Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:40:12 +0000(image)
Security is on the brain this week! Learn how to secure your iCloud account and also learn how to secure your entire home network from your ISP’s prying eyes! Dave and John also help you determine what devices and processes are using your network, and what the difference is between WPA2 Personal and Enterprise. All of this and more in this week’s Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:20:04 +0000(image)
We’ve put together a Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 12 faucets that we’ve confirmed pay out when and how they say they will. Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Updated our testing list, as well as a faucet that missed payments.]
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:40:50 +0000(image)
Steve Wozniak spoke at the Startup World Cup Finale Friday, where he talked about Apple’s early days, his own even earlier days, startup value, and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. At the end of his keynote, he was presented with a miniature version of the Startup World Cup itself, which he accepted saying, “This one’s for Apple.”
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:25 +0000(image)
Nintendo released Super Mario Run 2 for the iPhone and iPad just in time for the weekend. The update for the Mario runner game lets you unlock more levels without paying by completing a Bowser challenge, adds new Yoshi colors for Toad Rally and makes it easier to win rally tickets, and improves overall game play. You can download Super Mario Run for free, and unlocking all of the levels costs US$9.99 as an in-app purchase.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:46:07 +0000(image)
Apple’s promised Swift Playgrounds 1.2 update is out with localized support for Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish. The iPad app teaches coding skills for Apple’s Swift language so you can design you own apps for personal use or sale on the App store. It includes lessons and examples, along with templates to get you started on your own projects—and now you can learn in five more languages. Swift Playgrounds 1.2 is free and requires an iPad running iOS 10.0 or newer.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:07:03 +0000(image)
If you love robots, there are a bunch of robotics competitions happening across the United States right now. Jeff Butts has all of the details about this steamworks-themed event pitting high school students against the clock and their opponents.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:06:50 +0000(image)
Unicode 10 will be launched in June and it will include a bunch of new, awesome emojis. There are 69 new emojis in total, and some or all of them may eventually make their way into iOS 11. Someone made mockups on Emojipedia in Apple’s style, let’s check them out.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:39:35 +0000(image)
Hidden within macOS is an often-ignored item that can really speed things up. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts explores the Services menu and how it can help you really optimize macOS.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:54:19 +0000(image)
Trying to extort money out of Apple by threatening to wipe out iCloud accounts and reset iPhones is a business model the Turkish Crime Family hacker team will likely learn is flawed at best, but there it is a great reminder to change your online passwords regularly. The list of iCloud logins the group has looks to be at least two years old, so if you haven’t changed your password more recently than that, it’s time right now.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:09:48 +0000(image)
Apple’s App Store has loads of apps, but that doesn’t mean they’re all great or easy to find. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to discuss the quality issues they’re seeing on the App Store, plus they explain why changing your iCloud password right now is a good idea.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:57:02 +0000(image)
As expected, Apple’s online store is back up and running, and you can buy the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 9.7-inch iPad today. That doesn’t, however, mean you can get one in your hands today—unless you’re looking for the red iPhone and can get to your local Apple retail store.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:39:01 +0000(image)
It’s March 24th, and that means you can finally buy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Apple’s iTunes Store. Rogue One details the events leading up to the original Star Wars movie and follows the Rebels tasked with stealing the Death Star plans from the Empire. The movie is available in HD and SD, and includes plenty of extras. You can get your copy for US$19.99.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:07:52 +0000(image)
Apple’s online store was replaced with a note saying “We’ve got something special in store for you” Friday morning, which is no surprise since today is they day the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and new 9.7-inch iPad go on sale. The online store will reopen at 8:01 AM pacific time.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000(image)
We have a deal for you today on the Ztylus Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit for iPhone 7 Plus. It includes a case and three lenses: Macro Zoom lens, Fisheye lens, and Telephoto lens. The case allows for quick changing of the lenses, and you can get it through our deal for $31.95. [Update: Our friend Ewen Rankin tweeted a note to me about his case having some problems. – Bryan]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:44:24 +0000(image)
Check out Airpod Skins, which the company described to me as “minimal color protectors for apple AirPods.” I’m sure there are folks who would be interested in helping to protect the finish of their AirPods, but I thought they simply look great. They’re a simple wrap available in a dozen colors, with some of those colors involving a fade from top to bottom. They’re priced at A$8.25 and are available now. Each order includes two sets, too.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:05:35 +0000(image)
