Pebble Update Lets Watches Work After Servers Shut Down

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble app update removes server dependency for app installs and firmware updates

Pebble smartwatch owners got a welcome iPhone app update this week that removes the dependency on the company’s cloud servers for firmware updates and app installation. The update addresses a concern users and developers have had ever since Fitbit bought Pebble last year.

Samsung Lands 2 Year Deal for Curved OLED iPhone Displays

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple signs two year deal with Samsung for iPhone OLED displays

Smartphone makers planning on using OLED screens are about to be in a bind because Apple just signed a two year contract with Samsung for the panels. Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with at least 70 million bendable OLED panels this year, and Samsung will take up the rest for itself.

Apple Watch Series 3 Set for Fall Launch

· Jeff Gamet · News

Report says Apple Watch Series 3 launching in fall 2017

The third generation Apple Watch, or Apple Watch Series 3, will ship in late 2017, according to insider sources. Apple is also adding Compal Electronics as a second watch manufacturer.

'The Cube' Bluetooth Speaker: $25.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

“The Cube” Bluetooth Speaker

Check out “The Cube,” a Bluetooth speaker with a unique design. Internal LED lights shine through the cracks of the outer shell. There are three colors, which you can choose below the price. It’s $25.99 through us.

Apple Pay Cash Transfers Now Work With Western Union App

· Andrew Orr · News

Western Union has had support for Apple Pay since 2015. But it could only be used in stores for sending money and paying bills. Now, the Western Union app has support for Apple Pay cash transfers. You can finally use Apple Pay with Western Union to send cash from your bank to another person. Andrew Orr gives us the details.

The Mystery of New Mac Pros, Apple and Politics, and Robot Welfare - ACM 405

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

Apple kind of announced a new Mac Pro and professional display, but Bryan and Jeff want to know how we got here. They also take another look at how politics increasingly intersect with a tech giant like Apple, and discuss our robot welfare future.

Apple and the OODA Loop Problem

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

From time to time, we hear about an organization, enterprise or government, that makes a seemingly bizarre decision. There are many reasons for that, but a notable one in the technology world relates to how humans make decisions. And the classic OODA loop. John explains with examples from Apple.

Ya Gotta Love Free and Useful Stuff for Macs...

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

Free and Useful Services can be found in the Keyboard System Preferences pane.

This week Dr. Mac looks at a podcast and a macOS Service that are both free and useful. The first is his favorite  podcast of all time, a podcast focused on what’s going on under the hoods of your Apple devices. The second is a macOS Service that fixes funky text issues and much more.

Enabling Find My Mac Might Not Work if Recovery Drive Is Damaged or Missing

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Enabling Find My Mac doesn't always work at first

When Jeff Butts was playing around with resetting his firmware and checking the status of Find My Mac, he discovered a deeper problem: the feature depends on a valid and up-to-date recovery drive. Follow along with Jeff to learn how to get past a grayed-out Find My Mac checkbox.

PSA: Find My Mac Has a Serious Security Vulnerability

· Jeff Butts & Adam Christianson · Quick Tip

Find My Mac has a security flaw

Find My Mac is a wonderful utility for locating a lost Macbook. However, its design combined with a common troubleshooting step can leave the security feature seriously flawed. Read on to learn what Jeff Butts and Adam Christianson have discovered, and how to protect yourself even further.

Digital Ethereal: Turning Wi-Fi Signals into Art

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Art is all around us and can show up in the most amazing places, including the electromagnetic fields from our smartphones. Luis Hernan used that idea to turn Wi-Fi signals from smartphones into light painting, and it’s awesome to see. He uses a Kirlian Device to track Wi-Fi signal strength and long exposure photography to capture his images which look like colorful webs of light spun into everyday scenes. You can check out his beautiful work at the Digital Ethereal website.

Digital Ethereal: Turning Wi-Fi Signals into Art

Apple's iOS 10.3.1 Update Fixes Critical Broadcom WiFi Security Flaw

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

If you haven’t installed Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 update yet, now would be a good time because it fixes a big security flaw in the Broadcom WiFi chips in your iPhone. The security flaw could let attackers who are in WiFi range inject and run code on your smartphone.

How to Change Your iPhone and iPad's Name for AirDrop

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Give your iPhone or iPad a unique name to avoid AirDrop file sharing confusion

AirDrop is handy for sharing files between your devices, like your iPhone and iPad. If there are lots of other devices nearby named “iPhone” or “iPad,” just like yours, it’s time to change your iPhone’s name so you know those files are going to the right place. Luckily, that’s easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Don't Look for iPhone 8 Until October or November

· Jeff Gamet · News

Speculating on what's in store for the next iPhone model

Apple’s iPhone 8 may not ship until October or November instead of the September window we usually see. The reason for the later launch may be tied to production problems with the smartphone’s curved OLED display.

Kanye West Carries Streaming Music Across Another Milestone

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Kanye West has carried the streaming music industry past another milestone. His most recent album, The Life of Pablo, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). What’s new and different is that it did so through streams only. Pablo wasn’t made available as a digital download on iTunes or other online music stores. It was instead offered as a streaming product through first Tidal, and then Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and other services. Pitchfork reported that Pablo has been streamed a staggering 3 billion times, with 1.5 billion of those streams in the U.S. It’s the U.S. figures that earned it Platinum status, and that certification did not include the copies of Pablo sold direct by Kanye. Streaming music—including Apple Music—are clearly the near-term future of the music industry. Earning Platinum certification through streaming only is symbolic of that tidal shift. It’s also further validation for Apple’s investment in Apple Music.

Kanye West Carries Streaming Music Across Another Milestone

iOS 10.3 May Have Reenabled Some iCloud Settings - Here's How to Check

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Bugs in the cloud

iOS 10.3 may reset some iCloud settings for users. MacRumors reported that Apple sent out emails to some customers alerting them about the problem. Specifically, the update might “inadvertently reenable” some iCloud services that were disabled. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to check.

APFS in iOS Isn't Any Faster Than on the Mac

· Jeff Butts & Dave Hamilton · Analysis


After analyzing the new file system under macOS, Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton decided to test APFS in iOS. What they discovered is both surprising and disheartening. Read on to get the full details.

This Robot Will Toss Your Salad for $30,000

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you ever prepared a salad and thought to yourself, “I wish a robot could do this!” Well you’re in luck, because a company called Chowbotics Inc. created a salad robot called Sally. The robot is more of a tosser than a chef, as a human must load the device with prepared ingredients. (A word of caution though: the robot apparently can’t handle avocado very well.) It’s main selling point is that the customer can specify their ingredients and even the calorie count of a salad. Plus, the jack-a-nape in front of you doesn’t get to graze on the salad bar with his grimy fingers. The salad robot costs US$30,000 right now and is aimed towards small businesses and grocery stores. Eventually Chowbotics hopes to shrink the technology down to a household-friendly size. Sally is really little more than a stepping stone towards our robot welfare state (as John Kheit says), but it’s interesting to see those steps laid out in front of us.