Ingrein 'Smartclock' Shows Important Notifications to Help You Detach from Your Screen

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Ingrein, a very interesting clock designed to help you detach from our devices. The clock is made of real (reclaimed) hardwood, and it has a built-in “LCD screen and light and sound sensors to interact with and display information from your smart devices and favorite apps.” The idea is that you limit what gets sent to the device to those things that are really important so that you can get your face out of your screen, especially when you’re with other people. It’s a very cool idea in theory, and I’m wondering how well it will work in practice. This product is funding through Kickstarter, where it already met its funding goals. Funding options starting at $299 are still available.

IKlip A/V Broadcast Mount for iPhone

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia announced iKlip A/V on Thursday. This is a broadcast mount for broadcasters and videographers to shoot with iPhone. It features an  integrated high-quality mic preamp (with phantom power, too) and a built-in wireless receiver, which means you can monitor sound as you record. It’s powered by two AA batteries. We all know that iPhone is being used to take more and more videos (and photographs), but equipment like this really helps blur the edges between professional applications and the rest of us. The device is available now for $179.99.

G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox: $79.99

· Bryan Chaffin · News

It’s loud, wireless, will play tunes for up to 6 hours on a charge, and it has a handle. G-BOOM is a boombox for the iPhone era. It features a protective rubber base, and has a standard headphone jack in addition to Blueooth connectivity. You can get this device through our deal for $79.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Listeners Comment on Concert iPhone Bans, APFS

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

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It’s listener comment day on TDO. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to respond to your thoughts on Alicia Keys locking up attendee’s smartphones at her concerts, and on Apple’s new APFS file system for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

As if we couldn’t be any more excited about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Entertainment Weekly just dropped a Death Star-size surprise in our laps: Darth Vader is in the movie. Since this movie chronicles the events leading up to the original 1977 Star Wars movie, it seemed pretty likely we’d see everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, but now it’s official. Hopefully Vader will make more than a cameo appearance because it would be frakking awesome to see him in ruthless bad-ass mode instead of the emo Vader we got in “Return of the Jedi”. Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, so clear your schedule now.

Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Beijing iPhone Ban is About Money, not Politics

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple blocked in China

The Chinese company that won a ban on iPhone 6 sales in Beijing has been dead for about a year. But if you’re thinking this is a case where China’s government is using Shenzhen Baili’s name in a political game against Apple, think again; this is a case where a company couldn’t cut it making crappy products in a cut throat market.

ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and Differential Privacy

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they’ve learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it’s all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it’s important.

Elgato Eve, an App for Controlling Smart Devices

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

Dr. Mac says he’s tried at least half a dozen apps for controlling his smart HomeKit devices, but the only one that checked all his boxes was the Eve app from Elgato. He’s got the lowdown in this installment of Rants & Raves.

1 Year Subscription for Typed Plus: $30

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Typed Plus on MacBook

We have a deal for you today on a 1-year subscription to Typed Plus, a blog publishing engine. With this plan, you can run up to 3 blogs with unlimited users and page views. The service hosts your images, you can do scheduled posting, and more. The price through our deal is $30, a massive 87% off retail.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Taking a Closer look at APFS

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

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John Martellaro has been busy learning all about APFS, and he has plenty to share. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to take a closer look at Apple’s new file system for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and tvOS.

BusyCal gets a Big Upgrade and an iOS App, too

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

BusyCal is the go-to workhorse calendar app for the Mac, and now version 3 is out with new features like calculating travel time, an improved menubar view, and tasks tied to specific times. What’s even cooler is that BusyCal is finally available as an iPhone and iPad app, so you can use the same familiar views on all of your devices and get event and task alerts on your Apple Watch. We’ve been testing the Mac and iOS versions for a few weeks and are pretty impressed. BusyCal 3 requires OS X El Capitan and costs US$49.99, or $29.99 for upgrades. The iPhone and iPad version costs $4.99 and requires iOS 9.3 or later.

BusyCal gets a Big Upgrade and an iOS App, too

Judge Dismisses Error 53 iPhone Bricking Lawsuit

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple legal scales

A class action lawsuit against Apple over bricked iPhones and Error 53 has been dismissed because the Judge overseeing the case saying the plaintiffs failed to prove they had been harmed. This isn’t, however, the end of the line because they can amend their claims, plus there are at least two similar cases in the court system, too.

Reason 9 Shipping, Adds Pitch Editor and New MIDI Processing

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Propellerhead shipped Reason 9 on Tuesday. The newest version of the digital audio workstation and sequencer adds two main features: Players automate and process MIDI input, and Pitch Edit, a pitch editor designed for vocals (think Melodyne or Auto-Tune). There are other new features, too, including Bounce In Place, new visual themes, and reverse MIDI clips. On the content side, Reason 9 adds more than 1,000 new “cutting-edge” sounds, and Pulsar dual channel LFO, a rack extension that was previously available only as a stand-alone $49 purchase. I love Reason, especially for sequencing. It’s powerful software, and Propellerhead makes it ever-more capable with each new release. Reason 9 is priced at €405/US$449, while upgrades from any previous version are €129/$129. Propellerhead also has a stripped down version called Reason Essentials 9 priced at €120/$129. The software shipped today and is available now.

Happy 20th Birthday to The Icon Factory!

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I wanted to take a moment to wish The Icon Factory a happy 20th birthday! It’s an amazing accomplishment for any company to stay in business that long, but to transform yourself from an icon-designer to a major design firm, user interface consultant, and app maker is astounding. Icon Factory posted a company timeline/history that is a great walk down memory lane, especially for Mac users. I have a soft spot in my heart for this company because it was such a shining star in the Mac world when that company was at its nadir in 1996. Icon Factory made awesome icons that helped make my Mac more fun—it might sound like a small thing, but I remember it to this day. So thanks, Icon Factory, and happy birthday! May the next 20 years be even more interesting than the first. – Bryan

Happy 20th Birthday to The Icon Factory!

YoCam Versatile Waterproof Camera: $179

· Bryan Chaffin · News

YoCam

Check out the YoCam, a small camera that is waterproof up to 20 feet (IP68). It takes photos or video, and has video stabilization, too. It weighs just 1.9 ounces, and it has a companion app for iPhone and Android devices for processing images. You can get YoCam through our deal for $179.

Lynktec Takes its Apex Fusion Electronic Stylus to the Next Level

· John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Lynktec Apex Fusion

Lynktec has continued to evolve the Apex line of electronic styluses. In late May, the company released a sleek, new version called the Apex Fusion. It’s slimmer, better looking, and is available in black, silver, gold and rose gold. It’s drop-dead gorgeous and features a fine point for accurate drawing and a rechargeable battery. John takes a close look and reports.

What We've Learned About Apple's New File System, APFS, in the Last Week

· John Martellaro · News

It wasn’t discussed in the WWDC keynote. But Apple’s has been developing a new file system for all its devices called Apple File System. It’s been a hot topic of discussion over the last week. Here are some of the notable things we’ve learned since the first day of WWDC along with some context.

Apple Should just Confirm the iPhone 7 Headphone Jack is Gone

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone in crystal ball

The only big design change we can expect to see in the iPhone 7 when it ships this fall will be the lack of a headphone jack. That’s what the latest report claims, and it also says it’ll be 2017 before a major redesign comes. Considering this report comes from the Wall Street Journal, Apple should just go ahead and officially confirm the headphone jack is gone.