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  • How to Decide Between a Smartswitch and a Timer for Your Smarthome

    Sat 10:30am By Juan Collao
    Running up a large tab making your home smart? Juan Collao shows you how to decide between smartswitches for your lights and timer switches.
  • 1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

    Fri 6:47pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be.…
  • Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime Subscription: $49.99

    Fri 3:29pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Blur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards…
  • Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

    Fri 2:55pm By John Martellaro
    Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession…
  • Google Study Finds ‘Security Questions’ Next to Useless

    Fri 2:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-22: Fingerprints to Google and Apple Watch Heartrate Monitoring

    Fri 1:08pm By Dave Hamilton & Bryan Chaffin
    Google wants to offer Android M users the convenience of Touch ID's fingerprint unlocking... will users want to offer Google their fingerprints? Also, do you care if Apple Watch checks your resting heart rate less than every ten minutes, because it seems like…
  • Apple Watch OS Update Reduces Background Heart Rate Monitoring Frequency

    Fri 11:16am By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 appears to have reduced how often the device measures your heart rate in the background. While this likely has a positive effect on battery life, it has the side effect of making heart rate data less accurate.
  • Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

    Fri 10:10am By Kelly Guimont
    There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it.
  • Apple Watch: Three Tips on Contacting Your Pals

    Fri 8:30am By Melissa Holt
    Want to use your Apple Watch to get in touch with folks, quickly and easily? Then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you today! In this article, Melissa Holt will cover adding new colors to your Digital Touch palette, using Force Touch to assist with Messages,…
  • Promotional Apple II Video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Byte Shop

    Thu 5:44pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out this Apple II promotional video circa 1984. Built on still images, it features voiceovers from Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Paul Terrell, who owned the Byte Shop. The voiceover tells the story of Apple I and Apple II, and includes all manner of…
  • Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android M

    Thu 4:47pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The…
  • The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway

    Thu 4:09pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have another fun giveaway with our friends at Stack Social called the Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway. To enter, simply sign up to receive TMO daily deal emails-you can also share your entry with your friends to earn more entries. If you win-and we hope…
  • Three Easy Ways to Get Started With Home Automation

    Thu 3:55pm By Kelly Guimont
    Home automation sounds really intimidating when you hear Kelly talk about hubs and horrible user experiences and compatibility concerns. Luckily there are three easy ways you can try a little bit of automation yourself without having to spend a lot of time…
  • Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

    Thu 2:30pm By John Martellaro
    The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-21: Orthogonal Watch Complications FTW

    Thu 1:41pm By Dave Hamilton & John Martellaro
    John Martellaro finally received his stainless steel Apple Watch last week and, true to form, has some thoughts about exactly what is and isn't great with this first iteration of Apple's newest product line. John will take you there ... and we'll take you back…
  • Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

    Thu 11:56am By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping…
  • Apple Reportedly Looking at Expansion into San Jose

    Thu 10:42am By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple is looking at two different sites in north San Jose for expansion, according to online reports. Any move into the largest city in the Valley would be the first such for Apple, despite its close proximity to Cupertino-the two municipalities border one…
  • Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited Quantities Soon

    Thu 9:42am By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though…
  • ACM 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac, Apple TV, and the Importance of Encryption

    Wed 8:40pm By Bryan Chaffin and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
    Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that…
  • Rare Power Computing Posters by Frank Kozik - Fight for the Mac!

    Wed 8:01pm By Bryan Chaffin
    In 1996, Mac clone maker Power Computing commissioned a series of posters from illustrator Frank Kozik. These were great pieces of art that captured the zeitgeist of the platform wars of the 1990s. They exploited both Apple's weaknesses at the time and Power…
  • Apple Posts Security Content of Watch OS 1.0.1, and It’s Sobering

    Wed 5:05pm By John Martellaro
    Apple, as it always does, has posted the security details of its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. If you thought this update was minor, take a look at the details. Then update right away.
  • Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $49.99

    Wed 4:44pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker with up to 7 hours of playback time. It features both Bluetooth connectivity and a direct line in, and you can control the volume and playback functions directly from the speaker. This…
  • How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

    Wed 3:15pm By John Martellaro
    I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it. It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes.
  • Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

    Wed 2:30pm By Bob LeVitus
    Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, âIf you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-20: Discovering Podcasts with Spotify & Watch OS 1.0.1

    Wed 1:02pm By Dave Hamilton & Kelly Guimont
    Spotify plans to bring their discovery engine to podcasts this summer, and Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1. Hear what Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton have to say about all this and more. Plus, get your 10-days of Lynda free at
  • Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

    Wed 11:57am By Bryan Chaffin
    Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.
  • Meet OS X Yosemite Extensions

    Wed 9:40am By Kelly Guimont
    Extensions have made a return to your Mac. These aren't the extensions you remember from the olden days of Mac troubleshooting, though. Kelly has the breakdown on what they are and how you can boss them around.
  • Apple Watch: Swapping Calendar Views

    Wed 8:30am By Melissa Holt
    Today we've got a nifty Quick Tip on the Apple Watch's Calendar for you! We'll discuss how to swap between the different viewing modes, how to go to the current day, and even what to do to jump back to the top of your list of events.
  • MGG 553: Swiftly Solving Shrinking Storage

    Tue 7:17pm By John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    Finding what's using your free space, sorting out multi-monitor setups with Thunderbolt, long-term SSD reliability confusion and adding more USB ports to your Mac are just a few of the topics that Dave and John cover in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab.…
  • The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

    Tue 6:45pm By John Martellaro
    Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch…
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