TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-17: Behind the Scenes with Background Mode's John Martellaro

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

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John Martellaro has been hosting some great interviews on TMO’s Background Mode podcast, so today Jeff Gamet turns the tables and interviews John. They go behind the scenes to learn learn how John makes his interviews happen, and to look at some of the high points from the show so far.

Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cable 3-Pack: $21.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Three-Pack of MFi-certified Lightning Cables

If you go through Lightning cables like I do, you’ll like this deal on a three-pack for $21.99. They’re MFi-certified and 1 meter long. Grab ’em while you can.

Don't Count on iPhone 7 Pro Joining Apple's Lineup

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 Pro

It’s a safe bet we’ll see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, but don’t get your hopes up for the iPhone 7 Pro. The rumored new addition to the iPhone family isn’t coming, nor is Apple planning to drop the “Plus” moniker in favor of “Pro.”

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Automatic, the device that connects to your car’s ODB port to track your driving, just went pro. The new Automatic Pro model uses a 3G wireless data connection instead of Bluetooth to log data, which means you can track your car’s activity and status without relying on your iPhone’s Bluetooth signal. Even better, you don’t pay anything extra for 3G—it’s included for free. Automatic Pro comes with a new app and better IFTTT support. You can pick up Automatic Pro for US$129.95.

Automatic New Car Logger goes Pro with Free 3G Data

Photos: Downloading iCloud Photo Library Pictures

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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Today’s Quick Tip is about iCloud Photo Library. What are your options for it? How do you make sure all of your pictures have been downloaded to your Mac? And what if you need to download just a specific set of your stuff? We’ll explain it all!

Intel Could Vie for Apple's Chip Business with New ARM License

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Apple might have a new source for manufacturing the company’s Ax line of ARM processors: Intel. Bloomberg reported that Intel has licensed the right to make ARM processors, which is an interesting development for both Apple and Intel.

Apple's Power Starts with Dismissing Engineering Truths as Irrelevant

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple Watch Back

We’ve long understood that the user comes first at Apple, but former Apple engineer Bob Messerschmidt recently illustrated that in a clear and concise manner. It humanizes the magic that can happen when engineering truths are dismissed as irrelevant.

A Clever Microsoft Ad Gets to the Heart of Apple's Fuzzy iPad Message

· John Martellaro · Editorial

MacBook-iPad side by side

The early iPads were a sensation. It seemed that Steve Jobs had brought forth the successor to the Mac. However, things have not gone as planned with the iPad, and Apple is scrambling to construct a clearer branding and imperative for the iPad. Even Microsoft senses the difficulty and has poked fun at Apple’s newfound toaster-fridge mentality.

Google Duo, a Platform Agnostic Competitor to FaceTime

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Google released Duo on Tuesday, “a simple 1-to-1 video calling app” for iOS and Android. Google set it up to operate around your existing phone number. Unlike Apple’s FaceTime, Google Duo doesn’t care if you’re on iOS or Android. It also has an interesting feature called Knock Knock that allows the callee to see the caller’s live video feed before you answer. The video below demonstrates Knock Knock. Google Duo is “free,” and is available at the App Store and Google Play. [Update: as noted by @grempe on Twitter, Google Duo calls are encrypted end-to-end, an important privacy element to protect users from prying eyes far and wide. – Bryan]

Droplr Pro Lifetime License: $29.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Droplr Pro Screenshots

We have a deal for you today on a lifetime subscription to Droplr Pro, a digital media collaboration service.  Drop a file on the Droplr icon (there’s a keyboard shortcut, too), and it will be uploaded to a server where other members of your team can view or edit the file. It integrates with Microsoft Office, Cisco Spark, Slack, Adobe, and more. The price through our deal is $29.99.

Apple Embraces China with New R&D Center

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple China flag

Apple plans to open a new research and development center in China before the end of the year, according to company CEO Tim Cook. The facility will be a first for Apple in China, and will be another way to help Apple shore up its presence in the country.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple's China R&D Center, Microsoft's iPad Pro Dig

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

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Apple plans to open a research and development center in China before the end of the year. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why Apple is opening the center and how that fits into the company’s plans in the country. They also look at Microsoft’s clever iPad Pro slam.

