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· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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This could be the year Apple breaks form and introduces new hardware at WWDC, and Bryan and Jeff explain why. They also discuss Apple’s big bets on an even bigger future and the importance of AI, neural nets, and machine learning.

Thoughts On The Apple Mothership: Celebration of the Employee

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Drone footage shows nearly complete main building at Apple Park campus

Steven Levy has written a stellar article at Wired about his tour of the new Apple campus, Apple Park, aka The Mothership. The focus is on the design details inspired by Steve Jobs and the building as “Steve’s gift.” John read the article and has some follow-on thoughts to offer.

Scooby-Doo, Knight Rider, and A-Team Square Off in the Most Epic Hot Wheels Race Ever

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you’re of a certain age, one of the single most pressing questions in life is which car would win in an race: Scooby-Doo Mystery Mobile, Knight Rider, The A-Team van, Ghostbusters, or Back to the Future Delorean? Mark Rober, who is well known for his awesome science-related videos, settled the question once and for all with the single most epic Hot Wheels race ever recorded. I won’t give you any spoilers, but I will say you need to turn up your speakers so you can properly take in six minutes of pure awesome.

Apple's Latest Videos Prove Its Technology Is Designed for Everyone

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

Apple tech is designed for everyone

Apple recently pulled the wraps on a new series of advertorial YouTube videos, surrounding the theme of “Designed for.” Jeff Butts explores these videos and how they prove that Apple’s technology truly is designed for everyone.

Gmail Smart Reply Comes to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Product News

One of the features announced today at Google I/O 2017 is Gmail Smart Reply. It was first released in the web in 2015, as a way to let people send short, canned messages in email, similar to iMessage on the Apple Watch. Andrew Orr tells us it’s finally coming to the Gmail app on iOS.

Siri the Cyber Security Guard - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-17

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

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As artificial intelligence systems improve, voice assistants like Siri make take a more active role in protecting our computers and our online activity. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Siri may play a bigger part in our personal cyber security, and whether or not that’s something we want.

Two Easy Tips for Being More Productive on Your Mac

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Personal Productivity

Dr. Mac has been obsessed with personal productivity since time immemorial. He says that while Macs have improved immensely over time, some things haven’t changed much including a pair of tips that appeared in his first book, Dr. Macintosh, way back in 1989, as well as his current book, Working Smarter for Mac Users.

watchOS: Combine Theater Mode With Wake Screen

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

With the introduction of watchOS 3.2, Apple added a Theater Mode to prevent your Apple Watch from lighting up when you turn your wrist. Instead you have to tap on the screen to activate the screen. You can turn Wake Screen on and off, or you can keep it on and use a tip that Andrew Orr found to save you from poking around in settings.

macOS: Getting Rid of the Windows EFI Boot Entry

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Windows on a Mac and the EFI Boot Entry

When you delete a Windows partition, but don’t use Boot Camp Assistant to remove the installation, something pesky gets left behind. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts shows how to delete the leftover EFI Boot entry from when you dual-booted between macOS and Windows.

Sal Soghoian Launches CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference

· Jeff Gamet · News

CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference with Sal Soghoian scheduled for August 8, 2017

Sal Soghoian, who is the master of automation on the Mac, is hosting his own conference called CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference. The day-long event will cover AppleScript, Automator, JavaScript for Automation, Workflow, and more.

SainSmart UNO for Arduino: $53.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SainSmart Uno Microcontroller Board for Arduino

We have a deal on the SainSmart UNO microcontroller board for Arduino. This device is based on the ATmega328 microcontroller, and you can read about its capabilities on the deal listing. It’s $53.99 through us.

iCloud Drive: How to See the Status of Uploads

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip


If you’ve ever uploaded a bunch of files to iCloud Drive from your Mac, you may have wondered how to track the progress of your file transfer. This Quick Tip will cover just that (plus a couple of other handy tricks for the Finder)!

Here’s How Siri Could Become Your AI Cyber Nanny

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple buys dark data company Lattice Data

The internet has turned into the Wild, Wild West. People are exposed to threats daily, but help is often far away in time and space. But, like the old American Wild, Wild West times and technology change. It’s high time our leading tech companies like Apple and Microsoft put artificial intelligence to work truly protecting us. That’s the noblest cause for advanced technology right now.

'Today at Apple' Launches with a Great Drum Beat

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the drum beat in this new Today at Apple YouTube video. OK, maybe the drummer isn’t the point of the video, but man, I love it. The video promotes the company’s Today at Apple website, which launched on Tuesday. This service is designed to make it easy to find out what’s going on at your local Apple Store. Actually, they’re just called Apple now, but you know, Apple’s global fleet of retail stores. For instance, at Apple Palo Alto, there’s a Photo Walk at 11:45 AM PDT—well, that’s tomorrow, but think of “Today” as more like “during the next 24 hours or so.” There are also a couple of Kids Hours near me and a Photo Walk at another Apple Store. The site has big, bold photos and additional information for each of the events, and it’s part of senior vice president Angela Ahrendts’s efforts to turn Apple retail locations into community hangouts. What do you think?

Bloomberg Says Apple Will Announce New MacBooks at WWDC

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Alex Webb said on Tuesday that Apple will launch new MacBooks at its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. Unnamed sources said Apple will bump the processor in its MacBook Pro to Intel’s Kaby Lake. The company will also introduce a faster MacBook and maybe even a faster MacBook Air. Mr. Gurman is almost always right, and I hope he nailed it with this one. Updated MacBook Pros just 10 months after they were introduced would go a long ways to convincing us that Apple is as committed to the Mac as it says it is. The same goes for the other two models.

Bloomberg Says Apple Will Announce New MacBooks at WWDC

Tim Cook Charity Auction Raises Record $688K

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook’s 2017 charity auction for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights set a record Tuesday when it closed at $688,999. That’s more than the $605,00 a coffee date with Mr. Cook fetched in 2013, and well north of the $515,000 Mr. Cook’s auction raised in 2016. Charitybuzz, which conducted the auction, shows the “lot” of Mr. Cook closed, but MacRumors caught the action at the end, when it hit $688,999 with 30 bids. Mr. Cook has used his fame as Apple CEO to raise money for the RFK Center since 2013, but this is the first year the resulting hour with Mr. Cook will take place in the brand new Apple Park. Congrats to the winner!

Tim Cook Charity Auction Raises Record $688K

Apple Goes 'Beyond WWDC' with Third Party Events

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Maps view

Apple has posted some of the third party events that take place during its own World Wide Developer Conference. The Apple Developer Connection has a new Beyond WWDC list that includes events like AltConf 2017, The Talk Show with John Gruber Live, CocoaConf Next Door, Layers, the App Camp for Girls benefit with James Dempsey and the Breakpoints. and one of our favorites, Jim Dalrymple’s Beard Bash.

New Report Says iPad mini to be Discontinued Soon

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple discontinues iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2

A new report backs up what we’ve been saying since March: the iPad mini is a dead man walking. The iPhone 7 Plus has apparently usurped the iPad mini’s place in Apple’s tablet lineup, but there isn’t any word yet on when it’ll be retired.

Apple Seeds First Developer Releases of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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In addition to a new developer release of Sierra, Apple also seeded developer releases of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2. All three releases are most likely going to be bug releases, and they come just one day after final versions of their predecessors.