Balance 

Balance is a powerful menubar app for your money built by a team from Apple, Stripe and Ethereum. It was featured in the U.S. Mac App Store when it launched in February.

Thanks to Balance for sponsoring 512 Pixels once again this week.

The End of AIM »

Michael Albers, VP of Communications Product at Oath, the company that now owns AOL, Yahoo and every other dead Internet brand you can think of is here with some sad news:

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017.

If you’re my age, AIM defined life on the Internet for a long, long time. It’s how I kept up with friends in high school, college and even for several years after that. I’m from a time where you thought long and hard about what your Away Message should say. I spent hours customizing Adium to be just right on my Mac.

Goodbye, old friend. Time has moved on, but we won’t forget you.

On Going Apple Watch Only »

Yours truly on iMore, writing about the Apple Watch with LTE:

Leave your silly phone behind, it whispers, and it’ll just be you and me. For basic connectivity, it does the bill: My spouse can call me if something comes up, and my business partner can send me an iMessage if he needs anything. I can take a call or reply with Siri quickly and easily, all while I take a quick break from filling my rings. If I am involved in an accident or need help, I can get in touch with anyone in my Contacts list with ease.

But living that Watch-only lifestyle with the iPhone behind me isn’t quite as easy as I had hoped it would be.

Apple Patching macOS High Sierra APFS Container Bug »

Matheus Mariano found a nasty High Sierra bug: the system dialog box to unlock an encrypted APFS container exposed the password for that container in the hint field.

As plaintext.

Whoops.

Mariano alerted Apple, and the company has replied with details on how to make sure your data is secure. According to Rene Ritchie, Apple is pushing a supplemental update to High Sierra to fix the dialog box and close the security issue, a little over a week since Mariano’s post went up.

It’s one to install as soon as it hits the Mac App Store today.

25th Anniversary ThinkPad »

Tom Warren at The Verge:

IBM’s first ThinkPad debuted exactly 25 years ago today, with a bright red TrackPoint nub and a classic design that still exists in a modern form. Lenovo, the company that bought ThinkPad from IBM, is celebrating the laptop’s 25th anniversary today with a special anniversary edition of the ThinkPad. Even if every ThinkPad looks retro, this is a particularly retro version of the ThinkPad design based on the current ThinkPad T470 model.

I’ve long said that if I were to switch to Windows, I’d run it on a Thinkpad. If I was buying a PC laptop today, it would be this one.

You can pick one up for $1,899 from Lenovo.

Sonos Announces One Smart Speaker 

The new $199 smart speaker ships with Alexa support out of the box, but Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 are coming in 2018.

Sonos has long been praised for the sound quality of their speakers, but before this, that experience was locked away in the Sonos app. If your streaming service (or favorite podcast network) wasn’t in the app, it was very difficult to get that audio to play on your fancy speaker.

With the new One, Sonos is flinging open the doors. By embracing competing services from Amazon and Google — while adding streaming support from iOS devices — Sonos is making it easy to stream just about anything to its speaker. If a service requires deeper access, there is still the company’s invite-only developer program.

I’m glad to see Sonos fighting to stay relevant as our speakers become assistants, but I can’t help but think this is may be a too-little, too-late situation for Sonos. I’m sure even the updated Echo doesn’t sound as good as the Sonos One, but I bet it sounds good enough for most consumers. I know I would prefer to run Alexa or Google Assistant on first-party hardware, not on hardware that is dependent on software and contracts.

Apple Releases watchOS 4.0.1 

The update fixes that nasty Wi-Fi bug:

watchOS 4.0.1 fixes issues that in rare cases were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in public places like coffee shops and hotels, which direct the user to a web page before the network can be accessed.

I caught my watch trying to connect to one of these networks just the other day. I hope this takes care of things.

Connected #162: Daily Dongle Carry »

This week on Connected:

Federico makes a confession, the trio considers how Apple could improve Do Not Disturb and then Myke forgets how Round Robins work.

My thanks to our sponsors for this episode:

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60 Mac Tips, Volume 2 »

David Sparks and Brett Terpstra are back with a new project:

60 Mac Tips, Volume 2, is a collection of tricks and tips to make you more efficient on your Mac. There are 60 screencasts and two hours of video that explains why each tip or trick is special and how to use it on your Mac. Learn these tips and turn yourself into a Mac power user.

Among these 60 screencasts are tips on macOS, Siri for the Mac, using the keyboard, Spotlight, Automator, Safari, Mail, Apple Notes, Apple Photos, Terminal Tips, and third-party apps. After reading and watching these tips and tricks, you’ll be more efficient on your Mac than ever.

David and Brett are two of the smartest guys around when it comes to this. Go check it out.