Iran Ready to Ban and Confiscate iPhones

· Jeff Gamet · News

Iran ready to ban iPhones

The Iranian government has given Apple an ultimatum: register with the country’s anti-smuggling office now, or all iPhones will be banned and confiscated. The demand comes as part of Iran’s plans to create a database of every cell phone in the country under the guise of blocking smuggling.

Apple Watch: Using Notification Privacy

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is on a nifty feature of the Apple Watch, one that’ll prevent a wrist raise from showing off any recent notifications you’ve gotten. You might spend all day texting with your friends, but no one else needs to know what those conversations are about, do they?

Pixelmator 2.3 Speeds-up iOS Photo Editing with New Selection Tools

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Pixelmator, the powerful-and-inexpensive image editor for both Mac and iOS, gets a free update on iOS to version 2.3 today that brings its Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool over from the Mac. The Quick Selection Tool makes very short work of doing previously-difficult selections and allowed me to do the selection in the first pane below in about ten seconds on an iPhone SE.

Three screenshots showing Pixelmator's Quick Selection Tool

Pixelmator’s new Quick Selection Tool makes selecting on iOS a breeze

Pixelnator’s new Quick Selection Tool is somehow intuitive in a way that other “magic” selectors are not. Having this available literally at ones fingertips on iOS opens up all sorts of options for work and… play. Enjoy. (A hat tip to Scott Canali for the inspiration behind today’s screenshots!).

German Legislation Would Require 'Black Box' Tech for Self-Driving Cars

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Germany is considering an interesting approach in the march towards regulating self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Reuters reported Europe’s largest economy is working on legislation that would require self-driving cars to include “black box” tech.  That system would record when the system was active and when the driver was in control. It would also record when the system requested the driver take over. Black box comes from the airline industry, where effectively-indestructible devices record flight data in the event of a crash. Those devices cost about $100,000 and have to survive substantially greater trauma than a car would ever endure. With that in mind, devices designed for cars would share little more than a name with their flying cousins. This is one regulatory approach that could be copied far and wide.

German Legislation Would Require ‘Black Box’ Tech for Self-Driving Cars

New Star Trek Series Coming to Netflix Streaming, but not in the US

· Jeff Gamet · News

new Star Trek series on television

Netflix announced a deal with CBS Studios International on Monday to stream the new Star Trek television series in countries around the world. Episodes will air within 24 hours of their showing after the show launches in 21017, except in the United States where viewers will still need a CBS All Access account. You didn’t misread that: the new Star Trek series won’t be available on Netflix Streaming in the U.S.

Within App Offers Live Simulcast of 'Mr. Robot VR Experience'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember the Vrse app? We covered it when it launched with a very cool VR performance from U2 and other musicians around the world. The app has been renamed to Within (at with.in), and the company announced a live simulcast premier of the “Mr. Robot VR Experience” on July 21st. It’s been known for a while that showrunner Sam Esmail was shooting a VR scene for Mr. Robot, and this experience will build off that. There’s not a lot of info about it out there, with a brief mention in Within’s patch notes the only place I could find it. Season 2 kicked off on July 13th—I love this show and am super interested in seeing what it does with virtual reality.

Within App Offers Live Simulcast of ‘Mr. Robot VR Experience’

MGG 614: Travel Tips and Cool Stuff Found

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

Mac Geek Gab iTunes Album Art

Dave’s back from Europe and he and John have a metric ton of Cool Stuff Found and Quick Tips for you and from you! Plus, Dave’s got some travel tips from Europe to share with you, too. Download… and enjoy!

Swift and iOS Beginner eBook Bundle: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Swift Apprentice and iOS Apprentice Ebook Bundle

We have a deal for you today on a two-ebook bundle for people who want to learn how to make apps for iOS. The first is called Swift Apprentice, and it’s designed to teach you how to get started with playgrounds and be able to practice while you learn core Swift 2 language concepts. The second, iOS Apprentice, is a ground up tutorials on how to build iOS apps that walks you through building four apps. You’ll also work with Xcode, Interface Builder, Swift 2, and more. You can get both ebooks for $59.99 through our deal.

