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  • AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

    16m 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

    43m 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

    3h 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

    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

    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

    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…
  • iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

    Tue 11:52am By Jeff Gamet
    Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most…
  • Maybe it’s Time for Apple’s Own TV Studio

    Tue 10:14am By Jeff Gamet
    Netflix wants to be the next HBO, and it looks like Apple may want to be the next Netflix. Apple may be planning on offering its own original content through Apple TV, much like the streaming video service Netflix does today. The idea that Apple may be…
  • Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

    Mon 7:38pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most…
  • Where Did iTunes Match go for non-Apple Music Subscribers?

    Mon 4:58pm By Dave Hamilton
    Listener Matt is a long-time iTunes Match subscriber, but not (yet?) signed up for Apple Music. However, now that Apple Music is an option he can no longer find where to enable iTunes Match. No worries, it's not gone, just hidden in the Preferences bundled…
  • Supercharge Your Mac App Bundle: $39.99

    Mon 4:44pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out this Mac app deal we have called Supercharge Your Mac Bundle. It includes 9 apps-Flux V5.5, Pagico, DeltaWalker Pro, Emulsion, SpotDox Pro, HydraPro, MotionComposer, PulpMotion, DiscLabel-all for $39.99. These productivity apps do everything from Web…
  • How to Manage the Secret Software That Google Chrome Installs on Your Mac

    Mon 4:15pm By John Martellaro
    When you install Google Chrome, you're not just getting a browser. Google's automatic update software gets installed behind the scenes on your Mac, without your consent. John Martellaro explains why it's there, how to manage it and how to delete it if you…
  • Apple Digs Deeper into Enterprise with Cisco Partnership

    Mon 3:14pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple is teaming up with Cisco to create what they're calling "a fast lane for iOS business users." The two companies are also working together to bring iPhone and iPad support to Cisco's video conferencing and online collaboration services, all of which will…
  • Apple Hire Hints at Move into Augmented Reality

    Mon 2:00pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple's recent hiring spree includes more than car experts; it also includes at least one augmented reality pro. Most recently, Apple hired Nick Thompson who had been Microsoft's lead audio hardware engineer for the HoloLens project.The Mac Observer Spin: I…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-31: Apple’s Content Blockers

    Mon 1:13pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple is including third-party content blockers in iOS 9, which equates to blocking ads. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to offer up his perspective on Apple's plans as the owner of TMO and the ad management company BackBeat Media. His take: This can be a good…
  • T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

    Mon 10:31am By Jeff Gamet
    If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going…
  • New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

    Mon 9:07am By Jeff Gamet
    When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is…
  • MGG 568: Running Your Mac Safe & Lean

    Sun 12:25pm By John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    Your questions answered! Topics today include running out of memory, auto-ejecting disks, managing iTunes and more! Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun take your questions and answer them in a way you can truly understand. Download, press play and enjoy!
  • Back from the Dead: Using Apple’s Abandoned Safari for Windows Today

    Fri 7:45pm By Jim Tanous
    With Chrome a resource hog and privacy nightmare, Firefox relatively slow and boring, and Microsoft Edge not ready for prime time, there's not a lot to be excited about in the world of Windows browsers, especially for a multi-platform Mac fan. If only Safari…
  • Keychain 101: Getting Started with Apple’s Password Manager

    Fri 7:00pm By Nancy Gravley
    Keychain is a great option for your Mac and has been for some time. Now, through iCloud, you can have access to your Keychain entries on your iOS device.
  • An iPhone 6s That Can Record 4K Video Means a 4K Apple TV

    Fri 5:15pm By John Martellaro
    It's been reported, according to sources, that the iPhone 6s family will have the ability to record 4K video. Apple sells a 5K iMac. So why wouldn't a next generation Apple TV have the ability to display 4K video? John Martellaro makes the case.
  • Drive Genius 4: $49.99

    Fri 4:53pm By Jeff Gamet
    Sometimes keeping your Mac's harddrive healthy takes more than Disk Utility, and that's where Drive Genius 4 comes in. You can use it to find and fix a long list of issues, build bootable maintenance drives, improve your Mac's overall performance, remove…
  • Losing Ian Rogers Sucks for Apple and the Music Industry

    Fri 4:33pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple's man in charge of Apple Music, Ian Rogers, has left the company and the music industry, too. That's a big loss for Apple, and considering his influence on the digital music market, it's a big loss for everyone else, too.
  • Google Instructs Advertisers on How to Bypass Apple Security - But There’s More

    Fri 3:10pm By John Martellaro
    In a note to advertisers on Wednesday, Google appeared to be instructing them how to bypass Apple's new App Transport Security. However, the issue is complicated and won't be resolved for some time. John Martellaro digs, lightly, into what Apple customers need…
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