TMO Background Mode Interview with Bloomberg Consumer Tech Reporter Mark Gurman

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reports.

Mark Gurman is the Consumer Technology Reporter for Bloomberg. As Mark recalls, there was never a time in his youth when he wasn’t interested in technology. He told me that it was the iPod mini for his 10th birthday that wowed him. His love for the company that created the iPod made it feel very natural to get into reporting on Apple. In the second segment, we chatted about his seminal article in December 2016 on the state of the Mac, thoughts on the next Mac Pro, competition from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop, how the Apple watch Series 3 may have LTE, how devious Apple has become in hiding its pre-release trademarks, prospects for an Apple robot and Apple’s HomePod. Mark provided, as always, fascinating and insightful comments about Apple.

Making the Most of Your iPhone Storage Space

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Just because Apple is making iPhone and iPad models with beefier storage options doesn’t mean iOS isn’t evolving to help you manage the space better.

In The Next iTunes Update, iTunes U Collections Will Move to Podcasts

· Andrew Orr · News

If you are an iTunes U content creator, you won’t have to do much since Apple will be doing the transition. However, Apple recommends that institutions review current iTunes U Collections and remove outdated or unneeded content before the transition happens.

Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 7 (15J5369a)

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple TV tvOS 11 beta

Along with iOS 11 beta 7, macOS High Sierra beta 7, and watchOS 4 beta 7, Apple released tvOS 11 developer beta 7 (XX) on Monday.

Apple I Originally Gifted by the Two Steves Going Up for Auction

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Another Apple I computer is going up for auction, according to BusinessInsider (via 9to5Mac). This one was gifted to its original owner—Adam Schoolsky—by his friends Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It also includes an Apple I cassette interface card, a drawing from Apple cofounder Ron Wayne, and a prank flier made by Messrs. Schoolsky and Wozniak for the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire. All of those things makes this auction a little special from other Apple I auctions, but it will also be a charity auction by CharityBuzz, the folks who auction off those coffee dates with Apple execs. Proceeds benefit FAIRS, a nonprofit that develops amateur and emergency radio services in developing countries. CharityBuzz hasn’t listed the auction yet.

Apple I Originally Gifted by the Two Steves Going Up for Auction

1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones: $22.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

We have a deal for you on a pair of 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones. They have up to 5 hours of playtime, and they’re $22.99 through us.

Apple Leaks Go Back Almost 30 Years (Video)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Generally speaking, the only secrets Apple can keep any more are products developed and manufactured internally. Put another way, some software and the Mac Pro. But Apple has always leaked like a sieve. Enter this video from 1988 found and digitized by Fast Company. It’s a news broadcast from a local San Francisco television station interviewing David Bunnell, editor for a now-defunct publication called Macintosh Today. He went on to found PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, but back at Macintosh Today, he had just scooped Apple with a story about the not-yet announced Mac Portable (or Luggable, as it was nicknamed). His story was based on a 160-page document his magazine got its hands on. 160 pages! I suppose this is proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671

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

Mac Geek Gab Logo

It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!

Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Nationwide

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Just in case you were thinking to yourself, “Hey, Comcast doesn’t have a big enough footprint in my life,” I’ve got good news for you. The media behemoth announced Friday that Xfinity Mobile is launching nationwide in the U.S. Comcast commercials ask, “It makes you wonder: shouldn’t we get our phones and internet from the same company?” Quick response: no it doesn’t and how on earth does that make sense? Anyhoo…it’s $45 per line per month for unlimited data or $12 per month per GB of data.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service Nationwide