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The Full-Length Trailer for ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ Season 2

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Space.com writes: “CBS is certainly providing enough fodder for Star Trek excitement to hit full-on fever pitch come January. Fans had a new teaser only two weeks ago, and then, last week, it was the penultimate “Short Trek” (we get the final episode on Jan. 3) — and now we have a new full-length trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2.” Image credit: CBS All Access.

Google Won’t Sell Facial Recognition Software. Yet.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 23:31, modified at 23:47

A Google Executive said that it will not sell its sell its facial recognition technology. Yet. Instead, it wants to work through technology and policy issues.

Working Through Tech and Policy Issues

In a blog post about Google’s AI for Good program, Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs said:

Google Cloud has chosen not to offer general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through important technology and policy questions.

Mr. Walker reiterated that “Google has long been committed to the responsible development of AI” and that “these principles guide our decisions on what types of features to build and research to pursue.” He said that “facial recognition merits careful consideration” and that Google must make sure it “avoids abuse and harmful outcomes.”

He made the announcement in a piece about Googles AI Impact Challenge. The program gives organizations the opportunity to bid for grants and support from Google’s AI experts.

Don’t Be Evil with Facial Recognition

Apple, of course, launched its own facial recognition software in the form of FaceID. However, there seems to be less concern about how Apple will exploit the technology, and AI in general, compared to Google. Google already faced criticism for supplying AI technology to the military.

Furthermore, just because Google said it will not distribute this technology, for the time being, that does not mean others will do the same. Major companies such as Amazon and Microsoft can provide facial recognition software in their absence. It is also easy to find the tools to build facial recognition system on Github (via MIT Technology Review,) 

App Analytics from new Mojave Mac App Store now Available

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Apple announced that developers can now access analytics from the new macOS Mojave App Store via App Store Connect. The data gives developers various insights, including the number of times their software was seen in the store and how many times it was downloaded.

App Store Connect on iOS App and MacBook Browser

Access to Analytics

On Thursday Apple told developers: “Your app data from the new Mac App Store on macOS Mojave is now available in App Store Connect.” This is the service through which developers upload, submit, and manage their apps.

Data that developers can now see includes:

  • The number of times their product was seen in the store
  • How many times a product page was viewed
  • How many new customers downloaded an app
  • Sales numbers for in-app purchases and paying users

On Tuesday, Apple said that App Store Connect will take a Christmas break. It will not accept new submissions or updates to between 23 and 27 December. It encouraged developers to submit any new software or updates before then.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

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Mujjo released a very smart leather-folio case for the new 13″ MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on Wednesday. It has a single-leather panel on the outside and zips that go around three sides to make accessing the interior easier. The inside is felt-lined and contains a variety of compartments, including some for bank cards. The case is treated to be water-repellant. The Mujjo folio sleeve comes in black and is available online for €119.90 ($134.38) with free worldwide shipping.

Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam for iOS is Here

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My fellow children of the 90s…prepare to get nostalgic – Tony Hawk’s Skate Jams has arrived on iOS! This modern take on the skateboarding game is available to download from the app store now. It can be played on both iPhone and iPad and has all the old Tony Hawks elements you know and love from playing his games on PlayStation or even Game Boy. This includes the classic career mode alongside new Skate Jams Tournaments. You can skate as the man himself, and take on street, vert, and park courses. Players who pull of particularly impressive moves can record them in the game and share them online using #SkateJam. Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam is available as a free download with in-app purchases. It’s available for Android, too.

Apple Releasing Updates Next Week to try and Resolve Qualcomm China Dispute

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Apple announced on Friday that it will release software updates next week in a bid to overturn the ban on sales of some iPhone models in China. Chipmaker Qualcomm accused Apple of violating two of its patents and asked the courts for the ban. It did not accept that Apple’s move settles the dispute.

Apple suing Qualcomm over patent royalty payments

Trying to Solve Qualcomm Dispute

Apple will push iOS updates to try and settle its patent dispute with Qualcomm early next week (via Reuters). In a statement, Apple said: “Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case.”

Apple also denies it is in violation of any patents. “Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance,” it said.

However, Qualcomm did not welcome the announcement. General Counsel Don Rosenberg said: “Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court’s orders. They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court.”

Ongoing Battle

Qualcomm asked China to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country in October 2017. On Monday, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court imposed a ban on the sale of iPhone 6S and Plus, iPhone 7 and Plus, iPhone 8 and Plus, and the iPhone X. Apple lodged an appeal almost immediately. However, the injunction did not cover the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, and iPhone XR. Apple released those models after Qualcomm filed its suit.

The patents at the center of the dispute concerned resizing photos on a phone and managing apps using a touchscreen. Prior to this week’s development, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said that the two companies were close to settling their disputes.

Russian Robot Exposed as a Fake

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A Russian state-owned TV news channel proudly showed off a “state-of-the-art” robot at a technology forum for children this week.  Boris appeared to walk, talk, and dance. Except, as the Telegraph explained, everything was not quite as it seemed. Boris was, in fact, a man in a very expensive costume…

‘Boris’ the Robot was apparently able to walk, talk and dance – and was passed off as state-of-the-art robotics by the TV channel at a technology forum for school pupils. But its authenticity started being questioned when photos appeared online that clearly showed a human inside a robot suit.

Turn Your Wired Devices into Bluetooth Ones with This Ultra-Portable Receiver: $11.20

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 23:17, modified at 23:18

We’ve got an interesting gizmo for our deal of the day, a portable Bluetooth 4.2 receiver that turns your wired devices into wireless devices. It works with speakers, headphones, and even your car’s stereo system. You can also connect to up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time with just one receiver. Our deal is for $14, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 takes 20% off, for a final price of $11.20.

The High Cost of Being Loyal to Apple

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The Particle Debris article of the week comes from The Washington Post.. It looks at the subtleties of Apple’s increasing hardware costs.

Apple iPhone XS

It turns out that there’s a cost associated with being very loyal to Apple and upgrading often. Apple knows that. In this article I found, journalists Geoffrey A. Fowler and Andrew Van Dam look at how: “Your Apple products are getting more expensive. Here’s how they get away with it.” Their primary finding was interesting and, perhaps, generally overlooked.

What we learned: Being loyal to Apple is getting expensive. Many Apple product prices are rising faster than inflation — faster, even, than the price of prescription drugs or going to college. Yet when Apple offers cheaper options for its most important product, the iPhone, Americans tend to take the more expensive choice. So while Apple isn’t charging all customers more, it’s definitely extracting more money from frequent upgraders. [emphasis mine.]

Creating the perception that the latest products will make one a more effective, joyful user is one aspect of marketing. It’s true, up to a point. But where the line is in one’s computing life is subjective. Being enamored with Apple products tends to push the line towards more frequent hardware updates.

There many people who use older Apple equipment to good effect. Those users write me often. But for many enthusiastic loyalists, using older devices just isn’t fun. And that’s what Apple seems to be cashing in on. That’s neither a good nor a bad thing. It’s just great marketing and shrewd business practices for Apple’s high technology products.

More Debris

• Gordon Kelly at Forbes reports that a significant design change may be coming to the iPhone in 2019 “which will lead to size, weight and cost savings.” See: “New iPhone Leak ‘Confirms’ Significant Design Decision.” Curiously, Apple is working with Samsung on this one.

• In this entry, I’ll start with the subtitle. “Google security researchers shame Logitech into releasing security update for insecure app.”  If you use Logitech Options with your mouse or keyboard, read this. “Logitech app security flaw allowed keystroke injection attacks.

• This next article from The Eclectic Light Company delves into macOS security mechanisms in a very understandable way. I highly recommend it. “Where do Apple’s recent security updates leave macOS?” Here’s an excerpt.

It is – and always has been – true that good third-party anti-malware software is important for Macs. Whether you need it is a matter of risk assessment. Simply assuming that running the latest version of macOS will protect you is dangerous, and everyone using an older version should think again whether their protection is now sufficient.

Fast Company has some great advice. “7 Digital Privacy Tools You Need to be Using Now.” I’ve gone through the list and concur on every one. Take some time for this one.

• Dan Moren at Macworld intelligently looks at what’s behind Apple’s new job additions and their geographic locations. “What Apple’s new job additions tell us about its product plans.” His analysis is excellent.

Buddy robot.

• Readers of this column know that I write often about robots. One of the things I’ve learned is that there is a element of fear when it comes to personal interaction with robots. This is largely unique to Americans and doesn’t exist to as great an extent, for example, in Japan. Loup Ventures provides some hands on research. “Robot Fear Index: Increased Adoption May Be Fueling Concerns.

My take on this is that current, very advanced robots (not family toys) have an unfavorable intelligence to strength ratio. When these robots start acting in human, patient, generous, graceful, empathetic ways, humans will fear them less. We have long way to go in that regard.

AI created human faces

• Take a look at these faces above. These people don’t exist. Their faces were created by an AI at Nvidia. This is fun but also scary stuff given the potential for misuse. “These People Are Not Real—They Were Created By AI.

• Finally, “The more addicted someone is to technology, the more dysfunctional or non-functional they are…” That’s from another good analysis piece from Loup Ventures.The Bell Curve of Tech Addiction.” You probably sensed this all long, and now we have a good explanation of the cause and effects. Parents, especially, should dig into this one.

Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

BONX Grip: A Group Chat Earpiece for the Outdoorsman

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BONX Grip hearables are a kind of Bluetooth walkie talkie. It’s an outdoor group talk system for active people like runners, cyclists, hikers, etc. They let you create a group chat with up to 10 people.

[Review: Wash Ink Away With This Reusable Notebook]


  • Microphone: Dual microphone
  • Weight: 15g
  • Size: W: 44mm x D:18mm x H: 32mm
  • Battery: Lithium polymer battery
  • Charging: microUSB
  • Play Time Using BONX apps: Up to 7 hrs
  • Standby Time: Up to 400 hrs
  • Waterproof: IPX5
  • Bluetooth: Dualmode Bluetooth 4.1
  • Range: About 10 meters

image of bonx grip earpices in four colorsBONX Grip

The Grip is a rugged Bluetooth earpiece that gives you cellular-network enabled communication. It can also work as a regular earbud, but since you only get one in a box you probably won’t use it much for listening to music. My first instinct was to call this a walkie talkie. However, it’s not because it relies on Wi-Fi and your cell service.

That means you don’t have to be in range of your group to use them. Example: You could be skiing a mountain and talk to your friend in another state or country with this. As long as your friend also has a BONX Grip.

