Happy Labor Day

· Jeff Gamet · News

Labor Day hot dog

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We’ll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 5th. Enjoy the holiday!

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Dollars – Mac Geek Gab 673

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

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Moving your Photos to a new drive, managing your Finder’s smart searches, reasons for a VPN, and remote access to your own Macs are just the first few topics that Dave and John discuss this week. Then it’s on to managing your document syncing, finding an old version of Mac OS X for an older Mac, some cool scripts that other listeners developed for monitoring your network, and more! Press play and enjoy!

These Could Be the Official Names of Apple's New iPhones

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Kudos to 9to5Mac‘s publisher, Seth Weintraub, for a huge scoop. Reporting from Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA), an electronics trade show in Berlin, Mr. Weintraub uncovered what could well be the official names of Apple’s next round of iPhones. Specifically: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone Edition. The news is based on leaks from Apple’s supply chain that wound up in the hands of case makers. Those case makers were confident enough in their intel to start printing up packaging for cases for unannounced iPhones. Read through his entire piece, as he makes a very compelling argument for why this information is likely reliable. If it does turn out to be true, it would mean that Apple is skipping the “iPhone 7s” and jumping straight to iPhone 8 for its base iPhone line. The much-rumored special iPhone, which had been dubbed everything from iPhone Pro to iPhone 8, will be iPhone Edition. It’s a good lineup of names, in my opinion, and I think there’s a lot of merit to this story.

These Could Be the Official Names of Apple’s New iPhones

[Video] Tim Cook Makes Appearance in Auburn University Commercial

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made no secret of his love for Auburn University, his alma mater. He puts his money and his mouth (literally) towards that love in a new promotional video for Auburn with not one, but two appearances [via 9to5Mac]. The spot features past and present students yelling the War Eagle, the school’s slow-motion battle cry. Tim Cook is doing his remotely, probably from Apple Park. Then we cut to an auburn-haired student holding her (Apple) iPad, where Tim continues his War Eagle cry through the magic of (Apple’s) FaceTime. That’s like a 3-for-1 for Mr. Cook, and a continuation of his efforts to raise his (and Apple’s) public profile. Check it out.

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

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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.