iKlips Dual-Interface Drive 32GB: $55

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iKlips Dual Interactive Drive

We have a deal for you on the iKlips Dual-Interface Drive. It has a Lightning port on one end to connect to your iPhone and iPad, and a USB port on the other to connect to your Mac or PC. It’s MFi-Certified, and you can get a 32GB model for $55 through us. If you click the Type/Color links, you’ll find 64GB units for $71.

Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More

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

Turn your phone sideways to handwrite a message.

When Dr. Mac sent his daughter an iMessage with iOS 10’s whizzy new stickers, full-screen effects, and animated GIFs, he was shocked when she replied: “Haha! I didn’t even know you could do all that.” He thinks it’s likely some of you in reader-land have yet to discover the joys of the iOS 10 Messages app. So in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #197 if you’re counting) the good doctor offers up a short primer on the interesting new features in Messages.

Thoughts About Apple's Secret iPhone 7 Chip

· John Martellaro · Editorial

FPGA

An intriguing chip has been discovered in the teardown of the iPhone 7. We know that it’s a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), but we don’t know what it’s intended to do. Speculation abounds. John has a SWAG.

Science Finds Way to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Whoa, check this out: scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a way to turn CO2 into ethanol. This could have huge implications for the fight against anthropogenic global warming, not to mention the entire energy sector. Mind you, this is a new discovery and it’s still in the lab, but if we can capture CO2 and convert it into a fuel, it could be a game changer. The video below talks about how the method was discovered, as well as some of its practical applications. In a world where a steady deluge of depressing news has become the new norm, this is a delightful breath of kick-butt. Popular Mechanics has an article on the subject, too.

How Apple Uses Rule 44(d) to Hide Trademark Applications

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chart showing trademark application using Rule 44(d) by tech companies

Quartz has a very interesting piece [Via 9to5Mac] on how Apple and other tech companies use a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office rule to register trademarks in semi-secrecy. The rule is designated 44(d), and the crux of the matter is that allows multinationals to more or less hide a trademark for 6 months. That rule gives a trademark filer 6 month-retroactive priority on a new trademark application to filers who can prove they already filed it somewhere else.  Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Intel have all used this method to keep a trademark under wraps, but Apple is king of this method. Quartz cited legal experts who said only companies with enormous legal resources can afford to do it. Check out the full article for more.

Bryan Chaffin Will Discuss 'Apple vs. Samsung' in Live Webinar Thursday

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Man on a Soapbox

Bryan Chaffin will be doing a live webinar/discussion called “Samsung vs. Apple” on Thursday, October 20th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. Moderated by patent attorney Gene Quinn, the discussion has a subheading of, “Is A Single Patent Infringement Worth all the Profit?” Robert S. Katz, an attorney with Banner & Witcoff, will also be participating.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-18: Siri Falls Behind, MacBook Pro Refresh Delays

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Siri seems to be lagging behind in the voice interface game, or at least that’s what some analysts think. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the current state of Siri and the limitations they’ve encountered. They also take a look at what may be holding up the release of new MacBook Pro models.

PDFpenPro 8: $62

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PDFpenPro 8 Icon

PDFpenPro 8 for the Mac from Smile Software is one of our favorite PDF creation and editing apps. I’m pleased as punch that Stack Commerce has put together a deal on this app for $62, half off retail. Check out the deal listing for more details.

MacBook Pro Refresh May Still Happen in October

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

New Retina MacBook Pro models in late October 2016

If you’re counting on an major refresh for the MacBook Pro in October, don’t give up hope yet. A new report says updated models are still on the way and they’ll launch before the end of the month.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Could've Been Hillary Clinton's Vice President

· Jeff Gamet · News

Hillary Clinton and Tim Cook

U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Vice President running mate could’ve been Apple CEO Tim Cook. Mr. Cook is on a list of potential running mates John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, presented before Tim Kaine was selected.

Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Product News

Kenu Stance Tripod

Stance, by Kenu, is a $24.95 compact tripod for iPhones that attaches via Lightning connector. Find out why it earned a spot on Dr. Mac’s keychain.

MGG 627: It's a Kludge!

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

Mac Geek Gab Logo

Did you know that Safari can auto-close a newly-launched tab when you’re finished reading it? That’s just one of the things you’ll learn in today’s MGG. Dropbox’s accessibility hacks, editing EXIF on iOS, the security of hidden Wi-Fi networks, enabling Universal Clipboard, and managing macOS Sierra’s multiple monitors are more. Plus, have you ever wanted to know the origins of the word, ‘kludge”? Download today and listen!

TMO's HealthKit, Health, and Activity FAQ

· Jeff Gamet · News

HealthKit, Health, Activity in iOS 10

Apple wants to be the hub for your health and fitness world, so HealthKit was introduced with iOS 8. That grew into a whole ecosystem that can be kind of confusing until you understand what’s going on with the different apps Apple gave us. Read on to get the lowdown on HealthKit, Health, and Activity.

The Apple and Intel Affair. An Excedrin Headache

· John Martellaro · Link

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

History will probably record that the delay in Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro/Air involved the development of some new Apple technologies getting out of sync with Intel’s CPU/GPU roadmap. First, we know that Apple elected to skip a CPU generation, waiting for Skylake with Thunderbolt 3 support. Recently, a leaked Intel roadmap and some analysis of the integrated GPU cycle explains why Apple may have to wait again until 2018 for it’s next major refresh. Particle Debris page 2 explores Apple’s Intel headache.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Developer Community Manager Chuq Von Rospach

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Chuq Von Rospach worked for Apple for nearly 20 years, starting in 1989. In the mid-1980s, he landed first at Sun Microsystems and worked on the launch of early Sun workstations. Thanks to that work, and his boss going over to Apple, Chuq followed. At Apple, they developed Apple’s first paid technical support organization for Apple’s A/UX (Unix) system for the Motorola 68K Macs. Chuq has great stories to tell about Apple’s ill-fated but legendary Network Server, Mac executive Jean-Louis Gassée, the disastrous Apple CEO Michael Spindler, the failed attempt to sell Apple to Sun in 1996, the acquisition of NeXT and return of Steve Jobs. You want Apple stories? Chuq has ’em!

ecobee3 lite Cuts Smart Thermostat Price, Keeps HomeKit Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

ecobee introduced the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat HomeKit support and a lower price tag than the standard ecobee3 on Monday. The lower cost model offers most of the features as its not-so-lite brother such as remote access and IFTTT support, alerts, scheduling, and comfort settings. It doesn’t, however, support room activity sensors. The ecobee3 lite is priced at US$169. You can pre-order today and it’ll be available on October 31st.

ecobee3 lite Cuts Smart Thermostat Price, Keeps HomeKit Support

Apple Reportedly Scales Back 'Titan' Apple Car Project For Now

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple Car has been Bob Mansfielded, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing unnamed sources, the report said that Apple has reassigned employees and is focusing solely on developing an autonomous software system. Furthermore, the company’s executive team has imposed a deadline of the end of 2017 to determine the viability of that system. But, Apple Car isn’t necessarily dead, and Bryan Chaffin explains why.

New Pixar Short 'Borrowed Time' Is Not For Kids

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Pixar has a new short called Borrowed Time. Right up front, this 6 minute film is not for kids. It’s intense, emotional, sad, and—as SFist called it—lovely. Two of Pixar’s animators spent five years making it in their spare time, and according to a behind-the-scenes film, they made it specifically to dispel the idea that animation is strictly for kids. I’d love to know what you think about it.