What’s interesting is that it has unlimited range. It’s not constrained by Bluetooth signals. As long as you have cell service, the BONX Grip works. The earpiece is water- and shock-resistant, and it features noice-cancellation. To use it, just press the button on the side and start talking. You’ll look like a secret agent.

It’s a bit expensive, coming in at US$140. But they can be a good investment for certain situations. If you find yourself outside and you can’t pull your phone out, then these earpieces are great. If you hunt or fish, I think this would be a good product for you.

image of bonx grip componentsVerdict

I’m giving this our mid-range rating of “It’s Okay, Get It If You Need It.” Not because I found anything wrong with the device, but rather because it’s sort of a niche product. It’s meant for hands-free group communication for people needing to stay in contact with each other. As I stated in the intro I recommend it for people who engage in group outdoor activity. You can pick up a BONX Grip earpiece on Amazon for US$139.95.

[Review: Lynktec TruGlide Duo Stylus Pen]

5G Rollout, Apple v. Qualcomm – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-14

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How to Get an iOS Linux Shell On your iPad or iPhone

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OSXDaily has a cool tip on how to put an iOS Linux shell on your iPhone or iPad. It involves installing an app called iSH through TestFlight. You can also side load it.

In case it’s not obvious, iSH is not a full version of Linux with a window manager and GUI like Ubuntu for iPad or iPhone, it’s just a shell, but it is by far the most functional local command line environment in iOS that is currently available.

Sounds like a fun weekend project for all you Terminal tinkerers 😉

Don’t Be Fooled By The 5G Hype Train

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Carriers insist that 2020 will be the year of 5G. Apple says it won’t have 5G iPhones until 2020. But it’s going to take years for widespread rollout.

The industry is doing its best to hype 5G up as The Next Big Thing™, but 5G hardware in 2019 is going to be a decidedly first-generation affair. Early adopters for 5G will have to accept all manner of tradeoffs. And when there might not even be 5G reception in your area, it might be better to just wait the whole thing out for a year or two.

4G LTE will remain the dominant spectrum for a long time. There are a lot of problems with 5G millimeter-wave broadband, and my opinion is that we won’t see America fully 5G until 2030 or so.

Rest In Peace: Apple Music Connect Has Died

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Like iTunes Ping before it, Apple has decided to shutter Apple Music Connect. You can still find Connect content through search results, but Apple will remove artist-submitted posts in May.

[Cracking the Code: How to Improve Apple Music Recommendations]

Apple Music Connect

We’ve made a few changes to Apple Music that we’d like to tell you about. We’re always looking for ways to enhance our focus on artists and help them better connect to fans. So we’ve given Artist Pages an all-new design and added new, personalized Artist Radio.

Today we’re streamlining music discovery by removing Connect posts from Artist Pages and For You. This means you’ll no longer be able to post to Connect as of December 13, 2018, but all previously uploaded content will still be searchable until May 24, 2019. You can still create Artist Playlists with the latest version of Apple Music.

The above quote is an announcement that artists are receiving. The social service debuted when Apple Music did as a way for fans to directly connect with artists. But not many musicians used the service, and it’s likely that Apple customers didn’t either.image of apple music friends mix

Instead, the new social feature of Apple Music is more personal: Following your friends and listening to music that they listen to with the weekly Friends Mix playlist.

[Apple Music Rolling Out New Social Feature ‘Friends Mix’]

Australian CommBank Adding Apple Pay in January

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 15:05

Apple Pay adoption in Australia has been slow because of tough negotiations. However, CommBank will be supporting the payment service starting in January 2019.

Currently you can order and activate a CommBank PayTag for your iPhone with a one-off fee of $2.99. CommBank PayTag is a small sticker, around a third of the size of a credit card.  The PayTag is attached to the back of your iPhone, allowing you to make Tap & Pay purchases using your phone.

Apple Orders J.J. Abrams Series Starring Jennifer Garner

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Apple gave a straight-to-series order of a show starring Jennifer Garner, and produced by J.J. Abrams.

[Apple TV Buyer’s Guide, YouTube Programming – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-29]

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

The show will be called My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, based on the 2017 memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein. It follows a group of women who supported Ms. Silverstein as she waited for a second heart transplant that saved her life.

image of jennifer garner and jj abrams

Bad Robot Productions will also produce this series in association with Warner Bros. Television. Apple’s video content series is expected to premiere in 2019.

[Apple TV Guide: All of the Original Video Content]

Apple TV Guide: All of the Original Video Content [Update]

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Apple is spending billions on TV shows and series for its future video service. We’ve put together an Apple TV guide for all of the original content that the company has right now, and will have in the future.

The content won’t appear until 2019, with the majority of the production happening in 2018. The list will be updated continuously, so be sure to bookmark this page.

Apple TV Guide: Planet of the Apps logo.Old: Planet of the Apps

Celebrity judges Will.i.am, Jessica Alba, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Gwyneth Paltrow listen to app pitches by developers, similar to Shark Tank. The show debuted on June 6, 2017 and the first season has 10 episodes. A second season hasn’t been announced. | Planet of the Apps

Apple TV Guide: Are You Sleeping book cover.New: Are You Sleeping

One of the new shows coming, Apple is working with Reece Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine. Are You Sleeping will be an adaptation of a book with the same name by Kathleen Barber. The show will star Octavia Spencer. Apple has officially signed a 10-episode season. Actors will include Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, and Haneefah Wood.

Apple TV Guide: Amazing Stories logo.New: Amazing Stories

Apple is working with Steven Spielberg to bring back his Amazing Stories series, which ran for two seasons in the 1980s. So far Apple has committed to 10 episodes, with Bryan Fuller as showrunner.

Apple TV Guide: Reece Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.New: Unnamed Morning Talk Show Drama

Reece Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will star in a as-yet-untitled drama. It’s not a morning talk show, but a drama about creating a morning talk show. Apple has committed to two seasons of 10 episodes, each lasting an hour. The writer and executive producer is Jay Carson, who previously produced House of Cards.

Apple TV Guide: Image of Ronald Moore.New: Ronald Moore Sci-Fi

Ronald Moore—who made the remake of Battlestar Galactica—has been signed on by Apple for a new sci-fi series. The series doesn’t have a title yet, and it will be co-executive produced by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The series will explore what would happen if the global space race never ended.

Apple TV Guide: Apple HomeKit logo.New: Home

Home will be a show that will “offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most extraordinary homes, and delves into the minds of the people who built them.” Apple has committed to one season of 10 episodes, each lasting an hour. It will be a documentary series produced by Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser.

Apple TV Guide: Image of director Francis Lawrence.New: See

See will be a futuristic drama written by Steve Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games). There is no release date yet, and the number of seasons or episodes Apple has ordered is also unknown.

Apple TV Guide: Image of Kristen Wiig.New: Kristen Wiig Comedy

Under Apple, Kristen Wiig will star in her own comedy series. It will be created and produced by Colleen McGuinness. Apple has committed to one season of 10 episodes, each lasting a half hour. The series doesn’t have a title yet.

Apple TV Guide: Image of Dr. Dre.New: Vital Signs

Vital Signs will be a miniseries produced by Dr. Dre. Each episode will focus on a specific emotion, and will be a semi-autobiographical story of Dr. Dre’s life. The miniseries was originally rumored to be released in August. Since it hasn’t, we don’t know if Apple canceled the project or is holding onto it for a future release.

Apple TV Guide: Image of director Damien Chazelle.New: Drama by Damien Chazelle

Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) will write and produce every episode of a new drama series for Apple. There are no details yet, but the series will be executive produced by Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger.

Image of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon for Apple TV Guide.New: Little America by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Apple originally considered the series back in February as a straight-to-series production, and now it’s past consideration and officially under the Apple brand. Written by Emily V. Gordon, Lee Eisenberg, and Kumail Nanjiani, Little America is inspired by true stories featured in Epic Magazine.

Image of Kevin Durant, NBA star for Apple TV guide.New: Swagger based on Kevin Durant

The latest series that Apple is creating is a drama based on the early life and career of NBA star Kevin Durant. It’s called Swagger and it will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches. It will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television, alongside Kevin’s own Thirty Five Media.

New: Carpool Karaoke: Season Two

Carpool Karaoke is being moved from our Old section to the New, because it’s being renewed for a second season. The show will be managed separately from Apple’s other original series projects that fall under the purview of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.

Image of M. Night Shyamalan, who joins the expanding Apple TV guide.New: M. Night Shyamalan Psychological Thriller

Apple has ordered a straight-to-series psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. It will have 10 episodes, and the title and premise remains unknown right now. It will be produced by Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures along with Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch. It will be written by Tony Basgallop.

Image of Loren Bouchard for Apple TV guide.New: Central Park

Apple order an animated musical comedy show from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard. It’s called Central Park, a story of how a family of caretakers living and working in Central Park save the park. It’s produced by 20th Century Fox and stars Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn. There will be 26 episodes split into two seasons.

Image of Isaac Asimov for our Apple tv guide.New: Foundation

Apple has landed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, a popular science fiction trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It will be a straight-to-series production by Skydance Television. Two executive producers will be David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Terminator) and Josh Friedman (Avatar 2, War of the Worlds).

Image of Emily Dickinson for our Apple TV guide.New: Dickinson

Apple ordered a straight-to-series of Dickinson. Written by Alena Smith, it will be a modern comedy set in the 1800s, and explore the constraints of society, gender, and family from Ms. Dickinson’s perspective. Each episode will be a half-hour long. Emily Dickinson will be played by Hailee Steinfeld, while Jane Krakowski will play her mother Mrs. Dickinson.

New: Shantaram

Shantaram tells the story of Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison as he tries to assimilate into the city of Bombay. He lives in the slums of India, far away from friends and family. Eric Warren Singer will be the writer and executive producer for the series.

Image of Jim Henson for our Apple TV guide.New: Sesame Workshop

Apple announced it ordered multiple live-action and animated series from producer Sesame Workshop. Although “Sesame” is part of the name, the popular show Sesame Street isn’t part of the agreement. There is no information yet on when it will be released.

Image of French series Calls for the Apple TV guide.New: Calls

Created by Timothee Hochet, Calls is a French original series produced under the CanalPlus’s Creation Originale label. The English adaptation will be a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes. Calls is described as a “project that takes storytelling innovation to the next level, allowing audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals.”

