A Big Risk for AI Agents is the Creepy Factor

· · TMO Linked Teasers

AI agent

How much assistance do customers really need and want from AI agents? Will the very design of AI agents lend themselves to proving their worth? Or will companies who provide them see AI agents as powerful, undisciplined tools for their own advantage and profit.  It’s not clear yet where the market is going, but if any company can do it right, it’s Apple.

Apple Adds Organ Donor Registry to iOS 10 Health App

· · News

Apple and Donate Life America

Apple is making it easier to be an organ doner by adding the ability to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor in iOS 10’s Health app, due to ship this fall. Apple teamed up with Donate Life America, which manages the National Donate Life Registry, to add the feature to iOS 10.

Happy U.S. Independence Day

· · News

US flag and fireworks

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Monday, July 4th. We will return on Tuesday, July 5th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. Enjoy the holiday!

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

· · Cool Stuff Found

With Independence Day coming up on Monday, we have a three-day weekend ahead of us in the United States. If movies are more your thing instead of picnics and fireworks displays, check out The Matrix Trilogy on Apple’s iTunes Store. The package includes all three movies in HD, plus extras, for US$14.99. The only question left after picking up the bundle is red pill or blue pill?

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable: $19.95

· · TMO Linked Teasers

Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable

Check out the Armour Loop Charging iOS Cable, a stainless-steel-wrapped Lightning cable. Its design features a holder that always keeps the cable in a loop, a loop you can adjust as needed. That makes it tough, compact, and tangle-free. You can get this device through our deal for $19.95, more than a third off retail.

Watch Out Streaming Music Market, Apple wants to Buy Tidal

· · Analysis

Apple Tidal logo

Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy competing streaming music service Tidal for an undisclosed amount. The deal, should it come together, holds several potential benefits for Apple Music, including an extra 4.2 million subscribers. But there’s still several places where it could implode.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify's App Store Gripe

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify’s complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.

Save $600 on MacTech Conference, Includes Home Automation Showcase

· · TMO Deals

This fall will mark the 7th annual MacTech Conference, happening in Los Angeles November 15-18. For the first time, MacTech Conference 2016 includes a Home Automation Showcase featuring demonstrations of products and services that work with Apple’s HomeKit and other platforms. That’s not all, of course, as MacTech Conference continues its stellar conference track with sessions built especially for IT Pros, enterprise administrators and consultants of all levels. Super early-bird pricing ended back in May, but as a TMO reader you can take advantage of that pricing until Tuesday, July 5th by using our special link. That means you can register for MacTech Conference 2016 for just $999. Don’t let the weekend get in your way, register now and I’ll see you at MacTech in November!

Remembering Steve Jobs 'Pissed Off' Moments

· · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs pissed off moments screenshot

Steve Jobs was an amazing individual. Most of us remember the great product demos, awesome devices, quips like “It’s about the music, stupid,” and other fun things. We’ve also heard infamous examples of Mr. Jobs being angry on the job; but in honor of the iPhone’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris reminded that Mr. Jobs got angry in public, too. The video she linked to is a compilation of Stevenote moments when that anger came out. Like everything with Steve Jobs, I love watching him in action. It’s always interesting.

Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing Competition

· · Analysis

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Apple, Amazon, and Google are abusing their market strength to block competition from smaller companies, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In a speech  at the America’s Monopoly Problem on Wednesday, she said the three companies are using their size to “snuff out competition,” and she’s at least partly right.

Last Chance for the World Class Mac Bundle: $24.99

· · TMO Linked Teasers

World Class Mac Bundle

It’s the last chance to grab  8 Mac apps in the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can’t imagine not having—Freeway  Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid apps, and you can get them all in this bundle for $24.99. There are detailed descriptions on each app in the deal listing, so check it out.

Apple's Change From OS X to macOS Hardly 'Muddies the Waters'

· · Editorial

macOS Sierra

On June 30, an article was published at Computerworld claiming that Apple’s change from “OS X” to “macOS” will “do nothing for the Mac except accelerate its downward spiral as a fringe hardware product… and muddy the waters.” John Martellaro takes a look at this article with a critical eye and sets the record straight.

Tweetbot's Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

· · Cool Stuff Found

Last week Tapbots added Timeline Filters to their Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS, allowing you to control what you see — and what you don’t see — in your Twitter timeline. Today they enhanced those filters even more with the ability to use “OR” and quotes. This means you can Filter out “holy war” OR emacs to be sure not to unintentionally boil your blood while otherwise enjoying Twitter (I’m assuming we’re all vim users here, right?!?). You can download Tweetbot from the App Store.

Tweetbot’s Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter