Roxio Toast 15 Titanium: $35.99

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Roxio Toast and Apple Devices

Toast 15 Titanium is a powerhouse for creating CDs and DVDs, including the ability to copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. You can convert web-based videos for watching on your devices, share to the usual social networking suspects, and capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web. We have a deal on Toast 15 Titanium for $35.99.

Apple's Tradition of Always Building the Best Doesn't Fit with Current Apple TV

· · Editorial

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

Apple was, it seemed, somewhat late with the 4th generation 1080p Apple TV that shipped in October of 2015. Not delivering at 4K device at that time could be forgiven because High Dynamic Range (HDR) specs hadn’t been formalized during its development. But for the holidays of 2016, most all the 4K/UHD TVs have HDR. The new Roku has HDR. So what is Apple thinking?  John, as always, ponders the situation.

Apple Cuts Mac Automation Manager Sal Soghoian

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Mac automation and AppleScript champion Sal Soghoian

Sal Soghoian is the godfather of AppleScript and automation on the Mac, but not for much longer. He announced at MacTech Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday that Apple is eliminating the Product Manager of Automation Technologies he’s held since 1997.

ACM 385: Apple Coffee Table Book and Design Run Amok

· · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple has a new coffee table book out called Designed by Apple in California. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit to talk about it. Spoiler: Bryan likes it and John sees it as a sign of Apple having lost the plot. They also discuss the idea that design has run amok at Apple, starting with the idea that Jony Ive needed Steve Jobs as a counter balance.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-16: Why is $feature Missing from Apple TV?

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The Mac Observer Daily Observations Podcast

Today it’s time to look at Apple TV and ask one tough question: why don’t we get $feature on Apple TV? Good thing we’re geeks and we understand variables, too, because for this episode $feature = array(“4K Output”,”Amazon Prime Video”,”Netflix Inside of TV App”); Listen and hear what John and Dave have to say about all this… then send us your feedback and let us know!

Developers and Designers Finally get the Color Picker They Need in Drop

· · Cool Stuff Found

Your Mac’s built-in color picker is fine, but doesn’t feel like it was cerated with coders and designers in mind. Tapity’s coding team thought that was unfortunate, so they whipped up Drop—a color picker that fits the bill for both coders and designers. Drop lets you sample and save on-screen colors as Hex, RGB, Swift or Objective C values for mobile and desktop formats. You can save color values to Drop’s built-in palette, copy them to the clipboard, and create colors without first sampling them. It also lets you store color swatches on the new Retina MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar for easy access. Drop is currently available for 50% off at US$3.99 on Apple’s Mac App Store.

Developers and Designers Finally get the Color Picker They Need in Drop

iOS 10: Drawing on Your Pictures in Messages

· · Quick Tip

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If you liked Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip about using Photos on the Mac to mark up images, then you’re gonna need to check out this one too. Wanna annoy your friends and family by drawing on the pictures you send them through Messages? Sure you do, and we’ll tell you how!

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

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MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a bundle of apps for your Mac today called the MacX Media Management Bundle. It includes MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans. You get all three apps for $19.95.

Twitter Adds More Controls to Empower Users against Trolls

· · Analysis

Muting Twitter

Twitter announced on Tuesday new abuse controls, tools designed to curb the reach of trolls. The short version of Tuesday’s announcement is that Twitter is making it possible to mute keywords, phrases, and entire conversations from your notifications. This is an extension of the mute feature the company already had for your timeline.

TAPS Sticker on Kickstarter Lets You Use Gloves on Touch Screen and Touch ID

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out TAPS on Kickstarter. It’s a sticker you can put on your gloves that lets you use a touchscreen. There are other products that will do that, including Nanotips, which are actually used in TAPS. But Tony Yu, the person behind this project, says that TAPS will work with Touch ID, too. Each TAPS sticker has what Mr. Yu claims is a unique finger print that can then be assigned to Touch ID. On the one hand, that’s great for convenience, especially for people who live in cold climates. On the other hand, stealing your gloves is easier than stealing your hand, so keep that in mind. My guess is that lots of people who work or commute with gloves will happily try it. In the meanwhile, the Kickstarter has almost tripled its original funding goal of $5,000. There are still funding options starting at $15 available as of this writing that will get you a TAPS kit with four stickers. There’s a ton of info on the project site, including multiple videos and explanations of how it works. The promo video below is also entertaining.

HP Exploits Apple’s Mac Pro Void with New Z2 Mini

· · Analysis

HP Z2 mini

Hewlett-Packard has announced the Z2 Mini, a powerful but compact desktop computer aimed at technical and creative professionals in CAD, finances, OEM and education. With the option for an Intel Xeon quad-core CPU, up to 32 GB of RAM, Linux/Win10 support and a model with support for six displays, the Z2 Mini can meet the needs of many professionals on the desktop who don’t need a high-end Z workstation. Most importantly, it’s part of HP’s concerted effort to exploit a vacuum Apple has created on the desktop.

Thinking Differently about Apple's $299 Coffee Table Book

· · Analysis

Appel's coffee-table book, Designed by Apple in California

Apple launched a new product on Tuesday, a coffee table book titled Designed by Apple in California. It will come in two sizes, 13″ at $199 and 16″ at $299, and both contain some 450 photographs of Apple products. I have very mixed feelings about this, but the short version is that Bryan Chaffin gets why Apple is making this book. Read on for more.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-15: Apple's Coffee Table Book, HP's Campaign to Win Mac Users

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple has a new product out. It comes in two sizes, small and large, at $199 and $299, respectively. And it’s a coffee table book. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, and John Martellaro discuss the book and ask if it’s a sign that Apple has lost sight of the game. They also discuss HP’s new Z2 Mini and that company’s efforts to lure Mac users to the world of Windows.

Touché: See and Use Touch Bar on Any Mac

· · Cool Stuff Found

On Monday, Daniel Jalkut at Red Sweater Software released Touché, an app that shows a fully-functional Touch Bar on the screen of any Mac. Well, it’s fully-functional in that you can click on it, but obviously touching it won’t matter. While this won’t give you the full experience of having a Touch Bar, it certainly will let you see what you might be missing. Helpful, also, if there’s some functionality that might only be included in the Touch Bar going forward. Touché is available for free and runs on any Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (build 16B2657) and later.

Touché: See and Use Touch Bar on Any Mac

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $29.99

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FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

We have a deal for you on a pair of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds are water and sweat resistant, and they have magnets designed to keep the ends from getting tangled up. They utilize Bluetooth 4.0 and have a built-in microphone. You can get them through us for $29.95, a whopping 75% off retail.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Creator & Host of The MacCast Podcast Adam Christianson

· · Background Mode Podcast

Adam Christianson on Background Mode

Adam Christianson is the creator and host of the acclaimed MacCast podcast. Adam is also the very awesome webmaster for The Mac Observer. However, Adam didn’t start out in high tech. At an early age, he wanted to become a cartoonist, inspired by Garfield’s creator Jim Davis. In high school, somewhat wiser, he transitioned to graphic design. Later, Adam attended Cal Poly which has a fabulous art and graphics design program. Early in his career, Adam gained experience in eCommerce and web mastering with Upper Deck, Corp. learning HTML, Perl, CGI forms, Visual BASIC and C#. However, by 2004, he’d discovered that his true love was tech talk and podcasting, and The MacCast was born. Adam was able to use his career skills to follow his dream, and he’s still living it today.