two weeks left to go, and you can get yourself an Element Blocks set for US$38.

Element Blocks: The Coolest Periodic Table for Your Desk

watchOS 3.2 Adds Theater Mode, SiriKit

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Theater Mode and SiriKit come to watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch

Apple was busy, busy, busy on Monday rolling out operating system updates for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and also the Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 is a welcome update because it adds Theater Mode and SiriKit to everyone’s favorite smartwatch.

macOS: Creating an App-Specific Password for iCloud

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Learn how to generate an app-specific password

When you first enable two-factor authentication in iCloud, you might notice some of your apps appear broken. This is because those apps don’t support 2FA, and require app-specific passwords. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he demonstrates how to generate and manage your app-specific passwords.

Pages for macOS: Always Start New Documents With Specific Template

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Change Pages for macOS to always open with a blank document or some other template

Pages for macOS is a great app, as are its cousins Numbers and Keynote. What many people don’t think is so great is having to select a template every time you want to begin a new document. Jeff Butts shows us how to configure any of the three iWork Suite apps to launch new documents in the Blank template or any other template of your choosing.

TMO Background Mode Interview with Microsoft Chief Creative Architect Ben Rudolph

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Ben Rudolph on Background Mode.

Ben Rudolph is a Microsoft Chief Creative Architect. That means he’s responsible for consumer, retail marketing. In Ben’s words, “his team … builds the experience that turns shoppers … into fans of Microsoft. That involves everything about how the Microsoft brand shows up to consumers in the retail environment.” That may not have been of interest to Apple fans just a few years ago, but the arrival of CEO Satya Nadella has changed all that. Ben and I chatted about his early career interest in being a physician and the path that led him, instead to Microsoft. Then we got into the Microsoft’s Surface Studio that sent shock waves through the Apple community last year. We also discussed the refreshing new corporate mission of Microsoft under Mr. Nadella. This interview will take Apple fans where they’ve never gone before.

Britain's Home Secretary Pushes for Encryption Back Door

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Cellebrite's servers hit with data breach

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s time for technology companies to give law enforcement a way to decrypt private communications because terrorists shouldn’t have a way to secretly chat. Her comments come in the wake of a terrorist attack in London where five people were killed.

macOS: Accented Letters Are Surprisingly Easy to Type

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Learn how to type accented letters quickly and easily

If you’re typing in French, German, Latin, or another language, you need to know how to type accented letters. You could always use the Keyboard Viewer, but Jeff Butts has found there’s actually an easier way. Follow along to learn yet another handy macOS tip.

Apple Releases macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, Cricket Scores, Enterprise Features

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Apple released macOS 10.12.4 Monday, an update that adds a couple of new features and some other minor improvements. The biggest new feature is Night Shift, technology that shifts your Mac’s display towards the red at the end of your day. The update also adds cricket scores for Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council to Siri. Apple also added a slew of enterprise-specific features.

UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27

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TMO Daily Observations

There’s a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it’s from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak’s presentation at Startup World Cup.

Apple Ships iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, More Siri, Apple File System, More

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Apple shipped iOS 10.3 Monday, a significant update to the company’s mobile operating system. Major features include the ability to find your AirPods under Find My iPhone; new Siri integration with third party apps; new CarPlay features, including daily curated playlists from Apple Music; and perhaps most importantly, the official rollout of Apple File System.