FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $29.99

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FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

We have a deal for you on a pair of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds are water and sweat resistant, and they have magnets designed to keep the ends from getting tangled up. They utilize Bluetooth 4.0 and have a built-in microphone. You can get them through us for $29.95, a whopping 75% off retail.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Creator & Host of The MacCast Podcast Adam Christianson

· · The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast

Adam Christianson on Background Mode

Adam Christianson is the creator and host of the acclaimed MacCast podcast. Adam is also the very awesome webmaster for The Mac Observer. However, Adam didn’t start out in high tech. At an early age, he wanted to become a cartoonist, inspired by Garfield’s creator Jim Davis. In high school, somewhat wiser, he transitioned to graphic design. Later, Adam attended Cal Poly which has a fabulous art and graphics design program. Early in his career, Adam gained experience in eCommerce and web mastering with Upper Deck, Corp. learning HTML, Perl, CGI forms, Visual BASIC and C#. However, by 2004, he’d discovered that his true love was tech talk and podcasting, and The MacCast was born. Adam was able to use his career skills to follow his dream, and he’s still living it today.

Why Absolutely Secure Encryption is Essential for a Free People

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Cyber security graphic.

There’s a huge difference between a guaranteed secure communication and one that is feared to be compromised.  In the former, people and governments are truly free to share and negotiate. In the latter, suspicion and fear color all conversations and stymie progress. And it always seems that encryption compromises to catch the bad guys end up being justified against political enemies as well. This article at The Guardian makes the case for absolute privacy, using WhatsApp. It does so in a very direct, compelling way in the context of international diplomacy. It’s all on page 2 of Particle Debris.

AT&T to Intro Opt-out 'Stream Saver' Video Quality Throttling in 2017

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AT&T Stream Saver video streaming

AT&T is launching a new feature in early 2017 called Stream Saver that throttles streaming video quality in the name of saving customers from hitting their wireless data caps. The cell service provider seems to have learned from T-Mobile’s headaches, however, because Stream Saver doesn’t include any streaming partners, and users can easily turn it on or off whenever they like.

Samsung Buying Harman to Take on Apple's CarPlay

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Samsung buying audio company Harman to compete with Apple's CarPlay

Everyone wants a piece of your car’s dashboard, and Samsung is buying Harman to get its slice of driving experience. The US$8 billion deal will give Samsung a platform for linking our smartphones to our cars, along with a way for the company to compete with Apple’s CarPlay platform.

G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker: $31.99

· · TMO Deals

G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker

We have a deal for you today on the G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker. This outdoor-ready speaker is water-resistant and enclosed in rugged case that includes a steel grill. The internal battery lasts up to 6 hours, and you can connect via Bluetooth or a line-in. You can get it through us for $31.99. There are multiple images and additional details on the deal listing.

Mahri Case for iPhone (Kickstarter) with 2 Lightning Ports, Battery, Wireless Charging

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There’s an ambition product on Kickstarter called Mahri. It’s a case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (with versions for iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus). It features two Lightning ports for charging and using headphones. It also has a slim battery with an extra 100% capacity, and it will charge wirelessly. Which, really, seems like overkill with the two Lightning ports, but hey, let’s do it all! The two Lightning ports are handled through circuitry embedded in the case. Wireless charging is done through a Qi charger (not included). There’s a goofy (fun) video on the product page, as well as details about the product. The company is looking to raise $36,000 to manufacture this device—they’ve raised $3,000 in a couple of days with 35 days left to go. $100 funding options that net a case are still available as of this writing.

Mahri Case for iPhone (Kickstarter) with 2 Lightning Ports, Battery, Wireless Charging

MGG 631: The Odd Couple Episode

· & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

We asked, you shared your top Mac apps, we share them back! Some great additions in the list here, too. Some mutual favorites and some surprises. Listen to hear if yours made the list! Then it’s on to discussion about trackpad scrolling, iOS Mail swiping, ripping movies (with subtitles!) and more. Download, listen and… enjoy!

There's a Contest Where You Could Win a Jetpack Test Flight

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Remember that jetpack video I showed you a couple of months ago? The people who made that jetpack—JetPack Aviation—are running a contest where you could win a jetpack test flight. 😍 We aren’t involved in this contest, but come on, jetpack! The winner gets a test flight in Los Angeles with the JetPack Aviation JB-10, dinner with the founders, and $1,000 in travel vouchers. If you win, you gotta tell us all about it. Below is a video of some demo flights the company did in New York City.

iPhone for Dummies and macOS Sierra for Dummies

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A package from Wiley landed on my doorstep that included our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus’s two newest books: iPhone for Dummies 10th Edition and macOS Sierra for Dummies (Amazon, iBooks). The former hasn’t officially been released yet, but the latter is available now. I’ve contributed and co-authored For Dummies books, and I love the format. Informative and friendly, and none do it better than Dr. Mac (Craig C. Baig cowrote iPhone for Dummies). If you’re a tech whiz who helps friends and family with their Apple devices, either of these books would make great gifts.

iPhone for Dummies and macOS Sierra for Dummies

How to Talk to Extraterrestrials: The Linguist Behind the Movie 'Arrival'

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Extraterrestrials arrive. They don’t appear hostile, but the DoD has no idea what they want or how to communicate with them. That’s the premise behind the intelligent, highly praised movie Arrival. Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who’s called upon to assist with communication with the visitors.  In this interview, Dr. Kiki Sanford (who was recently on TMO’s Background Mode), chats with the actual linguist/consultant to the movie, Dr. Jessica Coon, an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. You’ll want to see the movie, and this interview sets the stage.