TMO Background Mode Interview with GraphicConverter Creator Thorsten Lemke

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Thorsten Lemke on Background Mode.

Thorsten Lemke is the founder of Lemke Software and the creator of the Mac app called GraphicConverter. This app is now used by over 1.5 million customers worldwide. I asked Thorsten about his early years when he was learning Pascal and BASIC on his Commodore C64 and later Atari ST. Thorsten wasn’t sure what he wanted to pursue in high school, but he knew it would be technical. Then, around 1992, with his new Mac, he had a need to convert photos and clipart between file formats. After a lot of file format research, the simple GraphicConverter app on Mac OS 7 was born as shareware. Little did Thorsten know at the time how this Mac app would grow into a major application today. Thorsten tells the amazing story of his career as an Apple developer.

Apple Rolls Out First iOS 11.2 Developer Beta

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

iOS 11.4 developer beta

Apple released iOS 11.2 developer beta 1 on Monday, which is a pretty solid indicator that we’re about to see the official public release of iOS 11.1.

iOS: Changing Key Frames in Live Photos

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Changing key frames in Live Photos

While the Camera app in iOS is pretty good at setting this automatically, it’s nice to be able to change the key photo to your own personal favorite.

HomeSpot AirBeans X True Wireless Earbuds: $49.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HomeSpot AirBeans X True Wireless Earbuds

We have a deal on a pair of HomeSpot AirBeans X True Wireless Earbuds. These in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds come with three sizes of inserts and use Bluetooth 4.2. They’re $49.99 through us.

Help Give This MeVideo Travel Video Tripod Life

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

I came across the most awesome travel tripod I’ve ever seen, hands down. Unfortunately, it’s a Kickstarter project only halfway to its goal with just 15 days left. The MeVideo travel video tripod, called the Globetrotter, is well-made and durable, and yet it’s lightweight and compact. It collapses down to 21.9 inches. Then it extends out to 65.7 inches. The fluid video head supports cameras as heavy as 8.8 pounds. It will not, however, support a smartphone without an adapter. This tripod is meant for heavier videography equipment, but a standard tripod smartphone adapter will work just fine with it. The Globetrotter weighs from six to 6.6 pounds, depending on whether you get carbon fiber or aluminum legs. This tripod provides improved pan, tilt, and counterbalance performance compared to its closest competitors. It also features dust and dirt resistant metal/rubber twist locks rather than plastic flip latches. The edging is brushed metal and all knobs are metal. A split center column is perfect for those low-to-the-ground shots. Yes, a review of the MeVideo Globetrotter video travel tripod is forthcoming.

A New, Unforeseen Threat to Apple Appears

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple retail stores are preparing for long lines ahead of today's

It used to be that in a fairly low-noise tech community, Apple’s quality products were greatly appreciated. That tradition seems under attack by new social forces.

Aura Digital Picture Frame Does Some Smart Stuff

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

At Pepcom on Thursday, I checked out the Aura Digital Frame. The company has a new frame design by Jonathan Adler (shown below), and it looks great, but the reason I decided to write about this device is because of all the smart stuff Aura is doing. Photos are managed from an app (iOS and Android), which goes through your camera roll for you. Using machine learning, the app does a bit of facial recognition, and it also looks for (and excludes) naughty pics. That’s smart. It can then upload photos to your Aura Digital Frame, or maybe the Aura you gave your mom so she can get her grandkid fix. Better yet, image transmission is encrypted. The Retina display is 2048 x 1536 with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and it includes ambient light sensors which are used to adjust the image being displayed for your relative conditions. The device shuts down in the dark, and you can choose how fast pictures on your Aura cycle through. For instance, I think I’d probably set mine to change them just once per day, but perhaps you’d want to have them cycle through every few minutes. Lastly, you can control Aura with hand gestures. That’s a lot of tech for a picture frame, and the device costs $399. To give you a bit of insight, I approached the company’s booth more out of politeness than anything, but the features, security mindfulness, specs, and the finish of the Jonathan Adler design was what got me to write it up. It’s pretty darned cool.

Aura Digital Picture Frame Does Some Smart Stuff

Twist Plus World Charging Station: $31.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Twist Plus World Charging Station

Check out the Twist Plus World Charging Station. It can plug into any power outlet in the world, and it has four USB ports for charging multiple devices. It also has a MacBook adapter on the bottom you can slide your MacBook’s charging brick onto. It’s $31.99 through our deal. Update: Coupon code “SAVE15” will get you another 15% off this deal.