Apple Releases iTunes 12.5.1 with New Look & macOS Sierra Support

· John Martellaro · News

iTunes 12.5.1

On September 13th, Apple released iTunes 12.5.1.  It works in El Capitan but has some new features that make it macOS Sierra ready and provide support for iOS 10.  Most notable is a fresher, cleaner look which addresses some of the early criticism regarding the complexity and busy look of iTunes 12.

iPhone 7 Financing for Fun and Profit

· Jim Tanous · Analysis

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There are more ways than ever to buy an iPhone 7, and while choice is good, too many options can be confusing. Here’s an overview of the various iPhone 7 financing options from Apple and the major wireless carriers. Which one is right for you?

macOS Sierra: Configuring Siri

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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With the upcoming release of macOS Sierra, Siri’s finally available on our computers! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how to use it and tell you what you’ll do if you need to make changes to how it works (such as switching which keyboard shortcut invokes it).

How to Enable Instagram's New Comment Keyword Blacklist

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Comment Keyword Blacklists in Instagram 9.3

Instagram rolled out a feature designed to help users avoid comment trolls, keyword blacklisting. The feature will block comments with an Instagram-chosen list of keywords “often reported as offensive.” You can also add your own keywords. Comments with those keywords will be hidden from your posts. Here’s how to enable it.

Mogees Keys with Mogees Pro and Play Makes Everything an Instrument

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Mogees released Mogees Keys for iPhone and iPad Monday. This is a companion app for Mogees Pro (US$129.99 on Amazon) and Mogees Play (coming soon), both of which are centered around the Mogees Vibration Sensor. That’s a microphone, to you and me, and it’s designed to turn any surface, anything, into a musical instrument. Mogees Pro or Play pick up the vibrations and send them to the app, where those vibrations are turned into something akin to MIDI input. Mogees Keys uses a keyboard metaphor for this process. The video below shows it in action. As a drummer, I enjoy things like #vfhitthings on Instagram (and elsewhere). Mogees Pro and Mogees Keys is sort of an extension of that innate desire many musicians have to turn everything into an instrument. Mogees Keys is a free app, but it requires the above-mentioned hardware.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Kanopi Studios WordPress Developer Julie Kuehl

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Julie Kuehl

Julie Kuehl is an expert WordPress developer for Kanopi Studios. But there’s much more. She built her first website in 1994. She’s studied economics, statistics and web design. She’s written for publications like MyMac, Tech Lounge and The Mac Observer. She’s a popular speaker at conferences. She hosts the SciFi Tech Talk podcast. She’s into cars (Mustang), motorcycles (Harley-Davidson) and holds several black belts in Karate, primarily Soto Kan. She’s taught Martial Arts to police officers in Japan and learned Japanese in the process. Join me and Julie as we geek out and trade stories on our Martial Arts experiences, our first exposure to Unix and web servers in the 1990s, our car loves (more stories: Corvettes, Route 66), SciFi, and her own SciFi podcast. I was wowed. You will be too.

New TiVo BOLT+ Now Includes 6 Tuners and 3TB Storage

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Monday TiVo announced their BOLT+ DVR, enhancing the company’s flagship line with a sleek, black unit that includes six tuners and 3TB of recording capacity. Six tuners may seem like a lot until you think about how the current TiVo paradigm works: you have the BOLT+ (or BOLT, or 4+ tuner Roamio) on one TV connected to cable, then you have TiVo Minis at all your other TVs. You only pay a subscription fee for your main device, and each of the Minis can stream live or recorded shows from the host. The trick is, each active Mini occupies one tuner of the host device when in use. Six tuners begins to make a lot of sense if you have even 2 or 3 TVs in action at any one point in time. TiVo is really the only company who is properly addressing the whole-house media viewing solution this way, and it truly makes life a lot simpler. TIVo’s new BOLT+ is priced at $499.99 and will be available online and at brick-and-mortar retail on Thursday, September 15th.

New TiVo BOLT+ Now Includes 6 Tuners and 3TB Storage

Is Apple’s iPhone Naming Scheme a Mistake or Genius?

· John Martellaro · Link

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It’s true that there are logical dilemmas with Apple’s iPhone naming scheme. Apple has never formally explained the reasoning for its nomenclature. And so, journalists have taken their best shot at explaining the logic of the “S” years and the presumed “tick-tock” cycle. But while some think it’s crazy, there may be genius behind the craziness.

