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The Pros and Cons of a Proprietary Apple Car Charger

4 hours 4 min ago

A Reuters report claiming Apple has been talking to car charger companies got Bryan Chaffin thinking about standards. It seems likely that Apple would develop its own proprietary technology for charging the Apple Car, but there are many reasons why it would make sense for Apple to adopt an industry standard.


VirnetX Wants to Shut Down FaceTime, but it Won’t Happen

6 hours 52 min ago

The patent holding company VirnetX has managed to score a string of wins in its ongoing fight with Apple over infringement claims. Most recently, the company won US$625 million in a February ruling, and now is asking the court to bump that up another $190 million and grant an injunction forcing Apple to turn off FaceTime and iMessage. Despite VirnetX's track record so far, however, it isn't likely the court will agree to shut down Apple's video and text chat services.


Star Wars: Force Awakens Soundtrack LPs Will Feature Built-in Holograms—Really

8 hours 6 min ago

I am so in love with this! Disney is planning to release a hologram vinyl version of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Vinyl—hipsters rejoice, right? But wait, there's more because geeks get to rejoice, too, because HOLOGRAM! A hologram of the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter is etched into the vinyl that appears above the LPs (it's a two-disc set) when it spins on the turntable. It's an analog process, there are no projectors here, it's just light doing what light does when a mad scientist like Tristan Duke harnesses it to his will. It turns out he did the same thing for some limited edition LPs Jack White put out for his killer album Lazaretto (the title track's video is one of my favs). So anyhoo...watch this video and delight that there are smart people who make things that amaze us.


It Could Happen - Universally Autonomous Cars Could Fail in the Marketplace

8 hours 6 min ago

Companies that must employ drivers and pay them, even without customary benefits, would like to replace them with computers that can drive autonomously. This makes such vehicles candidates for taxis, buses, and trucks.  But what about customers who actually enjoy being in control of a car that they own?  Is that an enduring or dying part of American culture? John Martellaro looks at the issues.


Record Your Mac’s Screen with iShowU Instant: $12

8 hours 15 min ago

We have a deal for you today on a utility that makes it easy to record your screen (screencap) on your Mac. iShowU Instant for Mac records in QuickTime or MP4, can hide your desktop icons, and can share to various social media services directly. You can also control your frame rate, going as slow as 1 fame per minute to record time lapse movies. You can get this software through TMO for $12, half off retail.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal

12 hours 2 min ago

Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple will deal with existing charging station standards, competing with Tesla, and creating its own proprietary charging connector. They also have some thoughts on the report that Apple's Eddie Cue wanted to buy Time Warner Entertainment.


iPhone SE: Is Less the New More?

14 hours 1 min ago

Apple introduced the iPhone SE earlier this year and Dr. Mac's been testing one. While it looks like an iPhone 5 or 5s from the outside, inside are thoroughly modern guts based on the iPhone 6s. 


Support for Anti-encryption Laws Crumbles

15 hours 7 min ago

The FBI's hopes for a laws to weaken encryption and require tech companies to build back doors through device security features seems to be crumbling because support in Congress is evaporating. A draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) isn't going to to be introduced, and even if it was, there isn't any support for it.


HP Envy 34c Curved Display Video Review

Thu, 2016-05-26 21:02

After TMO's John Martellaro shared his thoughts on HP's Envy 34c curved display, Jeff Gamet chimed in with his perspective. There's a lot to like, but a couple disappointments, too. Check out Jeff's video review to see exactly what he thinks.


Thinking Differently about Apple Spending Billions to Buy a Big Media Company

Thu, 2016-05-26 16:18

Apple is reportedly planning to ramp up spending on original content to "several hundred million dollars a year," according to an unnamed source cited by The Financial Times of London. The story was based in part around a supposed meeting where Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue pitched the idea of Apple buying Time Warner, but the takeaway should be that Apple is seriously committed to streaming content.


Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection: $29.99

Thu, 2016-05-26 15:30

Oh, but do I have a fun deal for you today. It's Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection. I am a HUGE fan of the Civilization franchise, including Beyond Earth. The Collection includes the original game, the Rising Tide expansion that brought significant expansion and improvements to the game, and the Exoplanets Map Pack. I don't care to contemplate the number of hours I've spent playing this iteration of the game, but now that I'm writing about it, I'm going to play some more. Where was I? Oh, right. We have a deal on Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection for $29.99, which is half off retail. Grab it.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri Speaker, HP’s Envy 34c Display

Thu, 2016-05-26 11:22

It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.


The Display You’ve Always Wanted For Your Mac: HP Z34c

Thu, 2016-05-26 11:00

The Hewlett-Packard Z34c is a 34-inch (diagonal) VA LCD display that is attractively curved.  It has a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 and sits firmly on a sturdy, detachable metal stand. It's drop-dead gorgeous, has an anti-reflective coating, stereo speakers, has a built-in USB 3 hub and multiple video inputs. It is a glorious display to behold, and will work with any modern Mac or PC. John Martellaro fawns over this display in his in-depth review.


iCloud: Restoring Bookmarks from Backup

Thu, 2016-05-26 07:15

Today's Quick Tip is about how to restore missing or deleted iCloud bookmarks using your browser. So if you find that you accidentally removed a whole bunch of stuff you need, you can easily get it all back as long as you're using Apple's storage and syncing service!


ACM 361: Purism, Privacy, Apple, and Surveillance Capitalism

Wed, 2016-05-25 14:40

In this special episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk with Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. His company is dedicated to protecting the privacy and security of its customers, and they discuss the importance of privacy, surveillance capitalism, and where he thinks Apple falls short on the topic.


iOS Coding Mastery Bundle: $39

Wed, 2016-05-25 14:37

We have a new developer training bundle for you called iOS Coding Mastery Bundle. It has seven courses from Bitfountain that cover iOS 9, design, layout, Core Data, Swift, the App Store, and a course that walks you through creating an app. It has hundreds of lessons and more than 104 hours of content. You can get this package through us for $39.


Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

Wed, 2016-05-25 13:58

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."


Apple’s Penchant for Privacy Makes Siri ‘Speaker’ Hard, but That’s Why We’ll Want It

Wed, 2016-05-25 12:05

Apple is rumored to be working on a "Siri speaker" that would compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Bryan Chaffin argues Apple faces many challenges in making such a product—most especially its commitment to privacy—but that this is exactly why we want the company to do it.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-25: Apple Hires Jon Callas, Microsoft’s Smartphone Failure

Wed, 2016-05-25 11:33

Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.


Microsoft Cuts more Smartphone Jobs, Hopes for Enterprise Success

Wed, 2016-05-25 08:19

Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.