OS X: Installing the Older Version of Microsoft Office

· · Quick Tip

On September 22, Microsoft is going stop allowing its Office 365 customers to download Office 2011. So if you need to take advantage of the time remaining to grab the older version of the popular Office suite, there’s no better time to do so! We’ll show you how.

Hula Wrap on Kickstarter, a Cable Organizer for MacBook Chargers

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Hula Wrap on Kickstarter. It’s a leather wrap for your MacBook charger that lets you wrap both cables, even the long power cord. It looks good, all rugged and leathery, but more importantly, it looks like it works. I hate taking my charger with me on my 2011 MacBook Air because the cables are such a pain, even though the battery has degraded over the years. That’s why this project immediately resonated with me. The company behind Hula Wrap is half way through its modest funding goal of $9,800, with 21 days to go. Funding options that will net you a Hula Wrap are currently available at $25. You can get two of them for $40. The video below is short, to the point, and well-produced, and it shows Hula Wrap in action.

The Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

· · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, or TABS. This game is just starting alpha development, but it’s super exciting. At least to a nerd like me. You set up units (the red and blue rag dolls in the video), arm them with weapons, and let TABS show you what would happen. Is it a game? Maybe? I don’t know, I just see the opportunity to test out combat scenarios. Being developed by Landfall, the game has been greenlit by Steam, according to The Next Web. Landfall is accepting signups for the alpha for Mac, Windows, Linux, Xbox, and PS4, though the company is specific about not promising which platforms will be supported on release. If it does hit Steam, there’s a good chance it will have Mac support. In the meanwhile, I signed up for the alpha and I’m hoping to be picked, because it looks awesome.

Autonomous Vehicles Might Develop Superior Moral Judgment

· · Analysis

Autonomous car concept

Much has been written now about the moral guidance for autonomous cars and trucks. It’s a difficult problem that involves quantifying then instantiating into software the logic of life and death decisions.  It would be nice for society to have more time to ponder, but the pace of technology leaves us precious little time for that. Machines are going to make moral decisions very soon. Shall we let them?

Don't Install Point Zero Releases

· · Columns & Opinions

Man with a gavel

Dr. Mac always advises his friends and family not to install the first release of ANY new operating system, contending that it’s safer to wait for the inevitable “point-one” release (or even the point-two release), before pulling the trigger.

Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator: $29.99

· · TMO Deals

Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator

Check out this handy gadget, the Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator. Plug it into your car’s A/C outlet and it will charge your devices through USB ports. It’s a smart charger, too, in that it sends the current each device needs. But, it also serves as a locator by communicating with an app on your iPhone so you can find your car. You can get this device through our deal for $29.99

Patent Filing Error Means no Military Apple Tanks are Coming

· · News

Apple tank patent

Yesterday the internet was busy speculating about why Apple patented an articulated joint system that’s perfect for military vehicles. The patent seemed out of place for an electric car, and it turns out that’s the case because the law firm handling patents for Apple says it was accidentally assigned to the wrong company thanks to a clerical error.

Pokémon GO Update Replaces Nearby Feature with Sightings

· · Cool Stuff Found

Niantic’s Pokémon GO 1.3.0 update gets us a step closer to being able to hunt for Pokémon again by replacing the horribly broken Nearby feature with Sightings. The new feature doesn’t do much to help you track down Pokémon, but at least it lets you know there something close by. The update also adds the ability to change your trainer name once, fixes the battery saver mode bug, fixes bonus award bugs, and more. Niantic is A/B testing versions of the Nearby feature, so you may get some variations in what you see. Pokémon GO is a free download for the iPhone.

Pokémon GO Update Replaces Nearby Feature with Sightings

OS X Mail: Dealing with Attachments

· · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about manipulating attachments in Mail on your Mac. We’ll talk about the different menus, your right-click options, and even dragging things around to make ’em do your bidding!

iOS 10 Messages: How to Draw in Chats

· · Cool Stuff Found

Messages in iOS 10 is loaded with new features, like the ability to draw directly in your conversations. You’ll need a finger or stylus, plus a little inspiration. You also need to know how to find the drawing mode in Messages. Watch TMO’s Quick Tip video to learn how.

Google Photos Commercial Aims at iPhone Owners Who Need Storage

· · Cool Stuff Found

Google has a new spot poking at an issue affecting million of iPhone owners—not enough storage for photos and videos. Related: new 16GB iPhones shouldn’t be a thing in 2016. Oh, and I specify iPhone owners because the popup window at the heart of the ad’s gag is iOS. Besides, Google knows the best customers use iPhones. Anyhoo, Google has a solution for this problem, the Google Photos app. With this app, your photos and videos are uploaded to Google’s cloud storage (where Google then pilfers them for information it can sell to advertisers). The company left that parenthetical bit out of the ad, but the ad is really good.

Apple's Mac Problem Could Soon be a Mac Crisis

· · TMO Linked Teasers

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple is long overdue for a refresh of its Macintosh line. The last Mac mini update was October 2014. The 2013 Mac Pro has never been updated. The last MacBook Pro (15-inch) was updated in May of 2015. The company still sells a 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro with a SuperDrive. Only the iMac and MacBook lines are less than a year old. The Verge lays it all out and questions why Apple isn’t keeping most of its Macs more current. Yet there are glimmers of hope. It’s all on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.