Google Maps vs Apple Maps - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-31

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

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Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a year’s worth of data comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps and share which is their favorite.

Apple Brilliantly Personifies iPhone Security

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There are three new “Why Switch” videos on YouTube. Contacts is clever and does a pretty good job of conveying that it’s easy to move your contacts to iPhone from “your phone.” Smooth makes a good case that video is smoother on iPhone. But Security, now that one is brilliant. It personifies iPhone’s inherent security advantage over (the unnamed) Android in a funny, concise, and elegant way. It’s easy to understand, and I think it’s entertaining. You can watch it below.

Swift Programming from Scratch: $10

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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Does Apple’s WWDC have you thinking about programming? We’ve got a deal for you on Swift Programming from Scratch, an ebook and exercise platform designed to teach you Apple’s main development language. It’s $10 through our deal.

Gene Munster Predicts New Apple Products at WWDC

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Apple analyst Gene Munster, now with Loup Ventures, has provided his predictions for new and updated Apple products at WWDC—which starts June 5th. He includes a probability with each of the four items. Personally, I think the probability for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro should be a little higher, just because Apple is way behind in its iPad refresh cycle. But check out Gene’s estimates and see what you think.

Gene Munster Predicts New Apple Products at WWDC

TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Kiki Sanford

Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She’s a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science podcast and radio show. This is her second appearance on Background Mode. For those who missed her first show, Kiki explained her upbringing and early interests in ecology, conservation and animals. Her Ph.D. work was on how finches store memories and navigate. In this encore appearance, Kiki and I get geeky with science: an in-depth discussion of epigenetics, the ecology of our kitchens, brain size (and language) in animals, probiotics, how wine protects the human brain, and her favorite subject: world domination by robots. We finished with a discussion about how you can support science research. After spending 40 minutes with Kiki, you’ll want to be a scientist too!

Steve Wozniak Talks Promising Moonshots (Video Interview)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Wozniak on Bloomberg

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak was interviewed on Bloomberg, where he was asked about promising moonshots. The interview took place from the floor of C2, a trade show in Montreal that “brings together Commerce and Creativity.” On Woz’s moonshot radar is artificial intelligence, especially with making them more like “a human friend,” game making, running companies, and autonomous vehicles. He cited Tesla, in particular, as the company most likely to have the next moonshot. He also talks about the value of companies building things for themselves, something Steve Jobs also believed in. It’s an interesting interview.

Apple Maps Adds 3D View for Apple Park Campus

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Maps is making it easier to pretend like you’re flying your own drone over Apple Park because now it offers a 3D view of the campus. Just search for “Apple Park” in Maps and do a two-finger swipe up to switch to 3D view. Now you can swipe and twist around to see the structures and landmarks, including the giant ring-shaped main building. It’s not quite the same as actually going there, but it’s still cool to see the campus from the perspective you want.

Apple Maps Adds 3D View for Apple Park Campus

Roxio Toast 15 Pro: $74.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Roxio Toast 15 Pro

We have a deal today on Roxio Toast 15 Pro, a professional authoring version of the software. It includes the ability to burn Blu-ray DVDs and has all the capabilities Toast Slice included. It also includes a variety of media conversion features. Read the deal listing for more details. It’s $74.99 through us, 50% off retail.