Image of Pachinko book in our Apple TV guide.New: Pachinko

Apple has added another book adaptation to its lineup: A series based on Min Jin Lee’s best selling book Pachinko. The book chronicles the lives of a Korean that immigrated to the U.S., and Apple signed it into what Hollywood Reporter calls “a sizable script-to-series commitment.”

Image of Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day for our Apple TV guide.New: Comedy With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day

Apple ordered straight-to-series comedy with It’s Always Sunny stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. It will be set in a video game development studio and star Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day, both of whom will also serve as writers and executive producers for the show.

Image of Earth for our Apple TV guide.New: Losing Earth

A television series based on a New York Times article called Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change is coming to Apple TV. It’s an epic 30,000 word article and Apple bought the rights to it. It recounts the story of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians tried to save the world from the ravages of climate change before it was too late, from 1979 to 1989.

Image of wolfwalkers for the apple TV guide.New: Wolfwalkers

Cartoon Saloon’s Wolfwalkers is an animated movie that shows how a young girl’s life is changed when she goes to Ireland with her father to kill the last pack of wolves.  The story was written by Will Collings, and the movie is co-directed by Tomm Moore and Toss Stewart.

image of the elephant queen for the apple TV guideNew: The Elephant Queen

The Elephant Queen is a documentary about Athena, a giant matriarch elephant who faces a challenge when faced with a drought: Should she lead her family away from the local watering hole they call home, or lead them into the badlands in search of food and water? She has to decide whether the youngest elephants can make the journey.

New: Defending Jacob

Image of defending jacob book for our apple TV guide.Chris Evans (Captain America) stars in Defending Jacob. Created and written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy) based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, the limited series is described as “a gripping, character-driven thriller based on Landay’s 2012 novel published by Random House. The book tells the story of a father dealing with the accusation that his son is a 14-year-old murderer.”

image of my glory was i has such friends book for apple TV guide.New: My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

Apple gave a straight-to-series order of a show starring Jennifer Garner, and produced by J.J. Abrams. The show will be called My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, based on the 2017 memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein. It follows a group of women who supported Ms. Silverstein as she waited for a second heart transplant that saved her life.

Giving Up Meat Won’t Cure Climate Change

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I’ve seen a lot of these headlines. The latest one is from FastCompany: “If these insanely good athletes can give up meat, so can you.” Is that enough to fix climate change? Nope.

The whole point of Markkanen’s campaign with Neste, called #DontChoke, is to ask people to pledge to take simple actions to decrease their personal carbon footprint.

While I don’t doubt that giving up meat would be better, we also need to take a good, hard look at our rich overlords. Example: This study found that 10% of rich people are responsible for 50% of carbon emissions, whereas 50% of poor people are responsible for 10%. Nice symmetry.

The Marvel Series Cancelled by Netflix Won’t Be on Disney+ Anytime Soon

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Here’s the opening of a detailed story from Variety.

Fans of the Marvel Television series recently canceled by Netflix who hope to see the shows revived on Disney+ may be out of luck.

Sources tell Variety that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation. That means that “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — which were all canceled this year at Netflix — could not come to the Disney streaming service until 2020 at the earliest.

Iron Fist image credit: Marvel.

Djay Moves to Subscription Model

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Popular iOS app djay has moved to a subscription model. Developer Algoriddim launched the latest version of the app on Wednesday as a free download, with a $39.99 annual/$4.99 monthly pro option. It offered existing users a signficant discount on the upgrade.

New djay iPhone

Making Djay Simple

For years Algoriddim has developed popular djay and vjay software for iOS devices. On Wednesday, it announced that djay had moved to a subscription model so that “our team can now focus on making the existing version the best product with every innovation going directly into the product as soon as it’s ready.” It said that previously it had operated on a longer cycle and only released a major upgrade every 2 or 3 years.

The company added that the move helped “simplify the process” of using its various products across different devices. It said it wanted to “unify the brand” too. Previously there were multiple apps across iPad and iPhone, with multiple paid-for tiers. now there is just a single version and one paid-for tier. John Gruber at Daring Fireball commented that the move to a simple subscription model for djay is “simple, fair, and clear.”

Becoming a Pro DJay

The app was made available for free, with a 7-day trial. The $39.99/$4.99 upgrade is optional to access additional features. Users now only need to subscribe once to access the pro features across all their iOS devices. Existing customers can get the pro version for $9.99 for the first year. Pro features include:

  • Unlimited access to a library of samples, loops, FX, and visuals
  • Looper & Sequencer
  • Support for over 50 MIDI controllers
  • Advanced MIDI learn system to map each control on users’ hardware individually
  • Support for Bluetooth MIDI
  • Video mixing with support for external displays
  • Single Deck preparation mode
  • Support for multi-channel audio interfaces
  • Advanced media library: playlist editing and management, smart filters, drag and drop integration via Files app and Dropbox

The Storyteller’s Essential Mac Bundle: $15.99

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 21:51, modified at 21:52

We have a deal for you on the Storyteller’s Essential Mac Bundle, a collection of apps aimed at storytellers from Mariner Software. It includes Mariner Write, Contour 2, Narrator, Persona, StoryMill, and Montage. Our deal is for $19.99, but coupon code GREENMONDAY20 at checkout brings it down to $15.99.

Someone Built an Unofficial Apple Music Web Player

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 21:35, modified at 21:36

Apple Music does not have an official web player yet. However, a software engineer announced on Reddit that they had built one so that Apple Music could be accessed on Linux (via MacRumors). Users can log into their library and use a number of other key Apple Music features.

Apple Music Web Player

“I Built an Apple Music Web Player”

On Wednesday, software engineer Naveed Golafshani posted on Reddit that he had “built an Apple Music web player to use Apple Music on Linux.” He directed users to playapplemusic.com/browse. There, he had built a web player from which users could access their full music library and listening activity. You can also get recommendations and browse “Recently Added Items.”

Not all features are there though. Users cannot customize the order of ‘Up Next’ songs, and the Radio options are not there either. The browse tab is simplified too.

User Reaction and Warnings

Many users commended Mr. Goafshani on what he had made, including commenting on how well it worked on mobile devices. However, they also warned that Apple may not be so welcoming of this unofficial web player.  Some said it will try and buy the domain, others even suggested the developer could be sued.

Older People are Driving Growth in Wearables

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 19:18, modified at 21:28

When you think of consumers of wearable technology, the over-55s are not necessarily the demographic that springs to mind. However, Fortune found that health monitoring features such as the Apple Watch’s new ECG app appeal to older people. Consequently, the number of users in that age group is expected to rise faster than the average.

The number of people using smart wearables is expected to grow 9% next year, but among people age 55 and older, it will jump more than 15%, according to research firm eMarketer. The reason is that wearable makers like Apple and Fitbit have been adding health monitoring features that appeal to older consumers. Apple added a fall detection app and an EKG monitor to the Apple Watch Series 4 this year, for example, while Fitbit is adding a feature to detect sleep apnea.

American Flavor GDPR, $100K for your smartphone – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-13

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 19:18

Apple has Hired Doctors to Help its Health Tech Development

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 19:17, modified at 19:18

CNBC learned that Apple has up to 50 doctors working for it as it continues its move into health tech. The report said that some of the physicians operate at very senior levels of the firm, including one who works closely with COO Jeff Williams.  Many continue to see patients as well as working for Apple. While a large number of the doctors work on the Apple Watch, some work at Apple’s AC Wellness primary care group, which cares for its employees.

These hires are not just for show, according to people familiar with the doctors and their roles. Many haven’t disclosed their role at Apple at all, which is commonplace at a company that prides itself on secrecy. One example is Stanford pediatrician Rajiv Kumar, who has worked there for several years. CNBC was able to locate 20 physicians at Apple via LinkedIn searches and sources familiar, and other people said as many as 50 doctors work there. Apple has more than 130,000 employees globally.


Why Apple Products Keep Getting More Expensive

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:54, modified at 18:56

All Apple fans know that its products are not the cheapest out there. The argument always was that they were the best though, so that’s why they were the most expensive. Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and people accepted that. Recently, though, the cost of top-end Apple products rose faster than inflation. Some went up 20% or more this fall. The Washington Post took a look at how prices have changed, and why customers keep coming back.

Many Apple product prices are rising faster than inflation — faster, even, than the price of prescription drugs or going to college. Yet when Apple offers cheaper options for its most important product, the iPhone, Americans tend to take the more expensive choice. So while Apple isn’t charging all customers more, it’s definitely extracting more money from frequent upgraders.

Some People Trying to Crowdfund YouTube Piracy

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:49

Engadget reports that certain YouTube channels are trying to crowdfund their YouTube piracy. Plenty of pirated content is available on the platform, and some accounts are asking for donations.

[YouTube TV on Apple TV, a Cord-Cutter’s Dream]

YouTube Pirates

Edgar Alvarez discovered YouTube’s dark secret while stumbling upon episodes of Kitchen Nightmares. There are entire channels that do nothing but upload KN episodes, and of course they aren’t affiliated with Fox, which owns the rights to the show.YouTube logo

And the owner of a certain channel asked viewers for donations to fund the uploading of this copyrighted content. This same owner even has a Patreon page with various levels of contribution. Thankfully they don’t have any patrons.

But companies like Patreon don’t have a legal liability unless they receive a complaint from the content owner. A spokesperson for Patreon said:

Creators uploading copyrighted content is against our terms of use. We take action against this content when rights holders send us a copyright notice.

[Apple Admits Video Platform Defeat to YouTube]

Phone Number Lookup: See Your Public Data Profile

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:25, modified on 2018-12-14 14:31

Keepsafe is launching a phone number lookup service. Text “Hello” to (855) 228-4539 and it will send you a small report of public data associated with your phone number.

Keepsafe co-founder and CEO Zouhair Belkoura said that while marketers are able to access this information with relative ease, it’s difficult for consumers to check. “We said, ‘Why don’t we make it super easy?’” he said. “Here’s a number you can text that tells you what information is publicly available.”

I’m pleased to report that my phone number isn’t publicly associated with certain information in any way, like my name, home address, age, gender, carrier, and associated people. In my privacy score, they did figure out what carrier I use, as well as the zip code of my former home town. But again, no actual address. Although it sounds like Keepsafe uses your number for marketing, in the ultimate act of irony.