Check Out Jerry Seinfeld's Mac in Your Browser

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Mac on Jerry’s desk in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld was little more than a set dressing, which meant viewers were on their own to imagine what was on that computer—until now. The clever crew at extremelygoodshit.com made a virtual version of Jerry’s Mac you can explore in your favorite Web browser, complete with important documents, Jerry’s Web history (toothbrush STDs, anyone?), and more. If you check out Jerry’s Mac at work be sure to use your headphones because a Seinfeld-ish theme plays when the page first loads.

Check Out Jerry Seinfeld’s Mac in Your Browser

Twitter and NFL on Apple TV Could Be Big For Everyone

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple TV, NFL, and Twitter

Twitter is reportedly talking with Apple about bringing a dedicated app to Apple TV for live-streaming NFL games. A solid Twitter app bringing this kind of content to your TV could be a big winner for fans, Twitter, Apple, and the NFL, too.

Tim Cook on Being CEO After Steve Jobs (Video)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Tim Cook from Washington Post Interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook had to step into some enormous shoes taking over from Steve Jobs. Much has been written and said on the topic, but Tim Cook hasn’t often spoken publicly about it himself. In his new interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Cook did talk about Steve Jobs, and the newspaper posted a video snippet on the topic. In it, Mr. Cook talks about Steve Jobs being a heat shield for Apple, and how he thought the media would lose interest in Apple after Mr. Jobs passed. If you let the video below play through, you’ll get a second snippet from the interview. If you let it keep playing, you’ll get videos unrelated to Tim Cook’s interview.

How to Tell Which Leaked iPhone Photos are Fake

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Fake iPhone 7 pics

As September 7th’s iPhone 7 launch looms ever closer we’re seeing more and more leaked photos showing what claim to be photos of Apple’s soon to be announced next generation smartphone. Those photos may be fun to see, but there’s a good chance they’re fake and it doesn’t take much to suss them out when you know what to look for.

Warren Buffett Buys 5.41 Million Shares of $AAPL

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

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Warren Buffett bought some 5.41 million shares of Apple during the June quarter, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The investment cost more than half a billion dollars, and represents a 55% increase in Berkshire Hathaway’s stake in Apple.

Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery (Manufacturer-Refurbished): $39.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery

We have a deal on a manufacturer-refurbished Mophie Powerstation XL External Battery. This beefy battery holds 12,000mAh, and delivers current in either 500mAh, 1A, or 2.1A, depending on the device you’re charging. It has two USB ports for simultaneous charging, and is itself charged with a standard Micro-USB port. You can get this device through our deal for $39.95.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Managing Editor of the Backblaze Blog Peter Cohen

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

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Peter Cohen is the managing editor of the Backblaze blog. Previously, he’s written for Macworld, The Loop and iMore. Peter talked about how, as a kid, he had a TI-99/4A with bit-mapped graphics. He drew images on graph paper, converted the patterns to Hexadecimal codes and wrote to the display with Basic. The result was color graphics of spaceships shooting at each other. When he first saw the 1984 Macintosh with MacPaint, “it was like the top of my head blew off.” In the second segment, Peter and I chat about how Tim Cook is doing, Apple and its desktop Macs, whether the iPad Pros can replace the Mac and robotics. Peter is very much tuned in and speaks with wisdom on all these subjects. You’ll want to tune in too.

There Ain't No Such Thing as Free TV (TANSTAFTV)

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

Apple TV driving HDTV

The science fiction writer Robert Heinlein reminded us that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. (TANSTAFL). The same applies to TV. If you watch TV over the air, there will be commercials. Lots. If you subscribe to cable, most channels will also have commercials. If you stream or buy content that doesn’t have commercials (Blu-ray or the OTT services) you will pay what the industry sees fit for you. While cord cutting looks to be appealing cost-wise, for now, the industry is never going to settle for decreased revenues in the long run. A recent Hulu decision proves that.