AirVinyl Designs Skins are an easy an inexpensive way to customize your AirPods charging case, and Abhi Sirothia lets you know if they’re worth your time in this video review.
There are smart coffee makers, and then there’s Smarter Coffee. This coffee maker is so smart it can start brewing when you round the bend home from your morning jog. With the explosion in app-enabled appliances and smart home technology, it’s not too surprising. With Smarter Coffee, you can use the app or start brewing with a command to Alexa. That’s not all, though — the coffee maker has a built-in bean grinder. It will grind your beans to the perfect consistence, then brew your coffee just the way you like it. Connect Smarter Coffee to a fitness tracker. The coffee maker will start brewing when you near home after your jog or evening commute. Finally, the coffee maker tells you, through the app, how much water is in the reservoir. If you want to set it to brew eight cups of coffee, you’ll know right away if you need to add more water.
John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet take a look at the state of Swift Playgrounds, how it fits into the whole coding environment, and if it qualifies as real programming.
Are you a fan of Apple’s Final Cut Pro? Or curious about the controversial history of the Final Cut Pro X update? Check out Off the Tracks, a Final Cut Pro X documentary that just hit its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. The documentary features interviews with key industry figures and filmmakers, including Randy Ubillos, the creator of Final Cut Pro and iMovie. The documentary won’t be completed until early next year, but you can reserve an early copy for a pledge of $25.
Aura is a meditation self help app for the iPhone that helps you relax and focus. It was developed by meditation teachers and therapists and uses machine learning to adapt to your specific needs. The app lets you choose meditation duration, tracks your mood, and will remind you when it’s time to take a break from your daily routine. Aura is regularly priced at US$96 a year, but with TMO’s special deal you pay $29.99—that’s 68% percent off.
Emailing or messaging everyone in a Calendar event invitee list is easy if you follow Melissa Holt’s advice.
Mac malware is up in 2017, but you won’t believe how bad it is on Windows.
Apple’s motivation for removing the handy feature, as well as the permanence of the its absence, are unknown. But, hey, it’s a beta.
If there’s one thing about Apple Stores that everyone can agree on, it’s that they certainly stand out, and it looks like Apple isn’t aiming to change that reputation any time soon. The company’s upcoming flagship store in Chicago is being constructed with glass walls all around and a carbon fiber roof. But this week, the construction crew deviated from the original design plans and added a white Apple Logo to the center of the roof, making the store look like a giant MacBook. Check out the video of the store’s construction from DNAinfo.
The High Sierra firmware also indicates support for Intel’s “Basin Falls” processors, which are high-end desktop CPUs that could power future non-Pro iMacs and Mac minis.
Apple’s former mobile GPU partner Imagination Technologies has fallen on hard times and is putting itself up for sale.
In Glassdoor’s CEO ratings system, derived from employee input, Apple’s Tim Cook fell from Number 8 last year to 53 this year. Why?
32-bit Mac apps won’t be removed until 2019, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start early to find them.
Apple rolled out developer beta 4 for iOS 10.3.3 on Thursday so the official release can’t be too far off.
You’ll love finding occasions to wear this fantastic lightweight Apple Watch band.
The Mac Observer’s Jeff Gamet will be diving into the Internet of Things and smart home devices at MacTech Pro in Denver on Wednesday, June 28th.
If you need some extra juice for your iPhone battery when you’re on the go check out today’s deal: The Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack. It’s a 9,000mAh backup battery that includes Tile Bluetooth tracking to help you avoid losing it when you’re out and about. The Tile Trackable PowerPack includes USB a and USB-C fast charging ports and it has a military grade drop rating. Nomad says it charges an iPhone 7 three and a half times, and you can pick it up for US$119.95 with free shipping.
Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet Apple working to renegotiate how much money it pays to record labels for Apple Music, plus they dive into the state of Macs in education.
In 2005 Scott Forstall was tasked with finding people to build the iPhone and, due to secrecy concerns, Steve Jobs said he could only pick people from within Apple. From Mark Sullivan over at Fast Company:
“During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me. Forstall said he had been a fan of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor known for her theory that people exist somewhere on a continuum between “fixed mind-set” and “growth mind-set.”
The 2017 Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off. While known for PC games, Steam sells a growing number of of Mac games, so there should be some great deals to be had over the next few days. The sale is on now through Wednesday, July 5th with discounts up to 85 percent on hundreds of games.