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

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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.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

PDFPen is on my short list of must-have apps for the iPhone and iPad, and version 2.5 is even more useful because it adds Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro. The app is a PDF viewing and editing powerhouse, and thanks to this update it also supports viewing file attachments, playing audio annotations, and validates digitally signed documents, bringing it in line with PDFPen 8 for the Mac. PDFPen 2 costs US$19.99 on the App Store, and version 2.5 is a free update.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

OS X: Create a One-Click Dock Folder Alias

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about folder shortcuts you can put in the Dock; there’s actually a really easy way to use them to open folders in Finder. Since Melissa Holt’s not the biggest fan of navigating through files from the Dock, she’s going to walk us through this productivity trick!

3 Great iPhone Apps for Learning about Juno and Jupiter

· Jeff Gamet · News

Juno and iPhone apps

NASA’s Juno probe spent five years traveling to Jupiter, and on July 4th it safely arrived and slid into orbit. That means we’ll have loads of new information about the gas giant soon, and thanks to our iPhones and iPads, we can stay on top of the latest discoveries. The Mac Observer put together a few apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can find out more about the mission, get the latest Juno news, and learn about Jupiter and the Juno probe, too.

Apple Continues to Leverage Its Supply Chain to Maximize Margins (Like Always)

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple Standard Operating Procedure

Apple is putting pressure on its suppliers to cut prices to maintain its profit margins, according to a report from DigiTimes that’s been picked up by other publications. What’s missing from the piece, however, is that Apple is always pressuring its suppliers to cut costs for the sake of its own margins.

New Drone Footage of Apple Campus 2.0 Captioned with Construction Details

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Matthew Roberts posted new drone footage of construction efforts on Apple Campus 2.0 to YouTube (via The Loop). It not only shows massive progress on the site, it’s also captioned with helpful details about the things you’re seeing. The footage is up close and personal, enough to wonder what new case law might be established if Apple had blasted the drone out of the air. I always enjoy these drone flyovers—it’s super awesome to be able to follow along as this soon-to-be-iconic building takes shape.

TMO Background Mode: Former Apple Sr. Director of Product Marketing Michael Gartenberg

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Michael Gartenberg

Michael Gartenberg is currently the analyst in residence for iMore.com. However, before that, he spent three years as Apple’s Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to SVP Phil Schiller. Michael tells the story about how he got his gig with Apple. After years of working at various tech industry research firms, he was always on the periphery of Apple and working with Apple executives, especially Greg “Joz” Joswiak and Phil Schiller. Then, one day in 2013, he got phone call from Joz, and it didn’t sound like it was going to be a schmooze session. Michael was alarmed. What could he have done wrong? But Joz wanted to invite Michael to Cupertino for an interview. Listen as Michael tells me how he got hired and what he did at Apple for three years.

Complete iBlazr Smartphone LED Flash and Accessory Bundle: $64.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

iBlazr and Accessory Pack

We have a deal for you today on the iBlazr LED flash for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device that includes an accessory pack. iBlazr is designed to sync with your mobile device’s camera for lighting up a scene. This deal includes iBlazr 2 (black), USB charger, Mount clip, Key clasp, Silicon diffuser, Flexible USB Charger Mount, Cold Shoe Mount, Pack of Colored Diffusers, all for $64.99. Check out the deal listing for details.

A Big Risk for AI Agents is the Creepy Factor

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

AI agent

How much assistance do customers really need and want from AI agents? Will the very design of AI agents lend themselves to proving their worth? Or will companies who provide them see AI agents as powerful, undisciplined tools for their own advantage and profit.  It’s not clear yet where the market is going, but if any company can do it right, it’s Apple.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-05: iOS 10's Organ Donor Registry, Tesla's Autopilot Crash

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

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Becoming an organ donor will get a lot easier once iOS 10 ships this fall. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s partnership with Donate Life America to add donor registration to the Health app, plus they offer up their thoughts on the impact of the tragic Tesla autopilot car crash.