Charge & Sync Dock: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Charge & Sync Dock

We have a deal for you today on the Charge & Sync Dock. This simple, S-shaped dock is designed to hold any Lightning iPhone. It features anti-slide TPU on the bottom, and it’s priced at $19.99 through us.

MP3 Wasn't Killed, it was Set Free

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Fraunhofer Institute ends MP3 patent licensing

MP3 is dead and our music libraries are about to stop working! Or, at least that’s what the internet will have you believe since the Fraunhofer Institute announced it isn’t licensing its MP3 patents any more. Here’s the deal: MP3 isn’t dead, all your songs will still play, and you can keep buying MP3 tracks from music services.

Guardians of the Geek Galaxy – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 657

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

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Ever wondered how to share iCloud contact groups amongst family and team members? Ever have to mix iOS, Android, and macOS? Ever wonder what AppTranslocation folders are? How about the best thing to put in your walls before you close them up? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton have your answers to all of this and more.

A Glimpse Into Microsoft's Future

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Future User Interface.

Microsoft is a changed company under CEO Satya Nadella. We’re not the first ones to notice. This change has manifested itself in several ways, most notably the willingness to provide solutions on whatever platform the customer wants to work with. More exciting, however, is how people interact with their computers. This week, John points us an article that reveals Microsoft’s important new thinking about the human-machine interface.

Apple Launches 16 'Shoot with iPhone' Videos on Dedicated Website

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Shoot with iPhone 7 Landing

Apple has launched a site dedicated to its Shoot with iPhone 7 instructional videos. Those videos were launched on YouTube Thursday evening. On Friday, Apple published a subsite on the apple.com domain with 16 videos from the series. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Visual Timeline of Apple I Auction Prices Since 1976 to Now

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The folks at LiveAuctioneers put together a (self-serving, but who cares because it’s fun) visual timeline of Apple I auction prices. It spans from the device’s 1976 introduction to the introduction of the Apple ][ (I’m not sure why that’s included, but again, cool), through three recent auctions in 2012, 2013, and 2014. There’s a few Apple I auctions missing—and the company’s focus was to illustrate increasing prices—but it does show how desirable these primitive computers are. The whole thing was made to promote a May 20th auction for what auction house Team Breker has called the “best preserved” Apple I to date.

Visual Timeline of Apple I Auction Prices Since 1976 to Now

Elon Musk Tunnel Demo Video Might Induce Nausea or Seizures

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

One of Elon Musk’s many world-changing companies is the Boring Company. He posted a video on Instagram of a test run of a sled designed to transport cars at 125 miles per hour. It’s remarkable, but it might induce nausea or seizures.

Amazon's Alexa Calling Feature Works From Your iPhone, too

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

An Echo Dot and various Alexa app screens showing Alexa Calling on the iPhone

Amazon’s Alexa Calling feature works great on the Echo and Echo Dot, from the testing TMO staff have done so far. Jeff Butts and Jeff Gamet also took the time to check out how the feature works from the Alexa app on the iPhone. Here’s what they found out, and how you can use it, too.

The Dangers of Voice Assistants in Our Homes - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-12

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

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Apple, Amazon, and Google want voice assistants to be a bigger part of our lives. Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and privacy implications as voice assistant appliances become more deeply intertwined in our lives.

macOS: Use Spotlight to Directly Search Google with this Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew Orr has another cool tip from Reddit. Using a simple keyboard shortcut, you can use your Mac’s Spotlight to directly search using your default search engine. It saves you from manually going to Safari and searching from the address bar.

Apple's $200M Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment in Corning Means No Sapphire iPhone Displays

· Jeff Gamet · News

Corning gets $200 million from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund

If you’ve been waiting for a sapphire glass for iPhone display, stop holding your breath because Apple’s $200 million investment in Corning says that’s not going to happen. The investment comes from Apple’s recently announced Advanced Manufacturing Fund, and is going to be used for Corning research and development, capital equipment needs, and state-of-the-art glass processing.

Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone: $99.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Aerix Black Talon 2.0 Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone

What’s better than having your own drone? Having your own racing drone. Obviously. We have a deal for you on just that, the Aerix Black Talon 2.0, a beginner’s racing drone. It features a wde angle lens on a 720P HD camera with a live video stream, a 6-axis flight control system, and more. It’s $99.99 through us.

4 Tricks for Using Bookmarks Folders in Safari

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover some features of bookmarks folders in Safari on the Mac. Using a few handy-dandy shortcuts, you can open a bunch of your sites in new tabs or replace the existing ones! Just don’t do one thing when you meant to do the other, all right?

Amazon Prime on Apple TV Announcement Coming at WWDC

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV to get Amazon Prime Video this summer

Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation on June 5th. Amazon also plans to start selling Apple’s entertainment device again once the app is available.

Five Apple Videos for Shooting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

· Bryan Chaffin · News

How to shoot action on iPhone 7

Apple released five videos to YouTube Thursday evening, all of them designed to teach you how to shoot on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Topics include shooting action, shooting “great portraits,” shooting close-ups, shooting vertical panoramics (panos), and shooting without Flash. We’ve got all five of them.

How to Remove Conexant Keylogger Found on HP Laptop Models

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Modzero, a security firm in Switzerland, has discovered a Conexant keylogger pre-installed on certain laptop models. It’s an audio driver located in the Windows system folder.  This driver automatically loads every time a user logs in. Andrew Orr shares which HP models are affected.

Alexa, Siri, You're Not a Trusted Family Member

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Amazon Echo

The conceit of AI agents like Alexa, Cortana, Google Home and Siri is that they are to be always listening, invited to be treated as trusted family members. Or the loyal computer of our family’s starship. John Martellaro doesn’t like these analogies at all.

3 iPhone 7 Plus Tips to Help Make Your Flight More Productive

· Jeff Butts · Deep Dive

Stay more productive even on long flights when you can't have your MacBook or iPad

The Trump administration appears set to ban MacBooks, iPads, and other large electronics from even more flights to the United States. Jeff Butts has some tips for how you can make the most of your iPhone to be more productive during those long flights home.

Apple Buying Up 3D Cameras for iPhone 8

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone to get 3D camera support

The iPhone 8 will reportedly include a 3D camera with facial recognition capabilities, and LG Innotek is parts supplier. That fits with reports that have surfaced over the past few months, although this is the first time we’re hearing that Apple has placed a parts order with Innotek.

Tim Cook Is No Steve Ballmer

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

A piece at Seeking Alpha argues that Tim Cook needs to be replaced as CEO of Apple because he’s “identical to Steve Ballmer.” Bryan Chaffin was specifically asked what he thought, so here’s the short version: it’s balderdash—Tim Cook is no Steve Ballmer.