Billy Crudup, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Join Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon's Apple TV Series

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Billy Crudup, Gugu Mbatha-Raw join Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon drama on Apple TV

Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are the latest to sign on with the Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon original series for Apple’s streaming TV service. They’re joining Steve Carell who is playing the morning show anchor Mitch Kessler who is having trouble adapting to the changing market. Variety describes the new additions:

Mbatha-Raw will play Hannah Shoenfeld, a “whip-smart and charming” head booker of talent on the morning news show the series follows. Tony Award-winner Crudup will portray Cory Ellison, a forward-thinking president of the network news division.

Top notch talent is lining up both in front of and behind the cameras for Apple’s original content lineup. Word on the street is we’ll start seeing these shows in 2019, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they hold up against Amazon Prime and Netflix’s offerings.

T2M2 Utility Sheds Light on Time Machine Operations/Errors

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

When macOS Time Machine works, it does so swimmingly. But when it goes wrong, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. Worse, according to the developer, “Before Sierra brought the new unified log, it was easy to check for problems using Console. But from Sierra on, that has become increasingly complex, and most users would rather undergo root canal treatment than try to make any sense of what they now see in Console.”

“My solution is a free tool, The Time Machine Mechanic, or T2M2, which I built to analyse Time Machine entries automatically in [macOS] logs.”

And it now looks great in Mojave’s Dark Mode.

T2M2 Utility Sheds Light on Time Machine Operations/Errors

SetApp Adds Smile Software's PDFpen

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

MacPaw added Smile Software’s PDFpen to SetApp on Thursday. SetApp gives you access to more than 100 Mac apps—including several top apps—for $9.99 per month. (There are yearly options and education pricing, too.) It’s a service I love and recommend, too. And PDFpen is a great PDF editor and a solid add for SetApp.

SetApp Adds Smile Software’s PDFpen

Take Smoother Videos with the Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal: $93.49

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal

Check out this cool device we’re featuring in our deal of the day, the Rigiet Smartphone Gimbal. It’s a stabilizing video stick that let’s you take smooth videos, even on the go. It features a built-in control panel that lets you quickly zoom and switch between photo/video modes and front/rear camera perspectives. You can also use the Rigiet app for auto tracking, livestreaming, panorama shots, and more. It’s $109.99 through our deal, but coupon code BOO15 will knock 15% off for a price of $93.49.

U.S., China, and the AI Cold War

· Andrew Orr · Link

When Google’s AlphaGo system beat Chinese players at the game twice, this set off a sort of AI cold war between China and the United States.

On October 18, 2017, China’s president, Xi Jinping, stood in front of 2,300 of his fellow party members, flanked by enormous red drapes and a giant gold hammer and sickle. As Xi laid out his plans for the party’s future over nearly three and a half hours, he named artificial intelligence, big data, and the internet as core technologies that would help transform China into an advanced industrial economy in the coming decades. It was the first time many of these technologies had explicitly come up in a president’s speech at the Communist Party Congress, a once-in-five-years event.

Rare Inside Look at Apple News Human Curation

· Andrew Orr · News

Ms. Kern is a former executive editor of New York Magazine. Working with her team, they hand pick the top stories of the day to feature in the Apple News app.

Government is Outsourcing Surveillance to Silicon Valley

· Andrew Orr · Link

Sean Captain writes about a report that shows how the government is increasingly outsourcing surveillance to Silicon Valley companies.

While Amazon plays the leading role, the report also details the involvement of companies including Peter Thiel’s Palantir, NEC, and Thomson Reuters in storing, transferring, and analyzing data on both undocumented residents and U.S. citizens.

“There is a transfer of discretion and power from the public sector to the private sector in the form of these contracted technological services,” says Shankar Narayan, director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the ACLU in Washington State, which was not involved in the report.

The future sounds more dystopian every day.

Russia, China Are Spying on Trump's Insecure iPhone

· Andrew Orr · Link

U.S. intelligence agencies discovered that Russia and China are spying on conversations President Trump has on his insecure iPhone.

Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.

Inflamed by Russian bots, an issue during the 2016 election was Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, because there was a possibility it could be compromised. Now we find that Trump’s iPhone has confirmed to be compromised.

TunnelBear Gets Password Autofill, Easy iOS 12 Siri Shortcut Setup

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iPhone and iPad version of the VPN app TunnelBear got an update this week that adds in support for autofilling passwords from RememBear, plus a new button for adding TunnelBear to Siri for voice control. Tapping the button creates a Siri Shortcut to connect to the last used TunnelBear server, and lets you record your own Siri trigger phrase. The TunnelBear app is free, and the VPN service is free for up to 500MB usage a month. The unlimited data plan costs US$9.99 a month, or $49.99 a year.

TunnelBear Gets Password Autofill, Easy iOS 12 Siri Shortcut Setup

Volocopter Coming To Your Location

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

I’ve written about Volocopter before. Now, progress is being made, and it’ll be undergoing autonomous trials in Singapore next year. The expectation, according to engadget, “If the Singapore tests go well, the technology progresses as planned and the company can get regulators on board, you could be hopping into a Volocopter for your commute in about five years.” The best part? You won’t have to tip the autonomous pilot.

Volocopter Coming To Your Location

3 Ways To Touch a Link/URL in iOS

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max

We commonly encounter URLs, in blue, in iOS, either in Mail or Safari. John shows us that there are actually, in most cases, three ways to touch that URL and get different results.

Throttlegate Lessons, Free Apple Video Rumors, Security PSA - ACM 485

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

In the wake of Apple’s $12 million fine from Italian regulators, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet ask if the company learned any lessons from Throttlegate. They also update their plans for the show, discuss increasing rumors that Apple’s video content will be free, and offer a security public service announcement.