Go Go Gadget Watch With BeOnCam, a Wristwatch Camera on Indiegogo

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Spacemap, a tech startup from Singapore, has launched what it calls the world’s first-ever removable 360-degree wristwatch camera. BeOnCam cradles within an elegant, fully functioning smart wristwatch. It pairs with your iOS device and can take panoramic pictures. You can remove the camera from that housing, though, and mount it in a number of ways – on your bicycle handlebars, on a tripod, on your helmet, or even clipped to your bag. It’s splashproof, but there will also be a waterproof casing available for underwater use. The camera itself has a super wide-angle lens and a 5MP image sensor. It’s capable of capturing still images or video, and has a built-in microphone. It’s really cool, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Shipping is estimated to start in June 2017, and you can get in on the early bird preordering at the project’s Indiegogo campaign.

New Touch ID Tech Pushing iPhone 8 Production to September

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iPhone 8 to get bigger battery and wireless charging

Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint technology is getting a major revamp in the iPhone 8, and that’s pushing the start of production out to September. The later production date means Apple won’t hit the usual September shipping window for its flagship model.

Kelly Guimont Talks IoT and More on MacVoices

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Chuck Joiner asks Kelly Guimont about Internet of Things on MacVoices

The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont, who you can hear regularly on TMO’s Daily Observations podcast, joined Chuck Joiner this week on MacVoices. Chuck quizzed her about Internet of Things, backup strategies, upgrading your tech gear, favorite iOS apps, and more. MacVoices is a video podcast, but there’s an audio version available, too. You can check out Chuck’s interview with Kelly at the MacVoices website, or on Apple’s iTunes Store as audio or video.

Get Your New Mac up and Running with These Tips

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Set Up Your New Mac

When you bring home a new Mac, there are a few important steps you should take to get it running as smoothly and securely as possible. These will secure your Mac as well as make it easier to use, especially if you are new to the Mac world. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he walks you through setting up your new Mac.

Apple Bundles Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Other Pro Apps for Education for $199.99

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Apple announced Pro Apps Bundle for Education Thursday. It includes all of the company’s pro software—Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage—in one bundle for $199.99. “The industry-leading apps used by professional video editors and musicians are now available at a special price for qualifying college students, teachers, and education institutions,” the company said. Purchased individually outside of the education channel, these apps would total $629.95. This is no substitute for new professional Mac hardware, but it is a statement of support for the pro market, and it comes in the wake of CEO Tim Cook telling shareholders that Apple cares about the pro market. Getting students embedded with Apple’s software is a good way to hook them into the Apple ecosystem.

Apple Bundles Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Other Pro Apps for Education for $199.99

Apple Updates HomeKit Automation Webpage

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Apple updated its HomeKit page with a fresh, new look. It includes a brief video that shows the power of HomeKit automation with iOS 10. Examples in the video include lights, window shades, coffee makers, door locks and thermostats. Apple also has several sections that give details of different areas of the Home app.

Use BookBub To Get iBooks Recommendations

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A cool website called BookBub offers eBook recommendations. You can choose from a variety of book genres you’re interested in, including Mysteries, Thrillers and Action; Romance; Fiction; Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror; Teen and Young Readers; and Nonfiction. BookBub specifically suggests eBooks that are on sale. I’ve used BookBub for a couple of years, and I’ve gotten eBooks as low as US$0.99. It displays eBooks from Amazon, Google Play and iBooks. BookBub has an iOS app, but that version only shows iBooks offerings. If you sign up via the website, you’ll also see Amazon and Google offerings. After you select the genres you like, you can get a daily email with eBook deals.

Use BookBub To Get iBooks Recommendations

Here's How You Can Enable 'Hey Siri' on Your Mac

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Hey Siri

Don’t you wish you could just say “Hey Siri” and have your Mac’s version of the voice assistant respond? Apple seems to have forgotten that feature with macOS Sierra, but Jeff Butts found a way to make it happen. Follow along in this Quick Tip, and you can have your own Mac’s voice assistant at your beck and call, without lifting a finger.

New Apple iPad Pro Spot Shows the Power of Apple Pencil to Sign Documents

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Apple has a new entrant in its iPad Pro commercials where the company responds to tweets from real people. The new one is called No more printing, and shows how you can use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to sign documents. It’s anchored around a tweet from @ROSESplease about printing personal documents on the company printer. I thought these spots were interesting when they launched, and found it interesting that Apple was interacting indirectly with social media and tweets from real folks. As time goes on, however, I find that I don’t think about these adds at all. That certainly wasn’t true with many other Apple campaigns. Then again, I’m not the target demo for these spots. This is the fifth spot in the series, making it likely they’re performing well for Apple.

TextExpander 1-Year Single User Plan: $19.98

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TextExpander on Mac, iOS, and Windows

TextExpander is one of our must-have Mac and iPhone utilities at TMO, and our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a deal on it. TextExpander expands snippets of text to much longer blocks of text. Your signature, a formula, addresses you have to type all the time, etc. It can also insert variables or things in your clipboard. Our deal is $19.98 for a one-year, single user license for macOS, iOS, and Windows. That’s half off regular price.

Ditch Redmond With These Microsoft Office Alternatives for Mac

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Microsoft Office Alternatives

When many folks switch to Mac, they bring Microsoft with them, begrudgingly. They don’t realize the wealth of Microsoft Office alternatives out there, so they stick with what they know. Jeff Butts felt that pain, did the research, and has come up with some great choices for ditching Redmond altogether.

Apollo 11 Space Capsule Goes on a New Mission

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NASA’s Apollo 11 space capsule “Columbia” took astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to lunar orbit and safely back home in July 1969. The fiftieth anniversary of that trip is coming up soon, so the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is going to put the 13,600 pound capsule on display in four major U.S. cities starting late this year and continuing into 2019. This article at NPR has the story, the cities and the dates. (Image credit: Smithsonian.)

Apollo 11 Space Capsule Goes on a New Mission

iCloud: Configure a Public Calendar

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Have you ever wanted to share a calendar with a bunch of folks? If so, creating a public calendar in iCloud might be the way to go, depending on how you feel about the privacy of doing such a thing. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over how you’ll do it and how your recipients will accept your invites!