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  • What to expect from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings call on May 2 (Macworld)

    Fri 11:26am By Jason Snell
    Did you forget to mark your calendar for the orgy of charts and numbers that is Apple’s legally mandated quarterly release of its financial results? If so, have no fear-I remembered to mark mine for next Tuesday, May 2, when Apple will release the results in…
  • Why peer-to-peer Apple Pay is a great idea (Macworld)

    Fri 9:13am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenEven in 2017, paying for things is still mostly terrible—even more so now that a multitude of options seem to confront us every time we step up to a register: Do I swipe? Insert my card? Enter a PIN? Sign my name?…
  • Introducing Download

    Thu 4:52pm By Jason Snell
    This week I’m happy to introduce the Download podcast, a weekly look at the most important stories across the entire world of technology. Every week I’ll be joined by a rotating panel of guests to have conversations about interesting topics ripped from the…
  • (Podcast) Download #1: Wardrobe Philosophy

    Thu 4:50pm By Jason Snell
    In the first episode of Download, Jason is joined by Lisa Schmeiser and Serenity Caldwell to discuss the Amazon Echo Look and the future of online retail, our value as consumers when companies resell our data, and what went wrong with that Internet-connected…
  • (Podcast) Rebound #134: Try This On For Sighs

    Thu 10:35am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenOn the galaxy’s favorite irreverent tech podcast, the guys throw down about comparing the relative successes of the Apple Watch and Amazon Echo. Then we talk about Dan’s upcoming novel, a possible fix for Lex’s Sonos issues, software that can…
  • Hajime "grayhat" IoT worm is even more sophisticated than thought ↦

    Thu 10:28am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenA followup on the Hajime botnet story from the other week, also from Dan Goodin at Ars Technica:…
  • Senate ID cards security "chips" are just photos ↦

    Wed 3:39pm By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenTruly mind boggling story from Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher, picking up on a letter from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), about the lack of security for Senate employees:…
  • Sponsor: Layers conference

    Wed 1:32pm By Jason Snell
    The Layers conference, an excellent design conference for the Apple community that runs alongside Apple’s WWDC, is back for 2017 with a new location—the Montgomery Theater in San Jose, nearby WWDC itself on June 5-7.…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #186: Project Me on a Hologram

    Wed 1:30pm By Jason Snell
    This week join us in riding the Clockwise roller coaster as David Sparks and Macworld’s Caitlin McGarry join Dan and Jason to discuss the breaking announcement of the Amazon Echo Look, deconstruct Uber’s latest bad news, marvel at Samsung’s record Galaxy…
  • Amazon's new Echo Look has a hands-free camera

    Wed 11:46am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenWell, didn’t see this coming.1 Amazon has added a new device to its Echo line-up, but it’s not (as has been rumored) an Echo with a screen. Rather, the company’s new Echo Look has a built-in hands-free camera that’s capable of shooting both…
  • Episode IX has a release (and Indy 5 too) ↦

    Tue 3:04pm By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenYep, it’s official—Star Wars Episode IX: The Jedi’s Going Away Party will hit theaters on May 24, 2019. That means we’ll only have to wait 18 months after The Last Jedi to find out what will happen to Rey, Finn, Poe, Luke, and the rest of…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #138: Bad for the Person, Great for the Wizard

    Tue 2:51pm By Jason Snell
    This week on Upgrade, Jason and Myke are back together (from their separate offices) to discuss the trouble with free services that take your data and re-sell it to others, and why it’s important to be a savvy and skeptical consumer. They also discuss the…
  • Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke series delayed ↦

    Tue 8:53am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenBack in February, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said at the Code Media conference that the company’s Carpool Karaoke series would debut on Apple Music in April. But now the company tells Reuters that the series has been pushed back:…
  • Apple cuts affiliate commissions on apps ↦

    Mon 1:44pm By Jason Snell
    Most people would be surprised that Apple offers websites (including this one) a small commission on app referrals. So the news that it’s cutting those commissions from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1 probably doesn’t resonate. It’s inside baseball…
  • One for the thumbs

