Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th

· Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger

If you share your car with other people, you’ll want to check out today’s deal for the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger. It plugs into your car’s AC outlet (or cigarette lighter), and features two 2.4A USB ports, one 3A USB port, and one USB-C port. You can get it through us for $19.99.

Just Breathe. Apple's watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way.

· Dave Hamilton · Columns & Opinions

watchOS 3's new Breathe app, now in beta

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.

After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

iPad Pro & pencil

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

iStumbler on Sale for $10

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iStumbler is a great WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting utility for the Mac. You can use it to see what networks are nearby, track which channels and frequencies each network uses, view encryption status, and even get the coordinates for nearby base stations. As if that’s not enough, it also tracks Bonjour and Bluetooth devices. iStumbler is a handy tool that usually costs US$25, but right now it’s on sale for $10—more than half off. You can pick up a copy at the iStumbler website.

iStumbler on Sale for $10

iPhone 7 will be Waterproof, Include Lightning Headphone Dongle

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone with audio dongle

Apple’s iPhone 7, expected to ship this fall, will include “professional class waterproofing” and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. That’s according to Deutsche Bank analysts following Apple’s production closely.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-22: Unlocking iPhones with 3D Printed Fingers, Uber-waterproof iPhone 7

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

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Scientists are working with the FBI to 3D print fingers so they can unlock smartphones. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the potential privacy and security issues related to 3D printing copies of our fingers. They share their thoughts on a report claiming the iPhone 7 will sport pro-grade waterproofing.

New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3.

Apple Reportedly Shifting Car Plans to 2021

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple Car Artist Rendition, with Electric Plug

Apple has reportedly shifted its target date for Apple Car back to 2021, one year later than earlier leaks suggested.   Waiting another year sucks, but it won’t affect Apple Car’s eventual success.

Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation Requirement

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to try out Polymail on the Mac or your iPhone? That’s no problem now that it doesn’t require an invitation to download. Polymail is an alternative email app for iOS and OS X that lets you track email messages and receive notifications when they’ve been read, schedule when a message is sent, “snooze” messages for later reference, and even unsend messages. You can download the Mac version at the Polymail website, and the iOS version at Apple’s App Store.

Polymail for iOS and OS X Drops Invitation Requirement

Satechi's Excellent 60 Watt Charging Station: 2 USB-C and 4 USB-A Ports

· John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

Satechi 60W USB Charger

Satechi has introduced the “60W 6-Port Multi-Port USB Desktop Charging Station.” It’s a pure charging hub that intelligently partitions up to 60 watts of power to four USB-A ports and two USB-C ports. Notable features include a great exterior design, a power LED and an on/off switch.  John reviews it.

Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones: $239.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones

We have a solid deal for those who like their tunes bass-heavy, Beats Pro Lil Wayne On-Ear Headphones from Apple’s Beats by Dre. Made of steel and aluminum, these headphones feature thick padded cups for your ears. Our deal offers a significant discount at $239.99, which is 39% off retail.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-21: Apple Car Delays, Listener Feedback

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

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A new report says Apple’s car won’t ship until 2021, but is that a problem? Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to weigh in with their opinions, plus they respond to listener comments from yesterday’s show where we discussed black box recorders in autonomous cars.

Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Withings Thermo is a really cool digital thermometer we first saw at CES earlier this year, and now it’s available because it finally passed the FDA approval process. It senses your temperature without touching your skin, displays its readings instantly, and shows high temperature alerts. Thermo is more accurate than other digital thermometers thanks to its 16 infrared sensors that capture 4,000 measurements as it sweeps across your forehead. It syncs with your iPhone, offers advice based on readings, and can alert you when it’s time to take your temperature again. The Thermo costs US$99.95 and is available at the Apple Store and Withings website.

Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight

No, Apple didn't Buy Music Provider Omnifone

· Jeff Gamet · News

Omnifone for sale

Earlier this month a report said online music provider Omnifone was being purchased by an unnamed U.S. company for US$10 million. Now a new report is out saying that company was Apple, but it’s very likely that’s not really the case.

Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad, MacBook Cases

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Vaja is offering a 20% sitewide discount on its leather cases for iPhones, iPads, and even a few Android devices. I don’t often mention things like sales, but I am a huge fan of Vaja cases. My first Vaja case was for the last Motorola RAZR I owned before I got the first-gen iPhone. I then got a Vaja case for that iPhone and for the iPhone 3GS I replaced it with. They’re very well made, high quality, and gorgeous, but you pay for what you get. That’s code for “they ain’t cheap,” making a 20% discount a possible buying opportunity for me. To get the discount, use coupon code “20off” at checkout. The item pictured with this article is the iPad Pro 9.7″ Detachable Libretto Leather Case, which normally starts at $199.

Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad, MacBook Cases

ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple’s stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

If a Black Box in Apple's Autonomous Cars Recorded Everything, Would You Care?

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Autonomous car concept

One of the most important issues with the autonomous driving cars of the future is the partitioning of liability. To that end, new legislation proposed in Germany would require a data recorder to log when the car is under autonomous or driver control to aid in the assignment of responsibility. But such a box has privacy considerations. And it might be hacked. Would such a data recorder deter buyers? Could Apple overcome all this?