Siri's New Boss, APFS Fusion Drive Issues - TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-01

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their perspective on Siri’s management being reassigned from Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi, plus they discuss APFS compatibility issues with Fusion Drives in macOS High Sierra.

FRETX on Your Guitar Shows You Where to Play

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FRETX on a Guitar

Check out FRETX, one of those devices I’d write up as Cool Stuff Found if I didn’t get to offer you a deal on it. This device slips onto the neck of your guitar and then lights up to show you where to put your fingers. It’s controlled by a smartphone app, and it’s $69.99 through us.

LEGO Unveils Largest Kit Ever: Star Wars Millennium Falcon

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO always has something cool for Force Friday, and this year it’s over the top awesome: A new Star Wars Millennium Falcon. It’s the biggest official LEGO kit to date at 7,541 pieces. You can swap out parts to for The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens versions, and the interior has details like the blaster cannon cockpit, space chess table, smuggling compartment in the floor, and even Han and Leia’s make out room. The new LEGO Millennium Falcon is priced at US$799.99 and will be available on October 1st.

Swift Playgrounds Adds Sphero R2-D2 Support

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Sphero R2-D2 Swift Playgrounds template

Apple is getting on on the Force Friday action with a new Swift Playgrounds template for controlling Spero’s R2-D2 robot.

Real-time Malware Scanners for Your Mac

· Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun · Cool Stuff Found

Malware is a real threat for many platforms, even Macs. Up until recently, malware scanners had to be launched manually to search for this software that could screw up your Mac, and perhaps compromise sensitive information. In this Mac Geek Gab Highlight, John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton discuss new real-time scanning options, including the new Malwarebytes 3, its current memory leak issues, Drive Genius 5, and ClamXAV 2.

Sphero's R2-D2 is as Cool as You Think

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E

It’s Force Friday which means plenty of cool Star Wars related merchandise is coming out, like Sphero’s new R2-D2 and BB-9E.

Instagram Stories Now Available on the Web

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Thursday that the platform’s Stories will soon be viewable on the Web. This means IG users will be able to see them on a browser on Mac or PC, or on a mobile device if you don’t want to use the Instagram app. Previously they were available only in the app. Stories were essentially copied from SnapChat, and have proven immensely popular for Instagram, too. Stories last 24 hours only and are comprised of either live streams, videos, or stills. I’m not seeing them in my personal Instagram feed yet, but the company said that when they appear, they’ll be, “at the top of feed on mobile web, and to the right of your feed on desktop web.”

Instagram Stories Now Available on the Web

FlexiSpot on Kickstarter Combines Bike Desk and Standing Desk

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

As a fellow who earned his living in front of a computer, I’ve been interested in all the recent approaches to changing how we work. It’s hard to know if these things will prove a fad, but things like standing desks are growing in popularity. Enter FlexiSpot, a new project on Kickstarter that is part exercise bike (with a desk) and part standing desk. It seems clever to me, and the company is past the halfway point in its funding goal of $50,000, with 26 days to go. The seat is adjustable, as is the height of the desk. You can also slide the desk back over the seat so you can use it as a standing desk. There are a few Early Bird funding options left at $349 that get you a FlexiSpot. Delivery is estimated for November of 2017.

Absorbits Wet Phone Rescue Pouch for Home Smartphone Drying

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a new company called Absorbits tackling the problem of wet iPhones and other smartphones. The company’s self-titled products is a sleeve designed to draw moisture out of a wet device. It’s reusable, comes in four colors, and is a DIY solution for drying your iPhone for $9.99 through Amazon. I haven’t tested it yet, but will should I dunk my iPhone in the future.

Absorbits Wet Phone Rescue Pouch for Home Smartphone Drying

My USPS Lets You Preview Your Snail Mail

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip


Believe it or not, the United States Postal Service actually takes a picture of every piece of mail you receive, and lets you view those images in most areas — slightly creepy, but very cool.

Apple Seeds tvOS 11 Developer Beta 9 (15J5378a)

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple TV tvOS 11 beta

Thursday’s release accelerates an already accelerated release cycle, as the last developer beta for tvOS 11 hit on Monday of this week.

The Storyteller's Must-Have Mac Bundle: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mariner Write on a MacBook

We have a bundle of apps called the Storyteller’s Must-Have Mac Bundle. It features seven Mac apps from Mariner software, including StoryMill, Narrator, Mariner Writer, Contour 2, Montage, Persona, and MacJournal, all for $29.