iOS 10: How to Secure Your Lock Screen

· David Chartier · How-To

iOS 10 Lock Screen

The lock screen is more powerful and convenient than ever in iOS 10. But this also means it might make more information and sensitive options available at a swipe, before your device even unlocks. Here are a few ways to lock down your lock screen to show only what it should.

VirnetX Scores $302.4M Win from Apple in Patent Trial

· Jeff Gamet · News

patent troll with justice scales

The third time is a charm for VirnetX and its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit fight with Apple because a Tyler, Texas, Federal Court jury ruled the iPhone and iPad maker owes the company US$302.4 million. The patents in question cover secure communication and FaceTime, and now the case will head to the Appeals Court where VirnetX may have a harder time convincing a judge to let it keep the money.

MGG 625: The Spotlight Clone Wars

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

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Faster chargers, ODB2 dongles, Mac vs. Windows File Paths, MacBook Pro specs, Dropbox, macOS Sierra and the Spotlight Clone Wars are all topics discussed in today’s Mac Geek Gab. In fact, they’re not just topics, they’re your questions answered! Plus, Dave and John go on a good photoanalysisd rant for good measure!

The Mac Observer's iOS 10 Tip Roundup

· Jeff Gamet · Tips

More iOS 10 tips. Lots of them!

iOS 10 is chock full of cool new features, and The Mac Observer has been digging through Apple’s newest mobile operating system to find the stuff that’s going to make using your iPhone and iPad easier. Check out our tips and tricks for Messages, Music, 3D Touch, and more.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Hits Mac and Linux

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Good news for Mac gamers: Feral Interactive announced the release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II for Mac and Linux. This real-time strategy powerhouse is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe (obviously), where you are a Force Commander of the Blood Ravens Chapter defending the Imperium of Man. This game has very high system requirements—Feral Interactive specifies a number of video cards that aren’t supported. Make sure your Mac can cut it before buying this game. It looks very fun, and was a big success on the PC. The video included below shows off some game-play. There’s a theatrical trailer on the game’s site, too. It’s available on the Mac App Store, Steam, and directly from Feral. It’s $19.99.

Evidence is Mounting: Apple Will Convert the Macs to ARM CPUs

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

RIP Intel Inside

The time since most of the Macs have been updated can now be described as geologic. Is that because Apple doesn’t care about the Macs? Or, more likely, could we be in for another major architectural change? Evidence is mounting that Apple will abandon Intel and take the Mac lineup to ARM. John looks at the evidence and makes the case.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-30: iPhone Lightning Headphone Adapters, Listener Comments

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

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Third party Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapters are starting to make their first appearances for the iPhone 7. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the headphone adapter market and whether or not most people will really need one. They also respond to listener comments on yesterday’s show where we talked about the limitations of Apple’s Airport Extreme Base Station.

A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG FANBOY SWOON! Apple announced A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition on Thursday—an iBooks exclusive. The new version of the massively popular (and utterly brilliant) book includes new artwork, a glossary, more information about the houses, and more. The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series is getting these Enhanced Editions, but A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is available now for $8.99. You can preorder the others for $11.99. Apple has a video on the iBooks landing page for these new versions. It includes comments from George R.R. Martin about the series, as well as a great look at some of the new artwork. This is a huge score for Apple’s iBooks.

A Game of Thrones Gets Enhanced Edition Exclusive to iBooks

macOS Sierra: Fast Sound Settings from the Menu Bar

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra makes switching sound output easier with an updated menu bar item

Apple gets that we’re always looking for ways to make the routine things we do on our Macs easier and some of the subtle changes in macOS Sierra really show that off. The Sound menu bar item is a perfect example because now switching audio input and output sources is even simpler.

iLDOCK on Kickstarter: Lightning Port and Headphone Jack for iPhone 7

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Market forces are rushing in to meet the needs of those who want to be able to listen through headphones and charge their iPhone at the same time. iLDOCK is a Kickstarter project for a Lightning splitter with a built-in headphone jack. It quickly tripled its funding goal of $5,000, with 28 days to go. As of this writing, there are $10 funding options that will get you an iLDOCK. There’s also an iLDOCK Plus that adds a USB port, microSD slot, and a TF slot.

Get 8 Mac Utilities for Free

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

2016 Mac Freebie Bundle

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a collection of eight Mac utilities, including: CommandQ, Export for iTunes, UnDistracted, SuperTab SE 1.4, Screenie, Total Video Player for Mac, iFotosoft Photo Viewer, and SQLPro for Postgres. And they’re all free. The details are on the deal listing, but grab them while they’re hot.

CW Shows Come to Apple TV, No Cable Subscription Required

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

CW app on Apple TV doesn't require cable subscription

The CW made good on its promise to bring shows like Supergirl, The Flash, and iZombie to Apple TV for free. The network’s Apple TV app is available now, and doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription to watch, or need any sort of login.

Safari 10: Hide Flash from Every Website Except Some

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Safari 10 allows you to have Flash installed, but to control which sites know it (or access it). For many users, this would be the best compromise between having flash and not installing it all. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to do it.

Use 3D Touch in LINE to Read Messages without a Read Receipt

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

3D Touch View of LINE Chat

The LINE Corporation has done something very useful with 3D Touch, and I thought I’d tell you about it. When you’re looking at your Chats view, you can view recent chats, as shown below, without sending a read receipt. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Apple Rolls iPhone 7 Commercial, "Balloons"

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new spot out for iPhone 7 called “Balloons.” It’s a lovely spot with some beautiful imagery. While the piece is very light on product imagery, the balloons are meant to be a metaphor about iMessage bringing people together. The tag line at the end of the spot is “The all-new iPhone 7, with expressive messages. Practically magic.” Like I said, I think it’s beautiful. I’d be curious to know what you think.

My Fantasy Wish List for Apple's October Event

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Wish list.

It’s one thing to make sober, informed predictions about what Apple may announce next. But, this time, John just wants to have fun and provide his fantasy wish list for an Apple event in October. What would have John giggling with delight?  Read on to find out.

How to Make macOS Sierra Empty Your Mac's Trash for You

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Auto-delete Trash items after 30 days in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra is loaded with cool new features, but sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, like not needing to remember to empty your Mac’s trash. You can set the Trash to auto-delete after 30 days, and it’s easy to do. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-29: John's Apple Product Wish List

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

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Word on the street says new Retina MacBook Pro models are coming in October, and TMO’s sources say they’ll be announced on the 11th. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about John’s wish list for new Apple products, and Jeff disagrees with John’s take on Apple TV.

Smartphone Photo and Video Certification Bundle: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Smartphone Photo & Video Certification Bundle

We have a training bundle for you today designed to teach you how to use mobile devices to take better photographs, and modern video gear (including your mobile device) to make better videos. Both courses last one month, with 8 lessons and 12 hours of content each. You can get this package through our deal for $29.