Cyber Monday Deals on Apple Gear and More [Update]

· Jeff Gamet · News

Cyber Monday deals on Macs, iPads, and more

Black Friday came and went with loads of deals, and now it’s Cyber Monday where we get even more discounts and deals. Check out these deals we found around the Web on Macs, iPads, and more.

macOS: Importing Stickies (And Evernote!) into Notes

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re using Stickies—or Evernote, for that matter—you should know that there’s a way to import the data into Apple’s Notes program, so if you’d like to move your stuff into that app instead, you can! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll explore the options for importing and exporting between those applications.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

· Jeff Gamet · News

Turkey enjoying Thanksgiving with The Mac Observer

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We’ll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and podcasts on Monday, November 27th. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn’t part of your annual holiday schedule.

The Miserable State of UI, HomePod Under Achieving, and Future Man - Pop.0 ep.21

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

We’ve had more than 30 years of mainstream GUI computer systems, and somehow user interfaces are still miserably bad. Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit also talk about Bloomberg’s report that said HomePod will focus on music even though the world is clamoring for an Apple home voice assistant. This week’s look at pop culture includes Future Man, a Hulu original they both like. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)

Frothy Rants about Encryption and Net Neutrality, Plus Apple's AR Goggles - ACM 348

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast Logo

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple’s AR goggle project appears to be back on.

The Last Word on OS Upgrades

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

Dr. Mac had no intention of writing another column about OS upgrades this year. But, two things that happened last week forced him to reconsider. If you’ve yet to upgrade to High Sierra, read it.

Apple Taps Sam Smith in 'Sway' Holiday Commercial for AirPods

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new holiday commercial out called Sway. The spot channels the feeling of Christmas without overtly mentioning that specific holiday, with a sound track by Sam Smith (“Palace”). It’s a subtle promotion of AirPods featuring two young dancers who meet and metaphorically fall in love. She gives him one of her AirPods, and they then dance and sway through the snow sharing the same song. The tag line is “move someone this holiday.” What do you think?

6 Must Have iPhone Apps for Holiday Travel

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and airplane

Holiday travel can be pretty hectic, but it’s possible to cut out at least a little of the stress. Check out these iPhone apps that can make your travels easier and your trip experience more fun.

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds: $20.36

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

Check out the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They’re water and sweat resistant, and automatically pair to your phone when pulled apart so you don’t have to go through any setup. They fully charge in 90 minutes, and offer up to 10 hours of playback. You can get them for $23.95 through our deal, but coupon code BFRIDAY20 will get you another 20% off for a final price of $20.36.

macOS: How to Remove a Time Machine Backup Disk

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re getting warnings that you haven’t backed up because of an external drive that you no longer use, then this tip’s gonna make your life less annoying. We’ll tell you how to remove a Time Machine drive from your Mac’s preferences, which’ll stop those notifications. Whew!