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 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1. Emergence of Robots Will, Remarkably, Force a Change in iPad Design 2. Macintosh Original Andy Hertzfeld to Keynote Vintage Computer Festival April 29th 3. Apple Introduces Today at Apple Events to Make its Stores the Place You Want to Hang Out 4. Alphabet’s Waymo Offers ‘Early Riders’ Driverless Rides in Phoenix 5. Uber iPhone Tracking, Carpool Karaoke Delay – TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-25 6. Yet Another Report Pegs October, November for iPhone 8 Release 7. Apple Bumps April’s Carpool Karaoke Launch to Later this Year 8. 1 Year Subscription to Instaread: $24.99 9. That Time Tim Cook Spanked Uber CEO Kalanick for Breaking the Rules 10. Apple Snags Another AR/VR Expert, this Time from NASA 11. ecobee4 HomeKit Smart Thermostat Teased Ahead of May 5 Unveiling 12. Siri Could Access Federal Information One Day ---------- Join our Mac Geek Gab Facebook Group to get your questions answered and chat with other listeners! ---------- 1. EMERGENCE OF ROBOTS WILL, REMARKABLY, FORCE A CHANGE IN IPAD DESIGN The iPad was developed, in the Macintosh era of maturity, as a simpler alternaive for content consumption. It nicely eliminated the headaches of PC complexity and security concerns. Today, things are radically different, and the need to be able to create content and generate personal revenue is much more pressing than when the iPad was first conceived nearly a decade ago. 2. MACINTOSH ORIGINAL ANDY HERTZFELD TO KEYNOTE VINTAGE COMPUTER FESTIVAL APRIL 29TH Andy Hertzfeld from Steve Jobs’s original Macintosh team will be presenting a keynote address at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 5.0 in Roswell, Georgia. The event takes place on April 29th and 30th, and Mr. Hertzfeld will be speaking on April 29th. This event is dedicated to vintage computers and includes booths, consignments, hands-on activities, exhibits, concessions, and speakers. In addition to Mr. Hertzfeld, Tandy executive Don French will be offering his own keynote presentation. Andy Hertzfeld left Apple in 1984, and in the years since he cofounded Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (via Wikipedia). He also took a lead role in the creation of Google+. Admission for the event is $10 for one day and $15 for two days. Kids 17 and under get in free with a parent or guardian, and students get in free with an ID. The pic below is of Steve Wozniak and Andy Hertzfeld from back in the day. 3. APPLE INTRODUCES TODAY AT APPLE EVENTS TO MAKE ITS STORES THE PLACE YOU WANT TO HANG OUT Apple wants its stores to be the place you hang out at with your friends, and part of the push to make that happen includes a new program called “Today at Apple.” The program includes free seminars to teach creative skills using Apple products taught by employees, and where available, industry experts. 4. ALPHABET’S WAYMO OFFERS ‘EARLY RIDERS’ DRIVERLESS RIDES IN PHOENIX Alphabet’s driverless car company—Waymo—announced an “Early Rider” program for its driverless cars. The company has invited the general public to apply to be part of the program, saying “We’re searching for early riders in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. Come join us in making it safer and easier for everyone to get around!” The feel-good video below features a family that participated in small-scale tests, and Waymo said it would accept a “limited number” of additional participants in the expanded program. Alphabet CEO Larry Page has been an enthusiastic pursuer of driverless car technology since before Google, and Waymo’s goal is to launch a ride-hailing service based on its driverless platform. Apple, Didi, Uber, and a variety of other tech companies are all invested in a similar vision. Waymo’s testing in Arizona is a sharp reminder that a driverless future is marching inexorably closer. You can apply at Waymo’s site. 5. UBER IPHONE TRACKING, CARPOOL KARAOKE DELAY – TMO DAILY OBSERVATIONS 2017-04-25 Uber tried to pull one over on Apple by tracking iPhones in violation of App Store guidelines. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin dive into what Uber did with Jeff Gamet, plus they share their thoughts on Apple postponing Carpool Karaoke’s premiere again. 6. YET ANOTHER REPORT PEGS OCTOBER, NOVEMBER FOR IPHONE 8 RELEASE Another report saying the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November is out, and like those we’ve already seen it blames OLED displays for at least part of the problem. 7. APPLE BUMPS APRIL’S CARPOOL KARAOKE LAUNCH TO LATER THIS YEAR Apple had planned on launching its Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple Music this month, but that’s been pushed out until some time later this year. This is the second delay for the show’s launch, and Apple isn’t offering up any explanation for the delayed debut. 8. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO INSTAREAD: $24.99 We have a deal on a 1-year subscription to Instaread. This service offers condensed digests of books on The New York Times Best Seller List. It’s half off through our deal, $24.99. 9. THAT TIME TIM COOK SPANKED UBER CEO KALANICK FOR BREAKING THE RULES You ever hear the one about Tim Cook bending Uber CEO Travis Kalanick over his knee and spanking him? It happened in 2015, but went unreported until Monday. The New York Times offered an account of Tim Cook threatening to pull Uber’s app from the App Store if it didn’t stop behaving like a spoiled bully on at least one front. And, according to the story, Mr. Kalanick cried uncle. 10. APPLE SNAGS ANOTHER AR/VR EXPERT, THIS TIME FROM NASA Apple has hired another expert in the fields of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Bloomberg reported that Apple has hired Jeff Norris, an 18-year veteran of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 11. ECOBEE4 HOMEKIT SMART THERMOSTAT TEASED AHEAD OF MAY 5 UNVEILING Smart thermostat maker ecobee is teasing its upcoming ecobee4, which is set to debut on May 3rd. The new model is rumored to include a built-in microphone and speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control built-in. ecobee4 will reportedly have a sleeker, yet familiar, design and the separate room sensors are said to be silver instead of white. The company also lowered the ecobee3 price ahead of next week’s announcement from US$249 to $199. That’s a pretty sweet deal for a full-features smart thermostat that’s also HomeKit compatible. If you want to follow along with ecobee’s announcements next Wednesday you’ll need to head over to the company’s Facebook page. 12. SIRI COULD ACCESS FEDERAL INFORMATION ONE DAY The General Services Administration is launching a pilot program aimed at opening up access to federal information to third-party virtual assistants. Agencies include the departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban development. The purpose is to make it easier for American citizens to find governmental information they need.