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  • Swatch Plans to Release Internet-Connected Smartwatch Late Summer

    Fri 5:00pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Swatch Group plans to release its first Internet-connected smartwatch later this summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that CEO Nick Hayek told his company's shareholders that the device would be released in Switzerland and "one big country" that he didn't…
  • Hope Springs Eternal: a New Approach to OS X at WWDC

    Fri 4:50pm By John Martellaro
    For the past few years, Apple has introduced a new version of OS X at WWDC. The demos have been presented with wit, charm, and enthusiasm, but, in practice, customers have found the initial release wanting, even with public beta testing. Can Apple change its…
  • Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle: $75.99

    Fri 3:32pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Arduino is a popular open source platform for building your own electronic circuits, or what I call nerd heaven. We have a deal on a starter kit that comes with a training course that shows you how to get started with Arduino. Using these circuits you can…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-29: The Big iCloud Photos Alternatives Show

    Fri 1:45pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple is pushing its iCloud Photo Library for online photo storage, but it isn't the only option available. Adam Christianson from The MacCast and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at alternatives to Apple's offering including Google Photos, Flickr, and…
  • OS X: A Better Way to Handle Tabs in Apple’s Safari

    Fri 12:45pm By John Martellaro
    If you've been frustrated with how Safari crams all its tabs into the left of the tab bar, scrunched into unreadable oblivion, there's a very much better way to deal with seeing all your tabs. John Martellaro has the details.
  • Skype for Mac Hotfix Released to fix Audio Selection Issues

    Fri 11:21am By Dave Hamilton
    On Friday Microsoft released an update for Skype for Mac, version 7.8.390, that fixes the audio selection bug introduced earlier this week. In the new version Skype will again honor the audio device selections chosen in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. The…
  • Apple’s Fix for the Messages Text String Crash

    Fri 11:19am By Jeff Gamet
    The Internet has been in a tizzy this week over the iOS 8 bug that lets someone crash your iPhone with a text message. Apple has acknowledged the problem and even has a fix for the issue. Sort of.The Mac Observer Spin: At least Apple confirmed it knows about…
  • Want Great Movie Deals? There’s an App for That

    Fri 10:50am By Jeff Gamet
    Looking for a way to add to your movie collection without spending a fortune? Fox Digital Entertainment has an app for you. The new Movie of the Day! app offers a special price on a different movie every day-and the savings are significant. Today's special,…
  • Apple Buys Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Fri 9:55am By Jeff Gamet
    It looks like Apple is ready to get into the virtual reality and augmented reality world with its recent purchase of Metaio. The company has already worked with big names Ferrari and Ikea, and now it will bring its expertise to Apple's products, too.The Mac…
  • Use AppleScript To Create a Custom Evernote PDF Menu Action

    Fri 9:14am By Dave Hamilton
    As Mac Geek Gab listeners will know, we've recently altered our workflow and begun experimenting with using Evernote to prep and share agenda items for the podcast. One of the most common things for us to do is share the PDFs of each listener's question (often…
  • Safari: Turning Off Push Notifications

    Fri 8:40am By Melissa Holt
    If you're tired of websites asking for permission to send you notifications (or if you want to change which ones you've already allowed to do so), come check out today's Quick Tip. We'll cover how to turn off the requests, how to revoke permission if a site's…
  • iTunes ‘Limited Time’ Movie Bundles: Lord of the Rings for $14.99, Aliens Anthology for $19.99

    Thu 8:31pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple announced several "limited time" offers on movie bundles through iTunes on Thursday, a way for customers to buy full movie series at a heavily discounted price. The company is promoting Jurassic Park Bundle ($19.99), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy…
  • Alternatives to iCloud for Photo Storage in the Cloud

    Thu 8:10pm By Kelly Guimont
    If you like the idea of cloud storage for photos but maybe don't like iCloud Photo Library, there are options available. Check out some of the alternatives and how they differ from what Apple has released as part of Photos.
  • Apple Store Adds Same Day Delivery through Postmates in Bay Area

