Video Claims to Show Apple's iPhone Lightning Audio Adapter

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

A video out of Vietnam claims to show Apple’s own Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in action—the adapter that’s expected to ship with the iPhone 7 this fall. The new iPhone will reportedly ditch the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of audio over Lighting and audio over Bluetooth. Reports claim Apple will include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with the new iPhone model. It’s hard to say if this video shows a legit Apple adapter, or something from a third party manufacturer. Regardless, the look seems very Apple, so maybe we really are getting a glimpse of what’ll be in the box when the iPhone 7 hits store shelves.

Apple’s Attitude Towards the TV Industry Is Well-Founded

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple & TV

It’s a battle between two corporate giants. In one corner we have Apple. In the other corner is the networks. Neither side needs the other. Each side would like to gain, by agreement, from the other’s strengths. Neither side wants to give in much, thinking they know a lot about their own industry. How will it end? Which side is better prepared for the future?

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Trailer (from Comic-Con)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is coming to BBC America! The first trailer for the series was released this week at Comic-Con, and it looks amazing.  It stars Samuel Barnett in the title role, with Elijah Wood as his assistant Todd. I enjoyed the Dirk Gently novels, and I’m looking forward to this eight-episode series. Enjoy the new trailer!

Revogi 'Smart Meter' Bluetooth Outlet: $24.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Revogi 'Smart Meter' Bluetooth Outlet

Check out the Revogi Smart Meter Bluetooth Outlet. Combined with a companion app for Android and iOS, this device will let you control and monitor electricity going through it. Schedule on and off times, see your usage, and stop devices from using electricity even when they’re turned “off.” You can get this device through our deal for $24.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-29: Automous Driving Apple Car, a Year with USB-C

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

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Apple hired QNX founder Dan Dodge to help with its Project Titan electric car project. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Apple Car and the company’s autonomous driving plans. John also shares his experiences with using USB-C for the past year.

Loopback 1.0.3 Adds Preliminary macOS 10.12 Sierra Support

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Rogue Amoeba, developers of many great things upon which we podcasters rely, updated Loopback to version 1.0.3 today. Loopback lets you create virtual audio devices on your Mac which  send the audio from one application to another in ways that most apps don’t directly support. The update brings Rogue Amoeba’s latest Instant On component, version 8.3, which now supports macOS 10.12 Sierra (available in beta form), as well as a bug fix for monitoring devices that are removed and re-added. Loopback is available directly from Rogue Amoeba.

Loopback 1.0.3 Adds Preliminary macOS 10.12 Sierra Support

Pokémon GO: Can't Catch More Pokémon? Clear Out Your List

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Pokémon GO character list

My first experience playing Pokémon happened when I installed Pokémon GO on my iPhone, and it didn’t take long before I discovered “gotta catch ’em all” doesn’t mean you have to catch every one you see. I quickly hit my 250 Pokémon storage limit, mostly with Pidgeys, but also found you can offload as many as you like to make room for that Pikachu you really want. Read on to learn how.

Nest Smart Thermostat App Adds Apple Watch Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Controlling your Nest smart thermostat just got bit more convenient thanks to an iPhone app update that adds Apple Watch support. You can check and adjust the room temperature from your wrist without having to fish your iPhone out of your pocket—something Ecobee users have been doing for a while. The app update also adds support for viewing multiple Nest cameras at the same time, and adds 1080p support for the Drocam Pro. Nest may be a little late to the game with Apple Watch support, but at least it’s finally here.

Nest Smart Thermostat App Adds Apple Watch Support

The 1994 Video Where Steve Jobs Stares Down Mortality and Legacy

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs was almost always compelling, intensely so. The Loop noted this video interview from 1994 when a bearded Mr. Jobs was still at NeXT. I’m not sure what he was asked (something about equating computing to the Renaissance), but his answer is intensely compelling. His central thesis is that advances in computing technology are ephemeral, and that all of his work “will be obsolete by the time I’m 50.” What’s unsaid is that legacy wasn’t the thing that drove him. Mr. Jobs relentlessly pursued the future, and this answer is part and parcel of that drive.  I highly recommend watching it.