Apple Building New $1bn Campus in Austin

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 18:07, modified at 18:09

Apple announced on Thursday that it is building a new 133 acre, $1 billion, campus in Austin, Texas. It also revealed that it will build new spaces in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City. Furthermore, it will expand its operations in cities such as Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.

Apple Building Campus

Apple Growing in the Lone Star State

Apple said that it will build a new campus in North Austin. The 133-acre site is less than a mile from its current Austin base. The new campus will initially have 5,000 employees working there, with the capacity to accommodate 15,000 eventually. Staff at the new facility will have jobs in engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales, and customer support. Apple will invest $1bn into the project.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott welcomed the announcement. He said: [Apple’s] decision to expand operations in our state is a testament to the high-quality workforce and unmatched economic environment that Texas offers. I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State.”

Apple currently employees 6,200 people in Austin. The city has the largest population of Apple employees aside from Cupertino.

Nationwide Investment and Job Creation

Apple said that it will expand its employee base over the next three years. It aims to have 1,000 employees in each of Seattle, San Diego and Culver City. It added that it will employ hundreds more people in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston and Portland, Oregon. “Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code,” said Mr. Cook. “With this new expansion we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide.”

Apple announced a major job creation drive in January. On Thursday, it said that it now employees 90,000 people across all 50 U.S. states and reaffirmed that it is on track to create 20,000 U.S. jobs by 2023. In 16 states the company currently employees over 1,000 people. Apple Stores alone are responsible for 1.5 million jobs.

The company also announced it will invest $10 billion in US data centers over the next five years, including $4.5 billion in 2018 and 2019. It is currently expanding data centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada and preparing to open a new data center in Waukee, Iowa.

Pick up a Costco Mac at a $50 to $200 Discount

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 15:52

Yesterday Costo started selling Macs on its website, and you can pick up a Costco Mac and get a US$50 to US$200 discount.

[Apple Launches Online Store for U.S. Military and Veterans with 10% Discount]

Costco Mac Discounts

The website sells the latest MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac models. Some of them include an AppleCare+ plan as well. You’ll have to be a member of Costco to take advantage of these deals, and there is a limit of two per customer.

For example, the base model 2018 MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage starts at US$999 at Costco. The same model costs US$1,199 at Apple.com.

image of costco mac website

Costco is accepting pre-orders right now, and Macs are expected to begin shipping during the week of December 17.

[Apple Sells Refurbished iPads With 15% Discount]

Chronicle is a Beautiful App That Gives You Bill Reminders

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 15:33

I recently started using Chronicle for bill reminders and I’m glad I found it. The app gives you a calendar view, along with a list of bills that you enter. Name the bill, add a category, amount, and due date, and forget about it. Plus, Chronicle syncs with the available Mac version via iCloud, so you can view and pay your bills everywhere. In addition to reminding you to pay your bills, Chronicle keeps track of all your payment history, including confirmation numbers, so you always have proof of payments. New to Chronicle is the Pro version. Available as an in-app purchase, Chronicle Pro gives you access to all new features of Chronicle as they are updated. Chronicle Pro is US$3.99/year and gives you features like Amount to Save, Intelligent Estimated Amount Due, and Forecast View. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

A List of iPad Keyboard Shortcuts for Apple Apps

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 15:10

Using keyboard shortcuts is a quick way to perform actions. macOS has its own set of shortcuts, and I’ve put together a list of iPad keyboard shortcuts. These work in Apple apps, although third-party apps may have their own set of shortcuts.

[Yes, iPad Pro CAN Replace A Computer]


  • Command + Tab: App switcher
  • Command + Space: System-wide search
  • Command + Shift + H: Navigate to home screen
  • Shift + Tab: Return to the previous field

While Editing Text:

  • Command + A: Select all text
  • Command + X: Cut
  • Command + V: Paste
  • Command + Z: Undo
  • Command + Shift + Z: Redo
  • Option + Left: Move cursor one word to the left
  • Option + Right: Move cursor one word to the right
  • Option + Shift + Left arrow: Select previous word
  • Option + Shift + Right arrow: Select next word


  • Command + T: Open new tab
  • Command + W: Close open tab
  • Control + Tab: Show next tab
  • Control + Shift + Tab: Show previous tab
  • Command + R: Reload current Web page
  • Command + F: Opens find
  • Command + L: Access address field
  • Command + Shift + R: Open Reader mode 


  • Command + N: New email
  • Command + R: Reply
  • Command + Shift + R: Reply all
  • Command + Shift + F: Forward
  • Command + Shift + N: Get all new mail
  • Command + Shift + J: Mark email as junk
  • Command + Shift + L: Flag email
  • Command + Shift + U: Mark email as unread
  • Command + Option + F: Search mailbox
  • Command + Up arrow: View previous email
  • Command + Down arrow: View next email

While Composing an Email:

  • Command + Shift + D: Send email
  • Command + Option + B: Add Bcc recipients
  • Command + M: Minimize draft


  • Command + F: Find Note
  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + T: Set in title (H1) format
  • Command + Option + H: Set in heading (H2) format
  • Command + Option + L: Add checklist box
  • Command + N: New note


  • Ctrl + Left arrow: Go to beginning
  • Ctrl + Right arrow: Go to end
  • Shift + Left arrow: Go back 10 frames
  • Shift + Left arrow: Go forward 10 frames
  • Command + B: Split selected clip
  • Command + Shift + Plus: Zoom in
  • Command + Minus: Zoom out
  • Option + [: Trim clip start
  • Option + ]: Trim clip end
  • Command + Option + B: Detach audio
  • Command + Shift + M: Mute audio in selected clip
  • Ctrl + S: show audio waveforms


  • Command + 1: Go to day view
  • Command + 2: Go to week view
  • Command + 3: Go to month view
  • Command + 4: Go to year view
  • Command + T: Show today
  • Command + R: Refresh calendars
  • Command + F: Search
  • Command +N: New event


  • Command + N: New contact entry
  • Command + F: Search

Apple Maps

  • Command + 1: Standard view
  • Command + 2: Transit view
  • Command + 3: Satellite view
  • Command + F: Find


While editing a document:

  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + C: Copy style
  • Command + Shift + K: Add comment
  • Command + Shift + W: Show word count
  • Command + F: Find in document
  • Command + R: Show/Hide ruler
  • Command + N: New document

When an object or section of text is selected:

  • Command + D: Duplicate
  • Command + L: Lock position
  • Command + Option + Shift + F: Send to front layer
  • Command + Option + Shift + B: Send to back layer


  • Command + Option + P: Play slideshow
  • Command + Option + A: Show transitions and builds
  • Command + Option + N: Show presenter notes
  • Command + N: New presentation
  • Command + F: Find
  • Command + Shift + K: Add comment

When an object or section of text is selected:

  • Command + D: Duplicate
  • Command + L: Lock position
  • Command + Option + Shift + F: Send to front layer
  • Command + Option + Shift + B: Send to back layer 

While editing text:

  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + C: Copy style


  • Command + Control + I: Show reminder details
  • Command + N: New reminder

[Apple Pencil 2 is the iPad Pro’s Mouse]

Give Up Your Phone for a Year and Win $100,000 From Vitaminwater

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 14:49

Vitaminwater is willing to pay US$100,000 to anyone who can give up their smartphone for an entire year. If you last six months you’ll get US$10,000.

The contest rules clarify that your cell phone is likely a smartphone if it can get on the internet and texting is a pleasant experience. It also clarifies that tablets also aren’t allowed and neither is using someone else’s smartphone. The rules don’t go into detail about how the year-long technology abstinence will be proven, but the company indicates that a lie detector test is involved.

As tempting as $100k sounds I wouldn’t be able to give up my iPhone for a year.

15 Senators Introduce American Privacy Bill

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 14:39

Unlike Europe the United States doesn’t have GDPR, but that could change with the introduction of an American privacy bill put forth by 15 Senators.

[White House Proposes an American GDPR]

American Privacy Bill

Back in September, Rep. Suzan DelBene, a Democrat from Washington, introduced a privacy bill that would change the way consumer data is protected. Then in November Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon introduced a bill that would give CEOs jail time for lying in mandatory reports to the FTC.

image of senator ron wyden

Now, a group of 15 Senators have introduced a bill called the Data Care Act [PDF]. It will require companies that collect customer data to take reasonable steps to keep it safe.

And it has provisions that prevent companies from using the data in ways that could harm consumers. It would be enforced by the FTC, and let states pursue their own legal actions against companies for privacy violations. In certain ways it seems similar to HIPAA, and how doctors handle patient information. Under the Data Care Act, companies have to fulfill three duties:

  1. Duty of Care: Companies need to reasonably secure individual identifying data from unauthorized access; and quickly inform users if unauthorized access (data breaches) have occurred.
  2. Duty of Loyalty: Companies can’t use individual identifying data in any way that benefits the company while harming the user, would result in physical or financial harm to the user, and would be offensive to a “reasonable” user.
  3. Duty of Confidentiality: Companies can’t disclose, sell, or share user data without the user’s permission. In cases where data is disclosed/sold/shared, the company has to take reasonable steps to ensure the recipient of the user data fulfills these same three duties.

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii who is one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a press release:

People have a basic expectation that the personal information they provide to websites and apps is well-protected and won’t be used against them.

The Data Care Act gives the FTC the power to fine companies for breaking this law, but doesn’t include jail time for CEOs. Read: [Proposed Bill Would Jail Executives Who Mishandle Customer Data]

What’s the Amount of Google Bias in Search? DuckDuckGo Finds Out

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 13:36

Last week DuckDuckGo published a study examining the amount of Google bias in products like Google Search. CEO Gabriel Weinberg then told Business Insider:

What [our study] does reveal, or at least suggests, is that Google’s collection and use of personal data, including location, which is then used to filter specific search results, is having an effect akin to the effects of a political bias. That is an important nuance often missed in these discussions.

First, there’s a big difference between what a study suggests, and what it reveals. Language is important. Second, like other studies, the first one is interesting, but more studies need to be done in the form of peer review. I’d be interested to see one from an independent party that doesn’t have Google as a competitor.

Get Free Bitcoins from 42 Faucets That Pay

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-13 01:00, modified at 01:06

[Update #107 December 12th, 2018:

  • Cointiply remains my favorite faucet and offerwall combo.
  • Added ClaimLitecoins to confirmed list.
  • Tested all faucets, updated some descriptions.
  • Bryan]

Skip to Faucet List

I’ve put together a list of Bitcoin faucets that pay. They won’t make you rich, but I test and monitor my list to make sure they pay. If you need more info on Bitcoins, check out my Bitcoin primer or my faucet guide, How to Make Money with Bitcoin Faucets.

