Apple Settles Coverflow Patent Fight for $25M

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple with a big pile of money

A patent infringement fight against Apple over Coverflow technology that started in 2008 has finally come to an end with a US$25 million settlement. Apple agreed to pay the sum to Network-1 Technologies, far less than the $625 million originally awarded.

MGG 613: Deep Dives Into APFS, Synology, Powerline & More

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

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Dave’s traveling, so when he and John pre-recorded this one they decided to take a bit of a different direction and do a bit of a deep dive into one of their favorite topics: Synology DiskStations. But don’t worry, they also answered a few of your questions and shared a couple tips. It’s still your two favorite geeks, after all!

The Curse of Apple Supporting Older Hardware

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Old Telephone Equipment

A group of consumers are complaining Apple is using planned obsolescence to hobble their older devices with new operating systems. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple should instead get credit for supporting older devices better than any other company.

The Macintosh Product Line Will Soon Change Before Our Eyes

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Concept of Macintosh, MacBook Pro with OLED strip

There are certain Macintosh products that are carry overs from the past and there are top selling Macs that suggest the future of Apple. While some suggest that the transformation of the product line means the end of the Mac, John Martellaro suspects there could also be a glorious new beginning.

iOS Online Courses for Developers - Lifetime All Access Pass: $69

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

iOS Online Courses

We have a deal on a Lifetime All Access Pass for iOS Online Courses, a company that makes developer courses With this Pass, you have access to training on  iOS, Apple TV OS, Apple Watch, GameKit apps, Swift, Objective-C, and more, and that includes future releases such as iOS 10. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $69.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-08: Apple Sabotage, Installing Apple's Public Betas

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

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Apple is being accused of intentionally ruining performance on older devices to push sales. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about a petition calling out Apple for planned obsolescence, plus they talk about how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

Apple Sued for Using Carousel Effect on Website

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hit with lawsuit for website carousel effect

Apple has yet another patent infringement lawsuit to deal with, this time for the sliding carousel effect on the Apple.com home page. The case was filed by Samuel Lit who holds a 2008 patent describing the carousel effect—an effect that’s easy to find on scores of websites.

How to Install Apple's iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 10 beta

Apple opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra this week, which means non-developers can start kicking the tires on the company’s upcoming operating system releases. It isn’t difficult to start using the public betas, but there are a few steps before you’ll be up and running. Read on to learn how to install the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas.

ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can’t wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

FRESHeCOLOR Bluetooth Speaker with Flashing LED Color Lights: $59.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

FRESHeCOLOR Bluetooth Portable Speaker

Check out FRESHeCOLOR, a bluetooth speaker with a panel of LEDs that flash and change color with the beat. It has five lighting modes to keep the LEDs in sync with the music all the time, and the speakers are powered by 15 watts. It’s designed to be portable, too, with a built-in handle on top. You can get this device through our deal for $59.95.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-07: iOS 10 and Sierra Public Betas

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

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The iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are here! John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at the public beta releases, talk about what they like, and remind everyone that betas shouldn’t go on our primary devices. They also have something to say about gun-shaped iPhone cases.

This is Why Gun-shaped iPhone Cases are a Bad Idea

· Jeff Gamet · News

gun-shaped iPhone case

A gun-shaped iPhone case is a bad idea in general, and doubly so when you take one to the airport. That’s the important life lesson one man learned when police stopped him in London Stansted Airport with what appeared to be a gun that turned out to be his smartphone.

Apple Launches iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra

Apple delivered on its promise of public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday. The betas were previously available only to developers, but now everyone can get in on the pre-release action.

Dropbox: Using Selective Sync

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you use Dropbox, you’ve gotta check out how to use its Selective Sync feature. This’ll let you remove folders from your Mac (but not from Dropbox’s website or any other computers you’re syncing with!), so if you need to reclaim some space on one of your machines, you can easily do so. We’ll give you the scoop in this Quick Tip.

Quick and Dirty Miles to Kilometers Conversions with the Fibonacci Sequence

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is one of the nerdiest and most intensely cool anecdotes I’ve ever seen. It turns out you can do quick and dirty conversions of miles to kilometers using the Fibonacci sequence, as noted on Reddit and tweeted by Cliff Pickover (and spotted by The Loop). Redditor almightybob1 said, “The Fibbonacci sequence goes 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 etc etc. Skip the first few terms and…” With that information below, check out the chart included by Mr. Pickover below. How awesome is that?

How to Clear Mac's Browser Cache: Chrome, Firefox and Safari

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

Digital data

Sometimes it’s desirable to make sure one is looking at the very latest web pages, sometimes for casual use, often for news or development work. To do that means emptying the browser’s saved cache and reloading a fresh page. John shows how to do that for three popular browsers on the Mac.

TextExpander 1-Year Life Hacker Plan: $19.98

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

TextExpander on Mac, iOS, and Windows

We have a deal for you today on one of our favorite utilities at TMO, TextExpander. TextExpander allows you to create snippets of text you can then expand with a simple keyboard shortcut. It’s a huge time saver. The Lifehacker subscription covers Mac, iOS, and Windows devices for one user on unlimited devices. You can share your snippets to those other devices, too.  Our price is $19.98 for a year, less than half the retail price if you’re paying month-to-month.

Backdoor.MAC.Elanor Malware Access Mac Webcams, Steals Data, More

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new Mac malware threat in the wild dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor that’s particularly nasty because it lets attackers take control of your Mac’s camera, download data from your computer, and remotely run code. Mac users can fall victim to the threat by downloading what otherwise appears to be a legit app and has even shown up on some mainstream Mac software repositories.

How Not to Lose Your Apple Pencil

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Apple Pencil holder PencilClipz

Dr. Mac loves using his Apple Pencil, but hates misplacing it. He shares three inexpensive solutions in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves…

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-06: AI Agents and Privacy, Backdoor.MAC.Elanore Mac Malware

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

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AI agents are great for helping us, but the come with a cost that not everyone is comfortable with. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal data we give up to make AI agents more useful, and how we can limit what we share. They also take a look at the Backdoor.MAC.Elanor malware that’s threatening Macs.