Playing Catch-up on macOS Sierra, Printer Wars, Knockoff Apple Watch Straps

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

Epson EcoTank

Dr. Mac follows up on whether or not it’s safe to upgrade to macOS Sierra; a longer-term report on his EcoTank vs. Instant Ink printer comparison; and a lower price on the leather loop Apple Watch bands he bought in July and August (and still loves).

Uber Sees You When You're Sleeping…Around – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-02

· Dave Hamilton & Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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“I’ll be watching you” is a line that might make Sting look a lot more prescient after you hear this episode. Uber and Waze want to know where you are even more than they used to, and Apple wants to put drones in the air over your roads and in front of your homes, at least for a little bit. It’s a brave new world. Our advice: don’t go outside without pants on.

macOS: Four Quick Ways to Find and Open Files

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip will give you tricks on finding and opening files within macOS. If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest ways are to do that, then this article’s for you! (Or heck, if you just want to tell us in the comments that we forgot your favorite method, then that’s fine too.)

UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail Safety Test

· Jim Tanous · News

fake iphone charger fire

Sure, that counterfeit iPhone charger on Amazon is less than half the price of a real one, but according to a recent UK study, it may also kill you. When it comes to electricity, you probably shouldn’t be too frugal.

PDFpen 8: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac: $37

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PDFpen 8

Good news, our deal for deal on PDFpen 8 for Mac from Smile Software is back. This software is an all-purpose PDF reader and editor. You can edit text, add images, redact information, export to Microsoft Word format, and a lot more. PDFpen 8 is priced at $74.95, but you can get it through our deal for just $37.

How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in macOS Sierra

· Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

keyboard viewer modifiers sierra

Mac Geek Gab listener Bruce recently upgraded to Sierra and noticed that one of his favorite features, the Mac’s virtual on-screen keyboard, was missing. Thankfully, Apple hasn’t removed the Keyboard Viewer, it’s just hiding in a new location. Here’s how to access it!

Turn $1 Into an Augmented Reality Tour of the White House

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Forget Pokémon. A really cool use for augmented reality on your iPhone is an animated 3D model of the White House, complete with an audio tour of its importance and history. The new app 1600, released this week by the White House Historical Association, uses AR to build a fully animated 3D model of the White House on a $1 bill while White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest narrates a miniature history lesson. Users can also tap on various parts of the model to reveal additional information and a few hidden secrets. Check it out now for free on the iOS and Android app stores.

Turn $1 Into an Augmented Reality Tour of the White House

Just Mobile's AluCharge 4-Port USB-A Charger Falls Just Short

· John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Just Mobile AluCharge

Available in early December, the Just Mobile AluCharge is a four port. USB-A only charging hub. Made of solid aluminum, It outputs up to 31 watts and is designed to be world ready with the corresponding power plug. While it’s small and well made, it has some disadvantages compared to a notable competitor reviewed previously.

macOS Sierra: Launching Apps from Unidentified Developers

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra blocks apps it doesn't trust from launching

macOS Sierra wants to keep you safe from apps that might not have your best interests at heart, say like, ransomware that locks you out of your files until you pay out a couple bitcoin. But what about the apps Sierra won’t let you launch that you know are safe? There’s a fix for that once you know where to look.

Apple's Tribes and Cloud Services – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-01

· Dave Hamilton & Adam Christianson · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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There is a long history of tribes discussing, analyzing and, yes, chastising Apple. That’s more true today than it ever has been… or is it? How much of the past reflects in the future? Those very same tribes often talk about Apple’s need to increase the amount of free iCloud storage provided to each user. Are they right? Join TDO today as John Martellaro, Adam Christianson and Dave Hamilton discuss!

Apple Adds Online Form for Checking iPhone 6s Battery Replacement Eligibility

· Bryan Chaffin & Jim Tanous · Product News

iphone 6s battery replacement serial number

Apple added an online form for checking your iPhone 6s eligibility for a battery replacement program. The program itself was announced in November, but it was initially up to customers to figure out if their serial number was eligible. The form allows owners to simply enter that serial number and be told if it’s eligible.

Quickly Close a New Safari Tab With a Swipe

· Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

close new tab safari

Most Mac users know how to close a new Safari tab with the mouse or via a keyboard shortcut, but Mac Geek Gab listener Dale discovered a lesser known method via a swipe gesture. Here’s how it works.

Apple to Unleash a Fleet of Flying Drones to Improve Maps Data

· Jim Tanous · News

apple maps drones

Apple Maps has come a long way, but still trails Google in many areas. Apple is therefore preparing a fleet of flying drones to take to the skies in an effort to greatly increase the volume and accuracy of the company’s mapping data.

LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlets: $229

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

LifePower A2 Portable Charger

27,000mAh of power. That’s a crap tonne of power for a portable battery. That’s enough to charge your mobile devices and many laptops, too. We have a deal on the LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlet, with one AC outlet and one USB port, and 27,000mAh of power. It’s $229 through our deal.

Plex Media Player is Now Free for Everyone

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

You all know that we love Plex around here, and yesterday the company announced that its new Plex Media Player app for Mac and Windows, which had previously been limited to paying “Plex Pass” customers, is now free for everyone! Even better, the latest version of the app now supports both a “10-foot” interface for navigating with a remote as well as the Plex “Web” interface for more intimate use with mouse and keyboard. Check out the announcement at the Plex Blog and download your copy of Plex Media Player for macOS.

Plex Media Player is Now Free for Everyone

¡Buenas noticias! Apple Pay Now Available in Spain

· Jim Tanous · News

apple pay spain

Apple today rolled out Apple Pay in Spain, partnering with select credit card issuers and retailers to bring its secure mobile payment service to customers. Spain is the 13th country to support the service as Apple continues its steady Apple Pay expansion.