New JavaScript API Brings Apple Live Photos to the Web

· Andrew Orr · News

Apple has created a new Javascript API so developers can bring Live Photos to the web. Live Photos are Apple’s way to bring your photos to life. A live photo is a cross between a video and a GIF, but on-demand animation for live photos was limited to iOS and Instagram’s Boomerang feature…until now.

This Coating is So Black, it Messes With Your Mind [Video]

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Here’s the blurb from Mashable: “In 2014, researchers in the UK created the darkest material in the world known as ‘Vantablack.’ Now, they’ve created a spray-on version. Vantablack is so dark that it distorts the shape and form of the objects on which it’s painted.” Absorbing 99.965 percent of visible light, this coating reflects so little, it creates new optical illusions, disguises shapes, and tricks the human eye. You’ve never seen nothing like this. Wile E. Coyote helps with the demonstration.

This Coating is So Black, it Messes With Your Mind [Video]

The Punycode Phishing Attack on Web Browsers Ain’t So Puny

· Jeff Butts · Analysis

Punycode phishing attack

Jeff Butts never thought someone could register a domain name that looked exactly like, but then he saw the latest vulnerability of several major browsers. Follow along as he dissects the Punycode phishing attack, looking at why it works and how you can avoid it.

Evade the macOS 'Too Many Open Files' Error by Pushing the Limits

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

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Here at Mac Observer, we’re penultimate geeks. We push our Macs to the limits, and then find ways to surpass those limits. macOS has limits put in place that result in occasional error messages about “too many open files,” which one of the team ran afoul of. Jeff Butts dove deep into the core of macOS and found out how to increase the limits Apple has imposed upon us.

Artificial Intelligence's Impact on Society - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-20

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

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Artificial Intelligence research is racing forward and loads of companies want in on the game. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact artificial intelligence could have on society and how the AI choices we make now could have big repercussions in the future.

Apple Plans to Make iPhones Without Mining for Materials

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple commits to stop using mining for iPhone, iPad, and Mac raw materials

Apple has a lofty goal to stop relying on mining for the raw materials needed to make iPhones, iPads, and Macs. There isn’t a plan for how the company will accomplish that, or at least there isn’t one yet.

Apple's 5th Avenue Store Glass Cube Dismantling is Only Temporary

· Jeff Gamet · News

5th Ave Apple Store glass cube being removed temporarily during construction

A New York City building permit is making the rounds and raising eyebrows because it’s for removing the iconic glass cube entrance covering the 5th Avenue Apple store. The cube is coming down, but only temporarily, because it’s in the way of Apple’s renovation plans.

Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor: $72.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor

We have a deal on the Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor, a webcam that streams video to your smartphone through a companion app. It also features a speaker so you can speak to your pet remotely. It’s $72.99 through us.

macOS: How to Copy Files as Pathnames

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you need to reference a file or a folder with a really long pathname, then don’t waste your time typing out the whole thing when there’s a shortcut to help you! Today’s Quick Tip is about a better, faster way to point people toward items on their Macs, and Melissa Holt’s got the scoop.

Adobe Amps Up Creative Cloud Video Professional Apps, Including Touch Bar Support

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Creative Cloud Premier Screenshot

Adobe announced Wednesday new versions of video editing and effects tools in Creative Cloud. The company announced new versions of Premier, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator, all of which are work more closely with one another. MacBook Pro owners will also get support for Apple’s new Touch Bar.

Mid-April Drone Footage Shows Apple Park 'Finishing Touches'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is working hard on finishing Apple Park, the so-called spaceship HQ. It’s expected to open in the next several weeks, and new drone footage from YouTuber Duncan Sinfield shows what he called “finishing touches.” There are shots of the trees being planted, inside work through the glorious windows, and more. It’s an excellent look at just how far Apple Park has come since an ailing Steve Jobs pitched it to the Cupertino City Council.

Set Up Your Own VPN Server in the Cloud for Free or Cheap

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

VPN Server

When it comes to choosing VPN servers, Jeff Butts just isn’t happy with the commercial choices. Rather than leave his Internet privacy up to someone else, Jeff built his own VPN server. You can, too, without much (if any) cost and just a little bit of time.

Touch Screen Macs, iPhone's Name, and Star Wars - ACM 407

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Would Apple ever make a touch screen Mac? Bryan and Jeff chew over recent rumors about Apple making an iMac for creative pros that would compete with Microsoft’s Surface Studio. They also talk about iPhone’s name and Disney’s management of the Star Wars franchise.

Why Apple Will Be Using Xeon CPUs in This Fall's "Pro" iMac

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Intel's Xeon logo.

Recently, we learned that Apple may be seriously considering the use of a Xeon CPU in its so-called “server-grade” iMac planned for later this year. There are good technical reasons why the use of the Xeon has entered the discussion in what has traditionally been considered a consumer iMac—in contrast to the Mac Pro which has had Xeons all along. John explains.

iTunes Deal: $40 for Middle Earth 6-Movie Bundle

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is offering a fantastic US$40 deal on a six-movie bundle featuring The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as The Hobbit trilogy. Called the Middle-Earth Extended Editions 6-Film Collection, the HD movies are all extended editions, which means they have extra scenes and details you couldn’t see in theaters. The Middle Earth bundle includes: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We don’t know how long this deal will last, so if you’re a Tolkien fan and don’t have the movies yet, take advantage of this deal today.

iTunes Deal: $40 for Middle Earth 6-Movie Bundle

Facebook, Apple, and Augmented Reality - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-19

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

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Facebook just announced its augmented reality platform and Apple has already said it’s very interested in AR. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Facebook’s augmented reality plans, what Apple may be working on, and how apps today are preparing us for an augmented reality future.

Facebook's Augmented Reality Plans Just Opened the Door for Apple

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Facebook launching its own augmented reality platform

Facebook is embracing augmented reality and its platform will be something we already have: our smartphones. That’s good news for Apple because Facebook just set bar for what the average user will expect, and it very likely plays into Apple’s own plans for augmented reality on the iPhone.

MacX Media Management Bundle: $19.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MacX Media Management Bundle

We have a deal for you on the MacX Media Management Bundle, a collection of Mac apps designed to help you encode and decode videos and move them to your iOS devices. It consists of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, MacX Video Converter Pro, and MacX MediaTrans, for $19.95