FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Check out the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. The name tells you what it is, but if you look at the image you’ll see a suction cup you can use to stick it to a mirror or even the wall in your shower. It has a nine-hour battery life, and you recharge via an included microUSB cable. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.

Apple Might Destroy the EU

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

Could Apple Destroy the EU?

It looks like the European Commission (EC) will rule against Apple and Ireland’s tax arrangement. If the European Union (EU) bullies Ireland (via the EC or other proxy) and basically rules that Ireland doesn’t have the sovereign right to set its own tax rates, there is some chance it could be a wedge issue that pushes Ireland to decide to leave the European Union.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Omni Group Software Engineer Liz Marley

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Liz Marley

Liz Marley is a software engineer for the Omni Group. Early in life, there never was a time when Liz didn’t have computers. At age four, she started with her dad’s Apple IIGS, and she was encouraged to use it freely. Later, she majored in Computer Science at Harvey Mudd college and soon thereafter landed a job as a software tester. Over the years, her career has taken a series of interesting twists. From software coding to testing to being a product manager and then back to coding. In fact, her work with App Camp For Girls led her to a remarkable career decision and turn of events at the Omni Group. This is must listening for everyone interested in computer programming as a career.

Apple Media Event Officially Set for Sept 7

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple September 7 media event

Apple has been expected to host a special media event on Wednesday, September 7th, and now it’s confirmed because invitations are arriving in the media’s in boxes. The company isn’t saying what it’ll announce, but the smart money is on new iPhones.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-29: Apple Watch 2 Battery, Microsoft's Smart Surface Pro 4 Ad

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

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New photos show what looks like the battery for the Apple Watch 2, and it seems to support John Martellaro’s premise that the next model won’t be any thinner. Today John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for a little gloating at Bryan’s expense because he’s been championing a thinner Apple Watch 2. They also look at Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro 4 ad and dive into why slamming the MacBook Air was a smart move.

Bigger Apple Watch 2 Battery Doesn't Mean Longer Life

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch 2 battery

The Apple Watch 2 may pack a bigger battery, assuming a new photo is legit. If so, that could mean longer battery life for Apple’s second generation smartwatch, but it could be powering new features instead.

Philips Adds Motion Sensor to its Smart Home Lineup

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Philips is adding a motion sensor to its Hue smart bulb product line that’ll turn on your lights when you walk into a room. The Hue Motion Sensor runs on two AAA batteries so you can place it anywhere that works for you, can pair with specific light control scenes for day and night, has adjustable sensitivity, and is smart enough to leave the lights off when it’s still light out. The Hue Motion Sensor will be available in October for US$39.95.

Philips Adds Motion Sensor to its Smart Home Lineup

MGG 620: Backups Deep Dive

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

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It’s time for a Deep Dive! This time, Backups. Local backups, online backups, remote backups, paid backups, free backups. Just promise us one thing: no matter what you choose after listening to this episode, please make sure you’re backing up your data!

Tim Cook Pivots to Play Active Role in Shaping Apple Narrative

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Once upon a time...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a major pivot in managing the affairs of Apple. Bryan Chaffin believes Mr. Cook made a conscious decision to play an active role in shaping the Apple narrative.

WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy is a Big Trust Killer

· Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook WhatsApp data collection

When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, the WhatsApp team promised nothing would change for its users. Fast forward to today where WhatsApp changed its privacy policy to start sharing some information with Facebook. That feels like a betrayal to at least some users, and at a minimum it sure sounds like Facebook—the company with a reputation for playing fast and loose with our privacy—is about to have a link into our WhatsApp data.

Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker Has Built-In Portable Charger: $104.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker

Check out the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker , a portable speaker that can serve double duty as a portable battery for your mobile devices. As a speaker, this device has dual custom 45mm drivers and a machined aluminum body. Its rechargeable battery has a capacity of 6,000mAh, plus you can pull it out and use it to recharge your mobile devices. You can get the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker for $104.99 through our deal.

How to Opt Out of WhatsApp's Facebook Data Sharing

· Jeff Gamet · News

WhatsApp open padlock

WhatsApp changed its privacy policy so it can share information with Facebook. The idea is that by sharing some information about you, Facebook can display more relevant ads. If that doesn’t sound like anything you’re interested in, don’t dispair because WhatsApp lets you opt out. Read on to learn how.

Get Your 80s Synth on with the Stranger Things Soundtrack on Apple Music

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Now that we’ve all had enough time to watch all of Stranger Things on Netflix it’s safe to check out the soundtrack on Apple Music without worrying about spoilers. Stranger Things Volume 1 includes is loaded the show’s decidedly 80s synth tracks from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein like the show’s theme, Eleven’s theme, and the creepy The Upside Down. The playlist has 36 tracks, and there’s a volume 2 for when you’re ready for even more Stranger Things music. And if you haven’t seen the series yet, clear your schedule now and start watching.

Get Your 80s Synth on with the Stranger Things Soundtrack on Apple Music

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

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

Logitech's Create keyboard actually feels like you're typing on a real keyboard!

In a perfect world, Dr. Mac says he’d ditch his laptop and hit the road with just a svelte 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Two recent events make it possible; find out more in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #189: The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with Fling's Dave Hamilton

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

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This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Dave Hamilton from Fling and Mac Geek Gab joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his musical life outside of the podcasting world, recording and producing Fling’s Bovine Abduction, the tools he uses for recording and mixing, and more.

Seeing a Folder's Size in the Terminal

· Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Mac Geek Gab listener Daryn is interested in seeing the size of both files and folders when using the Terminal. We’ll help him utilize the ‘du’ command to glean that information, and then we’ll talk about how to do that in Recovery Mode where ‘du’ isn’t readily available.

The Battery That's Lasted 176 Years

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also, 😍.

Enough with iPhone Headphone Jack Kvetching

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Audeze-EL-8 Cipher Lightning Cable

Bryan Chaffin has had it with the kvetching about Apple maybe ditching the headphone jack in the next iPhone. He argues we should wait to see how Apple handles it before getting tense.

How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to snap screenshots in watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch? The feature is disabled by default, but it’s pretty easy to turn on. Follow along with TMO’s video Quick Tip to learn how.