Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you’ve ever wanted to roam the corridors on Captain Kirk’s Enterprise from the original Star Trek series, now is your chance. Or, more accurately, now you can explore a faithful reproduction of the set where the classic Trek was filmed. James Cawley spent years recreating the set from original Desilu (now Paramount) plans for his high quality fan series Star Trek: Phase II, and now he’s teamed up with CBS so everyone can see the bridge, sick bay, engineering room, and more just as the actors did in 1966. You’ll have to make a trip to Ticonderoga, New York, and tours end on October 31. Tickets run about $25, and remember the Prime Directive: treat the set with love.

Beam Up and Tour the Classic Star Trek Enterprise Set

Conversing with Extraterrestrials in Paramount's Movie: Arrival

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

One of my favorite actresses, Amy Adams, plays a linguist, charged with understanding the alien visitor’s language. It seems the arrival of very smart science fiction films like Ex Machina, Interstellar and The Martian are inspiring a new breed. This looks to be one of them. Coming November 11th.

Target Blames Apple for Lower Sales

· Bryan Chaffin · News

iPhone with Target Logo

Target released its 2nd quarter results on Wednesday, including a 1.1% decline in revenue year-over-year. In a conference call with analysts, executives cited a 20% decrease in sales of Apple products during the quarter as one of the principle reasons for its overall performance.

ACM 373: Apple's Engineering Demands, Fake iPhones, Intel's ARM Move

· Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple is relentless with its design ideas regardless of what the hardware engineers say. Bryan and Jeff explain why that’s a good thing for consumers, plus they show you how to spot fake iPhone 7 photos, and look at Intel’s decision to start making ARM processors.

Dr. Mac’s Rules of Bargain Hunting

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

Bargain Hunting

Dr. Mac likes a good bargain on anything, but he loves bargains on tech toys. His friends call him thrifty or conscientious but the fact is he’s a cheapskate. He’s obsessed with finding great products at rock bottom prices and shares his rules for bargain hunting this week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-17: Behind the Scenes with Background Mode's John Martellaro

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

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John Martellaro has been hosting some great interviews on TMO’s Background Mode podcast, so today Jeff Gamet turns the tables and interviews John. They go behind the scenes to learn learn how John makes his interviews happen, and to look at some of the high points from the show so far.

Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack: $21.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Three-Pack of MFi-certified Lightning Cables

If you go through Lightning cables like I do, you’ll like this deal on a three-pack for $21.99. They’re MFi-certified and 1 meter long. Grab ’em while you can.

Don't Count on iPhone 7 Pro Joining Apple's Lineup

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 Pro

It’s a safe bet we’ll see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, but don’t get your hopes up for the iPhone 7 Pro. The rumored new addition to the iPhone family isn’t coming, nor is Apple planning to drop the “Plus” moniker in favor of “Pro.”

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Automatic, the device that connects to your car’s ODB port to track your driving, just went pro. The new Automatic Pro model uses a 3G wireless data connection instead of Bluetooth to log data, which means you can track your car’s activity and status without relying on your iPhone’s Bluetooth signal. Even better, you don’t pay anything extra for 3G—it’s included for free. Automatic Pro comes with a new app and better IFTTT support. You can pick up Automatic Pro for US$129.95.

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

Photos: Downloading iCloud Photo Library Pictures

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip is about iCloud Photo Library. What are your options for it? How do you make sure all of your pictures have been downloaded to your Mac? And what if you need to download just a specific set of your stuff? We’ll explain it all!

Intel Could Vie for Apple's Chip Business with New ARM License

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple Processor with

Apple might have a new source for manufacturing the company’s Ax line of ARM processors: Intel. Bloomberg reported that Intel has licensed the right to make ARM processors, which is an interesting development for both Apple and Intel.

Apple's Power Starts with Dismissing Engineering Truths as Irrelevant

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple Watch Back

We’ve long understood that the user comes first at Apple, but former Apple engineer Bob Messerschmidt recently illustrated that in a clear and concise manner. It humanizes the magic that can happen when engineering truths are dismissed as irrelevant.

A Clever Microsoft Ad Gets to the Heart of Apple's Fuzzy iPad Message

· John Martellaro · Editorial

MacBook-iPad side by side

The early iPads were a sensation. It seemed that Steve Jobs had brought forth the successor to the Mac. However, things have not gone as planned with the iPad, and Apple is scrambling to construct a clearer branding and imperative for the iPad. Even Microsoft senses the difficulty and has poked fun at Apple’s newfound toaster-fridge mentality.

Google Duo, a Platform Agnostic Competitor to FaceTime

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Google released Duo on Tuesday, “a simple 1-to-1 video calling app” for iOS and Android. Google set it up to operate around your existing phone number. Unlike Apple’s FaceTime, Google Duo doesn’t care if you’re on iOS or Android. It also has an interesting feature called Knock Knock that allows the callee to see the caller’s live video feed before you answer. The video below demonstrates Knock Knock. Google Duo is “free,” and is available at the App Store and Google Play. [Update: as noted by @grempe on Twitter, Google Duo calls are encrypted end-to-end, an important privacy element to protect users from prying eyes far and wide. – Bryan]

Droplr Pro Lifetime License: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Droplr Pro Screenshots

We have a deal for you today on a lifetime subscription to Droplr Pro, a digital media collaboration service.  Drop a file on the Droplr icon (there’s a keyboard shortcut, too), and it will be uploaded to a server where other members of your team can view or edit the file. It integrates with Microsoft Office, Cisco Spark, Slack, Adobe, and more. The price through our deal is $29.99.

Apple Embraces China with New R&D Center

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple China flag

Apple plans to open a new research and development center in China before the end of the year, according to company CEO Tim Cook. The facility will be a first for Apple in China, and will be another way to help Apple shore up its presence in the country.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple's China R&D Center, Microsoft's iPad Pro Dig

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

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Apple plans to open a research and development center in China before the end of the year. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why Apple is opening the center and how that fits into the company’s plans in the country. They also look at Microsoft’s clever iPad Pro slam.

Check Out Jerry Seinfeld's Mac in Your Browser

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Mac on Jerry’s desk in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld was little more than a set dressing, which meant viewers were on their own to imagine what was on that computer—until now. The clever crew at made a virtual version of Jerry’s Mac you can explore in your favorite Web browser, complete with important documents, Jerry’s Web history (toothbrush STDs, anyone?), and more. If you check out Jerry’s Mac at work be sure to use your headphones because a Seinfeld-ish theme plays when the page first loads.

Check Out Jerry Seinfeld’s Mac in Your Browser

Twitter and NFL on Apple TV Could Be Big For Everyone

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple TV, NFL, and Twitter

Twitter is reportedly talking with Apple about bringing a dedicated app to Apple TV for live-streaming NFL games. A solid Twitter app bringing this kind of content to your TV could be a big winner for fans, Twitter, Apple, and the NFL, too.

Tim Cook on Being CEO After Steve Jobs (Video)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook from Washington Post Interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook had to step into some enormous shoes taking over from Steve Jobs. Much has been written and said on the topic, but Tim Cook hasn’t often spoken publicly about it himself. In his new interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Cook did talk about Steve Jobs, and the newspaper posted a video snippet on the topic. In it, Mr. Cook talks about Steve Jobs being a heat shield for Apple, and how he thought the media would lose interest in Apple after Mr. Jobs passed. If you let the video below play through, you’ll get a second snippet from the interview. If you let it keep playing, you’ll get videos unrelated to Tim Cook’s interview.