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  • Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

    Tue 7:52pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.The Mac Observer Spin: If…
  • Apple Ups the Secrecy with Wall Street

    Tue 7:46pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple continued to up its vaguery game when it comes to Wall Street on Tuesday, eliminating two more categories of numbers from what it breaks out. For the December quarter-Apple's first fiscal quarter-Apple didn't report iPod unit sales.
  • Apple Pay Dominates Mobile Payment Platforms, Coming to Vending Machines [Updated]

    Tue 5:25pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, is only about three months old, but already accounts for the lion's share of wireless credit card payments. The iPhone and iPad maker said Apple Pay currently accounts for more than two thirds of contactless payments.
  • Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April

    Tue 5:15pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday that Apple will ship its highly anticipated Apple Watch in April. Until now, we've only had an "early 2015" timeline, making Mr. Cook's comments the first hard news on a shipping date for the device.
  • Apple iOS Device Sales Top 1 Billion Units

    Tue 5:11pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple has sold over 1 billion iOS devices since the original iPhone was introduced over seven years ago. News of the sales figures came from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.
  • Apple Smashes Expectations with $74.6 Billion December Quarter [Update]

    Tue 4:35pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple announced earnings for its first fiscal quarter on Tuesday, and the company smashed expectations. Apple reported revenue of $74.6 billion and earnings of $18 billion-earnings per share (EPS) clocked in at $3.06. Consensus estimates were for $63.48…
  • Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 Security Vulnerabilities

    Tue 2:33pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn't yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes some 16 security bugs, including several that could allow the bad guys to take over your…
  • Apple Rolls Out OS X 10.10.2 Update with WiFi Fixes, iCloud Drive Time Machine Backups

    Tue 2:20pm By Jeff Gamet
    Along with iOS 8.1.3, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on Tuesday. The update for the Mac operating system fixed a WiFi connection issue that was plaguing many users, and added support for browsing iCloud Drive content in your Time Machine backups.
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, Reduces Storage Required for Updates

    Tue 2:04pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-27: Samsung Copies Apple Pay, Google’s Dropcam Plans

    Tue 1:44pm By Jeff Gamet
    Samsung is flexing its innovation muscles again, this time going after Apple Pay with Samsung Pay. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Samsung's innovation track record, and whether or not they think Samsung Pay will be able to compete…
  • Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel

    Tue 11:07am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple pushed out another sports-related channel to Apple TV owners on Tuesday, this time in the form of 120 Sports. The channel offers content online and through iOS apps, along with its Apple TV channel, and promises to provide content in new ways sports fans…
  • Samsung to Take On Apple Pay with Cleverly Named Samsung Pay

    Tue 9:47am By Jeff Gamet
    Samsung put on its innovation cap and came up with a plan to take on Apple's Apple Pay mobile payment platform with its own Samsung Pay. The creatively named service will reportedly debut during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the beginning of…
  • Yosemite/iOS 8: Muting Messages Conversations

    Tue 8:50am By Melissa Holt
    What Melissa Holt's discussing today is how to mute text conversations under both Yosemite and iOS 8. So, you know, when your Aunt Zelda texts for the bajillionth time about your family reunion, you can at least come a little bit closer to ignoring her. Some…
  • Older Dropcam Models Going Dark April 15, Google’s Nest Offering Free Replacements

    Mon 8:40pm By Kelly Guimont
    Dropcam, owned by Nest, owned by Google, is retiring older models as of April 15. If you have one don't worry, it can be replaced with the current Dropcam HD according to the company.
  • Apple Earnings Report and Conference Call Tuesday

    Mon 7:14pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Snow is engulfing large portions of the U.S., but Wall Street waits for no man or woman, especially when they're based in California. Accordingly, Apple will announce earnings Tuesday after the markets close at 4:00 PM EST. Apple usually publishes earnings at…
  • Apple Video Shows Another Beautiful Mural for Chongqing Apple Store

    Mon 6:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural.…
  • 1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade Encryption for $97

    Mon 6:16pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The iDrive Wi-Fi is neat, and we have a deal on the 1TB version. It's a wireless drive with built-in WiFi, but it also has USB 3.0 for connected backups. It supports selective backups, and it can handle backups from Mac and Windows PC out of the box. Using the…
  • New York Times Offers Free Storm Coverage

    Mon 5:28pm By Kelly Guimont
    Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-26: Apple Fashion Hires, Google’s Foiled Fingerprint Sensor Plans

    Mon 1:35pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple has already hired several people from the fashion industry, and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's most recent hire, Burberry's Chester Chipperfield, and they take a look at how the…
  • Apple’s AuthenTec Purchase Blocked Fingerprint Sensor on Nexus 6 Smartphone

    Mon 11:15am By Jeff Gamet
    Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the…
  • OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle Finally Coming to iPhone

    Mon 10:07am By Jeff Gamet
    Long time OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle fans begging for iPhone versions of the apps are finally getting their wish. The Omni Group has been developing both for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and has started inviting some of its users to check out pre-release…
  • Apple Revamps Free on iTunes, Brings Back Free Songs

    Mon 8:54am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple quietly dropped its free weekly songs on the iTunes Store about a week ago but has now brought them back, along with a makeover for its Free on iTunes page in iTunes. The revamped Free on iTunes showed up over the weekend and includes multiple free…
  • MGG 537: The Moral to the Story is Never Fun

    Sun 12:28pm By John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    Thunderbolt booting, repair pricing/strategies, unreliable Apple TV connections, Skype microphone recommendations and monitors that make your Mac crash. All of this and more in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. Have a question or tip of your own? Send it in…
  • MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

    Sat 11:00am By Bob LeVitus
    I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but donât want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps…
  • 3 Rules for Better Candid iPhone Portraits

    Sat 10:30am By Vern Seward
    In Part 2 of the iPhoneography Portrait series Vern Seward gives more tips on how to improve your portraits.
  • 7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

    Sat 10:00am By Nancy Gravley
    A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.
  • Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

    Fri 7:22pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in…
  • Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

    Fri 7:14pm By Kelly Guimont
    There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't…
  • Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

    Fri 6:47pm By Kelly Guimont
    Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the…
  • PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

    Fri 6:32pm By Bryan Chaffin
    You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot-think camping-and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're…
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