    Mon 1:08pm By Jason Snell
    I spent two decades writing reviews for technology products that featured a mandatory score on a five-point rating scale1. The idea of applying a numerical rating to a product appears to be an early 20th century invention, most famously adopted by film…
  • Quick Tip: Purge completed items from Reminders

    Mon 9:37am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenUpdate: The always-great Dr. Drang wrote an AppleScript to automatically purge completed reminders every 30 days. Also, as a few people have pointed out, on the Mac you can select a bunch of reminders (or all of them) and batch delete them.…
  • How making its iWork and iLife apps free could hurt Apple and its users (Macworld)

    Sun 4:31pm By Dan Moren
    by Dan Moren“Free” seems like a good thing, right? After all, who doesn’t like not paying for things? This week’s announcement that Apple’s productivity and creative software—namely Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie—is now free to…
  • (Sponsor) YNAB (You Need a Budget)

    Apr 22, 2017, 12:00 pm By Jason Snell
    My thanks to YNAB for sponsoring Six Colors this week.…
  • One podcaster's (fruitless) quest to replace Skype

    Apr 21, 2017, 7:04 pm By Jason Snell
    Every now and then when I complain about Skype, which most of my podcast peers and I use for our conversations, someone suggests an alternative voice-over-IP service and asks why we don’t switch.…
  • 'How Apple won silicon' ↦

    Apr 21, 2017, 12:54 pm By Jason Snell
    Over at iMore, Rene Ritchie points out Apple’s huge advantage in hardware design:…
  • Apple forces recyclers to shred its products ↦

    Apr 21, 2017, 12:46 pm By Jason Snell
    Tough read from Motherboard about Apple’s recycling policies, which require that recyclers shred all the e-waste they receive:…
  • After more than two years, Apple Pay still feels like the future (Macworld)

    Apr 20, 2017, 11:35 am By Jason Snell
    There’s a lot of negativity out there, on the Web and in the world. People are angry, dissatisfied, tired of political clashes and online arguments and the realization that the Internet connects us directly the best and worst humanity has to offer.…
  • (Podcast) Rebound #133: The Sonos Sub is Delicious

    Apr 20, 2017, 11:30 am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenThis week, Lex shares the details of his newest audio purchase, Dan and John discuss just how serious the rumors of Bose headphones spying on your music-playing habit really are, and the whole crew talks about the newest iPhone 8 rumors. Plus we…
  • Apple environmental chief says the company wants to end mining ↦

    Apr 19, 2017, 9:51 pm By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenApple vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson spoke to Vice News about the company’s latest environmental report, which came out today, and the company’s commitment to upping the amount of recycled material…
  • The Power of the (2009) Mac Pro ↦

    Apr 19, 2017, 6:28 pm By Jason Snell
    Black Pixel’s Daniel Pasco rediscovers the power of a 2009 Mac Pro:…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #185: Add Things to Things

    Apr 19, 2017, 3:19 pm By Jason Snell
    This week on Clockwise, Facebook tackles VR, Nintendo’s emulator shenanigans, moving the Touch ID sensor, and leaving ourselves digital reminders. With special guests Dan Frakes and Scholle McFarland!
  • Report: SNES Classic coming later this year ↦

    Apr 19, 2017, 11:44 am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenEurogamer’s Tom Phillips reports that Nintendo will follow up its successful NES Classic with an SNES Classic later this year:…
  • Hajime, the grayhat botnet "securing" IoT devices ↦

    Apr 19, 2017, 9:45 am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenFascinating story from Dan Goodin at Ars Technica about Hajime, a worm that infects Internet of Things devices and…apparently secures them?…
  • iWork, iMovie, GarageBand apps now free for all Apple users ↦

    Apr 18, 2017, 2:07 pm By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenApple has decided to open up its apps to everybody: MacRumors reports that the Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie apps are now free to all users. Previously you were eligible to download the apps for free when you purchased a new Mac…
  • Report: Apple prepping new flagship phone, two overhauled phones for fall ↦

    Apr 18, 2017, 11:39 am By Dan Moren
    by Dan MorenBloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee have posted a lengthy dive into what they’ve heard about the new iPhones due out this fall, which reportedly include a redesigned new high-end phone as well as upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 and 7…