    Thu 5:40pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple has added a same day delivery option on some items through the Apple Store app in iOS. The service is being offered in conjunction with courier service Postmates, and is currently available in parts of the Bay Area in California. Shipping options for…
  • Another Chink in CurrentC’s Armor: Target Wants In-store Apple Pay

    Thu 5:24pm By Jeff Gamet
    When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and…
  • Appeals Court Rejects Apple’s Request to Remove iBooks Antitrust Monitor

    Thu 4:16pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple experienced a setback on Wednesday in its quest to rid itself of a court-appointed antitrust monitor. In a unanimous ruling, a three judge panel of the 2nd Circuit criticized some of that monitor's behavior, but also criticized Apple for allowing the…
  • HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

    Thu 3:24pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have a deal with Father's Day written all over it. It's for the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, an iPhone case with wallet pockets It will hold up to seven credit cards. It's made with Italian leather, and features a manetic closure to keep your wallety…
  • 6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

    Thu 2:42pm By Jeff Gamet
    Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-28: Target Says Yes to Apple Pay, Hiding Pics in Photos

    Thu 1:41pm By Jeff Gamet
    Target's commitment to CurrentC isn't as strong as it was because the retailer is now ready to support Apple Pay. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CurrentC's dwindling backers, and they explain why Photos isn't as good at hiding…
  • Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming Soon

    Thu 9:12am By Jeff Gamet
    Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping,…
  • TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3.5 Released

    Wed 6:47pm By Kelly Guimont
    Smile Software has released significant updates to both the Mac and iOS versions of TextExpander, adding support for JavaScript snippets and expanded syncing options. Kelly has the rest of the story on notable features in each release.
  • ACM 308: Jony Ive’s New Job, Cortana, and Apple Watch Wish List

    Wed 6:10pm By Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin
    Apple has a new job title for Jony Ive: Chief Design Officer. Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on what the means for Apple, plus they share their thoughts on Microsoft bringing Cortana voice recognition to the iPhone, and talk about features they'd like to…
  • iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

    Wed 6:04pm By Jeff Gamet
    Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.
  • Apple Redefined ‘Hidden’ in Photos App for Mac

    Wed 5:10pm By Kelly Guimont
    Let's say you have reason to hide a photo in the Photos app. So you hide it, but then when you're flipping through an album, there it is! Kelly explains Apple's new definition of the word "Hidden."
  • Texas BBQ and High Technology…

    Wed 4:50pm By Bob LeVitus
    Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week -- a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out.
  • Last Chance to Register for the Apple Thunderbolt Giveaway

    Wed 2:08pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social, and it's your last chance to enter. Just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-27: Apple’s Big Discoveryd and Messages Bugs

    Wed 1:04pm By Jeff Gamet
    It's big Apple Bug Day on Daily Observations thanks to discoveryd and Messages. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to sort out what Apple is doing to deal with OS X Yosemite networking issues, and they look at the bug that crashes your iPhone when you receive a…
  • Skype for Mac Update Ignores Its Own Audio Settings

    Wed 12:56pm By Dave Hamilton
    Skype released an update for their OS X client today, version 7.8.388, that includes a nasty bug: it now ignores whatever audio devices you have selected in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. It treats every one of those 3 drop-downs there as though you have…
  • Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix Network Issues

    Wed 9:36am By Jeff Gamet
    In hopes of finally addressing ongoing network-related issues in OS X Yosemite, the new 10.10.4 beta release does away with discoveryd and rolls back to mDNSResponder from OS X Mavericks. Apple replaced mDNSResponder in OS X Yosemite with discoveryd for…
  • OS X: 3 Tricks for Moving Files Around

    Wed 8:55am By Melissa Holt
    Ever been curious about how you can use a keyboard shortcut to move files on your Mac? What about ways to drag and drop stuff without having to open separate windows? Melissa Holt has three very useful Quick Tips on organizing items in the Finder, coming right…
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