Apple Investigating Exploding AirPods Report

· Jeff Gamet · News

AirPods battery failure

Apple is looking into a Florida report of an AirPod battery failure that turned the device into a a charred and mangled mess.

Sprint and T-Mobile Plan Fewer Wireless Discounts in 2018

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Sprint and T-Mobile are both planning to dial back their aggressive discounting in 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal. Both carriers—the #4 and #3 carriers in the U.S.—are prime pushers of cheaper plans, and their tactics have served as checks on pricing from Verizon and AT&T (#1 and #2, respectively). In other words, there’s a chance we’ll see higher prices across the board this year. So yay?

Sprint and T-Mobile Plan Fewer Wireless Discounts in 2018

Bryan Irace on the Fracturing of the Siri Experience

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Hey Siri

iOS developer Bryan Irace wrote a great piece on Siri, and how Apple has allowed the Siri experience to fracture. Bryan Chaffin recommends it as a good read.

SpaceX's 4 Hour Video of Starman's Voyage to Mars

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

SpaceX posted the four hour stream of Starman’s initial voyage into space, and it’s super cool. Starman is the name of the dummy SpaceX plopped into the driver’s seat of the Tesla Roadster it sent to Mars. Because [Elon Musk]. This was all part of the maiden launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this week. According to, SpaceX expected the battery on the streaming camera to work for 12 hours, but it crapped out after four. And those four hours are pretty darned cool—Flat Earthers may find the whole thing particularly enlightening. Check it out!

Photolemur Spectre Family License for Mac and Windows: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Photolemur Spectre on a MacBook

We have a deal on a family license for Photolemur Spectre, for both Mac and Windows. The software uses machine learning and photo recognition to adjust your photos. You can get it for $19 through us, 61% off retail.

RIP John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, Deadhead, Poet, and Psychonaut

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

John Perry Barlow passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 70. I would venture to say that most people reading this have had their lives touched by Barlow in one way or another, though it’s quite possible most of you don’t even recognize his name. His life is so much more than just the sum of its parts, and each of those parts would be a lifetime accomplishment for most of us.

iOS iBoot Code Leaked, Huge Security Headache for Apple

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone with code on screen

Part of the iOS boot code, called iBoot, was posted on GitHub yesterday for anyone to view—and without Apple’s permission. It’s the biggest leak Apple has ever faced.

Can Social Media Be Humane, Smartwatch Diabetes Detection, and Nice Apple Content - ACM 448

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Can social media be “humane,” or is the push for addictive platforms just par for the course? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss The Center for Humane Technology’s push for reform. They also talk about Cardiogram’s ability to detect diabetes from Apple Watch activity data, and they talk about Apple’s penchant for avoiding dark and edgy content.

The YouTube Apple TV App Just Got a Huge Redesign

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The YouTube Apple TV app just got a big redesign. The new design brings it in line with the YouTube app on iOS and the web. The old app had a single navigation bar that linked to different sections. The new app features a universal search bar with dedicated categories like Food, Music, Gaming, Entertainment, Technology, Comedy, and more. This should make it easier to find videos that resonate with your interests. There is a navigation bar on the left side of the UI, where you’ll find your subscriptions, library, viewing history, and settings. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the new app supports 4K videos. Although 4K videos are listed as 4K, it appears that the maximum resolution is 1080p when you look at the video details. The new update is available today.

The YouTube Apple TV App Just Got a Huge Redesign