Phish's "Big Boat" Contains a Song Recorded Entirely on an iPhone

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Today Phish released “Big Boat,” their 13th studio album, and it turns out one of the songs was recorded entirely on keyboardist Page McConnell’s iPhone. From Alan Paul, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

[Producer], Bob Ezrin gave the band members specific instructions: Learn and play 10 folk songs, then start writing, beginning with a folk song. Mr. McConnell’s effort, “Things People Do,” not only made the final cut, but the version included is his demo. Phish made multiple versions of the song before agreeing that nothing topped the original low-fi version, recorded on Mr. McConnell’s iPhone, sitting atop a Wurlitzer piano in his living room.

You can listen to “Big Boat” and, more specifically, “Things People Do” on Apple Music, of course.

Legit Jetpack Testflight Filmed with iPhone 6s

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OK, we don’t have flying cars yet, but jetpacks seem to be closer than ever. Check out this video from JetPack Aviation showing CEO and Chief Test Pilot David Mayman testing out the company’s JB10 jetpack. The flight took place on October 1st in Monaco. Come on, how cool is that? The firm said it was filmed on an iPhone 6s, too.[Via Digg]

TMO's Apple AirPods Earbud Alternatives Roundup

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Wireless earphones for iPhone

Apple’s AirPods wireless are set to ship some time in October, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get your hands on—or ears in—fully wireless earbuds. The Mac Observer found some options worth checking out, and they’re all available today.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-07: DJ Remixes on Apple Music, Listener Comments

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The streaming music market just changed because now Apple Music and Spotify can give us DJ remixes. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the implications bringing remixes to the two big music services will have on the market and on SoundCloud. They also respond to listener comments from Wednesday’s discussion on Yahoo helping intelligence agencies scan our email.

Easy DIY iPhone Charging Holder

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Do it yourself charger holder

I stumbled on this awesome little project on Instagram from @Instructions (via IG’s “Videos You Might Like” feature). It’s a do-it-yourself charging holder for your iPhone made from stuff most of us have lying around. Pretty clever, I think. I’d love to hear from anyone who makes it themselves.

Watch Out SoundCloud, Apple Music Just Got Remixes

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Apple Music and DJ turntable

SoundCloud is taking it on the chin because one of its standout features, DJ song remixes, just came to Apple Music and Spotify. The first to hit Apple’s streaming music service is DJ Jazzy Jeff’s remix of Room in Here from Anderson .Paak, and as more remixes roll out music fans will have fewer reasons to use SoundCloud.

Keyboard Maestro: $19.99

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Keyboard Maestro on iMac

Keyboard Maestro is one of our own Dr. Mac’s favorite Mac utilities, and we have a deal on it for you. With Keyboard Maestro, you can create macros and trigger them with keyboard shortcuts to help automate regular activities. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.

Fujitsu Begins ScanSnap Fixes for macOS Sierra

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A bug

Fujitsu announced a schedule for ScanSnap updates to correct issues in macOS Sierra. The company has been dealing with compatibility problems that threatened PDF content for Apple’s newest Mac operating system. Futjitsu pushed updates to some users on Thursday and unveiled a schedule for other devices later in October.

VC Confessions: Apple 'Outrageously Expensive,' Hasn't Facebook Heard of Friendster?

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Writing for Fortune, Polina Marinova has gathered up confessions from venture capitalists who passed on companies that would become massive successes. It’s a fun read (via The Loop), but it’s also interesting. Included are comments about Apple. BVP partner Neill Brownstein called the company “outrageously expensive” before Apple went on to what was then the largest IPO in almost three decades. Another VC at BVP passed on Ebay, saying, “Stamps? Coins? Comic books? You’ve GOT to be kidding.” And yet another to Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin: “Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster? Move on. It’s over!” Check out the full piece, because there are lots more.

VC Confessions: Apple ‘Outrageously Expensive,’ Hasn’t Facebook Heard of Friendster?

Tim Cook Shares Touching Memory of Steve Jobs

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and former CEO Steve Jobs were friends and worked closely at the company. When Mr. Jobs passed away after succumbing to pancreatic cancer five years ago, Mr. Cook had some big shoes to fill. He’s looking to the future as he steers Apple in new directions, but isn’t beyond looking back at their friendship—something he shared in an email to Apple employees. Mr. Cook called Apple, “Steve’s most enduring legacy,” and said his friend taught him life’s journey is the real joy, not particular events. You can check out his touching email at the MacGeneration website.

Tim Cook Shares Touching Memory of Steve Jobs

ROME: Total War for iPad Priced at $9.99

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Feral Interactive announced pricing for ROME: Total War Thursday. The popular PC and Mac real-time combat and turn-based economy and politics game is scheduled for an “autumn” release. It requires iPad Air or newer or iPad mini 2 or newer. It’s been rebuilt for iOS, including developing gesture-based controls to replace the mouse-driven controls of its desktop beginnings. Between Civ VI for Mac and ROME: TW on iPad, I’m going to have very little free-time. In any event, it’s going to be $9.99 on iPad, and I can’t wait to see how it plays.

Roxio Toast 15 Titanium: $49

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Roxio Toast and Apple Devices

Toast 15 Titanium is a powerhouse for creating CDs and DVDs, including the ability to copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. You can convert web-based videos for watching on your devices, share to the usual social networking suspects, and capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web. We have a deal on Toast 15 Titanium for $49, half off retail.

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!