Everyone wants a piece of your car’s dashboard, and Samsung is buying Harman to get its slice of driving experience. The US$8 billion deal will give Samsung a platform for linking our smartphones to our cars, along with a way for the company to compete with Apple’s CarPlay platform.
We have a deal for you today on the G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker. This outdoor-ready speaker is water-resistant and enclosed in rugged case that includes a steel grill. The internal battery lasts up to 6 hours, and you can connect via Bluetooth or a line-in. You can get it through us for $31.99. There are multiple images and additional details on the deal listing.
There’s an ambition product on Kickstarter called Mahri. It’s a case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (with versions for iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus). It features two Lightning ports for charging and using headphones. It also has a slim battery with an extra 100% capacity, and it will charge wirelessly. Which, really, seems like overkill with the two Lightning ports, but hey, let’s do it all! The two Lightning ports are handled through circuitry embedded in the case. Wireless charging is done through a Qi charger (not included). There’s a goofy (fun) video on the product page, as well as details about the product. The company is looking to raise $36,000 to manufacture this device—they’ve raised $3,000 in a couple of days with 35 days left to go. $100 funding options that net a case are still available as of this writing.
We asked, you shared your top Mac apps, we share them back! Some great additions in the list here, too. Some mutual favorites and some surprises. Listen to hear if yours made the list! Then it’s on to discussion about trackpad scrolling, iOS Mail swiping, ripping movies (with subtitles!) and more. Download, listen and… enjoy!
Remember that jetpack video I showed you a couple of months ago? The people who made that jetpack—JetPack Aviation—are running a contest where you could win a jetpack test flight. 😍 We aren’t involved in this contest, but come on, jetpack! The winner gets a test flight in Los Angeles with the JetPack Aviation JB-10, dinner with the founders, and $1,000 in travel vouchers. If you win, you gotta tell us all about it. Below is a video of some demo flights the company did in New York City.
A package from Wiley landed on my doorstep that included our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus’s two newest books: iPhone for Dummies 10th Edition and macOS Sierra for Dummies (Amazon, iBooks). The former hasn’t officially been released yet, but the latter is available now. I’ve contributed and co-authored For Dummies books, and I love the format. Informative and friendly, and none do it better than Dr. Mac (Craig C. Baig cowrote iPhone for Dummies). If you’re a tech whiz who helps friends and family with their Apple devices, either of these books would make great gifts.
Extraterrestrials arrive. They don’t appear hostile, but the DoD has no idea what they want or how to communicate with them. That’s the premise behind the intelligent, highly praised movie Arrival. Amy Adams plays an expert linguist who’s called upon to assist with communication with the visitors. In this interview, Dr. Kiki Sanford (who was recently on TMO’s Background Mode), chats with the actual linguist/consultant to the movie, Dr. Jessica Coon, an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. You’ll want to see the movie, and this interview sets the stage.
Astonishingly, Apple creates unnecessary problems for itself. Locked in the old era, modern Apple executive thinking continues to focus on drama while excising important elements of its vision. That leads to pain, criticism, and disaffection with Apple. It wouldn’t be hard to avoid all that these days. John explains.
Pyle announced Friday the Portable Instant Photo Printer, a wireless photo printer that works with both iOS and Android. The tiny printer (6.2” x 3.2” x 1”) prints tiny photographs (2.1” x 3.4”), but I’m one of those people who loves tinier photobooth photos. There’s a free companion app for iOS and Android that lets you edit photos and make custom borders, and it will print up to 25 prints on a single battery charge. The ink and paper are both included in a self-contained module. In other words, you’re making some compromises, and this isn’t a product for people looking to make serious prints, but it sure seems fun to me. This device is $99.99.
