PSA: Please Vote

· · Editorial

People in voting booths

Howdy folks. We haven’t messed about too much with the election at TMO, but today is Election Day. That means you should vote. Whomever you support, whatever you think of the choices, you should vote. From local elections to state-level positions, to the Congress, to the President—the ability to vote is one of the greatest gifts we have. Exercise your right to do so. Please.

Adobe Demonstrates Project VoCo, Photoshop for the Voice

· · Cool Stuff Found

I hate labeling this a “cool stuff found.” I mean, it’s cool as &@#%, but it’s scary as all get-out, too. It’s a demonstration by Adobe of Project VoCo, which is sort of like a Photoshop for speech. Watch the video below, but the short version is that Project VoCo can analyzes speech, turns it into text that you  can then rearrange, edit, or even make up new stuff entirely. Seriously, the Adobe engineer typed in words that comedian Jordan Peele didn’t say, and it sounded he said them. That last feature requires about 20 minutes of recorded speech to analyze, but it’s the truly scary part of this software. Talk about not being able to trust video or audio ever again? The engineer demoing the software—which isn’t even close to a shipping product yet—said Adobe was looking for ways to digitally watermark altered recordings so they can be identified, but come on, that’ll get cracked faster than you can say “All hell broke loose.” Anyway, it’s fascinating, impressive, cool, scary, and it’s certainly black magic. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Alyssa Carson, 15, is Ready To Go To Mars

· · Cool Stuff Found

Are you ready to go to Mars? Alyssa Carson, 15, is, She’s just the right age, born into the Mars generation. She’s completely focused and has already started training for the mission. She’s been to every NASA Space Camp, obtained her scuba diving license, is taking college college level courses in high school, and speaks four languages. This video introduces us to a young woman with so much drive and talent, she’ll probably be the first human being to walk on the Red Planet.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

· · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Kiki Sanford

Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She’s a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science podcast and radio show. She grew up in the country, and that ignited her interest in wildlife preservation. Early in her career, she obtained her B.S. degree in conservation biology, a field that covers animals, their environment and how humans impact them. Finding post-doctoral research unappealing, she shifted to her current role as a brilliant science communicator. We chatted about her prior research into the brains of small birds, how they store memories, and how they navigate during migration. We also delved into neuro-gaming as well as the perils of being exposed to sophisticated AI agents. After hearing this show, you’ll want to become a scientist too!

Apple's Hit and Miss Affair with TV

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4th gen Apple TV with Siri

It almost seems that time has passed Apple by. Back in 2012, the 3rd gen Apple TV with 1080p support was a decent little set-top box. Since then, the TV industry has raced forward. Content providers have developed new delivery modes and strategies, and the broadcast and display technologies have advanced as well. Apple, however, seems to have frittered its time away and failed to advance its vision and its hardware. In fact, Yoni Heisler at BGR makes the case that Apple has no idea what it’s doing. The discussion is on page 3 of Particle Debris.

App Camp For Girls Quiz Compendium

· · Cool Stuff Found

App Camp For Girls spends a week teaching 8th and 9th grade girls about iOS development. First, teams spend time in Xcode, building a quiz app. Then at the end of the week, each team presents a pitch for their app to a panel of investors. Then at the end of each summer, all the all the quizzes built in all the sessions are compiled into a Quiz Compendium. It’s up to each team to choose a quiz topic, and the door is wide open as far as subjects. This year’s quizzes include “Who Are You in a Cliched Young Adult Novel?” and “What Fruit Are You Most Like?” as two of the 18 in the app. Now that it’s available, pick up the 2016 Compendium for 99 cents, and all sales go to App Camp. (Full Disclosure: Kelly is one of the original App Camp For Girls volunteers.)

