A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

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ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG FANBOY SWOON! Apple announced A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition on Thursday—an iBooks exclusive. The new version of the massively popular (and utterly brilliant) book includes new artwork, a glossary, more information about the houses, and more. The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series is getting these Enhanced Editions, but A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is available now for $8.99. You can preorder the others for $11.99. Apple has a video on the iBooks landing page for these new versions. It includes comments from George R.R. Martin about the series, as well as a great look at some of the new artwork. This is a huge score for Apple’s iBooks.

A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

macOS Sierra: Fast Sound Settings from the Menu Bar

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macOS Sierra makes switching sound output easier with an updated menu bar item

Apple gets that we’re always looking for ways to make the routine things we do on our Macs easier and some of the subtle changes in macOS Sierra really show that off. The Sound menu bar item is a perfect example because now switching audio input and output sources is even simpler.

iLDOCK on Kickstarter: Lightning Port and Headphone Jack for iPhone 7

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Market forces are rushing in to meet the needs of those who want to be able to listen through headphones and charge their iPhone at the same time. iLDOCK is a Kickstarter project for a Lightning splitter with a built-in headphone jack. It quickly tripled its funding goal of $5,000, with 28 days to go. As of this writing, there are $10 funding options that will get you an iLDOCK. There’s also an iLDOCK Plus that adds a USB port, microSD slot, and a TF slot.

Get 8 Mac Utilities for Free

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2016 Mac Freebie Bundle

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a collection of eight Mac utilities, including: CommandQ, Export for iTunes, UnDistracted, SuperTab SE 1.4, Screenie, Total Video Player for Mac, iFotosoft Photo Viewer, and SQLPro for Postgres. And they’re all free. The details are on the deal listing, but grab them while they’re hot.

Apple Rolls iPhone 7 Commercial, "Balloons"

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Apple has a new spot out for iPhone 7 called “Balloons.” It’s a lovely spot with some beautiful imagery. While the piece is very light on product imagery, the balloons are meant to be a metaphor about iMessage bringing people together. The tag line at the end of the spot is “The all-new iPhone 7, with expressive messages. Practically magic.” Like I said, I think it’s beautiful. I’d be curious to know what you think.

My Fantasy Wish List for Apple's October Event

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Wish list.

It’s one thing to make sober, informed predictions about what Apple may announce next. But, this time, John just wants to have fun and provide his fantasy wish list for an Apple event in October. What would have John giggling with delight?  Read on to find out.

How to Make macOS Sierra Empty Your Mac's Trash for You

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Auto-delete Trash items after 30 days in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra is loaded with cool new features, but sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, like not needing to remember to empty your Mac’s trash. You can set the Trash to auto-delete after 30 days, and it’s easy to do. Read on to learn how.

Smartphone Photo and Video Certification Bundle: $29

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Smartphone Photo & Video Certification Bundle

We have a training bundle for you today designed to teach you how to use mobile devices to take better photographs, and modern video gear (including your mobile device) to make better videos. Both courses last one month, with 8 lessons and 12 hours of content each. You can get this package through our deal for $29.

8Bitdo Goes Retro with Apple-themed Game Controller for iPhone, iPad

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iPhone and iPad game controllers aren’t exactly news, unless they’re awesomely retro—like the AP40 from 8Bitdo. Their game controller has a classic NES look with a dash of Apple II thrown in, sports Apple’s iconic rainbow stripes, and the “AP40” name is a hat tip to Apple’s 40th anniversary. It’s a Bluetooth game controller you can use with iOS and Android devices, as well as the Mac, and it comes with a green Apple leaf plug for the USB charger port. As if that isn’t enough, it comes bundled with Apple II-shaped stand to hold the charger, your iPhone, or iPad. The AP40 is a Kickstarter project that’s already nearing its minimum funding level. Funding at the US$49 level gets you the AP40, and at $69 you get the controller and retro stand, too.

8Bitdo Goes Retro with Apple-themed Game Controller for iPhone, iPad

ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

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We’ve had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of “Hey Siri” support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7 Offers Superb Protection

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NuGuard KX-wide.

The NewerTechnology NuGuard KX case for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft, energy absorbing inner shell. Despite that, it’s easy to get on and off and the volume and sleep/wake buttons are relatively easy to press through. It comes in three colors, and a plastic screen protector is included. This is a superb iPhone case.