Google Photos Commercial Aims at iPhone Owners Who Need Storage

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Google has a new spot poking at an issue affecting million of iPhone owners—not enough storage for photos and videos. Related: new 16GB iPhones shouldn’t be a thing in 2016. Oh, and I specify iPhone owners because the popup window at the heart of the ad’s gag is iOS. Besides, Google knows the best customers use iPhones. Anyhoo, Google has a solution for this problem, the Google Photos app. With this app, your photos and videos are uploaded to Google’s cloud storage (where Google then pilfers them for information it can sell to advertisers). The company left that parenthetical bit out of the ad, but the ad is really good.

Apple's Mac Problem Could Soon be a Mac Crisis

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple is long overdue for a refresh of its Macintosh line. The last Mac mini update was October 2014. The 2013 Mac Pro has never been updated. The last MacBook Pro (15-inch) was updated in May of 2015. The company still sells a 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro with a SuperDrive. Only the iMac and MacBook lines are less than a year old. The Verge lays it all out and questions why Apple isn’t keeping most of its Macs more current. Yet there are glimmers of hope. It’s all on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.

NightStand for Apple Watch: $19.95

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Nightstand for Apple Watch

Check out Nightstand for Apple Watch, a charging stand that puts your Apple Watch in nightstand mode. It features a suction cup so that it sticks where you put it, making it easy to pull your Apple Watch off the stand. You can get it through our deal for $19.95.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Former Apple Sr. Manager & Entrepreneur Dan Burcaw

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Dan Burcaw

Dan Burcaw is a former Apple Senior Manager and founder of several notable businesses. In 1999, Dan was the co-founder and CTO of Terra Soft Solutions, developers of the legendary Yellow Dog Linux. That Linux, running on PowerPC was well received by the U.S. Government, businesses and the U.S. Navy. Later, after graduating from college, he worked for Apple as a Senior Manager in retail. In 2008, he founded Double Encore in Denver, a company that specialized in producing iOS apps for clients such as The PGA Tour and Turner Broadcasting. Most recently, Dan was a Senior Director, Product Management at Oracle where he led efforts to build a mobile app marketing capability. Dan is currently working on his next big, secret project. Come listen as Dan describes his fascinating career arc.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-08: Apple's Strategy and Values Balancing Act, Google's 16GB iPhone Dig

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

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Apple’s recent Faceshift purchase shows sometimes its values conflict with its strategies. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how that purchase is impacting Xcessity, and whether or not Apple has an obligation to continue licensing Faceshift’s technology to the company. They also look at Google’s excellent dig at the 16GB iPhone.

Watch Rio 2016 Olympics Highlights on Apple TV or iPhone with NBC Sports App

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Whether you’re a cord-cutter or someone who uses a standard cable subscription, sometimes all you want to see is the Olympics highlight reel. TiVo’ing four hours of Prime Time coverage to just wade through the muck is not my idea of a good time. Enter the NBC Sports app. Launch this on your Apple TV, iPhone or iPad and you can instantly see short clips of just the highlights from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Sure, down the road you may find you want to watch entire matches, too, but this is a great way to catch up quick while whetting your appetite for future events.

Watch Rio 2016 Olympics Highlights on Apple TV or iPhone with NBC Sports App

Apple Watch to get GPS, Barometer in Fall Update

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch new

Apple reportedly has plans to introduce new Apple Watch models this fall with a GPS and barometer. The new features will be packed into a design that looks essentially the same as the original Apple Watch to accommodate a larger battery.

MGG 617: Managing Photos, Archiving Email & More

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

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iOS vs. Smart Playlists, filing Mail like a power user, managing iCloud Photo Library, phantom app data vs. your iPhone’s free space and much much more. All of the are covered in today’s MGG. Your questions, your tips, shared and answered by the geeks you love. Download and enjoy!

What Happens when Apple's Strategies Conflict with Apple Values?