Apple Customers Seeking 'iPhone Stress Relief'

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

Stressed woman

Despite the evolution of the iPhone, with its ever increasing sophistication, the replacement rate by customers is systematically stretching out. Why is this happening? It’s likely based more on economics, technical maturity and customer stress analysis than a waning appetite for technology. A research chart shows the reality.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Rogue Amoeba Software Co-founder Paul Kafasis

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Paul Kafasis

Paul Kafasis is the co-founder and CEO of Rogue Amoeba Software. His company specializes in stellar audio products for the Mac such as Audio Hijack, Loopback, Piezo and more. His early work with colleagues (2001) was with MacAmp, an MP3 player. That led to the founding of Rogue Amoeba in 2002 and Audio Hijack 1.0. Paul and his co-founders realized that audio was emerging as an important niche where his team had special talent. Paul starts off with the story about how they chose such a memorable name for the company and then explains the evolution of Audio Hijack, then the pro version, and now Audio Hijack 3. We chat about challenges for the Mac developer and why an app like this, and its siblings, are not found in the Mac App Store.

Apple Rolls Out Bug Fix and Security Updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple rolled out updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS on Monday. The updates are all free and fairly easy to install, and they haven’t caused any problems on The Mac Observer’s test devices so far. Read on to learn about the updates and how you can get them installed.

Apple Snubs Samsung for iPhone 7 and 8 Processors

· Jeff Gamet · News

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Apple reportedly gave an exclusive manufacturing deal to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company for the A10 processor used in the upcoming iPhone 7. The deal means Samsung won’t get to cash in on the next iPhone model, and sources say TSMC already scored an exclusive deal for the A11 processor in 2017’s iPhone lineup.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-18: SoftBank's ARM Purchase, Apple TV's Cord Cutter Miss

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

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SoftBank is buying chip designer ARM, which may—or may not—have implications for Apple. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the SoftBand and ARM deal, plus they share their thoughts on why Apple TV still isn’t an all-in-one solution for TV cord cutters.

SoftBank to Buy Apple Chip Designer ARM

· Jeff Gamet · News

Softbank buying ARM

Apple chip designer ARM Holdings is about to get bought by Japan’s SoftBank in a £24.3 billion (about US$32.16 billion) deal. SoftBank plans to keep ARM in the UK while using the deal to make itself the preeminent mobile chip designer and cash in on the growing “internet of things” product market.

The Cord Cutting Fantasy Isn't Delivered With Just an Apple TV

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Curd Cutting

The 4th generation Apple TV is a very nice device. It’s designed to fit seamlessly into a modern HDTV home entertainment system. But the total solution for the cord cutter, trying to make a transition, is very complex. One needs a multitude of resources, with only one component supplied by Apple. John examines the dilemma.

How to Create an iCloud Shared Album

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Are you looking for an easy and secure way to instantly share your vacation photos with friends and family? We’ll show you how to set up an iCloud Shared Album in today’s Quick Tip. Come check it out!

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-15: Apple's Fall Launches, Apollo's Open Source Code

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

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We know Apple is releasing macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and new iPhones this fall, but there could be more in store, too. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to discuss what announcements Apple may be planning, and how the announcements will be managed. They also talk about NASA releasing the Apollo 11 source code and how important Margaret Hamilton was to the space program.

What's the Deal With 64-bit Office for Mac?

· Jim Tanous · Analysis

jerry seinfeld whats the deal 64bit

Microsoft Office for Mac, one of the last big holdouts, is getting ready to switch to 64-bit. Here’s a quick overview of what this switch means for the typical Office user (spoiler: not much).

Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Nintendo fans will want to be on the lookout for the company’s new console this holiday season. No, not that one. Nintendo has unveiled the Mini NES Classic Edition console, a palm-sized replica of the groundbreaking entertainment device that includes 30 built-in NES games, support for two controllers, and HDMI output. Some of the built-in games include the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, The Legend of ZeldaCastlevaniaStarTropics, and Tecmo Bowl. The Mini NES includes one new “classic controller” and will hit store shelves on November 11th for $59.99. Additional controllers can be picked up for $10 each, and are compatible with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U.

Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

T-Mobile, Pokémon GO, and Another Test for Net Neutrality

· Jim Tanous · Editorial

john legere pokemon go

T-Mobile customers will soon get one year of free unlimited data for Pokémon GO, the hit new augmented reality mobile game. While exciting for fans of the game, net neutrality advocates should be wary of this latest move from “the un-carrier.”