How to Block Memories in Photos

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

In both Photos on the Mac and on your iOS devices, you can actually block the types of memories you don’t want to see—holidays, for example, specific dates, or even a person. Getting those memories with bad associations out of your face is the subject of today’s Quick Tip!

Facebook Wants to Build Hardware; What Could Go Wrong?

· John Martellaro · Link

Death Star schematic.

According to a Bloomberg Technology report, Facebook Inc. is building a team to design its own semiconductors. Just what this new hardware will be used for is not known for sure, but one surmise is for artificial intelligence applications on its servers. But the hardware could also extend to personal electronics. Like Han Solo, I have a bad feeling about this.

TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Brian Keating

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Brian Keating on Background Mode.

Dr. Brian Keating is an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. His specialty is cosmology, and he is the father of the original BICEP project (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) that sought to unravel one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Big Bang. He is also the author of over 100 scientific publications. We chatted about his early years at age 12 in New York and the spark that ignited his interest in astrophysics. And then we got very geeky on cosmology. Brian recently published a terrific, courageous book about his team’s research, some life lessons, the challenges of scientific research, and he makes some valuable suggestions concerning changes to the Nobel Prize award process. After listening to our chat, you’ll want to read his excellent book.

World Book Day: TMO Reading Suggestions

· Jeff Gamet · News

World Book Day

It’s World Book Day, so Jeff hung around the TMO water cooler and asked whoever came by to give me suggestions on something cool to read.

Apple Music Debuts 'Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band' Concert Film with Flea, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Calling all avant-garde punks: Apple Music will debut Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band on May 22nd, 2018. A concert film celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses, this film was produced by Apple’s own Jimmy Iovine. With on-stage and back-stage footage, the show features Patti Smith and her band, Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan, and Jack Petruzzelli, who are joined with her guitarist Jackson Smith and Flea. Patti Smith was one of the big names in New York City’s punk scene in the 1970s, occupying what was often seen as the avant-garde edge of that scene. Put another way, Patti Smith is one of those iconic artists well known among musicians. Check out the trailer below for a taste of what this show will be like. If you want to listen to Horses, it’s on iTunes and Apple Music.

Apple Celebrates Superman's 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Superman just turned 80, and he’s aged pretty well. To celebrate the son of Krypton’s birthday, Apple has an iTunes Store movie bundle loaded with some pretty fantastic animated features. This bundle includes Doomsday, Public Enemies, Apocalypse, The Return of Black Adam, and more. The eight movie bundle is priced at US$49.99, which is a significant drop from its regular $84.82. DC may stumble with their live-action superhero movies, but they nail it with their animated stories.

Apple Celebrates Superman’s 80th Birthday with Movie Bundle

Tim Cook Reminds Us Apple Is Making Earth Day Donations for Recycled Devices

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple logo as a green planet

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a reminder that his company is making Earth Day donations for every device handed in to the company’s recycle program. Apple announced earlier this week that it would donate to conservation efforts for devices turned in for recycling through April 30th. Earth Day 2018 is Sunday, April 22nd (i.e. this weekend).