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ACM 379: Apple’s Mysterious October Announcements and Who Cares about Google’s Pixel Smartphone?

Apple moved its quarterly conference call in October, and it’s set off a lot of echo-chamber debate and speculation. Bryan and Jeff weed out the balderdash. They also ask who cares about Google’s new Pixel smartphone line.

The Most Important Reason to Upgrade to macOS Sierra: Security

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

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

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.

PDFpen Adds macOS Sierra Tabbed Window Support, More

Smile’s PDFpen and PDFpen Pro just got updates to version 8.2 that add support for macOS Sierra’s tabbed window feature. The update also adds iCloud file sync support for users for all users—a feature that previously was available only if you purchased PDFpen through Apple’s Mac App Store.

macOS Sierra and App Compatibility

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus walks us through some of the compatibility issues some people (including him) are experiencing with Apple’s newest macOS Sierra. Keyboard wackiness, scanner issues, and other software problems are out there.

Lyrics App for iMessages Makes it Easy to Find and Share Lyrics

I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new features in Messages in iOS 10. Apps and stickers increase enjoyment and utility, both, and I have a great example of that for you with an iMessage app called Lyrics. It makes it easy to find, quote from, and share song lyrics. Bryan Chaffin shows you how to work it.

1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds: $52.99

Check out the 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds. They include a speaker, Bluetooth chip, battery, and microphone in each earbud, and they work both independently or when paired. Batteries last for up to four hours of play time between charges. You can get them for $52.99 through our deal.

Siri Turns 5 Years Old, Feel Free to Sing to Her

Siri turned five years old Tuesday, having been launched on October 4th, 2011. She’s changed a lot in that time, grown up a bit. But she’s not too old to appreciate us singing to her.

How to Share an iTunes Playlist with Apple Music

Most of us have made our fair share of playlists in iTunes. With Apple Music, you can share those playlists for your friends or the world to enjoy with you. In that playlists are the mix tapes of today, Bryan Chaffin shows you how to share an iTune playlist using iTunes 12.5.x.

New Apple Touch ID Patent Hints at iPhone Home Button's Demise

A just published Apple patent shows Touch ID sensors embedded throughout a device display, which means iPhone and iPad users could potentially touch anywhere on their screen to unlock with their finger print. Touch to unlock is currently a Home button feature, but if this patent finds its way into shipping products, it could be the demise for our little clickable friend.

Get Detailed CPU Info From Mac's Command Line

It’s easy to get hardware information about your Mac from “About This Mac.” But the command line data can provide some extra tidbits that the GUI leaves out. John shows you how to reveal detail of your CPU from the Terminal app.

ibVPN Standard 3-Year Subscription: $39

We have a deal for you today on a three-year subscription to ibVPN, With this subscription, you get access to 90 servers in 41 countries, and you can browse with unlimited bandwidth, data transfer, and speed. It’s $39 through our deal.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-04: Goodbye Home Button, Hello macOS Sierra Auto-download

There’s an Apple patent that shows the iPhone’s Home button is going away. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the future of the Home button, plus they look at what’s up with Apple auto-downloading macOS Sierra to user’s computers.

Apple TV is Too App-Focused

Lately I’ve found myself gravitating away from using the Apple TV to watch content, and it’s due entirely to the device’s user interface: Apps get higher billing than they deserve. An app-centric interface makes perfect sense on the iPhone where there are so many things I might do. On the Apple TV, though, it’s safe to make the assumption that I’m launching the device to consume content. I just want my home screen to be a list of that content, thank you very much.

macOS Sierra Now Auto-downloading, but not Auto-installing

If you haven’t upgraded to macOS Sierra yet, get ready for Apple to push it to your Mac automatically. That doesn’t, however, mean Apple is forcing you to upgrade because the automatically downloaded update isn’t auto-installing.

How to Control Which Messages Photos Save to Camera Roll

Messages in iOS 10 changes a fundamental way your iPhone (or iPad) camera works: if you take a photo from the preview camera, it doesn’t save to your camera roll. But if you use the full camera app, it does. Here’s how to understand, manage, and control what gets saved where and what doesn’t get saved.

iOS 10: Turning Off "Raise to Wake"

This Quick Tip is about the new “Raise to Wake” feature in iOS 10. It’s cool, it’s handy, but if you get notifications that are private or potentially offensive, it’s less than ideal. Wanna turn it off? We’ll tell you how.

Apple Bumps Q4 Earnings Announcement and Call to Tuesday, October 25th

Apple announced Monday that it was rescheduling its fiscal fourth quarter earnings report and call to Tuesday, October 25th. The company cited an unspecified “scheduling conflict.” The call was originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th.

iOS 10 Photos: Using Gestures to See Related Pics

iOS 10’s Photos app automatically groups together related images for you, and they’re easy to see with a simple gesture. Follow along with The Mac Observer’s video tip to learn how.