TMO CES 2017 Coverage Sponsor: Merlin Project

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Our sincere thanks to ProjectWizards, makers of Merlin Project, for joining us as a sponsor for TMO’s CES 2017 coverage. It takes a lot to get the TMO team to Las Vegas and effectively cull through the noise and cover a show like CES for you, and we sincerely appreciate ProjectWizards and Merlin Project for joining us this year. I’d also like to point out that ProjectWizards was always the very first sponsor on board for our legendary Cirque du Mac parties, too. The folks there really understand the importance of our Apple community and are always right there to support everything we all do. Read more here about just what Merlin Project can do for you, and even get a free trial to check it out!

How to View the Apple TV's Aerial Screen Saver On Your Mac

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One of the great features of the fourth-generation Apple TV is the built-in “Aerial” screen savers: gorgeous flyover videos of major cities, landmarks, and natural wonders. While these videos do indeed look great on your TV, wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy them on your Mac as well?

This Adorable Home Robot Totally Won't Murder Your Entire Family

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Our homes have voice-controlled assistants like the Amazon Echo, self-navigating devices like the Roomba, and networked monitoring devices like the Nest Cam. Why not combine all of this tech into an adorable home robot companion? Mayfield Robotics has announced Kuri, the home robot that will navigate around your house, respond with voice and body language, answer your questions, manage your home via IFTTT support, and monitor your children or pets with a built-in 1080p camera. Kuri isn’t the first home robot design, but at just $699, it’s the first to be priced within the reach of many consumers. What could possibly go wrong?

This Adorable Home Robot Totally Won’t Murder Your Entire Family

The OWC DEC Promises to Make Your MacBook "Pro" Again

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Do you find the 2016 MacBook Pro’s lack of ports a bit limiting? OWC may have the solution for you with the DEC, an upcoming accessory that attaches flush to the bottom of your MacBook Pro and adds external storage and a full array of ports including USB Type A, SD Card, and Ethernet.

Video: A Look Around Inside CES Unveiled 2017

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As a reader of TMO and a listener of our podcasts, especially Mac Geek Gab, you see and hear us write and talk a lot about the various press events we attend. Many of these – Pepcom, ShowStoppers, and CES Unveiled – are very similar in nature. They’re like a trade show, with a few key differences. First, every vendor has basically the same-sized table at which to present their offerings. There are no big booths and no overly-flashy signs or anything of the sort. Everyone’s logos are well-presented, but mostly its about the products. The reason for this is the second key differentiator: all of the attendees are members of the media. There are no distributors there, no general consumers looking around, no aimless tire-kickers. Everyone is there to report about what they see. And, as you know, that’s what we do. With one exceptIon: we’ve never reported about what we see in general. We always show you specific things, but have never intentionally given you a glimpse of the event itself. Here, today, we change that with a look around inside CES Unveiled 2017, just about 15 minutes after the doors opened. Oh, and yes, there’s food. Yummy, tasty food. Enjoy!

Belkin Announces Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System

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Linksys, a brand known for some of the earliest wireless routers, today joins the the market of mesh Wi-Fi providers with their own mesh offering called Velop. Shown here at the CES 2017 Unveiled event, Belkin’s Linksys Velop is a welcome entrant to the home mesh wireless market with a unique tri-band solution that allows for completely dynamic assignment of each unit’s three 2×2 radios. Velop can work in point-to-point, mesh, star, line or tree configurations, choosing whichever is best or most-appropriate for the current wireless environment. Each radio in the system is automatically mapped to the best configuration, and Ethernet backhaul is automatically detected and supported, as well. In a market that’s becoming quite crowded, I find the Velop an interesting contender, combining some of the better aspects of both the eero and NETGEAR Orbi platforms, priced exactly the same as the eero. Units are available for pre-order today in three ($499), two ($349) and one-unit ($199) packages and will start shipping on January 15th. We’ll be getting units to test and will report back with our findings, adding them to our existing mesh Wi-Fi coverage.

iOS 10: Three Tips on Notes!

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Today’s Quick Tip gives us a few nifty tricks to use in the Notes app under iOS 10. Wanna save some items only on one device or another? Would you like to add any pictures you take within the app to your photo library? We’ll tell you how to do that stuff and more!

TMO Background Mode: Interview with EdTech Specialist Phil Shapiro

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Phil Shapiro is an EdTech specialist, a strong supporter of public libraries, children’s education, and the technology of learning. Currently he’s the “public geek” at the Tacoma Park, Maryland public library. The child of a UNICEF employee, Phil originally thought that the law might be a good tool to achieve social change, but not so much as he reached adulthood. Having finished law school, he turned his attention to his real passion, journalism and education as a better means of social change. A chance magazine article inspired him to pursue the synthesis of modern computer technology and learning. That evolved into a life-long career in the development of software for education, teaching teachers about tech, support of school Macs for students and the Virginia MUG. If you’re into EdTech, this is a must episode.

TMO CES 2017 Coverage Sponsor: The Omni Group

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I’m very happy to welcome The Omni Group as the first of our CES 2017 sponsors this year. It takes a lot of effort and, yes, money to mount effective coverage of a show like CES, and we’re very fortunate to have a company like The Omni Group on board with us this year to help make it happen.The Omni Group is an independent Mac and iOS development shop located in Seattle, Washington. They understand the importance of focus, and they work on four apps: OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniPlan, and OmniOutliner. Read more about all of these and support these great folks.

Defy Apple and Add a Touchscreen to Your MacBook with AirBar

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Apple recently doubled-down on its refusal to add a touchscreen to its MacBook line, but if you’re starting 2017 with a bit of Microsoft Surface envy, you’ll soon be able to turn your MacBook Air’s display into a touchscreen, regardless of what Jony Ive thinks. AirBar is a USB-powered sensor that attaches to the bottom of your screen and enables touch interactions right on the display thanks to the company’s “zForce AIR” light field technology. The company is launching support for the MacBook Air first with support for other models to follow. Interested users can sign up at the company’s website to be notified once pre-orders go live in March. There’s no word on pricing but AirBar already sells a version for Windows laptops for $69.

Report: 3% of Super Mario Run Users Paid to Unlock the Game [Updated]

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Many hoped that Nintendo’s single in-app purchase approach for Super Mario Run would save us from the microtransaction free-to-play hell that is the iOS App Store. And while heavy marketing from Apple and the Nintendo brand gave it a boost, in the end only about 3% of users are estimated to have paid.