Samsung Still Chasing Its Apple Dreams, Buys Viv AI

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Viv demo on MacBook Pro at Disrupt 2016

Samsung continued living its Apple dream this week. According to TechCrunch, the South Korean conglomerate purchased Viv, a next-generation artificial intelligence created by three of Siri’s creators. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what this might mean.

ReValver 4 From Peavey Will Turn a Guitar Sample into an Amp Model

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Peavey has an interesting piece of software called ReValver 4. It’s an exceedingly clever name, but its purpose is more clever. You can sample a guitar sound and ReValver 4 will turn that sample into a model for you. There are a lot of glorious guitar sounds out there, and ReValver brings them to you without a lot of muss or fuss. I haven’t personally tested it, but I’ve spent more than my fair share of time chasing down rigs used by particular guitarists over the years. ReValver’s approach is an intriguing idea—it runs on Mac and Windows. It’s a free download, with additional models available for purchase.

Pre-Order Civilization VI for Mac, Get Free Aztec Expansion

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I am so stoked about this: Civilization VI for Mac is coming! Aspyr announced pre-orders on the Steam platform, with a free Aztec expansion if you pony up before it’s released. The Windows version hits Steam on October 21st. Aspyr said in a blog post that it was shooting for a same-day release for the Mac version, but that they were still working on it. Either way, it seems like Mac users won’t have to wait long. The blog post also noted that the pre-order page specifies Windows right now, but that if you’re pre-ordering from a Mac, you’ll be good to once it hits. I love the Civilization franchise above all other computer games. Civ VI looks super amazeballs, and I can’t wait!

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

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Cyber security graphic.

When Apple launches a new version of one of its OSes, say, macOS Sierra, the first thing users think about is the features. If they’re a bit more methodical, they’ll look at their mission critical apps and monitor for updates from those developers. But, above all, a decision to not upgrade (or do it soon) must be balanced against the security updates folded into the new version.  John explains.

Tim Cook Remembers Steve Jobs's Passing with Wonderful Photo

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Steve Jobs with Steepled Fingers

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a lovely commemoration of Steve Jobs, who passed away five years ago today. It included a quote from Mr. Jobs, “Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” It also featured a beautiful photograph of Mr. Jobs I personally can’t remember seeing before. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years. I imagine I speak for many when I say Mr. Jobs is missed.

PDFpen Adds macOS Sierra Tabbed Window Support, More

· · Product News

PDFpen Pro 8 for the Mac

Smile’s PDFpen and PDFpen Pro just got updates to version 8.2 that add support for macOS Sierra’s tabbed window feature. The update also adds iCloud file sync support for users for all users—a feature that previously was available only if you purchased PDFpen through Apple’s Mac App Store.

Lyrics App for iMessages Makes it Easy to Find and Share Lyrics

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Lyrics Sent!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new features in Messages in iOS 10. Apps and stickers increase enjoyment and utility, both, and I have a great example of that for you with an iMessage app called Lyrics. It makes it easy to find, quote from, and share song lyrics. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to work it.

1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds: $52.99

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1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds

Check out the 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds. They include a speaker, Bluetooth chip, battery, and microphone in each earbud, and they work both independently or when paired. Batteries last for up to four hours of play time between charges. You can get them for $52.99 through our deal.

How to Share an iTunes Playlist with Apple Music

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Shared iTunes Playlist

Most of us have made our fair share of playlists in iTunes. With Apple Music, you can share those playlists for your friends or the world to enjoy with you. In that playlists are the mix tapes of today, Bryan Chaffin shows you how to share an iTune playlist using iTunes 12.5.x.

New Apple Touch ID Patent Hints at iPhone Home Button's Demise

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Apple full-display Touch ID patent

A just published Apple patent shows Touch ID sensors embedded throughout a device display, which means iPhone and iPad users could potentially touch anywhere on their screen to unlock with their finger print. Touch to unlock is currently a Home button feature, but if this patent finds its way into shipping products, it could be the demise for our little clickable friend.

ibVPN Standard 3-Year Subscription: $39

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ibVPN Promo

We have a deal for you today on a three-year subscription to ibVPN, With this subscription, you get access to 90 servers in 41 countries, and you can browse with unlimited bandwidth, data transfer, and speed. It’s $39 through our deal.

Apple TV is Too App-Focused

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A view of the Apple TV home screen with apps

Lately I’ve found myself gravitating away from using the Apple TV to watch content, and it’s due entirely to the device’s user interface: Apps get higher billing than they deserve. An app-centric interface makes perfect sense on the iPhone where there are so many things I might do. On the Apple TV, though, it’s safe to make the assumption that I’m launching the device to consume content. I just want my home screen to be a list of that content, thank you very much.

How to Control Which Messages Photos Save to Camera Roll

· · How-To

iOS 10 Messages save images to Camera Roll option

Messages in iOS 10 changes a fundamental way your iPhone (or iPad) camera works: if you take a photo from the preview camera, it doesn’t save to your camera roll. But if you use the full camera app, it does. Here’s how to understand, manage, and control what gets saved where and what doesn’t get saved.