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iPhone 3D Cameras, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Series – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-14

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 19:28

Bryan Chaffin and The Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple bringing 3D depth sensing to future iPhone cameras, plus they look at Amazon’s plans for a Lord of the Rings-based TV series.

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5 Photo Retouching Apps for iPhone to Remove Unwanted Objects

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:11

I have personally used all of these photo retouching apps at some point, so I can give my own insight into each one.

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Black Friday Mac Bundle, Featuring PDF Expert and Roxio Toast Titanium: $33.15

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:07

We have a new Mac app deal called the Black Friday Mac Bundle. It has eight Mac apps, including: PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, Roxio Toast 16 Titanium, Default Folder X 5, WALTR 2 for Mac, Flux, Stylizer 7, Art Text 3, and MacReviver. the bundle is $39, but Coupon Code GIFTSHOP15 gets you another 15% off, for a final price of $33.15. Considering that ODF Expert alone is $59, that’s a screaming deal.

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Rear Facing Camera May be Coming in 2019 iPhone

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:18

Apple’s 2019 iPhone models may include a rear facing 3D-sensing camera. Instead of facial scanning, however, the rear facing 3D sensing will be used for depth of field in photos and augmented reality.

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iPhone X: How to Reset Face ID

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:55

The iPhone X’s Face ID feature is awesome! Unless it’s not. If you’re having trouble getting yours to work properly and consistently, you can try a reset. We’ll tell you how to do just that in today’s Quick Tip!

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Wiped-out Kitesurfer Calls Coastguard with Apple Watch Series 3 a Mile Out

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:29

John Willes told an interesting tale to The Daily Mail of London. Mr. Willes is a kitesurfer who recently wiped out a mile from the shore. In waters known for Great White Shark sightings. Which, you know, sucks. A half hour into his two-hour swim back to shore, he remembered he was wearing his Apple Watch Series 3, the one with a cellular radio. Being a considerate dad, first he called his family. Then he called back asking for the Coastguard number, just in case. Then, when a kick-in-the-water scared the bejesus out of him, he did call the Coast Guard. And better yet, when he saw the Coast Guard ship, he was able to call them to tell them to hang a left. Pretty cool, right? Personally, I wouldn’t expect to have much of a signal that far from shore, but his carrier apparently had him covered. “‘I’ve seen people put phones in waterproof cases but, didn’t want to risk it,” he said. “So when the Watch came out I thought this is awesome, I should do it. My wife was giving me a hard time, for buying more technology, but I leave my phone at home a lot now – I think it’s freeing us from the addiction of phones.” Which, Mr. Willes may have known, is one reason Apple executives have said motivated them to create Apple Watch to begin with. Read the full article in The Daily Mail for more.

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Amazon Buys Lord of the Rings TV Series with Pre-Fellowship Stories

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:08

The show will focus on “new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” and includes rights for possible spin-offs.

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Apple Seeds watchOS 4.2 Developer Beta 3

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 23:50

No feature changes have been announced with this release, making it a bug fix and improvement cycle that also keeps up with iOS 11.2 DB3, macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 DB3, and tvOS 11.2 DB3.

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Apple Seeds tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 3

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:36

This tvOS release cycle adds a developer API called AVDisplayManager for automatic display mode switching and brings back support for the Unwatched category in Home Sharing.

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iOS 11.2 Beta 3 Brings Control Center Popup for Bluetooth Toggle

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:03

In order to fully turn off Bluetooth and or Wi-Fi, you’ll have to go into Settings > Wi-Fi, and Settings > Bluetooth, and turn the switches on and off.

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5 Photo Art Apps to Spruce Up Your Images

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:11

Photo art apps are a cool way to make your images stand out. You can make your photos look like a painting, pencil drawing, and generally quirky.

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Hacking Face ID, DOJ Still Hates Encryption – TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-13

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:17

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at a report from a security company that hacked the iPhone X Face ID, plus they discuss the DOJ’s new push for encryption back doors.

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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Developer Beta 3

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:11

macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Developer Beta 3 is a bug fix and performance-centric update in the Apple Developer Connection.

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TMO Background Mode Interview With Mac Observer’s Editor-in-Chief Bryan Chaffin

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:56

Bryan Chaffin is the Editor-in-Chief of The Mac Observer. He was born and raised in Texas, and it was in Austin where he met Dave Hamilton. In 1997, Bryan was writing for a website named Webintosh. Later, Bryan bought a half-intest in the publication. Soon he realized he needed someone to run the business side of the website, so he sold his half to Dave Hamilton and they rebranded it as The Mac Observer, launching on December 28, 1998. We reminisced about how an invitation from Bryan led to my first article at the Mac Observer in October, 1999. In the second segment, we chatted about two of Bryan’s notable, recent articles, iPhone encryption and Apple’s tax situation. We finished with a discussion of Bryan’s books, both technical and science fiction. Great stuff.

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Apple Seeds iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 3

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:49

Included in this release cycle is a Now Playing control for Apple TV in Control Center, a bug fix for Calculator, and Apple Pay Cash.

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TREBLAB X11 Wireless Earphones: $36.99

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:58

We have a deal on a pair of TREBLAB X11 wireless earphones. They have a play time of up to 6 hours with a charging time of 2 hours, and they use Bluetooth 4.1. They’re $36.99, a significant discount of 81% off retail.

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Face ID Hacked, But it Isn’t as Big a Deal as You Think

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:23

Security researchers found a way to trick Face ID in the iPhone X, but it’s premature to declare Apple’s 3D facial scanning technology a failure or unsecure.

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Get Free Bitcoins from 54 Faucets That Pay

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 05:30

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added a new faucet to the confirmed list, removed some faucets that disappeared, and updated the BTC faucet payout amounts. – Bryan]

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This Wallpaper Hides the iPhone X Notch

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 01:26

Worry over the iPhone X Notch is much ado about nothing—IMNHO—but Kelly Guimont just pointed me to some wallpaper that hides it. Any wallpaper can made with some black in the right place, but heck, that’s work. Amiright? Here you can just download it with the work already done. The image below is just the demo—use the Denotchify link to directly download the actual wallpaper.

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Right On Cue, DOJ Says Encryption ‘Surely Costs Lives’

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 01:09

Bryan Chaffin called this on Tuesday, and right on cue, the Trump Department of Justice is claiming that strong encryption “surely costs lives.”

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