A new product for the smart home called Daptly Display is being launched by . It was built for a specific consumer in mind—people frustrated with voice-only assistants and want visual cues. Enter the Daptly Display, a smart mirror that acts as a gesture-controlled interface. Amazon Alexa is built in, and the interface is for people who aren’t ready (or don’t want) a voice-only future. As well as acting like a fog-resistant mirror, you can use it as a photo frame, by uploading photos from your phone or choosing among Daptly’s 50,000 photo collection. It’s an interesting take on user interfaces, one that borrows from science fiction while harnessing existing technologies. Check out the promotional video below, and decide if you want to reserve a Display. The device will sell at US$799, but you can get US$200 off if you reserve soon.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:00:58 +0000(image)
Apple is reportedly negotiating with studios to offer iTunes rentals for movies while they’re still in theaters. Movies would be available for rent within a couple weeks of opening in theaters for about US$30, and that sounds like a pretty good deal.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:45:10 +0000(image)
There are plenty of options for email software on macOS, and it’s easy to start using a new one. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change your default email client. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he shows how to change this, so you never have to worry about a mail link opening up the wrong app again.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:37:18 +0000(image)
The game engine from YoYo Games—GameMaker Studio—got a big update today with the release of the second version. It lets developers easily create video games for mobile, console and desktop. Plus, the Drag and Drop system (DnD™) lets people with limited coding skills use it too. You can download a free trial of it too.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:24:04 +0000(image)
A slogan that has been attributed to Apple products for years is “It just works.” Why isn’t that the case with sending secure emails in iOS Mail? Jeff Butts is frustrated by this, and makes his argument that Apple should fix this long-standing problem once and for all.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:41:13 +0000(image)
Apple just bought the iPhone and iPad automation app Workflow. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what the Workflow purchase means for iOS, plus they look at Apple’s push to offer rentals for movies that are still showing in theaters.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:35:05 +0000(image)
Hacker group Turkish Crime Family says it’s going to wipe out over 300 million iCloud accounts on April 7th if Apple doesn’t pay US$75,000 as ransom. Apple says the group hasn’t broken into its servers, so that means the logins they claim to have probably came from old hacks into other company’s services.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:13:16 +0000(image)
When the news broke on Wednesday that Apple bought the iOS automation app Workflow that was a good sign the company is serious about having some sort of official AppleScript or Automator-like system for the iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately, that comes with a catch: some of the services the app supported on Tuesday were gone on Wednesday.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:25 +0000(image)
We have a deal for on an ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cable. This cable connects magnetically to a Lightning (or other) adapter you fit into your iPhone (or other device). Get the end of the cable near that adapter, and it will use magnetism to connect itself to your device. This lets you use multiple adapters with one cable. You can get one with a Lightning adapter for $19.99, half off retail.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:48:27 +0000(image)
Ah, printers. How we hate them; how we sometimes need them. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s going to wade into the printing morass with a great troubleshooting tip for misbehaving devices. You’ll learn how to visit your printer’s local webpage, and this just might get you out of a (paper) jam. Har har har.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:23:53 +0000(image)
Apple recently acquired popular iOS utility Workflow in a deal that includes both the app and its developers. While many apps get pulled by Apple after an acquisition, Workflow remains on the App Store, and is now free.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:34:30 +0000(image)
Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:11:55 +0000(image)
You may have read in the news that a hacker group is holding a number of iCloud accounts for ransom. If Apple doesn’t pay a certain amount of money by April 7, the hackers will reset the accounts and remotely wipe iOS devices. Andrew Orr shows us how to protect your Apple ID.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:09:47 +0000(image)
Have you ever wished you could explore the underwater realms and get amazing pictures and videos? If so, a drone on Indiegogo might be right up your alley. You control Gladius with your iPhone or iPad. The drone uses a unique semi-tethered connection system. A floating buoy communicates wirelessly with your iPhone or iPad, while a tether runs from the buoy to the drone. Therefore, the drone can dive up to 100 meters deep with a horizontal range of 500 meters. Gladius features an on-board 1080P/4K underwater camera to take high quality photos and video and can live-stream in HD. Finally, the underwater camera has low-light adaptable sensors, and LED lights on either side light up a wide 135º angle. The retail price for Gladius will be US $1,399. You can reserve yours on Gladius’s Indiegogo campaign for as low as $599.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:38:33 +0000(image)
Few people would equate shopping for auto insurance with the words “easy” or “fun.” A tech startup is looking to change that with a new Facebook Messenger chatbot. Jeff Butts took the new service for a spin, and gives you all of the nitty gritty details.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:09:33 +0000(image)
.Dr. Mac realized recently that he rarely forgets things and Siri is responsible. Siri never forgets… And since the good doctor is rarely far from his iPhone, iPad, or Mac, he thinks of Siri as his backup memory….