Bitcoins Raining Down

Bitcoin Faucets that Pay

Bitcoin faucets work by paying out tiny fractions of a Bitcoin in exchange for loading a page full of ads. Other sites pay Bitcoins for watching videos or doing tasks.

You’ll need a Bitcoin wallet, either a standalone client-side wallet or a cloud-based wallet like Blockchain.info or CoinBase. Other wallets: DogecoinEthereum (CoinBase also supports Ethereum), Bitcoin cash (BTC.com).

Get Free Bitcoins from Bitcoin Faucets that Pay

Coin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Check
Cointiply Bitcoin 200 – 300,000 satoshis 60 Mins Faucet Hub 35,000 Coins Top paying faucet! Not weighted, either, and they pay a bonus if you roll a prime number! 🤓 Offers games-that-pay-you and paid-for-clicks tasks. 12/12/18
Bitcoin 15-250 satoshis 5 Mins CoinPot Instant Redirects, pays more the longer page sits. Loyalty bonus that can double your payout. Now uses CoinPot. 12/12/18
Bitcoin 24 – 120 satoshis 15 Mins CoinPot Instant  Redirects, great faucet. Now uses CoinPot. 12/12/18
Bitcoin 9 – 2,700 satoshis 60 Mins Direct 30,000 satoshis Very good faucet, but has reduced payouts – see review for features 12/12/18
Bitcoin 10-35 satoshis Direct 60 Minutes 30,000 satoshis There is a lot going on with this faucet, including the main faucet, offerwalls, bonuses, and gambling (which we do not test). 12/12/18
CryptoMiningGame Multiple Variable Variable Weekly Variable A game faucet that pays to FauceHub. Do missions to increase payouts. Read full review for more. 12/12/18
Bitcoin Variable Daily Direct Variable Register, refer your friends, get free Bitcoins and several altcoins every day without even logging on. Added Bitcoin forks, automated payments. Highly recommended. [Update 12/12/98: Qoinpro is back online and balances are showing. Can’t put in for a withdrawal yet, but the company is making progress.] 12/12/18
Multi-CoinFaucet.com BitcoinEthereum Cryptocoin 24 satoshis (two faucets) Faucet
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SwissAdsPaysFaucet Bitcoin 22-8,659 satoshis Faucet
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TreasureBits Bitcoin 30 Satoshis FaucetHub 60 Minutes Instant BTC, Doge, and other cryptocurrencies faucet. Offers optional shortlinks for more rewards. Uses multiple CAPTCHAs, but is a very high paying faucet. 12/12/18
Allcoins.pw Bitcoin 9 satoshis 4 Mins Faucet Hub Manual Multi-crypto faucet. Pays to FaucetHub. Can register with just an email address. 12/12/18
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FreeBitcoin.io Bitcoin 5-460,000 satoshis 60 Minutes Direct 14,200 Pays direct to wallet. Uses a spin model for variable payouts, with most payouts at 5 satoshis. Get a code from their Twitter account for one extra spin every 12 hours. 12/12/18
FireFaucet Bitcoin Variable 3 Mins Faucet Hub Manual A so-called “auto faucet” that pays small claims for several cryptocurrencies every few minutes, but only when you have the page open. Withdraws to FaucetHub and does pay. 12/12/18
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Fautsy Bitcoin 6 satoshis 5 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Pays instantly to FaucetHub, with clean layout. 12/12/18
Bitcoin 6 satoshis 5 Mins Faucet Hub Manual Triple CAPTCHA 12/12/18
Bitemplum Bitcoin 75 satoshis Xapo Daily 10,000 satoshis Claim 15 satoshis five times per day, but can do all five at once. WARNING: CPU mines without permission, though it does pay a bonus. 12/12/18

Get Free Cardano from Cardano Faucets that Pay

Site Cryptocoin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
FreeCardano 39,000 Lovelaces 60 Mins Testing 1 Ada This is the first Cardano Ada faucet I’ve found—Cardano is a cryptocurrency I am very interested in. Withdrawals are direct to your wallet. Get a code from their Twitter account for one extra spin every 12 hours. 12/12/18

Get Free Bitcoin Cash from Bitcoin Cash Faucets that Pay

Coin Range Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
Bitcoin Cash 81-400 satoshis 5 Mins CoinPot Instant Redirects, pays more the longer page sits. Loyalty bonus that can double your payout. Now uses CoinPot. Recently moved to MoonBitcoin.cash. 12/12/18
Claim BCH Bitcoin Cash 17-57 satoshis 5 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Lots of redirects. Use the short links to add significantly to your claims. 12/12/18

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Coin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Laste Checked
Dashcoin 30-160 dash 5 Mins CoinPot Instant Redirects, pays more the longer page sits. Loyalty bonus that can double your payout. Now uses CoinPot, where you can convert to Bitcoin. 12/12/18
CryptoMiningGame Multiple Variable Variable Weekly Variable A game faucet that pays to FauceHub. Do missions to increase payouts. Read full review for more. 12/12/18
Dashcoin 81-10,000 dash 60 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Redesigned site, much cleaner and easier to use. New login required. Payout includes 1 lottery ticket. 12/12/18
Claim Dash Dashcoin 28-104 dash 1 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Redirects. Use the short links to add significantly to your claim. 12/12/18
Dashcoin 203 dash 5 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Redirects, triple CAPTCHA, pays 250 Dash flat direct to FaucetHub. [Update 12/12/2018: faucet currently dry.] 12/12/18
Dashcoin 150-300 dash 5 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Redirects, triple CAPTCHA, pays Dash direct to FaucetHub. 12/12/18

Get Free Litecoin from Litecoin Faucets that Pay

Coin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
112-1,200 litoshi 5 Mins CoinPot Instant Like the other Moon faucets, this one pays more the longer you go between claims. Loyalty bonus can double your payout. Pays to CoinPot, where you can convert to Bitcoin. 12/12/18
CryptoMiningGame Multiple Variable Variable Weekly Variable A game faucet that pays to FauceHub. Do missions to increase payouts. Read full review for more. 12/12/18
ClaimLitecoins 3,900-4,400 litoshis 1 Mins Faucet Hub Instant Redirects. Multiple CAPTCHAs. Notice the flat payoff, making the average just above 4,000 litoshis as of this writing. 12/12/18
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Coin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
Cointiply Dogecoin 70 – 14,000 satoshis 60 Mins Faucet Hub 35,000 Coins New top paying faucet! Not weighted, either, and they pay a bonus if you roll a prime number! 🤓 Offers games-that-pay-you and paid-for-clicks tasks. 12/12/18
Dogecoin .04 – 1 Doge 5 Mins CoinPot Instant Redirects, pays more the longer page sits. Loyalty bonus that can double your payout. Pays to Coinpot, where you can convert to Bitcoin. 12/12/18
Dogecoin 0.09 – 17 Doge 60 Mins Direct 6 Doge  Twin to FreeBitco.in, very good faucet. 12/12/18
TreasureBits Dogecoin 30 Satoshis FaucetHub 60 Minnutes Instant BTC and Doge faucet. Offers optional shortlinks for more rewards. Uses multiple CAPTCHAs. 12/12/18
CryptoMiningGame Multiple Variable Variable Weekly Variable A game faucet that pays to FauceHub. Do missions to increase payouts. Read full review for more. 12/12/18
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(Ethereum faucet payouts listed to the 8th decimal, though Ethereum has a 9th. This is to match the way faucets list their own payouts)

Coin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
SwissAdsPaysEthFaucet Ethereum Cryptocoin 48 gwei 60 Mins Faucet Hub 200,000 gwei Best paying Ethereum faucet, lottery. 12/12/18
Multi-CoinFaucet.com BitcoinEthereum Cryptocoin 22 gwei (times two faucets) 60 Mins Faucet Hub 200,000 gwei There are two faucets (Dice Rolland Earn > Faucet) for both Bitcoin and Ethereum. Pays out to FaucetHub, lottery. 12/12/18
CryptoMiningGame Multiple Variable Variable Weekly Variable A game faucet that pays to FauceHub. Do missions to increase payouts. Read full review for more. 12/12/18
Ethereum-Faucet.org Ethereum Cryptocoin 25 gwei 60 Mins Faucet Hub Direct Redesigned site, much cleaner and easier to use. New login required. Payout includes 1 lottery ticket. 12/12/18
Speedy Eth Ethereum Cryptocoin 24-104 gwei 5 Mins Faucet Hub 7500 gwei Straight forward faucet that pays out direct. Use the “Short Links” to add to your claim. 12/12/18

Task Sites that Pay in Bitcoin

Site Cryptocoin Range (Estimated) Payouts Period Withdrawal Special Notes Last Checked
Cointiply Bitcoin Variable Direct Variable 35,000 Coins Videos, website visits, surveys, app downloads, games-that-pay-you, all with high payouts. 12/12/18
BitGames.io Bitcoin Variable Direct Variable 150,000 “Coins” Site features a great faucet and several offerwalls for tasks, videos, and more. 12/12/18
Bitcoin Variable Direct Variable 50,000 satoshis BitcoinGet has a good track record. Surveys, video watching, tasks, and other offers. Pay close attention to what information you’re willing to give for these offers. 12/12/18
Bitcoin Variable Direct Variable 30,000 satoshis Surveys, video watching, tasks, and other offers. Pay close attention to what information you’re willing to give for these offers. 12/12/18
EarnCrypto.com Bitcoin Variable Direct Variable Variable Site dedicated to offerwalls, including my favorites, EngageMe.TV and CrowdFlower. Supports scores of cryptoccurencies, allowing you to choose which one you earn for doing tasks. 12/12/18


Site Cryptocoin Range (Estimated) Period Payouts Withdrawal Special Notes
FreeCardano 30,000 Lovelaces 60 Mins Testing Testing This is the first Cardano Ada faucet I’m testing—Cardano is a cryptocurrency I am very interested in. Help me test it for withdrawals.
Instant-BTC Bitcoin Variable 5 Minutes Xapo Variable Update 9/1/2018: Site hasn’t paid in weeks.
Bitcoin-Faucet.com Bitcoin 51-2,279 satoshis 60 Minutes Direct Testing Straight forward faucet.
Yannik.biz Bitcoin Up to 80 satoshis Variable Direct 15,000 satoshis Pays more the longer you wait, somewhat like Moon Bitcoin.
CryptoFarmer Bitcoin Variable Variable Variable Direct Gamified faucet. Slow going, but fun. See notes on page 2 for more.
BitcoinUpdate.net Bitcoin 25 satoshis 5 minutes Faucet Hub 500 satoshis Supposed to pay daily to FaucetHub with 500 satoshi minimum, which I AM testing. I am NOT testing any of their so-called doubling features.
EthereumFaucet.info Ethereum Cryptocoin 1,000 – 5,000 gwei 60 Minutes Direct 250,000 gwei Uses redirects, but is otherwise straight-forward. Payout minimum is HIGH.
Bitcoinker.com Bitcoin 4 satoshis 5 Minutes Direct 20,000 satoshis Hasn’t paid since April of 2018.
BoxBit.co Bitcoin 1-100 satoshis 15 Minutes Direct 35,000 satoshis Uses a choose-the-box metaphor, with a second-chance option if you don’t like what you got. Drastically lowered payments due to ad revenue issue.