Privatoria VPN 3-Year Subscription: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Privatoria on MacBook

We have a deal for you today on a 3-year subscription to Privatoria VPN. This service encrypts your data, masks your IP from prying eyes, and works with macOS/OS X, iOS, Windows, Linux/Unix, Fire OS, Chrome OS, and Android. There are more details in the deal listing. You can get this subscription through us for $29.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-12: Apple Car Layoffs, Why the Media Loves Hating Apple

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

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Apple seems to be shaking up its secret car project, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what the reported car project layoffs likely mean, plus John explains why the media loves spinning Apple in a negative light.

iOS 10 GM Adds "Announce Calls" Feature

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Rolled out to to developers last week, the iOS 10 Golden Master release (Version 10.0.1 14A403) includes a new Announce Calls feature in Settings > Phone. When enabled, your phone will begin ringing as usual and then your ringtone’s volume will duck down while Siri announces the name or number of the caller. You have the option to set this to Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only or Never. If set to Always, it will announce through your iPhone’s speaker only when the Ring/Silent switch is in Ring mode. iOS 10 will be available for all users tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th.

iOS 10 GM Adds “Announce Calls” Feature

ESPN Shows iPhone 7 Plus Photo Quality with US Open Tennis Shots

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 Plus camera sample from ESPN

Apple put the iPhone 7 Plus in the hands of pro photographers ahead of its big reveal last week, and now we get to see even more shots because ESPN has snapping pics with one at the US Open Tennis Championships. Landon Nordeman used an iPhone 7 Plus in lieu of his DSLR setup, and the shots he got were pretty amazing.

Apple Offers $10 Film Bundles for 10 Years of iTunes Movies

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is offering 10-movie bundles for US$10 to celebrate ten years of movie sales on the iTunes Store. The collections include movies such as “Pacific Rim,” “Superman Returns,” “Knocked Up,” “The Wolf of Wallstreet,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Queen.”Apple is also highlighting the top the iTunes movies (sorry, no deals there) over the past decade with—no surprise—loads of Pixar titles. The bundles are great deals, so be sure to check them out today before they’re gone because this is a 24-hour sale.

Apple Offers $10 Film Bundles for 10 Years of iTunes Movies

MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail

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

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Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it’s time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!

Bob Mansfield Reportedly Shaking Up Apple Car Project With Layoffs

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Apple has been laying off people from Project Titan, the company’s not-so-secret car project. The New York Times reported that Apple is rethinking its plans for a car, has “shuttered parts of its self-driving car project,” and laid off “dozens of people.”

The Art of Smacking Apple Around as Entertainment Pays Handsomely

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Numbers and facts are boring. Entertainment is fun. That’s true whether the subject is politics or technology.  If you can entertain people who are bored with facts, light them up in fact, your publication will do well. For example, crafty editors know that there’s money to be made bad-mouthing Apple. It will never stop. And it will never cease to amaze us. Jonny Evans ponders and John Martellaro explains.

Hands-On with iPhone 7 Home Button: Disappointing Haptic Feedback, Increased Functionality

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

iPhone 7 Plus at Apple Media Event

Apple had two major changes in iPhone 7 beyond incremental improvements. The first is the much-talked about lack of an auxiliary port for headphones, but the other will effect the way we do things far longer than the transition to Lightning audio. That’s moving from a physical Home Button to a touch-sensitive, stationary Home Button. Here’s what Bryan Chaffin thought about it during his hands-on session at Apple’s media event.

Free High Quality Software? You Betcha!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Free high-quality apps? You betcha!

Dr. Mac has noticed a trend lately where software makers offer free, high quality basic versions, charging only those who wish additional features or services. Often known as “freemium” apps  (think “free but still premium”), these days freemium isn’t just for games and entertainment anymore.

Apple Watch Series 2 Preorders Slip to 3 Weeks and Longer

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch Series 2 in a box

It took hours instead of minutes, but delivery dates for most Apple Watch Series 2 models have slipped out to about three weeks. The Series 2 Sport aluminum and stainless steel models are listed as shipping by the end of September, while the ceramic Edition model is 5-6 weeks out.