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MGG 620: Backups Deep Dive

Sun, 2016-08-28 10:00

It’s time for a Deep Dive! This time, Backups. Local backups, online backups, remote backups, paid backups, free backups. Just promise us one thing: no matter what you choose after listening to this episode, please make sure you’re backing up your data!


Tim Cook Pivots to Play Active Role in Shaping Apple Narrative

Fri, 2016-08-26 23:34

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a major pivot in managing the affairs of Apple. Bryan Chaffin believes Mr. Cook made a conscious decision to play an active role in shaping the Apple narrative.


WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy is a Big Trust Killer

Fri, 2016-08-26 18:35

When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, the WhatsApp team promised nothing would change for its users. Fast forward to today where WhatsApp changed its privacy policy to start sharing some information with Facebook. That feels like a betrayal to at least some users, and at a minimum it sure sounds like Facebook—the company with a reputation for playing fast and loose with our privacy—is about to have a link into our WhatsApp data.


Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker Has Built-In Portable Charger: $104.99

Fri, 2016-08-26 13:35

Check out the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker , a portable speaker that can serve double duty as a portable battery for your mobile devices. As a speaker, this device has dual custom 45mm drivers and a machined aluminum body. Its rechargeable battery has a capacity of 6,000mAh, plus you can pull it out and use it to recharge your mobile devices. You can get the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker for $104.99 through our deal.


How to Opt Out of WhatsApp’s Facebook Data Sharing

Fri, 2016-08-26 13:21

WhatsApp changed its privacy policy so it can share information with Facebook. The idea is that by sharing some information about you, Facebook can display more relevant ads. If that doesn’t sound like anything you’re interested in, don’t dispair because WhatsApp lets you opt out. Read on to learn how.


Get Your 80s Synth on with the Stranger Things Soundtrack on Apple Music

Fri, 2016-08-26 11:29

Now that we’ve all had enough time to watch all of Stranger Things on Netflix it’s safe to check out the soundtrack on Apple Music without worrying about spoilers. Stranger Things Volume 1 includes is loaded the show’s decidedly 80s synth tracks from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein like the show’s theme, Eleven’s theme, and the creepy The Upside Down. The playlist has 36 tracks, and there’s a volume 2 for when you’re ready for even more Stranger Things music. And if you haven’t seen the series yet, clear your schedule now and start watching.


The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

Fri, 2016-08-26 10:43

In a perfect world, Dr. Mac says he’d ditch his laptop and hit the road with just a svelte 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Two recent events make it possible; find out more in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #189: The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors


TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with Fling’s Dave Hamilton

Fri, 2016-08-26 09:00

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Dave Hamilton from Fling and Mac Geek Gab joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his musical life outside of the podcasting world, recording and producing Fling’s Bovine Abduction, the tools he uses for recording and mixing, and more.


Seeing a Folder’s Size in the Terminal

Fri, 2016-08-26 08:00

Mac Geek Gab listener Daryn is interested in seeing the size of both files and folders when using the Terminal. We’ll help him utilize the ‘du’ command to glean that information, and then we’ll talk about how to do that in Recovery Mode where ‘du’ isn’t readily available.


The Battery That’s Lasted 176 Years

Thu, 2016-08-25 17:20

I’m pretty darned nerdy. I’ve watched my share, your share, and all of your neighbors’ share of the Science Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, Nova, Discovery Channel, and every other sciency-nerdy thing I could get my eyes on. But I’ve never heard of the battery that’s been running for 176 years. Come on, that’s cool! It’s been ringing a bell all that time. Billions of time. We have only a loose idea of how it’s built, and we can’t figure it out without destroying it. Anyway, Sally Page tells us all about it in this marvelous video. Also,

Enough with iPhone Headphone Jack Kvetching

Thu, 2016-08-25 16:32

Bryan Chaffin has had it with the kvetching about Apple maybe ditching the headphone jack in the next iPhone. He argues we should wait to see how Apple handles it before getting tense.


How to Enable Apple Watch Screenshots in watchOS 3

Thu, 2016-08-25 16:30

Want to snap screenshots in watchOS 3 on your Apple Watch? The feature is disabled by default, but it’s pretty easy to turn on. Follow along with TMO’s video Quick Tip to learn how.


Apple Patches Critical Zero-Day Data Security Exploit in iOS 9.3.5 Update

Thu, 2016-08-25 16:11

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 on Thursday to address a big security flaw that could expose iPhone and iPad user’s personal data. The threat could be used to exploit information from email, contacts, text messages, phone calls, and more—and it looks like NSO Group has been doing just that so governments can spy on journalists and people they classify as dissidents.


The Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle:

Thu, 2016-08-25 14:22

Check out the Complete iOS 9 and 10 Development Bundle, two full tutorials for Apple’s current iOS 9 and the soon-to-be-released iOS 10. Combined you’ll get 417 lessons and 59 hours of video content. You can get this bundle through our deal for just $35.


Three Ways to Free Up Space on your iPhone and Remove Old App Data

Thu, 2016-08-25 10:22

Recently on Mac Geek Gab the topic of phantom app data has come up, mostly in the context of how one can remove it. This data can be from deleted apps, temp files from existing apps, or sometimes even data that iTunes has downloaded for temporary storage. Over the course of the past few episodes we’ve found three ways to delete this data.


Adam West and Burt Ward Return for Batman ’66 Animated Movie

Thu, 2016-08-25 09:48

Holy silver screen, Batman! The classic 1966 Batman TV series is coming back as a feature-length animated movie! Adam West will once again don Batman’s cowl, while Burt Ward will reprise the Boy Wonder’s voice and Julie Newmar brings back her puuuuurfect Catwoman in Return of the Caped Crusaders. The movie is loaded camp, retro music, and of course labels. So many Bat Labels. Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available on Bat-digital HD on October 11th, and Bat-Blu-ray on November 1st. To the Bat Poles, Robin!


Apple Music Festival Starts Sept 18 with Elton John

Thu, 2016-08-25 09:08

It’s time to dance because Apple just announced its 10th annual Apple Music Festival lineup. The free concert series runs September 18th through September 30th ath London’s Roundhouse, and will feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Michael Bublé, and more.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling’s Jean MacDonald

Thu, 2016-08-25 09:00

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Jean MacDonald from Ruby Calling and App Camp for Girls joins Jeff Gamet to share how she became a musician, how music inspired App Camp for Girls, and more.


OS X: Opening an App When You Log In

Thu, 2016-08-25 07:23

If you’ve ever wanted to force an app to open whenever you reboot or log in, this article’s for you! Or maybe you’ve got a program that keeps launching itself, and you’re wondering where the setting for that is so you can stop it from doing so. In either case, come on in and read today’s Quick Tip.


What You Need to Know about the U.S. Defending Apple’s European Taxes

Wed, 2016-08-24 19:46

Apple has an interesting—and powerful—ally in an ongoing feud with the European Commission (EC). The U.S. Treasury Department published a white paper Wednesday that condemed EC investigations into Apple and other U.S. companies’ tax practices. Bryan Chaffin breaks down what you need to know about the situation.