The MacObserver

Subscribe to The MacObserver feed The MacObserver
Apple iPhone, Mac, Watch and iPad News, Opinions, Tips and Podcasts
Updated: 15 min 40 sec ago

Tesla Launches Charging Station that can be Plugged into A Wall Outlet

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 22:20

Tesla launched its first charging system that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet using a common NEMA 14-50 plug.

read more


Apple Pay Boss to Deliver Keynote at Major Industry Conference

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:52

Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey will deliver a keynote address at major payments technology conference TRANSACT.

read more


Facebook to Introduce Stricter Rules in Countries Holding Elections This Year

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:07

Facebook will introduce stricter rules on political advertising to a number of countries holding elections this year. The rules and tools aimed at curbing election interference will go live in India, Nigeria, Ukraine, and the European Union. The rollout will begin on Wednesday in Nigeria. Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Director of Global Politics and Outreach, told Reuters that only advertisers located in the country will be able to run electoral adverts there. Rob Leathern, a Director of Product Management at Facebook, also discussed the importance of storing electoral adverts in a searchable library.

We’re learning from every country,” Leathern said. “We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement.” Facebook believes that holding the ads in a library for seven years is a key part of fighting intereference, he added.. The library will resemble archives brought to the United States, Brazil and Britain last year.

read more


Mastercard Plans to Stop Free Trials That Keep Billing You

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:44

Mastercard announced a new policy for merchants who keep your card information after you sign up with a free trial.

read more


iPhone X Smart Battery Case Description Referenced AirPower Charging Mat, Now That’s Dissapeared

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:26

A product description for the iPhone X Smart Case referenced the AirPower Charging Mat. Those references have since been removed.

read more


KeepSolid Launches Family Organizer App

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:22

The Family Organizer app by Keepsolid offers several features, like a family calendar, shopping list, and family task manager. Fill your family calendar with collective and personal events, invite others, and schedule all sorts of activities. The calendar will be synchronized between your family members, allowing everyone to keep track of others’ plans. This is further facilitated by a handful of convenient features and colorful, clear visualization. Create and manage shopping lists, set reminders, and use other handy functionality to ensure that your groceries are done and that they are exactly what you needed. Never again will you lack an important ingredient or have ​unnecessary extra because of some confusion. Assign tasks to family members and track their completion with ease. You will always know how everyone’s faring, whether Lil’ Jimmy visited the dentist, or if someone needs your help. Great feature for everyday planning and collaboration. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

read more


IBM PC Unboxing, Interpreting Watch Data – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-16

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 20:15

Kelly Guimont has Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr on to discuss the state of IBM PC packaging and how to interpret Apple Watch heart rate data.

read more


PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac: $19

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:59

We have a deal on  PDF Converter OCR 6 for Mac. This software allows you to make PDFs editable and searchable, while retaining the original layout, graphics, and hyperlinks. You can also scan 27 languages, merge multiple documents, and more. You can get this app for $19 through our deal.

read more


Universal TV Exec Jason Katims Joins Apple

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:48

Mr. Katims as created moves like Parenthood, Roswell, About a Boy and Rise. He was also involved with Friday Night Lights, Boston Public, and The Path.

read more


How Modern Technology is Putting Our Youth on Edge

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:39

The business approach to and pace of modern technological change is showing up as paralysis and depression, especially amongst our youth. Eventually, something has to give.

read more


How to Use JavaScript When Creating Shortcuts

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:43

Redditor u/keveridge put together a nice guide on how to use JavaScript when creating Shortcuts. JavaScript lets you perform complex actions that would be hard to do with regular shortcut actions.

We make use of the Safari web browser, running within the shortcut, in order to execute the JavaScript. To do so, we:

  • make an HTML file that contains our code and provides an output;

  • pass the contents of the file to Safari as a Data URL;

  • use Get Contents of Web Page to render the page provide the output to the shortcut.

read more


Apple Watch Could Soon Come to Medicare

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:33

Apple is in talks with at least three private Medicare plans to subsidize the Apple Watch for at-risk seniors. 

read more


27 Adobe Alternatives to Use on Different Platforms

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:13

It seems that Adobe is raising the price of its subscription in specific countries, although U.S. users have been spared. Lifehacker compiled a list of 27 Adobe alternatives in response.

I haven’t tried out all of these apps myself, nor am I the target audience for them—as I don’t really dabble in 3D animation, alas. While we normally recommend apps we’ve used at Lifehacker, in this case, I’ve included recommendations from the various Twitter users who have suggested them when applicable.

On my iPad I quickly bought Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and both of them work great for my workflow.

read more


YouTube Bans Pranks Like Bird Box Challenge

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:39

The guidelines are in response to popular challenges that imitate a Netflix movie called Bird Box.

read more


Former Apple VP Scott Forstall Discussed Creativity, Apple TV, and Steve Jobs

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:42

Former Apple software Vice President Scott Forstall has focussed on Broadway productions since leaving Silicon Valley. However, he does occasionally hark back to his time in tech. He did that in an October episode of the Philosophy Talk podcast,  the full video of which was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. The interview, noticed by 9to5Mac, gives a fascinating insight into creativity and working for Steve Jobs.  Mr. Forstall also discussed Apple TV, which he said came from somebody presenting him with the idea of a 10-ft user interface. It “was invented because someone was encouraged to do whatever they wanted for a month,” Mr. Forstall explained.

read more


Changing its Mind, Roku Bans Alex Jones

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:39

Doing the opposite of most major internet companies, Roku decided for a couple of hours it would allow Alex Jones on its platform.

Roku said, “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel. We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint.”

If Roku was going to cave so quickly it shouldn’t have decided to let Alex Jones on in the first place. At least pretend to put up a fight for a couple more days.

read more


Apple’s Services Future. It’s Going to Be Different.

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:34

Apple’s growing services business, and its increasing openness to having its software on other people’s hardware, is one of the most fascinating stories in tech at the moment. Tech blogger turned venture capitalist M.G. Siegler has written an excellent summary of the situation on Medium. As he says, the future for the company “is going to be… different.”

Incidentally, it was a pod that really started to change the equation. The iPod. In order to reach a wider audience with that device, Apple had to do something that was seemingly against Steve Jobs’ DNA: make software for Windows. (Ice water! In Hell!) And the slope ultimately proved slippery, albeit in a slow way. Eventually, we got (and then lost) Safari for Windows. And in the more recent era, Apple Music for Android. And Alexa.

read more


How to Understand Apple Watch Heart Rate Data

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:45

Beth Skwarecki wrote a helpful article explaining how to understand Apple Watch heart rate data and what all the numbers mean.

Some major caveats on everything we’re about to say: first, everybody is different, so if your numbers are higher or lower than you’d expect, there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with you. There’s a wide range of normal.

read more


Voipo Database Exposed SMS Messages

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:37

Voipo CEO Timothy Dick said the company found no evidence in logs or on its network that a data breach happened.

read more


Capture Stunningly Smooth 360° 4K Footage with Insta360 ONE 4K Camera for iPhone: $239.99

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:26

Check out today’s deal for the Insta360 ONE 4K Action Camera, a 360 degree camera for your iPhone or iPad. It plugs into your Lightning port, though it can also be controlled via Bluetooth for Android, if that’s your thing. It boosts a 24 megapixel camera, and it supports video up to 4K. The promo video below has a good look at the device, and our deal listing has all the specs and details. It’s $239.99 through us.

read more


The MacObserver