iOS 11.3 Will Bring Face ID for Family Sharing

· Andrew Orr · News

One of the features coming in iOS 11.3 will let you use Face ID for family sharing. This includes approving purchases. It’s already shown up in the iOS 11.3 beta.

Apple’s HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That’s OK

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

HomePod with Beta Test Logo

If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.

16GB USB 2.0 AES 256-Bit Encrypted Flash Drive: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

16GB USB 2.0 AES 256-Bit Encrypted Flash Drive

We have a deal for you on a 16GB USB 2.0 AES 256-Bit Encrypted Flash Drive. It features a keypad on top of the drive for a password to encrypt and decrypt the contents. It’s $59.99 through us.

First Ant-Man and The Wasp Trailer Shows Big Fun Comes in Small Packages

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Marvel’s first Ant-Man movie was an awesomely fun romp through the super hero world, and it looks like the sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, is going to be more of the same. A surprise trailer for the movie dropped on Tuesday morning showing Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Dr. Pym back in action saving the world while on the run. You’ll never look at Pez in the same way again.

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.