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Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display - Will the Mac Pro Be Next?

Fri, 2016-06-24 17:00

On June 23rd, Apple announced that the aging, obsolete, overpriced Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued. No replacement display was announced, and customers have been directed to 3rd party products. What does this mean for the Mac Pro?


6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac Pro

Fri, 2016-06-24 16:54

Apple is getting out of the stand-alone display market—at least for now—and says there are plenty of third-party alternatives to its now defunct Thunderbolt Display. Sorting out which display to buy can be a little intimidating, so The Mac Observer put together a list with some great 4K, 5K, and HD options to help make your shopping a little easier.


Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff

Fri, 2016-06-24 16:25

Shares of Apple Inc. shed 2.81% Friday in a broad market downturn sparked by Brits voting to leave the European Union, or Brexit for short. The selloff was part of a general panic among investors concerned about what Brexit will do to the global economy.


G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-Year Subscription for $29.99

Fri, 2016-06-24 15:01

We have a deal for you today on G Cloud, a 5-year unlimited backup plan for iPhone and Android devices for $29.99. G Cloud allows you to backup and restore your device from within their dedicated app, and you're able to view that content online, as well. It's being stored on AWS, Amazon's cloud service, using military-grade 256-AES encryption. You can get this 5-year subscription through us for $29.99.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac

Fri, 2016-06-24 11:46

It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak's claim that it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.


Plex Media Server Turns 1.0!

Fri, 2016-06-24 09:48

What started in 2008 as a small media server project today has matured into version 1.0. The first public release of Plex Media Server happened two years later in 2010, and it has been growing ever since, now used by milliions of people. The changes rolled into the 1.0 release aren't all that major – certainly nothing more than any other Plex Media Server release we've seen recently – it's the version number change itself that is significant.

Version 1.0 shows Plex's commitment to ship software that no longer has the assumption of being beta, communicating reliability and predictability for customers. I'm a long-time Plex user and now with both iOS and Apple TV client apps it really is a best-in-class product. Many of its features are available for free, though a paid PlexPass is well worth your money if you want to view your content offline or on your mobile devices. Congrats, Plex! Thanks for doing what you do! 


OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

Fri, 2016-06-24 07:05

If you're an administrator (or just someone who'd like to have a little fun), you can set up what's called a policy banner, which'll make users accept an agreement before they can log in. This works well in environments with multiple Macs, such as computer labs, but hey, if you want to configure a policy banner on your spouse's computer as a practical joke, this Quick Tip will be good for that, too. We're not responsible for any mayhem this causes.


Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display, Directs Customers to Unspecified 3rd Party Displays

Thu, 2016-06-23 19:01

It is with a mix of sadness, contempt, and relief that I offer you the news that Apple acknowledged it has put a bullet in its 5-year old Thunderbolt Display. The company issued a statement to The Verge confirming the news, directing customers to third parties for their external display needs.


Apple Adds RAW Support for 15 DSLR Cameras from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony

Thu, 2016-06-23 18:55

Apple released Thursday Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20, an update that adds support for 15 new DSLR cameras from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony. 


How to Display Calories or kJ on your iPhone/Apple Watch Health Apps

Thu, 2016-06-23 16:20

When monitoring your health and fitness, the Apple Watch and iPhone both have ways of setting your preference for either Calories or kilojoules (kJ) burned. Here's a Quick Tip on how change the preference.


Ingrein ‘Smartclock’ Shows Important Notifications to Help You Detach from Your Screen

Thu, 2016-06-23 15:20

Check out Ingrein, a very interesting clock designed to help you detach from our devices. The clock is made of real (reclaimed) hardwood, and it has a built-in "LCD screen and light and sound sensors to interact with and display information from your smart devices and favorite apps." The idea is that you limit what gets sent to the device to those things that are really important so that you can get your face out of your screen, especially when you're with other people. It's a very cool idea in theory, and I'm wondering how well it will work in practice. This product is funding through Kickstarter, where it already met its funding goals. Funding options starting at $299 are still available.


IKlip A/V Broadcast Mount for iPhone

Thu, 2016-06-23 15:04

IK Multimedia announced iKlip A/V on Thursday. This is a broadcast mount for broadcasters and videographers to shoot with iPhone. It features an  integrated high-quality mic preamp (with phantom power, too) and a built-in wireless receiver, which means you can monitor sound as you record. It's powered by two AA batteries. We all know that iPhone is being used to take more and more videos (and photographs), but equipment like this really helps blur the edges between professional applications and the rest of us. The device is available now for $179.99.


G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox: $79.99

Thu, 2016-06-23 14:53

It's loud, wireless, will play tunes for up to 6 hours on a charge, and it has a handle. G-BOOM is a boombox for the iPhone era. It features a protective rubber base, and has a standard headphone jack in addition to Blueooth connectivity. You can get this device through our deal for $79.99.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Listeners Comment on Concert iPhone Bans, APFS

Thu, 2016-06-23 11:53

It's listener comment day on TDO. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to respond to your thoughts on Alicia Keys locking up attendee's smartphones at her concerts, and on Apple's new APFS file system for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


Holy Crap! Darth Vader is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Thu, 2016-06-23 09:39

As if we couldn't be any more excited about "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Entertainment Weekly just dropped a Death Star-size surprise in our laps: Darth Vader is in the movie. Since this movie chronicles the events leading up to the original 1977 Star Wars movie, it seemed pretty likely we'd see everyone's favorite Sith Lord, but now it's official. Hopefully Vader will make more than a cameo appearance because it would be frakking awesome to see him in ruthless bad-ass mode instead of the emo Vader we got in "Return of the Jedi." Rogue One hits theaters on December 16, so clear your schedule now.


Beijing iPhone Ban is About Money, not Politics

Thu, 2016-06-23 08:08

The Chinese company that won a ban on iPhone 6 sales in Beijing has been dead for about a year. But if you're thinking this is a case where China's government is using Shenzhen Baili's name in a political game against Apple, think again; this is a case where a company couldn't cut it making crappy products in a cut throat market.


ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and Differential Privacy

Wed, 2016-06-22 17:05

Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important. 


Elgato Eve, an App for Controlling Smart Devices

Wed, 2016-06-22 14:50

Dr. Mac says he's tried at least half a dozen apps for controlling his smart HomeKit devices, but the only one that checked all his boxes was the Eve app from Elgato. He's got the lowdown in this installment of Rants & Raves.


1 Year Subscription for Typed Plus: $30

Wed, 2016-06-22 14:22

We have a deal for you today on a 1-year subscription to Typed Plus, a blog publishing engine. With this plan, you can run up to 3 blogs with unlimited users and page views. The service hosts your images, you can do scheduled posting, and more. The price through our deal is $30, a massive 87% off retail.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Taking a Closer look at APFS

Wed, 2016-06-22 11:53

John Martellaro has been busy learning all about APFS, and he has plenty to share. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to take a closer look at Apple's new file system for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and tvOS.