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:50:29 +0000(image)
Apple introduced a new iPad and updated the iPhone SE yesterday, and today is dealing with hackers threatening to trash millions of iCloud accounts. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s latest gear and lament the slow demise of the iPad mini, and to talk about how trying to extort money out of the company is a pretty bad idea.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:05:21 +0000(image)
A group of hackers are trying to extort Apple with the threat of wiping out thousands of iCloud accounts and remotely resetting iPhones. They say they’ll follow through if Apple doesn’t pay up US$75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum by April 7th.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:06:49 +0000(image)
It’s no secret I have a serious love for LEGO, so it’s great when someone turns me on to something that makes my bricks even cooler—like Brixo. The LEGO-compatible bricks they designed are metal coated so they conduct electricity, which means you can drive motors and turn on lights in your creations without needing any wires. They designed bricks with lights, sensors, switches, motors, and batteries so you can build most anything you can imagine. Brixo’s kits start at US$35 and they’re available for pre-order now.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:48:31 +0000(image)
If you’re planning on working on that big project on a flight to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries, think again because the Trump administration just banned anything larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, laptops, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:09:08 +0000(image)
While Apple was painting iPhones red and rolling out new iPads on Tuesday, it also released an update for iTunes that lets you watch movie rentals on any of your devices. iTunes 12.6 for the Mac adds what Apple dubbed “rent once, watch anywhere” which is exactly what it sounds like: You can watch a movie on any of your devices, not just the one where you made the rental.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:42 +0000(image)
We have a deal for you today on Aeon Timeline 2 for both Mac and Windows. This tool is designed to help you organize even large projects and manage your workload. You can manage events, entities and relationships, dependencies and more. You can also link events with images, external documents, and websites to better track research and supporting documentation. You can get this license for both platforms for $22.99, a discount of 54%.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:20:27 +0000(image)
Apple has a new commercial promoting its Spring 2017 collection of new Apple Watch bands. The spot hasn’t appeared on YouTube yet, but it is available on Facebook. In 15 seconds, the commercial flashes through the new bands launched on Tuesday and encourages people to “choose a model” and “try a band.” It was posted with the tagline, “New Apple Watch bands are here. Explore the possibilities,” Also, it should make my friend John Kheit sit back and blow bubbles of contentment until the cows come home. Or until this week’s episode of Pop.0, whichever comes first.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:32:40 +0000(image)
Check out Apple Stores Worldwide, an “Interactive map showing the impressive expansion of Apple stores” by Retale.com. It’s a map of the globe that shows the year-by-year expansion of Apple’s fleet of retail stores. Each one blossoms like a nuclear hit in a war game, and you can hover over any one of them to get details about the store. Apple’s foray into retail is one of the biggest corporate success stories of the last 15 years, and seeing it play out over the course of a few seconds is interesting. In the screenshot below, I highlighted a random store in Brisbane, Australia.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:46:41 +0000(image)
In the midst of me-too products unveiled Tuesday, Apple kept iPhone SE available, but eliminated the embarrassing 16GB storage option on the device. The move falls squarely in the middle of conflicting rumors that Apple would either upgrade it or kill it, and it’s also another example of Apple doing less and less with more and more.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:08:12 +0000(image)
By default, your device automatically uses the DNS settings provided by your ISP. But you don’t have to use it, especially if you want something geared towards privacy. You may have known that it’s possible to change your DNS on a Mac, but did you know you can also change your iOS DNS? Andrew Orr shows us how it’s done.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:36:20 +0000(image)
Apple launched several new Apple Watch bands Tuesday for Spring 2017. The collection includes new Striped Woven Nylon and Sport bands, standalone Nike Sport bands, and new flavors of Apple Watch Hermès bands. At the same time, Apple has sharply limited the number of out-of-the-box choices for new Apple Watch Series 2 purchases. Here’s what they look like.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:29:40 +0000(image)
A long time ago in this galaxy, Steve Jobs thought the 7-inch class iPad would be a bad idea. There wouldn’t be enough room to create great apps, he said. The rest of the tablet market jumped in anyway, and Apple just had to follow. Think education. But Mr. Jobs was right. The 7.9-inch experience wasn’t that great for anything but iOS. Phablets arrived. And so, John ponders the demise of Apple’s iPad mini.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:55:43 +0000(image)
Flickr is great for storing and sharing photos online, but what do you do when you want to download them to your computer? Turns out that’s exactly what my friend Peter Cohen wanted to do, so he figured it out using Flickr’s own tools as well as third-party apps. Spoiler: If you have a huge image library you should use the third-party apps. Peter wrote up what he learned on the Backblaze blog, and it’s totally worth checking out.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:00:19 +0000(image)
There’s a new conference coming this summer for Apple device users called Apple Market Forum. Event organizers Dave Hamilton and Paul Kent join Jeff Gamet to talk about the conference, share why they’re starting the event, and explain who it’s for.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:55:04 +0000(image)
Apple introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad on Tuesday, and quietly discontinued the iPad Air 2 along with the iPad mini 2. The new iPad replaces the Air 2 and offers a newer processor along with lower pricing.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:55:03 +0000(image)
Apple teased a new video capture and editing app called Clips on Tuesday that targets social media app users. The app lets users snap videos, apply effects and edits, and upload their creations to popular social networks and video sharing sites.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:21:31 +0000(image)
Along with new iPad models, Apple introduced a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Tuesday. The new models are called (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and are available in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:25 +0000(image)
Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together another deal with iFixit, this time on the iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit. It features a magnetized driver handle, tweezers, a spudger, a jimmy, iFixit’s own opening tool, a suction handle, six iFixit opening picks, six screwdriver bits, including Pentalobe, Torx, and Torx Security. Plus a case, all for $19.95. I own an iFixit toolkit and one of the company’s lockpicks and love them. Good tools, excellent quality.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:58:00 +0000(image)
Apple introduced an updated 9.7-inch iPad on Tuesday with an A9 processor starting at US$329. The update was one of two new products and came after scheduled down time at Apple’s online store.