How to Become a Good Naked-Eye Stargazer

· John Martellaro · Link

Milky Way and trees.

It’s summer. We’re outdoors at night more than other seasons. Then, when people think about becoming more familiar with the night sky, the various stars and constellations, they often think that a telescope is required. And while it’s true that good views of planets, nebulae and galaxies do require a telescope, there’s a lot one can learn by an organized effort with the naked-eye. In fact, one can argue that a good familiarity with the constellations is an important starting point for all things astronomical. This linked article has great information on exactly how to become a good naked-eye stargazer

How to Control Which Apps Can Access Your Google Account

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Google Apps with account access settings

If you’re concerned about, or just aren’t sure, which apps and services have access to your Google account there’s an easy way see and even revoke access. Read on to learn how.

Apple Registers New Macs, Yelp's Victory, and the Future of Cars - ACM 469

· Bryan Chaffin ·

Apple Context Machine Logo

It seems Apple has registered 5 new Macs and iPads with a European regulatory agency. Better yet, the operating systems tagged to go with these not-yet-announced devices suggests they could come soon. Bryan Chaffin adn Jeff Gamet also discuss why you should be happy Yelp won a major court fight, regardless of whether you like Yelp. For their third segment, they take on viewer questions about this so-called car revolution.

Apptorium Mac Developer's Productivity Bundle: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Apptorium Developer's Productivity Bundle

We have a deal on the Apptorium Developer’s Productivity Bundle, a collection of four Mac utilities aimed at developers. The bundle includes ScreenFocus, TeaCode, Expressions, and Workspaces, and it’s $19.99 through us.

How Far Does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi Power go Today?

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Inspired by a coworker, ArsTechnica’s Chris Wilkinson used a Macintosh IIsi as his main computing system. The computer has 20MHz of processing power, and it’s interesting to find out how far that will take you in today’s computer world. Mr. Wilkinson had to tinker with it first, as it didn’t even turn on when he first found it. After installing a new battery (something you can’t do with modern Macs) it finally powered on. The result?

After just a couple of CPU cycles, you land on a blank page to begin your masterpiece. Typing on Apple’s renowned Extended Keyboard II also certainly helped.

How Far Does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi Power go Today?

Netflix Could get More Expensive with New Ultra Subscription Tier

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Your Netflix subscription may soon cost more, or have fewer features. The streaming media company is reportedly considering a higher-price tier called Ultra with HDR video and HD audio support. Assuming the new tier does roll out (it’s in testing now), PhoneArena says it’ll cost US$16.99 which is $3 more than the current Premium plan. That isn’t too bad, but the change will likely see the number of simultaneously supported devices on each tier reduced as well.

Some Italian consumers say that based on promotional material they’ve received from the video streamer, the new Netflix lineup reduces the number of screens that can stream Netflix simultaneously with the Premium plan from 4 to 2. However, others in Italy who received information about the new Ultra tier say that the Premium service will continue to allow four screens to stream Netflix at the same time. If Netflix does cut the number of simultaneous screens in half for its Premium plan, that would be akin to a price hike for those who share the service with three other users.

There isn’t any guarantee the Ultra tier will survive its limited testing phase, but if it does there’s a good chance you’ll get less for you money on the current plans.

Reddit is About to See its Biggest Ban Ever Thanks to Thanos

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War stop reading now. With that out of the way, Reddit is going to experience its biggest forum ban ever on July 9th when the moderators of the thanosdidnothingwrong subreddit randomly ban half their members. It seems only fitting since Thanos did that very thing in the movie, but on a galactic—or universal—scale. Of course, you won’t turn to dust if you’re in the half that’s banned from the subreddit, so at least there’s that. Ironically, the forum may have more members after the ban than it did before the moderators announced the plan because people are signing up in droves just to see if they survive.

Reddit is About to See its Biggest Ban Ever Thanks to Thanos

Google Says No One is Reading Your Email, Sort Of

· Jeff Gamet · News

Google account access consent screen

Earlier this week a report claimed third-party app developers could read messages in your Gmail account without your knowledge. Google now says that’s not true. Sort of.

How to Restore Files to an External Drive with Time Machine

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you need to restore a file or folder from Time Machine but want to put the recovered item on an external drive, how do you go about it? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover how to do that, so you don’t have to take up more space on your Mac than necessary!

Happy U.S. Independence Day

· Jeff Gamet · News

US flag and fireworks

In honor of Independence Day—a U.S. holiday—The Mac Observer is taking off Wednesday, July 4th. We will return on Thursday, July 5th, with our usual Apple, Mac, iPad iPhone, and Apple Watch news. TMO’s Daily Observations podcast is taking off the holiday, too. Enjoy the holiday!

Yelp Wins Case that Could Have Forced Removal of Negative Review

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Justice is blind, even if she's teetering on the brink of an apocalyptic wasteland

Imagine, if you will, a world where businesses could sue you for leaving a negative Yelp review—and that if their lawyers could prove your statement was in some way false and defamatory, could get a court order forcing you and Yelp to remove the review.

GarageBand 10.3: Now Better than Ever

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

If you haven’t tried GarageBand, the free audio production software included with every Mac lately, Dr. Mac says there’s never been a better time.

Apple Releases macOS 10.14 Mojave Developer Beta 3

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

macOS Mojave beta

Apple wrapped up its beta-palooza on Tuesday with macOS Mojave Developer Beta 3. Apple also released new developer betas of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12.