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Have You Subscribed To The Mac Geek Gab Podcast Yet?

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 00:29

In this clip, John and I explain a little more about Mac Geek Gab, why we got started, and why your support means so much to us! Want to keep learning with us? Make sure you Subscribe!


Last Chance for the All-Star Mac Bundle Featuring Parallels Pro

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 23:28

The All-Star Mac Bundle is drawing to a close. This is a collection of five Mac apps for contact Management, cyber security and VPN, PDF navigation, productivity, and it features Parallels Pro. The whole bundle is $49.99, but coupon code ALLSTARMAC at checkout brings it down to $25!

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What’s New With AirPods!

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 21:15

Check everything new coming to AirPods covered in Mac Geek Gab 875 from Apple’s WWDC21 Event!


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Future Drones Could Hunt You By Your Screams

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 21:12

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer FKIE institute are building first responder drones that could track people by their screams.

While it’s easy to imagine human-seeking drones in a sci-fi horror movie, Varela says the gadget would be ideal for post-disaster scenarios, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires. They could hover over an area that rescue crews have difficulty getting to and pinpoint where people may be trapped.


Incipio Releases SureView Folio Case for iPad 10.2-Inch

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 21:04

On Friday Incipio released its newest case called SureView and it’s designed for the iPad 10.2-inch (7th, 8th gen). It’s available to purchase for US$44.99.

SureView Case for iPad

The Incipio SureView folio includes an adjustable stand with strong, strategically positioned magnets that prevent the iPad from collapsing when used for hands-free landscape viewing. With four angle placements ranging from 40 to 70 degrees, the SureView folio’s new magnetic view-lock feature ensures the iPad is securely in place at the most convenient viewing position in any setting.

In addition to the new magnetic stand, the Incipio SureView folio offers reliable everyday iPad protection against up to four-foot drops, an improved audio experience through tactically located sound channels that reroute audio toward the user, integrated Apple pencil storage, and more.

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Apple’s WWDC21 Privacy Announcements in 10 Minutes

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 20:15

Listen along as we discuss all of Apple’s Privacy Announcements from WWDC21 in this mini segment from Mac Geek Gab 875. Mail Privacy, Which Browsers work with iCloud+, and more

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China iPhone 12 Shipments 12 Percent Down on iPhone X

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 20:08

Current iPhone shipments in China are 12 percent down on the iPhone X series, according to a research note from Goldman Sachs seen by AppleInsider. It casts some doubt on the idea that we are in the midst of a so-called ‘super-cycle’.

Analyst Rod Hall analyzes the latest China smartphone shipment data for the month of May, which was recently released by the state-run China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). Total handset units during the period clocked in at 23 million units, down 32% year-over-year. Hall points out that this appears to be the lowest shipment numbers for China since at least May 2014. Hall also says that re-opening “seems to have pulled demand forward quite a bit out of April and May,” but that the impact appears to have been short-lived. He suggests that China’s re-opening story could be a blueprint for how other countries fare when they re-open.

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Apple Music in India Getting Spatial Audio and Lossless

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 20:01

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and lossless quality tracks have rolled out for Apple Music users around the world. Shortly, those in India will be getting these features too, iMore reported.

When Apple launched Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio for Apple Music last week, users of the music streaming service in India were disappointed to find that they were not included in the first batch of countries to receive the new features. Now, Apple has confirmed that, thankfully, that wait won’t be for too long. The company has confirmed on the Apple Music website in the country that both Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio are “coming soon” to users in India. While this usually means that a launch is imminent, Apple has not put an exact date on when Apple Music subscribers can expect the features to drop.


Amazon Prime Day 2021 Takes Place on June 21 and 22

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:49

Amazon’s annual Prime Day event begins at midnight PDT Monday, June 21 and continues through June 22.  There will be deals in a range of categories available to Prime members in various countries.

