Apple Retail Drops 'Store' and I Think I Like It

· · Editorial

Apple Mall of Georgia

Apple is in the process of rebranding its fleet of Apple Stores to a fleet of just Apple. The company is removing the word “Store” from those locations, turning them from retail outlets to outposts of the company itself. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is splendid

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-18: Apple's Ethical Tax Dilemma, Target's Apple Sales Decline

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple has a lot of money outside the United States, and not everyone is pleased with that. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s tax minimization strategy, and whether or not that has ethical implications. They also have some thoughts on Target’s claim that declining Apple product sales negatively impacted its revenue.

Uber Wants all of the Self-Driving Vehicle Market

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Uber self-driving Volvo

Self-driving cars just took a big leap forward, and it’s Uber who’s behind the wheel. The ride sharing company is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month as the first step in a much larger autonomous vehicle plan.

OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

· · Quick Tip

If one of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse) has a name you aren’t fond of, how do you change it? The process is a bit different than it used to be, so we’re going to go over what you’ll do!

Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

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If you’ve ever wanted to roam the corridors on Captain Kirk’s Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, now is your chance. Or, more accurately, now you can explore a faithful reproduction of the set where the classic Trek was filmed. James Cawley spent years recreating the set from original Desilu (now Paramount) plans for his high quality fan series Star Trek: Phase II, and now he’s teamed up with CBS so everyone can see the bridge, sick bay, engineering room, and more just as the actors did in 1966. You’ll have to make a trip to Ticonderoga, New York, and tours end on October 31. Tickets run about $25, and remember the Prime Directive: treat the set with love.

Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

Target Blames Apple for Lower Sales

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Target released its 2nd quarter results on Wednesday, including a 1.1% decline in revenue year-over-year. In a conference call with analysts, executives cited a 20% decrease in sales of Apple products during the quarter as one of the principle reasons for its overall performance.

Dr. Mac’s Rules of Bargain Hunting

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bargain Hunting

Dr. Mac likes a good bargain on anything, but he loves bargains on tech toys. His friends call him thrifty or conscientious but the fact is he’s a cheapskate. He’s obsessed with finding great products at rock bottom prices and shares his rules for bargain hunting this week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Don't Count on iPhone 7 Pro Joining Apple's Lineup

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iPhone 7 Pro

It’s a safe bet we’ll see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, but don’t get your hopes up for the iPhone 7 Pro. The rumored new addition to the iPhone family isn’t coming, nor is Apple planning to drop the “Plus” moniker in favor of “Pro.”

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

· · Cool Stuff Found

Automatic, the device that connects to your car’s ODB port to track your driving, just went pro. The new Automatic Pro model uses a 3G wireless data connection instead of Bluetooth to log data, which means you can track your car’s activity and status without relying on your iPhone’s Bluetooth signal. Even better, you don’t pay anything extra for 3G—it’s included for free. Automatic Pro comes with a new app and better IFTTT support. You can pick up Automatic Pro for US$129.95.

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

A Clever Microsoft Ad Gets to the Heart of Apple's Fuzzy iPad Message

· · Editorial

MacBook-iPad side by side

The early iPads were a sensation. It seemed that Steve Jobs had brought forth the successor to the Mac. However, things have not gone as planned with the iPad, and Apple is scrambling to construct a clearer branding and imperative for the iPad. Even Microsoft senses the difficulty and has poked fun at Apple’s newfound toaster-fridge mentality.

Google Duo, a Platform Agnostic Competitor to FaceTime

· · Cool Stuff Found

Google released Duo on Tuesday, “a simple 1-to-1 video calling app” for iOS and Android. Google set it up to operate around your existing phone number. Unlike Apple’s FaceTime, Google Duo doesn’t care if you’re on iOS or Android. It also has an interesting feature called Knock Knock that allows the callee to see the caller’s live video feed before you answer. The video below demonstrates Knock Knock. Google Duo is “free,” and is available at the App Store and Google Play. [Update: as noted by @grempe on Twitter, Google Duo calls are encrypted end-to-end, an important privacy element to protect users from prying eyes far and wide. – Bryan]

Droplr Pro Lifetime License: $29.99

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We have a deal for you today on a lifetime subscription to Droplr Pro, a digital media collaboration service.  Drop a file on the Droplr icon (there’s a keyboard shortcut, too), and it will be uploaded to a server where other members of your team can view or edit the file. It integrates with Microsoft Office, Cisco Spark, Slack, Adobe, and more. The price through our deal is $29.99.