Easy DIY iPhone Charging Holder

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Do it yourself charger holder

I stumbled on this awesome little project on Instagram from @Instructions (via IG’s “Videos You Might Like” feature). It’s a do-it-yourself charging holder for your iPhone made from stuff most of us have lying around. Pretty clever, I think. I’d love to hear from anyone who makes it themselves.

Watch Out SoundCloud, Apple Music Just Got Remixes

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music and DJ turntable

SoundCloud is taking it on the chin because one of its standout features, DJ song remixes, just came to Apple Music and Spotify. The first to hit Apple’s streaming music service is DJ Jazzy Jeff’s remix of Room in Here from Anderson .Paak, and as more remixes roll out music fans will have fewer reasons to use SoundCloud.

Keyboard Maestro: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Keyboard Maestro on iMac

Keyboard Maestro is one of our own Dr. Mac’s favorite Mac utilities, and we have a deal on it for you. With Keyboard Maestro, you can create macros and trigger them with keyboard shortcuts to help automate regular activities. You can get it through our deal for $19.99.

Amazon Offers Financing on Fire HD Tablets Starting at $89.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Amazon Adverts for Fire HD Devices

Amazon rolled out financing for its line of Fire HD tablets this weeks, even on devices that retail for as little as US$89.99. The retailing giant is allowing qualifying customers to purchase a Fire HD8, Fire HD10, or Fire Kids Edition and pay for it over five payments.

Fujitsu Begins ScanSnap Fixes for macOS Sierra

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

A bug

Fujitsu announced a schedule for ScanSnap updates to correct issues in macOS Sierra. The company has been dealing with compatibility problems that threatened PDF content for Apple’s newest Mac operating system. Futjitsu pushed updates to some users on Thursday and unveiled a schedule for other devices later in October.

VC Confessions: Apple 'Outrageously Expensive,' Hasn't Facebook Heard of Friendster?

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Writing for Fortune, Polina Marinova has gathered up confessions from venture capitalists who passed on companies that would become massive successes. It’s a fun read (via The Loop), but it’s also interesting. Included are comments about Apple. BVP partner Neill Brownstein called the company “outrageously expensive” before Apple went on to what was then the largest IPO in almost three decades. Another VC at BVP passed on Ebay, saying, “Stamps? Coins? Comic books? You’ve GOT to be kidding.” And yet another to Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin: “Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster? Move on. It’s over!” Check out the full piece, because there are lots more.

VC Confessions: Apple ‘Outrageously Expensive,’ Hasn’t Facebook Heard of Friendster?

Tim Cook Shares Touching Memory of Steve Jobs

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook and former CEO Steve Jobs were friends and worked closely at the company. When Mr. Jobs passed away after succumbing to pancreatic cancer five years ago, Mr. Cook had some big shoes to fill. He’s looking to the future as he steers Apple in new directions, but isn’t beyond looking back at their friendship—something he shared in an email to Apple employees. Mr. Cook called Apple, “Steve’s most enduring legacy,” and said his friend taught him life’s journey is the real joy, not particular events. You can check out his touching email at the MacGeneration website.

Tim Cook Shares Touching Memory of Steve Jobs

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-06: Samsung Buys Viv AI Platform

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

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Say what? Samsung bought the Viv artificial intelligence platform designed by the creators of Siri. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Samsung could use Viv, and what impact it will have on competing platforms. They also look at Facebook’s Secret Conversation encryption for Messenger chats.

ROME: Total War for iPad Priced at $9.99

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced pricing for ROME: Total War Thursday. The popular PC and Mac real-time combat and turn-based economy and politics game is scheduled for an “autumn” release. It requires iPad Air or newer or iPad mini 2 or newer. It’s been rebuilt for iOS, including developing gesture-based controls to replace the mouse-driven controls of its desktop beginnings. Between Civ VI for Mac and ROME: TW on iPad, I’m going to have very little free-time. In any event, it’s going to be $9.99 on iPad, and I can’t wait to see how it plays.

macOS Sierra: Rearrange Your Menu Bar

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’ve ever been frustrated by not being able to customize the Mac’s menu bar, then this Quick Tip‘s for you. Under macOS Sierra, that funny little omnipresent bar just got a lot more adjustable, and this article will tell you how!

Roxio Toast 15 Titanium: $49

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Roxio Toast and Apple Devices

Toast 15 Titanium is a powerhouse for creating CDs and DVDs, including the ability to copy CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. You can convert web-based videos for watching on your devices, share to the usual social networking suspects, and capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web. We have a deal on Toast 15 Titanium for $49, half off retail.

Samsung Still Chasing Its Apple Dreams, Buys Viv AI

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Viv demo on MacBook Pro at Disrupt 2016

Samsung continued living its Apple dream this week. According to TechCrunch, the South Korean conglomerate purchased Viv, a next-generation artificial intelligence created by three of Siri’s creators. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what this might mean.

ReValver 4 From Peavey Will Turn a Guitar Sample into an Amp Model

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Peavey has an interesting piece of software called ReValver 4. It’s an exceedingly clever name, but its purpose is more clever. You can sample a guitar sound and ReValver 4 will turn that sample into a model for you. There are a lot of glorious guitar sounds out there, and ReValver brings them to you without a lot of muss or fuss. I haven’t personally tested it, but I’ve spent more than my fair share of time chasing down rigs used by particular guitarists over the years. ReValver’s approach is an intriguing idea—it runs on Mac and Windows. It’s a free download, with additional models available for purchase.

Pre-Order Civilization VI for Mac, Get Free Aztec Expansion

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I am so stoked about this: Civilization VI for Mac is coming! Aspyr announced pre-orders on the Steam platform, with a free Aztec expansion if you pony up before it’s released. The Windows version hits Steam on October 21st. Aspyr said in a blog post that it was shooting for a same-day release for the Mac version, but that they were still working on it. Either way, it seems like Mac users won’t have to wait long. The blog post also noted that the pre-order page specifies Windows right now, but that if you’re pre-ordering from a Mac, you’ll be good to once it hits. I love the Civilization franchise above all other computer games. Civ VI looks super amazeballs, and I can’t wait!

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Cyber security graphic.

When Apple launches a new version of one of its OSes, say, macOS Sierra, the first thing users think about is the features. If they’re a bit more methodical, they’ll look at their mission critical apps and monitor for updates from those developers. But, above all, a decision to not upgrade (or do it soon) must be balanced against the security updates folded into the new version.  John explains.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-05: Yahoo's Secret Email Scanning

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

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A new report says Yahoo! was secretly scanning user’s email at the request of U.S. intelligence agencies. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that was appropriate and to look at what we should expect for privacy in our email.

Tim Cook Remembers Steve Jobs's Passing with Wonderful Photo

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs with Steepled Fingers

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a lovely commemoration of Steve Jobs, who passed away five years ago today. It included a quote from Mr. Jobs, “Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” It also featured a beautiful photograph of Mr. Jobs I personally can’t remember seeing before. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years. I imagine I speak for many when I say Mr. Jobs is missed.