The Mac Observer's WWDC 2018 coverage sponsored by:

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  • Carbon Copy Cloner
  • Jamf Now
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  • eero

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: eero

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My thanks to eero for coming on board to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this year. It’s not just WWDC coverage that eero values, it’s Wi-Fi coverage. Imagine having your whole home blanketed in fast, reliable Wi-Fi that just works. Now imagine that you don’t have to imagine that anymore. eero’s mesh Wi-Fi not only gives you Wi-Fi coverage for your whole home – yes, including those pesky dead spots you’ve fought with for years – eero does it in a super-simple way.

How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

· · How-To

Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Includes Linksys Velop’s addition of less expensive, dual-band units, eero’s new Bufferbloat protection, and added a note to the buying advice section comparing the robustness of eero, Velop, and Orbi.  – Dave]

The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

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You know how it goes: your computer’s working fine one day, the next it’s not. That’s what John and Dave are here for… to help! They start today’s episode with some handy tips that aren’t documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

Is It Time to Replace Your AirPort Router? – Mac Geek Gab 707

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APFS support in third-party apps continues to grow, there’s now an app to search for 32-bit apps, secondary iCloud IDs might work well for you, and Apple’s official acknowledgement of the end of the AirPort router line brings up one of our favorite topics again: what Wi-Fi solution is best for your home? John and Dave talk through all of this, all for you. Just like Sister Hazel sang. Or something like that. Just press play and enjoy!

Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh - Mac Geek Gab 692

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Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don’t always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it’s on to where you should – and shouldn’t – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around a bit, including one about mesh vs. quasi-mesh. All this and more on Mac Geek Gab 692 today!

CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite RBS50Y

· · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Netgear’s Orbi is one of our favorite wireless mesh systems available, and they’ve been doing a lot to update it over the past few months (see our “How to Choose Mesh Wireless” article for more details). The most recent update came at CES in the form of new hardware: the weather-resistant, AC3000, RBS50Y Orbi Outdoor Satellite. The only product that can be paired with both the consumer-grade Orbi and pro-grade Orbi Pro, the RBS50Y is a fully sealed, outdoor mesh point that can be added to an existing Orbi system. Just plug in power and go. Netgear wisely chose not to add Ethernet ports to it for security reasons – an outdoor access point gives people easy (and perhaps unwatched) ability to plug in. The Orbi RBS50Y is available immediately and Amazon has it for $329.99.

CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite RBS50Y

Don't Commit a Photo Crime – Mac Geek Gab 686

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Sometimes iCloud gets out of sync. Your geeks and fellow listeners have some tips and solutions. Then it’s time to talk about troubleshooting tools that exist on either iOS or macOS but not both. What are your options? Your geeks talk through that, too. Of course, ’tis the season, so Cool Stuff Found abounds. We share and you share! We all learn (at least) four new things! It’s Mac Geek Gab, after all. Enjoy MGG 686!

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Dollars – Mac Geek Gab 673

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Moving your Photos to a new drive, managing your Finder’s smart searches, reasons for a VPN, and remote access to your own Macs are just the first few topics that Dave and John discuss this week. Then it’s on to managing your document syncing, finding an old version of Mac OS X for an older Mac, some cool scripts that other listeners developed for monitoring your network, and more! Press play and enjoy!

Migrating Mail, Managing your Monitor, and More! – Mac Geek Gab 665

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Lots of summer-related Cool Stuff Found here, including stuff for hearing your music while you’re out enjoying the outdoors. Don’t worry, southern-hemisphere friends, we’ve got plenty of stuff for you, too, including a new mesh wireless system to discuss. The Q&A portion of the show covers migrating mail, operating with the monitor off (desirably and not-so-much). All this and more. Press play and enjoy!

Curios Aren’t Just for Breakfast Anymore – Mac Geek Gab 662

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Alternative AirPlay Receivers, iMac Upgrades, Troubleshooting in Console, and AirPods controls are just the first four things your two favorite geeks discuss today. Then it’s on to solving the issue of stale Contacts on your iPhone, MailDrop woes, and the Preppers approach to backups. All this and more in this week’s Mac Geek Gab podcast. You’re guaranteed to learn at least four new things.