Seeing a Folder's Size in the Terminal

· Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Mac Geek Gab listener Daryn is interested in seeing the size of both files and folders when using the Terminal. We’ll help him utilize the ‘du’ command to glean that information, and then we’ll talk about how to do that in Recovery Mode where ‘du’ isn’t readily available.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also, 😍.

Enough with iPhone Headphone Jack Kvetching

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Audeze-EL-8 Cipher Lightning Cable

Bryan Chaffin has had it with the kvetching about Apple maybe ditching the headphone jack in the next iPhone. He argues we should wait to see how Apple handles it before getting tense.

How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to snap screenshots in watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch? The feature is disabled by default, but it’s pretty easy to turn on. Follow along with TMO’s video Quick Tip to learn how.

Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday to address a big security flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad user’s personal data. The threat could be used to exploit information from email, contacts, text messages, phone calls, and more—and it looks like NSO Group has been doing just that so governments can spy on journalists and people they classify as dissidents.

Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and Remove Old App Data

· Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Recently on Mac Geek Gab the topic of phantom app data has come up, mostly in the context of how one can remove it. This data can be from deleted apps, temp files from existing apps, or sometimes even data that iTunes has downloaded for temporary storage. Over the course of the past few episodes we’ve found three ways to delete this data.

Adam West and Burt Ward Return for Batman '66 Animated Movie

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Holy silver screen, Batman! The classic 1966 Batman TV series is coming back as a feature-length animated movie! Adam West will once again don Batman’s cowl, while Burt Ward will reprise the Boy Wonder’s voice and Julie Newmar brings back her puuuuurfect Catwoman in Return of the Caped Crusaders. The movie is loaded camp, retro music, and of course labels. So many Bat Labels. Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available on Bat-digital HD on October 11th, and Bat-Blu-ray on November 1st. To the Bat Poles, Robin!

Apple Music Festival Starts Sept 18 with Elton John

· Jeff Gamet · News

10th annual Apple Music Festival

It’s time to dance because Apple just announced its 10th annual Apple Music Festival lineup. The free concert series runs September 18th through September 30th ath London’s Roundhouse, and will feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Michael Bublé, and more.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling's Jean MacDonald

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Jean MacDonald from Ruby Calling and App Camp for Girls joins Jeff Gamet to share how she became a musician, how music inspired App Camp for Girls, and more.

What You Need to Know about the U.S. Defending Apple's European Taxes

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple in the European Union

Apple has an interesting—and powerful—ally in an ongoing feud with the European Commission (EC). The U.S. Treasury Department published a white paper Wednesday that condemed EC investigations into Apple and other U.S. companies’ tax practices. Bryan Chaffin breaks down what you need to know about the situation.

ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung's Spoiled Milk

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin in this week’s ACM to discuss Apple’s recent efforts to more directly control its narrative. They also chat about Universal Music Group’s directive to stop doing exclusive streaming deals, and the deserved demise of Samsung’s Milk.

Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable

We have a deal for you today on a Zus MFi-certified Kevlar Lightning cable. As the name suggests, this 4-foot cable is sheathed in a mix of Kevlar and nylon. I’ve been using a couple of these Zus cables for a while now, and they’re excellent. I’d much rather spend a little more on a cable that lasts than replace cheap cables that break. YMMV, of course, but that’s my preference. You can get this one through our deal for $19.99.

Siri and Apple's Machine Learning Are About to Get a Lot Better

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Siri

Siri, as we’ve know her (or him), has been both a blessing and a frustration. The technology, when it works is brilliant, but when its limitations are exposed, it can be very frustrating. Our appetite for a stellar chatbot companion has merely been whetted, and we’re about to get it. From Apple. On its terms. With privacy.

Obduction, Myst's Spiritual Successor, is now Available

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Years in the making, today Cyan released Obduction which, as they term it, is the “spiritual successor” to their immensely popular game, Myst. Like its predecessor, Oduction is built to take you on an immersive and non-linear story through worlds of wonder and mystery. From first looks, it seems fantastic. Many of us have been waiting a long time for this and now it’s here for us to play. Kickstarter backers get the Mac version today, and Cyan indicates that a general release of the Mac version is “coming soon.” Related: I’ll be busy for the rest of the day. You might be, too.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with Andrew Tokuda, aka Digital Droo

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Andrew Tokuda, also known as Digital Droo joins Jeff Gamet to talk about creating his own music, working with MacAddict, and his own musical past, and his most popular song.

Parallels Desktop 12 Supports Windows 10 and macOS Sierra

· John Martellaro · Reviews

PD12 for Mac

On August 18th, Parallels updated its Parallels Desktop for Mac to version 12. This has been an annual tradition with Parallels, and each new version brings a host of new features and performance improvements. This year is no exception. And while the new features seem to be fairly modest on the surface, they always seem to strike the right balance and give customers what they’ve been asking for.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

It’s called Manbang. No, seriously. It’s called Manbang. NK News is reporting that’s what North Korea is calling some kind of pseudo-Netflix-like simulacrum of a service. Manbang. The Next Web reported that it means “Everything” in Korean. I assume that’s as true as it is ironic, because the service is limited to whatever propaganda constitutes video content in North Korea. And sure, breaking down into a puddle of lols because of what it sounds like in English makes me 12. I’m OK with that. Oh, and I’m pretending the text below translates as “Manbang.” Because Manbang.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously