Connected #255: Addicted to the Thrill of Cyber Crime »

This week on the show:

Federico is just a pile of recurring automations now, so Myke and Stephen discuss the rollout of Apple Card and the macOS bounty program, before a dive into FileMaker’s history and recent rebranding and a discussion of moving on from the Apple Watch.

Not everyday you get to talk about ClarisWorks 1.0 coming to Windows.

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Kbase Article of the Week: Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI) Might Show 1280 x 800 as Maximum Resolution »

Just in case you thought the UltraFine Display being limited to 4K resolution when connected to a USB-C device like the MacBook or iPad Pro, as opposed to showing 5K resolution when connected over Thunderbolt 3, this sort of problem is not new:

When you connect an Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI) to your computer, you may find that the highest available resolution is 1280 x 800 even though the optimum resolution for the display is 2560 x 1600. This can happen if the display has a single-link DVI connection instead of a dual-link DVI connection.

FileMaker Inc. Rebrands as Claris »

Didn’t think this would be a story I’d ever link to, but here we are. Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch reports:

Remember Claris, the 1987 Apple spin-off that made applications like MacWrite, MacPaint and FileMaker? In 1998, Apple brought all of those products in-house again, with the exception of the low-code application platform FileMaker . With that move, Claris changed its name to FileMaker Inc. Today, however, the Claris name rises from the dead, as FileMaker Inc. is changing its name to Claris International. The name of the FileMaker product itself, though, remains the same.

According to the report, the company is launching Claris Connect, “a tool for integrating various cloud services and automating workflows between them.”

Mac Power Users #494: Our Home Offices »

This week on Mac Power Users:

David and Stephen talk about their home offices: how they are setup, what equipment and furnishings are used and — of course — what nerdy toys are around. Then, a discussion about the pros and cons of working from home.

In preparation for this episode, I put together this page showing photos of my studio.

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Review: Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller for HomeKit 

In a recent stay with John Voorhees, I noticed him asking Siri to open his garage door. He told me he was using the Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller, which he reviewed for MacStories earlier this year.

As someone who frequently worries about having left the garage door up after leaving, I knew this was a device I needed to check out, so I ordered one on the spot.

The controller is actually two separate components. The first plugs into power and runs small wires into the garage door opener itself:

The other part is a wireless transmitter that attaches to the garage door to tell HomeKit if the door is open or closed:

Setup was pretty straight forward. I had to take the panel off my door opener — after unplugging it, of course — and back out two screws to slip a new pair of wires onto the contacts. This method will vary opener to opener, but was easy enough on mine.

The beauty of this approach is that all other methods of opening and closing the door continue to work. In my garage’s case, that’s a pair of old-school wireless remotes and a doorbell-like button in the garage itself.

Those small wires join and plug into the main unit, which has a HomeKit barcode on the side to join it to the wireless network. I have pretty good coverage in my garage, but even so, the opener can be slow at times to report its status back to HomeKit, but more on that later.

Unlike many HomeKit devices, the Insignia doesn’t require its own iOS app to function; it talks directly to HomeKit and shows up in the Home app and is accessible via Siri. All of this just works without any configuration past adding the HomeKit device to the Home app.

In addition to the HomeKit and Siri control, the opener will send a push notification when the status of the door changes. These can be adjusted to be sent only during certain times of day or if certain people are or are not home.

My only complaint is that the device can be a little slow to respond to commands, and the UI in Home takes a moment to update after the door has changed status. The speed is by no means a deal breaker to have access to your garage door anywhere in the world, but it is a little annoying.

At the end of the day, the Insigina Garage Door Controller does what it advertises: puts your garage door on HomeKit with minimal fuss or disruption. HomeKit continues its slow march toward being a powerful, trustworthy system, and this is just another example of the ecosystem continuing to become more useful.

Ungeniused #84: Balloonfest ’86 »

This time on Ungeniused:

It sounds like releasing 1.5 million balloons to raise money would be a good idea, but in 1986, the people of Cleveland, Ohio learned that it is not.

This would be a fun one if it weren’t for the dead bodies.

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On Editing Podcasts With Ferrite on iOS »

Ryan Christoffel, over at MacStories:

This has been a year of new creative projects for me. In addition to some personal endeavors that have yet to see the light of day, I joined Federico as the co-host of Adapt, a new iPad-focused podcast on Relay FM. Learning the art of expressing my Apple takes in speech rather than text has been an adventure in itself, but I’ve also grown to cultivate a very different skill: audio editing.

When I was charged with editing this iPad-focused podcast, I naturally turned to an iPad-based editing tool: every episode of Adapt has been edited in Ferrite Recording Studio, and I’ve never even tried using another app. Most podcasters I’m familiar with edit in Logic, but my Mac mini is purposely utilized as little as possible, so I knew when I dove into podcasting that I wanted an iPad-based solution if at all possible. On multiple occasions I’ve heard and read Jason Snell extol the virtues of Ferrite, so that was the app I turned to.

I’ve used Ferrite on occasion, but I really disliked the ergonomics of editing on an iPad, no matter how good the Apple Pencil is. However, if/when Ferrite comes to the Mac, I think I could kiss Logic Pro X goodbye.

Connected #254: Hot Salt »

This time on Connected:

Stephen is back from repairing Macs and ruined the intro. Federico explains what’s going on with iOS 13 Beta 5, and Myke is excited about the second coming of the Galaxy Fold. Then, the guys discuss Apple’s Q3 results.

August is going to be busy on Connected. Myke and I will be holding our annual

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