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  • Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App, Including ‘Tune Your Taste’

    28 July 2014, 10:20 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The…
  • Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

    28 July 2014, 9:48 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download a separate app.The Mac Observer Spin: I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!?…
  • Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to App Store

    28 July 2014, 7:56 pm by: Bryan Chaffin has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.
  • ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

    28 July 2014, 6:56 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His…
  • Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy iBeacons in Stores

    28 July 2014, 5:57 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.The Mac Observer Spin: This could be neato,…
  • The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

    28 July 2014, 5:18 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:…
  • Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

    28 July 2014, 4:39 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use…
  • OS X Yosemite: What Does That Little Green Button do NOW?

    28 July 2014, 3:55 pm by: John Martellaro

    Since the beginning of time, well since 2001, the little green button at the top of every OS X window has expanded the current window to take up all available space. OS X Yosemite changes the default behavior of that green button for the first time.
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

    28 July 2014, 2:02 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple just bought BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique…
  • Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

    28 July 2014, 10:55 am by: Jeff Gamet

    The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its…
  • Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming Tuesday

    28 July 2014, 10:09 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.The Mac…
  • EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

    28 July 2014, 9:04 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to…
  • 3 Free iOS Apps To Help You Find Something To Watch

    25 July 2014, 9:03 pm by: Vern Seward

    Looking for something to watch? Vern Seward points out 3 iOS apps that'll help in this week's Free on iTubes. Yidio, Frequency, and Fan TV.
  • 9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

    25 July 2014, 8:57 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    If you're interested in Apple's new programming language announced at WWDC, there are a variety of resources available online now. Kelly Guimont gathered up nine resources to help you get going.
  • OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table

    25 July 2014, 7:39 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    If you are waiting to install a new OS (such as the Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps. There are compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite,…
  • Best News in the Verse: Firefly Cast Reuniting for Firefly Online

    25 July 2014, 6:35 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Browncoats everywhere are celebrating the news that the full cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly are reuniting for Firefly Online (site down as of this writing). io9 reported the news from San Diego Comicon Friday that Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena…
  • Bose Sues Apple Acquisition Beats for Patent Infringement

    25 July 2014, 6:26 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Bose Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday accusing Beats Electronics of willfully infringing on five patents. Bose also launched a parallel lawsuit. Beats is in the process of being acquired by Apple, and Bose…
  • iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

    25 July 2014, 5:11 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    iPhoneographers, we have a deal for you today called iZZi Slim, a case with a built-in lens kit for your iPhone 5 and 5s. The iZZi Slim included 4 lenses on one attachment, allowing you to switch lenses just by turning them for fast changes. The lenses include…
  • Take Control of Yosemite Beta Testing Released

    25 July 2014, 3:44 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    There were a few hurdles in the release of the Yosemite public beta, primarily in people successfully downloading the installer. Now that it's more likely you actually have the installer, Joe Kissell has some tips for you on running a Mac OS Beta. He's been…
  • Judge Cote Calls Apple Ebook Settlement Unfair to Consumers

    25 July 2014, 1:42 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Judge Denise Cote, the Federal Judge who ruled Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with publishers to drive up the price of books, is concerned that the settlement the iPhone and iPad maker agreed to in a related class action lawsuit will be unfair to consumers.…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-25

    25 July 2014, 1:15 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Just because an analyst says Apple could be doomed doesn't mean we'll all be using Android smartphones in three years. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet dissect what Noster Capital's Pedro de Noronha really meant when he said Apple could be…
  • comiXology Intros DRM-free Digital Comic Backups

    25 July 2014, 10:24 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Amazon's digital comicbook distribution company comiXology announced on Thursday that is is now offering customers DRM-free copies of the comics they buy for backup. Users can download PDF and CBZ versions of the comics they have already purchased, although…
  • OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

    25 July 2014, 8:45 am by: Melissa Holt

    For todayâs Quick Tip, weâre going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery-repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder wonât let you edit files or an application is telling you that you donât have permission to save something…
  • Hedge Fund: ‘Apple Might Become Obsolete in 2-3 Years’

    24 July 2014, 8:48 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at hedge fund Noster Capital, ain't got no truck with these newfangled tech companies, including Apple. The problem, he said, is that you don't know where they'll be in 5 to 10 years. Even Apple, according to him, could be…
  • MGG 512: Two Zero Zero Hexes Your Favorite Geeks

    24 July 2014, 5:40 pm by: John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton

    Celebrating their 200th show (in hexadecimal, anyway!), your two favorite geeks dig deep this week to help solve issues regarding remote management, slow networks, the Finder and much more. That, and listen in as both John and Dave get hexed! Download today,…
  • TwistedWave Audio Recorder and Editor for Mac: $20

    24 July 2014, 4:41 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF,…
  • Apple’s Yosemite Beta: Don’t Use TRIM with SSD

    24 July 2014, 3:47 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will…
  • Apple’s Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

    24 July 2014, 2:42 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    If you're planning on downloading Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, think again. The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-24

    24 July 2014, 2:13 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Word on the street says Apple is teaming up with Visa and other transaction processing companies to turn the iPhone 6 into your new digital wallet. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont look at the prospect of using our iPhones as credit cards, and…
  • Sweet Design: the CODE Donut Bluetooth Speaker

    24 July 2014, 1:45 pm by: Nancy Gravley

    Taotronics CODE Donut Bluetooth 3.0 portable battery powered speaker should be a hit with teens and tweens because it is colorful, unique, and has satisfactory sound with good bass. It includes a microphone, and it allows the user to take phone calls when…

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