Check this out: Apple has apparently added some intelligent storage management to the iOS update process. Mac Geek Gab listener Paul sent in this screenshot of his 16GB iPhone upgrading from iOS 10.1 to iOS 10.1.1. It’s a message telling him that he doesn’t have enough room to run the update. Once upon a time, he’d have been on his own to do something about that. But, iOS is offering to delete Excel from his iPhone, run the iOS update, and then reinstall Excel for him. All automatically. That is seriously cool. [Update: David Nelson pointed me to an article at MacRumors showing this feature was introduced in iOS 9. I missed it back then, and I’m guessing others did, too. One way or another, I like it.]
This week we’re diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today TMO’s own Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his experiences writing fiction, the evolution of his novel, and finding a publishing agent.
Our friends at Audioengine have new speakers out called HD3. These powered, wireless speakers include the working bits of Audioengine’s B1 Bluetooth receiver and D1 24-bit DAC. They have 2.75″ Kevlar woofers and 3/4” silk dome tweeters. They also have multiple ways to input, including 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, stereo RCA, USB, and Bluetooth. Similarly, they have RCA variable line-out and 3.5mm mini-jack headphone outputs. That quality comes at a price, though: $399 to be exact. They’re available in Walnut, Satin Black, and Cherry. Audioengine is offering its 30 day “audition” that lets customers try them out.
We have a bundle of Mac apps for you called The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0. It features 9 apps, including: PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac, Call Recorder for FaceTi, MainMenu Pro 3, TripMode, AfterShot 3, ParticleShop, Total Video Converter Pro for Mac, RapidWeaver 7, CrossOver 15 for Mac. All those for $19.99. There’s a description of each app on the deal listing. Grab it while you can.
Apple still sells music on the iTunes Store. Who knew, right? On Tursday, the company launched a promotional push for classic rock albums at US$7.99 each. There are 93 albums included in the sale.
Until October 14, 1947, no human had piloted an aircraft faster than the speed of sound in level flight. At the time, some believed that it was a true barrier, hence the name, making it technically impossible. Others thought it might be possible, but aerodynamic forces would quickly break up the aircraft. And then, Chuck Yeager proved them wrong in the rocket propelled Bell X-1 on that glorious October day. (Jet engines were not yet powerful enough.) We learned a lot about supersonic flight in the coming years: the “area rule” concept, the advantages of a swept wing, and the all-flying tail. Here’s a very cool story of how it all happened by Popular Mechanics, a reprint from a 40th anniversary article. (Image credit: NASA)
Our deal on KlickR is coming to an end in a few days. This device serves as a go-between between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you’ll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It’s the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things, and we have a deal on KlikR for $19.99.
The folks who brought us the Lume Cube have launched a Kickstarter for Life Lite, a smaller LED light you control from your iPhone. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and it can be mounted on some drones. Multiple Life Lites can be controlled at once, making it possible to use several of them to get the exact lighting you want. Half the size of the original Lume Cube, it puts out 1,000 lumens, or 70% as much light. It’s also less expensive, with funding options that get you a Life Lite starting at $39. This campaign exploded out of the gate, and Lume Cube has raised more than US$130,000 of a $30,000 goal with 21 days still to go. The company said it hopes to ship by March of 2017.
This week we’re diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today author and journalist Amy Gahran joins Jeff Gamet to talk about how her books took her deep into research, self publishing, and more.
Fine. I know. I’ve written about this game a lot in the last couple of months, but it’s here! Yay! ROME: Total War for iPad has hit the App Store and is available now. This strategy game was originally a PC and Mac favorite, and Feral Interactive brought it to the iPad. That was no mean feat, as it included figuring out how to make mouse and keyboard controls work on a touch interface. It’s $9.99, and Feral released a new trailer for the release, below. Have fun! Oh, and if you don’t see me for a few weeks, it’s because I’m either playing this or Civilization VI on the Mac. I’m in gaming heaven at the moment.
Wait times for Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus remain at 3-4 weeks or 3-5 weeks, with none showing less than 3 weeks as of this writing. Almost 7 weeks after the initial ship date, that’s an unusual delay for Apple, and the question is why.