Which Countries Get Amazon Prime Day 2021 Offers
  • U.S.
  • UK
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Turkey
  • Spain
  • Singapore
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Mexico
  • Luxembourg
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • Australia

Amazon announced that there will be over two million deals over the Amazon Prime Day event. The Mac Observer team will be sure to share any good ones that we spot!

22 New Actions Coming to Shortcuts in iOS 15

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:46

Matthew Cassinelli shared a post on his website sharing 22 new actions coming to shortcuts for iOS | iPadOS 15, and 21 Mac-only actions. The full post requires a subscription but he shared an image with details.

With the release of iOS 15 and the associated betas across Apple’s platforms, the Shortcuts app has received 2 automation types and 22 new actions that work across iPhone, iPad, and macOS as well as 21 Mac-only actions.

I think I’m most looking forward to Get Folder Contents, Rename File, Overlay Text, Extract Text From Image, and probably Get File From Folder.

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How to Stop Yourself From Activating Mac Hot Corners

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:31

Mac hot corners is a feature that lets you perform certain actions just by moving your cursor to one of four corners on the screen. Since all it takes is moving the cursor over, sometimes we accidentally activate this feature. But no more, because there’s a better way.

You can hear more about this tip on Monday’s episode of Mac Geek Gab.

Enhanced Hot Corners

You can find this feature by going to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Hot Corners. Or, just search for hot corners. You can use hot corners for actions like starting/disabling your screen saver, opening Mission Control, going to the Desktop, putting your Mac to sleep, and more.

A feature of hot corners that isn’t obvious in the drop-down menu is that you can hold down a key, or a combination of keys, when you select an item. These keys can be command, option, shift, and control. It means that next time you want to use a hot corner you have to move your cursor and hold that key down. This will help stop you from hot corner accidents.

mac hot corners

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What’s New in MacOS Monterey 2021

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:15

In this segment from Mac Geek Gab 875, John F Braun, our Special Guest Dave Mark, and I discuss what’s new in Mac OS Monterey including: Shortcuts, Safari Tabs, Airplay to Mac, and Low Power Mode

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Apple Updates its Media Apps iMovie, Compressor, Final Cut Pro, Motion

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:12

Apple updated its media apps on Thursday that include Compressor, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Motion with features like enhanced notifications and new backgrounds.

  • Receive notifications for completed, failed, and canceled encoding batches
  • Embed audio descriptions when encoding a variety of video file formats including MOV, MP4, M4V, and MXF
  • Includes stability improvements
Final Cut Pro
  • Create and edit custom column views with the new column editor
  • Search for media in the browser using expanded criteria including clip names, markers, and notes
  • Sort clips in the browser according to type, including proxy, optimized, and missing media
  • Includes stability improvements
  • Import projects created with iMovie for iOS version 2.3
  • Use sixteen new solid and textured backgrounds with adjustable colors
  • Includes stability improvements
  • Includes stability improvements

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iOS 15: Magnifier Accessibility Feature on Home Screen by Default

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 16:47

The Magnifier app is on the Home Screen by Default in iOS 15. It appeared on my Home Screen as soon as I installed the beta (as shown in the picture above). In previous iterations, it had to be accessed via the Accessibility menu.

Changes to Magnifier in iOS 15

Magnifier is meant to act like a magnifying glass on your phone. It allows users to zoom in and get a closer look at something, using either the front and back cameras. It also offers color filters to aid those with different sight issues. Another difference I noticed between the iOS 14 and iOS 15 versions is that People Detection is not available in the latter. However, this could change in later beta versions and the final version. To access Magnifier in iOS 14 tap Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier and tap the toggle so it is green.

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First Three Episodes of ‘Physical’ Now Streaming on Apple TV+

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 16:20

The first three episodes of Physical premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday. The series stars Rose Byrn as Sheila,  a quietly tormented housewife in 1980s San Diego. The character changes her life when she discovers aerobics. Subsequent episodes will be available each Friday.


CASETiFY Prepares Slate of New Products for AirTag, iPhone 12, and Nintendo Switch

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 15:50

CASETiFY is preparing to release three new products this month. An AirTag Holder is available now for US$35, a Nintendo Switch case launches June 22, and a MagSafe wallet launches June 25 for US$35.

