Favorite Mac Apps from 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple iMac 2017

Just because there’s so much focus on the iPhone and iPad doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any cool app releases in 2017. Check out TMO’s list with a few of our favorites.

Surprise! The iMac Pro has Upgradable RAM and SSD

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac Pro teardown from OWC

Apple’s iMac Pro has been available for only a few hours and OWC has already cracked one open to see what’s inside. What they found was surprisingly upgradable despite the computer’s sealed body.

Apple’s Battery PR Disaster, Social Media’s Negative Impact, and the Importance of Animoji – ACM 443

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

The boys are fuming over Apple’s self-induced iPhone battery fiasco, and argue the company will lose lawsuits over the issue, whether or not they lose in court. They also discuss Chamath Palihapitiya’s argument that social media is ripping society apart. They cap the show with an in-depth discussion on why Animoji is important, and how Apple is turning iMessage into a hybrid social media platform.

Disable tailspind and spindump to Speed Up your Mac

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

tailspind and spindump processes running full CPU on Mac

Apple’s macOS High Sierra introduced enough performance enhancements that my dual-core, 2011 MacBook Air felt like it had new life breathed into it. Occasionally, though – and more and more frequently recently – events would cascade such that my CPU would run at full tilt for 5-10 minutes before finally settling in. When that was happening, Activity Monitor and/or iStat Menus would show two system processes chewing up CPU: tailspind and spindump. Thankfully, we now know how to stop that.

Octopus Kids Habit Tracking Watch: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Octopus Kids Habit Tracking Watch

We have a deal on the Octopus Kids Habit Tracking Watch. This wearable device is designed to link time to events using icons, say for brushing your teeth. It’s $59.99 through us.

Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Is Ripping Society Apart

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist and the co-owner of NBA basketball team The Golden State Warriors. Oh, and he  was a top executive at Facebook. And that makes his thoughts on social media salient, because he thinks social media is “ripping society apart.” He argues that Facebook and other forms of social media are little more than dopamine-producing machines that have profoundly negative effects on people and society. I recommend this as a must-watch. He also did an interview on CNBC on the topic earlier in December, where he also talked about cryptocurrency.

Boxing Day with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 689

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Logo

Recurring Keychain authorization requests bugging you? iMessages out of order? Want to know what to do with your dead drives? This is just where your two favorite geeks start this week’s episode. Then it’s on to a headphone and earphone discussion, including some talk about letting ambient sound in, and letting someone else listen in on your bluetooth connection! Cool Stuff Found rounds out the show. Press play, listen, and learn! Oh, and enjoy, too.

Apple Poaches Three More TV Execs from Amazon

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

An Apple TV showing the Jolly Roger

Apple is making a significant expansion into a brand new market without diluting the time and attention the company’s technology experts spend on Apple’s software and hardware business.