How to Request Personal Data From Companies

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

You’ve probably gotten dozens of emails lately from companies about updated privacy policies. Here’s what you can do about that.

A Key Organizer that Pairs with Your iPhone for Tracking: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeySmart Pro with Tile Smart Location

We have a deal on the KeySmart Pro with Tile Smart Location. The KeySmart Pro is a key organizer that works a lot like pocket knife. Unfold your key, use it, fold it back up, no mess. This model has an embedded Tile Smart Location device that pairs with your iPhone via the Tile app. That means you never need to wonder, “Where’d I put my keys.” It will even play a sound for you. It’s $39.99 through us, 33% off retail.

Comcast Joins the Wi-Fi Mesh Market with xFi Pods

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

xFi Pods from Comcast

Comcast joined the Wi-Fi mesh market on Tuesday with the official launch of its xFi Pods. The plug-size devices extend the range of Comcast’s Xfinity broadband Wi-Fi network in your home.

These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Reddit user u/ILIJAC recently made a post about how he created special iOS ringtones. Mr. Cvetkovski is a sound designer and wanted ringtones that used the full potential of the iPhone X. He did this by testing the frequency range of the iPhone X speakers, and designed the ringtones with a specific EQ and limiter. By using pink noise, he figured out the frequencies in which the speakers sound distorted, and leveled them. Then he boosted the other frequencies where the loudness level is greater. This results in ringtones that are clean and at the maximum safe level the iPhone X allows. All of Mr. Cvetkovski’s ringtones are free to download here.

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These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

Here's How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg's EU Privacy Hearing Live

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going before the European Parliament today to answer questions about the social network’s privacy policies. The event will be streamed live on the interent from the EP website, which means everyone can watch and see how it compares to the recent U.S. Congressional hearings where he also testified. The live stream starts at 12:20 PM eastern time.

Here’s How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s EU Privacy Hearing Live

Intels Warns of Spectre Variant 4 Chip Vulnerability

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

Intel has a new report out describing what the chip maker is calling a Spectre-like vulnerability dubbed Variant 4 that exploits the CPU’s speculative execution mechanism so hackers can potentially get at sensitive information on your computer.

Amazon in Talks for The Expanse Season 4

· Jeff Gamet · Link

The Expanse

The internet pretty much had a meltdown when SyFy announced about two weeks ago there wouldn’t be a season 4 for The Expanse. Now Amazon is stepping up and is negotiating to keep the show alive through Amazon Prime. Amazon already has the rights to stream the first three seasons, so adding first-run rights for season 4 makes sense. The Hollywood Reporter makes it sound like the deal is practically a done deal, and hopefully they’re right. After all, we need to know what the protomolecule is up to.

How to Restore from a Time Machine Snapshot

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Time Machine now saves what are called local snapshots on your Mac’s internal drive; these can be used to restore files when your backup drive isn’t available or even to roll back your entire system. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll talk about how to take advantage of them!

What Apple's Stock Buyback Plan Should Tell You about the Future

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple with a big pile of money

Announced during the company’s March quarter results, Apple described an aggressive plan for what is the single largest share buyback plan in history, and here’s what Bryan Chaffin thinks that means.

TMO Background Mode Interview with Founder, CEO of StaceyHankeInc, Stacey Hanke

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Stacey Hanke on Background Mode.

Stacey Hanke is the CEO and founder of StaceyHankeInc. She specializes in training business leaders in leadership, body language habits and how to choose words wisely. Her clients include those in finance, health care, government and the military. She’s the author of Influence Redefined – Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday. She’s also co-author of Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. I asked Stacey to be on the show because of her expertise in leadership and influence. These days, there is much discussion about the proper exercise of leadership as well as how executives (and authors) trigger people into taking action. Stacey and I chatted abut how her upbringing and how a very special mentor prepared her to become an acknowledged expert in leadership.

Apple's Siri Says She's Getting 'Smarter' at WWDC [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Siri's New Voice

So far, Siri has revealed she will be getting a new voice, and she hinted at what may be a new HomePod. Perhaps most importantly, on one test, she told me she was getting smarter. [Updated with additional info.]

goTenna Lets You Send Secure Messages and GPS Coords without Service: $155

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Two goTenna Devices

We have a deal on an interesting device called goTenna. It’s essentially your own private network for sending encrypted messages and GPS coordinates to friends, with no local service required. You pair it with your iPhone or Android device, and then use the goTenna app to send messages to your goTenna friends. Check out the video. Our deal is on two goTennas for $155, 13% off retail.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Testifying at EU Privacy Hearing on Tuesday May 22

· Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

First Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before a U.S. Congressional hearing about the social network’s privacy policies, and now he’s doing the same in the European Union. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before the European Parliament on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Apple's New 'Taxi Driver' Commercial: Animoji and Great Song from Korean Band Hyukoh

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new commercial out called Taxi Driver to promote Animoji. It’s an intense animated spot with a drawn romp through a city as the backdrop to the Animoji figures. But the reason I love this spot is the tune—called “Citizen Kane,” rather than Taxi Driver—by South Korean band Hyukoh. This isn’t super-produced K-Pop, either. Hyukoh is an indie band with real musicians playing music they wrote. 9to5Mac noted that Citizen Kane dropped over the weekend, a single for an upcoming Hyukoh EP. In any event, I am effectively obsessed with this tune, and I love Apple’s Animoji commercials. Your mileage may vary.