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  • Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

    10:32am By Jeff Gamet
    It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if…
  • Awaken the Force with these Free Star Wars Apps

    Wed 7:53pm By Kelly Guimont
    We all know about the Star Wars games for iOS, are there any other Star Wars apps? Kelly found a few to help you pass the time between now and when The Movie is out.
  • How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

    Wed 5:28pm By Jeff Gamet
    Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head?…
  • Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle

    Wed 4:40pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have a bundle for you today called the Learn to Code Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Here's how it works: pay whatever you want, even a penny, and get two courses. Beat the average price-$12.87 as of this writing-and get nine training courses…
  • ACM 334: Apple’s Mac Pro vs. The Devil’s Advocate

    Wed 4:27pm By Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet
    John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.
  • Apple is Doing Something That Could Accidentally Torpedo the iPad Pro

    Wed 4:20pm By John Martellaro
    Apple is a company that can get set in its ways. That often stems from a set of values that dictate how things should forever be. However, while products and technologies change fast, sometimes Apple is its own worst enemy when it comes to updating practices.…
  • Sponsor: New MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

    Wed 2:08pm By Dave Hamilton
    I'm pleased to welcome this week's sponsor, Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro back here to TMO. Having a simple, DVD-ripping solution is vital as we all move to consuming our content on iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes this easy…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple’s Plans for Faceshift

    Wed 1:40pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple bought Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial recognition and tracking technology. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the purchase and speculate on what Apple may have in store, and how Faceshift could fit in with…
  • Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day (Video)

    Wed 1:32pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in…
  • Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition Company Faceshift

    Wed 9:58am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual…
  • iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

    Wed 9:01am By Melissa Holt
    iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!
  • 20% Off iTunes Cards

    Tue 10:16pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today-buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout…
  • PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-Fi Calling

    Tue 8:45pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet…
  • $100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2, Today Only

    Tue 6:20pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only-and online only-you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In…
  • HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

    Tue 6:05pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your…
  • Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for Your Mac Without the 4K Price

    Tue 3:00pm By John Martellaro
    The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-24: The Big Mac Pro Smackdown

    Tue 1:34pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple introduced the tube-shaped Mac Pro over two years ago, but never followed up with any updates or improvements. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of the Mac Pro, what alternatives are available to pro-level users, and…
  • Dell Fails Security 101 with eDellRoot Certificate Flaw

    Tue 11:13am By Jeff Gamet
    Dell learned the hard way that creating your own security certificates can have unintended consequences, like opening major security holes on user's PCs. That's exactly what happened when Dell started including its own root certificate on new computers and…
  • Apple Targets February for China Apple Pay Launch

    Tue 9:31am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple Pay, meet China. China, meet Apple Pay. Apple's mobile payment system is coming to China in February 2016 with the backing of the country's four big banks-or so say insider sources.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple Pay may be popular, but the current user…
  • iOS 9: Control Siri’s Sounds

    Tue 8:50am By Melissa Holt
    There's a way under iOS that you can actually mute Siri using the switch on the side of your device, so if you're easily embarrassed by Apple's voice assistant shouting at you in public, we've got you covered. Now all you'll have to do is remember to mute the…
  • 60% Off Stock Vaja Cases for iPhone, iPad

    Mon 8:30pm By Bryan Chaffin
    'Tis the season for sales, and Vaja Cases is running a doozy. I'm a huge fan of their leather cases, but they aren't cheap. Except this week. For Black Friday, Vaja is offering stock cases for 60 percent off using coupon code BF. Look for the cases that are…
  • Apple Pay Explained in 74 Seconds (Video)

    Mon 6:58pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple has posted a new video in its Guided Tour series that explains Apple Pay in 74 seconds. Called iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay, the video explains how to set it up, how to use it, and why it's more secure. Check it out:
  • Square Rolls Out 100 Apple Pay NFC Terminals to Merchants

    Mon 6:42pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Square announced Monday that it shipped the first 100 NFC contactless and chip card readers to merchants in several cities in the U.S. Announced n June, the readers allow customers to pay with Apple Pay using their Apple Watch or compatible iPhones through the…
  • 5 iPhone Apps to Make Your Holiday Events Easier

    Mon 6:30pm By Jeff Gamet
    Our iPhones can be an invaluable resource during the holidays and with Thanksgiving only a few days away it's time to put them to work making our lives easier and less stressful. We can use our iPhones to make our holiday meals even more special, mix up the…
  • SKEYE Hexa Drone: $45

    Mon 4:06pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We're ramping up for the holiday season here at TMO, and that includes great toys in our deals. Like the SKEYE Hexa Drone. This is a fun little drone with six blades, hence the name Hexa Drone. Through our deal, you can get it for $45.99-but, you can also get…
  • The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

    Mon 3:10pm By John Kheit
    John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs…
  • TMO Background Mode: Interview with Parallels’ John Uppendahl

    Mon 2:45pm By John Martellaro
    John Uppendahl is the vice president of communications for Parallels, the company that's famous for its virtual machine software for the Mac-called Parallels Desktop. I chat with John about what this product does, its evolution, the different uses by…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-23: iOS App Holiday Survival Guide

    Mon 2:09pm By Jeff Gamet
    The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of events with family and friends. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share the iPhone apps they rely on to make holiday gatherings go smoothly-or as smoothly as possible.
  • Court Clears Apple of Infringing on Pendrell Anti-piracy Patents

    Mon 9:31am By Jeff Gamet
    Pendrell, the company that owns ContentGuard Holdings, took it on the chin last Friday when a Texas court ruled Apple didn't infringe on its anti-piracy patents. The ruling didn't come as a big surprise considering the same court shot down the company's cases…
  • MGG 580: The Magic of Instant On

    Sun 12:25pm By John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    John and Dave take you through managing your media perfectly for your new - and old - Apple TV, including using a NAS to store it all if you like. Then it's some tips about speeding up Time Machine, speeding up App Store downloads, converting movies and sound…
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