TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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An iPhone 7 in Australia caught on fire in a car, and now the media is comparing the incident to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what happened, and to sort out whether or not it’s appropriate to compare this iPhone 7 to the Note 7 fires. They also compare Microsoft Surface sales to the current state of the iPad.

iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire

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Burned iPhone 7 following car fire

An iPhone 7 is being blamed for causing a car fire, and it’s already being compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning phone disaster. While it’s possible Apple is about to face a wave of burning iPhones, it’s possible this was an isolated incident, or that the iPhone wasn’t the cause of the fire.

HYFY Pro 1-Year Plan: $25

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HYFY Pro extension on Google Chrome on a MacBook

We have a deal for you today on HYFY Pro, a video screen capture extension for Google Chrome browser. It offers one-click recording that can also capture your microphone, and can then share out your capture Slack, JIRA, HipChat, or a shareable URL. We have a 1-year subscription for $25, 58% off retail. The deal listing has subscriptions for longer terms, too.

King of the Hill Intro in Pixel Art

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I’m kind of in love with this video by YouTuber Mauri Helme (via The Next Web). It’s the intro to King of the Hill, a brilliant Mike Judge cartoon that ran for 13 seasons. It was one of the smartest comedies on TV, in my opinion, but Mr. Helme recreated the intro using Pixel Art, including an 8-bit version of the theme song. Enjoy!

Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming

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Apple & TV

Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, dampened expectations for original TV programming from his company. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Mr. Cue said that Apple was focused on making it easy to access content from everyone.

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I think I’ve all but given up trying to read the Apple TV tea leaves.

Mad Max Available on Mac App Store and Steam

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Feral Interactive announced Thursday that Max Max is now available for Mac and Linux. Mad Max is a violent game that puts the player in the title role. Combat centers around cars, with players chasing upgrades to make their cars better, faster, stronger. Gameplay doesn’t technically follow the 2015 movie Mad Max: Fury Road, but it was inspired by the look and feel of that movie. It’s US$29.99 and available now on the Mac App Store and on Steam.

Satechi Slim Rechargeable Aluminum Bluetooth Keypads

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Apple seems resolute in its desire to keep us from having an Apple wireless keypad with our Apple wireless keyboards, but Satechi has a device for that. The company introduced the Satechi Slim Rechargeable Aluminum Bluetooth Keypad in GoldSilver, and Space Gray on Thursday. They look pretty spiffy to me, and the battery lasts up to 2 weeks on a charge time of 1-2 hours. They’re priced at US$39.99 and are available now.

Satechi Slim Rechargeable Aluminum Bluetooth Keypads

Apple Will Likely Let the 2013 Mac Pro Quietly Die

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There was a time when Apple was into powerful headless Macs for technical professionals. Those who wanted their own multiple displays and great expandability. Lately, Apple seems to have lost interest in that market and focussed on mobility. There is a smattering of hopeful signs, but John Martellaro thinks the Mac Pro is headed for the annals of Apple history.

MacBook Pro's Function Touch Strip Called Magic Toolbar

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MacBook, silver

We already have the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, and soon we’ll have the Magic Toolbar, too. A just uncovered trademark filing seems to confirm the MacBook Pro really is getting a touch sensitive bar to replace the keyboard’s row of function keys.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-20: Apple's 'hello again' Media Event Predictions

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Apple is hosting a media event on Thursday, October 27th, titled “hello again.” Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not we’ll finally see a refresh to the aging Mac Pro. They also offer up predictions on what else may or may not get announced, and generally hammer on Bryan for his Mac Pro hopes.

watchOS 3: How to Use Emergency SOS

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The new version of watchOS has a neat and potentially life-saving ability, dubbed Emergency SOS. When it’s on, this feature will let you use the physical buttons on your device to automatically call emergency services and even notify some contacts that you’re in trouble. We’ll tell you how to set it up!

The Mac Power Organizer Bundle

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The Mac Power Organizer Bundle

W have a bundle of Mac apps for you today called The Mac Power Organizer Bundle. It has four apps, including: Folx 5 (download organizer and manager), Commander One PRO (Finder replacement), Uplet Bulk Instagram Uploader (upload to Instagram from your Mac), and CloudMounter (an app that mounts your cloud storage on your desktop). You get all four apps for $14.99 with our deal.

E Ink Keyboard MacBook Pros Aren't a Sure Thing

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Sonder E Ink keyboard in MacBook Pro

A report last week suggested Apple will ditch the MacBook Pro’s traditional keyboard for an E Ink version with keys that dynamically change based on the app being used. Now the Wall Street Journal is chiming is saying it has sources confirming Apple’s plan. That makes it more likely an E Ink keyboard is coming, but it still isn’t a sure thing.

IK Multimedia Announces MODO Bass Modeling Software for Mac

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IK Multimedia introduced bass modeling software for the Mac called MODO Bass. The company claims it reproduces a physical bass, including the way humans interact with the instrument, and that it can produce “virtually every electric bass sound.” Models out of the box include a Rick 4003, a Gibson EB-0, a 70s Fender Precision, a modern Fender Jazz, and several more. Each sound can be tweaked with effects and modeled amps. It looks really good, though I haven’t played with it yet. Retail is $299.99, but IK Multimedia has a pre-order price of $149.99. It ships in November.

Performance Tests: Every iPhone Ever Made

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“The iPhone 7 is said to be 120 times faster than the original 2G, which came out a whopping nine years ago—that’s a lot of progress in less than a decade.” So begins a terrific suite of tests on every iPhone Apple has shipped: boot time, speed benchmarks, camera quality (and low light performance), Touch ID response, camera launch times, operating temperature, sound output, and more.  What a nifty video—and nicely narrated. Nine years of iPhone development before our eyes.

Focusrite Allows Users to Control Their Audio Interface from iOS App

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Focusrite released iOS Control Wednesday—note that it’s being listed on the App Store as simply Focusrite Control. This free app allows users of Focusrite’s desktop app Control to extend control of their audio interfaces to iPhone and iPad. Control works with Focusrite’s larger audio interfaces, from the Scarlett 6i6 (2nd Gen) and up, as well as the company’s Clarett and Red lines. With iOS Control, users can control hardware inputs, software playback, panning, solo, mute, and preamp settings on your interface—all from your iOS device. It’s a free download, but is useless without the above-mentioned hardware and use of the Control desktop app.

Focusrite Allows Users to Control Their Audio Interface from iOS App