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!

Horace Dediu's Take on MacBook Pro and Convergence is a Must Read

· · Cool Stuff Found

Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro with USB-C ports

Horace Dediu has penned a piece on computers, mobile devices, touch input, and convergence that is a simply put, a must-read. Centered around Apple’s new MacBook Pro and Touch Bar, Mr. Dediu defines the difference between the Mac and Windows platforms as it pertains to the ways they are evolving. I don’t want to rewrite his piece, so I’ll just leave you with this passage and encourage you to read the whole thing: “Which brings me to the question of what it is allowed to be and hence what it is. It cannot take on the role of being the future. That belongs to the touch screen devices. It will not morph into a touch device any more than a teen’s parent will become cool by putting on skinny jeans. What it will do is become better at what it is hired to do.”

x-connect Magnetically Connecting Lightning/USB Cables on Indiegogo

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the x-connect magnetic USB cable on Indiegogo. Now, they don’t put it this way, but I see the USB cable equivalent of Apple’s soon-to-be-gone MagSafe. Using a small dongle for your iPhone, Android device, or USB port, x-connect’s highly magnetic cable quick-attaches (and quick-releases) to your device. Part of their sales pitch is that you can use a different dongle for any kind of device making the cable itself universal. I’m personally less interested in that—I don’t have an Android device—but I do love the idea of magnetically connecting all of my charging cables on my iPhone and iPad. To that end, the company has already raised US$187,000 out of an initial $30,000 goal. There are three days left in the campaign. with funding options that net you a cable and 1x dongle starting at $22. There’s a ton of information, images, and videos on the project’s page.

Luminar Brings Pro Image Editing to the Mac with an Adaptive Interface

· · Cool Stuff Found

Macphun thinks photo editing and enhancement tools should fit your needs instead of forcing you to bend to their will. That’s the idea behind Luminar—Macphun’s new Mac-based image editing app. Luminar is loaded with pro-level photo adjusting tools designed to make your images look great, but instead of locking you into an interface that’s too simple or too complex for your needs, it’s designed to show you what you want based on your skill level and editing style. Luminar is available for pre-order today through November 17th for US$59, or $49 if you already own another Macphun product. It’ll settle into its regular $69 price when it ships on the 17th.

Luminar Brings Pro Image Editing to the Mac with an Adaptive Interface

Elgato's Eve Motion Adds Motion Sensor Control to Your HomeKit Network

· · Cool Stuff Found

Elgato just expanded its HomeKit smarthome offerings with its new Eve Motion. The Eve Motion is a motion sensor you can use to trigger HomeKit scenes, like turning on lights when someone enters a room. It has a 29.5-foot range, is splash-proof so you can use it outdoors in areas that are protected from direct rain, and runs for about a year on two AA batteries. Eve Motion is a Bluetooth-only device, so you’ll need a third or fourth generation Apple TV for remote access and control. Amazon is taking orders now at US$49.95 each, and it’ll ship on November 9th.

Elgato’s Eve Motion Adds Motion Sensor Control to Your HomeKit Network