Get Ready for the FBI's New Encryption Back Door Push

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The FBI’s fight for government mandated backdoors into our encrypted data and devices is far from over, and Director James Comey says he plans to bring that back to the forefront next year. Mr. Comey says it’s time for an “adult conversation” on the topic, and that law enforcement needs an easy way to access our private data for criminal investigations.

Jimmy Fallon Plays 'Stranger Strings' with the Kids from Stranger Things

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It’s no secret we’re obsessed with Stranger Things here at TMO. Then Adam Christianson dropped a note in Slack about Jimmy Fallon playing a game called Stranger Strings with the child actors in the show. It involves lots of Silly String, of course. Oh, and it includes Millie Bobby Brown rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse in “Monsters.” And she’s a Spanish-born Brit. Who knew? All the kids are great, though, so enjoy. And for those on #TeamBarb, there’s also a Jimmy Fallon sketch where Barb comes back to confront the kids while they’re playing “Virgins & Dragons.” It’s also entertaining.

The 'Official' BINGO Card for Apple's September 7th Media Event

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Dr. Andrew Leavitt has posted the “Official BINGO Card for the Fall 2016 Apple Special Event.” It’s awesome. Each square has an event, quote, quip, or note you can expect. Things like, “Snarky Android burn in reference to¬†iOS adoption rates,” or, “Doubling down on something or another.” There are also most serious squares for specific new features that are rumored. It’s quite funny and an excellent roundup of both expectations and rumors. The first person to get five in a row or column wins. Dr. Leavitt posted a PDF version of the image in case you want to print it and play for real. ūüėā

The ‘Official’ BINGO Card for Apple’s September 7th Media Event

HP Announces a Drool Worthy Desktop PC: the Elite Slice

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Hewlett-Packard has just announced a desktop PC to drool over.¬†It’s about the size of a Mac mini but has many more features.¬†First, it’s stackable. One¬†can add modules like Bang & Olufsen speakers, an optical drive, an external drive module, and a VESA mounting plate.¬†It logs on with an optional fingerprint sensor. Power and I/O is via USB-C, but it also has conventional USB-A ports, a port for Ethernet and DisplayPort video. There’s an Intel Core i7 and you can put a whopping 32 GB of RAM in it. There’s a lot to like about the way HP has approached this new, beautiful product. Available later this month, starting at US$429.

Tapbots Brings Pastebot Clipboard Manager to the Mac

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Tweetbot maker Tapbots brought its popular Pastebot clipboard manager back to life, but this time it’s for the Mac. The app keeps a history of what you copy and paste so you can quickly paste again, shows previews of copied items, includes filters for modifying clippings when they’re pasted, and supports macOS Sierra’s Universal Clipboard feature for sharing clippings between your Mac and iOS devices. Pastebot is available as a public beta, so Universal Clipboard support isn’t working yet. You can checkout Pastebot at the Tapbots website.

Tapbots Brings Pastebot Clipboard Manager to the Mac

iOS: Downloading Apple Music Items to Your Device

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This Quick Tip is about how you can download songs, playlists, or albums to your iOS device if you’re using Apple Music, so you’re not out of luck if you lose network connectivity (or heck, if you just don’t want to stream your music and use up your cellular data). Music lovers, unite!

Is There Anything Apple Can't Do? That's Now a Problem

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Once upon a time, Apple was famous for saying “no” to harebrained or even some legitimate product ideas. ¬†That was an essential strategy for Apple to emerge from its troubles in the 1990s. Now, however, a much larger company is increasing its surface area to the customer. That, combined with Apple’s organizational structure, is creating some problems that we’re seeing today. John explains.

Every Apple Keynote Since 1997 at a Glance

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Check out NotesKey‚ÄĒI love this site. It has every Apple keynote event since 1997 laid out in an easy-to-grasp table. Each¬†year is laid out by month, and each keynote event is represented with an icon¬†that immediately conjures up memories of that event. The earlier ones¬†use images from moments in the keynote, while recent years use the images Apple sent out in media invitations. It’s brilliant, useful, immediately made me realize Apple used to hold a lot more keynote events than it does today thanks to the now-defunct Macworld Expo.¬†To the creators of¬†NotesKey, nice job!

Every Apple Keynote Since 1997 at a Glance

The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle: $49.99

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Ultimate Mac Cuber Security Bundle Deal

We have a collection of apps for you today called The Ultimate Mac Cyber Security Bundle. It features seven apps, including: VPN Land 1-Year Subscription, Periscope Pro 3 Video Surveillance for Mac, Koofr 100GB Plan 1-Yr Subscription,  Mac App Blocker, Mac Internet Security X9: 1-Year Subscription, Sticky Password Premium 1-Year Subscription, and Elite Keylogger Pro. These apps help you monitor your home and your Mac in a number of different ways, as well control and monitor usage of that Mac. You can get all of them for $49.99 through our deal.

Judge Rejects Monster's Claims in Beats Lawsuit

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Monster Cable founder Noel Lee got a double-dose of disappointment: first, he missed out on a big cash win when Apple bought Beats, and now his lawsuit alleging the headphone maker scammed him out of that deal is on the rocks. The judge overseeing the case tossed out his claims only days before the scheduled trial which is now focused on whether Monster should have to pay Beats’ legal expenses.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-31: Monster v Beats Lawsuit Implodes, Dropbox Data Breach

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Monster’s Noel Lee is having a pretty bad day because his lawsuit against Beats fell apart. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Lee’s claims he was duped to cut him out of the deal where Apple bought Beats. They also talk about the why Dropbox’s 2012 data breach is news again, and get a little excited about Stranger Things season 2.

Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

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Dr. Mac says he doesn’t ¬†usually write about Apple‚Äôs minor operating system updates, but, if you‚Äôre using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should¬†update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #190: ¬†Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

It's Official: Stranger Things Season 2 is Coming in 2017

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The Netflix original series Stranger Things was an instant hit and left us wanting more, and now that’s exactly what we’re getting. The Duffer brothers released a teaser trailer for the new season, and while it doesn’t include any clips from episodes it does list their titles. All nine of them: Mad Max, The Boy Who Came Back To Life, The Pumpkin Patch, The Palace, The Storm, The Pollywog, The Secret Cabin, The Brain, and The Lost Brother. 2017 can’t get here fast enough.

Apple's iCloud gets 2TB Storage Tier Ahead of iPhone Launch

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Apple quietly added a 2TB storage option for iCloud subscribers, doubling the previous high end tier. The company quietly added the new level this week, leading to speculation that the company’s September 7th media really will include a new iPhone with 256GB storage.