TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-01: Apple Music and Tidal, Spotify's App Store Gripe

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

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Word on the street says Apple is in talks to buy the streaming music service Tidal. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a deal between the two makes sense, plus they look at Spotify’s complaint that Apple is blocking competition in the streaming music market with its App Store approval process.

Save $600 on MacTech Conference, Includes Home Automation Showcase

· Dave Hamilton · TMO Deals

This fall will mark the 7th annual MacTech Conference, happening in Los Angeles November 15-18. For the first time, MacTech Conference 2016 includes a Home Automation Showcase featuring demonstrations of products and services that work with Apple’s HomeKit and other platforms. That’s not all, of course, as MacTech Conference continues its stellar conference track with sessions built especially for IT Pros, enterprise administrators and consultants of all levels. Super early-bird pricing ended back in May, but as a TMO reader you can take advantage of that pricing until Tuesday, July 5th by using our special link. That means you can register for MacTech Conference 2016 for just $999. Don’t let the weekend get in your way, register now and I’ll see you at MacTech in November!

Remembering Steve Jobs 'Pissed Off' Moments

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

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Steve Jobs was an amazing individual. Most of us remember the great product demos, awesome devices, quips like “It’s about the music, stupid,” and other fun things. We’ve also heard infamous examples of Mr. Jobs being angry on the job; but in honor of the iPhone’s 9th birthday on Wednesday, former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris reminded that Mr. Jobs got angry in public, too. The video she linked to is a compilation of Stevenote moments when that anger came out. Like everything with Steve Jobs, I love watching him in action. It’s always interesting.

Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing Competition

· Jeff Gamet · News

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Apple, Amazon, and Google are abusing their market strength to block competition from smaller companies, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In a speech  at the America’s Monopoly Problem on Wednesday, she said the three companies are using their size to “snuff out competition,” and she’s at least partly right.

Last Chance for the World Class Mac Bundle: $24.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

World Class Mac Bundle

It’s the last chance to grab  8 Mac apps in the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can’t imagine not having—Freeway  Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid apps, and you can get them all in this bundle for $24.99. There are detailed descriptions on each app in the deal listing, so check it out.

Apple's Change From OS X to macOS Hardly 'Muddies the Waters'

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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On June 30, an article was published at Computerworld claiming that Apple’s change from “OS X” to “macOS” will “do nothing for the Mac except accelerate its downward spiral as a fringe hardware product… and muddy the waters.” John Martellaro takes a look at this article with a critical eye and sets the record straight.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon, and Google Competition Lockout

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

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Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they’re stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator’s concerns and share their thoughts on competition in the tech world.

OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!

Tweetbot's Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Last week Tapbots added Timeline Filters to their Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS, allowing you to control what you see — and what you don’t see — in your Twitter timeline. Today they enhanced those filters even more with the ability to use “OR” and quotes. This means you can Filter out “holy war” OR emacs to be sure not to unintentionally boil your blood while otherwise enjoying Twitter (I’m assuming we’re all vim users here, right?!?). You can download Tweetbot from the App Store.

Tweetbot’s Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Version 5.0 of Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad and iPhone adds Page Flip, a new and natural way to navigate through books without losing your place. If you’ve ever been frustrated having to flip to see a map or something on another page, Page Flip solves that problem. Just tap in the middle of your screen to activate Page Flip and skim around until you find what you want. When you’re finished looking, tap again and Page Flip will offer to return you to your original spot. Even better, Page Flip remembers the locations you have flipped to, allowing for easy bouncing around. The updated Kindle App is available for free in the App Store.

Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone

ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google's Phone, and Bryan's Rant

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.

Why I'll be Buying a New iPhone 7

· John Martellaro · News

IPhone 7 and control freaks

Some say, the iPhone 7 will be a yawner. What’s forgotten is that our appetite for new (useful) toys and being state-of-the art always outweighs the cynicism of skeptics and critics. John’s going to have a new iPhone 7, and states why you should think seriously about one too. Ignore the voices that seek control.

Dr. Mac's High Points from Apple's WWDC

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

WWDC - The Greatest Show on Earth

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus rounds up his highlights from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), including macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for iPhone, iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on Jakku, D’Qar, Takodana, the Millenium Falcon, and Starkiller Base. There are puzzles to solve, space ships to fly, battles to fight, and plenty of things to build. The game includes the first chapter for free, and additional levels and character packs are available as in-app purchases. Clear your afternoon, and may the Force be with you.

TaskPaper Text Editor for Mac: $12.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

TaskPaper on MacBook

We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third party editors on iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, and three other Mac editors, too.

Apple Patent Blocks Smartphone Recording, and it's Creepy

· Jeff Gamet · News

Ray gun shooting an iPhone

Musicians and other live performers could have a new way to stop attendees from using their smartphones to record video, photos, and audio at events thanks to a new patent from Apple. The iPhone and iPad maker was awarded a patent this week for a system that remotely disables recording with infrared signals. The system could be used in other ways, too, like blocking recording in secure facilities, or by governments to prevent free speech.

OS X: Safari's "Close Other Tabs" Option

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a nifty little Safari feature that’ll let you close all of the tabs you’re not using, in a flash! We’ve got the details on the different ways you can do this, so come read all about it.