Belkin Valet Charger - Portable Charging for Apple Watch and iPhone

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Belkin showed me the the Valet Charger last week, and I’ve been itching for Tuesday’s launch so I could tell you about it. This portable battery charger has a USB port for charging your iPhone, but it also has a charging puck for your Apple Watch—and it’s MFi-certified. Belkin told me that making a device that could charge both wasn’t easy, which is probably why I haven’t seen any. The battery itself has a 6,700mAh capacity, more than enough to charge your iPhone and Apple Watch a couple of times. You recharge the Belkin Valet Charger via a microUSB port, meaning you can charge it, your iPhone, and Apple Watch all at the same time. I’ll be reviewing it, but I already got some hands-on time with it and I came away impressed. It’s priced at US$99.99, and it’s shipping later this fall.

Belkin Valet Charger – Portable Charging for Apple Watch and iPhone

How to Re-enable the Startup Chime on Late 2016 MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Re-enabling the new MacBook Pro startup chime

The new 15-inch and 13-inch Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro, along with their 13-inch function key sibling, do away with the Mac startup chime. Turns out the chime isn’t gone, but is only disabled—and it’s easy to re-enable with a quick trip to the Terminal. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-01: Apple's HomeKit and Internet of Things Security

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

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After the Dyn DDOS attack, The Mac Observer started looking into claims that HomeKit smarthome devices were protected from participating. Today Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what they found. Hint: Internet security is a complicated thing in spite of HomeKit’s strengths.

Apple Music Reportedly Getting a Big Price Cut

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music price discount

A new report claims Apple Music is getting a big price cut in time for the holiday season with the regular US$9.99 a month deal dropping to $7.99. The family package pricing will drop, too, assuming the tenuous report is right.

macOS Sierra: Using Siri to Get Specs

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you’re running macOS Sierra, you may know that you can use Siri on your computer, but Apple’s voice assistant can also help you find out what specs your Mac’s got. So if you need to know how much storage space you have remaining, say, Siri has you covered. And so do we!

HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones: $21.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones

We have a deal for you today on the HOCO L1 Lightning Cable Headphones. These earbuds come with a Lightning cable for those with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, or those who just want to listen through their Lightning port. You can get them through us for $21.99.

PSA: LOL 'Apple' Malware Spam of the Week

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

LOL Malware Spam of the Week

Check this out. It’s probably the worst malware spam I’ve seen in a long time. I actually snorted out loud reading it. But it’s always good to be on guard against these things, and to help those in our lives who might be fooled by even this lame attempt. Accordingly, let’s turn an LOL moment into a learning opportunity.

The Secret Future for Apple's Touch Bar

· John Martellaro · Link

Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro with USB-C ports

Apple’s revolutionary Touch Bar on the new, 2016 MacBook Pros required a lot of engineering development. It uses an ARM sub-processor and a variation of watchOS. But most importantly, it forms the basis for a new system architecture, according to Apple SVP Phil Schiller. It could create things heretofore not even envisioned. Particle Debris page 2 points to an exclusive C|NET interview with Mr. Schiller who explains why it took four years to develop.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Serial Entrepreneur Mark Fuccio

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

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Mark Fuccio has had a distinguished career in tech. He started with an B.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. After graduation, he joined Philips Labs in Briarcliff, NY. He’s been a marketing manager at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and a senior director at Drobo, Inc. for Products and Markets. We chatted about the evolution of Unix workstations, the early days of Unix GUIs, how CPU and GPU technology advanced, how Apple moved to (BSD) Unix and Intel and turned the tables on the workstation industry (along with Microsoft). We also chatted about the philosophy of marketing as well as technical issues related to storage—and how Drobo solved those problems. Mark tells the story about a career in which he followed his vision, worked with startups, and created his own path to this day. Geekfest!

Samsung, LG OLED Race Hints at New Displays for 2017 iPhone

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung and LG are fighting to win OLED screen contracts from Apple

The fight is on to be the supplier for next year’s iPhone OLED displays. Samsung and LG are hoping to get a slice of that pie, and their fight all but confirms Apple is dropping LCD in favor of OLED for iPhone screens in 2017 or 2018.

Hitler is Outraged by Apple's 'hello again' Event

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Hitler has a long history of responding with outrage to various tech industry events. But this time, he’s particularly acid in his response to Apple’s October 27 “hello again” event. “OK. OK. They always start with the small stuff. What were the big announcements?” When his staff has to to tell him that all we got was a new pair of MacBook Pros with a Touch Bar, Hitler goes on a rampage that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-31: What Apple Left Out of its 'hello again' Event

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

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Apple’s “hello again” media event felt like it was missing something, and that’s really bothering Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro. They join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have been planned, but pulled at the last minute, plus they question how much time Apple devoted to the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

Apple Kills Start Up Chime in New MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · News

No more startup chime for new Retina MacBook Pro models

Apple has been on a killing spree of sorts with its new MacBook Pro models. The physical Escape key and function keys are gone, the traditional USB A and mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2 ports are gone, the SD Card slot and MagSafe are gone, and the iconic startup chime is missing, too. It’s sad to see—or hear—the startup chime go, but it seems Apple has a reason for axing the sound.

Apple Releases iOS 10.1.1 with fix for viewing Health data

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Monday morning Apple pushed out iOS 10.1.1 via Software Update. The release notes are short and sweet:

This update fixes bugs including an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users.

Check Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad to download.

Apple Releases iOS 10.1.1 with fix for viewing Health data

Pagico 8 Task Manager: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pagico on a Mac

We have a deal for you on Pagico, a one-stop app that helps turn all of your tasks, notes, and projects into beautiful interactive flowcharts. There’s more info in the deal listing, and you can get this app through us for $19.

Apple Has Missed the Plot

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

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John Kheit thinks Apple has lost the plot about what users need in Apple devices, especially with creative pros. He argues that Microsoft nailed it with Surface Studio, while Apple’s new MacBook Pro is a far cry from a pro Mac.

MGG 629: Not All USB-C Is Created Equal

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

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Considering migrating to a new Mac? How about thinking of a new Cable Modem? What about managing Wi-Fi speeds with lots of Apple devices which share their Wi-Fi networks via iCloud? Your fellow MGG listeners had those questions until they asked here and your two favorite geeks answered! Listen to John and Dave discuss all of this and more, including sharing some tips from you, too!

Belkin Announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Belkin showed me a bunch of cool new products this week, including the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD. It has 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, 3x USB-A 3.0 ports (1.5A charging each), 1x DisplayPort, 1x Audio In/Out port, 1x Audio Out port, and 1x Gigabit Ethernet port. It’s sexy looking, and uses an 85 watt power supply—it will power almost anything you can throw at it. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet, but this thing is so sexy I wanted to mention it right away. With Apple’s new MacBook Pro being all USB-C, a lot of people are thinking about peripherals that can use these ports. Make sure to read Jeff’s explanation of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C if you’re confused about what’s what.

Belkin Announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Here's What You Need to Know About USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

· Jeff Gamet · News

Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro with USB-C ports

The MacBook introduced USB-C to Apple’s laptop lineup in 2015, and the just announced Retina MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gives us Thunderbolt 3—which looks exactly like USB-C. Not sure what the differences are and how they affect you? Read on to learn more.