TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-03: Finding the Touch Bar MacBook Pro's Target Market

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Apple’s new Touch Bar MacBook Pro carries the “pro” moniker, but it isn’t clear exactly who the new laptops are targeting. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on who will want the new MacBook Pro, what could be coming in future models, and what pro users are saying about Apple’s latest laptop offerings.

If You Were Waiting, Which Mac Laptop Did You Buy?

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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

We know a lot of people were waiting for Apple to launch new MacBook Pros before buying one. What we’d like to know, though, is if that includes you, which machine did you actually buy? Tell us in the Twitter survey we’re running.

iOS 10.2: How to Disable Always On Live Photo

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Live Photo active in the iOS 10.2 Camera app

If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how.

Last Chance for Keyboard Maestro Deal: $19.99

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Keyboard Maestro on iMac

This is the last chance to get our deal on Keyboard Maestro, one of our own Dr. Mac’s favorite Mac utilities. With Keyboard Maestro, you can create macros and trigger them with keyboard shortcuts to help automate regular activities. You can get it through us for $19.99, but there’s just one more day on the deal.

New Steve Jobs Book Written by Pixar CFO

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There’s a new Steve Jobs book called To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. What sets this book apart from other Steve Jobs works is that it was written by someone who worked for Mr. Jobs, and not by an outside party looking in. Lawrence Levy was Pixar’s chief financial officer, and the book is his perspective about Steve Jobs’s time at Pixar, including his decision to go back to Apple. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. There have been some excellent books about Steve Jobs, but this sort of personal story should be quite valuable to those who wish to better understand Mr. Jobs. it’s been well-reviewed so far. If you’ve read it, drop your thoughts in the comments, please.

New Steve Jobs Book Written by Pixar CFO

iOS 10.2 Beta Brings Star Ratings Back to Music App

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Star Rating Sheet in iOS 10.2 beta

The current beta for iOS 10.2 includes an option to turn Star Ratings back on in the Music app! Even more interesting, it’s being returned as an option, allowing users who don’t care about Star Ratings to leave them be. Bryan Chaffin walks you through what we’re seeing so far.

CMRA Adds a Camera to Your Apple Watch Band, But in a Cool Way

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Glide CMRA Apple Watch camera band

Remember Samsung’s watchband camera tumor on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch? The idea was interesting but the execution fell flat—a mistake Glide doesn’t plan on making with its CMRA watchband camera for the Apple Watch. The CRMA goes a step further, too, by including a second FaceTime-style camera.

Apple's AirPods Won't Ship Until 2017

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Apple AirPods delayed past October

If you were planning on picking up Apple’s AirPods wireless earpods this holiday season, ger ready to be disappointed because it looks like they won’t be shipping until January 2017 at the earliest. Apple originally promised AirPods would ship in late October, but has since changed their status to “Currently unavailable” with no projected ship date.

ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod: $19.99

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ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod

I love deals like this one for the ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod. It’s a tripod. The legs are flexible. It holds your iPhone or Android device up to a maximum width of 3.5-inches. It comes with a remote for triggering your camera app. Boom! You’re good to go. It’s $19.99. Christmas is coming. Just saying.

The Delightful Physics of 100,000 Rolling Marbles

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According to Digg, “Jelle Bakker devotes his life to creating awesome marble runs and races to satisfy our craving for… marbles. His latest offering — 100,000 dang marbles rolling down a course at the same time — is as satisfying as ever.” For those who like to think about the physics of entropy, this is a must see. Anyone want to write the equations of motion?

Belkin Valet Charger - Portable Charging for Apple Watch and iPhone

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Belkin showed me the the Valet Charger last week, and I’ve been itching for Tuesday’s launch so I could tell you about it. This portable battery charger has a USB port for charging your iPhone, but it also has a charging puck for your Apple Watch—and it’s MFi-certified. Belkin told me that making a device that could charge both wasn’t easy, which is probably why I haven’t seen any. The battery itself has a 6,700mAh capacity, more than enough to charge your iPhone and Apple Watch a couple of times. You recharge the Belkin Valet Charger via a microUSB port, meaning you can charge it, your iPhone, and Apple Watch all at the same time. I’ll be reviewing it, but I already got some hands-on time with it and I came away impressed. It’s priced at US$99.99, and it’s shipping later this fall.

Belkin Valet Charger – Portable Charging for Apple Watch and iPhone