Faucets That Are Scams Or Ran Dry

Unfortunately, some faucets run dry, while others are scams from the getgo. See Page 2 for a list of faucets that have shut down, ran dry, or are scams.

Next: Faucet Descriptions with more detail 

Page 2 – Detailed Descriptions of Bitcoin Faucets that Pay

Cointiply Review

Contiply is a brand new faucet that pays out to FaucetHub or direct-to-wallet. It’s the new top-paying faucet in my Guide, and they have a “Cointiplier” feature that pays more for those who use more of the site, especially offerwalls. Cointiply pays in Coins pegged to the dollar, with both dollar and satoshi value shown at the top of your page. The faucet isn’t weighted, either—I’ve won every prize except the jackpot, which is a 1:99,999 chance. Oh, and they pay out a 71 Coin bonus if you roll a prime number! 🤓 ❤

The Cointiply Faucet

They have all the best offerwalls, and have become my top site for tasks-for-Bitcoin. Add Cointiply to your must-do list.

Moon Bitcoin Review

Moon Bitcoin adds 1 satoshi to its payout every few seconds. The longer you wait, the slower those satoshis get added, but they add up, maxing out in 24 hours. There’s also a loyalty bonus that adds 1% for every consecutive day you claim. It maxes out at 100%, meaning you can double your claims if you don’t miss a day. It pays out to CoinPot and has been operational for years.

BonusBitcoin Review

BonusBitcoin is straightforward, but you must register with a valid email address. It’s fast and is one of the best faucets, and now pays out to CoinPot.

Qoinpro.com Review

Qoinpro.com [is back online and showing balances – 10/12/2018]. They pay out coins every day to raise awareness. Refer your friends and get referral bonuses several layers deep. Recently automated withdrawals, added several Bitcoin forks, and is adding Ethereum in the near future. I strongly recommend signing up for this one.

FreeBitco.in Review

FreeBitco.in is a great Bitcoin faucet. It’s operated for years and pays on time every week. FreeBitco.in has bonuses that bring users even more value. [Update 7/20/2018: Freebitco.in has reduced its lowest tier payout to 1/3 of what it used to be as the company tries to shift its immense membership to its gambling games.]

The faucet works on a random “roll” that pays more the higher you roll. I’ve hit the third payout many times and the second tier many more. It’s heavily weighted to the lower payouts.

The first bonus is a weekly lottery where you get two lottery “tickets” with every roll. You can also buy tickets. There are 10 prizes every week—recently from 2 or more BTC. You also earn two Reward Points (RP) with every roll, and each RP is worth 2 satoshis, or you can trade them for goods or to activate boosts.

Bitgames.io Review

Bitgames.io has a lot going on. The main faucet is hourly, and pays out 200-2,000 “coins” tied to the value of Bitcoin. There are also tasks, surveys, offers, and promotions for the most active users. I’ve earned the most from letting videos play in the background. Recently redesigned – look for the pickaxe icon to get to the faucet. They pay within 24 hours.

Multi-coinFaucet.com Review

Multi-CoinFaucet.com has two faucets for Bitcoin and two faucets for Ethereum, and you’ll need an address for both to register. Both currencies have a “Roll Dice” faucet and a second faucet under the Earn pulldown menu. Do both once per hour. I recommend using FaucetHub or CoinBase for Bitcoin payouts. [Update 1/23/2018:Back payments continue going out. – Bryan]


SwissAdsPaysFaucet uses the same engine as Multi-coinFaucet and has a high payout. The minimum withdrawal is high, at 80,000 satoshis. [Update 1/23/2018:Resumed payouts! – Bryan]

CryptoMiningGame Review

CryptoMiningGame is a gaming faucet. The first thing is that the “game” doesn’t use your CPU—it’s not browser mining, though there is a browser mining option. Instead, you virtually “mine” Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Dash, Ethereum, and others by leaving their window open, starting off with just a little and doing more as you gain levels. Do Missions to gain XP and raise your level to earn more. There are additional cryptocurrencies you can earn, too. Make sure to do the daily Bonus. Payouts are through FaucetHub, twice a week.

TreasureBits Review

TreasureBits is a new FaucetHub faucet that pays instantly. There are Bitcoin and Doge options, plus other ways to earn, such as optional short links.

Premium BTC Faucet Review

Premium BTC Faucet pays instantly to FaucetHub, and pays pretty well at 20 satoshis. It’s straight forward and easy to use. Has multiple CAPTCHAs.

Allcoins.pw Review

Allcoins.pw is, as the name suggests, a multi-cryptocurrency faucet. They offer other ways to earn cryptocurrency, too. Straight forward, easy to use, pays out to FaucetHub on a manual withdrawal.

GetCoinFree Review

GetCoinFree pays out to FaucetHub. Recently changed to a 15 minute faucet that is the highest paying, by far. Payments have been quick.

Bitfun.co Review

Bitfun.co pays in bitcoins while you play games with ads. They have offers, as well as gambling (that I’m not testing). Withdraw immediately to CoinPot.

FireFaucet Review

FireFaucet is an auto faucet, which means that it pays out very small amounts every few minutes without you having to do anything. The catch, so to speak, is you have to have the webpage open front and center for that to work. They also limit the number of claims you can make in a day, with various options for earning more claims. They pay out to FaucetHub on a manual withdrawal.

BitcoinFaucet BTC Review

BitcoinFaucet BTC is four faucets in one: Bitcoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, and Blackcoin. They’re fast, with manual withdrawals to FaucetHub.

DailyFreeBits Review

DailyFreeBits now pays out to FaucetHub with a minimum withdrawal of 500 satoshis. Register your Bitcoin address at FaucetHub to make those manual withdrawals.

BitcoinFaucet.tk Review

BitcoinFaucet.tk is another old school faucet that survived the faucet apocalypse. Load the page, enter your address, solve the CAPTCHA, submit. The site pays out every seven days on manual withdrawals. Minimum payout is 3,730 satoshis.

Fautsy Review

Fautsy pays instantly to FaucetHub. It’s a 5 minute faucet, so it doesn’t pay a lot per claim, but those claims are fast, and it’s worth adding to your routine.

Bitemplum Review

Bitemplum pays 15 satoshis per claim for 5 claims per day to Xapo. WARNING: Automines without permission.

Cardano Ada Faucets that Pay

FreeCardano Review

FreeCardano is the first Cardano Ada faucet Ive found. It pays 39,000 Lovelaces per claim, with a chance at higher payouts. You can also get a code from their Twitter account for one extra spin every 12 hours. Pays out to your Cardano wallet. Cardano Ada is a cryptocurrency I am very interested in. It has a lot of next-gen features (many still in development), and if they meet their targets, Cardano could be very useful.

Bitcoin Cash Faucets that Pay

Moon Cash Review

Moon Bitcoin Cash adds 1 satoshi to its payout every few seconds. The longer you wait, the slower those satoshis get added, but they add up, maxing out in 24 hours. There’s also a loyalty bonus that adds 1% for every consecutive day you claim. It maxes out at 100%, meaning you can double your claims if you don’t miss a day. It pays out to CoinPot. Recently moved to MoonBitcoin.cash.

Claim BCH Review

Forumcoin.win BCH is Forumcoin.win’s Bitcoin Cash faucet. Pays directly to FaucetHub. Use the short links to add significantly to your claim.

CoinMine BCH Review

CoinMine BCH is a Bitcoin Cash faucet that pays directly to FaucetHub. Uses redirects, and pays instantly. Not resolving as of 9/1/2018.

GetFreeCo.in BCH Review

GetFreeCo.in BCH is a Bitcoin Cash faucet that pays directly to FaucetHub. Uses redirects, and pays instantly. Pays a flat 50 satoshis. Not resolving as of 9/1/2018.

Dash Faucets that Pay

Moon Dashcoin Review

Moon Dashcoin is part of the Moon faucet family, and it adds dash every few seconds. The longer you wait, the slower those litoshis get added, but they add up, maxing out in 24 hours. There’s also a loyalty bonus that adds 1% for every consecutive day you claim. It maxes out at 100%, meaning you can double your claims if you don’t miss a day. All Moon faucets pay out to CoinPot, where you can exchange your altcoins for Bitcoin. That makes Moon Dash worth doing even if you don’t want Litecoin.

Dash-Faucet.com Review

Dash-Faucet.com pays out to FaucetHub requiring a manual withdrawal. Newly redesigned with a much cleaner interface. Pays out well, and each spin earns a lottery ticket, a feature I love.

Claim Dash Review

Claim Dash pays directly to FaucetHub. Has redirects. Use the short links to add significantly to your claim.

Hotcoins.cf Review

Hotcoins.cf pays a flat 100 dash instantly to FaucetHub. It’s a fast, 5 minute faucet. Straight forward.

Bitcoin-S Dash Review

Bitcoin-S Dash pays a flat 250 dash instantly to FaucetHub. Straight forward.

8raa.com Review

8raa.com pays instantly to FaucetHub. Uses a triple CAPTCHA.

Litecoin Faucets that Pay

Moon Litecoin Review

Moon Litecoin is part of the Moon faucet family, and it adds litoshi every few seconds. The longer you wait, the slower those litoshis get added, but they add up, maxing out in 24 hours. There’s also a loyalty bonus that adds 1% for every consecutive day you claim. It maxes out at 100%, meaning you can double your claims if you don’t miss a day. All Moon faucets pay out to CoinPot, where you can exchange your altcoins for Bitcoin. That makes Moon Litecoin worth doing even if you don’t want Litecoin.

