TidBits Sells Take Control Books to Author Joe Kissell

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Adam and Tonya Engst announced Monday that author Joe Kissell had bought their Take Control book business. In a blog post, Adam Engst described the deal as, “an entirely positive move that lets all of us get out of our respective ruts and take on new challenges.” The TidBits site and its respective email lists will continue to operate as they have, and were not part of the transaction. There’s a FAQ for the deal existing TidBits members and Take Control customers may want to check out, but the bottom line appears to be that things will continue as they have, except that Joe Kissell and his wife, Morgen Jahnke, will be running the book business. The Mac Observer would like to offer a high five to all concerned, and we look forward to the next stage of Take Control‘s business.

TidBits Sells Take Control Books to Author Joe Kissell

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Commercial Channels Love Making the World Disappear

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Ever been in love? Know how love can sometimes make the whole world disappear into the background? Apple is channeling that in a new iPhone 7 Plus commercial called The City. With the sweet and touching “Sing to Me” by Walter Martin (feat. Karen O), the spot shows two young lovers sheening around a crowded city taking pictures of one another as the the world around them vanishes. “Focus on what you love” with “Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus” are the taglines in the spot. There’s a line from Castle when Becket’s asked how do you know when you’re in love? Her answer: “All the songs make sense.” It’s a great line, and perhaps that’s why this spot resonates with me personally. It definitely makes sense.

Textalyzer's Privacy Threat, Wi-Fi Security Tip - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-01

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Tragedies can lead to a push for new laws, but sometimes that legislation leads to unintended consequences. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet share their thoughts on Textalyzer and giving police access to our smartphone activity for accident investigations. Dave also has a tip for easily improving Wi-Fi network security.

G-DROP Submersible Bluetooth Speaker: $46.99

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G-DROP Submersible Bluetooth Speaker

We have a deal on the G-DROP Submersible Bluetooth speaker. It features an IPX7 waterproof rating and is fully submersible for up to 30 minutes under up to 3 feet of water. It also has a built-in microphone. It’s $46.99 through us.

Is Your Wi-Fi Security Worth Its Salt? – Mac Geek Gab 655

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Splitting the check, making your EarPods or AirPods fit better, and pen-based note-taking are just the Cool Stuff Found segment. Then your two favorite geeks talk you through fixing Wi-Fi connection issues on both your iPhone and your Mac, and also help you choose the right speed plan from your ISP. That’s not all, though, and you’ll hear much more when you press play (just do it!).

DOK Malware Signed by Valid Developer Certificate (for Now)

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A new piece of malware, called OSX/Dok, has been discovered by the Check Point malware research team. It affects all versions of macOS and is signed with a valid developer certificate authenticated by Apple. Dok malware is also the first to spread in a widespread email phishing campaign. Andrew Orr gives us the technical details.

Apple's Using a Lexus for Self-Driving Car Tests

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Bloomberg got pictures of a Lexus that reportedly belongs to Apple. An unnamed source gave the news outlet photos of the Lexus and claimed it emerged from an Apple facility known to be part of Project Titan. That’s Apple’s self-driving car project. The car is a  Lexus RX450h SUV, and it has a sporty, “top-of-the-range 64-channel LIDAR, at least two radar and a series of cameras.” One must extend a measure of trust to the unnamed source, but it seems reasonable to imagine this is an Apple vehicle. If not, it’s going to be very like the kind of system Apple would be using to develop its self-driving technology. Apple veteran (legend) Bob Mansfield has refocused and pared down the Project Titan team. Its exclusive focus as of now is thought to be developing a self-driving system before moving on to an actual car. The long and the short of this story, however, is that people care what Apple is doing, even if it’s just testing technology using off-the-shelf components and a nice SUV. Bloomberg has more pics and a GIF of the car.

Apple’s Using a Lexus for Self-Driving Car Tests