AirTag Holder

The AirTag Holder offers 360° protection with a metal hook that attaches to your belongings, like a backpack, purse, or your pet’s collar. You can personalize it with names, phone numbers, emojis, and more.

The company says it joins their other eco-friendly products by being made with compostable materials and packaged with other environmentally-friendly materials. It’s available in these colors: Mushroom, Sunflower, Peach, Eggplant, Blueberry, Avocado, and Licorice.

MagSafe Wallet

This wallet has a design similar to that of Apple’s MagSafe wallet. It can attach to a naked iPhone 12 or onto a CASETiFY case. It’s made with 50% recycled materials and packaged in 100% eco-friendly materials.

It will be available in Jet Black, Latte, and Light Pink and you can customize it with monograms, names, and more.

Nintendo Switch Case

CASETiFY didn’t give me information about this product, like a price or specifications. But they did share images with me and you can see one below.

Casetify Nintendo switch carry case

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iOS 15: How to Turn on Mail Privacy Protection

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 15:36

Mail Privacy Protection was one of the big features announced out at WWDC 2021. It blocks invisible pixels that senders use to collect information about the user – things like if an email is opened. The new feature also masks a user’s IP address, preventing it from being linked to any other online activity or used to determine their location. In iOS 15, it can be turned on in either the Mail or Settings app.

Turn on Mail Privacy Protection in iOS 15

After a user installs iOS 15 and opens the Mail app for the first time, they are greeted with a message briefing explaining Mail Privacy Protection and asking if they want to switch it on (see image below). Tapping the “Protect Mail activity” option at this point turns the feature on – hiding a user’s IP address and privately loading all remote content.

Mail Privacy Protection greeting message

Mail Privacy Protection can also be turned on and off in the Settings app. Got to Settings > Mail > Privacy Protection. There is a ‘Protect Mail Activity Option’ that can be toggled on (green) and off (grey). There are two options when Protect Mail Activity is set to off. Users can opt to ‘Hide IP Address’ and/or ‘Block All Remote Content’.

This is all based on the first iOS 15 Beta, so some specifics could change in the final public release.

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Colorado Becomes Third State to Pass Privacy Law

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 15:12

Lawmakers in Colorado passed the Colorado Privacy Act, and now Senate Bill 190 needs Governor Jared Polis’ signature.

Consumer advocates said the measure could have gone further to protect people. One change allows consumers to universally opt out of ad-based tracking instead of having to make that request for each website or company. But the act also lets advertising companies keep tracking consumers if they ask for consent first.

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Apple Awarding $5 million ‘Innovation Grants’ to Four HBCUs

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 23:01

Four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will receive ‘Innovation Grants’ from Apple, it was announced Thursday. Alabama A&M University, Howard University, Morgan State University, and Prairie View A&M University will receive US$5 million each, USA Today reported.

Four HBCUs Receive $5 million ‘Innovation Grants’ From Apple

The grants are part of Apple’s US$100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative and will support the recipients’ university’s engineering school. They will also support the expansion of emerging hardware technologies coursework and expertise. The grants are aimed are helping to prepare students for careers in hardware and silicon chip design, in what Apple calls the New Silicon Initiative.

Commenting, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said:

The HBCU community is home to incredible Black talent and we are thrilled to work alongside these universities to enhance the opportunities for their students. We know many jobs of the future will be in innovative areas like silicon engineering and we want to help ensure the leaders of tomorrow have access to transformational learning opportunities.

{Apple Creates First Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders, Developers]

John M. M. Anderson, dean of Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, said:

Apple will collaborate closely with our computer engineering faculty to strengthen our course offerings and laboratory capabilities in the areas of integrated circuit design, fabrication, and testing. Additionally, through design projects and internships, our students will have the opportunity to engage with Apple engineers and benefit greatly from their knowledge, experience, and mentorship.

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