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

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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.”

3 Key Takeaways about Apple TV from Eddy Cue Interview

· Bryan Chaffin · Columns & Opinions

Future Apple TV

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue added some color to Apple’s television aspirations. Key takeaways from the interview include Apple not planning to buy a studio (for now, at least); Apple having modest ambitions with original content; and Apple’s belief that voice is the killer feature for navigating television content.

Magnetic Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Sport Headphones: $24.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Magnetic Wireless Headphones

We have a deal for you today on a pair of magnetic wireless sports headphones.These are Bluetooth headphones with magnets on the back of each ear piece so that they stick to each other. That means fewer tangles and fewer opportunities to get lost. The price through our deal is $24.99, some 37% off retail. Check out the details in the deal listing

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-14: Eddy Cue on Apple TV, Samsung goes to the Supreme Court

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

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Apple’s Eddy Cue recently shared some insight into the company’s plans for original TV content. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at what he had to say and how Apple fits into the entertainment market, plus they have some thoughts on the scheduled Supreme Court hearing in the Apple and Samsung patent infringement fight.

Supreme Court to Hear Samsung's iPhone Patent Appeal Oct 11

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple v Samsung justice scales

Samsung’s appeal in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Apple over smartphone designs goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 11th. This doesn’t, however, signal the end of a battle that started in 2011 and is only the latest round in a dispute that’s drug on for years.

OS X: Using Safari’s "Open Page With" Feature

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Safari’s got a hidden way to help you open a page in another browser you’ve got installed, and this feature’s really helpful for troubleshooting problems with websites. Melissa Holt’s gonna give us the rundown in today’s Quick Tip.

ACM 368: Jeff's HomeKit Breakthrough, Pokémon GO, Post-PC Era

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk about HomeKit, sparked by Jeff’s triumph over something that shouldn’t have been hard to begin with. They also talk about Jeff’s initial foray into Pokémon GO, and look at the Post-PC Era (or lack thereof) in light of Scrivener coming to iOS.

An Amazing Printout of the Apollo 11 Source Code

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The computers NASA used in the Apollo missions to the moon were very slow and primitive by today’s standards.  It was necessary to write all the flight code and lunar module landing code in assembly language. Even then, code modules (flight phases) were paged in and out of memory. The software was written by IBM and worked, as we know, beautifully. What’s almost as amazing is the complete printout of the assembly code on paper which stands, in this article, about as tall as Director of Apollo Flight Computer Programming Margaret Hamilton. You can now see it all on GitHub.

An Amazing Printout of the Apollo 11 Source Code

Scrivener Coming to iOS July 20th

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

ZOMGZOMGZOMG!!! I am all a tither! Literature & Latte announced Wednesday that Scrivener is coming to iOS on July 20th! Scrivener is the best writing environment I’ve found, but heretofore it’s worked only on Mac and Windows. I’m not personally interested in writing on my iPad, but I am mega-interested in editing on my iPad. In fact, I do my serious read-throughs when editing fiction in iBooks. That’s great, but being able to get into that reading mode with Scrivener directly in hand is going to be a big deal for me. There’s no link yet, but L&L said it will be released July 20th at $19.99.