ClaimLitecoins Review

ClaimLitecoins pays instantly and directly to FaucetHub, and isn’t related to the site reviewed below. Has redirects and uses multiple CAPTCHAs. Pays pretty well, and the payout is flat (meaning a narrow spread between least to most).

Claim LTC Review

Claim LTC pays directly to FaucetHub. Has redirects. Make sure to do the short links to add significantly to your claims.

Forumcoin Litecoin Review

Forumcoin Litecoin is a straightforward faucet. Visit the “Short Link” for a 600 litoshi bonus on each claim. Pays immediately to FaucetHub.

AleksCoin Litecoin Review

AleksCoin Litecoin is a Litecoin faucet. It uses redirects and a double CAPTCHA, but posts odds of winning, recent payouts, and faucet balance. Pays immediately to FaucetHub.

Dogecoin Faucets that Pay

Moon Dogecoin Review

Moon Dogecoin is the sister site to Moon Bitcoin and works the same way. There’s also a loyalty bonus that adds 1% for every consecutive day you claim. It maxes out at 100%, meaning you can double your claims if you don’t miss a day. All Moon faucets pay out to CoinPot, where you can exchange your altcoins for Bitcoin. That makes Moon Dogecoin worth doing even if you don’t want Dogecoin.

FreeDoge.co.in Review

FreeDoge.co.in is the sister site to FreeBitco.in, only it pays out in Dogecoin (you’ll need a Dogecoin wallet). This faucet works the same as its big sister, minus the Lottery and Rewards. [Update 7/20/2018:FreeDoge.co.in has reduced its lowest tier payout to 1/3 of what it used to be as the company tries to shift its immense membership to its gambling games.]

TreasureBits Review

TreasureBits is a new FaucetHub faucet that pays instantly. There are Bitcoin and Doge options, plus other ways to earn, such as optional short links.

Doge-Faucet.com Review

Doge-Faucet.com pays out to FaucetHub requiring a manual withdrawal. Newly redesigned with a much cleaner interface. Pays out well, and each spin earns a lottery ticket, a feature I love.

Eaglezz Dogecoin Review

Eaglezz Dogecoin pays out directly to FaucetHub, and uses a double CAPCTHA.

Ethereum Faucets that Pay


SwissAdsPaysEthFaucet is part of the MultiCoinFaucet family, but it focuses on Ethereum only. It’s also the highest paying Ethereum faucet. It has a lottery and other features.

MultiCoinFaucet Review

MultiCoinFaucet has two faucets for Bitcoin and two faucets for Ethereum, and you’ll need an address for both to register. Both currencies have a “Roll Dice” faucet and a second faucet under the Earn pulldown menu. Do both once per hour. Pays out to FaucetHub.

Ethereum-Faucet.org Review

Ethereum-Faucet.org pays out to FaucetHub requiring a manual withdrawal. Newly redesigned with a much cleaner interface. Pays out well, and each spin earns a lottery ticket, a feature I love.

Speedy Eth Review

Speedy Eth is part of the Forumcoin.win empire, and pays Ethereum directly to FauceHub. Use the shortlinks to add significantly to your claim.

BitcoinFaucet Ethereum Review

BitcoinFaucet Ethereum is four faucets in one: Bitcoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash, and Blackcoin. They’re fast, with manual withdrawals to FaucetHub.

Task Sites that Pay in Bitcoin

Cointiply Review

Contiplyhas a great faucet, but they also have several more than 16 offerwalls, including Tap Research, Adscend, MinuteStaff, Adgate Media, Revenue Wall, and several more. Every faucet pays out different rates for offerwalls, and Cointiply’s rates are higher than the other offerwalls I’ve tested. They also have ad-supported video games that pay you to play.

Bitgames.io Review

Bitgames.io has a lot going on. The main faucet is hourly, and pays out 200-2,000 “coins” tied to the value of Bitcoin. There are also tasks, surveys, offers, and promotions for the most active users. I’ve earned more than a million coins with these tasks. There are also gambling games, which I don’t test. They pay within 24 hours of withdrawing.

BitcoinReward Review

BitcoinReward pays users for taking surveys, watching videos, or doing other tasks. I’ve done a bunch of tasks over the years, and BitcoinReward has consistently paid out for many years.

BitcoinGet Review

BitcoinGet is a good tasks-for-BTC site, and the longest operating service. In addition to videos and surveys, BitcoinGet has tasks and “offers.” Pay very close attention to those offers and make sure you’re doing what you think they’re doing. BitcoinGet has been stable for many years.

EarnCrypto.com Review

EarnCrypto.com is a dedicated offerwall and task site. What makes them unusual is that you can choose which cryptocurrency you want to earn. They support more than 50, too, making it easy to collect the cryptocurrency of your choice. Note that they have EngageMe.TV and CrowdFlower, two of my favorite offerwalls.



FreeCardano is the first Cardano Ada faucet I’m testing. It pays 30,000 Lovelaces per claim, and is a straight-forward faucet. Help me test it!


Bitcoin-faucet.com is straight forward faucet that just came back online. We’re testing anew for withdrawals.


BitcoinUpdate.net is a straight-forward FaucetHub faucet. At 25 satoshis per claim, it’s one of the best 5 minute faucets. The site says it pays daily to FaucetHub, which I am testing. Note that I am NOT testing any of their so-called doubling services. [Update 7/20/2018:Testing anew.]


EthereumFaucet.info pays 400-5,000 gwei every 60 minutes, with a small chance to win more. It has some aggressive redirects, but it’s straight-forward. [Update 7/20/2018:Still testing.]


BoxBit.co uses a choose-the-box metaphor. Click or tap a treasure chest to get satoshis. If you don’t like your result, you get a second chance. You must then click through a CAPTCHA to have the reward credited to your account. There’s a “big game” bonus once you’ve claimed 30 times. [Update 7/20/2018: Still testing.]

Bitcoin Faucet Warnings

MyBitHouse shut down, but says they’re trying to pay backpayments.

CryptoFarmer is a scam. DO NOT DEPOSIT ON CRYPTOFARMER!I had fun building my farm for free but this site does not pay out.

BTC Matrix (no link) is nothing more than a ponzi scheme as near as I can figure out. I don’t recommend BTC Matrix—should I learn anything new, I will update this description.

Heads Up

Keep your eyes open for new faucets—drop a note in the comments or email me through my TMO profile page.

Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2019

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If you think AI technology is amazing and revolutionary, this article may well make your head spin. At Forbes, Lauren deLisa Coleman writes: “Fasten your seatbelts. Here’s what a few influencers in the arena say is on tap for 2019.” One that caught my eye is the open sourcing of AI code. (What could go wrong?)

What to Expect From Apple’s Health Monitoring in the Future

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 23:11, modified at 23:12

Apple is emerging as a key player in health monitoring. Here’s how we can expect the technology to evolve over the next few years. Here’s how I think the technology ill evolve over time.

ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4

1. Early Phase. First we had personal pulse and ECG monitoring. Then blood glucose monitoring will likely come next. This could be a special Apple Watch band or a device attached to the hand. There is already an FDA approved device for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) called Eversense. However….

These systems have been designed to monitor glucose by using a tiny sensor that’s inserted under the skin on the arm or abdomen and is attached to a monitor.

Apple will want to be involved in this next step, but it may be waiting for non-invasive technology to mature. For example, the glucose level in sweat is related to the glucose levels in blood.

2. Health Records. The next step is the organization of personal health care data. Apple has a description of that process on the iPhone. This can start to get scary for some customers, but we trust Apple with a lot of personal data already. Here’s Apple description.

When health record data is transferred from a healthcare institution to the Health app, it is encrypted and does not traverse Apple’s network. When a user’s iPhone is locked with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID, their health data in the Health app is encrypted on-device. If a user chooses to sync their health data with iCloud, it is encrypted while in transit and at rest.

A challenge for some people here is getting everything set up on the iPhone, organized and properly communicated.

3. Clinical Trials. Apple’s ResearchKit is just the beginning of the collection of group data that will help researchers better understand diseases. For example, via Apple:

Since its launch in 2015, the mPower app has enrolled over 10,000 participants, making it the largest Parkinson’s study in history — with 93 percent of participants never having taken part in any kind of research before. The app helps researchers better understand Parkinson’s disease by using the gyroscope and other iPhone features to measure dexterity, balance, gait, and memory. Researchers have gained greater insight into the factors that make symptoms better or worse, such as sleep, exercise, and mood.

Woman consulting with doctor remotely.

4. Remote Medicine. Doctors are already doing this on a small scale in remote locations where there are few physicians and travel is difficult. The practice of remote medicine will likely expand so that patients can contact doctors on the internet and provide realtime data of various medical parameters. Here’s a forecast: “What does the future of remote patient monitoring look like? Abbott executive Robert Ford weighs in.” For example:

Our CardioMEMS HF System… is another example of an easy-to-use wireless technology for remotely monitoring the heart’s performance, specifically pressure in the pulmonary artery. The device is implanted directly into the pulmonary artery through a minimally invasive procedure. It transmits information wirelessly to the physician, who can adjust the treatment plan if needed, even before patients feel symptoms and without requiring follow-up appointments or hospitalizations. The CardioMEMS HF System, when used by clinicians to manage heart failure, has been proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions.

5. Blood Chemistry. As sensors and blood chemistry laboratories become more and more miniaturized, it will be possible to embed blood chemistry analyzers in the bloodstream and get instant, evolving data on key parameters via the iPhone and/or Apple Watch. Some will be common to all patients, such as liver and kidney functions, and some values will be for specific conditions a patient may have.

This information will be uploaded to a physician, but also used by the patient in realtime to dictate when to take medications, more precisely, or even what to eat. To that end, the food industry may even develop products, driven by health data, that can customize the nutritional profile of locally prepared foods.

Apple’s Challenge

Apple faces several challenge in this field. There are many players. All want a piece of the technology and the ensuing money. If history is a guide, key players will try to go their on way and dominate the market. Other players, perhaps even governments, will lobby for access as the data becomes ever more valuable.

Just how Apple fits it, leverages its stance on privacy, and both works with and competes against other involved companies will determine whether Apple becomes a pioneer that fades over time or else becomes the leader in this space with evolving hardware, technology, and consumer favor.

