The Mac Observer Daily Headlines e-mail. Visit The Mac Observer at -- You'll get your Mac news here from now on... -------------------- Visit The Apple Store for great deals on new and refurbished Macs. Remember, even the refurbs come with a full warranty in almost all cases! -------------------- Headlines at The Mac Observer for Thursday, February 23, 2017 1. Can WALTR 2 Really Be Your iTunes Replacement? 2. New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently Encrypted 3. Acoustic Imaging and iPhone 8: Can You Hear My Fingerprint? 4. Stop Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation With This Tool 5. iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iMazing Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-23 6. macOS: How to See the Hierarchy of Your File Locations 7. BK SPORT Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones: $16.99 8. Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple Watch – ACM 399 ---------- Join our Mac Geek Gab Facebook Group to get your questions answered and chat with other listeners! ---------- 1. CAN WALTR 2 REALLY BE YOUR ITUNES REPLACEMENT? When you’re looking for an iTunes replacement, you want something that can do just about everything Apple’s software can do, but better. WALTR has been a good contender in this arena, and WALTR 2 offers functionality that iTunes doesn’t. The question is, does it work as designed? Come along with Jeff Butts as he reviews WALTR 2 and uncovers how well it performs. 2. NEW MAC RANSOMWARE LEAVES YOUR FILES PERMANENTLY ENCRYPTED Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files. 3. ACOUSTIC IMAGING AND IPHONE 8: CAN YOU HEAR MY FINGERPRINT? Rumors about the iPhone 8 are flying faster than snowflakes in a blizzard. Speculation about the new device using iris scanning, facial recognition, or something completely different abounds. In a recent patent filing, Jeff Butts has uncovered another possibility: acoustic imaging systems. In other words, the iPhone 8 might end up “listening” for your fingerprint. Let’s see how it might work. 4. STOP FACEBOOK’S EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION WITH THIS TOOL Every time you use Facebook’s new Reaction emoji, you’re providing the company with a greater insight into your emotions. With this addition to Facebook’s data collection, advertisers can build a better profile to target you with ads. Facebook could even carry out more emotional manipulation experiments. But there is a new way to defeat this kind of surveillance with a browser extension called Go Rando by Benjamin Grosser. When you react to a post, it randomly chooses one of the six reactions. Over time, you’ll appear to have perfectly balanced views to Facebook’s algorithms. Benjamin has even open-sourced the extension, and you can install it for most popular browsers. You can find instructions on Benjamin’s blog. 5. IPHONE 8 3D CAMERAS, IMAZING TIPS – TMO DAILY OBSERVATIONS 2017-02-23 Word on the street says the iPhone 8 is packing a front-facing 3D camera for facial recognition. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about the camera and what they think could really be in store for it. Jeff B also has some tips on using iMazing with your iPhone and Mac. 6. MACOS: HOW TO SEE THE HIERARCHY OF YOUR FILE LOCATIONS Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip for today is about using the title bar within different applications—Mail, Finder, and Pages, for example—to find out the hierarchical locations of files and folders. Need a trail of breadcrumbs to show where your stuff lives? She’s gonna tell you how to get it! 7. BK SPORT BLUETOOTH 4.0 HEADPHONES: $16.99 Check out the BK SPORT Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones. Their wireless, but they connect to each other via a cable that keeps them together. They feature a talk time of 5 hours and music playback time of 4.5 hours. They charge in 2 hours and can be in standby mode for up to 150 hours. You can get them through our deal for $16.99, or 66% off retail. 8. FROLIC IN THE APPLE PARK, RUMORS FOR IPAD AND APPLE WATCH – ACM 399 Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.