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Four commitments to accessibility on Apple's OS X accessibility page

Apple CEO Tim Cook has staked out Apple’s values clearly and strongly. Aside from its pursuit of great technology, Apple has value statements on Accessibility, Education, the Environment, Inclusion and Diversity, Privacy, and Supplier Responsibility. But what happens when Apple’s strategies conflict with those values?

iOS 10 Messages: How to use Screen Effects

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Messages are a lot flashier in iOS 10 thanks to screen effects you can add to your conversations. They’re easy to use, but are kind of hidden unless you know where to look. Just remember: You and your recipient need iOS 10 installed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to send and receive them. What TMO’s video tip to see Messages screen effects in action.

Apple Gets Approval to Sell Wholesale Energy as Tech Giants Blaze Renewable Trail

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Solar Farm

Apple Energy LLC, the Apple subsidiary that develops and maintains Apple’s U.S. energy generation projects, received regulatory approval to sell electricity into the wholesale market. This will give Apple flexibility in developing electricity generation for its own use. It also demonstrates how technology giants have developed renewable energy traditional utilities have been slow to build.

Eventually, AI Agents Will Put Even Authors Out of Work

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

AI Agent

Computers play better chess than humans. They can be instructed on how to do detailed manufacturing, beyond the abilities of humans. They shrewdly buy and sell stock. They can read medical literature and aid in the treatment of disease.  It won’t be long before even the last bastion of the human mind, creative writing, will be replaced by AI agents. John looks at the trend line.

Comprehensive Drone Tour Shows Major Progress on Apple's Spaceship HQ

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Campus 2.0—nicknamed the Spaceship HQ—has seen a lot of progress, as shown in a new comprehensive drone tour of the building. This is the most detailed drone video of the construction site I’ve seen to date, as it looks at at the main, circular building, side buildings, the tunnels leading to underground parking, and more. It’s a 4K video, too, meaning the clarity is outstanding. Apple Campus 2.0 is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Flexible Tripod for Smartphones and Cameras: $8.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Flexible Tripod for iPhones, Android smartphones, and cameras

We have a deal for you today on a flexible tripod for iPhones, Android smartphones, and cameras. Each leg is made of rotating balls, allowing you to adjust it for just about any surface. You can get this device through our deal for just $8.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-05: Apple's Good Data Exploitation, iOS and OS X Hack Bounties

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

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Apple is exploiting some of our data it has collected, but in a good way. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal touch the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad now offers users, plus they share their thoughts on Apple officially announcing it’s offering bounties on iOS and OS X hacks.

Video Shows Apple's Lightning Earbuds in Action

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Lightning earbuds

A video shows what appears to be Apple’s Lightning connector earbuds is making the rounds, and if it’s legit it looks like we won’t be able to charge our iPhones while using them. Apple still hasn’t confirmed that this fall’s iPhone will ditch the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of audio over Lightning, but as we get closer to the release it’s seeming more and more likely.

Apple Store App gets More Personal

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple rolled out version 4.0 of the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad on Friday. The new version offers up product recommendations based on the Apple devices you already own, lets you know if accessories are compatible when you scan them in-store, and makes it easier to keep track of which Apple products you own. The redesigned app better highlights in-store workshops and reservations, and it’s easier to sign up for both. iPad users get some love, too, thanks to the app’s new support for Slide Over and split screen views. The Apple Store app is a free download.

Apple Store App gets More Personal

Apple Uses Black Hat Conference to Launch Bug Bounty Program, Will Pay up to $200K

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Researcher Money Pile

Apple announced a bug bounty program on Thursday, a much-needed departure from the past. The program will pay up to US$200,000 for bug reports on its software. In another departure, Apple made the announcement at the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Apple hasn’t given a presentation at the event in four years.

New Hardware Could Complete Apple's 4K/UHD TV Future

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple TV driving HDTV

Apple has been nibbling around the edges of the TV experience for a long time. The Apple TV has been a good start, and the recent emphasis on the 4th generation Apple TV and apps has been good. And yet, Apple hasn’t really closed the loop for a complete viewing experience and has delivered only pieces of the needed hardware. John fantasizes a bit. But with logic.