My Year With the Stellar 2015 MacBook and Life With USB-C

· John Martellaro · Analysis

MacBook, silver

John has had his 2015 MacBook with its single USB-C port for a little over a year now. Here’s his complete first report on life with that Macintosh notebook and daily life with USB-C. Did he regret an early engagement with USB-C?  Read on.

Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount: $12.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

Check out the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount. It has a flexible neck that allows you to position your smartphone just the way you want it. and the universal mount is designed to hold what the manufacturer says is all smartphones. The clamp is shock-resistant and slip-resistant rubber pad that won’t slide, You can get this device through our deal for $12.99.

Apple Patents iPhone Digital Crown, but that Doesn't Mean We'll See One

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone Digital Crown

The iPhone and iPad may seem like an odd place to find an Apple Watch-like Digital Crown, but that’s exactly what a just published patent application shows. The patent shows the Digital Crown controlling volume, snapping photos, and locking the display. That doesn’t, however, mean your next iPad will look like a giant Apple Watch.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-28: Apple's Evolving Business Model, iPhone Digital Crown Patent

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

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John Martellaro thinks Apple’s “skate where the puck is going” philosophy now includes manipulating where the puck will be. John, along with Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share discuss Apple’s long term philosophy, plus they offer up their thoughts on why Apple would patent a Digital Crown for the iPhone and iPad.

Apple Tops 1 Billion iPhones Sold

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple sells a billion iPhones

Apple has a thing for its billion milestones, and this time it’s for the iPhone. CEO Tim Cook says the company recently sold its billionth iPhone—a number the company hit just days before its third fiscal quarter earnings report.

Junecloud's Deliveries app Adds Complete Set of Apple Watch Complications

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Deliveries, Junecloud’s excellent delivery tracking app, sees an update this week that adds a complete set of Apple Watch complications. Previous versions would only work with certain complications, and specifically had nothing for the smaller “Circular” complication that often sits in the corners of the watch face. Now any complication spot can be filled with your Deliveries data. Our tests also showed that the newest version of the app works fine on the current iOS 10 and watchOS 3 betas, but no comments were made by the developer. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Junecloud’s Deliveries app Adds Complete Set of Apple Watch Complications

OS X Preview: Clipping Out Backgrounds Using Instant Alpha

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is on how to use Preview’s Instant Alpha tool, so if you’ve got an image on a colored background, for example, you can clip that baby right out. Better-looking graphics with no Photoshop required? We love it.

Olympics Committee tells Non-sponsors to Stay off Twitter

· Jeff Gamet · News

US Olympic Committee says no to tweets

The U.S. Olympics Committee has always had a pretty hard core control fetish, and this year that reaches all the way to Twitter. The organization plans to crack down on non-sponsors mentioning this year’s summer games—and that includes using trademarked hashtags such as #TeamUSA and #Rio2016. It’s almost like the USOC borrowed its rule book from Fight Club.

Apple, Accustomed to Skating to the Puck, Now Also Guiding the Puck

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple CEO Tim Cook Interviewed by RTE News

When Apple was struggling to gain acceptance in the marketplace, it was profitable to surge relentlessly forward, leaving the enterprise behind and mesmerizing the consumer. Nowadays, Apple tends to nurture the markets it has while seeking new avenues for growth. This makes it harder to estimate Apple’s future prospects. Yet, investors are starting to appreciate the nuances.

ACM 370: A Deeper Look at Apple's Earnings Report, 3D Printing Fingers

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple’s earnings report and the company’s quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook’s upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street’s reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.

KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset: $76.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset

Check out the KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset, a headset with patented transducers that use bone conduction technology to convey crystal clear sound directly to your inner ears. The idea is that whatever goes into the headset does so without blocking out the rest of the world. That means you can listen to your music while chatting in the real world, or you could have a conversation through your headset in an otherwise noisy environment. You can get this device through our deal for $76.99.