Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone and bug

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday to address a big security flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad user’s personal data. The threat could be used to exploit information from email, contacts, text messages, phone calls, and more—and it looks like NSO Group has been doing just that so governments can spy on journalists and people they classify as dissidents.

Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and Remove Old App Data

· Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Recently on Mac Geek Gab the topic of phantom app data has come up, mostly in the context of how one can remove it. This data can be from deleted apps, temp files from existing apps, or sometimes even data that iTunes has downloaded for temporary storage. Over the course of the past few episodes we’ve found three ways to delete this data.

Adam West and Burt Ward Return for Batman '66 Animated Movie

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Holy silver screen, Batman! The classic 1966 Batman TV series is coming back as a feature-length animated movie! Adam West will once again don Batman’s cowl, while Burt Ward will reprise the Boy Wonder’s voice and Julie Newmar brings back her puuuuurfect Catwoman in Return of the Caped Crusaders. The movie is loaded camp, retro music, and of course labels. So many Bat Labels. Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available on Bat-digital HD on October 11th, and Bat-Blu-ray on November 1st. To the Bat Poles, Robin!

Apple Music Festival Starts Sept 18 with Elton John

· Jeff Gamet · News

10th annual Apple Music Festival

It’s time to dance because Apple just announced its 10th annual Apple Music Festival lineup. The free concert series runs September 18th through September 30th ath London’s Roundhouse, and will feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Michael Bublé, and more.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling's Jean MacDonald

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Jean MacDonald from Ruby Calling and App Camp for Girls joins Jeff Gamet to share how she became a musician, how music inspired App Camp for Girls, and more.

What You Need to Know about the U.S. Defending Apple's European Taxes

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple in the European Union

Apple has an interesting—and powerful—ally in an ongoing feud with the European Commission (EC). The U.S. Treasury Department published a white paper Wednesday that condemed EC investigations into Apple and other U.S. companies’ tax practices. Bryan Chaffin breaks down what you need to know about the situation.

ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung's Spoiled Milk

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin in this week’s ACM to discuss Apple’s recent efforts to more directly control its narrative. They also chat about Universal Music Group’s directive to stop doing exclusive streaming deals, and the deserved demise of Samsung’s Milk.

Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Zus MFi-Certified Kevlar Lightning Cable

We have a deal for you today on a Zus MFi-certified Kevlar Lightning cable. As the name suggests, this 4-foot cable is sheathed in a mix of Kevlar and nylon. I’ve been using a couple of these Zus cables for a while now, and they’re excellent. I’d much rather spend a little more on a cable that lasts than replace cheap cables that break. YMMV, of course, but that’s my preference. You can get this one through our deal for $19.99.

Siri and Apple's Machine Learning Are About to Get a Lot Better

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Siri

Siri, as we’ve know her (or him), has been both a blessing and a frustration. The technology, when it works is brilliant, but when its limitations are exposed, it can be very frustrating. Our appetite for a stellar chatbot companion has merely been whetted, and we’re about to get it. From Apple. On its terms. With privacy.

Obduction, Myst's Spiritual Successor, is now Available

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Years in the making, today Cyan released Obduction which, as they term it, is the “spiritual successor” to their immensely popular game, Myst. Like its predecessor, Oduction is built to take you on an immersive and non-linear story through worlds of wonder and mystery. From first looks, it seems fantastic. Many of us have been waiting a long time for this and now it’s here for us to play. Kickstarter backers get the Mac version today, and Cyan indicates that a general release of the Mac version is “coming soon.” Related: I’ll be busy for the rest of the day. You might be, too.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with Andrew Tokuda, aka Digital Droo

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Andrew Tokuda, also known as Digital Droo joins Jeff Gamet to talk about creating his own music, working with MacAddict, and his own musical past, and his most popular song.

Parallels Desktop 12 Supports Windows 10 and macOS Sierra

· John Martellaro · Reviews

PD12 for Mac

On August 18th, Parallels updated its Parallels Desktop for Mac to version 12. This has been an annual tradition with Parallels, and each new version brings a host of new features and performance improvements. This year is no exception. And while the new features seem to be fairly modest on the surface, they always seem to strike the right balance and give customers what they’ve been asking for.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

It’s called Manbang. No, seriously. It’s called Manbang. NK News is reporting that’s what North Korea is calling some kind of pseudo-Netflix-like simulacrum of a service. Manbang. The Next Web reported that it means “Everything” in Korean. I assume that’s as true as it is ironic, because the service is limited to whatever propaganda constitutes video content in North Korea. And sure, breaking down into a puddle of lols because of what it sounds like in English makes me 12. I’m OK with that. Oh, and I’m pretending the text below translates as “Manbang.” Because Manbang.

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Service Called Manbang, Seriously

Tesla Battery Upgrade Will Boost Range to 315 Miles

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tesla announced Tuesday a battery upgrade for some Model S sedan and Model X crossovers. The batteries come with a significant price tag of US$20,000, but will boost the range of the Model S to up to 315 miles. The Model X will have a range of up to 289 miles. Both cars will also be even faster in Ludicrous mode, which is a tad scary sounds really fun. The batteries can be purchased as an upgrade for $20,000, or in new model designations that have the batteries built in. These improvements are significant, as range is one of the great limiting factors for electric vehicles. Tesla has been a leader in automobile battery technology, and the company is likely to set whatever bar Apple Car is compared to when it’s eventually released.

Tesla Battery Upgrade Will Boost Range to 315 Miles

Samsung Shuts Down Milk Because LOL

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Samsung Milk

Samsung announced Tuesday that it is shutting down Milk, the company’s always-doomed music streaming service exclusive to Samsung devices. Bryan Chaffin argues that failure couldn’t happen to a more deserving company.

Capture 4K Video and Pics without the High Resolution Price Tag

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

High resolution cameras for capturing your active lifestyle don’t have to cost a small fortune, and that’s exactly what Pyle’s new High Speed 4K Action Camera proves. Their compact camera shoots HD video at 120 fms, snaps high resolution photos, includes a 4X zoom, and can be remote controlled with the included remote or from your iPhone. It also comes with mount clips and a waterproof case, and is available in blue, black, or grey. You can pick up the camera today for US$79.

Capture 4K Video and Pics without the High Resolution Price Tag

LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery: $39.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery

Check out the LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery, a portable battery for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It has a capacity of 3,300mAh, and will deliver the right charge your device needs. It also has its own built-in Lightning cable, as well as an auxiliary USB port for charging another device at the same time, even an Android if that’s your thing.