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  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-03: Cleaning Up Apple Music, Listeners Comments on Apple TV Shows

    59m By Jeff Gamet
    Apple says it's working on cleaning up Apple Music. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the current state of Apple Music and what could use some fixing up. They also revisit Monday's debate over Apple producing its own TV shows and…
  • Analyst: “Hey Siri” Media Event no Game Changer for AAPL

    3h By Jeff Gamet
    Apple will most likely show off new iPhone and iPad models, along with a new Apple TV, at its September 9 media event, but Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks it may not live up to expectations. He sees a lack of a product line that brings in significant…
  • Runtastic goes Analog with Moment Fitness Tracker Watch

    10:19am By Jeff Gamet
    Runtastic is going analog with its new Moment fitness tracker. It looks like a traditional watch and tracks daily steps, calories, and sleep patterns, plus it's waterproof to 300 feet, syncs data with your iPhone, and has a six month battery life. It runs on a…
  • iOS 9 Beta: Sharing and Saving Voicemails

    9:07am By Melissa Holt
    We're getting ready for Apple's big event next week, but in the meantime, Melissa Holt's got a brand-new iOS 9 trick for us! In this Quick Tip, she's going to discuss her very favorite new feature, which is the ability to share voicemails with other people and…
  • Joy of Tech Comic Nails the Difference Between Cable Providers and Customers on Apple TV

    Thu 10:05pm By Bryan Chaffin
    This is so poignant, so spot on. So #totallynailedit. Nitrozac and Snaggy have made a new cartoon for The Joy of Tech called Apple TV: us and them! that utterly encapsulates the reality of the cable TV industry, Apple, and Apple customers, too. Not bad for two…
  • Patriot Ready With a USB-C Flash Drive for Apple’s MacBook

    Thu 6:15pm By John Martellaro
    The new Apple MacBook comes with with a USB-C port precluding the use of any USB-A Flash drive without an adapter. Patriot Memory has solved that problem by launching a dual port USB-C, USB-A, combo Flash drive in 32 and 64 GB sizes at good price points. It's…
  • Apple Committed to ‘Cleaning Up’ Apple Music

    Thu 5:20pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around…
  • Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue Bridge Early

    Thu 5:05pm By Jeff Gamet
    When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge…
  • Last Chance to Pay What You Want for the Mac Power User Bundle

    Thu 3:10pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The Mac Power User Bundle features ten apps designed to make your Mac more productive and useful. Pay anything, even a penny, and you get two of the apps. If you beat the average price, you get all ten. And if you hit the top ten at any point in the deal, you…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-03: Apple TV’s Missing Universal Search

    Thu 1:49pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple TV may be getting a universal search feature, and Dave Hamilton says that's exactly what it needs. Dave, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to discuss universal searches for shows and why it's so important for Apple TV. Kelly also explains why she…
  • Apple TV Needs Universal Search

    Thu 12:03pm By Dave Hamilton
    Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look…
  • Having Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid Really is That Cool

    Thu 10:52am By Jeff Gamet
    Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote…
  • Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching Settlement

    Thu 9:37am By Jeff Gamet
    Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the…
  • ACM 322: Apple’s TV Shows, Ian Rogers’ New Job, iPhone Jailbreaking

    Wed 10:20pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple is reportedly looking to create original content for Apple TV in the form its own TV shows and movies. Jeff and Bryan offer up their thoughts on whether or not Apple is in a position to make that happen, plus they look at Ian Rogers' unexpected departure…
  • Frozen: How to Force Quit an OS X App Showing a Spinning Beachball of Death

    Wed 5:30pm By John Martellaro
    From time to time, an app may lock up with a spinning beachball of death. Because you have no control of the cursor to activate a Force Quit or launch Activity Monitor, it's necessary to invoke a keyboard command. John delves, lightly, into a handy trick.
  • Making the Case for the iPod Touch

    Wed 4:40pm By Kelly Guimont
    While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around.
  • Dr. Mac Presents: Smart Option Key Tricks

    Wed 4:25pm By Bob LeVitus
    Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if youâre not already using them all the time, youâre missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key arenât the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden…
  • A Lawn Chair, an Umbrella, and 54 Propellers

    Wed 3:57pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Then there's that guy who built himself a manned-drone from a lawnchair, an umbrella, and 54 propellers. Smart? Pshaw. I can't imagine much that is less smart. Cool? Hell yeah! The dude can fly, or at least hover. That's not only cool, it's frakking genius.…
  • AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

    Wed 2:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50,…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-02: Listeners Respond to El Capitan Debate

    Wed 2:12pm By Jeff Gamet
    Last week we debated Apple's decision to exclude Repair Permissions in OS X El Capitan, and this week we look at your responses. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to revisit their arguments, and to respond to your comments, too. Listen in to…
  • Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

    Wed 11:30am By Jeff Gamet
    We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of…
  • Apple Music’s Ian Rogers Left for the Fashion Industry

    Wed 10:16am By Jeff Gamet
    The mystery job that pulled Ian Rogers away from running Apple Music isn't a secret any more. Now he's heading up LVMH's efforts to to create a better Internet presence for its brands. That puts Mr. Rogers very much outside of the music industry because LVMH…
  • How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

    Wed 9:48am By Dave Hamilton
    I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to…
  • OS X El Capitan Beta: Using Mail Gestures

    Wed 9:07am By Melissa Holt
    Melissa Holt's got another El Capitan trick for us, and this one's a doozy. You know how you can swipe on a message within iOS to trash it, mark it as read, and so on? Well, the beta version of El Cap offers that feature too! We'll discuss just how you'll do…
  • Handmade Leather Lightning iPhone Chargers

    Tue 7:47pm By Bryan Chaffin
    This is a first for me: handmade leather Lightning charging cables for iOS devices. This is a project called Esbee Cables being launched on Kickstarter, and it's already surpassed its funding goal of US$15,000. The company has obtained MFi certification from…
  • VMware Fusion 8 Benchmarks vs. Fusion 7 and Boot Camp

    Tue 7:34pm By Bryan Chaffin
    TMO contributor Jim Tanous has produced another exhaustive benchmark piece over at his own site, TekRevue. This one pits VMware Fusion 8 against Fusion 7 and Boot Camp, and Jim put together 15 pages looking at a series of performance areas, including…
  • Apple Doesn’t Have to Make the ‘Best’ TV Shows to Be Successful

    Tue 6:30pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The chorus of people predicting failure for Apple's rumored TV plans is deafening-and that's just from Apple's fans. Bryan Chaffin argues that Apple can have enormous success producing original content, and that it doesn't even have to be the best in the…
  • Vidity: A Potential UHD/4KTV Game Changer - Will Apple Play?

    Tue 3:30pm By John Martellaro
    Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed…
  • All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle: $49

    Tue 2:48pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle. This developer training deal includes the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course and the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Course. Separately they retail for $398, but through our deal you can get them for $49. Check…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-01: The Big Apple TV Studio Debate

    Tue 1:14pm By Jeff Gamet
    It looks like Apple may want to start offering its own original TV shows and movies on Apple TV. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple getting into original content, or more accurately, they lock horns with…
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