TMO Background Mode Interview with Tech.pinions Technical Journalist John Kirk

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

John Kirk on Background Mode.

John Kirk is a former trial attorney, financial advisor and business coach. About a decade ago, he burst on the scene with the most delightful, literary, and informed opinions and analysis of Apple, its foundations, customer approach, and products. His writing became legendary for its literary references and his ability to punch through to the real heart of all Apple matters. We chatted about how he first embraced the Mac, successfully used the Mac in his law practice, earned his gig at techpinions.com, and why some observers of Apple go wrong. We also delved into the psychology of consumer choice, Apple being back on track with the Mac, how Apple embraces the future, what it choses to leave behind, design issues related to future Macs, and the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Check Out What AT&T Thought the Future Would Look Like in 1961

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this fascinating AT&T video from 1961 called Seeing the Digital Future. AT&T has published a lot of archival material to YouTube, and a friend spotted this one over the weekend. There are lots of things I find interesting about it. For one thing, remember that it’s 1961. AT&T wasn’t the AT&T of today, it was Ma Bell. It was the telephone company. It was the tech giant of its day! And while there’s a lot that misses the mark in this video, there are also some things Ma Bell got right, including the importance of computers being able to talk to each other. I also personally enjoy the 1960s special effects—in color, no less!—and wooden acting. It’s a great glimpse back at how things were, while they were trying to figure out how things would someday be.

Apple's HomePod: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

· John Martellaro · Link

Apple HomePod with Siri

The spectrum of reactions to the new HomePod ranges from “superbly Apple,” to “Doesn’t stand a chance.” Friday’s Particle Debris points to three articles that span the expected range of media coverage. Pick your favorite.

iLap Laptop Stand: $36.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iLap Laptop Stand

We have a deal for you on the iLap, a laptop stand designed for MacBook owners. It has a hinged cushion for positioning your Mac at different angles, and the device allows your MacBook to stay cool while you’re working. It’s $36.99 through us.

Apple Rolls Out 4 New HomePod Ads

· Jeff Gamet · News

HomePod on Television

Now that you can pre-order a HomePod smart speaker Apple has four new ads hyping its music playback.

A Cerebral Sunday Morning: HomePod, macOS Server, Novice NAS, and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 694

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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John and Dave return to answer your questions and share your tips… and theirs! Addressing The Novice NAS Conundrum, the question often comes up: does it make sense for NAS manufacturers to target the novice market? But that’s not all, your geeks get heady talking about HomePod and macOS Server, too. Plus we’ve got questions (and answers) about java, USB drives, and much more. Download… and enjoy!

HomePod Delivery Date Holds Steady at February 9th

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

HomePod Availability

This adds credence to the idea that software was what held up the launch of the HomePod, which was originally supposed to ship in December.

Augmented Reality for Reals?, Analysts Suck, Why Software Sucks, Blade Runner 2049 - Pop.0 ep.29

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit ask the question, “Is Augmented Reality for reals?” They also take the tact that analysts suck, and building on that theme, debate John’s theory on why software seems to suck today. For the pop part of the show, they look at Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. If you enjoy the show, make sure you subscribe to it! (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

IDrive: Secure Cloud Backup for Your Mac, First Year Just $6.95 for 2TB. 90% off! (Sponsor)

· Dave Hamilton · Link

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We are pleased to have iDrive as our sponsor here at TMO this week. Cloud backup is something we talk about a lot here on the site and on our Mac Geek Gab podcast, and iDrive is doing a lot of things right. First in the “doing things right” department, iDrive is giving TMO readers a special deal on their Personal Plan, which gets you 2TB of cloud backup storage for 1 year for just US$6.95. Read more about iDrive after the jump.