App Camp For Girls Quiz Compendium

Uncourage: a Keyring with a Dummy 14-inch Jack to Hold Your Lightning Adapter

· · Cool Stuff Found

It’s called Uncourage, a political statement in the world of Apple, and one that entertains me. Now, unlike a lot of our readers, I’m OK with Apple ditching the headphone jack, but Uncourage might be helpful to many of us. It’s essentially a key ring with a dummy 1/4″ jack. It’s designed for you to attach your Headphone-to-Lightning Apple adapter when you’re not using it so you don’t lose it. That’s clever, and it’s just US$6. The company said it will ship in mid-November.

Uncourage: a Keyring with a Dummy 14-inch Jack to Hold Your Lightning Adapter

The Benefits of a 32GB Mac For Average Users

· · Editorial

I didn’t think the difference between 16GB and 32GB would matter for my every day use. Sure, I’m a geek, but I’m not involved in graphic design or video editing. In the course of a normal day I don’t really run any pro apps. When I upgraded my 2014 27″ Retina iMac from 16GB to 32GB a few months ago, however, I experienced a dramatic shift in my computing life. No longer was my Mac paging out to swap all the time, no longer were apps slow to launch, and no longer was I regularly pushing against the limits of my Mac’s RAM.

HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker: $29.99

· · TMO Deals

HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, carabiner, and plugs

Check out the HomeSpot Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, a rugged, weather-proof speaker. It deflects dust, dirt, and water, and it’s coated with a rubberized surface. It will pair to your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Android device with Bluetooth, and it also supports NFC pairing. You can get this device for $29.99 through our deal.

ROME: Total War for iPad Release Date Set for November 10th

· · Cool Stuff Found

I get giddy when Feral Interactive releases new information about ROME: Total War for iPad. On Monday, the company set the release date for November 10th, meaning Squeeeeeeeeeee! Oh, and there’s a new video, a playing the game on the iPad video. Man, does it look great! ROME: Total War has been a big franchise on Windows and Mac for a long time, and I can’t wait to play it on iPad. It’s $9.99, and it will be here Thursday.

MGG 630: Label Your Cables!

· & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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This episode is all about geeks helping other geeks. First it’s tips from you helping us and other listeners, including a way to bypass macOS Sierra’s network-mounting password dialog! Then we help you with importing just your Health data, musicians using an iPad at gigs, migrating data from one iPhone to another with an older Mac, managing different photo clouds and much more. Join us by downloading and enjoy!

No Wonder McLaren's Technology Center Caught Apple's Eye

· · Cool Stuff Found

You’ve probably read about the McLaren supercars in car magazines. Or seen them on BBC’s Top Gear. While the cars are amazing, what’s equally amazing is the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey England which opened in 2004. New Atlas has the story and lots of photos. That reflecting pool warms the building in the winter and cools it in the summer.  We heard rumors that Apple’s car project may have had some talks with McLaren. That building alone is enough to catch anyone’s attention, let alone the car research that goes on inside. It’s perhaps the second coolest building on the planet after Apple’s Campus 2.

No Wonder McLaren’s Technology Center Caught Apple’s Eye

Apple’s Mac Lineup: Judge, Jury and Execution

· · Particle Debris

A woman using Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

This week, there has been a boatload of commentary about Apple’s October 27 “hello again” event. And then Apple SVP Phil Schiller responded in an interview. John takes a look at the most persuasive arguments both for (defendants) and against (prosecutions) of Apple’s approach to the Mac and the event presentation itself. Finally, he offers his verdict.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-04: Finding the Touch Bar's Market, New Mac Buyer Poll

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar looks great, but it can’t be the primary way for accessing an app’s features. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Touch Bar may fit in to third-party app developer’s plans, and why it may not get adopted as quickly as users may like despite its coolness factor. They also look at the results from TMO’s Twitter poll for new Mac buyers.

iOS 10 Maps: Adding Pit Stops Along Your Route

· · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip is about how to use the redesigned Maps app to get directions along your route, so you can stop at a gas station or grab coffee when you’re already navigating somewhere. This feature will even help you figure out how much time making a pit stop will add to your trip, so come find out how to use it!