Aressted Huawei Exec Granted Bail in Canada

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 19:44

A Canadian court granted bail to Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on Monday. She left jail following 10 days imprisonment. The arrest followed a request from the U.S, which is trying to extradite Ms. Meng.

huawei logo

Granted Bail

Ms. Meng was granted C$10 million ($7.5 million) bail in a court hearing in Vancouver, British Colombia (via Reuters). She must now wear an ankle monitor and stay at home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Five friends also pledged money and property equity as a guarantee that she will not leave Canada.

Ms. Meng is the daughter of Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei. Canadian police arrested her on December 1st at the request of the U.S. government. The Canadian Justice Minister will now decide whether there is a case to extradite Ms. Meng to the U.S. There she would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions and could be imprisoned for 30 years.

Trump Could Stop Extradition

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would intervene if the arrest and potential extradition caused national security issues or stopped a trade deal between the U.S. and China. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “We have already made clear our position to the United States and Canada, who should immediately correct their mistake and release Meng Wanzhou. Any person, especially if it is a leader of the United States, or a high-level figure, who is willing to make positive efforts to push this situation toward the correct direction, then that, of course, deserves to be well received.”

Apple Offers HomePod Discount Code to UK Apple Music Subscribers

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 19:41, modified at 21:32

LONDON – Apple offered Apple Music subscribers a significant discount on the new HomePod on Tuesday. UK subscribers were emailed a code giving them a discount of 15.6%.

HomePod with Apple Music

£50 Off HomePod

Apple sent out a discount code that gave UK Apple Music subscribers £50 off a new HomePod (via 9to5Mac). Apple normally sells the device for £319, bringing the price to £269 [Price corrected – Editor]. The code is valid until 16 December. At the time of this writing, U.S. Apple Music subscribers had not received an equivalent discount code.

At the end of November, Amazon announced that Apple Music subscribers will be able to use the service via the Amazon Echo. This new Amazon Echo skill will be available from 17 December, the day after this Apple offer ends. This discount may tempt some Apple Music subscribers who would have bought an Echo following that news to get a HomePod instead. Obviously, it also comes at the perfect time for Christmas shopping too. Apple Music costs $9.99 a month in the U.S., £9.99 in the UK.

Cloud-hosted Military Data, Password Offenders – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-12

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Sony Vice President Tamara Hunter Joins Apple

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 18:56, modified at 18:57

Tamara Hunter, vice president of casting at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is leaving the company to join Apple as head of casting (via Variety).

[Apple TV Guide: All of the Original Video Content [Update]]

Tamara Hunter

Ms. Hunter will be reporting to the co-directors of Apple’s video content efforts, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. These two men used to work at Sony as well. Under Sony Ms. Hunter worked on a lot of popular movies, like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Equalizer 2, Hotel Transylvania, and more.

Anticipation is high for Apple’s original programming efforts, and the announcement of the new platform will happen some time next year.

image of tamara hunter

[Apple’s tvOS 11.3 Will Support Dolby Vision on Sony 4K/UHD TVs]

Office 365 for Mac Gets Dark Mode

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 18:25, modified at 19:01

Microsoft has upgraded Office 365 for Mac and iOS. It introduced Dark Mode to the software suite and Apple’s Continuity Camera into Powerpoint, as well as some smaller additions.

Dark Mode Office 365

Office 365 Goes Dark

Microsoft introduced Dark Mode to the Office 365 suite for Mac. Users who upgraded to macOS Mojave can use it in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. Microsoft said that a dark background “is easier on the eyes in low-light environments.”

Continuity Camera

Microsoft also upgraded PowerPoint to incorporate Apple’s Continuity Camera feature, making it easier to add a picture taken on an iPhone directly into a slide. To use the feature, an iPhone and a computer running macOS Mojave need to be paired using Bluetooth. Whilst working on a PowerPoint slide, the linked device can be selected. A picture on that iPhone is then automatically inserted in that slide.

Other Upgraded Features

There were some small upgrades too. The catchily titled Version 16.20.18120801 included new proofreading tools for Powerpoint and the ability to maintain the appearance of text across different computers in Word.

Outlook got the option to block participants from forwarding a meeting request, a teams feature to help schedule online meetings and easily viewable meeting attendance lists. Microsoft upgraded Outlook on iOS too. Users got the option to add an explanation to a meeting cancellation notice.

Apple Watch ECG May Have Save This Man’s Life

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 18:24

Ed Dentel decided to reset his Apple after the new ECG function told him he had an irregular heartbeat. He is active and healthy so thought it must be wrong. But the ECG app kept telling him there was a problem. He told ABC News that he ended up going to his doctor,  who confirmed he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. This is an irregular heartbeat that can increase the likelihood of stroke, amongst other things. Mr. Dentel’s doctor said the Apple Watch may have saved his life.

Checking in, Dentel said he felt like a hypochondriac explaining that his watch told him something was wrong. But he was quickly given an EKG by a technician, who called for a doctor, who said, “Yup, you’re in AFib. This thing may have just saved your life.”

Chinese Hackers Responsible for Marriott Data Breach

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 18:18

Chinese hackers carried out the massive cyber attack against Marriott hotels that was revealed last month. The New York Times reported that the perpetrators are thought to work for the country’s civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. In total, 500 million records were stolen over a four year period, making it one of the biggest data breaches in history. The stolen data included customers’ personal details such as credit card and passport number.

The hackers…are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days. Those moves include indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military, according to four government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Sundar Pichai Did Not Deny Development of Censored Chinese Version of Google

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 16:13, modified at 18:23

Google CEO Sundar Pichai endured a grueling 3.5 hours of questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. At one point he even had to explain that his company doesn’t make iPhones. However, as Re/Code reported, Mr. Pichai did not use the hearing to deny that Google will make a version of its search tool for China that censors information.

Pichai could have used the opportunity to publicly scrap plans to build a version of his company’s core tool, code-named Dragonfly, that would block terms such as “human rights,” “Nobel Prize,” and “student protest” from search results in China. But when House Rep. David Cicilline asked Pichai point blank if, as CEO, he would rule out launching a “tool for surveillance and censorship in China,” Pichai deflected.

Scout FM Launches Station Creator Personal FM

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 15:33

Scout FM is a podcast radio service for iOS, and yesterday it released a feature called Station Creator. It lets users create their own personalized FM stations.

Once you have created a station, Scout FM does all the work for you. The station will automatically pick up new episodes and then play them in the order of your fondness to the show based on your listening habits. You can add or remove shows at any time.

I think it’s a cool concept, and it works differently than traditional podcast apps where you do everything manually.

Apple News Subscription Service Could Launch Spring 2019

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Apple is preparing to launch its Apple News subscription service, and it could happen in spring 2019. Not all publishers are on board though.

[Apple Hires Condé Nast Exec to Build Apple News]

Apple News Subscription

Apple acquired a news company called Texture earlier this year. Texture was an app that gave users unlimited access to about 200 magazines. Apple wants to boost its own news app, as well as its growing Services business.

screenshots of apple news

Eddy Cue and his team are trying to woo the media to offer content for the service. But media executives are worried that subscribers would abandon their subscriptions and only pay for the Apple service. Rightly so, because not many people would want to pay for the same service twice.

[Apple News puts Humans First]

CollegeHumor Launches Comedy App DROPOUT

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 15:06, modified at 15:25

DROPOUT features premium scripted and unscripted comedy content spanning original shows, mobile-first digital comics, and chat stories for new and returning series (e.g. Lonely and Horny Season 2, Troopers, See Plum Run). DROPOUT also features a members-only Discord channel that lets fans interact with each other and CollegeHumor talent. Features: Video: A native mobile player for optimal viewing and navigating. Player also supports display mirroring and content casting (AirPlay and Chromecast) to allow a lean-back experience. Comics: A rich, full screen experience that leverages the intuitive user experience of swiping. Comic images are full-bleed and hi-res, perfect for a mobile device. Chats: A tap-to-advance story featuring messages and images. Chats thrive natively on mobile, taking advantage of the instant messaging experience that people experience on their own mobile devices. You can try it free for a week with unlimited access to videos, comics, and chats. After that, plans start at US$3.99/month when you sign up for an annual membership. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Here are the Top 10 Worst 2018 Password Offenders

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-12 14:49

Dashlane put together a list of the top 10 worst 2018 password offenders. People, states, and companies make the list.

[Keychain 101: Getting Started with Apple’s Password Manager …]

Password Offenders

  1. Kanye West: In his infamous meeting at the White House, a camera captured him unlocking his iPhone with the passcode “000000.”
  2. The Pentagon: An audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found numerous cybersecurity vulnerabilities in several of the Pentagon’s systems. They were able to guess admin passwords in just nine seconds.
  3. Cryptocurrency Owners: The news cycle was rife with reports of people resorting to desperate measures (including hiring hypnotists) to attempt to recover/remember the forgotten passwords to their digital wallets.
  4. Nutella: Nutella came under fire when company encouraged its Twitter followers to use “Nutella” as their password. As if the advice wasn’t bad enough, the company sent out the ill-advised tweet to celebrate World Password Day
  5. U.K. Law Firms: Researchers in the United Kingdom found over one million corporate email and password combinations from 500 of the country’s top law firms available on the dark web. Making matters worse, most of the credentials were stored in plaintext.image of 2018 password offenders list
  6. Texas: The Lone Star State left over 14 million voter records exposed on a server that wasn’t password protected. This blunder meant that sensitive personal information from 77% of the state’s registered voters, including addresses and voter history, was left vulnerable.
  7. White House Staff: This year a staffer made the mistake of writing down his email login and password on official White House stationery. This mistake was exacerbated as he accidentally left the document at a Washington, D.C. bus stop.
  8. Google: An engineering student from Kerala, India hacked one of their pages and got access to a TV broadcast satellite. The student didn’t even need to guess or hack credentials; he logged in to the Google admin pages on his mobile device in using a blank username and password.
  9. United Nations: The organization tasked with maintaining international peace has a security problem. U.N. staff were using Trello, Jira, and Google Docs to collaborate on projects, but forgot to password protect many of their documents.
  10. University of Cambridge: A plaintext password left on GitHub allowed anyone to access the data of millions of people being studied by the university’s researchers.

It’s ironic that the Pentagon wants to store classified military secrets in the cloud when they don’t use strong passwords.

[U.S. Military Wants Classified Data Stored in the Cloud]